WISDOM – The Discernment of Spirits

1 Corinthians 12:7-10
7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of
knowledge by the same Spirit; 9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10To 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


  1. Is a good gift that must always be on.
  2. It’s necessary to discern the good that the Holy Spirit is doing.
  3. It’s necessary to safeguard God’s redemptive plan.
  4. Don’t let fear rob you of the gift

Division Of Gifts

  1. Vocal Gifts : prophecy, tongue, interpretation of tongues
  2. Revelatory Gifts: Wisdom, knowledge, discernment of spirits
  3. Power Gifts : faith, gifts of healing, miracle

What Is Not Discernment Of Spirits

  1. It is not called the gift of Discernment. Discernment is a human ability and can be cultivated by research, diligence, assessment or observation.
  2. Discernment is not the ability to read minds. It is not the gift of suspicion.

What Is Discernment Of Spirits

  1. Discernment of spirits is the divine ability to distinguish, decipher, discover the motivation and thought of an action.
  2. God’s resource to uncover the nature of a thing. Supernatural ability to know the difference.
  3. The ability to read content in context.

Discernment Of Spirits

  1. The nature of a thing can not be known safely without the gift of descending of spirits.
  2. Your inability to decipher the difference will lead your life chaos.
  3. Sin makes everything looks the same. Every season the same.

The Source Of Discernment Of Spirits

Hebrews 4: 12-13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

The Source Of Discernment Of Spirits

  • Measure by the word
  • Divide soul and spirit.
  • In leadership choices – appoint the right people.
  • Samuel might have anointed the wrong king. We must able to deal with behind the scene events.
  • There is something behind the sickness, behind failure etc.

Spirits to Discern – Truth and Error

  1. The Holy Spirit
  2. Angels good and evil
  3. Demons or unclean spirit – Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
  4. The human spirit

Discernment Of Spirits Examples

  • John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
  • John 1:51And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
  • Mathews 16:17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heavens
  • Mathews 16:21-22 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
  • Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
  • God wants you to discern sources in order to protect outcome. Pastor’s wife, intercessor, music director, head prophet.

Failure Of Discernment Of Spirits

1Kings 13:9 For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.10 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel.

Purpose Of Discernment Of Spirits

  1. To lift the vail that covers the unseen spiritual world
  2. Enable us to see as God sees – 1 Samuel 16: 7But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
  3. To protect us from deception – sometimes the devil appears as the angel of light
  4. To diagnose people’s problem and help them

How To Receive This Gift

  1. Be born again – Quite your flesh so that your born again spirit man can hear.
  2. Ask for the gift and believe that you have received it 1Corinthians 14:1.
  3. Read your bible – it written
  4. Stay in community – be a part of church that believes in the decerning of spirits.
  5. Ask the Lord for discernment in each life situation.
  6. Make prayer you first response – be quick to pray and slow to act.
  7. Talk about it

Discerning False Prophets

  • Directly oppose God: 2Thessalonian 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
  • Indirectly oppose God: 1Corinthians 13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
  • 1John 4:1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Traits Of False Prophets

Matt 7:16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a
corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.19Every tree that bringeth
not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Traits Of False Prophets

  1. Fame – more of me and less of God.
  2. Money – it more of business transition without relationship.
  3. Pleasure – it lavishes thing in sexual perversion, substance abuse and flamboyant life.
  4. Power – it is never satisfied by the power and keeps sacrificing to get more power
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