Examples From Personal Stories of Discerning Spirits

God gives the gift of discerning spirits to some believers….I have heard a variety of stories from many who have it. Sometimes one sees contortions of facial features when an evil spirit is present. One person actually saw the face of a skeleton on someone. That vision of death on someone was observed by two people at the same time. Sometimes one hears the spirit speaking without the affected person being aware of it. Sometimes one sees a foreboding aura or shadow around a person. Sometimes one feels the hair rise on the neck or arms. Sometimes one feels a strong tightening in the core and a sense of caution. One may also smell the presence of an evil spirit. Several people have described to me that they have smelled smoke in association with the spirit of fear.  One with this gift needs to remain firmly rooted and grounded in Christ or it can be disconcerting and cause one to pull away from an affected person. As one person noted in her story, the gift may be for the purpose of helping the believer avoid such affected people. Other times it is for the purpose of engaging in spiritual battle through prayer and fasting on behalf of the affected person. Sometimes one is called to actually engage with the affected person and confront the spirit.

In the same way, quite a few people have discernment of the Holy Spirit’s presence in others, as well. Many report seeing someone’s face bathed in light. There may a translucent inner lightness emanating from such bearers of the Spirit. There may be a glow around the head or entire person. One person described it to me “like the person had candles on her head when she walked into the room!” They may speak words that have profound meaning or power to an individual or to a group and be totally unaware of what they have spoken or its impact. One in the presence of such a person may feel a great peace or safety or be drawn to the bearer of the Spirit without knowing what it is that is so appealing. One  may also have a firm impression that she is in the presence of Christ!  Several people have described smelling the sweet fragrance of Christ present with them.  The bearer of the Spirit may demonstrate supernatural physical strength (as in the case of some who have been present during accidents and carry out extraordinary acts of physical rescue of others.)
If you have a personal story of having witnessed the presence of an evil spirit or of knowing that you were in the presence of the Holy Spirit, share it!

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  1. Maya
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    I have always had “senses” about people, ever since I was a little girl. I’ve often thought that it must just be me judging people and I’ve felt guilty about it. Many times, I will be sitting near someone in a church service or even just around someone and I suddenly have dark and often lustful thoughts come upon me. Normally, I can honestly say that I don’t struggle with these thoughts! Praise God! but then they will suddenly come on me and I can’t seem to get rid of them. I rebuke them in Jesus’ name and pray until I have freedom, but I’m still left with a guilty feeling. Then, within that very service, or within that week, the same person confesses the very things which came upon me! I have learned to pray for the people around me when I have those thoughts. But I have also learned not to just put the blame on other people, but to consider that when I accept those thoughts, it is my own sin too.

    • Cathy Boyd Byrd
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      That is a very good insight, Maya. You obviously have been given a gift to be able to see beneath the physical to the spiritual influences in an individual, even into your own. Learning to take such thoughts captive and look for the light of Christ in the world instead of allowing one’s focus to land and linger on the brokenness is an excellent discipline.

      • Devon
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        I can tell when a person is being influenced by angels or god, not with visual cues but it’s a feeling,usually without the person realizing they answer my personal concerns questions that I have without being prompted. I can tell when someone is being influenced by the enemy, the have a unnatural aura, and are stand-off towards me. Those that are possessed have a have a strong unnatural aura, they are repulsive to me, they have a strong smell the fragrance is hard to describe it’s like offensive and like electric. When they are in my presence they are terrified like they are looking at death in the face. Even when I am just in the area not even talking to them. You see the body language the flight or fight response. Hopefully others with similar experiences can guide me with the next steps.

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