Part 2- Discernment of Spirits
I am starting with this gift because for the times we are living in, it is vitally important to be able to discern the times and the Lord wants His children to be aware of what is going on with the spirit of the antichrist. There are many people (saved and unsaved) today who are starting to see things that they have never seen or even believed in, before. Some of them are looking for answers and it is up to us to guide them on the correct path to understand.
“Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern the time?” Luke 12:56
The Lord will not leave any of His children or the lost without information or aid, if they are willing to listen.
So let’s get started……
What is the meaning of discernment?
“the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure; the ability to judge well; the mental ability to understand and perceive situations”
Looking around today not only in life but all over the internet… It seems that more and more people are not able to discern, or they don’t want to, the information that is surrounding them… This includes ALL people.
As a human we are given a basic growth process of discernment…..every person should be able to discern if it’s day or night, cold or hot, etc. If you can’t discern that…..well, I’m afraid you need more help that I can give…..
Let’s go on…..
The gift granted by the Holy Spirit, takes discernment to a deeper (spiritual) level. It is a discernment of spirits. There are different types of discernment gifts that I will go over…..While there are unsaved people who may have the same type of gift, they are not from the Holy Spirit…..
(You see spirits is inclusive to all spirits: demons, angels, and human….for we all have spirits.)
Satan wants and likes to emulate God so you must be aware that he can send demons to people to grant them a semblance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We know that these people are under the influence of a demonic spirit, THEY don’t know they are under that influence, but we do….for we know that demons can blind people to what is right in front of them, and the purpose for this is to get unbelievers to think they do not need Jesus…..Some of these people even think that it is God that gave them these gifts.
Types of Discernment
1 – Discernment of Possessing Spirits
(Since this falls under the demonic realm I will go into more detail when I do a blog on demons. Right now I am just giving you a rough idea….)
Some people are granted the ability to know when a person is actually possessed by a demon. We’ve all should have heard the saying, ‘the eyes are the window to the soul,’ for these people it is very true, you can see it in a person’s eyes when they get or are possessed. People do not stay under possession all the time, but they do have a separate entity always there inside to take over them when they get the chance. Most times these people are aware that they are possessed, but they claim it is a separate personality, while this is technically true; it is actually more than that. NOT ALL people with split personality are demonically possessed, but only those with this gift can tell the difference.
They can see the demonic spirit surrounding or holding the person they are possessing, most times it is a complete darkness that surrounds said person. It’s hard to explain if you have never seen it yourself.
2 – Discernment of Deceiving Spirits
There are people who are granted this discernment gift and they are able to tell when someone is lying, not only to them, but to others. These people are able to discern the deception behind the words being spoken and you will not be able to manipulate, intimidate, or pull the wool over their eyes, because they see right through you. I am not just talking about big lies, but any lie. These people usually have a hard time telling white lies themselves, they usually tell you like it is even if it hurts your feelings.
3 – Discernment of Harmful Spirits
People with this gift are able to discern situations they are in, they can quickly surmise that there is danger, whether it be human in nature or demonic….. This is called, by most people, your sixth sense. You can feel the evil or evil intent around you, and sometimes you can see it, it just depends on the gift. This is why some people when they walk into a room, want to leave immediately because of something they feel, sense, see, or know.
This person will also know what to say to whom and what not to say, as they will be able to tell what would agitate a person or the demon around them. So they know when to keep quiet and when to speak. (Rebuke, if need be, the demon).
Most people who have this gift can and will (usually) also warn others of a situation that is about to occur…..It is a knowing of what is going to happen next, that is why these people try to leave a place or get away from certain people quickly. Sometimes this gift will make them anxious to go into big places like a mall or grocery store, for they are constantly aware of strong energies…
This is also a warning system from The Holy Spirit that can save a life or lives….
4 – Discernment of Tormenting/Oppressing Spirits
(Tormenting Spirits are responsible for many afflictions, pain in the body, depression, fear, stress, worry, OCD, Bipolarism, not all but some split personality, anger, and many others, they amplify these things and can really damage people’s lives.)
People with this gift and see, feel, or know…. When other people are being tormented by demons, for example these people can see a person being tormented by depression or physical pain from a demonic spirit. Usually this gift goes along with other gifts like, healing, knowledge or wisdom in order to help said person get free from the torment. Tormenting Spirits can affect everyone even the ones with the gift to discern them.
People with this gift sometimes take on the other person’s problems and have to fast/pray or get help from other discerning believers to get rid of these spirits.
All Saved believers have oppressing demons around them, for these usually prevent us from doing the Lord’s work. As we grow in the Spirit, we are able to tell when we are under oppression from a demon or it being our human nature…..
5 – Discernment of Demons and Angels
There are some people who can discern and see demons. Sometimes, they can see them in different forms- ( this will be more detailed when I do a blog about demons). They can also perceive the presence of demons by feeling sick or being dizzy, a shift in their being, or just a knowing that there are demons around.
I want to make it clear that I am not talking about Mediums and physics, there is a difference and here are the verse pertaining to this…. As both of these talk and commune with the dead which we are not to do. We as believers need to stay away because even if you do this for fun, you are inviting demonic activity into your life…..you must stay focused in Jesus….
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19-31
This discernment gift can also show the light and darkness fighting outside and inside people. They can see others struggling with something and see as one takes over the other. Sometimes the light is brighter and stronger, and sometimes the darkness is stronger.
Most if not all discerners of demons can usually see the angels as well, all people have guardian angels but some people have more depending on what is going on in their life. People with the gift may only see the guardian angels, but there are other people who see other types of angels. (As stated above, angels and demons is a separate study all on its own.)
6 – Discernment of The Holy Spirit/ Jesus Christ
The reason I placed this one last, is because this is actually the one that the Lord would have me expound upon……This is the most important discernment we should all have and all use.
I personally believe that every believer when they get saved is granted this basic discernment gift. The reasoning behind this; is because God does not want His children to be deceived by false teachings and doctrines, so it only makes sense, to grant us all this discernment so we can tell who is listening to the Holy Spirit and who is listening to a demonic spirit.
I am not talking about being saved, (as there are many saved people who listen to a demonic spirit at times) I am talking about discerning whether the person you are listening to, talking to, or trusting in is speaking though the Holy Spirit or antichrist spirit.
In order to discern this……you must test said person (spirit) with the scripture of God. Just because we are saved and sealed with the Holy Spirit does not mean we always listen to Him….
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
Here are some examples:
- You must work to keep your salvation- “not of works, lest any man should boost.” Ephesians 2:9
- You confess your sins to a priest to be forgiven – “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5
- Lucifer and Jesus are brothers –“For there are three that bear witness is heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 1 John 5:7
- Everyone will go to heaven – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” John 5:24
- Married to more than one spouse at a time (polygamy)- “nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:3
- Only 144,000 will go to heaven- this is so outlandish, it’s comically sad how people actually believe this. The 144,000 is clearly the JEWS during the tribulation as they are ALL young men… “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” Revelation 14:4
So according to certain religions the Holy Spirit has taught these things above…..Yet, the Holy Spirit has taught other believers the following…..
- Once we get saved we are sealed until the day of redemption (Once saved always saved) – Ephesians 4:30
- That only those who believe in Christ Jesus blood sacrifice will go to heaven – John 5:24
- That Lucifer is Satan and was a fallen cherub angel – Ezekial 28:14-16
- Only Jesus Christ is our intercessor and High priest. – 1 Timothy 2:5
There are so many I could go one and on, these are just a few major examples….It’s so ironic to me that all religions can agree on one thing and that is; they all teach there is a true religion (spirit) and a false religion (spirit)…. and they all think they are the true religion(spirit) of God.
It’s time to realize that Jesus and the Bible are not religions or traditions….. they are our road maps to God….we need to pray to the Lord and get into the Bible ourselves and discern the verses through the Holy Spirit…..do we need help sometimes from other believers? Of course, but you had better be able to discern those who are themselves listening to the Holy Spirit.
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
If God is not the God of Confusion and we know that Satan IS and also the father of lies…..which beliefs are truly from the Holy Spirit….the Holy Spirit is not going to teach one thing to some believers and other things to other believers. If all saved believers are of one body, we should all believe the same things, as we are all of one spirit. Therefore if you do not believe the same thing as your fellow believers, you are still apart of the body if you are saved, but you are trying to fit 2 spirits into one body….
You need to really check yourself to see what spirit you are of, because you may not be saved at all….
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33
“For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13
You are either of the Holy Spirit or the other demonic spirit at times (we all do this with temptation, but we are still of the Holy spirit in our beliefs)…..Look at the verses yourself, you must put them into context, as anyone can quote the bible, but that does not mean they are right or even saved. Satan himself quoted the bible to Jesus in the wilderness.
The Lord is calling His children to teach others about Him being the savior…. the creator…..and yet among His very own there is confusion…. contention…..bitterness….anger……tongue wagging…..and even blasphemy…..
Being in the body of Christ we should not have to debate what we believe and we are not supposed to argue. It all comes down to our choice…..our discernment…..
You must listen to the Holy Spirit…..when we choose not to see or listen to the Holy Spirit; we can become lost in false doctrine. This does not mean we lose our salvation, but we are going down the wrong road and away from God’s teaching. It is why we were warned from Jesus to always be aware of ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing……
Do/Will You Use Discernment?
This is a question you must answer yourself. My question to you… if you are going against what the bible teaches how do you know you are saved? It is not up to me to judge your salvation, but I am supposed to rebuke, reprove and reproach you if you are falling for false doctrines/ teachings. Sometimes stubbornness can lead you right to Hell because you think you are saved, but in fact you don’t know the Lord at all. How then can He accept you in to His Kingdom, if He never knew you…….
We all have a choice to make…. To listen or not… to research or not….but when you stand before God and have no crowns to give Him because you chose to follow after false teaching and doctrines and didn’t trust in the Lord, you will be ashamed. We’ve all been there, but it is important to grow always in the Word so you will not be led astray.
There are many that will say I am the one that is led astray….I am only a messenger and if you don’t agree with what I have said, take it up with God yourself.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:6
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
In essence you can be saved with the Holy Spirit, but not always listen to Him….. and you must discern between the Holy Spirit and the demonic spirits.
You may not think these are a gift but more of a curse, however you must remember that God knows you and what you can handle and it does bring you closer to Him. All of this is also for the glorification of God. So don’t despair, for Heaven is waiting…..
May the Holy Spirit guide you and teach you on your journey so when you meet Him face to face, you can say, ‘’I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” 2 Timothy 4:7 and you will hear Him say, “ Well done my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23