Spiritual Sensitivity and Discernment


Some people think they can’t sense the spiritual realm. I disagree! In today’s article, I will show you how absolutely everyone (even you!) can sense the spiritual realm.

Sensing the spiritual realm doesn’t necessarily look the same for everyone. Some “see” things, others “hear” things, and still others just receive “impressions.” But today, I had a revelation about something that had never occurred to me before: There is a way in which everyone can sense the spiritual realm. The trouble is simply that not everyone can discern it.

Here’s what I mean. James 2:26 teaches us that the body without the spirit is dead. So if your body were not influenced by spiritual things, then you wouldn’t be alive! The very fact that you’re living and breathing is proof that your body can be influenced by the spiritual realm. Your God-given human spirit brings life to your body.

To put it another way, your physical body is designed by God to interpret spiritual realities into physical realities. The best example is your own human spirit. Your body enables your spirit to interact with the physical realm. Then we have all the spiritual realities of Scripture that are found in Christ: healing, deliverance, authority, love, wisdom, resurrection power, and other forms of His grace. When we physically lay hands on the sick or command demons to flee or the dead to be raised, we are translating spiritual reality into the physical realm.

So if your body’s purpose is to bring the spiritual realm into the physical realm, then it is also capable of recognizing and discerning spiritual reality.

To build on this concept, consider the ramifications of what Paul tells us:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20–Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (NIV)

More than any other spiritual reality, your physical body is designed to literally house the Holy Spirit. It is a temple. If you have received Him, He dwells in you. Just as much as your body enables your human spirit to interact with the physical realm, it should also allow the Holy Spirit to interact with the physical realm.

As you may know, when you receive the Holy Spirit, He comes with physical evidence. Suddenly, your body can speak in languages you don’t know.  It can heal the sick with a touch.  It can prophesy words from God.  In all these things, spiritual realities are becoming physical realities as you partner with the Holy Spirit who is resident within your body.

In the same way, any other spirit can influence your body. For example, when a spirit of fear is present, people often begin to feel fearful. In a physical sense, this feeling of fear is made up of biochemicals in your brain and blood stream; but the source is spiritual. So if you weren’t previously afraid, and you’re suddenly sensing fear (for apparently no reason), guess what? You’ve probably come into proximity of a spirit of fear. Anyone can sense that spirit of fear, but what counts is that we discern it, rebuke it, and live to the contrary.

Spiritual sensitivity is actually very natural because God has designed our physical bodies to react to the spiritual realm. And if we will be aware of how the spiritual realm affects our physical senses, discernment will be the result.

Hebrews 5:14–But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (NKJV)

Did you catch that? With regular use, your physical senses can be exercised to discern what is of God and what is of the enemy.

Now, using this ability is not enough in itself. Since everyone senses the spiritual realm, everyone uses their spiritual senses; but that doesn’t mean that everyone can discern what is actually happening.

Let’s bring this into very natural terms for a moment. By reason of use, I know what a cardboard box feels like. So if I were blindfolded, I would be able to tell you if I’m holding a cardboard box. But what is in the box? Is it crackers? cookies? cereal? or rat poison? I’m certainly not going to taste it to find out! The best way to understand what I’m feeling would be to take off the blindfold and read the label!

In spiritual terms, Jesus removes the blindfold of sin and opens our spiritual eyes to see things as they really are. Whereas the world just feels afraid, we know that what we’re sensing is a spirit of fear. Whereas the world suddenly feels peaceful, we know that it’s the Holy Spirit. Both we and the world are being spiritually sensitive, but only one of us is being spiritually discerning.

Next time you’re ministering to someone, see if you start acting or feeling “not yourself.” Be aware of your thoughts and emotions. If you’re suddenly very critical, perhaps the person you’re ministering to has a critical spirit. If you’re suddenly depressed, perhaps the person you’re praying for has a spirit of depression. If you’re suddenly distracted, maybe there’s a spirit of distraction. Whatever the case, tell that spirit, “I see you, and you can’t influence me or this person anymore. Leave in the name of Jesus!”

With time, your discernment will sharpen to the point where you can recognize a spirit before it even has an opportunity to influence you. You’ll know when a spirit of fear or lust is present without yourself fearing or lusting. Instead, you’ll recognize what that spirit’s presence feels like and deal with it immediately. Likewise, you’ll be able to recognize the Holy Spirit and yield to Him right away.

So accept the fact that you’re spiritually sensitive! And start practicing discernment through relationship with Jesus Christ. Bring the right spiritual realities into the physical realm by taking authority over evil and submitting to the Lord.

James 4:7–Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (NIV)

God bless!

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10 Responses to “Spiritual Sensitivity and Discernment”

  1. SteveAugust 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Wow.. this is great. Thanks very much!

  2. BrandonJanuary 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Hey, I want to thank you for writing this article. I’ve known I was spiritually sensitive for a while, however I have not always known how to fully stop a spirit from “influencing” me… I read this article, immediately followed your advice on stopping a spirit and it’s been effective so far… every other explanation on avoiding disturbing energies/ripples/spirits I’ve heard has been very beaten around the bush and left me more confused and almost scared sometimes…

    Although I’m still a bit confused on how all of it really works (It is a mystery after all), I feel one step closer to being able to face all of it confidently. Thank you

  3. ayiteyMay 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    after reading your article you unveil what has been with me always but lack understand. thanks

  4. VooDooJuly 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    ugh another God Loving person who thinks god and HIS spirits are the ones who are doing, you are wrong god is not the only being out there are I’m sick of reading these Websites on how to be spiritual ugh and you don’t have to be Religious to be spiritual

    • ArtJuly 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

      You’re right… God is not the only spiritual being out there. However, He is the only one with true power. All other spiritual powers are inferior. I’ve seen witchdoctors and shamans rendered powerless because the name of Jesus was invoked to command their spirits to leave. In fact, right now, in Jesus’ name, I command the lying spirits behind your so-called “spirituality” to leave and never return.

      If you’d like to know what to do next, let me know.

      God bless you!

  5. SarahSeptember 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    thank you so much! This helped a lot!

  6. JudySeptember 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Thanks Art, your message is a true one, I thank God who gave me the Privilege to be able to read this Message, At least as i was reading it my eyes of discernment opened to something that was relevant which i had to know, it also made me to be courageous, appreciate and understand that i am spiritually minded to do the work of God in accordance as the Holy spirit leads, and it also Pushes out and Unveil this discernment spirit in me. I give all the Thanks to God for your life and for this Splendid message.

  7. Rev. Dee BaridiloSeptember 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    God bless you richly Bro. Art. The article is quite enlightening. Most times I sense something in the spiritual realm but harbor doubts. Now I know I have the spirit of discernment.

  8. Tamaro HarlisNovember 19, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    Well thank Art for this article it’s great information in my time of transition.I had this gift since I was a child my family always told people .I have mental issues but God is always presence and our time if need.Thank you for a dressing whoever that was those lying spirits show up everywhere but God has been showing me how to deal with those things(No longer fear ).I just didn’t realize until God really awaken the holy spirit just how common they are around us.I am at peace with the Lord not even the president election bothers me God is King over our live if we accept him into our hearts no need to worry just rebuke spirt of fear.


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