DISCERNMENT IN CHAOS
DISCERNMENT IN CHAOS
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1 NIV
There’s a lot of “truth” being told right now! Everyone has “their truth” to share in this season—objective truth, subjective truth, sincere truth, insincere truth. Like incoming missiles, we’re daily bombarded with never-ending information, opinion and speculation. Sorting it all out is exhausting and often leaves us feeling anxious and agitated.
Last week I was feeling under siege and overwhelmed by the chatter of so many voices. So I asked God to help me navigate these treacherous waters. I felt desperate to stop the racket coming at me. Instead I wanted to press into listening only to God’s heart.
In my spirit I heard, If the truth you’re hearing agitates your spirit, it’s not My truth.
But with all this noise how do I hear your truth, Lord?
Use your discernment, God said. Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. John 14:6 NIV
Discernment is the ability to judge well. Paul lists discernment as a valued spiritual gift in 1 Corinthians 12—to another distinguishing between spirits. . .1 Corinthians 12:10
We need to discern whose influence is predominantly at work in every circumstance, report and “truth” statement.
Is it God, Satan, the world, our flesh?
What’s the fruit of the spirit in that situation?
Does the fruit align with God’s word—But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control. Galatians 5:22.
Or is the fruit causing cognitive dissonance and agitation?
As we enter into the Kingdom Age it’s imperative for God’s people to know the Truth. How else can we then recognize the counterfeit?
Do 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
What “truth” are you listening to today?
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