Excellent question and reflection from you. Thank you.
The enemy, that old adversary, (and other words I won’t use but come to mind!!!) knows he has most chance by disguising himself as something seemingly of benefit, or seemingly for our good and for the good of others, in other words, he tries to mimmick God with the hope of drawing us away from God. He draws on our weaknesses and plants the seed of doubt or worry. He will turn you in circles until you abandon what you set out to do for the good of God and yourself and each other, he thrives on confusion.
Therefore when you are in dilemma, when you are in prayer, when you are posed with some situation, that old adversary sweeps to you with every possible option to dissuade you from the course of good, by making the road easier for yourself, this road seems good, seems an easier option, ‘What about ‘me’?’ (meaning yourself) he screams to you. …‘What about this, what about that?’ so your path is littered with options but there is only one right one to take and therefore that old adversary loves to cloud the truth with near truths or things that seem to be a truth but are not.
Beware in any situation when you feel God has spoken to you, not to test God, but to discern that it is really God, because that old adversary knows how much you long to be with God and so this is the greatest opportunity for him to deceive you, for him to try step by step to move your spirit away from God. God always works in subtlety, sometimes that subtlety has powerful effects upon a soul, but it is always subtle and always loving, never forgetful of our broken humanity, but embracing us in this. However that old adversary and the Father of lies, he builds us up beyond our broken humanity and plants seeds of vanity and pride.
How do you get past all of this and know your Father’s voice? Wait, pray and trust God will lead you, rather than rely purely on the power of your own discernment. If the path is hard yet you feel at peace, this is God. If the truth is stark, simple and bold, you feel perturbed but accepting and at peace with the harshness of truth, this is God.If despite all events and all chaos around you , you feel sheltered and secure, this is God. That old adversary cannot resist in taking claim to his works, such is his pride and so rather sooner than later it will be evident that it is his work, that is why I say wait, pray and trust God.
Laugh in that old adversaries face and despise him, run to your Father and ask for His blessing and you will know each and every time who’s hand is working on you.
God bless you and much love and peace to you