Discerning of Spirits
“...the ability to tell the difference between gifts that come from the Spirit and those that do not” (I Cor. 12:12). KJV says, “...to another discerning of spirits...” Discerning is looking beyond the outward appearance to the inward. That is why God will alone judge whether a person lives eternally with him or will be eternally separated. “Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” It is not the thought that is sin and separates. The thought came from Satan as temptation, but to continue on the thought is your choice. The continuation of the thought is what turns to the sin of lust that will damn the soul if the thought process or your choice to dwell on the things of the devil continues. Like the sin of bitterness will damn you as quick as if you killed a person. It is a matter of choice to be angry and sin not, but follow through with the issue Scripturally, which includes confrontation for restoration or to continue to hate, which comes from the same evil spirit as a murderer.
The minister of God who tries to oversee the church without this gift is like the soldier going into battle without his gun. This weaponless minister is always being fooled by both the believer who wants to continue in his sin and the unbeliever. He also misjudges other ministers, thinking they are too insensitive, culturally not fitting in, et cetera, when in reality he is not capable of effectively developing the saints.
Discerning of Spirits is a special ability given by the Holy Spirit to look beyond what ordinary men see. It is the ability to know by which spirit a man is speaking. There is the evil spirit, the spirit of man, and the Spirit of God. Many times Christians will speak out of their own human spirit and pretend with religious lingo that they are doing it for the glory of God, like Ananias and Sapphira. They spoke from a wrong spirit, since they were supposedly believers. If Satan cannot give men an evil spirit, he tries to give them a wrong spirit (spirit of man in rebellion). In Acts 5:3, Peter, by the Gift of Discernment through the Holy Spirit, discerned that they were lying to the Holy Spirit. Again, God is all-knowing. He sees into the heart.
Paul, by the Gift of Discernment, discerned an evil spirit in a slave girl. An ordinary believer might have thought the girl was a servant of God. Listen to what was said. “These men are servants of the Most High God! They announce to you how you can be saved.” (Acts 16:17). That sounded good, but Paul knew by the Holy Spirit that it was an evil spirit who spoke. The Holy Spirit had spoken to Paul’s spirit (because he had developed that relationship with God), so Paul spoke to the evil spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I order you to come out of her!” (Acts 16:18). Then, “the spirit went out of her that very moment”. The supernatural power, given to the believer by the Holy Spirit, gave him the ability to cast out evil spirits in the same way. Non-believers do not have this power. (Acts 19:11-17)
One of the things evil spirits do is to try to get believers to accept false teaching. The Gift of Discerning of spirits makes the believer able to recognize what is the teaching of the Holy Spirit, and what is the teaching of evil spirits. “I am writing this to you about those who are trying to deceive you...as long as his spirit remains in you, you do not need anyone to teach you.” (I John 2:26-27). Example: I do not want to talk to him nor will I. God knows the truth and I am right with God. False doctrine. There is a complete wrong attitude/spirit in this statement that separates man from God and man from man. And, to face one another in the right spirit to truly seek restoration of the relationship between each other. That statement, mixed with religious lingo, goes directly against the teachings/ commandments/word of God.
Gift of Tongues
“To one person he gives the ability to speak in strange tongues.” (I Cor. 12:10). Tongues is, again, totally a supernatural, unlearned language. It may be some language of earth, or it may be a language of angels. It is the most common and easily received Gifts of the Spirit. That is because its primary use is for the individual believer himself who has the gift (I Cor. 14:4). This gift is primarily used for one’s personal benefit. It does not minister like the other gifts to the Body, which demands a higher degree of personal knowledge, faith and growth. Tongues helps us communicate/ pray to God. So, naturally God has made it easy for the believer to receive it. “The one who speaks in strange tongues helps...himself.” (I Cor. 14:4). KJV says, “He edifieth (builds up) himself.” “But you, my friends, keep on building yourselves up on your most sacred faith. Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Jude 20). This is a great help to the believer.
Interpretation of Tongues
When Tongues are interpreted in the public service, the experience builds up the whole Body. “Greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.” (I Cor. 14:5, KJV). Through the supernatural Gift of Tongues (interpreted) the Body is built up by sharing what is being communicated between God and man. Speaking in Tongues is also a sign to the unbeliever; “Tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not.” (I Cor. 14:22, KJV).
The Gifts of Ministry, Other Gifts and Gifts of the Holy Spirit all come from God. They are all to be encouraged, sought after, and used until Jesus returns during the battle of Armageddon. As a true Christian, our character continues to change. This is called the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. This is also a gift of God from which some of the Other Gifts in Part 2 of this article are initiated. Read Ephesians chapters 4-5, 1 Corinthians chapters 12-13 and Galatians 5:22-26. Some people say some of these gifts were only to be used by the Apostles. Scripture tells us they are for today “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come in the unity of the faith...unto a perfect man...That we are henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried with every wind of doctrine...whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” It is very obvious that the church is not perfect, and we need all of the gifts of God. If we want to throw out miracles or prophets or apostles, we need to also throw out pastors and teachers, since they are all in the same sentence in Scripture. People, study the Bible...not some teaching from an arrogant Pharisee who only wants to control and use you. The way you receive and develop in the gifts of God is through spending time with Jesus in study and meditation on the Scriptures. Allow the Holy Spirit to convict you of sin, and then confess and repent of that sin. As you submit yourself under the Lord’s Word and Spirit, you will change into His character, and gifts will be given. Amen and amen!
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Read Jeremiah 14:11-16, Ezekiel 13:1-10, Ezekiel 14:13-20,
Ezekiel 22:1-31, Nahum 3:19, Jeremiah 30:12-15
Some people like to quote Daniel, suggesting that he stood in the gap, which is true. So did Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, John the Baptist, Noah and many others, but the judgments fell anyway. The population was destroyed in Noah’s time, but Noah and his family were saved by obeying God. The nation of Israel was taken into slavery. Daniel himself went into slavery, being taken to Babylon. Even though they all stood in the gap, unless the people themselves repented as the people of Nineveh did, the nation fell. God honored Daniel, and he became a leader in Babylon, but Israel was in slavery. Standing in the gap means more than praying. These men did more than just pray. They sounded the alarm! They warned the people in the nation that they must repent or suffer the consequences of their continued disobedience. They prayed, fasted, preached and the Holy Spirit convicted, but if the people of the nation did not themselves repent, judgment fell anyway. Moses stood in the gap, but the people died in the wilderness, never receiving the promises of God because of their continued sins.
People, we must continue to stand in the gap, pray, fast, and warn people to repent. If they ignore us, judgment will fall, but God will honor the believers who are righteous. God be with you. God wants the Church in America to understand His holiness and righteousness so deep that when judgment falls on the Whore and America’s de-christianized nation, they will rejoice, for this is an act of mercy and grace for repentance to come. America’s economy will crash overnight and eventually will be led by the Whore and the Beast of Revelation. The Church will rejoice when Jesus judges them both and returns! (Rev. 19:19-20)
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