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I Kings 3:12 ” I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”

Solomon asked God for a discerning heart and the wisdom to distinguish between right and wrong and God was pleased. (I Kings 3:9-10)  For Solomon wasn’t asking for the superficial or trivial,  or things that had no eternal significance…he was asking for wisdom.   I once worked with a Doctor who started calling me Prudence.  When I asked why, he stated it was how I conducted myself dealing with patients and that he appreciated my common sense and prudent approach.  When you ask God for wisdom,  understanding, discretion, and His Will in your life… He happily will oblige. (James 1:5)

I Kings 4:29 ” God gave Solomon wisdom and very good insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the sea shore.”

I once worked for a Doctor who gave me the nickname, Prudence…of which I was very happy with!  For I’d much rather be known for my good judgment rather than careless and unwise decisions.  All wisdom and abilities we have, find their source in God…and a reverent attitude towards Him is the start of all discernment and discretion…for all understanding resides in our hearts.

I John 4:1 ” Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

When you hear something and it doesn’t sit well inside…implement the “smell test”.  It may look fine from the outside, but when you really scrutinize or “smell” it, you discern something is bad.  As Believers, we  need to be ever diligent of  truths that seem to be  a little bit off… that are corrupted or slanted just enough that they  become untruths.  Therefore, examine closely everything you hear and judge for yourselves if it is worthy to be received or not.