Some People Feel Stuff
It was the worst gospel presentation our ministry had ever given. An awkward, note-reading, paper-shaking, tumbleweed-passing sermon. But it didn’t matter. Several dozen high school students immediately responded with repentance and faith in Christ. God came to save His kids—and He loves using the weak things (1 Cor 1:27)!
The night before that campus outreach and it’s memorable sermon, I walked into my bedroom and found my sweet wife weeping in prayer. She had been up late, gripped by a supernatural burden for students to know Jesus. She also had this deep conviction that it was her, not me, who was to give the gospel message the following night. This was totally out of character for her, but she knew that she knew that what she felt was truly from God. We are so glad she did!
Some people are feelers. Like my wife, when God communicates to them, they internally emote; they feel deeply and with great affect. We see this in Jesus when he was moved with compassion for the sick (Matt. 9:36) and when He was consumed by zeal for His father’s house (Jn. 2:13–17). A feeler might also receive a physical signal on their person, as Jesus did when he felt power go out from Him (Lk. 8:46), healing an unknown woman from ongoing bleeding.
Often sensory revelation is a form of discernment which alerts us to something that requires further attention in either prayer or practical action. Jesus models this when he cried Who touched me?! I felt power go out from me (Lk. 8:46). He acted on the physical signal he received and stopped the crowd, which gave opportunity for the unknown woman to be identified and then receive further ministry.
Feel something? You’re not crazy. Stop. Pray. Listen and wait.
How can a feeler increase their capacity to receive revelation from God?
Giving oneself to transformational practices such as repentance and inner-healing/restorative prayer are vital to establishing a base line of truth in a feeler’s life, thus enabling them to distinguish between their own emotions and feelings and those from God. Without a baseline of truth, a feeler will live under the tyranny of their unrestored feelings. For example, when one operates with unforgiveness toward others who’ve wounded them, they often carry anger and low-level bitterness as their normal. In these cases, repentance involves releasing forgiveness to others, which positions the feeler to receive healing from God, removing the pain of injustice and restoring their heart to love. The restored heart is positioned to properly discern the source and nature of emotions they experience. In the same way, a feeler can adopt health and wellness practices to position their bodies to readily discern physical signals from God.
Let Jesus make you whole and pay attention to what you feel. God just might be up to something—and it might be a big deal.
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Adam Narciso is the visionary and pioneer of Catalyst Ministries, a training and global outreach mission for the next generation. Since 2009 Adam has trained and mobilized over 40 international evangelism teams and has equipped thousands in the areas of identity, hearing God and evangelism via seminars around the world. Adam has preached the gospel in city campaigns, universities, high schools and bamboo huts in remote villages, all with supernatural effect. Communicating with humor and fresh biblical insight, Adam is a unique prophetic evangelist who equips everyday Jesus-followers to live authentic, New Testament Christianity, discovering their highest joy in the Great Commandment and their unique assignment in the Great Commission.
Adam is author of New Identity: 30 Days of Prayer for Spiritual Transformation and producer of multiple e-courses and the Jesus Movement Now Podcast. He and his wife, Jenny, have four children and reside in Franklin, TN.
Adam is ordained through Messenger Fellowship, an international community of leaders, churches and ministries committed to the glory of God.