God is not the author of confusion but of peace. Discernment prides itself on the foundation of humility, which leads to us possessing peace. For example, if a person is teaching us Truth but we become confused at what is being taught, it doesn’t mean that the teaching or the person is false. It could very well be that what we have believed is false and that is causing confusion to spring up from within ourselves. Truth deals with every part of us and because of that, we must be humble enough to examine ourselves to see where the sources of things are actually coming from. Are they coming from within or without? The issues of life flow from our hearts. We must test the substance of beliefs, which includes that which is already within us.
There have been times where I have been confused, not because someone was speaking false things, but because I believed false things already. These things were brought to the surface by Truth penetrating my soul like a double-edged sword. Truth will bring conviction, but it is a conviction that invites us to be joyfully transformed. Skewed perspectives of what is being offered with truth will often disguise this. If we fail to see something exposed in our own hearts and judge the Truth being presented to us as false, we will trample on the Truth that was presented to set us free. Sadly, we would be doing this in the name of what we perceived to be truth.
This revelation is important. It can save people from making stupid or irrational assumptions about others, as well as their own beliefs. It can remove excuses that try to use fear in the name of discernment. Sometimes we hear people say things like, “that just doesn’t feel right to me” or “I have a check in my spirit about that.” It’s always nice when those impressions are true, but if they are simply us being uncomfortable with truth, then we must see that the Spirit who comforts us is actually inviting us to be transformed. This is the difference between humility and pride, discernment and fear. God knows we tend to be uncomfortable with change, which is why He gives the Spirit who comforts.
Discernment is a major influence we need to genuinely have and grow in, especially in these times. We must figure out what is authentic and what is a replica. A replica is something that looks and feels real, but its material is a counterfeit of the real. When we know the difference between confusion and conviction, we can know the difference between freedom and bondage; joy and fear. Knowing the Truth sets us free.
The more our senses are trained by use, the more true discernment we will have. If we don’t test what is being said with a humble heart, we are in great danger of judging what is true and labeling it as false. This would be much like the Pharisees who judged Jesus, the very person they believed in by theory. They made judgments based on their discernment of Scriptures. We have found out that their discernment was in fact false and was rooted in pride and fear. They confused what they thought was true in their own hearts and disregarded the truth being presented before them.
We must 1st look within ourselves to God, who is to dwell in our hearts. He is the author of our peace and not confusion. If we cultivate this peace, we will come to understand the source of confusion and more importantly, the Source of peace that grounds us to discern what is real. Ultimately, we do not have to be confused, but can live a life of peace. This peace makes transformation fun because it is rooted in humility and trust. It is a mature posture that tests the source of truth and allows God’s sword to joyfully cut off the branches in us that bear no fruit. This positions us to better know the mystery of His will and live freely knowing and judging all things as they are, and as they should be. (Eph 1:9, 1 Cor 2:9-16)
Peace and Discernment are the foundations for knowing the answers to questions we want and need to know.
Below are some Scriptures for you to be encouraged by.
We are not to be confused because…
“I’m leaving you peace. I’m giving you my peace. I don’t give you the kind of peace that the world gives. So don’t be troubled or cowardly. – Jesus (John 14:27)
“ Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:6-9
“The God of Peace is sanctifying you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.” -1 Thessalonians 5:23
“May the God of Peace make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you.” Hebrews 13:20
For those genuinely confused by true spiritual warfare outside of yourself, please believe this one and take it to heart…
“The God of Peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” Romans 16:20