Just as you have five natural senses, you have 5 spiritual senses. As you grow in Christian maturity you will discover your spiritual senses.
Hebrews 5:14 (Passion Translation NT) But solid food is for the mature, whose spiritual senses perceive heavenly matters. And they have been adequately trained by what they’ve experienced to emerge with understanding of the difference between what is truly excellent and what is evil and harmful.
The Bible talks about our 5 spiritual senses:
Acts 2:17 (NIV) “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
John 16:13 (NIV) (NIV) 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
John 10:27 (ESV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Psalms 34:8 (NIV) Taste and see that the Lord is good;
Jeremiah 1:9 (NIV) Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.
Acts 4:31 (NIV) After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Daniel 8:18 (NIV) While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NIV) 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?
What are some reasons we want to grow in in our spiritual senses?
1. Discover that there is a spirit world. This is the world where angels live, the cloud of witnesses abide, and of course the Trinity live in this spiritual world. This world is described regularly in the Bible. Your 5 spiritual senses will give you a glimpse into this world as God decides.
2. Discern more what is happening around me in the spirit world to be a better partner with God.
3. Experience God in different ways for a fuller encounter.
4. Know more about God and the realm He lives in.
As you walk with God seek him only. We never seek experiences, but as you draw closer to Him you will often sense His world. It’s only natural.