If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to you.
[FROM THE PUBLISHER: As the world continues its struggle in adjustment to a new routine dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic, His Own Heart Ministries continues to pray for your health and safety. We are also striving to bring you uplifting and soul-care oriented posts from some of the most prolific, compassionate Christian writers and educators we know. This week – for reasons you’ll understand momentarily – we’re featuring timely words from author Callie Logan.]
Hi everyone. It’s Carole-Anne. Before we dive into Callie’s wisdom this week, I’d like to explain why your reading of this particular post is so important to me. I am on a ministry team – separate from His Own Heart – that literally stands on the brink of a decision that will have a serious effect on the ministry itself. And while I’d love to tell you I feel totally assured and confident with the outcomes that are yet-to-be-seen, I have to be perfectly honest. At this time, in this place, over the past five days, I’ve gone from spiritual numbness to tears to uneasiness, finally leveling out with what – at best – can be described as an uneasy spirit.
To be blunt, the team – myself included – desperately needs discernment to carry out our mission for one reason: the express glory of God.
So I’m humbly asking each of you to read Callie’s enlightening words as she breaks down the particulars of Godly discernment. Once you do, would you pleaseincorporate the concluding prayer pattern – or some variation of it – into your personal prayer time over the next seven days on behalf of the ministry team? I love each of you so much more than you will ever know
A Powerful Prayer for Discernment
Life in itself is a reoccurrence of decisions to make that will determine the result and path of the journey. As Christians we seek God for the best and correct path, but how can we draw a conclusion as to what He is really saying? This is where discernment is not only key, it is necessary to make the cognitive choice after proper discernment for the journey ahead.
It is not a rare occurrence to hear someone say that they felt an event, a word, or something out of the norm was, “a sign” or “a God wink” but it is discernment that will help test such to ensure His green light. It says in John 14 that the Holy Spirit is the, “counselor of truth” and in so it is seeking His truth for events that we are taken through the method of proper discernment.
From the Garden of Eden, the Lord sought to have relationship with His creation. He instructed Adam and Eve on what to eat, and what to avoid. The kindness and love of God is shown that even in their disobedience to God, He still chose to have relationship with mankind. Even from the first sin where Adam and Eve go against God and choose to discern that the Serpent was correct, there is the heart of the Lord in that all of mankind was not forgotten. God knew even then that He would work in the hearts and souls to come to guide and instruct.
David was a man after God’s own heart, and though he was not perfect, he sought God’s heart on matters. David also relied on trusted advisors such as the Prophet Samuel, for he knew Samuel knew God. It even says in 1 Samuel 3 that, “not one of Samuel’s words would fall” which means that Samuel had such heightened discernment and alignment with God that not a single thing he said would prove false. Proper discernment can come in various forms, but prayer with God can be a great help at all times.
Testing and discerning through the Word of God is most important. The living and active Word of God is the tangible heart of the Lord. John 1 shares that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Resting assured that the Word of the Lord will never counteract the Spirit of the Lord, we can use the Bible for proper discernment in matters. 1 John 4 shares to “test the spirits” and testing and discerning through the Word of God will provide the refining fire spoken about in 1 Corinthians 3:13-14.
Another name for the Holy Spirit is the Counselor of Truth referenced by Jesus in John 14. The Holy Spirit indwells in the hearts of believers. Ask the Holy Spirit to grant you discernment sharper than a sword, for sincere discernment is authentic truth. Through His gentle urging in our hearts, we can discern what is His truth, and what is rubbish. He grants a peace beyond understanding, even when what is discerned as truth does not always make sense. Trust in the Holy Spirit of the Lord, for it is in and through Him that the truth is revealed. (See the following passages for reference.)
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
1 Corinthians 3:13
“his workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive a reward.”
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;”
1 Samuel 16:7
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Kings 3:9
“So, give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
1 John 4
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.“
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
“But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”
“Teach me good discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Your commandments
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, but in all ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight”
Discernment is key for making wise and godly decisions, but it takes time to mature and cultivate. Like Paul mentioned in Hebrews 5:14 (above) it is like solid food for a child verses spiritual milk. Rely and press into the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Word of God, and seek counsel from those who know the Lord well when striving to discern holy truth. The Lord is ever seeking to guide us for His best, and it is through discernment that we can be embraced into such a path.
Father God,We thank You for this day as well as the fact that You are the same today as You were yesterday, and as You are tomorrow. Since the beginning of mankind, You have sought to have a relationship with Your creation, to instruct us in the way that we ought to go. Father, today we pray for discernment. We ask that the Holy Spirit that indwells us fill us a peace – Your peace – beyond understanding in order that we may know precisely when something is You, and when something is not You. Father, we want to be obedient to Your call in our lives. We pray for such discernment to not only make wise choices, but in the course of it all to know we can trust Your guiding hand.In Jesus’ holy Name,Amen.
Thank you for spending time with His Own Heart this week. Your prayerful support and commitment to this blog continues to amaze me. I praise for each of you on a daily basis!
Blessings to you,