Divine Truth is Spiritually Discerned

Daily God Walk for Friday, August 26, 2011

 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. – 1 Corinthians 2:14

 I have been intrigued by the way secular media treats religious faith; particularly when they are referring to Christians. They seem to think Christians, and other religious people, live two lives in separate compartments. There is the religious life where people  practice their faith in designated places and at specific times. Then there is the rest of their life that is unaffected by their faith.

The reason they approach religion that way is because man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. Spiritual things are foolishness to them and they cannot understand them. Why is that? Because spiritual truth can only be revealed by the Spirit of God.

Some have compared discernment to wisdom and there are some similarities, but discernment is deeper than wisdom. A person who is sensitive to the Holy Spirit will discern motives of others and will be led by God to avoid the pitfalls set before them by the enemy of their soul.

Wisdom seems to be the ability to properly respond to the truth we have discerned. What I mean by that is when we have discerned something in the Holy Spirit about a person or a situation and we feel compelled to respond to it. Wisdom comes to play in the way we respond to what we have been through spiritual discernment.

In the verses which come before the verse for our devotion today Paul tells the Corinthians, “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” We are taught spiritual truth by spiritual words. That is what distinguishes those who stand outside and try to explain faith from those who are inside experiencing faith.

 Prayer: Lord, first I ask that you will give me discernment and then give me divine wisdom is applying spiritual truth. Amen.

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