One way we discern the spirits is by looking for Jesus in all that is said and done. Is Jesus lifted up? Is He glorified? Is what is said something He would say? Is what is done something He would do? After it is said and done, are we feeling encouraged, exhorted, and edified?
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. When we feel oppressed, fearful and defeated it is not of God. We recognize faith vs. fear by detecting flesh vs. Spirit. Anything that comes to elevate anyone is not of God. We have to guard against words that tell us we will be famous; we are called to the nations! Of course personal prophecy will relate to us and will say things about us, but the focus will be about who the Lord is and what He will do in and through us. It’s never about how great we are, but always how great He is.
Does what we are hearing identify with “self” or “Him?” It is important to identify who is being exalted. The enemy, satan, comes to lift up flesh and feed the ego of man. The Holy Spirit always comes to lift up Jesus! When the Lord is being glorified, we grow in faith and grace and are lifted to a place of worshipping Him! More of Him is the fruit we look for in every situation, from glory to glory!
John 16:14-15 “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”