The Spirit of Discernment: Part 2
There are so many benefits that come along with the gift of discernment. Yesterday, we learn it is the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and good and evil. But being able to discern is deeper than that.
When you have the spirit of discernment, you can “read between the lines” on situations and people and get to the truth of an issue. You are able to see if a person’s true intentions are of God or of the enemy. You have that “gut feeling” that tells you when something doesn’t seem right.
One of the main uses of discernment is to get revelation and hidden wisdom from God’s Word. Discernment is very much needed when studying and reading the bible. It helps us get a better understanding and meaning behind scriptures. And it is something we can freely ask for.
In Psalm, David asked God to give him discernment so he could better understand his Word. In Psalm 119:125 David says, “I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.”
My favorite use of discernment is the gift of being able to recognize the spirit of deception. People who have the gift of discernment can distinguish between a good spirit and a bad sprit. They can see behind a person's mask or facade. Even when a person seems to be good, they can discern and find out their true heart and purpose.
2 Timothy 3:13 says, “But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” But people with of the gift of the discernment can see right pass their deception. You can’t fool a child of God operating fully in their gift of discernment no matter how hard you try.
Another use of discernment is for guidance. The gift of discernment can help us and guide us in making our decisions. Solomon tells us in Proverbs 1:5, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”
Other benefits of discernment include being able to help settle disputes and arguments, prevention for committing sin, and protection from entering into bad relationships with people.
When we use our gift of discernment we tap into God’s power of wisdom and revelation. The Word says in Colossians 2:3 it is in God “whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” 1 Corinthians 2:10 says, “But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets.”
So how do we find out all these wonderful revelations, secrets, and knowledge? Simple, through prayer. As soon as our spirit man discerns something, we need to go into immediate prayer to seek what the revelation is. It is through prayer that we receive wisdom and revelation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Man can’t tell you these revelations. In Galatians 1:12 Paul says, “I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”
Today I encourage you to tap into the fullness of your spiritual gift of discernment! As soon as you start discerning, you need to start praying and ask God for the revelation. I promise he will give it to you. God said his people will not be blind or ignorant of the enemy’s devices or from the truth
Today’s Scripture: “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.” Proverbs 18:15