Most Christians are concerned about being able to tell know when God speaks but what when Satan speaks? Because he definitely does speak. So how can we tell the difference between the two and really identify the Devil’s voice?
How to know if the devil is speaking to you
He writes, “If in the course of the thoughts which he brings it ends in something bad, of a distracting tendency, or less good than what the soul had previously proposed to do, or if it weakens it or disquiets or disturbs the soul, taking away its peace, tranquillity, and quiet, which it had before, it is a clear sign that it proceeds from the evil spirit, enemy of our profit and eternal salvation.”
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If the reverse is the case and the soul is moving from “bad to worse” then the bad Angel will try to lure us into even worse sin, “sweetly,” while the good spirit attempts to pint us the right direction.
His tips have been confirmed by a 16th-century priest named Dom Lorenzo Scupoli who wrote, “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.”
So, the next time you hear a voice in your head, make sure you take advantage of St. Loyola’s guide to discerning spirits.
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