LIVING A SUPERNATURAL LIFE (Part 2)
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV)
Many Christians today are not living the higher, superior or supernatural life that God intended for them in Christ simply because they lack a precise and correct knowledge of who they are in Christ, what they have in Christ, and what Christ has accomplished in them and for them through His finished work.
Without a precise and correct knowledge, full discernment, or recognition of your new spiritual identity (nature, life, condition, status, position, authority, and inheritance) in Christ as a result of the New Birth experience, you will continue to think, judge, speak, live, act and walk as a mere, ordinary or natural man, who is without God’s life, nature and Spirit (1 Cor. 3:1-4).
It is absolutely impossible to live a higher, superior or supernatural life God expected you to live in this world without you knowing and internalizing the truth that as a new creation you are no longer in the flesh; rather, you now have the Spirit of Christ, you now have the life of Christ, and you no longer have a corrupt or sinful nature, but only a divine nature.
Similarly, your body is now the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you forever, you are now holy, blameless and above reproach in God’s sight, and you are presently seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Having examined some scriptural truths about the new creation in the first part of this piece, we shall now focus on what it really means to live a supernatural life in this piece.
What does it really mean for a Christian to live a supernatural life?
First, living a supernatural life is walking in God’s kind of love:
It is common and natural to love your family and friends, but hate your enemies. It is nothing abnormal or extraordinary to bless those who bless you, to curse those who curse you, to do good to those who do good to you, and to pay evil with evil.
On the contrary, it is uncommon, abnormal, extraordinary or supernatural to love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute you.
This is living a supernatural life!
This is what Jesus did and taught His disciples to do!
Matthew 5:43-48 – NKJV
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
45 “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 “And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
It is not having God’s kind of love that is the hallmark of a supernatural life, but walking in God’s kind of love!
Every born-again believer has God’s love poured out into their hearts by the Holy Spirit at the New Birth, but sadly, not every believer is walking in, expressing, or demonstrating God’s love in their dealings with people.
Living a supernatural life is simply walking in love just as Jesus Christ has loved you!
Ephesians 5:1-2 – NKJV
1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Second, living a supernatural life is walking by God’s kind of faith:
It is common, normal or natural to live, act, operate or walk by your natural senses. It is natural to base your choices, judgements and decisions in life on your natural senses – what you can see, hear, taste, feel or touch.
Living by your natural senses is a natural, normal or ordinary living!
On the contrary, walking by faith or basing your choices, judgements and decisions in life on spiritual truths or realities (God’s Word) is living a supernatural life.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – NKJV
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Sadly, many believers today, unlike Paul, are fixated on the things which are seen (physical realities) and not on the things which are not seen (spiritual realities).
Having faith is not living a supernatural life. All believers have received God’s kind of faith at the New Birth. However, not all believers are operating or living by God’s kind of faith.
Many believers today are not walking by faith, but by sight. It is only those living, walking or operating by God’s kind of faith that are living a supernatural life.
2 Corinthians 5:6-9 – NKJV
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
Third, living a supernatural life is walking in the Spirit:
It is common, natural or normal to gratify the passions, lusts, cravings or dictates of the flesh. Similarly, it is common, natural or normal to trust in or rely upon your natural strength, skill, wisdom or talents.
Unbelievers are debtors and slaves to the flesh and so they live in the flesh, walk according to the flesh, and put their confidence in their flesh.
On the contrary, the born-again believers are no longer debtors to the flesh to live in the flesh, to walk according to the flesh, and to put their confidence in their flesh.
Apostle Paul attests to this truth in his epistles.
Romans 8:9-14 – NKJV
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors–not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Philippians 3:3-7 – NKJV
3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,
4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so:
5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;
6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
Living a supernatural life is not just having the Holy Spirit but letting the Holy Spirit have you!
All born-again believers have the Holy Spirit but not all believers are walking in the Spirit and thus living a supernatural life.
Living a supernatural life is simply walking in the Spirit!
What does it imply to walk in the Spirit?
Carefully consider these scriptures (Galatians 5:16, 25) in the following translations:
Galatians 5:16 – NKJV
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:25 – NKJV
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16 – AMP
16 But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).
Galatians 5:25 – AMP
25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]
Galatians 5:16 – GNT
16 What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature.
Galatians 5:25 – GNT
25 The Spirit has given us life; he must also control our lives.
Galatians 5:16 – NLT
16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
Galatians 5:25 – NLT
25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
Galatians 5:16 – MNT
16 This is my meaning: Let your steps be guided by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Galatians 5:25 – MNT
25 If we are living by the Spirit, let us also keep step in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16 – WNT
16 This then is what I mean. Let your lives be guided by the Spirit, and then you will certainly not indulge the cravings of your lower natures.
Galatians 5:25 – WNT
25 If we are living by the Spirit’s power, let our conduct also be governed by the Spirit’s power.
In summary, looking at these scriptures (Gal. 5:16, 25) in different translations, we can deduce that walking in the Spirit implies the following:
- Being responsive to the Holy Spirit;
- Being controlled and guided by the Holy Spirit;
- Walking by and in line with the Holy Spirit;
- Allowing your conduct to be controlled by the Holy Spirit;
- Letting the Holy Spirit control your life;
- Allowing the Holy Spirit to direct your life;
- Letting the Holy Spirit guide your life;
- Following the leading of the Holy Spirit;
- Letting your steps be guided by the Holy Spirit;
- Keeping step or pace with the Holy Spirit;
- Letting your conduct be governed by the Holy Spirit.
Beloved, you have now all the divine potentials or capacities needed to live a supernatural life (walk in God’s love, God’s kind of faith, and walk in God’s Spirit) in this present life.
Therefore, stop thinking, speaking, acting, walking or living below your divine potentials or capacities, just like the unbelievers who are without God’s love, faith and Spirit in their hearts.
Rise up today and start to live and walk as Christ did!
1 John 2:6 – NKJV
6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for granting me all the divine potentials to live a supernatural life in this world. My Dear Holy Spirit, teach and help me daily to utilize and maximize my divine potentials as a new creation in Christ to live a supernatural life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.