Discerning of spirits is the ability to evaluate people,doctrine,and situations as to whether they are of God or of Satan.Discerning of spirits should not be confused with a critical spirit.The gift is a spiritual gift.Spirits al things are not discerned with the natural mind.
Natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God.Things of the Spirit of God are foolishness unto him who is carnal.If you are carnally minded discernment is it yours.You cannot know the things of the Spirit in your catnality.Spiritual things are spiritually discerned.
The gift of discerning of spirits is limited to discerning of spirits.This gift serves the church by identifying people who would split the fellowship with wrong motives,doctrines,and attitudes.
Discerning of spirits is an important gift because the enemies we fight with are not visible to the human eye.The can be recognized by spiritual discernment.
We wrestle not against flesh and blood,but against principalities,against powers,against the rulers of the darkness of this world,against spiritual wickedness in high places.
One of the strategies Satan uses is deception.This is why discernment is so important.
As we near the return of Jesus spirits of deception will increase.1Timothy;4;1
If you do not have the spirit of discernment ,you can rely on the word of God to be on the save side.
The word says ,test every spirit .
Believe not every spirit.Test every spirit whether it is of God.Every spirit that does not confess Jesus Christ to have come in the flesh is not of God.This is the spirit of the anti Christ.
Now we know which spirit is from God!Please discern every spirit with me!