Contend for the Supernatural #5
“Stretch out for the Supernatural”
Jude 1:3 - - “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints”
· The Church began n the Supernatural at Pentecost – must finish with the Power of God also.
· The Western Church live in a culture of unbelief – must push against it.
· Story: What did you learn at Sunday school? How Moses crossed the Red Sea. “If I told you the way the teacher did, you would never believe it”.
· We have the power of choice – we can choose to believe God or choose Not to believe!
· It is time to extend our faith – 4 choices to make:
i) Desire the Supernatural:
· 1 Corinthians 12:7 “The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit without”
· Manifestation = supernatural operation, the Power of God moving through you.
· ‘Given’ => not earned but receive by faith.
· ‘Every man’ => God desires to work supernaturally through every believer.
· 1 Corinthians 12:31 – ‘covet earnestly the best gifts’.
· Covet earnestly = epithumia = deep craving, longing, to lust for, breath hard.
=> passion, intense desire to stretch out and take hold of something.
· God recognises and respond to the desires of our heart.
· E.g. Mark 10:50-51 “What do you want I should do to you?”
- Bartimeus pushed through all resistance – cried out strongly!
- He attracted the attention of Jesus – strong desire.
· Mark 1:24 “Whatsoever things you desire when you pray, believe”.
· Ask God for opportunities …..for His Power to flow through you.
ii) Connect with People:
1 Corinthians 12:31 “Covet earnestly the best gifts and yet I’ll show unto you a more excellent way.
· Gifts flow to meet the needs of people.
· The Power of God demonstrates the Love of God – must love and connect with people.
· Galatians 5:6 “faith works by love”.
The love for people motivates us to connect with them and expect God to move.
· Love chooses: * To become vulnerable.
* To position self in place of uncertainty.
Uncertain if win/loose or breakthrough/setback or excitement/disappointed.
* Not to build walls/hedge around your heart to protect self.
E.g. Mark 1:41 - Jesus moved with compassion – touched the leper.
He allowed the desperate situation of the man to affect him.
E.g. John 11:35 - Jesus wept => He felt deeply, allowed His heart to be touched.
E.g. Mark 3:5 - Jesus looked on them with anger, being grieved.
Jesus was a man of passion – felt deeply.
· Must allow the broken world of people to penetrate your inner world.
· Will see miracles, you will also see losses – affects your emotions!.
· Don’t harden your heart to people! – Don’t built walls around your heart.
iii) Choose to take risks:
· Matthew 4:29 “and then Peter was come down, out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.”
· RISK = to dare to undertake, to hazard, to expose to injury, loss, death, to put in danger, to “put in harms way”.
· You will never see the supernatural if you stay in the/your comfort zone.
· Miracles are just outside your comfort zone – you must take risks.
· Hudson Taylor – “unless there is the element of risk – there is no need for faith”.
· Aimee S. McPherson – Took risks.
“Is Jesus the great I AM or the great I WAS?”
Will you tell of the wonderful power the He used to have – the power that flowed from I WAS?
· The Holy Spirit wants to give new ideas, new thoughts, strategies – Listen expectantly.
· Be willing to change – leave the familiar behind.
· Kathryn Kuhlman - Think Big – Talk Big – Act Big – we have a Big God.
· Fill your heart with the vision for God doing new things, step out of the “what if?”
iv) Get over your disappointments:
· 1 Samuel 30:6-8 “Pursue – you shall surely overtake them and recover all”.
· All who set out to do new things face disappointments and setbacks.
· The more you desire and pursue the supernatural the more surprises and disappointments.
· Must take the risk of being hurt, face reality of disappointments.
· We cannot control God – we must partner with Him and trust Him.
· David: * Deep disappointment – unexplained setback in his
home and family.
* Encouraged himself into God.
* Pursued = run after, chase.
* Overtake = to reach, stretch out, overcome the
· Must arise beyond disappointments => Bitter expecting, unbelief.
=> Blaming self.
=> Bitter at God.
· Must let go of the “If only”.
E.g. John 11:21 - Martha – if only you had been here – bitter,
John 11:32-38 - Mary – if only you had been here – different spirit
E.g. 1Chronicles 13:10-11 – “and David was disappointed, became hard . . . . David experienced a humiliating setback, but got over it and moved on.
· Must let go Yesterdays disappointments, unanswered questions. Except God’s will. Be filled with a new spirit of pursuing.
· Mark 3:5 “Stretch forth your hand – and he stretches it out and his hand was restored”.