The Importance of Discernment

Matthew 3:1-12

Who couldn’t use a little discernment? We desperately need the Lord’s help to determine truth and reality in a world filled with confusing gray areas and evil deceptions.

A discerning spirit is one that is in tune with the Spirit of God. As John the Baptist lived in submission to the Lord, he gained insight beyond anything that could have originated from his own mind.

He saw the situation from God’s perspective and delivered a strong rebuke to that “brood of vipers” (Matt. 3:7). Although we may never be as forthright as John, there will be times when a discerning spirit will lead to confrontation.

The Father wants His children to develop spiritual discernment in order to guard against deception. We must know how to recognize invalid philosophies as well as false doctrines that sneak into the church. What’s more, divine insight can also protect us in our relationships and even helps us see the truth about ourselves.

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Does God Love Me?

Does God love me? How many times have you asked yourself that question? How often in any given moment do you think, “God, do you love me?” I have the answer for that question and its been right in front of me the whole time. It’s right in front of you too.

Look at John 15:10. It says, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in my love…” There it is folks. If you want to know if God loves you, then keep his commandments. Of course you’ll never truly lose the love of God generally speaking but, it’s when you sin that you are not keeping His commandments. When you sin you are choosing not to abide in God’s love but instead you are making a deliberate choice to abide in sin. Why? It’s easier. You know that lust, feeling, excitement, taste or whatever it might be that you give in to. (James 1:14-15) It’s just easier than keeping God’s commandments.

If you want to abide or live in God’s love all the time, then make the obvious and right choice. Keep His commandments.