Discernment of Spirits: Ability or Spiritual Gift? (Does Seeing Demons Mean That I Have a Gift?)

Discernment_of_SpiritsMy blog post, ‘8 Signs You May Have the Spiritual Gift of Discernment’ is the most-visited article on Enliven Blog.

Recently, I turned off the comment option on my discernment articles because of the time it was taking me to answer repeated questions. One thing I have been asked a lot is:

Q: Does seeing demons mean that I have a spiritual gift of discernment?

This is a great question. I have even had people say, ‘If this is a gift, how do I stop it, because I don’t like it!’

How can I tell if my Discernment is a Spiritual Gift?

‘Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.’ (1 Cor 12:7)

Just because people have an ability to see into the spiritual realm, and see evil spirits, does not mean that they have a spiritual gift from the Holy Spirit. [1]

Here are some Hallmarks of a Spiritual Gift from God:

1. It is sourced in the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:4)

2. A spiritual gift builds the church community—it helps people and draws them closer to Jesus (1 Cor 12:7)

3. A spiritual gift bears good fruit. The outcome of exercising a spiritual gift is one of honour to God. (1 Cor 12:6)

4. A spiritual gift is based in God’s love. (1 Cor 13)

So the first question to ask is, ‘Does my ability to see in the spiritual realm have the characteristics of a spiritual gift—as outlined in the New Testament?’ ‘Is it producing good fruit (making a lasting difference) in my life and in others?’ (John 15:5, 16)

A Spiritual Gift of Discernment in the Early Stages

If you are a Spirit-filled Christian, and can’t immediately see some of the traits of a spiritual gift that I have mentioned above, it does not mean that you do not have a discernment gift.

Your spiritual gift may be in the early stages of development.

Just as a baby or child needs guidance to grow, a Christian believer with a newly emerging spiritual gift needs the wisdom of oversight to know how to use it. This is why discussion of spiritual gifts in the NT is in the context of the church community. (1 Cor 12-14)

What we Need to Learn about our Gift of Discernment

Some of the things we need to learn when we are developing a gift of discernment and seeing into the spiritual realm are:

  • The authority that we have as children of God over the demonic realm and that we do not need to be afraid
  • Wisdom to know how to respond to what we see
  • The power of prayer and how to pray effectively in times of spiritual warfare
  • How to exercise our gift in the context of church community
  • Honouring oversight and responding to leadership in a Godly way
  • How to keep our hearts free of judgments, suspicion and fear
  • How to focus primarily on what God is doing and respond to that, rather than on what the enemy is doing.

A spiritual gift of discernment needs to be teamed up with these things in order to be effective and grow to maturity.

When Discernment is not due to a Spiritual Gift

It is possible have the capacity to see into the spiritual realm and to perceive demons, that is not sourced in a spiritual gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit.

For example, an ability to see into the spiritual realm may be due to

  • An ‘open doorway’ (licence) being created through occult involvement, New Age, or other means where there has been an intentional opening to demonic activity and influence,
  • The leadership or abuse of others in this area, or
  • Through a generational doorway that needs to be closed (i.e. ancestors’ involvement in the above)

When this is the case, the ‘fruit’ of such discernment and spiritual sight is usually negative, resulting in torment, fear, division, confusion and so on.

I also believe that some people have an innate, natural ability to see in the spiritual realm.

From a young child, I was very aware of the spiritual realm—an ability that God later redeemed as a spiritual gift of discernment. Along the way, I allowed bad choices and fear to create a licence for demonic oppression. I am grateful for ministry in my church that led me through repentance, with the embracing of Biblical truth that brought me to freedom and purified the spiritual gift of discernment in my life. [3]

Your Heavenly Father gives Good gifts

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13)

Jesus has given us the assurance that a spiritual gift from our Heavenly Father is good, and that we do not need to fear being given something harmful when we are asking for the Holy Spirit. And that includes His gift of discernment.


Notes:

[1] For more information about the gift of discernment of spirits, see the post, ‘What is the Spiritual Gift of Discernment?’

[2] For further insights about the gift of discernment related to this, see the following:

8 Signs You May Have The Spiritual Gift of Discernment

8 Ways to Grow Your Gift Of Discernment

[3] If you are concerned about the possibility of demonic oppression for yourself and others, know that Jesus has made the pathway to freedom simple through His work on the cross. Through appropriate repentance and prayer, any licence such as I mentioned can be revoked and doorways closed, in Jesus’ Name. See my article, ‘Prayer Ministry Ideas and Guidelines’ for important information about prayer ministry in this and other areas.


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80 thoughts on “Discernment of Spirits: Ability or Spiritual Gift? (Does Seeing Demons Mean That I Have a Gift?)

  1. Mrs. Calder

    At times I think that I have the gift of spiritual discernment, but at other times I am unsure… For example, a few weeks ago during prayer God showed me a vision of a tounge. The tounge was in @ the pulpit of the church one minute and then it was bouncing around all over the church lashing out on people, and the people were hurt….
    Well last night during bible study, a member of the church started making some what seemed to be angry outbursts… As the Pastor continued to teach, the member continued to make outbursts in the form of angry questions or statements…. it got to the point that the member jumped up and went to the back, and never returned to the study….

    My mind went back to the tounge I saw in a vision….. was this discernment?

    • Hi Amy,
      Yes it could be discernment if what is taking place is spiritual warfare, I think it is also prophetic intercession, Holy Spirit showing you what is taking place either ahead of time or behind the scenes so you can pray. Wonderful gift either way, ask Him for direction when you see something me that.
      🙂 Helen

    • I have all of the gifts, but in different ways. I have powers, but I can’t perform miracles like Moses or Jesus. I have some prophecy but i am sometimes wrong. I see things but they can not be fully there. I can heal, but my powers don’t allow me to physically heal, only to spiritually heal and to ease pain. What does it mean? Why do I have all of these? I’m just a kid. Why?

  2. When I was twelve I started having a distinct feeling of déjà vu. Having a strong feeling the event happening I had thought about weeks and sometimes years before. At twelve I accepted Christ, and shortly after I started seeing shadowy figures. In the doorway if my room, at the top of the stairs. Always in my home, I was afraid at first. But once I no longer allowed it to be a distraction I no longer saw them. I can remember speaking and saying I am not afraid. I never saw a ” spirit” again. Years later I became distinctly aware that the events currently happening I envisioned prior. I remembered. However in the past these visions were few and far in between. Now I not only remember but they happen often. So often that I don’t know if the vision is my wishful thinking, my imagination, or visions from The Lord. Does this sound like discernment?

    • I feel like I’m going to a lukewarm church and that they just sing happy praises over and over and it’s like really repetitive and I’m not trying to be disrespectful but something isn’t right with that church it’s the same or similar things over and over and over and what they really need to do is take out those counterfeit Bibles and get the real deal one which is the King James Bible if you like The pastors only preaching words that people want to hear he’s not preaching the King James Bible
      I know is that he gets caught up in telling the congregation his life stories and he gets way off topic in church and don’t want to be disrespectful but I think I’m not going to assume and I don’t want to assume but something tells me that he might be a wolves in sheep’s clothing only preaching the good not what he should really be preaching what he really should be preaching is the King James Bible if you’re not reading the King James Bible then you’re probably reading from a counterfeit I would be very careful what kind of bible will you read all the new Bible they have all nowadays are counterfeit normal is that the words have been messed with and that some of the Scriptures are missing avoid the NIV and avoid the new King James version and avoid any Bible with strange initials that don’t seem quite right I think people need to get back on the right path with God and that if they really want to get back on the right path I highly suggest the King James version Bible because with the reading and churches nowadays isn’t the real deal Bible they read counterfeits and is most likely an NIV or something like
      that if you want the real deal Bible then that would be the King James Bible do not read the New King James Bible
      The new King James Bible is just a knock off of the real deal King James Bible the real King James Bible has all of the Scriptures and all of the correct words and it’s perfect well I did is I want to I want there around my house and I found a lot of counterfeit Bibles and I read them once and I know it’s a lot of stuff was missing and like hey somethings not right here so I shut those Bibles and and stopped reading them because a lot of the scripture was missing and the words were out of place and there was an incorrect capitalize station in the words Holy Spirit and words like those Avoid the NIV at all cost and Bibles just like it yes even the new American Standard version Bible because if you knows the word no they tweak the Bible it’s disrespectful against God to mess around with the Bible it’s an abomination against God to add or take away from his holy word order to change the words or whatever the evil bad people do if you really want an authentic true word Bible that’s completely true then I highly suggest the King James version

      Here’s a really useful website

      Jesus is Savior.com
      You’ll find a lot of shocking truth there and I hope you find the King James Bible it’s the real deal people

      All the counterfeit Bibles are trying to trick you the ones are missing verses or have the words incorrect don’t read the counterfeits if you have a Bible in your house check to make sure it’s the King James version if it’s not the King James version then it’s probably a counterfeit and if I were you I’d throw out the counterfeit Bibles and get the King James one

      You tube sight to go to
      dockidds you will find what you need to know there he is a real deal preacher

  3. I think I have the gift of decerning spirits … I remember as a small child talking to spirits and knowing it was a bad spirit ..almost every house or apartment I stayed it I felt when there was a presence … I also felt like a stranger and misunderstood at Church many a time including when I was young ..I always could somehow feel and sense death on people since I was a small child … I can sense phony people in the Church all the time and it drives me crazy .. I’m always telling my Pastor that someone is not right .. I can’t stand injustice in the Church .. If someone is in some kind of pain weather it be physical or mental I can feel it .. I just recently moved out of a apartment that I sensed had spirits … I seen a demon hovering in a corner of my bedroom that had a strange Odor in and the next night I seen something that aluminated the corner of the room and then a series of numbers in the same spot … I feel I have a gift but really don’t know what it is ..

    • Hi Cassie,
      I hope you have been able to receive some helpful information from the article above. See the list of ‘hall marks of a spiritual gift’ – these are the things to aim for as you explore the possibility of a spiritual gift. Have a look around at the other discernment articles on this website, too. (Select ‘Discernment’ in the list of categories on the right hand side.’)

  4. I am a young Christian and I believe I have the gift of discernment. As a child ive always been able to see things such as demons and such… I have been prayed over many times and been told this could be my gift.. Im beginning to think it is..i just dont really want to admit it I guess.

    • Hi Rachel, rest assured that God is good and all of His gifts, including discernment, are good 🙂
      ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.’ (James 1:17)
      I know it can be hard to navigate in the area of discernment in the early years, it certainly helps strengthen the prayer life!

  5. Hi Helen. I really don’t know specifically what gift I have still. I pray for Gods guidance. Since I was a child I used to see things and I thought something was wrong with me(looking back). As the yrs past my first encounter was I had a dream of a house fire days later it was on the news. Helen I believe The Lord is working through me. I can be standing by someone and The Lord would reveal to me for example: if the person was depressed, stressed, lonely, if the person is battling with a sickness or even if a person has a heart condition. Resently The Lord showed me specifics of where pain was on someone’s body and it came to pass. Just to mention a few things. Helen I just pray for these people as I am revealed things to me. Im still in prayer about how to use, when to use, and where to use my gift. God has blessed me with a gift and I want to give it back by helping others.

    • Hi Vicky, it does sound as though you are ministering in discernment and prophetic intercession – a precious ministry.
      (I have written about prophetic intercession here: http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2012/08/06/prophetic-intercession-its-power-and-pitfalls/
      The main thing is loving and helping others through the gift and ministry God has given you. It can still be helpful to identify a gift so you can focus on investing into and growing it, and true to the nature of our creative God, everybody is wired differently even within the different gift ‘groups’ so sometimes it isn’t easy to identify a gift we have, more a journey!

  6. When I was younger I dreamed of my cousins casket before he passed and have constant deja vu.. about 2 years ago I was not living with god and being taunted by demonic activity such as a man, black cats, items flying around my house.. now I am completely with god inside and out but I have a strong feeling of discernment mostly with demonic activity, my appliances keep going out just last night I was dreaming of my 8 month old receiving something spiritually and was woken up by my alarm clock making zapping sounds. When I was pregnant I was dreaming about casting out demons of everybody I prayed for . I am now wondering if this is a gift of discernment or an open doorway from either my past are ancestral?

  7. Hi Felicia, yes I understand your concerns, sometimes it is not easy to find our pathway forwards in this area. It is a walk of faith and prayer. Ultimately a gift will produce good fruit, fruit that sees atmospheres changed for good, people helped, set free and brought closer to God and the church blessed and grown. If you are having struggles, receiving prayer about generational/ancestral issues could be helpful, see http://enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2012/09/11/prayer-ministry-ideas-and-guidelines/
    Receive His peace.

  8. Hi Helen,
    I So Gratefull of reading the book unlocking the gift of discernment
    As A Child I could see evil spirits on the faces of 2xfamily friends
    who in later years developed severe mental illnesses
    when they visiited our house I would cry and cover my eye as the spirits were so disgusting to see
    everynight other spirits would come and torment me in my room
    it was clear even at that age that they knew I could see them
    and used that to try and terrify me, I would wet the bed rather than get out of bed into the images I saw in my room,
    Other odd thing, mirrors used to scare me
    I would see things in them like at the barbers
    would see spirits on poeple in the mirror or in a shop window
    but not when looking directly at them
    Up until the Very Night I was saved I could not sleep with my door closed
    The First Night of the best sleep ever was had the night I committed my life to christ
    as un unsaved teenager I discovered I could find other kids
    lost items
    As Soon as I was saved and started in an excellent church under leadership and in fellowship, I began to experience the spiritual
    in a very different way, it was as if God himself had gone in my tool shed, chucked out everything I had, and replaced them with shiny new tools that worked Properly
    But boy oh Boy, talk about a “cow with a gun”
    The first thing that happened was I noticed that being short sighted that when I took off my glasses I could very easily see
    angelic/demonic forms/shadows , I was with my fellowship group
    and one of my new friends thought they should hide my glasses
    we were expecting a pizza delivery ,
    I looked at the open front door (without my glasses) and saw someone standing there, Hi I said in a loud voice, bring it in here
    The others stopped talking and the leader said ‘Who are you talking to”. they guy at the front door I said, there was further silence, “But theres no-one there” “what?”, just then the lady (who dabbled in witchcraft unbenogst to us )who owned the house we were in started howling and crying, we all then realised something was up,
    as a group we sprang into action and went all round the house praying whilst a female leader consoled the lady
    I went with another friend into the basement laundry to pray over house
    and immediately heard the word “nightmare” in my spirit plus also felt just a we bit freaked out – this being that the cat was now out of the bag about what I could see
    we prayed and my friend ordered the spirit to leave and
    ask for angels to come to the house and guard the lady
    Boy were my friends a bit scare of me after that
    I suggested it would be better if the refrain from stealing my glasses in future
    And thats my first gung ho experience with discernment as a brand new christian 18 years ago

  9. my own since I was a child I see strange people stoning me when am asleep I notice DAT does people cannot be seen with physical eye
    naw DAT am twenty I can see beyond igimation I can hear someone calling my name I usually see my self casting out demon in my dream I can since someone emotions and felling

  10. Hi hi guys nd thanks 2 KING JESUS 4 this wonderful article nd guys I’m also having the gift of discerning I’m usually sensing the present of GOD like wind nd when a devil worship is at church I sense them is like nd even the ather spirits nd GOD is bein great bcs I even see coloures nd I knw the mind of ppl when they think gud or bad about me nd when their angry or being hurt I sense it in my spirit nd GOD is great nd trust us the most important thing is 2 b closer 2 GOD through prayer nd worship John 15v3 GOD is strong than anything in this world nd GOD live in us so Greater is GOD within us that all evil spirit nd Satan in the world. GOD bless guys nd GOD love ya

  11. Hi and thanks for your blog.
    I have recently been told by an associate that I have the gift of discernment and they were told in a dream to tell me. I am 31 and became a Christian when I was about 12. I really didn’t know a lot about spiritual gifts, but since being told that I have this gift I have been researching. I have had visions of dark things since I was young and have at times found them very scary and have not understood it. More recently in life I feel connected to people in a way that I can read them before I really even know them…also at times I can sense when something bad is going to happen- especially when it involves my own family. Late last year after seeing a hooded figure in my driveway God visited me and it was the most overwhelming experience. I really do feel that I have this gift and really would like to learn more about how I can use it positively and manage it so it’s a happy experience for me and my family. Any advice is appreciated. Blessings to you.

    • Hi Elizabeth, yes a gift from God is for good (Luke 11:11-13), He will honour your journey to steward the gift well! Have a look at the articles in he discernment category (right hand side of this page) as you will find some more information. Be blessed!

  12. Helen,
    I am reading on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and I believe I have the spirit of discernment. In my teens I was able to read people for who they really are without them having to say a word to me just be visual. So far I am always correct. At times I have a tendency to give people a second chance but as always I find out they are no good(evil). I can tell if someone is in the spirit or not.
    Also, when I travel I pick up on negative energy that would make me sick or depress that I will have to leave the area or if I am driving I will be in a hurry to get far away from the area. Once I leave the area I can breathe easy. Is this a gift?

  13. Hi Hannah, it does seem that you have a discernment ability and potential spiritual gift. I believe that as you continue to hunger for God, surrender that ability to Him, ask Him to use it as a gift, learn to nurture it and use it for good, it can grow.
    The thing about spiritual gifts is that they can grow from small beginnings, so this is a time for you to steward the ability that God has given to you. May you be richly blessed in the journey.
    I talk about stages of spiritual gift development here (prophecy, but it also relates to discernment) https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2009/10/30/how-to-develop-your-prophetic-gift-pt-2-understand-your-season/

  14. I have been seeing “things” and hearing things since I was little. Me and my sister shared a room growing up and we both saw things that I haven’t been able to talk to other people about. We saw doorknobs turn, saw apparitions of people even in daylight. I saw orbs, 3 at once outside and these weren’t those dusty particles you see in pics. The ones I saw were solid balls of light that would get very bright and fade out and disappear. I saw a dark shadow dart from one room to another one time, heard voices, footsteps, even a horse neigh one time and was held down in bed once and couldn’t move my legs. Most of this happened when I was a teen but every now and then throughout my adult life I would see or hear something or “feel” something was there, I’m 41 now. Now I am a Christian and am always asking God for guidance and wisdom. A few months ago I was at work and in a corner of a room where I was cleaning I felt a very strong presence that all the hairs on my arms stood up and my bosses dog came to me and she stopped and started growling and her hair was standing on her back and she took off and yelped. That dog has never done that! Not long after that, I felt that presence again in a different area and that time I rebuked it and told it to never come back there again. I haven’t felt anything since. Today, while at someones house, we were talking and she asked me to come inside and see if I “felt” anything in there, cause she sounds just like me…as soon as I came in I felt something a little but when I got to the hallway and looked at a door I felt a very strong presence and the hair on my arms stood up and I pointed to the place and told her what I was feeling. She said she felt the night before someone was watching her from that spot. I told her she might want to have her home blessed. I have been having dreams a lot lately but they make no sense at all, very strange. And I can tell what kind of a person is by the first time I meet them. I am confused to what this is I have. I’m afraid of accidently inviting something into my home. I don’t go and look for it, it just happens out of the blue but it all kinda scares me a little. I don’t watch scary movies or anything cause I kinda feel I’m sensitive to things.

  15. I started experience the gift of discernment at a pretty young age, maybe you ng teen. It frightened me for a long time to the point I would avoid certain people, or avoid certain places that I saw spirits in peoples eyes or felt bad spirits in certain places. I thought I was a freak or a weirdo or something was wrong with me like I was going crazy. But after gpinf through cleansing stream that help me remove allot of foot holds in my life. I decided to ask my pastor what this was I told her i think I have some special gifts but I dont know if its something good or something bad it freaks me out. I told her I have the ability to reconize bad spirits even evil spirits on people through there eyes and through a feeling I get when I enter a room. My pastor said to me shawna that’s a very powerful gift of discernment and its one god gives us, but you need to become a mentor before you can understand what it is. Sne said it can be very powerful gift its not really common gift but its something you need to be educated on to make sure you are understanding it and be sure its coming from a good place. I never again talked about it with her. I eventually fell out of church wasn’t putting god first in my life so my gifts didn’t lay prominent as before every once and while id feel or see and here recently I gave my life back over to christ and now im having my gifts come out full force again. I first felt a little fearful because its a powerful gift, but I finally didn’t let it fear me. I took knowledgement of the gifts and asked god to reveal why I have then. He put it in my heart that this gift is something ill need and will use for my purpose in life. I always knew I had a greater purpose which was revealed to me but I didn’t want or accept what I was chosen to do because I feared I couldn’t handle the responsibility or face failer, but many years later here I am again confronted with these gifts and its something I battle with because I dont want to misuse them or misconstrued what I think is a gift from god to something thats not godly so my fear kept me from developing fully . Now im at the stage in my life. Im ready to fight for god and be his warrior and tool the break down all demonic forces and deliver those who want god in there lives to be free from the bondage the enemy has over them. I know that im not suppose to use these gifts until permitted by god to do so through his will and guidance and hes to prepare me for a spirituaL warfare thats where I will become a full armor for god and rebuke these spirits from non believers and bring them to christ.

  16. At a young age I could see things that happened in the past and future. Also, I could see dark shadows lingering. As, I got older I started noticing peoples eyes some of them were black dolid black snd some had distorted faces at times. I ve always known god. It seems as I got older and older the gifts I had got stronger. I could sense good and evil, sickness,and health etc. I never told snyone until one day I was working and dropped 20 glasses of drink. Something I had never fone as a waitress I became physically ill and something took over me and I started telling this woman who was a stranger some info.about her mother a message at that instant her phone rang it was the nursing home saying het mother had just past away.also, my baby was murdered in utero wjile I wad still pregnant 6 months my ex husband, I felt her spirit leave and saw it begore the nurse came to me and said your baby just died.many many more things have happened to me. I finally explained these things to my mother and children and of coursethe lafy that day eho was the mayors wife of all people.I thought they were spiritual gifts from god and have always used them accordingly. But all the while I’ve kept these things to myself as much as possible for fear someone would think I was crazy or lying.now internet was not of my age but now it is and in looking up to see what this gift might be my mind was blown to see and hear all these comments from so many people. I know now that what I’ve always had are gifts from god. Thank you god for these special gifts for without them I may have led an different life.amen and thank u for claryifying that I am not crazy. Just blessed. I eill continue my good works in the name of god, jesus chrrist,and the holy spirit amen.

  17. My daughter is 14. She has been seeing demonic spirits for a while now. She used to be very fearful of them but has since learnt she has authority over them by speaking the name of Jesus. Now she ignores them as just another one and rolls over and goes back to sleep. I used to play in the new age before coming to Christ so we prayed over that to break any holds that may have had on her including ancestral. She had an encounter with God where she saw His hand touch her. Since then she has been seeing things God wants her to see. She is confused though as sometimes she is seeing family members that have passed and she wants to know is that of God. She can also feel other peoples moods as if they were her own. What are the best resources I can direct her to to learn more about this gift and understanding everything that comes with it and grow her gift for God. She has been prayed over a couple of times and been told she has this gift before she really realised it herself. I want to make sure she learns to use it as God intends and for her to discern what she is seeing. Is she being deceived by satan showing her family members or is that God showing her something in way she’ll understand?

    • Hi Andrea, growing in the gift of discernment, and purifying it, is a journey. I think with your daughter, given her age, the main thing is take it gently, only as she is ready, and always from a position of faith. the chief enemy to guard against is fear. And it sounds as though you are doing that brilliantly. She’s so blessed to have you there to guide her. As far as your question about seeing family members – as with any form of revelation or discernment, the key is to go back to the Scripture as the standard of truth and then weigh up against what the Bible says. For example – Christian family members who have passed away – the bible says, ‘absent from the body, present with the Lord.’ So they are with Jesus, not here on earth. Pray further into this. Is your daughter seeing into the Heavenly realms, or seeing the person as present right here and now? Weigh whether truth or deceiving spirit from the Scripture… that’s my thoughts and it’s a journey for you to go on carefully and full of love and grace. 🙂 May you and your family be richly blessed this Christmas and New Year, Andrea.

  18. My sister says she is a Christian, but she is deeply involved in the teachings of Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine, reiki, gemology, and other New Age practices. She has been very sick lately to the point that she went to Mayo Clinic. They found no specific illness, but suggested that her personality is the root of her physical ailments. She claims to be very sensitive to “things that other people aren’t aware of”, yet she seems to lack the awareness of the effect of her involvement in un-Christlike activities. I think God has given me discernment of spirits and I suspect that she is oppressed by several demonic entities. I have wanted to approach the subject with her for a long time, but she sets up situations with me in which she feels disappointed because I don’t meet her expectations. She says I am irresponsible and other things that aren’t true, keeping me on edge most of the time. I would greatly appreciate any advice about whether I should bring up the subject of demonic oppression with her. At the very least, I believe she needs to quit the aforementioned practices and seek God wholeheartedly, although I’m pretty sure she would be very offended and react defensively, saying she is totally relying on God.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I am on vacation until 12th January, so check back here for my reply after this date. Happy New Year 2015!

    • Hi Alicia, thanks for leaving the message and I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you.
      Yes it sounds as though you have Godly insight as to what is taking place with your sister. As you say, it is difficult to approach someone when all the defenses are up.
      I believe in the power of prayer in these situations. Pray and bind deception and the philosophies that you mention, pray for the Spirit of God to give her discernment and impress the thoughts and heart of God upon her heart.
      It looks difficult right now from where you are standing, but God has put you in her life and the Holy Spirit is at work in her… keep an attitude of faith that He’s at work, and pray for the opening you need, and that she herself will ask the questions.

      • Thank you for the excellent advice. I will follow those steps and stand firm in faith that God is at work. Alicia

  19. I truly believed that I have the gift of discernment, although it only manifest in dreams. yes, I was involved in the occult, spiritism and Santeria, and I pretty much regret that, although maybe it is something that was meant to be. During that time I had constant dreams of me fighting against demons, I mean tough physical fights that made me wake up totally exhausted the next day. I also felt very guilty for doing this; I didn’t know much about God and Jesus but something in me knew that it was wrong

    After a while I instinctively started using the name of Jesus Christ to fight these demons; it was a tumultuous period of my life; but I ended up beating them in the name of Jesus and not being afraid.

    After a while I went back to these occult practices and started having the spiritual dreams again. It was weird, I was doing this Santeria and using the name of Jesus Christ (unconsciously) to fight these demons in my dreams. Needless to say that it was very common to be called names in my dreams, such as hypocrite, and deservely so.

    After I put behind all these dark beliefs and some of the rites that I had at home, I started reading the bible and praying to God and his son Jesus Christ. Then something started happening; in my dreams I could, at first glance, sense if a person or entity was good or bad. Sometimes some of these demons were showing up with good friendly faces but I could sense the evil in them; so I inmefiately would start invoquing the name of Jesus Christ and they would get angry and turn into their true shapes.

    I don’t have these sort of dreams anymore. I pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ and I can enjoy peaceful dreams most of the time now. A couple of weeks ago I had a beautiful and powerful spiritual dream but I cannot recall it for the life of me
    however, I had another dream a couple of days ago and this one I can recall completely and I am very confused;
    In this dream I was in a strange place, I would guess in a sort of spiritual realm; there was a big war going on and a lot of destruction and devastation; suddenly I look up and see the army of God that is fighting against bad creatures and bad people; I thought that as a sinner my end was near and that there was no point in trying to flee, so I sat and prayed to God; I was very afraid and could hardly pray. Suddenly I got surrounded by a group of angels (with wings and holding swords). The leader stepped forward in a very kind manner and requested something from another angel that looked like a bowl or jar, and he poured this liquid in my legs. My legs turned very strange with a bronzed color; after that he did the same on my neck and back and a beautiful pair of wings sprouted from my back. After that I woke up (my dog was barking)

    I commented this dream to a spiritual woman that I know and she said that the dream was spiritual but demonic because we humans do not turn into Angels; I don’t know what to think because I never felt any evil presence and more than that I had this feeling as if the leader angel was being commanded by God.
    is it possible that I am being deceived?

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I am on vacation until 12th January, so check back here for my reply after this date.

      • Hi there Elio, thanks for making contact and asking the question. Dreams are not literal, but are symbolic. That you received wings in the dream does not necessarily mean that you were turning into an angel, the wings may represent something God is doing in your life. For example, that He is increasing your capacity and understanding of authority to overcome the demonic realm, to know that in Him you are lifted up above the darkness. You are an overcomer.
        I won’t comment further because we do not give dream interpretations online, but I trust that helps.

  20. Can you help me figure this out. As a child I had the ability to read people and sense things. I would often hear spirits and at times see them. But I was raised as a Christian and had great love for God and Jesus and have seen all his blessings. A few years ago I fell away a bit from my faith and every where I went if there was a pyschic around they would stop me and say u have the third eye your like me. I would get this a lot. After going through a break up with my boyfriend I was torn over it I knew he loved me , but I was with a friend who was speaking with a medium and she said to me why don’t u finish her reading you can hear them. And I did so I was torn with this and I heard them more and saw them more. But my heart and prayers always with jesus. These spirits showed themselves to me as demon what they really were. I know God intervened on my behalf , I was receiving messages and was questioning these spirits. At first I was terrified trying to rebuke it until I got the scripture fear not. .. anyway my problem is I always felt different as a child and growing up , heard things saw things could read people etc. But I also saw the blessings of God. Now my problem is I know when their around and they talk to me. I try to ignore it and pray but I really hear these demons and the dark shadows. I don’t invite this I pray and read scripture every night. I know where my heart is but at times when I command it through the name of Jesus christ to speak truth and leave it tells me what it’s done and doing. It tells me jesus loves my heart and my love is strong and that it’s weak because of my love. It tells me it doesn’t need to be invited they can go anywhere it tells me I’m wise to know it’s presence and to trust in God and Jesus because they are all powerful and command everything. It tells me love wins and how it tries to rob people of love because it wants people to hurt. It freaking talks to me but always bad until I command it in the name of Jesus. I’m trying to keep an even temperature with this because I’ve seen God’s blessings.. and know God’s power and it doesn’t hesitate to say anything different. There’s so much more I’d like to share but somehow idk what to make of all this now. Discernment of spirits? Yes I’m going through spiritual warfare right now but I know my heart and love and happiness are of God. But never have I read a blog that someone actually has one talking to them and telling them things. I know their after gods people it told me and it told me it had to reveal itself to me because God made it. It also tells me what it does , now not so often anymore but I do know when it’s present. I know when your weak is when they try to attack the most. . But it also tells me I’m av strong woman of God and my love is powerful. I know it’s all weird sometimes I just feel crazy. Is it a gift or curse. I prayed to god to take it away but to no avail. At first when I realized what it was and I was fearful it did all kinds of crazy things to my car my home but once I learned not to be afraid through jesus now idk .. what is this

  21. Thanks for your article and heart for Christians discovering the gift of discernment. I wonder if you could affirm that I may be experiencing this gift? I have always sensed the spiritual realm, and have seen demonic presences, felt spirits and taken on oppressive feelings since a young teen. Lately, I have been growing in my relationship with Christ and have been experiencing His goodness. Coinciding with this is an increasing sensitivity to that which is good and of Him and the darkness that is not of Him. I have recently seen people I know with the same “face” but I almost lose my balance and for a moment I almost don’t recognize their face because they are unfamiliar. I also sense darkness strongly, and become angry and depressed by certain people and I have to leave to pray and read my bible. I have felt God’s goodness, but I also have dreams of demons entering my body or tormenting me. I also sense sprit is and evil in certain locations, and become unnaturally afraid. I do desire this gift, and I want God to use it for His glory. Any advice?

  22. I too for years at times have “seen” evil spirits in some people’s eyes ( or at times the demon is superimposed over their face) but I have also seen what I believe to be the light of the Holy Spirit shining in other people eyes. The only answer I could think of is I figure those people in those moments are yielding to that particular spirit. For example years ago I was talking in the car with someone and just before they said a blasphemous statement about Jesus I saw a shadow cross their eyes even though it was night time and dark in the car. Another time a person was speaking negatively about me to myself and I at first thought they were right about what they were saying about me, but when I looked up and saw their eyes, I saw that they were being influenced and I told them straight something along the lines of “I can’t believe it, I just got my breakthrough today at church about being forgiven and now the enemy is trying to use you to say there is something wrong with me” (this person has an issue with jealousy towards me). I have been praying to the Lord for more understanding and praying for those I have seen the enemy. I just wish I could meet a Christian with similar experiences, I sometimes feel so alone though I know the Lord is with me but not many people understand.

    • Hi Ada, I understand and have experienced similar things. I hope the many articles I have shared on this site are a help to you.

  23. Hello!?
    I’ve been reading your article lately and i experiencing some of the signs of gift of discernment. Does dreaming always of fighting with demons is a sign that i have a gift of discernment? And I’ve seen visions of cross before and been attacked by demons in dreams..
    I don’t know why I’m having these dreams and feeling of something different. What does it mean?

  24. Hi. Something strange happened to me. One day, I pray God that my spiritual eyes and ears may be opened and that my spiritual gift of discerning spirits be sharpened. Since, there has been strange manifestations that occurred in my life:
    1. I am very sensitive to spiritual presence whether of God and of the enemy.
    2. I have started to hear voices when no one is here.
    3. I have yet not started to see demons or angels but I can discern who is born again or not. I mean everyone I see on the street, strangers, friends or any relatices… I can say who is born again or not. This is astonishing but it is true!
    4. I can discern on whom the anointing of God is, whether anointing for ministry or anointing for dominion.
    5. I can tell precisely what spiritual gifts someone already has, without knowing the person.
    6. I can commune with people’s mind but still I don’t know how to do it.

    Can you explain these manifestations to me please?

    • Hi Lyl Lyf, the best advice I can give you is to check with your Pastor or spiritual oversight, as he or she will know you and be better placed to determine the fruit of what is taking place in your life and what is of the Holy Spirit. For example, what are the voices saying?

      • Hi Helen. Thanks for the response.

        If I encounter an angel, how will I know it is from God or from the devil?
        Must I ask this angel to confess that Jesus is the Lord and that He came from the Father, like said in 1 John 4?
        Can I invoke the blood of Jesus at this moment also? I know that the blood of Jesus scares the devil to death. So if the blood of Jesus is invoked, then if it is a false angel, it will flee. Isn’t it?
        Could you answer this please?

      • Hi again. Someone said to me that he had a dream from God and could interpret his own dream. How can this be possible? He said to me that the Holy Spirit also spoke to him very clearly as a person talking to his friend. This is how the Holy Spirit revealed him the meaning of his dream he got from God.
        Does the interpretation of dreams and visions need a special gift?
        Another question which is out of subject , which is very difficult to answer but I would like to know; Can a person receive all spiritual gifts of God? Not those only listed in 1 Corinthians 12 but also the following:
        1. gift of apostleship (not the office of apostleship)
        2. gift of administration
        3. gift of evangelism
        4. gift of mercy
        5. gift of leadership
        6. gift of exhortation
        7. gift of serving/ministering
        8. gift of giving
        9. gift of pastor/shepherd

        Furthermore, can he also have the 7 Spirits (see in Isaiah 11:2) of God together with all these spiritual gifts?

        Surprisingly, I know someone who had obtained all these. He exhibits all the gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 and in the list above. I am simply amazed when I look at him. How can this be possible? This is the same person who told me he can interpret his dreams. Could you answer this please?

        • Hi Lyf Lyf, regardless of how many gifts a person has, (it’s certainly possible someone can have many) the Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Cor 12-14 that we need each other, every person is gifted uniquely and we are incomplete alone, in need of other members of the body with different gifts to work together. I believe the more important focus is not how many gifts someone has, but are they able to serve and work with others, are they faithful, accountable and do they respond well to authority, do they have integrity and Godly character? I would rather have one gift and be able to answer yes to these things than have many gifts. I believe the 7 spirits are all the One Holy Spirit…so each manifestation is available to us as and when He chooses.

    • Hi
      Sometimes I doubt on where I am standing spiritually speaking. I trust God and his son Jesus Christ but this spiritual road has many bumps along the way. I have been having very strange dreams lately that I am not sure what they mean.

      Could you concentrate, pray for me and then let me know how you see me and what I am supposed to do?

      thanks
      my email is: mindanalyzer10 at yahoo

      • Hi. There may be dreams which come from Satan also. Not every dream comes from God. I have come to know that IMAGINATION is the platform used by Satan to send us dreams or better defined as nightmares and visions that can torment us. This does not deal with thoughts but even stronger than thoughts, imagination. I recall someone always making nightmares just before he slept. He would usually entered a kind of trance and would start to make nightmares over nightmares. He said to me that it was very difficult to be free from this trance and it took him a lot of prayer in tongue to break this trance. If he did not pray during this trance, he would have nightmares for the whole night. He even said to me that when he pleaded the blood of Jesus upon his mind, nothing happened. He did not understand anything at all!
        But grace be unto God that the Holy Spirit revealed me that it was all about imagination. This is the platform used by both God and Satan to send us dreams and visions. Imagination is another world. I believe the reason why this guy could not free himself from this trance when he made these nightmares was because he did not know where the devil was operating. As soon as I told him as it dealt with his imagination, he pleaded the blood of Jesus on his imagination and destroyed all the work of the enemy there. He finally said to me that he did not experience this kind of trance anymore together with these nightmares. Glory be unto God 🙂

        2 Corinthians 10 : 5
        CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

        This is why if you do not want any vision or dreams from the devil, you must plead the blood of Jesus within your imagination. Also draw a line of protection with the blood of Jesus within your imagination. Let that blood that scares the devil to death speaks pass over to the enemy. The enemy has no answer to this and never will. The angel of death could not touch the Jews when they were captives in Egypt because the blood of an animal was shed on their houses that spoke pass over to the enemy. How much more with the blood of Jesus shall you make the enemy flee by seven ways. This is true and no devil can stand when the blood of Jesus is invoked.

        I don’t know if this will help you but I think you will be able to block all dreams and visions from Satan if you apply what I have just written.

        Also concerning your dreams, whether they are from God or not, don’t live on them. They can be misleading if misinterpreted, which can even lead to frustration and destruction. ONLY THE WORD COUNTS. The word only can give a clear and precise interpretation of what your dreams mean. This is true. So from now on, stop caring about these things, seek GOD first and you will know everything later. Love his word and love his presence. God bless you.

  25. Thank you for having this blog. I have always could see the devil, the first time about 5 years old. He came to me and started to laugh at me. I Always love God, I always know if some one liked me or not by the first talk to them. But a few years ago I started seeing and hearing voices I don’t k now if they are good or bad. I also know when a family member is going to die. I know God is into my life but I fill he is punishing me is this the devil taking to me? I am afraid. I am wondering if what I have is good or evil. thank you.

  26. i experience this spiritual activivities in most of my life.like some coffin n didnt pray then my cousin died.many times am fighting attacks from demons and always free myself when i order this or that IN JESUS NAME and they always flees.this has happened in over 15 yrs and am not saved and hardly goes to church.what could be this,all this years?am 35 in nairobi,kenya

  27. Hi I think I have a gift of discernment. I’d like to speak more about it if you will.please.I’m having a hard time and don’t know where to turn.

    • Hi Nicole, you can ask any questions here or on Facebook and I’m happy to answer them when I am available. Sometimes people reply to the blog post emails and I can answer them too. You just need to give me some time (due to frequent travel) to answer.

  28. Hi, so my friend has recently told me about how she can see demons. She says that they appear as gargoyles and will sometimes be attached to people. She has also told me about how she sees spirits and how one has told her that her faith is strong (since she is a Christian). She said that she started getting these sightings more when she met one of our friends who introduced her to a youth group and she says that since than she can see things and also sometimes hear things, she also will sometimes have visions or have dreams of God talking to her or of different weird things like that. I really wanted to help her so I was wondering how I could support her in her visions and if there was any advice I could give her? Please help I would like to help her with her gift

  29. I could write a book about my experiences, but I’ll try to keep it short. I will share one ability I have at the end of this that I don’t think anyone else has. I have been searching the Internet for over a year to find out if anyone else has knowledge of an ability similar to mine and I haven’t found any confirmation of that. Not even close. Without a doubt, I recently discovered that I have the gift of discernment, and possibly much more. I am 40 years old, and because I never knew what my “problem” (I now know it is a blessing rather than a curse) was, I’ve had an extremely difficult life. I’m pretty sure God planned for my life to be that way, but despite all the bad, God would periodically give me crystal clear signs that He is here, and not to lose hope. 16 years ago, I stood in line to be prayed for by a minister at a church I was attending for the first time. The minister spoke quietly to the many people in front of me, but when he got to me, he literally stepped back, raised his hands up, and exclaimed very loudly, “Wow!! The Spirit is strong in this one!!”. Then he quietly told me that I need to forgive my dad. Stupid me, I never did ask him to explain what he was talking about, but somehow I know that I wasn’t ready to find out at that time. I have been struggling my whole life to make sense of the way I am, and I believe God has finally led me here not only for answers, but to finally start to use his gifts for good and to find out what purpose he wants to use me for. There is one thing in particular that I wish I could find answers to. A little over a year ago, I rented and moved into an old house. I soon discovered that demons were in it. I also discovered that the demons were there even before I moved in. I could sense them, and they were causing extreme Psychological and physical discomfort. Then I started to see their black figures and also their eyes. Several ministers told me and my girlfriend at the time to tell them to go away in Jesus name, so one night we tried that. I demanded it to leave and then my girlfriend began to choke. She said that she is able to speak, but when she tried to say “leave in the name of Jesus, her throat would feel like a hot coal was in it and she would choke. Somehow I knew something like that would happen and I wanted proof, so I prepared ahead of time.. I made an audio recording of the incident and took a picture of her right after she explained what happened. On the recording is an evil whisper that kept saying, ” get out”, and I knew it was referring to me. In the picture I took, there is a very evil looking demon next to her with his huge hand penetrating into her upper chest area. We moved out, but the strange thing is demons started showing up in more of my pictures and during the past year, I have figured out how to know when demons are present, and exactly where they are even if I can’t physically see them. I literally have hundreds of pictures of demons of all different appearances. Some pictures have many demons in them. It used to scare me, but not at all now. My hope is that I’m not doing an evil thing by taking pictures of them. I just keep thinking that there are so many people who could benefit from this. If I can prove the existence of demons, that could get many nonbelievers that God must also exit, wouldn’t it? I haven’t told many people about this, but I think at this point I really need some good guidance.

  30. I think I might have the gift of discernment but I am also a little confused, since I was young I have never been able to sleep in the dark I would always have to have a light on because I would constantly see things and hear things. ive had crazy dreams a lot of rapture ones where our bodies would drop and our souls would be lifted up and we would get to the gates of heaven and I would wake up. ive heard loud church bells in my rapture dreams. I had a dream where I was walking in the woods with the Lord and he was talking to me and all I can remember was the colors jesus had on and it was purple and white, I remember in my dream asking him if I was going to go to heaven and he responded my child you already know the answer to that. ive had people prophesize to me in church saying that I was the head and not the tail as well as I had a gift but did not know how to use it, or how I was considered an outcast and how I keep trying to change from what God has for me, I am a Christian and I love the Lord, but ive had a lot of backsliding episodes. God has also shown me things in my dreams about other people and it ends up happening or being right. I saw my grandfather in a dream and he is deceased and I was at my old house I grew up in and he was young in a military outfit sitting on the stairs and my family was there in the kitchen and I was trying to tell them that he was sitting right there and they kept telling me what are you talking about no one is there and he (my grandfather) told me that they cant see me and how we needed to talk and we had a conversation it felt very real and then when I woke up at 4am I hear a loud voice say get up, of course I know none else heard but me. ive had some demonic dreams where it has jumped on me and I couldn’t open my eyes or speak and ill could do was pray in my head, in that same dream in my ear I heard a loud snake hissing noise and that’s when that happened. certain things I knew about people and they wondered how I knew and God would speak thru me to them and also vice versa. im adopted and when I got in contact with my birthfather he asked me if I was able to see and hear things and I told him yes and he said so did he. his other children that he had (my brothers they are all younger than me, im the oldest) they don’t have this apparently its only me and him. I got baptized in the holy spirit when I was 16yrs old and had spoke in tounges that same day. I know God has been trying to use me but its like I keep running from it and sometimes running from this out of fear. I feel like in a way God is calling me to ministry but im unsure about it. thanks for taking the time to read this

    • Hi Sara, thank you for taking the time to share your story!
      See my Note [3] in the article above about prayer ministry, if you can find someone to pray with you, you may find it of benefit to deal with the fear and demonic attack. God has a bold, grace-filled gift of life and ministry to give and live through you! May you continue to rise and shine, Sara!

  31. Good Morning, Helen! Greetings from Minot,ND! My name is Cathy Olson. And,do I have testimonies! I call them “Goose bump” moments! I love our Lord soo much! He is my best friend and comforter! Always! MY KING!
    I have just come across your post! It is so good to fellowship with like minded believers! Especially, in the turbulent days we are living in! Now ,more than ever before we need each other for guidance and strength! Thank you Jesus for this post! For nothing is by accident!
    I have MS. I have been through the fire… Believe me! I was a master hairstylist for over 30 years!! I lost the use of my hands for quite some time. And so, everything I loved and cherished was gone in literally one year without proper income anymore. BUT!!! The Lord sent me out to no man land out here in ND. To be by my son in the Air Force! And so..starts the real story of my life! The career I had chosen only prepared me for the next phase, a spiritual maturity was given because of my communication within my career field! I do not find it hard to talk to anyone, thanks to the training I was given with my job! God is so awesome!
    Anyway, 4 years ago, we experienced the worst flood Minot had ever seen. At the same time, with no warning, I was rushed to the local ER. And within a very short time my family was told I had possibly 24 hours to live at best. Did not make the 24 hours:-) I went to be with Jesus! So much to tell, so much to get out there. Where do I start? The Lord is coming soon:-) And so, as doctors looked on in disbelief, I still survived. I had a deadly blood clot hit my Colon. My Colon was black with a deadly gangrene and dangerous MRSA infection.
    I ended up with a blood clot in my lungs and died once again…only to survive:-) I was told to write this book for Christ. With only two fingers that could press the keys on my computer I finished the most important thing I have ever done. The name of this anointed book is..:The Battle Cry of a Christian Woman”! I am hoping you can read this and tell me where to go with it.
    I have a tremendous amount of Spiritual Warfare going on! I was given the spiritual gift of discernment. You and I are of like spirits:-) It is so refreshing reading your articles! I would love to write articles as well, for the Lord and his people! We need each other desperately right now! Time is short for REVIVAL!! Praise God Almighty! Cant wait to see my home once again…and take everyone I can with me to this amazing place we call home!!
    So many demonic attacks lately as well. Satan is VERY nervous! He will attack more and more. His time is short! Anyway, If you would have any ideas on how to get the book read out there, and share so many God Moments in my life…I would surely appreciate the help. You definitely have the gift of discernment my friend! I can feel it through out my spirit! May God richly bless you on our mutual mission and commition for our wonderful, wonderful Lord!!!
    Recently, yesterday in fact, I was reflecting once again on my own childhood! The gift of discernment started very, very young for me! I was reflective.. I was a bit shy. In my own little world. Yet told many, many times by my parents, when I would try to tell them what I was going through..that it was all in my imagination! No, it wasn’t. To this day I am sensitive to others. I feel their pain. I feel their emotions. I know when to give comfort. I would not ever want to give up this gift. I can not tell you how many times in my 59 years of life the Lord has used this gift through me to give comfort! Praise God! Not me ,,,just through me!
    Sometimes, many times in fact, people with the spirit of discernment are misunderstood. Many of us (I believe were very hyper sensitive already at a young age. It seems to me, in the early teens. Misunderstood, and over sensitive). This is a beautiful, beautiful gift as we mature in Christ..Is it not?
    I could use it many times within my profession for example! I loved to help people! Now, 4 years later , lets fast forward through many spiritual attacks(especially after the book was super naturally written for Christ) I know where these attacks are coming from, but it does not make them any easier to endure, does it. For one thing, who do you tell? Supernatural happenings are happening all over the world! Yet, like myself, these things are hard to talk about! People look at you like you have 2 heads or something:-)And so silence.Fortunately. Having only learned how to use a computer to write this book, I found some much needed help from my husbands secretary at his work! Jenny was wonderful as she helped to get my book out to the waiting publisher!
    Yet, what should have taken less than a half hour to get it sent to the publisher..took the better part of 3 days! Satan, certainly did not want this book out there for anyone to read! Even Jenny, a believer was creeping out.
    The document kept wanting to delete right in front of our eyes! I am a strong believer. It shows within the book, that the Holy Spirit wrote that book..I was only the vessel who delivered his message. Many times in the writing, I would review my work in the morning, and was totally astonished by the words on paper! I believe you very likely know what I am talking about!The Holy Spirit within me wrote that book not me!
    Many times my attacks will come with physical manifestation within my body.In fact, the very last pages were written in extreme pain. My right index finger turned black and swelled up twice its size! I was told to stop using it to write. No Way! We no where that came from! In the same arm when I kept writing that week the rotator cuff in that shoulder, tour in 3 different places. Still I wrote! When finished.. I prayed for dedepption and deliverance from the extreme pain I found myself in.. That very morning I WAS HEALED! The doctors and therepist thought I had ruined my right arm for good. X-Rays are still being passed around in disbelief! Praise God Almighty!!
    Over 20 trips to the ER in just the year in a half it took to write it! Enough!!! Lately, The largest attack was upon me once again. My husband(of 34 years) went fishing not far from our home. Our two daughters were at work. I laid down on my bed, and immediately felt danger! EVIL was everywhere around me. Luckily, I had kept my phone next to me on the bed. Something I rarely do. I had the sensation of something huge on my chest!! I could not breath! I called my husband on speed dial and he got home fast. What he saw, scared the heck out of him! He said my face was as red as the blouse I was wearing! He did not no how to help me breath..and of course called an ambulance(once again)! By the time everyone got me to the hospital, my breathing was perfect. Nothing wrong. But I knew. I felt the weight of pure evil. Who do you talk too? I Talked to God! I asked him to show me what was happening to me. What was he trying to tell me? For the next 5 nights I had visitations in my room. of course no one else can see anything. Story of our life, ya know? Anyway, I was visited by one of my guardian angels, when they started to appear to me. I knew who she was. She had been with me before. She gives me peace before a message comes forth. By the time these 5 nights of horrific demonic visions would appear.. a huge black cob web would appear on my bedroom ceiling…marking the coming of all these demonic ugly beings. I was absolutely terrified. I thought I was going crazy. On the fifth night however, these visions were explained to my sensitive spirit. The dark world and its entities are upon us, Helen! The black cob webs are the spirit of the anti-christ spreading across the world. The web is catching people away into unsuspected evil and chaos. Christians are identified as the first attacked. This spiritual darkness is getting heavy. BUT..WE WILL SHINE ALL THE BRIGHTER!!!! Now this may seem strange to you, but I highly doubt it. The very last entity that was right beside my bed was a grey. Not knowing what this ugly creature was, I felt led to look it up! And there it was..a Grey! My spirit is telling me that these aliens are coming on the scene soon!I believe they are as evil as they come! There was NO EMOTION IN THOSE BLACK EYES just dead. Ugly. Could this be the excuse the world will give for our Rapture? I believe it is certainly a possibility! We certainly couldn’t tell anyone that Jesus exists could we?
    An excuse, I believe will come in the form of some sort of alien abductions..or some other crazy explanation. Well by now. you probably think I am long winded..but to share in the tremendous testimony of our Lord makes me this way.(And of course, being a hairstylist for many years:-) Two other little PS’s … On the very day my book went to the publisher safely, I felt compelled to thank Bobs boss for the use of his secretary and computer. I dont know Jason very well..but out of my mouth came this..”The Lord will magnify and bless your home this day! Thank You for pressing on with the Lords work!” We just looked at each other:-) I felt somewhat foolish , but I knew God was saying something to Jason..what was it?I found out the next morning over a cup of coffee with his wife of 25 years! They had been trying for over 20 years to conceive a child! Nothing! They gave up. When Caroline called me up for coffee at Perkins that day, she asked me how I knew? She found out within the hour after Jason called her to tell her what I had said to him….She was PREGNANT!! Wow! She now is blessed with a beautiful baby boy! God has made them so happy, so complete! Shortly after that at Christmas time I met a charming 8o year old man at my husbands Christmas Party! I did not know him..but as you can tell it doesn’t take me long to get to know a person either:-)
    Anyway, another God Moment! I give out crocheted prayer shawls to the hurting. I pray for them and give a point of contact for them. I always tell people that Jesus has his arms around them at all times! That they are never alone! Never!
    This night I felt an anointing flow through my body. As I listened to the Holy Spirit breath into my spirit fresh revelation, I realized that I had to go to hospice at the hospital. Sid(His name) needed a message and especially his family needed this message I was to give. My husband used to my ways by now, though strange to him or anyone else.And so I brought up two prayer shawls like I was instructed..I went up to the hospice room around 8;00 at night.
    As I knocked on the door , I kept thinking..what am I doing here? They don’t know me. But, I did as I was instructed and knocked timidly on that door.A very hard thing to do. Very hard! The first thing that broke the silence was this.. my book was on the stand next to his deathbed.She announced to all her children around the bed that I was the Lady in this book! (Also, this saint of God was the first one to let me speak at the Parkers House here in Minot)Before her husband even got sick! Anyway, as I looked around, he was already in the later stages of death..and I knew this. I had been there.
    As I looked at his family..they were beautiful. Middle Eastern Looking. 3 sons and one very pregnant daughter. In my earthly eyes I would have assumed them to be Muslim. Yet, out of my mouth once again came these powerful words. I told his wife Irene that Sid was a powerful prayer warrior, and heaven knew him well. They were waiting for their reunion! He is well cherished! I then put a prayer shawl around him and one also around Irene. For she would be needing the comfort this would give her in the coming days.
    To his sons, I said that Sid was passing on his mantle of faith to all of them, for he loved them so much! To his daughter, a huge warm hug also went along way! I told her that her father was in between worlds but could still hear them if they would talk into his right ear. This gave comfort. Because I had been and back not only once but twice, I knew this(Supernaturally) I also told her that her son would be a beautiful tribute to her father! He would protect his little grand son always! She was astonished that I knew she was going to have a son..but nothing is concealed from us when God chooses to give knowledge! It is Powerful! It is humbling!
    Anyway, she asked the question, we all want to know when someone we know is passing away. Was he in pain? My answer..No!! In Peace! Anyway Helen, I hope you can give me some direction. I believe you may be the answer to prayer! Shalom my friend! Love in Christ…Cathy Olson Another funny footnote for you… I spoke at my church recently, and felt led to relax in the Holy Spirit! I started my speech with the words,”Good morning, my name is Catherine Olson! You are looking at a modern day ,Lasurus!” Wow! Wasn’t expecting that either! Later, as I was fellow-shipping with my friends, a woman I had never met before and came up to me that she was getting so frustrated with people.She had thought to herself in desperation..” Whats it going to take? Someone raising from the dead once again??” Goose bump moments:-) Love you my friend, once again Shalom!! AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!

    • Hi Cathy, I really love your writing gift and contagious enthusiasm for Jesus!
      Although I did used to experience frequent spiritual attacks (as in demonic manifestations), I do not these days. I believe we do not need to put up with them! A huge key for me has been adjusting my focus away from the enemy and upon what the Holy Spirit is doing, freedom from fear, growing in faith and being submitted to faith-filled, strong Godly spiritual oversight in my church and ministry team. So I do not look at the enemy at all and very rarely does the Holy Spirit allow me to see the form of a demonic entity. I would rather have the praise of Jesus and His greatness on my lips and through my writing, than descriptions of the enemy…that’s pretty much where I am at now. 🙂
      These points concerning spiritual warfare on a regional/national basis really sum up my approach to spiritual warfare on a personal or family basis: https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2013/06/19/spiritual-warfare-strategies-when-praying-for-nations/
      What a wonderful testimony of faith and resurrection. Your story will bless many.
      Happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. 🙂

    • Cathy, do you have a facebook page or email address? I’d love to reach out to you and talk more! Loved your story!

      Kristin

  32. Hi Jason, sorry it’s taken a couple of weeks to get back to you. Scroll down and check the reply I sent to Cathy below as it may be helpful to you. Bless you.

  33. Wow , Thank God For This Blog. I really Had alot of Questions Regarding The Gift Of Discerning Of Spirit Accompanying Some Comfirmations I needed as Clarity From God To Proof That it Was the Holy Spirit Who Reveals Most Of These Activities Behind The Scene When Am In Prayer Team Or Party.

  34. Please I Really Enjoy It When The Lord Comfirms More Of The Visions , He Shows Me To Other During Prayer Meetings. Sometimes The Lord Holy Spirit Helps Me To Know A Paragraph Or A Stanza In A Prophecy Yet To Be Delivered After Worship When There’s Silence. Please God Mostly Shows Me Things Or Event That happens In Time To Come Either Negative Or Positive. Please Can God Minister In Prophecy Through The Gateway Of Discernment?

    • Yes Emmanuel, many times discernment and prophetic insights can work together. This is especially helpful to alert us how to pray and intercede.

  35. Hi Helen, its been about a year now that I have been able to photograph the spiritual realm. I was a bit afraid to speak about it at first but now that I have captured them in photos, I am actually excited to have all this information. I haven’t done anything with them as of yet but if you are willing to take a look at some of the photographs and help me put the pieces of the puzzle together that would be great. Blessings, Avya

    • Hello Avya, I have not had any experience in interpreting photos. Do you have a pastor or leader who is journeying with you in your discernment? That’s probably the most important thing!

  36. I do not know if i have the gift of discernment or if its the generational curse i have that is doing this. From the time i was a baby i have seen things i believe because even as a newborn i couldn’t sleep alone. Then when i was five i saw something in my play room it was a tall white figure that sparkled and thats when bad things started to happen to me. I got attacked in my sleep from an early age and i have always had a certain sin problem that usually only teens or adults have. I can feel in my sleep when the demons attack me. I believe as a child i was possessed or oppressed and i still am to this day though i have been for years trying to get them away from me. Not only are they hurting me but i believe at one time my mother was possessed by one and also when i told one of my friends about the spiritual problems i face sadly she was possessed and a demon talked through her. The demon does not like when i tell people whats happening to me. At one point when i was 16 i received a deliverance and found out i have demons that control my feelings though sadly the deliverance didn’t work. All through out my life i have only seen 3 things so i do not know if its a good thing or not. In my family in each generation since my great grandma a girl in each generation has some kinda gift. My cousin who has the gift of dreams and is a very christian woman thinks i have this gift. Though i do not know my great aunt also has a gift but i do not know what it is. But thats all i know of who have gifts. I just wish i knew if it was a gift or is it just because demons are active sadly in my life.

    • I also forgot to say i see orbs a lot and static all the time and colors sometimes i used to see colors a lot as a child but now i do not its just a few orbs here and there and static all the time. I just wish my gift was for good and i just i do not know what i have. I am not very good at gut feelings but i can feel if someone is evil sometimes. Like with my mom when she left out the door one day i felt the room become lighter and when i was at the park this one man gave me the worst feeling in the world well maybe because my dad looked upset but i kinda guessed who this guy was and my dad said it was my gift but really it could be just a good guess. I do believe in spiritual gifts i just do not believe i am special and if i do have a gift it may just be weak. I just wish i knew what was going on with me it just makes me cry because i want to be good and i want to serve God thats all i know i want to do.

      • Everyone on here has such beautiful gifts and i just i really do not think mine is a gift its not special like all of yours mine is maybe because i have spiritual problems sigh. I am sorry for me replying soo much i have a lot of feeling on this subject its a touchy one for me it truly is anything involving gifts or being good and things of that sort are because of how i feel about myself. Thank you for reading this though and you all have such beautiful gifts and i hope you all change somesone life with your gift 🙂

    • Hello Marinda, thank you for leaving the comment and all you have shared! It sounds as though you have been through a lot. The best thing I can recommend is to find a vibrant and loving Christian church with leaders who will help you journey through to further healing. (You may already be in a church). Listen to faith-filled messages and study the Bible. Truly, you ARE special and God has some beautiful gifts for you with no tainting from the past or demonic things.
      Have you read this article? https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2014/11/11/discernment-9-ways-to-banish-fear-of-evil/

      • I will look at the link right now and i am glad it is not because of the curse i have had since i was born. I have been working to break it for a very long time. Thank you for sharing the link too it helps to know that i have God and other nice people who are here to help me. I have also found out i do have a generational curse and it has bound me and i am going to a healing room which is a room where you can be prayed for by where i live soon. It hurts know i am cursed but i am glad i have gone through stuff so i can help others and my family. I hope to break all the curses in my family for i see a lot of them. Though i am still young i know i can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. When i am done reading the post i will write back thank you very much again :).

        • Hello Marinda, I’m glad to hear you are going to receive some prayer. Your inheritance in Jesus is freedom – it is worth pursuing all that He has for you.

  37. Sometimes discernment isn’t saw until after the incident as well. I recently added some new friends to Facebook and after started having nightmares. A man asked me “you been going to church boy”? My gift of discernment helped a lot, I found out someone was envying me and questioning what I was doing. A lot of so called followers of God get jealous when others speak out truth, and they envy because they want truth all to themselves. Also Satan attacks in dreams, and God let’s Satan attack a lot to let us see signs and test our faith. God bless all in these end times.

    • Tim, that’s very true that sometimes discernment becomes sharper after an incident – we can then pray into the situation.

  38. Hi.Since I was little I could “feel good and evil”.Then I was constantly harrassed by entities.I was always in fear,especially at night or when I was home alone.Then I was spoken to and later,saw a demon come out of the wall of my bedroom.Nobody believed me,until my sister saw a black figure by her bed.I have vidions,dreams and see shadow people regularly.Also a few premonitions.Now I’m 56 and my husband and I are staying at a friends house.I saw cabinet doors open.I constantly feel fear . Can’t take a shower without panic,shadows,cold feeling,intimidating presence.Feels like I’m being constantly watched.I saw my shadow and another one next to it outside.Very dark staring at me . I’m a Christian,but what do I do when I’m so terrified.I know I have a gift,but it’s horrible.Thank you for this site . I’m reading it and the heaviness is lightening up.My eyes are open to what your saying about this gift.I just want to know how to handle it.Thanks again.MJ

  39. Helen,

    I read all of your articles on discernment and followed you on facebook. I’m looking for more information on breaking the bondage of generational sin that was opened by ancestors dabbling in this area. A friend of mine is struggling with it right now and I’m trying to help guide her to some answers. Thank you!

    • Hi Kristin, yes great question!
      This is something I have been meditating on myself recently, I may write about it soon.
      A big key (as well as the prayer side of things) is to really saturate in the Scriptural truth and renew the mind. Generational issues come with an inherent mindset that needs to be broken.

  40. Since I was in my 20s I have sensed demonic activity I have been stuck felt and heard demons or what I thought was that. I am now in my 30s and sometimes get auras or feelings I grew up in a church but throughout my life had ups and downs and am trying to build my relationship with God I need help understanding if this is my gift and what to do sometimes I also have a vision before it happens these things don’t occur when I try it just happens getting stuck n feeling demonic presence is not a good feeling but I sometimes am not able to speak so in my head i rebuke it in Jesus name

  41. hi my name is Angel I know I got the gift of discernment and I’m thinking I can see in the spiritual round also I’m 31 my grandmother died a preacher my father is a preacher my brother’s called to preach and my five year old daughter’s called to preach I went to a funeral 3 days ago and something weird happened I seen something watching me and I followed it across the road and from across from me a dark entity came covered my head with a bag took my breath for like 30 seconds I couldn’t breathe and then it took it off I don’t know why that happened maybe you can tell me why

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