February 24, 2021

When we remain in submission to and led by the Holy Spirit, He helps us clearly see and rightly discern what’s going on around us. The word “discern” means to distinguish or discriminate. Do you know that discrimination is not necessarily a bad thing? And neither is judgment. We are suppose to discriminate and judge right from wrong, truth from error, and the Spirit of God from the spirit of the world. But in order to rightly discern, discriminate, and judge, we must be submitted in faith to Jesus Christ and be filled with His Spirit.

This past Sunday we looked at how the world, the religious, and even the church can all get it wrong, and then we talked about principles of Godly discernment. You can watch the lesson by clicking here: Discern. This next Sunday, February 28th, we’re going to break into Lab Groups and discuss and apply discernment.

Here are a few questions to get you ready:

  • Do you have an example of a time when the Holy Spirit made something very clear to you that was unclear to other people?
  • Do you have an example of a time that you had difficulty discerning what God was doing because your body, mind, will, or emotions were overriding your spirit?
  • What are the five tests that will help you to discern the spirits?
  • Do you have something going on in your life right now that you would like help discerning?

Lab Groups are always a wonderful opportunity for growing together in a family atmosphere of grace and encouragement. We are incomplete and inadequate when we’re not in committed and submitted relationships of brothers and sisters in Christ. Watch the lesson, reflect on the questions, and join us in the family room of God on Sunday!

Let’s grow together!

Matt Neese


Over the past month, many people in the church have felt like Moses, asking God, “What in the world are You doing?!” They were praying and standing in faith, interceding for our nation and believing for divine intervention. Yet in the natural, things seem to have gone from bad to worse. The “crown virus” continues to control, “cancel culture” still bullies and silences, the executive office immediately set out to increase the murder of children for political gain (historically we’ve called this “child sacrifice”), women’s rights are actually being eroded by the transgender agenda, and legislation is being pushed through that will override religious liberty in favor of “sexual liberty.” Oh…we can’t forget the “unprecedented” snow storms that rocked our nation then disappeared in a day.

Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Let us go and worship the Lord God.” Pharaoh responded, “Who is the Lord and why should I listen to Him? I don’t know Him and I won’t obey Him.” He then initiated programs to flex his power and oppress the children of God. Can you imagine the conflict going on inside Moses and Aaron? This was not what they had envisioned.

Things got much worse before they got better, but Pharaoh’s stubborn pride and downfall would serve as a sign to the nations. Many generations later, other nations still remembered. The Philistines even said among themselves (1 Samuel 6:6), “Don’t be stubborn and rebellious as Pharaoh and the Egyptians were. By the time God was finished with them, they were eager to let Israel go.”

Keep believing! Be encouraged! Love God and love those around you, and persist in that which He has called you. Continue to build up your faith, and pray without ceasing. Stay on mission! “Leave all your cares and anxieties at the feet of the Lord, and measureless grace will strengthen you.” (Psalms 55:22 TPT)

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  • 2/24 Exodus 5, Psalms 55, I Samuel 6, Mark 5:21-43
  • 2/25 Exodus 6, Psalms 56, I Samuel 7, Mark 6:1-32
  • 2/26 Exodus 7, Psalms 57, I Samuel 8, Mark 6:33-56
  • 2/27 Exodus 8, Psalms 58, I Samuel 9, Mark 7:1-13
  • 2/28 Exodus 9, Psalms 59, I Samuel 10, Mark 7:14-37
  • 2/29 Exodus 10, Psalms 60, I Samuel 11, Mark 8:1-21
  • 3/1 Exodus 11, Psalms 61, I Samuel 12, Mark 8:22-38
  • 3/2 Exodus 12, Psalms 62, I Samuel 13, Mark 9:1-29

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