About Discernment

When I sat down to write the other day, I thought I knew what I wanted to say. As I stared at the blank screen, I found myself turning inward to listen to the voice of God. As I did, I heard that discerning His voice is what He wanted me to discuss.

Now, there are a plethora of teachings out there about how to hear His voice, so I don’t intend to reiterate what has been exhausted elsewhere. Rather, I want to add clarification to the subject and touch on the supernatural a bit in the process. Before I proceed with the former, let me qualify the latter by saying that communicating with God is a supernatural process, and as such, a certain stigma surrounds it.

There are those who are staunchly opposed to Christians delving into the supernatural to any degree because one opens oneself to the demonic. This is true. It is undeniable. More importantly, if you dip a toe in these waters, it is unavoidable.

Let me say that again: It is unavoidable.

This, however, is not a reason to ignore it.

Imagine, if you will, sitting in a crowded restaurant with your friends, coworkers, or family. People are laughing, eating, drinking, clamoring for attention, and speaking in a cacophony of tones. You see service workers taking orders, delivering food, seating patrons, and filling beverages all around you. You didn’t come here to talk to the guy five tables away who is arguing with his wife. Nor did you want to hear the woman behind you tell her colleagues about the stock trade that finally made the boss take notice of her. You want to enjoy the meal you ordered, but the smell of the fajitas at the next table is overpowering your senses. As the dessert tray passes, it bumps your elbow, and you notice a slice of cheesecake with your name on it. Can you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch it all?

The only way any of that background noise prevents you from focusing on your meal, your companions, and your time there is if you let it distract you. You can’t kick everyone out just so you can enjoy yourselves. You can’t tell everybody else to shut up so you can hear your spouse say they love you. Neither can you exhaust the smell of all the other food out of the room to make it easier for you to savor the aroma of your steak.

This is what it’s like when you open your spiritual senses. You can’t choose what you want to hear, see, smell, taste, or touch. It’s all there. Virtuous and venerable. Righteous and wretched. Demonic and divine.

What you must do is concentrate on the holy; at least for a while, anyway. Sometimes it behooves us to see what the enemy is up to, but if you are new to this, you better learn to discern the deific like the back of your hand before you try your hand at devil recon.

To that point you also need to know who is speaking to you from the heavenlies: The Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit. Yes, there is a distinction to their voices, and it will help you appreciate each of them more once you learn to hear the difference. When you can do that, it is easier to filter out what isn’t heaven-sent.

First off, God the Father is the Creator of all things. So, when He speaks to you, His voice is prophetic and proclaims His plans for you. Now, since He is the Creator, that means that when He speaks, it is backed by His perfect faith. Because of this, He doesn’t talk to you about sin, judgment, or your problems. If He did, they would become permanent.

The book of Revelation tells us that Jesus is the only one worthy to open the books of Heaven’s records, so He is the one who talks to you about where you’ve been and where you are right now. His blood paid the price for your sins, so He is the only one who can discuss them with you. As hard as that may be for some to believe, it is recorded fact. You can come to Jesus and discuss anything with Him. He cleanses you from all sin and takes it upon Himself so that you can approach the Father.

The Holy Spirit, as the promised Helper, is the one who guides you from where Jesus rescued you to where God has called you to be. He will tell you what to do, how and when to do it, and where you need to go to fulfill your calling. He will also guide you to people who need help and give you the words to speak to comfort them.

All three members of the Godhead are actively involved in your life on a daily, hourly, minute-by-minute, second-by-second basis. The Father declares His plans for your future. The Son talks you through the pain of where you are. The Holy Spirit speaks of the journey between. When you get to know their voices, all of the distractions blur into the background as your senses focus like a camera lens on the pious.

Yes, you will experience things that may frighten you. I see terrifying stuff on the road every day, but it doesn’t stop me from driving. Don’t let fear prevent you from pursuing a supernatural, intimate relationship with God. He has great things in store for you.

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