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”:
The gift of the discerning of spirits is very vital for every Christian in the light of the great proliferation of demonic activities in these last days
One of the cautions the Bible states predominantly about the last days is to be watchful against being deceived(Matthew 25:5). The Lord said many will come in His name, yet they are under the influence of darkness. One must be able to discern the kind of spirit influencing such people. There are some ministers of the gospel who do everything that may appear they are genuine, yet deep down the scenes they are of something different. One needs this gift of discerning of spirits to know what kind of spirit is in operation so you would not be deceived.
The gift of discerning of spirits is also very vital during some cases of deliverance. Through the discerning of spirits the spirit behind a particular condition could be identified, making its expulsion very easy.
There has been cases of certain agents of darkness who have paved their way into very sensitive roles in churches only to ultimately cripple God’s work. Some pastor or Christians have mistakenly married certain agents of darkness only to ruin their life and ministry after they have lived together over a time.
In the light of these uncertainties of satanic schemings the Holy Spirit is ready to manifest this gift in the lives of any child of God who would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of truth (John 16:13) and would be ready to guide every child of God into knowing the truth about all of such matters
How does the Holy Spirit do this when one finds himself or herself in a case of demonic imposition? Like the case of Paul in Acts 16:18, the Holy Spirit was grieved within Him. Whenever you are not at peace concerning certain issues, seek the Lord’s guidance.
One way to increase your spiritual sensitivity is to cultivate a spirit of prayer. This always keeps your spirit edified such that you know the voice of the Spirit concerning various matters and individuals who are under the influence of the devil. Let the peace of God always rule (be your guide) as you relate in all matters.
NOTE: DON’T GO AROUND SUSPECTING PEOPLE: RATHER BE OPENED TO ALL, YET VERY SENSITIVE TO THE SPIRIT.
Lord I pray for the spirit of prayer that I would be very sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit,discerning whatever spirit may be in operation
Jude 1:20. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Thessalonians 5:21-22 ” Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.”