Section 1: The Power of the Idea
Ex 8: Evaluate Ideas (Cont.)
Let’s explore the realm of the intuition in decision making. As Christians, there is a strong element to our life and that is our spirit. Part of our spirit is our intuition. Dictionary.com defines intuition as “direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process.” In other words, we know of a fact even though we’ve never been taught it or thought it through..
Intuition can be defined as our inner ability to know what is right or wrong to do. Our intuition will tell us things like who we should telephone, whether a certain teaching is right or wrong, or whether we can trust a certain person. Have you ever experienced this?
Here’s the way it works: We get an idea about something we want to do, or the Holy Spirit wants to tell us to do something or not to do something. The Holy Spirit will work through our intuition. Our intuition informs our mind of this truth then our mind makes a decision what to do. Think of your intuition as your pre-action guide. Do you think that this would be helpful in your business?
Once, while living in Japan, I discovered a great market opportunity. I did the research, found it to be viable, got the support of a key supporter, but in prayer, the Holy Spirit gave me a warning in my heart not to go ahead with the business. Thankfully, I listened to Him and I believe that He saved me from some future grief that my business plan would never be able to uncover.
When you don’t do what the Holy Spirit wants you to do, then you quench the Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 says, “Do not quench the Spirit.” When this happens, you have to confess your sin to the Lord and ask forgiveness. Then you can be restored to a right relationship with the Lord. If you don’t do this, then the Holy Spirit remains quenched in your life and your intuition is dulled. Think of your intuition like a bright fire that brings light on a situation. Quenching the Spirit is like throwing water on the fire. Going into business without a keen intuition that is made alive by the Holy Spirit is simply foolish.
In comparison to intuition, conscience is our post-action judgment of what we have done or decided to do. For example, a weak conscience won’t speak up if a person sees his friends involved in an illegal behavior because the person is afraid of looking foolish. So, he goes along with his friends. Or a scarred conscience can allow a person to steal something because he’s done so in the past and his mind has somehow justified it. If you want the blessing of God in your business, you must develop a strong conscience. The Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 7:1, “Dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
You need this inner voice to remind you what is right or wrong to do. Conscience could also be defined as that inner still voice that warns us that God is watching. If you offend your conscience, doing something you shouldn’t have done, or not doing something you know that should have done, then you grieve the Spirit.
For example, you determine to go through with a business deal, even though your action will result in a little dishonesty. Your mind rationalizes that no one will get hurt. Your conscience speaks up, however, and tells you that it is dishonest. If you listen to your conscience and determine to do what is right, no matter what, your conscience will be strengthened. If you decide to go against what your conscience tells you, it will become scarred and weaker.
So what happens? You might do what is convenient, instead of what is right, and you develop a reputation among others so that they can’t quite trust you. Then you keep compromising and that leads to scandals in business and your name on the front page of the paper. How much better to do what is right and be known among your customers as someone they can trust intimately! This leads to increased referrals, a great reputation, and a growing business.