Freedom Conference Presenter Highlight – Lisa Bevere

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The Light in the Distance

The writer of Hebrews tells us “the mature…have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (5:14 ESV). There was a time that I viewed this scripture’s meaning with suspicion. Before you fall into the mire of the misunderstanding that tripped me up, know that this verse does not equate discernment with judging. There is a much bigger idea in play here than assessing others as guilty or not guilty.

Discernment is not an exercise in labeling one type of person, thing, or experience as “good” and other people, things, or events as “bad,” conservative, or liberal.  Instead, discernment could be likened to distinguishing a light in the distance.

To accurately see this light, we must listen to the inner voice of our hearts. It is from there that we draw upon the Holy Spirit’s counsel.

Let me open the pages of my life as an example. In the past I lived an immoral, sexually promiscuous life. Those who were skilled in the art of labeling took one look at me and stamped “sexual train wreck” on my forehead. But thankfully God placed a couple in my life who understood that even though I had derailed my sexual life, if it could be put back on track, my past might light the way for others. Where some saw only a failure, they saw someone with so much potential to help redeem

Over time I was able to extract the good from my evil. I redeemed my choices by way of example so others would not journey down the same road.

We all need to mature in our ability to discern. True discernment understands that the shadowed darkness of one’s past can serve as a distant light in someone else’s future. God’s children look beyond the dark past and obvious present to see a glorious revelation in the future for themselves and others!

Adapted from “Girls with Swords: How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero” (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, 2013).

*Lisa will be the general session presenter on Friday evening of the Freedom Conference.

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