Summary: Today we begin a five-week series on the supernatural power of God given to every Born-again Christian at the moment of salvation.
Week One - Introduction
Today we begin a five-week series on the supernatural power of God given to every Born-again Christian at the moment of salvation.
When a person chooses to give their life to Jesus Christ, and receive Him as their personal Lord and Savior, they become alive to another realm. They physically live in the natural world yet are also alive in the spiritual or supernatural realm of the Kingdom of God. This gives them the limitless ability to transcend natural talents and personal limitations. The supernatural is one of the central concepts of Christianity.
Modern Western cultures find it difficult to think in terms of the supernatural because it is perceived as being antithetical to science and logical reasoning. Although there is a growing number of people within Christianity who question biblical fundamentals, there is still a majority within the modern church that have little difficulty with the supernatural dynamic of Scripture when it comes to the conception, birth, and resurrection of Jesus, the miracle of salvation, and an occasional physical healing that exceeds human ability. For most, that is the closest experience with the supernatural they will ever know.
Anointed with Power
Living the Christian life is impossible without the daily anointing of God for power to serve. The idea of living a life full of the miraculous is preposterous to some and frightening to others. For many, the fact that the Bible has numerous stories of supernatural Signs and Wonders is acceptable as long as they remain in the past. The last words Jesus spoke to His disciples before He ascended into Heaven were;
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NIV)
Christianity, without the supernatural, has no legitimate power, yet those who actively believe in the miraculous are often held with contempt, and their beliefs ridiculed and even condemned. You will most often find more skeptics in the church than outside of it.
I believe that ALL Christians are called to live supernatural lives every day that has the touch and power of God upon them to affect change in those they come in contact with. Living a supernatural life is the most powerful yet practical way for a Christian to live.
The biblical truth is that the supernatural is the natural environment of God. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit lives in, and empowers, every Christian (1 Cor. 6:19). It would be logical to posit that the natural environment of God exists within them as well. Taking that thought a little farther, it would also seem reasonable to surmise that God wants every Christian living naturally in the supernatural, with the miraculous accompanying them as they live normal lives. That is purely an ambitious objective because it is a lived reality for only a minimal number of Christians who are often scoffed at for their so-called experiences.
Knowledge with Experience
Most Bible teachers and preachers would agree that the Church is a charismatic community in which the Holy Spirit liberally gives gifts for the edification of every Christian. However, the cord of Christian harmony often gets frayed and broken when the subject of the supernatural manifestation gifts moves from speaking of their use in past-tense generalities to their active use today in precise ways and experiences.
There are too many Christians who know about God without truly knowing and personally experiencing Him. Reading the Book of Acts is not the same as living the Book of Acts daily. To believe that God heals today is acceptable to most, but to some, believing that the gifts of healing should be active daily and available to every Christian, is not acceptable – and that seems, at the very least, illogical.
God lives outside human imposed restrictions. People of faith must begin to walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16) and live in the reality that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb 13:8)
The Bible says that people are to worship God in “spirit” and “truth.” (Jn 4:24) Since Jesus never changes, and He lives in, and empowers, EVERY Christian, they can learn to live naturally in the supernatural and see God touch the lives of people each day through the supernatural gifts.
Within Jesus, all of the fullness of God dwells (Col 2:9), and He dwells within every Christian who have been given the power and anointing of God to live a supernatural life because they have the touch of God upon them and His power within them.
Sadly, there are those who are intimidated by God’s ways, and the mystery of the methods He uses, to affect the world. Thankfully, God prefers to work outside of human restrictions. The supernatural manifestation gifts were designed by God to be used for daily living by average non-professional Christians, yet they seem to frighten many people, even though they should be used as naturally as breathing air.