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Spiritual Discernment. Philippians 1:3-11. Spiritual Discernment. Truth spiritually discerned, 1 Cor. 2:14 Discern what is right, Lk. 12:56-57 Distinguish good from evil, Heb. 5:14 Judgment to approve right things, Phil. 1:9-10. Spiritual Discernment. Two parts (Acts 17:11-12)

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spiritual discernment

Spiritual Discernment

Philippians 1:3-11

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Spiritual Discernment
  • Truth spiritually discerned, 1 Cor. 2:14
  • Discern what is right, Lk. 12:56-57
  • Distinguish good from evil, Heb. 5:14
  • Judgment to approve right things, Phil. 1:9-10
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Spiritual Discernment
  • Two parts (Acts 17:11-12)
    • Examination or investigation
    • Judgment
  • Discernment: “an intensive investigation which closely examines the evidence & then distinguishes between right & wrong”
spiritual discernment is necessary
Spiritual Discernment is necessary…
  • To discern justice, 1 Kgs. 3:9, 11 (16-28)
  • To examine evidence, Lk. 12:54-59
  • For godly living, Phil. 1:9-11
    • To approve excellent things,1:9-10
    • Avoid sin (pure & blameless),1:10
    • Filled with fruits of righteousness,1:11
we must discern
We Must Discern…
  • Truth, Jno. 18:38 (14:6; 8:31-32); 1 Cor. 2:13-16
    • Warning,1 Jno. 4:1 (1 Ths. 5:21-22)
    • How? Examine Scripture,Acts 17:11-12 (1 Jno. 4:6); 2 Tim. 3:16-17
      • How to be saved…the church…morality…
      • Result: Stand in truth,Rev. 2:2-3
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We Must Discern…
  • Good & evil, Heb. 5:14 (Isa. 11:3-4)
    • Will it put me in fellowship with immoral company?(1 Cor. 15:33; Eph. 5:11)
    • Will it harm my body?(1 Cor. 6:19-20)
    • Does it violate my conscience?(Ro. 14:23)
    • Does it place a stumbling block, causing another to violate conscience?(Ro. 14:13)
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We Must Discern…
  • Good & evil, Heb. 5:14 (Isa. 11:3-4)
    • Will it damage my good influence?(1 Pet. 2:11-12)
    • Is it in conflict with my duty as a Christian?(Matt. 6:33)
    • Would Jesus do it? Would I do it in His presence?(1 Pet. 2:21; Lk. 6:40)
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We Must Discern…
  • Good & evil, Heb. 5:14 (Isa. 11:3-4)
    • Discern evil: Clothing, language, entertainment, alcohol & drugs, gambling activities (lotteries), gossip…
    • Discern good: Bible study & teaching, worship, prayer, encouragement…

Galatians 5:21, 23

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We Must Discern…
  • The Lord’s body when we eat the Lord’s supper, 1 Cor. 11:29
    • Examine His death & judge its benefits when we eat,11:24-25
    • All worship should be approached this way(Jno. 4:24)
  • Ourselves, 1 Cor. 11:28, 31
    • Motives & conduct in eating supper
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We Must Discern…
  • Ourselves…
    • In the faith? Christ in you?2 Cor. 13:5
    • Is my life approved?Gal. 6:4
    • All we believe & practice,1 Ths. 5:21-22
    • Spiritual person judges (discerns) all things,1 Cor. 2:15
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Spiritual Discernment
  • Israel was to distinguish (discern) between clean & unclean to be a holy people,Lev. 20:25-26
  • Priests in God’s house (Christians) must know & teach the difference between holy & unholy,Ezek. 44:23 (1 Pet. 2:9)
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Spiritual Discernment
  • Without discernment, Phil. 1:9-11
    • We will be deceived by sin
    • We will not bear righteous fruit in our lives
  • Obey God’s word to develop & maintain spiritual discernment,Heb. 5:13-14
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