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

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

15 thoughts on “Discernment: When You See Darkness, Ask This Question

  1. S Kelley

    God bless you richly Helen.
    Please pray for me and my family. For our peace and strength. For GOD to make a way out of no way for us to move from this area in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen I am trying my best to hold on. I am under severe attack of principalities, rulers, powers, dominions, spiritual wickedness in high places. Right in my own house I am attacked all day. They want me to give up on GOD. GOD, forbid it in the name of Jesus Christ. Who is my Lord and Savior. Amen They come in my house and refuse to bow, when I command them to go in the name of Jesus Christ. I use the sword of the Spirit and they still attack me viciously. It’s a force following me around right now and has been attacking me at will for a while now. I can feel a wind following me where ever I go in my house. I notice that when I go visit families it does not come into their houses. But I notice how I see the trees moving, this is an angel. But can’t be God’s holy angels bc they attack me viciously for no reason..even when I am worshiping or praying. Sometimes I feel heat as well. I am dealing with something that is too strong for me to fight and I need GOD to intervene in Jesus’ name. I feel like helpless bc my prayers are not being answered. And wen I pray the enemy does not scatter. But GOD says He’s my present help. And He will never leave me nor forsake me. Thank you for believing with me for GOD’s help for us in Jesus’ name.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Sorry to hear of the severity of this spiritual warfare! I pray that you receive the Holy Spirit’s insight as to the KEY that will banish this enemy – that the reason for the ‘foothold’ will be revealed so that it can be cancelled (Eph 4:27) and the enemy banished from your home. I also pray that Psalm 91 will be your experience and portion and that praise will be your mantle and strength. (Is 61:3)

      1. Sherry

        Hi Helen. I feel i have to respond and i dont know exactly what to say so bare with me. What a person confesses in his innermost being Is what he brings into manifestation in his life. Every time you make a negative confession you are contradicting God’s Word. See Romans 8 35-37. If you stand upon the Word of God and you confess that word, you become what the Word of God says. Do you believe Gods word? He said you are more than a conqueror through him who loved him. Romans 8 38-39. This is the declared, confirmed Word of God. When you begin to confess that word it becomes a reality in your life until that time you will be defeated by satanic principalities and powers on every hand because of your confession. Know the word, confess the word, and act upon the word. this is what is meant by a synchronized life.

  2. Lori

    Hi Helen,
    Thanks for posting this excellent article. Before I received this in my mail yesterday, the Lord had spoken something very similar to me on 11/27. It was such great confirmation. He gave me John 11:9, “if anyone walks in the day , he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world”. The key to not stumbling in this world and in the present darkness is to be focused on the Light of this World (Jesus and the Word) so that the darkness does not overtake us (John 12:35). We are not to be distraught and worried about the darkness, but to be focused on what God is doing and saying. When we focus on Him and get into agreement with His plans, we’ll see the darkness flee. I had been anxious over some things happening all over the world and in my own country of America, but God told me to focus on Him, we are never told to focus on the darkness. It doesn’t mean we become oblivious to the suffering, but worrying about it will not change it. Only God can do that and unless we’re hearing and seeing what the Father is doing, and pray in agreement with His will, things won’t change. So I’m practicing “seeing” Jesus in every situation and how He wants me to respond. What a joy this kingdom life is. Thanks again for this article!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Lori, thank you for this! It blesses me hugely that you would take the time to share your insights. That is so true – worrying won’t change anything, seeing Jesus is everything!

  3. irene Kyriacou

    Dear Helen, Thank you again for this very Powerful Prophetic Teaching, I LOVE IT, it’s so TRUE we must Focus on the LIGHT of GOD and HIS WORD, because HIS WORD is a Lamp to our Feet and a LIGHT to our Path. As always you inspire me with your Teaching, this is a Poem I recently wrote about “The LIGHT of JESUS Breaks the darkness”

    It’s a New Hour
    The Dawning of a New Day
    A Great Refreshing is on the Way

    HOLY SPIRIT BREATHE on me
    Open Up my Eyes to SEE
    Open Up my Ears to Hear
    Illuminate, Instruct, and Inspire
    Raise me Up on Eagles Wings, and take me Higher

    Let me Feel the HeartBeat of Heaven in the Air
    Saturate me in Your HOLY Presence LORD, I Pray
    Let me Become Aware, of Your HOLY Presence Everywhere
    Take me Beyond the Veil, and into the Most HOLY Place
    Where I can SEE YOU LORD JESUS, Face to Face

    Where I can Hear Your HeartBeat LORD
    Beyond the Veil there is Intimacy, where the WORD of GOD will Speak to me
    LORD Write Your WORD Upon my Heart
    Renew my Strength and Impart, Fresh Anointing into my Heart
    LORD BREATHE into me, and Open Up my Eyes to SEE

    Let it be Like the Dawning of a New Day inside my Heart
    Yes, Like the Dawning of a New Day inside my Soul

    I SEE the Breaking of a New Day is About to Dawn
    The Breaking of a New Day is About to be Born
    The LIGHT of JESUS Breaks the darkness you See

    The LIGHT of JESUS SHINES through you, and through me

    Poem by Irene Kyriacou

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you for your beautiful poem (heart-song) of worship, Irene! A new day is dawning 🙂

  4. JOHN THIKARO

    I declare prophetically 2016 will be my year no matter how the hardship,darkness,setback GOD IS MY LIGHT.
    for me i m just turning the light to be on to allow Jesus to be with me all time when am confronted with darkness.

    I DECLARE THE YEAR OF REWARD 2016 THE WORRYING ANGELS IS AT WORK AND THE LIGHT OF THE LORD IS ON ME.

  5. Beth

    Helen,

    I have had experiences of knowing when something heartbreaking or tragic was about to happen. When I tried to pray against these things it felt like praying to a wall – they were set, and I knew my prayer would not change them.

    I can apply your principles of turning on the light – but I still don’t understand this fully. I don’t believe our Father gives us these things without a reason. Maybe it is just “that I may know him” — but I would love your insight.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Beth,
      I agree that Father doesn’t give us these kinds of insights without a purpose. He is good and His gifts are good. Rather than easy answers, this may be a longer journey that you are on with Him. I do pray you will have the wisdom and insight to help you navigate your discernment ability.
      Some reasons other than turning away the tragedy may include:
      – for people to draw closer to Him
      – for Godly outcomes in spite of the heartbreak – for His bigger purpose
      – for His kindness and mercy to be manifest in the situation

  6. ROMMEL

    HI HELEN,
    I’M JUST NEW IN THE BLOG. YOUR TEACHINGS AND INSIGHTS GAVE ME SUCH AN UNDERSTANDING AND RELIEF ON THIS GIFT THAT I HAVE NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND. I WAS IN A JOURNEY TRYING TO COPE WITH IT, FELT ALONE AT TIMES BECAUSE THERE ARE THINGS I CANNOT DISCUSS WITH MY WIFE PROBABLY BECAUSE I DONT WANT HER TO THINK I AM BECOMING A RELIGIOUS FANATIC. STILL THE LESSONS GAVE ME SUCH COMFORT AND FREEDOM THAT I CAN DEVELOP THIS GIFT IN A RATIONAL WAY POSSIBLE. AGAIN THANK YOU, I BELIEVE THIS IS JUST A BEGINNING OF MY INCREDIBLE JOURNEY TO THE SPIRITUAL LIFE.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Rommel, thank you for leaving your heartfelt comment – I’m praying for you right now, yes our Father has a pathway for you to develop this gift with great wisdom, insight, Biblical understanding, to benefit you, your family and all those your life touches.

  7. Veronica Guerrero

    I have a very important question is it possible to hear your flesh or the enemy and think it was God and end up in torment and self condimnation and fear and think it is God? I am going threw a hard couple of days and im confused thinking its God and then think8ng its the enemy and fight back and it hits harder with torment can our flesh or the enemy do this convince us were being disobedient and self condemn i feel like im in a hole drowning and scared and fearful im being disobedient and my heart feels like ima burst please help its making me question what i know about Gods character

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