Those who have been crucified with Christ can see things that those who have not cannot, we are Spiritually discerning. Some of course for the Lord’s glory and reasons more than others, but nonetheless, this goes beyond a certain feeling, these are known facts that cannot be denied.
Elijah’s servant could not see the armies of the Lord that day that he could, (2 Kings 6:17) until he asked the Lord to open his eyes. One can wonder if this was just a “way of life” for Elijah, that he had been blessed with the ability to see that which others could not. Paul heard the words of the Lord Jesus speaking to him while those around him heard nothing but a voice, (Acts 9:7) he tossed the asp into the fire (Acts 28:5) after it bit him as if it was nothing more than a minor inconvenience. The Lord Jesus was the most proficient at this, so to speak, for He is the Creator of all that is, and nothing is hid from His eyes. (Mark 4:22)
How much or how little Spiritual discernment we are blessed with is up to the Lord, it is His to bestow these blessings, but I believe that we have to want it. The Lord could see demons, perhaps every day, and He treated it as a natural occurrence, Elijah could see more than his servant on that day, and it was not surprising to him, the Red Sea parted in front of Moses, the people I am sure were completely astonished and amazed, Moses expected it.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7) “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)
The beginning of the path for the desire of Spiritual discernment must start with the knowledge, the unquestioning truth of the Sovereignty of God, and the willingness of the man of God to submit to it, to Him, for His glory alone, there is no other path available. “To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.” (Prov. 1:6) It is the surest path to the knowledge of God, and the more knowledge of Himself that He decides to show us, the more awestruck we become of Him. The angels on the mountaintop, the burning bush, demons being cast out, all these will not lose their incredibleness in our eyes, they will not become expected and then become common place, but they will show us that to the Almighty they are. “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)
As He blesses us with increased Spiritual discernment, Spiritual understanding, we are to use it for His glory, and we do this by imparting the truths that He has blessed us to see to others, but one must recall this verse, and in all the many places that it is referenced in the Scriptures, “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” (Luke 12:48)
This is not a trial run, so to speak, the Lord does not grant this to a man to “see what he will do,” He already knows, but one must consider this, Solomon did not lose all the wisdom that he had been blessed with as he got older and began to sin greatly against the Lord, but he fell out of His grace, and incurred His anger. (1 Kings 11:9) One must desire to completely die to self if one desires to follow Christ, He is indeed a hard taskmaster, and as our adversary sees this man being blessed, as he saw the hedge around Job come down, (Job 1:10) he will be no less lenient with his attacks when you add upon these two truths the sinful nature that still resides in us, the pull of the desires of the flesh and eyes, you may well be wise to prepare for many Spiritual battles. Here is where you must count the cost, but here also is where you will find the greatest rewards.