Apr 27 2018

Discernment is so important

The more I minister to people, the more I realize that there is a major need for good spiritual discernment within the body of Christ. We need to know if something we encounter is good or evil, if it is part of God’s plan or if something else is at work behind the scenes. There are so many different ideas and initiatives happening in our world today, and it’s easy to get sucked into the idea that something is good without realizing that it is actually rooted in evil. We have to be able to discern what is beneath the surface and ask God to reveal any attempt of deception or manipulation that a person may be using against us in order to further their own initiative. Without Holy Spirit, this can be a difficult goal to achieve. The good news is that God knows the motives of everyone’s heart, and he has created a gift of discernment that is available to his children. That spiritual gift, listed in 1 Corinthians 12, helps us to quickly recognize anything that is not of God.

When we use the gift of discernment in the systems of the world, Holy Spirit will guide us towards what he wants us to be involved in. We should be excited about bringing change to the world, and to individual lives, but it needs to be grounded in the phrase Jesus taught us to pray; “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We need to be aware of what God’s heart is for any situation, focus on that, and set aside anything else that is contrary to what he wants to accomplish. Then we can pray for his will to be done, without being affected by all the other variables that others may try to mix into the situation. This method can be applied to anything. It can be applied to personal relationships, needed changes in culture, business development, something we recently learned but never heard of before, a message we heard at church, and any other area of our lives. All we have to do is set aside our own opinions and ask God for his heart for the situation. If we do this, we will have the guidance we need to make the correct choices and, at the same time, be able to avoid deception and manipulation.

I hate manipulation, it’s so evil. Anytime someone tries to deceptively control someone to do their will, it is essentially a form of witchcraft. I have fallen for this myself, not realizing that someone was manipulating me, or realizing it just a few moments too late, and I have used those situations to learn how to discern even more clearly. We need to be able to recognize the spirit behind something and recognize any perspective we have that might give someone an opportunity to manipulate us. Pray for discernment. Pray for wisdom. Know when to say no. And always love, even when someone is trying to manipulate you.

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Apr 20 2018

What’s Next?

I often find myself asking God about what is next. What is next for our nation? What is next for our city? What is the next step to take for our ministry? The Kingdom of God is constantly advancing and ever expanding to increase the Lord’s influence in the earth, and I want to be front and center, involved in what he is doing, and participating in bringing his kingdom to earth in greater measures. God is always up to something new and incredible. We may not be able to see around every corner or know exactly what step to take, but if we are willing to take the risk of just following where he leads, it will lead to greater encounters with him and greater opportunities to see other lives changed. It doesn’t matter what it is. We just need to say yes to him. So I ask these questions because I want to be right there with him when he moves. And since he is working all over the world, you can ask the same questions and participate in his mission wherever you live. It’s not limited to just a few people, we all get to participate! We all get to be a part of the greatest kingdom on earth! We all get to represent Jesus everywhere we go! Ask God the same questions. Listen for his answers, and follow where his Spirit leads. He will never disappoint you.

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