An Exercise To Discern Both Good and Evil (Hebrews 5:14)

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An Exercise To Discern Both Good and Evil (Hebrews 5:14)

Why This Study?
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I. Introduction:

A. Are you too trusting (Proverbs 14:15)?

  1. We’re taught of God to be cautious (Micah 7:5-6, Colossians 2:4-8, and Colossians 4:5) without becoming an evil surmiser (I Timothy 6:3-5).
  2. Don’t drop your guard, their have long been deceivers in our midst hiding among God’s people (Jeremiah 29:8-9 and Jude 1:3-4).
  3. Consider:
  4. Consider also:
B. Do you realize that there are so-called “brethren” who will use subtle tactics and harm you though you think they love you (Genesis 27:1-40).
  1. It is important that we be capable fruit inspectors (Matthew 7:15-20).
  2. So-called “Brethren” have a long history of doing great harm to each other (Jeremiah 9:4-5, Jeremiah 12:6, Malachi 2:10, I Corinthians 6:1-8, Galatians 5:7-15, I Timothy 4:1-2, James 4:1-3, and James 5:1-9).

II. Body: Catching Subtle Statements And Questions Before We Or Others Are Led Away (II Corinthians 11:3).

A. The word of God speaks of those who using cunning craftiness (Ephesians 4:14).
  1. We need to be spiritually mature, not like children (I Corinthians 14:20; cf. Psalms 119:97-101).
  2. Not carried about with the sleight [fraud] of men (Matthew 24:4, Matthew 24:24, II Corinthians 11:13-15, and II Peter 2:1-3).
  3. Not carried about by the cunning craftiness of men (Galatians 3:1-3, I John 4:1-6, and I John 2:24-26).
  4. Not carried about by those in lie in wait to deceive (Jeremiah 5:26-31, Romans 16:17-19, and II Timothy 3:1-7).
  5. Not being tossed to and fro (I Kings 18:21, II Thessalonians 2:1-2, James 1:8, James 4:8, and II Peter 3:16-17).
B. We have to learn to perceive such craftiness (Luke 20:19-26).
  1. Understand that some people are setting traps for you by their questions (Luke 11:53-54).
  2. They will twist what you say (Psalms 56:5-6).
  3. They will try to entangle you in talk (Matthew 22:15).
  4. Think about how not knowing when to engage in answering questions can be wrong on your part (II Timothy 2:23).
C. We have to renounce such craftiness (II Corinthians 4:1-2).
  1. We should always speak the truth with everyone (Ephesians 4:15-16 and Ephesians 4:24-25).
  2. We should not accept anything that is not tested and found right by the Lord’s standard (I Thessalonians 5:21).
D. Proceeding forward, it is of great importance that you approach things with a spiritual discernment rather than carnal thinking (I Corinthians 2:14-3:3).
  1. Being a fair, spiritually minded judge (Proverbs 18:13, John 7:24, John 7:51, and Ephesians 5:6-11).
  2. Not allowing the darkness (I Thessalonians 5:4-5 and I Peter 2:9) to blind us (II Corinthians 4:3-4 and I John 2:11).
  3. At the same time, DO NOT read too much into implications and hold onto something making an unnecessary inference (John 21:20-23).
  4. Finally, remember “with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged” (Matthew 7:2).

III. Conclusion: Our goal in these upcoming studies is to by reason of use have our senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:14).

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