Written by Bob and Debby Gass
The bells, the bells
Have you ever received an email that somehow just didn’t feel right? You can’t put your finger on what’s wrong, but something seems a bit off. So you delete it without opening. Later, someone tells you that it was a scammer trying to steal your identity or unleash a virus. Thankfully, those subconscious alarm bells started ringing at the right time. You’ve probably come across Christians talking about developing a spirit of discernment. When Paul is describing spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:10, he mentions ‘the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit’ (NLT). Important stuff. Discernment gives you an extra layer of protection against anything that’s harmful and not from God. And we all need that. But how do we develop it? Hebrews 5:14 describes spiritually-mature-Christians ‘who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil’ (NIV). You can improve your spirit of discernment by spending more time asking God, and His Word, whether something is right for you, or not. That way, through use, you’ll develop a natural knowledge of His voice and what He wants, and it’ll get so much easier to spot something that doesn’t sound like Him. Go to God to put your small/medium/big life decisions to the test. If it doesn’t have His fingerprints on it? Back away. Don’t go there.