The kind of balance I strive for in my ministry assignment and my life, especially as it relates to discernment, is like that of a tightrope walker. It is very important to be balanced on the platform at the end of the rope…before stepping off that little platform with the long pole in my hands.
Some thoughts on discernment:
God is often trying to warn us about problems that will surely develop if we just look the other way. The Enemy counts on the fact that Christians value being polite more than being alert to “secretly introduced falsehoods” (2 Peter 2:1).
Intimidation, uneasiness, confusion, fear, agitation—these may be the imprints of evil presences on your radar screen. A pastor who at least sifts those sensations through the filter of scripture and makes an assessment of the fruit evidenced in people’s lives, will last longer in ministry. We also need to realize that, if we don’t respond to the promptings of discernment we feel from the Lord, our congregation will end up paying a steep price.
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