Discerning Good and Evil

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:14).

Paul taught the church about the need for the solid food of the word to sustain us and to help us to train our spiritual senses. When our senses are trained and developed, then we have the ability to discern who is of God and those who are operating under the influence of this world. We cannot afford to remain immature in this season and be deceived by the enemy. To be discerning means to demonstrate good judgement in choosing our friends and acquaintances. “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer” (2 Corinthians 5:16).

Many people in Jesus’s home town could not see past his birth to a carpenter. They missed out on benefitting from his amazing ministry and experiencing many of the miracles that he performed because they could not see past his beginning. How many of us have counted out people because they did not start out in a way that we considered significant? Only God determines the end from the beginning and we need eyes trained to see in the way that God sees. “Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish” (Isaiah 46:10).

The bible even warns us to be careful to entertain strangers for some have entertained angels without knowing it. It is discernment that helps us to determine those people who have been sent to us as destiny helpers. A snobbish attitude can push away people who genuinely want to be of service to you. Don’t just take people at face value, but ask God to reveal why people have come into your life for such a time as this. Some opportunities don’t come packaged in the label that we would expect. It was David’s meeting with Goliath that set him on a path towards destiny.

“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).


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