Here is something I read on Facebook.
If your idea of spiritual discernment is some feeling in your heart or core of your being, a gut instinct, an impression on your mind, or any other type of sensation, then you must humbly be told that you are not qualified to discern a single spiritual matter until you put those lifeless and fallible methods away, and stand on the word of God alone as your foundation and ultimate interpreter of everything, completely relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to unfold the mysteries that would otherwise be hidden from us apart from the spiritual light that He gives to the eyes of our understanding.
People in the New Age Movement try to discern what they perceive to be spiritual matters in these ways, and it’s unfortunate that converts from New Age to Christ tend to carry over this old habit. Go talk to a New Ager, and see their methods for yourself. They live in a fairytale world that they can’t even make sense of for themselves. None of it makes any sense, and they don’t care that it doesn’t make sense. That is the inevitable result when your authority is your intuition, instincts, or feelings.
The reason they do these things is because they are spiritually dead. They are carnal. They have no other way to discern matters. They are what the Bible calls a ‘natural man’. A natural man is someone who is in the natural state they were first born in without the influence and fellowship of the Holy Spirit. The natural man cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:14), and if you try to discern spiritual things the same way the natural man does, you’ll yield the same results.
We are told to test the spirits (1 John 4:1). That command implies that there are spirits other than the Holy Spirit that are trying to lead us. These spirits are more clever than us, have been around for thousands of years longer than us, and know the weaknesses of fallen mankind.
Unless we have the infallible mind of Christ to interpret the infallible word concerning Christ by the power and illumination of the infallible Spirit of Christ, then we are as blind as dead men. The Holy Spirit will always use the word of God, and His main end is always to glorify Jesus Christ (John 16:14).