It is my prayer that you become a person of excellence— as you learn through lifes lessons to mature in your gift with balance and wisdom. I also want to remind you that the gift of discerning spirits is a divine weapon. Therefore, it is exceedingly crucial that you know all you can about this gift so you can “discern the times” obeying Jesus. If there were ever a time for the body of Christ to open their eyes and discern, it’s now!
I want to point out three essential things. Firstly,I will be emphasizing the importance of our relationship to the Holy Spirit repeatedly throughout this book. I am intentionally doing this because the Holy Spirit is the One who gives the gift of discerning the spirits. Those of you reading this book (who are born again) will bear witness to the fact that we need to be very close to the precious Holy Spirit.
Secondly, everything I write in this book can be tested and proven correct because of the truth of the Word of God. I have not used my own opinion or revelation. Nor have I extrapolated. Nor I have deviated from the truth of Scripture. I purposely used many Scriptures in this book, proving that the Word of God confirms the lessons. My final authority is and always will be the inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God!
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and the light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 (KJV)
“Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is Truth.” John 17:17 (KJV)
I believe with all my heart in sound doctrine!
For this reason, I decided years ago that I would study to show myself a workman who is not ashamed rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2: 15 (KJV)
I graduated from two very prestigious schools because I was serious about studying the Scriptures. My quest was to know the Truth. I paid a great price and rigorously studied Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages. I only make mention of my educational background because I want you, as the reader, to know I am a very serious student of the Word of God. I studied hard so that I could give you an exposition in this book that will culminate in “sound doctrine.” “But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1 (NASB). The word sound in the Greek means: One whose Christian opinions are free from any admixture of error, also to be, safe and sound, pure, and uncorrupted. We desperately need to adhere to sound doctrine: “no longer being tossed back to and fro by every wind of doctrine.” Unfortunately, many today think that going to seminary is unnecessary. They boast and say, “why should I go to school?” “I have revelation from the Holy Spirit, and that’s all I need.” To me, this is a very sad thing. I’m sure that a woman would not go to a gynecologist who has no degree and only experience. Of course not! So, if a doctor is going to go to school to study to take care of his patients, how much more should the man of God go to school and study as well. In the same manner, the Apostle Paul urges his son in the Lord, Timothy, “Study to show thyself a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV). Now, why would Paul expect this of Timothy? Because to rightly divide means to study assiduously (meaning with great care and perseverance). So, I’ve given you some of my heart on this matter because the Word of God means everything to me. Therefore, you will see many scriptures confirming what I have written throughout my whole book. The idea of Sola Scriptura, meaning the Scriptures are the sole infallible rule of faith and practice, is compelling indeed.I cannot and will not ignore the full role of the Holy Spirit and the way He inspires us, influences us, and empowers us. The Scriptures are the undeniable, irrefutable Truth inspired and given by God. Still, the Scriptures alone are not the only influence for godly living. Therefore,
we must also embrace the full role™ of the Holy Spirit. Both the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit’s role are intertwined together.
Note: “Without the power and illumination of the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures would be nothing but words for it is the Holy Spirit that breathes life into the precious Word of God.” JJS
I believe this to be true with all my heart, soul, and mind.
Thirdly, I want to emphatically point out that my exposition concerning the gift of discerning the spirits is not some “new revelation” that I want to present to the body of Christ.
There is no such thing as some new revelation that can be “added” to the Word of God. I understand why many believe in the sufficiency of Scripture. There is so much false teaching going on in the body of Christ right now. Many are stating that they have new revelation or insight other than what is already in the Scriptures. How egregious! Ecclesiastes 1:9 says it all. “What has been will be again; what is done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Am I making myself clear? Please
understand, I am not trying to be mean-spirited about this matter.
“All Scripture is God-breathed/inspired by God and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV). Notice what the Scripture depicts; all the Scriptures are inspired (by the literal breath of God) and are, therefore, alive. The Scriptures are living and active/quick and powerful, according to Hebrews 4:12
,”FoFor the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (KJV). We can certainly concur that God’s Word is alive. As a born-again Christian, you will know with me, as you read the Scriptures (because they are God-breathed) and are now illuminated to us by the precious Holy Spirit.
Note: “We must agree that “illumination” is given only by the Holy Spirit. So, what some are calling a new revelation that God has given to them is: “nothing but the Holy Spirit illuminating Scripture to us as we read and meditate on it. What seems new to a person is just the timing of the Holy Spirit to reveal something to us, especially through the Scriptures.” JJS
A great example of this is what happens to us as Christians, as we read the Bible. I will explain it. Many times, when I have read the Scriptures, something seems to pop out at me, and I know I have read the Scripture before. Over and over. But this time in my reading, I find that the Holy Spirit “illuminates” something to me I never perceived before. Now, the Scriptures become “living and active” in our hearts and minds. Amazing! I know you understand what I’m saying. I’m sure this has happened to you as well in your experience of reading the Scriptures. I reiterate, there is nothing new under the sun. We fall into the devil’s trap of twisting the Scriptures, reading into the Scriptures, and coming up with false teaching which we are experiencing today. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Again, what seems new is just the timing of the Holy Spirit as He leads us, teaches us, and illuminates to us the beautiful Scriptures in the Bible. The truth is we need so much more wisdom and discernment in the body of Christ.
Therefore, as I divulge deeply in the exposition of the gift of discerning of spirits, I will intentionally (with wisdom from the Holy Spirit) help you to understand the necessity of this divine weapon my books, seminars, and YouTube channel.