Live a Life of Readiness by Discerning (Part 2)

The Word of God is not based on reason it is based on faith in God. God told us to walk by faith. An unsaved man cannot understand the things of God.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:14 New King James Version – But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 

In the last days many false doctrines and teachers will arise. We need discernment so we are not deceived. In order to recognize a fake, we must study the real, authentic Word of God. We must be in a place where if we hear someone claiming to be Christ, we know that it is false based on what the scripture says about Christ and His Return for His Church and the 2nd Coming of Christ.

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – King James Version 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Consider the wisdom Solomon received from the Lord

1 Kings 3:16–28 recounts that two mothers living in the same house, each the mother of an infant son, came to Solomon. One of the babies had been smothered, and each claimed the remaining boy as her own. Calling for a sword, Solomon declared his judgment: the baby would be cut in two, each woman to receive half. Solomon gave the baby to the woman who was willing to give the child up rather than seeing the child destroyed.

We need discernment in marriage, in business, in partnerships and in every area of life. The bible tells us not to believe every spirit that comes along. We must recognize when spirits come that are trying to deceive us. The enemy is not after people he already has. He is trying to steal souls. So we must have godly knowledge to recognize error.

Too many times people make decisions based on their current circumstances. If your back is against the wall and you think you have to make a quick decision, take time to seek the Lord. Don’t look for the easy way out. Look for God’s way. Some people make bad decisions because they are not willing to suffer or wait on the Lord.

-Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Psalm 27:14 New King James Version

Discernment sometimes guides us to wait. The Lord wants us to be of good courage while we wait. Because waiting can cause us to be discouraged. The heart can get weak when waiting. The Lord is never late. He is never early. The Lord is always on time. When God decides to move, THAT IS THE RIGHT TIME.

Ask yourself this question, “Why is it so difficult to wait?”

  • We want things to happen in our time.
  • We want to take the easy way out.
  • We look for the quick fix. (But, the quick fix doesn’t last.)
  • We expect God to move a certain way, but we get confused when they don’t.
  • Discernment from the Holy Spirit guides us, but He won’t make us.
  • We come up with a time frame for God to move, instead of just waiting for God to move with a good attitude.
  • When God says something twice like He did in Psalm 27:14, pay attention. God said “wait on the Lord” twice. The Lord means what He said.
  • When Job lost everything, he became discouraged but he decided to wait on the Lord, rather than getting angry at God.

Job 14:14 – New King James Version – If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes.

  • Be careful of friends who are always looking for the way out.
  • We must be patient. Patience is different from waiting.
  • Patience is a state of mind. Patience is endurance.

Romans 8:25 New King James Version – But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

  • Don’t put your hand on it. Let the Lord work. Wait on the Lord to work it out.
  • The Lord is wiser and way more loving than we could ever be. His plan is always better than ours.

Discernment will also guide us to abide at times. Abiding is to continue doing what you were told to do.

  • John 15:7 New King James Version – If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Sometimes we might lose friends and family members, and people may talk about us, but we must keep on standing in the Lord. We must learn to ABIDE IN OUR FAITH. Jesus is worth the wait. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Don’t entertain the negative thoughts from the enemy.

  • Be careful when people try to pull you away from God or the place where you are growing in the Lord.
  • Stay where God planted you. (NOTE: We are not saying you should abide in an abusive relationship)

Read the account of the Apostle Paul in Acts 27:9-27. God gave Paul discernment to bring him and a ship’s crew through a storm. Paul by the Spirit of the Lord told them not to sail. But they sailed anyway. Nevertheless, Paul prayed for himself and the crew and God spared their lives, though they lost the cargo.

  • How much damage could we have avoided if we had just listened to God?
  • It better to wait for the Lord’s plan, than to move forward with your plan.
  • God sent an angel to tell Paul, “ALL IS WELL.”
  • When God tells you not to be afraid, it is because fear can take you to a place of not trusting God.
  • ABIDE IN FAITH AND KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS.
  • Continue to trust God.
  • Acts 27:25 New King James Version – Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. 
  • How much do you have to go through before you pray?
  • How much will you try to fix it only to see things get worse, before you pray?
  • Acts 27:31 New King James Version – Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men STAY IN THE SHIP (abide), you cannot be saved.”
  • Sometimes the right decision is not the majority’s decision. It is not the popular decision. Instead, it is the decision based on the Lord’s direction.

When you follow the leading of the Lord, you will get the best outcome. Even though the journey may be rough, the destination will be blessed when we do things God’s way.

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