“Assuming In Flesh, Versus, Discernment of the Spirit”
Recently I experienced a situation in which I assumed a person should respond in a manner I thought appropriate. When it appeared that they did not respond appropriately, I began to assume some conclusions that were later proven, incorrect. Because I have made wrong assumptions in the past, I have learned to not respond in a knee jerk fashion. I discovered later, that this individual did respond, but in a different manner than I would have thought.
In other words, my assumption, based upon appearance, was completely wrong. (John 7:24; 1Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 4:18)
How many times, have we all assumed we knew what someone was thinking, or why that person did a certain thing, only to discover that our assumption was completely wrong?
A better approach would be too:
(1) Slowdown. (Psalm 46:10)
(2) Pray or bring the situation to God. (Philippines 4:6)
(3) Wait and Listen. (John 10:27)
(4) Respond, if necessary, based upon the promptings of the Spirit of God. (Romans 7:6 Amp. Romans 8:14)
The results of the above approach are far more likely to be a “discernment of the Spirit,” as opposed to an “assumption of the flesh.”
It would behoove all of us, to discern the difference.