What is Discernment ?
Discernment is defined as ” skill in understanding , grasping and comprehending ; the ability to recognize or identify as separate and distinct “. syn “ perception , acumen , penetration , insight, discrimination. Capacity to distinguish and select the excellent , the appropriate or the true”.
Unfortunately , many of us today exercise more discernment at the produce market than we do in the market of Biblical ideas and claims. We will quickly overlook stale , damaged or sub-par fruit or vegetables , but will assume the latest best selling “christian” book or movement is fit for our “spiritual consumption” since so many others follow the latest “christian” fad. This is caused by a failure to see and understand the basics of the Christian faith. If we are not sure what we are looking for, we will likely make poor choices in what we read, who we listen to , and ultimately , what we believe to be true. There is a great danger here because Jesus said in Matthew 7:15, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves”. Jesus says “Beware” which simply means to “be-aware”. Are we aware of false ministers and teachers among us ? Jesus said in the next verse , “You will know them by their fruits”. We’re back in the produce market ; ” Is it healthy ? Is it good, is it wholesome, is it nourishing ? “
There is only one way to tell. You must exercise discernment , and spiritually speaking , you can only do that by relying on the objective standard of God’s Word. There is no other standard to employ in the search for Truth. Jesus said ”Your Word is Truth” ( John 17:17 ) ” Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” . (Matthew 4:4 ) ” Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm119:105 ) In order to use God’s Word as our standard , we must really understand it and to really understand it we must study it !
So much of what we see in the church today is geared toward entertaining people, meeting their ”felt needs”, and utilyzing music and pep-talk sermons to “win them” (supposedly to Christ). The fruit is not good in the Seeker-Sensitive , Purpose Driven , and Emerging Church movements. The “gospel” being disseminated oftentimes is incomplete and almost always unbalanced. Only by regular Bible study and a RIGHT HEART of submission and repentance before God will we be spared the confusion so pervasive in the Church today.
May God help us to UNDERSTAND.
” Teach me good discernment and knowledge for I believe in Your Commandments “
Serving Our Great God Along with You,
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