posted on November 12, 2017 23:25
One of the greatest gifts God gives us is discernment. Interestingly enough, it is one of the only words in the dictionary with both a scholarly definition, and a separate Christian definition; obviously spiritual discernment has had enough of an impact in our culture to have this happen, how cool is that!
In our culture people talk about having a moral compass, but that is in the hope that man is good enough to discern on his own—which we know he is not, and so we need the Holy Spirit:
“For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.” 1 Cor. 2:10-13
Discernment is powerful and manifests in so many ways; here’s some examples:
• When to speak and when not to
• What to do, what not to do
• Whether what is being spoken is of God, of man or of the enemy
The list could go on, but if you could just look at these 3, they can make or break it for us as Christians.
If you speak when the Lord says to, you can have an eternal impact, and if you keep quiet when He wants you to speak someone may miss what God has for them. On the flip side, sometimes God gives us discernment just for us to know what He is doing, but by speaking it when we are supposed to be quiet we can ruin a situation, or give someone a detrimental perception of us, the situation or even worse Christianity.
Sometimes we are so focused on telling people about our God and trying to shed His light, that we miss that sometimes we are supposed to be still, and quiet:
“Be still in the presence of the LORD, wait patiently for him to act.” Psa. 37:7
In this world where there are so many misrepresentations of Christianity and God, it is important to discern more than ever. Remember, speaking is just one of the many tools God has given us to show His Glory. But living in His will and walking in His path can be much more powerful to the world out there. So make sure you are quiet and still, using discernment as your spiritual compass.