(Ryan Lestrange) One of the most vital gifts of the Spirit that a believer can walk in is the gift of discerning of spirits. The discerning of spirits is a revelatory spiritual operation that partners several spiritual senses to rightly identify the spirit working through a person or behind a situation. It can be a life-saving manifestation of the Spirit that peels back the curtain and creates an open window into the realm of the spirit.

“…to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues” (1 Cor. 12:10).

In my own life, I can think of countless times when this gift has manifested in the form of a warning about a person or situation. A prophetic minister must have the discerning of spirits in operation. Many people with improper motives and even strange fire will come at apostolic and prophetic leaders.

These leaders must discern the spirit that is operating undercover. This happened in the life of the Apostle Paul in Acts 16, when the girl with the spirit of divination followed him around. What she was saying was not scripturally or morally wrong, but there was a foul spirit behind her declaration. This spirit wanted to derail the apostolic mission of Paul, but he rightly discerned and broke it. READ MORE