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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DISCERNMENT


  "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.  For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the WORD of RIGHTEOUSNESS, for is a BABE .  BUT solid food is for the MATURE, who because of practice have their senses TRAINED to DISCERN GOOD and EVIL." 
Hebrews 5:12-14


DISCERNMENT is to be able to distinguish TRUTH from ERROR, RIGHT from WRONG, GOOD from EVIL, or UNOFFENSIVE from OFFENSIVE.  The two main Greek words translated as "DISCERNMENT" are anakrino, meaning to EXAMINE or JUDGE closely, and diakrino, to separate out, to investigate, TO EXAMINE.

The Bible teaches us that Christians ought to learn DISCERNMENT, and must be able to test ERROR from BIBLE DOCTRINE.  We, Christians are INSTRUCTED to TEST everything.  The Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians:   "But examine EVERYTHING carefully; hold fast to that which is good; ABSTAIN from every form of evil."  I Thessalonians 5:21-22.  We also noticed the example of the Bereans:  "Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they RECEIVED the WORD with great eagerness, EXAMINING the SCRIPTURES daily, to see whether these things WERE SO." Acts 17:11.  DISCERNMENT is vital in fighting against that which is EVIL and DOCTRINAL ERROR. 

A Christian who is not able to clearly identify RIGHT from WRONG lacks DISCERNMENT and is in danger of being taken captive with deception and lose SALVATION.  He is ignorant of Satan's crafty devices, and will easily fall into sin following the ways of the world,  "In order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan for we are not ignorant of his schemes,"  2 Corinthians 2:11.  He will see Satan as an "angel of light" instead of hating him, "No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light." 2 Corinthians 11:14,  "Hate evil, you who love the Lord, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked."  Psalm 97:10.  Once he is deceived, he is taken captive and cannot DISCERN what is RIGHT and WRONG, "choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin."   Hebrews 11:25

We MUST FOLLOW the example of the Bereans IF we really want DISCERNMENT.   You see these Bereans SEARCHED the Scriptures daily to see if what they were being taught was indeed TRUE.  We need to have this love for the TRUTH in order to recognize TRUTH from ERROR and grow in our ability to DISCERN.  This DISCERNMENT can only be accomplished with a humble heart that wants to have a right understanding of Scripture that makes us grow in order to have a sharpened DISCERNMENT .  DILIGENCE and a LOVE for God's Word is fundamental for DISCERNMENT.  Let's NEVER forget that the BIBLE is the ONLY and final AUTHORITY for TRUTH and LIFE. 

Many, think and claim to know the BIBLE well, but are still DECEIVED and taken captive by FALSE TEACHING.  Bible knowledge is not enough to keep us from Satan's wiles.  What we need is the shield of FAITH against our enemy's missiles of deceit and temptation, "in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one."  Ephesians 6:16.   As Christians we need to humbly recognize that we need God's help to give us WISDOM in order to attack our enemy, Satan.  He is very astute, BUT our GOD is more powerful and thanks to His everlasting GRACE we can be sure He will give us the STRENGTH and INSTRUCTION through His WORD,  "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age."  Titus 2:10-12, to overcome Satan and all his angels of deception, "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall."   I Corinthians 10:12.

Today, many Christians compromise their FAITH because of a severe lack of DISCERNMENT of the WORD of God.  They do not have a heart that thirsts and hungers for "spiritual manna" and do not want to be equipped with the TRUTH in order to AVOID being DECEIVED,  "My people are destroyed for lack of KNOWLEDGE.  Because you have rejected KNOWLEDGE, I also will reject you from being my priest."  Hosea 4:6.  Many times this is because of weak leaders in the church who openly remove the "ancient boundaries" expecting and demanding very little from their members from God's point of view, leaning more toward the ways of the world and lacking in DISCERNMENT, "Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set."  Proverbs 22:28

Because of worldly lust, pleasures and a deep lack of love for TRUTH and GODLINESS, many Christians seem to be pleased with living MEDIOCRE and FAITHLESS lives and by no means can be of any use as SERVANTS of the LORD.   Many want to DEFEND themselves by finding EXCUSES, MISUSING, ABUSING God's WORD and COMMANDMENTS to their liking by FIRST ATTACKING what is written in Scripture and the messenger.  These love to say  "The things I do or say are not directly commanded and condemned by God in the BIBLE."   We must learn and be able to DISCERN RIGHT from WRONG and apply God's WORD well for our own SALVATION.  We will be judged by it ! 

With all this in mind about DISCERNMENT, let us not become FOOLS lacking in DISCERNMENT, UNDERSTANDING and God's perfect WILL.  Let's not fall into SIN by IGNORING His will; This is seriously WRONG and SINFUL.   Don't forget that DISCERNMENT and UNDERSTANDING are very needed in doing God's will.  We need BOTH to enter the gates of heaven.   Are we trying hard to study God's Word with DISCERNMENT and UNDERSTANDING in order TO DO His WILL?   "But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot UNDERSTAND them, because they are spiritually APPRAISED,"   I Corinthians 2:14

Let's make it our ambition to turn to God for WISDOM and DISCERNMENT.  Let's not forget that He is able to TEACH and TRAIN us, but we must continually be willing to learn with humility, keep seeking and keep loving the TRUTH like the Bereans did.   I guarantee you that if we, as Christians, do this, we will NOT STUMBLE in our FAITH, "Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;  for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you."  2 Peter 1:10.  We need to look beyond the lies and love the TRUTH with all of our heart, soul and mind.

May our Lord give us humility and a heart that hungers and thirsts for righteousness turning to Him for WISDOM and DISCERNMENT in order to do His will so that we might be able to enter the gates of heaven.


Luci