Is Discernment Necessary?
Thursday, September 8th, 2016
“ Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe ..Ps 119:66
It is imperative to acknowledge that only those who believe in the Gospel Word of Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection possess the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit’s grace we are able to make sound judgment to distinguish moral implications of situations and actions. Discernment involves distinguishing the right from the wrong, the primary from the secondary, what is essential from what is trivial, the good, the better and the best. Godly discernment is simply seeing things as God sees and deciding between truth and error.
We live in a fast paced and rapidly changing culture. We are constantly blitzed by powerful influences such as the media, peer pressure, social trends, moral relativism, culture driven religion and race supremacy. Each of these influences can lead us astray. Just think about the various ideas and voices that are drifting through our culture. Everyday we hear things like “there are no moral absolutes, all religion leads to the same god, you are one with nature, if it feels good it must be right, no one has the right to tell you how to live your life, you can be anything you want to be, you can do anything you want to do and etc.
What is disturbing and dangerous is the reality that even those who are born again of the water and Spirit seems to lack discernment these days.
Their lack of discernment results in a failure to see the issues clearly, to think things through and to see the implication of actions, choices and decisions they make.
Why is discernment necessary?
- We need discernment because everyday our lives are full of choices. 1 Cor10:23 A choice or decision can seem innocent, even harmless on the surface but over time, it can deliver a situation that is deadly. Every believer in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness is challenged to think critically and biblically at NCCkl. In this wicked age, the line between right and wrong can get fuzzy. Sometimes, the line disappears altogether.
- We need discernment because evil doesn’t always present itself as evil. 2 Cor 11:13-15 Satan, the enemy of our souls is cunning and subtle. Only Godly discernment protects and guards us from being deceived. It keeps us free from the consequences and bondage of sin. Discernment prevents us from being ensnared into Satan’s traps.
- We need discernment because it is synonymous with spiritual growth. Heb 5:13-14 The goal of a believer in Jesus’ baptism and death is to go on to full spiritual maturity. Every true believer has the responsibility to grow and learn to discern. This involves taking mental inventory of the Word of God. Sadly, some immature believers continue to hold on to their personal beliefs rather than seeking to find and discern the voice of God’s Spirit and His Word.
- We need discernment because it is the key to a blameless and uncompromising life. Titus 2:11-12 We desperately need to cultivate our spiritual growth in order to discern what is right from wrong. As believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, we must be well equipped to distinguish light from darkness, truth from error, righteousness from unrighteousness, purity from defilement and principle from pragmatism.
How can we develop and walk in spiritual discernment?
- Never trust your heart alone. Jer 17:9-10
- Seek the counsel of Godly, mature and Spirit saturated. 2 Tim 2:24-26
- Refuse to be naïve and gullible to accept things on face value. 1 Thess 5:21
- Avoid people, places and things that even have the appearance of evil. 1 Thess 5:22
- Make it your lifestyle to read, study and ruminate on God’s Word. 2 Tim 3:16-17
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