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

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

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

  1. Thank you for being sensitive to the Spirit! We’ve already gone through such an amazing journey, that no one can believe it, except that God moved, but today I’m low in faith, I’m worrying about how everything moved so fast in the beginning, but now we seem to be just floating slowly along with no real huge impacts! The questions are rolling in! “What was it that God wanted us here for?” “There are more important people than us here, can God really mean for us to be here?” But after reading you blog, I can feel my faith rising! God didn’t bring us here for no reason, as He definitely,100%, without a shadow of doubt, called us here! Thank you!

    1. What an inspiration you are in your journey and resolve to trust God.

      Thank you for letting me know these few words inspired you. What a blessing to be used to encourage another weary traveler. As you saw in this post, I know this road well!

      If you’re not on the email list, I hope you’ll join me there. I share things in those emails I don’t post on the blog and I’m learning much from this current phase of the journey!

      Christi

  2. You wrote: {“…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?”…}

    I am that person… I needed this right now! I’ve been waiting on God for something for 10 years… and now, when I thought it would finally come, it still hasn’t… and the doubts are creeping in. I’ve (belatedly) seen the enemy’s sneaky ways several times in the last couple of years… belatedly heard that old-time question, “Did God REALLY say…?” And every time I finally recognize it, I laugh… and then get mad… because I fell for it… again. (shaking my head)

    But thankfully God keeps showing me the truth… and He’s asking me to keep holding on.

    Hilarious, too — my #oneword for 2016 is “GREATER” — along with the verse, 1 John 4:4 … which you quoted in this post. :P God is just too funny, sometimes, don’t you think? I love it. :)

    Thanks, again! You’ve been a true blessing to me, today!

    1. Comments like yours wash over me in a way that leaves me almost speechless.

      One of my deepest encounters with grace is when I God takes my ashes and use them to encourage others. That’s beauty.

      Thank you for taking the time to let me know. You have blessed me in ways you can’t imagine today.

  3. Wow. This is powerful stuff Christi. As I read this I felt myself nodding and thinking yes, I’ve let those doubts and the thief of joy get on a soapbox. I needed these words and these strategies so much.

    I will be praying and reading scripture to seek comfort and direction (and even though I’ve been doing that, before I get to my knees again, I’ll kick the unwanted guest out the door).

    Thank you so much for sharing.
    xoxo

  4. Why is it each of us seems to believe we are the only ones who begin to question our callings? You were a true encouragement and inspiration to me this morning, when I really needed it. God also used you and this post to give me confirmation of something He has been placing on my heart recently. Thank you for your obedience in writing this post, and for all you do in Kingdom work!

    1. I am so blessed to know this was a bit of encouragement to you. What a gift YOU gave me. You know firsthand that this is why we do what we do, so thank you for telling me those precious words. Thank you!

  5. Yep… some good strategies and pointers here. I think the more you know yourself the easier it become to not question your calling. I find that many people have issues relating to specifics, the emphasis is on the ‘really’ as you put it in Genesis 3. Is this really what I’m supposed to be doing? Did I get a detail wrong, am I going about it the wrong way? etc as you mentioned. Thanks for this, what a blessing :)

  6. Satan is the author of confusion. We all are fighting battles of the mind in our lives to do what God calls us to do. Thank you for sharing, perfect timing for me to hear today. May the Lord bless you and your ministry.

    1. You are so right about the author of confusion. Thank you for letting me know this was useful to you today and thank you for your blessings.

  7. Your word picture of how the devil knocks and slithers in was perfect and so true. It sobered me to exactly how I allow the questions to invade and steal my peace.
    This post encouraged me so much tonight. I needed to remember what God called me to do. And it’s scary and hard…..so hard. And it makes me question if I’m doing the right thing. I must keep going in order to fulfill what God asked me to do! He didn’t say it would be easy.
    Thank you for this beautiful truth.

    1. Thanks for letting me know this encouraged you. You are right about the scary and the hard and the questions.

      You DO have a calling and certainly a ministry and I believe the enemy would like to convince you otherwise.

    1. Thank you for letting me know. If you needed to hear it, I imagine there is a struggle you are fighting. Praying for God’s strength and power to sustain you. Thank you for being here and taking the time to affirm that this was worth publishing. God bless.

  8. Funny, I looked back on 2 years of being where we were NOT supposed to be in the world sense, yet God makes all things work together for good…..so it’s all good! Because, sometimes Satan rushes in whispering,”how could they do this to you? And why did God let them?” But I still saw the answers were similar to what you wrote. God put me there for a reason and it’s all good for me. Thanks so much I needed this as I am in another place, where I really don’t care to be….it’s all good for me (and any place else would be wrong.)

    1. You speak from such experience it sounds like. Ah, those specific whispers I know as well. Thank you for being here and for sharing your thoughts with me. This is hard stuff and it seems to help to process it together.

You have something worth saying!