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The Distinguishing of Spirits (2 of 3)
Series: The Holy Spirit In Spiritual Warfare
1 Corinthians 12
Introduction: The essence of all that exists in the universe is either spirit or originated in spirit. The Bible records that God and His Kingdom are spiritual in nature. We also know that Satan and his fallen kingdom are also spirit and are counterfeiting God's Kingdom. We also are told that man is essentially spirit.
Since God, Satan and man are spiritual in nature and especially since we know that there is a fierce war going on among these three entities, it is imperative that we are able to discern the spirits.
Definition: The gift of discerning of spirits is the God-given ability or enablement to recognize the identity (and very often the personality and condition) of the spirits, which are behind different manifestations or activities.
Discern means to perceive, distinguish or differentiate.
WHO DOES GOD GIVE THE GIFT OF DISTINGUISHING OF SPIRITS?
-Pastors and those in places of responsibility in and among God's flock. (generally)
-Those who are anointed in certain areas of ministries. (specifically)
-Someone anointed in the area of deliverance normally has keen discernment regarding the presence of demonic spirits.
-Someone involved and anointed in mercy or counseling ministry will have discernment in the area of the human spirit.
-Someone anointed in the area of praise and worship will have sensitivity to the Spirit of God.
-Prayerful parents and leaders in every realm of life who seek God for spiritual insight and protection.
-Men of God who desire to be godly husbands, father and leaders.
-Believers who pursue God's heart and who desire to be used in this gift.
WHY DOES GOD GIVE US THE GIFT OF DISTINGUISHING OF SPIRITS?
-God gives us the gift of discerning of spirits so we can properly protect, guard, guide and feed the body of Christ as well as ourselves and our families.
-John 10:10 - ''Th ...
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