OPERATING IN THE POWER OF GOD
Speaking in Tongues – Spirit praying
1 Corinthians14:22 NKJV
“ Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers….”
Mark 16:17 NKJV
"And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
Acts 2:4 NKJV
“ And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
1 Corinthians 14:5 NKJV)
“ I wish you all spoke with tongues,.”
Speaking in tongues is the supernatural ability by the Holy Spirit for a believer to speak in a language not known to him, but known by God.
When you pray in other tongues you leave the dimension of the natural and boldly enter into the dimensions of the supernatural.
The person of Holy Spirit bypasses your natural thoughts and prays perfect prayers over every situation.
Spirit praying unlocks peace and power!
When we speak in our spiritual language we are speaking the wisdom of God into the atmosphere, changing it, paving the way for the work of the Holy Spirit
When we receive our tongue it will be unique to us and we are able to start and stop it. Being like a muscle, if not exercised it will atrophy.
1. It is a supernatural sign of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life. Mark 16:17; 1 Corinthians 12:7
2. It is the evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
There are six recorded cases of people being baptised in the Holy Spirit. Five of them state that they spoke in tongues. The other case of the Samaritans highly implies it.
• Day of Pentecost - all spoke with tongues Acts 2:1-4
• Samaritan converts - What did Simon see? Acts 8:18-19
• The Apostle Paul spoke in tongues - Acts 9:17-19, 1 Corinthians 14:18
• The Gentiles spoke with tongues - Acts 10:44-48
• The Ephesians all spoke with tongues - Acts 19:1-7
• The Corinthians spoke with tongues - Acts 18:1-11;
1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14. Paul preached at Corinth for one and a half years. Later in 1 Corinthians, we are told they spoke in tongues.
3. The language is not understood by ourselves, but God understands it -1 Corinthians 14:2
4. It is a prayer language to God - 1 Corinthians 14:2, Ephesians 6:18
5. It is our spirit praying to God - 1 Corinthians 14:14
6. It is a way the spirit intercedes for us according to God’s will Romans 8:25-27
7. There is a difference between the SIGN of tongues and the GIFT of tongues. The SIGN of tongues is MAN speaking to God, but the GIFT of tongues is GOD speaking to MAN - 1 Corinthians 14:2, 1 Cor.14:27-28
8. Praying or singing in tongues should be accompanied by prayer or singing in English, so people can understand or distinguish between the gift of tongues and prayer and singing in tongues 1 Corinthians 14:14-18
9. Speaking in tongues as prayer or praise to God does not need the gift of interpretation - 1 Corinthians 14:2; Acts 2:4; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6
10. The gift of tongues must be accompanied by the gift of Interpretation in a corporate setting.
11. Speaking in tongues is not to be forbidden - 1 Corinthians 14:39
12. Speaking in tongues will not pass away till Jesus Christ returns - 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; Acts 2:38-39
13. Paul believed that speaking in tongues was very important in his life - 1 Corinthians 14:18
14. Speaking in tongues is for all believers - 1 Corinthians14:5; Mark. 16:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 10:1
15. The gift of tongues and the gift of interpretation of tongues is for all believers, although all believers who speak in tongues will not be automatically endowed with it -
1 Corinthians 12:30; 1 Corinthians 12:7,9,11; 14:31, 14:5
Some benefits of Speaking In Tongues
According to author Bill Hamon claims in his book there are 70 Reasons to Speak in Tongues: Your Own Built In Spiritual Dynamo. Here are a few:
1. A good way to magnify God and to praise Him
1 Corinthians 14:14-17 “You shall bless with the spirit…. “I will sing with the spirit ..
“I will give thanks with the spirit….
“For they were hearing them (Gentiles) speak in tongues & exalting God”
“And when the spirit of truth is come ... he shall glorify me”
2. Builds up or edifies the believer - 1 Corinthians 14:4
3. Refills the believer continually with the Holy Spirit –
Ephesians 5:18-19 NKJV
“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord”
1 Corinthians 14:14-17 NKJV
“ For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays,.... I will pray with the spirit,... I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding also”
4. Builds up the believer’s faith.
Jude 1:20 NKJV
“ But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit…..
5. Intercede for the believer according to the will of God, when he doesn’t know how to pray.
Romans 8:26-27 NKJV
“ Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
NB 1 Corinthians 14:14 NKJV
“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.”
6. Refreshes the believer. Releases inner rivers of refreshing, healing, strength & glory (John 7:37-3
Isaiah 28:11-12 NKJV
“ For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this
people, To whom He said, "This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest," and, "This is the refreshing"; Yet they would not hear.”
7. Builds a deep reservoir of abiding peace (Isaiah 28:11-12)
8. Releases the Master Teacher—the Word is unfolded and revelation bursts forth (John 14:26)
9. Creates an inner guard against deception (1 John 2:26-27)
10. Unravels spiritual mysteries (1 Cor. 14:2)
Application to Ministry
1. Speaking in tongues is one of the key gifts to develop the inner person of the believer.
2. Speaking in tongues radically enhances the prayer life of a believer.
3. Speaking in tongues is an excellent way for us to come into agreement with God and intercede for any situation in ministry where we might be personally confused, biased, or have preconceived notions about. By speaking in tongues our spirit speaks the mysteries of God. Speaking in
tongues intercedes by using God’s will and not the believer’s.
4. Speaking in tongues enhances the worship life of the believer and the worship life of the corporate body, the church itself.
Posted 20-11-18 by Rusty A Lang
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HOW TO RECOGNISE AND EXPEL DEMONS
compiled by Marlene Anne Morphew Ministries/Rusty A Lang
Three ways to test or “try” the spirits
1. Look at the fruit – allow time to be a factor
Matthew 7:15-18 NKJV
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
2. Is the Lordship of Christ acknowledged? 1 Corinthians 12:3
3. Test the doctrine with the Word of God 1 John 4:1-6
The Spirit and the Word always agree.
Foundation for expelling demons
James 4:7 NKJV
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”
Ephesians 4:27 NKJV nor give place to the devil.
Mark 16:17 NKJV
"And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons”
(a) "Demon" is equivalent to "evil spirit" or "unclean spirit."
(b) "Possession" is a misleading word. Three phrases used interchangeably: to "HAVE" a demon (evil spirit); to be "IN" (ie. under the influence of) a demon; to be "DEMONIZED."
SEE JOHN 8:12 and JOHN 12:46.
A TRUE BORN AGAIN BELIEVER CAN NOT BE DEMONIZED
Six Main Forms of Demon Activity
• Drive or Compulsion
The City “Within" - Main Areas and Occupants.
Proverbs 16:32 NKJV
“ He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
Proverbs 25:28 NKJV
“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down,
(a) Emotions, Attitudes, Relationships
eg. Fear, Resentment, Hatred, Rebellion.
(b) Thoughts, The Realm Of The Mind
eg. Doubt, Unbelief, Indecision, Procrastination, Compromise
(c) The Tongue
eg. Lying, Unclean Talk, Gossip, Blasphemy.
eg. Perversion, Homosexuality, Masturbation,
NOTE: Sex is basically good within the boundaries of marriage, not evil. It is not a sin to be tempted. It is a sin to meditate on it and yield to lust.
eg. Gluttony, Alcohol.
NOTE: These are "branches" growing from a "trunk" of FRUSTRATION.
(f) Physical Infirmities
eg. Allergies, Tumours, Fits, Cramps, Heart Attacks, Arthritis, etc.
The Occult & cults: Satan's Snares Disclosed
Three Main Forms of Satan's Bondage
(a) Domination of One Person by Another
"Witchcraft" - the attempt to control another person by the use of any spirit or soulish prayers.
(b) Heresies – departures from the Christian faith
1 Timothy 4:1-2 NKJV
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron”
At this time "seducing spirits" will draw away believers into error. Example of "food fads". (Acts 15:28-29)
2 Peter 2:1 NKJV
“ But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.”
False teachers by underhand means will introduce "damnable heresies". How to recognize such heresies – see below.
1 John 2:18-22 NKJV
“ Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many Antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.”
See also 1 John 4:1-3 - Increased activity of "Antichrists" and "spirit of Antichrist."
(c) False Religions
John 10:9 NKJV
"I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved,
and will go in and out and find pasture.”
John 14:6 - Access to God the Father ONLY THROUGH CHRIST CRUCIFIED.
Ephesians 2:18 NKJV
“ For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the
NOTE - ONLY ONE SPIRIT (ie. the Holy Spirit) gives access to the realm of God's presence.
Exodus 20:3-5 NKJV
"You shall have no other gods before Me. "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me”
To seek spiritual help from other sources is to "have other gods," and brings judgements on succeeding generations.
Forbidden Spiritual Contacts
Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Isaiah 47:12-13
Explanation of Words Used in K.J.V.
"Divination"--------------------= any attempt to foretell the unknown by occult means eg fortune telling (satanic supernatural)
"Observer of times" ----------= clairvoyance
(faculty of seeing mentally what is out of sight; deep insight)
"Monthly prognosticator" …..= horoscopes
(diagrams/planets at moment of birth – basis to predict someone’s future)
"Astrologer", "Stargazer"……= astrology
(study of occult influence of stars on human affairs)
"Having a familiar spirit" …….= a medium
(ventriloquist/cunning/wise Satan/person as go between in spiritualism – channel of communication)
"Necromancy" …………………….. = Consulting the dead
(magic dealings with the dead)
"Enchanter" ………………………… = One who uses incantation or music to bewitch/charm
"Wizard" is male, "Witch" is female.
"DIVINATION" operates by false revelation, prediction, E.S.P.
"SORCERY" operates by charms, music, dancing, drugs.
The devil’s service is a laborious yet a fruitless one!
New Testament Examples
see Acts 8:9-11; 13:6-12, Galatians 3:1; 4:9-11, 2 Timothy 3:13,
• Ouija board
• fortune telling
• tarot cards
• oriental cults and philosophies (eg. yoga),
reincarnation, astrology, horoscopes, hypnosis,
• automatic writing
NOTE -See comprehensive list in Stage Three – Section 3 – Part Four – Doctrine of Demons and Demonology
Psalm 139:21-22 NKJV
“ Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies”
We must decide to HATE these enemies of God and their influence in our lives.
Acts 19:17-19 NKJV
“This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practised magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totalled fifty thousand pieces of silver. ‘
New Testament pattern showing how BELIEVERS must RENOUNCE these forbidden practices and SEVER ALL CONTACT.
Four Steps to Personal Deliverance
• Confess your sins.
• Renounce all evil.
• Forgive others.
• Call on the Name of the Lord.
Ministering deliverance to someone else
(a) Ask yourself if it is a condition of demonization you can handle.
(b) Prepare yourself and another intercessor through prayer.
(c) Ask the demonized person to prepare for ministry with prayer and fasting.
(d) Minister deliverance privately whenever possible with assistant and or witness.
(e) In the name of Jesus command the evil spirit, by name if necessary , TO LEAVE.
(f) Invite the Holy Spirit to come and fill the void, so that the evil spirit can’t take up residence again so easily.
Two common questions:
A. "How do I know if I am completely free?"
There are no "certificates" issued! You must know how to
recognize and deal with demons for yourself.
B. "Where do demons go?"
Jesus did not cast demons into "the pit," or any other such place. He warned plainly that they will seek to return. Leave no area "vacant." See Matthew 12:43-45.
Four common reasons why full deliverance is not obtained:
(1) Lack of true repentance.
2 Corinthians 7:10 NKJV
“ For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation,
not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces
Acts 26:20 NKJV
….."but declared first to those in Damascus and in
Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then
to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do
works befitting repentance.
(2) Failure to confess certain sins (particularly adultery and abortion).
James 5:16 NKJV
“ Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
(3) Failure to forgive others.
Mark 11:25-26 NKJV
"And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything
against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may
also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."
(4) Failure to break with the occult. See Acts 19:13-19
Six ways to keep deliverance
(1) Yield to the Lordship of Jesus in every area of your life.
2) Be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18 NKJV
“ And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit”
(3) Live by the Word of God.
Luke 11:13 NKJV
"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"
See also Acts 2:4, Matthew 4:4,7,11.
(4) Put on the whole armour of God.
See Ephesians 6:10-18. Especially the "helmet of hope."
See 1 Thessalonians 5:8, 1 Corinthians 13:13, Romans 8:28,
Hebrews 6:18-20. Also the "garment of praise." See Isaiah 61:3; 60:18; Luke 4:18.
(5) Cultivate right relationships. Both faith and unbelief come through what we hear.
Romans 10:17 NKJV
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
See also Mark 4:24, Luke 8:18, Proverbs 19:27.
(6) Make Jesus central in your life.
“Now judgement is upon this world, now the ruler of this world, shall be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself”
Application to Ministry
1. Christians are at war and are challenged in ministry by the enemy.
2. Various demons attack Christians at various levels it is therefore important that Christians recognise and expel them as to set them free.
3.For Pastors to be effective they need to be skilled in dealing with evil spirits.
Posted by Rusty A Lang 17-11-18
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Part Two - Purpose of Discernment of spirits compiled by Marlene Anne Morphew Ministries/Rusty A Lang
Note from compiler - ALL PASTORS AND LEADERS NEED TO FULLY COMPREHEND the Doctrine of Satan and Demonology which will be handled under a separate series.
The supernatural gift of Discernment of spirits is:
1. The foundation to deliver the oppressed, afflicted and tormented.
Mark 5:5 NKJV
“ And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the
tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.”
Some New Testament examples:
o Luke 9:7-43; Acts 5:1-11(v16) - Unclean spirits
o Matthew 12:22-31; Mark 9:14-29 - Deaf, dumb & blind
o Luke 13:10-17 - spirits of Infirmity
2. To expose a servant of the devil
Acts 13:9-10 NKJV (see v 6-12)
“ Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit,
looked intently at him and said, "O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?
3. To release people who are possessed
Acts 16:16 NKJV (see v 16-18)
“Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl
possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.”
4. To expose error
1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Peter 2:21.
Seducing spirits, doctrine of devils, damnable heresies.
5. To expose demonic miracle works
2 Thessalonians 2:9 NKJV (FALSE SIGNS & LYING WONDERS)
“ The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan,
with all power, signs, and lying wonders, spirits of devils, working miracles”
Revelation 16:14 NKJV (See v12-16 - SIGNS OF DEVILS WORKING MIRACLES)
“ For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to
the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
6. To know name, nature & number of evil spirits in a person's life
See Mark 9:17-25, Acts 16:16-18.
7. To differentiate between Holy Spirit, evil spirits and human spirit. (This is imperative. – see Discerning voices (c)
Ezek 13:3 NKJV (see v1-8)
“ Thus says the Lord GOD: "Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!”
2 Kings 6:15-18 Elisha sees chariots of fire.
1 Samuel 15:22-23 Samuel called divination a sin.
Leviticus 19:31 “Do not turn to mediums or wizards; do not seek them to be defiled by them, I am the Lord your God.”
See Deuteronomy18:10-11,1 Samuel 28:3, Joshua 13:22, Daniel 2:27;4:7
The Hebrew word for a WIZARD = one who knows, ie. one who, male or female magician or sorcerer, they are related to the Soothsayer, who in turn claims to possess the power to foresee the future events, interpret dreams and reveal secrets.
See also Acts 16:16-18 (spirit of divination); 1 Corinthians 14:32; 12:3.
1 Timothy 4:1-2
“ Now the spirit speaks expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrine of devils. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”
It is only the declaring of the knowledge of God that will protect us from seducing spirits.
8. To determine between natural and demonic causes of sickness
Examples in the life of Christ:
o Luke 13:10-16. Jesus heals a woman bent double after suffering 18years at the hand of a spirit
o Mark 7:32-36 Jesus healed a man of deafness.
o Mark 19:17-25 Jesus cast deaf & dumb spirit out of a boy.
o Luke 11:14 Jesus cast out a demon spirit from a dumb mute.
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compiled by Marlene Anne Morphew Minisries/Rusty A lang
Discerning of spirits gives supernatural insight into the realm of the spirits. This gift of the Holy Spirit discerns (true insight), recognizes (identifies) and judges (decides the merit of) the spirit of Satan, the spirit of man and the Spirit of God.
The future of nations is being weighed and determined today as Christ moves forward to the day of his return. As light and darkness continue to polarize and grow into maturity in the world around us, it is imperative that we learn to discern the spiritual source of the inputs to which we are daily being exposed.
Discernment of spirits is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:10) and we can become more accurate in this gift through practice and fully submitting our bodies with its five senses to God.
Have you ever seen or felt or discerned a supernatural presence by the Holy Spirit—whether it be angelic or a demonic one? When we “see” or “sense” or “feel” a spiritual entity nearby, we have discerned its presence.
This gift is different from the Gift of the Word of Knowledge, in which facts are simply dropped into our minds or hearts. With discernment, you have to consider what is happening around you. Did what just happened make you afraid or full of faith? Did the room just get brighter or darker? Did you hear a noise? Did you perhaps smell or taste something? Is what happened from a good source—or a bad one?
Surrendering Your Senses to the Holy Spirit
Surrendering our senses to the Holy Spirit involves the very act of presenting or surrendering the members of our physical bodies to God (Romans 6:13, 19). To whomever we present “our members,” they become slaves! So let’s present our entire beings unto God (Romans12:1-2) as an act of worship.
"But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”
Romans 6:13, 19
“And do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God…I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.”
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
I Corinthians 12:4-7
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
The Necessity of Presentation
The act of presenting the members of our bodies to God as a spiritual act of worship is so very vital if we are going to be able to distinguish the spiritual origins of supernatural realities. We must each do this! It is a key to accurately moving in a higher realm of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Surrendering and presenting our “five natural senses” to the Dove of God is a very specific and necessary part of the process.
You can be empowered by God to discern both good and bad spiritual beings, manifestations and operations. The very presence of the Lord Himself will then rest upon our natural senses and enable us to feel, hear, taste, smell and see in another realm. We move from the natural into the supernatural!
We need to move into a higher dimension of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and especially the gift of discerning of spirits. In general, discernment always involves the evaluation of some kind of evidence. We can only accomplish this by using our five bodily senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch. We notice something; then we start sifting quickly through the incoming data. We discriminate between the pieces of evidence and we detect patterns. Then we decide what to do, based in large part on what our discernment tells us.
To discern spiritual realities, we need spiritual perception. To flow in the prophetic, to see people get healed, to see people be set free from demonic bondages, we need God’s supernatural anointing! We need to detect the very source working behind the scenes. Is this thing just my imagination, or is it coming from someone else’s human spirit? Is the source of the manifestation demonic? Is it in fact an angel? Is it the Holy Spirit?
God doesn’t just take the gift of discerning of spirits and plug it into you, fully developed though. Normally, it takes a lot of practice to get good at it, and some of your “discernment lessons” will involve making mistakes. This is why it so clearly states in our theme verse of Hebrews 5:14 that “the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”
This is a normal aspect of any learning process – and all the more when it comes to discernment, the prophetic and flowing in the supernatural life. This is part of your maturation as a disciple of Jesus, which always stems from Word study, experience, and discipline. You can always ask God to give you more ability to discern spirits and grow into greater maturity.
Leading and spiritual discernment
People who lead well are people who discern well.
This gift of discerning of spirits is primarily sensory and we discern the spirit realm through our emotions and our five physical senses, not through our intellect. There is a connection between maturity and discerning well, and we learn to discern through practice.
“But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”
In 1 Kings 3:9-10 we see the key to Solomon’s wisdom.
“So give thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of thine? And it was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.”
To discern well we need to know what is going on below the surface and make decisions accordingly. This is when we move from the natural to the supernatural. A leader should not feel uncomfortable when you discern things what is amiss with people and organisations because you cannot pray, disciple or lead well unless you know what you are dealing with.
Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:9 tells us love is to be balanced with knowledge and discernment. “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more
and more in real knowledge and all discernment.”
Spiritual discernment and prophetic watchmen are needed to help guard and guide the bride along the paths the Lord reveals.
To discern means we are empowered to know both good and bad spiritual influences, manifestations and operations. Discerning will involve some kind of evidence and this can only be sensed in the supernatural realm. It is not intellectual. It comes from the unseen, not the seen world.
Sometimes it is something small that triggers our senses then we can start to filter other incoming information and arrive at a conclusion and know how to act.
Some questions to ask yourself -
• Did what I sense bring fear and doubt or faith? Confusion or peace?
• Is this sense coming from my human spirit or imagination?
• Is the source the Holy Spirit or demonic?
• Did the atmosphere around become brighter or darker?
• Is there a noise? A smell? A taste?
• Is it coming from a good source or bad one?
• Is the pressure coming from demonic manipulation or Holy Spirit?
In the natural we engage our thoughts. Yet, when God is at work, we find our thoughts engaging us.
Someone shared they were trying to give a donation to a specific organisation and the process failed. She finally realised God was saving her from making an error. When I read the email plea for funds I immediately sensed it reeked. The smell was odorous. Then a sour taste formed in my mouth. The Lord revealed blatant manipulation and intimidation. This is not God’s way. Whether a scam or an organisation losing its way is not mine to judge but I praise God he stepped in and saved my friend from being involved.
What the gift of discernment is NOT
• It is not the power to discover the faults in others.
• It is not the mental ability to understand the personality and character of another.
• It is not psychological insight - of the mind.
• It is not spiritual thought reading – of the soul
Posted 12-11-18 by Rusty A Lang
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A commentary by guest blogger Troy Nipperess
God does not create doctrines to theologise away the practice of christianising pagan idols, customs and traditions.
To perpetuate this practice is not exercising our freedom in Christ or being careful not to place a "stumbling block" before people - it is using the ways and idolatries of the world in the name of Christ.
An idol or pagan practice can be no more christianised than a pagan person can be christianised.
To be a Christian, that is, to be a true follower of Jesus Christ, is to turn from what is not honouring to the LORD Himself through repentance, and to leave the old man behind through the new birth - that is, to leave the old man behind to live as a new creation in Christ.
This means, we are to live as people of the Way, Christ's Way - not the many ways of the world.
Christianised idolatry is not of God.
The world loves Christmas but it hates Christ. The world loves Santa but hates the Saviour, and the world loves the tree but hates the tree (the Cross) Jesus was crucified upon.
The world loves the egg-laying rabbit but hates the One who rose from the grave on the third day - conquering death.
The question is: what do you love more?
Is it Christmas or is it Christ?
Is it Santa or is it the Saviour?
Is it the make believe egg-laying rabbit of paganism or is it the resurrected King?
Romans 12:2 says: "Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." NLT
It is through Scripture that we see what is and what isn't honouring to God - not compromising" church fathers" from the 4th and 5th centuries.
There is no Scriptural example showing God is ok with christianised idolatry, or religious syncretism - but there are heaps showing us He is not.
Becoming all things to all men doesn't mean we become ALL things to ALL men, because to use this logic means we can become sinners to win sinners - as long as we're preaching the Gospel. And this is not what Paul was saying when he wrote 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.
So is it Christ you love, or is it the Santa of Christmas? Is it Christ you follow or the rabbit of Easter?
Posted by Rusty A Lang 9-11-18