Posts Tagged 'Discernment'

Learn to Discern: Going in God’s Will

Learn to Discern: Going in God’s Will Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 13:47-52

When planning for a road trip: what do you do to make sure it’s a good trip? What do you bring? Leave behind?

As You Are GOING (into all the world)…

Weigh Carefully ~ Matthew 13:47-48

  • 47 notice that all kinds are caught: people, ideas
  • 48 AFTER the catch, the results are examined: people, ideas
    (WE can’t judge people, but we CAN use discernment about ideas: what lines up with God’s Word? What conforms to God’s Will, and fits in God’s Kingdom?)

Live Intentionally ~ Matthew 13:49-52

  • 49/50 Wicked end: 1) away from God; 2) unpleasant; 3) awareness (why wouldn’t we warn? => kid w/ RADAR AHEAD sign)
  • 51/52 God is doing new things even today
    (cf. Isa. 43:18-19: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way...)

Depend Wisely ~ 1 Kings 3:9

  • So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
  • We follow God’s example: He calls to all people, so should we. He’s responsible for the final judgment, we’re not. In the meantime, we pay attention, examine the new, keep what’s worthy, and make it available with the best of tradition.

God examines people; we examine ideas. God calls the world to Himself; we can’t shut out the world completely, but instead use careful discernment to discover is God is doing a new thing that we didn’t realize. We depend upon God’s given wisdom to help us learn to discern!

Learn to Discern: Knowing God’s Will

Learn to Discern: Knowing God’s Will Sermon Audio Here

Isaiah 51:1-6; Romans 12:1-2

I’ve been conducting an experiment on a new-to-me laptop. I’m trying to create a “hackintosh”: putting a Mac operating system onto an HP laptop. It’s challenging, because I’m having to learn an entirely new way of doing things. It requires me to learn brand new ways of using old hardware.

How Do We Learn To Discern? Watch For

The Functions Of God’s Will ~ Isaiah 51:1-6

  • 1 pursue righteousness
  • 2 Abraham: faith PLUS obedience
  • 3 equals COMFORT & JOY
  • 4 a) God’s Law goes out; b) Justice becomes light
  • 5 righteousness draws; salvation comes
  • 6 lift eyes=change your perspective; look at earth=from new viewpoint (Earth is TEMPORARY – not worth obsessing about; God is Eternal)

The Umption For God’s Will ~ Romans 12:1-2

  • 1 offer bodies=real life change: don’t expect to do the same things you’ve always done and somehow learn new ways of being!
  • 2 a) do not conform to the world (example of what NOT to do) b) change through renewed mind: SCRIPTURE, SCRIPTURE, SCRIPTURE!

If we say that we want to know God’s will, we have to investigate what God has shared with us: the Word. This is much more than reading an inspirational verse – this is about reprogramming your entire system.


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