While spiritual discernment can only be attained through the spirit of God, physical discernment is attained through what you see or hear. Physical discernment can be summed into one word and that word is observation.
If you have followed and read my series on observation, you know why it important to observe and things to observe but now I want to focus on two things which I believe are the most important things to observe which are times and characters.
1. Times/seasons. One of the major reasons why people which great ideas failed in life is because either they started something too early or too late. “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.( Matthew 25:10-13 NIV). I won’t explain the story because one way or the other we know it, the problem that all he virgins where facing is that they didn’t know the exact time the event will start or when when will the transport come. And it just happened that when the foolish went to buy oil to refill their lamps the bridegroom came and took the others and just like that all their efforts of preparing for the wedding have for nothing. When you don’t observe times and seasons you will always waste a lot of effort and strength
2. Characters. The reason I say and believe that observing characters is among the most important things to observe is because if you choose the wrong people to be close to you or to go on a journey with you. The reason why Saul lost the throne is because he chose wrong people to be his subordinates. Saul was a young man when he became king, and he ruled Israel for two years. Then he chose three thousand men from Israel to be full-time soldiers and sent everyone else home. Two thousand of these troops stayed with him in the hills around Michmash and Bethel. (1 Samuel 13:1-2c CEV). they always pressured him into disobeying the Lord for their sake.
(1 Samuel 13:9-14)
And as a result he died a dishonourable death. (1 Samuel 31:4:5)
There is a story I want to share with you but for the sake of not making this teaching too long I will share it on Thursday’s teaching, in the meantime check out the series I taught on observation.