Monday, February 12, 2018

Expect the Supernatural

Monroe County Court House

At Redeemer we are focusing on being a Missional Church. Yesterday morning I preached on "Mission & the Supernatural." I shared some stories of God calling me to persons, and the Holy Spirit going with and before me to do supernatural things that opened up peoples' hearts to the gospel.

Like in Acts 10, where an angel appeared to Cornelius while he was praying, and Peter had a vision while praying on the rooftop of Simon the tanner's house.

When Linda and I lived in East Lansing we met a woman whose marriage was failing. She began to receive counsel from us. We shared the gospel with her. She was a chemist, a very intelligent scientist. But religiously, she was a blank slate, barely knowing what a Bible was. Then she had a supernatural vision.

She called in the morning. She shared how she awoke in the middle of the night. Before her, in her bedroom, she saw a lamb, and a cross with blood on it. The lamb, she said, was pure white. She watched this vision, like someone viewing a hologram, for thirty minutes. She insisted she was awake the entire time. 

It shook her deeply. It opened her up spiritually. After this event, she wanted to hear more about Jesus.

As I am praying this Monday morning, I am filled with expectation for what this week will bring. I am looking forward to God's supernatural activity in my life, and in my church family. 

Dallas Willard asks, "Can a normal person like me really be capable of having the same kinds of experiences as did Elijah or Paul? Who am I to put myself in the place of these great ones? Who am I even to suppose that God might guide me or speak to me, much less that my experience should be like that of Moses or Elisha? Such questions may seem to honor the greatness of God, but in fact they contradict what God has taught about himself in the Bible and in the person of Christ. God’s greatness is precisely what allows him to pay close attention to me or anyone and everyone else, as he chooses. God’s greatness is shown in his ability to work within anyone." (Willard, Hearing God Through the Year: A 365-Day Devotional, p. 44)

Willard suggests reading and meditating on these words of the apostle Paul. Take them to heart. Carry them with you. 

Expect.

Now to him who is able to do 
immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, 
according to his power that is at work within us, 
to him be glory in the church 
and in Christ Jesus 
throughout all generations, 
for ever and ever! 

Ephesians 3: 20-21

I write about hearing God and God's supernatural presence in my two books.