7 Tips for Enhancing Your Gift of Discernment

By Rachale Kelley

Spirit of Discernment
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Why do some of us seem to have a better spirit of discernment than others? Perhaps you believe that you lack the gift of discernment all together. Your spirit is constantly giving you feedback. You’re either not receiving the message or you’re misinterpreting the signs. When you’re uncertain about how to proceed, your gift can provide valuable feedback.

It’s a mistake to only rely on logic when you have other tools at your disposal. Give your gift a chance.

Learn to cultivate and use your gift of discernment:

1. Practice addressing and listening to your gift of discernment. You probably already do this, just not at a sufficient level. When faced with multiple possibilities, give your gift of discernment to chime in. Start with little things. “Should I visit someone at the hospital or stay at home? 

Ask yourself these types of questions as they come up in your life and notice the response you receive.

2. Notice how your spirit of discernment communicates with you. It might be in the form of a verbal response.        In many cases, you’ll get a feeling in your body that might take the form of a feeling in your stomach, chest, or head. It could reveal itself as a sense of calmness, knowing or anxiety.

  • You already experience these types of feelings. When faced with something you fear, your gift of discernment is speaking to you. You already know how that feels. You also know when something feels “right.”
  1. Follow your gift of discernment blindly in trivial matters. Show the holy spirit that you’re willing to listen. When faced with non-pressing matters, such as whether to have a cup of coffee or tea, just do what your spirit tells you. You might go for a joy ride and allow your spirit to choose all the turns. Pay attention to where you end up!
  1. Meditation helps. The holy spirit might be talking to you, but you’re not getting the message. With everything else going on in your head, you might not even notice that your spirit is trying to communicate with you. Meditation can quiet the mind enough to notice what the Holy Spirit is saying.
  1. Spend time in a new environment. Your thoughts and feelings become habits that are partially dependent on your surroundings. You tend to think and feel a certain way at home. The same goes for work.
  • Give your spirit of discernment room to maneuver by spending time someplace out of the ordinary for you. Time at the library, park, coffee shop or a prayer room might open the lines of communication.
  1. Do something that engages your mind at a low level. Have you ever noticed that many of your best ideas come while taking a shower, driving down the highway, or mowing the grass? It’s because your mind is partially occupied. You have to pay attention to what you’re doing, but your mind isn’t so engaged that it can’t wander a bit.
  2. Keep track of your results. In general, is your gift of discernment providing helpful and accurate feedback? Notice the situations where the results are positive and those that are negative. You’ll be able to trust your gift in more areas of your life over time.

It’s important to understand that your intuition is flawed. It’s flawed because of your fears and misconceptions. For example, you’ll never get a good vibe about spending time with someone new if you have social anxiety issues.

However, the Holy Spirit knows all things and already has a lot of life experience. The vast wisdom from those two things is locked inside of you. Your spirit uses that information to guide you – if you’ll listen.

My sister I encourage you to listen today, He will guide you into all truth!

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About the Author

Rachale Kelley teaches moms who desire to be home & present with their children, how to face her fears & develop skills and strategies that will help her quit her job, conquer overwhelm, believe in herself and find her voice so that she can experience true freedom in her life.

She has been married for 25 years. Has 3 children, the youngest diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

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