Discerning of spirits
1Co 12:10 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:
1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
One of the gifts of the Spirit is the discerning of spirits. We’ve often thought this was the ability to see demons and angels and so on. But in reality it is the ability to discern what spirit is at work in an individual. (Luke 9:55). Satan himself comes as an angel of light and if you have no discernment you can get tricked into his ploys. (2Cor 11:14)
Sometimes the people who act the nicest and most sincere are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Jesus himself warned us to beware of these kinds of people.
“Mat 7:15 "Beware of the false prophets, [teachers] who come to you dressed as sheep [appearing gentle and innocent], but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” They have an appearance of one thing but in reality their inward motives are another!
Another tactic of the enemy, is to use our own Gospel against us. He will use the “walking in love” argument to disarm you from what you are discerning in your spirit. He will tell you that you are judging or that you are being a naysayer. This tactic is to shame you into accepting whatever these people say with no questions asked. And if you dare question anything you are shamed and shunned.
But in reality the Bible tells us to “prove ALL things” (1Thess 5:21) and that we are to “test the spirits whether they be of God or not!” (1Jn 4:1). Don’t just blindly follow every person that claims something is of God but test it out and if it is of God it will pass the test!
But the Holy Spirit is the spirit of discernment. If you are sensitive to Him He will show you what is of God and what is not! Don’t be afraid to ask questions and test everything whether it be of God or not! Learn to develop the spiritual gift of discernment that will keep you safe in your spiritual journey with God!