1 Corinthians 14:33 Amplified Bible
33 For He [Who is the source of their prophesying] is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order.
My personal definition of discernment is that of a Gift from the Lord when we take something to him asking for the truth to be made known. The Holy Spirit can guide each and everyone of God’s children so they have discernment in all things. We all need discernment when it comes to that of Spiritual World; otherwise we can easily become fooled by evil trying to disguise itself as good.
I don’t know if you could call this discernment as defined by the masses, but I sometimes get a feeling in my gut of “something just isn’t right”. That feeling can be when someone is using “Thus Sayeth The Lord” — when the Lord might not have been involved. It can also be felt when some preacher/teacher/pastor/prophet/prophetess is pushing man’s doctrine instead of preaching the true word of the Lord. Sometimes I can sense that there are lies present, just for the purpose of someone requiring an audience. I sometimes sense something isn’t right when someone says “The Lord Gave me a word” — but sometimes the Lord was never involved.
In summary, I think too many people are using “The Lord Gave Me A Word” and “Thus Sayeth The Lord” like the masses use when someone sneezes and says, “Bless You”. I do know the Lord does speak to us, but we need discernment in all things.
I can’t quote scripture, but I do know when someone is “twisting it” to benefit their own false belief systems. I don’t think it’s important to quote scripture, as much as it is to have the word imprinted on us. The Holy Spirit will guide us in the word. I also can’t quote much of anything else from the World either, but I can give summaries very easy.
There are a lot of people that can quote scripture cover-to-cover, but the word itself to them is empty. The word is not alive to them, it’s just a memory not used in real practice. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to guide us through the Living Word of the Lord.
Consider checking out this link on Spiritual Gift Of Discernment: http://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2010/08/08/8-signs-you-may-have-the-spiritual-gift-of-discernment/