I had an experience on Saturday that threatened to steal my peace.
The same thing happened to me around this time last year and when it did, I reacted with fear, anxiety, and worry over what might happen.
This time, I felt my old emotional reactions rise up to overtake me as they did then. But something even stronger rose up inside me at the same time. It was like a big stop sign that brought the old emotional reactions to a halt by commanding “Stop. You are not going there.”
This new determination to control my emotions surprised me. And you know what? It felt great!
In that moment, I was determined to set my mind on faith. I was determined to trust the situation to God no matter how I felt.
God taught me something important Saturday that I want to pass on to you: “Faith is a supernatural act.”
The natural reaction would have been to fall back into my old pattern of anxiety and worry.
I recently studied the story again of how God commanded the Israelites to go in to possess the Promised Land (see Numbers, chapter 13). Unfortunately, they chose to do the natural thing: they looked at the giants in the land and compared themselves to them. And because they saw themselves smaller in comparison, they reacted with fear and refused to do what God called them to do.
If you limit your mind to the natural, then you narrow the options that God has to change your situation. But if you elevate your mind to the supernatural realm through faith, then you are able to take action based on confidence of God’s love for you. Exercising your will and setting your mind on faith opens the door for God to move in supernatural ways on your behalf.
Faith is what Jesus had when he fed thousands of people with five barley loaves and two fish. However, the disciples could only see the natural: They said it could not be done and they were right logically. But Jesus did not look at the problem. He looked at the possibilities and used what he had to do in order to do what he could. And so God was able to move supernaturally on his behalf and amplified his effort.
So Saturday, I took these lessons to heart and committed myself to do what is supernatural and act in faith:
“Work as if everything depends on you, but have faith knowing that everything depends on God.”
Now you might have this underlying fear: What if the things you are believing for don’t happen?
That is covered in the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, the Hebrews who refused to bow down to worship the king’s golden statue (see Daniel, chapter 3). We often point to their story as one of faith but consider their response when the king said he would kill them if they did not worship his image:
“… If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
They spoke in faith, but they knew that God is sovereign and the ultimate decision on how to move was His. Yet, they acted in faith because it was the right thing to do.
So starting now, I dare you to believe that God will deliver you in your seemingly impossible situation. I dare you to do what is supernatural by standing in faith so that God has every option to act in your life and that includes natural AND supernatural ways.
And even when it is hard to stand in faith, continue to do so because it is the right thing to do and because you want to please God:
Hebrews 11:6: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Starting now, won’t you join me and dare to put supernatural faith to the test and see God’s power move in your life?
Be blessed in health, wealth, and wisdom,
Creator of the ‘Take Back Your Temple’ program