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Fri, February 24, 2017

Discernment

Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding (discerning NIV) – Proverbs 10:13.

The spiritual gift of discernment is the ability to see the source of an activity or action. It is the ability to look deeply, beyond the surface, and understand what motivates or drives someone to behave as they do. Jesus had discernment when He spoke to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s” (Matt. 16:23). Have you seen this gift in action? Do you know people who are able to provide great wisdom because they can discern a situation from God’s point of view? Too often we don’t take the time to seek God’s perspective and, to our detriment, we act on limited information. Psalm 25:21 KJV – Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

Sat, February 25, 2017

Ask Him for Renewal

Then (Jesus) said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition” Mark 7:8.

Jesus called for followers to honor God with more than mere lip service. He wanted their hearts (vs. 6). He distinguished between a rules-based faith and a grace-based, relational one (vs. 7). He longs for us to enthrone Him in the center of our lives, not on the sidelines, not an “add-on.” These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote (Is. 19:13). Can you describe your faith with terms like exciting, fresh, empowering, joyful? Or has your faith become lifeless and dormant? Don’t settle for that. God has more for you! Ask Him for renewal.