Just a little discernment pondering today, sweet family!!! Discernment in a Christian context is “perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding.” Our Father’s Word tells us it is His heart for each of us as His people to be discerning, to think Biblically about all areas of life – it is necessary or indispensable to an uncompromising life!!! YIKES!!! GOTTA WATCH OUT IN THIS OLE WORLD!!! His Word says it this way:
“But examine everything carefully, hold fast to that which is good, abstain from every form of evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
The Apostle John wrote to the saints in his day:
“Do not believe every Spirit, but test the Spirits to see whether they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
1 John 4:1
Oh these thoughts make it pretty clear that our Father’s heart is for His people to exercise discernment in all areas of our lives because He loves us and desires our best life!!! In that heart of His for us, our Father has not left us as orphans alone to figure life out on our own, but rather “God has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who calls us by His own glory and excellence.”
2 Peter 1:3
It is “thru the true knowledge of Jesus” that we have been given everything we need to live the Christian life in a fallen world. He has granted to us “His precious and magnificent promises.” 2 Peter 1:4
Upon faith, our Father has also given us His Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us – to be our Counselor in life!!! As we pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us as we read our Bibles, He shows us how to live. God’s Holy Spirit that lives in us speaks to our spirit (mind) (John 14:26). His voice is a quiet voice that comes from within us to teach us and remind us of all Jesus has said. Now how awesome to have a built-in Godly counselor always with us!!! That could and does come in handy for sure!!! 🙂 Thank you Jesus for being so close to us!!!
When I am pondering and listening for God’s guidance, there are several things that I consider that I will talk about over the next few days, but first and foremost, I pray and study my Bible.
During our quiet time we have divine opportunity for the study of God’s Word, seeking God’s wisdom and knowledge of His will and reflecting upon how to apply it to our life. James 1:22-25 tells us “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” “Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at this face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” There are many different methods to Bible study and many different Bible study guides and tools available to help us. Some thoughts to consider for quiet time:
1) Acknowledge God for who He is.
2) Confess (agree about) sins to God and ask Him to fill us fully with His Holy Spirit as we begin. Pray for God’s wisdom and insight to help us understand His Word and how to apply it to our life.
3) Remember to read God’s Word in context as many people go astray by pulling out a single verse from its true context and acting on it.
4) Consider the use of a notebook or journal to record the date, the Bible reference and what God asks us to do in response to the Scriptures. This is a great way to check back on it periodically in staying on track of what God reveals to us.
5) Make a plan of how to carry out God’s request and
6) do what God has asked of us.
The Holy Bible is God’s love letter to us. God will never ask us to do anything contrary to His written Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every kind of work.”
Romans 12:2 tells us it is through the renewing of our minds that we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Turning to God’s Word is the first step in determining God’s will. All things should be tested against God’s Word. This is crucial to not being misled from truth. Jesus told the Sadducees in Matthew 22:29 that their errors were because they did not know the Scriptures. The more of God’s Word we store in our minds, the more God can bring it to our mind. Knowing God’s will always starts with praying for the Holy Spirit’s revelation through His written Word.
After looking at God’s Word (the Bible) for direction, there are some additional ways we can seek to hear God’s voice, but again all these things need to be tested against God’s Word! By the way, have I mentioned the importance of God’s Word to you? Yes, I am a firm believer in Father’s Word!!! 🙂
What do you want to know about in life from Father’s Word and Spirit??? How exciting to hear heaven’s voice for each one of us oh sooo special to our Father!!! Here is a song about God’s Word. It’s SPECIAL!!!