Jesus gave the commission to cast out demons to the entire Church in Mark 16:17. When God calls us into ministry, He equips us. The gifts of the Holy Spirit, as presented in 1 Corinthians 12, represent God's empowerment to believers to accomplish this task. We must rely on the Holy Spirit for the ministry of deliverance and nothing else - not our own understanding, or the voice of demons, but only the voice of the Holy Spirit to guide us in deliverance and spiritual warfare. Through the gift of the discernment of spirits, we can defeat the enemy in the very place of his counsel and strategy, because God can tell us what (and who) we are coming against. God is a jealous God. He does not permit us to go to any other source other than Himself for wisdom, knowledge, guidance or power. The Discerning of Spirits is supernatural insight into the spiritual realm, in order to disclose the presence and operation of evil spirits. Frank Hammond highlights six key benefits of this spiritual gift to believers.

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