I live life naturally in the supernatural. I’m being trained to understand the supernatural realm and especially to understand the new supernatural nature we have through Jesus Christ. It’s awesome to learn what I’ve been learning but remember the original Karate Kid movie? Wax on, wax off? Eventually we understand the exercises and training are only to improve our party tricks but there is opposition we’ll encounter and the muscle memory learned in training will keep us in peace because it becomes part of our DNA.
There are two erroneous ways to deal with the supernatural – both are common in the North American church. Today we’ll talk about the first error and on Friday’s post, I write about the other.
First, we’ve been taught psychics , mediums and the black arts are phony. Are some of the practising psychics phony? Absolutely, but not all of them and to discredit them in one fell-swoop denies us the ability to protect, fight and advance against the dark spiritual forces. You can’t fight a war if you don’t know you have an enemy.
Last week, a customer entered the insurance office of a friend. During the business interaction, the customer asked the employee (not my friend), “Is your name Jessica? Has your mother passed away?” Jessica confirmed both questions and the customer said, “I’m here to tell you, she’s doing okay.” Jessica was alarmed and asked how the customer knew her information. The customer said she was a medium.
My friend was concerned (as was Jessica) because both are Christians and the encounter was contrary to what both of them believed about the supernatural realm – that is, they are fakes and phonies. It created an opportunity for a conversation about the experience. My friend knows I do something similar – receive a word of knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8) and use it to begin a conversation with someone to give them an encouraging word from the Lord. (I never bring a message from the dead because that kind of message is not received from the Holy Spirit, but from the demonic forces.)
Romans 11:29 says the gifts and call are irrevocable and without repentance – meaning you don’t have to be a professing and believing Christian to operate in the spiritual gifts. It also doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit is the only source for supernatural information. We all have receptors to hear and interact with the supernatural (some people’s are more trained than others, but we all have access).
There are varying reasons as to why someone might use their gift apart from the Lord, but some common reasons are fame and fortune. Another reason is like the prodigal son, who wanted his inheritance to live life as he wanted - then and now - instead of work the family business and gain influence under the watchful eye of his Father.
Okay, we have a real foe with seemingly real powers. What should we do about it? Satan would like to keep us in fear and stay focussed on him because when our focus is on him it can’t be on the Lord and our victory. We don’t dwell on the enemy, nor do we deny him but remember greater is he (the Lord) who is in us, than he (Satan) who is in the world. Our God is bigger, period.