Words from the Heart for Friday July 3rd, 2020
…to another [is given] distinguishing between spirits…
1 Corinthians 12:10c (NIV)
Distinguishing Between Spirits
Spirit of Vancouver Island is an S-class ferry, part of the BC Ferries fleet. Along with MV Spirit of British Columbia, the ship is the largest in the fleet. On September 14, 2000, Spirit of Vancouver Island collided with the 31 foot pleasure craft Star Ruby while overtaking the vessel in a narrow channel. According to the accident report, the pleasure craft ignored all warning blasts from the approaching ferry and then made a sharp turn towards the ferry just prior to impact.
In the Gospels, Jesus teaches that at the end of time He will separate the wheat and the chaff, the sheep and the goats. The point He makes is that, until the judgement, it will not always be easy to determine who the genuine believer is and who is playing spiritual games. Satan is the great duplicator and he often duplicates what the Lord is doing. The Lord understand this, and so He has given to the Body of Christ the gift of being able to distinguish between spirits. Corinthians 12:10c says: “…to another [is given] distinguishing between spirits…” The Christian with the gift of being able to distinguish between spirits is able, in some measure, to discern the hearts of people, their thoughts, purposes and designs, their basic hypocrisy. Peter, who had this gift, was able to discern that the spirit of Ananias and Sapphira was not godly and that the proclamations made by Simon Magus were not what was in his heart. This gift helps keep the body of Christ pure, at least as much as possible until the final day.
These have been words from the heart.