Too many Christians limit themselves to the natural, and they miss the supernatural. A lot of people haven’t’ seen God come through, because they are holding God up. Some are either delaying or denying God’s supernatural presence into their situation and into their circumstances.
God has natural laws that govern the world. The world works by natural predictable laws. For instance the law of gravity, the sunrise, sunset etc. These are laws that are predictable.
However, supernatural is where God trump’s His own laws. It’s where God overrules Himself. Yes, laws were set in place, by Him. But a miracle is where He overrules those laws that He has set in place in order to accomplish something He wants to do.
When we accepted Jesus as our personal Savior, we entered the realm of the supernatural, which means, we have access to that which operates outside of the natural. The problem is in our thinking, because we are so tied to the “natural realm,” we often miss, resist, or deny the supernatural.
This concept goes deeper in the story of Christ raising Lazarus from the dead. To summarize: Martha and Mary have called on Jesus to heal their brother Lazarus, whom is sick. When Jesus finds our He answers them in John 11:4 – “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Then Jesus delays going to them to help Lazarus. During this time of delay, Lazarus dies, right after Jesus said that he wasn’t going to die.
Mary and Martha are now very upset and grieved. John 11:21 – Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” In other words: “Where were You when we called on You?”
How many of you have prayed and been disappointed because you thought Jesus didn’t show up in time? The Lord didn’t do what He clearly said He was going to do; you thought He would rush to help, but He’s taking His time; and you thought He had answered your prayer, but the answer was the opposite. Even some think that God has made the situation worse.
John 11:38 – Then Jesus again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus felt deep anguish, because in verse 35, it says, “Jesus wept,” which is the shortest verse in the Bible. So, Jesus cried at the pain and shared the pain with Martha and Mary.
While Jesus sympathies with our infirmities, He would never let His emotions govern His theology. He would feel it, but He wouldn’t let how He felt determine what He did. He didn’t let His emotions rule His decisions. His commitment to God’s truth had to override His emotions at the moment.
Now He seeks to address the problem. So when He gets to the tomb, He issues a command. John 11:39 – Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
Martha did what most of us do when Jesus issues a command that we neither like nor understand. She enters the conversation with human logic. However, everything she said was correct about the situation. But we argue back with the Lord with our limited human logic that may be absolutely correct.
John 11:40 – Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
And there it is! Nothing will block the supernatural power of God like our own logic. Some have educated themselves “out of the supernatural” because it doesn’t make sense. Too smart for God to believe what He has said. When we think we are too intelligent for the Kingdom of God, we live only in the natural.
Believing is seeing! Jesus didn’t say, “If you see, you would believe.” He said, “If you would believe you would see the glory of God.” In the natural, you see before you believe. Not so in the supernatural. In the supernatural, if you would believe, you would see! What would we see? The glory of God on display. God revealing Himself as God in our circumstances. But, you will not see it in the natural until you believe it in the spiritual.
Look what happened when Jesus came to Nazareth if you don’t believe. Matthew 13:58 – And He did not do many mighty works (miracles) there because of their unbelief.
We will be limited if we do not do what He has commanded, move the stone, act on His Word, whether we like it or understand it and believe Him when He says He will do it. We sit and dwell on how God is going to do it and try to figure it out ourselves.
God has a revealed will, that’s what He says in the Bible and He has a secret will. Deuteronomy 29:29 – “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Yes, there are secret things that belong to God, because He hasn’t revealed them. You cannot get to God’s secret will if you have ignored that which He has revealed in His Word. In other words: If you have to “see” what He’s going to do before you believe and do what He has told you to do in your situation (move the stone, revealed will), you will never see what He’s going to do! He will keep secret His secret will, until you believe His revealed will. And if we don’t do what He has told us to do, He won’t show us what’s He’s up to in secret, in the supernatural realm.
Don’t try to figure it all out ahead of time, because you can’t! His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8).
John 11:41 – Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father,I thank You that You have heard Me.” Martha and Mary were not there by themselves. There were others there to help them with something they could not move themselves. Martha or Mary could not and did not move the stone, others did. That’s why we need other Christians involved in our lives to help us move stones we are not able to move on our own. God won’t move, until the stone is moved.
If you cannot move that stone that is hindering you, get some people around you that care enough about you, to help you “move that stone!” That is what the body of Christ is for, helping others move those obstacles out of the way.
There are a lot of things that God is waiting to do, that are His will, but only after He sees faith put into action. When Jesus said, “Father, I thank You that You heard Me,” He is speaking in the “past tense.” God heard Him and the miracle was already done in the spiritual realm.
Tense matters. When Jesus said before Abraham was, “I am,” that tense matters. So, when Jesus said, “You have heard Me,” whatever He’s getting ready to say next, He had previously discussed with the Father. If you look back in verse 4 when Jesus heard about Lazarus’ sickness, He made reference that He had already talked to the Father. So the Father and Son have agreed that Lazarus sickness would not be unto death, even though Jesus stayed two more days. The matter was settled.
Our supernatural miracle has already been agreed on in the spiritual realm. That means we do not have to beg God to do something that is already in His will. He is waiting on us to “move the stone,” so He can let you see what was already agreed upon. This is when the Son intercedes for the believer because He is our “Intercessor.” Once faith has been exercised, even if it has to overrule logic, it is manifested in the physical realm in our situation.
John 11:43 – Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” This was a specific reply to a specific prayer request. This is personal. (Verse 44) And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave-clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
Notice this: Lazarus came forth bound, still tied up. He was still wrapped in death cloth. He was alive, but he was not liberated. He had the miracle, because what was once dead was now alive. But Jesus called the small group that was there to, “Loose him!” Jesus wanted the people that were there to participate in this miracle.
God doesn’t just want to do a miracle that excludes us, He wants to do miracles that include us! We are part of the miracle! He did enough to get it going, then the people stepped in and loosened Lazarus up. This is so we can see that God can use people in the circumstances of the lives of people to do His will.
2 Corinthians 6:1 says, “We then, as workers together with Him…” He wants to do what we can’t do, but we do what we can do, so that we become partners in the supernatural miracle-working process.
John 11:45 – Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.
God doesn’t do miracles just to show off. He does the supernatural so that His name will be known. Many people come to God wanting their miracle and blessing, but after they receive something, they don’t give God the glory that He deserves. That miracle is soon forgotten. How do I know this? Because I don’t hear them telling others how good our God is. They never witness; they don’t give Him the credit; they don’t respond in giving to others; they are only talking about “their” blessing. God does not bless us for just us. He blesses us for His name; His glory; the impact; of our testimony to others; and our ministry to further His kingdom.
“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so!”