Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

People of God- Flock of Christ
1 John 4:1-6
Jane George

Christos MTC, Philadelphia, PA
2 “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God…”
In today’s world education for us has become as important as food, shelter and clothing. To gain a wealth of knowledge, insight, and endless understanding, has become a priority. Ambition and drive is motivated by how much we can learn to survive life. But is it enough? Does the depth of our earthly knowledge compensate for our lack of spiritual knowledge? Can all the education the world provides us take the place of the spiritual knowledge that teaches us right from wrong, that clothes us with wisdom, and provides us with incomparable discernment? In 1 John 4: 1-6, John writes to us about recognizing the Spirit of God from the false spirits. As we live in a world of growing evil and limitless temptations, we need to recognize the spiritual truth.
Discernment is defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary as “the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure.” However, spiritual discernment is about knowing the truth. Spiritual discernment is about knowing what is real and what is false. It is about accepting Our Heavenly Father and the ultimate sacrifice of His Son for our salvation. Discernment is gifted through the presence of the Holy Spirit and it is our true life coach. It can guide us through the paths of life and help us acknowledge what comes from the Lord. The Word of God contains countless examples of discernment from Job to Christ to His apostles. It is the strength of our faith and the thirst for the Word that feeds our spiritual knowledge which yields to our discernment. With discernment we are able to identify the Spirit of God in all areas of our life. This is vital to our survival against what is false and evil. The environment we live in is constantly changing and mankind is going with the times. As we read in Psalm 25:4, “show me Your ways Lord, teach me Your paths”, let us also strive for this as our accomplishment in life. Let us stand firm in our beliefs and acknowledge the Spirit of God at all times, forever and always.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your Son and His sacrifice. Lead Your Spirit into our hearts and minds to guide us through this life that You gave us. Continue to help us to discern Your ways, Your will, and Your Word against the obvious and hidden evils of our lives till the end. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
"The Holy Spirit will prompt us in the right direction as we learn to hear His voice and respond in obedience." - Crystal McDowell