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Principles of discernment Live constantly in God, Part 1 Featured

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In the last issue we talked about developing a “spiritual sense.” A person can refine this sense with experience by resolutely and faithfully following the path of Jesus Christ. If everything ended here, the evil one would never be able to conquer the person.

 

In the last issue we talked about developing a “spiritual sense.” A person can refine this sense with experience by resolutely and faithfully following the path of Jesus Christ. If everything ended here, the evil one would never be able to conquer the person.

Scripture tells us that the enemy can appear as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14) with the goal of infiltrating into the interior of the spiritual person. The strategy: The evil one tries to penetrate the soul through thoughts that seem spiritual, and then tries to slowly deviate and disconnect that relationship with God. The enemy continues to orient the soul, again, toward itself and away from God. In this second phase, the thoughts from the evil one attempt in every possible way to enter into the heart and soul the same way in which the thoughts and feelings of the Holy Spirit enters into them. The spiritual sense of a truly spiritual person will recognize the deception of the enemy. This recognition enables a person to grow in a spiritually mature and responsible way.

The temptations from the evil one are intended to persuade the soul to abandon the chosen path toward a real and profound personal relationship with God. The enemy will slowly begin to change the person’s thoughts in a subtle and hardly perceptible way, and a dreadfully real disconnection will take place. The person is left inside a religious void with aspirations of holiness and perfection but with a sinful mentality as if the encounter with Christ never happened. Behold the passage leads from reality to illusion, from love to isolation.

If the work of the evil one succeeds, the result is frightening — devout persons without God, without that genuine encounter of transforming love that renews and sustains. The main goal of the evil one is to detach the person from this real and profound spiritual environment and love of God. A break will take place between God’s revelation and its content. Compromises are made when we lower our thoughts to the level of our actions. Faith becomes an idealistic theory and the person experiences a break between faith and life.

The knowledge of God, if it is real, is transforming. It changes the person because it is a relationship in which the Holy Spirit acts in the person and with the person. God shares his love and it is a relationship of grace and salvation.

Next Issue — Is the will of God always the thing that costs us the most?

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