Distraction or Discernment?

Do you know the difference? Picture this: You are headed to a destination and you see a store and suddenly remember that you need bread and milk so you stop now as oppose to later. You get your items and head on your way. Later on, you hear of an accident right around the time you were stopped at the store for bread and milk.

Such a simple example that has lasting implications. Was it discernment that sent you in a different direction or did you simply get distracted?

Discernment draws you closer to God. Discernment draws you closer to your purpose. Discernment prevents unnecessary pain. A distraction takes you further away from what you are trying to accomplish. A distraction moves you further away from God.

We must be able to know the voice of our God. That voice leads and guides us. That voice is the one thing that matters above all the noise of this world. If we are His, we know His voice:

And if you are familiar with the Father’s voice, you have discernment. You won’t fall for every distraction. And that takes training. Learning the difference between distraction and discernment takes time and much prayer. Discernment requires study and focus. Discernment requires submission.

We have to examine ourselves, examine what and whom we are listening to, and examine the direction of the voice that is before us. Does it take us to the Father? Does that voice lead us to follow Him? Does that voice lead us to safety?

We all get distracted but thank God for His grace that extends forgiveness and His mercy that keeps us covered. That distraction isn’t our end! The gift of discernment tells us to turn away and walk towards our Father.

May we all seek after and pursue with all passion the gift of discernment so that we can cling even more to our Father.

Peace and Blessings

Discernment.

Discernment is all about judging well, deciphering the difference between varying statements. Discernment is all about understanding the correct way to go. Think about the job searching process. We look for places of employment that align with our credentials, our degrees, and our work experiences. We discern which place of employment is best for us. We use discernment every day in some way, from deciding which brand of detergent to use to what route we want to take to our destinations.

However, the one use of discernment above all else is deciding about what is of the Lord and what is not. This gift of discerning the voice of the Lord will saves you from a road that is not intended for you. Discerning the voice of the Lord helps you understand the way you should go. Discernment connects you to your mission and purpose.

Discernment, as a follower of Jesus Christ, is vital and essential to our Christian walk. Our very active adversary wants you to go his way, follow his path. However, he is a complete and total liar who is out to steal, kill, and destroy. We must be aware of him and his false prophets.

Does the decision you are trying to make align with the will of God? Is that job aligned with God’s assignment for your life? You must have the gift of discernment to know for sure! We must know the voice of the Lord!

And how do we learn that? How do we obtain the gift of discernment? We go to the Lord! We seek His face. We read His Word. We spend time communicating with Him. We fast. We submit. We choose to fall deeper in love with God each and every day. We humble ourselves before Him. We follow His commandments.

This, friends, is how we receive that level of discernment that has us rebuking the false prophets that will come. This gift shields us from the lies of Satan. Discernment has us in line with God’s will. This discernment protects us, guides us, and saves us.

May we all grow in discernment so that we can filter all of our choices and decisions through the lens of Jesus Christ.

Peace and Blessings

Reaping and Sowing…

We reap what we sow.

What are you sowing? What seeds are you planting? Are you planting the Word of God into your heart? What is the quality of your harvest? Are you trying to benefit from someone else’s harvest?

The Word of God tells us exactly what we should be sowing:

When we sow the Word of God, we reap discernment. Sowing the Word of God strengthens the quality of soil in which it is planted. When we sow the Word, we reap a stronger spirit. Sowing the Word leads us to our purpose and mission.

In order to reap revelation, in order to reap specific promises, direction, and guidance, you must sow the Word of God to build an intimate and personal relationship with God. We have all gleaned from those whom have sowed the Word for themselves: our pastors, our teachers, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, etc. however, in order to reap the harvest, you must sow the Word for yourself.

We cannot exist off of the harvest of others. The prayers of our mothers, fathers and loved ones only get us so far but there comes a time when we have to sow our own tears, moans and groans in prayer. The discernment of others only gets us so far, we must sow the Word for ourselves so that we are able to see who is of the Lord and who is not.

Your harvest should lead another to sow the Word for themselves. Your sowing builds up the body of Christ. As you sow the Word, you are able to fall in love with the Creator of the Universe. Sow the Word, reap joy, love and peace.

We reap what we sow, what are you sowing?

Peace and Blessings