What does “supernatural” mean? Well, the dictionary defines it as “being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; abnormal.” But an important thing to note about this definition is that when it talks about “what is natural,” it means what we humans have decided is natural. God’s idea of what is natural is very different from what we call “natural” or “normal.”
What we call “supernatural” is actually the kind of natural life God meant for us to have. What we call our “natural” life is not what God intended; in fact, our “natural” life is much less than God meant for us to experience.
How do I know that what we call “natural” isn’t what God intended?
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (1 Corinthians 2:14 NASB).
Our version of what’s “natural” can’t accept the things of God’s Spirit. Surely God’s version of “natural” would be able to accept the things of His Spirit, right?
Our version of a “natural” life includes going to church, work and school, praying and reading our Bibles, studying and spending time with family and friends, etc. Those are all good things, but I have to ask, when was the last time you laid hands on someone who was ill and prayed for them with faith, and they became well that day?
Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and it he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him (James 5:14-15 NASB).
Don’t be distracted by the word “elders” in verse 14–it can refer to both someone advanced in years as well as one advanced in the faith.
There are two other reasons that cause me to know for certain that we are meant to live supernatural lives. First, Jesus said so:
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father (John 14:12 NASB).
Do you know what Jesus was doing just three chapters before He told the disciples this? He was raising Lazarus from the dead. So Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, then just three chapters later, He tells the disciples that they will do the same things they’ve seen Him do and even greater things!
Think about some of the things Jesus did by the Holy Spirit: Prophesying, raising the dead, healing the sick, casting out demons, commanding nature (when He calmed the sea) and more.
The last way that I know God wants us to live supernatural lives is because the Bible doesn’t teach us how to perform funerals. A friend of mine told this true story in a sermon he preached recently:
“There were believers in a village in China. Their pastor was a young girl, about 11 or 12 years old. One day, a member of their church died, and the people came to their pastor and asked what they should do. The girl said she wasn’t sure, but she was going to pray and ask the Lord what to do. She went off to pray and read her Bible alone for a while and when she came back to the people she said, ‘We are going to pray for the Lord to raise the dead person to life because the Bible doesn’t teach me how to do funerals, it teaches me to raise the dead.’”
I’ll admit, I didn’t get a chance to ask where he got that story from, but the main point holds true. Jesus didn’t perform funerals. He raised the dead, and He said that His followers would do what He did and even greater things.
Girls, our lives weren’t meant to be these cycles where we live the same basic life day after day. Our lives are meant to be one extraordinary experience after another.
Are you living a supernatural life?
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it [the demon] out?” And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:19-20).
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