Living the Supernatural Lifestyle
When was the last time you raised someone from the dead? How about the last time you laid hands on someone with terminal cancer and had their cancer completely wiped away? When was the last time you cast demons out of someone? How about prophesying and speaking in tongues? Have you recently calmed a storm?
Now I’m not trying to be judgmental or flippant here. But as you will see, these are all things that should mark the life of a “normal,” every day, run of the mill Christian. It is sad that the vast majority of Christians would have a difficult time answering any of these questions in the affirmative. In fact most churches would never even think of teaching their congregations about doing any of these things.
So what makes me think that a Christian should perform any of these miraculous acts? Let’s take a look at Mark 16.
14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 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.”
19So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (Mark 16:14-20)
The working of miracles, signs and wonders, speaking in tongues, and healing are normal works of a Christian. These verses say to us that anyone claiming to be a Christian and any church claiming to preach the Gospel, should exhibit these signs:
- Preaching of the gospel
- Baptizing people into salvation
- Casting out demons
- Speaking in tongues
- Taking up serpents (satan is the serpent, and taking up indicates defeating satan in your life and in your domain)
- Not being harmed by deadly venom or poisons
- Laying hands on the sick and having them recover
If you follow the lives of Jesus and the Apostles as they carried out their ministries, there are many more miracles and works that serve as examples for what we should see in our lives and in the church. Jesus Christ did mighty works such as:
- Raising the dead
- Healing the sick, diseased, maimed, and oppressed with spoken words, with a touch, or by having his garments touched
- Commanding devils come out of people, and to do things such as go into pigs, to speak or to shut-up
- Turning water into wine
- Calming storms
- Cursing trees and having them die
- Walking on water
- Knowing what people were thinking
- Knowing exactly what to say in any situation
- Multiplying fish and bread to feed thousands
- Disappearing when crowds threatened Him
So you might be saying something like, “Sure, that was Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Of course He could do miracles.” But are the rest of us run of the mill Christians supposed to do these same things? This list is impressive. However, Jesus told us in very clear and specific words that we are to do these same works. But get this; we are to do them even greater!
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
12 “Most assuredly, 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 My Father. (John 14:11-12)
Even greater? Yep! That’s what Jesus told us to do. Jesus tells us in verse 11 that the great works He has done can stand on their own merit, proving that He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. And of all the great works that He has done, the person who believes in Him will do likewise, but even greater. Wow! How can any of us, that in no way comes close to measuring up to Jesus Christ, do those works? Jesus tells us in verse 12 that we will do them because He has gone to be with the Father. Okay, what does that mean to me? Jesus said in several places that when He left earth, He would send the Holy Spirit to be within each one of us! It is the Holy Spirit living inside of us Who will perform these works. All we have to do is have faith and carry out the actions.
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1 John 2:6)
How did Jesus walk? (“In sandals!” is not the answer I’m looking for.) Did He go around living a life of sickness, disease, poverty, lack, oppression, and defeat? NO WAY! Jesus Christ lived a life of great victory, great peace, great joy, great prosperity, great health, and absolute wholeness. He was living and being the very image of God.
The normal Christian life is a life in the supernatural. God is not looking for a vessel of gold or silver to use, but is simply looking for willing vessels (I Sam. 6:7), young or old. He looks at our hearts and sees if we have even a mustard seed sized amount of faith. If so, He knows that we can become willing vessels for the His supernatural power.
Going back to Mark 16 above, Jesus says that “these signs will follow those who believe.” Notice the word “will” in this verse. It doesn’t say “maybe,” or “could,” or “might”—it says will. So who will have these signs? Those who believe. How can you recognize those who believe? They will be seen casting out demons, speaking with new tongues, laying hands on the sick and seeing them recover, fighting the devil at every turn, and not being effected by deadly poisons.
Now for the hard pill to swallow part of this post. You see, the reverse of this statement also speaks truth. If you come across an individual, a group, or a church claiming to believe, and these signs are not present, then they are lying! They don’t believe because Jesus says that these signs will (must) accompany those who believe.
I’m not trying to chastise any person, group, or church here. But I am trying to get people connected with the Power of God in their lives. I spent too many years in “dead” churches where none of the Power of God existed. People in those churches were sick, dying, living in turmoil and trouble, and just as impoverished as the rest of the non-believing world. Oh they would pray over people who were sick and dying, but they would always end their prayers with “if it be thy will.” Oh my, they better find out just exactly what is the will of God and then go and do those things (such as laying hands on the sick so that they will recover).
Don’t you want to belong to a church that treats all sickness and disease as something totally illegal in the body of a believer? Don’t you want the assurance that if you ever got sick, they would lay hands on you in a second? Wouldn’t you love it to have Scriptures spoken over you such as “By His stripes you were healed”? And wouldn’t you love to be taught regularly that you are living in a body that is the temple of the Holy Spirit and that healing is your birthright in Jesus Christ? That would begin to give you the assurance of your abundant life right here on earth.
I bet that if a church raised a few people from the dead, they would never have a problem with maintaining and increasing membership. People are hungry for the Power of God. People are tired of living defeated lives.
Too many people have been brainwashed into believing that God wants us to suffer things in order that we be taught various lessons. What a bunch of twisted, powerless, dead religious stuff! Instead, God wants you full of joy, peace, health, wholeness, prosperity and abundance. If your life isn’t those things right now, don’t fret, just get involved with other people who believe in them as God intended and are willing to do what Jesus did, even greater.
The supernatural lifestyle IS the normal Christian lifestyle. The normal Christian life should be filled with miracles, signs and wonders, and the Power of God. This is the very heart of Jesus Christ. In heaven there is no sickness or disease, no poverty or lack, no crying or pain. We are commanded in Scripture to call Heaven to earth. In the Lord’s Prayer, we are taught that His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:9-10). His will in heaven is complete wholeness. So then it is also His will here on earth for those who believe.
So let me ask you this? Will you do greater works in your life and for those who are sent across your path? Will you let God’s supernatural lifestyle come into your life and flow like rivers of living water from your belly?
I’m ready Lord! Let’s start a new revolution of Jesus Christ right now, in our very own lives! Let’s begin to see and believe the miracles, signs and wonders, and greater works in our lives and trust God to bring it about. He says that it WILL happen in our lives. So let’s get the supernatural lifestyle party started right now!
Copyright (c) 2011, Craig Tanner