Every year the Lord speaks to me concerning what to teach for the year. The Lord gives me overarching themes to focus on from year to year. The theme the Lord gave me for this year is “Supernatural Manifestation”. So all the messages I will teach this year will flow in line with that theme. Back on January 17th, I started teaching you about “The Miracles of Jesus.” Over four months later, we have walked through all the miracles. On Monday I will begin a new series under the overall theme for the year. For today, as we close out the week and close out the series on the miracles, I will share a few parting thoughts with you concerning the miracles of Jesus and how they apply to our lives.
So what does this mean to you today? A few things.
- I have heard many modern-day Pastors make excuses for the lack of supernatural manifestation both in their churches and in their personal lives. When asked, “Pastor, where are the miracles today?” They come up with answers to appease their congregations that justify the clear absence of God’s power. This is sad. Jesus did not die and the Holy Spirit did not come so that we could be a powerless church.
- Whenever Christians are posed with a clear contrast between the God of the Bible and the God that operates in their lives (a God that seems more human than divine), many unfortunately reason and rationalize their way out of any requirement of the supernatural. They seem more comfortable with a God they can attempt to explain, than a God who performs the unexplainable.
- God never intended for you to bring Him DOWN to the level of your experience. God has always intended for you to believe Him to bring your experience UP to the level of His divine power.
- If your God is a God you simply read about in your Bible and talk about in your church, but not a God you ever truly experience, then your God is not the God Jesus died to give you access to.
- Some Christians go their entire lives without ever being used of God to perform acts that exceed human ability. These are Christians (and I hate to even call them that), who have accepted a form of godliness, but they have denied the power thereof.
- The father of one of my friends died this week. He thought the death was premature. He asked me to believe God with him to raise his father from the dead. I believed God with him and he went to see his family. I am not sure what happened yet, but whether God uses my brother to raise his father from the dead or not, I would rather be around people who attempt the supernatural than those who shudder at the thought of it.
- In Matthew 10 Jesus sent His disciples out to DO what He was doing. He said, “You go heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give” ( v.8). Notice that the emphasis was on God and not on them. All they had to do was believe and God would use them supernaturally. They believed and God did it. Just before Jesus left this earth He said, “These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (Mark 16:17,18). These are the signs that are supposed to accompany the life of believers. So, if you are not seeing signs today, then either Jesus lied or you are not believing God.
- You will never consistently experience what you don’t confidently expect. Do you truly believe God for the supernatural? Are you expecting Him to move in your life in ways that exceed human ability? If you don’t expect it, you won’t experience it.
- The reason I spent months teaching you about the miracles Jesus performed, was so that you could expand your capacity to believe God for the supernatural in your own life. Don’t bring God DOWN to your level. Allow Him to bring you UP to His. Believe God for the supernatural.
Closing Confession: Father, this is a year of Great Victory for me. I have accepted Jesus, Your Son, as my Lord. I am born from above. Your Spirit lives in me. I am not a mere man. I am a God-man. As a God-man, I am a believer and not a doubter. I walk by faith and not by natural sight. I am not limited to the limits of this present world. I see the invisible. I attempt the impossible. I perform the supernatural. Not by my power, but by yours. The world will see Jesus in me, because the unexplainable is a natural occurrence in my life. I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
This is Today’s Word! Apply it and Prosper.