The Message

Living in the Supernatural

Are you living in the supernatural?
There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end is death. Proverbs 14:12
What seems right often is just the opposite of what is right. Our human nature is wired to give others what seems fair. If I am hurt, I certainly am likely to hurt back. The tendency is to give others what they deserve. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, that’s the default mechanism for how we can decide to treat others. It is natural, it is fair. The video below offers a way for us to respond to the hurts that we will inevitably suffer and live a victorious, fruitful life. We can learn to live in the supernatural.
Much of our culture today is living in the world of cancellation. Values that differ are subject to rejection. Rather than listen to a different point of view out of respect for another, discussion can be shut down. As a result, it makes it hard to learn because one side believes that the other side should be censored. If that is the case, we will have great difficulty learning from one another. But, we can listen to one another without cancelling one another. That requires respect and honor for the opposing viewpoint.
It seems these days, many have cancelled God. Some consider the iPhone smarter than the Bible. The Ten Commandments are unwelcomed and often removed from minds as well as public places. Authority expressed through laws can be seen as repressive. Truth is relative, determined by opinion, not an absolute requiring obedience. 3 out of 10 consider themselves NONES – atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular. Love has been redefined to exclude God and include the freedom to do whatever one pleases to do.
Jesus said that if we loved him, we would keep his commandments (John 14:21). Love is demonstrated by a life in submission to God. That submission is a surrender. If God is not in charge, we will be in charge and  live in the natural. Doing things “My Way” instead of “God’s Way.” A life in Christ is just the opposite.
 
We can live in the supernatural if our decisions are based on what we believe God wants us to do.
Consider this: if we do not know the Word of God, how can we obey God? Without the Bible, we are on our own, forced to live only in the natural. But, with God, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We have the power to do what is right and in the end is life, even abundant life.
Connected to God, we are like a branch drawing life from the Tree. Disconnected from the Tree, we are dead branches, fruitless (John 15:6). You have the power not in yourself but by faith in God to produce a fruitful life.
Natural or Supernatural?
In the following video from Pastor Alan Brumback, we learn that it is natural to respond to hurt with unforgiveness but supernatural to forgive. We have a choice.

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