What is the Christian Walk?

What does it mean to be a Christian?  When you say that you’re a Christian, what does that mean?  What is it supposed to look like?

The theme of this blog is basically about that, walking through the Christian life and the cornerstone verse is Romans 6:4

. . . as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

Being a Christian is not just thinking Jesus was a good guy and had some good ideas.  It’s not even just about recognizing that he is the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world, who redeemed us through his blood of atonement.

The Christian walk, the Kingdom of Heaven, is about being so sold out that we see his face above all else.

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. ~ Psalm 27:8 KJV

We are to be all in.

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Thankful for the Fast Yes’s

Thursdays are usually my thankful posts, but there has been so much this week and I want to talk about another post tomorrow.  What has been absolutely amazing to me is just how many answered prayers I’ve seen over the past of weeks.

Big stuff .  . . fast yes’s.

What is a Fast Yes?

God answers prayer all the time, but sometimes our idea of the right timing is not His.  We are to pray according to His will, not ours and that doesn’t always look the way we expect.

An answer to prayer can be:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not yet.
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Discerning the Presence of the Holy Spirit

As believers, our first step on the path to growing our gift is to be able to discern the presence of the Holy Spirit.  He has a tangible presence and we should recognize him when he comes.

We should also invite his presence.  One of my pastors, Pastor Quanidos, says, “The Holy Spirit is a gentleman.  He won’t come in if we don’t ask.”

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, and peace, and that is what he brings with his presence.

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Developing the Gift of Discerning of Spirits

Discerning of spirits is one of the “knowledge” spiritual gifts. It can be used to determine the source of what appears to be manifestations of the power and speech gifts versus false signs. It is also used in identifying situations that need intercession.

So how do you develop the gift of discerning of spirits?

First of all, every single experience should be tested against the Word of God. If you think that you have this gift or if you want to develop this gift (we are told to desire the gifts,) it is very important to make reading, studying, and memorizing the Word of God part of your daily lifestyle. You have to have a solid foundation to work from.
It is also important to be with a group of like-minded believers. First, to test what you are experiencing to see whether it is from God or not and to judge your assessment. Second, to learn from.

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Purpose of Discerning of Spirits

So what exactly is the “discerning of spirits?”

It is one of the Gifts of the Spirit.  The King James Version translates it as “discerning of spirits.”  The English Standard Version translates it as “distinguish between spirits.”

I think that both are true.

Purpose of Discerning of Spirits

As with all of the spiritual gifts, the purpose is to build up the body of Christ.  Each person is given a gift that is meant to work in coordination of another.  Because of that, Paul instructs the church:

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People Like Us

Most of the time when I’m in the car I’m either listening to my theme CD or KSBJ, but the other day I had the radio on a regular station and “People Like Us” by Kelly Clarkson came on.  Even though I know it is a completely secular song, it struck me how closely the words reflected the battle that the Christian walk is.

Just as C.S. Lewis pointed out in his essay “Myth Became Fact” (God in the Dock) that we have a certain yearnings built into our DNA that were expressed in myth and fulfilled in Christ, many songs . . . the good ones anyway . . . are a cry out for the gifts God has promised us:  love, peace, and joy.

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What is Discerning of Spirits?

You often hear people say:

“They give me the willies”

“You look depressed.”

“It was a very tense situation.”

“I felt someone looking at me.”

When someone talks about picking up on the emotion of a person or the spirit/atmosphere in a situation, we understand what they mean. Ninety-three percent of communication is communication by something other than words.

Discerning of Spirits Meaning

But many times the concept of “discerning of spirits” is foreign, or a little uncomfortable for people.

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