A television news report explained how fish are inspected. The most precise way to inspect fish is with a trained human nose. The fish inspector smells each part of the fish, trying to detect unusual odors. When something smells fishy, it indicates one part of the fish may be bad.
Discernment tells you when something smells fishy. It enables you to distinguish right from wrong, or when someone has hidden motives to entrap you. It keeps you out of trouble. Many people would not be in the mess they’re in right now if they had just used some discernment!
THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE: A critical person only looks for what’s wrong—and cannot see the blessings of what’s good in a situation. A naïve person cannot see the warning flag if something is harmful—and is easy prey to be deceived. But a discerning person has learned how to sort out the bad from the good, and error from truth—and won’t be fooled.
RECEIVING DISCERNMENT: First, study the Bible because it will reveal truth (John 17:17). Second, ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you in all truth (John 16:13). God’s Spirit will usually upset the peace inside you when something is wrong.
USING DISCERNMENT: Have an open mind to receive truth, but keep your spiritual antenna up to reject error. An open mind is like an open window. It needs a screen on it to keep the bugs out. 1 Thess. 5:21 says, "Examine everything carefully. Hold fast to that which is good." Just because you don’t agree with every little thing your pastor teaches does it mean you should quit the church. Eat the meat and spit out the bones. But it you’re spitting out more bones than receiving meat, it’s time to change restaurants.
Don’t tell your secrets to an untrustworthy person. David made this mistake. He said, “I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul,” which resulted in the priests being put to death (1 Samuel 22:22, 1 Sam. 21:7, 22:9,18).
Don't be so quick to believe gossip about others because exaggerations and lies are usually mixed into the message. Don't believe every thought that pops into your mind because the evil one can plant thoughts too. You’ll stay out of trouble and enjoy your life by using discernment. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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