Good and bad angels. How do I know who is speaking to me?

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Hello. My question is: how do you know the difference between your guardian angel speaking to you and the Holy Spirit? When you are having evil thoughts, is that your own thoughts or an evil spirit trying to get you to do something wrong? I say this because I've heard Christians saying they have the spirit of smoking or drinking or cursing, etc. Pray for me and my family. We will continue to pray for you and your ministries. Bless you-Revell.

Your guardian angel, being an unfallen being, would be filled with the Holy Spirit, so, obviously, he and the Holy Spirit would not disagree. Likewise, it would be impossible in most cases to tell whether it was your guardian angel or the Holy Spirit speaking to you.

Because we are all descended from Adam and Eve, who listened to the temptation of Satan, we all inherit their tendency to please ourselves rather than listen to the Holy Spirit. Satan, however, understands our fallen nature, and encourages us to please ourselves. This is our natural, fallen condition.

However, when we accept Jesus as our Saviour, we naturally desire to serve Him and do what is right. But we still have our fallen human nature, and Satan and his evil angels do their utmost to cause us to sin. Satan cannot force us to do wrong. We have to choose whether we will listen to him or to the Holy Spirit, whether He speaks to us directly or through our guardian angel. So anyone who says he has got 'the spirit of smoking, or drinking, or cursing' is trying to blame someone or something else, instead of accepting his own responsibility to choose for himself to do right.

The apostle James says, 'Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you' (James 4:7 NIV). As sinful human beings, we do not have the power to overcome powerful temptations and evil habits in our own strength. But if we make the decision to do right, and ask God to help us, the Holy Spirit will come to our aid and give us the power to overcome.

Be sure, however, that while Satan, as I said before, cannot force us to do wrong, neither will God force us to do right against our will. But if, desiring to do right, and intending to do right, we do commit sin, either by mistake or through weakness, God is willing and ready to forgive when we are genuinely sorry. 'If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness' (1 John 1:9). John continues in chapter 2, 'My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father'-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One' (1 John 2:1).

So yes, evil spirits do tempt us to do wrong, but they cannot force us if we have chosen to follow Jesus. Listen to the Holy Spirit, who speaks to you through the Bible, through your conscience, and as you pray.

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