”He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears…” [Isaiah 11:3:b]
As I walked into the room the television was on, but muted. What I saw was fire! What I saw appeared to be a city burning out of control as tongues of flames lapped up everything around it. I quickly hit the mute button to un-mute and heard the announcer say…a studio-set in California was burning to the ground!
Actually the fire was real—very dangerous for those living in the area and those fighting the fire but the city was a fake. The fact is the born again believer does not judge things by the sight of the eye neither does he/she make decisions by what he/she hears. As believers we have the ability to discern truth from evil, real from false, pretense from fake, all because of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The characteristic of a man without the Spirit of God is that he has no power of perception; he cannot perceive God at work in the ordinary occurrences. The marvelous, uncrushable characteristic of a saint is that he does discern God. [Oswald Chambers]
It is the Holy Spirit that distributes the gifts among God’s people so that none are deceived. “…the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all…” The secret to activating the gift of discernment is the spoken word—when the announcer spoke, truth was revealed.
Likewise, when God’s Word is empowered and spoken in the Spirit it brings revelation—the ability to know the truth and Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” [John 8:32] The truth will set man free from all deception and the best way to spot anything counterfeit is to study the real thing—
Further reading: ~ Isaiah 11 ~ 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 ~ John 8:31-32
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