Spiritual discernment goes hand in hand with prophetic ministry. Prophets, similar to apostles, deal with spiritual order, patterns, and structure. They are foundational and minister into belief systems (Ephesians 2:20).
Danger! prophecy without permission. Prophets should avoid low-level prophetic words and seek the safer high levels of spiritual accuracy. Presumptuous prophets prophesy because they can, but should they? Does a prophet need permission to prophesy? If one prophesies by faith alone is he or she in danger of tapping into a spirit of divination? If a prophet that has not been granted permission to prophesy and yet does, is he guilty of sin?
Prophetic ministry confronts evil spirits.As prophets are sent into the world there remains a constant effort by the prince of darkness to introduce prophetic defilement into prophetic ministry.Every move of God, time of refreshing, and relevant truth for a particular generation has battled demonic resistance.
Spirit of divination in prophetic ministry is one of the top ten pitfalls. Not every prophet makes it. Sexual sin, divination, witchcraft, seduction of power, fame, and fortune, and every evil thing will test the prophet's life and ministry. All prophets must keep their motives right before God.
Prophetic ministry prophets and priest must always guard against prophetic witchcraft. Jeremiah tells us about the rebellion hidden in the lives of profane prophets and priests. “And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err” (Jeremiah 23:13).
If one prophesies by faith alone is he or she in danger of tapping into a spirit of divination? If a prophet that has not been granted permission to prophesy and yet does, is he guilty of sin? Answers to these questions take us into advanced prophetic training.
Familiar spirits attack prophetic ministry. Prophetic ministry training includes discerning demonic powers and evil spirits. In prophetic ministry, prophets carry a great blessing for the body of Christ. They also have a significant responsibility guarding their ministries against demonic encroachment while avoiding familiar spirits.
Strange fire could include unusual manifestations such as gold dust, feathers, gems, and people barking like dogs and roaring like lions. Some experiences are vivid and compelling, but not from the Holy Spirit. The solution is trying the spirits with Biblical truth.A search through the Scripture gives no evidence that the Holy Spirit used any of these things to confirm God's Word. Others say female angels are healing people. Again, there is no evidence of the existence of female angels in the Word of God.
False Prophets from Jezebel's prophetic ministry can prophecy false words that can get you killed. Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbal, king of the Sidonians. Her father was the high priest of the goddess, Ashtoreth a female deity. She was given to wed Ahab, king of Israel, to form a covenant between the two nations. Jezebel was a wicked queen. She set out to murder the prophets of Jehovah by the thousands. The few that remained hid themselves in caves. Others compromised their prophetic ministries and gave themselves to her.