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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The supernatural and openness

How open are you to the supernatural?

Great question.

Are you open to God working in your life in ways that go beyond what you can see, touch, taste, smell and hear?

Here's what I know:  Our God is a God of the supernatural.

But do you really believe that?

We talk a lot about God's ability to heal - but do we really believe that?

We talk a lot about God's ability to work miracles - but do we really believe that?

Are you open to experiencing God in ways that go beyond the norm?  The natural?

The Bible is filled with men and women of God who experienced unusual events in their lives (at the prompting of God).

Isiah walked around naked for three years.  Hosea was asked to marry a prostitute (and did just that).  Peter was prompted to walk on water.  Noah built an ark in the middle of the desert - in anticipation of a flood - and it had never rained.

In the life of a Pentecostal Christian (where experiencing the supernatural should be a natural daily experience), we are continually challenged to walk in the unusually supernatural - and experience God's presence in ways that go beyond the normal.

In the scriptures, the sun went backwards, the red sea parted, frogs fell form the sky - the Bible is filled with examples of people who experienced something that went beyond the normal.

(God's Holy Spirit impregnating a 16 year old girl - the virgin birth - now that is a supernatural act).

As Christians in the 21st century we struggle with this.  We live in a world where non-Christians are reaching out for the supernatural (via movies and books that are popular now days) and Christians are wanting to pull back and only experience that which they understand or can control.

It is an interesting, ironic statement of the end times.

Can I give you a suggestion?  Be open to the supernatural.  When you see the supernatural occurring, don't stand back with criticism and a closed mind.  There is enough of that in the world today.

By the time you are through "analyzing" what is going on, God's presence has moved on.

Be willing to risk - and to trust that God knows what he is doing.

Just a thought for a Tuesday.

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