What astounding power there is in the Word of God to be able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Even as believers, we may be tempted daily to succumb to the disorder of the World System caused by sin in the hearts of man. There is not a family or government that is left unaffected by this fallen world.
We live in a time of great deception and are in danger of being mislead and deceived in many areas of life, including our faith. How can we see our way in Christ? The hymn “Abide With Me” has been coming into my heart the past few months as a prayer.
I've had this subject on my mind lately because of some recent events, as well as things I've seen on the internet claiming to be truth. Like Pilot as he questioned Jesus, many may wonder, "What is truth?" There is one source of truth and only one source – Jesus Christ Himself and the written Word He has given to us. He is not only the source, but He is the truth Himself. We must first of all have Christ before we can ever have truth.
In the early years of the United States, whenever gold was found or claimed to have been found, settlers’ ears perked up, and they flocked around general stores and swapped dream stories. Many settlers uprooted themselves and sometimes their families to journey to areas potentially filled with treasure. Most of these pioneers gave up their very livelihoods and threw everything aside to seek their gold...I encourage you to view discernment as a precious stone and seek for it diligently!
We need wisdom and discernment every day in both our physical and spiritual lives. We all start small – a baby – then we grow and learn. As we get older, the problems get larger, and the temptations get bigger. We need understanding and discernment. “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14). This growth comes through God. “For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him” (Isaiah 28:26).
We walk in “the ways of the Lord” if we follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Deceptions often rise up on the way, attempting to turn us aside. Spiritual discernment is needed to understand the difference between God’s will, which keeps and leads us in His ways, and the will of the world that turns us aside with deceptions, attempting to ensnare us. Paul reminds us to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
The Bible uses the phrase “the fear of Lord” approximately 30 times. In most cases, the writer is referring to reverence, respect, and/or awe of God. There is also a proper place for legitimate fear of God as our Judge and fear of His wrath. For the most part, we find ourselves living in a generation that has lost its “fear of the Lord” as described above.