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


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Gift of Discernment

Gifts of the Spirit

Gifts of the Spirit

Spritual Gift of Discernment

I don’t know about you, but I am intrigued by the spiritual gifts 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. It is my desire to help you identify if you possess this gift and, if you do, to use it and to glorify the God who entrusted you with it.

I will also list 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 it is with spiritual gifts. Each spiritual gift ministers to the body of Christ in specific ways.

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 grants different gifts to each of His children to minister to 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 which God has given to every believer.

As you read the list above, quoted from scripture, did you recognize one or more unique characteristic you possess?

It is important for every believer to know what their spiritual gift is. 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 to minister to the body of Christ and win others to Him.

To demonstrate the manifestation of a spiritual gift, I will illustrate through story and application with four of the gifts of the spirit.

  • 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 see compassion rising within her. Betsy feels your pain and may even cry with you. People feel understood when they share their heart with Betsy; they feel loved too by her 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's easy for her to pick up and carry other people's 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 desire for her to help. 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 so it is easy to grasp. He also has an uncanny ability to tell compelling stories making application easy. 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. Jody is likely to speak up in any given situation. Jody voices her insights, particularly when discerning injustice. Jody doesn't necessarily seek to be a public figure but her wise counsel draws people to her. If Jody addresses your issue and gives you counsel, she will also follow up to make sure her guidance is applied.

Did you see yourself in any of these examples? You can be assured 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. The gifts listed above help to illustrate the purpose and manifestations of the various gifts of the spirit.

His Word is Truth

His Word is Truth

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.
  • 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.

Beware of Arrogance

If God has gifted you with discernment, beware of the dangers that come when used apart from God. Arrogance is a sure sign you are not submitted to His Lordship. Arrogance reveals your lack of understanding that this gift is not inherent but it is God Himself who placed this gift in you. Your gift was given to bless others and glorify Him.

A warning comes with each gift. A gift, not totally submitted to God will be misused. Those gifted with discernment may be tempted to feel superior because of their keen insights. They may be tempted to take personal credit rather than glorify the one who gave them this gift.

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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Questions & Answers

Question: I know that God has given me the gift of discernment, but how can I explain this to an unbeliever?

Answer: You don't need to explain your gift to anyone. Just use it as God leads you to. God bless you!

Question: If you see something play out in your mind and you shake it off and do nothing about it, and later it happens, does it mean you have the gift of discernment?

Answer: Are you a believer in God? Do you study his word to grow as a believer? This article is based on what God says about discernment. If you have answered yes to the above, I would suggest you ask God to take this ability away if it is not from him. My daughter used to have the same sense of 'knowing.' This is the advice I gave her and God did take it away.

Question: I am a true believer in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I feel pretty sure I have the gift of discernment. How can I research this more? Any advice?

Answer: It is important to know the gift(s) God entrusted to you. I have found an online test you can take to help you identify your gift(s): https://mintools.com/spiritual-gifts-test.htm

Have fun learning and praying about how to use the gift(s) God blessed you with.

Question: How do I know if I have the gifts of wisdom and knowledge?

Answer: This article is on the gift of discernment. How do you know? My resource is God's word. He is the one that gives gifts to his children. It is through God's word that we learn about the gifts he bestows. References are listed above in the article under other spiritual gifts.

Question: I am a believer, and I have not yet found my gift in the body of Christ. How do I search for it?

Answer: It is important to know the gift(s) God entrusted to you. Here is an online test that will help you identify your gift(s). https://mintools.com/spiritual-gifts-test.htm.

Question: I have the gift of discernment. How can I use my gift daily? Who can I use it on? I also possess the gift of prophecy. What do I do with that?

Answer: If God has gifted you with discernment, he will show you how to use your gift, same with prophecy. Stay close to him, study his word, ray often and be submitted to him in all your ways.

Question: Have you ever heard of someone receiving a spiritual call? Like a phone call but in the spirit. Usually, I can hear it regarding suicide or abortion or someone cries, help me, and begins to tell their situation.

Answer: No, I have never experienced or heard of anything like this. Do you know the Lord Jesus? If you do, pray and ask God the Father to show you what to do with this information.

Question: I have the gift of discernment. And it scares me because I don't know how to use it. At times I think I'm going crazy. Please enlighten me on when and how to use my gift?

Answer: I am assuming that you are a child of God and understand that God bestows gifts of the spirit to each of his children. Knowing that God has gifted you with discernment is knowing that He will use you. It would take too long to address your question in a question and answer fashion. So, I am giving you a link from a trusted source, so you can discover how to use the gift God blessed you with. https://www.challies.com/articles/the-gift-of-spir... This article has three parts. You will find the link to the next part at the bottom of each page. Remember, "God has not given you the spirit of fear." And "Every good and perfect gift comes from above." Ask God reveal Himself and His will for using your gift as you read this article by Tim Challies.

Question: I normally see things in my imagination, especially when I look at the Mary statue. Does this mean I have the gift of discernment?

Answer: It does not mean it indicates the gift of discernment. I would say your imagination is active, but beyond that, I have no clue.

Question: What if you feel you have more than one spiritual gift?

Answer: Many people have more than one spiritual gift. It means we have more accountability to use those gifts to minister to others.

Question: Recently, there was a bad wreck on my block all three people were dead on impact. I went out to see if I could help and something came over me so strong I could almost smell death and that bothered me, Is this just part of discernment?

Answer: I don't believe there is any connection between what you felt and the gift of discernment; not sure why you had that sensation.

Question: Why does the gift of discernment cause people not to like you?

Answer: It depends on how you utilize that gift. If you give unsolicited advice to people with your gift, it will not be well received. Each gift must be bathed in love and compassion to be accepted by the receiver. Since you have the gift of discernment, discern when it is time to speak, time to listen and time to pray. Ask God; He's the giver of every good and perfect gift.

Question: What should I do to have a power of discernment?

Answer: You cannot do anything to receive this gift. God gives all those who have accepted His gift of salvation, a spiritual gift. This is one of the many gifts God gives to His children.

Question: How do you know if you have the gift of knowledge?

Answer: To answer this, I am sending you a link with a clear explanation of the gift of knowledge. God Bless you!: https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-knowledge.html

© 2009 Susan Ream


Miranda Johnson on May 20, 2019:

So ive been having dreams and things that I think has been pointing to my gift but today and this has happened before but I was told to come in the living room by my caretaker and she came in with another Staff and it just hit me automatically it was crazy but god told me so I spoke out loud oh my god and they said what I said I know why were in here and she said why I said your quiting and she was just in shock that I knew

if anyone knows anything or how to help me research something please help

PoetikalyAnointed on April 02, 2019:

Nice to meet you too and you're welcome!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 02, 2019:

I'm so glad it blessed you, Poetikaly! Nice to met you!!

PoetikalyAnointed on April 01, 2019:

Hi Susan,

Excellent Hub and thank you for sharing!

The subject matter is indeed fascinating. I truly enjoyed the read and liked your examples given.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 03, 2019:

Hi Chanel, First, let me encourage you to stop reading horoscopes. The Bible expressly forbids divination, sorcery, and hidden arts (Deuteronomy 18:10-14). As God’s daughter, you must seek knowledge through God alone. (Deuteronomy 18:15). Reject any other source of guidance, information, or revelation. (See also Acts 16:16-18.) The Bible points to Jesus Christ as the only proper focus of faith (Acts 4:12; Hebrews 12:2). Our trust is in God alone, and we know that He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). Faith in anything besides God is misplaced.

Astrology opposes biblical teaching in at least two ways: it advocates faith in something other than God, and it is a form of divination. We cannot determine God's will for our lives through horoscopes. As Christians, we are to read the Bible and pray to God in order to gain wisdom and guidance. Consulting a horoscope is a violation of God's means of communicating with His children.

chanel on March 03, 2019:

i am a believer and i like reading all topics i read something on the horoscopes and i went to bed and had a bad nightmare not once but twice on two different occasion. I am wondering if this is the gift of discerning of spirits.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on November 13, 2018:

Thank you, HopiNg. May God bless you!!

HopiNg on November 13, 2018:

Thank you. God bless you.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on October 25, 2018:

Jeffrey, great observations and insights. Yes, the word is truth and everything must be in agreement with HIS word! Thanks for your input!!

Jeffreyh on October 23, 2018:

I'm glad you mentioned responsibilities with these gifts and one not submitted to God will be misused. We are in a spiritual warfare with dark influences trying to mislead us. Walking around thinking or saying you have discernment and pointing out what is evil without testing it against the scripture, is not the proper use of discernment. The holy spirit should reveal this to you through the word of God. The father of lies may use gifts against you if you are not validating thru the word of God.

For example, I see reviews and posts all over the internet about books, pastors, gospel artists, ... many people claim they can discern evil and will expose it.

Denominations interpret biblical teachings in many different ways. Not all are right and not all are wrong. All believe the spirit is leading them to the truth. Satan loves to see Christians turn against each other and exposing each others differences in beliefs and discernment. No better way to confuse a new Christian or someone that is seeking than to have them read all the accusations and casts of judgement all over the internet. YouTube, and social media. Even the scripture quotes written to back it up. Those gifted with discernment, please do not use to cast judgment or accusations. Expessing concerns and properly addressing something that is confirmed through the word of God by the holy spirit in a biblical way is one thing, but our minds are often geared to look for a confirmation of something we think is true, while setting aside biases in what we are taught and putting on the full armor of God will enable us to gain the real truth. New believers, reading great articles like this that are biblical in nature and service can be very helpful, but be caution and protect your mind if you are using the internet to get your alot of information. You'll spend your time trying to figure out what is truth and what is not instead of being in the word and prayer and letting the holy spirit guide you.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on September 24, 2018:

J.C. Perhaps you are thinking no one else observes the evil you observe. I believe that people with discernment do perceive evil but they don't usually announce it. I would be praying God shows you what to do about the evil you see in a person. He answers our prayers. As far as knowing about an event about to happen, I do not have a good answer for you. Again, since you know Jesus as your Savior, you are God's kid and he tells you to come to him. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. God Bless you!

J.C. on September 12, 2018:

I see things that no one else will never ever observe. I can calmly perceive evil in a person when they talk but not alarmed by it. I can sense an event of evil about to happen in the near future but don't know to whom it happens to but I know it's nearby. I believe in God and Jesus son of God. I don't often attend Church and never read the whole Bible. But I have this ability to see right through nearly everything. I know that I'm special but don't know how and why. I'm just an ordinary person. Thank You

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on September 06, 2018:

Lora, It's nice to meet you and know that you, too, possess the gift of discernment. You asked how to use it. First, know that this is not only a gift but a responsibility. Those gifted with discernment will test teachers to see if they are of God or not.

Their authority, of course, is the Word of God and in one sense, all believers are accountable for what they believe. But those with discernment are gifted to see with spiritual eyes as they compare scripture with scripture with what is taught or implied.

False prophets use deceptive language. To unmask these false prophets, the Lord uses this gift and enables his church to turn from lying spirits to the one Spirit of truth.

The power and influence of spirits are picked up through words, deeds, and appearances. Every word about God or that supposedly comes from God must be carefully tested and examined in the light of Scripture, which is God's very word. The enemy communicates in words that are inconsistent with Scripture and carries a false message - a lie.

Those gifted with discernment are able to distinguish truth from lies. God gives the discerning the insight to expose imitations and deceptions that most Christians would take as genuine.

The truth is under attack more today than at any other time in history. The purpose of the gift discernment is primarily to protect other believers and to protect the local church where false teachers have infiltrated.

I used https://www.challies.com/articles/the-gift-of-spir... as a resource to better explain how this gift is used. The article includes scripture references for further study. The gift is used to separate truth from error, discern the will of God, identify where the Spirit is working, to spot worldliness, settle disputes, and to protect new believers.

Now, your question about dreams? I do not have an answer for you, it is out of my realm of experience or understanding. I implore you to seek God and ask Him why he is allowing these dreams to occur and ask him to take them away if they are not from him. God Bless you, Lora!

Lora Massegee on September 06, 2018:

I’m a believer and think I have the gift of discernment: but I don’t understand how to use it. I’m in the Ministry; am a gospel singer, and God has done great wonders in my life.

There are other things too, other than discernment that I have questions about...

I also have dreams that come true; I watch the dream like a movie, then it repeats the next night with more info like a longer movie; then the dream becomes reality...

What gift is it or what?

And in what was could I best use the gift of discernment?

I have more questions but I guess I’ll start with those.

And yes I read all your info above about all the gifts of God.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on September 04, 2018:

Fadi, are you a believer in Jesus Christ? Do you spend time in God's word learning His will for you? I cannot address your question as I know nothing about you spiritually. Let me encourage you to spend much time in God's Holy word. Make sure you are led by the Holy Spirit in all that you do and say. God Bless you!

Fadi bosingwa on August 31, 2018:

Whatever i dream always come to pass sometimes even i tell people before it happen does that means i have a gift of prophecy.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 30, 2018:

Stephen, I would love to hear your testimonial. If you would like to share it, send it to my contact email located under my picture at the top of the page. :)

God Bless you,


Stephen Baldus on July 30, 2018:

I can usually or most of the time see a good heart and in the eyes I can see their demons or the light of God.Is this discernment of spirits? Sometimes and it shocks my wife that I will speak about something and sooner or even a short time later it will appear,it could be about anything. This almost sounds prophetic? I get word from God a lot from people even if they are not believers because there is no way it could be anything else. It's like He uses them to talk to me. I quickly see gifts from the Lord in the form of unnatural coincidence, I don't believe in luck, I believe it's God clearing a path or steering me one way or another. I've always had the right people at the right time,in the time of need. I look back at my life and I mean my whole life and see where God has taken me especially out of harms way. This is all God I know this to be true. I had a stroke 4 years ago and it has changed my life and have a good testimonial

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 28, 2018:

Hi Pamela, From your description, I would say God gifted you with discernment and you use that gift to glorify him. Isn't it amazing to think of the ways He works through His children? Thanks for the read and comment, I hope you are well, my friend!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 28, 2018:

I believe I have this gift, but I would like to always dig deeper. As a nurse for many years I found several times that I could see a problem or a need that my patient had but not made clear.

Also, it seems when I need to make a decision, I always ask the Lord to give me a clear sign, and He does.

I don't know if these examples are always a result of discernment, but I always give God the credit.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 20, 2018:

Dear Angela, I cannot answer your question because I do not have enough details. But I can tell you that God's word is always the foundation of truth. Trust in Him and ask Him to use you as a vessel for His honor and glory.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 20, 2018:

Hi Alan, both Pastoral and Missionary roles involve the gift of teaching. God can use your gift in many areas. Stay close to Him and ask for his guidance. We belong to the King of Kings.

Angela on July 16, 2018:

January 7, 2018 I was sick and emergency room and God took control of my life when I got home the Holy Spirit was filled in me strongly. I said some things that I know was not from me because I could have never have known them. I want to know if that was the Holy Spirit speaking through me. I think that it was but I don’t want to be so arrogant to say that. I am very curious to know what you think.

alan on July 16, 2018:

Suppose I have a gift of Pastoral and if I don't want to use that gift, instead I want to be a Missionary.so is it sinful for me to do that?

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 11, 2018:

Thank you, John Thomas, for stopping in for a read and leaving your words on my page. I pray also that the Lord imparts wisdom as we live in perilous times. Blessings to you!

John Thomas123 on July 11, 2018:

Loved your article! God has been soo good to me, and blessed me so much. I actually pray daily that the Lord will help me cope in this fact/truth free world we now live in.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on June 25, 2018:

Dear Mil, thank you for stopping in for a read and some feedback. Yes, with God nothing is impossible! God Bless You!

Mil radin on June 24, 2018:

Thank you for reaching out to this generation and know this God's mercy and Grace is sufficient and for us to know what is not known or taught by man it is only diserned by his spirit and in truth being appointed and annoited by and through the holy ghost for we may only know in part and God knows all things and all things are in subjection unto him for nothing is impossible for God and if we are the few and are called and the chosen we will be a willing vessel for the glory of God bless you all and.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on June 01, 2018:

Lexi, I am not familiar with encaul, so I cannot answer your question. I am so glad to hear how God pulled you out of the dark and into his glorious light. You are right, no one gets to the Father but by the son. Thanks for your visit. May God strengthen you in your faith as you spend time in his work. Blessings

Lexi on May 01, 2018:

wow, beautiful article.

Question, is this gift the same as the gift of second sight? I was born encaul (in amniotic sac) and I've always linked my ability to see beyond the veil as a result. I have always been aware of this world's smokes and mirrors, always rooting for the underdog, sometimes to the detriment of my own peace of mind, or even sanity. I started dabbling into the occult, and with entheogens, I almost lost myself in the realms of the underworld, mostly hellish realms, where seducing spirits did their best to make me join their side. That's when God pulled me out of there, let me to the Word. And now I've renounced all this occult stuff, I realize where everyone gets misled, the tactics of the ennemy, and how I could help, thanks to my discerning abilities. I really hope and pray God strenghtens me and uses me. No one gets to the Father but through Jesus Christ. It grieves me so little people understand this simple truth...... There's no knowledge to be found from dabbling into the dark without Jesus Christ guiding us. I pray he is always with us, brothers and sisters.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 20, 2018:

Marie, God's grace and His love for His children is unfathomable. He freely bestows gifts on us and enables us to use them to bless others.

I pray you will find peace in Him and use your gift kindly and with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit!

God Bless you,


Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 18, 2018:

William, my daughter used to have this same ability. She is a believer in Jesus and in God's word. I told her to pray and ask God if it was from Him to show her how to use it. I also told her to ask God to take it away if this ability was not from Him. God took it away.

MarieElena on April 17, 2018:


I can't thank you enough for this amazing and informative web-page. I praise God that you have risen up to do this great deed.

This anointing and gift is one of paramount responsibility. I have so much to learn, many to forgive, so many areas to grow in mature in, however I desire to grow and to be used as His holy servant and an instrument to the church; to the city.

I often feel ill equipped and unworthy. Then at times I feel this Life Spring; it's difficult to explain. I know that I need to be "as wise as a serpent & as Innocent as a Lamb" - For me this gift has thus far cost me substantially in the flesh. I cannot do His work without His ever present Spirit lined up with His word. But still so many don't want to hear the Justice part of His word and I am at times more passive than perhaps I should be. My heart often breaks at what I witness within the church body.

Thank you again.

May our Beloved, Life Giving and Sustaining Prince of Peace equip you through this ministry.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 16, 2018:

Skyler Grace, I am unable to understand your message.There is a language barrier. I appreciate your visit to my site and wish I could respond. God Bless you! Susan

William Brunson jr on April 16, 2018:

In my younger years I could tell what a person would say before they said it and see events in the future. Is this rare sense discernment or ESP!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 20, 2018:

Shanty, Thanks for stopping by for a visit and for leaving a comment. :)

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 19, 2018:

Mildred, I am assuming you have a close relationship with Jesus and spend much time in his word. If these two things are true, ask Him to reveal the purpose of your dreams. What are you to do with these revelations? Yes, God can use you when you discern people are hurting. I would, however, be kind and patient in your approach. You do not need to confront but engage out of a sincerely caring heart. Pray that God opens a door of opportunity as you ask a simple question like, how are you today. Listen, love, support and pray for wisdom.

Shantay on March 19, 2018:

Thank you for sharing !!! God bless!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 16, 2018:

Don, if you really want to hear from God, let me encourage you to dive into his word. Ask God to help you find a spiritual friend who will walk beside you because has created us for community, we need each other. Also, I am recommending a book to help you discover the gift God has given to you. This book is by an author I trust. https://www.amazon.com/Practicing-Power-Welcoming-... God Bless you! Susan

Mildred on March 16, 2018:


I dream about things and they happen which can be very scary at times and I recently have a strong sense of feeling someone's emotions and when I ask they woul tell me I right. I recently saw this lady at my child's nursery school and I feel a ball like pain in my chest as if she is probably going through a hard time.but I am afraid to confront her.can God use me to see people's pains?

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 15, 2018:

Rosesred, it certainly does sound like the gift of discernment. Stay close to the Lord, seek his wisdom and ask how he wants you to use this gift. Blessings from the one who loves you most!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 14, 2018:

Dear She, my heart hurts for the abuse you have lived through. If your family fails to acknowledge what has been done to you, there is not much you can do other than choose to forgive.

When you forgive, it benefits you because you no longer hold the pain in your heart but turn it over to God so he can heal you.

I believe you are decerning in this area of who is safe and who is not because of what you have lived through.

God uses even the worst situations to develop good things in us. May God bless you as you strive to live for him and connect with some healthy friends who support you.


Don on March 14, 2018:

I have been through sometimes. God has brought me to me knees. I want to hear from God on my gifts and direction.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 07, 2018:

MarkThomas, Will a gift be taken away if it is not used for His honor and glory? According to the parable on talents, the answer is Yes, it will. How long before that happens? I do not know, the Bible doesn't address it in minutes, hours or days, only that it will happen. MarkThomas, please use your gift, it is a precious gift, one that ministers to others. ;)

Rosesrred on March 07, 2018:

After meeting people, I can often tell right off the bat whether they are genuine or fake. Often, these people are very well liked, which makes it difficult for me to watch while knowing people are falling for their fakeness. I even had an acquaintance who I knew was fake, that became a pastor. All I could do was pray for her congregation. Would this be coonsidered a version of discernment?

She on February 28, 2018:

I know God has given me the gift of discernment to know who's safe. I was raised in an abusive home, many men took advantage of me growing up. I've tried to reveal my gift to my family after being silent for 55 years only to bee ignored and scoffed at. I wonder at this time in my life if trying to heal family relations is even worth the effort. They see me as someone trying to be smug, but my heart has and always will be to reveal truth above all else. I've been wondering if others with this gift have had this problem

MarkThomasMarshal on February 26, 2018:

How long or many times will God allow you to ignore the Gifts gave to you, even if you are aware of what you possesse. I have 3 testimonies to prove my gift. A though I still choose to ignore it.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on February 25, 2018:

Hi Rose, It does take discernment to recognize when the deceiver is at work. Keep going to God and ask Him to shed His light and reveal the truth .. which is found in Christ Jesus. Thanks for the visit and your comment!!

Rose on February 22, 2018:

I believe I have the gift of discernment. I can feel wrong or right and by feel it's deeper then that I want to bring people close to God I ask that God gives me the guidence I need to guide people away from the deceiver of light

fredrick williams on January 27, 2018:

i feel have special gifts

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on January 06, 2018:

Dear CW, thank you for sharing your story. Yes, when we expose evil people do not like it. The comments on pride are a warning and I do not believe everyone with the gift will end up tempted by pride. May I encourage you to dig into God's word and allow Him to teach you and to draw you even closer to His heart. His word is alive and not like any other book. He has chosen to speak to his children through his word. He has much to say to those who love him and have received his gift of salvation, Jesus. "Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:104-105 May God bless you!!

CW on January 02, 2018:

Chiming in a little late, obviously did a search on discernment and came across this posting.

All of your points cover the basics of recognizing such. There is much more those with this "gift" experience. I have been "blessed" with this so-called "gift" my whole life. It took someone to point it out to me. I still did not recognize it for myself because of the not so good experiences this "gift" brings with it.

You include the possibility of developing "pride" and all that brings with it, and this may be so for those inclined to evil. When you know certain things that you really shouldn't, others don't like that, even when you do not reveal that you know. When you expose evil things and know when others are lying, the reactions can be quite ugly.

There could be no arrogance in having someone accuse you of actually wishing or putting a curse on them because you warned them and they didn't listen and it came to pass. All along, all you thought was that it was a deduction and obvious to anyone.

I do thank God that He instilled in me the passion for truth, and though I do not consider myself "good", also literally a disgust for anything "evil". By the time I was 20, I tried to ignore it, because of a horrible incident which sent a woman into a fit screaming at me not to look at her in a public place.

The most major thing I learned is to never make eye contact with anyone.

My family thought I was nuts, and that I made things up. Though I did not reveal much to them. They like this woman knew, I knew things. Sadly they did not know what was happening to me because I didn't dare say anything. I knew what not to reveal at a very young age (around 5). I do not remember being "innocent" ever. I "knew" way too much.

One serious suggestion to anyone that may think they have this "gift" find a priest that "knows" what it truly is. Most priests do not. I have come across only two priests in my almost 60 years. I thank God for the first because he showed me how to research it properly, and the second how to accept it, without wanting to "punish" myself. I am now without a discernment confessor and am wondering for the time being.

I do believe it is because of this "gift" that I have learned to truly love God and has kept me close to Him.

You have covered it quite well, one of the best. Blessings

Venus Sanders on December 25, 2017:

Dear Ambrosia, I wasn't going to comment on here, not for any imparticular reason. I am 99% certain I have discernment and it is still developing. You caught my attention when you said your chest was hot, I wanted to cry for you and hug you right then. I went through a very severe and intense spiritual warefare about 3 months after I received the Holy Spirit. I was anointed to pass out my testimony and write my auto biography. In my warfare I was attacked everyday for about 2 weeks, all through the night and day with what felt like fire on my chest and arms with the addition of intense fear. I now believe this was an spiritual attack toward my discerment, if I explained that correctly. My heart goes out to you my sweet sister. It is an honor to receive gifts from our Father to serve Him and do His will. He also wants use to help strengthen each other because the enemy attacks at every turn as you well know. The Lord equipts us but we still have to face the battles. I just know you come against some extreme challenges in school. You are going to ne one strong soldier. My granddaughter is 8 and we are raising her as a Christian so I pray for her in school. And this is my whole point, you are in my prayers dear. May God bless you abundantly with strength. My sister is a witch. She serves a half man jalf hoat named pan but we know who it is and so dpes she. My daughter in laws mom does also. So my other 3 very young granddaughter are around all that junk. Keep us in your prayers. God bless and love yours sister in Christ.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 25, 2017:

Paulette, I am very grateful for God's word, too! "Oh, how he loves you, oh how he loves me, oh how he loves you and me." That's a song that I LOVE! Merry Christmas to you too! God Bless you and keep you close to his heart!

Paulette Hall on December 23, 2017:

Thank you I am very grateful for the word of most high God children. Thank you love always Paulette

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 06, 2017:

Hi Colleta, I would echo to you what I wrote to TM. Seek the one true God and only accept any type of 'knowing' if it comes through Him.

Have a blessed Christmas and God Bless you!

Colletta on December 06, 2017:

Hi susan , Sometime i see things before it happens. Most time it is a vision. And at times i feel other people emotions which is really bad at times. Lately I'm not experiencing much of both. Can you explain why?

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 04, 2017:

TM, all I can tell you is that my daughter used to have this same type of 'knowing.'

She has accepted Jesus gift of salvation and so, as a daughter of the king, I told her to pray and ask God to show her if it was from him and if it wasn't to take it away.

The 'knowing' was taken away.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 02, 2017:

Hi Kyle, This article is based on the gift of discernment as described in God's word. That is my authority on this topic.

The definition you refer to comes from churches if I understand you correctly.

Thank you for your visit - May you find in the true God your all in all!

Blessings to you!!

TM on December 02, 2017:

Hi, susan

Thanks for the article. When you dream of things that always happen, or some hours or days before they happen, where does that gift leaves you. I mean what will that be called? may God Keep and sustain you to the end.

Kyle on December 02, 2017:

Actually the gift of discernment of spirits after three churches verifying it and all sweeping it under the rug is the feeling of energy (usually negative) around others!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on November 27, 2017:

Hello Renee, Actually the gifts of the spirit, addressed in this writing, are given to God's children after they have received Jesus as Lord and Savior. So, the gift of prophecy is a gift from God which a child of God receives after salvation.

Have a GREAT day!

Renee on November 27, 2017:

Can a person be born a "Prophet" and not realize that's what it is until someone points it out to them?

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on November 18, 2017:

Hi Mel, As I read your words the gift of mercy comes out strong. Those with this gift are very aware of others emotions and they feel them too. The warning I would share with you is not to carry other's pain. I have this gift and for years it made me sick and paralyzed my ability to serve and praise Jesus in the freedom and joy he desired for me. I, as a human, am not created to carry pain, only Jesus is able to both carry it and heal the person's heart. I have witnessed that my heart of compassion, coming from the gift of mercy, comforts many going through heartbreaking seasons.

I have also learned to lift the person to Jesus and believe that He will not only carry but heal. Then I release the person to Him. I visualize myself actually holding my friend close then lifting them up to Jesus. Only then am I free to serve Jesus rather than carrying a load I was not meant to carry.

I would also warn about 'Knowing' what people are thinking. Only God knows the thoughts and intent of our hearts. You may have a discerning spirit but don't assume, ask questions and test your own thoughts about the one you are assuming is thinking a certain way.

I was blessed by your testimony of your avid reading of God's word, after conversion and how you yielded yourself to Him. That's where He wants us, fully yielded. May God bless you and use the gifts He has given you to build and bless the body of Christ and to be a light in this very dark world!

Mel on November 18, 2017:

I have had the gift of discernment going on 39 years now. The first three four years of my conversion I had read my Bible like a Novel.

And because of those first few years of not being around other Christians I knew nothing of the gifts of the Spirit, or how others believed. I just yielded myself to the Lord to know his ways.

I than started to feel other people's emotions that had taken me by surprise. I could feel their anger to their sorrow, even to their body shaking or being nervous. Even to the point of knowing what they were thinking just by feeling their emotions.

Ambrosia on November 17, 2017:

Mrs. Ream, thank you so much for your answer. I’ve had the Spiritual Gift of Discernment for around 2 years (frankly, I possibly had the gift as a child, but it was not as developed as it is now), but in recent years, I’ve been somewhat desensitized to witchcraft and other forms of it because I’m so used to hearing about it. I would never dare participate in it, but the thought of magic in real life never scared me like it did the other day during class.

It was only a few weeks ago when I really started to want to develop the gift God had given me. I’ve been praying about it ever since, so, needless to say, I was very shocked when my mother told me that my small experience with my peers could have been because of the gift. It had never developed enough for me to actually feel anxious about witchcraft.

In regard to your question of what I meant by attending a “seemingly Christian school”, I meant that the students there don’t act like people who live by the Bible. They celebrate Halloween, joke with others about Ouija boards and their friends being the Devil/a servant of the Devil, some watch pornography, swear, and some have even admitted to wanting to engage in premarital sex. (I suppose such things are inevitable for high schools).

The teachers at my school, however, try to implement as much of Christianity and the Bible they can into classes, while still staying true to the lesson. I go to a reformed Christian school as a pentecostal Christian, so there are a few beliefs that contradict mine (i.e: my school believes that suicide is not a sin while I believe it is); however, it still remains a Christian school.

Again, thank you so much for your answer. It puts my mind at ease that God is answering my prayers mentioned above.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on November 16, 2017:

Hello Ambrosia,

I have a question. When you say you attend a 'seemingly' Christian school, do you mean it does not promote or teach the Bible or do you mean that the kids attending don't act like Christians?

I am hoping the girls sitting next to you, practicing palmistry, just really do not know the connection to evil that palmistry has. Satan often draws people into wrong practices through curiosity. I do not have enough space to explain why palmistry is connected to evil, so I'm going to direct you to this website to do your own research. https://www.gotquestions.org/palm-reading.html

My first thought on your reaction was that, as a child of God, the Holy Spirit alerted you that something was wrong and to warn you not to go near it. Your mother has a point too because discernment is being able to distinguish good from evil. The alarm you felt alerted you that evil was present.

God uses the gift of discernment in many ways. It will help you, personally to avoid evil and you may also have the opportunity to warn others as well. Do your research and be prepared if God opens a door for you to explain the dangers of palmistry.

Thanks for the visit Ambrosia, stay close to Jesus and He will always guide you into truth!

Ambrosia on November 15, 2017:

Hello, Mrs. Ream.

I attend a seemingly Christian high school; however, what happened in one of my classes today is something that left me... in a strange state. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how to explain this feeling inside of me.

Two girls who sit next to me were practicing palmistry, and I could not believe what I was hearing. They were discussing their lifespan and love life, and all of a sudden, I could hardly breathe, and I felt my chest start to get hot. It went on for a few minutes, and honestly, I was frightened. Not because of my fellow peers themselves, but because it was palmistry. The word alone is enough to make me anxious. So, for the next few minutes, I could not breathe well and my chest was hot.

I spoke to my mother today after arriving home from school and she suggested that I could possibly possess the spiritual gift of discernment. Could my experience in class be attributed to this gift?

Thanks in advance,


Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on November 11, 2017:

Thank you, MsDora! Spiritual gifts are one of my favorites too. God gifted each of us uniquely and it is through our gift of the Spirit that we find our purpose in life. It the means by which minister in the world and to the body of Christ. Thank you for stopping by for a read and leaving words of encouragement.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 11, 2017:

I love your topics. Spiritual gifts is one of my Bible favorites and you did a great presentation here. Thank you.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on November 06, 2017:

That's Great, Sarah! I trust you are using your gift for God's glory! Blessings!

Sarah on November 06, 2017:

Mine is discernment.. for sure.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on November 05, 2017:

Welcome, skumar111 Glad you are enjoying it.

skumar111@hotmail.co.uk on November 02, 2017:

Very good site Thanks

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on October 21, 2017:

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.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 21, 2017:

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.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on October 15, 2017:

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.


Rose Richatdson on October 15, 2017:

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. +

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on October 06, 2017:

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!

MBarakatt on October 06, 2017:

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

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on October 06, 2017:

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.

MBarakatt on October 06, 2017:

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!!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on September 19, 2017:

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.

Lorraine on September 19, 2017:

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!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on August 02, 2017:

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.

Leisa on July 08, 2017:

I too was gifted by God!!!!!

Mel on July 05, 2017:

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

Mel on July 05, 2017:

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

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on June 22, 2017:

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!

glenn burrell on June 21, 2017:

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

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on May 06, 2017:

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!

Beth Souza on May 04, 2017:

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.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 25, 2017:

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.

Emmerdalegirl on April 25, 2017:

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.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 17, 2017:

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.

Sophia on April 14, 2017:

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!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 09, 2017:

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.

Confused Person on April 06, 2017:

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).

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 27, 2017:

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

gl;enn burrell on March 24, 2017:

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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