As I said afore time, I was raised in the Catholic church and I love Catholics. I was full of “religion” and it was a fence around my life that protected me from the truth. I read the Catholic version of the Bible but I never saw Jesus dying for my sins. I was not capable of discerning what the Holy Spirit plainly was saying, it made no sense. Years later I found myself in the Bible.
1 Corinthians 2:14 The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned.
I was one of those idiots that relied on other people to interpret the Bible for me! The things of God seemed foolish to me. How could a simple prayer called the sinners prayer get a person into heaven? Why should God forgive your sins just because you ask Him to? Why would God love me, I never gave Him a good reason to do so? But one night a person led me in the sinners’ prayer and I got “born again”. I got a Bible and I was amazed at how easy it was to understand. Now I was discerning the Word, not interpreting it. I have come to realize that God’s Word does not make sense, it makes faith.
1 Corinthians 12:3 No man can say that Jesus is Lord but by the Holy Ghost.
As time went past my “birth day”, I began to become aware of God the Holy Ghost abiding in my heart. He began to talk to me like He was a close friend. I discovered that I could talk with Him anytime I wanted. And then it dawned on me, I now had a discerning spirit and information was being fed to me by God’s Spirit. He slowly and methodically, with love, began to tear down the strongholds of religion I had accumulated. Those things that I thought were foolish were the things I needed to understand and fall in love with my Lord. Good people interpret the Bible and the religion blinds their minds from the one who died for them. We make our goodness the key issue when we need to make His goodness the focus of our faith.
John 6:63 It is the Spirit that makes alive; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.
God lives on a higher plain than we do and He isn't coming down to our level, He is raising us up to His level. He has given us a discerning heart whereby we might commune with Him daily. If we don’t have this discerning spirit, we will interpret the Scriptures and ultimately satisfy the lusts of our flesh. Our spirit and our flesh don’t always agree with one another, the Lord imparts only to our spirit being. We have been equipped at the new birth to discern the voice and will of our Lord. The world cannot receive from Him because they know Him not. We have been born to discern God, not interpret Him, He has already been interpreted by the Holy Spirit. Anybody can interpret the Word of God but an intimate relationship is required in order to discern the words He speaks. Interpretation is of the human brain, discernment is of the human spirit. You have a discerning spirit, don’t neglect it.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.