Are you unknowingly being used by the devil to do his bidding? We need to discover how to have great discernment in this age of deception that’s already captured so many of God’s children to do his bidding, to do his work. Let me say, very importantly, that there is no easy path to great discernment. It will take faith, dedication, and many hours of hard work. Before we learn how to have great discernment, let’s look at why it’s so important to have discernment in our day. Without great discernment, the beast of worldly power will capture you to believe his lies as the gospel truth and then he will lead you to teach others, thus doing the devil’s bidding. Jesus said, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matthew 15:14). This is wise counsel from the Lord. “Let them alone.” Don’t learn from them! Return to the “Teacher of Truth” and stop trying to learn from the world and its many pretend teachers taking their lessons from the beast of worldly power. Also, see my article “Are You Following A Blind Guide.”
Our first step in developing great discernment is to redeem the time. The Bible says, “Redeeming the time because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). Dear children, this is essential if we are serious about developing great discernment in an evil age. Even while most of the world is in lockdown due to the latest pandemic, most are still wasting many hours in worthless activities. Although they have many more hours at their disposal, they have not redeemed the time. Redeem means to buyback. So, we need to buy back our time spent on meaningless activities, senseless conversations, and trivial pursuits. For most, that would, pretty much, cut out social media that robs people of many precious hours. We can’t stop there! Many other areas rob us of our time from the many hours of baseless entertainment to chasing after every new conspiracy theory and false teachers. These hours wasted can easily turn into days, then weeks, months, and years. The first step is buying back this time and using it to learn how to have great discernment in an age of deception.
Now that I’ve got your attention and all this new bought back time on your hands, what should you do with it? This calls for wisdom. So, we don’t fall into the same trap laid by the devil, we must be very selective on what we read, what we watch, and what we listen to; and, please dear children don’t share something on social media that you have not thoroughly examined yourself. Yet, how will you examine unless you have discernment, which will lead us to our next step? The Bible says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (II Timothy 4:3). The key to great discernment is knowing what you believe and believing what you know. Yet, we live in a day when most Christians avoid the sound doctrines of our faith like the plague. Most of their theology or doctrines are built on a hodgepodge of sermons from the pulpit or the internet, scant readings from their Bible, and Scripture quotes (typically out of context) on social media. If that’s all that you have then you will never discern what’s been coming upon the world and how the devil is using it and you to spread his lies. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work and learn how to have great discernment.
Once you have redeemed your time then it’s time to “endure sound doctrine.” To endure anything takes a lot of hard work. The Bible says, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11). In the beginning of their new life in Christ, they spent days, hours, and even minutes developing their sound doctrines of the faith. In the same way, at the beginning of my pilgrimage, I spent countless hours studying the many beautiful doctrines of our faith such as, justification by faith alone, the need for repentance and confession, and forgiveness that leads to reconciliation. I have looked fully into the depth of Hamartiology the doctrine of Sin and Soteriology the doctrine of Salvation. I studied and accepted the infallibility of all Scripture and its sufficiency to answer mankind’s deepest spiritual needs, along with every emotional and psychological problem plaguing him, believing that God has truly given us everything we need for all of life and godliness. I spent countless hours studying the doctrine of Eschatology or the teachings on last things, not only out of an inquisitive mind but out of a need to use those teachings to help us stand firm during the worst of times holding firmly to our beliefs. I have spent years studying every doctrine in-depth not to become educated or famous but to be a light for God’s wayward children in desperate times.
Dear friends, you simply cannot rely on the knowledge of others to see you through these dark days. We must all “endure,” that is, study hard all the beautiful doctrines from the Attributes of God to the work of the Holy Spirit and His gifts (Pneumatology), and the work of the Church founded by Christ (Ecclesiology). To study all these beautiful doctrines including Christology and Cosmology is not for just the Pastor or the professor of theology but all of God’s beloved children. As we study and apply all of these beautiful doctrines to our life then we will, through faith, grow up and become all that God wants us to be in His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. As we grow up in Christ then, and only then, will we have great discernment in this age of deception. If we do this, then God will begin to open your eyes to what’s really happening in the world and not what the false teachers and the proclaimers of conspiracy theories are trying to shove down your throat. Believe me, there is a reason for it! If they can keep you occupied with all this nonsense filling up your time, then you will not see what’s coming over the horizon. You will not see how the beast of worldly power will capture the entire world. Tragically most will not even know that they have been captured.
Finally, along with a good foundation of all these beautiful doctrines of our faith, we also have been given the indwelling Spirit that helps us to take this godly knowledge along with the spiritual gift of discernment to see what’s really happening in the world. Most will not see that this global lockdown has forced most to hang out longer on the internet and social media, which is not teaching them the truth but allowing them to assimilate a melting pot of knowledge that’s been synthesized for the palate of fallen humanity. The more this knowledge is broken down and synthesized the more it dilutes the truth where there is nothing left but the deceptive lies of the devil. Not only is it robbing you of your time, but it is preparing you for what lies ahead, to the coming out. As we come out of lockdown to a new world everyone will be expected to check in with their health care provider, their psychologist who will be putting them on a new regiment of drugs and lifelong counseling. If you don’t have great discernment you will not know that they are leading you down a path of total dependence on the State. Are we not already getting a taste of it by putting the entire population on socialized assistance? Once we become fully dependent upon the State then they will have total control of the masses. Only great discernment will see where this is all leading. Please, dear children, heed what has been written here. Welcome to the new world.
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