Author: Carla Alvarez

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.”

I think that both are true.

Purpose of Discerning of Spirits

As with all of the spiritual gifts, the purpose is to build up the body of Christ.  Each person is given a gift that is meant to work in coordination of another.  Because of that, Paul instructs the church:

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People Like Us

Most of the time when I’m in the car I’m either listening to my theme CD or KSBJ, but the other day I had the radio on a regular station and “People Like Us” by Kelly Clarkson came on.  Even though I know it is a completely secular song, it struck me how closely the words reflected the battle that the Christian walk is.

Just as C.S. Lewis pointed out in his essay “Myth Became Fact” (God in the Dock) that we have a certain yearnings built into our DNA that were expressed in myth and fulfilled in Christ, many songs . . . the good ones anyway . . . are a cry out for the gifts God has promised us:  love, peace, and joy.

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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 communication is communication by something other than words.

Discerning of Spirits Meaning

But many times the concept of “discerning of spirits” is foreign, or a little uncomfortable for people.

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Build Your Kingdom Here

This album has been my “wake up” music lately.  KSBJ  plays “Build Your Kingdom Here” on the radio fairly often and I ended up buying the whole album.

It repeats the conviction that the change, and the Kingdom of God, is supposed to start with each one us.

Bringing the Kingdom

A little over a year ago, a friend, Rozalie ,  called me and said “we” were doing a march in memory of the Holocaust in Kingwood.

At first, I didn’t realize that “we” included me.  I used to organize a community event  which was pretty big and people who were thinking about starting one would call me asking for advice.

That is what I what I thought she was doing . . . just asking for advice.

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