What is the Gift of Discernment?
The gift of discernment is a gift that is from both God and the Lord. A gift from the Lord is a gift that comes with repentance. If a person has a gift of discernment from God, it means he received it at birth. He will have it even without repentance! There is a difference between a gift that a person has from God and a gift that a person has received from the Lord. Gifts that are from God are the ones that you would consider natural. For instance, if a person has a home, a marriage, wealth, wisdom, children, grandchildren and leadership, he has been given these gifts by God. He did not choose to have these gifts, it is God who chose for him! The gift of discernment is also a gift that God may give to a person. A gift from the Lord is a gift that the Lord gives to a person who has repented and given his life to Him. If a person has a gift of the Holy Ghost, prophecy, teaching, healing, working of miracles, discernment of diverse kinds of spirits, discernment of spirits, evangelism, and helps, he has received these gifts after giving his life to the Lord. These are only given to a disciple of the Lord who is living in obedience to God. What is the gift of discernment? It is the ability for a person to know what is going on in his spiritual environment. If there are cursed spirits in his spiritual environment, he will be told by the Lord of their presence! It is a gift that a person who is in the Lord already has!
If a person who has given his life to Jesus does not have the gift of discernment, it may be because he has not yet started living in obedience to God. If he is living in obedience to God, it is inevitable, he will be given the gift of discernment as every disciple needs it for his journey to finding God. How does a person use the gift of discernment? Without the gift of discernment, a disciple would not be able to know the difference between the Lord’s voice and the enemy’s voice for the enemy can appear as an angel of light! If a person says: “I have never been given the gift of discernment from the Spirit”, he is ignorant of the workings of the kingdom of God. A person should take time and give thanks to the Lord for the gifts that He has given to him.
Why a Person Who Has Received Gifts From the Lord Should Always Give Thanks to Him
When you give thanks to the Lord, He increases the level of the gifts that He has given to you. If you had the gift of discernment at a lower level, the Lord will grow it for you when you start giving thanks to Him! When the Lord grows your gifts for you, you will discover how important it is for you to thank God always! When a person is in the habit of always giving thanks to God, he will start receiving knowledge of what is going on in his environment! The gift of discernment has a complimentary gift called the gift of the word of knowledge. This gift is the one that every disciple needs to understand what happened in a place in the past without any human intervention! For instance, if a person wanted to find out what happened in a house that he is living in, he will be told by the Holy Spirit of what happened in that house and how the events that happened in that house will affect him! It is then that that person should cooperate with the Holy Spirit for him to be safe from the traps of the enemy in his environment.
How a Person Can Lose the Gifts That He Has Received From God
A person who has been given the gift of discernment by God is not able to realize that he has the gift of discernment unless he gives his life to the Lord! For him, the gift of discernment will manifest as a natural gift rather than a spiritual gift! He will think that he is using his own natural abilities. Such people if lost, may misuse their gifts and serve the enemy. When misused, the gift of discernment can be lost even though God does not repent of the gifts that he has given to a person. How can a person who is misusing his gift of discernment from God lose it? If he is actively engaged in using his gift of discernment to draw people to hell, he will be tricked by the Lord to lose his gift when he encounters a prophet of God. A prophet is a person who is supposed to attract gifts that people who are cursed by God are misusing! How? If a person decides to mock a prophet, he will lose all the gifts that he possesses from God to a prophet he has mocked! It means that if such a person has gifts from God like wisdom, wealth, a home, a marriage, among many others, he will lose them and a prophet he has mocked will gain them all! How can a person know who a prophet of God is so as to avoid mocking him? It is impossible for a person to know who a prophet of God is unless God reveals who a prophet of God is Himself! If a person encounters a prophet of God, he will usually not have an idea who he is. He may come as a desperate person who does not have much worth to the person he has been sent to. The circumstances under which God will send a prophet to a person are so diverse that trying to either estimate or discern how God can send a prophet to him will be futile! The only wisdom that a person who is misusing his gifts should have is to start living in obedience to God.