Discerners, God is healing your perspectiveDo you have a gift of discernment?

I believe the Lord is bringing a word of strength and encouragement to His discerners.
If you have grown weary in the battle lately, hear Him say,

“Let me flood your heart—your inner eyes—with My light!
You will know the hope of My calling. You will know the richness of the glory you carry, and the greatness of My power towards you!” (see Eph 1:18)


It is Intense for Discerners Right Now

It’s 2020, and there is trauma all around us. It is in the news; it’s in the streets. It’s even in our shopping malls.

And if you are gifted in discernment of spirits, an extra layer of intensity is added!

  • A sensing discerner is being confronted with the feelings of what is going on—both in the atmosphere, and in the hearts of people
  • A seeing discerner will see beyond what is presenting, to what others do not see (and this can be alarming)
  • You may be perceiving the demonic forces at work, and be alert to the spiritual battle taking place

Many people do not understand what it is like for discerners, as our senses pick up more of what is going on in the environment, than others do.

If you can relate to that, hear God say, “I am healing your perspective!”


The Gift I Didn’t Want

I remember the day 25 years ago, when I said to the Lord, “if this is a gift, I don’t want it!”

I was picked out of a congregation on two separate occasions, and told by a prophet, “You have the gift of discernment”!

Yet, discernment of spirits was a real trial to me.
I was highly sensitive to atmospheres where spiritual warfare was taking place, and could spot a demon (it seemed to me!) a mile off.

Very few people understood, when I tried to explain to others what was going on.

But I have learned in the years since, that discernment is not only a good gift, it is a glorious gift!


3 Ways God is Anointing Your Discernment

Discernment is like light, piercing the darkness.

God is touching the eyes and senses of His discerners at this time.
If you have been wounded, receive His healing.

Be encouraged by these three ways I believe the Lord is releasing a fresh anointing to you:

1. He is Anointing Your Eyes, to See the Holy Spirit at Work

I came to realize over the years, that the highest use of the gift of discernment is to perceive the Holy Spirit, and what God is doing.

If you are being distressed by current events, and what you see happening, ask the Lord to touch your eyes.

Think about that instant Elisha asked God to open the eyes of His servant (2 King 6:17). Before that moment, he saw the enemy’s army arrayed against them, but when Elisha prayed, he saw the angelic army.

Discerners, what the enemy is doing is not the main event!
What God is doing is the main event.

Don’t settle for less than the fullness of the gift God has available to you.

Look again, to see what the Holy Spirit is doing, and where His anointing is.

Hear your Father say, “I want to give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. You are about to encounter and know Me more intimately than you have ever known Me before!” (See Eph 1:17)

2. He is Releasing a Prophetic Anointing Over You

When you know your Father’s motivation—which is for good (Jer 29:11)—and His indescribable love for people, it impacts the way you perceive.

You have a prophetic viewpoint.

You realize that God is at work behind the scenes, orchestrating His purpose.
And this transforms your discernment.

We see this in the story of the demon-possessed man from the Gadarenes, who was set free by Jesus (Luke 8:26-39).
It was a terrible environment.

  • The townspeople in the area knew that the guy living in the tombs was crazy
  • The disciples, with their experience of deliverance, must have realized they were looking at a demonized person

But Jesus saw beyond that. He saw a worshipper, a disciple and an evangelist. He saw a son!

That man was set free, and the atmosphere in that area would never be the same again.

I call it the three levels of discernment:
1. To see what is obvious, (natural discernment)
2. To see, with a gift of discernment, the truth behind what is presenting
3. To see as Jesus sees—to see beyond, to what Father’s intention is

(I explain more about this here.)

This third type of discernment, that we see in Jesus, is not limited to those who have a prophetic gift or ministry.

This prophetic anointing is for all God’s children (Acts 2:17-19).
It’s available to you!


3. He is Anointing You for Intimacy with Him

When we have been in touch with the Holy Spirit, the fruit of our discernment will reflect Him:

“The fruit of the Spirit…is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness and self-control.” (see Gal 5:22-23)

If the result of our discernment is anxiety, oppression, negativity or suspicion, that is not the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Discerner, you are being set free from burdens you were never meant to carry!

The heavens are opening to you. You are seeing beyond the darkness of the world, to what God is doing.

  • Today, bring your ability to perceive, and all that you have discerned into the presence of God

There, in the place of encounter, your gift will become life and food, for yourself and others.

Ask, “Father, what are you doing? Help me to see what you see.” (John 5:19) Take time to worship, and as you do, the troubled environment is fading from your senses.
You are encountering God.


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Notes:
[1] A shout out to Jennifer Eivaz, who interviewed me on Facebook live recently. We chatted about discernment and the response from viewers reminded me, that so many of us are having the same struggle right now!
You can see the video on my Facebook page here (scroll down) and Jennifer’s page is here.
I’ve been writing about discernment for 10 years, and it feels as though I’ve said everything there is to say—and then I am reminded that we all need a refresher (including me!).

My first article on the gifts of discernment from 2010 is here:
8 Signs You May Have the Spiritual Gift of Discernment

[2] Many of the above thoughts are from my book, “Unlocking the Gift of Discernment” as well as elsewhere in the blog.


Unlocking the Gift of Discernment eBook

The gift of discernment of spirits is a powerful weapon in times of spiritual warfare, can shift atmospheres, and is 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.

This edition of “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.

View “Unlocking The Gift Of Discernment” in our e-store here


    © 2020 Helen Calder, Enliven Blog

    Enliven Ministries: In the David McCracken Ministries family

    43 thoughts on “Discerners: God is Healing Your Perspective”

    1. Thank you Hellen,once again your teaching has helped me understand.It seems a lot of the things I discern especially through dreams are what the enemy is doing and like you I have asked God to take the gift away from me.I am receiving this prophetic message,God is opening my eyes to see what He is doing.May He fill me with His fresh annointing once again in His name I pray.

      1. Amen to that Fungayi, may you be filled and also gain new confidence and wisdom in the wonderful gifts God has given you

    2. I am generally chatty and very quick to adress situations. Of late, I have found myself more on the quiet side (I am neither depressed or anything of the sort), it’s just a season I have found myself in and this Word has made so much spiritual sense to me about where I am at. God is healing my perspective which has been wounded by too many bad experiences. I even had a situation with a person I wanted to confront (experiences leading me) but I had a strong sense of Holy Spirit leading me to listen and not speak as there was no love towards this person in my heart. I prayed for God to give me love and to show me if there was anything I needed to know. When I eventually adressed (not the difference – it was not a confrontation) the issue, it turned out my perspective of the situation was not only wrong, it was judgemental too. We came to a clear understanding at the end and I have peace. Your words are always spot on and I am grateful Holy Spirit led me to your site. Blessings Helen

      1. Yes, He is doing a great work Ruth! I love His kindness, to give us these times of replenishing and healing. And your story strikes me, about just how wise the Holy Spirit is. It inspires me to press in ever closer to Him.

    3. Dear Helen,
      Thank you for this word. it has blessed me tremendously. I receive the prophetic words with thanks and I say, AMEN,
      God bless and increase you

      Regards
      Eno

    4. Thank you very much Helen for this post. It’s like an answer to my questions. I am so surprised!
      Few days ago, I complained to the Lord that sensitivity was becoming a source of suffering in an unusual way.
      Few hours ago, I asked the Lord to tell me how He sees the world, because things look more soft through His eyes.
      In the same time of prayer, I had “seen” or felt that the night would not stay forever over my country and that the sun will rise again with his light and warmth…wich was really comforting.
      Your post helped me understand what I am going through. Thank you.

      1. God is doing a precious work in you Stephanie, and I join with you in praying for the ongoing move of God and hope-filled future for your nation

    5. Praise Jesus Helen,
      I bless Jesus for using you to minister to us mightly.
      I receive healing from wounds and allow God to heal my perspective, I receive the anointing of the eyes to see what the holy spirit is doing.jesus feel my heart with your light.
      I receive the prophetic anointing over my life,I receive the anointing of intimacy for Jesus and he has set me free from burdens I’m never meant to carry.
      I dreamt on Monday that I had a deep wound with puss and I was going about my day as normal with a friend and some men came rushing after us from behind until they got to us. They chatted with me until I got comfortable and one lifted my left leg and sucked out the puss until the wound became dry then they went their way,I woke after.
      Also I normally experience arrows all over my body and as if the arrows have ropes and are tying me to one place and I’m unable to move.
      God bless you Woman of God

      1. Not to barge in but I believe the men was a positive omen- I just had my finger lanced from an infected hangnail /blood/pus- Wierd! I just got antibiotics- but maybe god is saying that he is sending angels to heal you- your wounds! Maybe the arrows are your chains that hold you back…
        your thoughts,
        Other people’s opinions of you?
        Your own standards?
        Fears?
        Insecurity?
        Let go of these things , cut those cords yourself and allow god to help you cut those cords!
        Let yourself see you how he sees you!
        Free,whole, amazing!
        With love, encouragement

    6. Florence C. Johnson

      I knew I had the gift of discernment but I haven’t known what to do with it. this article not only opened my eyes to the gift itself, but how it is working in me, and I don’t have to be afraid of it. God help me give me wisdom and understanding to use his gift to me for his glory. thank you so much for such an awesome revelation.

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