ZChurch message for June 25, 2022 (full service – https://youtu.be/ZZ_wtcqEneI)
The gift of the discerning of spirits is a superpower that comes from the Holy Spirit. You need it more than ever, and you can have it right now—no need to ever be deceived or blindsided again. Pastor Huggins has extensive experience with this gift. In this message, Pastor Huggins will help you activate the gift, show you how to flow in the gift, and teach you how to avoid mistakes others make.
The devil has three techniques, three major weapons he uses against the church: 1. Deception 2. Temptation 3. Accusation.
Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Discerning of spirits – insight into the true nature of spiritual entities, celestial and terrestrial.
1 Corinthians 12:10 …to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits;…
Eight different categories of discerning of spirits:
1. Discerning of angels – Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve.
2. Discerning of devils – Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 1 Corinthians 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air.
3. The ability to discern good people and false prophets – John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
1 Corinthians 7:27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
Hindrances to Discernment
“God will never take anything away from you that He doesn’t give you something better. If you’ll let go what’s in your hand, He’ll give you what He has in His hand. Trust the Lord. He knows what you need more than you know what you need. He knows what will bless you more than you know what will bless you. Trust the Lord. A blessing is coming your way, bigger and better than you could have ever imagined for yourself.” ~ Pastor Larry