Exercising Discernment

Q. I am going to be very bold and say I am gifted with discernment.  I know immediately, sometimes I feel I know upon seeing someone, if they are a false teacher.  I can also sense spirits who hang on people, either good or bad.

This question concerns false teaching–I have a hard time “going” to church.  I feel a problem with most of the messages being preached.   And I feel it is a valid concern.  I have young children and cannot have them being taught lies, fallacies, deception, whatever.  I feel it is my responsibility to “train up a child in the way they should go.”  As a result we, as a family,  are isolated from the body of Christ.

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What’s The Lord Telling Me?

Q. I have a question about giving.  A couple years ago, my wife and I prayed about an opportunity that would enable us to give more to the Lord.  We looked into a small business opportunity that she could run  while I maintained my full time job.  We prayed about this endeavor and felt the green light to move forward.  This was two years ago.  Since that time, we haven’t made any money in the business.  In church this morning, I felt the Lord tug at my heart and ask me to trust Him with the income from that small business even though it’s not making money.  If I do this it will mean there will be some business bills I can’t pay right away.  Do you think the Lord is waiting for me to start giving from the business revenue before the business prospers?

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What’s My Spiritual Gift? Followup.

Q. I read your response to that question, and have to say, I asked the Lord to reveal my spiritual gift, and after many years, I still have no idea what it is! I study Bible prophecy because I’m “obsessed” with it, as some in my former church would say, but I know there is only one Prophet, Priest, and King, so what else is missing? I’ve begun to wonder if I’m really saved because of God’s silence, but I Cor. 2:14 says I would not be able to understand, or accept God’s word as truth if I were unsaved. I tried fasting, but risked my health because I am diabetic and must not skip meals. I tried those surveys, but ended up more confused. Please help me understand just what use God has for me (if any).

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What’s My Spiritual Gift?

Q. I have been reading your section on spiritual gifts & I know from reading the Word that, as a Christian, I have a gift.  How do I find out what my gift is?   The church I attend is “big” on speaking in tongues & at one time I thought I had received this gift – not so sure anymore.  The one I desire is the gift of prophecy … is that desire indicative of prophesy being my gift?   Any insight would be appreciated. By the way, I assume teaching is your gift?

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Another Question On Tongues

Q. Can you please help me regarding speaking in tongues ? There is a teaching doing the rounds that stipulates that for one to be filled with THE HOLY SPIRIT one has to be able to speak in tongues. Is speaking in tongues not one of the gifts of THE SPIRIT as are prophecy. interpretation etc?  I do believe that I have a measure of THE SPIRIT within me as I always feel convicted and have the urge to repent immediately after a wrong thought,word or deed, but feel condemned and am not sure of THE HOLY SPIRIT when told that we have to speak in tongues.

I have never spoken in tongues yet, but, i do desire to be able to by GODS GRACE. I have sometimes tried in my own strength but to no avail. Can you please help me in this area?

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Could David Wilkerson Be right?

Q. Re: Famed pastor predicts imminent catastrophe – Best-selling author, Teen Challenge founder, sees ‘earth-shattering calamity about to happen’

A respected pastor, best-selling author and founder of a major ministry to teens predicts an imminent “an earth-shattering calamity” centered in New York City that will spread to major urban areas across the country and around the world – part of what he sees as a judgment from God.

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More On Speaking In Tongues

Q. I have always heard that speaking in tongues in the evidence of the baptism of the holy spirit. My Mother has never spoke in tongues but I am sure she is spirit filled. I know she is very shy and feels people are always looking down on her. Because of her my brother and sister are saved along with many of my extended family on my fathers side. She wants to have a prayer language. Also I cannot find the verse in the bible that states that speaking in tongues is evidence. Thank you so much for your help on this. I love reading your website. It has been alot of help to me. Continue reading…

Knowing What The Lord Wants, Follow Up

Q. Your answer to “How can I know I’m doing what the Lord wants?” is to “Get confirmation from someone who doesn’t know what I’m thinking of doing”, could you please be a bit more specific. Continue reading…

What Is Soaking Prayer?

Q. My church offers programs (for lack of a better word) on what I now understand is called contemplative spirituality.  We have spiritual directors and there is a course on spirituality and also a deliverance ministry.

I am confused about the Spiritual gift of discernment. My church teaches that all people are “sensitive” but some are more so and this is different than the gift of discernment. I am what they call very sensitive and they recommend I attend something called “soaking prayer”.  Do you have any experience with soaking prayer and what do you think of it? Continue reading…