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What Is The Gift Of Discernment

Isn't it true that we only know as much about demons and how they operate to the degree that the Lord opens our eyes and shows us things about them? If one has the gift of discerning of Spirits, how does one use it? In other words, what is this gift used for?

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mike, i was not given the gift of discerning of spirits, but as i grow older, i am more discerning. i do not understand the tangent that you jumped on.
---aka on 8/27/12


you have a way of rambling on, to the degree that you really don't even make sense.

What exactly is your point, and do you have any comments about the passage in 1Corinthians 12?

And who said anything about following those clowns you mentioned?

Have you been planting $1,000 seeds in the hopes of growing a money tree, and found out the soil was full of bacteria?

Try it again, but this time with complete sentences.
---James_L on 8/27/12

discerning spirit does not equal discernment. so if you obey murdoch, copeland, mayer who claims to have discerning spirit & inserts their 'sow your $1000 seed' you have the spirit of discernment? that is why many have been misled bec. they exploit the bible. remember many have claimed to be christ. what more or exploiting the bible for money
---mike on 8/27/12

I figured you probably weren't addressing me, but were just simplifying the point I was trying to make. Thanks again.
---James_L on 8/27/12

james, i knew what you meant and i meant to put mike. your explanation was good.
---aka on 8/25/12

Mike, I too like James disagree with you. In fact what he said is very true of many of us,

"Although, I have been perplexed periodically with an impression that does not bear out. That's why I do not rely only upon this gift. We are to to test the spirits to see whether they are from God (1John 4:1)"

As believers we have Christ who is the light. He gives us eyes to see what is of God when we keep our eyes on Him. But many times believers take their eyes off of Christ and become blinded, and make a bad discernment. If you walked spiritually every second, you would not make mistakes. But we fail many times and put our eyes on the world and we make bad judgments.
---Mark_V. on 8/25/12

that's exactly what I was trying to say to mike.

Yours was a nice, simple, thorough explanation. Thanks, brother
---James_L on 8/25/12

james_l, discernment of spirits does not equal discernment.

the former is a gift, the latter is a skill.
---aka on 8/24/12

\\gift? discernment is a common day everyday SKILL not gift.\\
---mike on 8/24/12

You AGAIN misworded it, speaking of disernment as in Hebrews 5:14. the GIFT is in
1Corinthians 12:7-11

But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit:

word of wisdom through the Spirit
word of knowledge according to the same Spirit
faith by the same Spirit
healing by the one Spirit
effecting of miracles
distinguishing of spirits
various kinds of tongues
interpretation of tongues.

But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

Discernment is only learned? Can you learn to do miracles, learn to heal someone, etc ??
---James_L on 8/24/12

gift? discernment is a common day everyday SKILL not gift. even the bible say beware of false teachers. when they preach something whether malachi, gospel, sowing seeds (money or gospel), failure/mistakes=sin, suffering = sin, money is a medium of exchange not the root of all evil but the LOVE of money, believers just DON"T jump & obey. even christ questioned the pharisees for their sabbath traditions. believers has to have common sense. god told adam you are free to eat any fruit which means YOU HAVE A choice.
---mike on 8/24/12

The gift is not "Discernment" in our walk. Hebrews 5:14 says we learn that through practice.

"Discerning of Spirits" (1Cor 12:10 - diakriseis pneumaton) is listed with other supernatural gifts, being given to some and not others.

I believe that I have this gift. In certain situations, I have an impression within me that a Christian pastor or teacher is or is not a believer.

It almost always bears out through testing their "fruit" or teachings (Matt 7:15-20)

Although, I have been perplexed periodically with an impression that does not bear out.

That's why I do not rely only upon this gift. We are to to test the spirits to see whether they are from God (1John 4:1)
---James_L on 8/23/12

Mike and Mark V. it is so refreshing there are still a few people who know and are not afraid to speak the truth.

What is so very sad is they are so many people who claim the be Christians, yet they are following FALSE TEACHERS, and SERVANTS OF SATAN.

These people would not know the truth when they hear it because they are so busy listening to, and defending people who will tickle their ears. But they will never open a Bible and study for themselves, and learning what is indeed true.
---Rob on 8/23/12

gift of discernment is YOUR choosing the right course of action & not following someone else including your pastor or any televangelist. as the teaching goes instead of obeying malachi & money will fall from heaven, you work & sharpen your skills. we are told to beware of false teachers who only desire personal financial gain. pat robertson, charles stanley, franklin graham are examples of them who make 100s of thousand of $$$
---mike on 8/23/12

\\An alcohol demon, lying demon, fat demon, skinny demon, drug demon, a laughing demon, a demon for just about everything.\\
---Mark_V. on 8/23/12

Demons in the spirit, demons in the flesh, demons in the eyes, demons in the ears, demon of sadness, demon of lust, lottery demon, bad diving demon, smoking demon, and the list goes on

You are so right, Mark. It's insane.

Chip, your post is very sensible.
---James_L on 8/23/12

Chip, that was a great answer you gave. The gift of discernment is a great gift. Have you picked up a book and knew right away it was not good for you? We get a warning inside of us, of things not of God. My point was that no Christian should go after demons. Demons are very powerful. If a person is not well taught in the Word, the demon can make ground beef of them. The charasmatic movement has made this subject very popular. I'm sure the demons are very happy this is happening. They don't have to do much, the people are giving them credit for just about everything. An alcohol demon, lying demon, fat demon, skinny demon, drug demon, a laughing demon, a demon for just about everything. people began to lose responsibility for their own actions.
---Mark_V. on 8/23/12

The Gift of Discernment:
All Spiritual Gifts come from God the Holy Spirit that resides in us through salvation. James 1:17
---Patricia on 8/21/12

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I see those whom claim the gift of discernment, usually they are people whom know their Bibles extremely well and can "judge" based upon their knowledge of Scripture. Cool, but not always because it is not supernatural in origin.

But I also know of the Gift of Discernment, to be able to "weigh" or "judge" all situations from God's revealed knowledge. Not a popular gift when actually practiced. You know good from evil intent. You know the lost. You know what separates individuals from God. You are moved to reveal what man can not know apart from God's revelation - for the express purpose of bringing the lost to salvation and even believers to repentance.
---Chip on 8/18/12

Hi,my aunt & my grandmother taught 'n believe call on "the blood of Jesus!" against encertain evil or dangerous places,people,things... So far has worked!
---ELENA on 5/26/12

Sometimes when I am around people, I automatically get a headache and paranoia. Like to day I was with a friend and she went into the store and while she was in there, I all of a sudden had an overwhelming feeling of fear for my life! This has happened before on several occasions.
---Rachel on 5/24/12

Jennifer, If you have any medical conditions like blood sugar instability, fasting should be limited to only one meal. In the place of the time normally used for eating, pray and read the Holy Bible which is feeding on God. The purpose of fasting is to fasten your mind and your life closer to God's Spirit, by starving the flesh and feeding the spirit. If there is any wrong or negativity in your life, get rid of it. Call upon the Holy Spirit to consecrate you and sanctify you and prepare you for the spiritual confrontation with the spirits which you want to banish. You can also bathe in some hyssop water. And before you address the spirits anoint yourself in the name of Jesus. When telling the spirits to leave, you can use your heavenly tongue.
---Eloy on 4/12/12

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I know this gift was gave to me to know that demons are here and i feel I have to learn this and cast them out. I feel it in my heart an soul. I am going to fast and pray a lot. Is five days good enough? I fear these things but through God anything is possible.
---Jennifer on 4/11/12

//---Eloy on 4/10/12//--Agreed.
Amen Eloy.
---char on 4/10/12

Jennifer, If you are a Christian, then you are able to command the spirits to leave. The Scripture tells us to fast and pray, and to use the word of God. Just command them to leave in Jesus name. And if you are not a Christian, then you should become a born-again Christian. For after you are converted, we are given all power over the enemy.
---Eloy on 4/10/12


//the white one is always showing its self to me and its jealous over me. Jennifer on 4/9/12//------No.
God is a jealous God, over His Holy Name.

Exodus 20:5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,

Ez 39:25-26Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name,

Ysha - God Savior [Deliver] The living Word, Immanuel-God with us Mat 1:23, Word of God made flesh Jn1:1-14
Christ-The Anointed-Mat 1:16
---char on 4/10/12

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James 5:14-15
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Matthew 1:16And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ
Strgs # 5547 Christ means "anointed"
Christ the Messiah, the Son of God-anointed.
If this is a gift from God it will be without repentance: however, if it is not-let it go.
James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

---char on 4/10/12


James 5:14-15
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Mat1:16And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ
Strgs # 5547 Christ means "anointed"
Christ the Messiah, the Son of God-anointed.
If this is a gift from God it will be without repentance: however, if it is not-let it go.

1 Cor 10:13

Not sure if I posted this already...
---char on 4/10/12

///The black one is soooo powerful ---Jennifer on 4/9/12//------No.

Jennifer, Do Not be Fooled by them. Truly compared to the Power of the One and Only God-They have NO power.
God alone is judge. Have you repented of sin? Repentance brings remission. If so, believe you have been forgiven and Praise the One and Only God- for His plan of Salvation-----Himself.

Do not believe my words or any other --- seek Gods counsel He confirms His Word---only.

2 Cor 10:5-6
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled
---char on 4/10/12

God declared-
Is 43:11
I, even I, am the LORD, and beside me there is no Savior. [Deliver]

Jennifer, Do you have a strongs concordance? If so, look up number # 3467. The word translated as Savior is [yasha], it is a simple verb meaning "to deliver."
God is timeless-His actions are definitive and continuous at any given (time). He created time and can use it- however- He wishes. Understand. Death has been (past tense) conquered and through declaring His Word (not mine or any other) there is deliverance. Who is the deliver? He is. Who is delivering? He is. Who is causing to deliver? He is.
Who can deliver you? He Is Deliver-the One and Only Creator.
Y'sha defined - God is Savior [Deliver]

---char on 4/10/12

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wow! My Lord,sister jennifer please listen to Bro.Mark on this one! I don't know your culture,etc., but you do not realize how dangerous the spirit world as you post they are not of God .I am coming from a culture we "lost 'n left Christ Left doors to spiritual chaos,confussion!most island people, raised on this evil and so, go into serious seeking the lord 'n plead the blood of Jesus! Get Eph.6 whole chapter read vs. 12-17. spiritual sisters & a whole bunch of holy ghost filled!christians helped & I thank God never get tangled again. We struggle not against flesh and blood fully give whole thing over to God! God's power is real! stop any talk to familiar spirits!
---ELENA on 4/10/12

Acts 16:16-18 KJV

And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

Example: This woman was following them around, saying "all the right things", and being very supportive....but she was possessed. Just because someone jumps on your bandwagon, it doesn't always mean it is in the Spirit of Christ.
---blogger8980 on 4/10/12

What Is The Gift Of Discernment?

It is the ability to tell right from wrong. To understand motives.
To understand statements that may be confusing to others.

Biblically speaking it is the ability to understand the unchanging word of God and know when a person is out of context or speaking an erronous doctrine, which comes by an ungodly spirit.
---francis on 4/9/12

Thank you so much but this one is a familiar spirit and ive got to do something. It never leaves and others come and go but these two I cant handle anymore. The black one is soooo powerful and its really trying to take over my mine and the white one is always showing its self to me and its jealous over me. It lets my husband know all the time. It came at him from my side of the bed as a demon dog. I live for God but 30 years of it I'm going crazy
---Jennifer on 4/9/12

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1 John 4:18
"There is NO FEAR in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love."

Jesus/God IS love/perfect love. Look to Him.
James 4:7
"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
Submit to God. He does the work
---Chria9396 on 4/9/12

Jennifer, my suggestion to you is to stay as far away from demons and evil spirits as you can get. Do not get close to them, talk to them, or even try to defeat them, they will make ground beef out of you. The armor of God is given to us to protect us from the attacks, but we are not called to go out looking for trouble. Because if you do, you will surely find it.
---Mark_V. on 4/9/12

I also have this gift. I'm 30 years old and I'm here to tell you its wild but very scary. Does anyone have them around all the time. I'm talking about demons. I can see them a lot and I am learning more about this gift. But whats scary is they are everywhere. In church. In the store. Everywhere...
Can anyone please tell me more about casting out demons. I'm ready to fight these evil spirits...
---Jennifer on 4/8/12

I discovered I has the Gift at the age of 16 while at Bible camp. I was in a situation in which I became uncomfortable. The feeling grew until it overwhelmed me. Something inside me was telling me to leave, and I felt I was unwelcome in the room. I felt it again 3 years later while in a local church. My mom showed me around the church. Everything was fine until we went upstairs, where there were 2 offices, and a balcony. It wasn't until I turned and was about to step onto the balcony that I felt a very sudden and very strong unwelcoming feeling. I felt frightened, and immediately had to run down the stairs. My mom said to me down stairs, "you felt it, didn't you?" I learned then that she too had the gift.
---DaniA on 9/29/10

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Having read Frank's answer to this question I believe Frank is right!!!
---mima on 2/3/09


Are you one of the discerners?
---atheist on 2/2/09

To answer your original question discernment of spirits is one of the gifts of the Spirit.
If you receive it you will know how to use it without asking anyone.
The Lord will give it and use it.
You will be able to discern the spirit by which people speak or post, whether from God, the devil or their own mind or heart.
It also gives the ability to discern some dreams as the Lord reveals through it.
When the Lord gives it he gives the ability.
And discernment will show you right here at this site who is posting by the Spirit of God and who is not.
---Frank on 2/2/09

Shirley...Very nice!
---catherine on 1/31/09

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atheist>>> First a note: My comp. is not exactly right because I have been trying to add some beautiful pictures. I guess I will have to call someone out. So I am having trouble doing my best work, as unto the Lord. Now, on to your question>>How do I know I do not have the gift. Ask another on here, who might.
---catherine on 1/30/09

I didn't ask that question...And I don't understand your first three sentences.

My questions are below. Can you or someone else answer them is some reasonable fashion?
---athesit on 1/31/09

The gifts are all given as God wills.Often discernment is given to us for self protection from evil people.If a pastor it is often so he can protect the church from evil influences.Sometimes a person may be called to the deliverence ministry and then they can pray for the person and cast it out.Calling it by name and commanding it to go in Jesus Name.Demons are subject to born again people.In other words you can discern the type of demon.
---shirley on 1/30/09

--Anne:*How do you use discerning of the spirits when you are answering these blog questions that people present to you?--Anne on 11/20/08**

Anne, I always expecting to receive something edifying through staying humbly in the Spirit. It's the only way to clearly hear the Spirit's Discernment of what is being shared. James 1:19-20 is the state of mind that I endeavor to abide in, whenever attending to anything in Life.

James 1:19-20 be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Sorry my response is so later. It would be nice to have some type of forum here that lets us know whenever anyone has posted to us in any of the Blog sites!!!
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/30/09

atheist>>> First a note: My comp. is not exactly right because I have been trying to add some beautiful pictures. I guess I will have to call someone out. So I am having trouble doing my best work, as unto the Lord. Now, on to your question>>How do I know I do not have the gift. Ask another on here, who might.
---catherine on 1/30/09

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Catherine:"The gift of discerning of spirits is the special ability that God gives to some members of the Body of Christ to know with ASSURANCE whether certain behavior purported to be of GOD is in reality divine, human, or satanic."

So I conclude from this that some members could be wholly deceived and believe some behaviors are 'divine' but in truth are 'satanic'. Only those with the gift can tell for sure...

But what if two who each claim to have the 'gift' 'discern' differently, how can those without the gift, tell for sure?
---atheist on 1/30/09

The gift of discerning of spirits is the special ability that God gives to some members of the Body of Christ to know with ASSURANCE whether certain behavior purported to be of GOD is in reality divine, human, or satanic. All spiritual gifts are be used only under the influence of the living God [the Person of the Holy Spirit]. The answer to your first question would be, you are correct. God does help us with this. Not the same as having the gift.
---catherine on 1/29/09


So let's see, you believe:

1) There are demons...

2) There is a 'god'...

3) Who gave you a "gift of 'discernment'"...

4) Which is the ability to 'discern' 'spirits'...

5) And if 'god' (aka 'the Lord') opens our eyes you can understand how 'demons' operate...

You certainly have a very active fantasy world.

Can you tell me a little about the real world?
---atheist on 1/29/09

The gift of discernment is knowing good from evil.We must keep our mind renewed by reading the word of God. You can't discern when your thinking is just like the rest of the world.
It is a gift from God.He doesn't want us to be deceieved.
---Tsuanne on 1/24/09

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Jesus gave the body of Christ the authority to bind and cast out demons, so the gift of the discerning of spirits helps in times of intercessory / warfare praying for others or when praying concerning any difficult situation that a Christian may face.

its not only to discern demon activity but also to be aware of the protective angels of God who minister for the heirs of salvation. this too helps in times of prayer with the authority to loose the angels to do they're part in getting God's will done in the earth.
---opalgal on 1/24/09

there is no gift of discernment in the bible (discerning of spirits) yes! these gifts are really manesfestations of the Spirit of God you don't have a gift that you can say I have this gift that operates thru me you have the Holy Spirit ,He manesfests himself thru us 9 ways READ 12,13.14 1COR.Jesus is the gift giver who is in Heaven ,he is the one who has given the Holy Spirit remember he if talked through a jack ass he can talk through us we don't own any gift if you think that, pride comes you will falgarden) by Rick Joyner the Spirit of God lives in us listen for his voice, walk real soft before him you will hear his voice READ YOUR BIBLE its all in there commentaries will draw you away from reality he is reality Jesus he is God almighty
---larry_fries on 1/23/09

gifts & offices, manesfestations of the Holy Spirit not gifts read the greek & there is only one office that is elder the five fold ministries are just that ministries. somebody will say what about the office of deacon, darn here I go that verse deacon is a verb not a noun READ YOUR BIBLE LOOK AT THE GREEK remember you are not alone he lives in you if we don't know that, I would say time to pray & fast big time why have said all this anyhow I don't like people throwing those two words around like they own them he owns us.
---Larry on 1/23/09

Shawn M T~ That was a Excellent answer you gave concerning discerning the spirits. Can you tell us some personal examples of how you've discerned spirits? How do you use discerning of the spirits when you are answering these blog questions that people present to you? You have some wise insights, and thanks for sharing.
---Anne on 11/20/08

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This gift is very important in the body of Christ, to distiguish between good and evil, and the true motives of a person. Firsthand, this is not a gift that is all blessing, I have been hurt knowing the true motives in people. Alot of prayer, fasting and concecrating to God is needed for this gift to be effective, as SELF needs to be moved out the way. A person truly needs to Walk in the Spirit. Visions and Dreams are a part of this gift,seeing spirits (evil and good.Please if you have this gift, or suspect you do, please pray and ask God to be your director, not man. Pray and fast, and keep a journal(dreams,visions,God speaking to you). And rest assured God will teach you what you need to know!
---Addie on 11/20/08

I believe that God spoke to me through a very clear dream I had just recently about discernment--at least I think it was about discernment. In the dream I immediately sensed certain people in priestly tunics were actually filled with spirit of the enemy. One priest in particular spoke gibberish and made hand & body gestures that I could not undertand. However, a group of women in my dream understood the priest's language and agreed to follow him. I immediately set myself apart from the ladies and refused to commune. I was not scared, rather, I felt a strong resolve to set myself apart. I awoke at 3:30am. I've asked God for an accurate interpretation. I'm receiving bits of confirmation that this dream was truly about discernment.
---Cammy on 11/19/08

To Whosoever has an ear to hear?

The degree to which our eyes are opened by the gift of truthfully discerning of spirits, is proportionate to how meek, humble & weak we are before the Lord.

Remember!! We are in a spiritual war and our weapons are not carnal but spiritually mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. The gift of discernment enable us to discern spiritual truths & utilize the spiritual gifts/weapons of God.

A man without discernment is like a warrior who is unable to see or recognize not only his own weapons but also the weapons & attacts of his enemies!!!!
---Shawn_M.T. on 11/3/08

How many people struggle with demons thinking their house is just "haunted?" How many people live their lives in shame because they are told these incidents are "mental issues?" use this gift to help oppressed people realize what they need to do and where they should put their trust- in God.
---Katherine on 11/1/08

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Sadly discernment of spirits goes beyond seeing demons. Many who claim to have discernment cannot tell a sermon or website post that uses the word of God through the spirit of antichrist. And sadly, after showing their great and mighty knowledge without discerning their own pride, they will damn themselves by their own mouth. If only they would stop trying to teach spiritual things through a carnal mind when we are to compare spiritual with spiritual.
---Frank on 1/31/08

My gifts are Word of knowledge, Discerning of spirits, & Faith- supernatural ability to believe God without human doubt, unbelief, & reasonings. My studies are spiritual warfare! I work in the Discerning of Spirits and Word of Knowledge. I have multiple scriptures to back it all up. But I can help with detecting demons or plans of the enemy or man. I work in it as God leads. I am still learning all the ways to use decernment for God's glory!
---Princesstookie on 1/29/08

I'm newly married to a Christian man (52) that seems to see demonic beings often. He isn't afraid because he is saved, but I've never heard of this. I know my husband is sane and loves the Lord, but why would he have the ability to see these things. His son also has the ability, but is not walking with the Lord. Why would God want someone to see demons all the time.
---Pamela on 1/22/08

I was recently told by my mentor that I posess this gift. I use it in my work (large non-profit). Between work, church and the community, I'm on 13 boards and or vice-chair on five of them. I can discern problems and develop solutions with people - and it is all social justice and holy spirit driven...that's what that gift looks like in my life. Plus, I have a ball doing it all. It's a blessing.
---jennifer on 1/12/08

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I believe this gift is used to know who we should listen to and socialize with.It allows us to see the good,or the evil around us.Seeing a demon can be scarey,if you don't know Jesus. Be Blessed,tina8476
---yina8476 on 1/2/08

This gift is one in which the individual may easily see the difference between good and evil in the intent of man as well as deem the existence of evil spirits. The one who possess such, is responsible to expose evil and bring truth into light for the protection of the body. It is very crucial that this is done in the power of the Spirit as blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the dangerous mistake one could make by use of human wisdom. We must not erroneously call what is of God to be something of satan.
---jody on 6/24/07

Every True Christian needs to be able to tell good from evil, [Heb. 5:14]. These are the levils inwhich the gift is operated. 1. Is good behavior is in reality the work of Satan. 2. What a Christian brother or sister does emerges godly motive or carnal motive. 3 Supernaturel ability to distinguish truth from error, Although motives may be proper. Now folks I have to take a nap, I am so sleepy. For all true Christians, God bless you.+
---catherine on 6/24/07

I believe that it would help a person to be able to pray better, knowing what is behind the scenes, we often look at the person, thinking that he/she is the problem, but, with this gift in operation, we would be able to see what the enemy did not want us to see.I believe that all the gifts are given to help us in our work down here.
---Gayla on 6/24/07

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Some years ago, during a camp meeting, the Lord opened my eyes, to allow me to see grotesque, beings on certain people, as they came into my little store, i have not seen this since, but, it helps me always remember that we do not war against flesh & blood, but against principalities and powers of the air, in high places, which i believe is the mind. Seeing this helps to remind me that it is not the person, but what is in the person, whether good or bad.
---Gayla on 6/24/07

Yes. The gift of discerment means that a person can distinguish between good and evil in a person. It is used of what is of the Holy Spirit. Also discernment signifies that which relates to judging of the word of God as quick discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.
---Rebecca_D on 6/24/07

Discernment is used for recognizing the spirits of people. Are they Godly spirits or demon spirits. At the ministry where I lived, it became easy to tell those people whom satan had sent to sow seeds of discord. No one was ever turned away. Those of satan couldn't stay because the Spirit of God is so strong at Wingard Home. Amazing place to live and learn.
---Nellah on 3/26/06

I was surprised to learn how much the Bible has to say about Satan and demons. I believe we should get our information about their method of operation more from the Word and less from how they operate. Satan is a deceiver, we need to be careful about keeping our attention on him. The purpose for the discerning of spirits is to help us determine what is of God, the flesh, or the devil. It is a spiritual tool that is developed as our walk with the Lord matures.
---DoryLory on 3/24/06

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Another story; once while visiting a church a young 11-year-old boy walked up to me and shook my hand. Immediately upon our hands touching I saw the child's spirit, and I said, oh you are saved born again, yes the boy said I was saved when I was nine years old. Because the people standing around knew that I did not know the boy they were amazed. And truthfully I was amazed also.
---mima on 3/22/06

I really like the answer Fred S. gave. Sometimes the discernment gift works very quickly. At other times more slowly but with more certainty. Just the other day a person brought another person to me and said what do you think about their salvation. Whereupon I said." You are absolutely secure in your salvation". Whereupon the person confirmed verbaly that that was true.
---mima on 3/22/06

If something said, or done just does not set well with you, or feel right, or makes you question it in your spirit, then chances are, there's something wrong somewhere.
---Fred_S. on 3/22/06

We always ask God for widsom, but we also read and know our bibles so we can know a wolf in sheep clothing. That is why 99% of T.V. preachers are preaching a prosperity gospel. That is not biblical so they are wrong, so I don't listen to them.
---shira on 3/22/06

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I didn't know what this gift was until over 20 years ago when my supervisor back then was talking to me, and I distinctly saw his face literally contort and twist into this ugly devil's face. And his face kept changing back and forth from normal to hideous as he was talking to me, and he didn't seem to be aware of it, but from that I knew he was possessed. You can use this gift to help witness to people, and also to expose the deceivers and to protect the body.
---Eloy on 3/22/06

It's because our spirit and that person's spirit does not agree
---betty on 3/22/06

Discerning of spirits is just what it says,the supernatural ability,given by the infilling of the Holy Ghost, to know what spirit is operating through or in a person. It lets one know exactly what that spirit is and if evil take authority over it, in Jesus name, to not let it speak or move. The Bible says we have power over all the power of the enemy so we can command those evil spirits. Using it isn't just about commanding,it is also getting away from evil spirits/people.
---Darlene_1 on 3/21/06

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