The Gift of The Discerning of Spirits
The Gift of Discerning of Spirits is one of the 9 Gifts of The Holy Spirit listed in 1 Cor Ch 12.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing’s by the same Spirit; 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: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
Definition of Discerning of Spirits: The God given supernatural insight into the Spirit world – literally being given (as The Holy Spirit wills) the ability to See, Hear & potentially Touch, Taste & Smell in the realm of the Spirit World (includes) The Holy Spirit, Holy Angels, Fallen Angels & Human Spirits.
The gift of Discerning of Spirits in Administration: Administered as the Holy Spirit wills any time & any where through an Individual that has received Christ, received The Baptism in The Holy Spirit, is living a Holy life & is submitted to the leading of The Holy Spirit.
The gift of Discerning of Spirits in Demonstration: *Normally, A Born Again believer who has received The Baptism in The Holy Spirit will suddenly be able to see & sometimes hear in the Spirit Realm. They may even taste, touch, & smell things as The Holy Spirit wills. When this Gift is in operation a person may see: The Holy Spirit, A Human Spirit, An Evil Spirit, Jesus, Angels, Heaven or even Hell. They may see a quick picture, A Mini Vision, A dream, A regular vision or even have a full fledged interactive open vision where your body is fully involved & you can speak back & forth. If anything is revealed there will be an enablement to do something with what you have seen. *It is not the “norm” but it should be noted that God can & has from time to time enabled non-Christians such as Paul (prior to his conversion) to see & hear into the Spirit Realm in order to accomplish his purposes.
** Delving into the Spirit world (Realm) in any other way except through the Free, Safe, God given & Holy Spirit administered Gift of The Discerning of Spirits is extremely dangerous! Using, giving yourself over to or participating in occult activities including Ouija boards, Seances, Channeling, Astral Projection etc. results in a lifetime of serious spiritual bondage to evil Spirits (fallen angels). You can even get killed. The only way to get free from them is through repentance in Christ & Spiritual Intervention!Biblical Examples of Discerning of Spirits: Moses-Exodus 33:20-23, Luke 24:39, Acts 1:9, Heb 1:3, John-Rev 4:5
Discerning of Spirits is a Good Gift & is to be received Luke 11:9-13 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?