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7996262408_217fa65f96_zThat title just about says it all…

If you’ve ever wondered what God was calling you to do, or if you were discerning a big change in your life, then you know it can be confusing to identify what God is saying to you, and what Satan is saying to you.

Philip Kosloski writes that Satan’s voice always has three qualities.

Here’s one of them that stood out to me:

“2. It Creates Anxiety Rather Than Peace

“Satan seeks to divide and conquer and in the process he creates great confusion in our life.

In effect, one of the most common strategies of the devil in his efforts to distance us from God and to slow our spiritual progress is to attempt to cause the loss of our interior peace. Here is what Dom Lorenzo Scupoli…who was highly esteemed by Saint Francis de Sales, said: “The devil does his utmost to banish peace from one’s heart, because he knows that God abides in peace and it is in peace that He accomplishes great things.” (Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart by Father Jacques Philippe)

“The key here is to always test the voice/decision and to see if it creates peace or anxiety in our hearts. This is a vital part of discerning God’s will every day, especially when it comes to discerning our vocation in life. God is a God of peace.” 

You can read the rest of the points here. 

photo credit: John Hope Photography