From Superficial to Supernatural

Posted: March 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
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As a Christian, your life should reflect the fact that you serve a living and powerful God. There ought to be a clear distinction between the results you get, and the results your heathen friends are experiencing. Paul put it best when he told the Corinthians that he could not speak to them as to spiritual people, but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. He said he had to feed them with milk instead of solid food because they were still carnal and behaving like mere men (see 1Cor 3:1-3). If you are living life more focused on the natural: what you see, feel, taste, touch, or hear, instead of the spiritual realities – the truths of God’s Word, you are living like a mere man/woman. My purpose is not to condemn anyone, but to encourage everyone to live a life of supernatural results. If you’re life’s not supernatural, its superficial. Surely God has called us, and equipped us to walk this earth as vessels of His Spirit with divine purpose and power. Rom 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Examine yourself – test yourself. Can you think of an area of your life that’s not experiencing life and peace? If so, chances are, you need to change your thinking to focus on spiritual truths in that area. It takes practice, and it is by reason of use that we are able to exalt the Word of God above every natural circumstance. Truly the shift from superficial to supernatural starts with renewing your mind.

Here’s my point: we’re never going to get to the “these signs shall follow those that believe..” or, “the works that I do, you will do…” of we don’t rise above this plain of natural thinking and reasoning that is based on our five senses. Really, it all boils down to truly believing the Word above personal experience, emotions, preachers (even the ones on t.v. in shiny suits appearing in coveted time slots), friends, family, or your own “stinkin thinkin.” Because of the finished work of Jesus, God has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing (Eph1:3), and given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge if Him who called us (2Peter1:3). We need to believe that all of the blessings have been deposited into our new born-again spirits, and work them out into this natural realm by faith: thus, supernatural results. Someone needs to shatter the mold of what it means to be a “normal Christian.” I personally reject the status quo of what the church has been offering lately. We all have access to the same Book, revealed by the same Spirit. Who’s gonna believe it- all of it? Who’s going to take God at His Word and rise up? Have you read the Great Commission? Did you notice what’s attached to it? “And these signs shall follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mk 16:17-18). Guess what folks, “normal believers” should be getting supernatural results. How? By what power? Look at verse 20: The Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.

It must be noted that it is not until a believer is endued with the power from on high, by receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that they can walk in the fullness of His power. Jesus did not do any miracles before the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and remained upon Him( Jn 1:32). Although Jesus sent out the Disciples before the Holy Spirit was given, the Holy Spirit did not remain with them until after they had tarried in Jerusalem, and He fell on them all. This is what Jesus was talking about when He said, “but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (Jn 14:17). Those of you who have received (attention all tongue talkers) remind yourselves that “God does not give the Spirit by measure” (Jn3:34). That means you have received the fullness of His power. What kind of power is this? Resurrection Power! That means power over all forms of death; power to speak life into dead things – restorative, creative power. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph 3:20). Why would God give us raising-the-dead power? To fulfill the Great Commission. Shouldn’t we use the same tools Jesus and His disciples used? It doesn’t matter if you always “feel” like you have this power in you. If you have received the baptism, you have received power that does not come and go, but remains. When Peter and John came to the blind man at the temple, Peter said”Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Every Spirit-filled believer has the same power. Believe it, and act on it!

Finally, like any of the gifts, or anything supernatural, it must be motivated by love. Even faith works by love. We can and should be moved by the same compassion that Jesus was moved by. He wrought many miracles after being moved by compassion. Remember this: God’s compassion has resurrection power in it! Look how Jesus was moved with compassion and wept after seeing the effect Lazarus’ death had on his family. I believe He also wept just seeing what a horrible effect death had on the human race. So what did He do – He showed everyone what He meant when He said, “I Am The Resurrection And The Life! Let me end by quoting Paul: “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…” (Phil 3:10).

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