But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what He hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13
I am the very proud grandmother to three of the world’s pickiest eaters. By far, the middle one is the fussiest. In an eating contest she could choose her favorite out of four samples of ranch dressing, chicken nuggets, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Yes, this is an eclectic list but it’s is almost inclusive of her entire menu choices. She can unapprovingly look up from the plate you have served her and make faces that rival an old spinster schoolmarm. I am usually a very adaptive Grammie and try to satisfy their fussy little palettes but there is that “once in a while” when I will say, “Then go hungry until we eat again.” An overabundance of misplaced discernment can be very frustrating.
Have you ever attended church with a friend and heard something said by a congregant or pastor that troubled your spirit? Or saw an online, on the street, or in the mall church ad and attended out of interest and saw practices that made you cringe inside? Maybe you’ve attended a new church for a while and felt a keen sense of human awareness and outreach only to realize that the pastoral family seems way more expensively dressed or housed than the congregation? In fact, I had a friend who attended a church that was preaching that if you tithed to this certain church, you WOULD receive all material blessings desired. Lastly, have you ever heard the rumble from a church where the pastor was leaving the pulpit because one or a series of sexual indiscretions had “just happened?” It is simple to address any of these examples/questions: BEWARE!! Let the discernment of the Holy Spirit of God, who resides in the body of every believer, speak to your heart or stir your spirit and LISTEN! Fall at the side of your bed or sofa and wait for the voice of God. Search the scriptures; an answer will come! God does not desire that any one of His children fall under the lies of the evil one! God might want you to stay clear of the church or speak your concerns with the Pastor or research the denomination online but PRAY!
The discernment of spirits is one the tools we receive as a child of God! It is not often an instant resolve and it certainly is never the fodder of gossip! Paul read an inscription on a monument that read: To the unknown god; sorry, installer of monument, no such animal! There is only one God and one set of His teachings and commands. I believe the Word of God clearly states that the evil one comes in many disguises.
In the vernacular: “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, it’s a duck!”
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
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