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Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:12-14).

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#03 Adding
EDGE to Your DISCERNMENT

One day as we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl with a spirit of divination, who earned a large income for her masters by fortune-telling. 17This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation!”

18She continued this for many days. Eventually Paul grew so aggravated that he turned and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” And the spirit left her at that very moment. (Acts 16:16-18).


SHARPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL AXE

For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

Paul is not saying that we ought not to teach the basics, we all need the basics, what he is teaching is that strong meat belongs to those who have their senses exercised to DISCERN good and evil.

I know folks who have been in the church a long time yet when you go to talk to them about some fresh revelation on the godhead or talk to them of being born again in water and spirit, they simply laugh and call you a heretic. These folks have been in the faith a long time and 'cannot' move on from the basics because they have no spiritual capacity for discernment.

They are 'unskilful in the word of righteousness' hence they cannot handle 'strong meat.'

How many pastors would teach the deeper things of God if only the people around them would train their senses to look for truth rather than defend everything they have ever believed as truth. Some folks are never open to any fresh revelation because they are to religiously bound to the old wine and are afraid of the intoxication levels of the new.

What happens is this, many have become closed to the things of GOD because they operate out of SUSPICION rather than DISCERNMENT. Suspicion kicks in when one operates out of past hurts and feelings and the soul sees this as discernment when in reality it's their hurt and past pain speaking to them. This is what PAUL was saying I want to give you strong meat but you can only handle milk, I want to minister at another level but your receptors won't allow me, hence you cannot tell truth from error, or good from evil.

DISCERNEMNT NO 1.
Any soul that is born of water and spirit as Jesus said he is, is in the kingdom as Christ abides in him. Don't call him a devil! Don't go trying to cast our demons form those who are filled with righteousness.

DISCERNMENT NO 2
Don't label a preacher who says Jesus is God and God is one a heretic. Any man that acknowledges Jesus and gives him the highest glory that of calling him Lord and God is of God. Demons don't confess to Jesus being Lord and God. Again, its soulical discernment (I would say a spirit of ignorance or even a prejudicial spirit) to say that those who believe God is one are heretics. Discernment is not a gift to see the faults in others, it is not the gift of fault-finding the word declares judge not lest you be judged. It is not the gift of finding fault but rather the gift to find spirits.

DISCERNMENT NO 3.
In the scripture quoted in the previous paragraph form Acts we see the discernment of spirits. Note the spirit in the damsel did not speak against Paul in fact she said
“These men are servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation!” some folks might have been fooled by this but not Paul.

See Paul knew that folks with familiar spirits or those that carry a spirit of deception will often agree with the preacher and even preach the same message! but, there's something wrong with their spirit, the way they do it. they say truth but do not have truth! they have a ling spirit that hides among truth. Now this is where the discernment of Spirits comes in it is not to check Christians but to check imposters in the faith. The bottom line is this, is the person 'born of God.' born of water and spirit if so, no other spirit can live in the same house with the spirit of the living God. Thats the discerning of Spirits for you.

Paul





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