Some Christians believe that the spiritual gifts are dead, that they ceased when the bible was completed. Some Christians believe that the gifts are alive and well, and that we should continue to practice them. I’m not here to convince you of one way or another, but I am here to explain why every Christian needs discernment. Some Christians say that the gift of discernment is being able to see angles and demons, but the core of the gift is being able to know what is right and wrong. Some people are just naturally gifted in knowing if something is from the Lord or somewhere else. This gift is meant to strengthen the church and to keep it away from false teaching. We need this gift to be practiced in the church because there are so many churches that are slowing falling away from the truth!
You don’t have to have “the gift” to practice discernment. Every Christians should be grounded in knowing what is right and wrong. How does one learn such a skill? Dive into your bible and discover God’s will. Not everyone can be born with the special ability to just know right away if something is biblical or worldly. Like for the Uchiha, it’s nice to have the special ability to read the situation and make quick judgments, but that doesn’t mean that all the other ninja are incapable of the same thing. It just takes a lot more practice in reading a person’s body language and practicing martial arts to be able to have the same benefits of the sharingan.
Discernment is the same thing! Practice over and over again by looking for God’s truth in everything around you. Anime is a good place to start. What principles in anime reflect the glory of God? Concepts like dedication, faith, redemption, love, all originate in the character of God.
Developing your spiritual sharingan will take time, but you are not alone. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you read the situation and make a good judgment. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom.
In Solomon asked God for wisdom to govern his people. God was pleases and gladly gave it to him. God equips his people with the tools they need to serve him.
1 Kings 3:5-14
That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
Solomon replied, “You showed great and faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued to show this great and faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne.
“Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.”
Your walk with God becomes more powerful when you ask God to teach you how to develop the spiritual sharingan. Especially in the times we live in, where Satan tries to sneak into our daily lives and lie to us. Ask God to come into your life and help you become a splendid ninja!