September 23, 2012
Spiritual Gifts Part 312:
The original counterfeiter.
The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts
Developing the capacity you need to function effectively in your spiritual gift.
What is discernment?
Spiritual discernment is the ability to separate God’s person, God’s work, God’s will, God’s truth from everything else that wants to encroach upon it. [MacArthur]
Why do we need to have discernment?
One reason is because there are those two kinds of wisdom in James 3.
There is a wisdom that comes from below = earthly, natural and demonic.
And there is that wisdom that comes from above = the mind of Christ.
We must be renewed, equipped, and trained to be able to distinguish between these two absolutely antithetical kinds of wisdom.
And the naturally minded man cannot discern, cannot distinguish between the two, 1Co 2:1-16 !
There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
The Bible warns us over and over again to be vigilant, because there will be MANY false teachers in our midst.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
The Bible tells us that, in the last days, the believer will be bombarded with an incredible amount of evil, through various media.
"But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."
This describes the intensification of the invisible phase of the angelic conflict.