Everyday Discernment

Everyday Discernment

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world – 1 John 4:1 ESV.

Not everyone who claims to have the Spirit of GOD is in fact of GOD. The word of GOD tells us that many different and false spirits have gone out into the world, and it is therefore necessary for us to test the claims of all who profess to speak the truth of GOD. In the book of Philippians 1:8-11, Paul says he wants the believers at Philippi to grow in their knowledge of GOD so they can choose the best way to live. Our heavenly Father does not want us living by our feelings nor by sight and it is for this reason He provides the gift of discernment so we have the capacity to judge situations and determine what His best will is for us. 

To live in God’s will we must have a discerning spirit. He wants us to walk in a manner that both brings Him glory and blesses us with joy and peace, that is His perfect will for us. What merely seems right may not really be God’s will for our lives, many opportunities and situations that look good are not necessarily the Lord’s will. A lot of information we come across or hear seems true but it is actually false and we must be able to distinguish between the two.

It would be unwise to accept everything we hear, see or read on the internet, radio, or television. Counsel from influential people, the media, and even the pulpit must be evaluated against the only reliable measure for spiritual discernment: God’s Word. Jesus will reveal the path to anyone who asks, but we must be able to judge what is of Him and what’s not, then we can avoid avenues that merely seem right. Seek the spirit of discernment every day, pray for it even on those seemingly insignificant issues so that you don’t fall victim to the enemy’s deception. 

What merely seems right may not really be God’s will for our lives, many opportunities and situations that look good are not necessarily His will

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