Rebecca West: Words & Music

Exposing the Wolf

Allow someone to talk long enough and they will expose exactly who they are intellectually and spiritually. With discernment, you will know when someone is telling you the truth or not. You will know if they are trying to manipulate you. With the gift of discernment you will not be easily deceived. The wolf in sheep's clothing will be exposed by their own words and actions.

The dictionary defines the word "discernment" as the ability to judge well. The definition I like explains that discernment is the "perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding."

Discernment is the gift (the ability) of recognizing good from evil, the truth versus a lie, and right from wrong.

Not everyone has discernment, but those who do benefit greatly from it. Its rewards are beneficial in every aspect of life including our personal life, in business, and in all of our relationships. It is a "knowing," a special insight that goes beyond the surface. Many people are experts at "wearing a mask" and some are great actors.

Discernment sees beyond the facade, therefore protecting us. When we allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, and allow Him to guide us, we are not easily deceived. The Holy Spirit is never deceived, so what a blessing it is for us to be able to rely on Him. As we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, and ask Him for guidance every day, we become strong in Him.

"When He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole full Truth)." (John 16:13, Amplified Bible)

I have found that many times, a little truth is mixed with a lie as a way of deceiving someone. The Spirit of Truth within you (the Holy Spirit) will guide you into all truth, and you will recognize the difference between a "half truth" and the "whole truth."

"You will fully recognize them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:16, Amplified Bible)

The purpose of discernment is not to be judgmental or critical of anyone. I like to think that discernment is meant for our protection, our guidance, for information pertaining to a person or situation concerning decisions we make every day. As we seek the face of Jesus, He is ready and able to bestow His blessings upon us, including discernment, the ultimate gift.

~ Rebecca

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