Always Be Ready: Discernment
Always be ready. It’s one of the biblical mandates for God’s people. This week we are looking at different ways to always be ready. First, we must learn to hear God’s voice. Secondly, we must pray for open doors to share the Gospel and then partner with God to touch the world. Third, we must grow in our discernment. Learning to discern and distinguish good from evil is very important. Isaiah 5:20 says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” In other words, not every voice is from God! For example, in the life of Paul, there were times where the devil hindered him from going places. But other times, it was the Spirit who prevented him from moving forward. Paul had to discern whether a situation was from the enemy or from the Spirit. Doing so, allowed him to go where God truly wanted him to go. Specifically when it comes to sharing your faith, you are going to run into resistance. As you do, start learning to discern if it’s the devil or the Spirit. If it’s the devil, keep trying. Keep sharing. Persist. He will eventually be defeated. If it’s the Spirit trying to take you in a different direction, be sensitive to his voice. Maybe he has a different strategy for you to reach that person. Or maybe the resistance is so severe that it’s time to knock the dust off your shoes and move on. Jesus explains this in Matthew 10:13-15. “And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.” If you end up having to walk away, continue to stay ready! Watch as the Spirit leads you to someone else who needs to hear the good news of Jesus.