Discernment

 

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Hello, my friends.

First post of 2016! We thank God for entering the new year safe and sound!

This topic has been on the heart for a while now, and I thought I should get it down on paper and discuss what discernment is, why it is very important and finally talk about how to be able to discern better.

As Christians, we all need to be in tune with the Holy Spirit; be in alignment with Jesus and consult the heavenly Father when making our day to day decisions. It could be anything; prospective relationships, choice of friends – the list goes on.

To begin, we’ll start off with a definition of the word:

DISCERNMENT

(taken from dictionary.com)

verb (used with object)

1. To perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend:

They discerned a sail on the horizon.

2. To distinguish mentally; recognize as distinct or different; discriminate:

He is incapable of discerning right from wrong.
Now, after looking at the Open Bible website on  discernment, two points of scripture jumped out at me:
1 John 4:1 ESV – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Hebrews 5:14 ESV – But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

This is what discernment actually is; to be able to tell the difference between whether something is right or not. I would also like to include that we need to do this from the viewpoint of Jesus Christ. In other words, we need to be asking ourselves, “how would Jesus see it? How would He decide on this?”

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Maybe you had a fleeting thought of something that made you feel uncomfortable but decided to ignore it due to having total trust and faith in your decision only to be severely disappointed in the end.
This has left broken friendships and relationships and has often left people asking “Who was that person? Why didn’t I see this before?” or even “Why didn’t I act quickly when I had the chance?”
This is due to us being misinformed, impatient or totally ignorant of the signs shown.
As 1 John 4:1 points out, we need to be able to test the spirits to see whether it is from God Himself. We need to be able to draw the wisdom shown to us through scripture and apply it to our lives. It is in the application with the Holy Spirit’s guidance that will lead us towards making the right decision.
We need to know our Bibles. We need to know what it says, what it means and how to incorporate it into our daily living.

1 SAMUEL 16: 1- 13

Due to King Saul’s pride and disobedience, God had stripped him of his Kingship and sought one who was worthy of being King of Israel. He sent Samuel the priest to find him. Samuel went to Bethlehem to see Jesse for one of his sons was going to be anointed as king. Samuel met Eliab and saw what HE THOUGHT would be the next King. But the Lord God told Samuel something which we all must all pay attention to.

1 Samuel 16: 7 (emphasis added)

But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at outward appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart.

A GUIDE ON HOW TO DISCERN BETTER

First, one must guard their hearts, because everything one does flows from it (Proverbs 4: 23).

Second, as seen in 1 Samuel 16: 7, we must prepare ourselves to see people how God sees them, by looking at their hearts.

Now, I know you’re thinking: “How do we look into their hearts?”

Luke 6: 45 (NIV) (emphases added)

.A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

In other words, pay close attention to what has been said and refer it back to Scripture. When there is conformity, then that is a good indication. If there is no conformity, then that is something you must take into consideration.

Above all else, ask Jesus Christ to guide your decision making. He will never lead you astray.

Thank you for reading friend, and may God bless you.

Tunde T. Amao

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