Psalm 23:1

The word discern means to distinguish, to recognize or find out something, to observe, to become conscious of something…
Discernment is the ability to judge well. It could also be defined as the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure; having the right perception towards a matter; being able to see what is not evident to the average mind…
Spiritual discernment involves being able to spot the difference between the truth and error.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:21-22).
So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine (teaching), by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes (Ephesians 4:14).
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).
Moreover, in the relationship between the Shepherd and the sheep as portrayed in Psalm 23:1, more emphasis is laid on the Shepherdthan the sheep… It’s all about the Lord, not the sheep… (Acts 9:6).
Always remember that you are a steward. The real and rightful owner of all things is God (Romans 11:36; 2 Cor. 5:18).
‘…Alas, master! For it was borrowed…’ (2 Kings 6:5).
‘And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelation, there was given to me, a thorn in the flesh…’ 2 Cor. 12:5
The Shepherd must take the lead, while we follow on. He said, ‘Follow Me…’
The sheep has no agenda of its own. It simply follows the Shepherd.
Can we forsake all our ‘good’ plans and ambitions and yield totally to the leading of the Master?
Does He have the access privilege of interrupting our ‘well-structured’ and ‘properly set’ goals and aspirations?
On one hand, He could decide to call some folks out of an existing structure/system, to go start-up another one. He called Abraham out…

He could also decide on the other hand, to call some other folks to stay put in an existing platform (He does everything according to His determinate counsel and foreknowledge). He told Isaac to stay put in the land…

Spiritual discernment is a process of spiritual transformation whereby we are groomed into sonship. It sharpens our sense of judgment. The spiritual man judges (evaluates, appraises, discerns) all things.
How to grow in spiritual discernment
Build up skills in the word of righteousness (Heb. 5:13-14; 2 Tim. 2:15).
Ask God for wisdom (James 1:5; Ephesians 1:17-18). It takes wisdom to distinguish good and evil; truth and error…
Christ must increase, while I must decrease (John 3:30).
Trust and obey the Lord (Proverbs 3:5).

When you build up your life on the basis of the Word of God, you will be able to differentiate the original from the counterfeit. Your sense of discernment becomes more and more enlightened. Keep following Jesus!
He is the good Shepherd (John 10:11).
He is the great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20-21).
He is the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4).

Pastor Nathaniel Sadela
Resident Pastor
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