The Discerning Mind of the Overcomer

There are few things more rewarding in the Christian walk than developing a discerning mind.  In a world of look-alikes, fakes, and frauds, it’s helpful to cultivate the ability to discern truth from error and gain the wisdom coming from it.

Ephesians 5:11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14 for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be very careful, then, how you live– not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Being cautious and alert, residing in the light of God’s Word, and bringing all things into the light will help us to make the most of every opportunity.  The days in which we live can otherwise be confusing and dangerous.

In the photo below, there is an insect called a White-lined Sphinx Hummingbird Moth.  It was flying from plant to plant and I captured this photo as it was drinking nectar from a fuchsia.  To an undiscerning eye, it looks like a hummingbird.  But it flies differently.  It has more legs and antennae.  It made me think about how many things in life can set Overcomers onto false paths, cause us to hold onto false hopes, and deceive us.  Hummingbird moths are pretty to look at, but they come from caterpillars that eat plants.  They are not the same at all; and hummingbirds are definitely preferable.  Likewise, there are cases of greater goods and lesser goods in the spiritual realm and the discerning mind of the Overcomer has the wisdom to understand these nuances.


Categories Articles, Articles and Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on September 27, 2013

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