SPIRITUAL PERCEPTION, SPIRITUAL SENSES, JULY 21. 2010

I’m sure most of you have heard the song, “I’m Only Human” with the lyrics, “I’m only human.  I’m just a man/woman.”  Sad to say most Christians believe that but the truth is we are a spirit.  We are born from heaven above by the spirit of God and so we are not just human but we are supernatural spirit beings.  We should be thinking about this and talking about this all of the time or else we will be talking and singing, “I’m only human.  I’m just a man/woman.”  And live in that natural, carnal, limited to the human realm where God seems far off from us and we can’t hear His voice.

Of course you know my purpose at God’s Word Alive and God’s Word Alive Blog is to encourage and empower Christians with God’s Word so they live no longer as mere men/women out of the vanity of their minds but they live as the new man in Christ Jesus in the glory of God and this also is the reason I write this blog.  Writing this blog I want you to realize that you are not just human but you are first and foremost a spirit being possessing five spiritual senses with which you can contact the spirit realm and see in the spirit, hear in the spirit, taste in the spirit, touch things in the spirit and smell in the spirit; having spiritual perception or discernment through your spirit man while at the same time pick up on things in the natural realm.

This is exactly what happened to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden all the time and so they could see and hear in the spirit realm and the physical realm at the same time.  This was normal for them.  They walked and talked with God while in the Garden on planet earth.  Through the rebirth of our spirit we can expect to experience the same and know God just as intimately and come to the place where His voice is totally clear to us.

Jesus living as a man anointed by the Holy Spirit on this earth had the same ability of sensing things in the spirit, picking up on things in the spirit and in the natural all at the same time and He is our example.  Jesus perceived by the spirit what some religious men were thinking.  He perceived supernatural power flowing out of Him.  Jesus picked up on things in the spirit by His spirit man all of the time.  He was focused on what God the Father was speaking to Him all of the time and what the Spirit of God was showing Him and that is why His ministry was so powerful.  We should have the same experience.

Let’s look at a scripture where Isaiah prophesied Jesus anointed by the Holy Spirit would live out of his spirit and would be discerning, perceiving things by His spirit.

Isa 11:2-4 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.KJV

Jesus judged things not by the sight of his natural eyes nor the hearing of his natural ears even though He was aware of things around Him through His physical senses but Jesus judged all things by the spirit man senses even while picking up on things naturally.  He saw people around him, heard their voices and felt the heat of the day but Jesus was always aware of his spirit man; picking up on the voice of the Father, or discerning by His spirit what the Holy Spirit was speaking to Him or showing Him.  This is our example to follow.

We are not just human but we are a spirit being capable of seeing and hearing in the spirit and if ever there was a time we need to pick up on the Father’s voice, the Holy Spirit’s guidance and angels speaking and ministering to us it is this day.

Jesus heard the voice of the Father and so can Christians today.  Jesus had guidance by the Holy Spirit of God and the Holy Spirit’s guidance is promised and available to every believer in Christ today.   Jesus had contact with angels who came and ministered to Him and this should be what every Christians can and should expect daily.  All of this is available to us as we exercise our spiritual senses daily and perceive, discern, have a witness and feel in the spirit.

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. KJV

Exercising these spiritual senses we learn to pick up on what Father God is speaking to us by His Spirit and cooperate with Him.   Father’s voice might sound at first like a clap of thunder as some expressed in the New Testament at Jesus’ baptism when Father spoke because they were so spiritually dull of hearing.  It might even sound like, as some thought, the voice of an angel or something supernatural.  But as we continue to exercise our spiritual senses we will begin to discern clearly the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to us and guiding us or this is an angel giving us a message from heaven or sense or feel this or that is what you are supposed to do about a particular situation or this is not the time I go to a certain place or move to a certain place or leave a job.  This is what is our capability as we exercise our spiritual senses.

By reason of use we train our spiritual senses to discern between good and evil and by reason of use our spiritual senses can make distinction between the voice of the Father, the voice of Jesus and the voice of the Holy Spirit and the voice of angels and discern what they are speaking, showing us and where they are leading us.  Our mind is like in the middle point of a titter-totter with our physical senses on one end and the spirit man’s senses on the other end and in order for us to hear the voice of Father God or Jesus or the Holy Spirit or angels we have to train ourselves to continually switch back and forth between our spiritual senses and our natural senses.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  KJV

The Holy Spirit is going to speak to us while we are on this earth and He going to do it in three ways; He is going to guide, speak and show us things to come.  Two out of the three ways He is going to speak to us is nonverbal.  And so we need to exercise our spiritual senses and pick up on what He is speaking to us.  You may have  a strong prompting to call a person you haven’t seen in a long time and when you call they are in deep depression and you are able to minister to them and find solutions to their problems.  You might feel strongly you shouldn’t go your regular route to work and find out later you avoided an accident.  We need to hear God speak to us but just as importantly we need to obey immediately what He prompts us to do because it could be a life or death situation.

I believe many Christians can’t hear God speaking to them because they are so in touch with just the natural, physical realm.  Their every day life, time, energy, and focus is so much on carnal, natural living.

If we focused on these scriptures in Heb 5:14 and John 6:13 I just gave you and meditated them and received them as our way of life on this earth then we would have more and more spiritual perception and experience life in the spirit.  But let me tell you it will take some focus on these spiritual truths.  How much time are we seeking life in the spirit?  Remember what Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God.”  Paul tells us in Col 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. KJV So spiritual perception will take not only a desire but also your focus, your seeking after.

I’ll give you examples of the Holy Spirit speaking to you, which all of you probably have encountered something similar and didn’t realize that it was the Holy Spirit speaking to you:

You wanted to purchase an item from a store and one day you decide you will go to the store and buy this item; but every time you think about this you just have a feeling down in your spirit man that you shouldn’t go.  Instead of listening to this impression you go to the store and find they do not have the item in stock or it was not what you were wanting.  That was the Holy Spirit trying to tell you not to go to the store.  It’s small impressions like this that we must pay attention to and immediately be obedient so that we will continue to hear Him speak to us more clearly and learn this is one of the ways God speaks to us.

There are a lot of Christians who want God to speak to them, they want to hear God’s voice but they fail to realize that they may hear an audible voice and they might not.  They may just perceive something.  They may have an impression.  They may experience heaviness in their spirit about a situation.  This is the Holy Spirit speaking to them.

We are also able through our spiritual senses to pick up on angels that are around us who are here to help us and deliver messages to us from the Father.

I have just posted a section on my website, God’s Word Alive, called “Exercising You Spiritual Senses” and I explain how you can pick up on the presence of an angel and also how to distinguish the difference between the voice of the Holy Spirit and an angel.

With our spiritual senses we are able to pick up on demons and demonic things around us.  We are able to pick up on New Age and other religions which are not according to the Word of God.  We are also able to pick up on diseases and even death by the spiritual sense of smell.  Everything Satan does stinks in the spirit.  We are also able to pick up on heavenly scents.  We are able by our spiritual senses to pick up on a sin or an addiction someone is dealing with and given the opportunity we can bring deliverance to them.

We truly need to learn to exercise our spiritual senses so that we can hear God more clearly and live and move out of our spirit man so that from this vantage point we will out smart Satan and demons and stop their plans to kill, steal and destroy.

The Apostle Paul exercised his spiritual senses and avoided the plans of Satan to kill him and the crew members on board a ship.  He was able to receive help from an angel who gave him instruction what they were to do and also told Paul God would deliver them from this shipwreck they were headed for.  The situation turned out with no person losing their life because Paul exercised his spiritual senses and picked up on the plan of Satan to kill them but then he also was able to see and hear the angel who came to give him a message from the Lord they would be safe because God would intervene and then give them instruction of what to do.

All of us have a purpose or a God plan for our lives just as Moses, Joshua, David, Esther, Ruth in the bible and just as they knew for certain what that purpose was and moved in that direction and the completion of that plan; so too by our spiritual senses we will be able to hear God’s voice and perceive and discern our purpose and receive instruction how to move into that purpose and complete it as well.

If you want to hear the voice of God, if you want to avoid the plans of the enemy to kill, steal and destroy and if we want to know what the plan of God is for your life; then you must exercise your spiritual senses and obey immediately.

I encourage you to go to my recent post, “Exercising You Spiritual Senses”, and learn more about your spiritual senses and start living as the supernatural person you really are and no longer think or sing that song any longer, “I’m only human,” but start seeing in the spirit, hearing in the spirit, feeling things in the spirit, tasting in the spirit, and smelling in the spirit.


To better acquaint yourself with your new spirit man in Christ Jesus, Janie has published a book/e book, “In Him We Live, Move & Have Our Being” that is available for you to purchase on her website, http://www.godswordalive.com.

Description: In Him We Live, Move & Have Our Being let’s you know you don’t have to carry around another day that old dead, stinking, carnal man. Through over 186 In Him scriptures and powerful revealing scripture confessions this book/e-book reveals the new life in Christ Jesus. As you read The Liberty Jesus Secured for You by His Death, Burial & Resurrection, you will receive revelation of the liberty you now possess as a result of Christ’s finished work and realize you no longer have to rely on your own works to secure the Father’s unconditional love, divine healing and divine health, your eternal security, justification, and more. The book/e-book contains Heaven’s Death Certificate for the Old Man so you can fill it out and know for sure the old man was buried with Christ and you’re truly a new man alive in Christ Jesus. Scriptures and faith confessions of your new man in Christ will empower you to think, speak and act out of this new man in Christ.