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Discernment

Day 7

Day 7 gives us the final building block for discernment: inevitability of suffering

Devotional Point 4 today: the airplane takes off against the wind

Scripture 4 today: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10 NIV

Reflection 4 today: Jesus was quite specific about the requirement for any and all of his followers to “take up the Cross“. We hear that but then generally gloss it over. However suffering is a real thing and suffering is something that will attend to all Christians. Not if but when… However, His promise is that as a result of it we will be made strong, firm, and steadfast. These are pretty strong words and a benchmark for our faith…

Going forward: I hope that you have been given some great tools for developing discernment in this devotional, I know I sure have… Tomorrow we will start on a 2-week journey through Galatians with one of the most famous theologians ever, Charles Spurgeon

Day 6

Day 6 gives us another foundational building block to discernment: taking up the cross…

Devotional Point 4 today: Success is not the key to happiness

Scripture 4 today: “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” Matthew 16:26 NIV

Reflection 4 today: for at least the last hundred years the church has effectively proclaimed a false gospel, telling people that you can have Christ and have the world to. All this “taking up your Cross“ business has been effectively deleted it out. Many have associated personal difficulties with their “taking up the grass“. But that isn’t true, “taking up the cross” is an issue of the will and decisions, not what has landed on you. Taking up the cross is something you do despite what has landed on you…

Day 5

Day 5 gives us the foundation to having discernment: God’s work on my heart…

Devotional Point 4 today: ‘The only factor that is scarce in a world of abundance is human attention’.

Scripture 4 today: “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” Proverbs 4:20-22 NIV

Reflection 4 today: in the original language, the concept of “paying attention“ was quite substantially different date it is today. in those days, young man had to memorise the entire Torah, not the sort of thing that you would do today. The discipline that it would take to do that is quite extraordinary, we have nothing like this in our world. However, we already know that we are not out of this world and how the world does things is completely irrelevant to us. True discernment comes from His word on my heart…

Day 4

Day 4 gives us a foundational look at the thing we need to have that gives discernment, freedom…

Devotional Point 4 today: the only way to be truly free is to be self-restrained…

Scripture 4 today: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13 NIV

Reflection 4 today: At all levels, freedom is about 2 things: “freedom from” and “freedom to”… Without being freed from the bondage of sin, you do not have the freedom to serve another person from the heart. As a normal person in the world, you are enslaved to everything that comes across your field of vision that sounds good. Our society tries to teach what is “good” and not good, but it has failed miserably. It is only those with the Holy Spirit guiding each step who even have any hope…

Day 3

Day 3 brings up a rarely addressed topic in the church, the environment…

Devotional Point 4 today: …the rights of the environment also need attention…

Scripture 4 today: “Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the Lord, dwell among the Israelites.’ ” Numbers 35:34 NIV

Reflection 4 today: of the top 50 commentaries, not one of them mentions anything about this verse. With the gift of the Holy Spirit to each of us, God dwells here, wherever here is. So He is speaking directly to each of us in the places we live. He does not mince any words here, there is no question about what He is saying, there is no wiggle room. We have been taught to pass this responsibility off to local governments, but that is not what God is saying. It is up to each of us…

Day 2

 

Day 2 digs into Jesus unexplainable silence…

Devotional Point 4 today: Discernment in communication thus goes beyond words and speech…

Scripture 4 today: “But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.” Mark 15:5 NIV

Reflection 4 today: About the only thing we can know about this verse is that we don’t really know much about this verse. None of the top 50 commentaries address it with any level of confidence, just that we don’t know what we don’t know… There are a lot of times when we just need to keep silent and not say anything and there are a lot of times when we absolutely need to say something, as Jesus often did. But we are not Jesus and we need Him by our sides to make clear what to say and when…

Day 1

Day 1 of our new series starts with our treatment of leadership…

Devotional Point 4 today: Discernment in relationships is also at the core of spirituality.

Scripture 4 today: “Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection 4 today: discernment is all about judgement, judgement that emerges from our way of thinking. And that thinking plays out essentially one of two ways: either deductively based on straightforward reasoning or inductively based on patterns and conclusions from the matter to be considered. We call “getting it right” as a mark of good and clear thinking (and discernment).  But that starts with respect for the order God has given us, starting with Christian leadership…

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