Stephen Fulton, Trance Medium
Reference: PROVERBS 1:1-7
wisdom. Seek understanding. Seek knowledge. And it will all lead
to the guidance of discernment. Wisdom is of very great importance
to the Spirit. And it is of great importance in everyone's life.
It does not mean that everyone needs to seek such wisdom as to
be like Solomon. But, to seek wisdom is to realize that we are
without it. To realize that we are without it sends us on a journey;
a journey to understand; a journey to understand the journey of
a soul. To seek to understand the journey of your Spirit -- which
is you -- that you might work more firmly in your life in the
To seek wisdom is to seek understanding. To seek wisdom is the
knowledge within that we do not hold wisdom. For if we perceive
wisdom in our own words and perceive ourselves to be wise, then
wisdom has fled from us. Wisdom is a journey. Wisdom is a process
of discovery. Wisdom is that which gives us a great ability to
be in touch with God; to be in touch with the spirit of Jesus
Christ; to be in touch with all of the forces of all creation;
to help us to find the journey; to seek; to understand; to discover.
And in all of this -- while each is a lesson unto itself -- discerning
becomes the important aspect that I would like to speak to you
about this morning.
Good morning, my friends. And I hope all of you are well.
Discerning! What is "discerning"?
Discerning is a part of the growth of a seed; the seed of your
Spirit, planted by God. Discerning is a tool you have been given,
as Spirit, to use in the course of your life. But, it is difficult
to find a discerning attitude, if we have not wisdom; to be wise
in what we do.
To be wise is to set aside assumption. To be wise is to set aside
opinion; or to understand that opinion is an aspect of conversation,
not a belief system. Opinions are, very specifically, not beliefs
-- or are they?
With discernment, we can look at what we believe, what we assume,
and we can look at our opinions. Discerning means to look at more
carefully; to be honest. Discerning means to put things together.
Discerning means when a spirit speaks, listen; but, then, to know
in your heart, because you think it out. What is that message
telling you? Is it telling you how good you are; how wonderful
you are? We say you are wonderful. Do you believe it?
If a spirit comes and tells you that you can do all things in
the world, and praises you, through discernment, through wisdom,
through knowledge, through understanding, putting together; does
it inspire you to move? Do you believe it? In some cases, it is
not wise to accept it. In other cases, it is. Which one do you
accept? That is the process of discernment.
To discern what is best for you -- not only by your own opinion,
but to seek the guidance of the Lord; to seek knowledge and understanding.
Knowledge does not mean that we know all things. Knowledge is
the process of the expansion and the evolution of the soul, of
your Spirit. And when you come into a physical world, you come
in as a Spirit. You come, as a Spirit, into a species, a physical
species. Are you solely of the physical world? Are you solely
Homo Sapiens? No!
But to learn of your world, to seek its wisdom, its knowledge,
and its understanding is to help you to build a bridge of joy
and guidance. And though you will discern these things, you will
discover more about your Spirit, not you; about your journey;
about the message of your life. You would not fall victim to those
who would deceive you. You would not fall victim to those who
would tell you -- when you ask which way to go on the road --
who would take delight in telling you the wrong way. You would
not be deceived by your own heart, your own mind, your own thoughts.
We become more into the process and the function of wholeness,
when we can discern.
Do we see hope in the world, or do we not believe it's there?
Are we seeking a promise, but we don't know what the promise is?
Are we seeking faith and hope, in a world that may well see faith
and hope as a commodity? Can we really, truly discover? Can we
truly find? Is there, truly, a door upon which we can knock; the
door that we are told will answer?
If we can find wisdom, we will find hope. If we can find knowledge,
we will be able to know fully to find the road and what that road
entails, so that we will know what road we have taken. And while
we may not know its ultimate destination, we do know that its
destination is to hope, to faith, to life, to love; where we can
work well with each other, because we understand the process of
life. Because we have gained sufficient wisdom to know that there
is more around us than for us to, perhaps, assume that we are
all there is in our world.
We cannot seek knowledge; we cannot seek wisdom; we cannot seek
understanding, if we cannot go beyond ourselves.
So, through discernment, we are able to look, not only at the
things around us, not only at the things that others may do or
say, but we may also look within ourselves, and, in that, wisdom
leads us to understanding. When we discern, we find out what we
believe. We find out pretty much where we might be. But, we are
always willing to understand that we don't have the whole picture,
when we are in body, and not always when we are in the Spirit.
We need, then, to reach to God and ask God to guide us. Scriptures
tell us of great and wondrous things which have occurred through
the result of wisdom and the exercising of wisdom in the hearts
and the minds of many people, of many spirits. We are told about
justice and hope and faith and knowledge. We hear about discovery,
the joy, the wonder, and mystery. We hear about touching and finding
the awe that is around us and within us.
These lie in the Scriptures. These can give great meaning to your
life. These will help you to see the journey and the search of
others who tried to discern and discovered the most amazing things.
It will, also, present to you those who did not discern and the
plight with which they had to bear.
The Scripture is not an ancient thing, long gone by, which has
little to say to the modern world.
Remember, my friends, when these oral traditions were started;
when they became written; when they became canonized, each one
of those steps, over many years, saw itself as a modern world.
When the prophets spoke, it was a New Dispensation; it was a new
world. And the calling in that world was: seek wisdom, understanding;
have faith; be discerning.
And some believed, as Abraham believed, and brought that message
to the whole world. And others simply argued and complained. Whenever
something of wisdom popped up, they were angry about it, because
it showed that they didn't seek wisdom. Not that they were accused,
but that they knew. Each time is a new world. Each generation,
to itself, is a new world. Each span of time, in its own place,
is a new world. When you, as a species, walked this earth, millions
of years ago, Spirit in body, it was a new world.
And the question is: if we can find wisdom and hope, understanding,
knowledge, and discernment, how many new worlds do we have to
participate in before we realize that this new world is dependent
on the others, and the new world to come is dependent on this
In our own lives, and in the lives of all the people around you,
be discerning. It is important to you, as a Spirit. It will guide
you wisely. Be discerning in all the things that you do, and you
will not mislead yourself. But, you will find and you will discover.
Don't be wise in your own estimation. Remember: being wise in
our own estimation, wisdom will flee us. Having great knowledge,
in our own estimation makes us arrogant and causes us to lose
sight of its purpose. And we may very easily misunderstand and
misinterpret information for knowledge.
Information can be dealt with in oh, so many ways. Knowledge brings
wisdom. And while it may not be perfect, in all of itself, it
brings forth the fruit. And the fruit we can judge. When we eat
that fruit, is it sweet, is it bitter? Do you complain if it's
bitter? You may like bitter and, so, you complain if it's sweet.
If the fruit does not taste right and it does not look right;
and if the fruit says you are wise, says you are filled with knowledge,
and tells you that you are filled with understand, and tells you
that your Spirit knows all things, then a discerning person will
look, will listen, and understand that the fruit was misleading.
That is not to say that we are not wise and do not have knowledge
It is how we, then, perceive it and discern it.
Today, in your prayers and in your healing, think about this in
the course of your life. Ask God to help you and to guide you.
And if you seem or feel confused about what wisdom, knowledge,
understanding, and discerning are really all about and what they
really mean to you, ask God to touch you, to guide you -- not
as a meditation in this moment, but for you to carry the remembrance
of the need to seek this out into your life. And the minute you
feel, "Oh, I've done it!" it has fled you. But when it comes to
you and you feel of it and it gives you the need to reach yet
further, you have found it. Or you have found the road.
Be discerning and you will find healing. Be discerning and you
will understand what you need for healing; how you need to face
those things that will bring to you a greater form of healing:
how you can reach out, then, to help others who are in need.
When you find wisdom, you will find comfort. When you find knowledge,
you will diminish fear. When you find understanding, you will
diminish the panic to try to grab on to everything that you can
at this particular moment, as if falling down a cliff, grabbing
for a branch to ease or stop your fall.
With God -- with these great elements or tools which God has given
you, as Spirit, to use in your daily life; tools that you will
never carve stone with; tools that you will never build pyramids
with; tools that you will never farm with in the deserts -- but
tools that will be with you all the course of your life, in all
eternity, because they are a part of you.
And, if nothing else is remembered at all, remember that
you have these tools: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, discernment,
hope, faith, love. Understand that you have these things and you
will remember that the one thing you have to do: seek them and
be discerning in the process.
Don't worry about energies and which way they go and don't go.
Do not try to be all things or to experience all things, or you
will have missed the experience of yourselves: the product
of all that has been, the promise of the moment, and the gift
of the future.
God has blessed you. God has blessed you with wondrous tools,
which will never dull, never break. They may be misplaced, but
you can never lose them. Seek and you will find. And be discerning
in what you find, and you will find the guidance of the Lord deeply
in your lives.