“Is injustice on my tongue? Can my palate not discern evil?” Job 6:30 (TLV)
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Recently, I pulled a sweet red pepper out of the refrigerator. I saw its vibrant red color, without blemish. I smelled its sweet aroma. I felt the firmness of its flesh. Then I proceeded to cut the sweet red pepper and place a piece in my mouth to taste it. To my surprise and dismay, my taste buds were assaulted with what can only be described as bitterness. Since I perceived that what appeared to be a very sweet red pepper was actually bitter, I threw it in the trash…sadly it had turned bad.
Child of GOD…what do you taste?
As sons and daughters of GOD, we have both physical and spiritual senses given by HIM as tools to use, including the sense of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. The spiritual sense of “taste” has always been an enigma to me, until recently, when the HOLY SPIRIT brought revelation.
Have you ever tasted wisdom? Have you ever tasted injustice? Have you ever tasted the love of GOD? Have you ever tasted deception? Have you ever tasted HIS SPIRIT?
Believer…what do you taste?
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalms 34:8
The original word for “taste” in this verse also means “perceive.” The spiritual sense of taste is one aspect of our spiritual discernment and perception. Just as we perceive the difference between ice cream and peanut butter, just as we perceive what is spoiled versus what is fresh, just as we perceive good food from bad food with our physical taste buds, so also, we perceive what is good and evil, what is better from what is best, what is of GOD from what is of our flesh or of the enemy, with our spiritual “taste buds.”
Intercessor…what do you taste?
Psalm 34:8a says, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good…” This is a verse that we get excited about: “Yes! GOD is good! Hallelujah!!!!“ But it actually goes deeper than the excitement. This verse sets the standard so that we know what is “good” when we taste (discern or perceive) matters, spirits, prophecies, miracles, etc.
How did I know that the red pepper was bad and should be thrown away? Because I have tasted fresh sweet red peppers and already had a standard established of what is “good.”
This verse establishes GOD as our standard of what is “good.” The more we dwell in HIS Presence, the more we become accustomed to hearing HIS Voice, the more we read and meditate and chew on HIS Word, then the more easily we discern/perceive what is good…and, alternatively, the more easily we are able to discern/perceive what is bad or evil.
British evangelist Smith Wigglesworth once said, “To discern spirits we must dwell with Him who is holy, and He will give the revelation and unveil the mask of Satanic power on all lines.”
Disciple of CHRIST…what do you taste?
“How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalms 119:103 NKJV
Now, here is where we go deeper. Have you ever experienced a time of abstaining from something in particular…maybe sugar…caffeine…meats, etc.? And after you complete your time and return to eating sugar or drinking caffeine, have you noticed how heightened your senses are to the smallest bit of sugar or the least amount of caffeine? It’s like your body automatically knows what hit it and almost goes into shock!
Our sense of discernment and perception in the SPIRIT must be the same. You see, even our senses must be consecrated, that we may have keen, sharp discernment and perception. We must abstain from and remove falsehood, idols, TV shows, social media addictions, movies, music, etc., that we already know are not “good” (remember, our standard is GOD), because these, my friends, are dulling our spiritual discernment. Once these influences are removed, when something comes our way (a person, a “prophecy,” an unclean spirit, a “miracle,” a decision, etc.) that requires sharp, keen discernment, our spirits will automatically be shocked into knowing (discerning/perceiving) if this is from GOD or not. Otherwise, if we continue to allow these influences in our lives, our sense of “taste” is dulled. And even though that prophecy or that decision may seem unsettling to our spirits, we run the risk of being deceived and passing it off as being “good” or at least okay, even though it is not of GOD.
My brother, my sister…what do you taste?
Today, will you choose to eliminate the evil influences from your spiritual “diet?” Will you choose to set GOD as your standard of what is “good?” Will you consecrate your senses to HIM?
FATHER, we consecrate ourselves to YOU this day. May our “taste,” our discernment, be so keen that we are able to glorify YOU as we perceive trouble from afar or from close by. We praise YOU, FATHER, for YOUR call to consecration this day. In JESUS’ Name. Amen.
*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
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