Numbers Session #2 (19,20,35)

The Roaring Twenties (Numbers Series #2)       

1.) Nineteen = faith

  1. Hebrews 11 Mentions 19 heroes in the Faith Hall of Fame.
    1. We(3), Abel (4), Enoch (5), Noah (7), Abraham (8-10, 17-19), Sarah (11), Isaac (20), Jacob (21), Joseph (22), Moses (23,29), Joshua (30), Rahab (31), Gideon (32), Barak (32), Samson (32), Jephthah (32), David (32), Samuel (32), Women (35)
      1. Moses is the tenth one listed – 10 is the number for LAW.
      2. Abel is the second one mentioned 2 represents division – there was a division between Cain and Abel.
      3. Enoch is the third person mentioned – 3 represents the resurrection.
      4. Noah is the Fourth one mentioned – 4 represents the world, which God destroyed in Noah’s day.
      5. Abraham is listed fifth – 5 represents grace. He and his seed would be the heirs of grace.
      6. Jacob is mentioned eighth, 8 represents New beginnings. He was the second born of twins, representing the second birth, which is the place of new beginnings.
      7. Joseph follows Jacob and is Ninth (Genesis 49:22 fruitful bough) – 9 represents the fruit of the spirit. Fruit follows the New Birth.
      8. Women are mentioned nineteenth and in the 35th verse. 19 represents faith.
    2. Hebrews 11:3 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  Romans 1:29-31 – lists the twenty-three charges brought by Paul the nineteenth is that they didn’t have understanding, therefore without faith. It is by faith that we understand.
    3. Paul’s discussion on justification by Faith in Romans 3:21 through Romans 5:2 faith is used by Paul 19 times.

The curtains in the court of the tabernacles were 100 cubits long on the North and the South, five cubits high (Exodus 27:9-18) 

  1. (5 = grace) 20 pillars on each side, leaving 19 spaces between the pillars)
    1. Nineteen connected to five = faith connected to grace

Ephesians 2:8= For by grace are ye saved through faith;

By Grace (5) are we saved (14) through faith (19)

2.) Twenty = redemption, waiting, and expectancy

  1. As a people, we are to look up for our redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28)
    1. 20 Dreams in the bible
    2. 20 visions in the bible
    3. The Vision of Zacharias concerning the birth of John the Baptist

(Luke 1:11-22)

Zacharias was doing his regular duties in the order of his course (Luke 1:8-10).

 An angel appeared and told him that his prayer had been answered.

The angel said: “Your wife shall bear a son, call him John,” meaning God is gracious.

Instead of rejoicing, he questioned. There is a thief called unbelief. At a time when you could be celebrating and rejoicing, this thief causes you to enter with doubt and cynical heart; thereby, you’ve been robbed of the joy of expectancy.

Zacharias wasn’t allowed to speak; his doubt and unbelief couldn’t stop the promise of God. The promises of God will be fulfilled in their season.

3.) Thirty-Five = Hope (1 Corinthians 13:13)

  1. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
  2. Faith = 19, Charity or Love = 16, (19 +16 = 35)
  3. Hebrews 11 – Women who received their dead to life again found in verse 35.
  4. II Thessalonians 2:16 – a good hope comes through grace
  5. Ephesians 1:7 – 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
    1. 5 -= grace, 30 = the blood = 35 hope
  6. Hebrews 4:9 There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God. 
    1. Rest comes through redemption.
  7. Romans 8:23-34 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
    1. Redemption of the body is connected with HOPE.
    2. 15 = Rest + 20 (Redemption and Waiting with Expectancy); the sum is thirty-five (35) Hope.

We have this hope. 

Hebrews 6:19 NKJV 

19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 

II Corinthians 4:7 NKJV

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

Operation – Working of MIracles Session #8

Introduction: 1 Corinthians 12:9-10

The Working of Miracles is a supernatural intervention by God in the ordinary course of nature.

Working = (Strong’s 1755) Energēma = meaning to operate.

This gift of the Spirit doesn’t just happen. You don’t just show up, and the miracles start. There is an operation or work that needs to take place for the miracle to happen.

Miracles = (Strong’s 1411) dunamis = force, power, miracle.

Dunamis is where we get our word dynamite. For the Dynamite to work with its force, a wick must be lit.

The Gift of Working of Miracles is the supernatural ability to pray, see, and do things with the supernatural power of God in a situation, person, or amongst people. It’s moving beyond the natural realm and natural laws and accomplishing the will of God.

  1. Commissioned for the Miraculous (Mark 16:14-20)

Commissioned – an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people. A group of people officially charged with a particular function.

Jesus said, go, there’s the command, go! Preach the Gospel to every creature (human being).

AS you are going and preaching, baptizing, these signs will follow. These miraculous signs will follow you as you are following the Commission of going, preaching, and baptizing!

All these signs, miraculous expressions, and operations were all connected to the Great Commission. The miraculous will happen the more we give ourselves to evangelism. Miracles don’t necessarily happen when we come to church, it happens as the church goes!

Here’s Caution for the non-committed to the Commission.

Study the Book of Acts, and you will see the operation of miracles most closely linked with the office of evangelism because the operation of miracles is primarily for the unbeliever. Why? Because the believer’s faith is not increased by seeing miracles. 

God dedicated an entire segment of history to prove this point. Read Exodus and Numbers, and you will see God continually performing signs and wonders for His people. The Red Sea parted before them. Manna came down from heaven to them. They were directed by a huge cloud each day and a pillar of fire every night. They were bitten by poisonous snakes and miraculously preserved. The earth opened and swallowed the rebellious among them. They were a people who witnessed miracle after miracle daily. And yet, what was the end of the story? They couldn’t enter the Promised Land because of unbelief.

People think if they could see a miracle or two, their faith would soar. Not so. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). For the believer, the way to grow in faith is not to see the miraculous but to meditate on His word day and night.  

It is for the unbeliever that God will confirm His Word with signs and wonders.

When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. It was a far different method than he tried in Athens (Acts 17). 

Paul preached at Mars Hill in Athens—the place where the intelligentsia of the day dialogued with one another in the city known for an ongoing stream of philosophical interaction. Referring to the one thousand altars throughout Athens dedicated to various deities, Paul opened his message, saying, “The unknown god to whom you have dedicated an altar is the God of whom I want to speak.” 

He delivered a dissertation to the Athenians explaining the true and living God; Paul quoted from their poets, discussed their philosophy, and alluded to their culture. But the success of his sermon was very minimal. Most of those who heard him mocked him. Others said, “Come back later, and we’ll hear more.” Only a handful believed.

Acts 17 shows he never mentioned Jesus Christ crucified. Although he alluded to the Resurrection, he never stated straightforwardly and with the simplicity that Jesus had died for their sins and had risen from the dead. Instead, he tried to be philosophical. He tried to be professional. He tried to be relatable. As a result, no church was established in Athens.

However, at the next stop—Corinth—Paul changed his mode of operation radically. He forsook flowery speech and talked about Jesus Christ and Him being crucified. Many responded, and a church was planted.

Preaching the wonder-working power of the Blood of Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and Resurrection is what the church has been charged, commissioned, to do. We fulfill that Commission, not by arguing a demon out or out-argue that demon, persuade politically, or protest. No, we are to preach the Gospel, we take that action, and the miraculous will operate to demonstrate that the Jesus who performed miracles and who died on the Cross is still alive and His on the throne. It will cause many to become believers. 

  1. The Effect of the Miraculous. (John 21:25) 
  2. John 2:1-11 – Water turned into wine = His Disciples believed in Him 
  3. John 4:46-47 – Cured the Nobleman’s Son- – John 4:53 – the father and his whole household believed. 
  4. Luke 5:1-11 – The Great Fish Haul – They forsook all and followed Him. 
  5. Mark 1:23-28 – Cast out the Unclean Spirit – Jesus’ fame spread. 
  6. Mark 1:30-31 – Peter’s Mother-in-law healed – She served them. 
  7. Mark 1:40-45 – Jesus Heals a Leper – He spread it around and people came to Jesus from Evert Direction (45)
  8. Luke 2:1-12 – Jesus forgives and heals a paralytic – All were amazed and glorified God. 
  9. Luke 7:11-18 – Widow’s son from Nain raised from the Dead. – They Glorified God and the fame of his name spread through the region.  
  10. John 11:1-44 – Those around believed and many – who had seen the things which Jesus did believed (45) 

For every good effect of the miraculous, some were upset or even angered by the miracle. Even those mistook what Jesus had performed as a work of the devil, and some never understood the point of the miracle. 

When Jesus stilled the storm on Lake Galilee, His frightened disciples were reprimanded by Jesus for their “little faith.” “The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him'” (Matthew 8:27)

When He enabled the mute man to speak, “the crowd was amazed and said, ‘Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.’ But the Pharisees said, ‘It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons'” (Matthew 9:33-34).

It is amazing that so many of the miracles Jesus performed leave no recorded response of gratitude or praise by beneficiaries or observers. 

After Jesus healed the centurion’s servant at Capernaum, the episode closes with the statement: “And his servant was healed at that very hour” (Matthew 8:5-13)

On the same day Jesus Healed the Centurion’s servant, He cast out many demons from people who were brought to Him and healed all the sick who were present. Matthew’ uses this statement that this activity fulfilled a Messianic prophecy of Isaiah (Matthew 8:16- 17). 

Jesus opened the eyes of a blind man who lived in Bethsaida. All that follows is Jesus’ instruction to the man to go home (Mark 8:22-26).

 Jesus restored the shriveled hand of a man in a synagogue on a Sabbath day. The Pharisees and teachers of the Law were so furious that they began to plot against Him (Luke 6:6-11)

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, they began to plot how they would kill Jesus, then later how they would kill Lazarus. 

The effect of the miraculous often has to do with the condition of your own heart. 

The real effect of a miracle is to bring glory to God, and the exaltation of Jesus Christ on the earth as the Son of God.

For His Name’s Sake: 

He restores our soul for His Name’s Sake: Psalm 23:3 

He Pardon’s iniquity for His Name’s Sake – Psalm 25:11

He leads and guides for His Name’s Sake – Psalm 31:3

He brings victory for His Name’s Sake – Joshua 7:9

He brings you into the promised land for His Name’s Sake – Ezekiel 20:44

He restores fortunes and has mercy for His Name’s Sake – Ezekiel 39:25

He will make His Name Great – Malachi 1:11 

Miracles Bring Glory to God. 

Three Reasons for the Working of Miraculous. 

It shows the compassion of God for needs of people. (Mark 1:41

He was filled with Compassion. He’s showing the heart of God, for His people. He is deeply concerned about the pain of your life. He is moved in compassion because of the conditions his people experience. 

Everything that Jesus did shows us the heart of God. 

He wept – 

Answered prayers. 

Showed Compassion. 

Healed, calmed, provided, and delivered. 

It confirms His identity. 

The miracles weren’t the point, miracles were serving a sign to prove that He was the Son of God. (Acts 2:22) 

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know-

The Hope of the World wasn’t dependant on feeding five thousand, healing a blood disorder. No the Hope of the World was that men, women, young and old. Would realize that the one who performed the miracles. Was the only begotten Son, who was sent because loved the world, and He didn’t desire for them to perish, but have everlasting life, therefore they needed to know who He was and is, so that they will believe in Him and on Him. He’s God manifested in the flesh.

16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God was manifested in the flesh,

Justified in the Spirit,

Seen by angels,

Preached among the Gentiles,

Believed on in the world,

Received up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16) 

(John 1:12 NKJV; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; John 1:15-18; Colossians 2:9-10; John 1:1, 14; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 2:8)

The Miracles, signs and wonders point you to a deeper truth, one that does more than fix a physical need but changes your eternity. It’s for you to come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. To move from unbelief to belief that He is who He said is. He is alive and He is still on the throne, that He is far above everything that has a name. He holds all power in heaven and earth in His Hand. 

The Gospel didn’t hinge on the healings but on the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

The miracles are merely a sign pointing you in the right direction. 

John the Baptist asked if he was the one Jesus responds look at the signs John! 

 Luke 7:18-22 NKJV 

18 Then the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things. 19 And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

20 When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?'” 21 And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.

22 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the Gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

It’s a glimpse of Heaven on Earth!

Paul said that we look through a glass darkly, we see in part! 1 Corinthians 13:3 However, the miracles of Jesus the working of miracles gives a glimpse of what heaven will be like. As we struggle to see, he sends a sign a marker to let us know we are on the right path.

When we think that this life and all that this world offered is the end-all, a miracle springs forth and reminds us that this world and it’s brokenness is not our world. We are simply traveling through. 

IT reminds us that we aren’t natural beings having a supernatural experience; instead, we are supernatural beings having a natural experience. It reminds me that Jesus Christ came to put things back into the order that was present in the Garden of Eden. 

That’s where humankind was in perfect harmony and at peace with God. Where man walked and talked with God face to face! 

When Jesus healed the sick, cast out demons, restored sight to the blind, calmed storms, raised the dead, and delivered the bound, He was taking us back to what it was then yet showing what’s to come. 

In the garden, the lion laid down with the lamb, no sickness, no disease, no death, no separation, no evil, no murder, no envy, no jealousy, no sin. It was paradise. He’s going to recreate it again. 

Revelation 21:1-6,10-14,22-27. Revelation 22:1-5

“We view the miracles of God as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them as a restoration of the natural order.” – Keller

Miracles are not here to challenge your mind, but instead to bring confirmation to your heart that He is who says He is and He can do what He says He can do. He is bringing the restoration of all things. 

May we have an experience of Heaven on Earth!

May the working of miracles be used by God to make His name famous on the earth. 

May you be assured today that the Same God that multiplied bread and fish, that parted the waters, calmed storms, made an ax head float, made a widow’s pot of oil become a fountain of oil, perform a miracle through you. 

The operation of the working of miracles is so that the works of God will be made known on the earth. Through the working (operation) of miracles (God’s mighty power), it will encourage you and confound and astonish them that are without Christ so that they will come to know Jesus Christ. 

Operation – Gift of Faith Session #7

Introduction: 1 Corinthians 12:7-10 

  1. Three Different Kinds of Faith 
    Saving Faith – (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:17) = Gift Certificate 
    The Fruit of Faith/Faithfulness (Galatians 5:22 KJV) = Pineapple
    The Gift of Faith (1 Corinthians 12:9) = A small, boxed gift w/ mustard seed inside

Romans 12:3 – A Measure of Faith! Paul is not thinking of saving faith in this passage.
Throughout scripture, salvation comes by grace through faith. This “saving faith” is so central to the gospel that we may automatically assume that every biblical mention of faith means “saving faith.” In Romans 12:3 however, saving faith is not what Paul has in mind. We can be confident of this because he applies the concept of quantity (measure) to this particular use of “faith”. 

If there were different measures of saving faith then there would necessarily be different degrees of salvation. But scripture is clear: there is one flock (John 10:16) and “there is neither Jew nor Greek…slave nor free…male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)  You are either born again or you are not. No believer can be more or less born again than any other believer, and likewise cannot be more or less saved than any other believer. As such, saving faith cannot be what Paul has in mind in this verse.

So, if Paul is not talking about saving faith, what does he mean by talking about a “measure of faith” assigned by God? In the context of Romans 12:3-8; Paul introduces the idea of a “measure of faith” in the context of God equipping every believer with:

Unique gifts with which to build up the body of Christ!

The amount of faith required to use their gifts effectively!

God Fully Equips You for Effective Service!

  • The Gift of Faith (Little Gift Box with Mustard Seed) – (Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:5-6; 1 Corinthians 13:2)

 The faith which we are talking about is — special faith — it’s something other than general faith or saving faith. It is a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit whereby a believer is empowered with special faith, or wonder-working faith, and it is beyond simple saving faith.

The gift of faith is the greatest of the three power gifts. And this gift is miraculous just as the rest of the gifts of the Spirit are miraculous.

The gift of faith is a gift of the Spirit to the believer in order that he might receive miracles. The working of miracles, on the other hand, is a gift of the Spirit given to the believer that he might work miracles. One gift receives, the other does something.

The working of miracles is active; it actively works a miracle. The gift of faith doesn’t work a miracle, but passively receives a miracle. In other words, the difference between the working of miracles and the gift of faith is that the gift of working of miracles actively does, and the gift of special faith passively receives.”

Daniel in the Lions Den (Daniel 6:23) He received a miracle.

Jesus exercised this gift in Mark 4:38 – sleeping the raging storm. 

Daniel wasn’t bothered by the Lions in the Den. 

Jesus wasn’t bothered by the storm. 

Three Hebrews weren’t terrified by the furnace. 

Throughout the Bible we see how the gift of faith worked primarily for people who were in danger. And through this gift of the Spirit, they possessed a calmness and quiet assurance that was supernatural.

Wigglesworth = “if you will take a step of ordinary faith, when you come to the end of that faith, very often this supernatural gift of special faith will take over.”

We often don’t receive/operate the gift of faith because we haven’t even exercised the faith we already have. 

The Purpose of the Gift of Faith. 

To Raise the Dead. 

The three power gifts, or the three gifts that do something — the gift of faith, the gifts of healings, and the working of miracles — will very often work together. In the case of raising the dead, all three of these power gifts — the gift of faith, the gifts of healings, and the working of miracles — operate together.

To raise the dead, it takes supernatural faith — the gift of special faith — to call a person’s spirit back after it has left the body. 

Then it takes the working of miracles because the body would have started to deteriorate, as in the case of Lazarus (John 11:39).

Raising the dead also takes gifts of healings because if the person who was raised from the dead wasn’t healed, whatever he died from would still affect his body and he would die again. So, the person would have to be healed too.

 Therefore, all three of the power gifts are in manifestation when someone is raised from the dead.

  • To Cast out Demons

In casting out demons, the gift of discerning of spirits and/or the gift of the word of knowledge, as well as the gift of faith, are in operation. If you don’t discern or see the spirit, very often the presence of the evil spirit is revealed through the word of knowledge. But the gift of faith still has to be exercised in casting out the spirit.

We can’t deal with the devil in our own strength. But God has given us His Word, His power, His authority, and all the spiritual equipment necessary to enforce Satan’s defeat in our own lives. And a part of that spiritual equipment God has given us is this supernatural gift of faith.

  • To Sustain You in unusual circumstances. (1 Kings 17:3-6)
  • To Protect You (Daniel 6)
  • To Confer Blessing (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob) 
  • To lay hands on others to receive the Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:5) 

He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he itby the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

The Gift of Faith 

Elijah – controlling fire (I kings 18:38)

Elijah – fed and sustained (1 Kings 19:4,6)

Daniel – protected (Daniel 5:22)

Peter – inward calm – (Acts 12:6-11)

Closing: Hebrews 11:1-39 & Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV

Operation – Session #6 “Prophecy”

Introduction: 1 Corinthians 12:7-10; 1 Corinthians 14:3 NKJV;

The Gift of Prophecy. 

The simple gift of prophecy is given for edification, exhortation, and comfort. In the office of the prophet, however, we very often find that revelation or fore-telling does come forth, even utilizing the vehicle of prophecy.

It is also interesting to note the difference between prophecy in the Old Testament and prophecy in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, prophecy was essentially foretelling, but in the New Testament, we see that the gift of prophecy shifts strongly to forth-telling.”

Fore-telling = to predict the future

Forth-telling – to make known or to make public. 

“Some people think that “to prophesy” means to preach. Of course, all inspired utterance is prophecy in some form or another, but the spiritual gift of prophecy isn’t preaching. Although, of course, there is an element of prophecy in preaching. For example, a person anointed by the Spirit becomes inspired to say things spontaneously from his Spirit rather than his head. But that is only one phase of the operation of the gift of prophecy.

Maybe you’ve been speaking to someone about the Lord and said things to them that were in line with the Word, but that was beyond your thinking. You didn’t think it, and it didn’t come out of your mind. Instead, the Holy Spirit inspired you to say it. 

That is a part of the operation of this gift of prophecy because prophecy is an inspired utterance. Therefore, the gift of prophecy goes “beyond speaking by our reasoning processes and intellect.

“To preach” means to proclaim, to announce, to cry, or to tell. The scriptural purpose of the gift of prophecy is different from the purpose of preaching.

Jesus didn’t say that the foolishness of prophesying would save men, but by the foolishness of preaching (1 Cor. 1:21). 

The supernatural gifts of the Spirit are given to get people’s attention, not to save them. On the Day of Pentecost when people were speaking in tongues, none of those standing by listening got saved until Peter got up and preached to them (Acts 2:14-41).”

The gift of prophecy should not be confused with the prophetic office. The simple gift of prophecy has no revelation in it. Instead, it speaks unto men for their edification, exhortation, and comfort (1 Cor. 14:3); it is to edify the Church (1 Cor. 14:4).

May you be lifted up. (2 Corinthians 13:10; Ephesians 4:12,16; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Edify – to build up, lift up, and construct. 

We desire to give you a word from the Lord that will build up your life, lift your Spirit, and construct you into the Christian that Christ has called you to be.

As believers, it is our responsibility to build one another up. (Romans 14:19; Romans 15:2; 2 Corinthians 12:19)

You can build yourself up – 4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the Church. 

The gift is to build up the whole Church. Can you imagine a church that is built up, lifted, and constructed in power and the authority of Jesus Christ? (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 2:20-22; Mathew 5:14) 

May you be encouraged! (Hebrews 10:25; 2 Timothy 4:2; 

Exhortation – to embolden you in your belief and to encourage you. Romans 8:38-39

When you are in a place where you feel unworthy. (Romans 8:1; Isaiah 43:25-26; 1 John 1:9)

When I long for the way that it used to be. (Isaiah 43:18-19; Psalm 37:23-25; 2 Timothy 1:7)

When I need God to provide. (Psalm 37:25; 3rd John 2; Psalm 23:1; Malachi 3:10-12; Mark 10:28-31; Philippians 4:19)

When I need healing. (3rd John 2; Luke 6:19: James 5:14-16; Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalm 103:3; Psalm 118:17)

When I need to be lifted and encouraged. (Psalm 42:1-11; Psalm 34:18-22; Psalm 27:4-5; Psalm 27:11-14.

May you be comforted. (Isaiah 40:1;1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Revelation 4:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:8-9; 

Comfort = the origin means to come alongside, to summon for assistance. It’s to bring encouragement and cheer or to console. You could say it like this; it’s the dispelling of grief by the imparting of strength. 

Isaiah 40:1 Comfort Ye my people

Operation – Session #5 Discerning of Spirits.

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:10 NKJV

Discerning of Spirits!

Do I have the gift of discernment?

Five things that the discerning of spirits is not…

  1. It is not discernment. (it is the discerning of spirits)
  2. It is not spiritual telepathy.
  3. It is not discerning of people
  4. It is not discerning just discernment of devil’s and demons.
  5. It is not discerning faults of others.

What most call discernment is a word of knowledge in operation.

The gift of the Holy Spirit came to destroy this “gift” of discerning faults in others, which is nothing more than criticism. Then the Holy Spirit will replace your gift of criticism and fault-finding with the sweet blessing of gentle forbearance and the ministry of reconciliation. The power and ability to fault find and criticize is a “gift” that non-believers and believers can possess.

Is it a spirit or is it flesh? Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5

How do we distinguish a good spirit from a bad one? This is difficult to explain, but I suppose it would be just as difficult to explain how the lamb knows the bleat of its mother. Jesus said, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me! The gift carries with it the power to judge whether it be from God or another source. 

We need to be careful about these things. We need to be scriptural and believe the truth of God’s Word and practice it! We need to be careful to follow what the Word says if we are to receive lasting results. It is just like any other Bible doctrine. If you overemphasize any one Bible doctrine to the exclusion of others, you can go to the extreme and get out of balance.

Balance =stability

Imbalanced = instability (unstable) James 1:5-8; James 4:8;

Paul encouraged us to pursue Love; God is love, pursue God! Paul also instructed us to desire spiritual gifts, but the pursuit is love. If we pursue love (God), gifts will be given. In our seeking God, miracles, signs, and wonders follow those who believe. We aren’t pursuing the gifts. Nor are we chasing the miracles, signs, or wonders; the pursuit is God. Many pursue the signs, miracles, wonders, as an act of pursuing God, but it’s the pursuit of self-promotion!

How do I know that I am operating in the gift of discerning of spirits?

To discern means to perceive or recognize by seeing or hearing. The discerning of spirits is the same as seeing or hearing in the realm of spirits. The discerning of spirits gives us supernatural insight only into the spiritual realm. It reveals to us what kind of spirit is in operation behind a supernatural manifestation or sign! 

Three domains can be discerned. 

  1. Heavenly (Godly) 
  2. Satanic (ungodly)  
  3. Human (humanity) 

Word of Knowledge compared to discerning of spirits.

A fact can be revealed to you about a spirit and its actions regarding an individual by the gift of the word of knowledge, but you wouldn’t have a vision of the spirit; you would not discern the evil spirit.

If you discern a spirit, you would see the spirit because the discerning of spirits sees into the spirit realm. If the word of knowledge is in operation, you may know that a spirit is present or is involved in a particular situation, but you wouldn’t see the spirit. A word of knowledge is a revelation by the Holy Spirit of certain facts in the mind of God.

The Spirit of God may impart a word of knowledge to us to let us know if someone is operating by another spirit and not by the Spirit of God.

Howard Carter: “If one were informed about a spirit but had no vision of the spirit, he would not discern it. By discerning spirits, we see beyond the sphere for which we have been created since we are natural beings. It is only by the revelation of the Holy Spirit that we can perceive the beings that live in the spirit world.”

Remember, that discerning of spirits does not just see evil spirits! We can also and should desire to see godly spirits. 

Biblical Examples of the discerning of spirits:

Heavenly (Godly) 

Exodus 33:20-33 – Moses saw into the spiritual realm.

Isaiah 6:1 – Isaiah saw into the spiritual realm. (similitude) (No one has seen God (John 1:18; 1 John 4:12)

Ezekiel 1:1 – Ezekiel saw visions of God!

John the Revelator Revelation 1:9-20; Revelation 4:5 He had a vision of the Spirit of God)

Daniel 10:4-6 Daniel had a vision of pre-incarnate Jesus Christ.

Jacob (Genesis 28:10-16) dreamed of angels ascending and descending.

Satanic (Ungodly) 

Acts 16:17 – Paul spoke to the spirit of divination; he spoke directly to the spirit and not the person.

Micaiah (I Kings 22:19-22) saw an evil spirit come before the throne of God.

The ability to cast out demons and evil spirits is not listed as a spiritual gift or a ministerial duty. However, the whole bible is a message about deliverance. Jesus practiced and operated in the ministry of deliverance. 

The bible gives us the different levels of organization that our enemy, the devil, is running. There are seven categories of demons in Scripture: thrones, lordships, rulers, authorities, principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness, and evil and unclean spirits. Regardless of what level they are, they can be cast out in Jesus’ name. They have no choice but to leave when you cast them out in Jesus’s name. (Ephesians 6; Revelation 2:13; Revelation 13:3; 16:10; 2 Kings 1:2-3, 6, 16 Baal –“lord”)

Human (earthly) 

Jesus judged the heart of Judas and the other 11 Disciples (John 6:70-71)

Jesus judged the heart of Nathaniel (John 1:47-48)

Acts 6:3 – seek out men that are full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, good reputation. 

Who better to know the heart of a man than the Holy Spirit!

We often associate the discerning of spirits with evil, but the reality is that it can bring comfort, revelation, and direction to your soul. 

Closing: 2 Kings 6:8-22 ‘open his eyes that he might see”