To Walk in Wisdom and Discover Discernment

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Today I have been asking, “What’s really going on here?” Spiritual discernment involves far more than sensing something is off and coming up with an argument to beat someone at I-know-more-Bible-quotes-than-you. Spiritual discernment is also far more than sensing something is on, because it backs up my opinions.

Spiritual discernment means gaining a sense of that which is not obvious — the forces and mindsets that influence us without our being aware of them unless we learn to pay attention. Discernment means stepping back out of the current of flooding emotion or the apparent logic of “facts and statistics.” It’s not suspicion. It’s not cynicism. It’s a matter of seeing the bigger picture and understanding the times.

I have also been asking for wisdom. It is one thing to see things as they are and another to understand what to do to bring about change. May I admit the phrase, “It is what it is,” feels like defeat to me? I react with irritation, particularly when it’s delivered with a sigh of hopelessness.

There must be more than this. Which voice is telling me there is no hope? Which voice is reminding me Jesus promised he will never leave me and his grace is the empowering force to transform me into what he sees when he looks at me? Which voice am I actually paying attention to?

I didn’t feel very powerful today. I was tired of dealing with another life test. I needed to get away and go for a walk with the Lover of my soul. No talking. No doing. Just being. Just listening.

When I got home I read this:

My child, never drift off course from these two goals for your life:
to walk in wisdom and to discover discernment.
Don’t ever forget how they empower you.
 
For they strengthen you inside and out
and inspire you to do what’s right;
you will be energized and refreshed by the healing they bring.
 
They give you living hope to guide you,
and not one of life’s tests will cause you to stumble.

(Proverbs 3:21-23 TPT)

Lord, thank your for your never-failing love. Reveal to us the way that leads to wisdom and discernment. We thank you for provision for empowerment, strength, inspiration, energy, refreshment and healing. Show us how not to drift into distraction but keep our eyes fixed on You, our living hope.

 

4 thoughts on “To Walk in Wisdom and Discover Discernment

  1. Cathy

    Again….How wonderful to read early this morning 😊…..Funny…lately I have heard so many with the same reply over a concern I have for their current situation….”” it is what it is””” ….bugs me…..no hope and a sense of Resolve……T Y …rich blessings and Kingdom wellfare….xx
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    1. Some people tell me that to them the expression merely means to quit being in denial and come to terms with reality so you can deal with it. Fair enough — if it doesn’t mean giving up hope in a better outcome as well. Rich blessings on you too!

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  2. Greg Carpousis

    I to was in need , as it is 1am and I could not sleep. I went to my secret place where I feel the Lords presence and prayed with my bible open in the new Passion Translation and came to the exact verse you illustrated in your prose. I cried out to the Lord to walk in wisdom and to discover discernment all the days of my life . Then I googled to find a definition of this verse . Perhaps this is a confirmation from the Liver of my soul . He has shown me before His majesty and tender heart , so I must believe Hos hand is in this moment .
    I hope whoever comes across this post will have thier hope renewed that God is greatly for us and His plan of good will be our future etc… I love The Lord , I love Jesus , I love the Holy Spirit . And I am determined to grab hold of His hand and never let go. Be blessed I pray ,
    G

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