What God Wants - Part 1: Discernment
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Acts 15:28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.
1 Cor 6: 12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful… I will not be brought under the power of any.
James 2:12: So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
2 Cor 5:10 we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive things done in the body…good or bad.
Discernment between true and false teaching
Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 "You will know them by their fruits….18 "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. 23 But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.
1 Tim 4:16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for so you will save yourself and those who hear you.
Col 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
A. What does a false prophet in sheep’s clothing look like in our day and age?
B. How can you ‘test the spirits’, how can you test whether a teacher is a false prophet or not?
C. Are those who spread false teaching always aware that it’s unbiblical?
D. What are dangerous lies that false teachers make you believe about salvation (justification, sanctification, glorification)?
Discernment between wisdom and foolishness: redeeming the time, future inheritance
Eph 5: 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
1 Co 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
Ga 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Discernment about yourself
1 Co 3:18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise… let him become a fool that he may become wise.
Jas 1:14 each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed….Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
1 Cor 10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
A. When do we ‘think we stand’? How can we make sure that we don’t ‘fall’?
B. How is it that we can know our thoughts and fears about ourselves better than anyone else around us, and yet be blind to our short-comings in many cases?
C. How can we make sure we are not being deceived about ourselves?
Discernment about others
1 Cor 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."
1Ti 5: 22 Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure.
2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;