What Is Discernment In The Bible?

Discernment in the Bible is the spiritual characteristic of sound judgment or perceiving the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, truth an error, and identifying God’s will and direction for His people. discernment is necessary to understand spiritual truth, live holy as God intends, avoiding life pitfalls and dangers, and properly govern society.

Websters dictionary defines discernment as “the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure.”According to this definition in theological terms, discernment in the Bible is a process of “assessing and evaluating particularly in relation to try to determine God’s will in a particular situation or for one’s life direction.”

Discernment And Wisdom

Wisdom and discernment or closely related in the Bible. Wisdom actually has its source and discernment. When we study the Bible, we gain knowledge but that knowledge only leads to wisdom when discernment is present.

A person can spend your whole life studying the scriptures but never gain wisdom because they lack discernment. Discernment allows one knowledge to penetrate the cloudiness and cut through the layers of confusion and ambiguity to perceive distinctions accurately. Wisdom is the product an insight and understanding gain through the ability to discern.

Here are a few Bible verses of wisdom and discernment:

Daniel 2:21, “God changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and disposes of them. Gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”

1 Corinthians 2:12-15, “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given to us. This is what we speak, not words taught by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God that considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit make judgments about all things.”

The Word Of God

Lack of discernment always accompanied a deficiency in biblical knowledge. When believers are familiar with the truth heart and God’s word, they can more easily detect what is right and wrong, or true or false. The word of God itself can discern.

Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than a two edge sword, piercing pagoda division of the soul and of the spirit, do you want I love Morrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.“

Psalm 119:130, “The teaching of the word gives light, so even the simple and understand.“

Failure to discern what is truth from error, good from bad, or what is biblical from heretical stems from not saturating our minds with the Word of God.

Hebrews 5:11-14, “There is so much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers for so long now that you are to beteaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and can not eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant who doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.”

Romans 2:18, you know what He wants; you what is right because you have been taught His law.”

Ask For Discernment

Rip your teachers asked to seek wisdom and discernment:

Psalm 119:125, “I am your servant; Give me discernment then I may understand your statutes.”

James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to you.“

Sound Judgement

Gaining discernment or sound judgment involves trusting the Lord not depending on your own understanding and seeking God‘s will. King Solomon advised his son to hang on to discernment so that he would stay safe and secure on life’s course.

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”

Proverbs 3:21-23, “My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang onto them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like Jews on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.“

The apostle Paul prayed for all believers in Philippi to have discernment so they could judge the right way to go in life.

He prayer in Philippians 1:9-10, and this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” (Judgement day).

Distinguishing Between Spirit

Discerning believers have insight into spiritual realities so that they can distinguish between different spirits:

1 Corinthians 12:10. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message from the Sprit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.”

1 John 4:1-3, “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. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the anti-Christ, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”

Discerning Through A Renewed Mind

Discerning believers follow Christ in discipleship distinguishing themselves from the world and letting their lives be transformed through the renewing of their minds:

Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.“

1 Corinthians 2:16, “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

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