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The Importance Of Establishment And Discernment In The Bible

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Establishment and Discernment

So the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit knows exactly what God our Father has for us, ‘the deep things of God’. However the question can be asked how do we tap in to the deep things of God? In order to know what is happening within the spiritual realm the worshipper firstly must be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, this involves selflessness, humility and spending time alone in the presence of God (closet time Matt 6:6). However, from my studies, I have deduced that there are two more essential factors that are needed which I would like to discuss; they are ‘establishment and discernment’.
Let me first explain what it is ‘to be established’ from a biblical point of view. In Hebrew the word ‘establish’
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The Bible teaches us to wait on our call (Rom 12:3-8). It is often said that ‘patience is a virtue’; indeed, patience is being prepared to wait for something without being irritated or anxious. As Paul admonishes us in Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Now let’s look at the second essential factor, discernment.

Many of us miss the importance and the connection between the gift of discernment and worship. The two do go hand-in-hand, but yet you may ask, ‘how is this possible?’

It is imperative for any worship leader leading a congregation to ask God for the gift of discernment in order to lead God's people into a fuller participation of true worship. Amongst other things, the gift of discernment will allow you to detect any unwanted spirit that is not of God, which has been sent to disrupt and to cause confusion. Let us take note of what John says in 1 John 4:1,

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

The word ‘try’ here is the Greek word
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Hence Chenaniah was a person who was able to discern and understand in order to lead the people in worship, this is of vital importance and the gift of discernment is of no lesser importance in today’s worship. I would argue that without this gift our worship is in jeopardy of being attacked by the darkening forces of Satan as he seeks every way in which to disrupt our praise and worship towards God. Chenaniah would have known which songs to choose, he would have understood when to stop singing and when to continue singing. It can be argued that just because a person can sing beautifully does not mean they can sing skilfully, yet God does require us to sing skilfully, which is with
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