Everybody has knowledge. Knowledge birthed from experience, culture, background, peers, and environments all play a big role in what we know and the way we view life. As Christians, we are warned by God in his Word to be extremely alert and prudent toward the various perceptions or views of the collective consciousness. Careful of what you may ask? Falsehood. False views, perceptions and False doctrines: belief systems contrary to the Word of God.
Though many of us are not ignorant towards what is false (Most of the time because our belief systems have become more of a script to memorize than an actual lifestyle of fellowship with the Holy Spirit) most of us in the Christian world don't even know our own belief system as a whole. When asked carious questions by the masses like "Who is Jesus really?" "What did he die for?" "How do you believe in someone you don't see?" some answer with uncertainty not because they do not know their Bibles and aren't 'qualified', but because they have not experienced and observed the truths spoken by Jesus. They have merely memorized and recited it.
Where there is ignorance, there is sin. Where there is sin, there is death.
In this article, there is presented a simple but an effectively powerful three step principle that will help you in every uncertain occasion you are or will face in life when trying to discern God's will. These three powerful keys, when applied daily, will never leave you hanging in the dark cave of uncertainty and deceit.
1. Know WHO you believe in
God is a Person. Jesus Christ reflects that person and makes him visible. As Pastor Steven Furtick, Pastor of Elevation Church in Canada put it, "The big mistake made in the Christian world today is to rehearse to oneself, "What I believe about this or that..." For instance, some believe God will never allow certain things to happen to them or others. That is all fine and gucci, but what happens when that thing actually happens? Is God still good? What happens when that prayer hasn't been answered? What happens, as it did to Job, when your deepest fear has come upon you and threatened your livelihood?
When examining our society and culture with unbiased eyes, you will notice that life, especially in the church, has become a battle of whose belief and philosophy is presented clearer, or for short, whose is better. Especially in America, where our desire to use the freedom of expression to the fullest degree, if not careful and prudent one can easily fall victim to the masses incorrect ways of thinking. And where there is ignorance, there is wrong thinking. Where there is wrong thinking, there is wrong results.
My fellow reader! You must remember that Truth is not an idea, it is a person. Jesus said "I'AM (Yahweh) The Truth, The Way, and The Life...."When you know WHO you believe in, you will know what HE wills. and when you know what HE wills, you will know Truth from false.
When Jesus spoke, he did not use long and lecturing self-gratifying talk. His wisdom was directly out of love. Selfless, showed no partiality nor favoritism, just pure and straight to the point of unbiased truth birthed from the Law of Love (James 3:17). One can only walk in truth, speak it, hear it, and discern it, when he or she eats from the fruit of it. Your relationship with the Holy Spirit, The Spirit of Truth, will feed you wisdom and comfort so pure that when presented to the masses, only a small number will"hear" and obey the call of Christ (John 15:20 "...If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also...) For many are called but few are chosen.
This is what separates Pastors and wolves in sheep's clothing. A man or women of God and a Pharisee, a man or women who keeps it real and a hypocrite.
You must know WHO Jesus is, and who HE is who HE reveals himself to be in his Word and communication with you, and not who you think or perceive him to be.
2. Know God's will in every scenario
When you know WHO you believe in, you know what HE does and doesn't approve. From that knowingness and relationship with God when the scenario presents itself, the man or woman of God will know what the unbiased Spirit would have them do for their highest good.
From the space of knowing the Person, comes knowing the person's principles. Mike Murdock who I love quoting from said "The Person of Jesus creates your peace, the principles of Jesus creates your prosperity." He also mentioned that the church have embraced the Person, but have neglected his principles, for they expect Jesus to do everything for them all the while complain about conditions continually. While SOME billionaires have rejected the person of Jesus but apply his principles but live spiritual death because seperation from God. When you begin to understand God's will and apply it, you start seeing physical, spiritual, and financial prosperity. The best of all worlds.
An example of common application to God's will is as simple as this:
Say you go to a kickback at your college campus. The beautiful young junior begins to entice your sexual desires by her seduction. As a man, you don't deny the that you are feeling vulnerable to the temptation. You simple quite the senses, and tune into the spirit's voice that reminds you of the following scripture in 1 Thessalonians 4: 3-5"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;"
From there you have a choice, and true choice is called free-will. "Choice is an illusion created by those who are in control over those who are not." Until you become conscious of the power within given by the Holy Spirit, only then can you have TRUE power and with true power comes true choice. We must guard our hearts and minds against the invisible forces of satan constantly trying to shift our minds away from the will of God. What is the will of God? Lets look at these separate scriptures that apply to daily living:
- Romans 8:28, which states that everything happens for our highest good and best.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which tells us to always give thanks and be grateful.
- Philippians 4:6-8, which tells us not be anxious or constantly have a worried heart.
- John 3:16, which states that God wants us to believe in his Son, Jesus.
You may have gotten laid of from your job, but remembering Romans 8:28 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18, you relax and choose to trust him.
When you practice his word and experience the blessings, very quickly your peers opposite and vain philosophies like "life sucks" "I cant do it" "Life is unfair" quickly fade away. This is the second principle. Know God's will in every scenario.
3. Remember the real enemy!
The last and very important key thats puts these powerful principles together is to remember the real enemy. When watching the new Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie, there was a scene where the main character was going to kill one of the opponents, thrown in the same human game, who has been helping and assisting her. When the urge to take out her wrath and get an easy kill came upon her as she pointed her sharp arrow directly at him, he reminded her these powerful words that even had the spectator behind the whole inhumane operation shaking within: "Remember the real enemy!"
We know that our spiritual enemy is Satan. Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) The best one at that. It takes more work and sentences for me to convince you of a lie then it does for me to tell you the truth. That is why it just seems like negative thoughts about God, yourself, others, or circumstance multiply faster when reacted upon. As Christians, you must make it your permanent business to understand the first two keys on a daily basis so you may discern when the enemy is speaking. He will show you that good is evil and that evil is good. There is nothing more evil than evil disguised as good.
In the church, he will teach you that God is in heaven somewhere and outside of your reach, instead of God dwelling and residing within you. He will convince you that devotion to Christ is too burdensome and that you are better off living in the world. He will teach you Jesus as a "special person'' or merely just a prophet instead of Jesus as Lord. Jesus as God! He will teach you, "You are only human.'' Instead of I AM reconciled with my father, but not "I" but Christ who lives in me.
All he can do is whisper and create thoughts within you. He cannot force you or even touch you. You must stand! You must recognize your power over the enemy.
The enemy is not the government, nor is it that person spreading gossip about you, nor is it the illuminati or any other cult. The real enemy is Satan using these very things to make manifest HIS agenda. To keep a plant from completely growing, you must kill the roots. His agenda is to lower your faith in God and bring you back to a carnal mentality resulting in an earthly hell and death. When one understand the true enemy, one does not react to the average man or woman's complaint or harsh words. When understanding the armor you hold within you, the Spirit of God, you may change your circumstances at will with prayer. True Prayer. And you will know that the enemy always gives us the opportunity to defeat him.
So let us remember to apply our knowledge daily and stay alert but most of all, walk in love and these will naturally become habitual for you.