The Gift Of Discerning
The explanation you seek is in I Corinthians Chapter 12. It says:
12-1 NOW concerning spiritual gifts, bretheren, I would not have you ignorant.
12-2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
12-3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
12-4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
12-5 And there are diversities of administrations, but the same Lord.
12-6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
12-7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
12-8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
12-9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
12-10 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:
12-11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12-12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
I've lived with the gift of discerning since I was a child. I experience angelic and demonic spirits all the time, yet I read my Bible every night.
I would like to warn you that any earthly tool, such as tarot cards/ouija boards/crystals, will only invite Satan to pervert and confuse your gift. I use none of these things. I allow the Spirit of God and the spirit of truth to guide my discernment ALWAYS.
Samuel Speaks About Familiars & Wizardry
The Bible does speak against the use of wizards and people with familiar spirits.
In I Samuel 28, Saul sins against the Lord by seeking the counsel of "a woman that hath a familiar spirit in En'-dor."
It says that "Saul perceived it was Samuel" even though "the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor bu U'-rim, nor by prophets."
Samuel was a prophet, so the spirit that was conjured WAS NOT Samuel... and many Bible scholars agree with me on that.
"And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth."
The spirit did not say it was Samuel. "...she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul *perceived * it was Samuel..."
You Are Not Alone
The rule I use in any situation where my discerning comes into play is, if you go looking for trouble, you'll find it.
I don't seek the spirits out ever.
I don't believe in ghosts and I've never encountered a human spirit. I've only ever seen children of God or children of the devil.
Throw away any physical tools you use and let the Holy Spirit guide you. If you have any questions or want to talk to a fellow discerner, feel free to contact me.
firstname.lastname@example.org on August 05, 2017:
I understand discernment comes as a gift from Jesus to fulfill his will. I am able to pinpoint and predict events and connect dots of the complexity of lies orchestrated by Lucifer to control minds of Humanoids. But I love the light is see and I also Love those who walk in darkness and pray to God to shine his light
Christie on February 20, 2015:
@Nyoung If you went to a doctor, you would probably be diagnosed as having schizophrenia. Do you feel fear when you see these things? You said that they don't feel "evil", but those visions can only come from one of two sources. I highly doubt they are coming from a good source.
When I was younger, I haplessly opened myself up to being spiritually attacked by unknowingly listening to satanic music. I started having horrific nightmares and feeling an evil presence in my room. I learned how to rebuke this evil presence by saying outloud, "I rebuke you, in the name of Jesus Christ." Whatever is causing these visions will have to leave. Jesus Christ has already defeated Satan and his fallen angels, so they HAVE to leave when you rebuke them in the Lord's name. If pleading the blood of Christ isn't working, it's probably because there is a door that is still open, maybe you have something in your home. I would pray about it and ask the Lord for guidance and discernment.
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Regina on August 14, 2014:
I believe you see these things, Nyoung. I'm not one to discount or diminish unnatural experiences simply because I don't understand them. I'm a Christian also and I'm clairvoyant. I Know what the bible says about mediums, fortune tellers and such. I don't consider myself any of those things nor do I consult with them. I just have a second sight. I don't know why.
That being said, I feel that all that you've described is overwhelming for a human being to experience. Have you spoken to a doctor?
Steflev on June 16, 2014:
Hello. How can I send you a message?
brent7750 on April 30, 2013:
Look at the beauty in all we see, feel, taste and touch and this will show us where God lies; in everything and nothing. There is very much to see and experience beyond what our human eyes can see and our physical bodies can do. I wonder what steps could be taken to experience those things.
nyoung on October 15, 2012:
I am also a devout christian. I have been scared out of my mind and it's getting worse this past year. Almost every night I get jolted awake and immediately see a black blob on the other side of the room. As soon as I make eye contact it turns into a tarantula or mouse and comes across my ceiling and above my head and when it starts climbing down the wall I turn on my light and it's gone. I also see black and white scenes like on a small tv, usually of people running around on the streets inbetween cars or a rock band playing and people cheering and once I saw a red car zoom down a highway. I also see swarms of bugs about 6 inches to 3 ft. away from me that move across the room and I've tried to take pictures and grab them but I know they aren't really there. (I forgot to mention the tarantula and mouse are shadows only. Once I closed my eye and a mouse was trying to get in it but I knew it really wasn't happening. Last month I awoke and saw 2 live black cats sitting on my dresser and the other day a live crow sitting on my bookcase which at the same time this happened my mother had called an ambulance and latter that day I found out my son had been on his bathroom floor vomitting for 24 hours and I had to take him to hospital. somehow though they didn't feel related. Nothing seems evil or from God. My husband is awake when this happens and he knows that I am really awake and not really in a dream state. Usually I leave the light on but last night even with the light on I awoke to a thin cloudlike shadow and then a black dot on the ceiling and as soon as I saw the dot it moved above my feet and then I saw a big note on my ceiling but I couldn't make the words out. I often see words being frantically written but can hardly make any out. One day though it said "call Rob now" that freeked me out because it was 4 a.m. and my 31 yr. old son would have been really mad because he has severe asthma and other things and I have been too overprotective of him and he doesn't like it. I didn't call and he was fine. I forgot to mention the night I saw the live crow, everywhere I turned I saw words moving quickly on the wall and in the air. and the only word I could make out was spirit. The main thing that always happens is when I blink I see a black blob with a green light in the middle, like a portal. The bigger the light is, I 've noticed the more scarey the experience.
None of these things happened before my father died in 2007. A month after he died I was jolted awake and I saw a window with a butterfly and caterpillar moving methodically. The room was dark but the window about 8 in. long and 12 inches wide was like looking outside on a sunny day. I watched for about 10 min. I had woken up my husband and he couldn't see it and I slowly moved my head around to face him and the window moved with me and disappeared when I turned on the light. I knew what it meant because I once saw a rock with a butterfly and caterpillar on it and it had the message, "How hard must a caterpillar work before he gets his wings" I believe it was my father telling me that Heaven is real and to work hard as a chrisitian. That was in a different house. My neighbour told me the people who lived in this house before me were her friends and no one died or was involved in anything like witchcraft. I don't know what to do about this or even who to talk to. My pastor said to just plead the blood of Jesus and command it to go barry itself in a pit but it doesn't disappear and I want to know why this is happening to me. I also forgot to mmention that one night about 6 months ago I woke up and there was a skeleton about 2 feet from my bed and he slowly grinned at me and when he started to jiggle toward me I turned on the light and then it was gone. Do you know what I should do about this. I'm really scared and don't want to approach a psychic or anything to do with the occult world.
Daniel on February 11, 2012:
Can you post a second article with books or articles explaining more about this topic? I happen to agree with you. I would like more information. I always feel better in the company of more information.
swoitowitz on January 16, 2012:
I agree with you 100%! I always call on the name of Jesus when I pray for someone, when I pray about some word of knowledge, when I pray healing for someone. I struggle with shielding myself from the discomfort of people when in public, their pain both emotional and physical can be distracting. I wonder sometimes how others with this unique gift from God cope. Not too many people talk about it, I don't know any other person who has experiences similar to mine. I know I'm not alone.
Jonathan Mendoza on August 28, 2011:
I'm a Christian and have always wondered about this. I think the real answer lies in the person getting in the prayer closet and truly seeking God for the answer. He will give you peace if your gift is something that can help establish the kingdom, which if you love him I'm sure it can.
Erien on May 10, 2011:
You really helped me. I have been so confused. Thanks isn't enough. I haven't been able to tell if I can see the future or not. I have predicted things that have come true. Quite a few occasions. I believe I can also see auras and see energy. I have been so scared. I love GOD and believe in God and the holy spirit and Jesus. Thanks again for the advice.
amyk on June 09, 2010:
Do you believe the ability to hear the Holy Spirit is the same ablitity that makes a person suseptable to evil spirits? And do you know if Is Clairsentiene and Clairaudience related to being open?
Lady Rose from Taiwan on May 23, 2010:
Very interesting points you make there. Congratulations for your discernment and faith in God.
I was just thinking that Saul really wanted to talk to Samuel because he knew him from before and trusted him to be a man of integrity and of God. True it says that "the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor bu U'-rim, nor by prophets." but that means that the current prophets whom he may have consulted along the U-rim, did not get any words from God. This is why he got so desperate that he decided to summon some local seer.
I believe he saw Samuel. Moses and Elias were seen talking with Jesus on the mountain by His apostles, and they were also departed human beings.
The spirit world is very close to us, but we need the discernment of the Holy Spirit to guide us, and also to try the spirits, as Paul counsels us to do.
Linda on May 21, 2010:
Your piece on Discerning put my mind at ease. I always "feel" things and know things sometimes seconds before it happens. I can pinpoint evil presences and get that creepy feeling in some people's presence, and then I know I have to excuse myself. Thanks again.