The Bible has many examples of supernatural things happening. The Old and New Testament clearly display people exercising wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues. Nearly every sermon I have ever heard, challenges the listener to examine their life, compared to the scriptures, and if there is an area where our life’s experiences differ from the Bible we are to take a hard look at it. I would like to propose that we do this regarding the modern day supernatural.
I will go first. I have seen/experienced speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues, but the other supernatural gifts appear to be in short supply in my life. I have witnessed people healed, just not of anything life threatening. I am not saying that it does not happen, I am saying I have not witnessed it and when I hear about it, it is from 20 years ago. I have also not witnessed Biblical, authentic words of wisdom or prophesy. I say Biblical, because the Bible tells us to wait and see if a word or prophesy comes to pass in order to determine if it is legitimate. I have heard many things that are passed as words of wisdom or prophesy, but they fall short on the coming to pass part.
Discerning of spirits also appear to be in short supply. I know of churches who are deceived by people that are simply trying to make fun of them (Google “Borat in a Pentecostal service” for an example). There are also many examples of active, participating church members and pastors who clearly live a double life of sin and none of it is seen until it is painfully obvious to the entire world. These are excellent opportunities for discerning of spirits. Finally, the Bible teaches about the gift of faith. Those with this gift have a trust and confidence in God that allows them to live boldly for Him and manifest that faith in mighty ways.
Once again, self examination leaves me feeling convicted. We all expect the common sinner to feel conviction, when they compare their life to the pages of the Bible, but as faithful Christians we tend to insulate ourselves from this type of conviction. I admit that honest self reflection is not comfortable. It would be far easier to simply shake it off and focus on what God IS doing, not what is missing. What if we applied that kind of logic to the common sinner? When they come to our churches we focus on the fact that they have a loving family (what God is doing) and just ignore the drug abuse that is destroying their health. None of us would agree with that, so can we agree to allow the conviction of what is missing to overwhelm us and do it’s changing work? This post is not about seeking miracles or signs, it is about Christians examining our lives against the pages of Scripture and admitting that we are in need of a supernatural overhaul. The people in our world are in need of real wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles and prophecy. Now it is your turn. Compare your life to the pages of scripture and allow conviction to produce a change in you that this world desperately needs.