Through a glass darkly

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1 Corinthians 13:12)KJV

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

What is Supernatural?

Some recent comments to me have appeared to imply that I do not believe in the supernatural or that I am a skeptic concerning the power of God. Those "jabs" at my expense I find offensive and are untrue. Often in ministry we get very excited when things go our way and rightfully we want to give God the credit that is His due. However when things don't go our way, we have a tendency to blame Satan and his demons as the cause of our failure. I have seen both the power of God and demonic forces at work, yet it has not been demons that have caused 90% of our TFB High School students to abandon the faith. Their quest for fleshly pleasure and worldly approbation have claimed by far the majority of those that have bailed. This why the Bible warns us against the world, the flesh and the devil -the world is conforming us constantly unless we are being transformed, our flesh is seeking its own way and warring against our spiritual nature, while the devil prowls about like a roaring lion , seeking to devour weak Christians.
In the MTV generation, the world system is much more nefarious than Satan himself. He sits back and laughs that we focus so much on his works when the world, all the world lovers, and lovers of self do his work for him. Although he is a powerful fallen angel, he is not omnipotent and has already been defeated by the blood of Christ.

Praying against Satan is insufficient if we ignore the other two sources (world and flesh) that work to cripple faith. If we want something to pray about, let's pray that Jesus breaks people's attachment to things that entangle us and keep us from fixing our eyes on Jesus(Hebrews 12:1,2).

Here's my view on the subject:The word "supernatural" refers to "anything relating to a deity", so anything relating to God is by nature, supernatural. A miracle is an "extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs" or "an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment". Miracles are not births of babies or finding good parking places (as wonderful as those things can be) and are instead things like blind men seeing, Jesus walking on water, feeding 5000, parting of Red Sea and are very rare (by definition). To call births of babies and finding great parking places miracles "cheapens actual miracles- it degrades the definition" (this is from a statement made by Laura). I do not deny miracles, I suggest only that they are quite rare.

While miracles are supernatural (something done by God), not everything done by God is a miracle. Exercising one's spiritual gifts is supernatural, but if it happens regularly (normal part of one's Christian experience) it is not necessarily miraculous. The things God is doing in our ministries are often supernatural as well, but, as I was sharing with some co-workers, it is no longer necessary now(as I had prayed for years in the past to see one) for me to see a actual miracle in order to have faith. In fact, seeing a miracle would not create faith because faith is the evidence of things unseen. Jesus (John chapter2) sees people following Him because He performs miracles. The passage says , "But Jesus didn't trust them, because he knew what people were really like. No one needed to tell him about human nature."

Let's be careful not to see demons under every rock or a miracle in every sunset. Instead, let us have faith in the Creator and Sustainer of all things who has crushed Satan's head under His heel, fixing our eyes on Him instead of the world system.


  • At Thu Oct 06, 11:43:00 AM PDT , Blogger Laura said...

    You're on a roll, eh. Again, well put.

    I think the biggest issue that comes out of the 'Spirit in every sunset' mentality is a cheapening of the amazing and NORMAL things God does. It encourages believers to sit on their hands and wait for the Spirit when they should be out working.


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