Discernment, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror #65)

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Discernment from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

A brilliant student, Eliza Hewitt was the class valedictozian when she graduated from Philadelphia’s Girls’ Normal School. Her high school trained young ladies to become teachers upon graduation. Thus, Miss Hewitt became a public school teacher in the town of her birth where she lived her entire life.

A short time later, however, Miss Hewitt had to leave teaching due to a spinal injury. The common understanding was that the injury resulted while she disciplined one of her students. The unruly boy struck a painful, damaging blow to her back with a heavy slate! Bedridden due to the pain, she could no longer do the normal, everyday things she had enjoyed.

During those months of suffering following the injury, Miss Hewitt spent much time with God in prayer and in His Word. She wanted to express to others her special relationship with Him. As a result, she began writing poems for children and for Sunday School resources. With the removal of the heavy, restrictive cast required for her recovery, she is said to have written the hymn, “There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today”! Miss Hewitt found that. in her time of suffering and rehabilitation, God used something grievous to bring forth blessing in her life. How excited she was to tell others!

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Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

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