The Bible advocates using intuitive abilities

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The Bible advocates using intuitive abilities

Life is an ongoing exercise in seeking balance. Take something great and use it wrong and you’ll most likely get disappointing results. The same is true of our god-given sixth sense, whether it be a psychic inkling, dream message or visit from a guardian angel.

I’ve met  people who’ve been blessed with great intuitive abilities, yet ignored them because they’re frightened this gift must be of Satan. Here’s why I disagree with these people and why I believe God gave us psychic skills to foster our spiritual growth.

Just about everything can be detrimental when poor judgment is used.

Living life fully requires an ability to differentiate between right and wrong. An asset, when used incorrectly, can harm us. Some illustrations are:

  • food is vital to keep the body healthy, but regularly overeating stresses the body’s systems;
  • prescription drugs manage disease, but their abuse can lead to addiction;
  • being trusting and open to others are crucial in forging meaningful relationships, but blindly trusting those you know nothing about is unwise.

Our intuitive gift is no different. We just need to learn how to use it and to discern the intent of the message we receive.

The Bible expects us to use our spiritual gifts.

This sacred text encourages us to tap into our intuition and to listen to the spirit messages we receive. In 1 Corinthians 14:39, Paul encourages parishioners to be open to spiritually-oriented psychic messages as he writes, “My brothers be eager to prophesy.”

Apostle John recognized that we receive messages from spirits and offered advice on how to discern the godly from the negative. 1 John 4:1 “Do not believe all spirits, but test each one to see whether they are from God….Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.”

Another way John said we can determine the intent of an intuitive communication is through the power of love. In 3:14, he wrote, “Anyone who does not love remains in death”; in 4:16, “God is love”; and in 4:18, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” So if a spirit communication conveys a message out of love or to foster love, it must be divinely inspired.

Similarly, the 14th century Christian mystic, Julian of Norwich, author of Revelations of Divine Love, expanded on this concept and wrote, “God is everything that is good and the goodness that everything possesses is God.”

As in all things there are light and dark sides. Without discernment and prayer, one may inadvertently interact with negative entities. So it is of paramount importance to fine-tune your discretion and your ability to judge the intent of a spirit’s message.

More on discernment next week.

 

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  1. Sharon Leong June 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I totally agree with your last paragraph, Kathleen. Discernment between positive and negative forces is key. If one seeks the positive, one must strive to become that which one seeks, i.e. keep a positive attitude, try to stay pure in both thought and feeling, and try not to fall prey to negative thoughts and emotions.

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  3. Roger July 30, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Thank you so very much for your inspirational article titled “The Bible advocates using intuitive abilities.” It is very uplifting and I would even say “exciting.”

    I am a 72-year-old retired pastor from a conservative Christian denomination. I am sad to see how often Christians judge and speak badly about the wonderful people who possess and exercise the lovely spiritual and intuitive (a.k.a. “psychic”) gifts. In all my reading of the New Testament I have not found any condemnation of the gifts, although the Old Testament does have some such condemnation.

    I am very strongly attracted to those gifts, even though I have not detected them in myself. God intends that the gifts should be used for the good of His people and to bring peace to troubled souls.

    Again, thank you and bless you.

    Peace.

    • Kathleen July 30, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Thank you Pastor Roger. What a blessing for me to read your comment. I’ve known some amazing Christians who have been put through the ringer by other Christians simply because God has given them this gift. All my best to you and thank you for visiting my blog.

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