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Author James Goll identifies the discerning of spirits as “the God-given ability or enablement to recognize the identity—and very often the personality and condition—of the spirits that are behind different manifestations or activities.”

Perhaps it is not by accident that the gift of discerning, or distinguishing, of spirits directly follows prophecy in 1 Corinthians 12:10. This gift is crucial to determine whether a prophetic word comes from God, humans or the enemy. It provides us with a window into the supernatural, which is essential for maturing believers in today’s world.

In 1 John 4:1 the apostle tells us to test (prove, analyze) every spirit to see if it is from God.

So, as we encourage our people to step out in prophetic gifting, let’s be ready to model this gift in a positive way that builds up, corrects and encourages our people to hear the Lord and test the spirits.

Video: Spiritual Gifts

The discerning of spirits is so crucial and needed today. The church can empower and train others in safe environments to step out in the operation of spiritual gifts so we can grow and be more effective in ministry.

Watch Frank Greer’s video.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for God’s people to have a sincere hunger for the move of the Holy Spirit in our churches today.
  • Pray for safe environments where spiritual gifts can be utilized in learning and growing situations.
  • Pray for God’s people to have the ability to discern the difference between the authentic and the counterfeit in the spirit world.
  • Pray for resulting maturity, growth and effectiveness in spiritual ministry for God’s people as they seek to be used by God.

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