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‘Solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.’ Hebrews 5:14 NIV

A century ago, Switzerland manufactured 80% of the world’s watches. Then sixty years ago, an inventor presented a concept for a new type of watch to the leaders of several top Swiss companies. They all rejected it. They lived by the philosophy, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’

So the inventor took it to the Seiko company in Japan. They embraced it and soon the new digital design became the most common (and profitable) type of watch in the world. Just as happened in the world of watches, one discernment-driven decision can change the course of your entire life and bless others.

John Maxwell says, ‘Smart leaders believe only half of what they hear. Discerning leaders know which half to believe.’ Here are two things you need to know about God-given discernment:

(1) It’s shaped by Scripture. ‘Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.’ (Hebrews 5:13–14 NIV)

(2) It’s sharpened by use. The more you use it, the more seasoned and reasoned you become. Will you sometimes make mistakes when it comes to exercising discernment? Yes, but like any muscle, the more you flex it, the stronger it grows.

And here is an additional thought: the Bible refers to ‘discerning of spirits’, or attitudes and motivations (see 1 Corinthians 12:10). What a great advantage to have in life!

SoulFood: Est 4:9–5:3, Heb 4:7–16

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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