Discerning prophecy is a vital part of our spiritual maturity. Yet, not much discernment goes on when we gather together. With prophecy on the internet, even less discernment goes on.
In the inspired word of God given to us by the God of the Bible, the Word tells us we are to grow up in all things into Messiah. That includes discernment.
11 He gave some to be emissaries [apostles]; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the holy ones [the saints], to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Messiah, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah, 14 that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; 15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him who is the head, Messiah, 16 from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love. Ephesians 4
How is it then when we come together?
29 Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the others discern. 30 But if a revelation is made to another sitting by, let the first keep silent. 31 For you all can prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be exhorted. 32 The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, 33 for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the holy ones [saints]. 1 Corinthians 14
So 2 or 3 prophecy in our gathering and the others discern.
So, what do you discern? The most important is to discern what is of the Holy Spirit and what is not. Was the prophecy in accord with God’ Word in the Bible or not.
Every Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for convincing, for correction of error, and for instruction in right doing; so that the man [or woman] of God may himself be complete and may be perfectly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17 WNT
Did you discern the word of prophecy was of the Holy Spirit for edification exhortation or comfort. Or, was it of the flesh, appealing to the carnal mind.
1Dear friends, stop believing every spirit. Instead, test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2This is how you can recognize God’s Spirit: Every spirit who acknowledges that Jesus the Messiah has become human—and remains so—is from God. 3But every spirit who does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist. You have heard that he is coming, and now he is already in the world. 4Little children, you belong to God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5These people belong to the world. That is why they speak from the world’s perspective, and the world listens to them. 6We belong to God. The person who knows God listens to us. Whoever does not belong to God does not listen to us. This is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit. 1 John 4 ISV
Did the two or three prophecy in the same gist of the flow of the Spirit or did each go off in a different direction. God is not a God of confusion. The prophetic word from the two or three builds on and reinforces what the Spirit is saying to your gathering.
So, what do you do if you discern what is prophesied is right on. You receive it from the Holy Spirit. If it is for edification, you are built up in your spirit and rejoice. If it is for exhortation, you set your spirit to walk worthy of the Lord. If it is for consolation, you feel better.