Discerning is a strength you already have in you, and it is there to help you with every decision. In I Kings 3:5 (NIV) God says to Solomon, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” In Verse 9 Solomon says, “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.” The two key words he used in Hebrew are Shama and Byin. Listen and discern. We all have decisions to make… decisions, decisions. Should I take this job? Is this the right house to buy? Should we move across the country to Arkansas? I was preaching at a church in California and a man came up after the service and said, “I’m dating and I want to know if she is the right one for me.” Big decisions, destiny-determining decisions. All the degrees in the world will not help you know if this person you’re dating is right for you.
The most educated people in the world will still make bad decisions. The arrogant in Hollywood who would tell you they know so much more than all of you have no idea how to stay in love or raise children. Fame and fortune, nor education nor information will help you in your decisions. The world does not make good decisions. We don’t know what to do with terrorism, we don’t know who to elect president, I mean we can’t even figure out which bathroom to use. People buy into evolution, they buy into hate, they buy Barbara Streisand albums. Proverbs 16:25 says “there is a way that seems right to a man but leads to death”… Whoa! Don’t do what seems right, use supernatural God-given discernment! You need insight. You need discernment. Discernment is the ability to distinguish right and wrong. You may not know what the future holds, but you can ask someone who does. And so today He asks of you, “What do you want?” You say, “I want discernment.” He says, “I’ve already given it to you.”
You have the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and discernment. Today we’re going to talk about three ways we must discern BEFORE we decide.