Discernment 101: Learning to be Discerning

by John Greene

“The heart of understanding searches for knowledge. The mouth of the fool pastures in foolishness.” – Proverbs 15:14, direct translation

spiritual-junk-food-kidWhat you feed your mind is no less important than what you feed your body. The kind of books you read, the people that you are close to, the music that you listen to, the films that you watch – all these, and more are part of your mental diet. This affects the discernment of your heart and mind. To discern is to perceive, see or distinguish as distinct or different. Discernment is vital as you live daily. YHWH’s wisdom and man’s wisdom are not the same. (1 John 2:15-22; “Discernment the World Doesn’t Have“; “Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“; “Junk Food & Your Spiritual Nutrition“; “The Wisdom of Proverbs“; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“)

decision-worldDiscernment drives decisions, decisions that can easily be final and irreversible These decisions also affect your health and spiritual well-being [your shalom]. Because of this, you need to take care about what you seed into your life. Discernment also tells you what you need to remove from your life, what is non-essential, not beneficial or damaging. A strong desire to discover your Heavenly Father’s knowledge, His track of righteousness, is a mark of wisdom and a trademark of discernment. YHWH gives a heart of discernment to those that are willing to listen. (Matthew 13:22; John 7:24; James 1:5; Proverbs 2:1-5, 3:1-6:35; “Listening to the Holy Spirit“; “Listening and Doing as a Disciple“; “Winners Instead of Whiners“; “The World, Your Emotions and Your Health“; “Breaking the Hold of Stress“)

“All days of depression are sorrow. A joyful heart is a continual banquet.” – Proverbs 15:15, direct translation

attitudeYour personal attitudes color your entire personality. You can choose your attitude, even though you cannot often choose what happens to you. You can choose your attitude about each situation. Otherwise, you are in danger being severely buffeted and lost. Truly, this is not without challenges. How YHWH works in and through your mind and heart through the Holy Spirit is vital to your reality. Your Heavenly Father will do it, that is, work through you. He is willing. (Colossians 3:1, 9-10; Ephesians 4:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5) When this happens, Father YHWH helps you to make the decisions in your life, whatever you may face. This is done with your connection through the Holy Spirit, which is why you need Him. The secret to a cheerful heart involves seeking after the truth of YHWH, which breeds internal peace. This well-being [shalom] brings about purity of heart and a cleansed mind. This was Paul’s secret as he faced imprisonment. It can be yours as you face daily life, even under difficult circumstances. Look at your attitudes while examining what you allow into your mind and what you choose to dwell on. You may need to make some changes, but with the power of YHWH through the Holy Spirit and the sacrifice of the Messiah, you are more than able. (Matthew 24:24; 1 John 4:1; Ephesians 3:20; Philippians 1:9-10; Proverbs 15:6, 17, 19; “Mind Filters“; “Christian Life & Attitude“; “Attitude and the Disciple of Christ“; “Considering Your Motives“; “Serving for YHWH’s Glory“; “Holy Spirit 101“; “Bible: Wisdom 101“)

“In the end brothers, those things that are truth, those things righteous, those things pure, those things acceptable, those things well spoken of, anything praiseworthy and anything commendable, think on these things. These things, which you have then learned and taken for your own, even come to understand and see through me, perform repeatedly, and the Elohim of peace will be in your midst.” – Philippians 4:8-9, direct translation

Bible knowledgeYou can’t expect to exactly copy what anyone else does as a kind of divine answer to your life, even though many will say otherwise. Your personal answer in life is what YHWH does through you, His Way. Part of this is examining what you allow into your mind to begin with, what you choose to accept or consent to. Although the sacrifice of the Messiah (the love of Elohim Almighty) meets you as you are, you will need to make some changes in order to begin to allow YHWH’s peace into your life. (John 3:5-19; Philippians 4:4, 6-7) In the same way, each disciple of Christ needs to learn to rejoice, even in times of trouble! (Proverbs 15:21; “Discernment: Having an Ear to Deeper Understanding“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“; “Incentives of Deception“; “Victory Over Wickedness“; “YHWH Loves His People“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“)

“And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil.” – John 3:19, ASV

An angry man stirs up strife. But the slow to anger quiets contention… The heart of the righteous ponders and pays attention. The portion of the wicked gushes sorrow.– Proverbs 15:18, 28, direct translation

family strife stressTo be angry, full of strife and sin is easy. To be slow to anger or sin doesn’t come naturally, but does not come through YHWH’s righteousness. Once this righteousness begins incrementally in your life, the ability to discern and see what needs to be seen also increases. In contrast, the result of wickedness pours out sorrow, anguish. To be upright before Elohim [YHWH] doesn’t always seem to be easy, because it isn’t. (Proverbs 15:23; Joshua 1:16; Matthew 18:19-20; Exodus 20:1-26) Each of us needs help, grounded in the armor of YHWH through His Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 4:14, 5:10; 2 Corinthians 9:8; “The Truth About Anger“; “Anger: When Your Temper Flares“; “Forsaking Bitterness“; “Understanding Sin“; “Foundation of Salvation“; “How Satan Challenges You“; “The Importance of Practical Repentance“; “Refining Your Heart“; “Breaking the Strongholds of Egypt and Canaan in Your Heart“; “Hardened Hearts: Strengthening the Brotherhood in Christ“)

gods-armor“In the end my brothers, be strong through Elohim and in the power of His strength. Clothe yourself in the full armor of YHWH, that you are able to continue against the methods of the devil. Because we consistently wrestle, not with respect to carnality and bloodshed, but against magistrates, against authority, but against the world ruler of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in the heavens. In this same way, take up the complete armor of Elohim, in order that you have the power to resist in time of calamity, and accomplishing all, firmly set.

Continue accordingly, your loins girded with the belt of truth and clothed with breastplate of righteousness, and your foot bound with the preparation of the good message of peace. Above all, take up the large shield of truth, in which resides the power to extinguish all the fiery arrows of the wicked. And receive the helmet of salvation, even the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of Elohim. Pray at all proper times in earnest prayer and petition in the Spirit, and keep watch to yourself, the same in all perseverance and petition for all the holy ones.” – Ephesians 6:10-18, direct translation

soil of the heart

soil of the heart

The Holy Spirit and other like-minded disciples of Christ are able to help you to enlarge your personal vision while broadening your appreciation of Bible truth, as you grow in the reality of your perspective. (1 Corinthians 1:10; Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 4:12; Exodus 20:1-26) If you seek the advice of man, you must seek sound advice from those spiritually mature persons with a wealth of experience in Bible truth. (Matthew 6:24-33; Proverbs 15:22) Consider the alternatives: rolling over to wickedness through hatred, quarrels, bitterness and a closed mind that hates consulting the righteousness of YHWH. By submitting to a yoke of slavery with these practices, you rebuke the freedom of Christ. Through the sacrifice of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah, YHWH set disciples of Christ free from eternal bondage to sin and eternal separation from Him. (1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 6:2, 8:7) When you become aware of sin according to scripture, you don’t continue to practice that sin, but set that practice out of your life. (Matthew 15:1-39; Mark 7:1-37; 1 John 3:9; Revelation 20:15; Proverbs 25:26; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “Roots of Salvation“; “Breaking Strongholds of False Authority“; “Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“; “Is Your Forgiveness Real?“)

“Do not be led astray: Elohim is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap.” – Galatians 6:7, ISR98

“In the freedom with which Messiah has made us free, stand firm, then, and do not again be held with a yoke of slavery. ” – Galatians 5:1, ISR98

satan-roarsThe final outcome that you must desire is in the hands of YHWH. You must resist the devil and his agents, those that post themselves as angels of light. (Matthew 7:18-20; James 4:7; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 12-15; Colossians 2:8; 1 Timothy 6:3-5) In doing the will of your Heavenly Father, you must be willing to be His partner. His guidance comes through the Counsel of the Holy Spirit, coupled with the desire to learn through the washing of the Word of YHWH as you seek a deeper spiritual maturity (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Whatever plans you have in this life in the world of man, those plans need to be within YHWH’s Way. As you live for Him, seek His guidance through prayer and study as you work in line with His Will. YHWH is your plan. The Way of the Messiah is your plan. Your trust in YHWH and the sacrifice of the Messiah is your plan. He gave you His Word in scripture and the Counsel of the Holy Spirit, when you are willing to receive them. (John 1:1-5; 10:4; Hebrews 5:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; 2 Timothy 2:15; Ezekiel 44:23; “Your Purpose in the Body of Christ“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“; “The Reality of the Antichrist“; “Destruction Is Satan’s Intent“; “Overcoming Satanic Attack“)

“For YAHWEH so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, HRB
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 righteousness. 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]. May it be as you have promised!
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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