Understanding the word “SUPERNATURAL”
WHAT IS THE SUPERNATURAL?
2 Corinthians 4:18 (KJV) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
The Supernatural means that which exists above or beyond natural laws. It is attributed to being above or superior to the natural and it comes from the unseen realm. The natural is visible but the supernatural is invisible. The natural is inferior while the supernatural is superior. The natural is temporal and the supernatural is eternal. The supernatural is not seen but it is real and permanent.
Hebrews 11:3 (KJV) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Also we can say that supernatural is what is beyond or above nature; that which is not from the observable, tangible or measurable universe, especially regarding divine or transcendent things/beings/actions/realms.
The supernatural is a realm of consciousness; it is a realm of reality; it is a realm of power; it is a realm of holiness and purity; it is a realm of beauty; it is a realm, where God speaks to us (2 Pet.1: 17-19); it is a realm, where the impossible become possible (Gen.32: 24-32; Acts 12:1-11); it is a realm of limitless possibilities; it is a realm, where destinies change, miracles occur, victory is obtained; it is a realm, where things that do not exist come into existence (Heb.11: 1-3).
The visible earth is a proof that there is an invisible heaven. The word of God is invisible and able to supernaturally frame the world into existence. If God framed the world by His word, then you must frame your world by His word. Whatever you want, you must frame it with the invisible word of God. The invisible (supernatural) is more real, superior and rules over the visible (natural).
There are two manifestations of the supernatural: the positive and the negative supernatural. God controls the positive supernatural while Satan controls the negative. Every evil occurrence gets its source from the manipulator, Satan but once the word of God is put into action by a believer, it neutralizes the effectiveness of the negative supernatural thereby putting a halt to such satanic occurrence.
For example, the word of God in Isaiah 54:17 says, ‘No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn…’ If you would believe this word and in faith declare it to that awful situation that you are facing, then you will be sure of victory in the supernatural. As a Christian, you must know how to operate in that realm.
John 1:12-13 (KJV) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
KEYS TO MAKE THE SUPERNATURAL YOUR NATURAL
- Know Your Power Source
If you have a desire to do big things, impossible things for God-the things He calls “exploits”-then you have to fully understand the prerequisites.
To start with, you must know God. That doesn’t mean you just know about Him. Knowing Him means having an intimate relationship with Him. It means He is the first thing you think of when you open your eyes in the morning, and the last you think of when you go to bed at night. Listening to Him all day, every day, and letting Him talk to you through His written Word and by His Spirit is how you get to know Him. You come to really know the Lord by actively seeking Him above everything else and recognizing Him as your source (Matthew 6:31-33). And, as you begin to know Him-you will begin to know His power.
The Apostle Paul said having an intimate, living connection with Jesus was worth more than everything he had previously considered valuable. He said his determined purpose was to know Him. This is a purpose I’ve made my own, and it can be yours too.
Philippians 3:10 (KJV) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.
- Be Filled with the Spirit of “Greater Works”
In this passage of Scripture, you can hear how deeply Paul desired the Lord and the power of His resurrection. Jesus told His disciples He wanted them to receive this power, to be “endued with power from on high.” He gave them instructions to wait in Jerusalem until He sent the Holy Spirit for this purpose. And, before being crucified He said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12).
Greater works-exploits! That’s what Jesus expects us to do. And we can when we yield to the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Jesus knew His disciples had to have the Baptism in the Holy Spirit to do the mighty works God planned for them. That hasn’t changed. Knowing Jesus as our Savior and being filled with the Spirit are still the first steps toward doing the impossible.
- Believe That with God, All Things Are Possible
The fact is, God has a purpose for your life that’s exciting and beyond anything you can imagine without the Holy Spirit revealing it. You may not feel able to do great things, but you can. Just realize God never intended you to do them on your own. God knows what He put in you and what He can do in you. Ephesians 3:20 says He is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”
We in the Body of Christ are vessels that God works through to accomplish His will. Ephesians 2:10 (KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Exploits should not be unusual for us. Remember we are working with God Himself. We should expect miracles!
Scripture reveals that truth over and over:
“With God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
“The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
“…with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26)
“…all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).
We have a vital relationship with the One who makes the impossible possible. The giants didn’t matter to David-God was with him. The Flood didn’t matter to Noah-God was with him. Age didn’t matter to Abraham-God was with him.
He is still the God of the impossible! And God is still with us. He has planned to do great things through each of us. When we truly get to know Him, we will trust Him, believe His Word and not be afraid to act on it. That’s called walking by faith. And faith is where all exploits in God begin.
- Become a Faith Giant
Faith-believing what God has said-is the foundation for a supernatural life. In John 6:28, the disciples asked Him, “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” Jesus answered in verse 29, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”
The faith giants listed in Hebrews 11 accomplished great things by faith-by believing God. Verse 1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is only by faith that what you’re hoping for will manifest.
Today, your body may be sick or diseased, your finances may be in shambles, or your mind may be tormented by fear and worry. If so, I want you to know I understand what that feels like. And I also want you to know that you don’t have to stay in that condition.
Before Ken and I began to know and believe the Word of God, we were imprisoned by those things-but we came out of it! And so can you, if you will get in the Word and learn the truth about all the great things that already belong to you in Christ.
Never will you find in the Bible where God wanted His people to be poor, sick or defeated. Never! Never! Never! It didn’t happen. The only reason God’s people have been broke, disgusted, sorry and sick is because they didn’t do what He said-they didn’t do things His way.
It’s easy to coast along and be like everybody else. But if you truly desire to be a faith giant and do exploits for God, you have to believe His Word. If you’ll believe His Word and do things His way, the supernatural can be your natural.
- Attend to God’s Word
All it takes is one flash of light from the Word to change your life forever. One flash of faith and you will realize, God said I can have that! As you speak that promise, it will become more real to you than anything else. That’s when you have the victory on the inside-that’s when the natural realm must respond. That’s when the supernatural becomes natural.
None of us can afford to be lazy about the Word of God. Our future is tied up in how much Word we have in our hearts.
That’s why God said, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:20-23).
It’s up to us how much of the power of God we experience. As we feed on the Word, speak it and act on it, the Word will become a reality to us and the power in God’s Word will drive out fear, failure and sickness.
- Soar in the Spirit!
We know too that “doing exploits” also requires laying aside every weight and sin that can hinder us (Hebrews 12:1). Weights are things that hold us down in the natural realm-things that crowd our hearts and take our focus and energy away from the things of God. Mark 4 gives a good list of those things. Although cares, distractions and desire for other things are not necessarily sin, they are things that will hold us down to the natural realm. And, when the natural man, “the flesh,” is in control, faith loses its aggressiveness.
But why would anyone choose to live in the natural realm, on a low, low level, when we can live in the supernatural realm and soar in the spirit?
With the help of the Holy Spirit you can “crucify” the flesh (Galatians 5:24) and renew your mind to the Word (Romans 12:2). You can be “spiritually minded” and experience life and peace. Or you can be “naturally” or “carnally minded” and think like the world thinks, and get what the world gets-death (take a look at Romans 8:6).
Your spirit-the part of you that is connected to Go can always be in command. When that’s the case, it isn’t difficult to receive the wisdom or help you need to overcome any situation. When you are vitally connected to the God of the impossible, it becomes easy for the supernatural to thrive.
You can live a limited life in the earth-limited to your natural ability and circumstances-or you can live unlimited. It’s your choice, just like it was Israel’s choice. They had to decide if they were going to follow after God, or settle for the natural things in the world and live like the heathen people around them.
- Put Your Foot on the Promise
At one point in particular, they chose wrong. When God told the children of Israel to take the Promised Land, they forgot who was with them and saw only their own inabilities. That generation did not take the land God said He had given to them. They refused to possess-or put their foot on-the land God had promised them.
But in Joshua 1:3, when God told Joshua, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you,” Joshua believed Him. Notice God didn’t say, I’m going to give it to you. He said, every place you put your foot, I have given to you-past tense. If Joshua hadn’t picked up his foot and put it down on that property-on that promise-he wouldn’t have received it.
But Joshua did! The people were with him, and together they took the land. Joshua did what God told him, when He told him.
March around the walls seven times and then shout, God said.
And, they did. If their hearts had been hardened like the previous generation, they would not have obeyed God. It took God-inspired courage to do that, and they had hearts toward God. What happened? God took action, and suddenly they weren’t limited to the natural realm. Miraculously the walls fell flat. The Israelites possessed their land.
When a miracle was needed, God performed a miracle.
That’s the way God desires the Church to live-believing Him for the supernatural. Today we’re at the same place Joshua was. God had already given him the land, but he had to act on what God said. God has told us things in His Word that belong to us. We have to put our foot on them and possess them. We have to walk out on the Word.
SUPERNATURAL BENEFITS YOU WILL LOVE TO ENJOY
- IT EQUIPS YOU WITH POWER;When Jesus appeared to His disciples after He was risen from the tomb, the main thing He wanted them to know about was the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He said, “I will send the Holy Spirit upon you, just as my Father promised…stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven” (Luke 24:49). That same power is available to all believers today! If there’s anything you and I need in these last days, it’s God’s power, equipping us for every challenge.
- IT REVEALS THINGS TO YOU;The Holy Spirit’s main ministry to us as believers is revelation, revealing God’s will to us. Paul said, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit” (1 Cor.2:9-10). We can know what God has prepared for us by praying in the spirit.
- IT CHARGES YOU UP; Jude 20 say we can “build ourselves up” by praying in the spirit and 1 Cor. 14:4 says, “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.” It’s like recharging your cell phone when it runs out of juice. We all know what it feels like to run out of juice. We get tired and run down, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Thank God we can recharge and tap into all of God’s power, strength, peace, joy, and rest by praying in other tongues.
- IT GIVES YOU A HOTLINE TO GOD; When you pray in tongues, no one understands it except God. You’re talking right to Him; nothing is intercepting or scrambling the conversation. 14:2 says, “He who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” The future is a mystery to us, right? But God knows the future. When we pray in tongues, we’re praying right to Him, praying out the future, so that by the time we get there many things have already been set up for us.
- IT HELPS YOU PRAY WHEN YOU’RE STUMPED; Romans 8:26 says, “We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us…” Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t know what to pray? I have! You and I have limited knowledge about what’s going on all around us, in the spirit realm, or in the future. But the Holy Spirit has all knowledge about it. When we pray in the Spirit, we’re letting Him pray for the perfect outcome of any situation.
- IT MAKES YOU BOLD; In Acts 1:8 Jesus said, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” I used to be less than bold when it came to witnessing; I did not have the power to be a witness, neither in Jerusalem nor in all Judea and Samaria or even in my neighborhood grocery store! But since I’ve fostered a habit of praying in the tongues, it’s taken the “fear” out of me and I’ve gotten much bolder. The compassion of Jesus rises up in me, and I no longer care what anyone of thinks. I’m able to be a bold witness for Him.
Note: Being born of your parents is natural and has to do with the flesh; but being born of God is supernatural and has to do with the Spirit. Once you are born again, you automatically become an heir to God’s Kingdom and have been given the Power of Attorney, to exercise authority and gain dominion over the affairs of life.
GOD BLESS YOU!!!