Desperate for Discernment
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart, I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandants.” Psalm 119: 9-10 NASB
When Paul wrote to his son-in-the-faith, Timothy, about the great Apostasy that was to take place in his time, he warned the young pastor in the last days, some will turn away from the faith and abandon the truth of God for deceptions and falsehoods (1 Timothy 4:1). The stern warning and exhortation that was given to Timothy is the same that carries over to us today.
We live in a world where many try to desperately blur the line between truth and error. Some even profess to know truth will exchange it so quickly for a lie. It is in our fallen nature to do so (Romans 1:21-25). The concept of what is real and what is not will become more and more skewed as generations give way to other generations. The principle remains: without discernment, we will fall for any doctrine and word that seems right, and the path will always lead to destruction (Proverbs 14:12).
It is not difficult for one to be lead away from truth. Scripture warns us that it just takes a little bit of “leaven” to infect and destroy (Galatians 5:9). So how can we keep from being deceived? How can we, as Christians, stand on the solidity of the absolute without failure? How can we know truth from error? The Psalmist in the scripture above answers these questions for us: the Word of truth.
So many people, professing believers or not, abandon the one source that will keep us from straying from the narrow path. The Word of God, the Bible, is God’s precepts, His warnings, His exhortations, His promises, and His commandments–the Word of God is revelation of truth, and truth is only found in Christ. Jesus called Himself the truth. How do we know truth? We must know Christ as He reveals Himself in the Word (John 14:6).
We should be desperate for the discernment the Spirit gives us. We must take every word, every thought, every emotion, every teaching, every speech, and every spirit and test it to see if it is from God. We must train and exercise ourselves to ensure we know who is true and who is false (1 John 4:1). Sisters, many false prophets are among us. Many wolves are howling in the language of sheep. The only One who keeps us from being led astray is the One who is the path that leads to eternal life. Christ is truth. Know truth. Know Christ.
Father God, the Spirit given to us in Your Son is our comforter and our teacher. Your Word is a lamp and You highlight it for us to see the truth of who You are and who we are. Lead us in all truth. Your Word is truth. Please grant us the discernment we need to stand in this shifting age. In Jesus name, Amen.
Deception is abounding, alive, and well. Pray to the Father, by the Spirit, to give you discernment in these last days.