The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Have you ever been in a situation where you were not sure how to react or what the truth was? What did you do? Did you realize that you can ask the Lord for discernment? With all that is going on in the world we all need the discernment that comes from the Lord. Often, we don’t see most problems have a spiritual root. To understand this spiritual root, we need discernment that the Holy Spirit can give.

Following his call from Jesus, Matthew generously puts on a banquet and invites not only Jesus, but the disciples, and those society would consider deplorable. Luke 5:30 But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?[1]

Due to lack of spiritual discernment the teachers of the religious law were bitter. Spiritual discernment would have enabled them to rejoice that people who did not know God were coming to Jesus. Without spiritual discernment they were not even aware of the wonderful thing that was taking place right in front of their eyes.

When we have spiritual discernment, the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to the wonderful things the Lord is doing. When we have spiritual discernment, the Holy Spirit reveals the dangers of being bitter and leads us to repentance.

How different this conversation would have been if the religious leaders and the Pharisees would have been rejoicing and praising God for what was going on.  In Philippians 1:8-11 the Apostle Paul gives us more insight into the need for discernment.  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 doesn’t want us living by feelings or sight, so He provides the gift of spiritual discernment.

To live in God’s will, we must have a discerning spirit. It was not God’s will for the Pharisees and teachers of the law to complain bitterly that Jesus was associating with sinners. Jesus wants us to walk in a manner that both brings Him glory and blesses those around us. In God’s mercy He will reveal His path to anyone who asks, but we must be able to judge what is of Him and what’s not. Remember, many opportunities and situations that look good or seem correct aren’t the Lord’s will.

In the world there is a lot of information that seems true but is actually false. We must be able to distinguish between the two and this takes spiritual discernment.

1 John 4:1Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. [2]

Phil. 1:9-10 -I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.[3]

Heb. 5:14 -Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. [4]

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[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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