This term is found in I CORINTHIANS 12:10 and is one of nine gifts given by the Spirit of YHWH. Obviously spirits refers for the most part to evil spirits, or demons. Though some very blessed people do receive visits from heavenly angels and need to use this gift to prove they are from Heaven. The word discern in a concordance means to separate thoroughly, discriminate, decide, judge. And in a dictionary discerning is undertaken, it says, with the eye and intellect or ‘mental vision’. In other words, it’s deciding if a spirit is a good one or a bad one.
But how exactly do we do this discerning? And wouldn’t it be a spiritual thing if the spirits themselves are, after all, spiritual? How do we see an evil spirit or angel with our physical eye or our mind?
In fact there are other Scriptures referring to the discerning of spirits. Two of them are: For everyone that uses milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use HAVE THEIR SENSES EXERCISED TO DISCERN BOTH GOOD AND EVIL (HEB. 5:13-14); Then shall ye return. And discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth YHWH and him that serveth Him not (MAL. 3:18).
Here it is stated we use our SENSES to discern. These senses are physical. And there are five of them in the human body. I’m sure you all know what they are: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. With our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and skin. We use our PHYSICAL SENSES to discern evil? That’s exactly right, and it’s a little, if not an all but unknown, fact. And so few Christians know or even care about this amazing gift of the Spirit.
HEBREWS 5:14 says discernment is strong meat, or for the spiritually mature. Well, I don’t know what happened to me, but I got a double whammy of discernment of spirits after I had been a committed Christian for only a year and a half. However I didn’t know then what it was, nor how to use it.
If you have followed my posts you may have noticed I have occasionally noted strange unpleasant odours emanating from certain people. One of these was my first husband, Philip, when his witchcraft demons started to act up. At the time I just thought he had very bad body odour, although it had never been so before. Because it was a couple of years before we even knew he had demons, it was some time before I related the smell to these entities at all. However when I did, I started smelling and discerning–or noticing–the presence of evil spirits quite a lot. It’s demons of fear that are the stinkiest ones. And they tend to hang around certain places.
Having smelt these things now for twenty years, it came as a surprise to me recently to learn that a friend who has a gift of prophecy did not know it is possible to smell demons. I guess I had assumed many Christians would have this gift, especially if they are prophetic. Then again, maybe some are like me and have it but are unaware of the fact. Because all Christians potentially have this gift, and definitely need it.
Smelling is not the only way to discern. Other ways are: our hair standing on end, getting goosebumps. having a queasy feeling in the stomach, drying of the mouth, or our heart suddenly beating more rapidly than usual. One sure way is when dogs start to growl or bark when there is no one around to agitate them.
Years ago when I was just starting to learn some of the revelations in this blog, I attended meetings at the home of a family in our small fellowship. These people lived out in the country where it would become very quiet at night. Because we were dealing with deep truths the spiritual enemy did not want us to know, we would often be surrounded by demons. The way we knew was that all the dogs on their mountain would start to howl in unison. One night my friend felt a demon touching her neck. Of course we would quickly bind them up and command them to leave, which they would promptly do at the Name above all names, Yahshua Messiah. At that time we still called Him Jesus Christ.
This is one of the reasons Paul the apostle commanded that foreign tongues be not spoken in public without being interpreted (I COR. 13:13). Demons speak in mutterings or foreign tongues too. And I can insure you they are not for edification. In fact, they could be cursing an entire congregation. And cursed it will be if even one person is in disobedience to this rule. Does that shut the Pentecostals up? Not much in my experience, although I have noticed a lot less of the public speaking of tongues in the last few years.
There has however been discovered in various congregations what is becoming known as the kundalini spirit. It is a demon that comes from Hinduism. At some stage, a former adherent to Hinduism has become a Christian, but not been properly delivered. He or she has then layed hands on others and transferred those demons to them. The Word says not to let just anyone lay hands on us. This kundalini spirit induces the victims it indwells to behave like barking dogs, lay on the floor and laugh like hyenas, fall over in what’s known as being slain in the spirit, walk around as if drunk, and make strange movements and contortions with their bodies. It has been identified to be the same spirit as that of hypnotism. These Christians have been deceived into thinking the demon is YHWH’s Spirit of truth. But doesn’t it say the mature Christian eats meat? These sound as if they have vomited out even the MILK of the Word given to them. (Slain means to be killed by the way.)
What I’ve written here is just the tip of a very large iceberg and warrants further study by anyone who desires to have and become adept at using this vital tool of discernment. The kundalini spirit, for instance, can be found on Internet sites. Look up Andrew Strom. He has a couple of excellent YouTube videos about it, and has written a book by that name.
On the subject of smell, a Christian who is spiritually righteous will always smell fresh and clean, even after a hard day’s physical labour when they may be sweaty and dirty. They should not require perfumes, deodorants, or breath fresheners. Demons, on the other hand, stink. The demon may be following a person or inhabiting them. Due to satanic legal right over cursed ground, there may be demonic smells in buildings or areas. According to Howard Pittman, in his book Demons, an Eyewitness Account, demons tend to congregate around hospitals and petrol stations. Hence why I have recently been walking around and claiming every hospital in my city for YHWH. No, I don’t intend doing that with the petrol stations!
A few years ago while watching a movie at the cinema with my boys, my cousin, and her son, a part at the end of the movie became violent and frightening. I had already seen the movie twice so it did not bother me. But I clearly smelled demons of fear in that movie theatre at that point.
If you know you’ve got a problem with bad breath or body odour, you now also probably know there may be things in your life needing to be dealt with. Sins must be dealt with first by confession and repentance. Thereafter it is a simple matter to ask Father to deliver you from any unwanted entity within or around. Most people will require a lot of work to be done. When I started on my Christian walk and was gradually delivered of many areas of sin, I noticed my dull blue-grey eyes start to brighten and lighten. They are quite blue now, and although I am over 50 I’ve never needed to wear glasses. Nor have I a single grey hair.