Discernment refers to the ability to judge people, things or situations well. In the Christian arena, it refers to the ability to distinguish truth from error, right from wrong according to the Word of God. Sadly, there are many who undervalue discernment, and show little ability to distinguish falsehood from the truth. The result is a life of worldliness and disobedience. Their naivety breeds spiritual complacency and a weakened testimony for Jesus Christ.

It is necessary for every Christian to be discerning. The Bible commands us in 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” The verb “prove” (dokimazō) can be described as metals being placed in a fiery furnace to determine its genuineness. We are thus exhorted to put all matters in daily life to the test. What is proven to be good and pleasing in the eyes of God should be pursued and clung on to with all our might. On the other hand, if something is proven to be evil and wicked, we should shun from it completely. We must be diligent to lead a life that is free from any impropriety.

The need for discernment is also taught in Romans 12:1-2. A life consecrated to Christ requires a believer to “prove” (dokimazō) what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. This can only be done if the Christian’s mind is renewed daily by the Word of God. All things must be judged by the infallible rule of Scripture and not by man’s relativistic standards. Biblical thinking requires a biblical mind. How well do you know the Word of God? Are you reading the Bible daily?

Christians must understand that we are not living in a period of peace but in perilous times where spiritual darkness seeks to war against our souls (2 Timothy 3:1; Ephesians 6:12). The Scriptures warns us of seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Timothy 4:1). The world also attempts to allure us with her temptations and philosophies (1 John 2:15-17). We must therefore be on our guard consistently or we will be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine that blows (Ephesians 4:14). Is not Satan the crafty one who is also described as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)?

Alas, many simply trust what they see or hear as truth without evaluating it with God’s Word. Anything goes so long as it sounds good to their ears, and palatable to their sight. The book of Proverbs minces no words against such apathy, describing such men as simple and naïve. “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.” (Proverbs 14:15) It also warns us of the dire consequences of failing to exercise discernment. “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” (Proverbs 22:3; 27:12)

Dear beloved, in the realm of spiritual things, ignorance is not bliss. Do not be naïve. Exercise biblical discernment. Know the signs of the times and guard yourself against the devices of the wicked one. Be safe and not sorry!

Lovingly in Christ,
Preacher Clement Chew


Text: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

People sometimes have the impression that Paul was a “superhuman.” However, a study of the Scriptures reveals that Paul was a man with many ailments. His health was failing due to the many tribulations and persecutions he suffered. Neither was he physically attractive and impressive. In fact, tradition has it that Paul was ugly, nearly bald, and of short stature. His speech was also not as impressive as the best orators in the world.

Paul also struggled emotionally. We may think of Paul as a courageous servant of God. However, he too had his fears. 1 Corinthians 2:3 reveals that Paul was “in fear, and in much trembling.” The fear of opposition and persecution were very real for the Apostle Paul.

Nevertheless, Paul’s weakness proved to be the perfect platform for God’s greatness to be manifested. The salvation of the Corinthian Christians was proof of the convicting and salvific power of the Holy Spirit. The glory of God shone through in the weakness of Paul. Paul was but a messenger. The salvation of the Corinthian Christians was due to God alone.

There are many examples of preachers whom God used mightily despite their bodily afflictions and weaknesses. Spurgeon often had to struggle with his aches and pains that caused him to be depressed. Robert Murray M’Cheyne was often bed-ridden with sickness. Yet, God used them to minister to the souls of many for His glory.

Then there is the example of Jonathan Edwards. He often preached from a manuscript with a monotonous voice. However, God used his preaching to bring salvation to multitudes. One such sermon was entitled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” This was a demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit. All praise be to God!

THOUGHT: The weakness of man cannot stop God.
PRAYER: Lord, show forth Thy glory through my weaknesses!