Hi Iím grateful to be back to continue to share more on the topic of Evangelism. I will continue with the Ministry of an Evangelist with the Spiritual Gifts that scripture details a true Evangelist.
Summarizing the Articles
We spoke about Philip and his Calling as an Evangelist. We recognized that he was first appointed as a Deacon in Acts chapter 6:1-6. Then in Acts Chapter 8, we saw how he ministered to the people of Samaria. We also discussed the Sensitivity Factor of being aware of the voice of Ministering Angels and the Holy Spirit. Then we defined the Ministry Gifts and Spiritual Gifts in our third article along with my testimony. Then we went into detail about the activation of Spiritual Gifts and how they actually work that is; The Gift of Faith and Working of Miracles and Gifts of Healings. Then we shared more of my testimony.
The Other Gifts
The fact that we mentioned the spiritual equipment that we need to operate as a biblical Evangelist in our last article and there is still two more Gifts to be shared;
1. The discerning of spirits
2. The laying on of hands for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We must operate in the entire Gifting that the Bible makes clear to us. Too many churches half-step or just go far enough. They think giving out tracts, Bibles and praying for a few people is good enough. We do not serve a far enough or good enough God. We worship Almighty God maker of Heaven and Earth and everything in it. This simple phrase is so deep and powerful that we need to just say to ourselves if He created it then we should find out how it works.
How many electronic devices we have (and if we are honest) have never learnt to entirely use every function of that device? Be honest did you really use every operable function on your laptop? Well, have you taken the time?
My spiritual point is that we never get more of God because we donít read the Book (Manual) the Bible, we donít pray for the things He instructed us to pray for especially Spiritual Gifts to come into our lives so we can minister effectively and do more than good enough. So with this article Iím going to teach about the discerning of spirits.
The Discerning of spirits
Discerning spirits is clearly distinguishing the voice of several things in the spirit world;
1. The voice of Ministering Angels
2. The Voice of demon spirits
3. The Voice of the Holy Spirit
4. The Touch of Angels and the sight of them as well as, seeing evil spirits
This gift is not the discerning of peopleís character because bad or good character is a result of maturity, ignorance and immaturity before we even say that an evil spirit is behind their actions. Remember we all have been born sinners and we have a fallen nature that runs, hides, fears, blames and so much moreÖ these that were just mentioned were the behavior patterns of Adam when he fell (Genesis 3).
Discerning of spirits on the other hand, are supernatural abilities to see, hear and feel the things in the spirit world. Philip, Peter, Paul and I saw, heard and felt spirits.
Philip discerning spirits
Luke wrote that Philip went down to Samaria and preached Christ to them, for unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice came out of many who were possessed (Acts 8:5-8). Evil spirits were heard crying.
Now an Angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is desert (Acts 8:26). An Angel spoke to Philip giving him instructions.
Then the Spirit (Holy Spirit) said to Philip, go near and overtake this chariot (Acts 8:29) Here the Holy Spirit spoke to him to secure that he went to the treasurer to minister to him.
Philip discerned the voice of 3 different spirits. The Holy Spirit, an Angel and the evil spirits coming out of those who were possess by them. So having the Spiritual Gift of discerning of spirits in our lives operating as Evangelist is very important because itís a supernatural tool to help us in doing the work of God.
You might be wondering how it works? God will always prepare you before you actually go out and minister as an Evangelist. Consider the training process of Moses when he saw God at the burning bush. After seeing the sight and hearing a voice and seeing this bush burn but not being consumed. He was introduced to God Almighty and then given instruction to go to Egypt, but understanding that the children of Israel would not believe that the Great I AM sent him. God said to throw the rod on the ground and it became a serpent and Moses ran from it then God told him to come back and pick it up by the tail and it became a rod again. Then he trained him with the hand becoming as a lepers hand and he placed his hand again in his robe and it became healed (Exodus 4:1-8)
I had dreams and visions with Angels and demons and when I was awake I would see Angels and demons. Then I began hearing the Voice of the Holy Spirit He speaks very authoritatively and clear quoting scripture with a sense of seriousness. This is how I was trained. Then when Iím sent out to minister the gift of discerning of spirits is activated on its own and we must pray immediately in our minds Lord why are you showing me this and then a voice or thoughts will begin to instruct you on what to do.
Peter and discerning spirits
We spoke about how Peter was told by the Holy Spirit to go with Cornelius servants because they were sent by Him (Acts 10:17-20).
Peter was imprisoned by Herod and they killed James, but they locked Peter up to kill him after the unleavened bread feast was over. Now behold, an Angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, ďArise quickly!Ē And his chains fell off his hands. Then the Angel said to him, ďGird yourself and tie on your sandalsĒ; and so he did. And he said to him, ďPut on your garment and follow me.Ē(Acts 12:1-8)
Discerning of spirits is not just hearing. Itís seeing, hearing and feeling spirits. The Angel tapped Peter on his side and picked him up and Peter saw him and heard him speak. After all this happened Peter thought he saw a vision but it was a real live interaction with an Angel as though it was a normal human event taking place.
Now you guys believe me when I gave my testimony that the Angel pulled my leg off the bed. You see the Angel watching over you is like your spiritual buddy who taps you and you jerk like if you got hit with a defibrillator this is why sometimes you get shaken awake from your sleep and immediately you encounter something. Two months ago, I was tired and fell asleep my 20 month old daughter was going through the drawer when she pulled out this huge hunting knife in its case I was shaken awake to see it in her hand and I gently went to her and snatched it away. If the Angel would not have shaken me awake I would be in a prison cell for child endangerment.
Angels are there all the time we just donít tap into the spirit world to be ultra sensitive to their work or voice. I believe if you read scripture especially these teachings on the subject more often you will build a sensitive ear to their voice and actions. Iím always slipping up with so many cares and responsible task as a father, husband, and so much more with trying to write these articles, if it wasnít for the Holy Spirit and the ministering Angels helping me out I would be insane right now.
Read the book of Acts in a new way- read it focusing on the interaction the Holy Spirit and Ministering Angels have with all the disciples. Then will you increase your faith and your sensitivity to how they operate go over the articles I wrote until all this sinks into your human spirit so you can be ultra sensitive to the spirit world. May God Bless you to believe in the invisible real world we can actually live in by faith.