Growing to Discern

“Exercise yourself toward godliness” 1 Timothy 4:7-10

 

Godliness can begin with physically taking care of the body through exercise. Our bodies are temporal temples and exercise does require discipline, training, being faithful, and even requires some sweat. Those same qualities are also needed in knowing and understanding the wisdom the Lord Jesus taught for living a life of godliness. 

Let’s compare how the short-term examples of exercise are a long-term guide to the benefits of godliness.

Defining Discernment

“Judge not that you be not judged” Matthew 7:1

 

Word matter and the way you use them can change a whole conversation.  We can never “judge” the person for condemnation, that belongs to God alone.

We are commanded to discern a person’s behavior, words, actions. We are exhorted to discern and deal with obvious sinful lifestyles.

Today’s conversation will help decipher when to discern, but not Judge

Examine All Things

“Test all things; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 2:21

 

This mandate is in a list of requirements for being set apart to discern the current “teaching” of the day. They were to discern what was written and spoken was the truth or popular opinion, just words of men.

We still battle that same problem today with volumes of information coming out each day to “better ourselves” but may not be according to Scripture. Many apply their testing of all things according to logic, reason, history, or worldly opinions. 

Our review today offers guidance in checking matters out from the ability to discern right from wrong. Join us!

Building Blocks

“For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” 2 Peter 1:9

 

Life can start with wonderful words of wisdom and affirmation that the God we
have trusted is giving us grace and peace. His divine power is drawing our hearts
to be conformed to His image.
He supplies us with an outline of what is needed, step by step, in case we forget
our provisions and remain as “newborns.” We will grow like a weaned child with
his mother so our soul will be calmed and quieted so that God’s true love will
govern our lives.

Adding Virtue

“Giving all diligence add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge” 2 Peter 1:5

 

This little nugget of truth tucked away in the progressive path of growth is a command to be fully committed to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; for without faith, it is impossible to please God. Once our faith is established the first attribute is to add Virtue, even before knowledge. 

Now, why should we acquire the quality of virtue before adding knowledge? Seems like the opposite would be true. Join our discussion today to see the importance of knowing:

 What virtue is,

 How to recognize if we understand the characteristics,

If we are applying or just sliding by the best we can with the “facts.”

Walking Unified

“As a prisoner of the Lord, I beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” Ephesians 4:1

Many have read this scripture numerous times not taking into consideration that
a calling is a part of your job, perhaps in ministry, or perhaps in different areas but
it is what you do. The request is to know what your calling is and then how to
perform with lowliness and gentleness. There is a strong outline here for how we
are to think. Our calling will involve some type of service for others.

Let’s evaluate the highs and lows in how to discover where our focus is to be
centered and make sure our heart attitude is in alignment with our calling, that
we may be well-pleasing unto Jesus Christ.

Walking Worthy

“I, therefore, a prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” Ephesians 4:1

 

Life is not to be lived in a sloppy casual indifference of selfish indulgence. This
approach is not limited to any age group. We do expect, as growth and training
take place, to see a maturity in thinking and knowing how to make good
decisions.
The calling is already given to us and now, own up to the appointment in being
faithful. Chapter 4 suggest the manner in making known to others what is real in
us. Check it out!

These are Hard Sayings

“If anyone does not come to ME and does not hate this father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26

 

Now that is really a hard saying about what love is all about. Words have meanings and without hearing the heart of the speaker we can certainly come to the wrong conclusions.
we all like to hear soft sayings that bring comfort and make the heart happy, but we draw back when tough words are spoken. How can we find joy and purpose in hard sayings? Let’s talk!

The Shepherd’s Voice

“The sheep hear His voice; and He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.” John 10:3

 

The Shepherd’s Voice brings assurance and security when we hear Him speak.
There are times in our walk where certain unknowns produce uncertain emotions
that confuse hearing. Fear will slip in and replace the sheep’s ability to listen to
the Shepherd.
Fear has many entanglements, and we get caught up in confusion, never realizing
fear has replaced faith. Today there is a way to keep this from happening. Let’s
prepare to repair the damage fear does when it controls our hearts.

I Am Loved

“With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Psalms 119: 10-11

 

How do you hide something in the heart? Romans 12 give us a clue – Renew your
mind in the mind of God – His word.
Why? Because only there can we find our purpose in life as we have been made
and how He wants to fashion us into being a part of His family. Our lives need to
be programmed for acts of being set apart serving while living here.
John 17 tells the purpose of our being a family in prayer between God the
Father and God the Son. Join us as we discuss their conversation.

Christ’s Character

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13

 

In the season we are living, having a powerful authority you can depend on for
wisdom, in walking through the waters of uncertainty every day, is a tremendous
gift to each one that wants to be a part of God’s family.
God is love and wants those desiring to accept His gift to also accept His purpose
in offering — “all that God is available every man, woman, boy, or girl that is
available to all that God is.”
Knowing His attributes and allowing the Scriptures to mold our thinking prepares
our minds to be transformed into Christ-like character, which is pleasing to the
Father. Let’s take a look at the riches of Christ’s character.

Trading the Old for New

“If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the Truth is in Jesus.” Ephesians 4:21

 

How we live is determined by what we believe. If Truth is in Jesus, then why do
we have such corruption in our lives? Why do the daily struggles far out way the
confident victories that are said to be ours?”
There is a saying, “There must be a cross before there can be a crown.” The cross
we need to embrace includes giving up our plans for the greater plans of the
Savior, bringing our opinions, priorities and thoughts into alignment with the
bigger picture and knowing what that picture is.
The Bible has not left us overwhelm as to how this is to be accomplished. There
are really no excuses for believing a lie as truth when Jesus is our Truth. Study
with us today as we see the provisions we have in exchanging the old for the new.

Beliefs Revealed

“Believe In your heart that God has raised Him (Jesus) from the dead and you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

 

Beliefs are vital to a person in establishing who they are and this passage is
dealing with the belief of WHO God is. We have blended our beliefs with the
cultural and secular world mixing percepts and concepts that will never work
together. It is like oil and water. Oil is lighter and floats to the top. Likewise, we
enjoy the light and easy ways of blended thinking, rather than searching out what
is really necessary for godly living
Today we examine how to aright what is wrong in our thinking so in everything
we do we may be pleasing in God’s sight. For the person still searching find the
foundation that offers a solid and fixed way of understanding.

Purpose of Heart

“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them
out.” Proverbs 20:5

 

We know out of the heart proceed all the issues of life, but how does that relate to a heart purpose? Does the heart plan on good or evil? What influences the heart in revealing what is the priority on which the heart thinks? In the physical world a heart not working right brings trouble to all the body and a heart out of balance will also trouble our mind, will, and emotions. Take time out today to consider matters of the heart.

Tearing Down Defenses

“All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits.” Proverbs 16:2

 

We think we have our lives under control from our perspective and need no other
help. A few bumps here and there, coping but never soaring, and often wanting to
hibernate to escape living with everyday life.
Whether it is relationships of being ignored, hassled, or living with the results of
our own poor choices, we find a way to survive. We keep everything on the
surface but never dig down to the root of the problem.
Today we acquaint ourselves with some less obvious defenses while hoping to
find a place to land that brings peace. There is a solution!