First Corinthians 12 gives a list of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gift of speaking in tongues is the most debated and controversial, but I believe the one most necessary for Christians today is the gift of distinguishing between spirits, simply called discernment.(vs.10) We live in a time marked by confusion and compromise. We receive messages that are Godly, absolutely ungodly, or often, a mixture of the two. We need to discern the difference. Whether it is a TV program, a political speech, a sermon in church, or for that matter, these daily messages, we need to understand what is of God and what is not. As Christians, our first commitment is to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We desire to honor Hm with all that we do, say, and think. For us, the issue is not whether something is acceptable or unacceptable, or even whether it is moral or immoral. Our question in all things is, does this honor our Lord? For this we need to be regularly reading God’s revealed word, the Bible, and to pray for the gift of discernment. God, by the presence of His Spirit, will guide us in paths that bring honor to Him.