How to Activate the Spirit Of Discernment
Welcome to July
It is the seventh month of the year and the first month in the last half of the year. My earnest prayer is that this month will be a month of divine visitation for you. May God bring to perfection what He has started in your life. May this month be a month of a new beginning. May every difficult thing in your life become easy. May you find a way where there seems to be no way. May heaven and earth send you helpers in every area of your life, in Jesus’ name.
You’re aware that we just finished the 30 Days Midyear, Midnight Prayer Retreat. We began the midnight prayer on June 1 and concluded on June 30. The prayer retreat was incredible. We had great times in the Word, prayer, and prophetic declarations. We spent time praying for others and also prayed for ourselves and our nations. In fact, it was better experienced than told.
You can listen to the rebroadcasts on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/drdanielokpara) and use the prayers to pray. You will be blessed you did.
Already, we’ve received testimonies of new jobs, interview calls, healings, and personal revivals. We’ve received calls of re-surrender to Christ and restoration of new hopes. We’ve received testimonies of strange favors and interventions in debts. To God alone be all the glory.
In the last two nights, we had great anointing service and Holy Communion sessions. Old covenants, curses, and attacks are ended. Now, only the new (peace, joy, health, more than enough) is permitted, in Jesus’ name.
WHAT IS THE WORD FOR JULY?
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ – Philippians 1:9-10 (NIV)
The Apostle Paul prayed two prayers for the believers in Philippi here.
- That their love may grow in knowledge
- That they may have the ability to discern what is
This prayer was made for every believer in the Church in Philippi, and by extension, for us. It’s not for only those with the spiritual gift of discernment of spirit.
In other words, while there is the special Holy Ghost gift given to few people called the gift of discernment of Spirits, every believer should desire and pray for the ability to discern spirits, discern minds, and discern environments.
So, by the Holy Spirit, I call and challenge you to reawaken your discerning ability this month.
ONLY ONE LIFE
We have only one life; we cannot spend it on mistakes, spend it on trial and error, and live in hurt. We cannot spend it in regrets.
Instead, we must live it in a fulfilling journey of following God and carrying out His assignments for our lives. And one way to avoid the many hurts, setbacks, and regrets in this world is to develop our discerning ability.
God always heals us of every damage in our lives – emotional, physical, or spiritual – there is healing for every damage. But I’ve learned that it’s always better to prevent damages than seeking to heal them.
As they say, prevention is always better and cheaper than cure.
Without a discerning ability, you will make many costly mistakes in your life choices, plans, relationships, and career paths. As a result, you will unwittingly bring yourself to the point of hurt and pain many times. And that’s not what God wants for your life.
Before every man, there lies a wide and pleasant road that seems right but ends in death. – Proverbs 14:12 (TLB)
The writer of Proverbs repeats this same observation verbatim in Proverbs 16:25.
In the law of the spirit, repetition is a sign of urgency or importance. When a matter (dream, vision, direction) is repeated to you twice, thrice, or more, then it is critical. You must pay attention.
Our plans, relationships, ideas, and conclusions are always excellent in our eyes. But many times, they can be a trap to our destinies and lives.
One prayer I always pray is that God will deliver me from myself. Deliver me from ways that seem right to me but are designed as traps in my life. I pray that prayer consistently, and I urge you to pray them because not all that glitters are gold.
Not all relationships, offers, businesses, and open doors are from God. Some are traps.
For example, Jesus fasted 40 days and nights and was hungry. Boom! Satan comes with an intelligent way to get food. He tempted Jesus with the very thing Jesus needed most at that time.
Satan still does that today. He always tempts or tries to trap us with the very same things our lives are craving.
If your most pressing desire is a husband, satan will try to trap you with a relationship. The only way to overcome this trap is with a discerning ability.
If your most pressing problem is hunger, satan may want to trap you with food. He will bring offers that compromise on integrity and the love of God. He will tell you it doesn’t matter. But, unfortunately, if the source of the food (that is, breakthrough, love, money) is from the devil, it will not nourish your body; it will only lead to destruction.
KNOW THIS: The fact that something is a solution to what you need at the moment does not mean it is right for you.
The fact that you are under pressure to get something done and an opportunity presents itself does not mean that the opportunity is the right one.
Saul was under pressure, and people advised him to offer the sacrifice. So he did, and that was his undoing.
Genuinely desire a reactivation of your discerning ability because that’s the only way you will overcome many hidden plots of the devil, of men, and of the world. That’s the only way to know when a love offer, a job offer, a money offer, a prophecy offer, whatever, is of the devil and not of God.
WHAT IS DISCERNING OF SPIRITS?
Discernment of spirits is the ability to understand and distinguish between the operation of the human spirit, wicked spirit, deceiving spirit, lying spirits, and the operation of God’s Spirit. It is the ability to discern intentions and protect yourself from falling victim to either human or spiritual wickedness.
Not all prophecies are from God. Not all teachings are from God. Not all manifestations are from God. Many are from the devil, with a willful intent to deceive and harm.
Not all breakthroughs are from God. Not all gifts are from God. Not all help is from God. Some are camouflage designed to trap and destroy one’s destiny.
With an ability to discern, you will be able to, by the Holy Spirit, judge activities, prophecies, teachings, and manifestations that are meant to lure someone away. You will be able to know when to reject offers, breakthroughs, love, relationships, and seemingly good things that are designed to trick and destroy.
You will know, deep inside of you, without a shadow of a doubt, whether someone, an idea, an operation, or a proposal is from God or not. Then you will be able to protect yourself, expose, and guide others properly.
WHY DEVELOP YOUR DISCERNING ABILITY?
=> To protect yourself from lying spirits, fake and wasteful relationships
=> To protect yourself from demonic spirits’ operations that come in the guise of the Holy Spirit’s operations.
=> To protect yourself from false preachers, prophets, and seers.
=> To protect others within your influence from becoming a victim of satanic manipulations
=> To understand your times and seasons. To know when changes, movements, or waits must be done in your life.
HOW TO ACTIVATE YOUR DISCERNING ABILITY
1. Don’t Be in Haste or pressure.
Every time there is haste in you, watch it. Every time something requires you to do it now, otherwise, you will miss it, be careful. You may be out of faith.
The Bible says:
=> Isaiah 28:16 ESV – “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
=> Proverbs 19:2 ESV – Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
2. Acknowledge God in all Situations
My wife has taught me that we can and must acknowledge God in all things. I mean, in everything. A simple, heartfelt prayer made in your heart without saying it out before discussing, finalizing, or accepting something can work wonders and protect you and others.
Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart, rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (Passion Translation)
3. Check the Witness in Your Spirit
Everyone is saying, “Pastor, I don’t hear the voice of God.”
But the truth is that God never leaves us without direction. The Holy Spirit will always try to correct us, stop us, or encourage us to proceed in something. He will leave a red alert check in your spirit, make you uncomfortable, make you lose your peace, and make you troubled for no reason when something is wrong. Now, it doesn’t matter who is bringing the offer and what it is. Once this red alert check is there in your spirit, stay away. That’s God trying to protect you.
On the other hand, He will give you peace, a peace that you cannot explain why you have peace when something is right. That’s Him telling you that everything will be fine. The physical events may say otherwise, but once that peace is there, deep inside you, forget the physical events. God is in control. That’s His direction.
For instance, on May 19, my mother-in-law was kidnapped. At the same time, on the same day, my wife went into the theater for child delivery. There was so much confusion and noise on the outward, but deep inside me, I felt something rejecting the noise and confusion. I felt peace deep within me. Even though there was trouble in the physical, deep within me, God was telling me that everything would be fine. And within 48 hours, everything calmed. I prayed, yes. But not out of fear and worry. There was an assurance in me even though the physical events didn’t say that.
Watch out for the red alert check in your spirit or the peace and calm sense in your spirit. Follow them accordingly.
4. Monitor your visions and dreams
Though many of your dreams will come in symbols, parables, and images, you won’t understand immediately but never undermine them. I have taught a lot about dreams and visions. Get my books on hearing the voice of God and Listening Prayer and learn about your dreams. Through them, God can bring you guidance about a relationship or something you are about to do.
5. Get Feedback and counseling from mature believers
Your plans will fall apart right in front of you if you fail to get good advice. But if you first seek out multiple counselors, you’ll watch your plans succeed (Proverbs 15:22 Passion Translation).
Before you go full length in something, seek counsel from one or two other mature believers and pray with them. Sometimes, others can see what you cannot see when you are involved.
I pray today that your ability to discern will be amplified in Jesus’ name.
PRAYERS TO COMMAND THE MONTH OF JULY
Heavenly Father, I thank You for the gift of another month, the month of July. Thank You for Your protection and provision. Thank You for keeping us safe and not allowing the will of the devil to prevail over our lives and families. May Your Name be glorified forever and ever, in Jesus’ name.
In this month of July, Father, Lord, empower me to walk before You in holiness and purity. Uproot from my heart every seed of impure thoughts that lead to words and actions that defile. Make me Your vessel empowered for good works throughout this month and beyond, in Jesus’ name.
I decree today that I am a vessel of gold, created for honorable purposes. I am empowered for good works that God prepared for me even before I was born. I will walk in God’s will for my life every day, in Jesus name.
Today, O Lord, I come against every invisible barrier the enemy has raised against Your plans and promises for my life. I come against every attack on my health, finances, and my family; I declare them terminated today, in Jesus name
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I command all the barricades, obstacles, and hindrances that the devil has raised against my family and me, preventing us from accessing our financial breakthrough; I command them to be destroyed today, in Jesus name.
May all spiritual and physical barriers against the doors God has opened for me and my family to excel be shattered today in the name of Jesus Christ.
Today, I come against every demonic opposition in my workplace. I come against every demonic conflict in my family. I come against every evil attack and plantation in my home and marriage; I end them today, in Jesus name.
I command every power assigned to fight and delay my blessing, breakthrough, and promotion to become paralyzed and destroyed today, in Jesus name.
From this day forward, I begin to receive the manifestation of my financial breakthroughs, supernatural connections and promotion, a peace that passes understanding, and speedy advancement, in Jesus name.
I put an end to every form of stagnation and delay in my life henceforth, in Jesus name.
Every ancient demonic barrier raised in my family, be destroyed today in Jesus name.
In this remaining half of the year…
I shall be guided in everything I set out to do
I shall enjoy supernatural harvests
I shall recover everything the enemy has stolen from me.
I shall excel in all that I do.
I shall advance in God’s will and purpose for my life.
I receive grace and wisdom for speed in life
I shall advance and make unusual progress in all areas of life
I shall dwell in God’s presence every day of my life.
Good news will surround me
There shall be no loss
In Jesus’ name.
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May God help me activate my discernment. In the name of Jesus. Oh! God save me from ways that seem right to me yet they are not.