PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jun
04

Developing Discernement

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. (Romans 16:18)
Observation
In the closing writings of Paul, he makes an appeal to his family and fellow workers in the faith. Paul warns them to be careful and avoid false teachers, people who are selfishly serving their own evil appetites, deceiving the hearts of the innocent.

Smooth talkers who know enough of our truth but twists the doctrine of God, are those who lead people astray. These deceivers cause division, create obstacles, leading innocent seekers and immature Christians astray.
Application
Gullible innocence can be a dangerous posture of my heart. How do we learn not to be gullible? We seem to have to create defenses against possible, ensuing lies and deception.

Develop spiritual discernment. One of the ways I do this is to hang around discerning people who I KNOW LOVE JESUS and HIS WORD!

I need to learn to be discerning and not always run to my mentors. I also need to cultivate my relationship with the Word of God, through the Holy Spirit. I must not just read and meditate in His Word - I must learn to interact with the Spirit and engage in conversation with Him, asking questions, learning to hear His voice in that moment. Building a relationship, learning to hear His voice takes time. Don’t rush it Rod - don’t rush your relationship with Me...says the Holy Spirit!
Prayer
Dearest Holy Spirit. O how I love You and want to develop a relationship with you. Forgive me for being in a rush. I seem to live in a rush - always thinking about the great things I want to do and need to do FOR You! Forgive me. I need to learn to BE WITH YOU! I do love You - Holy Spirit of God!

Devotions for June 04

Proverbs 28,29
Psalms 60
Romans 16

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