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The Need for Discernment – Pt.4

Subtitle:  Discerning of Spirits

By Roderick Breem

In 1 Cor 12 the Apostle Paul mentions the various gifts that God gives to the church.

To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits…” (v.10)

It has come to my attention that the operation of “discerning of spirits” is in lack in the body of Christ. I believe in the days that are coming upon us this gift will be incredibly useful and greatly needed. Jesus said in Matthew 24 “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” In other words, the people will even be deceived as to who the coming Messiah will be. if they will even be deceived in that way how much more lesser matters as to which spirit a person is operating in?

We know that Satan comes as an angel of light.

And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14) This means that he makes an appearance as coming from God. That is where discernment comes from. Adam and Eve clearly didn’t have discernment nor the perceived need for it. And yet, the snake gained their trust and they ate the forbidden fruit.

Do you want the gift of discerning of spirits? I believe God will give it to you if you will just ask.

In 2 Kings 6 we read about the Israelites being surrounded by the Syrian army. A messenger brought the news to Prophet Elisha.

The response of Elisha: “So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

Discerning of spirits is more than recognizing evil spirits. Its also about seeing God’s angels and distinguishing between evil and good spirits. This may seem all a bit to new age to you but let me tell you the spiritual realm is more real than the natural realm. The spiritual realm is more real than the natural world. God, who is Spirit, created the natural world.

Father, we thank you for the gift of discerning of spirits. We ask for this gift to be in operation in us. We recognize the great need for its operation in our lives and more importantly the church. We want to be able to distinguish between evil and good, light and darkness. Let us not be deceived. In Jesus’ name.