We are on the theme of the supernatural. Supernatural, the new natural. Embracing the supernatural as the new natural.
July 21, 2023
We are on the theme of the supernatural. Supernatural, the new natural. Embracing the supernatural as the new natural. Let go of the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary. Supernatural is the new normal.
While reading a passage yesterday, I came across a profound statement in Deuteronomy 28:1. It proclaims that the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. You have been uniquely blessed beyond measure, transcending average. Dismiss the notion of settling for mediocrity. Average is not your destiny. You must reject the status quo and strive for greatness. You are elevated above all nations; God’s blessings shine upon you.
Now, let’s explore three crucial principles derived from God’s word. This is not my message, but rather an introductory overview.
Promise : The first principle is to discern the promises that God has specifically for your life. What divine assurances does He offer you?
Power : The second principle emphasizes that by embracing God’s promises, He imparts the power necessary for their fulfillment. For instance, if God assures you of blessings, that becomes a promise. As you listen to that promise, you receive the power to experience those blessings.
Principle : God provides the principles that lead to blessings.
Hence, the sequence is promise, power, and principles. If you only possess the promise and the principle without the power, you may experience burnout. Merely having the principles mentioned in the Bible and attempting to implement them through your own strength will likely lead to exhaustion. Therefore, you need the power that stems from embracing the promise. The promise grants you power, and with that power, you gain the ability to apply the principles effectively. This is how God’s word becomes transformative in your life.
As you stand firm in that promise, you receive the empowerment to fulfill the principles associated with it. So, indeed, the sequence is promise, power, and principles. Often, people focus solely on the principles and understand what they should do, but they lack the power to carry them out. However, the power resides within the word itself. Therefore, it is essential to remain rooted in the promise. By doing so, the promise imparts the power, and through that power, you are guided into applying the principles.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
PHILIPPIANS 2: 12-13
In this passage, Paul instructs believers to “work out their own salvation.” However, it is crucial to understand that we cannot work out what God hasn’t worked in. We can only work out what God has already worked in. It is God who initiates and brings about salvation within us. He deposits the gift of salvation within us. Let me illustrate this further. Did you know that everyone sitting here has six-pack abs? Yes, everyone has them, including you. The only difference is that you may not see them yet because they are hidden beneath layers of fat. We have the potential within us, but it may not be visible at the moment.
We all possess abs, but they may not be visible because they are covered by layers of fat. However, the truth remains that we already have abdominal muscles. They are formed when we engage in physical exercise, and as we burn fat, they gradually reveal themselves. The same principle applies to the message of Paul, who encourages us to cultivate and develop what the Lord has deposited within us. When we received Jesus, we obtained complete salvation. It is a permanent gift that cannot be lost because it is God Himself who has placed it within us. However, we may lose the joy, peace, and experiential aspects of salvation. Yet, the salvation itself remains secure in our spirits. Our spiritual being is completely transformed in the image of Jesus, through a supernatural recreation. In 1 Peter 1:23, it is stated that we are born anew by the living and enduring word of God. God did not merely seek to improve us or correct our flaws; instead, He recreated us entirely.
You have been supernaturally recreated in the image of Jesus. Furthermore, you have been exalted above all powers in the supernatural and spiritual realms. Your position is one of authority, surpassing all principalities. This knowledge is affirmed in
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Through your connection with God and Christ, you have been made alive and elevated to a position of prominence above all powers and principalities. Therefore, you are seated alongside Jesus himself. It is important to recognize that the power and authority you possess are equal to that of Jesus.
We eagerly await the physical return of Jesus, but it is essential to understand that Jesus has already shown up in your life. The moment you accepted Jesus, He entered your life, bringing the reality of heaven with Him. Your connection with Jesus is not limited to the spiritual realm; it should also manifest in your physical and emotional well-being. Therefore, it is necessary to actively engage and work out the salvation that God has already accomplished within you. Just as you exercise to develop your physical muscles, you need to work out your salvation to see its effects in your life. You may not visibly see salvation, just as you can’t see your abs until you work on them. So, the same applies to your salvation—work it out, work it out. The Bible affirms that you have been supernaturally recreated and elevated above all powers, but this positioning is not just a spiritual reality; it is a position in which you are seated alongside God Himself.
The assertion that you are seated at the same level as God is indeed found in the Bible. It is a profound truth that can be challenging to reconcile with our personal experiences. Our experiences may sometimes deceive us, but the Word of God remains steadfast and trustworthy. It is a matter of choice—will we believe our experiences or will we choose to believe God’s Word? Let us consider Peter’s experience when he caught no fish, yet God’s Word created an abundance of fish. Therefore, it is imperative to place greater faith in God’s Word than in our own experiences. According to Ephesians 1:3, you have been supernaturally blessed with every spiritual blessing. While it is essential to acknowledge these verses, I understand that you wish to move forward. So, let’s progress together, holding onto the truth that you are supernaturally recreated, supernaturally seated above all powers and principalities, and supernaturally blessed with every spiritual blessing.
Your supernatural account is indeed full. Repeat with me: full. It is not half-full, but overflowing with abundance. To experience the supernatural flowing into your physical life, you must make a deliberate withdrawal. Just like when you need money and your account is full, you go to the ATM or write a check to make a withdrawal. Similarly, you can make a supernatural withdrawal from your account. Instead of sitting and crying, which only drains your energy, take action and make that supernatural withdrawal. It’s simpler than you think.
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
That’s all it takes—simply call upon God, and He will respond. Let us not complicate the process; instead, let us embrace the simplicity of making a supernatural withdrawal by reaching out to God in prayer.
Make a supernatural withdrawal today, Do not spend another day living a defeated life. It’s time to tap into the supernatural resources available to you. Why? Because you have been supernaturally recreated, supernaturally seated in a position of authority, and supernaturally blessed with every spiritual blessing. So, make that withdrawal.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
It instructs us to”work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you.” Take note of the phrase “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” If you desire to see the deposit of salvation manifesting and God actively working within you, you need to work it out. The key here is working it out with fear and trembling. Let’s delve into the concept of fear. Working it out with fear and trembling holds the key to unlocking the supernatural. Just as you require an ATM card to make a withdrawal at the ATM, your spiritual ATM card is the fear of the Lord.
You possess the fear of the Lord within you, which can be likened to an ATM card. When you approach God with this reverence, you can make withdrawals and receive supernatural blessings in your life. This fear of the Lord acts as the key to unlock these heavenly blessings. It is crucial to believe that you already possess this access. God is not holding back His blessings; He has already released them over your life. Therefore, God is not the one responsible for any lack or absence of blessings. Repeat after me: “God is not withholding.” If I am not experiencing a blessed life, it is because I am not actively withdrawing or making demands. To make a demand on your supernatural account, you must employ the fear of the Lord. Let us say together: “Fear of the Lord.” This fear of the Lord is the means by which you can access your supernatural account. Now, what does it mean to fear the Lord?
Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Do you notice both fear and trembling mentioned here? Yes. It also instructs us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
So, here’s my genuine question: How can one experience joy while trembling? What does that look like? It’s important to understand that the fear of the Lord is not an unhealthy fear but a healthy one. There is a clear distinction between the fear of the Lord and other fears we may have, such as the fear of death, lack, the future, or being alone. The fear of the Lord is different; it does not cause torment or anxiety. Let me share a verse to illustrate this point.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 JOHN 4:18
When we speak of the fear of the Lord, we are not referring to the fear that brings torment or frightens us. God, as our loving heavenly Father, does not delight in His children being scared of Him. It doesn’t bring Him pleasure. Therefore, this fear is not the fear that stems from the anticipation of punishment. It is not the fear that we experienced as children when we knew we had done something wrong and feared our parents’ disciplinary actions. We are not talking about that kind of fear. The fear of the Lord is a healthy fear that arises from a place of awe, reverence, and deep respect for God. It is a fear that acknowledges His sovereignty and greatness.
In fact, in Deuteronomy, there is a passage that says, “Fear the Lord. You shall fear the Lord your God.” These are the same words that Jesus uses during the temptation in Luke chapter four when the devil tempts Jesus, saying, “If you bow down to me, I will give you all these things.” Jesus responds, “Worship the Lord your God.” In this way, Jesus redefines the concept of fear. It is not the fear of being afraid, but rather a redefinition of fear as worship. Fear of the Lord is synonymous with worship. When you encounter God, just imagine with me, if you were to experience God in His majesty, might, and awe, what would be your response? You would be filled with awe. Not fear as in being afraid of punishment, but awe in the presence of His greatness. So, you can serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. When you are in awe, let’s say together, awe, fear of the Lord is awe of God. Now, let me explain rejoicing with trembling using an analogy the Holy Spirit gave me. How many of you enjoy roller coaster rides? When you’re on a rollercoaster ride, it is exciting, adventurous, and brings you joy. Yet, at the same time, you may also experience trembling. That’s how it is with the Lord. He is so amazing that it leaves you in awe. It’s mind-blowing, in a sense.
He is so great that when you have an encounter with Him, you are filled with such awe that you are compelled to silence out of reverence and respect. Imagine if a chief minister were to walk through that door. How many of you would feel a sense of fear for him? It would be a fear that stems from reverence and respect. We would all rise from our places. If a mere human being can command such reverence, how much more should we revere the Creator of the universe?
So, it is the fear of the Lord that acts as your supernatural ATM card, allowing you to make withdrawals from your spiritual account. When your prayers are infused with the fear of the Lord, they will always yield results.
Now, let me provide you with one definition of the fear of the Lord from Proverbs 8:13. It states that the fear of the Lord is the hatred of evil, pride, arrogance, the way of evil, and perverted speech. Fear of the Lord involves hating everything that God hates. It means detesting the very things that God detests. Do you know what God hates? God hates sin, sickness, oppression, and depression. You know why God hates all these things? Because God loves you. He understands that these things hinder and limit you. Therefore, whatever comes against you, He hates as well.
God does hate certain things, such as sin and sickness, because of His love for you. When you share in God’s hatred for these things, you cultivate a healthy reverence for the Lord. Moreover, it is important to remember that Christ willingly died for the very things that God despises. He sacrificed Himself for your sins, your sickness, and your oppression. Instead of simply tolerating or managing what God hates, such as a mere headache, it is crucial to develop a deep aversion towards it. Embrace a wholehearted hatred for these things that oppose God’s will.
See, we should adopt the attitude of those three Hebrew boys who proclaimed, “We will not bow down before the idol.” When the king threatened them, saying, “If you refuse, you will be thrown into the fire,” they fearlessly replied, “We believe that God will deliver us from the fire.” What truly resonates with me is their subsequent statement: “Even if God does not deliver us, we will not bow down.” This unwavering determination should be our stance as well.
I strongly detest sickness in every way imaginable, firmly believing that God will deliver me. Even if I am not healed, I refuse to submit to its power. I reject any theology that contradicts the redemption accomplished by Jesus on the cross, suggesting that sickness serves my ultimate good or that it is God’s means of discipline. Such a belief system holds no place in my thinking. Instead, I choose to despise whatever God despises, irrespective of my personal healing. God hates sin, sickness, and oppression—anything that comes against us. Thus, I will not entertain or accommodate them. This is what it means to live in the purity of the Lord.
Why do I choose this path? It is because I have a profound reverence and awe for who God is. Isn’t that truly remarkable? Absolutely. Now, there’s one more point I’d like to address.
One essential aspect of the fear of the Lord is the presence of humility and honor. Without humility and honor, true fear of the Lord cannot exist.
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Therefore, humility must precede honor. In the morning, I received a revelation from the Lord regarding the definition of humility. Humility is acknowledging that we are not self-sufficient and recognizing our dependence on the all-sufficient One. It is understanding that we cannot accomplish things on our own, and we need our heavenly Father. True humility arises from this realization, regardless of one’s education, job, resources, or family. It is an admission that says, “Lord, I need You.”
“I am not self-sufficient. I need the all-sufficient One. That is humility, that is the posture of humility.” Once we humble ourselves and acknowledge our dependence on our heavenly Father, recognizing that without Him we can do nothing, we assume a posture of humility. This posture is not like Adam’s, who thought he could do everything even without God and desired to be like God. Instead, it is the posture of Christ who proclaimed, “Without Him, I can do nothing.” This posture of humility brings honor.
Honor, in essence, is not treating something as ordinary. God is not ordinary. It doesn’t matter if you have heard countless sermons or if you were born and raised in the church. Even for those who are pastor’s kids, it is crucial to relearn honor. We must understand that honor is not about treating something as commonplace or ordinary.
You demonstrate special consideration if you know when guests are in your house, and you take out those unused plates and wash them. Even the plates themselves seem to say, “Hmm, it’s like Christmas here!” Why do you do that? Because you want to honor your guests, recognizing their importance. You take special care and pay attention, understanding that humility and honor are key to maintaining the fear of the Lord.
When you embrace God’s fear, the supernatural will flow into your life, as you make a withdrawal from the realm of the supernatural. These five things will manifest:
By positioning yourself in the fear of God, the first thing that occurs is your growth in God’s wisdom. Proverbs 1:7 declares that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, while in Psalms it states that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Thus, when you embrace the fear of the Lord, you will experience growth in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
You grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Let me share something with you. Wisdom cannot be taught in the conventional sense. It is not something that can be acquired through formal education or schools. This is evident when we observe many individuals with impressive academic achievements who lack true wisdom. Their words and actions often go against God’s natural order. Why? Because wisdom cannot be taught; it must be caught. Growing in the wisdom of the Lord is a result of embracing the fear of the Lord.
Let’s consider King Solomon as a prime example. God appeared to King Solomon in a dream after he offered a tremendous sacrifice of a thousand burnt offerings. The cost of such sacrifices would be significant, with each bull alone valued at, let’s say, 2.5 lakhs. Nowhere in the Bible do we witness God approaching someone and asking, “What do you desire?” Why? Because acts of generosity touch God’s heart. It is only Solomon who had the privilege of receiving such a divine question. God invited him to express his deepest desires, promising to grant them all. Imagine, if Solomon had requested the planets Neptune and Pluto, the God of the cosmos would have surely granted them to him.
The God of the cosmos extends a unique invitation, asking, “What is your desire?” It is a profoundly special request, and why is that? Because sacrifice precedes it. Sacrifice has the power to unlock the doors of heaven. Consider the account in Acts chapter 10, where we encounter Cornelius, a Gentile. Cornelius held a prominent position as a Roman governor. Despite being a Gentile, someone unfamiliar with the Hebrew God, he devoutly prayed. To his astonishment, an angel of the Lord appeared before him. Do you know what is truly remarkable? The angel’s first words were, “Your prayers and your acts of generosity have captured the attention of heaven.” Here we witness a nonbeliever, lacking a prior covenant with God and understanding of Him, capturing heaven’s attention through his generosity.
King Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings. On that very night, God approached him and posed the question, “What do you desire?” And what did Solomon request? He humbly responded, “God, I desire nothing except wisdom and understanding to govern your people.” Notice his profound humility and posture. Despite his youthfulness, he declared himself a child, acknowledging his need for divine guidance in effectively leading God’s people. This humble plea deeply touched the heart of God. The fear of the Lord that resided within Solomon opened the doors of heaven, enabling him to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Moreover, his history is marked by the abundant favor of the Lord. Kings and queens traveled from distant lands just to witness the wisdom bestowed upon him. Do you grasp the significance? Embracing the fear of the Lord empowers one to flourish in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. However, there’s more to explore.
Jesus said, “Here is somebody who is greater than Solomon.” We often discuss Solomon with a sense of admiration and amazement. However, Jesus pointed out that there is someone even greater than Solomon residing within you. Therefore, if Jesus exemplified superior wisdom, knowledge, and understanding compared to Solomon, you are also capable of attaining such greatness. It is not impossible. Jesus himself declared that you have the potential to accomplish even greater things than he did.
The wisdom bestowed upon us by the Lord is the first gift we receive, encompassing wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
Yes, you heard it right – you become God’s dear friend. A prime example of this is seen in Abraham, who wholeheartedly believed in God and was bestowed with the title “the friend of God.” Abraham’s unwavering faith in God was credited to him as righteousness, solidifying his position as God’s cherished companion. Can you fathom being recognized as God’s friend? Imagine the privilege! For God delights in revealing His secrets and intimate knowledge to His dearest friends.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
As you cultivate a reverential fear of the Lord, a beautiful friendship is birthed. Let me recount an encounter I had during one of our services. The Lord spoke to me, emphasizing that true friendship with Him is contingent upon surrendering our lives, making Him the Lord over every aspect.
To experience the fullness of friendship with God, it is crucial to acknowledge and embrace His lordship over our lives. Just as a child must accept and honor their parents in order for a true friendship to develop, so too must we submit to the lordship of Jesus. It is through surrendering ourselves to His authority that we gain access to the beautiful relationship of friendship with Him. As Jesus Himself declared, “I no longer call you servants; instead, I call you friends” (John 15:15). This signifies a shift in our status from mere servants to cherished friends of the Lord. Therefore, by acknowledging Jesus as our Lord and allowing Him to govern our lives, we open the doors to an intimate friendship with Him.
When you possess the fear of the Lord, you will find that no other fears can grip you. Anxiety, depression, and oppression will lose their hold on you. The fear of the Lord becomes a powerful shield against all other fears. Let me share a verse with you.
In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.
Not only does the fear of the Lord instill unwavering confidence in us, but it also becomes a refuge for our children. Allow me to illustrate this with the story of Job. In the initial chapters of the book of Job, we witness Job offering sacrifices to the Lord out of fear for his children’s well-being. Unfortunately, his worst fears were realized. However, when we possess the fear of the Lord, it drives out all other fears. We can rest assured that our children are protected under the covering of the Lord’s fear.
When you fear, when you fear the Lord, you have no other fears. You have no other anxiety. That’s why when you fear the Lord, you have strong confidence. You can stand firm. I can face the world. I can face the world with whatever is coming against me. I can face it. Why? Because I know the one who is with me. You have strong confidence in the Lord.
When you embrace the fear of the Lord, you enter into a realm of life enveloped in God’s divine protection. Oftentimes, we yearn for a life of enjoyment, yet our fears of lack, uncertainty, insecurity, loneliness, and insufficiency hinder us from experiencing true joy. However, it is only when we recognize that we are completely shielded and secure in God’s care that we can truly relish life’s blessings. Allow me to share two verses with you that beautifully depict this truth.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.
When we possess the fear of the Lord, His protection becomes a safeguard against all forms of harm, the traps set by the enemy, and even the grasp of death itself. The fear of the Lord encompasses a divine covering that provides us with protection. And because we are protected, we can truly savor and enjoy the abundant life that God has prepared for us. Just as we fasten your seatbelts on a rollercoaster to fully immerse ourselves in the thrill, embracing the fear of the Lord ensures our safety and enables us to delight in the journey of life.
Wearing a seatbelt is crucial for your safety, just like the fear of the Lord is essential for your spiritual well-being. The fear of the Lord serves as a shield in the rollercoaster of life. With the seatbelt securely fastened, you can find solace in knowing that you are protected. Similarly, the fear of the Lord ensures your protection throughout life’s ups and downs. Regardless of the heights or depths you encounter, you can trust that the Lord who called you remains constant. His promises are unwavering. It is the fear of the Lord that preserves your integrity. As a result, you can embrace life with joy, regardless of external circumstances. Even in the face of an economic crash, your confidence lies in the Lord. The fear of the Lord becomes your source of strength. You are unaffected by layoffs and job losses because you understand that you are under divine protection. The fear of the Lord provides you with a shield, enabling you to relish life’s moments.
Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack.
When you fear the Lord, you will experience abundance. There will be no lack in your life, regardless of the circumstances or the environment you find yourself in, be it Delhi, Dubai, or anywhere else.
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Therefore, if you fear the Lord, you are blessed.
Moreover, as you operate in the fear of the Lord, not only will you enjoy the fruits of your labor, but those around you will also be blessed. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your household, symbolizing abundance and prosperity. Furthermore, your children will flourish like olive shoots around your table. The reference to olive shoots signifies their vitality and growth. To gain further insight, we can refer
Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
Therefore, when you fear the Lord, He will guide you in making wise choices. Your soul will experience well-being and contentment, and your children will inherit blessings and prosper in their lives.
When you revere the Lord, these blessings extend beyond yourself. They overflow, permeating everything and everyone around you. Those who are connected to you, be it a dog, a cat, a maid servant, or any other individual, shall also partake in the bestowed blessings simply by being in your presence. You dwell in an abundant state, overflowing with blessings due to your fear and reverence for the Lord.
I’m telling you five things that the fear of the Lord withdraws. The first one is wisdom. When we choose to fear the Lord, we gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. The second one is friendship. By living in the fear of the Lord, we open ourselves up to a deep and meaningful friendship with God. The third one is freedom from fear. The fear of the Lord dispels all other fears from our hearts and minds. Fourthly, it allows us to truly enjoy life. Unlike the fleeting pleasures of worldly places like clubs and pubs, when we find our position in the fear of the Lord, we experience genuine joy and protection. Amen. Lastly, the fear of the Lord leads to overflowing blessings.
5 powerful outcomes that stem from the fear of the Lord: wisdom, friendship, freedom from fear, enjoyment of life, and overflowing blessings. It’s like having one ATM card that grants you access to multiple blessings. Embracing the fear of the Lord positions you to tap into God’s supernatural power in your life.
Now, you may be wondering how to position yourself in the fear of the Lord. It requires humility and honor. You need to wholeheartedly despise everything that God despises, directing your focus towards eradicating any limitations that hinder your life. Refuse to entertain them; instead, develop a strong aversion towards them. When you come across limitations, boldly declare to the Lord, “I believe in the finished work of Christ, and I know He has already overcome this very obstacle.” Nothing should hinder your progress, whether it’s your boss, finances, job, or environment. You have been supernaturally transformed, and thus, there are no limits to your potential.
The key is to have fear of the Lord. So, the next time you sit for prayer, remind yourself to approach God with fear, humility, and honor. When you pray with these attitudes, God will answer. Call upon Him, and He will respond. This reminds me of the prayer of Jabez, where he asks the Lord to bless him and increase him. As a result, the hand of the Lord was upon him, and the Lord answered his prayer. Similarly, I declare at this moment that you will be blessed, you will increase, and the hand of the Lord will protect you from all harm. Whatever you pray for, you will receive an answer. Take a moment to respond to God’s word, humbling yourself and acknowledging that you cannot rely on your own strength or abilities. Don’t place excessive confidence in princes, your job, financial status, or your background. Instead, trust in God’s power.