Spiritual Discernment

The ability to discern all things from the Spirit is the most powerful and valuable gift any human being can have. Webster defines discernment as the ability to grasp and comprehend what is obscure. The Spirit often hides spiritual things to keep them from the unwise and reveals them to the contrite and humble.

A proud person blocks himself from comprehending spiritual things. God resists the proud and gives grace or favor to the humble. A proud person cannot be taught. A humble person will never stop learning.

Each person, including you, can rise above the noise level of the world and understand the truth. But it takes something very special.

People can spend thousands of dollars looking for answers and solutions to life’s ills and yet never find them.

Scholars consume countless hours pouring over documents and find themselves no closer to the answers than when they started. A scientist with a head full of knowledge about a subject can be totally wrong — so say other scientists. Peer pressure forces many unknowing people to submit to the intellectual tyranny of those who claim possession of full knowledge.

Mind viruses control entire cultures and create a form of insanity that possesses the spirit of people so strongly that they can devote their life to the destruction of other people.

Those who should know, wring their hands and worry that “something awful is going to happen” and they don’t know what to do about it.

All situations, events, problems have solutions found in the spiritual realm. The entire world needs the love, wisdom, discernment and insight that comes through the Spirit. But no one “needs religion.”

Here is a classic example.

When I was in college, one of my friends professed, he thought, a profound and safe way to progress through life. He said, “I look to the majority of the evangelists. What they believe and teach I consider the truth.” He was speaking about the popular evangelists of that time — including TV, radio and traveling preachers.

So to find the truth: take a poll?

I asked him, “What if you found the majority wrong?”

He replied, “Not possible.”

But Jesus prophesied exactly that:

Many will come in that day and proclaim that I am the Christ, and will deceive the masses.

A study called the Jesus Seminar, conducted by a group of more than 70 scholars, tried to determine out of all of the written words in the New Testament, which words Jesus actually spoke. They published a book of their findings. They assumed that after editing out the words that, according to them, he didn’t speak, we are better off because now we have the “true sayings”.

Another group of writers countered with a book, Jesus Under Fire, where they challenged the reality of the Jesus Seminar.

But a shocking statement set the premise for the rest of this book and showed that they had fallen in the same trap as the authors of the Jesus Seminar:

But if truth really matters after all, then it follows that rationality also is crucial to a life well lived. Why? Because we have no other way available to us to put ourselves in the best position possible for making sure that among the things that we really believe, we have the highest percentage of true beliefs and the lowest percentage of false ones.


We do have another way: the Spirit.

No sound minded spiritual person considers playing the percentages. The authors claim that the religions of this world base their teachings upon the ratio of good things to bad things.

But one major bad idea destroys an entire harvest of good ones.

Without help, one cannot tell a good belief from a bad one. One defends his bad beliefs with the same devotion he does his good beliefs.

Chances are (back to percentages again) that most all people, religious or not, consider everything they believe as good. Psychologists tell us that we must maintain a psychological consistency within our thoughts, otherwise, we would go mad.

Those not sure about anything often fall prey to teachers who promise to tell them — if they join the teacher’s group.

Not so with those who can discern life spiritually. They don’t need anyone to tell them what to believe or not believe — they can see through the nonsense in the religions and stay free! They don’t need a security blanket for life.

The Spirit leads them into all truth.

Those of you who are spiritual know exactly what I am saying.

Both the Jesus Seminar and the counter, Jesus Under Fire, lack spiritual discernment. They force issues by an act of will power. Both appear religious and, perhaps, well meaning. But no amount of striving about words and material concepts leads scholars toward spiritual discernment.

Here is wisdom.

The ancient document, The Upanishads, splits knowledge into two types: higher and lower knowledge.

The illumined sages say knowledge is twofold, higher and lower. The study of the Vedas, linguistics, rituals, astronomy, and all the arts can be called lower knowledge.

The higher is that which leads to Self realization.

The rituals and sacrifices found in the Vedas deal with lower knowledge.

The sages ignored these rituals and went in search of higher knowledge.

Such rituals are unsafe rafts for crossing the sea of Samsara, of birth and death. Doomed to shipwreck are those who try to cross the sea of Samsara on these poor rafts.

Ignorant of their ignorance, yet wise in their own esteem, these deluded men proud of their vain learning go round and round, like the blind led by the blind.

Living in darkness, immature, unaware of any higher good or goal, they fall again and again into the sea.

But those who are pure in heart, who practice meditation and conquer their senses and passions, shall attain the immortal Self, source of all Light and source of all Life. Mundara Upanishad, part 1, chapters 1,2.

The spiritual person reads many books and discerns the truth, whether or not any exists in the books, and he or she can remain free from whatever mind viruses may have afflicted the authors.

The Light shines brightly within the spiritual person. The non-spiritual person, regardless of his or her religious convictions, walks in darkness and doesn’t know even that.

You can become a spiritual person

Those who lack spiritual discernment have difficulty even understanding what spiritual means. Words can convey the truth, but discernment comes from within.

The giver of Life offers you the gift of Spiritual discernment and power. You did nothing to have life. You gave no effort to produce the life you have. Life didn’t come to you as an act of your will power.

If you make your ear attentive to wisdom
And your mind open to discernment;
If you call to understanding
And cry aloud to discernment,
If you seek it as you do silver
And search for it as for treasures,
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord [Eyahuwah]
And attain knowledge of God [Elahim].
For the Lord [Eyahuwah] grants wisdom;
Knowledge and discernment are by His decree.
Proverbs 2:2-6 Jewish Study Bible

Spirit is compared to the wind. You can’t see where it came from and you can’t tell where it goes, but you can feel it and see its effect. The word for spirit in the New Testament Greek means wind or breath.

This is how spiritual people appear to others. The things they say and the way they say them, the gestures, work habits, and the things they create, come from the spiritual source found within. Spiritual people do what they do and act the way they act because of what they are.

The spiritual person produces fruits with the same ease that an apple tree produces apples. The apple tree doesn’t will the apples to come. Neither does the spiritual person decide that “Today I am going to be patient.”

Trees are smart! At least, they appear smart. If they are attacked by a fungus, as my nectarine trees were last year, they take decisive action. My trees allowed the fungus to consume all the fruit and some of the branches. The trees self-pruned and this year they produced the best fruit we had seen, without any fungus! I cannot claim that it was anything I did, because I just stood by and watched it happen. When the fungus attacked, it consumed the fruit in a couple of days. This “intelligence” was internal in the tree. It took care of its own problem as a gift of the Life in the tree.

Although all of the characteristics of a spiritual person are very powerful, self-discipline is often overlooked, or even mis-applied. “Self-discipline” is translated from sophronismou and “self-control” from egkrateia.

President Ronald Reagan made a remarkable statement in his inaugural address on January 20, 1981:

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?

The spiritual person with eg-kra-tes possesses the remarkable ability to be under complete and total governance from within. That person needs no one to rule over him or her, because the spiritual person self-rules. He or she “is capable of governing himself”.

Also one with the Spirit of soph-ro-nis-mou naturally acts and speaks wisely and renders wise actions and words. The Spirit adds this as trait of character. But those, without the Spirit, consider this an act of will.

People, apart from the power of the Spirit, act from natural urges, fears, worries, jealousy, hatred, envy, bitterness. They lack the power to self-rule and cannot live life from a root of wisdom.

People without knowledge of their destiny struggle through life always living according to natural urges the human body produces. But the spiritual person knows his or her destiny and the future potential for those who have yet to live by the Spirit.

Prophecies reveal that all will truly live through the power of the One Spirit that gives Life to all.

Every person has the right to be a spiritual person with spiritual discernment. You received this as a birth-right. The fact that you possess life provides evidence that you also have the right to allow the Spirit of Life to emerge from within.

The entire history of human existence goes beyond the mundane filth and squallier born out of the human flesh. We are more than creatures waiting to die.

The Spirit reveals our future. This amazing knowledge teaches us that now, in this life, our physical body can house the Spirit of Life. And this is only a taste of a great and glorious future.

We must look beyond the smelling flesh to the Spirit of Life that keeps this flesh alive. We owe nothing to our body. But we owe everything to the Spirit of Life. Without that we would not have a body.

When we recognize this and become more aware of the power that gave us Life, we can then watch the Power of the Spirit of Life begin to manifest Itself as us.

However, as long as we demand “our rights,” while at the same time ignoring the One True Right that we all freely possess, we will not come out of the great darkness in which we stumble and fall. Because of your oneness with everything, you already have everything you need. But very few see that.

You do not need to join some church or religious order to become spiritual.

Through the power of spiritual discernment, you will learn that you already have everything that you need. When you become awakened to the Spirit of Life in you, and begin to live by Its power, you, without an act of your will, have become part of those whose hearts have been opened to the Spirit and the Spiritual Life.

Once you recognize that It is within you, then you can begin to watch It grow in your consciousness, and give you wisdom and understanding. It will also begin to make things happen in your life. It will begin to correct problems, change circumstances, open opportunities, lead to abundance and love, and make you wonder why you never saw It before.

A life of spiritual discernment is your destiny!

Here is what was written about Jesus and his experience with the spiritual life:

In him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.

Because the children had flesh and blood, He, too, shared in their humanity.

He had to be made like his brothers in every way.

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

The word “tempted” is translated from the Greek word peirastheis from which we get our word “pirate”. It means to suffer from attempts to be deceived, seduced, or to have something stolen from you. The forces that work against us were also at work against Him. These forces, from within or without, tempt each of us to hand over our life to those who would steal it from us.

From within, the forces, the base physical drives, deceive us into thinking that life is only physical. These tempt us to react in ways that are both unwise and without understanding. People search for their “identity” within the physical, but they will never succeed. We find our real identity through the Spirit, who reveals all things to us.

Forces from without deceive us to believe false, misleading, and mind-controlling things. And we, without wisdom and understanding, easily fall prey to these pirates.

But what is truly ours, these forces cannot take away. Their attempt to deceive, seduce and steal these precious things from us. They want us to depend upon them, rather than on the Spirit of Life that was given to each of us.

You enter into this life by being born into it. Birth happens not as an act of will-power. Ask any mother. After pregnancy the mother must carry the baby to full term, and give birth without choice. Conception may be a decision, but when pregnancy occurs, the process forces the mother to continue through to the end.

The spiritual life causes us to enter into a process. We have life as a gift from the Creator who provides the seed that causes conception. The seed can remain dormant, or it can produce Spiritual Life.

But without spiritual life, the Spirit within, you experience not what will come, but only what is mortal and corruptible.

The Life from the Spirit of Life can bring you to living Eternal life now! In this life you can experience immortal life. And even though this earthly body will some day stop working, we have a promise of another body that will never perish.

Jesus gave this instruction about the Spirit:

I tell you the truth, unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of the Creator. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

Here is how to get started.

In the Hebrew Scripture, the Spirit is feminine. The Apostles knew this and taught that conception came from the Father, but Life comes from the Mother, who carries us, feeds us, and teaches us. To the Apostles, The Bridegroom and the Bride enter the Bridal Chamber and depart as the Father and Mother. They understood that the Spirit is the Mother. You now become the fetus, immersed or baptized in the Mother. There you will remain until the time of birth.

Now “as a little child” you grow and develop. The Father knows you as His child and as an heir of all that He has. This powerful process starts by meditation and prayer. Make your request known to the Father, and He will do the rest. You can be baptized into the Spirit and become a child of God.

Here is what you don’t need to do:

You don’t need cry and scream and cut your flesh as some do. You don’t even need to attend endless meetings, or swear oaths, or repeat creeds, or say long prayers, or repeat a few Hail Marys, and a couple of Our Fathers. You do not need to take a trip to the Himalayas, or to Jerusalem, or Mecca. You don’t need to walk through the streets carrying a cross and flagellate your body with whips. You don’t need to feel obligated to participate in Christian holidays, or even pay tithes to a church, or do any of these lower knowledge things. And some of them are very low.

Not at all!

If you knew the gift of God and who it is who speaks to you, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water. Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

Believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain or in Jerusalem. Yet a time is coming, and has now come, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

The meaning of “worshipper” is one who is humble before the giver of Life — One who realizes the awesome gift and is humbly grateful for both the gift, and the One who gives it.

You already have everything you need, but you need to ask with humility to receive the wisdom to see the Power of the Spirit of Life at work in you, and as you. Ask and then expect to receive. Look for it to begin to make good changes in your life.

If any of you lacks wisdom [who doesn't], he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
James 1:6-7

The process needs a start in the same way a baby needs a start, by desire and acceptance. Then the process can begin its work in you. You don’t need to make a public announcement. The Spirit like a spring of water will well up within you, and you are on your way to the most incredible and beautiful experience — far beyond anything you could even ask for or dream up.

9 thoughts on “Spiritual Discernment

  1. Kimberley Deutsch

    I barely skimmed the replies… I will remind all those who rummage the numerous faiths and belief systems, those who internally quarrel the good vs. evil scales, the mislead, lost, fallen, unguided…. Do not forget the Spirit within. For He will guide you down your path. All our paths differ and sway; often bumpy and questionable at times when the fork arrives. When you reach the fork, and circle yourself in distress or woes searching thy footprints of Glory, silence your soul and worldly ganter’s mutters, feel Him and let the Holy Spirit lead you. Within reason, minus evil trickery, follow what feels right dismissing doubts for He will never cast upon you feelings other than love and peace. A peace that even the most crowded, convoluted, room cannot interrupt. God Bless



    1. Timothy J. Sakach

      If the Vatican and WCC have declared that then they are admitting that they really have little understanding of the Scriptures and prophecy. But if they are referring to the return of all of Israel from wherever they have been dispersed before the return of Yahua, there may be something to that. The prophecies (Word of Yahua) tell of both a remnant and the entire nation of Israel during the end time. The remnant will be protected during the end time troubles. But eventually all the people of Israel will be raised at the beginning of the next age, and be brought back to their Land! Ezekiel was given a vision of how the Land of Israel will be reconstructed. Also the Temple shown to Ezekiel will not be built until the next age and possible at the end of that time. Most do not understand this. Concerning trying to convince people in an effort to “steer them straight:” When the message is given as a “witness” we should not think that we are the ones with the responsibility to convert or “save” the world. Surely, we can do our part to provide a “witness” but that is where it ends for us. There is only ONE Savior (‘deliverer’) and that is Yahua (Yahushua). He is the One, that will “save the world.” Note the much ignored passage from John 3: “For EL did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Well, if He is not condemning the world, how then, as His disciples, can we do that? Everyone in the world has an innumerable amount of choices. Each individual must be careful to choose the right things. The only thing a “witness” can do is proclaim the good and bad choices that result in either blessings or curses. But what people do is make choices that they have to live with without the knowledge of the right choices; therefore, “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge!” Even the righteous has to continually choose. If the “witness” demands that people only do what he or she says, right or wrong, that is not the intent or context of the Scripture. The Words of Yahua, if followed, will guide that individual into TRUTH and SET THEM FREE. (See John 8) but only after they have the Spirit of Truth. So after all, EL, the Father is the one who calls and makes alive those whom He chooses. If we hear His voice, then we must choose to not harden our hearts against Him. But we must always remember to pray on behalf of those who do not understand and who make the wrong choices. In due time, they will all understand. As Enoch was shown in his vision of the entire scope of human life: in the end, “They all become white bulls!” Shalom, and thank you for the interesting comment. Tim Sakach

      1. Anne

        We are the temple of God under construction, both individually and collectively. The temple of God is not of stones and mortar but is made up of living stones. For remember “The tabernacle of God is with men” and “Emanuel – God with us” Praise Him. And we are a nation and Kingdom of Priests unto our God, ruling and reigning with Him. He will be manifested in His people and will come to be admired by all those who look upon Him (us).

  3. Ras Liberty

    I currently have a problem with my parents concerning the fact that i no longer take keen interest in going to church. My mother is a pastor and as a child was introduced to Jesus. I am thankful for that though. But now, the living Jesus, through his Holy Spirit, gives me insight into what is the truth and how i can worship the Father. Since my parents are still firmly rooted in religious dogma, they consider me virtually an unbeliever. Am aware that the road i have chosen, or should i say the Lord has chosen for me, is a narrow and bumpy one. This article has actually encouraged me to remain in the path of seeking truth and enlightenment and i pray that i remain firm on this path. I have certain feelings i cannot describe or relate here. I believe i can discern. May God be my helper.

  4. Bob Benefield

    The Spiritual Discernment Research Project Robert Benefield, Professor of Psychology at East Texas Baptist University has begun a research program to investigate the ascribed characteristics of spiritual discernment. Pilot data collected in 2005 and exploratory factor analyses conducted by Frederick Newman at Florida International University have resulted in the revised Spiritual Discernment Survey (SDS). Two studies have been completed as of 2008. Copies of this research are available from rbenefield@etbu.edu. or bob@crackinthematrix.com These researchers are currently soliciting participants of diverse faiths to complete the survey at http://www.etbu.edu/php/sds/survey.html Mystical Consciousness: Crack in the Matrix Coming soon from Llumina Press: The book begins with a summary of the findings of the Spiritual Discernment Project and concludes with Kingdom consciousness ideas as expressed in the Christian public domain. Awareness in consciousness is a key to spiritual enlightment. This book offers a framework for examining consciousness research and one’s personal consciousness. Metaphysical and mystical states of consciousness are operationally defined and correlates of those states of consciousness are examined. Critical thinking skills are exemplified as applied in a self-management strategy called cognitive behavior analysis. The Analysis Zone (AZ) is illustrated as the prototype of critical thinking. Creative thinking skills are exemplified as activities of the Neutral Zone (NZ). The NZ includes the initial phase of brainstorming, flow experiences in music, art, and sport, mediation, meditation, and mystical consciousness. Metaphysical and mystical correlates of kingdom consciousness are developed. Awareness of the metaphysical constraints of ego or self (metaphysical awareness) permits its distinction from mystical (ego-free) consciousness. The concept of kingdom consciousness is examined. For more information, go to http://www.crackinthematrix.com

  5. innertech

    Thank you for your kind and insightful comments. I am looking forward to reading your blog. This “blog” article is really a chapter from a forth-coming book on how to live the eternal life now. I have been convinced for many years that what we see in the world’s religions will come to a climactic end. There cannot be peace until the people move from religion to Spirit. Fortunately, for all of us, this is the main theme of the Scriptures, including the ancient documents banned by the church and other religion. There is a great future for humanity, but it will not come because of programs, politics, charities and such like. Only when prophecy is fulfilled, “I will pour out my spirit on all people.”

  6. timbob

    I’ve placed this on the friend surfer and will post it on my blog roll shortly. You’re insights on this issue are so accurate that I don’t even know how to comment. Thank you so much for posting this. There’s so much funny business going on today in the name of christianity that the word of Jesus seem to thunder where he askes “When the Son of man cometh will he find faith on the earth?” We’re expected by many to get into a group and be just like the group and if we’re not just like the group then we’re out of the will of God. I’ve bounced from church to church to church because it seems that so many are dwelling in the realm of the carnal. If you’ve never read “Azuza Street by Frank bartleman, it’s a very good account of the Azuza Street revival by a man who was a part of it. The things that were taking place there were so led by the Spirit that it makes you almost depressed to see what takes place today. Again thanks for posting this. It’s needed in this day and time. On my other blog site back a ways, I did a post entitled “The Wind Bloweth.” It was about this same subject, although not nearly as detailed. (I tend to paint in broad strokes) I think about hebrews 5:14 where it talks about discernment being “exercised” to know good from evil. Please stay in touch


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