Discernment. A common or familiar word often used in spiritual settings, but what exactly does it mean?
To discern is defined as: to perceive or recognize differently; to perceive by sight or some other sense; to distinguish mentally; recognize as distinct or different; discriminate. In Christianity, discernment can be defined as the process of determining God’s desire in a situation or for one's life or identifying the true nature of a thing such as discerning between good and evil. John MacArthur defines it this way: discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically. So we can deduce from this definition that in order to operate in discernment we have to understand truth, or the word of God. John 17:17 says, sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth. So how do we understand truth? This can only be done by having a relationship with the third person of the trinity, the Holy Spirit and by constant feeding on the word. We have to esteem the word more than our necessary food (Job 23:12), and we have to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth (John 16:13).
It’s important to note that operating in discernment is not something that just happens over night. Like prayer and studying the bible, and even eating healthy, operating in discernment is a discipline. It must be practiced. Daily we must check our thinking as it pertains to the word of God. If not, we could find ourselves in a place of compromise. As Christians, we should not be ignorant to satan’s devices (2 Corin 2:11), but unfortunately discernment is the area where most of us stumble. God "has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence" (2 Peter 1:3). So let’s begin feeding on the word and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and applying what we read and hear to every area of our life.
For a more in depth teaching on the definition of discernment, click the link (https://fccdl.in/K3kf07CFn ) to hear the teaching from The War Room Prayer Line. We will be covering the topic The Power of Discernment each week on the call, during the month of March.
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!