How to Discern Spirits

How to discern spirits
How to discern spirits

Do you know how to discern spirits? There are only two spirits:-

1. Spirit of God (Holy Spirit)

2. Spirit of Satan (Evil Spirit)

The two spirits are in the world fighting to bring many people to their kingdom. Many people, even Christians, have been and are being deceived by the evil spirit because many cannot discern spirits.

There are many people preaching but not all are powered by the Holy Spirit and not all are preaching Jesus Christ.

Some are powered by the evil spirit (Satan) while others are powerfully powered by the Holy Spirit. All are in the world now carrying out their assignments and duties as assigned by their masters.

How to discern spirits

The power powering a person reveals who they are and the master they are serving. There are two ways to discern spirits;

Ways of discerning spirits

1. Gift of Spiritual discernment

This is a gift of the Holy Spirit and not every person has it.

The gift of spiritual discernment differentiates spirits.

I remember meeting a boy, whom have never seen and for the first time just by looking at me he said, ‘you are saved‘.  I enquired to know more about him and i found out that just by looking at people this boy can discern spirits and i was amazed.

Different individuals have different gifts according to Jesus Christ grace and will. Then if you do not have the gift of discerning spirits, how do you discern spirits?

These the way revealed to me by God when i visited heaven.

2. The name ‘Jesus Christ’.

There is a name above all names in the world and the agents of Satan and even Satan cannot say this name.

Phil: 2:9-11 therefore God has also highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

But the bible goes further to say that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, why?

When you say the name Jesus Christ, you acknowledge that Jesus is Christ and Lord but when you say ‘Jesus’ alone without ‘Christ‘ you have not acknowledged Him as the Christ.

The name ‘Jesus’ is a Jewish name like any other name. There are many people named the name ‘Jesus’ and even demons bear this name.

Acts 13:6…they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus.

There are so many ‘Jesus-es‘ but only one ‘Jesus Christ’ and saying the name ‘Jesus’ does not mean you are talking of  ‘Jesus Christ’.

The devil is deceiving many people for not understanding this.

Satan has his own demons named ‘Jesus’ and many powered by him will utter the name ‘Jesus’ referring to these demons. You will hear a preacher utter the name ‘Jesus’ all day long but not ‘Jesus Christ’.

People powered by the evil spirit cannot say the name ‘Jesus Christ’ because it is acknowledging that Jesus is Christ.

Have seen and heard many people calling themselves ‘servants of God’ who cannot say the name ‘Jesus Christ’ but they will utter the name ‘Jesus’ more than a thousand times preaching or teaching.

Jesus said, ‘for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am Christ.

The word, ‘I am Christ’ is quoted meaning they will not acknowledge Him as Christ but acknowledge themselves as the Christ i.e. they will not say Jesus is Christ thus call Him ‘Jesus Christ’.

There is power in the name ‘Jesus Christ’

The name ‘Jesus Christ’ is powerful than any other name and it sends shivers into the devilish kingdom.

It is in the name ‘Jesus Christthat apostles and all true men of God used to perform  miracles and signs not just the name  ‘Jesus’.

Jesus power is only released when we acknowledge Him as Christ, by calling Him  ‘Jesus Christ’.

In the bible, all miracles and signs done by the early apostles like Paul, peter and John were done in the name of Jesus Christ not just Jesus. 

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have given I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise and walk (Acts 3:6).

(Acts 2:38) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The name is ‘Jesus Christ’ not just Jesus. The name ‘Jesus Christ’ acknowledges Jesus is Christ.

In today’s world and even in the churches, miracles and signs are performed only by the mention of the name ‘Jesus’ not ‘Jesus Christ’. Christians open up your eyes.

A person;

  1. Who can say the name  ‘Jesus Christ’ is powered by the Holy Spirit
  2. A man who cannot utter the name  ‘Jesus Christ’ is powered by the evil spirit
  3. Miracles or signs performed only by the name ‘Jesus’ are not from God

Be careful and prayerful and know how to discern spirits; how to differentiate power or works of the Holy Spirit and the evil spirit.

Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand


  1. I just want to ask a question. You said that not even satan cannot say the name of Jesus. But I have found a few references in the bible where demons have said his name. In acts 19 and mark 5. I believe that evil spirits can also say the name of Jesus which can be dangerous for us because this can be misleading but the real part of discerning spirits is by what they speak, is it truth or lies? To know the difference you need to know the word of God well enough to discern between the two. Rat poison to catch and kill rats is make up of 10% rat food and 90% poison so the rat thinks it is eating food but then later realises it has been poisoned. We must be careful because satan can use the word of God against us as seen in the bible (Matt 4:6). In one example satan deceives Adam and Eve by mixing a bit of truth with lies when he told them about the forbidden fruit, yes he was correct in saying that we would be like gods knowing good from evil but he did not tell the whole truth and they were deceived. So in summing up know the word of God because the word is God (John 1:1) so you can discern between the truth and lies so you will not be deceived. God Bless.

  2. Dear brother in Jesus Christ,
    I wondered about the truth in this post. Thanks for the Bible references that you have quoted. May GOD bless you with his truth.

  3. so i would love to have the gift of discerning of spirits, Must I be called by God to have this gift of the Spirit or can i ask God for it?

    • Amen

      Jesus Christ gives people gifts according to His will not our will.

      Eph 4:7: But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

      We can ask and God have favor on us. You can ask and be given but it is according to His will not our will

      Be blessed

  4. Thank you for sharing this, I have realized an extremely powerful truth and thank our Lord Jesus Christ for leading me to your page.

  5. This is a volatile issue,more so because of the time we are in. The false prophet is around, and as Joshua has said, many cannot differentiate spirits, bacause of Luke warmness. In lukewarm state, one can buy from the two spirits. Deception is greater in lukewarmness 2 Cor 12:1-5. I have encountered devil worshippers confessing how they camflouge(sp), one said he was authorised to use name Jesus not more than 3 times a day. If he did he got convulsions. These people are in spiritual churches, changing worship of real God to a false cross , false salvation through Bar Jesus as Joshua said, but many Christians do not know. They just disconnect a whole service from heaven and inject spirit of entertainment, so people dance n sing, not knowing they are dancing under influence of Bar Jesus to some golden calf.
    Discernment even though its a gift, its highly required and God freely gives those who seek, through exercise of their senses by staying in spirit of God(word of God), Hebrews 5:14. Without biblical foundation n understanding discernment is hard, because one cannot easily understand what God is saying even if spoken to audibly.
    A good example in practical discernment is attending a church whose altar colours are like mainly black n red. When we watch Nigerian movies we see all witch doctors altars with such a colour. Would you for real say an altar looking like one for Oga is of true God without getting more details maybe from the founder to know why the choice of colours. Since many have called themselves they may not be Satanic parse, but may choose colours of their fancy, but remember God chose colours for his altar himself, n he will do today for his chosen servants.
    Many false prophets of today use the word Lord/ Bwana more. They however rarely add christ to Jesus as Joshua said. If spirit of God is in yu, there will be an internal conflict with the satanic spirit. Spirit of satan n satan agree, spirit of God n God agree, spirit of God n of Satan conflict. When Luke warm, spirit of God is so depressed by the body so the body is ruling. The body automatically agrees with satans spirit, thus many in our generation cannot tell when spirit of God is in action or when Beliar is acting for the body ruling easily agrees with Beliar/Satan but conflicts with spirit of God.Many dont know that Devil worshippers are now the most active people in churches, always being there, leading praise n worship, in intercessors groups. They have amazing availability, giving more, but they are wolves, as Joshua yu said in another article, dangerous people, goats leading sheep out of the fold of Jesus to eat them out there. Paul wrote, desire the best gifts…1Cor 12:31, and discernment is among them in times we live in.

  6. I have heard with my own ears, non religious, non believers declaring the Name of Jesus Christ…..HOWEVER, it is said as a ‘cuss word’ and not anything other…….
    Sometimes they add an ‘H’ in the middle….. (not sure why) as in Jesus H Christ….. :/
    Then at other times it’s just plain Jesus Christ!
    So how do you fit this fact into what you are trying to explain to us? I’m very curious.
    I understand it a tad different than you and am trying to figure out His Truth…..
    Thank you ahead of time for the answer to this question. 🙂

  7. Tammy I have to say your point makes null the statement that those who do not walk with God cannot say Christ with Jesus. I, myself, believe the name to mean the character and authority behind the literal name. Those who have Christ Jesus indwelling will walk His walk and thus His power will also be with them to do His will. You shall know them by their fruits…if they walk and talk like Christ (in Spirit and in truth) then they are of God. God’s prophets are also accurate 100% of the time. There is NEVER error in their prophecies whereas the devil’s prophets might be accurate even 85% of the time but they are NEVER 100% accurate.
    In terms of discernment I have had experiences with such. I have seen shadows in the eyes of very disturbed individuals and I, throughout life, have been given words or images in my mind describing people’s darkest secrets; things I could not possibly know of my own accord. Others with the gift of discernment may have different experiences; I just thought I would share mine. God bless you 🕊

  8. To expand on numbers or types of spirits beyond what Joshua has stated is delving purely in semantics or expansion on what is concisely stated in the author’s passage above.

    From the very beginning as in Genesis the Holy Bible tells us the same: that God divided the light from the darkness and thereafter spiritual discussions are defined in terms of good and evil, Godly or satanic, children of God vs children of satan, etc
    Or quite simply as already stated in terms of the spirit:
    1) of God (Holy Spirit) or
    2) of satan (evil spirit)

    1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (prove) the spirits whether they are of God: … 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, …..

    When all else raises question, we need to read the Bible again (as it says without adding, or taking away)

    Joshua Munguti, thank you once again for your straightforward descriptions.