Prophetic Word: Holy Spirit Says, ‘Don’t Be Ignorant of the Enemy’s Devices’
Familiar spirits keep the same demise happening in our lives, such as health issues, insufficient finances and relational dissensions. The Holy Spirit quickened me a few weeks ago and reminded me that this was a season of familiar spirits attacking.
We have recently moved through October and the season of Halloween. Witches, warlocks and neopagans spent the month praying and fasting and sending forth curses into the lives of Christians. The Spirit reminded me not to be ignorant of the enemy’s devices and plans against Christians.
As a deliverance minister, I often see familiar spirits manifest in November and December. I believe there are two reasons for this manifestation. The first is because during Halloween curses have been sent forth by the demonic realm that is operating against us. The second is because with Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching, the enemy wants to wreak havoc on us and the exuberant joy we have of celebrating the birth of our Savior and being thankful for everything God has given us around Thanksgiving.
Familiar spirits are on the rise, causing dissension in relationships. I woke up the other morning, and the Holy Spirit revealed to me that irritation and dissension in marital relationships were being sent forth into the spiritual atmosphere by the enemy. I could feel the demonic realm and the spirits of irritation and dissension in the atmosphere. I could feel these spirits active in the spirit realm, and I was agitated.
I took authority over my spiritual environment and marriage, but I also want to encourage you to be vigilant—the enemy goes around seeking whom He may devour (1 Pet. 5:8). He seeks whom he may devour, but if we are diligent to pray on the offensive instead of the defensive, he will not be able to devour us.
Familiar spirits are not just animal spirits, or spirits that witches have sent forth. They are familiar with your family line, similar to a generational curse. They co-labor with territorial spirits, distractions and dissension in relationships. They come to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) relationships, finances and your health.
We don’t receive freedom in the area of familiar spirits because they are identified as a generational curse or a problem we feel will continue to plague us that we can do nothing about, such as in the cases of our financial situation or a medical diagnosis.
Familiar spirits, once identified, need to be cast out as such, by saying, “Familiar spirit of health ailments, go in Jesus’ name. Familiar spirit of continual financial insufficiency, I speak and declare for the attacks against my finances to cease, in Jesus’ name.”
In order to experience deliverance, we must go deep. Going deep comes from spending time in the presence of the Lord and when we do, the Holy Spirit will give us divine prophetic revelation of what to pray against. Familiar spirits will leave once they are exposed and authority is taken through prayer. Identify where familiar spirits are activating in your life and cast them out.
Kathy DeGraw is a prophetic deliverance minister releasing the love and power of God to ignite and activate people, release prophetic destinies and deliver people from the bondage of the enemy. She is the founder of Kathy DeGraw Ministries and Be Love Outreach. She is the host of the “Prophetic Spiritual Warfare” podcast. She is the author of several books, including Speak Out, Discerning and Destroying the Works of Satan, Unshackled and Warfare Declarations. You can connect with Kathy on Facebook at facebook.com/kathydegraw/ or visit kathydegrawministries.org.
In a recent Bible Study, questions came forth, regarding prophecy and the Prophetic Office. In order to bring clarity to the different levels in the Prophetic, here is some information for you to consider, regarding your gifting and where you might be called in the Prophetic. Are you ready? Good! Here we go. We are told in Scripture all of us are to covet the gift of prophecy and prophecy is given to edify, exhort and bring comfort to the Saints (The Church). Look at 1 Corinthians 14:1-5; 31
Follow after charity and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
This is also confirmed in Ephesians 4:11-12 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”
Notice the word says we are to prophesy so the church may learn and be comforted
Jesus set forth those in the church to be leaders in order for the saints to be taught about Him and the Ways of His Kingdom. So, in order to get a good understanding of prophecy, we need to look at the areas or levels of the prophetic ministry and understand, not everyone who prophesies is a Prophet.
1) Prophecy of the Scripture is also called word prophecy. Prophecy of the scripture is the Scripture. Scripture is the Bible. This is the prophecy spoken of by the Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 1:20-21: “Knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
When Peter says, ‘no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation’ this applies only to prophecy of the scripture. The Bible is prophetic from Genesis to Revelation. This is what is meant by prophecy of the scripture.
2)The Prophetic Presbytery for laying on of hands and prophecy for ordination is in 1 Timothy 4:14: “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.”
3)The Spirit of Prophecy – Jesus’ testifying to others through prophetic speaking in Revelation 19:10: “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
The Spirit of Prophecy is, the atmosphere or environment of the prophetic, for in an environment or atmosphere of a prophet, people prophecy.
Severally in the bible, when people came near a prophet, they prophesied. Saul’s messengers who came near Samuel prophesied. Look to 1 Samuel 19:20-21: “And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.”
Saul prophesied when a company of prophets met him in 1 Sam 10:9-10: “And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.”
Saul also prophesied when he came to Samuel in 1 Samuel 19:24: “And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?”
What does it mean that Saul lay down naked prophesying?
In the atmosphere of the prophetic (a prophet)
Even a sinner, a person demon possessed prophesies
Did You Get That?
It is wisdom to see and understand, not everyone who prophesies, is a Prophet
4) The Gift of Prophecy is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Look to 1 Corinthians 12:8-10: “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues.”
The Gift of Prophecy is a gift of the Holy Spirit and only activated by Him
When the Spirit of Prophecy (The Spirit of Christ) dwells in you, you are baptized with Him and, if you receive the gift of prophecy, you will prophesy.
All gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the service of the church
Healers, deliverers, pastors, apostles, teachers, intercessors, evangelists, etc., may all have the gift of prophecy in accordance to God’s Will and they prophecy but, they are not all prophets. The gift helps them in their specific ministries in edifying, exhortation and comforting the Church.
5) The Administrative or Office of The Prophet. A person called by Yahweh God, strictly to be a prophet, takes the office of the prophet. A person in the office of prophet is the one called a prophet People who were in the office of prophet include Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Hosea, Jonah, Joel, Jeremiah, etc. Today, we have people in the office of the Prophet, but they are very, very few.
The Office of the Prophet is not limited as is the gift of prophecy. A prophet is not limited by the borders of the church.
A Prophet is Set To
Root Out; Pull Down; Destroy; Throw Down; Build and Plant
See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. Jeremiah 1:10.
A person in the Office of Prophet has power, not a gift (of prophecy)
Power comes when the Holy Spirit comes upon
When the anointing is upon (on) not in
In – is to make you a witness for Christ and for His service
A person in the Office of the Prophet has power to kill and resurrect.
He has power to utter judgment to individuals or nations e.g. Moses, Elijah, Elisha, etc. A person in the office of prophet has power over every creature; unbelievers, believers, animals and every created thing. Remember, the gospel is to be preached, to every creature. Mark 16:15
A person in the office of prophet (a prophet) carries the burden of nations & the entire world
This is the person who carries God’s Will to nations and to the world mentioned in Jeremiah 1:10: I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms. Notice the gift works in the church, but here the power works over nations and kingdoms.
It is God who creates, calls, anoints and ordains a Prophet
If God has created you to be a prophet, He will come Himself and tell you that you are His prophet
A prophet is not ordained by people, He is called only by God, not by people, neither himself
No true prophet calls himself a prophet
He does not have the title in his name
It is either God who calls him using that title or people, but not himself
There is no person called a prophet. Prophet is a title, not a name. True God servants have no titles; they are fools of the world – God uses the foolish and weak things of the world. Look to 1 Cor 1:27:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
There are no mighty, major or minor prophets with God
A Prophet does not just Predict the Future,
He reveals God’s Will through the Prophetic and A “Will,”
Which does not line up with God’s DNA, can be a carrier of witchcraft
The Prophetic Office is unlimited, nations/world, brings repentance
The Gift of Prophecy is “A Gift”
The Office of the Prophet is “Power”
The Gift cannot kill or resurrect
The Office of the Prophet deals with the church, unbelievers and world destiny
The Gift Carries the Burden of the Church
The Office of the Prophet carries the Burdens of the Church,
Unbelievers, Nations and the Entire World
The Gift is only for edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church.
The Office is
For rooting out,
Throwing down (humbling),
Building and Planting – Bringing to Life (Resurrect)
Know who you are in the Kingdom, ask Father Yahweh who He created you to be and what He wants to “co-labor” with you to do and then, be faithful to His calling. This is a “NOW” time and He needs everyone, to be ready and “on deck” to do Kingdom work.
Yahweh will move you forward and up the mountain of His Government, when He sees your faithfulness in the small things. Do not fear or fret, for He is with you and will never leave or forsake you.
Do not worry over titles. Stay faithful, true and be available – for whatever He needs.
In the Name of Yahshua, Prophesy the Heart of Yahweh. His people desperately need to hear from Him.
Blessings upon you and your whole house, in the Mighty Healing Name of Yahshua.
The recent Friday Night Prophetic Training Classes have been focusing on Discernment and Discerning Spirits. This week we looked at a picture, which a friend of mine took, while she and her husband were driving by the Andrew Jackson Hermitage Mansion. They were celebrating Veteran’s day with a beautiful and very extensive display of our American Flags, a lot of flags. Her camera caught something unusual/supernatural on the video and I wanted to share it with the class to see if anyone felt or saw something spiritual for us. This is a real discernment exercise for all of us.
There is a very large white form in the picture and some small lighting effects at the base of some of the flags and the tree. Some of the sparkling can be attributed to the rain falling and the lighting of the fields. Here is the picture. What do you see and/or sense?
We discussed the picture in class and some felt the large white object could be a Watcher or Guardian, another shared it looked like someone with a hoodie and another didn’t see anything supernatural. One person said “A ghost?” To which I responded, “I don’t believe in ghosts.” I have studied the history behind the Ghosts and Goblins tied into Halloween and truly sense we are really dealing with spirits. If you study where and how Halloween’s origin came to America, you will realize it is an evil holiday and was not birthed in the US.
Halloween originated in Ireland as the Celtic festival of Samhain around a thousand years ago, which is why so many of Halloween traditions – regardless of where you are in the world – are Irish! Halloween was originally a pagan festival called “Samhain,” meaning “end of summer.” It is not hard to find the information regarding Halloween and all the darkness involved with it. It is “still” a pagan festival.
Anyway, I mentioned the picture to a friend at lunch who see’s in the spirit. Later in the day they called and said, it’s a ghost, even though you don’t believe in ghosts, (chuckle). They said the Andrew Jackson Hermitage Mansion is haunted and they have ghost tours. I went to check it out and they were right. Tickets for tours $22 – $89.
They are actually advertising the Hermitage as being haunted and have several photo’s showing several apparitions, meaning: “ghost like images of a person,” something remarkable or unexpected. Here are a couple of the pictures where the picture is feminine and notice from about the waist down the rest of their image is missing.
After reading all the history and some of the personal things they shared on the site about Andrew Jackson and his family, I was quickened in my spirit when I looked at the pictures of the women. I believe this apparition is what is called a “familiar spirit,” “family spirit,” which might have revolved around Andrew Jackson’s wife or her family and continues to counterfeit the appearance. *Satan is the great counterfeiter. 2 Thess 2:9; 2 Cor 11:14-15.
The word “familiar” is from the Latin familiaris, meaning a “household servant,” and was intended to express the idea that sorcerers had spirits as their servants, ready to obey their commands.
The Bible refers to ghosts or spirits of the dead as “familiar spirits” and warns us against having anything to do with them. (see Leviticus 19:31, Deuteronomy 18:11; 2 Kings 21:6; Isaiah 8:19).
From the Prophet’s Dictionary (Paula A. Price, Ph.D. Foreword by Dr. Bill Hamon:
Familiar Spirits – A divining demon working through a sorcerer or conjurer. A witch’s or occultists’s guide. In ancient times, the term was derived from the generation spirit that supplied a family with its supernatural knowledge,, worldly possession and success, and spiritual wisdom. That spirit was thought to belong to the family line, therefore it was worshipped and sought for ancient and spiritual divine light and knowledge. Spiritism, necromancy and psychic revelation were believed to come to certain “gifted” members of the family by this medium which received its powers from the demons Satan assigned to their family line. Leviticus 20:27; I Samuel 28:8; 1 Chronicles 10:13; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Isaiah 29:4.
Definition of familiar spirit. 1 : a spirit or demon that serves or prompts an individual. 2 : the spirit of a dead person invoked by a medium to advise or prophesy.
It appears many believe the Hermitage is haunted by a ghost and no one seems to be coming forth with any other explanation. They probably don’t want to hear this is not really a ghost but a demon or better said, a familiar spirit. They seem to be happy marketing this spirit and making a profit, but a word to the wise, playing games with a demonic spirit is a very dangerous thing.
(For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? Matthew 16:26)
Hello Firestorm: I didn’t see the following post yesterday due to the Prophetic Training Class, but wanted to share it with you as it is still pertinent to our Nation. I firmly believe Dutch Sheets is a gift to the Body of Christ and when he speaks it is wise to stop, look and listen. I pray you will read through his message and his “call to the wall.” The thoughts Dutch shares reveal the difference in a Christian view compared to a view held in the world today. We can make a difference by using the weapon of our corporate prayers against evil. Our weapons are not carnal but powerful in pulling down strongholds and evil deeds. Seek Yahweh for his confirmation to your spirit in ALL things. Blessings, bon
Daniel 11:36 …For God’s plans are unshakable.
The impeachment hearings have begun in Washington, DC. Please be mindful that this is NOT an impeachment trial. What is happening now is being done by the Dems to see if there is just cause for impeachment.
I feel it is important that the Church rally together right now and pray for our nation and President Trump. We do not need America divided any more than it already is. The controversy needs to stop so our nation can move forward.
I have taken yesterday’s Give Him 15 devotional and am sending it to you today. Please follow us daily on the free app so we can all be praying and agreeing together. Let’s be watchmen on the walls for our great nation.
America shall be saved!
Public impeachment hearings began today against President Trump. Both sides of the political fence were proclaiming victory on this first day. William Taylor, Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department, testified. Liberals were saying they presented a strong case that President Trump overstepped his boundaries of authority. Additionally, they say he withheld funds to get compliance from the Ukrainian President Zelensky. Conservative commentators are saying there were few actual facts presented. Rather, there was a lot of hearsay and unprovable statements. They also presented counter-statements saying that the withholding of funds was not done to get Ukraine to comply, and that President Zelensky never knew the funds were being withheld. We think the hearings are meant to sway public opinion against President Trump, as no witnesses have been approved by the Democrats who can testify against the “whistleblower”. Please continue to pray into these hearings, separating truth from falsehood. The next one is Friday, 11/15, when Marie Yovanovitvh, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, will testify. You can write your U.S. Representative here and ask for fair and just hearings with witnesses for both sides allowed to be questioned. There is an additional prayer guide you can obtain through that link, as well, which gives you specifics on who is testifying, who is on the committee holding the hearings, and other issues. Take advantage of it!
“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” (Proverbs 6:16-19; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
Pray for every aspect of the hearings.
Boldly declare Proverbs 6:16-19.
Say, “We proclaim the opposite spirit into the hearings: humility, truthfulness, a desire to bring healing to the nation, the unveiling of wicked schemes, desires in the witnesses to do good for the country, truth-telling witnesses, and those who can minister a peaceful resolution of these matters.”
Get the prayer guide here and pray for the committee members.
Pray for President Trump and his family through this trial. Pray for their physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.
A prayer you can pray:
God Most High, You are the one that sees the end from the beginning. You know the outcome of this trial the president is in. It is a very challenging moment in a very challenging presidency. His opponents have put him through one thing after the other to try to get his election reversed, his presidency annulled, get him removed from office, and now, to keep him from being re-elected. It’s like nothing we have witnessed ever before in history. President Trump has done much for life, for religious freedom, for the economy and the American worker. We don’t discount sin. However, we won’t tolerate false accusations against him, either. Separate truth from falsehood. Twisting of truth is not truth. Partial truth is not truth. The full truth is what we are all after and we say, “The full truth is what we will get!” Both sides will have a voice! We will not tolerate injustice or a kangaroo court where minds are made up in one direction and only witnesses to back that mindset are presented. No!
There are six things You hate, seven that are detestable to You: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. We proclaim the opposite spirit into the hearings: humility, truthfulness, a desire to bring healing to the nation, the unveiling of wicked schemes, desires in the witnesses to do good for the country, truth-telling witnesses, and those who can minister a peaceful resolution of these matters. Protect the president and his family from the effect of these attacks. Let Your precious blood, Jesus, protect their minds, bodies, emotions, and spirits. Amen.
Lord reverse the things You hate in the impeachment hearings!
Hi everyone and bless you. I was in prayer this morning, (10/31/2019) praising God and sitting quietly before Him when He gave me a word to release:
Write these words My daughter. I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me. Don’t be dismayed. Don’t fret. Hearken to My voice. Stay in My word. The world is changing rapidly, but I haven’t changed. I am the same forever. There are those wishing to change the times, seasons and even My Word. Hold fast to what you know. Hold fast on what I’ve shown you. Don’t believe the counterfeit. He is coming. Don’t fall by the wayside. Stay strong in faith. Those in the valley of decision, choose a side.
I will spit lukewarm out of My mouth. I desire faith. What will I find when I come? Will I find faith? Go forth in the assignments I’ve given you. The world is waiting. My sons and daughters are being revealed. Those hidden are coming out. Harvest is here. Revival is here. Greater than you’ve ever seen. Miracle, signs and wonders.
Greater works will My people do. They will speak and mountains will move. I’m calling them forth. Dreams. I’m pouring out my Spirit. Children seek Me with your dreams. I desire to speak with you. Turn off the noise.
Great deception is coming upon your land. Stand firm. Stay close to me. I will tell you truth.
The slight of the eye. Like a magic trick. To fool the masses. I am forewarning you. Don’t believe it. Don’t follow man. Follow Me. Only the strong in faith will survive what will come. Even My elect will be fooled. Your desires aren’t My desires. Don’t idolize man. Look to me. I am your help.
Call on me and I will answer,
Scriptures for Reference
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12 KJV
“And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.” Joshua 10:25 KJV
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Daniel 7:25 KJV
“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” Joel 3:14 KJV
“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19 KJV
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12 KJV
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3 KJV
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17-18 KJV
This last week, in the prophetic training class, we started discussing what it means to have the gift of “discerning spirits.” This is an important gift, especially in this day and age, as the enemy of our souls is increasing his spiritual attacks, bringing havoc and distress to people all over the world, including the United States. Never before have I seen or heard such evil things happening in the US, through all our media outlets, the work places, markets and stores and even in the churches. Perhaps this is why Yahweh is bringing attention to us regarding the gift of discerning spirits.
Without the gift of discerning spirits, we are spiritually crippled. How can we stop spiritual attacks, if we don’t know who or what is attacking us? Our enemies are cunning and know how our body functions. They are quick to attack our brains through the way our thoughts process our emotions and belief systems.
There are two forces or voices residing inside of a Born Again Christian. The soul and all it entails and the Spirit of Christ, both of which speak into our brain and motivate us to make decisions, which at times, war against each other. In one encyclopedia I found this some interesting information regarding our soul.
Discernment of Spirits is a term used in Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Charismatic (Evangelist) Christian theology to indicate judging various spiritual agents for their moral influence. These agents are: from within the human soul itself, known as concupiscence. Not sure about you, but I did have to go look up concupiscence, which means: Strong sexual desire.
Our soul has some flesh issues, which can rise up and cause us to do things, we should not do. How do we get control of these things in order to live a righteous life? The Word of God and the Voice of Yahweh. When an issue arises, what does the Word of God say about it? What voice are you hearing in your thoughts? Does that voice line up with the written Word?
The Bible shares the fruit of the Spirit of God contains self control (Galatians 5:22-23) and when it comes to our flesh, we know we are to take authority over it and bring it into subjection because in 1 Corinthians 10:5, it says: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Even more specific is Romans 6:12 :
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Learning to listen to the voices we hear in our thoughts and identifying the “feelings” of our soul (flesh) is a learning process our “mind” has to go through. The Bible says we are to “renew” our mind from the world system of thinking. Look at Romans 12:2:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Studying what Yahweh has said, gives us a compass to follow, and enables us to make decisions in our lives. It is His Word we are to follow, not opinions or desires, but what does His Word Say! Hebrews 4:12 reveals the Word of God is more than able to help us discern, which voice we are hearing.
For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edge sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Once we begin to recognize whether we are hearing the Voice of God, or the voice of our soul, we can move to the next level of the gift of discerning spirits.
Although knowing the Word is necessary for the gift of discerning spirits to function, the actual gift is a by-product of spending time in the Presence of God and getting to know Him, His Ways and His Wise Counsel.
The gift of discerning spirits is, a gift birthed in God’s Presence and, comes from Him. James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Discerning of spirits is not something we should be lackadaisical about or dismiss. We should press in to Yahweh and seek Him for this gift. It is foolish and dangerous to think we don’t need it.
This gift of discerning spirits is linked to the prophetic gift, as it is imperative for us to hear the voice of God, in order to put this gift to use. If we can’t hear the voice of our Shepherd, we can be deceived and misinterpret the identity and/or reasons behind a spiritual disturbance.
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,
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues and to discern good and evil as in Hebrews 5:14.
The Holy Spirit gives the gift of discerning spirits to enable those He chooses, 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 and keep them from being led astray by false teaching as in: Acts 16:16-18
Acts 16:16-18 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Acts 5:3-6 Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
A lot of people today in the Church can feel a spiritual presence, but cannot identify it. Yahweh can! It is His Presence in us, which enables us to understand, who or what we are dealing with and how to deal with it.
Just being aware of demonic beings or influences around us is not enough and can be dangerous, especially if we don’t have the “spiritual power” of God in, us to resist and discern their deception.
It is knowledge learned, through the washing of the Word, hearing the living (rhema) voice of our Shepherd inside us, and taking control over our soul, which will enable us to be victorious over the influences and plans of the demonic realm.
In a vision, saw a Believer in a bedroom. (Place of rest and preparation). A GOLD SASH was being placed over his head. A key was being given to him.
“Beloved. There has been a shift. I know you have felt it in your Spirit. Do not fear. It is promotion time, My Child. I have been preparing you to carry the anointing of your King. I have been drawing you by My Spirit to a place of great intimacy and union. You carry My Authority. The golden sash of royalty adorns your chest. You are a king and a priest unto Me. I give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. It shall not be as before. The old establishment of “religion” shall fall. Pride has destroyed their witness. But you, My Warrior, are a new breed. You are My humble ones. You shall carry My Fire and Glory. You have a seat of honor beside the King. You have the King’s ear. You have My Favor. I shall counsel you and help you and show you things to come.
You shall understand and know Me intimately, that I am Yahweh who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things and I delight in you, My Child. Breathe, Beloved, and rejoice, for you shall SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of your Father. I am raising you to new heights. You are clothed with the Son. Greater works shall you do than has ever been done before. He who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit is saying.”
Spiritual meaning of BEDROOM: A place of quiet or rest, also of preparation. Being still and waiting upon Him. Place of heart communion; intimacy or union with God.
” To have someone’s ear”: Obtain someone’s attention, especially favorable attention.
Revelation 1:12 – Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around His chest.
Hebrews 4:8-10 – There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 – Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
Isaiah 22:22 – And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
I saw a Believer with keys in his hand. He was excitedly running from captive to captive and unlocking their hands from their chains!
“Beloved. Behold, I give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. You are the King’s son and daughter, a Royal Heir and the joint heir of all things in Christ Jesus. Have you not known, have you not heard? You are a steward of My Treasures, My Child. I am He who was, and is, and is to come.
I give to you the keys of revelation. You shall take them and go forth into the world and unlock the faith of those who cannot see, those who cannot hear, those who sit in darkness. Behold, I give you the keys to unlock the prison doors; To release the captives from their chains; To set free those who have been bound by the enemy.
I am giving you a NEW assignment. Fear not. Your Savior is the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. I do not grow faint or weary. I give power to the faint and increase the strength of the weak. It is NOT over, Beloved, but your time of freedom is just beginning. And in your freedom, you shall set others free. Whom the Son has set free is free indeed.
The Keys of the Kingdom are in your hand, My Child. I have entrusted you with them. Go forth now, for whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. I am releasing you into a greater authority and power. I am anointing you and commissioning you to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Behold, I give you the Keys of My Authority. Run with JOY, Beloved, and set the captives free.
Matthew 16:19 – I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Matthew 28:18 – Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 9Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 61:1 – The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed and commissioned me to bring good news to the humble and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted, To proclaim and release from confinement and condemnation to both the physical and spiritual captives and freedom to prisoners, To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance and retribution of our God, To comfort all who mourn.
Luke 4:18 – 19 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luke 10:19 – Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Isaiah 40:27-29 – Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.