When was the last time you heard DISCERNMENT discussed?
It is not a popular topic today.
And that is something that I find very disturbing
because there has probably never been a culture more in need of it than we are today.
We are all overloaded with information…
But short on insight.
With one simple click, we can access online information that our ancestors could only dream of…
How do we KNOW what is TRUE?
Has all of this access to knowledge made us any smarter?
Everywhere you look you can see evidence of lack of discernment.
You can see it in the amount of people suffering from…
The emotional turmoil of strained relationships.
Even the very concept of what is right and what is wrong is up for grabs!
I can’t help but notice as I look around our world, and as I listen to the news each day, that we increasingly resemble the disastrous era of the Judges in Israel.
JUDGES 21:25 “IN THOSE DAYS ISRAEL HAD NO KING; EVERYONE DID AS THEY SAW RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES.”
Today in this age of instant information,
I believe that it is more important than ever to develop a discerning spirit,
So that we can know the truth and what the Lord directs us to do in every circumstance.
This is one of my favorite prayers to carry in my heart during the day.
I have found that it keeps me more focused on HIS will instead of MINE.
Without discernment it is far to easy to find yourself drifting off course and in deep trouble.
You probably won’t even realize that you were making the wrong decision and listening to the wrong influences until it is too late.
Discernment is the ability to look beneath the surface to see reality.
Evaluating information or situations,
If you can learn to do those things consistently, you will find yourself making better judgments in your life.
In our humanity, we are not capable of this type if insight and wisdom by ourselves.
In order to possess this type of wisdom,
we need the filling of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our decisions.
Spiritual discernment is a gift of God.
It is NOT something we can manufacture in ourselves.
It is a quality that the Lord can and will develop in us if we will choose to ground ourselves in prayer and daily scripture study.
The more time we spend communing with God and filling our minds with his thoughts, the more discerning we will become.
The ultimate goal for each of us should be to develop this kind of wisdom.
But in order to develop discernment, we must voraciously guard what we allow into our minds.
Worldly thinking will overpower Spiritual discernment
if we spend two or three hours in front of the television
and only ten minutes in the Bible.
The message that I am trying to share today is simply this:
We NEVER have to make any decision alone because of the Holy Spirit’s continuous presence within us.
We never have to make a decision where we are completely depending on our own understanding and limited resources.
He is ALWAYS there to guide us into all truth and to help us recall Christ’s words.
John 14:26 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
John 16:13 “ But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes,
he will guide you into all the truth.
He will not speak on his own;
he will speak only what he hears,
and he will tell you what is yet to come.
We cannot just expect the Holy Spirit to assist us when we are deliberately living in such a way that makes him unwelcome in our lives.
We have a responsibility to study the scriptures and learn of his promises and commandments.
We have a responsibility to confess our sins before Him and ask for His forgiveness.
We have a responsibility to be an example of His life in all our words and actions.
And if we do these things than He is faithful and He will light the path that we should be walking on.
The time to develop discernment is NOW!!!
None of us can afford to wait until we are facing a critical decision.
Discernment is not some subject you can “cram” for and hope that you pass the test.
It is literally a way of living your life
minute by minute,
Day by day,
Year to year.
is produced through practice.
“BUT STRONG MEAT BELONGETH TO THEM THAT ARE OF FULL AGE, EVEN THOSE WHO BY REASON OF USE HAVE THEIR SENSES EXERCISED TO DISCERN BOTH GOOD AND EVIL.”
As our sense are trained to discern evil, it is not a matter of perfection, it is simply a matter of practice.
It is a life long process to be able to learn to distinguish the Lords guidance from the worlds.
We will all make some mistakes along the way.
But It is my hope and prayer that you will not see these mistakes as a reason to quit or lose faith,
but rather that you will see your mistakes as opportunities to learn the correct way to evaluate the outcomes in the future.
Begin today by spending some time in prayer and filling your mind with scripture.
Ask the Lord for guidance.
Then to the best of your ability, listen to the messages He is speaking.
Some of us “SEE” the messages.
Others of us “HEAR” them.
And if you are like me you will “FEEL” the message.
I promise you this…
If you are truly seeking to follow Him,
He will show you the way.