By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). The reality of our generation is that because we live in the age of information, we can be so inundated with information that it could create an insurmountable pressure on the less endowed. The result could be frustration, even insanity.
For that reason, in Deaconess Sandrine Tankeu’s message on the prayer line of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l on Monday morning, she called on Christians to pray for a discerning spirit so that we could have the knowledge to understand and separate evil from good. She read Hebrews 5: 11-14.
“The pressure of social media—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the traditional media in society today makes it necessary for us to have a discerning spirit. It is important to develop discernment, but that is what many of us Christians are lacking today. We need to pray for a spirit of discernment because of the many decisions we make on a daily basis so that we can know what is evil and what is good,” noted Sister Sandrine.
In Deaconess Sandrine’s notion of discernment, she recalled the days of King Solomon at a time when the Israelites were so many that when he dreamed that God asked him to request anything at all and it would be given to him, he asked for discernment in the form of wisdom and knowledge so that he could understand his people and govern them well.
To that end, God was so impressed with Solomon’s request that he added wealth, possessions,and honor to his request and made him the wisest and wealthiest man who ever lived. Solomon’s humble request is told in 2 Chronicles 1.
Deaconess Sandrine asserted that Satan has masked himself in the form of false prophets to disrupt the destiny of unsuspecting victims. “Satan is hiding, lurking, and waiting to pounce. Discernment is the antidote that can prevent your mind from being poisoned. Discernment is the barrier to evil. The more you call on the Lord, the more you should grow in understanding and knowing the Lord,” noted Mrs. Tankeu.
She observed that the power of prayer could only be great if we could discern. “Leave the old behind so that you don’t perennially keep returning to evil. Discernment will show you how to do it. But what is discernment anyway?”
After citing the various denotative meanings of discernment, she added: “You need to have the ability of sound judgment to separate right from wrong, good from bad. Paul said there are things that may be lawful but they don’t necessarily edify. For example, it may be lawful too work on Sunday but does that edify you? Certainly not.”
In that regard, Deaconess Sandrine enjoined Christians to choose what is pleasing to the Lord so that when the spirit leaves the body to be with Christ, they would be among those who would be saved on the day of judgment. “Going to church, doing good to others, reading the Bible, and making right choices are all things I believe please the Lord, so do them.
“The older you grow, the more matured you need to be. It’s not only the old who are wise. You can be young and wise. Joseph was young when he made the wise decision not to sleep with Potiphar’s wife. If you keep doing good continually, it becomes a habit because acquisition through practice becomes a habit,” noted Sister Sandrine.
Reading 1 Thessalonians 5: 19-22, she notes, “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt. But test them all; hold on to what is good; reject every kind of evil.”
She ended with a powerful invocation: “Abstain from evil. Run away from it. What looks sweet may not be all that sweet; what looks good may be evil; Practice discernment. The need for the Spirit of Discernment is greater today than ever before, so in all things, throw out the evil and keep the good.”
In his moderating role, Pastor Jean Paul Ntap called on Christians, despite David’s meditation in Psalm 19 that he might not be able to discern his own wrongs, to open their eyes to discern evil and avoid it. He notes, “Before you make any decision, pray over it for God to show you the way. For the most part, we don’t take our time to know if what we are doing is actually right.
“Seeking the presence of the Lord in our decision-making would help us know if we are on the right path. Simeone had to wait a long time to go and worship the newly born Jesus when he was sent to the Temple. Like Simeone, may God give us the spirit of discernment to help us make the right decisions,” stated Pastor Jean Paul.