Meditative – Powers of Discernment

They themselves are but beasts; they do not consider, do not know, do not discern. God has done it, so that people fear before him.

Words – Thoughts – And Nurturing Our Souls

The sayings of my mouth
And the meditation of my heart
Are powerful
Leading either to separation or unity, to fear or to love, to lies or to truth, to death or to life.

When the sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart are grounded upon and flow from God’s living Word, they are infused with the healing and life-changing power of Love and Grace and Fellowship.

This meditation is about the path to life. Abundant Life. Learning to discern the Lord God’s judgment moment by moment is a key component in our journey in recovering spiritual truth, and rediscovering who we really are. It is taken from the Study Blog titled Powers of Discernment if you’d like to check out the Scripture texts that it’s based on.

My prayer for you is that you will encounter the breath of the Almighty as you experience and contemplate this meditation and that your weary soul will be satisfied, and your languishing soul will be replenished.

 

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. Job 32:8 (ESV)

 

Do you regularly focus on your soul’s condition and needs as you do your body’s condition and needs?

“Be still and know that I am God.”
Be still.
Consciousness. Awareness.

Judgment
The character of God.
Verdict
Pronounced from abundant rightness, strict honesty, virtue.
Therefore, people fear him,
Fear, dread, terror, reverence.

Judgment.
The character of God
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
A standing,
A condition of mind, heart, body and spirit
Originating from God.
“Of God.”
This one hears and conforms to the words of God
As God shows himself.

Judgment.
The character of God
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Unfavorable: “But beast.”
Mute.
Unable to be reasoned with.
They know not.
They do not discern.
They cannot see.
They cannot understand.
There is no knowledge.
There is no discernment.
A deluded heart has led them astray.
They cannot deliver themselves.
These cannot bear to hear his word.

Judgment.
The character of God
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
Unfavorable: “But beast.”
The Lord God does not see,
The Lord God does not approve,
The Lord God does not show himself to any who are wise in their own conceit.

The Almighty
We cannot find him
God seeks what has been driven away.
Whatever God does,
Endures forever.
Whatever God does,
He’s done it so that people fear before him.

Judgment.
The character of God
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
Unfavorable: “But beast.”
God will judge the righteous and the wicked.
There is a time for every matter and for every work.

Judgment.
The character of God
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
Unfavorable: “But beast.”
God is testing the children of man
That they may see
That they themselves are but beasts.
God will govern.

The Almighty
We cannot find him
God seeks what has been driven away.
Whatever God does,
Endures forever.
Whatever God does,
He’s done it so that people fear before him.

Judgment.
The character of God
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
Unfavorable: “But beast.”
Let no one deceive himself!
If anyone thinks he is wise in this age
Let him become a fool, dull, stupid as if shut up.
Shut the mouth.
A secret or mystery through the idea of silence imposed into religious rites
That he may become wise.

Judgment.
The character of God
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?
Verdict.

Favorable: “Of God.”
Unfavorable: “But beast.”

Be still
Open heart
Open mind
Open body
Open Spirit
Prepare
Wait
Anticipate
Look
Listen
Tarry
Patient, confident expectation.
Listen!
Don’t speak impulsively.
Don’t be in a hurry to give voice to your words before God.
For God is in heaven and you are on earth,
So let your words be few.

Judgment.
The character of God
Abundant rightness
Strict honesty
Virtue
Justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate
He does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.

God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
Unfavorable: “But beast.”

Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?
In the days of his flesh
Jesus learned attentive hearing
In the days of his flesh
Jesus learned to conform to authority
Through what he suffered.
He became the source
Of eternal salvation
To all
To all who hear under him as a subordinate
To all who listen attentively
To all who heed and conform to his authority
Becoming perfect
Through suffering.

This is hard to explain
To those who have become dull of hearing, sluggish, lazy
Unskilled in the word of righteousness
Unskilled, inexperienced, ignorant
But beasts.
Unskilled in the word
Unskilled in the Divine expression
Unskilled in Christ;
The Just
The Innocent
The Holy.

Judgment.
The character of God
Justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate
He does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
Unfavorable: “But beast.”

The mature
Reverent
With discernment seek knowledge
Ascertain by seeing
Through instruction
Awareness
Acquaintance
Familiar friend
Perceive
Regard
Have respect
Careful to consider all related circumstances before acting, judging, or deciding
Devoted
Loyal
Regard with awe
The Lord God.

The mature
Have their powers of discernment exercised,
Trained through suffering,
Exposed
Naked
No covering
Vulnerable
Open
Strict honesty
Conscious
Aware
Of being but a beast
Apart from the Lord God.
Longing
Burdened
Groaning
That what is but beast,
That what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

Judgment.
The character of God
Justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate
He does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
Unfavorable: “But beast.”

Desist
Learn
That I [the Lord God] am God
Supreme over the nations
Supreme over the earth.

Mighty God!
Far beyond our reach!
Unsurpassable in power!
Unequaled in justice!
It’s unthinkable that he’d treat anyone unfairly.

If you think he does/has treated anyone unfairly
Desist!
And learn.
Bow to him in deep reverence.
Search out his words
Listen!
For the ear tests words as the palate tastes food
Know what is good
Choose what is right.

Judgment.
The character of God
It’s unthinkable that he’d treat anyone unfairly.
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
Unfavorable: “But beast.”

How sweet are your words, Lord God, to my taste!
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts I get understanding
Therefore, I hate every false way.

Judgment.
The character of God
It’s unthinkable that he’d treat anyone unfairly.
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
A standing,
A condition of mind, heart, body and spirit
Originating from God.
“Of God.”
This one hears and conforms to the words and character of God.

Judgment.
The character of God
It’s unthinkable that he’d treat anyone unfairly.
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Unfavorable: “But beast.”
Mute.
Unable to be reasoned with.
They know not.
They do not discern.
They cannot see.
They cannot understand.
There is no knowledge.
There is no discernment.
A deluded heart has led them astray.
They cannot deliver themselves.
These cannot bear to hear his word.

The natural man does not receive the things from the Spirit of God
To him they are nonsense.
He is unable to grasp them,
Because they are evaluated through the Spirit.
But the person who has the Spirit can evaluate everything
While no one is in a position to evaluate him.
Who has understood the mind of Christ?
Who can instruct Christ?
But we have the mind of Christ.

Judgment.
The character of God
It’s unthinkable that he’d treat anyone unfairly.
God will judge
God will govern
Day by day
Hour by hour
Moment by moment
Are you aware?

Verdict.
Favorable: “Of God.”
Unfavorable: “But beast.”

Have you learned to discern what is “Of God” and what is “But beast” in you and around you?
Have you found a way to exercise your powers of discernment?

The Lord God does not see,
The Lord God does not approve,
The Lord God does not show himself to any who are wise in their own conceit.
A deluded heart has led them astray.
They cannot deliver themselves.

Desist
Learn
That I [the Lord God] am God
Supreme over the nations
Supreme over the earth.

Let no one deceive himself!
If anyone thinks he is wise in this age
Let him become a fool, dull, stupid as if shut up.
Shut the mouth.
A secret or mystery through the idea of silence imposed into religious rites
That he may become wise.

Be still
Open heart
Open mind
Open body
Open spirit
Prepare
Wait
Anticipate
Look
Listen
Tarry
Patient, confident expectation
That he will show himself to you
When and how he chooses to.

God is testing you
That you may see
That you yourself are but a beast
Apart from him
Apart from his Spirit and your spirit in open communion.

Be still
Be silent
Become wise
Fear before God in reverent awe.

The Almighty
We cannot find him
God seeks what has been driven away.
Whatever God does,
Endures forever.
Whatever God does,
He’s done it so that people fear before him.

There is nothing you can do to make God show himself to you.
There is nothing you can do to make yourself or your circumstances “of God.”
What you can do is prepare your heart, mind, body and spirit by being still.

Be still in the presence of your constant companions, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of Holy Spirit.

Welcome becoming exposed, naked, vulnerable through strict honesty to see that you yourself are but a beast. But in Christ you are of God. Allow the beast to die in order to awake, arise to Abundant Life, having the mind of Christ.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Focus intently on your breath to the exclusion of all else.
For it is the spirit in you,
The breath of the Almighty,
That makes you understand.
Spirit can be known only by spirit
God’s Spirit and your spirit in open communion.
Consciousness. Awareness.

Be silent with a sense of anticipation. It is here in this openness and focused attention and intention where the breath of the Almighty will make you understand that you really are who he says you are in Christ. Of God. Originating from God.

Close your eyes. Stay in this position of quiet anticipation for as long as you can.

When ready
Open your eyes
Breathe in
Breathe out

Go, and live as you really are, as the breath of the Almighty in you nurtures and matures the simplicity and singleness of devotion to the Lord God that is in Christ Jesus. Live in wholehearted devotion to the Lord God, through the breath of the Almighty in you, today and every day. Awaken to life through God-centered consciousness, your eyes ever toward the Lord God, your Helper.

Philem 25 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (ESV)

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