Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned" (I Corinthians 2:14). Did you know Satan is a expert when it comes to fooling us. This is one reason why we need discernment. We need Holy Spirit given discernment. One of my favorite commentators is Paul Harvey. Notice when he speaks you really don't have the whole picture until he gives you the rest of the story. How many times do we have huge decisions to make and we desperately wish we had the rest of the story, that is the whole picture. Every day we make decisions on what we can see, knowing full well there is so much we don't see. This is another reason why we need discernment. Each of my children made a commitment to Jesus Christ as a child. Likewise, each one has updated and reconfirmed that decision as an adult. A child's commitment to Jesus can be very real. In fact, Jesus didn't say children had to believe with adult like faith. He said adults need to come to Him with faith like a little child. I believe a re commitment as an adult shows wisdom and discernment. A wise person makes certain, their relationship with the King of Kings. I have been praying about the subject of discernment. I need discernment in my personal life. The Holy Spirit of God gives wisdom and discernment to those who are seeking the Lord. Have you ever watched an eagle soar? They do so with so little effort and for so long. The eagle waits to see where the wind is blowing and he goes with it. That is how you and I are to make our decisions and forge our plans, waiting to see where the wind of God is blowing in a particular situation and then going with it. This is how "They who wait upon the Lord will mount up with wings as eagles." We need to take care that we are not guilty of spiritual sleepwalking. That is why Jesus told His disciples to "Watch and pray." Being led by the Spirit is for those who are wide awake, and in tune with Him. If we are doing a spiritual sleepwalk we may well stumble into a swamp of crocodiles. The Word of God is a Lamp unto our feet and a Light unto our path, and it will keep us out of the swamp. My friends we live in desperate times. But our Lord is Lord over all seasons of life. When I was in Bible College we sang a timely song that went like this, "In times like these we need a Savior, in times like these we need an anchor." The song then asked the questions "Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?" It is my prayer that a lost and dying world might wake up and realize its our Anchor, Jesus, who has the answers, in desperate times like these. Dr. Ken Copley is available for counseling, conferences, and local church meetings.