The Discerner

James W. Goll

The Discerner

Course Overview

Satan’s number one weapon is deception, and the church’s number one need is discernment. In The Discerner, we invite you on an enlightening journey of discovery into God’s revelation for us in today’s world. This course is designed to empower you with the ability to receive divine revelation, enabling you to walk confidently in the supernatural guidance of God and extend the powerful kingdom of Jesus on earth.

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn to recognize and receive guidance from God.
  • Understand how God communicates with us through our senses.
  • Develop the ability to tell if a message is from God or not.
  • Discover how to avoid deception and pitfalls.
  • Find out how divine revelation helps fulfill God’s plan on Earth.
  • Grow in your confidence to walk in God’s guidance and power.

Who Should Take This Course:

The Discerner course is designed for individuals seeking a deeper connection with God, a heightened ability to receive His guidance, and a solid foundation in discernment. It’s open to all those who desire to walk in the supernatural power of God with confidence


1. Surrendering Your Senses to the Holy Spirit

“Surrendering Your Senses to the Holy Spirit,” emphasizes the need for spiritual growth and discernment in the Christian journey. James W. Goll discusses the importance of faith, presents the idea of “solid food for the mature,” and mentions a personal encounter with Jesus and the concept of the “golden anointing.”

2. Seeing: You Have More than One Set of Eyes

This session discusses the importance of opening the eyes of one’s heart to gain spiritual insight and revelations. It highlights the distinction between a prophet and a seer in the Hebrew language, emphasizing the significance of recording visions and encourages creating a culture of faith. 

3. Hearing: Whatever He Hears, He Will Speak

This session discusses the theme of hearing the voice of the Spirit of Truth, emphasizing the importance of listening to God’s guidance and communication. It highlights the significance of humility, hunger, and understanding in spiritual listening, as well as distinguishing between God’s voice and the voice of evil. 

4. Feeling: From the Heart Flows the Issues of Life

This session focuses on the importance of watching over one’s heart, understanding the role of emotions and compassion in both God and humans, and the significance of burden-bearing in prayer. James W. Goll emphasizes the need to feel and discern good and evil spirits, offering insights from the life of Cindy Jacobs.

5. Tasting, Smelling and Other Leadings

This session discusses the heightened senses of taste and smell in a spiritual context, drawing inspiration from biblical scriptures and figures like Helen Keller and Patricia King. It emphasizes the importance of discerning good and evil through these senses and encourages a deeper connection with the Holy Spirit for guidance.

6. Knowing: The Sixth Sense

This session discusses the concept of “Knowing” as a spiritual sense, emphasizing the importance of discerning the source of one’s experiences and understanding that believers can have the mind of Christ through faith. It also touches on various biblical references related to knowledge and concludes with a prayer for divine knowledge and understanding.

7. Testing the Spirits: Don’t Believe Every Spirit!

This session discusses the importance of testing spiritual revelations and discerning their source, emphasizing the need to avoid naivety in believing every spirit and highlighting various biblical tests of divine revelation. James W. Goll also shares examples and insights from the life of Derek Prince, a prominent British Bible teacher and deliverance ministry pioneer, and concludes with a prayer for increased discernment.

8. The Spirit of Deception: Seductive and Manipulative

This session underscores the need to be alert to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, emphasizing the importance of being forewarned and prepared. It also stresses the significance of knowing the nature of evil spirits and walking in the light to prevent manipulation and deception.

9. Exposing Demonic Influences: Setting the Captives Free

This session outlines the theme of setting captives free, referencing Luke 4:17-20, and explores the author’s revelation and conviction regarding their purpose. It also delves into the concepts of religious spirits, political spirits, fear and intimidation, and the spirit of the Antichrist, providing insights and scriptural references. 

10. Staying Out of Satan’s Traps: Wisdom to Avoid Common Pitfalls

This session discusses the importance of staying out of Satan’s traps by recognizing common pitfalls and offers teachings on various spiritual concepts, including the disguise of evil as good, the influence of Jezebel and Ahab, the dangers of pride, and the impact of offense. James W. Goll emphasizes the need for discernment and wisdom to avoid these traps and concludes with a prayer for divine guidance and protection against spiritual pitfalls.

11. Creating a Culture of Faith: Ingredients for a Safe House

This session discusses the importance of creating a culture of faith and overcoming fear. James W. Goll emphasizes the victory of Christ, the transfer of authority to believers, the power of proclamation, and the role of community in fostering faith. 

12. Revelation’s Ultimate Purpose: When the Word Becomes Flesh

This session explores the call to incarnational Christianity and the importance of prophetic revelation in revealing the testimony of Jesus and the Lordship of Christ. James W. Goll also highlights the role of spiritual warfare, walking in the Spirit of Christ, and cultivating a culture of honor to become authentic ambassadors of hope.

Apstolic-Prophetic Module


12 Sessions

11 hrs 45 min

About the Instructor

James W. Goll

God Encounters

James W. Goll is the founder of God Encounters Ministries and Global Prayer Storm. He is an international bestselling author, an adviser to leaders and ministries, and a recording artist. James has traveled around the world ministering in more than fifty nations sharing the love of Jesus, imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. His goal is to “win for the Lamb the rewards of His suffering.” James has recorded numerous classes with corresponding curriculum kits and is the author of more than fifty books, including The Lifestyle of a Prophet, The Lost Art of Intercession, The Seer, The Discerner, and The Mystery of Israel and the Middle East.