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Discernment

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This scripture is also interesting when discussing discernment:
1 Corinthians 14:29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. 30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.

This speaks of discernment as a group. The early church may have seemed strange to us with anyone who is inspired getting up to preach. Then the group discusses what can be learned from those who prophesied.
 

Fish Catcher Jim

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Again I will say that Discernment goes far beyond understanding scripture.

Discernment must be used in relation to 2Corinthians 10:5
We must discern where every thought came from and must be able to discern every bit of trickery and camouflaged deception created just for us.

Discernment must be a part of every thing we allow our selves to take in. Notice 1John 4:1
We are instructed to test the Spirit and not the doctrine.

I don't care how religious a message sounds, if the spirit is not right then the message is avoided.

Discernment is a vital and most necessary tool in spiritual warfare.

Blessings in Christ
 
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Yesterday we discussed Wisdom. Today can we discuss discernment?
Why is discernment a gift? Shouldn't we all want discernment?
Discernment provides an adequate way of interpreting God's word. The devil often disguises himself as holy using vain words to lead us astray. Discernment is God's gift to us because we can quickly refer to what the good book says and ignore the vain and perverse words the devil is tricking us with. In ephesians we can discern the spirit when we throw out all the fiery darts of the wicked.
 
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Again I will say that Discernment goes far beyond understanding scripture.

Discernment must be used in relation to 2Corinthians 10:5
We must discern where every thought came from and must be able to discern every bit of trickery and camouflaged deception created just for us.

Discernment must be a part of every thing we allow our selves to take in. Notice 1John 4:1
We are instructed to test the Spirit and not the doctrine.

I don't care how religious a message sounds, if the spirit is not right then the message is avoided.

Discernment is a vital and most necessary tool in spiritual warfare.

Blessings in Christ
Spiritual warfare is what helps us prevail against unholy and unrighteous actions.
 
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Yesterday we discussed Wisdom. Today can we discuss discernment?
Why is discernment a gift? Shouldn't we all want discernment?
"Discernment" is not a biblical topic. Somebody made up the word to draw your attention away from the word of God.

The bible mentions "discerning of spirits" but it is not a gift. It is a manifestation of the holy spirit. As a general rule, stop talking about "gifts".

1 Corinthians 12
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

"Given to every man", get it? The holy spirit is a gift, and the manifestations, nine of them, are part of the deal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

To one what? Now learn some English. "One" is a pronoun. It refers to the last, preceding, qualified, noun. That is "profit", not "man". Verse 7 said "given to every man", remember?

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

Now it says "gifts" again. This is Greek doron, a gift to one person to benefit another person.

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

Repeating the notion that all nine manifestations are given to every man. The word "severally" is Greek "his own", and "he will" refers to the man, not the spirit. It should be "he wills". Pronoun, you know. That agrees with:

1 Corinthians 14
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

BTW I said to stop talking about "gifts". There are five kinds of ministers that are called gifts. They are listed in Ephesians 4:11. Some people think the office is a gift to the minister, but not so. The minister is a gift to the church.