Friday, December 17, 2010

Discerning... will I ever get it?

  1. let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— Proverbs 1:5
  2. To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge. - Proverbs 8:9
  3. Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.- Proverbs 10:13
  4. The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning. Proverbs 14:6
  5. Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known. Proverbs 14:33

dis·cern (di sʉrn, -zʉrn)
transitive verb
  1. to separate (a thing) mentally from another or others; recognize as separate or different
  2. to perceive or recognize; make out clearly

Spiritual discernment is calling on the Holy Spirit to lead or give direction on a matter. It is how the Spirit shows the church or its people what God wants them to do and be. It is a gift... just like wisdom and knowledge. But, just because you don't feel like it's a gift. you can obtain the tools, method and process through training and experience.

These are the main things to look for in discerning about something:

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Short Look at Peter

The look of Jesus (when Peter denied Him the third time)tells us that His love of the sheep is very personal. It is a particular love.

“The love of Christ towards His people is a deep well that has no bottom…. It exceeds all other love, as far as the sun exceeds the rushlight.” It is a love that reaches out and saves sinners from themselves. It is a love that doesn’t make salvation possible but actually accomplishes it. It is a love that doesn’t wait for helpless sinners to attempt to save themselves or to cooperate with God. But rather, it powerfully and mercifully deals with us as our Lord dealt with Peter. Beloved, we can safely place our trust in Jesus as both the one who died in our place; and, also as a faithful high priest who continually with a loving eye watches over us. “Christ takes more notice of what we say and do than we think he does.” Yes, even when we fall the Savior looks on us with tenderness and compassion, to direct us back to the path of faithfulness. Let us not be afraid to trust that love when we confess our sins. “No man need despair, however far he may have fallen, if he will only repent and turn to Christ. If the heart of Jesus was so gracious when He was a prisoner in the judgment hall, we surely need not think it is less gracious, when He sits in glory at the right hand of God.”
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