How to Access a More Powerful Level of Discernment

Do you want to grow in the area of discernment and spiritual perception? There are three basic levels of discernment, and understanding these will not only help you grow in your spiritual gift of discernment, it will empower you to lead a supernatural life.


3 Levels of Discernment

1. Natural Perception

The first level of discernment is seeing on the surface. Anyone can see what is happening in the natural realm—and, everyone has their own opinion about what they see. As a result, there is a lot of negativity in the world today, as people express their viewpoints.


2. Having a Discernment Ability

Some people have an ability to discern beyond the surface of things:

  • They are more tuned to the motives of people.
  • They may be able to perceive the spiritual realm
  • They are sensitive to atmospheres
  • They may be able to discern the demonic realm

I frequently hear from people who have this second level of discernment, and who are having a difficult time knowing what to do about what they see.


3. Seeing as the Father Sees

discern_with_fathers_eyesAnyone can see what is happening in the natural realm. Some people may have the ability to see in the spiritual realm (and this is not always sourced in the Holy Spirit).

If you are a Christian, and your desire is to develop a spiritual gift of discernment, a third level of discernment is vital to you.

  • And that is, to see as your Father is seeing.

When your ability to discern is submitted to the Holy Spirit and based in the Father’s love, it will truly be a gift. The fruit of your discernment will not be fear, suspicion, confusion or accusation. It will be life-giving. It will bring freedom and transformation. It will draw people to Jesus.


Jesus saw with the Father’s Eyes

The third level of discernment is only available to those who are walking in relationship with God.

We can be like Jesus, who looked beyond what could be seen with physical eyes, to what the Father was doing. He then spoke and acted accordingly.

‘Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”’ (John 5:19)

In Luke 8, Jesus took the disciples on a visit to a place called the Gerasenes, where a demoniac man was living among the tombs.

  • On the level of natural perception, people could see that the demoniac was crazy, out of his mind and dangerous
  • Someone with discernment could see that his life was being controlled by demons

However, Jesus went not only with discernment. He went with the eyes, heart and mind of the Father. He saw a man afflicted with demons—but He also saw beyond that, to a worshiper, a disciple and an evangelist.

And what He saw, Father’s intention, is what took place. He set that man free and sent him on his way with the good news about what God had done.


The Power of Seeing What Father Sees

When our eyes are focused on what our Father is doing, our gift of discernment can grow to a powerful level. We can then act and speak accordingly—as Jesus did.

  • Jesus was able to look at a tax collector sitting in his booth—a man seen by others as a cheat, a ‘shark’ and a tool of Rome—and see a disciple. He called Matthew into his destiny. (Matt 9:9)
  • Jesus was able to go into a workplace where there was weariness and frustration and see that His Father was bringing a miracle supply. He spoke a word of command and as the fishermen responded to that word, a school of fish was thrust into the nets. (Luke 5:1-11)
  • Jesus walked into a home where there was sickness and saw His Father bringing healing. He spoke the word and Peter’s mother in law rose up from her sick bed. (Matt 8:14-15)

Prayer

‘Father, I want to know you more. Help me to see as You see, in every situation. Today, share Your desires, Your intentions with me.

Holy Spirit, empower me to discern, and to speak words of life that bring healing, freedom and transformation. Help me to become so tuned to what is on Your heart, that when people encounter me, they encounter Jesus.’


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Shift the Spiritual Atmosphere Using Your Gift of Discernment

Shift_the_AtmosphereI frequently hear from Christians who struggle with what they discern. They may be experiencing physical, mental or emotional strain from spiritual warfare and demonic encounters.

When these people come across Enliven Blog, they are relieved to hear from someone who has experienced similar problems.


The Atmosphere of the Holy Spirit

It is true that in my early years of growing in discernment, I was adversely affected by negative atmospheres. However, that is not my experience today.

Today, I live with a continual awareness of the Holy Spirit being with, in and upon me. I know that the atmosphere I carry is one of ‘righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.’ (Rom 14:17)

This is my usual experience, and if it is ever anything otherwise, I can quickly make my way back into that awareness of God’s Presence.

  • It is simply a matter of doing whatever it takes to get back into a place of reliance upon what Jesus has done for me. (Col 2:13-15) This may involve confession, repentance, an act of obedience, renouncing something—or most often, simply returning to a position of trust in God.

I know that peace and the experience of God’s Presence is my inheritance as a Christian—and it is yours too.


Take the Weather with You

‘Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you’ sings one of our favourite New Zealand bands. [1]

As people who discern and sense atmospheres, we have a choice. We can come under the dark clouds, or we can rise above them. Better still, we can participate with the Holy Spirit in shifting the atmosphere.

Determine that you are not going to be like a thermometer, going up and down with the temperature of the environment and people around you.

You can be a thermostat. You can set the temperature. You can take the weather with you. And the weather forecast in God’s Kingdom is ‘righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.’ (Rom 14:17) [2]


Notes:

[1] Crowded House, ‘Weather With You’, 1992

[2] The above article is an excerpt from the revised version of the book, ‘Unlocking the Gift of Discernment’


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The gift of discernment of spirits is a powerful weapon in times of spiritual warfare, and can be of great assistance when ministering freedom to individuals. And yet many who have the gift of discernment have difficulty knowing what to do with what they are feeling or sensing.

‘Unlocking The Gift Of Discernment’ incorporates wisdom from Enliven Blog as well as additional valuable material on how to be protected as a discerner in times of spiritual warfare.

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Discernment: When You See Darkness, Ask This Question

Discernment, Turn on the LightIn my early years of journeying with the gift of discernment, I often focused on the negative, demonic aspects of what I was perceiving. I have since learned that the best way to deal with darkness is to respond in faith and to focus on God and what the Holy Spirit is doing.

So if you are facing spiritual warfare or observing demonic activity in a person, atmosphere or situation right now, try asking this question:

‘Father, how do you want me to turn on the light in this situation?’

It has often been said that the way to deal with darkness is to turn on the light—and Jesus is the Light. 

‘The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.’ (Matt 4:16)

You can shine the light of Jesus into situations and upon people who are in darkness.


How to Turn on the Light when Confronted with Darkness

Those of us who are gifted in discernment can be very sensitive to atmospheres and are quick to notice when something is ‘off.’ If you can relate to this, you may also be aware when spiritual warfare is taking place, frequently picking it up before anyone else does. So how can you best respond when you are perceiving something demonic?

‘For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.’ (Eph 5:8)

This is Good News!

  • You do not need to focus on the darkness.
  • You do not have to put up with demonic activity affecting you or others.

Be open to the Holy Spirit leading you to do things such as:

  1. Focusing upon Jesus in prayer or praise
  2. Declaring Scripture
  3. Bringing prophetic insight about Father’s intention
  4. Looking for what the Holy Spirit is doing, rather than what the enemy is doing
  5. Speaking God’s truth in love—with the Father’s heart
  6. Share a prophetic warning only with balance, wisdom and love
  7. Remembering that you are living under an open Heaven and act accordingly

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (John 1:5)

So when you are confronted with darkness—remember that you have the power to turn on the light, and darkness will flee.


© 2015 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

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The Storehouse for Your Spiritual Gift of Prophecy or Discernment

Have you ever noticed the Holy Spirit recalling to your mind Bible verses, stories, or illustrations from Scripture when you are praying or ministering?

Prophetic_StorehouseJesus said, ‘…the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.’ (John 14:26)

If you desire to grow in your revelatory gift of prophecy, discernment, wisdom, or prophetic encouragement, it is vital that you are aware of this. 

The Holy Spirit reminds you of what Jesus has said and made available to you. He will not only give you fresh revelation; He will also draw on:

  • Things God has spoken to you in the past
  • What you have learned through encounters with Him
  • Wisdom and insights you have been taught
  • Scriptures, Bible stories, Bible symbols and Scriptural principles.

You partner with the Holy Spirit in your ministry. You provide the storehouse He draws from, by positioning for encounters with God, choosing wisely who to learn from, and by studying the Bible.


Your Bible Study is a Storehouse the Holy Spirit Draws From

Here are 3 reasons why study of Scripture is vital to your ministry of prophecy, wisdom or discernment:

  1. The Bible is the most significant source of revelation from the Holy Spirit. It is the primary way God speaks to us.
  2. Scripture is also the primary means by which we weigh up every prophetic insight or discernment.
  3. Studying and meditating upon God’s Word helps us to grow personally and in our gifts and ministries.
  4. The Bible is a significant source of prophetic symbolism. It aids our comprehension of symbols and is the first place we turn to for interpretation of prophetic words, visions or dreams.

Let your heart’s desire be to provide the Holy Spirit with a rich storehouse of the knowledge of His Word for Him to draw from.


© 2015 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church

Discernment of Spirits: Know Your Position And Be Unafraid

The gift of discernment of spirits is the Holy Spirit-empowered ability to determine the spiritual source of something—whether it is an atmosphere, something spoken or something presenting through a person or wider group.

Those of us who are gifted in discernment tend to be very sensitive to what is occurring in the spiritual realm, often being alerted ahead of time to what is taking place.

Located in ChristThere will be times when we are confronted with something that is demonic in origin, or spiritual warfare is taking place.

When this happens, it helps to remember not only who we are, but also where we are. We need to be able to step back and recognise our spiritual position. It is only from our position in Christ that we are protected, and can confidently respond in a way that honours Him.

‘And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.’ (Col 2:15)


Your 2-Fold Position of Discernment

1. You are in Christ.

‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ (2 Cor 5:17)

‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.’ (Eph 3:3)

What a wonderful truth—the power of the cross. The enemy cannot touch you because you are hidden in Christ! See it, believe it, and confess it.

There will be contention for that truth and so you need to guard your heart.

‘The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.’ (Prov 18:10)

When you have a revelation of Who your God is, and your righteousness in Christ, you can be secure in Him—no matter what is taking place around you, and no matter what you are discerning or perceiving. When the enemy looks at you, he sees Christ.

When fear or discouragement arises from something we are discerning, this is a sign that we need to recognise our spiritual address—our location. The Bible is our GPS and Scripture says we are hidden in Jesus. We are seated in Heavenly Places.


2. You are Seated in Heavenly Places

‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.’ (Col 3:1-4)

‘And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.’ (Eph 2:6)

When we understand that our spiritual position is in heavenly places, then our focus is on what is happening in the Throne Room. We want to hear what the Father is saying and see what He is up to. The highest use of the gift of discernment is to perceive what the Holy Spirit is doing.

There will be times we need to be reminded of this. We need to be intentional about our focus, because the enemy will try and distract us.

‘Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.’ (Gal 3:13-14)

You are blessed in Christ! You are ‘the head and not the tail’, ‘above and not beneath.’ (Deut 28:13) Your location and address is that you are seated in heavenly places.

This is your Kingdom perspective.

When you wage spiritual warfare, you are not beneath the enemy, trying to fight your way up. You may be wrestling and contending (Eph 6:12) but your position is one of strength and authority. You reside at the Throne and the enemy must bow to the name of Jesus.


Stay Hidden in Christ

We are located in Christ. This is our permanent address! This is something we can celebrate and be confident in. However, when we value this, we will not take it for granted. It is vital that we stay under cover.

Jesus said in John 14:30, ‘the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.’ He was referring to His sinlessness.

The Apostle Paul said, ‘In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.’ (Eph 4:26-27)

‘Not giving the devil a foothold’ does not mean that we will always be perfect; it means that we are trusting in the only Perfect One. It means walking in repentance and in the light—not fighting battles with sin in secret, but being open and accountable. (Eph 5:8-13)

We need to deal with issues quickly, and not ‘give the devil a foothold’ because our inheritance is righteousness.

You can be conscious of your righteousness in Christ every moment of every day. Through the cross, you are cleansed, justified (‘just-as-if-I-have-never-sinned’) and made holy. (Rom 3:24 Heb 10:10),

You can walk every day knowing that your location is that you are at home in Jesus. You are hidden in Christ and seated in heavenly places. And when you perceive through discernment that something is amiss, you can have complete security from your spiritual position.


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The gift of discernment of spirits is a powerful weapon in times of spiritual warfare, and can be of great assistance when ministering freedom to individuals. And yet many who have the gift of discernment have difficulty knowing what to do with what they are feeling or sensing.

‘Unlocking The Gift Of Discernment’ incorporates wisdom from Enliven Blog as well as additional valuable material on how to be protected as a discerner in times of spiritual warfare.

To view ‘Unlocking The Gift Of Discernment’ in our e-store, click here


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