THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Theme: Grow Up
Topic: Growth in the Gifts of the Spirit - Discerning of Spirits
1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Ephesians 4:10-16
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
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 discerning of spirits is an important gift that must operate in the Body of Christ today. It is the supernatural ability to
distinguish between the operations of the Holy Ghost, human spirit and satanic influence (satan and demons). The Greek word for discerning is 'diakrisis' meaning decision or judicial estimation. We should judge every voice or sound we hear and take decisions.
It is important for us to know how to discern the operations of the Holy Ghost and our human spirits. Many of the things we attribute to the Holy Ghost emanate from our own spirits but not the Holy Ghost. Some even mistaken the operations of demons for the operations of the Holy Ghost. You don’t always need hyper spiritual abilities like seeing visions and hearing supernatural voices to discern demons. Your human spirit empowered by the Holy Ghost and acting as the candle of the Lord can discern spirits (Proverbs 20:27).
Don’t underestimate the capacity of your spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17). Paul did not see a vision; we are not told that God spoke to him. He was grieved and that was enough discernment to cast out the spirit (Acts 16:16-19). Elisha depended on the movement and activity of his heart to discern and curse Gehazi (2 Kings 5:25-27). Don’t sit around doing nothing about demons around you and people. Give attention to your feelings and reactions – they could be acts of discernment.
1. Pray that your senses will be quickened to discern spirits.
2. Pray also for the grace and boldness to deal with demons when you encounter them.
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