Faith In Action ‘Discernment’

discernment

In 1 Corinthians 12 is instructing us on Spiritual gifts

V1: {Message Bible} “what I want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets work into our lives”.

V7: “All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful.”

And in verse 9 one of the gifts is Discerning sometimes called the ‘Gift Of Discernment

Perhaps we can relate it through a story for the Bible, called Gibeon Con Artists fro Joshua 9 verses 1 to 27;

The victories God’s people had become known to all the kings of the west of Jordan. They all came together and joined forces to fight against Joshua and his people.

But the people of Gibeon, who were Hivites, heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, they decided to deceive him. They went and got some food and loaded their donkeys with worn out sacks and patched up wine-skins. They put on ragged clothes and old sandals they had mended. The bread they took with them was dry and moldy.

Deliberately trying to deceive they went to the camp at Gilgad and said to Joshua. ‘We have come from a distant land, We want you to make a treaty with is’

The discernment God’s people first had was proved to be correct, but they didn’t follow it God’s people said, ‘Why should we make a treaty with you? Maybe you live near by’.

later in the story when they found out, what the people first discerned Joshua ordered the people of Gibean be brought to him and they confessed their deceit.

There answer was they feared the God Joshua served. but Joshua had made a treaty. A treaty or an agreement entered into in God’s name needed to be honored.

The treaty was honored and the Gibeon people served and servant for what they had done.

Perhaps we are all living with things we failed to discern or ask Our Lord and Our Friend for discernment for.

But it doesn’t have to be this way, God has a gift available to us all, it is a gift to ‘Discern’ the things that do not go along with the plans He has for our lives.

God Bless

OFJ,

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