Monthly Archives: February 2021

Supernatural Church

Becoming the Supernatural Church

 

The Supernatural Church Will Display God’s Glory Through Signs, Wonders and Miracles

 

Do you believe miracles still occur?

 

For many Christians, the answer to that question is a decided, “No.” These well-meaning believers have accepted the enemy’s lie that signs and wonders ended with the apostles. They have read the Bible and convinced themselves that they couldn’t possibly have a supernatural experience in this day and age. They have discounted that God, in all His glory, is still a miracle-working God. Thankfully, not only can God still work miracles through the Body of Christ, but He desires to.

 

Why Does God Desire to Work Miracles?

 

God is supernatural. He is still the same God who created the heavens and the earth out of nothing but His words. He is still the same God who breathed life into man and fashioned woman out of man. He is the still the same God who parted the Red Sea and brought the Israelites out of Egypt. He is still the same God who sent His Son to die for all the sins of mankind. He is still the same God who raised that Son from the dead and defeated Satan’s hold on creation. He is still the same God who has called each believer into a right relationship with Himself, and He is still the same God who continues to work in and through the lives of His people.

 

As His people, we have the awesome right and responsibility to walk in that same miracle-working power. We are called to be supernatural, too. In the book of Acts, after Jesus’ ascension, the apostles and other believers were waiting together for a sign from the Lord, telling them what to do next.

 

“And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:29-31)

 

Those believers petitioned God to give them the ability to preach the gospel with power and to work miracles through signs and wonders. They weren’t simply asking the Lord to help them preach a better sermon or do good in the world. No, they wanted the power of God to invade their lives so that they could share God’s goodness and love in dramatic ways—healings, deliverances, provision and more. They desired the supernatural.

 

What Does It Mean to Be Supernatural?

Supernatural means above natural laws and beyond the ordinary. This is what Jesus did when He performed miracles. He:

 

  • Healed the sick –Matthew 8:1-13, 12:10-13
  • Delivered the bound –Mark 1:23-28; Matthew 15:21-28
  • Fed the hungry –Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 8:1-9
  • Provided for the needy –Matthew 17:27
  • Raised the dead –Luke 7:11-16; John 11:19-44

 

He was walking in the supernatural!

 

In Joel 2:28, God promised that His people would perform those same kinds of supernatural acts: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.”

 

This is what is available to us as believers if we will invite the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. The supernatural move of God is what separates the Church from simply being another civic organization. Well-meaning outreaches are good. God tells us to feed the poor, care for the widows and orphans and help those in need, but our efforts are compounded—they become supernatural—when the Holy Spirit is invited to get involved (Exodus 33:16).

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Why Is the Supernatural Important?

Mature believers who have experienced the supernatural power of God must share the truth of it and how to walk in it with this next generation. If we don’t, the enemy will introduce them to counterfeit experiences. He will try to draw them away from God and Spirit-directed signs and wonders with false power.

 

As we learned earlier, it bears repeating that the Holy Spirit compounds our efforts. All our good and noble and diligent work will never equal God-ordained miracles. With the Holy Spirit, the Body of Christ will always be the strongest and most effective at sharing the gospel and meeting needs.

 

Jesus promised in John 14:12: “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” You are part of the supernatural Church. The Holy Spirit can work through you to do all that Jesus did and more. You can heal the sick, deliver the bound, feed the hungry, provide for the needy, raise the dead and even more. It won’t be by your strength but by His. The only requirement is that you allow the Holy Spirit to work through you.

 

If you want to learn how to operate in the supernatural, begin studying the life of Christ and the lives of the apostles. Examine how they lived and the miracles they performed. Then pray and invite the Holy Spirit to work in and through you in a similar way. Begin spending time in prayer. Listen for the Holy Spirit’s voice and obey His leading. You may also benefit from finding a respected mentor or church leader to guide you. If you don’t know one, check out the list of Partner Churches in your area. Let this be the beginning of a new life where signs and wonders aren’t the exception but rather the norm.

 

Learn more about the Supernatural Church in this broadcast with Billy Brim and Gloria Copeland.

 

 

Tackle Money Problems

6 Ways to Tackle Money Problems

6 Ways to Tackle Money Problems
 

When money problems come—and they come to many people—there are only two responses—the world’s way or God’s way. 

Many believers have trouble believing—really believing—they’ll ever be financially prosperous. They look at their mountain of bills, their dead-end jobs and the faltering economy, and they just can’t see how God could prosper them. When money problems come—and they come to many people—there are only two responses—the world’s way or God’s way. Sometimes you may even need to get past what your parents taught you about money, whether by words or example. No matter what your challenges are, there’s only one way out of the money troubles you’re facing—God’s way.

God’s Will Is Prosperity

Let’s get one thing settled right here—God’s plan is to prosper you. Sure, your bank account may disagree right now, but it’s still true. So, when you have money problems, what should you do?

First, we must remember that the Bible reminds us that we will face trials here on Earth, but that He has overcome the world. How do you tap into that? Here are six biblical ways to tackle money problems:­­

1. Ask God

“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” –Matthew 6:8, AMPC

Start with the basics. If you see a need in your life, talk to God about it. Ask Him for what you need.  Make sure, though, that you ask in faith, with full confidence that God will provide. To ask in faith is to leave worry out of the equation, trusting that His Word is true (Matthew 6:25-34).

So many times, we sabotage ourselves by asking for things without fully believing that they are ours the moment we ask. Mark 11:24 clearly states, “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”

2. Sow Generously

“Give, and you will receive…. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” –Luke 6:38

When you have a need—God says seed! When we go to God with a need, He immediately begins talking to us about something we can sow, or that we have sown, that will meet that need. Oftentimes, however, that’s the last thing we want to hear.

For example, there was a young rich man who ran up to Jesus and asked, “What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17, KJV).

“Go…sell whatsoever thou hast,” Jesus told him, “and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me” (verse 21, KJV).

With that, the man got up from his knees and walked away downcast. Verse 22 tells us why. “For he was holding great possessions” (AMPC).

In his natural way of thinking, he thought Jesus meant he was just supposed to give away everything he had. But that wasn’t the case at all. Jesus was simply trying to help him change from the world’s way of doing things to God’s way, by sowing a seed.

 When financial trouble comes, the first move many believers make is to stop tithing. That’s a big mistake! The tithe is our first and best seed. We tithe as an act of worship to God, showing our gratitude for His provision in every area of our lives. That is what Abram was doing in the first example we find of tithing in the Bible (Genesis 14:20).

That is exactly what we do today. We tithe because we love God and are grateful for His provision. And according to the Word, the more we honor God, the more He empowers us to prosper (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

God’s plan is not only to meet our needs but for us to have plenty left over to sow to every good work. If you’re struggling in your finances, check your giving. It can be tempting to pull back, but that’s the devil trying to instill fear in you to prevent you from receiving your harvest.

Watch Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis share how tithing puts you on the increase.

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3. Resist Discouragement

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9

Are you in a place, financially, that seems so low it seems there is no possible way out? You may even be fighting the battle against falling into discouragement.

To properly fight discouragement, it’s important to first pinpoint where it comes from—fear and unbelief. It comes when you listen to the devil’s lies about what God is not going to do for you.

Courage comes from believing what God says regardless of what the circumstances look like. Courage comes from faith!

As the people of God, we have to stop looking at our own abilities, failures and limitations and start looking to God. We must rise up in the Name of Jesus and the power of His Spirit and establish the kingdom of heaven upon earth.

If you’ve been discouraged lately, refuse to listen to Satan’s lies. Instead, start talking back. Whenever someone tells you God is not going to deliver you, you just tell them, “He’s already delivered me in the Name of Jesus.” Whatever the evil report, answer back with the Word of God that matches your situation.

Remember, God didn’t suggest that you be strong and courageous. That is His command!

4. Saturate Yourself in the Word

“For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” –Matthew 12:34

If you’re facing financial difficulty and you can’t seem to stop speaking negatively about the situation, there is only one solution—time in the Word. The more of God’s Word that you put into your heart and mind, the easier it will be to access the truth in your heart when you’re speaking about your situation.

Words have power. They can hurt and they can bless. Our words have supernatural power—power that changes circumstances and shapes destinies.

Words reveal what we truly believe. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:34, 37, NKJV). That is why it is so important to say what God has said. When you do, your mind will begin to believe and agree with God’s Word instead of agreeing with the symptoms in your body, situations in your life and what you hear from others around you.

5. Increase Your Intake

 “Meditate on it day and night…. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”—Joshua 1:8, NIV

What do you do if your situation still doesn’t improve? You increase your Word consumption. In Proverbs 4:20-21, we’re reminded, “My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart.”

If you’ve ever planted a garden, you know that a heat wave can cause considerable damage to the crop. The scorching sun saps the moisture all the way down to the roots and plants droop to the ground. To revive them back to a state of life, they need more than a sprinkling of water—they need to be saturated—lots of water for a long period of time. This allows the nourishing, refreshing, life-giving water to get back down to the roots.

If your situation has been dragging on, you may feel your faith drooping to the ground. You need more than a sprinkling of the Word—you need to be saturated!

Read your Bible morning and night, listen to worship as you drive, speak confessions as you work, tune in to the VICTORY™ network (formerly BVOVN) each day. Whatever you do—stay in the Word!

6. Stand for Victory

“After you have done everything…stand.” –Ephesians 6:13, NIV

 To stand is a state of being firmly planted in one place. It does not involve movement or shakiness. That may not seem courageous on its own, but what if the circumstances were that of a battle? When most people would think of running, standing still and firmly in one place would seem very courageous!

When we’re in a battle, even in our finances, we are called to stand firmly on the Word of God without turning to the right or to the left. We are called to take up the shield of faith in the midst of a full-on assault.

First John 5:4 tells us “we achieve…victory through our faith.” Victory will come. You may not see the manifestation immediately, but that does not mean that God’s Word isn’t true or that it isn’t meant for you—because it is.

When you continue to repeat the first five steps we’ve talked about again and again without doubting, without wavering, without questioning—that’s what it means to STAND.

You can tackle money problems. The victory has already been won on your behalf. Money is not meant to be a burden, but a blessing! It’s time to take a stand for what God has in store for you and resist the enemy with everything in you. He will flee, and you will overcome.

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