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Discernment

1 Cor 2:15 (KJV) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things...

Mat 7:1 (KJV) "Judge not, that ye be not judged..."

  • F.F. Bruce: "Judgment is an ambiguous word, in Greek as in English: it may mean sitting in judgment on people (or even condemning them), or it may mean exercising a proper discrimination. In the former sense judgment is depreciated; in the latter sense it is recommended."
  • NIV Study Notes: The Christian is not to judge hypocritically or self-righteously, as can be seen from the context. [But] Scripture repeatedly exhorts believers to evaluate carefully and choose between good and bad people and things. The Christian is to "test everything":
  • 1 Thes 5:21 (Phi) "By all means use your judgment, and hold on to whatever is good."
  • A.W. Tozer: "Among the gifts of the Spirit scarcely one is of greater practical usefulness than the gift of discernment. This gift should be highly valued and frankly sought as being almost indispensable in these critical times. This gift will enable us to distinguish the chaff from the wheat and to divide the manifestations of the flesh from the operations of the Spirit."
  • For clarity, let's use the word discern for the judgment that God encourages, and criticize for inappropriate judgments. By context, try to identify whether the word judgment, when used in Scripture, means discernment or criticism.
  • Spiritual Malpractice

    Luke 12:57 (NIV) "Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?"

    Hosea 4:6 (NIV) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

  • It is important that we judge things properly, or discern. If a person with appendicitis is diagnosed as having an ulcer, it may seem a mere matter of terminology, but if judged improperly, treatment could lead to death! If a baby has a fever, you wouldn't put it in the freezer to cool it down. Treating the symptom may make the problem worse! Discernment by outward appearances, out of ignorance, confusing cause and effect, symptom with problem, can be devastating--even with the best of intents.
  • 2 Cor 10:7 (NIV) You are looking only at the surface of things.

    Why Are Our Prayers And Ministry So Ineffective?

  • Consider our lack of discernment: Of the causes mentioned in Scripture of God, the world, the flesh, the devil; each Christian sect seems to focus on one and ignore the others. Diseases are assumed to be demons and "rebuked" without discernment or effect. Demons are assumed to be sickness, and "treatment" is attempted. God's discipline is attributed to Satan, and made light of. The obvious promptings of the flesh are assumed to be the spirit, or even of the soul. The soul is confused with the flesh and spirit. A mere matter of terminology, right? With such faulty diagnosis, we attempt "ministry", to no effect, and often to great harm. Is this ministry? Is this us?
  • John 7:24 (Phi) "You must not judge by the appearance of things but by the reality!"

    John 7:24 (NIV) "Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment."

    Counterproductive Ministry

  • If a medical doctor were to make such outlandish mistakes, we would put a stop to his "practice". But the modern church carries on in this "anti-ministry", leaving behind a wake of damaged souls. It is a very bad symptom when we don't care if our prayers and ministry are effective; it shows that the object of our "spirituality" is self-glory and not love. We don't dare look to see for fear of realizing how badly we are doing. Ignorance is bliss. Clearly, we need to learn to judge properly before we act. We need discernment.
  • Prov 19:2 (NIV) It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.

    1 Cor 4:5 (Phi) "The moral of this is that we should make no hasty or premature judgments."

  • If we were willing to ask, willing to wait, willing to listen, we might gain discernment, so that we could "know", and not have to waver. We might achieve real faith. We would see past the surface, into reality. Our prayers and ministry would be effective. We could know God's will and see it done.
  • James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given unto him.

    Jesus On Discernment

    Luke 11:9 (NIV) "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

    Mat 16:3 (KJV) "...'It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering.' O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"

    Isa 11:2-3 (NIV) The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him--the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord--and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears.

    John 8:15-16,26 (NIV) "You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father who sent me... I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is reliable, and what I have heard from him I tell the world."

    John 12:48 (NEB) "There is a judge for the man who rejects me and does not accept my words; the word that I spoke will be his judge on the last day."

    Heb 4:12 (NIV) The word of God is living and active... it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

    Our Destiny

    Mat 19:28 (NIV) Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his throne in heavenly glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

    Luke 22:30 (NIV) "so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

    Discernment In The Church

  • Are we to "judge" teachings, situations, and even people in the church? Many Christians are fearful of making judgments, and unclear if this is the mission and duty of the church. After all: "Judge not!..." (We will consider hypocritical judgment, or criticism, in a moment.) This fear of using proper judgment may come from a simple lack of understanding of God's will, or from superstition (Col 2:18-19), or even from a lack of the Holy Spirit (Jude 17-19). Scripture is useful for correcting such conditions (2 Tim 3:16-17).
  • 1 Cor 5:12-6:6 (Phi) Those outside the church it is not my business to judge. But surely it is your business to judge those who are inside the church--God alone can judge those who are outside... When any of you has a grievance against another, aren't you ashamed to bring the matter to be settled before a pagan court instead of before the church? Don't you know that Christians will some day judge the world? And if you are to judge the world do you consider yourselves incapable of settling such infinitely smaller matters? Don't you know that we shall judge the very angels themselves--how much more then matters of this world only! In any case, if you find you have to judge matters of this world, why choose as judges those who count for nothing in the church? I say this deliberately to rouse your sense of shame. Are you really unable to find among your number one man with enough sense to decide a dispute between one and another among you, or must one brother resort to the law against another; and that before those who have no faith in Christ!

    1 Cor 5:3,12 (NIV) Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present... What business of mine is it to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."

    1 Cor 6:2-3 (NIV) Do you not know that God's people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!

    The Difference Between Old Testament Prophets and New

    1 Cor 14:24-25 (NIV) But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and he will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. He will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, "God is really among you!"

  • In Israel, prophets were rare and held to a high standard. You were 100% correct or "stoned". For the church, the Holy Spirit distributes the gifts to many, and we must learn and grow into the proper use of the gifts, prophecy included. We have quantity, but not necessarily quality. Thus, the burden is on the listener to discern, or judge the prophets. Simon Peter makes a good example of the inconsistency of the church prophets. (For an after Pentecost situation, see Paul "judging" Simon Peter in Gal 2:11.)
  • The Case of Simon Peter

    Mat 16:16-17 (NIV) 22-23 (Phi) Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my father in heaven..." Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Out of my sight, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

  • Amazing how the same mouth that spoke a "word of revelation" was "in the flesh" just a few moments later. The gift is great, but the "in the flesh" part can be a real problem for others. Jesus, who had discernment, openly "judged" Simon Peter, moments after praising him. For most of us, we will not have to openly judge, but simply decide for ourselves whether or not the "prophetic" message is from above or from below.
  • The Case of Simon The Sorcerer

    Acts 8:9-10 (NIV) Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, "This man is the divine power known as the Great Power." They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.

    Acts 8:19-23 (Phi) "Give me [Simon the Sorcerer] this power too, so that if I were to put my hands on anyone he would receive the Holy Spirit." But Peter said to him, "To hell with you and your money! How dare you think you could buy the gift of God for money!.. your heart is not honest before God... repent of this wickedness of yours and pray earnestly to the Lord that if possible the evil intention of your heart will be forgiven. For I can see inside you, and I see a man bitter with jealousy and bound with his own sin!"

    How To Discern Real Prophecy From What "Simon Says"

    Mat 7:15-16,22-23 (NIV) "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them... Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'"

    1 Jn 4:1 (TEB) My dear friends: do not believe all who claim to have the Spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God. For many false prophets have gone out everywhere.

    1 Cor 14:29 (NEB) Of the prophets, two or three may speak, while the rest exercise their judgment upon what is said.

    1 Cor 14:29 (TEB) Two or three who are given God's message should speak, while the others judge what they say.

    Acts 17:11 (NIV) Now the Bereans were more noble than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

    Criticism in The Church

    Mat 7:1-2 (Phi) "Don't criticize people, and you will not be criticized. For you will be judged by the way you criticize others, and the measure you give will be the measure you receive."

    Mat 7:3-5 (Jer) "Why do you observe the splinter in you brother's eye and never notice the plank in your own? How dare you say to your brother, 'Let me take the splinter out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother's eye."

  • This is not inconsistent with other Scriptures that instruct us to "judge" and help others be delivered from sin. The message here is to make sure you have been delivered first! Then, and only then, will you be effective at ministering to others. "Splinter removal", after all, is an important work of the church.
  • Mat 7:5 (NIV) "...first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
  • Sin can be debilitating and painful, like a splinter in the eye. But removing a splinter from your own eye may be impossible. Often, we need each other for this type of healing. For removal, the "healer's" hands must be clean, the environment must be full of light, the approach must be sensitive and reassuring. This should never be attempted by the self-righteous, in an environment of darkness, or with dirty hands.
  • "Judges" With Dirty Hands

    James 4:8,11-12 (Phi) ...You are sinners: get your hands clean again. Your loyalty is divided: get your hearts made true once more... Never pull each other to pieces, my brothers. If you criticize your brother and judge your brother you have become a critic and judge of the Law. Yet if you start to criticize the Law instead of obeying it you are setting yourself up as a judge. There is only one Judge, the One who gave the Law, to whom belongs absolute power of life and death. How can you then be your neighbor's judge?

    Rom 2:1-3 (Phi) Now if you feel inclined to set yourself up as a judge of those who sin, let me assure you, whoever you are, that you are in no position to do so. For at whatever point you condemn others you automatically condemn yourself, since you, the judge, commit the same sins. God's judgment, we know, is utterly impartial in its action against such evil-doers. What makes you think that you, who so readily judge the sins of others, can consider yourselves beyond the judgment of God?

    Don't Judge Anyone But Yourself In Disputable Matters

    1 Cor 11:31 (NIV) But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.

    Rom 14:1,4-5,10,12-13 (NIV) Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else's servant?.. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind... You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat... So then, everyone will give an account of himself to God. Therefore, let us stop passing judgment on one another...

    Col 2:16-17 (NIV) Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a new moon celebration, or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

    1 Cor 4:5 (Jer) There must be no passing of premature judgment. Leave that until the Lord comes: He will light up everything that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of men's hearts...

    1 Cor 4:6 (NIV) ..."Do not go beyond what is written."...

    Personal Judgment: Discernment or Criticism?

    1 Sam 16:7 (NIV) "...Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

  • Suppose you think that your have "discerned" something. A good test of whether this "realization" is from above or from below is: what you feel. Does your discernment lead you to help, heal, love, share? Does it lead towards purity of the body, towards Christ? Then the Holy Spirit may have given you a taste of His perspective: the truth, with love. Your actions will prove the validity of what you think, and deeper fellowship and/or humility will be the result.
  • But if what you feel in your heart as a result of the discernment is superiority, scandal, bitterness, or a desire to detach yourself from the body of Christ, then it is not of God. Whether it is correct, or not, is not the issue: The "knowledge" comes from below, not above--as judged by its fruit. God looks at the heart. If what you "know" about others isn't useful to them or you, forget what you "know". It's poison.
  • The Gift Of Discernment

    Phil 1:9-10 (NIV) And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.

    Phil 1:9 (TEB) This is my prayer for you: I pray that your love will keep on growing more and more, together with true knowledge and perfect judgment...

    1 Ki 3:9 (NIV) So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong...

    1 Cor 12:10 (KJV) ...to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits...

    1 Cor 12:10 (Phi) ...to another the ability to discriminate in spiritual matters...

    Heb 5:14 (NIV) But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

    Prov 15:14 (NIV) The discerning heart seeks knowledge...

    1 Cor 4:6 (Jer) ...(remember the maxim: "Keep to what is written")...

    John 7:24 (NEB) "Do not judge superficially, but be just in your judgments."

    God's Thoughts

    1 Cor 2:10 (NIV) ...but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

    1 Cor 2:14-16 (NIV) The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment... we have the mind of Christ.

    1 Cor 10:15 (NIV) I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.

     
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    Bible Verses About Discerning Of Spirits

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    1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

    1 John 4:1-21 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.   (Read More...)

    1 Corinthians 14:1-40 - Follow after charity, and desire spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy.   (Read More...)

    1 Corinthians 12:8-10 - For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;   (Read More...)

    1 Corinthians 12:1-31 - Now concerning spiritual [gifts], brethren, I would not have you ignorant.   (Read More...)

    1 John 4:1-6 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.   (Read More...)

    1 Corinthians 12:10 - To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

    1 Corinthians 12:11 - But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

    Mark 16:17-18 - And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;   (Read More...)

    1 Corinthians 13:1-13 - Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.   (Read More...)

    1 Corinthians 12:7-10 - But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.   (Read More...)

    Galatians 5:22 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

    1 Corinthians 12:31 - But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

    1 Corinthians 12:1-11 - Now concerning spiritual [gifts], brethren, I would not have you ignorant.   (Read More...)

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    Bible Verses About Discernment

    What does the Bible say about discernment?

    Discernment is a word that gets mangled a lot in modern evangelicalism. Many people turn discernment into a mystical feeling.

    60 Epic Bible Verses About Discernment And Wisdom (Discern)

    But what does the Bible say about discernment? Let’s find out below.

    Christian quotes about discernment

    “Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right.” Charles Spurgeon

    “Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to faultfinding.” Corrie Ten Boom

    “Discernment is the ability to see things for what they really are and not for what you want them to be.”

    “The heart of spiritual discernment is being able to distinguish the voice of the world from the voice of God.”

    “God does not exist to answer our prayers, but by our prayers we come to discern the mind of God.” Oswald Chambers

    “This is a time when all of God’s people need to keep their eyes and their Bibles wide open. We must ask God for discernment as never before.” David Jeremiah

    “Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to faultfinding.” Corrie Ten Boom

    “Faith is the divine evidence whereby the spiritual man discerneth God, and the things of God.” John Wesley

    “To discern spirits we must dwell with Him who is holy, and He will give the revelation and unveil the mask of Satanic power on all lines.” Smith Wigglesworth

    “We need discernment in what we see and what we hear and what we believe.” Charles R. Swindoll

    What does discernment mean in the Bible?

    The word discernment and discern are derivatives of a Greek word anakrino. This means “to distinguish, to separate out by diligent search, to examine.” Discernment allows us to properly make decisions. It is closely related to wisdom.

    1. Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

    2. 2 Timothy 2:7 “Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”

    3. James 3:17 “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

    4. Proverbs 17:27-28 “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise, when he closes his lips he is deemed intelligent.”

    5. Proverbs 3:7 “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.””

    6. Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of he Holy One is insight.”

    Why is discernment so important?

    Discernment is more than just what you hear or see. It is given to us by the Holy Spirit. For example, the Bible itself is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is spiritually discerned by believers due to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

    7. 1 Corinthians 2:14 “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”

    8. Hebrews 5:14 “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”

    9. Proverbs 8:9 “To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.”

    10. Proverbs 28:2 “When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.”

    11. Deuteronomy 32:28-29 “They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them. 29 If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!”

    12. Ephesians 5:9-10 “(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.”

    Discerning good and evil according to the Bible

    Often times what is evil will not appear evil. The devil appears as an angel of light. We have to rely on the holy spirit giving us discernment so that we may know whether or not something is actually evil.  

    13. Romans 12:9 “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

    14. Philippians 1:10 “so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”

    15. Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

    16. 1 Kings 3:9 “So give your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?”

    17. Proverbs 19:8 “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.”

    18. Romans 11:33 “Oh, the depth of the riches of wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways!”

    19. Job 28:28 “And he said to man, ‘Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”

    20. John 8:32 “And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

    Bible verses on discernment and wisdom

    Wisdom is God given knowledge. Discernment is how to apply that knowledge rightly. King Solomon was granted the power of discernment. Paul commands us to have discernment as well. 

    21. Ecclesiastes 9:16 “So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.”

    22. Proverbs 3:18 “Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.”

    23. Proverbs 10:13 “On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.”

    24. Proverbs 14:8 “The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, but the foolishness of fools is deceit.”

    25. Proverbs 4:6-7 “Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom and whatever you get, get insight.”

    26. Proverbs 14:8 “The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way but the folly of fools is deceiving.”

    27. Job 12:12 “Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding is length of days.”

    28. Psalm 37:30 “The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.”

    29. Colossians 2:2-3 “That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

    30. Proverbs 10:31 “The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.”

    Discernment Vs Judgement

    Christians are commanded to judge RIGHLY. We can judge rightly when we base our judgment upon Scripture alone. When we base it on preferences it most often times will fall short. Discernment helps us to keep focused on scripture. 

    31. Ezekiel 44:23 “Moreover, they shall teach my people the difference between holy and the profane and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.”

    32. 1 Kings 4:29 “Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore.”

    33. 1 Corinthians 11:31 “But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.”

    34. Proverbs 3:21 “My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion.”

    35. John 7:24 “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

    36. Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

    37. Romans 2:1-3 “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?”

    38. Galatians 6:1 “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”

    Developing spiritual discernment

    We develop spiritual discernment by reading scripture. The more we meditate on scripture and immerse ourselves in God’s word the more we will be in tune with what is according to scripture verses contrary to it.

    39. Proverbs 8:8-9 “All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.”

    40. Hosea 14:9 “Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.”

    41. Proverbs 3:21-24 “My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament  to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.  When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”

    42. Proverbs 1119:66 “Teach me good discernment and knowledge for I believe in your commandments.”

    43. Colossians 1:9 “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”

    44. Proverbs 10:23 “Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool, And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.”

    45. Romans 12:16-19 “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

    46. Proverbs 11:14 “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.”

    47. Proverbs 12:15 “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”

    48. Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

    Praying for discernment Bible verses

    We are also supposed to pray for discernment. We cannot attain discernment on our own – it is not in or physical ability to do this. Discernment is solely a spiritual tool, it is shown to us by the Holy Spirit.

    49. Proverbs 1:2 “for gaining wisdom and instruction for understanding words of insight.”

    50. 1 Kings 3:9-12 “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?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.  So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,  I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”

    51. Ecclesiastes 1:3 “What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?”

    52. Proverbs 2:3-5 “For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.”

    53. Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Now all has been heard, here is the conclusion of the matter, fear God and keep his commandments for this is the duty of all mankind.”

    54. 2 Timothy 3:15 “and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

    55. Psalm 119:125 “I am your servant, give me discernment that I may understand your statues.”

    56. Philippians 1:9 “And this I pray that your love may about still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment.”

    57. 2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”

    Examples of discernment in the Bible

    There are several examples of discernment in the bible:

    • Solomon’s request for discernment, and how he used it in 1 Kings 3.
    • Adam and Eve failed in discernment in the garden with the words of the serpent. (Genesis 1)
    • Rehoboam forsook the counsel of his elders, lacked discernment, and instead listened to his peers and the result was disastrous. (1 Kings 12)

    58. 2 Chronicles 2:12 “And Hiram added: “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth! He has given King David a wise son, endowed with intelligence and discernment, who will build a temple for the LORD and a palace for himself.”

    59. 1 Samuel 25:32-33 “Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me, 33 and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed and from avenging myself by my own hand.”

    60. Acts 24:7-9 “But Lysias the commander came and took him from our hands with great force, 8 commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you will be able to discern all these things we are accusing him of. 9 The Jews also joined in the attack, alleging that these things were so.”

    Conclusion

    Seek wisdom above all things. Wisdom is found in Christ alone.

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    Luke 12:56 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
    Ye hypocrites, ye can the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not this time?


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    And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can the face of the sky; but can ye not the signs of the times?


    Job 6:30 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
    Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste perverse things?


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    But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to both good and evil.


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    It stood still, but I could not the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,


    1 Kings 3:9 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
    Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?


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    With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.


    Ezekiel 44:23 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
    And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to between the unclean and the clean.


    Jonah 4:11 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
    And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?


    2 Samuel 14:17 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
    Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee.


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    So that the people could not the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.


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    When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, , I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.


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    Then shall ye return, and between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.


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    I am this day fourscore years old: and can I between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?


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    And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to judgment;



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    1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

    Philippians 1:9-10 - And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;   (Read More...)

    Hebrews 5:14 - But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

    Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

    Proverbs 3:1 - 6:35 - My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:   (Read More...)

    John 7:24 - Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

    Proverbs 2:1-5 - My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;   (Read More...)

    2 Corinthians 11:13-15 - For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.   (Read More...)

    1 Corinthians 2:14 - But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    Colossians 2:8 - Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

    1 Corinthians 14:33 - For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

    James 1:5 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

    1 Kings 3:9 - Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

    1 Timothy 6:3-5 - If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;   (Read More...)

    Matthew 10:16 - Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

    Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    1 Thessalonians 5:21 - Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

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    KJV Dictionary Definition: discern

    discern

    DISCERN, v.t. s as z. L., to separate or distinguish, Gr.

    1. To separate by the eye, or by the understanding. Hence,

    2. To distinguish; to see the difference between two or more things; to discriminate; as, to discern the blossom-buds from the leaf-buds of plants.

    Discern thou what is thine--Genesis 31.

    3. To make the difference.

    For nothing else discerns the virtue or the vice.

    4. To discover; to see; to distinguish by the eye.

    I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding. Proverbs 7.

    5. To discover by the intellect; to distinguish; hence, to have knowledge of; to judge.

    So is my lord the king to discern good and bad. 2 Samuel 14.

    A wise mans heart discerneth time and judgment. Ecclesiastes 8.

    DISCERN, v.i.

    1. To see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood.

    2. To have judicial cognizance.

    discerned

    DISCERNED, pp. Distinguished; seen; discovered.

    discerner

    DISCERNER, n.

    1. One who sees, discovers or distinguishes; an observer.

    2. One who knows and judges; one who has the power of distinguishing.

    He was a great observer and discerner of mens natures and humors.

    3. That which distinguishes; or that which causes to understand.

    The word of God is quick and powerful--a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4.

    discernible

    DISCERNIBLE, a. That may be seen distinctly; discoverable by the eye or the understanding; distinguishable. A star is discernible by the eye; the identity or difference of ideas is discernible by the understanding.

    discernibleness

    DISCERNIBLENESS, n. Visibleness.

    discernibly

    DISCERNIBLY, adv. In a manner to be discerned, seen or discovered; visibly.

    discerning

    DISCERNING, ppr.

    1. Distinguishing; seeing; discovering; knowing; judging.

    2. a. Having power to discern; capable of seeing, discriminating, knowing and judging; sharp-sighted; penetrating; acute; as a discerning man or mind.

    DISCERNING, n. The act of discerning; discernment.

    discerningly

    DISCERNINGLY, adv. With discernment; acutely; with judgment; skillfully.

    discernment

    DISCERNMENT, n. The act of discerning; also, the power or faculty of the mind, by which it distinguishes one thing from another, as truth from falsehood, virtue from vice; acuteness of judgment; power of perceiving differences of things or ideas, and their relations and tendencies. The errors of youth often proceed from the want of discernment.


    Definitions from Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828.

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