Spiritual Gifts part 322. Seek God's life over knowledge.

John Farley
October 17, 2012

Spiritual Gifts Part 322:

Seek God’s life rather than knowledge

The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts

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

What is discernment?

Why do we need to have discernment?

How do I get spiritual discernment?

The filling of the Spirit and doctrine in the soul are critical to exercising correct 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.

“senses trained” refers to the work of the Holy Spirit in guiding the believer to make the proper distinctions in applying Bible doctrine.

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] to discern good and evil.

“discern” is the Greek word


judicial estimation:

the ability to evaluate and judge - ability to make judgments, ability to decide.

a distinguishing, discerning, judging

καλου  κακου
kalou kakou

from kalos meaning excellent, useful, commendable.
Excellent in its nature and characteristics.
Genuine, approved.

from kakos meaning of a bad nature; not such as it ought to be; wrong, wicked, troublesome, destructive.

The Lord God provided perfectly for man’s body, soul, and spirit.

Gen 2:9 Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight [true soul stimulation] and good for food [true nourishment for the body]; the tree of life [true food for the human spirit] also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The Garden of Eden was awesome, and the Lord said that Adam and the woman could eat freely! Only don’t abuse the privilege by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Dying spiritually, you will die physically.

1. Question God’s word.

2. Remove respect for the authority of the Lord God.

3. Contradict God’s word.

4. Attack God’s character.

Until now Adam and the woman operated on faith in the word of the Lord God.

Until now, the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was off limits, and that was that. There was nothing more to consider.

The world operates on the power of deception when truth is rejected.

Once you reject the Lord God, now you have to assign to SOMETHING ELSE the power and glory and the authority and the supply ..and your worship…

There is an exact parallel between what satan said and what the woman saw.



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