Spiritual Gifts part 345. How do I Use Discernment?

Jam 3:13-17; 2Co 10:3-7; Eph 4-6; 1 John

ROMANS-463-121216 - length: 79:26 - taught on Dec, 16 2012

Class Outline:

John Farley
December 16, 2012

Spiritual Gifts Part 345:

How do I use discernment?

The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts

Point 4.
Developing the capacity you need to function effectively in your spiritual gift.

What is discernment?

Why do I need discernment?

How do I get discernment?

HEB 5:14
But solid food [advanced doctrine] is for the [spiritually] mature, who because of practice [learning and obeying God’s word again and again]…

HEB 5:14
…have their senses trained [have vigorously exercised their souls and human spirits by applying God’s word under the guidance of the Holy Spirit] …

HEB 5:14
…to discern good and evil [resulting in discernment both of the genuine and the counterfeit].

How do I use spiritual discernment?

All discernment is performed by the Holy Spirit, using the tools of Bible doctrine already tested and found in the soul, under the exercise of one’s priesthood.

We get discerned (tested) by God the Holy Spirit
first -
before we are qualified to
do any discerning.

Luke 6:41-42

"Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?


We are to let the Holy Spirit train us to be able to recognize what is going on inside our own soul.

The first discernment skill is to have the Spirit deploy the word of God to consistently and reliably read the situation in our soul.

First things first

#1 Our own thinking

#2 Teachings

#3 Life decisions

#4 People

#5 Angels

A. The order in which we gain capacity over time as a result of spiritual growth.

B. The checklist for our daily battles.

Discernment in Ephesians

Our soul EPH 4:22-24
Teaching EPH 5:6
God’s will EPH 5:15-17
People EPH 5:18-6:9
Demons EPH 6:10-18