Discernment and “good” judgment are not the same. I believe the Holy Spirit is in charge of discernment and I am in change of judgment. And, the more I allow the Holy Spirit to guide me, the better my judgment becomes.
“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.” ~Ephesians 3:10-15
I depend on His guidance so much; there are things in my life I use to “just do”, not think about it or even pray about it, but now it seems even the smallest of decisions are brought to the counsel; a battery of questions, a check of the heart and a nod from my Father. I am learning to wait, rest and to ask questions now, and act later.
I am grateful that I gave myself permission to “let go” of all that is not Him, of decisions that did not go so well, and for redemption of many things.
“If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you'll get slapped in the face; confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins. So don't waste your time on a scoffer; all you'll get for your pains is abuse. But if you correct those who care about life, that's different—they'll love you for it!
Save your breath for the wise—they'll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know—they'll profit from it. Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-GOD, insight into life from knowing a Holy God. It's through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens, and the years of your life ripen. Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life; mock life and life will mock you.” ~Proverbs 9:7-12
I am grateful for the lessons that come from acting too soon, moving without instruction, using my own understanding, for that is where correction comes, knowingly and unaware. Thank You Father for first, giving me life. Thank You for loving me enough to make me tough. Thank You for always being with me.
How has this impacted my life? It has forced me to evaluate everything. It has stopped me in my tracks on many occasions. It has given me a greater sense of peace. It has reminded me who is in control. It has allowed me to trust my decisions. It has introduced hope daily. It has revealed a greater me through the Holy Spirit.
Thank You for the invitation, for giving me choices and helping me comprehend through Your understanding what it is I need to know and when to act. Thank You for picking me up and supporting my stand.
“Peter said, "Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.” ~Acts 2:38-39 (The Message)
The impact is great, the earthly-result is still yet to be seen, but so far so good, and I am sure that the heavenly-result is already determined. And that is truly good.
“I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” ~Isaiah 61:10-11