Confusion is one of the enemy’s best tactics. He pulls it out at his whim to send us off on wild goose chases in the midst of being intentionally focused to get integral projects done and especially to know what door to knock on, open and then walk through.

Master of Confusion

Back in the 1980s I did a Bible study on prayer. I can’t remember the name of it, but one concept has remained with me. When God is about to do something amazing in our lives, we will be offered a tremendous substitute.

This is where the evil one, the master of confusion, really gets me every time. He is so good at giving me the tremendous substitute that I seem to go for it every time. Is it God or memorex? Is it God’s choice or a really, really great copy?

The confusion comes in at the point of stepping out in faith. I know that God wants me to follow Him. “My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me.”1 But what if there is no voice, just a wide open door? What if the door really appears to lead exactly to what I have been praying about but may be designed by the former angel of light to appear that way?

What Is Confusion?

The dictionary definition of confusion is a ”lack of understanding; uncertainty; a situation of panic; a breakdown of order; a disorderly jumble; the state of being bewildered or unclear in one’s mind about something; bewilderment, perplexity, puzzlement.”

What is bewilderment? Oh that definition is easy. The dictionary says it is to be confused. Circular thinking is so perplexing we have no idea what anything is any more. We just go round and round in the possibilities.

We weigh options to the point that no option seems to work. We’ve been praying. Then out of the blue a door opens and we just know that has to be God showing us the way. We walk through the door expecting the answer we’ve been praying for and instead, another door slams in our face.

My first thought screams, “Beware: tremendous substitute!” It could be, but is it? Is it the evil one luring us into a trap or is it God positioning us for a breakthrough?

Getting From Here to There

Whenever I walk through an open door in faith and something happens, I can’t beat myself up for making what I perceive is a wrong decision. I must have confidence in my Father God that He can get me there from here. As a very human individual, I evaluate everything through my five senses.

God, though, calls me to a deeper sense of knowing. This spiritual sense is a mystery we can never explain. He wants us to walk by faith not by what we can see. Faith is not something we can evaluate by our five senses, our emotions or our intellect. Faith “is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it.”2

Suppose there are two doors available to me. Is one right and the other wrong? Or maybe both are right? Maybe both will lead me to God’s plan. Maybe there is no wrong way when I am walking in faith3 that God will lead me where I cannot see.

What Is God’s Plan

Romans tells us “we know with great confidence that God, who is deeply concerned about us, causes all things to work together, as a plan, for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”4

The master of confusion’s plan is that we not take any door open to us and that we never step out in faith, that we always stay in fear and circular thinking. His desire is that we stay stuck in the turmoil of having to make a decision.

Never acting, always staying mired in indecision is not God’s plan. We have to be moving to be directed. “Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.”5

What if I make life-changing choices based on an open door and the door seems to slam shut in my face? Then with all my heart I truly know God will open a window. I also know that I don’t see like God sees.

That open door may have just been what I needed to make that life-changing choice He’s been trying to get me to make forever. I just needed a more earthly encouragement to take that leap of faith. Once I jumped, the door seemed to shut because I no longer needed that incentive.

God Has A Purpose

Now where I am I? I’m right where God wants me to be—totally 100 percent dependent on Him. I’m walking by my spiritual insight called faith, not by my physical sight. I’m walking in a manner consistent with my confident belief that God will never let me down.6

One thing I know about God, He has plans for my “peace and well-being and not for disaster to give me a future and a hope.”7

Peace is just the opposite of confusion. We have an enemy who knows this well. He will keep us in discord and total confusion until the open doors close.

God keeps calling us to the open door while we try to evaluate it by our earthly wisdom. God’s open doors can never be evaluated by our head. They must be evaluated by our heart. Are we willing to trust God or not?

Whatever door is open, pray and then muster up the courage to walk through holding tight to Jesus’ hands. In His hands is where we must leave the outcome of our faith walk. Then without waiting, walk through the next open doors.

God’s Will

It’s not always a straight shot to God’s will. Sometimes He needs to take us through the fire so we can be purified before we step into the destiny assignment He has waiting there.

When we are desiring above all else to follow God’s will we can’t go wrong. When we step out in faith we will always fall right into the arms of grace whether it looks like it or not.

Despite what we feel or think we must always keep going. We must always walk right out of confusion and into His peace. No matter what, all things will work together. That’s His promise to us.

1 John 10:27 NIV

2 Hebrews 11:1 TLB

3 2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP

4 Romans 8:28 AMP

5 Isaiah 30:21 NLT

62 Corinthians 5:7 AMP

7 Jeremiah 29:11 AMP

 

 

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

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