Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Supernatural vs. Natural

first i guess i'd better apologise for not blogging for sooooo long! my excuse is not origional but it is valid - work. its going great (payrise - praise God!!), but it is very tiring commuting every day. still, a great oppourtunity to read 'the case for christ' on the train hoping lots of people will see and maybe someone will ask me about it! (btw, its an awesome book, please everybody read it!)

but, obviously all that doesnt go with the title.....

lots of people shy away from the word 'supernatural' - perhaps because of negative connotations and bad press, but i read an awesome article in a magazine about it a few days ago, which has inspired me to return to the world of blogging!

the first point to grasp is the reality of the supernatural. it may sound strange to say it, but the supernatural is, in fact, more real than the natural 'real' world we see around us. how can i say that? well, check out Genesis 1:1 'in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth'. awesome statement! this verse - the first in the whole bible - tells us that there was a 'time' when our world as we see it didnt exist. but God did. He created this world out of His supernatural power, so its origins are not natural but supernatural. surely the creator, and not the created, is the most true reality.

so, how do we see the supernatural at work in our everyday lives? well, firstly God is a supernatural God, so anything He does is supernatural. but, carrying on in a way from my last blog, Jesus Himself told us to do 'greater works' than He did. the article i was reading says this
'exploits [i.e. good works, like Jesus did] should not be unusual for us. remember we are working with God Himself. we should expect miracles!'

wow! expect miracles?! that is staggering! it is also completely scriptural and totally in line with God's character. how many times throughout the bible - old and new testament - does God step in and perform a miracle? when God told the Israelites to take the land of Israel, He didnt just say 'all the best lads', and leave them to it. He told them exactly what to do and where to go each time they had to fight, and gave them miraculous victories time after time. take Jericho:
'And the Lord said to Joshua: "See, I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valour. you shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. this you shall do six days. and seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. but the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times and the priests shall blow the trumpets. it shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat." '
and it happened. just like He said it would. 'when a miracle was needed, God performed a miracle'.
why would we choose to live on a 'natural' level when we can live in the supernatural spiritual world? Romans 8:14 says 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God', and in 8:5-6 'For thos who live according to the flesh set thier minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally (flesh) minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.'
our God is the God of the impossible, and when we get our thinking lined up with His, supernatural becomes natural.

so, how do we do that? The Word. God's Word is the key to this whole thing. 2 Corinthians 1:20 says 'For all the promises of God in Him [Jesus] are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God in us.'
God's promises to us are accessed through Jesus - who is the Word of God. God's promise of salvation, as an example, is accessed through Jesus, and how do we know about this promise? the Word of God. Romans 10:8-9 - 'But what does it say? "The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (That is, the Word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.'
we confess these scriptures many times, standing on them in faith and believing God for the supernatural manifestation of this supernatural promise. but thats not the only promise in the bible that we should do this with, not by any means! 1 Pet. 2:24 says that 'by His [Jesus'] stripes we were healed'; Phil. 4:19 says 'And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus'; earlier on in that chapter, verses 6 & 7: 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.'
these are just 3 of the innumerable promises that God makes to us in His Word - and He has said that all these promises are Yes in Christ! so we have to take these scriptures and walk them out until we see the supernatural manifestation of them in our lives. we have to take the Word and speak it in faith - after all, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. speaking the Word aloud builds up our faith to recieve the promises of God - Jesus told us to speak to the mountain telling it to move, and said that he who 'does not doubt in his heart, but believes that thoses things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.'
this is not a licence to say whatever we want, but an assurance that if we say the right things we can trust God 100% to do it - and what could be more right than His Word? (see James 4:3)

we have to know and love God first, then we start to know His power to do the supernatural, and His faithfulness to His Word. there's a staggering verse in psalm 138 which says 'for you have magnified your Word above all your Name' (v.2)! God's Word, this verse says, is more important than His Name....which makes sense if you think about it, because His Name's worth is upheld or undermined by His Word - like for us someone's name is respected if you know you can trust their word. this verse shows just how important God's Word is, and how He has to perform it, for His Name's sake. Awesome!

isn't it great how God's Word all ties in and corroborates and explains itself so well? God's Word is all powerful - He spoke, and it was. He's given us His Word to speak, and the faith which is 'the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.' (Heb. 11:1). this faith comes by hearing the Word which God gave us to speak and stand on and believe for, and the whole lot combined means that we can see and expect to see the supernatural manifestation of God in our natural world and lives. as the artical said in closing: 'He is waiting to make the supernatural our natural.'

and as an added encouragement God has told us that 'we walk by faith and not by sight' (2 Cor. 5:7), meaning that, because we know the supernatural and God's Word are more real than the natural, we have to have faith in the Word more than in the world around us - 'let God be true and every man a liar' (Rom 3:4) - if God spoke it then that's the truth and what should and will come to pass, not what we 'see' around us....because after all, this world is only temporary, but God's Word will never pass away.


  • You wait weeks for Mandy to blog, and then it's essentially the best thing on the internet!
    I liked the bit about God sending His people into His land...very encouraging. Cheers Mandy.

    By Blogger FloydTheBarber, at 12:25 PM  

  • " am hard pressed on every side but I’m not crushed
    I feel pulled to pieces but inside I know I’m not" - Lou Fellingham.

    Awesome to think that the reality is that we're seated now in the heavenly realms with the ascended Jesus! So easy to believe what we see instead of what God says.

    What do you think then of eternity as both new heavens and new earth, of new creation - how does that affect the here & now?

    By Blogger thebluefish, at 3:06 PM  

  • um, im not sure i entirely understand the question!! sorry!

    By Blogger frostyhollow, at 12:49 PM  

  • Hey Mandy! MISS YOU! Loved this blog-reminds me that we need to have higher expectations of what God is and can do.


    By Blogger Anna, at 12:01 AM  

  • awesome stuff Mandy! :D thanks for sharing it. The same applies to our reaching out to our friends & colleagues as well - it takes a miracle for their hearts to acknowledge Jesus as their saviour, yet that is the business God is in! Performing the miraculous to glorify his name in our lives.

    Mental stuff, love it!

    By Blogger Timmy C, at 11:09 PM  

  • july 18th was a LONG time ago mandy... :p xxx

    By Blogger nicolalouise, at 11:38 PM  

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