Mature Christians have learned to differentiate between what is pleasing to God and what is not, between what is consistent with Scripture and what is not. The Bible places great emphasis on spiritual maturity because, like children, immature believers are prone to sample anything. They are attracted to what looks good to their untrained eyes. Only as they grow in maturity are they able to differentiate between what pleases God and what does not. Because of this there can be no growth without discernment . . .
This is the bad news. Scripture portrays those who lack spiritual discernment in three ways: they are spiritually immature, they are backslidden, and they are dead. Those who lack discernment or do not care for it will fit into one of these three categories. These are the dangers of ignoring discernment.
But there is good news, too. The Bible declares that there are many benefits stored up for those who desire discernment, those who seek after it and practice it.
So says Tim Challies in his book The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment. When you read the endorsements by people such as: Al Mohler, Don Whitney, Mark Dever and Ligon Duncan, you know you will hold in your hands a book worth reading. I have been personally challenged and encouraged by Tim Challies online presence. I encourage you to check out his website: Challies.com. Subscribe to his blog; buy his book; be encouraged, challenged and uplifted.