I agree, Brian, which is what often makes these so challenging. For me, it often comes down to trusting Him, that He is able to protect me and keep me from the enemy.
Another important point is to judge the fruit.
- The enemy is not likely to draw us closer to Him, for he is at war with Him and seeks to lead us away. If we are drawn to Him, it is more likely from Him.
- Does it encourage within us a pride of experience, or a humility that we are dust and He is NOT!
I know there are other tests. I have encountered a ‘Christian’ whose experience was so inconsistent with His Word and character that He led me to challenge her. I believe there were 9 verses/points He showed me to ask her. I no longer can find the letter, but her response said everything - she didn’t know His Word, and didn’t need to, because she knew Him. To me that confirmed it was not of Him.
Here are some of the many verses that help me as I consider this:
[Psa 22:3 KJV] 3 But thou [art] holy, [O thou] that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
[Pro 18:10 KJV] 10 The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
[Jhn 10:5 KJV] 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
[Jas 4:7 KJV] 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
At the time of the experience, was I submitting to Him, yielding myself to Him in thanksgiving, prayer and praise? If so, I am in Him, Who is my Strong Tower. Was it consist with His Word and character, or was it a stranger? If we don’t know, ask, He wants us to follow Him more than we want to follow Him. He is our Creator, He knows how to speak Truth to us, if we are willing to hear and obey it.