Supernatural Lifestyle

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.” (Lk. 3:21-22)

Jesus’ baptism was significant, because it marked the launch of a 3-year season of supernatural ministry. And How did it start… with a voice from heaven! This Voice of the Father, provides us with important keys for living our own supernatural life with God.

3 Keys to a Supernatural Lifestyle:

1. Know and Live out of the Father’s Pleasure:

“You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.”

At the outset of Jesus’ ministry, the Father declares His love and affirmation over Jesus. God’s pleasure was not based on works and the Father’s declaration occurred before Jesus had done any ministry. He had done no preaching, no miracles and healed no one, yet He was embraced by His Father. The Father’s voice resonated in the heart of His Son long before He faced the cross.

The power of His identity with the Father was such that Jesus would later say, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (Jn. 14:9). He lived out of that identity and went about revealing God’s love and compassion for people. In the same way, before we can live a supernatural life and share the Father’s love with others, we have to know and experience His love for ourselves.

2. Be Filled with the Holy Spirit:

“And as He was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove.”

Jesus did no supernatural works before He received the Presence and power of the Holy Spirit at His baptism. From this time onward, it was the Holy Spirit’s anointing that enabled Jesus to fulfill all the Father showed Him to do. In every word or action, Jesus was in perfect unity with the Father. One valuable secret that Jesus tells us, is that receiving the Holy Spirit is the privilege of sons and daughters. “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Lk. 11:11-13)

The experience of the Early Church demonstrated that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was not just for Jesus. The supernatural lifestyle is available to us on an ask and receive basis, because we are sons and daughters. In fact, the Apostle Paul instructs believers to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). As we are filled, the life and power of the Spirit overflows like rivers of living water (Jn. 7:37-39).

3. Doing What Jesus Did:

As Jesus heard and responded to the voice of His Father… we must be patient to respond to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

After 3 ½ years of training by Jesus, perhaps the greatest lesson of all was the way Jesus waited on the Father. The disciples of Christ were commanded by Him to wait in Jerusalem until they were clothed in power. In obedience, 120 disciples gathered in an upper room and waited to see what was next. And what was next, was nothing short of amazing! That supernatural lifestyle could only be theirs, if they waited for it.

Three days later… nothing, five days later… still nothing, eight days later… Not even a hint of what was coming until that tenth day. When the day of Pentecost had fully come, so also did their expected outpouring. After days of worship, prayer, and waiting, the wind of heaven blew in and the fire of the Holy Spirit fell upon all of them. This little band of believers was filled with power, just as Jesus said. In their first day, 3000 people were saved and the Early Church was born. God was touching everyone within reach. They preached the Gospel of Christ, routed devils, healed the afflicted and lived out of that same supernatural lifestyle they had seen in Jesus.

There is no other way to see or do what Jesus is asking of His followers. It requires a supernatural lifestyle (Mt. 6:10).

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