Discernment the World Doesn’t Have

by John and Ruth Greene

fireIntense heat is required to purify gold and other precious metals. In the same way the heat of trial is often required for a Christian to be purified. The heat of life experience helps you to examine yourself in your Heavenly Father’s eyes as you learn how to develop trust in Him [YHWH]. (1 Peter 1:7) Disciples of the Messiah must develop trust in Elohim, instead of looking to the power and authority of nations or the power of money. You aren’t purified by these things or by worrying about them. The media reports that you should fear having the things that you need taken away by those in power. In the United States, with the ‘sequester’ and finalized budget cuts, the fear about what is coming next year is becoming the talking points of tomorrow. This trial balloon of debate capitalizes on fear, introducing stress and worry.

“The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.” – Proverbs 18:11, NKJV

halls of power Boston Federal ReserveThat is the helter-skelter direction of the world, putting government and the power of money in YHWH’s place, false gods that point at your trust in them as your authority. The dollar is a piece of paper and coins are pieces of metal, yet what do they mean to you? (Matthew 6:19-34) When you don’t have appropriate direction in your life, you are setup for abuse, being taken advantage of by others. (Proverbs 17:3-5, 11, 13-15) YHWH shows His people what is in their hearts, clearing out anything that gets in the way of trust in Him. Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah has made the provision necessary for salvation from the fears of the world. What is the state of your heart? (John 14:1; 1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:6; Romans 12:1-2; Psalm 91:1-16)

“A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool…

A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.” – Proverbs 17:10, 24, NIV

spiritual fantasyChasing fantasies to the ends of the earth is foolishness in the eyes of YHWH. (Proverbs 12:11) How much better to align your personal goals and beliefs with Him, with the scripture of the Bible! In this way, you become the kind of person He wants you to be. Truly Biblical principles and ideas might not seem as exciting as what the world tries to present, but the wisdom, honesty, patience and love of YHWH determine your future with Him. Disciples of the Messiah need good decision making abilities. When dealing with the world, get the facts before answering, be open to new ideas and show caution before passing judgment. Good decisions through discernment center on seeking additional information, which is often difficult work. The Holy Spirit, as your Counselor, makes this much easier when you are not prejudiced against Him. (Luke 14:11; James 4:6, 10; Philippians 2:3-11; Colossians 3:12) This humility brings you to honor before YHWH as you put aside pride. (Proverbs 19:1)

“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” – Psalm 18:15, NKJV

“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.” – Proverbs 19:1, NKJV

Businessman hiding his identity behind a face mask.A blameless or righteous life before YHWH is far more valuable than earthly wealth, but most people don’t act as if they believe this. Instead, because of the influence of the world and corrupted thinking, they will pay any price to get what they think they want. They deceive themselves. When you know and love YHWH, you may live a lower standard of living in exchange for personal integrity before Him.

“He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known.” – Proverbs 10:9, NKJV

“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.” – Proverbs 28:6, NKJV

double minded manThe double-minded man is split in ‘his integrity’ between two ways, the way of righteousness and the way of wickedness: a separation from the Father. The authority of the world commonly confuses the two ways for its own convenience, setting its own laws and statutes. (Luke 16:10; James 1:8; Colossians 3:23; Proverbs 21:3) Worldly authority often pretends to be or do one thing, but does the other. As a result, virtually every man and woman on earth has a truly skewed view of justice. This is nothing less than dishonesty against YHWH and His Word, the opposite of sanctified set-apart integrity. (Proverbs 12:22, 19:2-3; Romans 12:1-2) Even disciples of the Messiah have plenty to learn and search out, in a world full of itself through pride and self-glorification. (Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Peter 2:12)

YHWH despises all forms of dishonesty. Not only does He hate dishonesty, but that dishonesty works against every man and woman on earth. Other people no longer trust you when you prove to be dishonest. When that happens, you can no longer enjoy dishonest gains, and sometimes honest gains. A righteous man escapes trouble, especially the trouble that he avoids himself! (Luke 16:13-14; Proverbs 11:1, 3, 8, 12:22, 14:5, 20:10, 21:3)

How you respond to YHWH’s Word or ‘Biblical criticism’ depends on whether you grow in His wisdom. You might just learn something when you are willing to listen.

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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