“You must stop using the term supernatural. As long as you think that the spiritual experiences are outside of your realm you will not walk in them. You must be so confident in my ability to do great things that you are not surprised when I do a miracle. When others are shouting and running around the room you should be calm and at peace. This should be your response. There shouldn’t be any surprise to see the manifestation of the glory. See the miraculous as your normal.”
When the Holy Spirit said that a light went off in my head. I could not respond in the moment. The Bible tells us that we must be quick to listen but slow to speak (James 1:19). It made sense. Our response, as saints of the Most High God, should be based on our knowing our rights and privileges in Him. We are not of this world. We are in the world for a singular purpose. That is to do the will of the Father.
As we undertake His will we must rest in the assurance that He will testify to the work that we do by the demonstration of His power. Let’s consider a chief scripture that reveals this fact.
Afterward He appeared to the Eleven [apostles themselves] as they reclined at table; and He reproved and reproached them for their unbelief (their lack of faith) and their hardness of heart, because they had refused to believe those who had seen Him and looked at Him attentively after He had risen from death].
15 And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].
16 He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.
17 And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;
18 They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.
19 So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and He sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied [it]. Amen (so be it).
– Mark 16:15-20, Amplified Bible Classic Edition
Now I know that I just hit you with a lot of scripture but it is important that you see the full picture. What we see happening is Jesus commissioning the disciples. Before he sends them out He deals with their unbelief. Then he told he outlined the assignment and how it will be accomplished. Guarantee of protection and divine assistance is also given. They are told to go preach the gospel to the entire world. Not just to Jews. To everyone! The entire world. As the work is performed God will testify to its truth with various signs and miracles. It is important that we pay careful attention to what was stated in the last verse. As they acted in obedience to God’s command He confirmed his words with signs. The fruit of it was the salvation of many souls. Acts tells us that some days they saw as much as 5,000 or 3,000 people giving their life to Jesus Christ.
For us spiritual gifts, anointings, blessings, miracles and healing are not supernatural. They are natural. If you are doing God’s work and these signs are not present you must ask God what is wrong. Why is He not backing you up? Ask if there is unbelief and doubt hidden in your heart. If it exists we must deal with it.
Our faith must rest in the assurance that God will be true to His word. He always honors his word. HE says signs are to follow the Word and so it must be.
It is important that we do not get churchy when we consider preaching. Speaking on a church platform is not the only way we may preach. The message may be delivered in several different ways. Mediums such as movies, plays, cartoon, games, business services, non-profit services that uplift the oppressed, family ministry are but a small number of ways the message may be delivered. When we undertake these activities we must not leave God out of them. Expect Him to show up. Allow the Holy Spirit to be a part of everything. Expect Him to confirm His word. We must never put the Holy Spirit in our back pocket as we get on with our business. Noah sets a great example that we may follow. He was a master shipbuilder. For more than a 120 years he worked at building a device that no one ever seen. The work spoke volumes to the people. Everyone was fascinated with the design and intricacy. It was a technological marvel. Some thought he was crazy, others we amused but with each hammer they kept hearing the message. People came from miles to see his work. Not one of them left without hearing why the ark was being built. They received the word how God intended. God in turn strengthened Noah. Finally, God confirmed the Word with the flood (2 Peter 2:5).
Nancy Coen of Global Ascension Networked testified that she experienced saints treating the miraculous as normal. This occurred when she visited the underground church in China. The people prayed for and saw major healings, experienced God’s supernatural provision and multiplication of food, walked on water to share the gospel with remote villages and never made a big deal of it. They just thought this naturally happens with every believer when they act in obedience to the Holy Spirit.
As we awaken to truth, we must change our perception of what God has given us. We are blessed with ALL spiritual blessings in the heavenly places. We must make it our reality here on earth. There is no limit to what God gives to those He loves and who love Him.
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.
– John 15:15-17
He desires that we bear fruit. The gifts are there to ensure we succeed.