We had a powerful teaching at church yesterday regarding the subject of discernment and being able to tell what is truth from what is false. For so many, this is a difficulty. There are so many twisted teachings out there and compromised Scripture. We see it on TV with those teaching the prosperity gospel and then in our local churches as well. I wrote on this recently that there are so many attempts to compromise Scripture in order to make it fit into our social norms and cultural post-modern thinking that has become so prevalent today.
Our job as followers of Christ is to be able to learn and know what Truth is. To be able to use Scripture as the testing block of all that we do and all that is thrown our way. 1 John 4:1 calls for us to test the spirit of everything. Again, that’s everything. It doesn’t matter where the teaching comes from. We have a responsibility to be able to know and understand the Truth ourselves and not just trust someones word at face value.
When talking with my pastor and some guys last week about this coming teaching, a revelation hit me regarding the subject of discernment. One point that was made is that discernment is essential for spiritual growth. Years before I knew about Jesus, but didn’t know Him. I knew what He did to save us, but didn’t really understand the full scope of His works. I didn’t know God the Father and I didn’t know the Holy Spirit. I never took time to really dive into God’s Word. My level of knowledge was on surface level teachings from Sunday School growing up or things I saw on TV. Essentially there was no growth in my life.
As into adulthood, with no significant backdrop in the faith and not real knowledge of discerning Truth, I easily swayed with the wind. If there was a new teaching or some new enlightenment, it would be easy for me to almost believe, depending on what it was. I didn’t know the Word and I didn’t know real Truth.
4 years ago, I began reading Scripture for the first time in my life. Not for significant study, but to just read through it. To know the stories of the Bible and learn a deeper understanding of what I now see as a 66 book love story laid out for us.
Since that time, I began to start studying deeper. Reading through 3 times straight and them changing things up to get a deeper understanding and begin to connect prophecy to fulfillment and more. Essentially, I was starting to understand and starting to discern Truth. For the first time in my life, I now have a greater understanding and ability to stand on the Truth of the Scriptures and be able to test the spirits of things I hear.
As I said, discernment is essential for spiritual growth. I could have easily spent a life of just spinning my wheels and not knowing Truth. All this does is lead to death. I was reading through something I wrote many months ago and am reminded of the journey God now has me on. I can’t not be all in and not grow in Truth and intimacy with God. Knowing Truth and being able to speak the Truth enables a closer relationship with God. Because of this growth, I now know Jesus and have a deeper understanding of His works. I know God the Father as my Father who through Christ has now called me son, and I know the Holy Spirit and call on Him for guidance and counsel now every single day.
Once you know the Truth of God and what He has revealed in His Word, there is no way you can’t not be all in. I thankful that God has blessed me with discernment and I pray for this to continue each day. I pray that for each one of you to know the Truth for yourselves and then once you do, don’t compromise it for the sake of this world.