A lot of people use “God told me” a lot more than they spend time in prayer. Just like people have different reasons for using others, they have many reasons why they misuse God’s name as well. One of the commandments clearly states “Thou Shall not use the Lord’s name in vain.” Some of these reasons people misuse God’s name may be the fact that they want to protect their image, shift people’s attention or it could even be deceit from their own flesh or the enemy. 2 Corinthians 11:14 -> And no wonder for satan himself masquerades as an angel of light .
1 John 4:1 -> Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are of God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1. They are confusing
God’s presence does not produce confusion. Anytime someone says “God told me” but their spoken word does not provide peace, you should seek God’s discernment so you may know their intentions. It doesn’t have to be a long prayer, the only thing you would have to do is pray in your heart. A simple prayer like “God, show me Xyz’s true intentions, is Xyz really your servant?” and he will show you clearly, in His timing obviously.
2. What they are claiming they heard from God does not match His word
God will never tell someone to do something that does not match His word. The earth and heavens will pass by but never will God’s word, it says so in Matthew 24:35. Christians are to test themselves (2 Corinthians 13:5), not because we are not important to God, but because it’s too easy to “fall”.
3.They shift the attention to themselves a.k.a seeking glory
Have you realized something? I’m pretty sure you perceived that some things are not about us anyways, all the chaos, all the things happening, the spiritual warfare. Ephesians 6:12 says that the struggles are not against people, but the spirits and principalities of darkness. So if it’s not about us, why worry about what others are doing? As long as you are in the faith- Some people don’t seem to understand that being God’s vessel is a blessing, they use their gifts for other purposes. God says in Isaiah 42:8 that He will not give his glory to another. Yes, we are all created in His image and we are parts of Him but a lot of people have been deceived, so always use the discernment of the Holy Spirit so you may not abide in what God hates.
4. They want you to obey THEM
No one should force you to do anything. Even God himself does not force people to obey Him. But some worldly spirits have deceived others and want to be obeyed while refusing healthy confrontation. But again, how would we know who they are? By using the discernment of the Holy Spirit and by testing them. How do you test them though? Well, go read 1 John 4:1 it says that every spirit that confesses that Jesus came into the flesh is from God, but every spirit that denies it is not of God.
I really hope you took some time to read the previous verses and I hope you will meditate on them soon. I am not trying to tell anyone what to do but I am just sharing the truth, keeping it to myself would do no good. Hopefully next time someone tries to deceive you with “God told me” you will take a pause and reflect. And this not only about “God told me” the suggested discernment prayer works for everything, I hope you have a great one and if you got at least one thing out of this blog share it with a loved one.