The Power of a Discerning Spirit
Hebrews 5:10-14; 1 Peter 2:2; Isaiah 28:7-12
11-14-20, Pastor Charles Stanley -- In a world filled with endless sources of information and opinions, believers need to develop a discerning spirit. Otherwise, how will we know what is true? Much of what we see and hear is based on a worldly perspective that is influenced by Satan, the Father of Lies [John 8:44]. Deception is found even in the religious realm: cults mix lies with enough truth to make some people consider them legitimate Christian institutions.
The only way born again believers [John 3:3, 7] can guard against deception is to ground themselves in God's Word. The more time you spend filling your mind with the Lord's instructions, precepts and thoughts, the more discerning we will be. However, just knowing biblical truth isn't enough. You must put what you learn into practice so that it becomes more than head knowledge; actually walk the walk.
The goal is to let God's Word become such an integral part of our thinking that it guides all our decisions. Even if the situation we're facing isn't specifically addressed in the Bible, scriptural principles provide the needed wisdom for every choice. In addition, the Holy Spirit was given to each believer as a Helper, whose job is to guide us into all the truth (John 14:26, 16:13).
However, our responsibility is to put God's Word into your mind so that He can bring it to your remembrance.
What are you allowing into your mind? Is Scripture high in your priorities? Unless you're careful, worldly thinking will overpower spiritual discernment. It's difficult to keep God's perspective in the forefront if you spend two or three hours in front of the television and only ten minutes in the Bible. Galatians 5:16-17; Proverbs 15:21; Philippians 1:9-10; Romans 13:13-14; 1 Kings 3:9 Source
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