At the moment, I’m reading Richard Brandson’s ‘Business made Bare.’ If you are familiar with the Virgin Arline, you’ll know that the man behind that multinational business is a billionaire and the CEO of Virgin Group worldwide. This post isn’t about how to make money or steps to acquiring wealth, but there was something related to this topic that I picked from his book.
In one of the chapters, Richard explained that whenever he made a call to investors for an opportunity to collaborate, there was a committee shouldered with the responsibility of churning out good business deals out of the whole lot. On many occasions, they were able to pull off nicely.
I could imagine the kind of investors that showed up. Men who had prepared so well and used all the business gimmicks available and yet, with all the stunts, the men at the table were able to detect what would bring profit and what wouldn’t.
Why could this happen? The answer is simple. Richard picked the best brains he could lay his hand on. They knew their onions. He didn’t just pick them off the street. Their knowledge base in their area of expertise was sound. They could sense when you were babbling and when you knew what you are doing. Their thought processes were so sharp they could smell polished dummies from a distance.
That taught me a great lesson in understanding spiritual discernment. I discovered that the foundation of spiritual discernment flows from knowledge.
…But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14.
First of all, In the matters of the spirit, the work of conversion is prerequisite to spiritual discernment. You can read all the books in the world and still not be reach into the overflowing well of the Spirit. Logic is not welcomed here.
When I speak about discernment, I’m referring to your ability to make correct judgements in line with God’s will admist many other alternatives presented by the world.
You are able to say, ‘No, this is not a good idea.’ or, ‘Let’s go this way.’ You are able to make sharp perceptions and look beyond the surface. We need this in choosing a life partner, making decisions, handling marital issues and in the pursuit of our purpose.
Can I show you something briefly?
The word ‘know’ as used in 1 Corinthians 2:14 in the original translation is the word, ‘Ginosko’..
Ginosko is the knowledge gained by revelation. What we know to be revelation knowledge. It was the same word used in Hosea 4:6, when God said, ‘My people perish for lack of knowledge.’
Many times when this word is used, it involves a relationship between a person giving out the knowledge and the knowledge seeker. For us, it is clearly a relationship with the Trinity.
Why can’t the natural man gain this knowledge? He does not have the spirit of God, therefore he can’t discern. It will make no sense to him. What about the redeemed, those who have come to receive Jesus? We can make this discernment because we have whatever it takes to make correct decisions in line with God’s plan already resident in our spirit.
However, even though our spirit can perfectly make correct judgements by reason of the new birth, our minds needs to recognise the deep things God seeks to pass across for our body to act on.
Why is this so?
Our actions are controlled by our minds. Wherever the mind goes, the body follows. . How then do we get our minds to move in line with God’s Command? Filling our minds with the knowledge of God’s Word because God’s Word is a reflection of what we have in our Spirit.
Let’s get practical now.
A brother seeks to start a ministry. He meets this brother who is dedicated, faithful and vast in the nature of the ministerial work. They kick off to a beautiful start. A year into it, this brother not only sold the land they had planned building the church on, he went ahead to leave stains of adulterous practices with some of the members of the church.
The question is: if truly he was a child of God, why did God not lead him to make a right choice. The truth is, God did. Ginosko was probably the issue.
A brother proposes to a sister. Everybody is in support. Her godly parents, his Pastor, everyone claps in excitement, terming her a lucky sister. But somewhere in her heart, she knows something is wrong. She sees his wonderful godly qualifications but whenever they talk, something doesn’t click. She refuses his proposal.
Everybody is disappointed but she maintains her stand.
‘You won’t understand,’ she says. ‘I know this is not him.’ Years later, she discovers he owns a night club in town and stops coming to church after some time.
Why were these two cases different? How is it that, a mother can sense in her spirit that her child is about to do something terrible even though the boy is all smiles, concentrates on his studies and is zealous in the house of God.
How can a wife become so sensitive that she is aware spiritually of what goes on in her family? How did that brother know he shouldn’t accept that invitation?
Ginosko- Revelation knowledge.
Why do we have so many Christians still struggling to make sense of their lives even though all that we need for life has been provided? .
Men would rather find something else than spend time with the Word. They’d prefer to fill their minds with the external vibes controlled by the five senses and then wonder why they are confused and their lives in disarray.
Again, the level of discernment that your mind will receive depends on what you feed on. You will never live up to God’s expectations, if your knowledge does not go beyond the surface.
This is what I mean:
When Jesus performed those miracles, the crowd rushed after him, but when he gave them solid spiritual food in the later part of John 6- a revelation of himself as the bread of life- many of the disciples stopped walking with him.
As long as your focus is on what you hope to get rather a deep intimate experience with Christ, you will always have a problem with discerning God’s will and plan for your life.
When it comes to certain serious issues in life, it is the revelation knowledge you already have that will play out. No time digging into the Word is a waste. You are building yourself for a proper landing when the world comes with many of its enticing gifts.
For everyone that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness for he is a babe. But strong meat belong to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:13,14.
Can you see the distinction between milk and strong meat? Even your senses will follow the direction of the spirit quickly because what controls it (the mind) is constantly updating its knowledge base with strong meat.
Let me end by saying;
Spiritual discernment comes with growth. A growth in grace and in the knowledge of Christ brings a daily walk in the plan and purpose of God for our lives. This growth process was Paul’s constant prayer.
That I may know you….Philippians 3:10.
That I may ginosko you…
You’ll have to come to a point where a revelation knowledge of Jesus stands above all your desires.
You’ll have to go beyond prayers for material blessings and generational curse teachings. You’ll have to discipline yourself to seek revelation knowledge that’ll build strong roots.
As believers, we don’t have to go through life, guessing and depending on our human understanding.
Human Knowledge has its place but remember we are seated in the heavenly places in Christ and until our minds dig deep into these deep spiritual realities, we will live our lives below God’s expectation. Let’s not go to the grave spiritual paupers when we can access the riches available to us.
Are you having issues discerning what decisions of your life to take? Do you want to know the immeasurable riches available in Christ? Spend time with the Word. Allow the Holy Spirit reveal Jesus from the pages of the scripture. You’ll find many of your questions answered.
I end with this scripture.
…The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge…Proverbs 18: 15.(NIV)
Related: A heart that surrenders.