Another Look at Intuition
(for further clarification regarding intuition, see excerpt following this post)
in·tu·i·tion [ìntoo ísh'n]
1. instinctive knowledge: the state of being aware of or knowing something without having to discover or perceive it, or the ability to do this
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To the best of my understanding, prior to man’s fall in the garden as a result of his treasonous defiance, three components made up his spirit: fellowship, conscience and intuition. After the fall, only his conscience remained intact. Intuition (formerly his direct connection with God) used to guide or instruct man’s conscience but it is now under the influence of the knowledge of good and evil.
From my perspective, in reading the account of Adam and Eve and their association with God, their relationship was external. It is my understanding that man was meant to become a living container containing the very life of God: “I have come that you might have life and have it in abundance.” Relationally it would no longer be God communicating with man from an external place but a living internal connecting. “He that is joined to the Lord, is one spirit.”
In no longer having direct, internal access to the Father until being reborn, I am now seeing why there are the Jim Jones’ and the David Koreshes of the world and why there are the masses that choose to follow people like this. The innate lie that has permeated our consciousness is that we need to dumb down and let someone else instruct us when it comes to spiritual realities. The people who followed these so called “God-directed men” were not all one sandwich short of a picnic. Our inability to discern knowing one another after the flesh versus after the spirit is because the intuition portion of our spirit was shut down in sin. After being reborn, we have become mostly led by our soul.
As the love of the Father takes its rightful place within us, this ability to intuitively receive of His heart and thoughts begins to free us to become those who are being led by His spirit and no longer dancing to the beat of some self-appointed mediator.
I love using pictures in my blog posts, but when I tried to find one depicting ‘intuition’ it was bizarre as to how most of them depicted some perverted spookiness.
The following thoughts are once again from my friend Bill Landon-The Life that is Real Life.
It must be understood that when I speak of sense knowing (eido in the Greek) I am not speaking about anything to do with emotion. Intuition is a faculty of the human spirit. Emotion resides in the soul. They are two distinct and separate human attributes. It is NOT emotionalism to speak of sense (intuitive) knowing.Intuition is a source of knowledge that comes from a subjective and nonintellectual path. Intuition does not rely on facts and figures or science. For this reason, intuition is not restricted to building on a foundation of what we already understand. As a result of this, intuition is extremely powerful and is capable of opening whole new areas of understanding to us. Intuition is the means by which we learn the things we can never be taught through objective, intellectual processes.
As I have spoken of before, the understandings we get from the intuition in our spirit are the result of the Father’s direct speaking to us. This is not weird and bizarre. This is a part of us that the Father intended that we have from the beginning. If the Father gave it to us, it may be clearly seen that the Father intended that we use it. God does nothing that is aimless.
It is through our intuitive learning that we have our intellectual understandings (another soul faculty) changed by the Father. We may learn directly in the mind—as with something we read or hear. Yet, we primarily learn from our intuition. It is only through the operation of intuition that we can be taken in totally new directions of understanding. Intuition is capable of giving us a quantum leap forward in understanding either about ourselves or about the world around us. It is the intuition that plants the seed. Our hearing and reading water this seed of understanding and help it to grow but the seed itself comes from the Father. This is very difficult for many people today to accept. We are naturally (from the natural person) uncomfortable with learning that we cannot objectively asses. Nevertheless, the truth of the intuitive teaching of the Father will be borne out in our experience. All we require to see the working of intuition in our life is to be open and submitted to the Father.