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Consider the Source

Christian Discernment Resources offer ways to think about spiritual experiences. Explore this site—read the blog and watch the videos. The books are available in print and Kindle. And send me stories about your spiritual experiences. How do you test the spirits?

What is Discernment?

Discernment is the ability to distinguish good from evil, right from wrong. Christians can know what is and what is not of God. How? We have the Bible, God’s revelation of himself, and the Holy Spirit within us. Furthermore, Christian discernment is closely aligned with godly wisdom. A person is wise as he or she walks closely with God. Wisdom and discernment both come from God.

God gives Christians the ability to discern the spiritual source of visions, inspirations, inclinations, desires, spiritual turmoil, beliefs, and practices. But for a variety of reasons, many Christians have a rudimentary understanding of how to test the source of spiritual experiences and practices. If it inspires and brings peace, it must be of God; if it is dark and menacing, it must be evil, perhaps Satan.

The Bible teaches a more nuanced, informed way of discerning the source. Read and listen to what the Bible teaches. 

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).

 

May 25, 2018 in Pastoral by

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

(Isaiah 40: 31)

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