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Soul Knowledge: When You Just Know and Words Don't Suffice - by Christina Conover

In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he talks about the spiritual gifts or special abilities the Spirit gives to believers. During our small group’s last event for this year, we heard a first-hand account from a man who was given what I believe represents “the message of special knowledge” (1 Corinthians 12:8). Our event included an evening picnic at the helicopter park and an informal presentation by the acquaintance of one of our members who, in 2014, experienced a near-death event that changed his life.

He and his wife told their story, about how he was at a stop light on his motorcycle on Beechmont Avenue and the next thing he knew, he was bowing before the Lord Jesus Christ who smiled at him before telling him to “return home to your wife and children.” Through the telling of his story, we learned that he was hit while waiting for the traffic light, an accident which resulted in a serious brain injury. He was, in the course of events, pronounced dead, and even when he “came back,” the prognosis was that he would never talk again, and he would spend the entirety of his remaining days on Earth in a long-term care facility.

Four years later, he has defied the medical professionals. He lives in his own home with his wife, and even more astounding…he has told his story an estimated one thousand times in the four years since the accident.

At one point during his presentation, he made the comment that people often ask him, “How did you know that the person you were suddenly bowing before was Jesus?” His response was something such as, “I just knew. Your soul knows.”

It is an ineffable experience when you receive what I’ll refer to as “soul knowledge.” I’ve heard one television evangelist say, “I know that I know that I know…” How can one describe the phenomenon? It defies words.

At the end of the first mission trip I took in 2011 to Belize, I knew that I would be called, in a big way, back to the mission field. I can’t explain how I knew, but it was an instance of soul knowledge, a spiritual knowing.

Two years later, in 2013, while on another trip, this time to Haiti, the director of the orphanage we were visiting saw me teaching English to the kids there. Afterward, she came up to me and asked me if I would be willing to come back in the fall and stay for the year to teach English at the affiliate school. I knew in that moment that I could not say no. Don’t misunderstand…I wanted to refuse. In fact, shortly after that encounter, I found myself in my hotel room throwing a temper tantrum because moving to Haiti, which could easily be mistaken as a God-forsaken wasteland, was not on my list of desires. But the minute she asked me, I knew I would have to obey. For two years previously, I had been carrying around the soul knowledge that I would become a full-fledged missionary. The gig was in my future. I can’t explain how I knew, but I knew that I knew that I knew…

Our presenter told us that he believes he was sent back so that he could tell his story, again and again, and again. It’s interesting to note that Jesus didn’t tell him to do this. It’s soul knowledge that is guiding his steps. He approaches people when he is out and about—some are receptive, some are not. His mission these days is to tell his story—his encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Acting upon the spiritual gifts we are given takes courage. It also takes relinquishing one’s inclination, desire and will.

Christina and her husband, Dale, call The Crossing home. She is a school teacher and part of The Crossing Blog Team.     

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