Everyday Discernment: The Importance of Spirit-led Decision Making

Everyday Discernment: The Importance of Spirit-led Decision Making – Day 1

A new week is beginning and we finished the last devotional yesterday and so I did my regular search for “dads” in the plans on the YouVersion Bible site. This one jumped out as I was going through the pages of options and so here we go. In the description of the devotional, it says:

Life demands we make critical choices, but how can you do so effectively? Your ability to discern can make all the difference in what your future looks like. As you read, you will discover how to measure what you are taught against the truth of God’s Word, how to develop a life-giving connection with God, and the path to finding clear direction from the Holy Spirit.

Everyday Discernment: The Importance of Spirit-led Decision Making | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible

Scripture from Today’s Devotional:

‘Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.’

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

‘You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.’

Hebrews 5:12-14

‘“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: Your towns and your fields will be blessed. Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed. “The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven! “The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. “If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord , and they will stand in awe of you. “The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after other gods and worship them. “But if you refuse to listen to the Lord your God and do not obey all the commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overwhelm you:’

Deuteronomy 28:1-15

God’s Word is powerful and alive! God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path! Let’s make sure to receive what God has to say and put it into practice!

Let’s be the dads who speak by the Spirit and do not curse Jesus! Let’s be the dads who speak by the Spirit and say Jesus is Lord! Let’s be the dads who realize that the Spirit provides gifts and prepare ourselves to be able to be used by God and receive His gifts! Let’s be the dads who choose to serve in order to serve God! Let’s be the dads who receive the gifts of the Spirit in order to be able to use them for the benefit of others! Let’s be the dads who reflect on the gifts of the Spirit like:

  • the ability to give wise advice
  • a message of special knowledge
  • great faith
  • healing
  • the power to perform miracles
  • the ability to prophesy
  • discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit
  • the ability to speak in unknown languages
  • the ability to interpret what is being said

Let’s be the dads who realize that these gifts come from the Holy Spirit and that He alone decides which gift each person should have! Let’s be the dads who are teaching others about Jesus! Let’s be the dads who are training others in the ways of God! Let’s be the dads who remember the basics and can help others come up to speed! Let’s be the dads who know how to do what is right! Let’s be the dads who are mature and trained with the skills of being able to recognize the difference between right and wrong!

Let’s be the dads who choose to fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands! Let’s be the dads who get to experience the blessings of God! Let’s be the dads whose towns and fields are blessed! Let’s be the dads whose children and crops are blessed! Let’s be the dads who wherever we go and whatever we do, will be blessed! Let’s be the dads who listen to the commands of the Lord your God! Let’s be the dads who are careful to obey God’s commands! Let’s be the dads who don’t turn away from God’s commands! Let’s be the dads who choose to obey God’s commands rather than deal with the consequences of curses instead of blessings!

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Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

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