Today, we have a generation of people who are not spiritually discerning. Some of us don’t know how to discern between good and evil, or between someone that is righteous and someone that is wicked. We don’t know how to discern the times and seasons, or discern between what is true and what is false. We judge appearances, surfaces, and follow our instincts. Spiritual discernment is lacking in the Body of Christ and we all are suffering the repercussions. If we are going to impact this world for the glory of God, if we are going to accomplish our mission and advance God’s kingdom, we must have our spiritual senses exercised to discern rightly. We can’t depend on our gut, our intelligence, or our five physical senses. We must learn to depend solely on the Holy Spirit. Learning spiritual discernment takes practice and use. It takes you letting your thoughts, feelings, and agenda take a backseat to the thoughts, feelings, and agenda of God. It requires that you trust God’s leading and obey Him when He prompts you. It requires that you don’t judge the surface of anything, but you allow God’s Spirit to uncover the hidden root. It requires your total commitment to the things of God, and that you don’t straddle the fence. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words defines “discern” as a distinguishing, a clear discrimination, discerning, judging. It is not one of the gifts of the Spirit. It is not paranoia and it is not nosiness. It is a true sensitivity in the spirit. God wants us to be trained and developed in this area so that we are most effective in the dark world that needs light. Let Him train you to be spiritually discerning.
“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.” Hebrews 5:14
Prayer: Father God, I thank You that I have Your Spirit in me. Teach me how to be spiritually discerning. Show me how to discern between good and evil, between right and wrong. I want to be effective and be useful to You. Teach me Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
(Read Hebrews 4:12, Luke 12:56)