“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;” (Philippians 1:9-10)
The number one weapon the devil deploys in these last days is deception. No one is immune to Satan’s devices. The Bible encourages the believer not to be ignorant of the devil’s schemes unless he would get an advantage of us (2 Cor. 2:11). The Book of Revelation says he is, “The deceiver of the whole world” whose primary activity is to go forth and deceive the nations (Rev. 12:9, 20:8). That is why we must be a people of Word and Spirit. God’s Word is Spirit and life (Jn. 6:63).
I see an alarming trend on social media that believers should be aware of. Prophets giving words for money, teachers teaching for price ( Micah 3:11). The Apostle Paul says that we “should weigh carefully what is said” when a prophetic word goes forth (1 Cor. 14:29).
I recently listened briefly to a couple of broadcasts that concerned me. In one I heard someone say “prophets are God in your life.” Prophets are not God in your life. The Apostle Paul says that we “should weigh carefully what is said” when a prophetic word goes forth (1 Cor. 14:29).
I don’t know the person nor their spiritual gifts. They may be maturing in the area of the prophetic. What I do know firsthand is that a prophet’s training is like no other. It requires listening and obeying the voice of the Lord, and dying to self daily. It takes no less than a dozen years to be recognized and confirm into the office of the prophet.
Prophets are an integral part of the church. The prophet has no power in him or herself. All that they accomplish must be done by the Holy Spirit’s power. The prophet admonishes, warns, directs, intercedes, teaches, and counsels. They bring a word of hope and encouragement to build up the church for the work of ministry. They stand on the wall to see what the Lord is saying and doing (Eze. 33:7).
It is difficult to realize a time in which discernment is needed more than ever. We need wise compassionate discernment in these last days.
Spiritual Discernment is necessary to detect and defeat the spirit of the age or spirit of lawlessness that is prevalent in the world today. The Apostle Paul warned us that in the latter days a spirit of lawlessness would prevail in the entire world. The New Testament also warns that this spirit will invade the church and that the church must constantly be on her guard.
Scripture says we are not “to believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).
There are many resources available to aid you in understanding this spiritual discipline.
Just as Solomon sought discernment and wisdom (Proverbs 1:2; 1 Kings 3:9-12), so should believers seek “the wisdom that comes from heaven” (James 3:17). We must study the Scriptures which are “able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).