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Spiritual Discernment by Physical Observation

 Taste (Taam #2938) and See (Raah #7200) that YHVH, (He Is, Was and Always Will Be) Is Good…Psalm 34:8 

The Bible is full of figurative language and Ancient Hebrew uses physical, concrete terms to express Unseen, Spiritual truth.

“To Taste” and “Observe,” is how we Discern that YHVH is Good, there’s no guess-work involved in Knowing.

Even in today’s English we use “taste” to describe “perception;” “done in good taste,” “left a bad taste in my mouth,” and “a taste of your own medicine.”

If I’m not sure the soup I’m making has enough salt, I don’t have to guess when I can taste it and know for sure.

I used to believe the ability to discern was a gift you either had or you didn’t.  Unlike those who placed such confidence in their instincts and intuition, my assumptions were wrong more often than right.

While being decisive and confident may be a Natural gift, Discernment is one of the seven descriptions of Spiritual Wisdom, Isaiah 11 and it is also a prophesy of the Messiah.  Wisdom is given generously to All who ask, James 1:5; Proverbs 8:17.

Most importantly, both Wisdom and Y’hoshua are Life, Proverbs 8:35; John 11:25.

Spiritual Wisdom Gives Everyone the Ability to Know

King Solomon was blessed with Wisdom beyond anyone who ever lived or will live.  When he had to judge between two mothers claiming the same baby as their own, he ordered the baby be cut in half and given to both mothers.

He didn’t have to guess well, he knew, without a doubt, who the baby’s mother was. The distinction became as clear as Life and Death, Right and Wrong, Good and Bad, Light and Darkness.

The first mother yielded her rights and pleaded selflessly to give her baby alive to the other woman.  In contrast, the other woman demanded he be divided, 1 Kings 3:26.

Tasting and Knowing, Literally Does Away with Guessing

When it’s time to clean out my refrigerator I guess a lot and I’m sure I’m wrong sometimes.  I think it’s better to be safe than sorry so I toss everything in question.  Now when it comes to my favorite leftovers I’ll take the time to inspect it visually, smell it and even taste it, but not until my senses assure me that it’s good.

I don’t expect a Spiritual prompting when I can see the mold and smell when something is bad.  Yet that is exactly what I was expecting when it came to my greatest dilemma, not knowing when to speak and when not to.

To Speak or Not to Speak

When I was younger I tried to break out of my timid nature by forcing myself to speak.  I believed it was unhealthy to hold negative feelings inside so I practiced recognizing and telling people when I was upset.

As you can imagine, I got a lot of negative, defensive, accusations in return but I prided myself in fearlessly standing up to them.

To Stand up for Myself, or Die to Myself?

Just when I thought I was getting better at speaking up for myself, I began to study the Bible more in-depth.  I couldn’t reconcile ever being offended after reading Psalm 119:165 “nothing shall offend me.”  What “self ” is there to defend if it’s crucified? Romans 6:4; Galatians 2:20, 5:24.  How could I continue to speak up and tame my tongue? Proverbs 21:23; Psalm 141:3; James 3:8.

Far too many years passed as I struggled with not knowing when to speak and when to bite my tongue.   It’s no coincidence I began writing as an outlet, I needed an alternative way to process my thoughts without sharing them with people who weren’t asking.

My mouth seemed out of my control, it kept opening, like a knee-jerk reaction, as I found myself continuing on and on, trying to say something in different ways in hopes of being understood.  I felt justified because I believed what I was saying was True, Helpful and Necessary, but there was more…

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Are My Words  Kind/Inspiring/Good/Life-giving/Selfless/Love?

 Justifying my words had kept me blind to the fact that my mouth had me mastered.  Our Master is the one we obey, Romans 6:16.

Finally it occurred to me there was a reason I was so compelled to confront people.  Did I really believe I could stop being offended and just obediently and selflessly Love people exactly the way they were?

 and the Greatest of These is Love

One morning I woke up from a dream remembering, “I’m not their Holy Spirit.” It’s the Holy Spirit who teaches each of us, all things, and guides us into, all Truth, John 14:26, 16:13.

In my dream I was so focused on how I could better express myself that I hadn’t realized I wasn’t trusting the Power of YHVH’s Merciful, Loving Kindness, Faithfulness, Long-Suffering,  Humble, All Powerful Spirit.

Obediently Loving YHVH, and Loving one Another, frees us from being mastered by our  bondage to the flesh/death.

He tells us there is Only One God, One Spirit, One Shepherd, One Father, One Teacher, Counselor, Advocate, and it’s Him.  If we aren’t mastered by His Love we are still mastered by our Flesh, Matthew 23:9; Deuteronomy 6:4; Leviticus 19:18; John 15:26…

I knew YHVH’s Word, His Torah defines Good and Bad, Spirit and Flesh, Life and Death.  I knew he path to Life/Spirit and Death/Flesh, without a doubt, I could see my compulsion to speak was rooted in my flesh.

Spiritual Discernment isn’t a mystical feeling, a prodding, a nudge or that silent voice of our Shepherd, who knows how to get our attention when we obediently listen, John 10:27.

Differentiating between the fruit, or actions, of My flesh, with its easily offended ego, and the fruit of the Spirit can be observed.  It’s just not easy to stop justifying it and admit there is nothing good in my flesh. Romans 7:18.

Like the true mother, God’s True Love is self-less/flesh-less.  This is how His Spirit of Life can be observed in us and in others, when we know how to love one another, John 13:35; 1 John 3:14.

 

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To Judge or Not To Judge?

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Ever ponder the phrase, “don’t judge me?”  In one breath this protest against human opinion is based on another human opinion.  Opinions formed by assumptions are an ugly human trait, but that doesn’t mean all judgement is bad.

Bad judgement doesn’t know how to discern between good and bad, it uses non-objective assumptions, fluctuating feelings and hearsay to form opinions.

It is Just Judgement that knows how to discern between good and bad, it asks objective questions, it’s impartial and equitable while searching out the facts.

To be without Judgement is called, “double minded,” meaning divided, two faced, not hot or cold, unstable, wavering and undecided.  Without judgement we are unable to be decisive, discerning, shrewd and prudent.

“He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8

I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other. Revelation 3:15

I hate, (turn against) those who are double-minded, But I love Your law (Torah). Psalm 119:113

Judgement is necessary and it’s good when it has Wisdom, Knowledge and Discernment/Understanding in the balance.  Colossians 1:9

When Not to Judge

Do not judge, or you will be judged...Matthew 7:1-5

According to Matthew 7:2, we will all be judged justly, exactly the way we judged others.  Verse 5 gives a specific warning that hypocrites are not to judge.

You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.Matthew 7:5

A hypocrite being the person who passes judgement on others while pretending they don’t do the same things;

You therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgment on another. For on whatever grounds you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.Romans 2:1

When to Judge

Now if we judged ourselves properly, we would not come under judgment. 1 Corinthians 11:31

Self-judgment is the form of prayer King David modeled:  

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting Way.” Psalm 139:23; Psalm 26:2

His son, King Solomon, also showed us that God gives us Wisdom and Knowledge to Judge Justly when we ask:

“So give Your servant an understanding (hearing) heart to judge Your people to discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”1 Kings 3:9

God was so pleased with King Solomon’s request that He gave him a Wise and Discerning heart, like no one before him nor anyone after him. 1 Kings 3:12
If you want to glean from the Wisest man who ever lived read his Proverbs:
Proverbs 1:1-3
1. The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, King of Israel :
2. To know Wisdom, (chokmah #2451 from Chakam) and Correction, (musar #4148 from yasar); to Understand/Discern (bin #995) words with Understanding, (binah #998 from bin);
3. To take, (laqack #3947) Correction, (musar #4148) Prudently, (sakal #7919a); what is Right, (Tzedeq #6664) Just, (Mishpat #4941) and Impartial/Even, (meshar #4339 from yashar)…
When the log is removed from our own eye, we know we are not a hypocrite, we still need to ask God for Wisdom to Judge Justly.  There are religious teachers with knowledge of God’s Word and still can’t discern good from bad.

Teachers will be Judged more Strictly

Not many of you should become teachers, brethren, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. James 3:1

Teachers, referring to religious leaders, Rabbis, Priests, Preachers, Imams, even parents, anyone who influences others needs to consider themselves warned before they instruct others incorrectly. Matthew 18:6Matthew 23:15.

Do not teach man-made traditions as commandments of God, Matthew 15:9.   If we are compelled to share our religious beliefs, we better know how to make a distinction between the teachings of the world and our Creator’s Perfect Word.
“Her priests have done violence to My law, (Torah) and have profaned My holy things; they do not know the distinction between the holy and the common, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My Sabbaths,” Ezekiel 22:26

So When you judge, Judge Justly, Not by Appearances or with Partiality but with Merciful Loving Kindness.

Stop judging by outward appearances,and start judging justly.” John 7:24Exodus 18:26Exodus 23:3Leviticus 19:15Deuteronomy 1:17Deuteronomy 10:17Deuteronomy 16:19Proverbs 18:5Proverbs 24:23Proverbs 28:21James 2:1James 2:9Acts 10:34.

For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13

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