Spiritual Discernment

by | Sep 29, 2023 | Vital Life Application Devotions

1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.”


This particular scripture spoke to me many years ago when I first came to the Lord. I realized then that you cannot understand spiritual truths if you do not have the indwelling Holy Spirit.

To the non-spiritual man (non-Christian), the things of God are foolishness to him. A lot of things don’t make sense to the non-spiritual man. They cannot understand the Bible or the way in which God works. For the Bible is not like any other book where you can read it and give a book review at the end. The Bible is full of ‘spiritual truths’ and we need the indwelling Holy Spirit to speak to us to ‘reveal’ the hidden truths in it.

When God reveals something to us that we should do, it can sometimes be a bit ‘out-of-the-ordinary’. To the non-spiritual man, it’s silly nonsense and he cannot make sense of it. It becomes laughable to him. Look at Noah! Sometimes it may not even make sense to us, but we understand God’s nature and scripture.

God’s ways are never foolish, and His word is ‘spiritually discerned’. We who have the indwelling Spirit can understand Spiritual truths for the Holy Spirit reveals it to us.

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