5 STEPS To Develop A Spirit of Discernment
1. Search the Bible to find God’s promises and thank Him for each one of them “At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws” (Psalm 119:62).
Some of the promises you can believe God for are healing, provision, protection, salvation, and His unfailing love.
2. Meditate on them “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8).
To mediate means to think deeply and carefully about something for a period of time. Focus your mind on the promise that you are trusting God for, and think about how great a God you serve!
3. Personalize them “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).
Personalizing God’s promises simply means to make the promises yours. For example, if you are believing God for healing, use a verse like Isaiah 53:5 to shape your prayer: “He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
4. Speak them daily in faith “It is written: ‘I believed; therefore, I have spoken.’ Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13).
Our words are like seeds. What we speak determines what we eventually see as harvest.
5. Exercise patience “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back" (Hebrews 10:36-39).
Why do we need to have patience? Because some of these promises might take some time before they manifest. There can be various reasons why, either known or unknown. Regardless of what your situation looks like today, remember that He is faithful, and He has promised to never leave or forsake you.