Suspicion: The Evil Twin of Discernment
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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
April 3, 2016

In the last days we need prophetic discernment.

  • We have false teachers, prophets & believers in a spiritually polluted atmosphere
    • We need to be pure in our discernment so the enemy we need discernment for doesn’t come in the back door through suspicion.

The Prophetic Ministry, Rick Joyner: Being wrongly suspicious gives a twisted view of the object of that suspicion, the mind is devoid of the ability to view the other person objectively, and the reasoning is drowned in the muddled water of suspicion and fear.”

When suspicion is repeatedly used it can open a door to a demon of suspicion that then feeds the person more suspicion.

  • There are two healthy processes that we are to do:
  1. Spiritual discernment where we pick things up in our spirit and through the Holy Spirit
  2. Natural examination where we determine if something is right based on it lining up biblically
    1. Both can be polluted by inward things like selfish ambition, jealousy, envy, pride, etc.
    2. Both can be polluted by outward things like gossip, faultfinding, superficial judging, etc.

Suspicion (Dictionary):

  • a feeling or thought that something is possible, likely, or true
  • the act or an instance of suspecting something wrong without proof or on slight evidence


  • When suspicions are left unchecked they can cause us to be suspicious.

Suspicious (Dictionary):

  1. having or showing a cautious distrust of someone or something.
  2. causing one to have the idea or impression that something or someone is of questionable, dishonest, or dangerous character or condition.
  3. having the belief or impression that someone is involved in an illegal or dishonest activity

1 Timothy 6:3-5 AMP 3 But if anyone teaches otherwise and does not assent to the sound and wholesome messages of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and the teaching which is in agreement with godliness (piety toward God), 4 He is puffed up with pride and stupefied with conceit, [although he is] woefully ignorant. He has a morbid fondness for controversy and disputes and strife about words, which result in (produce) envy and jealousy, quarrels and dissension, abuse and insults and slander, and base (NKJV evil) suspicions, 5 And protracted wrangling and wearing discussion and perpetual friction among men who are corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, who imagine that godliness or righteousness is a source of profit [a moneymaking business, a means of livelihood]. From such withdraw.

Suspicion is the direct result of jealousy and self-promotion:

  • 1 Timothy 6:5 AMP who imagine that godliness or righteousness is a source of profit
  • 1 Samuel 18:8-9 NAS 8 Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?" 9 Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.

We have the power to control our thoughs

  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NAS 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ

Joyner, Rick (1996-03-01). The Final Quest: The demonic army was so large that it stretched as far as I could see. It was separated into divisions, with each carrying a different banner. The foremost divisions marched under the banners of Pride, Self-Righteousness, Respectability, Selfish Ambition, Unrighteous Judgment, and Jealousy. There were many more of these evil divisions beyond my scope of vision, but those in the vanguard of this terrible horde from hell seemed to be the most powerful. The leader of this army was the Accuser of the Brethren himself. The weapons carried by this horde were also named. The swords were named Intimidation; the spears were named Treachery; and the arrows were named Accusation, Gossip, Slander, and Faultfinding. Scouts and smaller companies of demons with such names as Rejection, Bitterness, Impatience, Unforgiveness, and Lust were sent in advance of this army to prepare for the main attack.

$$ love believes all things

We get into manipulation often through gossip when we act improperly on suspicions.

  • 2 Corinthians 12:20 AMP For I am fearful that somehow or other I may come and find you not as I desire to find you, and that you may find me too not as you want to find me — that perhaps there may be factions (quarreling), jealousy, temper (wrath, intrigues, rivalry, divided loyalties), selfishness, whispering, gossip, arrogance (self-assertion), and disorder among you.
  • 1 Timothy 5:13 AMP Moreover, as they go about from house to house, they learn to be idlers, and not only idlers, but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not say and talking of things they should not mention.


Suspicion is a result of immaturity

  • Ephesians 4:13-15 NAS 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming

We open to deception when we believe what is wrong

  • 2 Timothy 4:3-5 NAS 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 NAS 11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

Suspicion is done away with by verifying the facts before acting or reacting

  • Ephesians 4:13 and of the knowledge of the Son of God

How to properly walk out “feeling” something:

  1. You can pray about any thought or sensing
  2. Don’t act or react until you’ve gathered verification
  3. Even when you’ve gathered verification, use it maturely to edify and not tear down


Hebrews 5:14 NAS But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil

Love is another key to staying out of suspicion

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 AMP 4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].