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Day 5, Living In The Supernatural
Today's reading is Deuteronomy 11:10-11:
At the beginning of the year, in my devotional time during the 21 days of prayer of fasting, I was asking the Lord what it meant for Him to ‘send His rain.’ He led me to Deuteronomy chapter 11. And when I read verses 10 and 11 the words jumped off the page.
I have read Deuteronomy several times before but for some reason this time the words took on a special and timely significance and spoke to me in a powerful way, building my faith.
I believe these verses are a call to cast off all natural restraints and live life guided by God in the supernatural. A life directed, filled and empowered by the spirit of God.
This passage of scripture speaks to us about the difference between living in the natural or living in the supernatural.
The natural realm is represented by Egypt, a place where we are captive, oppressed and limited, carrying the burdens of life, like a heavy weight. The text says ‘you’ planted ‘your’ seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. The natural is a focus on self where any seeming progress rests on the ‘water’ of your own effort and good works. Your ‘territory’ in life is the relative size of a vegetable garden. And even though it is only a small territory, you still make hard work of it!
But God has something very different in mind for your life. He wants you to live life in the supernatural.
The supernatural realm couldn’t be more different. It is a place of freedom and limitless opportunity and wide open spaces. A place accessed and inherited through the grace of God. A place that produces abundant, lasting fruit because it is watered by the living water of the Holy Spirit. This is the kingdom of God where God is Lord of all and God’s people are fruitful in the land, bringing blessing to all the people.
Forget the vegetable gardens, watering cans and the natural. The supernatural is a land of mountains and valleys. A land that is abundantly fruitful on a scale that you can hardly imagine, watered by the rain of heaven. In the natural everything is smaller and harder. In the supernatural everything is bigger and easier!!
Sometimes we hear the word ‘supernatural’ and we think it is a word reserved for a certain breed of super special and spiritual Christian. A lifestyle out of reach, too lofty and unattainable for your average disciple. But the truth is there is no such thing as an ‘average’ disciple. A disciple of Jesus is called to live a supernatural life and see supernatural fruit.
How do we live a supernatural life where we see supernatural results?
It starts with an encounter with Jesus. The crossing of the Jordan is a picture of salvation. A spiritual crossing from death to life as we receive the victory Jesus won for us at the cross through His blood.
This is the beginning of a supernatural life. This is where our adventure begins. This is where we can conquer the promised land. This is the beginning of a life of fullness and fruitfulness. This is the beginning of eternal life.
This is where heaven touches earth and we are filled with his spirit and we establish the kingdom of light and life wherever we go.
We need to be born into the supernatural. In John 3:3 Jesus said, “I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:6 says, “flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” If we want to see spiritual and supernatural results we need to be born of the spirit. 1 Peter 1:23 explains, “for you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”
It’s only through a spiritual rebirth that we can bring supernatural transformation to our natural circumstances. 1 John 5:4 makes this clear, “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world.”
This is why baptism is such an important moment in our lives. It is our personal Jordan. It is identification with Christ and marks the beginning of a supernatural life. Romans 6:4, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
The apostle Paul guides us in how to move forward and live a supernatural life. In Galatians 5 he shares the following:
- We need to determine to make the most of our freedom standing firm in the supernatural and never letting ourselves be limited by natural ways and burdens: verse 5, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
- We need to determine to live by God’s ways and with his spirit and not live the way that we want or the way that comes ‘natural’ to us: verse 16-17, “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”
- We need to ‘put to death’ all that is out of order in our lives and determine to sensitively and responsively follow the Holy Spirit. Verse 24-25, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
When we give everything to God. When we give him all that we are and do not live according to the culture around us he renews our mind and we can see all of a sudden how to live life in the supernatural: Romans 12:1-2, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The more we follow Jesus the more we are formed into his image and the more we can live a supernatural life. 2 Corinthians 3:18, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
The supernatural at first looks a lot like the natural but in reality everything has changed and will never be the same again.
Think about the disciples. In the natural they were getting on with their lives and then they encounter Jesus and respond to his invitation to follow him in life. Imagine if they had ignored the invitation. They would have continued day in, day out living their natural lives.
Following Jesus their lives seemed natural. They still got up each day, lived on earth and went about their business but their natural lives had a supernatural impact and outcome. I’m always amazed to see the difference in the disciples that we read about in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the same disciples that we read about in the book of Acts. They truly moved from the natural to the supernatural.
The supernatural is a life of grace and power. David said in Psalm 18:19, “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
It is a place of the favour and the life of God. It is where we witness the rain of heaven and we get to see immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.
As disciples we are challenged to move in the supernatural and see heaven touch earth. It's about spirituality not strategy. You must be connected to the supernatural if you want to move fast and conquer. Supernatural faith calls forth supernatural power.
I believe that through this time of prayer, the Lord will show us as a church to truly live life in the supernatural. Our lives might still look the same at first. But there will be a big difference. We are going to see supernatural answers and breakthroughs and we are going to take hold of our God given supernatural destiny.
Thank-you Lord for calling me to live life in the supernatural. Thank-you that I can be born again through the work of the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank-you that all I have to do is keep my eyes fixed on upon you. Help us to rise up as a church and conquer in the supernatural.
I live in a spacious place. I live in the land of mountains and valleys and experience the rain of heaven. My supernatural reality transforms my natural circumstances.
- Pastor James