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The Gift of Discerning of Spirits

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Study 14

1 Corinthians 12:10

THE DISCERNING OF SPIRITS GIVES INSIGHT INTO THE SPIRIT WORLD.
In today’s lesson we are completing the revelation gifts, the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and discerning of spirits. The discerning of spirits is a supernatural gift from God. The gift of discerning of spirits does not operate through the human intellect, but it is a supernatural work of Holy Spirit in the believers in Christ.

  1. 1. THE PURPOSE OF THE GIFT
    1. The purpose of this gift is to give insight into the spirit realm.
    2. Identify what type of spirit is operating at a given time.
    3. Intents of thoughts and heart of a man can be discerned.
  2. 2. WHAT THE DISCERNING OF SPIRITS IS NOT?…….
    It is not magic, not occultism, not fortune telling, not witchcraft, it is not sorcery, not spiritism, not palm reading, not the gift of fault finding, it is not psychological insight, neither a keen mental penetration, it is not psychoanalysis, not mind reading, not suspicious, not imagination, etc.
    1 John 4:1-3. The Bible says test every spirit whether they are of God or not, the spirit that opposes Christ is not of God 1 Cor 12:3, Mt 7:15-20. The discerning of spirits is the one thing that keeps the church safe. The gift can show the kind of spirits in people today, such as spirits of disobedience, pride, contention, self pity, lust, nagging, murmuring, stubbornness, lying, hatred, talkativeness, laziness, uncleanliness etc.
  3. 3. BIBLE EXAMPLES
    Acts 13:6-12. Paul, through the Holy Spirit, could identify the spirit of devil in Elymas the sorcerer. Acts 16:16-19. Before Paul cast this devil, He first discerned the devil was there.
  4. 4. DISCERNING OF SPIRITS KEEPS THE CHURCH FROM POLLUTION
    2 Thes 2:8-9, 2 Kings 5:25-27, Acts 5:1-10, 1 Tim 4:1, 2 Pet2:1. Without this gift of discernment, the believers are deceived, ridiculed, intimidated and left speculating over the activity of Satan. There is probably no gift that hurts Satan as much as this one.
  5. 5. MORE BIBLE PROOF
    Acts 14:8-10. Paul discerned that impotent man had faith to be healed. Acts 8:18-23. Peter said to Simon the sorcery, I perceive that, thou art in gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
  6. 6. JESUS MANIFESTED IT
    Mk 5:1-13, Mk 16:9. Jesus discerned seven spirits in Mary Magdalene, the spirit of covetousness in Judas,
    John 12:3-6. The spirit of prejudice in James & John Mk 9:38-40. The spirit of pride in Peter, Mt 16:21-23,
    Lk 22:31-33, John 13:6-9.

    With this gift the prophets can judge the gift of tongues, interpretation and prophecy, 1 Cor 14:29-31 to see if the gifts are genuine. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged by no man, 1 Cor 2:15.