Discernment

 

Spiritual discernment has little to do with human reasoning or intelligence. It is not human intuition. The Apostle Paul wrote:

We speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.

Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny.   (1 Corinthians 2:13-15)

Discernment is a gift from God. In order to obtain discernment we must humble ourselves before God and ask for it:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.   (James 1:5-8)

Human wisdom falls short The Apostle Paul writes:

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  (1 Corinthians 2:13-14)

Paul is saying that the human mind or carnal mind does not understand God. Not only that, he is saying that this mind is not capable of understanding his thoughts and ways. To understand God we need to have our minds transformed:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.   (Romans 12:2)
The world, if we focus on it, will continually draw us away from God and his truth. Then good becomes evil and evil becomes good. Jesus said:

If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.   (John 8:31-32)

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