The Discipline of Discernment, part 1

This week I’ll write about discernment, revised and updated

from the book published in 2017. Available on Amazon.

Twelve Spiritual Disciplines:


“…Test everything; hold fast what is good.”

1 Thess. 5:21

Warren E. Berkley

Part 1 – Introduction

You know this don’t you? Not everything we see and hear is good. We have to sort things out so we can hold fast only to what is good. God enables us to do that through the consistent use of His Word.

To that I will add something else true today: You can’t believe everything you SEE!! On social media and YouTube videos – something looks like it is real and it sounds good. But, have you ever heard of Photoshop and audio manipulation processes? Not everything you see, read or hear is true.

So here is a valuable blessing: God enables us to see how things differ and He does that through His written Word. We can open the Bible, read, learn and discern. Spiritual and moral confusion is defeated by the faithful use of God’s Word.

And, that can be called the discipline of discernment. Using the Word of God to discern between right and wrong; correct and incorrect; truth and error. Heb. 13:9 says, “Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings.” The discipline of discernment is critical to our spiritual survival. That’s the subject of this series this week. Check back each day through Saturday.

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