Seek the Gift of Discernment



1. Discernment is essential in making wise decisions

James 1:5, TLB. “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him; He will not resent it.”

Consider this a simple 5 step plan to help you make decisions.
1. Be clear about what to decide
2. Gather facts and set criteria look like.
3. Develop options
4.Evaluate options and assess risk
Evaluate Options
Assess Risk
6. Make the decision and follow through

2. Discernment is essential for spiritual growth

Hebrews 5:14, TLB. “You will never be able to eat solid spiritual food and understand the deeper things of God’s Word until you become better Christians and learn right from wrong by practicing doing right.”

3. Discernment comes to those who are humble

Psalms 25:9, NIV. “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.”

4. Spiritual things are spiritually discerned

I Corinthians 2:13,14, NIV.“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Pray! Ask God to give you the gift of Discernment.
You will need it as you long as you serve others!

1. Make Prayer your First Response

Whenever we have an insight as to something taking place in the spiritual realm, our first response should always be prayer. As we pray, we are:

Confirming that our insight is based on something we have received from a place of intimacy with God and not from our personal feelings.

If the discernment relates to spiritual warfare, we are beginning to pray for God’s intervention
Asking for further insight relating to the bigger picture of what we are perceiving

2. Discern What the Spirit of God is doing

A fallacy about the gift of discernment is that it exists solely to identify demonic attack.

Actually, the highest use of the gift of discernment is to see what the Spirit of God is doing.

Someone with a gift of discernment of spirits has the ability to perceive:

What the Spirit of God is doing, i.e. where His anointing is Angelic activity

Demonic activity, and to describe it by name and nature for the purpose of waging spiritual warfare.

What is sourced in human desire or nature (not necessarily negative unless it is presented as being of the Holy Spirit but isn’t)

In other words, a discerner has a Spirit-given ability to distinguish between what is from the human soul, what is of the Spirit of God, and what of a demonic source.

If a discerner is only ever seeing and relaying reports on demonic activity, there is an unhealthy imbalance, which needs to be corrected.

3. Seek God for His Redemptive Plan

Related to the above point, it is vital that we form the habit of looking for what God is doing, not just reporting on what the enemy is doing.

Leaders get enough negative reports coming their way without it continually coming from intercessors and their prophetic team as well!

Even when there is warfare happening and you or your center is under spiritual pressure (attack) our Father is up to something good. He has plans to overturn demonic strategies and to grow the faith of everyone concerned.

So don’t just receive a negative report. Go back to God and ask Him – what is HE up to?

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