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A Supernatural Lifestyle Written by: Chris Overstreet
Category: Testimonies
Article by: Nicolas
Date: 07/15/2008 10:35:13

The normal Christian life is to live life in the supernatural. God is not looking for a vessel of gold or silver to use, but is simply looking for willing vessels (I Sam. 6:7), young or old. He looks at our hearts.

Are you hungry for the reality of the Kingdom of God to invade earth? I often ask God for a gift of hunger for the things pertaining to His Kingdom. I used to weigh 375 pounds. I was constantly eating. I lived for the next meal or trip to McDonaldís. Itís funny that I sat all those years and ate fast food--whether a Big Mac, large fries or a chocolate shake--yet I never morphed into one of those things I was eating. My waistline began to increase, but thatís another story itself.

This story can be compared to church life. Just because I may go to church, I still may not be a born-again believer (John 3:3-8). Attending church could just make me very religious. But we know that religion does not save. It is our Savior Christ Jesus who saves.
When we receive Christ, we receive a new identity and are no longer sinners but saints! We step out of darkness and into the light. I believe that God wants to give us a fresh revelation of who He is in us as the Church, and who the Church is in Him.

The normal Christian life is to live life in the supernatural. God is not looking for a vessel of gold or silver to use, but is simply looking for willing vessels (I Sam. 6:7), young or old. He looks at our hearts.
From the revelation that we are sons and daughters of Christ, we can walk and do what He said we could do. In this article, I want to talk about living in the supernatural where signs and wonders become normal. Years ago, I thought that we had to have a special gift on our lives to see people healed, so I never prayed for the sick. Then I began to be bothered by a passage from the book of Mark in the Bible:

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every
creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not
believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: in
My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will
take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt
them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover" (Mark 16:15-18).

These verses say that believers will lay their hands on the sick and that the sick will recover. I began to think to myself, "Something is not right here, and I know that Godís word is true." Then I began to have righteous anger rise inside of me. I knew that I was a believer, but this sign of healing was not evident in my life. I would tell myself over and over, "Chris, you are a believer and you are going to lay your hands on the sick and see them recover!"

Even though I did not see breakthrough at first, it did not change Godís word in my mind. If someone would ask me, "Chris, how many people have you raised from the dead?" I would say, "None, YET, but I have only prayed for three to be raised."

If we create our theology and doctrine around our personal experience of discouragement, we lower the gospel to a humanistic mentality of words that can demonstrate no power. One of the greatest sins in the Church is doubt and unbelief. As Bill Johnson has said, "The Holy Spirit is imprisoned in unbelieving believers." He wants to use us more than we want Him to use us. It is not wrong to dream about being used by God. When we go to the movies, there is usually a sneak preview of a new movie to be released soon. What does that have to do with anything? Itís almost been seven years since I first began to dream about being used by God in the realm of the supernatural. I can even remember quoting Mark 16 and John 14:12 over my life. I had begun to think about the "greater works." If we can see the "greater works" and believe in them, they will become reality.

I would go into the secret place because He is in the secret place. I would see myself on the street praying for someoneís hurt knee. Then, while I was still in my prayer closet, I would act it out as if it were reality. I would place my hands where the knee would be and then command the pain to be gone, and he would be healed! Although this was not taking place in the natural, I knew it was my inheritance as a believer.

Signs and wonders are not for entertainment but are to lead us into a deeper revelation of Christ Himself. To expect a life of powerlessness is to accept a lower-grade gospel. If Jesus had done all the miracles only as God (not as man), then it would be impossible for us to do the same. Itís not good enough for us to only display one side of Christianity like good character and fruit of the Spirit. Thatís absurd! The Kingdom of God is not just in words but in power.

The first time I was in South Africa, I had my first chance to go on a safari at Krueger Park. As a team, we did not know how to get there even though we were very close. So we began to look for signs and finally spotted a sign that led us to the park. In the same way, signs and wonders point the lost to His Kingdom. When someone gets physically healed of sickness or a disease, this sign will point the person in the direction that Christ designed before the foundation of the world. It will point him or her to a soul-saving relationship. Stay hungry for the things of God. What you feed on will feed others around you. Intimacy is the foundation of Christianity.

The supernatural lifestyle is an outer flow of an inner commitment to Christ. If we desire to be used by God through miracles, signs and wonders, we desire His heart. We are a generation that is calling on Heaven to invade earth. In Heaven there is no sickness or disease. That must also be our mindset here on earth because in the school of prayer, He taught His disciples to pray that His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:9-10). Reach and touch someone. If you can see it, you can believe it, and it will become reality.

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