“But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” – 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NLT)
Typically, when I think of the gift of discerning of spirits, I think of distinguishing between spirits motivating people that are in my presence. But today’s post is a little different. I am going to share how this gift can help, even when you’re all alone.
This is what happened to me. As I was vacationing and preparing to write this post, I asked the Lord what he wanted me to write about and for an example to share with you. Let me just say, be careful what you ask for.
I thought I might come upon a person or place that God would warn me about and steer me in a different direction. Or maybe he would tell me to relax, disregard preconceived notions and talk to someone that was different than me. Then I could write a little something, tie it with a nice bow and post. But oh no, God had another plan.
Over the years, I’ve learned that Christianity is lived on a spiritual level. It’s more to it than what you can see. The challenge is in understanding how the events of the spiritual realm are affecting the physical realm that you can see.
“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 (NLT)
Discerning of spirits helps you to determine the spirit that is motivating what you are seeing in the physical. Is it the Holy Spirit, the human spirit, or angelic or demonic spirits?
The day I asked for God’s help, little things started happening – an unwelcome comment, a misunderstood action, a forgotten memory and such. As I said, I don’t live by emotions or wear them on my shoulder, but this day was on a fast track to nowhere. I know because I’ve been there before.
I began to feel this internal war going on. My body’s energy was zapped, my desire was thwarted and my emotions seemed to be manipulated. I really wanted to communicate this struggle, but I felt God was prompting me to be quiet, to still my soul. That was a good thing because I didn’t trust what would have come out of my mouth. It may not have been a word from heaven. It may not have even been me.
So, I prayed and listened then alerted my husband of the issue at hand. I knew that he would pray, and I needed those prayers. I thought I was dealing with the frustration of a simple hurt or misunderstanding, but it was a bit confusing, because the catalysts were so minor. True, they may have sent me reeling twenty years ago, but not today. I have grown some.
That’s when I discerned that what was happening was spiritual. I wasn’t sad. I wasn’t upset. I believe that an angel from the dark side had a demonic assignment to wreak havoc in my life. Evil spirits can do that.
Once I got this revelation, the warrior princess in me was awakened. I confronted the spirit in Jesus’ name and told it to go away. It did and my recovery began.
“Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.” – Luke 10:19
“In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” – Ephesians 6:16
Evil spirits come to bring seeds of discord, hoping we will take the bait. If we buy into the lie, that seed can produce undesired fruit like depression, estranged children, conflict in the workplace, split churches, divorce and more.
The gift of discernment preserved the peace in my heart and my home. Thank you Lord.
Just think, in an unintentional way, I prayed for this, so I could have something to share with you. I sure hope it’s worth it!
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.