Celebrating Supernatural Living Part 1
by John Lowe
(Laurens SC, USA)
Title: Celebrating Supernatural Living
Text: “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes.” (Isa. 54:2, NKJV)
Scripture reading: Isaiah 54
The Christian life is a supernatural life, an exciting adventure that begins with a life-changing, spiritual birth. It begins with faith and continues as a work of faith. Living the Christian life this year can be a celebration.
In Isaiah 54:2, the Lord called for Israel to expand their vision, “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes” (Isa. 54:2, NKJV).
This was to be done in preparation for the Lord’s restoration of Israel. The prayer of our hearts should be for the Lord to stretch our vision, enlarge our faith, and expand our goals. A faith-vision is one in which we visualize what God intends to do and then we act in harmony with it.
Hebrews 11 records men and women who had a faith-vision. They saw by faith and obeyed God’s call. If we are to experience the adventure of believing God, we must do four things.
1. Learn to think supernaturally.
2. Learn to plan supernaturally.
3. Learn to pray supernaturally.
4. Learn to claim supernatural resources.
None of these things are limited by age but are actually enhanced by it. The wisdom and experience that arrive with the years can help us to think, plan and pray and then you can reach out to God and claim what He has promised in His Word.
Let’s begin our lesson by reading the scripture for today.
1 “Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate Than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes.
3 For you shall expand to the right and to the left, And your descendants will inherit the nations, And make the desolate cities inhabited.
4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
5 For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name, And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.
6 For the Lord has called you Like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, Like a youthful wife when you were refused,” Says your God.
7 “For a mere moment I have forsaken you, But with great mercies, I will gather you.
8 With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting kindness I will have
mercy on you,” Says the Lord, your Redeemer.
9 “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; For as I have sworn That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, So have I sworn That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
10 For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
11 “O you afflicted one, Tossed with tempest, and not comforted, Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, And lay your foundations with sapphires.
12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal, And all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children.
14 In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
15 Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.
16 “Behold, I have created the blacksmith Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work; And I have created the spoiler to destroy.
17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
The first thing we must do to experience the adventure that will come from believing God is to “learn to think supernaturally. Isaiah 55:9 says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
We must strive to have the mind of Christ so that we can control our thoughts as an act of our will, and resist the temptation to sin. But how can we change our thought life?
First, we can saturate our minds with God’s Word.
Next, we can follow the words of Colossians 3:1-2; “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Think worthy thoughts, faith thoughts, and thoughts of praise, worship, and thanksgiving. Finally, think about the attributes of God-His goodness, greatness, generosity, and glory.
Think supernaturally! Think about who you are spiritually. No longer a servant, but a son or daughter of God. No longer lost, but found. No longer an alien, but a citizen of the kingdom. Think of your spiritual heritage, the hope of your calling, the richness of His glorious creation, and the abundant greatness of His power to believers. Think like children of the King! When we begin to think these thoughts, we stretch our vision.
Knowing God for who He is will change our lives.