What if you could be a REAL Superhero? What if you could operate in the very special gift of the Holy Spirit known as discerning of spirits and have x-ray vision?
You can! You can enter a gateway and see into the spirit realm, day or night. Discerning of spirits is God’s way of elevating your life into the realm of the Spirit. It allows you to see things as they really are through prayer and discernment.
What is your favorite Superhero? I might be a bit old-fashioned, but I still love SUPERMAN (and SUPERGIRL). In particular, their ability to see things that no one else around them could see.
God has developed His own x-ray vision for His people!
In my new book, Love Speaks: 21 Ways to Recognize God’s Multi-Faceted Voice, I share more about the gifts of the Holy Spirit which the Apostle Paul lists in 1 Corinthians 12 that are available to every believer (who is operating in them by faith) to help you hear the multi-faceted voice of God.
Here is a simple definition of discerning of spirits, “It’s a supernatural enablement to see into the spirit world. By this insight, inspired by the Holy Spirit, you can discern the glory of God, the risen Christ, hosts of angels, or even Satan and his demonic forces.”
Discerning of Spirits: Old and New Testament
Besides being found as a gift in Paul’s list to the Corinthians, we find this gift in operation through the Spirit throughout both the Old & New Testaments.
Ezekiel saw the glory of God next to the river. Isaiah saw the Throne. Jesus saw Satan fall from Heaven like lightening. Before Stephen was martyred he saw the glory of God. John, the Revelator, saw the visions of Christ.
“The telescope may reveal the galaxies of space,” wrote Howard Carter, “and the microscope the mysteries of the minute, but only the discerning of spirits can introduce us to the spirit world.”
Growing Your Gift
So how can you grow in your operation of this gift? By faith, of course! Begin to pray and ask the Lord to activate this gift in your inner spirit. It is especially helpful in discerning good and evil in your environments. It helps you to stay on a good course of action at all times.
Combining this gift with your prayer life is a BOOST to your supernatural experience. It is also a very present “help” in time of need. This includes when you are praying for people to be free from addiction, physical healing, or even demonic oppression.
I have met some people who have never “seen” in the Spirit realm but have “sensed” both angels and/or the demonic realm by operating in this gift. This tells me that the Lord is creative as He operates this gift through each of us. Some “see” and others “sense.”
A final word of encouragement from Howard Carter,
“If one covets the greater gifts, and the LORD is pleased to bestow them, you will be led deeper into your spiritual heritage, and will witness the gracious, yet unlimited, power of God in operation. A consciousness that has become truly united with God in His work is able to continue the beneficent ministry of the MASTER which commenced 2,000 years ago.”
I remember reading an extraordinary story of John G. Lake, a pioneer healing evangelist in the early Pentecostal days. He was discourages because many were not being set free. So one evening he operated in the gift of discernment and saw into the spirit realm. He beheld a whole army of demons desperately trying to stop the power of God’s Spirit. Moreover, he also saw they were unable to stop it.
The glory of God won the battle, and the darkness lost. What an encouragement for this man who had labored in prayer for an answer. Healings and miracles broke out and the discouragement he had felt lifted!
So go ahead SUPERMAN or SUPERGIRL and trust God for x-ray vision!
Read also: How You Can Stir Up Your Spiritual Gifts