Posts Tagged ‘Discernment

11
Oct
16

Do You Lack Judgment?

In Proverbs 7, Solomon warns about the adulteress.  He uses the story of a “youth who lacked judgment.”  I think back to my younger days and the lack of judgment I showed on many different occasions.  I think about my current days and though I show better judgment now, I still have times where I lack discernment.  This is why it is important that we follow verses 1-3:

My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 7:1-3, NIV)

To take God’s Word and write it on the tablets of our hearts (and no, Solomon didn’t mean an iPad!).  He was referring to a stone tablet.  We need to etch God’s Word on our hearts.  1 John 1:1 calls Jesus the “Word of life.”  May He be etched on our hearts today.  This way we will know His teachings.  We will follow His commands.  We will obey Him and our hearts will beat in tune with His.  Let us show discernment and good judgment as we etch God’s Word on our hearts today.

PRAYER: Father God, etch Your Word on my heart today. May I know Your Word. Help me to obey it. I want wisdom, knowledge, discernment and understanding. Thank You for Your Son and Your Word, amen.

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28
Jul
14

Not Ready For It

Do you ever wonder why you can’t understand something right away?  Do you ever get frustrated when things that are plain to others don’t come easy for you?  It is like someone has placed a veil over your eyes and you just can’t figure out what everyone else has understood for a while.
In Luke 18:31-34, Jesus clearly explained to His disciples what was going to happen to Him.  He spelled it out event by event what was going to happen and they just didn’t get it.  Why?  How could they have not understood something that He made so plain and clear?  It was hidden from them.

The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about. – Luke 18:34 (NIV)

Could it be that the thing you’re just not getting isn’t for you yet?  There is a time when you will understand, but now is not that time.  When it comes to discerning God’s will and plan for your life, perhaps He hasn’t revealed it to you yet because the time isn’t right for you to understand it.  Your level of spiritual or emotional maturity isn’t right for you to handle the full weight of what God has for you.  I think that the key to spiritual growth is patience and work.  You must be patient for the growth process to continue.  You must also work to grow as a believer.  You have to put in the time and effort to read God’s Word.  You have to put in the time to pray and listen to God.  You have to spend time with fellow believers in Christ to encourage and exhort one another.  You have to put in the effort it takes to mature in your faith.  How can you handle the meatier portions of God’s plan for you if you’re still drinking spiritual milk?
God will reveal His plan for your life when He knows you’re ready to handle it.  Until then, be patient.  God’s not finished with you yet.  Continue to do the things it takes to grow and mature as a follower of Jesus and God will bring understanding to your heart, soul and mind when the time is right.

Luke 18:31-34 (NIV)

31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him;33 they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”

34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.

15
Oct
13

The Spirit Reveals All Things

1 Corinthians 2 addresses at length the topic of the Holy Spirit and what the Spirit reveals to us.  One verse that sticks out to me is 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV): 

What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him— 

Verse 10 says that it is the Holy Spirit who reveals these things to us.  We cannot even begin to comprehend the amazing things that God has prepared for us, but the Spirit can give us a glimpse of such wonderful things.  Here is what we learn about the Holy Spirit in this chapter:
  • The Holy Spirit’s power confirmed Paul’s teaching and preaching in the first century.  I believe that the Holy Spirit does the same thing in us today.  Have you ever heard a sermon or a Bible study and thought, “That just doesn’t sound right?”  Perhaps that is the Spirit’s power giving you a discerning ear.
  • The Holy Spirit reveals the wonderful plans that God has for those who love Him.  
  • The Holy Spirit reveals God’s thoughts to us.  The Spirit of God knows the mind of God and by the power of the indwelling Spirit, we can understand the things of God better than we could without the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit inspired the Apostles to speak and to write the very Word of God.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us to discern what is Truth and what is not.
  • The Holy Spirit helps us to make spiritual judgments about all things, not mere human judgments.  The original Greek word for judgments meant to sift or to separate.  We are to make spiritual judgments without condemnation.

God’s Holy Spirit is a wonderful gift from God the Father who has given us the mind of Christ as it says in verse 16.  Let us call upon the Holy Spirit today to help us in our weaknesses and to help us make right judgments.  Let us rely upon the Holy Spirit today to discern God’s Truth from the lies of this world.  Let us listen to the Holy Spirit today as He reveals the mind of Christ in order that we may be more like Jesus.

 

1 Corinthians 2

New International Version (NIV)

2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.

12
Oct
12

Do You Lack Judgment?

In Proverbs 7, Solomon warns about the adulteress.  He uses the story of a “youth who lacked judgment.”  I think back to my younger days and the lack of judgment I showed on many different occasions.  I think about my current days and though I show better judgment now, I still have times where I lack discernment.  This is why it is important that we follow verses 1-3:

My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 7:1-3, NIV)

To take God’s Word and write it on the tablets of our hearts (and no, Solomon didn’t mean an iPad!).  He was referring to a stone tablet.  We need to etch God’s Word on our hearts.  1 John 1:1 calls Jesus the “Word of life.”  May He be etched on our hearts today.  This way we will know His teachings.  We will follow His commands.  We will obey Him and our hearts will beat in tune with His.  Let us show discernment and good judgment as we etch God’s Word on our hearts today.

04
Oct
12

The Lord Gives Wisdom

In Proverbs 2, we see some of the benefits of seeking wisdom.  I think that the key to gaining wisdom is found in verse 6.
For the Lord gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
God is the source of wisdom.  He gives wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  Apart from God, we may be wise in the eyes of others, but we will not have true wisdom.  So ask the Lord for wisdom today.  Wisdom to make good choices and decisions.  Discernment to distinguish the voice of Jesus from the voices that compete with His.  Knowledge to understand the right thing to do in a situation and the strength to do the right thing.

 

29
Jul
11

The Indwelling Spirit

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.  The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:

“For who has known the mind of the Lord
that he may instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ. — 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NIV)

Ever wonder why some people just don’t get it?  Ever wonder why they cannot seem to grasp the things of God?  Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that without the Spirit of God, they will never understand the things of God.  Without the mind of Christ, they can never know the thoughts of God.  The things of God – knowledge, wisdom, discernment, His will, His ways – are impossible to comprehend without the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit helps us to understand God’s Word, the Bible.  How we need the Holy Spirit to judge correctly!  How we need the Holy Spirit to empower us to overcome sin and temptation!  We cannot change on our own.  We cannot understand and comprehend on our own.  God has given us a Helper, a Counselor – the Holy Spirit – to guide us on our journey of faith.  The Spirit does so much for us of which we are unaware.  The Spirit teaches, guides, intercedes, sanctifies and so much more!  The very Spirit of God dwells in the heart of every Christian for their benefit.  Yet we do not plug into the power of the Spirit as much as we should.  Jesus promised the Spirit to His disciples and they changed the world.  Could it be that we see so little transformation in our world because we do not rely on the Holy Spirit?  Could it be that we do not see revival in our churches because we try methods and programs, but do not pray to God to send His Holy Spirit in power?  May God fill you with His Spirit today!




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