The Discerning of Spirits

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This next gift is one that is really needed in the dangerous and perilous times that we are now living in.

The first thing to notice about this gift is that the “s” in the word “spirits” is with a small “s.” This means that it is not referring to the Holy Spirit. The only other spirits that are out there that this gift is referring to are the following three kinds of spirits:

  1. Demonic spirits
  2. God’s angels
  3. Human spirits

What happens in this gift is that the Holy Spirit will give you supernatural discernment, insight, and knowledge involving these three kinds of spirits. Many of the times, this gift will be be used to fully expose what is really going on and operating behind the scenes with someone.

Here is how this gift will come into play with each one of these kinds of spirits.

A) Demonic Spirits – with demonic spirits still being allowed to roam in the air and interact with us to some degree in this life, we really need this gift in full operation today just to handle this one type of bad evil spirit.

As you know, many times demons can literally enter into a person’s body if they have the appropriate legal rights to be able to do so. But once they are in someone’s body, they will then try and hide and not show themselves.

They know if they get caught and exposed on the inside of that person’s’ body, they risk that person either finding Jesus if they are not saved yet, or if it is a Christian, that this person will then seek out a deliverance from another believer.

Since some demons are very good at hiding on the inside of someone once they enter in, God needs to activate this gift through some of His own so they can detect when a demon is on the inside of someone and expose its presence.

Once the demon has been exposed, then you can set the person up for a deliverance. But the first thing to be able to do is to discern and detect that the demons are already on the inside of that person in the first place.

There are several ways that this type of discernment can work in this realm.

First, the people who have this gift in operation from the Holy Spirit will sometimes be able to “see” the demons manifest through a person’s eyes. Sometimes the demons just cannot help themselves and they sometimes will rise up and show themselves through a person’s eyes. They will literally be looking directly at you through this person’s eyes.

When you see this kind of a manifestation happen, what you will see is pure hate and pure evil looking at you. You will be able to tell that this is not the person they are residing in. This kind of a look can also be caught on camera quite a bit, as demons sometimes like to show themselves when that person is getting their picture taken.

Again, you do need this gift of discerning of spirits from the Holy Spirit to be able to see this when it happens, but it is very easily seen by the people who do have this gift in full operation from the Holy Spirit.

Another way that the Holy Spirit will help you discern and sense demons in someone is through either a sense of smell or a sense of feeling. Some people will get a real sick feeling in their stomach, like they want to vomit when they either see or get around someone who has a demon on the inside of them.

I have a friend who has this special gifting on the inside of her from the Holy Spirit, and this is always one of her tells when she knows that she is sensing a demon on the inside of someone.

Other people will be able to literally smell their presence, and their smell is extremely noxious and toxic. The people who have this kind of gifting say it is the worse smell they have ever smelled.

What the Holy Spirit is doing with this kind of gift is pulling back the curtains in the spiritual realm and allowing you to either see, feel, or smell the demons in the person they are residing in.

Then once the demons have been exposed as being on the inside of that person, then you can move in to set that person up for a deliverance if they will be open to it.

Another way you can pick up a demon being on the inside of someone is just through a strong inner knowing or a strong sensing from the Holy Spirit.

You may not be able to see them in the person’s eyes when they do come up and manifest, or feel them or smell them, but you can get a strong inner knowing or a strong sensing from the Holy Spirit that this person does have demons on the inside of them.

B) God’s Angels – The Bible tells us that God’s angels are also spirit beings. They are ministering spirits.

Throughout history God’s angels have appeared to people many times. The Bible is full of these kinds of stories from the Virgin Mary, to Daniel, to the apostle John in the Book of Revelation.

However, the Bible also warns us that Satan and his demons can appear to us as angels of light. As a result, you will need proper discernment from the Holy Spirit if an angel were to ever appear to you.

The false religions of Islam and Mormonism are two perfect examples of demons appearing as angels of light to the two people who started these two false religions.

If those two people would have known how to properly test a spirit appearing to them, those two demon angels could have easily been stopped dead in their tracks and those two false religions could have easily been prevented from ever having started up.

If an angel were all of a sudden to ever appear to you, the first thing you will need to do is properly test it out. 1 John tells us exactly how to do this. Here is the verse:

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, BUT TEST THE SPIRITS, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.

And this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (1 John 4:1-4)

What this means is that you directly ask the angel to identify who his Lord and Master is. He better say that it is Jesus Christ. Then you ask him to confess to you that Jesus Christ has come to our earth in the flesh.

If the angel cannot make this direct confession to you that Jesus Christ has already come to our earth in the flesh, then you are dealing with a real, live, demonic spirit masquerading as an angel of light.

At this point, you should command the demon to now leave you in the name of Jesus Christ.

In addition to the above test, you could also receive a strong discerning of spirits direct from the Holy Spirit. You will immediately sense that something is not right with this angel, and you will then pick up with a strong inner knowing that this is not an angel from God.

If it is an angel from God, you should feel a sense of peace and comfort coming in from the Holy Spirit, as He should be bearing witness that this is one of God’s angels.

C) Human Spirits – in addition to angels and demonic spirits, the third kind of spirit this gift is referring to is just our own human spirits. For instance, someone could have a bad spirit of pride on them.

It will not be a demonic spirit giving this person this kind of bad pride, it will just be his own natural spirit, as we are all totally capable of having bad kinds of spirits build up in our systems without the help of any kind of demonic spirits, since we have already been born into this world as corrupt sinners.

Where this gift will really come into play is on discerning some of the real bad apples that are out there, especially those of the criminal type such as rapists, money scammers and swindlers. Pedophiles are especially good at seducing some of the family members so they can then work themselves into getting closer to some of their younger children.

That is why parents especially have to keep a sharp eye on any new people who come into their immediate circle of influence.

Just realize that this is a gift that the Holy Spirit can manifest for you and to always keep yourself open and sensitive to anything that the Holy Spirit may want to transmit your way if you ever do come across a few bad apples such as these types.

God the Father is very protective over His own, and He will not hesitate to have His Holy Spirit give you major warning signals if you ever start to cross paths with a bad and evil apple who is either targeting you, or any of your close friends or family members for some kind of an evil act.

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  1. Yes I have heard I have discernment of spirits from charismatic pastors! I don’t agree with them saying it is from the Holy Spirit since it doesn’t fit with the characteristics of the Holy Spirit or any definition given in the Bible of 1 John 4 or 1 Corinthians claiming it to be by a message both times! Mine is just simply feeling energy around people (not acting up) and has been confirmed by others who have known it to be witchcraft or on others which is a give away because of how they dress Islam! I also don’t agree with the seeing demons as a Holy Spirit comforter thing either!

  2. I saw that someone said that everyone was focusing on demonic spirits and not angelic so this couldn’t be from God. But in reality, we don’t understand why God has called a lot of people to see demonic spirits to what’s seems like a lot more than he used to. I have been in council and have come to find out that I actually do have the discernment of spirits but I know that when I was a child, I saw angels regularly. They were like beings of pure light that made sounds of song when they talked. They we beautiful and had no kind of shape or anything. Almost like the sun when it hits your face in he morning through the window. But along with that, I have seen demonic spitrits like at like flashes of darkness running past me in a blink of the eye. Almost like when your watching a movie and then it turned off completely for a scene and your eyes stretch out and you feel that sort of complete darkness. I don’t know why God gave me this gift but reading stuff like this gives me a little more reasoning on me always feeling like I was crazy.

    • I also have this gift. I didn’t realize it for a long, long time. The purpose is that we are not ignorant of the devils devices. It’s easy to forget that we are NOT wrestling against flesh and blood, but principalities, powers, spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies. There are many people who need deliverance, but aren’t aware so don’t ask for deliverance. That’s where this gift comes in. We can in the authority Jesus Christ has given us, Holy Spirit dwelling in us, can bind and loose, cast out, impart the Holy Spirit, the peace of God, change atmospheres, usher in the KINGDOM of God wherever we are. The Angels of the Lord DO HIS WORD. When they are present ASK the Lord what is their purpose. DECLARE the WORD of GOD that happens to be needed in situation, place, etc you are seeing them. Praise God!

  3. I have always seen glimpses of full figure black covered cloaked images. I can turn around one may be walking up but when I go to focus they disappear like a shadow with full body never see face or eyes just like a hollow thing really doesn’t scare me because I keep my mind in that moment focusing on God. But I am concerned if something may be following me.

    • This exact thing happened to me. I saw the same cloaked demon when I woke in the night standing over my husband. When I got it in full vision it disappeared. Please let me know if you have more info.

      • In the name of JESUS. Satan the LORD rebuke you!!! The evil spirit did as Jesus said “I saw satan fall light lightening, the demon turned and ran like lightening out of our bedroom.” You’ve been given power over all the power of the enemy. Practice, Get out in Jesus name, I cast you out in the name of Jesus, you have no rights in Jesus name, I bind you and cast you out in Jesus NAME. Pray asking God if any ‘legal rights’ have been giving to the enemy, such as unconfessed, unrepentant sin, or agreement with the enemy such as unforgiveness, ungodly alliances, even friendships. Then listen for the small still voice, that sometimes may seem to be a spontaneous thought. Our weapons are not carnal but mighty THROUGH God. READ the WORD about how Jesus, the apostles dealt with evil spirits, PRAY, and KNOW Jesus LOVES You and is FOR you

  4. I used to wonder why i could read people just by smelling their scent when they walk past. I often hold my nose on the bus just so i will not smell them and know what they’re going through or what type of spirit(s) they have or have on them. and now i know that i am not tripping at all!

  5. Everyone needs to READ THE WORD OF GOD, PRAISE OUR LORD JESUS MORE then focusing on demonic spirits! It’s interesting that everyone is only referencing demonic spirits and not the other two types of discernment of spirits. Our Lord Jesus Christ calls us to focus on him and be fully mature in his Love. What you focus on will prevail.

    • This is another litmus test for demonic spirits. When a person pretends that the most important thing to focus on is Jesus, that person has a spirit that has been exposed. When people feel uneasy when certain spiritual facts are EXPOSED, be careful when dealing with them. If you are sincere seek deliverance. You must be happy to hear the secrets of the enemy. We are at war with Satan and we must be happy to spy into his house and know his modus operandi!

    • You know a lot of people that say focus more on Christ in leave the spirits the evil spirits alone things like that what Bible verse comes to mind when when it says all Darkness shall come to light how is the darkness to come to light if we don’t bring it to the light or the we don’t let the Lord bring it to life through us a lot of evil spirits live inside of even Christian people who say they’re Christians and they don’t want to be found out all Darkness shall come to light in Jesus name and the spirit that you have doesn’t want to be found out either you might want to get a little closer walk with the Lord

  6. I believe I have the gift of discernment. I see what people don’t normally I feel energy from people and the last two yrs if seen another realm I think I can’t see good so I take a lot of pictures if captured angry trees and little people like entities I once was very sick and what I thought would be a Angel looked like a fairy a small child color flowed from her I was at ahe she was beautiful shy timad and meek I told my mother to be quiet she didn’t want to be seen but it seemed to be fairy looking but her grace and meekness and everything showed with out a word at that moment I felt no pain but I was in between states my mother said I was seeing something she even looked so I’m not sure what to do with this gift the land ivseen things on had civil war on it a lot of blood shed I feel that wrongfull death maybe leaves angry spirits or souls here and they can’t rest I thought of being a morticain to help maybe a lost wondering soul I sacloud mainly because of what I see and feel off people I feel very alone in this world any answers for this would help

    • Ask God and he will guide you. Make sure you spend time alone with him reading the Bible and getting to know Jesus & learning scripture to protect yourself against any spiritual warfare. God bless you.

    • satan can come as an “angel of light”. A fairy weather sweet or graceful can be satan in disquise. God shows us the spirit realm for a reason in that moment and time frame. Dont feel alone in this world. You have God right? You are not alone. Seek after God, know him, follow him, and he will guide your way. You must be in lined and one with him for him to work in you. Your mind must not be in the world but in God. Transform your thinking so you think like jesus thinks. Think like jesus and do what he did. He will work in you and you will not feel alone.

    • Get baptized again and read the word of God while fasting. Ask him to reveal what he wants you to see and ask him for the baptism of the Holy spirit. Demons imitate God’s kingdom and use our gifts against us so it’s very important to discern & if your sensitivities leave you will know they were demonic and you’re free. If they increase you have to give everything to God to put them to use but the bible and holy spirit tell us that only demons pretend to be dead or lost human souls. We cannot speak with the dead God calls trying to an act of abominable defilement because it gives legal access like a doorway to the demonic realm. We are forbidden to speak to the dead for a reason. Read out deliverance renunciations and the apostles creed. Anytime you have a feeling that isn’t of God order any unclean spirits in the name of Jesus Christ to depart from you or else they will have to go into the lake of fire. Each time the feelings go away, you increase in your discernment gifts. Demons can send messages to eachother to imitate the fathers gifts and holy spirit prompted me to reply to you when you mentioned things I recognize from the demonic realm. The enemy either uses our gifts against us or we through God use our gifts against the enemy. It’s black and white. Hedge of protection and angelic assignments over you in Jesus’ name. Soak in the word and spirit, fellowship and give grace to God for the grace he gives you. Play worship music often. Give the enemy no access except what God allows to train you in his gifting according to his purposes or you are in danger and he loves you and wants you to be safe in his arms. Bless your home and annoint with oil in the shape of the cross in the name of the divine trinity. He’s calling you to war with this gift unless it goes away.

  7. If you belong to a church, ask everyone to pray for and over you. Also, certain illnesses can cause people to hallucinate. If you and your husband are Christians, and you confess that Jesus is Lord, and has walked on Earth….they are not in power over you, Jesus Christ is.

  8. I’ve been seeing demons for a while now. And I can tell you this gift is evolving. I started seeing the “typical” movie demon. But now, they are way different. Most look like some sort of creature from the ocean. Almost all of the more powerful ones are very brightly colored. They come into the room by a bright color picture that they make. Its a different one for each demon. I cannot express how beautifully colored they are. Some of the weaker ones are black and dark. The ones like this look like large spider looking things. I had even seen one that looked like it was made out of k’nex sticks. During the day, they look like shadows. But at night, they are way different. I know it is the same demon because it comes out of the same seal or picture. I had even seen them with a “man mask” on. I have even touched the webs they leave.

    My husband and I have been attacked by these things. One that looked like a bunch of bright red and green balls stuck together with jelly fish tentacles has attacked me. It came on the bed and weighed the bed down. Before I could take in a breath to say “Jesus”, it stabbed my legs. The wounds took 2 weeks before it started to heal. It looked like shingles where it got me. But, the wounds were ‘rotten’ like a bunch of spider bites.

    Most always they will leave in Jesus name, but one time a bunch of bright blue green snakes would not go. I was very afraid. It took 45 minutes of prayer and rebuking my sins before the name of Jesus would work. Also, on a few… you have to say “Yeshua”. I don’t know why.

    I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience or had seen these very bright colored demons. Has anyone noticed their gift evolving like this?

    • wow,, not my experience to date. have experienced a mattrice i acquired for a few weeks many years ago now,that something seriously was on or in the bed weighing me down several times but no visual manifestations to really speak of . again, as yet! I have drawn much closer to Jesus through additions and other set falls of life . nearing retiring age now. thank you for your experience here, Praise the Lord!!!

    • Rose,

      I have not seen this bright colored demons before. I am interested to know if you were asleep (like dreaming the in spirit realm) or fully awake? I have seen demons but more like the movie one’s first and then the more black and crawly ones. I woke up this morning with a very small bruise on my shoulder and I know I didn’t run into anything or poke myself. I thought maybe I get bit by a spider but there is no bump to confirm a bite it just looks like a bruise. But, I am starting to evolve in my gifts but haven’t gotten as operative as you have with these colored demons.

    • ^^^^
      Yes, the one I saw standing next to my bed was bright red holding some type of weapon.
      I yelled, “WHO IS IT???”
      in the blink of an eye, it was gone.
      I felt God’s presence surrounding me and protecting me through the entire experience.

      • Omg something like this happened to me I JUST started evolving my gift. I see ghost and lost spirits and angels but that one night I was woken up and something was by my closet with red eyes it was scary but God was protecting me I screamed and it disappered. This just means fear is trying to trap your gift don’t get scared just get closer with God. Seek his words and messages and they’ll disappear

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