Take Simple Steps in Letting the Holy Spirit Guide You!
When was the last time you heard discernment discussed? It's not a popular topic today, yet there's probably never been a culture more in need of it. We're overloaded with information but short on insight. One click online gives access to more information than our ancestors could have imagined. But how do we know what's true? And has knowing more, made us any wiser?
Lack of discernment is all around, causing overwhelming debt, unsolvable problems, and the emotional turmoil of strained relationships. Even right and wrong are up for grabs. We increasingly resemble the disastrous era of the judges in Israel when "everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25)
In the midst of such confusion, believers need to develop a discerning spirit so that we can know truth and the Lord's direction in every circumstance. Without it, we veer off course and find ourselves in trouble, many times deep emotional trouble. Discernment--the ability to look beneath the surface to see reality--involves evaluating information or situations, recognizing differences, considering consequences, and thereby making sound judgments. In our humanity, none of us have this kind of wisdom, but the Lord is willing to give us the discernment we need, just ask Him.
WHY DO WE NEED DISCERNMENT?
To discover and fulfill the Lord's plan for our lives, we must be able to hear His voice. Suppose you ask Him to guide you in making decision. When a sense of direction comes, can you tell whether it's from GOD or your own mind? If you seek advice from a fellow believer, can you determine if the LORD is speaking through him or her? Without discernment, you won't know for sure and as a result, you might take numerous wrong turns in life.
Discern GOD'S will.
While the Bible in some respects speaks definitively about how to live, it doesn't directly cover every situation. For example, no verse will tell you whom to marry or whether to move for a new job. But this doesn't GOD is silent on the issue. Although your particular situation may not be mentioned in Scripture, biblical principles cover every decision you'll ever face. The Holy Spirit, dwelling within, is there to guide us to the right understanding of how to apply GOD'S word.
To distinguish between legalism and liberty.
Personal convictions aren't necessarily moral mandates for all believers. Scripture is explicit about the LORD's standards. Within those boundaries, GOD also offers protection by impressing on us to maintain or avoid certain practices, based on our unique strengths and weaknesses. So if someone pressures you to conform to his standards, you should be able to distinguish a biblical command from a preference.
Spiritual Discernment is a gift from GOD.
It's not something we can manufacture in ourselves, but a quality, He develops in us, when we choose to ground ourselves in prayer and learning to apply the Bible. The more time we spend communing with GOD and filling our minds with His thoughts, the more discerning we will be. The goal is to let the Holy Spirit guide us every moment and every situation. To do that, we must guard what we allow into our minds. Foolishness and worldly thinking will overpower spiritual discernment, when we spend two or three hours in front of the television an only 5-10 minutes in the Word of GOD. The Holy Spirit is always within us, to guide us into all truth and help us recall Christ's Words (John14:26; 16:13). However you & I have the daily responsibility to put Scripture into our mind so, He can bring it to our remembrance.
Greater Discernment is needed NOW.
You can not afford to wait until you are facing a critical decision. Sound judgment is produced through practice as our senses are trained to discern good and evil (Heb 5:14) It's not a matter of perfection, but a long process of learning to distinguish GOD'S guidance. Ask the LORD for guidance and to best of your ability, do what you think He's saying. If you're truly seeking to follow Him, He'll show you the way.
* by Pastor Charles Stanley
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