Pride blocks discernment. Actually, pride blocks all things spiritual. James 4:6 says that God resists the proud. It takes a heart of humility to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.
There is an interesting verse about the tribe of Issachar. 1 Chronicles 12:32 says, “Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…”
Isaiah 33:6 says, “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; the fear of the Lord is His treasure.” Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding are components of discernment. Discernment is seeing through all FLAK to the true nature of a thing. Peter wrote about false prophets. Paul said that there is a gift of discerning of spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10).
The apostle John wrote about this also. 1 John 4:1 says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
We know, according to Paul’s warning to Timothy, that there are deceiving spirits. 1 Timothy 4:1 says, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”
Discernment is crucial in our progressive sanctification journey. Our compass should always point true north to God’s word. There we will find no lies, or any slight deviation from truth because it is eternal. Titus 1:2 says that God cannot lie.
All lies spring from satan. Jesus addressed this with Abraham’s descendants. John 8:44 says, “…does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
When a new teller is being trained, they are given real money. Why? There are myriad counterfeits. It would be pointless to show them a counterfeit and expect them to recognize one. Their senses are trained to discern by daily handling only true money.
Our senses are trained as we daily read God’s words of truth and walk in them. The second a lie comes, our sentinel of truth within rises up to warn us. Studying satan’s lies is futile.
When I was in grade school, I used a word that got my mouth washed out with soap. It was a word that I picked up at school. I innocently asked my mom to tell me all the dirty words so I wouldn’t get my mouth washed out with soap again.
David’s covered up lies reaped severe consequences. Many of his Psalms were written from that perspective. I love Psalm 25:4-5 which says, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” We can make them our prayer as well. When our heart is wallpapered with truth, then discernment will protect us.