Discernment

This is an important concept when meandering through life. This is an important character quality that should be more present than it is. Discernment is simply the “ability to judge well”. It is also “perception in the absent of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding.” I am drawn to people of discernment because they think before they act. They display a level of wisdom that is somewhat absent from out culture.  Jeremiah’s message was not considered truth to the people he was addressing, because a lack of discernment. Check this out…. 

So Jeremiah finished telling the people the message from the Lord their God; he told them everything the Lord their God had sent him to tell them.
2 Azariah son of Hoshaiah, Johanan son of Kareah, and some other men were too proud. They said to Jeremiah, “You are lying! The Lord our God did not send you to say, ‘You must not go to Egypt to live there.’ 3 Baruch son of Neriah is causing you to be against us. He wants you to hand us over to the Babylonians so they can kill us or capture us and take us to Babylon.”
4 So Johanan, the army officers, and all the people disobeyed the Lord’s command to stay in Judah. (Jeremiah 43:1-4 NCV)

There are times when I can’t believe the ignorance of the people of Judah. How many times does God need to speak before they listen?  I don’t stay in that place long without looking inside my heart at my own disobedience and ignorance. The Lord’s Word is so clear and yet I still ignore and disobey. I pray often for a discerning heart. I want to know the right thing to do when the decision is not clear. I believe that the Holy Spirit can whisper (or shout) ideas in to my life that are totally of the Lord, IF I will just listen. I believe discernment requires that my ears be tuned into the Presence of the Holy Spirit. God is the Author of Discernment and I believe it’s a gift that He wants to give me.

 Pressing On!
Dwayne

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