LISTEN: Discernment, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror Episode 64 with Daniel Whyte III)

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Discernment from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Not only can we misjudge people, but we can also judge situations wrongly. Jesus pointed out this problem to those who came to Him asking Him to prove He was Who He claimed to be. While rightly dissenting some factors, they failed to see the greater event. Similarly, when disciplined by your dad, do you accuse him of not loving you, or do you discern the reasons why he is correcting you and the greater purpose for his discipline? When you have a conflict with your friend, do you blame her alone, or do you ask God to show you your fault in the dispute? When devastating tragedy occurs, people often ask, “Why did God let this happen?” As you allow the Lord to teach you His perspective, you will begin to see His hand in the situations around you.

Proverbs 2:1-6 says, “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for under- standing; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” What a privilege to study the rich truths of God’s Word, hide them in your heart, and apply them to daily life! These truths are priceless treasures, far above the value and beauty of rubies and diamonds. As you dig deeper into God’s Word, see Who He is, and allow Him to work in you, your life will be a radiant expression of His love. He will be glorified as His character is seen in you.

We see examples of discernment in God’s character in the following ways:

– God is the source of all wisdom and knowledge needed for discernment.

– God is able to see beyond man’s outward actions to the thoughts and intentions of his heart.

– Before judgment, God establishes the facts about a person’s heart.

– Jesus knew to reject evil and choose the good.

– Jesus could discern the true motivations behind the questions He was asked.

– Jesus helped His disciple identify the consequences of having violent and destructive reactions.

– The Holy Spirit freely gives the believer understanding into the deeper things of God.

Now let’s examine some ways God wants us to live out discernment daily.

– Before making a decision, do I thoroughly consider all the consequences that could result?

– How has God enabled me to understand His ways?

– How can I discern what is good?

– Instead of making superficial changes to my appearance, what inward changes does God want to make in my heart?

– How can I keep from rushing to judgment?

– Do I carefully examine what I am taught to ensure it agrees with the Word of God? (See Acts 17:10—11.)

– How is my spiritual growth affected if I do not give heed to God’s Word and learn to use it skillfully?

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Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.