RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL
LESSON FIVE – Sunday, 5th October 2014
THE DISCERNING OF SPIRITS
MEMORY VERSE: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. I John 4: 1
BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 16: 16-19
INTRODUCTION: There are different types of spirits in the world today. Some of them are seducing spirits -1Timothy 4: 1, wicked spirits – Matthew 12:45, unclean spirits – Mark 5:13, ministering spirits, Hebrews 1:14 and lots more. For us not to fall victim of satanic manipulations, we need to discern every spirit through the gift of the discerning of spirits. May God bestow on us this gift as we study in Jesus’ name,
1. THE GIFT OF THE DISCERNING OF SPIRITS
2. OUR SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD
THE GIFT OF THE DISCERNING OF SPIRITS
The gift of the discerning of spirits is given to edify the body of Christ and to ensure that the body of Christ suffers no loss through the operation of satanic spirits. God has given us the gifts of spirit to profit His Kingdom – I Corinthians 12:7, and among these numerous gifts at our disposal is the gift of the discerning of spirits as recorded in 1Corinthians 12:10. Therefore, we need to desire and possess this gift so that we can operate excellently in the vineyard of God, 1Corinthians 12:31.
OUR SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD
Since we wrestle not against flesh and blood, we need to be active in the spirit and put on the whole amour of God -Ephesians 6:12-17. We need to be alive in the spirit by engaging the fruit of the spirit to discern, detect and discover the types of spirits operating around us – Acts 16:16. Our inability to discern these spirits exposes us to dangers, attacks, discouragement and fruitless efforts. Jesus discerned that Satan was speaking through Peter and He rebuked him. – Matthew 16:23. Also in Mark 1:23-25, Jesus also rebuked an unclean spirit.
God has placed the gift of the discerning of spirits at our disposal and we have no excuse for falling victim of the operation of unclean spirits. Desire and acquire this gift today.
1. What is the gift of the discerning of spirits?
2. Why do we need the gift?
Blessed Week with the Holy Spirit
MONDAY: 1Cor. 12 :4·7 – Pray that God will make you profitable to His Kingdom.
TUESDAY: 1Corinthians 12:8·10 – Ask for the specific gifts you desire now, God will give them to you.
WEDNESDAY: 1Corinthians 12:31 – Covet earnestly the best gift today.
THURSDAY: 1John 4:1 – Try to test all spirits whether they are of God.
FRIDAY: Acts 16:16·19 – Rebuke every satanic spirit of divination operating around you.
SATURDAY: Mark 5:13 – Command every unclean spirit around you to give way now.
SUNDAY: Hebrews 1:14 – Pray that the ministering spirits from the Lord Jesus Christ will strengthen you.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: This post was copied from ‘Daily Devotion’ page of The REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD.