Abraham was ready to sacrifice his own son. He must have known for sure it was God who was talking to him…
I suffer from compulsive thoughts sometimes. But I am also a very spiritual person and love God deeply.
Sometimes I have thoughts like “maybe I have to give this up”… “maybe for today I have to give that up”, something that really brings me joy. And I am not sure if it’s a compulsion or if God would want me to do it to show my love for him.
I talked to somebody at church after daily mass today, she told me that God is a God of love and that He also gives us joys in our lives. And that giving something up has to be of free will and not out of a compulsion.
But how do you know if something is God talking to you,
OR if it is from an evil side, trying to rob you of joys in your life?
If I ahve a thought like “today I HAVE to give something up”, and I don’t, because I decide it would be compulsive - does that mean I don’t love God enough? Because I am not even doing a little small sacrifice, just in CASE the thought was from God?
How do YOU tell the difference?