Thursday, March 5, 2009

Misuse of The Gift of Discernment (Part 3)

This is part 3 of the excerpts I've been posting this week from Straight Up Blog on The Gift of Discernment Used in the Flesh

Fear: The gift of discernment used in the flesh promotes fear. “God has not given us a spirit of fear,” (1Timothy 1:7). To fear anything or anyone other than the Lord is not from God. Sixty-three times we are exhorted in scripture, “Fear not!” We don’t have to be afraid about President Obama, we don’t have to be afraid about where this country is going, we don’t have to be afraid about the nation we are leaving to our children. We do have to speak up and be involved and do our best to shine a righteous light on the darkness all around us. But anyone who is playing upon our fears to motivate us to do right things is not advancing the work of Christ in or through us. Beware of fear mongers; they may mean well, they may have legitimate concern, but irrational arguments flourish in an atmosphere of fear. Sadly it is the air that flesh-discerners live and breath. Deuteronomy 6:13, “You shall fear ONLY the Lord you God.” You know your hearing from a flesh discerner, when their words
are turning you from faith to fear...