LISTEN: Discernment, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror #63 with Daniel Whyte III)

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will begin looking at the quality of Discernment from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Have you ever seen cashiers hold money up to the light? They are trained to examine the money and determine whether it is real or fake. In the light. the cashiers can see details on a genuine bill that could not be reproduced on a counterfeit. Did you know that God’s Word is a light. too? You can learn to distinguish right from wrong by using the light of God’s Word. Because God’s Word is truth. as you study your Bible, your spirit will begin to “spot” the counterfeit, or lie, when you see or hear it. Be alert to subtle messages that come through music, entertainment, and conversations. Discuss them as a family. The surest way to grow in discernment is to depend on God’s Word. “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” Psalm 119:130).

The operational definition of discernment is “the God-given ability to understand why things happen” You may be dealing with circumstances in your life or in the world around you that you are trying to understand. What is the cause of such a devastating hurricane? Why would a loved one get cancer? Science may explain the happenings of the physical World based on universal laws of nature, but the purposes of God behind those events can only be understood, or discerned, by His Spirit. God, in His omniscience, has deeper reasons for each circumstance and is working to fulfill His plans. As the Holy Spirit guides you through the study of His Word, you will be able to grasp the deeper things of God. Having the mind of Christ (or thinking in accordance with Scripture) is the first requirement for learning discernment.

Lacking discernment leads to wrong judgments. Without knowing the facts, an undiscerning person often arrives at incorrect conclusions. Someone who makes rash judgments about others often forms opinions about them based only on others are often identical to his own. Jesus alluded to this attitude when He spoke about being quick to see a speck in another’s eye while overlooking the plank that was in one’s own eye. One with an undiscerning spirit is focused more on faultfinding and finger-pointing than on understanding another person’s heart or discerning ways to help him. Instead of judging others, look for ways to understand them, pray for them, and help them through whatever they may be facing.

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Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.