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Monday, August 1, 2016

Discern with God's Viewpoint

                Have you had you Joy Juice today?  Discern what is best by seeking joy in the Lord.

                Are you living each day to the fullest? To determine that, let’s ask ourselves questions like:

  •    Am I spending time with God and growing in knowledge and relationship with Him?
  •    Do I pray for ways to serve Him and when those opportunities arise, do I joyfully pursue them?

  • Am I focused more on genuine joy in Jesus or am I blinded by temporary pleasures and selfish desires?

                Sometimes it’s hard to see ourselves and our circumstances with truth and clarity. That’s why it’s so important to ask God for discernment. Charles Stanley explains it like this:

“Discernment is the ability to judge a situation accurately—to see the full reality of a situation, relationship, experience or circumstance. It is the capacity to understand accurately and clearly what is, to see the truth of things as they are from God’s viewpoint. Discernment for the believer is seeing and understanding as God sees and understands. It is the ability to make godly judgments and right appraisals.” 

                Did you hear that word “judgements”?   We know we are not supposed to judge people.  The Bible tells us that! BUT we are to know the difference between right and wrong; to judge behavior as being good or bad.   Recently it seems that those “lines” have been blurred. In order not to be misled or confused by today’s relaxed standards, let’s make certain that we use God’s Word as our standard. 

                Live each day….fully and with joy….by discerning God’s best plan for your life.

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