The Death of the Supernatural

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Acts 9:3–6, 20

[3] Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. [4] And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” [5] And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. [6] But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”

[20] And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

We live in a world where we try to explain everything. There must be a physical or scientific reason for all that happens. And when something occurs that doesn’t fit into the neat little box of science or the physical world we either say it is fake, or we say that those who experienced it are delusional.

This type of mentality is not only prevalent among those outside the church, but sadly it has become very apparent that it has taken root inside the church. Although many well meaning Christians would say they believe in God they live and act as if his supernatural power is not at work, or even worse, doesn’t exist.

Someone is miraculously healed of a disease and we question the legitimacy of it. Another person has a genuine word from the Lord to either build up the church or to encourage an individual believer, and we say, “you didn’t hear from God.” We gather as a church on Sunday’s to have a social gathering and to be encouraged for our week, but rarely do we actually believe that God is going to be present or move in our gathering. We say we believe God saves people, but rarely do we share our faith, pray for the lost, or even believe that God can and will miraculously change people.

We, as Christians, have bought into the lie of our world that we live in an imminent frame; meaning, that the physical world is all that exists.

But Acts 9 helps to remind us that there is more than just this physical world. There is a God who has worked and is working in miraculous ways to save people and heal them. And he is doing this in such a way that his glory and kingdom would be proclaimed. This God exists outside of this physical world, is in control of everything and has supernatural power that we cannot even begin to comprehend. As Psalm 115:3 says:

[3] Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.

This is why we read of a man named Saul, a persecutor of the church, who in an instant was changed. Jesus took him from being a murderer to the most fervent gospel preacher within the entire New Testament and early church. His transformation was so great that one group of Jews immediately came to faith through his ministry while another was ready to kill him within a few days and weeks of his transformation.

Clearly the power of God was alive and active in him and through him. And the result was the amazing spread of the early church throughout the entire Roman empire.

What would happen today if we, as Christians, regained a supernatural view of God? What would happen if we prayed and lived as if our God is powerful and ready to move in our lives and the lives of others in big ways? What would happen if we fervently prayed for God to boldly show his power in our lives, the life of his church, our communities, the world?

In general, every great revival started with a few people who banded together with the belief that God is powerful and wants to do big things in the lives of his people and creation.

So let’s stop trusting and believing only in what we see.  Instead, believe that God, through Christ, will do amazing and powerful things in your life and the lives of those around you. Pray big prayers and expect God to answer them. And live everyday with the knowledge that our God is a powerful, that his supernatural power is at work in us and our world, and that he will show us great and mighty works until the day that Christ returns.

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