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SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED MEANING
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT BIBLE STUDY
Many of you have read at least some of the Bible. Others have read the Bible
from front to back. While others have read every Word
multiple times and use it as a study guide. And still others
read every word by the LETTER and have no clue what the
SPIRIT is saying. When you read Scripture you should seek
the depths for TRUTH.
For there is truly a SPIRITUAL path within the Words that
many do not comprehend as they read it from a carnal view.
Paul explains this as such:
2 Corinthians 3:6
Who also hath made
us able ministers of the new testament; not of the
letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but
the spirit giveth life.
If we are to share Truth in the Spirit we should certainly
obtain Truth in the Spirit.
God is a
Spirit: and they that worship Him MUST worship
him in Spirit and in TRUTH.
Therefore, it is obvious that when we read His Words
must be in Spirit and seek the Spiritual view.
SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT BIBLE STUDY
We will be looking into the
book of Job. Now, most know this story or at least THINK
they do. So, if you are sitting there thinking "I have
heard this story of Job before" lemme tell you something ...
You have NEVER heard it like the Holy Spirit can tell it.
One can share of the patience of Job and certain aspects of
the STORY but do not actually apply it to their own
I am constantly seeing words
from Christians, posts on forums and letters from people
that blame God for everything. They say they are angry with
God or that God abandoned 'em. They express their anger for
the trials and tribulation that they endure. When we ALL
know that we ALL endure trials and tribulation. It comes
with the territory. We are proven as metal is proven to be
certain that it will not shatter when the time comes for it
to be used.
We will be searching the book
of Job for the Spiritual TRUTH of WHY some of these trials
and tribulations occur and learn how our REACTION is the
method by which we are GRADED. Let us begin at Job Chapter
Let us continue to discuss
the Gift of Spiritual
Verse 1 ... There was a man in
the land of Uz,
whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright,
and one that feared God, and eschewed evil ...
So, ole Job was a righteous man that feared God avoided evil.
This is a definite magnet to our enemy. When we would do
good, evil comes a calling.
I find then a law, that, when I would
do good, evil is present with me.
VERSE 2-3 ... And there were
born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance
also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels,
and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses,
and a very great household; so that this man was the
greatest of all the men of the east ...
Did you notice that while
explaining to the reader all of the blessings that God gave
Job for choosing to be righteous, that Job's children were
mentioned first. Therefore children are a blessing. Though they
may not seem so at times.
VERSE 4-5 ... And his sons went
and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and
called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with
them. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were
gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up
early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according
to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my
sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did
Now this is very important ...
Job, who was deemed so righteous, would go and make
offerings for his children, in effect repenting for His children as to bless the children and their homes after they
had a feast or party just in case they had sinned. Seems to
me that this would be a good practice for those of you who
have children. Even if they live away from home, and you
cannot visit as often as ole Job did, you can make a
Spiritual sacrifice for them.
Not only by prayer but Charity.
1 Peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent charity among
yourselves: for CHARITY SHALL COVER THE MULTITUDE OF SINS.
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In other words your Charity done in their name, can remove
their sins. Reach out for a lost soul and let God know it is
your sacrifice for YOUR child's sins and/or potential sins.
Allow your LOVE for others to be this offering.
VERSE 6 ... Now there was a day
when the sons of God came to present themselves before the
LORD, and Satan came also among them ...
Now ya gotta visualize this ...
God sitting on His Throne and the Angels, both good and bad
coming before Him presenting Him with their thoughts, probs
and whatever Angel business they had to report and ole Satan
standing in line with em. Waiting his turn.
By the way, Did you catch the
title SONS OF GOD. These are Angels. Many like to suggest
that these Angels, being called the Sons of God, means they
actually are His offspring just as Jesus was. Well now, we
cannot BELIEVE such deception as it is written:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his ONLY
BEGOTTEN SON, that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life.
Even Christians are now called the Sons of God:
But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become
the “Sons of God”, even to them that believe
on His name ...
Paul says this of the matter:
Sons of God.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they
HOW TO BECOME SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED
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VERSE 7 ... And the LORD said
unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the
LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from
walking up and down in it.
That is one eerie thought. Someone with such contempt for
God and those that love Him wandering the earth around
seeking souls to devour:
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
VERSES 8-9 ...
And the LORD said unto Satan,
Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like
him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that
feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Look at our Father brag on Job. He even called Job perfect. You can
just imagine the smile. Then Satan in an attempt to
belittle the FAITH of Job, begins to question God.
VERSES 9-11 ... Then Satan
answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house,
and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed
the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the
land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he
hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
The enemy of our souls said
of Job that His Faith was due to having a continual wall of
protection and always being blessed. He was making the point
that Job was righteous cuz God never allowed trials or
tribulation to come upon him. He then challenged God and His
servant. He suggested God allow trials and tribulation to
befall Job and vowed that Job would curse God.
VERSE 12 ...
And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he
hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine
hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
God accepted Satan's
challenge immediately as he had FAITH in His servant Job.
THAT is why God allowed the trials and tribulations to
occur. But He commanded that Satan not actually hurt Job
-15 ... And there was a day when his sons and his
daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest
brother's house: And there came a messenger unto Job, and
said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside
them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away;
yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the
sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
16-17 ... While he was yet speaking, there came also
another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven,
and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed
them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was
yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The
Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels,
and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with
the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell
VERSES 18-19 ... While he was
yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons
and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their
eldest brother's house: And, behold, there came a great wind
from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the
house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead;
and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
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WOW ... What a horrible chain
of events Satan was allowed to place before Job. Even his
children were killed. Most would have crumbled under such
misery, pain and anguish of the soul. But would Job? That is
the real test is it not?
VERSES 20-22 ... Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his
head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And
said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall
I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken
away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job
sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
AWESOME ... The Spiritual
mindset of Job was that He came into the world with NOTHING
and would return that way and KNEW everything in between was
given to him by God and was God's to take at will. It is
this Spiritual mindset that kept Him. He UNDERSTOOD the
TRUTH that the world did not revolve around him and that
everything He received was a gift. It was not OWED to him. Then
He BLESSED GOD.
Kinda reminds you of the
Apostles who would rejoice when they were beaten or worse
for the name of JESUS. It is a Spiritual mindset which you
must achieve to be able to SEE as they saw. To BE as they
were. To be WILLING to surrender ALL for Him. But alas, most
fall down and get a scratch in the name of the Lord and
their faith comes into question. Doubt arises. STRIVE to
THINK like they THOUGHT.
do so, one must renew the mind ...
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
This is speaking of the SPIRITUAL mind ...
CHAPTER TWO VERSES 1-3 ...
Again there was a day when
the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD,
and Satan came also among them to present himself before the
LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou?
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro
in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the
LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,
that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an
upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and
still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst
me against him, to destroy him without cause.
So Satan is back in line and
he sure is not there to eat crow. God is saying well now, it
appears my servant Job has withstood the test. Not only did
he endure but held onto His Faith.
SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED ORIGIN
WHY DO WE NEED SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT BIBLE STUDY
Let's learn even more about the Gift of Spiritual
Discernment in the Bible, its purpose and promise.
VERSES 4-5 ...
And Satan answered the LORD,
and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he
give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch
his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
So seeing he had failed,
Satan wanted to change the rules of the test and asked that
he be able to harm Job himself suggesting that the only
reason Job did not surrender his faith is because that which
was done was done to others and he was not PHYSICALLY
touched. It appears Satan was banking on SELF love.
VERSES 6-7 ...
And the LORD said unto Satan,
Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went
Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job
with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
God, still believing in the
faith and patience of Job allowed Satan to test Job yet
again. But Satan was not allowed to kill him. Then Satan
plagued his body with boils. Now not only were they painful
but very unattractive. We have been taught that physical
appearance is so very important. I mean we are taught that
if you have lil ole pimples as a kid that it is this BIG
deal. Imagine Job's appearance.
VERSE 8 ...
And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal;
and he sat down among the ashes ....... Now this verse is kinda
gross ... This is saying that Job took a piece of broken
pottery and lanced the boils.
VERSE 9 ...
Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain
thine integrity? curse God, and die.
There it is ... CURSE GOD AND
DIE? I was wondering when I first read the book of Job up to
this point, why Satan did not take Job's wife as he did the
children. I mean the wife is supposed to be the other half.
The soul mate if ya will. The supportive helper. Both having
the same goals and purpose in mind and heart. I guess we see
now why Satan left her there. So she could be more of a
burden to Job.
VERSE 10 ...
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the
foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the
hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did
not Job sin with his lips.
You go boy ... His words should
echo through your minds and hearts. Do we only praise God
when good things happen? Should we not expect trials and
tribulation? Are we so very self centered that we have come
to live as tho we are the one who is to be served ... By GOD?
11-13 ... Now when Job's three friends heard of all
this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from
his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite,
and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment
together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. And
when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not,
they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every
one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward
heaven. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days
and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they
saw that his grief was very great.
As it is with most friends ...
when we see our friends down, they came to comfort and mourn
for him. He was so afflicted in the flesh that they did not
even recognize him. They sat with him silent, seeing he was
so sick at heart.
Now ... Here is a summary of
the rest of the story ... His friends break their silence and
in a vain effort to explain away what they knew not, they
came up with every possible thing that it COULD be. These
three FRIENDS grieved him even more with their own
Assumptions. They did NOT ask God to reveal what the matter
was but rather accused poor ole Job of about everything
there is cuz they saw he was down.
In the end ... God made those
three friends go to Job and have him pray for them. How
ironic. God is sooooooo cool. God gave Job TWICE as much
wealth as he had and even gave him another 7 sons and 3
daughters. He was BLESSED even more ... For passing the test.
I suppose he got to keep that wife of his too, but I bet she
had a diff Spiritual mindset after this chain of events and
the victorious outcome for her husband and in TRUTH ... Her
and her family.
Ladies and gents you too will
be tested. You WILL experience trials and tribulation.
Perhaps the more Faith you achieve the more difficult the
challenges. But let us obtain the Spiritual mindset that Job
possessed. NOTHING is ours. We are owed NOTHING. The world
does NOT revolve around us. There IS a bigger picture and
when you are brought through trials and tribulation the TEST
is to see what your SPIRITUAL reaction is. Get a leash on
your THOUGHTS by RENEWING your Spiritual MIND.
We have also learned that
when you see your fellow Christians fall down, it is natural
to want to help them back up but always be CERTAIN that what
you proclaim as being the source of the prob ... Is GOD'S Word
and not your own lest you find yourself being in the wrong
for a right intent.
Love one another ... Love
requires understanding. Understanding requires discernment
and discernment is a Spiritual gift from the Holy Spirit. To
obtain it one must renew the mind as to never allow THEIR
thoughts to interfere with His Words being projected to your
spirit by the Holy Spirit. It would be like a radio station
tuned in between two stations which in TRUTH ... Is just
When you read God's Word, you
must be able to TUNE in Spiritually as to be able to
comprehend the Spiritual TRUTH within the letters of the
Words that are written. I do pray that you will apply this
TRUTH that has been shared with you to your Christian Walk ...
God's will be done.
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