Let’s look at another example of perceiving in the spirit we find in the life of Paul recorded in Acts 14:
Acts 14:8-10 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked:9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. KJV
This man Paul encountered had been a cripple from his mother’s womb. While this man was listening to Paul speak, Paul stared at him, Paul locked his eyes on the man and perceived in his spirit this man had faith to be healed. And Paul with a loud voice said to the lame man, “Stand upright on thy feet,” And the man was healed and he leaped and walked.
Notice Paul had to steadfastly lock his eyes upon the lame man because Paul had been teaching a group of people. Paul’s natural senses were working and he was thinking and speaking and he is looking at everybody’s body language and the rest of what is going on there. Paul’s mind was in the middle of that titter-totter, like I mentioned earlier, with his physical senses on one end and his spirit man’s senses on the other end and he was switching back and forth between his spiritual senses and his natural senses and once Paul sees this lame man he knows, something happens in Paul’s spirit when he looks into this man’s eyes. In Paul’s spirit he sensed this man has faith to be healed. So Paul locked eyes on the man because Paul needed to determine within himself that this man had faith to be healed.
I believe if Paul had not discerned this man’s faith to be healed then he would not have been healed. But Paul exercised his spiritual senses and picked up on this man’s faith to be healed.
This is why it is important we exercise or by reason of use we switch back and forth from the physical senses to the spiritual senses and then we are able to discern or pick up on things in the spiritual realm.