The gift of discernment is a God given spiritual gift that the Holy Spirit has provided a way for us to sort truth from error, a GIFT that many charismatic Christians like Pentecostals now have been given Solely through their second baptism that allows them to know what the God thinks about the subject in question in reality, it is having the mind of Christ on the subject for discernment and it is one of these nine supernatural gifts (see 1 Cor. 12:8-10) Discernment is a sign of spiritual maturity. In our culture today up is down and right is wrong. God’s true people must be equipped with the supernatural power to tell the difference between the true and the false. If you are realy Holy Spirit filled then you know you have this gift..
1 Cor 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Cor 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1 Cor 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1 Cor 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
1 Cor 3:4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
Have any of you ever noticed that a good majority of false Christian PERSONS seem to profess to have the gift of discernment.. EVEN IF THEY MOSTLY DO NOT KNOW OR FOLLOW AFTER GOD STILL.. their false pride tends not to let them admit how dumb they really are otherwise they may have to do something good about it.
MOST PERSONS IN REALITY STILL DO NOT HAVE SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT, AS OPPOSED TO USING MERELY THEIR OWN REASONING, MINDS, AND IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT HOLY SPIRIT BAPTIZED, IN REALITY THEY STILL ARE NOT HOLY SPIRIT FILL STILL EVEN CAUSE THEY BASICALLY ARE NOT FOLLOWING AFTER GOD, OR HIS WAYS, THEY ARE STILL ARE DISOBEDIENT TO GOD MOSTLY AND HAVE NOT EVEN DIED TO SELF.
1 Cor 2:15 (KJV) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things…
Luke 12:57 (NIV) “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?”
Understand that there is a difference between discernment for the judgment that God encourages, and criticism for inappropriate judgments
Consider the negative reality of most person’s lack of discernment: Firstly too much attention or not enough is given to world, the flesh, the devil; even Christian sect seems to focus too much on one and ignore the others. Diseases are falsely always assumed to be demons and “rebuked” without discernment or effect. Or Demons are often falsely assumed to be sickness, and irrelevant “treatment” is attempted. Also God’s discipline is attributed to Satan, and made light of. Or Satan’s oppression is accepted falsely as being from God. The obvious promptings of the carnal flesh are falsely assumed to be the spirit, or even of the soul. The sinful soul’s leading is confused with the spirit. With such faulty diagnosis, discernment, many attempt “ministry”, to no effect, and often to great harm. Is this what we realy are like?
John 7:24 (NIV) “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”
Prov 19:2 (NIV) It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
1 Cor 4:5 (Phi) “The moral of this is that we should make no hasty or premature judgments.”
(James 1:5 KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
(James 1:6 KJV) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
It is also a fact that if you want more revelations from God you have to act upon, obey, fulfill the revelation you already have. Discernment is damaged when anyone compromises to sin. But discernment is still one of the most important gift needed today. For every genuine gift of the Spirit, there is a counterfeit. Discernment will determine what is genuinely of the Spirit and what is deception of the devil.
Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
(1 Sam 3:19 KJV) And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
(Psa 37:31 KJV) The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
(Rom 8:9 KJV) But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Ezek 22:25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. 26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. 28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken. 29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. 30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.
Now when I have often met a new Church pastor, or a church elder, I may have even heard of him beforehand from others, but I basically did not know who he was or what he was really like. Subsequently I often saw a clear visions, as clear as watching news on the TV, where God would now show me what sins they were still indulging in.. even sins like adultery. Now that is the gift of spiritual discernment. 1 Cor 2:15 (KJV) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things…
the lack of spiritual discernment have lead to a tragic drifting of the traditional, Biblical, Pentecostal ship. And a ship that drifts will find itself going nowhere good..
.. did you get that gift yet?
Luke 11:9 (NIV) “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Mat 16:3 (KJV) “…’It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering.’ O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”
Isa 11:2-3 (NIV) The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him–the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord–and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears.
John 8:15-16,26 (NIV) “You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father who sent me… I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is reliable, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”
what about you?