Christians want to know they are in God's will. Satan uses this desire for obedience against us. Scriptures for stength, words of encouragement from the Bible, prayer from God's Word

Am I in God’s will? Stand up to the enemy’s questions that haunt you!

The enemy uses our passion for being in God’s will against us. Here’s a 5-part strategy for standing up to the questions that undermine your confidence and threaten your calling.

“I’m beginning to think this was all a mistake. We weren’t really in God’s will after all,” I told my husband.

He stood firm, recounting how God had spoken through His Word and through other believers. Every detail had lined up and everywhere we turned we had seen His answer to prayer. We were where we were supposed to be. This was not a mistake.

As I listened to my husband, I was transported back two years. He was right. Back then it was exhilarating. We had a renewed sense of purpose and couldn’t wait to discover more of the “why” behind what God was clearly orchestrating.

But now things were hard. Really hard. And when things are hard, the flesh screams, “This can’t be right.”

Are we in God’s will?

The Process of Questioning: “Sometimes I wrestle with my demons; Other times we just snuggle”

Conversations like this popped up now and then, but each time we encouraged one another by retelling the story of how we got to that point.
It was all God. And if God had led us to it, He would lead us through it.

And then came the knock at my door. Well, more like the door of my heart.

I should have recognized the visitor, but I didn’t. He looked nothing like what I expected. He spoke with a soft whisper as he simply said, “Did God really say …?

At first, my answer was, “Of course he did. It was clear as day.” And I shooed him off my sidewalk.

And then he came back. With a low voice, he questioned, “Are you certain God said …?

I entertained the question a little longer since my recollection was a bit dimmer than before. “I think he did.” And I invited him to sit in the rocker on my porch and talk about it.

He returned later that winter. Light was in short supply during that season, but I could see his shadowy figure approaching the threshold.

Listen,” he hissed, “You’re fooling yourself believing you moved in God’s will. We both know he didn’t really call you here. In fact, I wonder if he even cares that things are so hard.

It was now dark outside and dark in my heart. As I stood there struggling to remember why he was wrong, he slithered in behind me.

And just like that, the crafty little beast now had full access to my home.

It took a while for me to realize he was there. Where his questions ended and my own began is fuzzy. It doesn’t really matter who asked what, I guess. The outcome was doubt. Doubt produced discouragement. And once discouragement had taken root, there was a full harvest of rotten fruit in my life.

And more questions. They seemed to breed faster than two bunnies as my youngest likes to say.

“Was I just kidding myself to think I can make a difference?”
“Who am I to think He would actually ‘call’ me to something?”
“If this is where I’m supposed to be, why is it so hard?”

From there, the days became wearisome and my sense of purpose and passion faded. I preached the truth to myself, but the artery that carried truth from my head to my heart had become clogged.

I questioned in the dark what God told us in the light.

Oh. No. You. Din’t

The process of Reclaiming: Spring cleaning and Pest control

Eventually, the Holy Spirit went on a spring-cleaning rampage.

Once the film was removed from the windows of my heart, I could see clearly. And I couldn’t believe how easily I had questioned if we were in God’s will. The snake was no match for the Spirit’s fluffy duster and he wasn’t a fan of the light, so he slithered out the back door.

Fast-forward a few years. He tried it again the other day. He knocked on my door and when I opened it, there he stood. In the shadows. Hissing at me from behind the bush. Same song, thousandth verse:

“What do you think you’re doing?
God didn’t call you to this.
Who do you think you are?
You made it all up.
This is way more than you are equipped to handle.
Come on now, Did God really say …”

But this time, I was more prepared.

Have I mentioned that my husband bought me a .380? Lock-and-load baby.

The enmity surged and I declared, “Oh. No. You. Din’t.” “You just messed with the wrong woman. I have a blog and I know how to use it.

You see, I’ve had this post brewing on the back burner for over year.
But I kept thinking, “There’s so much written on this subject. Why would anyone need to hear my thoughts?

Well, maybe they don’t. But what if they do?
What if revealing the enemy’s favorite tactics in my life helps someone else fight stronger, resist harder, and hold on?

Maybe that’s you, fellow soldier. If so, join me around the table and let’s talk strategy for a moment. Bring your shield.

Christians want to know they are in God's will. Satan uses this desire for obedience against us. Scriptures for stength, words of encouragement from the Bible, prayer from God's Word

 

5-part Strategy to Resist and Stand

1-Know thy enemy (Because thy enemy knows you)

I’ve learned the enemy uses our passion for being in God’s will against us. One of the things Christians value most is mission. We want (NEED) to know our obedience matters to the kingdom.

We want to be good soldiers. But since part of the deal is that we walk by faith, not by sight, we don’t get flashing arrows in the sky saying, “You are here. And this is right.” Thus, when the battle rages, we’re tempted to wonder if we wandered into a war that wasn’t necessary.

And so the first step is to recognize this vulnerability. And realize the enemy knows about it as well.

If he can cause us to doubt our calling, he can undermine our conviction to persevere and neutralize our efforts. He has perfected the art of making the believer question his purpose.

After all. He can’t steal our salvation, so the consolation prizes are our passion, our peace, and our joy at serving in the kingdom.

 

2-Test the questions

Some things never change. Check it out. Genesis 3. The enemy slithers up and “simply” asks a question, “Did God really say …?” You know the rest of the story. Eve took the bait and took a bite.

It’s a tale as old as time. Literally. (And I don’t mean the proverbial “literally.”) Satan’s line of questioning caused Eve to doubt God’s authority.

“But I don’t question God’s authority,” you say. Yep. That’s what I said.
I’m a Bible teacher after all. I believe in the all-sufficient, completely accurate, inspired WORD. God gets the final say on everything. Even if when I’m doing it wrong, I don’t question that it’s wrong. Because God said so.

Except.

There’s this thing called “good.” And somehow, I seem to believe that I’m a better judge of it than God. But God is not just the author of good, He is the AUTHORITY on good.

When things aren’t good according to my definition and I begin to doubt if God called me to it in the first place, then I am effectively questioning his authority to declare what is good.

Hello. #NotGood

It’s a sneaky sneak attack. Questions can get in the back door of our minds where frontal assaults would meet resistance.

This is because most questions ARE good. They bring clarity. And even if they don’t end in answers, we grow and develop by simply considering them.

Except when they don’t. Because sometimes they won’t. (Dr. Seuss)

Some questions are not worth my time or yours. So I’m learning to test the question before I even contemplate the answer.

If you are questioning right now, I invite you to question the question.
Why has it come up? Will answering it lead to clarity or confusion?
Is it just a strength sucker and dark rabbit hole?
And who is asking?

Remember: God is not a God of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33). That may help you determine the source.

 

3-Stay out of court

“Be sober-minded; be watchful.
Your adversary the devil
prowls around like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour.”
(1 Peter 5:8)

The word “adversary” is the Greek word for a legal opponent and “devil” means “slanderer.” Think about that combination.

What do lawyers do?
Ask questions.
And if they are unscrupulous, they lead the witness, reframe the facts, and flat out confuse those trying to get to the truth.
Hmmm.

And what does a slanderer do?
Lie. Accuse.
Tarnish your reputation and cause others to doubt your worth.
Hmmm.

The enemy has his own kangaroo court. Here he questions our motives and argues against our qualifications. He brings up past sins as evidence for why we have no business attempting to represent God or tell His story.

Who do you think you are?” he shouts from across the courtroom.

Peter specifically admonishes us to “be watchful.”
Don’t get served with one of those “surprise summonses.”

Recognize the charges. Have you been trying to defend yourself against accusations like this?
Don’t approach the bench for permission to step down. Just run. Out the back door.

You don’t belong in the enemy’s court. It’s nothing but a distraction.

 

4-Don’t be surprised

It comes down to this:
Just because you’re drawing fire doesn’t mean you’re NOT in God’s will.

In fact, it may be validation that you are defending a strategic location.

Think about all the “s’s” in Ephesians 6:11-12.

  • schemeS
  • rulerS
  • authoritieS
  • cosmic powerS
  • spiritual forceS
  • in the heavenly placeS

The war is real and the enemy has plural everything: plans, powers, places. So don’t be surprised that it’s hard and that everywhere you turn there is a struggle. But above all remember:

The enemy’s plural is no match for God’s singular.

One God. Greater. Greater is HE that is in you. (1 John 4:4) And don’t you think He is big enough to lead you where He wants you?

 

5-Hold your position

Did you get marching orders? Did you pray, seek godly counsel, and base the decision on Scriptural truth?

And now things seem to be going nowhere. Or worse, falling apart.
Or maybe you’re just exhausted and feeling overwhelmed?
And you’re wondering if you were called to this after all?

Don’t retreat yet. Hang on a little while longer. Pray. Confess to a trusted friend or advisor your doubts. Search Scripture. Ask God for wisdom.

Until you’re certain God is calling you to something new,
keep doing the last thing He told you.

Even though it doesn’t seem good.
Even though the adversary accuses.
Even though the battle rages.

And remember you have an arsenal full of the most powerful weapons. Put them to use while you test the questions and survey the battle.

“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith,
with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
and take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
praying at all times in the Spirit,
with all prayer and supplication.”
(Ephesians 6:16-18)

And then …

If you get a knock on the door and open to find the creature hissing at you from the shadows … Lock-and-Load, baby.

 

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78 responses to “Am I in God’s will? Stand up to the enemy’s questions that haunt you!”

  1. Horace Williams Jr Avatar

    Christi… I was absolutely riveted while reading your post! I love your writing style and the imagery was fantastic! I truly believe that every believer can relate to the situations of doubt you referenced. That is Satan’s tried and true weapon of choice as you mentioned. I wrote a post last month about putting on the Armor of God everyday. Your post just confirmed it! I am now a follower…it was a pleasure being introduced to you via Grace and Truth. By the way, both of my sisters went to and I believe graduated from Liberty. Thank you again for sharing some of your innermost thoughts with us. I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future. May God bless you and yours. Have a great weekend!

    1. Christi Avatar

      What a privilege to hear from you! Thank you for all these kind words. I’ll have to make it to your place to read your call to action with the armor! I just LOVE Grace & Truth. I have found some of the absolute best writers and friends through that community. You’re my new favorite ;) (But don’t tell the others!)

  2. dawnklinge Avatar
    dawnklinge

    I’ve been dealing with some discouragement and I’m so glad I clicked over from Arabah’s blog to read your words. Thank you! You have really encouraged me.

    1. Christi Avatar

      I am so sorry that discouragement has been tracking you. It has a way of sneaking in like smoke and before you know it, you feel like you are smothered. Praying for you as I type. Thanks for being here!

  3. Mary Hill Avatar

    Knowing the enemy is so important. His tactics are evil but sneaky. Thanks for sharing this important word.

    1. Christi Avatar

      Yes! When we begin to recognize what he has discovered are his favorite tactics against us, we can be more prepared in the future. Thank you for the affirmation, Mary!

  4. Mary Hill Avatar

    Really well written and to the point. Thanks for the encouragement today. ;)

    1. Christi Avatar

      Thank you again for this encouragement to ME!

  5. stultsmamaof4 Avatar

    Hi, Christi! :) I’m stopping by here from Grace and Truth this week. I cannot tell you how much I identify with this post – just… so much. After these last few years of ministry, I’m learning more and more to recognize the enemy. But occasionally he still sneaks in without me realizing. :) This line here stood out to me: “I questioned in the dark what God told us in the light.” How often have I done that to myself, or even to others (like my husband)?! I especially appreciate tip number 2 – now that I know the enemy’s voice, I will pay more attention to the questions! Thanks for sharing with us last week.
    Jen :)

    1. Christi Avatar

      Thank you, Jen! I have prayed for your encouragement and provision after reading your latest post. Blessed to be a small part of sending some encouragement your way through these words! Thanks for letting me know!

      1. stultsmamaof4 Avatar

        Thank you, Christi! I appreciate knowing you are praying! :) Just wanted to let you know also that you and another will be my feature for tomorrow – yay!
        Jen

      2. Christi Avatar

        Thank you! My joy

  6. sarahgirl3 Avatar

    I just love your words and your heart behind them! This is great, as we are all in this position from time to time, especially as we get closer to where God wants us to be!

    1. Christi Avatar

      That’s such insight, Sarah. The closer we get to the mark, the more the enemy doesn’t want us there. Thanks for your kind words!

  7. Kristin Hill Taylor Avatar
    Kristin Hill Taylor

    “I questioned in the dark what God told us in the light.” —> Oh, I’ve been there more times than I care to admit. What a great post, as always! So glad you linked up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

    1. Christi Avatar

      Thanks, Kristin. You are such an encourager to me!

  8. loisflowers Avatar

    Christi, I loved what you’ve written (as always) and if we had a couple of hours, I could share quite a lengthy story of my own about what it’s like when you follow God’s clear call and things turn out much differently than you thought they would. Since we don’t have all that time, I just want to say how blessed I was to read all the comments from people who were so encouraged by your words. Keeping pouring yourself out, my friend. God is using you and your words in ways you may never know!

    1. Christi Avatar

      Lois, your words mean so much. Thank you for the affirmation, but for mostly, just being in this big ‘ole space. I love coming to your place. It feels like home… and I could handle that lengthy story. Not sure how we do a virtual coffee talk, but someday we’ll have to figure that out!

      Thank you again for the heartfelt encouragement.

  9. Dawn Boyer Avatar

    I get excited when I get to visit you because I know I will be grateful for the time spent with you here. I appreciate the way you lead with grace and transparency.

    I have to bookmark and come back with my journal, actually, because there is so much here to consider and think about, pray over and just release to the Lord.

    Hooray that your husband is building you up and holding up your hands as you stand firm and steady on the foundation He has built you upon. Praise God for that defense and shield. We all need that. We need the reminders, we need the arrows of refinement that keep us on the offensive and not the defensive, because that really is where we stand. We stand in the shadow of the Cross where the victory is already won, ( what can man do to us, right?). Sometimes I don’t feel like a winner and my faith feels flimsy but praise God for the prayers of those who see past our nearsighted vision and push us on.

    I wonder, as I write, why anyone would want to read it and since I am NOT trained to be a writer, why does it matter. And like you I question the call. But it is in there as a seed that needs to be sown and it needs to be cast away and so what if someone else has put it out there before, re-seed the truths, Christi, cause they are good and they will produce the good fruit!

    God is multiplying your harvest, girl. Keep sowing His Truth and listening to His voice. I appreciate you!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

    1. Christi Avatar

      Dawn, I’ve learned that same sense when I look at who my neighbors are and recognize ones who have truly become some sort of virtual/heart friend. You are one of those.

      But wow, this comment is way bigger than I think my feet can walk through :) You are such a deep, thoughtful encourager. It’s truly a gift. And I feel like you pour into me across the bits and bytes in ways you can’t possibly imagine.

      Knowing you’ve questioned the call astounds me because grace simply effervesces from your spot :)

      Thank you again for this sweet honey to my soul.

  10. Leah Adams (@PointMinistries) Avatar

    Christi, what a great post! I’m in that season right now…not with my ministry, but with another very crucial area of my life. Thank you for the reminder that God did say ‘yes’ and it is His plan. Stopping by from #TellHisStory. I’m your neighbor there.

    1. Christi Avatar

      Thank you for being here, Leah! Such a sweet comment to let me know this encouraged you to keep moving forward in your ministry!

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