Spiritual Gifts part 154: Why discernment is needed for each spiritual gift

1Th 5:21-22; Jam 3:13-17; Mat 16:1-4.

ROMANS-272-110817 - length: 60:03 - taught on Aug, 17 2011

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John Farley
August 17, 2011

Spiritual Gifts Part 154:   Why discernment is needed for each spiritual gift.

The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts

Point 3:  What is a “Spiritual Gift”?

A spiritual gift is a supernatural ability graciously given by God the Holy Spirit to each believer ( without regard to merit) at the moment of salvation …

…so that the Holy Spirit might manifest Himself in effective service for the benefit of the Royal Family, ending up with God the Father  being glorified through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Your spiritual gift becomes operational as you grow spiritually.

Wisdom is knowing and doing the will of God.

Wisdom is the sum total of the teaching of Bible doctrine under the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit AND the positive response to that doctrine!

Therefore, you have to have humility in order to attain wisdom.

Prov 11:2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.

Wisdom is the capacity and the will to rightly apply the word of God to novel or challenging situations in your life.

Sound wisdom and Biblical discernment are linked.

Discernment is the ability to be able to consistently see or read a situation accurately according to the standards of the word of God.

Wisdom is making the proper decision or application of the word of God on a consistent basis.

1TH 5:21-22
21 But examine everything carefully;  hold fast to that which is good;
22 abstain from every form of evil.

The ability and practice of examining everything carefully is discernment.

The lifestyle of holding fast to that which is good and abstaining from every form of evil is a lifestyle of wisdom.
to test (literally or figuratively); by implication, to approve:
to test, examine, prove, scrutinize (to see whether a thing be genuine or not), as metals:

Wisdom and discernment are needed to function properly no matter what your spiritual gift is.

Don’t be concerned with operating in your spiritual gift until you have a heart full of doctrine that has matured into wisdom by regular use.