“Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it’s enough.”
It was a feeling that became a thought. As I entered the room I could sense it, this anxiety. Like electricity in the air, or a bomb about to go off. My body tensed, and I felt the need to escape, to protect myself from whatever impending chaos awaited between these four walls. Is this intuition? A gut feeling? I forced myself to wait and sure enough, a fight ensued and everyone turned in shock at the sight as two men tackled and fell to the floor in a mess of limbs. Didn’t the others feel the violent emotions beforehand? The negative energy? The men were pulled apart and the feeling of anxiety ebbed away with the calming of their emotions. The room was at peace again.
As a child, I remember what it felt like to have these feelings of intuition. And now, as an adult, I’ve become even more aware of the emotions at work around me, in the seen and unseen realities. Can we always trust our gut? I don’t believe so, there have been many times I had needlessly worried or felt some sort of dread that ended up being baseless. I believe that our emotions can easily take over and if we allow them they can even obscure our ability to reason and think clearly. In other words, balance is key.
God created our minds, our hearts/emotions, and our senses that take in the information around us. The natural body reacts emotionally toward circumstances, while the soul, surrendered to God, filters emotion through the lens of its beliefs, such as Faith and Hope. Therefore, we can experience momentary sadness or worry toward a circumstance, and yet deep down, be hopeful and certain of the Truth we have stored there.
When it comes to intuition, the Bible does warn us of it’s potential to be misleading. Without the Holy Spirit as our guide/filter, we can be swayed by another spirit, the devil who loves to stir up such emotions in the hopes that it will lead us away from the truth.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” –Proverbs 16:25
“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” –Ephesians 6:16
That being said, a gut feeling from a heart surrendered to God isn’t something we should take lightly. The Holy Spirit often speaks through stirrings of the heart, and He gives us a sense of discernment. The more we become aware of Him and the unseen reality where angels and demons exist, the more we become in-tuned to those powers at work to either protect and build us up or attack and tear us down. Nothing is superficial, we aren’t fighting against people, the flesh and blood, but against the evil ones in this world seeking to take us captive (Ephesians 6:12). And so we must listen to our feelings and bring them before God, that they would be passed through discernment and weighed as either inconsequential or a window into something more.
“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.” –C. Joybell
“When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.” –Kahlil Gibran
Keep a journal, pause and reflect when you feel that “gut feeling” and don’t be tempted to let those feelings take control of you, but pray and seek God’s guidance, dismissing what He dismisses and digging deeper when He says, “there is more to discover here.” Who knows, perhaps you will begin to catch satan in the act before he even has a chance to strike. Ignoring the reality of God, the unseen spiritual reality, doesn’t make it go away but ultimately cripples us. We become blinded to attack and those who are blind to an attack may just strike the wrong people in defense. Becoming more aware is always a good thing, so long as we realize our place in this realm as children of God. No demon has the power to destroy our inheritance, and any power they have at all is only what we give them. Therefore, remove the veil from your eyes and prepare to fight the very one who seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. Fight him right where he is, in the spotlight, no longer whispering in the shadows, the true enemy of mankind.
Have you ever had a “gut feeling” that came to pass?
Do you have the gift of Discernment?