The Gift of Discerning Spirits

Don’t ever forget this: Mist in your mind will create fog in your areas of influence. Clarity in your mind will lead to peace in your life and your areas of influence.

I love coaching kids in football. When I teach them how the other team will line up – and what they will do – and then game time comes, they have so much more confidence in their assignment when they recognize the “scheme”.

An opponents “Scheme” is their strategy, tactics and plans. When you know them, then it’s easier to do battle effectively.


If the enemy is succeeding in your life and you’re having a difficult time getting ahead of the curve – more than likely there’s a mist in your mind or a fog in your area of influence that is the result of a lack of clarity and peace.

Often – this is a spiritual issue – and the gift of Discerning Spirits is a HUGE source of help in this area.


1 Corinthians 12:10 refers to “Discerning Spirits”. This is the divine ability to be made aware of the presence of a demonic spirit.

Without the ability to discern spirits, you may not recognize the enemy clearly and you will not know how to battle well. When you don’t know how to battle well, you can feel that EVERYTHING is off, when in reality it’s a very specific spirit that needs to be dealt with.

Q: Would it be ok with you if the Holy Spirit gave you the ability to recognize how the enemy may be attacking you or your loved one?

Q: Would it be ok with you if the Holy Spirit gave you the ability to recognize exactly how the enemy is coming against your business?

Q: Would it be ok with you if the Holy Spirit gave you clarity when people are manipulating you – or trying to control you – or when there’s a spirit of fear – or when there’s a spirit of lust – or when there’s a spirit of haughtiness or pride presenting itself.

When we have clarity regarding the enemy – THEN we know how to address it and pray.



Paul says, in Ephesians 6:12:
“For we do NOT wrestle against flesh and blood, BUT against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

When the Holy Spirit gives you the gift of discerning of spirits, you are able to see the attack of the enemy, take authority over it, and rebuke it in Jesus’ name. In Acts 16:16–18, Paul does just that. While he’s ministering, he discerns a spirit of divination (fortune-telling) in a young girl. Paul says to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her,” and it left her immediately. She was set free!

Is there an area of your life in which you can use some spiritual discernment? Does the enemy have a stronghold somewhere in your life? Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal these areas to you today so you can take authority over the enemy and be free.


Holy Spirit, reveal to me any area of my life where the enemy has a stronghold or is influencing me. In the name of Jesus, I take authority over that spirit and claim Christ’s victory and freedom. Continue to shine a discerning light on my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Psalm 43:1–5 Psalm 144:2; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 6:12

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