12/17/12

" 'Be hard to offend' lest evil be let in." --Donna Reeve

I was catching up on Joyce Meyer episodes this morning after listening to all the details of the horrific school shooting on Friday.

I think it was interesting that in Friday's episode, Joyce says that "offense" comes from the Greek word for the bait used in traps to lure the victim into the trap.

So offense=Satan's bait.

When people get offended, they become => bitter => resentful => unforgiving => unloving and faithless.

Don't get baited. Don't become a willing victim. Be hard to offend. Realize that as much as you are offended, you probably offend people, too. We're all human with feelings that make it hard to always do the right thing.

The solution: Do the right thing anyway. And if you don't want to or you shouldn't have to be the peacemaker yet again, be the more spiritually mature person. As Joyce says, "I do not have to feel like doing what's right to do what's right."

As MANY verses in the Bible say, turn away from evil and do good. One of them is in Psalm 34:14.
 http://bible.cc/psalms/34-14.htm 

We see the horrible things that happen when evil seeps into our lives. Friday's massacre was only one example. God bless those in Newtown, CT, and beyond.



12/13/12

Discernment - Spiritual Gift of distinguishing between God, Devil, others

I'd only heard the word "Discernment" a few years ago when I was describing how hard it was to hear, learn, exam, and prayerfully dissect my "hunches"/messages/intuition for sharing with others. The leader of the women's Bible group finally gave me the name for this process and my gift.

Discernment.

Basically, it's determining if something is of God/Holy or NOT of God (of the Devil, of the world, of our feelings, etc.). With the work I do, knowing whether something is intended to be a blessing from God that I should share or a evil detriment to the other party is paramount! I refuse to do evil while I must do the sometimes uncomfortable job that I've been called to do as a child of God. I have the gifts of discernment & exhortation. I often am called out to say or do things that seem out of character or odd, for the glory of God.

What are your spiritual gifts?
Here are 2 spiritual tests you can take :  http://www.elmertowns.com/spiritual_gifts_test/   OR
http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=3

Here's a list:  http://mintools.com/gifts-list.htm#discernment

How do they bless your life? How do you struggle to use them.

http://www.gty.org/resources/questions/QA138/What-is-biblical-discernment-and-why-is-it-important