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Lead of the Spirit
Leading of the SpiritDr. Kenneth JonesPractical Living MinistryThe Gift of Discernment: Francis FrangipaneMuch of what god reveals must pass through the filter of our degree of purity of heart. If we are to move in true discernment, our view of life must be purged of human thoughts and reactions. We must perceive life through the eyes of Christ
We will never possess true discernment until we crucify our instincts to judge
In order to discern, you cannot react. To perceive, you must make yourself blind to what seems apparent
You must always remain forgiving and move in compassion discerning between the oppressing spirit and the person oppressedBook: The Three Battlegrounds(Cedar Rapids, IA: Arrow Publications) 2006Discern, Not JudgeMatthew 7:1-5: Do not judge so that you will not be judged.2"For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.3"Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?4"Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye?5"You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
The Gift of Discernment: Francis FrangipaneSpiritual Discernment is the grace to understand the nature of that which is veiled.
However, the first veil that must be removed is the veil over our own hearts the goal is to see clearly
What is this veil?Past hurts/experiencesPre- Judgment of that person and people like thatUnbalanced teachings/doctrinePrideThe same fault or sin
The judgmental, carnal mind always see the image of itself in others and without realizing, assumes that is perceiving others spirituallyHow Do You Remove Something Out of Someones Eye?Very Carefully In order to get close, you must win their trust consistently demonstrating an attitude that does not judge or instinctively condemn
Do people trust you to get close to them? Do you have relationship with them?
More than likely, the person is aware of the debris because it is causing irritation
The eye already has debris in it so it doesnt need your finger in it (judgment)
Some Christians dont have the right to minister to others due to Pre-Packaged judgmentHow Do You Remove Something Out of Someones Eye?Wash it Out With the Water of the WordJohn 15:3 - Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Stay with doctrine and less on your personal experiences and feelings
Blow into It the Holy Spirit represents the Breath of God. Dont leave the Spirit out of your ministry to others
The Spirit of God will not only help to get the Red out, but also provide soothing reliefEliminating False Discernment: Francis FrangipaneThe Holy Spirit does not speak to us until he has our undivided attention. We need to slow down, tune out the static, and give Him our heart in focused attention. To walk in true discernment, we must be quiet before God. We must learn how to listen.
The same letters in the word, listen, is in the word, silent
Does God has your attention?
Exodus 14:13: Stand still cease all unnecessary movementEliminating False Discernment: Francis FrangipaneJamming Station thoughts and reactions that inhibit the power of discernmentWe must die to personal judgments, ideas of retaliation, and self motivation
John 5:30 - I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord--but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me. Eliminating False Discernment: Francis FrangipaneFalse Discernment stems from mistrust, suspicion, and fearIt may be packaged in a type of love, but does not originate out of love; it comes out of criticism. False discernment sees the outside of the person or situation and pretends it knows the inside.Godly discernment comes from godly motives, rooted in Gods love. Gods love is unconditionalJesus said, Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment (John 7:24)If you cant pray for someone, don t presume you have true discernment regarding themIf you already pre-judged the person and situation, what do you expect God to do?Peace Must Rule Your Heart: Francis FrangipaneLove precedes Peace and Peace Precedes PerceptionWithout love and peace in your heart, your judgment will be overly harshFalse discernment is always slow to hear, quick to speak and quick to angerTrue discernment emerges out of a tranquil and pure heart, one that receives the wisdom and grace in the voice of Christ (Matthew 5:8; Mark 7:21; Matt 12;34)Guard Your Heart (Proverbs 4:23)..out of it proceeds the issues of lifeBottom Line: We should always minister to others from an attitude of peace, motivated by loveAnything else besides the peace and wisdom of God would be manipulation and witchcraft
Spiritual Man1 Cor 2:13: Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual thingswith spiritual
This does not mean every believer has equal spiritual wisdomSharing spiritual things with spiritual peopleBut which the Holy Ghost teacheth - That is, in the words which the Holy Spirit imparts to us
1 Cor 2:15: But he that is spiritualjudgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
He who has the mind of Christ discerns and judges of all things spiritual
Too many Christians still think like natural men, refusing to spiritually discern things. When our only concern is for what works or the bottom line, we are not spiritually discerning, and we are thinking like the natural man, even though we might be savedFinal PointsIt's more about the Presence of the Spirit than the PowerPower comes with the Presence
The Holy Spirit indwells and abides, not controlsWe are guided by an indwelling presence, not a dominating Spirit
External Leading of the human spirit is through the Word of God