Popularly called "discernment of spirits", is the ability to tell whether a particular phenomenon is from the Spirit of God, from a person's own spirit, or from some demonic spirit; one might call it the supernatural ability to avoid being deceived! This particular gift is often needed in order to discern whether healings, miracles and prophecies are truly from God; it is also an indispensible part of the spiritual equipment of anyone who undertakes to expel demons
Gifts of healing.
Nearly everyone is acquainted with inexplicable healing (doctors more than most people). Some of these are from God, and of these some come in response to "ordinary" prayer while others result from the ministry of those who have one or more of the "gifts" (plural) of healing.
To complicate matters, there are healings and miracles that are not from God but from other spirits, even from Satan (Mt. 24:24; Acts 16:16-19; 2 Cr 11:14; 2 Th 2:9; Rv 13:1-4, 12-15), not to mention ordinary impostors who neither produce genuine healings nor draw on any spirit more supernatural than their own spirit of greed. Nevertheless, healing was one of the chief ministries of Yeshua the Messiah when He walked the earth (Mt 4:23-24), and He promised that we who believe in Him would do "even greater works". The New Testament does not teach that God will heal every illness, but it does teach that He will supernaturally heal some.
In His Care,
From the Desk of
Apostle Dr. Mary Anne Conte