Discernment, Part 4 (The Man in the Mirror #66)

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.

Many other classic hymns were written by Miss Hewitt, including “Will There Be Any Stars in My CrownP”, “Stepping in the Light,” and “When We All Get to Heaven.” Though the severity of her injury prevented her from teaching school again, once recovered, she continued her Sunday school involvement and ministry in a local orphanage.

Her hymn. “More About Jesus,” speaks of a deep longing to know more about our Lord Iesus and to understand more of His ways:

More about Jesus let me learn,
More of His holy will discern;
Spirit ofGod, my teacher he,
Showing the things ofChrist to me.

Even though Miss Hewitt’s spinal injury took her from the job she had trained for, the months of pain and deprivation served a greater purpose. If she had merely become angry and bitter, God could not have used her as effectively. But because she discerned that He had a plan for her life and sought Him during her difficulty, God was able to reach more people through her hymns than she could have reached in her classroom.

When we encounter unexpected or grievous situations as Miss Hewitt did, and we can’t understand “why” with our human senses, we need to ask God to enable us to view things from His perspective. As we draw closer to Jesus and seek to know Him more. God will enable us to understand His purposes and why things happen.

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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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