“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,”Philippians 1:9-10 NIV
Often the best way to influence someone is to pray for him or her. Paul’s prayer for the Philippians was that they would be unified in love. Their love was to result in greater knowledge of Christ and deeper understanding (moral discernment). Their love was not based on feelings but on what Christ had done for them. As you grow in Christ’s love, your heart and mind must grow together. Are your love and insight growing?
Paul prayed that the Philippian believers would have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad, vital and trivial. We ought to pray for moral discernment so we can maintain our Christian morals and values. Hebrews 5:14 emphasises the need for discernment.
“The day of Christ’s return” refers to the time when God will judge the world through Jesus Christ. We should live each day as though he might return at any moment. (Tyndall Study Bible)
I was listening to a sermon of Joyce Meyer the other day. She made a comment that stood out for me. The second thing I want to comment on is choices, yes I have commented on it before, why because it is that important. I would just like to say all the time I spend writing this; it is self-talk. It teaches me to make the right choices.
On a daily basis, we are bombarded with message and teachings. Think of how many messages you get from the different platforms. Joyce’s comment or question was. With all these messages how much time are we spending in conversation with God, Prayer? I know that I make myself guilty from time to time. You spend time in the Word, and you think it’s enough. Both are essential. The one can’t do without the other. Don’t neglect your prayer life. “Choices.” Just like the scripture says the more time we spend in God’s presence, the better we will discern between right and wrong.
The stage is set. Life is a continuous road of choices. Remember that little voice that says nope this wrong. That is the Holy Spirit speaking to you. Yes, the Holy Spirit is there to guide us. Consider this; I am amazed that people still make wrong choices in life. Advice can be sought everywhere. People, the internet and most importantly the Bible, God’s word for us. Scripture is clear in Proverbs 3:5 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”All you need to do is make the “Choice,” consult with these resources. I believe there is a solution to every challenge we are confronted with daily. All we need to do is find it. “Choices.”
Spend time in the Word of God, the Bible, pray and you will find all the solution you need.
“Lord, I thank you for the Bible Your Word and the Holy Spirit that guides us. Amen.”