Memorise - 2 Corinthians 11vs13: For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ
Read: 2 Corinthians 11:12-15
Bible in one year: Malachi 3-4
The gift of discerning of spirits opens your eyes to see into the spirit world. It also helps you to differentiate angels from demons because the devil sometimes masquerades as an angel.
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light"2 Corinthians 11:14
Such practices have been ongoing since the days of the early church. Paul saw deceitful workers and ministers take the shape of godly workers and ministers. Even Satan's apostles began to camouflage as apostles of Christ. Don't be surprised to see them in the church. When a church is growing, all sorts of people will come, including Satan's agents. Some will join the choir while some others will become ushers or preachers; this is why we need this gift today. You must be able to differentiate between genuine workers and pretenders who appear to pray very well and are so hard working, but their plan is to bring down the pastor.
Some people always rush to any gathering where the name of Jesus is mentioned in their quest for miracles or anointing. It takes the gift of discerning of spirits to know that not all empowerment is from God. The mad man of Gadara was so powerful that he could tear iron with bare hands, but what was the source of that power? From demons of course! If you placed him side by side Samson, you may hardly notice any difference. Samson could by the anointing of the Holy Spirit uproot the city gates, while the mad man of Gadara could not be stopped by any man or chains made by men. Some people easily run to so called prophets of God who often boast of just coming down from the mountain after spending weeks or months there. Don't you know that satanic agents spend months and weeks on mountains too? Mark 5:5 says the Gadarene demoniac spent long periods on mountains and in tombs. Be not deceived! Some Christians are so naive and undiscerning that when Satan prays for them on the television, internet programme or meeting, they will say Amen to it! God forbid! Are you so desperate for miracle that you do not mind who prays for you, what spirit the fellow is using and the aftermath of receiving such so called prayers? If you are nonchalant in your quest for spiritual food, you may end up scavenging in a refuse dump. Ask the Lord to open your eyes today!
Key Point: If you mind your physical health, you will eat selectively; if you mind your spiritual health you will choose your spiritual diet.