Friday, 17 January 2014

A Heart that Discerns.

Discernment

/dɪˈsəːnm(ə)nt/

noun
  1. the ability to see and understand people, things, or stituations clearly and intelligently
  2. the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure :  skill in discerning
  3. an act of perceiving or discerning something

In basic speech, discernment is the ability to choose wisely between right and wrong; truth and evil. That’s it! It sounds like “Christianese” but it’s not a complex word at all. Anyway, I’m trying to bring it to our mind as we’ve just entered a new year, and we will NEED it every single day. Lord knows!!! As a Christian lady set apart for God’s work, it is of tremendous purpose to be able to apply wisdom in every choice we make. We can’t be careless anymore because YOLO is so 2000&dead. We must know God’s Word this year for ourselves to sharpen our spiritual discernment machine. 

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22: “On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.”

As Christians, it is part of our responsibility. It is not a choice offered to us, it is a requirement (especially as women on a mission). We must fine-tune the very voice of God that speaks clearly and positively to us. We cannot go on shutting up God’s voice and living our lives the way we believe is best. You don’t own you. Every day exposes us to situations where discernment is needed. Relationships, friendships, school courses, associations, communication, businesses, preachers, choosing what clothes to wear etc. Everything requires wisdom, and failure to discern properly exposes us to the devil as prey. Ask God if He wants you to remain in that futile relationship that is like a train headed for disaster, or that job that drains you and leaves you feeling broke and broken. What about those group of “friends” that cause you to sin and violate your conscience every time you meet? It is likely that God has already given you all the answers but you are not interested in His “restrictions.” Let me let you know, sometimes, these boundaries are not punishment, but protection. 

Do you trust your pastor enough that if you didn’t own a bible, you would be comfortable enough to follow their lives blindly with the hope of reaching Heaven? Spiritual discernment comes when you are sound enough to distinguish between truth and error in preachers. False teaching permits us to soften boundaries, create unbiblical mindsets, and in the long run our lives will be purposeless and not subject to God. While on the issue of “purpose”, anything you feel God placed in you as your “purpose”, but gives Him NO glory/reflects Him in no way makes you purposeless. Needless to say, He didn’t give it to you. Don’t lie to yourself. 

We must be able to biblically stand in the face of opposition that meets us on life’s way daily. We are God’s generals. Don’t forget. 

2 Peter 1:3-4: “ Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.

Prayer.
Lord, I thank you that you have given me a discerning heart, and a heart that is ready to do your will. I will no longer silence your still, small, voice in my heart. From today, I will apply discernment in every area of my life with the hope of drawing near to You. Cast me not away from your presence Lord. Devil, your loud, unrelenting, deceptive voice I will no longer hear. You have stolen enough from me, and I have turned my back on you so I can see clearly the life God created for me. The guilt of yesterday will not taint my tomorrow. I belong to you Lord, and ONLY You I will serve! 

Amen. 

I love you! I believe in you! I trust you! You are beauty-FULL! (Believe NOTHING else)

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