Developing a Spirit-Led Intuition
by Benjamin Richard
Human Beings are God’s Design
From time to time, I do a teaching on God’s design of the human being. God has created every human being in three parts: body, soul, and spirit. The body, is made up of our flesh, bones and blood. The soul is made up of the mind (thought life), emotions and the will (our decision-making ability), but what about the spirit?
I firmly believe that everyone is spiritual, and everyone is on a journey through time. We are not human beings going through a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings going through a human experience.
In the Bible, we are told a story in the second chapter of the book of Mark where it says that Jesus “perceived in His spirit what they were thinking in their hearts” (Mark 2:8). This is one of the few cases in the Gospels where it seems to point out that Jesus had the ability to perceive the thoughts and motives of those around Him.
To Christians, this is commonly known as ‘discernment’ or a ‘word of knowledge’, but to someone who is not a Christian, it would be seen as a ‘sixth sense’ or ‘an intuitive thought’. Jesus seemed to have had a Spirit-led intuition that enabled Him to feel and perceive things that would otherwise have never been known to Him if he had to use the five natural senses of a human being (to feel, touch, hear, taste and smell).
Being ‘led by the Spirit’ is a common pursuit of the Christian believer, but there is very little teaching on how to be led by the Spirit.
Led by the Spirit
Most Christians are told to read their Bible and have their minds renewed so that they may be led by the Spirit of God in their daily lives.
Although I agree that Bible reading, prayer, and meditation is imperative to learning to be led by the Spirit, we often find ourselves in situations where we need to make ‘snap judgments’ and quick decisions in order to move ahead.
I believe that one of the things that can make a Christian believer seem different to everyone around them is their ability to see, perceive and hear things that no one else can.
In a world full of chaos and noise, I believe that God can speak to His people, having given them “eyes to see, and ears to hear” what no one else is able to.
Intuition is a component of the human spirit that God uses to communicate to, and communicate through, to the world around us.
Trust Your Intuition
Imagine being able to trust your intuition because you recognise it as one of the ways that God communicates with you. I understand that this may sound a little far-fetched as an idea, because it could mean the disruption of our daily, ordered lives, but when it comes to being Spirit-led, Jesus said something interesting in the way He described it.
He said: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8).
We have all had those ‘random’ thoughts that pop up out of nowhere. These are thoughts that do not seem to have a trail of traceable thoughts preceding them, and we often wonder where these ‘random’ thoughts even came from.
Upon closer inspection, it almost seems as though these ‘random’ thoughts were deposited in our minds by some external source, and we are reluctant to pay attention to them, trust them, claim them as the ‘voice of God’ or even act upon them.
Imagine going about your everyday life, whether at work, with family, or with friends, and being able to trust your ‘gut instinct’ (intuition) when it comes to the decisions you make and the courses of action you take. If we were to truly allow ourselves to be led by God’s Spirit, it could mean that God would disrupt our plans, in order to align them with His. This would be risky, but also much more rewarding than we would ever realise.
Benjamin Richard is a gifted communicator who serves as a spiritual advisor, cultural architect, and senior leader of The Gatekeepers (Dubai), one of the fastest-growing Churches in the United Arab Emirates.