The Scent of the Spirit of Christmas

The Scent of the Spirit of Christmas

Do you know what Christmas smells like? Maybe when you think of Christmas, it reminds you of the smell of evergreens, cinnamon, and spice. The sense of smell is considered the bridge between the physical and the spiritual or unseen realm. For those who do not see with their eyes ...
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hearing angels sing

Hearing the Angels Sing

We were talking about angels. The lesson in our Sunday school class was on Luke 2 when the angels announce the birth of Jesus on the hillside. The shepherds were minding their own business on the hillside, sitting out with the sheep. Unlike David who watched his sheep on that ...
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Supernatural Book Review

We know of the Bible as the story of God's plan of salvation for mankind. From the first page to the last, we see that he had the end in mind from the very beginning. However, most of the time we see just two parties to the story: the Triune ...
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discerning of spirits in the bible

Discerning of Spirits in the Bible

In another post on discerning of spirits, I talked about what the gift of discerning of spirits actually is and how that is different from and relates to discernment.  This post is going to cover discerning of spirits in the Bible focusing on scripture that discusses times that the spiritual ...
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what does it mean to quench the spirit

What Does it Mean to Quench the Spirit?

Many of us are familiar with the verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:19, "Quench Not the Spirit;" however, not everyone will agree on what it means.  There are a few guidelines one should follow when interpreting a passage of Scripture. The first guideline is to read it in context.  Not only in ...
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fighting discouragement

Fighting Discouragement & Why Little Things Matter

There was a smell and a sense of something that seemed to be moving throughout the room.    I was at the Woodway Campus attending a class called Missio Dei, Mission of God.  A ten week class, each week a featured speaker would share about the ministry they were involved in.  ...
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candy canes

Christmas, Candy Canes, and Chaos

A week ago my daughter, Avery, came home from a church LEAD team party bubbling with stories of her friends.  She had a candy cane in hand and showed me the card with a poem about candy canes.  I'm sure you've seen it: Look at the Candy Cane What do ...
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discerning of spirits examples

Discerning of Spirits Examples

While we should always test from the Bible first, I think it also helps to hear real life stories from the present day to help identify what we are experiencing.  I've read several books on this, but I found James Goll's book, The Seer, to be particularly helpful because he ...
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discerning the presence of the holy spirit

Discerning the Presence of the Holy Spirit

As believers, our first step on the path to growing our gift is to be able to discern the presence of the Holy Spirit.  He has a tangible presence and we should recognize him when he comes. We should also invite his presence.  One of my pastors, Pastor Quanidos, says, "The ...
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developing discerning of spirits

Developing the Gift of Discerning of Spirits

Discerning of spirits is one of the "knowledge" spiritual gifts.  It can be used to determine the source of what appears to be manifestations of the power and speech gifts versus false signs.  It is also used in identifying situations that need intercession. So how do you develop the gift ...
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what is the purpose of discerning of spirits

Purpose of Discerning of Spirits

So what exactly is the "discerning of spirits?" It is one of the Gifts of the Spirit.  The King James Version translates it as "discerning of spirits."  The English Standard Version translates it as "distinguish between spirits." 1 1 Corinthians 12:10. King James Version. Biblegateway.com.   I think that both are true. Purpose of ...
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discerning of spirits

What is Discerning of Spirits?

You often hear people say: "They give me the willies" "You look depressed." "It was a very tense situation." "I felt someone looking at me." When someone talks about picking up on the emotion of a person or the spirit/atmosphere in a situation, we understand what they mean.  Ninety-three percent of ...
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learning and discerning

Learning and Discerning: An Interesting Week

This month has been very interesting so far.  When I look back over my notes, there have been quite a few "lessons" in God's training program. One of the overreaching arcs of what I've been learning in the past year is about spiritual warfare:  what it is, what it actually ...
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1. 1 Corinthians 12:10. King James Version. Biblegateway.com.