Living Naturally Supernatural

Image

“Hey Mate, our visas are in order and plane tickets are booked. We should be back on the 29th of August. Looking forward to seeing you all! I closed the email and felt a curious mix of angst and excitement swirl around in my gut. Our friends from Australia would indeed be returning to their home at the end of summer.  So in forty days, we would need to know where we will be living, and me not having regular employment. This is what I have longed for, to prove the Kingdom is real and living life in such a way that intervention from Heaven is a natural part of everyday existence.

Jesus teaching includes the topic of Heaven’s intervention in our lives relative to supernatural provision. Consider His words written in the last four verses of Matthew chapter six in the NLT“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

 That seems reasonable. We do not need to be out of this house for forty days, a later day will bring its own worries. For today, I am at peace. “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.” (Psa. 37:25 NLT) I have seen the hand of Providence move many times since I began leaning toward the Kingdom many years ago. The telling of the stories would fill the space of many books. In the last year alone, provision came through unexpected sources and usually in the nick of time.

Many years ago, while attending a school of ministry in Tulsa, our oldest daughter had some medical issues needing attention. Sheri and I were both attending school and our provision was very tight. After taking our girl to the doctor, we needed to pay the bill, which totaled $45.00. The very next day, as we were leaving our apartment, I noticed in my peripheral something flapping on the outside of the door as I pulled it closed behind me. There was an envelope taped anonymously to the door containing $50 cash. That was enough for the doctor’s bill and a $5 tithe!

During the years of raising up the church we pastored, we witnessed the favor and blessing of God in countless ways. Provision was realized not only in our ministry, but also in our personal lives. A man, gifted in construction, offered by the grace of God, to build us a house. On two different occasions during the building project, friends from our church blessed us with checks of $10,000.00! Both couples told us that they are doing it because of being “prompted of the Lord to do so.” Many stories are coming to my remembrance causing my heart to beat faster with excitement and gratitude.

The book of Revelation 19:10, contains a statement that reveals the power of talking about God’s dealing in our lives. “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”  Miracles in your life demonstrate the nature of God. Every story we tell of breakthrough carries the potential to release the power of Jesus into a hopeless situation. When we share what God has done, it causes faith to explode as the testimony prophecies His desire to do the miracle again! So, when we are in seasons of need, it is good to rehearse the ways God has moved in our past. Your history with God becomes a message to enable others as well to step into the same miracles you’ve experienced.

I have also noticed a correlation between my expectation of good things happening and God’s provision even in small occurrences every day. Give us this day our daily bread.”  I have discovered that if I hold beliefs that limit my experience of God’s abundance, it is my responsibility to change those beliefs. If I believe God is good, and His intentions toward me are favorable, then I am open to unexpected blessings and surprises throughout my day. It is up to me to take advantage of opportunities through aligning my actions to meet opportunity, but I keep my heart open to abundance through gratitude and expectation.

 “Faith gives substance to our hopes, and makes us certain of realities we do not see.” (See Heb. 11:1 NEB) Hope means to cherish a desire with anticipation. But what about, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick?” (Pro. 13:12) What if our hearts have been disappointed so many times our faith becomes irrelevant because we’ve learned to despise our own hope?

Mark Chironna writes in, Beyond the Shadow of Doubt: “Hope is experienced at a feeling level of the soul and is triggered by our imaginations. If our memories are disappointing, then our hopes are not active. Memory and hope are inseparable. We build our hopes through life most often by the remembrances of past successes or the dream to overcome past failures. Either way, our imaginations are built upon the foundations of our memories.

 If you have had little success in building energizing memories based on affirming life experiences, your hope for the future can be weak or nonexistent. Your blocks from the past need to be reconciled and removed.”

 I moved to California two years ago with a sick heart. Having experienced years of disappointments and losses, with little time to heal, I had to take a bold step to recover my heart. There comes a time when every wounded person arrives at a very important moment. Will they open up their heart to the Love of God and allow Him to touch the painful areas of their life? I have since experienced many encounters that have brought tremendous healing and breakthrough.

Sometimes, we move forward in life with bold steps full of assurance and bravado. Other times, we walk tentatively, like carefully stepping out on a pond covered by thin ice listening for the ominous sound of cracking. In my present season of discovery, I walk somewhere in between the two, with confidence and yet trepidation. One thing I am certain of, I’m going to have great stories to tell!

Advertisements

My 30 Day Challenge

“The people who sat in darkness, have adjusted their eyes.” This paraphrase of Matthew 4:16, reflects a mounting frustration I’ve felt growing deep within my heart like a fetus. Like a child growing in a womb, it eventually takes over and makes his presence felt. The incessant kicking and movement eventually wins over all sensibilities until birthing becomes paramount. We, especially those of us in the church, have settled for mediocrity in our lives and created theology to explain away our powerlessness. There is a question that has haunted me for decades, “Is this all there is?” For me, a time of “Birthing” is at hand.

Since I was a small boy driven to prayer by various domestic disturbances, which assured me that the world would not be a safe place, I have lived with an awareness of the reality of the unseen “Kingdom of Heaven“. God whispered into my heart long before I ever spoke of it to anyone. It wasn’t until I was much older that I discovered skepticism was a normal way of thinking for most people I encountered.

Now that I am older, I am no longer ashamed or hesitant of what I believe. One of the hallmarks of aging is, you know what you know. No one’s conjectures, theories or rationale can stand against a person’s experience any more than a light breeze will blow apart a brick house.

The New Agers, whose beliefs often make more sense than those of “fundamental” Christians, call this Kingdom, “The Universe“. The Secret, however, isn’t an impersonal “Law of Attraction“, it is discovered in the knowledge of a King and His Kingdom, a Son and his system… a Person and His principles. Aligning your thinking and words with this Kingdom brings tremendous transformation and a release surprising power in the world and circumstances around you.

Herein lies the challenge, and the point of my tension. The natural world is very distracting and exerts tremendous pull on our interior life. Like a tug-of-war, our soul is in constant tension between what our senses engage, and what our heart is drawn toward.

As James Allen so eloquently phrases about this inner war, Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself. He also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master.”

Although I do not believe we achieve “Divine Perfection” by thought alone, i do however, believe we have control over our thoughts and we can focus them how we desire. So, I have decided to take a little journey for the next thirty days. I left my job that has been absorbing a lot of my energy and focus and I am in pursuit of the Kingdom. For the next 30 days, I want to refocus the “eyes of my heart” and thoughts on the “unseen” Kingdom… and write about it. Every day will be a new chapter.

So, why am I writing a blog about writing, especially on Day One of a thrirty day challenge? I guess, its about commitment. Because now that I put it out there, I will deal with embarrassing myself for not completing what I set out to do. But there is another reason.

wave

In the words attributed to W. H. Murray“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
So, thanks for reading and sharing this journey with me. I do not think I am alone in this hunger for “More.” I believe there are many who are “pregnant” with something Divine and are about to give birth. You are Called for something amazing and you are tired of not being “picked” because of church politics or nepotism. Be encouraged, your Gift will make room for you in the earth the way an acorn releases and resonates the signal to the soil around it that a tree is about to be birthed! So adjust your eyes to a growing brightness of Heavenly glory!