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CCR Diocese of Parramatta
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Prayer ministry

Discerning through the help of the Holy Spiritholyspirit-heart

The Holy Spirit gives life to the Church by showing its people what God wants them to do in continuing the works of Christ Jesus. 

As Discernment is a spiritual gift from God, it’s essential to constantly pray for it. When we lead a life of prayer, we grow deeper in our faith and in our relationship with God. Thus, this wonderful Gift of Discernment becomes part of who we were created to be.

However, we need to understand that the Lord will use our unique talents and/or skills when exercising this gift to accomplish His plan, based on our own authentic experiences supplemented by our background training and understanding the teachings of the Catholic faith.

It’s true that Discernment is a process but I’d say it’s more than just a process; and we know it’s impossible to just frame a doctrine of the Holy Spirit into a formal system.  In other words we have to distinguish between what is ‘true’ and what is ‘false’; what are the ‘primary’ and the ‘secondary’ prophecies.

We are called to ask the Holy Spirit for the Gift of Discernment always. So we really need to ‘learn to discern’ and not ‘yearn to discern’

The Guidelines for Discernment is just ‘that’ and for our next year’s Holy Spirit Mission, these are the main things to look for in discerning about something:

  • Does it exalt Jesus Christ?

“Is the prophecy focussed on Jesus and His good news? Because of that, I want to make it quite clear to you that no one who says ‘A curse on Jesus’ can be speaking in the Spirit of God, and nobody is able to say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit.”  (1 Cor 12:3)

“Is the prophecy governed by love? If not it’s worthless.” (1 Cor 13:1-3)

 

  •  Is it Scriptural and based on the theme of the day?

 The prophecy should direct us to Scripture, not away from it.

 “And when they say to you; ‘Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter. Should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?

To the law and to the testimony; if they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”  (Isaiah 8:19-20)

 It’s important for us to note that the ‘Scripture principle’ is not there to hold the Spirit in chains.

We know that Scripture does not always directly address most matters. This is to be understood in the light of Christ, instead of expecting direct scriptural reference.

In other words, the prophecy does not speak against Scripture or against the teachings of the Magisterium. That it is rooted at the heart of our Christian beliefs, not focussed on persons, ideas or ideologies. And that is the truth, not rooted in a lie or distortion.

 

  • Do others who are filled with the Holy Spirit confirm it?

 “But the Spirit gives life”  (2Cor 2:3)

 Is this prophecy said by others, perhaps in a different form?

On a personal level, God will speak to us through the Holy Spirit, through Scripture and also through our team members, confirming the prophecy.

 

  •  What fruit does it bear?

 “On the other hand, the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control; no law can touch such things as these.”  (Gal 5:22-23

 Do we have peace?

 This is one of the better reasons for the team rejecting prophecy/ies.

We may encounter a time when we don’t want to receive some prophecies so this will naturally cause us to be confused, which could result in us not having the ‘peace’ and thus, we get deceived.

In that particular instance, we need to stop the discerning and pray with each other invoking the Spirit of the Lord to guide us as He is the only One who sees the ‘heart’, thus, leading us to the truth of our true motives and real intentions.

As faithful servants of God, the peace of His Son Jesus comes upon us; and this is the kind of peace only He can give.

 

Prayer Ministry Courses for 2015:

 Course Level 1                    Course Level 2

(4-day course)                        (4-day course)

21-22 March 2015 &            5-6 September 2015 &

28-29 March 2015                12-13 September 2015