Discernment, now there’s a spirit I’m sure we all wish we had a bit more of. As we continue on our faith walks it can be hard at times to tell if a certain situation that comes into our life is of God or not. We want to be sure that we make the right decisions, that we continue in the direction that God wants us to go. Trouble is, knowing what to do isn’t always as clear as we’d like it to be.
The spirit is willing to do what God wants us to do and go where He wants us to go, but our flesh isn’t quite as up for moves of obedience. This is where we have to be careful. We each have our own desires and although what we want may not correlate with what we need, we can become so passionate about our desires that we allow them to supersede that still small voice. When we do this, it makes way for the enemy who will try to use our personal desires to trick us into moving either too quickly or completely in the opposite direction of God’s will for our lives.
The spirit of discernment enhances along with our personal relationship with Christ. But, as we continue on that journey of getting to know Him more and more there are three key questions that we can ask ourselves that can help us answer the question “Is that you God?”
1. Does it line up with the Word of God? It’s always a good idea to analyze the options to the decision you have to make to determine which one most aligns with the Word of God. God will never ask you to do something that goes against His word.
2. Does it stretch your faith? God loves taking us from faith to faith. Ask yourself if the decision you have to make requires you to challenge and stretch your faith beyond its current state. It could be that God is looking for you to trust Him more.
3. Does it make you uncomfortable? Growth isn’t typically something that feels good. More times than not it’s actually down right uncomfortable. Could it be that God is trying to ignite a growth spurt in your life? We have to be careful with this one that we don’t mistake uncomfortability for fear. Fear is not of God. The enemy often uses fear to keep us from going to get what God has for us.
That’s it, three short questions to help discern if that opportunity that’s popped up in your life is of God. Before making a decision, especially a big one I’ll always ask myself these three questions. It’s amazing to me how this process has helped develop the spirit of decrement within me. Give it try.