Discernment is ever so vital in this hour, but discernment can turn into a critical spirit if it’s not bound by love on both sides of the river banks. Indeed, whether you have a discerning heart or the gift of discerning of spirits, there’s always the danger of tapping into a faultfinding flow when you should be making intercession.
At Awakening House of Prayer—or when I travel as a conference speaker—I discern many things out of order in people’s lives. I recognize the spirit of rejection from a mile away and fear from even farther. I can see pride, poor attitudes and people imprisoned to any number of fleshly appetites or demon powers. I’ve discovered it’s easier to grumble and complain about people who behave wrongly than it is to hit my knees with a prayer burden and cry out to God for their freedom. But it’s not righteous, so I guard my heart from a critical spirit.