God’s people have always been distinguished by His supernatural power!
Noah was a just man who walked and talked with God. His relationship with God saved him and his family from the destruction that came upon the rest of the earth.
Abraham was chosen by God to be the father of a nation that belonged to Him. God called him to leave his home, his relatives, and to go to a land He would show him.
From the very beginning God has shown His heart of love and salvation for all who believe in Him, and His desire for them to be great, to be blessed, and to be a blessing to others!
Belief in God results in walking and talking with Him.
Walking and talking with God positions you to hear what He has to say.
Listening to and obeying God’s voice results in the supernatural!
I’m sure those long years of building the ark when everyone else was going about doing whatever they felt like doing was worth it all when Noah walked off the ark with his family by his side!
God supernaturally saved Noah and his family!
I”m sure it was worth leaving the comforts of home and the long time of traveling to a new country when Abraham and his wife Sarah held their new born son, Isaac, in their arms.
God supernaturally provided Abraham and Sarah with a son!
From these chosen men and their families God put into motion a chosen generation that represents His salvation and blessing that distinguishes His people through His supernatural power and love!
“You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.” Deuteronomy 14:2
Throughout the Old Testament God’s people, His own special treasure, were distinguished by supernatural blessings of provision, supernatural acts of nature, and by supernatural victories over their enemies.
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever!
The supernatural didn’t stop with the Old Testament.
A virgin gave birth to a Son, and she called Him, Jesus!
God’s heart of love brought salvation to His people once again, through the life, death, and resurrection of His one and only Son, the perfect Lamb of God!
Jesus left His throne in heaven to bring salvation to earth.
Jesus called twelve men to leave the comforts of their home and jobs to walk and talk with Him.
Jesus called the disciples to follow Him. His call to them wasn’t so He would have cheerleaders who would pat Him on the back and keep Him motivated. They were not to just be in awe of what He was doing and applaud His displays of the miraculous.
Jesus called His disciples into relationship with Him so they would learn from Him, to live as He lived, and to do as He did!
Jesus wanted His disciples to get it, to fully understand what it meant to follow Him. Jesus reminded them over and over that He was here to do His Father’s will, not His own.
Jesus’ disciples needed to know it wasn’t about them, but by following Jesus’ example of complete surrender and trust in His heavenly Father, they had access to the supernatural!
Several times Jesus came to the disciples, some of who were experienced fishermen, when they had caught nothing; their nets were empty.
But when Jesus told them when and where to let down their nets they were supernaturally filled with fish!
Then there was the time Jesus was sleeping in the bottom of the boat during a raging storm and the disciples ran and woke him up, terrified they would drown, and believing Jesus didn’t care about them. When Jesus saw their response and realized their fear He rebuked them by asking them where their faith was.
Then Jesus supernaturally calmed the storm.
Jesus put the disciples through tests to prove their faith.
Like the time He tested Philip…
“Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.” John 6:5-6
Philip’s first response was in the natural. He replied that even if they worked for months they wouldn’t have enough money to buy food for all the people.
But Andrew must have been starting to get the supernatural ways of God…
“Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” John 6:8-9
Andrew was learning to look at what was available with the possibility that Jesus could do something with it!
When those five loaves and two fish were placed into Jesus’ hands He looked to His heavenly Father and thanked Him for them. Even Jesus didn’t trust in His own ability! He thanked God for the little that was available and began to break it and gave it to His disciples to give to those who were hungry.
The crowd of over 5,000 people were supernaturally fed, with twelve baskets of leftovers!
Jesus was demonstrating to His disciples that they are not to rely on the world’s ways of meeting needs. He was showing them that even the little they have available is to be given to God in faith. And when they thank God for it and place it in His hands, He is able to do above and beyond anything they could think or imagine!
As they went out on the grassy hillside and picked up each left over piece of food it was another reminder of the supernatural power of God!
God’s people are still to be distinguished by His supernatural power!
And this is why I am to explain my faith…
It is because of God’s supernatural power that we have been married for 37 years…
It is because of God’s supernatural power that our children walk and talk with God…
It is because of God’s supernatural power that we have always had everything we needed, and more…
It is because of God’s supernatural power that our printing business continues to thrive in a “paperless” society…
May I always be aware and thankful for the supernatural that God does in my life every day, may I always be ready to explain those God stories to others so they will see the goodness of God, and may I have great faith to give God the little I have, to thank Him for it, and see the supernatural abundance He produces!
God’s supernatural working in our lives isn’t just so we will live a blessed life, but it is so we will demonstrate the goodness of God so others will want we we have!
God’s supernatural power is about building God’s kingdom!