Discerning of Spirits
There are 9 powerful gifts of the spirit from the bible: 1 Corinthians 12:10: 1) Word of Wisdom 2) Word of Knowledge 3) Faith 4) Gifts of Healing 5) Working of Miracles 6) Prophecy 7) Discerning of Spirits 8) Divers (or different) kinds of Tongues 9) Interpretation of (different) Tongues
Why is it that The scriptures’ warns of false prophet, false teacher and even a false Christ?
Discerning of Spirits along with the word of knowledge and word of wisdom are Revelation Gifts. (Revelation is the revealing or disclosing of some form of truth or knowledge).
Discerning of Spirits is Recognizing what is of God versus the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Example: Paul recognizing that the girl in Philippi had a spirit of divination. Acts 16:16
It’s possible for a Christian to come under the influence of a spirit whether from God or the devil; hence it is the function of “the gift of discernment of spirits” to judge whether a given act or repetitions of acts flows from the Holy Spirit, demonic spirit, or the human spirit.
Discerning of Spirits
Spirits can be summarized under three headings:
1. The Holy Spirit: which always inclines us to do good?
2. Demonic spirit: which always inclines us to do evil?
3. The human spirit: which may be inclined to do either good or evil, depending upon whether we follow right reason or selfish desires?
Satan is always out there waiting to ensnare you in your sins to take away your God given freedom. That’s why so important to learn to hear God’s spirit which is the part of learning to walk in the spirit.
Discerning of spirits must be done by the power of the Holy Spirit; He bears witness with our spirit when something is or is not of God. The gift of discerning of spirits is the supernatural power to detect the realm of the spirits and their activities
We need to learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and to obey the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will not force you to do anything you don’t want to do. It is only the human spirit, and the spirits of the falling Angels that have a desire to dominate and control you.
So many people could be led astray from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ by a man preaching doctrines that completely contradicted the Word of God, he can use “smooth talk and flattery” to deceive people.
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you
How do you spot a false teacher? Start by asking the Holy Spirit to guide you to know the truth when you hear it.
How can you tell a false prophet, false teacher and even a false Christ? By Observing what a person does. In Matthew 7:15-20, Jesus explains that false prophets are known by their fruit – by their conduct and actions. Observing whether or not a person exalts Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as Lord and Saviour (I Corinthians 12:3). By listening to what a person says (I John 4:1-3). Does their confession line up with the truth of God’s Word?
1. The Bible warns us to be careful about what doctrines we believe and teach.
2. The Bible teaches that church leaders (including teachers) must be held to very high standards.
3. God repeatedly warns His people that some who claim to speak for Him are actually false teachers.
4. The Bible teaches that false doctrines can be dangerous.
5. The Bible teaches that we must test every teacher, correct their errors, and even rebuke them if necessary.
6. We are to humbly love and respect our leaders and teachers. We must never judge them self-righteously, hypocritically, or with sinful motives.
Be careful you don’t miss judge
Matthew 7:1 (NKJV) 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.
Keep an open mind wait until you know all the facts before having an opinion or making a judgment. While remaining wholly aware, and willing to accept the possibility, those false teachers, false prophets, false apostles, and false doctrines may be wrong.
If you recall the first part of the story of Jonah, Jonah tried to run away from his responsibilities, but eventually God had Jonah complete the tasks that he had set before him. So too, I chose not to get too involved in the ministry the Lord had for me and basically I didn’t pursue His will as I should have.
God took matters into his own hands and in 1990 I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to write Christian books. God directed me to write books. By writing these books I try to bring people into God’s kingdom.
With the help of the Holy Spirit I have written five Christian books. I believe it is my calling to bring others closer to God through the world of publishing.
Henry Miranda is an Evangelist, Bible teacher, author and has written five Christian books.