Honing Discernment

Walking in the fear of the Lord will give us the wisdom we need in the moment that we need it. Psalm 34:11-12 is a great exercise to put into practice. Verses 13-14 say, “Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

Here is another way for us to hone discernment. Ask yourself these questions. Is what I say and do exemplifying the Lord? Am I truly representing Him to others? We may be the only spiritual connection to Him in the marketplace.

As we spend time reading His word daily, we are training our heart in discernment. New tellers are trained with real money. The more they handle it, the more quickly they will be able to discern a counterfeit.

So it is with false teaching. Unless we rightly divide God’s word, and understand how to apply it to our lives, we can be led astray. Peter wrote about this from experience. Do you remember the sheet full of unclean animals?

In Acts 10:13-14 Peter made an adamant statement to the Lord’s command of, “…Rise, Peter; kill and eat…Not so, Lord!…” In verse 15 God said, “…What God has cleansed you must not call common.”

Through Peter’s obedience, Cornelius and his household were saved. The gospel was preached in an Italian centurion’s home. Verse 34 recorded Peter’s opening words, “…In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.”

Beware. Our discernment can be clouded by preconceived ideas, pet inner rules, dogmas, assumptions, and negligence in reading God’s word daily. Discernment is also a spiritual gift that the Holy Spirit dispenses freely.” (1 Corinthians 12:10)


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