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Are We Using the Gift of Discernment?

October 4, 2011

Discernment is a term used to describe the activity of determining the value of a certain subject or event. Typically, it is used to describe the activity of going past the mere perception of something, to making detailed judgments about that thing. As a virtue, a discerning individual is considered to possess wisdom, and be of good judgment; especially so with regard to subject matter often overlooked by others.    cite from Wikipedia.

Throughout Scripture we see the importance of discernment especially in times like ours where evil and good is being put in a melting pot and blended together.. We pray for the Lord to guide us always and to give us discernment as to what is evil and what is good.. What is from Him and what is a snare laying wait to trap us.. Yet I know from my own experience many of us do not practice the discernment that we are given.. Our first thought it that it will be like a big lightning bolt from God this is right or this is wrong but often it is not.. Many times it a small still voice that say there is something not quite right. It the little red flags we feel upon our hearts yet if we do not seek the Lord as to why we have this not quite right feeling, the little red flags. Then we tend to look around us and say well no one else is saying anything or do not see anything wrong. Sometimes the deception is hidden so deep within truth that our physical and intellectual minds will over look it but it our Spirits that pick up what is not from God and places that small warning upon our hearts.. We should not then seek what other think but to fall down upon our knees (physically or spiritually) and seek the Wisdom of the Lord as to why our spirit is picking up these red flag moments.. God wants us to seek Him in all things every part of our lives.. He has equipped us with many good gifts to help us along our walk but if we do not know how these gifts work or know what it is we are to do when discernment comes upon us then many times we brush it off as if it something insignificant.

God has given many us the gift of discernment yet are we practicing or using it properly. When you read, watch or hear something and there that quick something not quite right that hit your heart do you meditate upon it with the Lord or look around you Many times it is dismiss as one would heartburn/indigestion .. Yet it might not be heartburn but a warning of an upcoming Spiritual attack (trap) upon our souls. It is in these times that we are to seek the Lord’s understanding His diagnosis as to why we are having this thought/feeling..

We must be diligent in seeking the Lord for if we dismiss things then we maybe/would be dismissing the power of the Holy Spirit’s Discernment.. For I truly believe that God is trying to show us something that most others have overlooked … Without going to the Lord for His wisdom and understanding in the matter but going to human sources as how they see it, we will also over look what The Lord wants us to see. And soon it becomes easier to over look each time until we are no longer diligent in using the gift of discernment that we always tend to seek the Lord for.. So the next time you get that red flag pop up upon your heart do not look unto others as to how they handle it or if anyone else is feeling/thinking the same thing instead go straight to the Lord right there and then.. For He has something He wants to show you.. As He wants to guide your way and in it He may be calling you to be the first voice to speak out because others have not listen to His still voice upon their heart..

I know the remorse for the sin of accepting something was from God when it was not, I remember the depth of my repentance when It was brought to me that I was not heeding the Lead of the Holy Spirit. That I had over looked that little voice and accepted something that was not right and fallen into the trap of deception.. When the red flag popped up for me it was like a serpent slither in my peripheral view but when I looked he was not there and everyone was enjoy what was said and I went and rejoiced with them.. Yet if I had seek the Lord He would of shown me what it was hiding waiting to bite, where the deception laid.. If I had I would not have accepted the deception that later led to greater sorrow.. If you have/do felt/feel those red flags or caught/catch a glimpse of what seem to be a snake slithering along the path take that moment right then to stop and seek the Lord’s wisdom and understanding as to why you are having this discernment. For discernment starts with first recognizing the Holy Spirit’s prompt and then seek the Lord’s wisdom understanding This will keep us upon the upright path and avoid those moments of sorrows that are caused by us not obeying and seeking the Lord..

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  1. October 4, 2011 10:50 am

    Recently, I have experienced these red flag moments. I find it hardest when it involves someone with whom you have socialized with for a handful of years. I tried so long to ignore the red flags, but eventually, I couldn’t let it go anymore. I sought counsel from some trusted Christian friends and heard what I didn’t want to hear, but needed to. I believe people must remember Psalm 118:8 ~ “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.”

    • October 4, 2011 8:59 pm

      Amen.. We all have failed in heeding the red flags I have with a very close relative and the deception was deep yet the Lord still used me to open the eyes of others when He showed me the truth.. Just know that you have learned and now will go to God for all things.. God bless you heart of wanderlust.. May He give you the wisdom and understanding you are seeking..

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