The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Discernment

Lost Without Discernment

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.” ~ Matthew 23:15

The title of today’s tune-up was supposed to be Leadership & Courage until somehow, my half-written file disappeared somewhere between Friday evening and yesterday morning. I wish you could have seen me frantically racking my brain, and googling “how to restore computer to previous time”…until it dawned on me that the Real Author had something else in mind. After all, I’m only just the Ghost writer. And then it hit me as I read my morning Chambers…

The one great characteristic of being born from above is that I know who Jesus is. It is a discernment; something has happened on the inside, the surgery of events has opened my eyes.

This past week I found myself hopelessly jousting with confederate comrades of the young woman pictured above, whom I’ve come to refer to as the Lost Boys (from the movie of the same name). I don’t know whether I’m sorrier for their never having experienced the normal life we Boomers were fortunate enough to live, or that they’ve been deprived of the precious gift of discernment by the modern-day Pharisees referred to in Matthew 23. I thought back to the very nice young woman who had flippantly posted an image of two young men mocking our Christian faith a few months back, and realized our Christian realization is a fairy-tale to them.

The ONLY hope for the Lost Children pictured above is prayer and fasting. I realized in my debate with a Lost Boy this week…he is beyond physical reach. I offered to meet with him face to face, knowing there are things we may project and pretend via social media (the devil’s favorite tool) which cannot be concealed in a face-to-face. Of course, he declined. And so, we are here…Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors. ~ Psalm 73: 18-19…by what we ourselves have invited…


Last week I received Psalm 91 from three separate and unrelated sources. This week I received the “time to put on the full armor of God” message from three separate and unrelated sources. Synchronicity and a female cardinal trying to get my attention for the past several days…

From Psalm 73 verses 15-17, If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children. When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me—Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.

Discernment is the Sheepdog’s nose he uses to detect the wolf. Did you know that dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses compared to the 6 million in ours? Some dogs are trained to use their noses to flush birds, find drugs, and locate missing or even dead people. But God created the Sheepdog to detect and protect the flock from the same Wolf that has prowled the earth in search of men’s souls since the beginning of time. Our 2nd Amendment is the Sheepdog’s teeth to keep the wolf at bay. Think about how the very same people who have deprived the Lost Boys of their own sniffers of discernment via academia, are the same people who would deprive our most naturally inclined (and skilled) Sheepdogs, returning veterans, of their teeth through Red Flag laws because of the PTSD they created in the first place!

Reading Psalm 91 reveals to me, more than any other passage of the bible, the timelessness of God’s seeing eye. Taken together with the full armor of God message this week, it brings me to this powerful “heightened sense of things”- Leonidas and the Wolf moment. Ask David about the full armor of God. So girded in his faith was he, that he had no need for Saul’s javelin and shield. Three smooth stones and a strap of leather was all he took to topple the giant the rest of his countrymen cowered in fear from. Which reminds me of a dear friend who shared with me the story of her unbearable sorrow, grief, and heartbreak over her child’s homosexual relationship with another…even after having been raised to learn the truth in a great church. I could only respond with my observation that we as a society have stopped fighting for the truth, without realizing the message that sends to our children. Put another way; if we’ve surrendered to the Wolf, how can we expect them not to do the same? Especially when it feels so good…

Its one thing for any of us to let our guard down, but for the shepherd whose charge is to protect the flock to do so is tragic beyond measure. There are those in our own community who seem to believe they can compromise and bargain with the wolf in subtle ways regarding the social behavior of the sheep, in order to keep their posts…thereby to their own minds, benefiting the sheep. One such shepherd spoke at the end of a Pro-Life Play in Walden on Saturday. Ever so delicately, he praised the most loyal and dedicated of the sheep while admonishing and even cautioning against the Sheepdog. Remember dear friend, Jesus Himself did not recruit from the ranks of clergy, political elite, or the powerful of His time…and He certainly made no bargain with the Wolf. He cast his net upon the common man to build God’s Kingdom, just as He will call upon you and me to see His purpose through. It’s Time! Woe to those who stand in His way…and continue to lead His children astray.

Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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