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Discernment – An Essential Characteristic For the Church Today

And no wonder for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, that his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. ~ 2 Corinthians 11:14, 15a NIV In today’s world of instant information, many voices, overload of data, and conflicting opinions it is easy to be deceived by what appears good or truthful. Discernment is a powerful, yet seldom taught aspect, of the Spirit-filled life in Christ that can help the believer cut through deception and…

Seeing From God’s Perspective

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. Matt. 13:16, 17 As I entered the New Year I was seeking what the Holy Spirit would say to me about the year 2019. I was not clearly seeing, perceiving, hearing or discerning His…

Using Discernment in the 2016 Election

But can you not discern the signs of the times? ~Matt. 16:3 I have been pondering what to say about the current elections in America. It is a presidential battle like none that I have experienced since beginning to follow politics in the late 1960’s. Control of the U.S. Senate is also at stake. Christians are very divided. The division is about the destiny and role of the USA in the world and in the Kingdom of God. But I believe…

The Bridge from Soul to Spirit

For the word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature] exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging, the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. Heb. 4:12 Amplified The amplified version of Hebrews 4:12 brings forth the unfathomable…

Feast or Foolishness?

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. 2:14 KJV Paul authored this scripture to a church that was spiritually challenged; that is, many in Corinth came from a pagan and Greek influenced intellectual culture. People embraced philosophy and multi-theistic beliefs. Paul’s message of one God, represented by one Savior in bodily form, and empowered by one…

Discerning the Things of the Spirit

“We can discern the snow storm coming, but cannot discern the spiritual storm now swirling.”  The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret (discern) the appearance of the sky, but…

Discern the Hidden Things

Nehemiah was a man who learned to discern. Discernment is to see behind the façade; to detect that which is disguised.  Nehemiah had key perceptions and responses that revealed his discerning heart, discerning evil influence from good influence. A neighboring governor, Sanballat, used nice sounding words requesting a meeting on the plain of Ono. This was a place out in the open away from Jerusalem. Nehemiah discerned his nice sounding words as a scheme for harm saying ‘But they were…

Discern Good from Evil Through God’s Refinement

Today we have many in politics, media and in the church calling evil good and good evil. Leaders living on milk will not know the difference. Leaders living on the substance of God, will know the difference and not be swayed by what someone inside or outside the church calls good or evil. They will discern and decide. Today’s organizational challenges require mature leaders who can discern good from evil. The corporate world calls it business ‘ethics’. There was a…

We Know In Part and We Prophesy In Part

For the past several weeks I’ve been encouraging leaders on hearing the voice of God. This topic is critical for the last days in which we live. We must hear the Father’s voice as we navigate through the minefields of personal and global circumstances. I’m going to close out this topic focusing on our responsibility to be discerning in what we hear. We must recognize that we are all imperfect vessels of His voice. Yes, we are perfect in spirit,…

Truth Must Be Spiritually, Not Intellectually, Discerned

I’m continuing with the leadership series on hearing the voice of God. Paul told the believers in Corinth that the Word of Truth could not be understood by natural intelligence but must be ‘spiritually discerned’ (1Cor. 2:14). To spiritually discern implies that scripture is more than just words on paper. They are words to be spiritually understood in order for them to affect our life. People can read the Bible and never get saved because they do not spiritually discern…