Spiritual Gift of Discernment

A Spiritual Gift Definition by AssessME.org

The spiritual gift of Discernment is a special ability to sense the presence of both godly and demonic spiritual forces. The spiritual gift of Spiritual Discernment is an important gift for the Church; because often the work of Satan can appear on the surface to be very positive. Without discernment, Satan could easily lead many people away from following Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:10 specifically lists “Discerning of Spirits” among the Apostle Paul’s gift list. 1 John 4:1-6 instructs the Church to “test the spirits”. Acts 16:16-19 relates how the Apostle Paul used the gift of “Discernment” when he encountered a slave girl who was possessed by an evil spirit masquerading as a spirit of light.

The spiritual gift of Discernment does not typically fit into an office-type position. However, within the context of church ministry, this gift is a valuable asset to the following ministry functions. Please select the spiritual gift expressions in which you believe God could best use you within the context of your ministry home.

Counseling Ministry
Counseling Ministry. Today, counseling ministries tend to take a holistic approach toward those they serve, seeking to minister to the mind, emotions and spirit. It is the “spirit” aspect of counseling where Spiritual Discernment can be of great value. The spiritual state of a person can have a great impact upon their emotional and mental wellbeing. However, just having the gift of Spiritual Discernment does not qualify one to be a counselor of others. Additional gifts, and professional training, are generally required before a person is qualified to be a counselor. However, the gift of Spiritual Discernment can help a counselor identify a person’s spiritual condition. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.

Front Line Evangelism Ministry
Front Line Evangelism Ministry. It is at front lines of any warfare, that the real battles take place. This is true of spiritual warfare as well. The ministry of evangelism seeks to take-back people who knowingly or unknowingly serve the Evil One, and help them become followers of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 that “the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God…” Often, it is not so black and white whether a particular person is a Christian or not. They may go to church…maybe having done so their whole life. They may say the right words, or act the right way. But this does not make a person right with God. Only true faith in the work of Jesus Christ, evidenced by the sanctifying and gifting work of the Holy Spirit, enables a person to be “in-Christ”. Spiritual discernment can provide clarity regarding a person’s spiritual state as well as help identify their spiritual formation roadblocks. The Apostle Peter demonstrated Spiritual Discernment in Acts 5:3-5 in dealing with the lies and false-faith exhibited by Ananias and Sapphira. Again, in Acts 8:18-23 Peter demonstrates Spiritual Discernment regarding the spiritual health of Simon the Sorcerer…that he was “full of bitterness and captive to sin”. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.

Instructional Accountability Ministry
Instructional Accountability Ministry. Is what is taught truly of the Lord and confirmed by scripture? Spiritual Discernment is often needed to ensure the health and welfare of the entire ministry body. In the Matthew 4 narrative, it is very clear that Satan knows and quotes the Bible. Not every “good” word is a “godly” word. In Jeremiah 14:13-14, the prophet Jeremiah was commissioned by God to deliver a tough message of discipline to God’s people, yet many other “prophets” were expounding a future of peace and prosperity. 1 Timothy 4:1-2 tells us that in the “later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron”. Again, in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, Paul instructs Timothy that “the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” To properly use the gift of Spiritual Discernment within the context of “Instructional Accountability”, the person with this gift should ensure that they know their biblical doctrine well, and test all judgments by the Word of God. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.

Restoration & Recovery Ministries
Restoration & Recovery Ministries. Restoration and recovery ministries often address serious spiritual strongholds and spiritual bondage issues that have dominated a person’s life for many years. The ability to discern between habitual or chemical dependency problems and spiritual problems is an important distinction. If you feel led by God to serve others in this manner, please select the appropriate checkbox.

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