Updated for Volume 10
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (ESV) Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
Do not believe everything you hear. Try the spirits, to see if they are God or not. Remember that for every ‘real,’ Satan has a counterfeit. If you are filled with the Holy Ghost, then that Spirit within you will bear witness with God’s Spirit in another, and you will feel that kindred Spirit. However, if God’s Spirit within you does not feel comfortable near the manifestation of another spirit, then leave it alone.
Every Pastor and church member should seek and cultivate this gift, the discernment of spirits, for it is of utmost necessity that you be on guard for Satan’s deceitful snares. Know your enemies. Know those who labor among you. Try the spirits. Remember that Satan will use subtle tricks. He has been known to “speak with tongues,” which can readily fool some people, especially if they are not prayed up and do not practice discernment of spirits.
1 John 4:1-3 (NKJV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
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