KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:10 ” To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues”:
Our next gift of the Holy Spirit to look at is the gift of discernment of spirits. This is one of the powerful weapons that the Holy Ghost uses to help the children of God, identify the devil and his deceptive schemes.
The number one work of the devil is to deceive. The Bible says in Rev. 12:9 as follows “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the devil and Satan which deceiveth the whole world… “. The Bible says he deceives the whole world. The enemy deceives by hiding behind all kinds of persons to speak or actin a particular way. When the Lord Jesus said to his disciples about His passion and death, Apostle Peter took Him aside and rebuked Him saying “Be it far from thee Lord, this shall not be unto you”(Matthew 16:23). “But he turned and said unto Peter get thee behind me Satan thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men”.
The Lord Jesus discerned the spirit speaking through Peter and he addressed him rightly. What would have happened if He did not discern the spirit of deception? Many words we hear come from the deceiver, through any human vessel who allows himself. The Bible calls him the prince of the power of the air. He continually speaks to and through people. Please read through Acts 16:16-18. The young girl with the Spirit of divination kept shouting about Paul and Silas the following “These men are the servants of the most high God which show unto us the way of salvation”. Was this girl speaking the truth? Yes. Yet Paul commanded the spirit of divination to come out. Satan remains a deceiver any day. What the lady was doing was casting dust in the eyes of the people. If she could say the truth about Paul it meant what she was doing was also right. Paul was stirred by the Spirit to know that this was a contrary spirit.
The church of God needs this particular gift of discernment so much. In our earlier discussion we saw that Satan used Peter one of the closest apostles of Jesus to speak to the Lord. We also saw that Satan used a lady with the Spirit of divination to speak to the Apostle Paul. Deception can come from any quarters and we must be alert and allow the spirit to manifest this gift so we would not be led astray.
I pray in the name of Jesus to open our eyes of understanding and the manifestation of the gift to know when the enemy is in operation.
FURTHER STUDIES: John 13:27″ And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, that thou doest, do quickly”.
Matthew 16:23 ” But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men”.