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The Discerning of Spirits #LAFruits Devotional

MAY: Enjoying the Holy Spirit
Reading: Psalm 78, 1 Timothy 5

MAY 24

The Discerning of Spirits

Text: “…TO ANOTHER DISCERNING OF SPIRITS” — 1 Corinthians 12:10

There are three gifts that reveal something: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, and the discerning of spirits.
The word of wisdom gives us the revelation of the plans and purposes in the mind of God. The word of knowledge gives us the revelation of facts that are now or that have been.

The discerning of spirits gives supernatural insight into the spirit world. “To discern” means to perceive by seeing or hearing. Therefore, discerning of spirits is the same as seeing or hearing in the realm of spirits. It also reveals the kind of spirit that is in operation behind a supernatural manifestation.

The discerning of spirits is not a kind of spiritual mind reading. It is not the power to discern the faults of others. It is not a spiritual gift to uncover human failures. No, the discerning of spirits is not discerning of character or faults; it is not even the discerning of people. It is called the discerning of spirits, and it deals with spirits that exist in the spirit realm, whether they are divine, satanic, or human.

Discerning of spirits can reveal the power, whether good or evil, that may be enforcing a supernatural manifestation or influencing a type of behavior.

The realm of the spirit is very real, although we cannot perceive it with our natural senses. God has provided the gift of discerning of spirits to give the Church supernatural insight into this spiritual realm, as His Spirit wills.

On the other hand, without even having the discerning of spirits in manifestation, if we know the Word of God and if we are walking in the Spirit, we will have an inward witness if someone is operating by a wrong spirit. The Holy Spirit on the inside of us, in our spirits, will warn us if we are at all sensitive to Him.

Prayer: Father, I pray that you give me the spiritual gift that will enable me to fulfill my ministry on earth. Amen. \

The above is an excerpt from Kenneth Hagin’s The Holy Spirit and His Gifts.