Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m a Christian, but I’m not a fanatic!”
I’ve heard that statement, and I’ve also made the statement. When I was a new believer, Holy Ghost manifestations were downright scary. Thirty years ago, a variety of spiritual expressions were publicized, criticized, and unfortunately categorized as weird. Let’s tackle the “elephant in the room” and demystified the Holy Ghost. Let’s dive into the natural-supernatural power of God.
SUPERNATURAL LIVING GETS A BAD WRAP
What comes to mind when you think of “supernatural?” Let’s be honest, we view “supernatural” differently. That’s one of the reasons why we have so many denominations. Regardless of your preferred denomination, we have been predisposed to the world’s interpretation of supernatural that often evokes a Twilight Zone view to supernatural living.
IS THE HOLY GHOST AN APPARITION?
The Holy Ghost is not a phantom or spook; rather it’s the wording used in the King James Version to describe the third person of the Holy Trinity. Although the King James Version is poetic, I prefer Holy Spirit–less spooky, but either is correct. Here are a few definitions:
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible:
Third person of the Trinity. The word “spirit” (Hebrew ruah, Greek pneuma) is the word used from ancient times to describe and explain the experience of divine power working in, upon, and around men, and understood by them as the power of God.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary:
The mysterious power or presence of God in nature or with individuals and communities, inspiring or empowering them with qualities they would not otherwise possess. […] With the adjective ‘holy,’ the reference is to the divine spirit, i.e., the Spirit of God.
WE’RE NOT ALONE!
I don’t know about you, but familiar truths can become unfamiliar with time. You may not need this reminder, but I do!
What a beautiful expression of love in it’s purest form. We were never meant to fend for ourselves. We receive Divine power when we need it–and as often as we need it. That’s when “super” invades our natural. We experience Divine power in us and around us. We walk side-by-side with the Spirit of our Creator, our Savior, our Holy God. (Okay, let me pause and do a little Halleluiah hop!)
WHAT IS SUPERNATURAL?
God’s supernatural power is natural to God. It’s part of His character. God’s natural work is “supernatural” to a finite world. Imagine if we viewed our world through God’s natural perspective. Would it resemble Jesus’ ministry days? How cool would that be? Do we dare abandon fears, and live an audacious life for Christ?
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you,” (John 14:26 New American Standard Bible).
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you,” (John 16:13-14 NASB).
Some may say, “I never see God’s supernatural power–my days are ordinary.”
Whether we realize it or not, God’s supernatural power is part of our everyday Christian life. It started when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Our conversion is supernatural evidence of God’s power.
When you read your Bible, do you find new truths, inspiration, or revelation about God or yourself? Do you pray with assurance knowing that God will hear your request and answer in His timing? Have you ever forgiven someone who deserved judgment, but you offered mercy? You’ve experienced God’s supernatural power. Our renewed mind, refreshed spirit, and redeemed soul is not the work of man, but of the Holy Spirit–the everyday supernatural power of God.
EXPECT GOD’S SUPERNATURAL POWER
When we recognizing God’s supernatural power in our lives, it increases our faith. We know God is at work, and we begin to think in abundance and provoke our imagination. We begin to dream and believe for the impossible because all things are possible with God.
Think of a situation that needs God’s supernatural touch. Release it into God’s hands and believe for God’s natural response to invading earth. His natural may appear supernatural, but perhaps, it will soon become your natural daily expectation.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed.
Have a blessed weekend.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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Paul J. Achtemeier, Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature, Harper’s Bible Dictionary (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1985), 401.
Walter A. Elwell and Barry J. Beitzel, Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 986.