To another discerning of spirits. I Corinthians 12:10
The discerning of spirits is one of great importance to the church of Jesus Christ, without which she would be deceived and drawn away from the truth. Jesus warned us in His word that in the last days there would be many false prophets and if possible they would deceive even the elect of God. This statement is so true today as we have many who are controlled by demons even though they are preaching from His word.
Remember, Satan knows the word better than we, although he doesn't have the revelation of it, because he doesn't have the Holy Spirit as we do. The discerning of spirits is not just recognizing evil spirits but also being able to discern the operation of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was tested in the wilderness confronted by the devil His gift of discernment was used in order for Him to endure the trial, even though Satan was using the word of God against Him.
One of the hindrances the church has had with this gift is dragging up a scripture out of context which says "Thou shalt not judge" so we just accept anyone or anything that comes to rob, kill and destroy that is holding a bible in their hand! An old friend used to say, "Deceived folks don't know they are deceived" and many today have been deceived by doctrines of demons, false prophets and shepherds and a multitude of TV evangelists and self help gurus! Those who have this gift need to employ it in order for the body to have their senses trained to discern both good and evil.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. I John 4:1
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin