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Discern Holy Spirit In People

How can I better discern the Holy Spirit in others?

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So far God, for whatever reason, has placed me around, not communion with, but around, only unbelievers. So I do not know exactly how to answer this question. Since so far I have no comparison. praise God. Someday things will be a changeing. It helps to see the devil in someone all the time. That helps a little.
---catherine on 7/21/08


One of the Anti-Christ's most hated enemies will be the children of God but mainly the ones who are blessed with the "Gift of Discernment".

Because of those who can discern, some citizens, voters, farmers, officers, judges & etc... Will be able to expose the false prophet because of the "Gift of Discernment"
---Michael on 7/20/08

The gift of the discerning of spirits is a gift. It's not something you can be given by attending a class or seminar.

This gift allows one to know when the Holy Spirit is moving.
The presence of demons or angels
False doctrine, false prophets, and the ability to discern lies.

As with the gift of speaking in tongues vs. the gift of diverse tongues, which are two separtate gifts.....
---Bob on 10/27/07

The gift of discernment and the gift of discerning of spirits are two separate gifts.

The gift of discerning of spirits is confused with the gift of discernment just as the gift of diverse tongues is confused with the 'evidence', gift of speaking in tongues.
---Bob on 10/27/07

The gift of discernment and the 'evidence' speaking in tongues are not the same measure as the gift of discerning of spirits and the gift of diverse tongues.

Just the like the gift of prophecy is not the same as operating in the office of a prophet, which is a leadership position in the church.
---Bob on 10/27/07

The discerning of spirits is a revelation gift.
There are three revelation gifts.

What the Bible says, the layman's gifts are not of the same measure, demonstration as those who have these gifts in the fivefold ministries.

Someone who is a prophet, apostle, etc. will have the greater demonstration.
The laity do not have the word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits to the degree that a prophet would have.
---Bob on 10/27/07

There are not prophets among the laity, prophets will be in a leadership position in the church. When laypeople come forward in a church, calling themselves prophets, apostles, etc - you will usually find someone wanting this position for reasons of pride, and they will be operating out of natural perceptions. They desire spiritual superiority over others and this is where you'll see the false words come forth.
---Bob on 10/27/07

Many personality clashes arise in the church because of laity with natural perceptions wanting to hold a position of spiritual superiority and authority over others, but God did not give it to them.
A prophet that has the gift of discerning of spirits will know when natural human spirits are are trying to manifest one of God's gifts.
---Bob on 10/27/07

A prophet with the gift of discerning of spirits will know when a familiar spirit or demon is manifesting in an instant.
They will know what's motivating a person, especially as they try to take over a service or the church.
Have you not ever watched an unknown stranger come into a church and try to take over a service, claiming to be a prophet?
---Bob on 10/27/07

A good shepherd will tell that person to sit down and keep quiet.
The gift of discerning of spirits operates as a warning against false doctrine, false prophets, and false prophecies. God's alarm system.
You will see a false prophet often manifest with a great deal of anger when they are shut down. They may rage, shake, rattle and hopefully roll right back on out the door.
---Bob on 10/27/07

Elsie,you will know them by their fruits.
---RUSSELL on 10/24/07

The Word discerns (Heb. 4:12). If any person who calls themselves a disciple of Christ don't have a spirit that harmonizes with His Spirit/His Sayings, there is something wrong. Paul said that we must examine ourselves, with what? The Word/Christ/God's saving Truth. Try the spirits means to always use God's Truth, the moment you dont do that, deceit will creep in, reason why being spiritually sober-minded/walking in the Spirit is so vital. (2 John 1:9-11). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 4/29/07

From experience I believe this statement to be true. "The Spirit knows itself in others. "
---lorra8574 on 4/28/07
---Mime on 4/29/07

The first step is to sharpen the ability to discern the Holy Spirit within yourself. When the Bible says that we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, it is this awareness that tells us that the Holy Spirit is within it. The Spirit knows itself in others.
---lorra8574 on 4/28/07

Valerie>>> That is what I need, sharpening of the gift of discernment. And I have asked God to grant me.
---catherine on 4/28/07

The best way to discern is having a relationship with the father an ask him sharpen your discernment. Often what people are discerning about other people may be judgement. Much of this is fleshly, somethings we just do not need to know. I've seen some people use this gift to spy on others to control them. "The blood of jesus" That is not the Lord!
---Valerie on 4/27/07

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I can discern when people are full of themselves. Most people can.
I can discern when the kissing of one's self in the mirror, patting yourself on the back, taking credit for the work of the Holy Spirit becomes more important than humility. It is el barfo.
---Robin on 4/15/07

Walk closer to God. And then pray for the gift of discernment. You have not cause you ask not. I desired this gift, I sought God on this gift, and I recieved this gift.
---Rebecca_D on 4/15/07

I agree with Tina's answer. I never discern evil in people but I do discern an uneasiness around certain people. Recently I was asked to pray for a 95 year old lady to get well. I was reluctant to do so until I met the lady. As I meet her the Lord said, she is one of mine start praying. I did and she got well praise the Lord.
---Mima on 4/14/07

You really cannot, unless you are walking very close to Jesus. How many is doing that today?
---catherine on 4/14/07

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'Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.' Some people are babes in Christ, they require milk and not solid food. How can you better study the word might be the better question. Those who discern seek knowledge and wisdom and they are rewarded.
---gregg on 4/14/07

You will know someone by the "fruit" of the spirit which is LOVE, all the other fruits, are by products that come from "LOVE"
---tim on 9/8/06

Our Holy Ghost spirt bears witness with there Holy Ghost spirt if they do not have the Holy Ghost our spirt will not bear witness with them
---Betty on 4/3/06

What is discernment can anyone explain from their own expereince in this? I know we are to test the spirits to see if they are good or evil but there is another place in scripture where when we mature as a Christian having our senses exercised know how to discern between good and evil. I am interested in more feedback on this.
---Susan on 2/19/06

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Many thanks for answering my question on discernment of the Holy Spirit in others. I am in awe of Jesus' ability to discern others real needs. I just want to be able to help others. I have faith that He will give us what we need to lead a victorious life in Him. Wonderful!
---Elsie on 5/13/05

Our spirit bear wittness with His Spirit that we are the children of God. Ask God to bring to you christian friends. Look for the fruits of the spirit. Be do not get caught up in judging others this way. It only leads to an unhappy life. Read your Bible and study God's word and let God do his work in you. If you know the Spirit in you, it will be easyer to know it in others.
---Linda3939 on 5/11/05

First of all, you must have the Holy Spirit living within you before you can discern it in others. Then you will see by their fruits, or often discern it the first time you meet them, because the Spirit is so strong.
---NV_Barbara on 5/4/05

Why do you want to "discern the Holy Spirit" in others? What do you mean, exactly, by this? And what do you hope for in your own Christian walk in exercising discernment? The reason that I ask is that I have seen much damage by others that claimed to have the gift of discernment when really they had only a penchant for being critical of others...
---Carol on 5/3/05

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One evident sign is they will speak in heavenly tongues, and also as mentioned already they will show the fruit of the Spirit.
---Eloy on 5/2/05

edna - I have found that when I meet people and have an INSTANT need to be around them more and feel a love that usually takes years of friendship to grow, it's turned out to be the Spirit pouring from them that I have felt a pull to. Hope that helps. Tina
---tina on 4/30/05

I wish your question could be answered as easily as black or white. Because there are many variables that will determine the results. It would lean toward having to judge someone and that is God's right, and not for us to carry that responsibility on our shoulders. We are told to seek first the Lord and let Him handle everything else. Why do we worry if someone is of the Holy Spirit, when we already should have a close relationship with Him, so we can know Him as He is. That way we don't have to guess whether or not He is there. My prayer of support to help us recognize the difference.
---blue on 4/30/05

Here is a scripture that may help you. Matt. 7:16-20 (You will know them by their friut).
---barbara on 4/30/05

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watch their lives and see if they display fruits of the spirit
---shira_5965 on 4/30/05

You can recognize a person to be filled with the HS when that person demonstrates in a marked way the following character traits:
He/she will mostly be a JOYFULL person, not a complainer.
He/she will be a PEACEMAKER not a quarreler.
He/sh will be PATIENT even in difficult times.
He/she will be KIND not mean and rude.
He/she will be a GOOD person not selfish!
He/she will be a FAITHFUL person not a fair weather friend.
He/she will be demonstrate SELF-CONTROL not fly off the handle, not enraged, not drunk etc.
---Pierr7958 on 4/30/05

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