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How Do You Know if You Have the Gift of Discernment?

Updated on October 3, 2017
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Spritual Gift of Discernment

I don’t know about you, but I am intrigued with the spiritual gifts that God grants to every believer.

The Gift of Discernment is just one of many gifts of the Spirit. In this writing, I will list the manifestations of the Gift of Discernment. I hope to help you identify if you possess this gift and, if you do, to Glorify the God who entrusted you with it.

I will also list some of the other spiritual gifts. As you browse through these gifts from God, take note of His graciousness and goodness. It is God who enables us to minister and bless with the gifts He has given His children.


Other Spiritual Gifts

Just like the physical body has different parts and all of them work together (the hand combs the hair, feeds the body, satisfies the itch - the feet carry the body where it must go - the eyes show us what we need to see etc;) so is with spiritual gifts. Here are some scriptures listing the Spiritual Gifts God bestows on His children:

  • I Corinthians 12:27-28 lists:Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first, apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of healing (service) of guidance and of different kinds of tongues.
  • Romans 12:5-8 lists: So in Christ, we who are many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach, if it is encouraging, let him encourage, if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously, if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
  • I Cor. 12 1-14 lists: Wisdom, knowledge, discerning of spirits (human, angelic, demonic), speaking in Tongues, interpretation of Tongues, prophecy, Faith, working of miracles, healing.
  • Ephesians 4:11 lists: Apostolic, Prophetic, Evangelical, Pastoral, and Teaching.

God gives different gifts to each of His children to minister and complement the various needs of the body of Christ.

Some of his children are entrusted with one spiritual gift, others are blessed with several spiritual gifts. Each of us is accountable to use the gift(s) God gave us to bless others and to glorify Him.

Some of the gifts God entrusts to us are plain to see and easily identified by others. Other spiritual gifts, like the gift of a servant, are not so quickly identifiable. These inconspicuous spiritual gifts do not draw attention to the person who carries it; in fact, they often go unnoticed by people but never to the God who gave them the gift.

A spiritual gift is a trust ... a sacred trust that God has given to every believer.

Each spiritual gift is clearly identifiable.

As you read the list above, quoted from scripture, did you recognize one or more unique characteristics that are active and evident in your life?

It is important for every believer to know what their spiritual gift is so they can glorify God and use it to minister to others. Knowing your gift is just the beginning. Understanding it's manifestations and how to use it takes insight and discernment.

Your gift was given to you so you might minister to the body of Christ and win others to Him.

To demonstrate the manifestation of a spiritual gift, I will illustrate by story and application for four of the gifts.

  • The gift of mercy,
  • The gift of helps
  • The gift of teaching
  • The gift of a prophet

Gift of Mercy: Let me tell you about my friend Betsy. Betsy has the gift of mercy. When you tell Betsy about a hurt in your life her face expresses deep empathy and compassion, you can literally watch it rising within her. Betsy feels your pain and may even cry with you. People feel understood when they share their hearts with Betsy; they feel loved too by a genuine heart of caring. Betsy shares her time and attention freely. When you need a friend, Betsy is your girl. Betsy must learn, though, to guard her heart. As Betsy’s heart of compassion fills with hurt, it is easy for her to pick up and carry pain. She must learn to turn those cares over to Jesus or other people’s pain will consume her.

Gift of Helps: Sharon serves with her whole heart. It is a natural thing to her. When Tommy spills the milk, she is the first one to jump up, grab a towel and sop up the mess. Sharon does not draw attention to herself but quietly does what God called her to do - serve. When she sees a need her servant's heart goes after it, meeting that need.

Gift of Teaching: Tony has the gift of teaching. His gift enables him to take a tough concept and break it down into a thought that is easy to grasp. He also has an uncanny ability to tell stories and give examples which help people to embrace the practical application and apply it to their life. The gift of teaching makes Tony a powerful influence. People seek Tony out for wisdom and insight. He is also a popular speaker because his gift is appreciated and recognized by the body of Christ.

Gift of Prophecy: Jody has the gift of a prophet. She is a truth teller and is likely to be one of the first to speak up in any given situation. Jody voices herself, particularly when discerning any injustice. Jody doesn't always seek to be a public figure but offers counsel and explains the exact issue that needs to be addressed. She will also follow up to make sure her guidance is adhered.

Did you see yourself in any of these attributes? Know that God will use your spiritual gift (as His hands, feet, and mouth) to share the good news and to bless many. There are more spiritual gifts listed in Scripture, but the purpose here is reveal there are many gifts of the Spirit.

Do you have the Gift of Discernment?
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Gifted with Discernment?

How do you know if you have the gift of discernment? Here’s a hint. Those who possess the spiritual gift of discernment can see right through smokescreens and obstacles as they uncover the truth.

The source of the gift of discernment is God. Discernment springs from the truth taught in His word. The insights that come from discernment stem from solid knowledge, understanding, and a firm belief in God's word.

Let me share some manifestations of the gift of Discernment. If you have this gift the following expressions will ring true to you:

  • Are you passionate about truth?
  • When you are placed in a situation where discernment is needed, do you experience an uncanny sense of knowing?
  • Does scripture flood your mind as you weigh the happenings?
  • Do you read between the lines?
  • Are you gifted with the ability to uncover wrong or evil?
  • Do you expose lies and bring them into the light of sound reason and truth?

If this depiction of discernment describes you, thank God for entrusting you with this extraordinary gift. There are many ways to use this ability. If you possess the gift of discernment, you will have the aptitude to minister as:

  • a counselor – adept at exposing the missing piece that stands in the way of healing
  • arbitrator – brings resolution and peace, between parties, by shedding a light on the truth, in the midst of a dispute
  • decision maker – see’s the answer and quickly moves from a decision to an action
  • the person in leadership – knows how to lead and discerns pitfalls and strengths in team members

Every Church is blessed with members who possess the gift of discernment. God uses those gifted to discern truth from lies; pure motives from evil intentions; and to help to settle disputes by communicating a clear picture of what the truth looks like.

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Beware of Arrogance

If you have been gifted by God with the gift of Discernment beware of the dangers that come when that gift is used apart from God. Arrogance is a sure sign you are not submitted to His Lordship, nor have you recognized that it is God Himself who blessed you and desires to use your gift for His honor and glory.

A warning comes with each gift. A gift from God, not totally submitted to God and the Holy Spirit, can be misused.

Those who have been gifted with discernment may be tempted to feel superior because of their keen insights. They may be tempted to take personal credit rather than to glorify the one who gave them this gift. It is God who enables His child to discern more clearly than most.

Beware of pride, arrogance and the pitfalls of claiming the gift as inherent to you rather than bestowed on you by God.

A spiritual gift is a treasure to be cherished. Use it to honor God and bless the people He brings into your life.

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      Susan Ream 33 hours ago from Michigan

      Hello Audrey,

      Thank you so much! It is pretty amazing to think that God hand-picked a gift or gifts for each of his children. As we grow in our walk with the Lord, he uses our gift to bless the body of Christ.

      I know what you mean about the gift of discernment. It does enable us to pick up warnings others may not discern.

      God Bless you, friend, and thanks for stopping by for a read and a word of encouragement.

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      Audrey Hunt 34 hours ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Susan

      Your beautiful hub is a powerful reminder of the gifts God has blessed us with. The power of discernment is huge. As you've pointed out, this helps us to identify the truth and I've had experiences where discernment evens acts as a warning.

      As we glorify God through living his commandments I believe we will come to recognize more spiritual gifts. Thank you for this inspiring message.

      Blessings and peace to you.

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      Susan Ream 7 days ago from Michigan

      Rose, such a sweet name for the fragrance you left behind with this comment. :) Thank you for the encouragement. God is so good to bring kindred spirit friends into our lives, we must always treasure the gift.

      Blessings!

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      Rose Richatdson 7 days ago

      Thankyou for clarifying the gifts God gives to his children. Thankyou for kindred spirits who have brought some into my life and blessed me. Thank God for you,- 01.16.2006®. I will not forget this. +

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      Susan Ream 2 weeks ago from Michigan

      MBarakatt, keep praying asking God, He will reveal in his time. The revelation will be evident through the person you suspect. Joining you in prayer and praying for you!

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      MBarakatt 2 weeks ago

      I just prayed and asked God to uncover and reveal the truth as you suggested. I have not gotten answers yet... how might God answer me??? I'm supposed to meet with one of the women tonight for healing along with a brother in the faith (He is NOT involved with the occult anymore, as far as I discern) plus I have already nicely confronted one of these women, we talked earlier on. I should have waited until I got a reply from you

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      Susan Ream 2 weeks ago from Michigan

      Hello MBarakatt, It is interesting that you are sensing occult involvement with these two women. I would pay attention to the warning inside. I would also encourage you to pray and ask God to uncover and reveal the truth in this situation. He will answer your prayer. I would not warn others without solid evidence and without God's confirmation. God bless you and use you to glorify him in all that you do and say.

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      MBarakatt 2 weeks ago

      Hi Dear Sister Susan, So in the past 2 months, I have FELT and SENSED that two women "Christians" are actually in the occult. The first one, not so strong in the occult, but the second one extremely powerful in the occult. I'm not fearful, because I am a daughter of God... But how do I know that these things are absolute truth??? I wish God would also let me See in the Spirit... as confirmation. I feel an obligation to protect others as well, that may not have the gift of discernment. Thanks!!

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      Susan Ream 4 weeks ago from Michigan

      Hi Lorraine, my understanding is that God gifts us, at the time of salvation. It is a gift he chooses to give us and instructs us to use it to bless others and glorify him. He blesses us with certain gifts so we can bless the body of Christ and work together .. Where one is weak, another is strong. He says there is not one gift more important than another. All gifts come from him and have important missions to carry out.

      I would be asking God to reveal your gift, whether it be discernment, mercy, serving, etc. There are onliine quizes you can take to help you identify your gift from the Spirit. May God bless you and reveal to you the gifts he has placed in your life. He's a good, good Father.

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      Lorraine 4 weeks ago

      I was told by a Catholic Priest years ago I have the gift of Discernment. Very soon I'll be going through Cursillo - can I ask for the Gift of Prophecy? Thank you!

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      Susan Ream 2 months ago from Michigan

      Welcome Mel, When you say you were told by a prophet .. in what context do you call him a prophet? Also, you claim he is legit because he knew things about you that you have never told anyone. Not to disappoint but there are those who have been given some information which does not stem from God but from the enemy of God. So, it is easy to be deceived by someone who knows things about you .. if that is the only criteria.

      If you are the one person in the room who does the right thing, I see you stand for truth and have deep convictions - that's awesome! Your ability to walk through danger knowing that God will protect you tells me you have great Faith! Your ability to read people well, knowing their personality and sensing if they are mean or nice, definitely falls into the area of the gift of discernment.

      I'm sorry but your dreams are not an area I have expertise. Because you want to delve in deeper, I would recommend the book, Gifts of the Spirit by Derek Prince. God Bless you as you seek to use your gifts to glorify God.

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      Leisa 3 months ago

      I too was gifted by God!!!!!

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      Mel 3 months ago

      I also remembered when the prophet told me that I can make someone/some people happy by not what I do but by how I can say things or something like that but much more uncommon in people

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      Mel 3 months ago

      I need your help me find the gift I have ... I was told by a prophet a couple of weeks ago that god had given me a gift and he described things in my life I've never told anyone so he's legit... any way he said I've used my gift before he told me I'm the one person in the group that does the right thing and I know what's right he also told me I was able to walk through danger knowing that god will protect me and also told me that I was able to look at a person and tell how they are (like there personality ) and I once and awhile have visions of the future that later on happen ... I recall having a dream where I was in a cemetery, I was in the car with my aunt and uncle I recall seeing a black cat and a truck . I remember saying this exact words there not here and my aunt saying I don't think anyone's here and I freaked out because none of my dreams ever had like a white ish light to them or on the sides .... 2 months later we go to a cemetery to visit a cousin as we drive in to park a weird sensation came on to me I remembered being there and I ended up hearing/seeing the same exact thing happening again but I'm actually aware/awake (I also said the same words... then I remembered back when I was in school every time we had a new student I had a way of knowing if there mean nice kind and one day this boy walked in the class and I got this feeling like he was someone mean/ a trouble maker... and from that very moment I never liked him / had a good feeling about him.. I told my friends I had a bad feeling about him next thing u know he starts causing trouble getting others in trouble . Can u pls help explain this to me and what my gift is ... I want to learn more. About it .. I want to see if my gift can be used to help others so I can help others

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      Susan Ream 4 months ago from Michigan

      glenn, did you read the article I linked at the bottom of this one called, How Do You Know if You Have the Gift of Mercy? Perhaps reading them both will give you an idea of the gift you possess. Thanks for leaving a comment!

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      glenn burrell 4 months ago

      i enjoyed the article. but im not sure what my gifts are. I ask myself if this is the gift god gave me or is it the gift I want to have.. anyway with the help of the holy spirit im going to figure it out

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      Susan Ream 5 months ago from Michigan

      Hi Beth, God gives the gift of discernment to some of his children when they accept His gift of salvation. We all have different gifts. The best thing you can do, if you believe you have this gift, is draw near to God and spend time in his word. The Bible tells us that wisdom comes from God. Discernment is closely linked to wisdom. The more time we spend in God's word, and practice what he teaches, the wiser we become. God also tells us to test the spirits whether they be from God. So always pray, when you have these dreams and ask God if it is from him. Ask God to show you how to use the gift to bless people and honor him. God bless you!

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      Beth Souza 5 months ago

      I finally have an answer to what I feel. I don't like to say what I really feel about many I run into, I do not want people to peg me as thinking I think I am better, but I have yet to be wrong about a person. I always thought why do I always feel the negative or feel when something bad would happen and why do I know when someone does not have good intentions immediately after crossing paths, before everyone else. I will give an example, my husband pulls up to collect rent at his apartment house a man I have never seen was sitting on the stoop, we pull up as my husband is getting out of the car my eyes and this man's eyes connect, I quickly turned my head away, asked my husband who is that, he doesn't know, I tell him, that man is pure evil, and please hurry up, I kept my head turned the whole time, could not bring myself to look at him again, fear rushed from my head to my toes in a second. My husband returned told me to stop being so judgmental, the next day found out that man stabbed his girlfriend 11 times. Every dream I have had of something bad happening has come true, EVERY one, to the point I fear of dreaming of loved ones. For every nervous pit I suddenly get in my stomach for no apparent reason always ends with something bad happening, it's like a warning. When I warn someone of a person's bad intentions, at first they do not see it, but I have never been wrong, what I feel within minutes takes something to happen for all others to see. I feel much better knowing that there is a reason I see or feel the bad intentions of all I cross paths with.

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      Susan Ream 6 months ago from Michigan

      The best words of advice I can offer comes from God's word. It is: :Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:8 Discernment comes from the Father. There is no better way to develop that gift than spending time in His word. As you draw near to God His Holy Spirit grants you discernment. God bless you and use you for His honor and glory and you minister through your gift of discernment.

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      Emmerdalegirl 6 months ago

      I can identify with having good insight and a canny way of just picking up vibes when I know that someone is lying or knows more . My astuteness has been a blessing but I want to develop it in some way. I like helping people who experience difficulties and would like to find out how to progress.

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      Susan Ream 6 months ago from Michigan

      Hello Sophia, You do have a gift dear one. You have a gift of mercy. I also have that gift and God has grown me to learn boundaries within that gift. My heart used to almost bleed with the pain of others. God showed me that I, as a human, was not made to carry others pain. I learned to take that pain and lift it to Jesus ... He is the one who bears our pain and He is the one that can do something about the pain we see in others lives. In faith I ask Jesus to not only carry it but to heal. He can do that and He does it over and over again. :)

      Feeling that things are not right is a sign of discernment. You are young and that gift will develop as you get older. When you sense something is off, go to God and ask Him to reveal truth to you. I would suggest you spend lots of time in the Proverbs as it is the book of wisdom. God will grow you in discernment and wisdom through meditation in His word.

      May God's hand be upon you as you seek to live for Him. He uses His kids to be His hands, is feet. Thanks for stopping by with your heart for Him.

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      Sophia 6 months ago

      Hello! I stumbled upon your article and for the longest time, I always felt that I cared about others more deeply. At such a young age, I vividly remembered thinking about others a lot that it bothered me why other people weren't feeling the way I was feeling. Is it possible that I may have the gift of mercy or am I just an empath?

      With regards to the Gift of Discernment, I noticed that I can feel if situations or things are not right. I cannot specifically pinpoint what's wrong in a situation but I know and I would really feel that something's not going right. However, I know that my faith is not that strong and even if I want to tell truth, I cannot bring myself to do this because I'm not sure how to articulate what I feel. Is this still a Gift of Discernment or am I just intuitive?

      I hope you shed some light as to what I am feeling. I don't know who to approach with this. I am a 19-year-old girl and I would really like to know if what I am feeling is valid or I am just confusing this with another thing.

      Thank you so much for your help!

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      Susan Ream 6 months ago from Michigan

      What you are describing sounds like demonic oppression. First know that as a believer in Jesus Christ you are seated in the heavenly's with him positionally. The demonic world cannot harm you as long as you are in Christ. Look this verse up ... Ephesians 2:6. Also know that fear is NOT from God. 2 Tim 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." The enemy is a roaring lion and he uses fear to try and keep you from experiencing the peace that Jesus died to give you. :) Claim that peace in Jesus name. Your mantra are your words ... Use God's word to chase the enemy away. You must go to Jesus because Jesus alone has the power to save, to conquer demons, to defeat the enemy and help us to die to our sins. The power is in Jesus. And He will enable you to resist the devil, and when you resist the devil, when you stand firm in the faith, the devil will flee from you. James 4:7 "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." But there will be times that the enemy mocks us, that he mocks Jesus, and there will be times that we do not have the ability to cast out a demon, because we have not prayed and fasted over it. Know you Bible and remember: I John 4:4 "You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.: You ask about developing this gift. I will again point you back to the Bible James 1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." Let me point you to a blog that will give verses you can claim against fear: http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/debbie-mcdaniel/33-... Feel free to write to me. My profile has a direct link to my email. :) God bless you and build you up in Jesus.

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      Confused Person 6 months ago

      Hello, Mrs. Susan Ream! I believe I happen to have the Spiritual Gift of Discernment, which is how I was able to chance upon this article. Recently, I've been feeling a strange pressure in the air that I have a bit trouble describing. It's a subtle pressure placed on my chest (from my stomach to my neck), but at the same time, said subtle pressure feels immense, and I can't help but feel fear. For me, this is a sign that there are demons near me. I can especially feel this at around 12am, when I leave my office once I complete my homework for the night. However, as I complete my homework, and after I leave, I can feel that I'm constantly being watched, despite the fact that there's nobody else in the room. Because of this, I play Christian music on my computer to ease the tensity of the air, which slightly helps me, but not the rest of my house.

      I believe this is happening because my father has committed adultery in the past, yet nobody from my Church came to pray for the demons to leave. I have explained this to my mother, and she, too, believes that I have the Spiritual Gift of Discernment, and that it was caused by my father's sins.

      Unfortunately, however, I live in constant fear in my own house. When I returned home from Spring Break, the fear had come back once again. I wish to develop this gift, but at the same time, I don't want to fear my own home. Repeating mantras (i.e: "I am not afraid of my house") do nothing to get rid of the fear. I know that God is always with me, so how can I become brave with this newfound gift? And also, how can I develop this gift? I want to tell my pastor about this, but I don't know how he will react. Would it be a wise choice to tell him? (Note: I am a fourteen-year-old Protestant Christian. I'll turn fifteen in November).

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      Susan Ream 6 months ago from Michigan

      Yes, God gives all his kids a gift. Check this site out, it should help you determine your gift. http://giftstest.com/ Blessings!

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      gl;enn burrell 7 months ago

      this was very informative I cant seem to figure out what gift I have I know god gave me at least one but im not sure wich one how can I know? ive prayed about it

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      Susan Ream 10 months ago from Michigan

      Your candid writing is refreshing and I discern you have a very open heart to know truth. I totally get your anti-religion status. It's NOT about religion but it is about the God you have been convinced is real and alive. HE IS! We don't get to Heaven or get to know God because we are religious, no, not even if we are baptized. Baptism is a confession to the world that you are a Christ-follower, but it does not make you a child of God. Only belief in the son He sent to die for you makes you His child.

      I came from a home that had no religion either. It's interesting that your friend has no memory of telling you that you need Jesus. I believe you heard it and God arranged for you to hear it, though your friend has no memory of saying it. :) I felt the pull of God as he opened my eyes to see the emptiness of life without Him. One day, as a teen, I fell on my face begging Him to show me how to find Him. My thought was ... If there really is a God who created the world and me, there has to be a way I can know Him, I mean, He would just create us, drop us on this earth and then say ... go and fend for yourself? God used my best friend and her family to show me how I could know God. It is, as your friend told you, Jesus that made the way for us to know God. As my girlfriends Dad opened the Bible He explained that God had created me, on purpose, with a purpose. He also explained, from Isaiah 53:6 that "All of us have gone astray, we have all turned every one to His own way, and that God laid the sin of us all on Jesus." That is the story of the crucifixion .. Jesus, in my place. "The payment for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ His Son." Romans 6:23 Only a sinless sacrifice could make that payment. Jesus the price for ALL of our sins because He loves us and couldn't imagine Heaven without us. I'm giving you alot of information and I am praying God's Spirit show's you this is truth. You will find all your answers in His Word. God tells us the Bible is His Word. If you wanted a suggestion on where to start reading in the Bible, I would suggest the Book of Mark because it's pretty direct and it's all about Jesus time here on the Earth. As far as Church, find one that teaches .... it is not about religion, it's about Jesus. See, your discernment already told you that. :) If there is a Harvest Bible Church in your area, I'd highly recommend it. Thank you for writing here and thank you for your service to our Country. May God lead you and show you the Abundant Life Christ died to give you.

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      Susan Ream 10 months ago from Michigan

      Felecita, I am sorry for how you are being treated. I don't have enough details to know how to answer your comment. What are the manifestations of your gift? Why are the Pastor and wife angry and accusing you? If you truly follow Jesus, He knows your heart and all that really matters is what He knows about you. "All who live godly will suffer persecution." "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." His word will be as an ointment to your soul.. jump in and allow it to speak to you. May God heal your heart and help you to know the next step. God Bless you!

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      Felecita 10 months ago

      I know i have gifts from God with many supernatural experiences my eyes have seen but i was recently pointed out by our pastor calling me all evil names and called a devil speaking lies infront of congregation and people... im very hurt and toren up by it so now i dont use Gods gifts i hold back but i want God to use me as his own again but this pastor and his wife continues their hypocritsy toward me and i cry knowing im doing it all for Jesus who called me and not men....

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      Susan Ream 10 months ago from Michigan

      Hi Tee, This hub is written according to what the Bible says about the gift of discernment. So, in order to answer your question, I would first need to ask you if you understand that this gift is given by God to His children. The next question would be, have you heard about His son, Jesus, and do you have a relationship with him? God says we are his children if we have accepted His son as our savior.

      So, in reading your question, I see what you are experiencing IS an actual attack from evil spirits. I would be glad to talk with you more about this. I have worked with people who have experienced demonic attacks and have also been delivered from them. If you go to my profile, you will find a link to my FB page, I could not find a link to my email, but if you inbox me on my Writer's FB page, I'll be glad to continue this discussion. May God draw you close to Himself - He loves you! Mekenzie

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      TEE 11 months ago

      Oh and by the way I can always tell when someone is not genuine and I can also tell if the spirit I'm feeling is a bad one or a good one.

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      Susan Ream 12 months ago from Michigan

      John, Scary? How so??

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      John Hampton 12 months ago

      Very scary teaching indeed...

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      Susan Ream 15 months ago from Michigan

      diane, the best answer I can give you is to ask God how you can minister to others using your gift. Whenever you serve the Lord there will be opportunities to speak truth into situations and to walk people through the process that reveals Truth. I agree with you, our time on earth is short. Seek the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Prov. 3:5-6.

      God Bless you,

      Mekenzie

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      Susan Ream 15 months ago from Michigan

      Hello Blessed Mama! I'm so glad that God drew you back to His heart and to His word too. It is through the Word we gain discernment. Anything that conflicts with the Word of God is not discernment. According to John 15:5 "Apart from Him we can do nothing." So God is the one who gives discernment. ;) I have no way of knowing if your feelings indicate the gift of discernments. Does your sense of truth and your feelings often prove true? Are there many instances when your inkling proves to be true through the person being exposed. Ask God to show you if what you experience is discernment. He will answer such a prayer. Thanks for dropping by for a read. May God use you as you are drawing near to Him. :)

      God Bless and Keep you Close to His heart!

      Mekenzie

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      diane131@gmail.com 15 months ago

      Hi, I have the gift of discerment and i believe other gifts as well. Ive been asking God to use me as he will. My question is, if I am waiting on my asingment from God, how do I use my gift to help others in the meantime? I feel time on earth is running out and I want to help as many as I can. Thank you for your advice

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      Blessed mama 15 months ago

      I was told a long time ago I have this gift. Just resentlywas drawn back k to God and church and the word. .I have felt thing s about people all the time. I can feel all of a sodden really dirty while standing in line at the store. Like someone is thinking dirty thought s. I also can feel when I can trust someone or if what they're saying is in truthful. Is this diserment?

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      Susan Ream 16 months ago from Michigan

      Hi Kat, Welcome! I am encouraged to hear that you have given your life to Jesus Christ and are on an adventure. He is worthy of all praise and honor and glory. :) The best way I know to help you understand more of the specifics of the gift is discernment is to send you to an article by a very gifted Bible teacher, John MacArthur. Here is a link, I pray you find answers to those questions in his article. God Bless you and use your gift(s) of the Spirit for His honor and Glory. http://apprising.org/2012/02/14/john-macarthur-on-... Mekenzie

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      Kat2016 16 months ago

      Hello. I believe I have this gift and I'm hoping for some guidance. Since I gave my life to Jesus Christ, there have been a few times in the past that I have seen demons on people or something like a "dark shroud" around a person. I am usually quick to spot a phony or see through a person's lies or what are the intentions behind a person's words. I also have experienced other things that I am not sure if its discernment or some other gift. I have noticed that quite often I will "sense" in my spirit when something is about to happen. Usually its something negative or a dangerous type of situation. Its like a sudden heaviness or restlessness that comes in my spirit all of a sudden and will badger me and get worse and worse to the point that it feels like I have a bubble in my spirit that is about to burst. When it gets to that point I pray and ask God what it is going on and he ALWAYS shows me. The situation will suddenly occur out of nowhere at that point. When the situation comes to pass, the feeling then goes away and I know that is what I was sensing. I'm not sure if I'm sensing something in the spirit realm or if that is some type of prayer burden. There have also been a couple of other times where I just had a "knowing" of what a person was about to do and they did it. I had no other way knowing. There was nothing they did that made me know they were going to do something. I just knew. I saw into their spirit with my own spiritual eyes. Or I guess I could say the Holy Spirit highlighted something in their spirit that he wanted me to know. I'm not sure what this is. I would greatly appreciate any information as it does make me feel a little awkward to go and talk to a Pastor about it.

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      Susan Ream 2 years ago from Michigan

      Sandy, When God gifts one of his children with the gift of discernment know that this gift will never contradict what God says in His word. The person entrusted with discernment must humble himself before God and ask to be a pure vessel whom He can use for His honor and glory. "Every good and perfect gift comes from above" James 1:17. God is the giver of all good and perfect gifts.

      May God use the gift of discernment in your life to bless and draw many to His heart. Thank you for sharing!

      God Bless You!

      Mekenzie

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      Sandy 2 years ago

      For. Long time I was told if you have something like this it was the devil's work and you would go to hell. I fought this for many years. I have been called a know it all. Its been very difficult for me because satin has been messing with me for a long time. At times I thought I was loosing my mind. I started looking things up and trying to understand what has been happening to. I would say to myself that I wss cursed with knowing , feeling ,& seeing things. I cried alot .Its not till now that i have come to know I am not crazy and I was given these gifts for a reason. I am ready to embrace and move forward. I have helped my people.I can be anywhere and the feeling get stronger and i have to just say something to a total stranger and their response is how do you know this. My mother had these gifts and more. Reading all these comments today has let me know when people dont understand these gifts they have the tendency to say its eveil.Thank all of you and God bless all of you.

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Linda, As I read your comment I sensed a spirit of humility in your words and attitudes. You understand that the gift is just that .. a gift given by God to be used in the building up of the saints.

      One of the telltale signs of that gift is the discomfort and prompting of the spirit when the word is not fully revealed or when it gets twisted or interpreted through man's opinion. You understand that God's word is truth and everything else must be measured against it.

      May God continue to use you as you bless others with the gift of discernment.

      God Bless and Keep you close to His heart!

      Mekenzie

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Madeline, Glad God used this article to reveal a gift He has given you. There are many spiritual gifts and I'd really like to do an article on each one. It is amazing to think that God gifts us so that we can minister to the body of Christ - He uses us!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing. I'm excited to know that you are waiting on Him to reveal how He will use the gift.

      God Bless!

      Mekenzie

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      Madeline 3 years ago

      WOW...grateful for this post. Linda, I can't tell you how much you described how I feel sometimes. I recently put two and two together and realized that God has been trying to reveal that this is a gift from Him and that I shouldn't look at it as a burden. I am just waiting on the Lord to see in what ways the He wants to use me with this gift He has blessed me with...thank you all for sharing your experiences!

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      Sister Rosemary Ann Cuneo, CR 3 years ago from Castleton, NY

      Thank you for your response, Mekenzie! The Spirit is indeed a Gift we need to shout from the roof tops about. Thank you for highlighting the importance for us to be in touch with the Holy Spirit in our lives. I promise prayer for those who the Spirit will touch through your words and actions, and I ask that you do as well for me. Thanks again!

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Hello Spirit, Your comment caused me to go back and do some clarification in this hub - Thank you! :) I agree we all were given the Holy Spirit who grants discernment to each of God's children.

      I also believe, as listed in the scriptures I highlight, that it is clear that God chooses an extra portion, of a particular gift, for each of His children. It is a clearly identifiable gift from God. Romans 12:5 "So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts according to the grace given us."

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your insights. God bless you for serving in ministry - you are in a position to lead and teach many.

      Mekenzie

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      Sister Rosemary Ann Cuneo, CR 3 years ago from Castleton, NY

      Well done! I just would share one insight I have learned and most assuredly believe: The Gift of Discernment is given to everyone. The Holy Spirit is with each of us and wants to communicate to us every single day. Unfortunately, in our secular world, many do not turn to the Spirit for guidance. I do think too, that there is a great need for trained spiritual guides to help people learn how to use the Gift they have been given, i.e., how to discern with the Spirit. Many do not know they even have this Gift, but we all have it, from the moment of our Baptism.

      I work in vocation ministry and see the great need we have to lead others to know how to pray, how to listen to God and how to be in tune and in touch with the Spirit in their lives. Blessing!

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Shelly, Interesting question. First, I don't recommend always telling people any time you see they are in error. Before speaking into another's life, I feel we must care about them and they must know us well enough to trust our heart and motivation for sharing.

      If the receiver believes we speak out of love in order to help - not to harm them; They are more apt to receive what we have to say - the hearer will grow as a result of a revelation given from a friend who cares. Make sense?

      Thanks for the comment and visit. Happy Thanksgiving!

      Mekenzie

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      shelly 3 years ago

      I just want to know how can I go up to someone and tell them it's a error .Then tell them this is what I see and go from there .I have done that and people get very offencive.I guess what I want to know is there a way that I can go about it in a better way .

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Linda, I appreciate hearing from someone who has been entrusted by God with the gift of discernment. I have observed that there seem to be levels or depth's with this gift. God calls us all, as believer's, to be discerning. The Holy Spirit gives us discernment when we seek wisdom and to see as He sees. But there are those, like you, who can look at a person and see inside their heads, so to speak. My daughter also has this gift and is rarely wrong. I have learned to listen to her when flags go off in her spirit.

      I appreciate the extra insight of how this gift is perceived by others .. you are right, it is not politically correct to stand for truth in this day and age.

      As believers we desire the Truth of God and our spirit longs to live in that truth. I am glad you pointed out the importance of knowing the word of God and having a solid grasp of Theology. Staying close to God is the only way to have peace and success in this life .. He is the vine, we are the branches ... without Him we can do NOTHING!

      You've raised some important questions. How does God want us to use the gift He gave us? When do we expose the truth and when do we turn to God in fervent prayer on their behalf. How do we balance love and truth? Gal. 6:1 says "If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted."

      Oh that we would have a heart like this: Psalm 141:5 "Let a righteous man strike me--it is a kindness; let him rebuke me--it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it. Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers;"

      I am glad you are not tempted with pride ... your own self examination is refreshing. I have known people to be arrogant with whatever gift God has bestowed upon them. "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

      Thank you for giving further insight as one who knows.

      God Bless you and Grant you JOY!

      Mekenzie

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      Linda 5 years ago

      I've known for a long time that Discernment is my gift, although Satan did a fantastic job of making it a curse for a long time before I understood the truth! Very little is said about this gift in the Bible, and even less is written accurately about it. You've come closer than anyone I've read thus far. :-)

      It's both a blessing and a great burden, because we sense, feel and know what's wrong with things--and people never like having it pointed out! Especially in this day and age when "positive thinking," political correctness and tolerance are expected of everyone, it's easier for most people to have the truth simply swept under the rug. Tolerance trumps truth.

      And since these behavioral expectations are equally alive and well within most churches--where this gift is intended to be used--the net result is often hostility, discomfort and rejection, regardless of how gently observations may be made. I generally say very little, resorting to fervent prayer instead. It's still difficult, though, because I can't help looking "into" people instead of at them, regardless of how much I may want to (!) . . . they are often uncomfortable just meeting me (and don't have any idea why). I am also uncomfortable meeting people, as well, because I may look into their eyes and simply "know" that they have a deep problem with anger or pornography, or are hiding a dark secret, etc., etc. I may pass a complete stranger on the street and feel the full weight of their sorrow in a single glance.

      I was joking with my Mother this week that I often feel like the Old Testament prophets who wandered around pointing out error and making predictions of doom and gloom (because we often see the future effect of current action as well). There is an uncomfortable parallel, truth be told (pun intended). :-)

      I have read a few people now, who warn about arrogance as a potential pitfall, but I doubt it would be an issue, because we not only see the truth in others, we see it in ourselves! We can't escape it (how I'd love a vacation!) I know a number of people who share Discernment as a gift, and we all actually share something of a lack of value in our self-perceptions. In fact, we're probably much more likely to tell you all about our flaws, because they are part of the truth about us. (and I firmly believe that we all SHOULD be doing that. We are supposed to be bearing one anothers' burdens)

      Lastly, the one thing absolutely everyone misses when they talk about this gift is that we are targets of Satan. The reason why is obvious, but spiritual oppression is simply a given. For anyone else similarly afflicted, music (good music) is an excellent help. A deep knowledge of Scripture and a solid grasp of Theology is also essential. Our "gut" is rarely wrong, but it's still wise to seek wisdom and Biblical principals. Staying close to God is also vital.

      My heart goes out to others who know first-hand about the gift of Discernment. It's a hard one to bear, and if you have it, you understand . . . we're never going to be popular!

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Yes I see it too - Kindred Spirits. Thank you for reading and adding to this hub. It is amazing how God works in and through us to bring us to the place where we see everything we have, every gift we possess comes from HIS hand in our lives "Every good and perfect gift comes from above." I continue to be amazed at God's patience with us. He has been working His will in me, in a profound way,this past year too. He continually teaches me that HE is God and I am not. As I absorb that truth I am able to let go of my own so called 'wisdom, understanding, insight etc.' and that is when the gifts He bestowed are used to bless.

      I'm going to go to your hubs now and read about God speaking to you through your IPOD .. I'm intrigued and can't wait to hear your story.

      God Bless you friend!

      Mekenzie

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      The Stages Of ME 5 years ago

      Mekenzie ~

      Loved this Hub again I find you very similar in thought to me. So proving God places others in our path. My favorite part of this was when you discussed pride. I was just thinking today about how people compliment me on certain things I say or do. I usually credit God and say thank you God for the words or ironically discernment to know what to do. My personal prayer is for daily discernment on His plan for my life. I feel the Holy Spirit in such a profound way this past year. My recent Hub discussed how I felt God was speaking to me through my IPOD. I know that may sound silly but I know you get it! Thank you for sharing and for reminding all of us to remember where all the credit lies. I heard today those who are so confident by their works to meet the Lord on judgement day. Should be humbled to know the best we can hope for is to be considered a good and faithful servant. Anything more would be pride. I hope we can all have the discernment to know the difference. God Bless

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Alexis, The information above was written to help you determine if you have the gift of discernment. Read the part "Gifted with Discernment." Does that help?

      God Bless You!

      Mekenzie

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      alexis 5 years ago

      I never knew what this was till my coworker started telling her mom about me and they said i am this but i have some doubts. Do you know of anyone i could see to tell me if i am or not? Thanks

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      Susan Ream 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hi DeBorrah, so nice of you to stop by and read one of my older hubs. As I read it, I realized it needs some editing .. most of my time writing is spent in editing .. doing my best to be as clear as I know how. I love the study of the gift's of the spirit. Been quite awhile since I've written on the Hubs .. rarely have time these days. God will make a way when it is time.

      God Bless you Sister!

      Mekenzie

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Mekenzie, This is a wonderful hub! Very insightful! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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      Susan Ream 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hey Becky, Thanks for stopping by for a read and a word of encouragement.

      God Bless YOU too!

      Mekenzie

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Awesome Hub detailing the spiritual gift of discernment. Thanks for sharing. God bless

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      Susan Ream 7 years ago from Michigan

      heart .. we need each other in the body of Christ .. one is not better than the other .. as you say counterbalance .. we need each other! Thanks for your comments. :0)

      Mekenzie

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Yes, this is just one of the Spiritual Gifts. It is so awesome how God uses each of our gifts to compliment the other:) Even counterbalance our gifts, so that not one is more important than the other, as you mentioned. Great Hub, nice seeing a simple list, to question if you do have this gift of discernment:) God Bless You!

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      SL Perrin 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Well said sister in Christ. I much enjoyed this piece. Feel free to read any of the hubs I have. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Ream 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you dear Skye for dropping by to read the hub. Thanks for the sweet encouragement. I am so glad our paths have crossed too and look forward to following your journey through your hubs. Blessings dear one.

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      skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Glory to God. This is a beautiful, very nice, honest,sincere hub.The words flow like fresh living water..It is awesome our paths have crossed. I see we have a mutual friend mattv.Keep writing girlfriend, Christ is going to use you in a mighty way. Glory to him. You are precious. Nighty Nite.

      In Joy + + +

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      Susan Ream 7 years ago from Michigan

      and the two shall become one... isn't it awesome how God puts two together to complement and complete each other.... also how, in the body of Christ, we are interdependant on one another to carry out our ministry here on earth. God Bless you Lori as you use your gifts for God's Glory!

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      loriamoore 7 years ago

      Mekenzie,

      When I took the spiritual gift assessment, discernment was toward the bottom of the list, so I have to be careful and am glad that my husband is more gifted in that area. My top five were administration, teaching, knowledge, faith, and service.

      Lori

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      Susan Ream 7 years ago from Michigan

      thank you matt - I wish you a very Merry Christmas as well. We will be having the whole family over and we always have a wonderful time. Blessings!

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      matt6v33 7 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      stopped by to wish you and your loved one a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. also thanks for sharing theee above.. nice.. very nice...