Biblical Discernment – Missing In Action? (part 1)

Biblical Discernment – Missing In Action?  (part 1)

Why does this even matter today? 

 Isn’t Being Happy the most important thing in life?
      “ . . . Don't Worry, be Happy . . . ”
 
Well, let me ask you a question…
    Have you ever made a decision or had to make a choice?
If so, what concepts, ideas, ideals, and/or thinking did you use?
 
More than likely you used some sort of structured thinking based upon some sort of beliefs, ideals, ideology, experience, “how you were raised”, etc.
 
Well, let me ask you another related question…
    Have you ever made a BAD decision and suffered for it?
If so, welcome to the human race.
 
A Bible Study on Biblical Discernment is not very popular these days.  Of course, if one wants to be popular, being a SOLA SCRIPTURA, Biblical Disciple of Jesus Christ would not be what you would want to be either.
 
But I think that every follower of Christ, including myself, desparately needs Biblically-based, Holy Spirit-empowered Discernment.
 
When making Decisions in Life, as humans, no matter who we are and no matter what situation we might find ourselves in, we all, yes, we all, use some sort of “structured thinking” to “discern” or “judge” or “decide” what to do or what our decision will be.  So, let’s call that: “authority”. We draw upon some sort of an “authority” of thought, ideology, idea, or ideology that we believe to be true and correct to make our decisions. 
 
How we live, how we relate to others around us, how we work, and how we view the world, its origins and its destiny along with our own personal destiny, all are based upon these collection of beliefs we personally hold to.  We may say we hold to a certain set of beliefs, such as a Statement of Faith of our Church or some religious organization, but what we really hold to, what our real beliefs are, they are all displayed in the tracks of our life by our patterns of decisions we each make as we live our lives. And yes, all of us are imperfect.  But, do we want to stay where we are at?  Don’t we each want to improve, to grow, to be more like Jesus Christ?
 
What “Authority” should we use?
If you are a Christian, then the normal, “pat” answer is the Bible.  And of course that is correct.   Let’s look at Ephesians 4:14 (context: Ephesians 4:11-16):

“(11) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, (12) for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (13) till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; (14) that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, (15) but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ — (16) from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

 
It is very clear that God wants His People to have Discernment, which is the central responsibility of pastoral leadership as they equip Jesus’ disciples within local churches. It is fully and soley based upon Holy Scripture and it is supposed to protect us from the schemes of the devil and of evil people.
 
Have you ever met anyone evil that sought to deceive you, who at first seemed to be good and nice? Well, God has provided protection for us in His Word that supplies biblically-based, Holy Spirit-empowered wisdom that we need in those cases.
 
Has your Biblical Discernment “meter” become more sensitive as you are growing in Jesus Christ? What are some ways you can improve that “meter’s” sensitivity?
 
Do you think Biblical Discernment is being taught effectively and fruitfully from the pulpits of churches around the world on a normal basis?
 
I would be interested in any of your comments regarding this subject as we go through this series.

Please tune in next time for the next installment in this series:
      Biblical Discernment – Missing In Action?

Live like you mean it, for Yahweh’s Sake,

God Bless,

 
Pastor Andy Thomas
  PastorAndy@newlifefellowship.us
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