Apart from being able to see into the spiritual realm and distinguish between something being of God, of the flesh or of the enemy, God sometimes allows you to see right through people.

Regardless of how they appear physically, you can tell the condition of their hearts, the spirit they carry, where they are at with God and their hidden motives and intentions. You may even know what they are thinking or hear words in their hearts long before they speak!

You may find that you’re very sensitive to handshakes and any level of physical contact and can tell so many things about someone in those few seconds of it. And sometimes it can affect you on the inside…e.g. you may feel deeply uncomfortable or repel.

Sometimes God will allow you to overhear conversations about you in secret gatherings, and even cause you to know what people are planning in secret. This will happen at a personal level, but also, God begins to give you discernment regarding corporate, national and even global issues.

It can be overwhelming. Sometimes you will interact with people, enter a room or go through a territory when traveling and you’ll have all these reactions on the inside, because you’re picking up the spiritual atmosphere of others around you.

Peradventure you’re not able to quickly perceive which are your personal thoughts, feelings, desires and ‘struggles’, and which are not, it can be distabilizing.

The only way a discerning person can maintain a pure spirit is by remaining yielded to God, continually surrendering his/her whole being to Him, meditating on the Word consistently and engaging the Heart of God concerning every issue.

Remaining submitted to the Holy Spirit also protects you from bitterness, resentment or a wrong attitude because some of the things you will see are not pleasant. At all.

Yet, these three things remain : faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these, is LOVE.

Discernment must be governed by the Love and the Wisdom of God within us.

2 Kings 6:12
But one of his men said, “No, my master, dear king. It’s not any of us. It’s Elisha the prophet in Israel. He tells the king of Israel everything you say, even what you whisper in your bedroom.”

Luke 5:22
Jesus realised what was going on in their minds and spoke straight to them.

What have been your most memorable experiences where discernment is concerned?