Did you hear? My newly revised dream symbol reference guide and journal is due to release this month. You can purchase your copy on Amazon when it’s ready. More details next week.
I will also be hosting a dream workshop via zoom on Saturday December 5 from 10am-12noon Pacific Time Zone ( 12noon-2PM MT :: 1-3PM ET).
To register for the dream workshop click here or on the image below.
Dream Workshop: December 5, 2020*
*Please Note the Date Change
The Dream workshop 2 hour session will be done via Zoom Conferencing Saturday December 5, 2020 at 10am -12noon Pacific Time … When you pay the email you give, will be what we will use to send the zoom link.
You will learn:
- What the Bible has to say regarding dreams.
- How to discern the source of the dream.
- The importance of dreams in our lives.
- The significance of symbolism,
- How do we determine what to label symbols?
- What source should we use for determining symbols?
- How to interpret the messages God speaks to you through your dreams.
Cost: $29 plus it is recommended you purchase a copy of Debbie’s New Symbol/Dream Book: It releases Nov 11 and you can purchase your copy on Amazon once it releases. Symbolism Reference Guide & Dream Journal
What to bring: Notebook, Bible, pen, Debbie’s NEW Symbolism Reference Guide & Dream Journal bring those, plus bring personal dreams for a section on hands on dream interpretation.
If you want to book a mini 1:1 coaching session to work through one of your dreams, I am offering a discounted price to those who attend the Dream Workshop.
1:1 Mini Dream Coaching Sessions will be 20 minutes long and cost $30.
More details on how to register for the will be given on the zoom call and in the email with the zoom link.
Questions?: email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for letting me interrupt my current series on The Art of War: Prepping for any life Battle A Series on Spiritual Warfare last week to share a word of prophetic encouragement the Lord spoke to encourage His people. The Word “Hold the Line!” is a timely word for what we as a nation are going through with the election right now. We must not get discouraged or dismayed but continue to pray. If you missed last weeks word of encouragement click on the picture image below.
If you missed the first two weeks of my current series you can find those by clicking on the image below.
As a young child the adults in my life and those at church always called me a “discerning child.” Honestly, I had no idea if that was a good or bad thing. I didn’t really understand what they meant by it, especially in the context of church or spiritual things. I just knew I saw things and knew things that others didn’t.
Back when I was growing up, we didn’t have the internet to research things, only books and the dictionary. Discernment according to the dictionary is the ability to judge well. Or an act of perceiving or discerning something. And discerning means to show insight or understanding. None of these definitions really helped me as a young child to understand what discernment was, what it’s not, and it’s importance.
I was raised in a very conservative Christian denomination. As I was growing up, I didn’t have the language to define what I was sensing in my spirit. I experienced a great deal of confusion between the world I could see and touch, and the world I could sense in my spirit. The religious leaders of my church were silent concerning prophecy. This silence began to define my spiritual boundaries. Maybe you have had an experience like this too?
It took me years to figure out what people meant when they called me discerning, but the importance of discernment goes way beyond that. It is a gift from the Holy Spirit, and it is for all believers.
What is discernment
I Corinthians 2:12-16 says:
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Discernment is more than judging well and perceiving something, it’s a gift from the Holy Spirit. Biblical discernment is about discerning the times and seasons. It is about discerning good from evil, and it is about using the gift of discernment to process things of a spiritual nature. The Greek words for discernment used in Scripture are:
Kirno – to distinguish, to decide (mentally and judiciously), to try, to judge
Diakrisis / diakirno the gift of discerning spirits – to separate thoroughly to make distinction or a clear discrimination, to judge, to have perception, to have a sense of decision or judgement, to make a judicial estimation.
Anakirno – used in I Corinthians 2: to separate, or distinguish by looking through, to examine, to scrutinize, to question
Why do we need Discernment?
Discernment helps us to see a clear picture of what is happening in the spirit realm not the natural realm. Spiritual discernment helps to give us insight so we can create the proper strategies and responses to situations we face. Ephesians 6 tells us we do not fight flesh and blood, but powers and principalities. It’s not what we see in the natural. It’s what is happening in the spiritual realm and we need discernment to determine what it is and how to stand against it.
What discernment is not
Sadly, like all spiritual gifts, there is some misuse and misunderstanding around discernment. Often times when people are being discerning others may say they are being critical or judgmental. The truth is, there is a fine line and often times people who are discerning can come across as critical and judgmental. Other times a person is in fact being critical and judgmental and slapping the label of discernment on it so as to hide behind it.
We need to get ourselves healed so we are not looking through lenses that are tainted and distorted. When we are not healed, we filter things through the filter of hurt, pain and dysfunction. That is how someone who is operating in the spiritual gift of discernment can be critical, judgmental, and harsh.
I appreciate what Jane Hamon says on page 76 in her book Discernment:
“It’s just as important for discernment to work in us and for us as it is for discernment to work through us.” Jane goes on to explain that it would be easy to externalize the gifts and not allow them to work in her own life. If she just merely operates in the gifts of the spirit without receiving the healing she needs then she would miss everything God has for her and others.
Discernment is not:
- Being critical
- Being judgmental
- Scrutinizing without being critical
- Is not natural wisdom
We need to pause to hear what the Spirit may say about the situation. Using the gift often discernment helps us see beyond what is presented or occurring in the natural. Discernment of goes against what our natural mind and natural senses experience. It gives us more than human answers if we follow the Spirit and ask Him what is really occurring, it may lead us to do things and see things that may not follow our expected logic. As we mature in the Lord, we can, and we must seek the Spirit of God.
We need to judge our own hearts before we are able to judge or discern motives, situations or the heart of others. Yes, God is the one who judges, but we are also to be discerning and cut through to ask God what He has to say about the situation or a person.
We need to look beyond the surface.
It is easy to judge a book by it’s cover. We do it all the time. But we are called to look beyond the surface. There are several Biblical examples that come to mind which called and challenged those following Christ to look beyond the natural.
Take for example, Paul. Before he was Paul, he was Saul. Saul murdered and persecuted those following Jesus Christ. But God knew the plans he had for Saul/Paul. God’s other plans involved Paul working for the Kingdom of God. When Saul lost his sight on the road to Damascus, God spoke to Ananias and told him to go pray for Saul to be healed. Ananias argued with God. He basically said, “No thank you, God! I am not going to go pray for him. Don’t you know, Saul is a killer a Christian murderer. Nope, not doing it!”
Ananias didn’t discern the moment. He didn’t trust the voice of God in the moment, he was only looking at what he saw and had experienced in the natural. Ananias had a “come to meet Jesus moment” and he obeyed. He went to pray for Saul to have his eyesight restored and he transition into Paul, the man God longed for him to be.
Some other examples are:
Brothers James/John: they missed what Jesus was doing. They were upset by being rejected by the town. They wanted to call down fire from Heaven. Jesus’ response? You don’t know what spirit you are of! Ouch. They did not discern.
Peter had several incidents that immediately come to mind where he let the intensity of the moment and his emotions get the better of him. So much so that Jesus says to Peter, “Get behind me Satan!” OUCH! Then there was the time in the Garden of Gethsemane when Peter drew his sword and cut off a man’s ear. Jesus reattaches the ear and we all know Peter reacted instead of using his spiritual discernment in the moment to know what to do.
When we don’t use discernment we can often find ourselves being resistant to a new thing God wants to do. Again we see Peter not seeking God or using spiritual discernment to determine the appropriate response. In Acts 10, God shows Peter a vision with a sheet of food coming down from heaven with unclean things on it. Peters response – NO! No, I won’t allow these unclean things to touch my lips or enter my body. That is until he hears, “don’t call unclean what I call clean?
5 Steps to Activate Spiritual Discernment
First we must learn to recognize the voice of God in our lives. John 10 tells us that we can hear God’s voice and the voice of another we will not follow. Today, there are so many voices vying for our attention we need to learn to tune into the frequency of the voice of truth.
We need to ask God to give us the gift of discernment. I Kings 3:9 says: “give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people to distinguish between right and wrong for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” Just as the Bible says to ask for wisdom when we are lacking it (James 1:5), we can ask for spiritual discernment.
We must listen intentionally and hear intelligently. We are to test and judge what we hear. When God speaks, it will always line up with the Word of God. It will always line up with His nature and His character.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood (1 John 4:1-6).
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22).
Part of hearing is listening. We need to pay close attention and yield to what we hear.
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth (1 John 2:20 NIV).
When we listen intentionally and hear intelligently there may be times, we won’t necessarily like what we hear. But nonetheless, we need discern if it is God. If it is, then we must step out and obey.
Because the Holy Spirit dwells within us as believers, we all have discernment within us. It’s part of our spirit and it tell us when something is wrong. Discernment is not a feeling, its communication with the Holy Spirit. Prophecies and teachings should resonate with our spirit. To be direct, this can be a challenge. We are human, so by our sin nature, we can fail. The quality of our discernment is directly related to our relationship with God. The deeper and more mature our relationship, the more accurate our ability to discern.
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I’m glad God is discerning about how he doles out the spiritual gifts. And I’m grateful that he gave you the gift of discernment. I know you steward it with care and love, Debbie.
Thank you Lisa! I do try to steward it well.
The concept of discernment has been on my mind as late since we are surrounded by falsehoods. Thanks for covering this topic.
Yes Lauren, I so agree with you. It has been on my mind for several months as well. There are many falsehoods and we need discernment to know what is false and what is true!
It’s a time for much needed discernment. There are so many prophetic voices out there. This election will either expose corruption in the election or deception in the multitude of prophets that said that Trunp will serve a second term.
Yes Elizabeth, it is definitely a much needed time for discernment. There are always an abundance of voices out there, and not just prophetic ones. We must continue to seek guidance from the ONE true voice, God. He gives us clear instruction to test and discern. Part of the process is to wait and listen. To be slow to speak and quick to listen. That is where I find myself at in the days after the election. Waiting and listening for the prompting and leading of the Lord.
So very interesting and informative. Thanks very much for sharing this. I learned a lot.
Patrick, thanks so much. I am so happy to hear you learned a lot and found it informative. 🙂