My daughter advised me this past weekend that I needed to keep my mouth quiet about the Vaccine. She said it was too sensitive of an issue to speak publicly about. So, if anything I’ve said or posted has offended anyone please forgive me. I’ve made my stand on the whole Covid and Vaccine issue perfectly clear – but it’s MY stand not yours and I certainly respect that.
More and more I think on “these things.” We live in terribly troubling times – the Bible was so very correct in prophesying what once was considered good would be evil and what once was considered evil would be good. (Isaiah 5.20)
We are there.
Biblical Discernment: In its simplest definition, discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary: the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure: skill in discerning.
Then, there is the spiritual gift of discernment…
This gift is called discernment, and it is a kind of wisdom that comes from insight as much as from learned experience and knowledge. In the Christian faith, it comes from the Holy Spirit, and is a way of having insight in determining the true nature of a situation, person, or thing. [www.biblestudytools.com]
All serious followers and believers of Christ should pray for the gift of discernment. Kind of like faith, we all have a measure of it. Some of us more, some of us less.
I have an inner alarm system, put in place by Holy Spirit, which blasts and beeps when something isn’t right – something doesn’t line up with God’s Word. This alarm system has been working overtime in recent months. There are podcasts, teachers, newscasters, and media sources I will absolutely not pay one bit of attention to. I measure and weigh all things against God’s Word.
Yes, I am narrow-minded and of course, I have tunnel thinking. I discern spirits and judge accordingly.
Yes, I Judge
The Bible instructs us to…
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2.14-16
Pray For Discernment
Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. Malachi 3.18
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4.12
Learn to judge ALL things between the covers of the Bible. Trust me, there is a scripture for everything. God covered all the bases when He inspired man to write the words within its pages.
Discernment Is Wisdom
And, like many things it comes with maturity. Reading the Word. Learning the Word. Obeying the Word. It is not an overnight process. If we have a desire to discern and understand truth – we must commit ourselves to it. In this, the 21st Century, we still have the privilege of owning a Bible and listening to Godly radio, tv, and podcasts – it is quite probable these things will be taken away from us in our lifetime. So, pack it in NOW. Learn it NOW.
Question everything. Pray about everything important. Study. Read. Meditate.
Avoid being a Pollyanna – who tickles ears and says what people want to hear. Jesus Christ spoke Truth with Love but He NEVER skirted truth – He never whitewashed sin. Never. Ever. He brought the most radical change to the religions of the world. His Words bring life. His Words pierce the darkness.
Before you know it? You’ll be wise and discerning. We will react out of knowledge not emotion.
Will you pray for discernment with me?