A friend of mine asked the question, “if we all have the same spirit then why are we not united.” It’s a good question. I do not know that I have the answer but what I do know is spiritual ware fare is real.
We are all imperfect, we wrestle with what is the Holy Spirit, what is our flesh and what is satan all the time. For me I like to add what is my mental illness because it too affects my thinking and emotions.
One answer to this problem is discernment. So what is discernment? It is the ability to distinguish God’s truth from false thinking. It takes a lot of self reflection and humility to have discernment because it require we stop long enough to be aware of our thinking and compare it to God’s word.
So how do we develop our discernment? Well I think ultimately it is God that does the developing but it also requires that we be willing to go to him and set aside time for him to do his work in us. We need to know God’s word and apply it to our lives. We need to be humble enough to question our own thinking and beliefs as they relate to our experiences and scripture. Isolation is also a recipe for disaster for we all need people in our lives to serve as accountability, mentors and provide discipleship. We are not made to fight a spiritual battle by ourselves for there is power in numbers.
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.” 2 Peter 1:5-9