For we are not fighting against flesh-and – blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12
His purpose is clear: Steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).He will do anything, say anything and twist the truth to fit his agenda-turning our eyes, hearts and focus from our Heavenly Father. He has waged a war for our souls.
Satan, “the father of lies” wants you! And he will stop at nothing until he has you.
But by the blood Jesus shed on the cross for our sins he has equipped us with a built in “alarm system” not monitored by a well-known company but by the Holy Spirit himself. This “alarm system” is used today by those who are blessed with the gift of discerning of spirits.In the New Testament, the discernment of spirits is the ability to distinguish between spirits as in 1 Corinthians 12:10, and to discern good and evil as in Hebrews 5:14. Peter Loughman said it this way: “At the core of living by our new nature is discernment, which is really making a judgement about people, events and things.”
What comes to your mind when you think of the word “spirits?”
I think of ghost like images from the spiritual realm. But “spirits” could also mean other things. If you think about it, Satan is a master at disguising himself. So, wouldn’t it be possible that he could impose himself in this world as our thoughts, emotions, dreams and influences?
Have you ever done something you knew wasn’t a good idea but felt a need to follow through? For example, you’ve been invited to a party at the high school quarterback’s home. You know by his actions he does things you do not approve of and have a good idea of what his party will be like. Do you go or not? Your flesh tells you to stay but the Holy Spirit says go. Because of your obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading, someone at that party was inspired and blessed by your actions-the actions of a Christian.
As believers I like to think we all possess this gift in some small way while others are truly blessed with picking out the “bad apples.” 1 John 4:1 says all Christians should judge carefully what they hear and read and not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God.
How do you test the spirits, you ask? Acts 17:11 is a great example. The people of Berea did just that. After hearing Paul preach the gospel they tested his words against what Scripture said and found his teachings to be true.
Trust your alarm system. When in doubt, go to God’s word for confirmation and ask yourself -Does this line up with his Word?
The Holy Spirit will not lead you into sin and He will not lead you to do something against the Word of God. –Tonya
Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.