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The Benefit of Discernment

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When we learn to discern God’s voice from all the others in our world, we’ll be able to distinguish what's best from what's merely good.

Colossians 1:3-12

Have you ever listened to a radio station only to hear soft static over the music? If you adjust the tuning, you can usually get clear reception. The Christian life works much the same way. We sometimes make decisions and then experience a vague yet nagging sense that all isn’t well. I call this “spiritual static.”

Most Christians aren’t surprised that God wants them to know the difference between truth and error. However, many have not considered that He also equips us to choose between what is good and what is best. Satan at times reveals something that appears good to us just before God sends His best. Too often, we jump at the former and miss the latter. But those believers who cultivate spiritual discernment recognize the Holy Spirit’s warning to wait—such “static” says an opportunity might look excellent, but it’s not right.

Prayerful, grounded believers will let the good opportunity pass so they can wait on the best. They will pray and trust until their heart receives God’s assurance. Life is full of uncertainty and doubt, but our relationship with Jesus doesn’t need to be. He offers spiritual discernment to all who seek His will.

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