Revealing The Hearts of Men: The Gift of Discernment by Denise N. Fyffe

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The Gift of Discernment

The spiritual gift of discernment is also known as the gift of “discernment of spirits” or “distinguishing between spirits.”  The Greek word for the gift of discernment is Diakrisis.  The word describes being able to distinguish, discern, judge or appraise a person, statement, situation, or environment.  In the New Testament it describes the ability to distinguish between spirits as in 1 Corinthians 12:10, and to discern good and evil as in Hebrews 5:14.

The Holy Spirit gives the gift of discernment to enable certain Christians to clearly recognize and distinguish between the influence of God, Satan, the world, and the flesh in a given situation. The church needs those with this gift to warn believers in times of danger or keep them from being led astray by false teaching.-spiritualgiftstest.com

For more read I Corinthians 12:10, Acts 5:3-6; 16:16-18; 1 John 4:1.

Identifying Gift of Discernment

Helen Calder writes about the Gift of Discernment. She highlights several ways to identify the operation of this gift.

1. Desire for the Gift

As with other spiritual gifts, desire is often the first sign of a gift of discernment of spirits (1 Cor 14:1).

  • You may have a longing to see people set free from demonic bondage.
  • You may want to be more effective in prayer and spiritual warfare
  • You may have a desire for holiness
  • You may simply be curious about the spiritual realm.

2. Love for God’s Presence

One of the benefits of having a gift of discernment of spirits is a heightened awareness of God’s Presence and anointing. A true discerner will have a passion for the un-grieved Presence of the Holy Spirit. This is because—and I will continually reiterate this—the highest use of the gift of discernment is not to see what the enemy is doing, but to discern what the Spirit of God is doing.

3. Sensitivity to the Spiritual Atmosphere

You may be more sensitive to spiritual atmospheres than most other people. In the early stages of developing the gift, you may be affected adversely by the presence of any demonic activity in the environment around you. The reality is that we live in a natural world and a spiritual world concurrently. There is constant spiritual activity, and discerners have spiritual senses that are attuned to this.

4. Feeling Different from Other People

Most people, even in church life, experience life through their natural senses. However, someone with an emerging gift of discernment of spirits can see and sense things that others do not see. This ability can result in us feeling different, lonely or misunderstood at times, especially when starting out. It is vital that someone with a developing gift of discernment finds a safe place to journey with others who are similarly gifted and accountable in the life of their church.

5. Unusual Signs

It is not uncommon for someone who is gifted in discernment to experience unusual events or manifestations. People who are incubating a discernment gift begin to see or feel things that others are not aware of. This may include unusual visions, dreams and sensations that alert them to what is happening in the spiritual realm.

6. Childhood or Pre-Salvation Signs

It is not uncommon to experience things relating to your gift even before becoming a Christian. Our creator-God prepares us for our calling and gifts from conception. Even when a talent or gift is misused, God can redeem it and anoint it for His use to serve Him and love and minister to others.

As a child I ‘saw’ things in the night and as a teenager was sensitive to the spiritual realm, sometimes encountering demonic spirits in my room or dreams. Later, as a fully committed Christian, God redeemed this spiritual sensitivity as a gift of discernment. I know Christians who have a gift of discernment who were drawn to New Age counterfeit gifts prior to becoming a Christian.

7. Ability to Know What Lies Behind a Person’s Words or Actions

Someone with a gift of discernment has the ability to see behind what a person is saying and presenting. You may know whether they are telling the truth or not. You may also recognise if someone is manifesting a demonic spirit and be able to identify what that spirit is.

If a prophetic or revelatory message is brought, a discerner can often tell whether it is anointed of the Spirit or from the speaker’s own heart. This is not always the case, and as with other revelatory gifts such as prophecy, you will sometimes get it wrong or have incomplete discernment (1 Thess 5:19-21, 1 Cor 13:9-10)

8. Confirmation by Others and Leaders

You may have the gift confirmed through a prophecy given to you. My gift of discernment was identified through prophecy twice. However, the bottom line of the presence of any gift is that it is recognized and acknowledged by leaders in the church and that it is useful for its purpose—which is to help build up the church and bring people closer to Jesus.

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog

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This gift is formidable, but to the sensitive of heart,  it is something else.

I pray that as I gain experience, wisdom and understanding God would heal the wounds that I have suffered and I will continue to extend the gift of love to all men.

If you are like me, I pray that you too will receive healing for your heart, mind and soul.

May the spirit of Jehovah be our help and balm, forever.

I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak. — Ezekiel 34:16

 

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Revealing The Truth About What Is My Calling In Life

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When I ask the question, what is my calling in life, the response that immediately comes is “to help people.”

I believe that God’s purpose for my life is to help others; to help those who already accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour to understand him more, through revelations.

Wow, that all just came out as I wrote it. Thank you Holy Spirit.

I have been asking God, what is it you want for me to do? What is your purpose for my life? Why was I placed on this earth?

I believe that my life is about helping other people and revealing our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and Abba Father in our daily existence. This does mean that I have to disclose my personal experiences and over the years, I have certainly done this.

I encourage you to align yourself with the Holy Spirit. Learn to journey with Him close in your heart.

How to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit?

Acknowledge His presence, always.

Submit to Him.

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. – Isaiah 11:2 KJV

Speak with the Holy Spirit.

Ask Him to guide you.

Listen to the Holy Spirit.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. – Revelation 2:29 KJV

Heed His instructions.

Ask Him to go ahead of you, to protect you and to prepare your way.

While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. – Acts 10:19 KJV

Turn to the Holy Spirit in times of distress.

Be grateful, thank Him.

Be mindful of the Holy Spirit.

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. – Ephesians 4:30 KJV

The Christian Life

Anyone that says “being a Christian is easy, ” is lying. That is why Jesus Christ sent the Comforter to guide us through this new life as new creatures. Old things are passed away, and behold all things are made new. That also includes the types of trials and contemplations we will have.

We cannot fulfil God’s purpose or calling for our life without the Holy Spirit.

He is the one that relays God’s direction.

He is the one whose presence is always in and with us.

He is the Teacher; a very patient one.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. – 1 Corinthians 2:13 KJV

So remember, if you are curious to learn, what is my calling in life, ask the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is that spiritual motherly influence.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. – Romans 8:16 KJV

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Revealing the Truth about The Hearts of Men by Denise N. Fyffe

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The Hearts of Men

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.-Luke 6:45 ESV

People say a lot of things, but it is rarely what they truly mean.

Hidden behind the consonants and vowels are contrary intentions. It is now a default reflex to lie; to deter anyone from seeing the truth, whether they mean good or evil; whether you mean good or evil. We keep hidden chambers and collude in its safety. Oh what a tangled web we weave.

My heart aches because too often it has discern that those it pulled close, were not of the same intentions. Too often, I have come across people who are dishonest. Those who play the hypocrite only to come close and take something. Never caring to leave anything good and sustaining behind.

How can I then trust anyone or form long-term relationships?

Must I walk this life …alone…with the Holy Spirit?

I look at the smiles on their faces. I hear the words that slip from their tongues, but truly I pay attention to the echoes of their hearts, the stain of their character and read the language of their eyes.

Many do not willingly let me read the language of their eyes. The spirit that lives there closes it’s shutters; sometimes very conspicuously.

Even in the midst of having a conversation, sharing a laugh or telling a secret…I discern the hearts of men…and women….that they walk with a spirit of deception. That they handle me with hypocrisy and that they carry a dagger of betrayal.

But in God I live a thousand lives, so I speak with good intentions, I laugh in genuine-inity. I tell a secret knowing all things done in the dark shall come to light. I walk beside them, as I would walk into the valley of the shadow of death.

I see the spirits in operation….even in time. I hear the utterances of the Holy Spirit.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28(KJV)

Lies, Deceit and Betrayal

Acquaintances lie.

  • I have had my money and my belongings stolen by people who I asked to safe guard my property.

Neighbors lie.

  • I had a neighbor who attends my church but has backslidden. I warned him many times that if he turned away from the ways of God the devil would attempt to kill him for good. Last I heard, he had several accidents and it has been proven that he committed repeated acts of betrayal. He started slinking away and spent no time in my company. But I knew something was up. Several times, he full out lied and the Holy Spirit point it out, even has he spoke the words.

Friends lie.

Family lie.

  • Unfortunately, this is true. My only constant is my mother. On every corner, is sinking sand. I have been turned out, turned away from, belittled, criticized, isolated, stolen from, set up, left to the wolves and even the target of witchcraft. I have sat in front of relatives and listen to them pour out rivers of deceit into my ears. For many, I have seen the acts of judgement being unleashed in their lives. I try not to take comfort from this and pray for their souls.

Co-workers lie, betray and collude.

  • Recently, I kept hearing the Holy Spirit telling me, “He is not your friend. Be careful, he is not your friend.” I knew who the spirit referred to. It was a coworker who I decided to make the effort to be friendly with, even knowing that he had a ‘dog heart’. As they call it in my country. He bragged that he was such and that he would dig out people eye. But I remained steadfast in being friendly, praying for his soul. In the end, God allowed me to see him do repeatedly, what he said he would do. Not only to me but to others. But I forgive and I leave my defence to God; the great and terrible God, who I know as Abba.

Pastors lie.

  • I often say that every Pastor that comes in front of me to preach, I raise them up to the lens of God. He knows the depths of their heart and their motives. Many have been found wanting. I do not suffer foolishness and even leave the service, because I do not believe in allowing my eyes, ears or spirit to be contaminated. Jehovah would point out whether the person was operating from His spirit, the flesh or something else. Some even operate with a spirit of error or are fully being used to teach false doctrines from Satan.
  • After many years, God granted me leave of my old church because they were caught up in severe witchcraft and the judgement of God was upon them for many years. So He allowed me to cease my attendance there and through the years, my heart is in pain for those who remain and who are being shackled. I continue to pray for them also.

Everyone lies.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? – Jeremiah 17:9-10 ESV

It breaks my heart that I feel that I can trust no one. My experiences are far too numerous and injurious of having suffered betrayal at the hands of my enemies. Because how can I not care for and love people, even when they mean to kill me?

I remember an experience several years ago, I suffered severe persecution for four years at an organisation that reveled in crushing the souls of its employees. In the middle of my tenure, having left the office and upon returning I heard all my coworkers ripping into my character. I sat in the reception area and listened as each and everyone who sat in that room, the new, the old and the passive cackled like hungry hyneas. They talked and laughed and devoured my name like ravaging wolves. A lady who I had known before working there, entered the room and after she left they ripped into her because she was friendly to me.

I felt justified in my actions of the past weeks to keep my mouth shut and not engage with them. I was polite, having manners; but when surrounded on all sides by wolves, you huddle by the fire of Almighty God.

Take Heart

Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

He knows my heart for in the midst of my melancholy, in the midst of rummaging through the murky depths of this thing they call a gift of the spirit, He sent His word.

“But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

So I take heart.

I wrestle discouragement.

I wrestle depression.

I wrestle loneliness.

I wrestle dejection.

I wrestle isolation.

But each time, I get up and take heart. I encourage myself.

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This gift is formidable, but to the sensitive of heart, it is something else.

I pray that as I gain experience, wisdom and understanding God would heal the wounds that I have suffered and I will continue to extend the gift of love to all men.

If you are like me, I pray that you too will receive healing for your heart, mind and soul.

May the spirit of Jehovah be our help and balm, forever.

I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak. — Ezekiel 34:16

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About the writer:
Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 30 books, for more than six years and enjoys volunteering as a Counselor. She is a freelance writer for online publications such as Revealing the Christian Life, Jamaica Rose, Entertainment Trail, My Trending Stories among others.

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Handling Hurt In Your Christian Life

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1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever…..

 

My walk with God now is different from 20 years ago. Today, I must consider myself battle weary because, I have fought the good fight and I am still on duty. Sometimes the idea of warring against hell and its minions is overwhelming; but when I remember ‘the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s‘ from Yolanda Adams, I am encouraged.

I took detours because those who were put to guide and help me along the way, turned their backs and became distracted themselves.

For years, I never went to the ‘dinning hall’ – The Church – to feast. I was discouraged, angry, bitter, depressed, impatient and honestly, unforgiving. But, God never left me, nor did He forsake me.

God was patient.

God was enduring.

God was a Father, friend, counselor, protector and still Sovereign Lord. The Lord God Almighty never deserts those who are backslidden, unless you shun Him, reject Him, blaspheme Him. Unless you totally give up your Christian Life.

Over the years, He worked on my heart. He worked on my anger. He worked on breaking my spirit, so that my only choice was to turn to Him and embrace Him. He taught me that people – Christians – are human beings first. They are flesh and have weaknesses; just like ordinary unsaved people. Therefore, they too will make mistakes, hurt people, be a disappointment and fall by the way side. But, so long as we do as Donnie McClurkin says, ‘..and get back up again…because we fall down, but we get up’ in our Christian Life.

Now, while I am still battling for my life, my mind, my spirit, my very soul; I am stronger, surer and trying my best to stay on the straight and narrow. Now, I am quick to forgive, quick to understand, quick to open my mouth to God and I am quick to identify my own weaknesses in my Christian Life. I am more mature, wiser and have more humility.

Remember, without God, as Christians we cannot survive. The devil seeks to devour us, prowling and looking for whom he may kill. So, church is important for fellowship and sustenance and I have learnt that God will move you to the best place or feast hall for you, in that time. So, if you lose heart in one church, ask of God how he can help you with handling changes in your Christian Life. The Bible says, ‘seek ye first the kingdom of God’, so seek God and His wisdom first, and he will guide you.

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Christian Parents, Your Children Reflect Your Christian Life

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This morning I was meditating on parents and their responsibility for their children; with specific reference to Christian parents.

How your children behave around you, away from you, how they represent you is a direct reflection of how you are as an ‘active’ Christian; and especially when they are at a younger age. You cannot have a rude, insulting and disrespectful child, who does not regard authority and those older than he/she; and how do you respond? You smile and say they will grow out of it, or say ‘that’s how they stay’. That is not God‘s will for us and our children, so it shouldn’t be your will either. Practicing Christians of true Christian principles will instill this in their children, reprimand them, even publicly and lead by example. If you are a leader in your church and your home life is not up to par, the bible refers to this as well, it will show. “In essence you need to sort out yourself, before God sorts you.”

So, leaders you are set up high, seen from afar, and judged even more harshly. But it is also a way for others to see if you are hypocritical and not really practicing God’s principles, which you preach, in your own home.

God is never to be mocked, for all things are revealed in time.
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The Life Of The 21st Century Prophet: A Lesson In Gardening

A Lesson In Gardening by Denise Fyffe
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God is doing a new thing in me. Since June 2016, I have been filled with this intense desire to plant flowers and food crops. But each day I come away with spiritual analogies and references from the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t long before I realize that God was teaching me kingdom principles via a lesson in gardening.

What is even more amazing is that my finances are free enough to allow me to purchase tools, flowers, dirt, compost or plant food as I have a need. For those of you who follow my posts on on Revealing the Christian Life and The Island Journal, you know the devastating financial struggle I experienced over the last several years. But now, I am at a different level of faith and favor. Praise God.

I must say that I experience deep moments of surprise, fulfillment, joy, patience and sadness…because of my plants.

When they die, I am saddened.

When they thrive and bloom, I am happy.

When I open my door in the morning and see the lovely blooms, I am deeply at peace and content.

I thank God for this season. It is a season where I am on a writer’s vacation…from book writing. I still write my articles because practice is a must. But the same intensity, commitment and fulfillment that I get from my books, it is the same I get from this lesson in gardening.

It is even surprising when hidden memories surface from my childhood.

I will endeavor to share these nuggets as often as I can.

Be blessed, in Jesus name.

The Life of a 21st Century Prophet: God’s Servant’s Are Human Beings First

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The Letdown by Christians

One of the harshest lessons you will learn as a Christian, and even as a human being is disappointment. But more so the disappointment that comes with naively putting your expectations in Christians and by extension Christian leaders.

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It is difficult not to do so though, because it is a natural reaction.

You meet people who speak of God’s will with such eloquence that you are utterly swept up. You embrace them without much reservation. They even seem to walk the talk. Nonetheless, as you get to know people and do life with them you will begin to see the curtain of pretense slip away.

What can be even more devastating, is when you approach that individual to discuss the matter, in love, and they shun you like a plague and are not repentant or open. Maybe even malice you.

I have seen this happen over and over again. I have experienced deep hurt and disappointment on too many occasions to count. It will happen with your pastors, choir directors, church friends, parents, relatives, work mates, leaders and your friends. The recurrence can send you in any of two directions; to God for answers and how to cope or to a place of contempt, bitterness and un-forgiveness.

These days, I run straight to my Source for answers. Yes, I am still at the stage where I withdraw like a wounded puppy to the most secure section of the shed.

That is instinct.

But also, I begin a process of constant forgiveness and checking in with God. I assess the levels of hurt that I am feeling and I sometimes, get into the ‘Why God?’ mode. How long I stay in this shed depends on how hurt I am.

Understanding

Then, my Father begins to talk to me and provide answers. Oftentimes, He would have shown me indications of what was coming or the flaws in people’s character from before. However, as with anyone, we ignore it and set up ourselves to be disappointed by having expectations of that person.

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This ought not to be.

God’s servants are human beings first.

They are made of flesh and flesh is naturally sinful. Therefore, if a person has not given over completely to the Holy Spirit, then at times, if not frequently, they will ‘act up’.

The same is true for all of us as individuals, for the bible says:

 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:23-26 (KJV)

Forgiveness

The first step towards moving on, is forgiveness. This can be extremely difficult to do. However, as you come into a closer relationship with God, it gets easier.

Forgiveness begins with acknowledging your own shortcomings. The main one possibly being not able to forgive immediately.

Secondly, you forgive and give the person over to Jesus Christ. Let Him be their judge. For many of us, we might have to repeat this process a few dozen…hundred or thousand times for it to take. No matter how many times is needed, do it until you are free.

Then, you pray for God to give you a spirit of Love. Love conquers all. God is Love.

If you submit your will to the Holy Spirit, then He will guide you through this process. He will give you the depth of Love to operate in.

All that’s needed now is for you to act in love. Do this for as many times as is needed, until it becomes a natural response.

Growth

In time, if you follow these steps, forgiveness will be an immediate response. If you find yourself regressing, do not despair. Just repeat the process of forgiveness and love for as many times as Christ gives you the grace to execute.

For those who ask, “So what happens if the person continues to behave in a way that is hurtful?”

Then, If it is the will of God, he will either move you or the person. You can also ask Him to, if it is His will.

I say this because, like Christ, we sometimes have to grin and bear it, until things change.

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Prayer

For many of us, persecution and trials lead us into a deeper relationship with God, through prayer.

The bible says:

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7(KJV)

Oftentimes, hurt causes anger and in anger we tend to complain and vent. At times, when we complain to others, it might ‘color’ their relationship with the other person. Or cause them to start talking about the individual, in question, negatively to other people.

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Clearly, as believers we are challenged not to grumble or complain (Philippians 2:14-15; 1 Peter 4:9); rather, we are to love one another deeply so that we may become “blameless and pure” in God’s eyes. If we grumble and complain, it shows how worldly we still are (James 4:1-3). A complaining spirit leads to fighting and quarrelling because complaints come from unfulfilled desires, which lead to envy and strife. Was that not at the root of the problem with the sons of Israel, when they chose to dispose of their brother Joseph, because of his dream (Genesis 37:3)?

Jesus is always there to hear our problems and guide us. He wont spread negative aspirations on anyone. God knows how to keep your sessions with Him private. He even gives room for us to complain to him. This is one way to get the hurt out.

In this life, relationships with anyone is not easy. There will be disappointment, hurt, anger and even resentment. I pray that you and I will follow these steps and allow God to continue to perfect you, towards heaven.

Be blessed.

 

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The Life of a 21st Century Prophet: Introspection 

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Perfection is hard to attain when you have that one thorn in your flesh. By nature we humans are considered weak and willful. We blow with whichever wind passes by. That’s life.

But it doesn’t have to be that wat. What we cannot do of our own, we can call for help from the master. For some, opening the mouth is the hardest part. For others, vocalising a sound is even harder. Maybe the heart should make the call.

Introspection.

 

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