A Supernatural Lifestyle Written by: Chris Overstreet
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
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
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
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.