The Supernatural Lifestyle Begins Here

‘When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”’ (Luke 3:21-22)

Jesus baptism was an act of obedience and of scriptural fulfilment, as well as an example to us to follow. [1]

Jesus’ baptism was also significant in that it marked the launch of His season of public ministry. And as such, provides us with important keys for living our own supernatural life with God.

3 Keys to a Supernatural Life

1. Know and Live out of Father’s Pleasure

‘And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”’ (Luke 3:22)

At the outset of Jesus’ ministry, the Father declared His love and affirmation over Jesus.

God’s pleasure in His Son was not based upon works of service—the Father’s declaration occurred before Jesus had done any ministry, any preaching, any miracles and healing, and before He faced the cross. The Father’s love and pleasure simply arose from the fact that Jesus was His son.

The power of their relationship was such that Jesus would later say, ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father.’ (John 14:9) And He went about revealing God’s love and compassion for people.

In the same way, before we can live a supernatural life and share the Father’s love with others, we have to know and experience His love for ourselves.

  • Do you personally know Father’s love and affirmation for you as His child?
  • Can you distinguish His Personal love for you, apart from your service for Him?
  • What does it look like to acknowledge and enjoy the Father’s pleasure in you every day of your life?
  • What does it look like to see others—even those who are bound in shame and sin—as the Father sees you?

2. Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove.’ (Luke 3:21)

Jesus did no supernatural works before He received the Presence and empowering of the Holy Spirit at His baptism. From this time onward, Holy Spirit’s power was the means to fulfil all that the Father showed Him to do. In every word or action of Jesus, we see perfect unity between the Father, and Jesus, and the Spirit.

Jesus said that asking for and receiving the Holy Spirit is a privilege of sons and daughters: “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13)

The experience of the church in Acts demonstrated that Holy Spirit’s infilling and empowering was not a one-off event. It is available to us on an ongoing basis. (see Acts 4:23-31) In fact, Paul instructs believers to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. (Eph 5:18) As we are filled, the life and power of the Spirit flows out from us to others. (John 7:37-38)

  • When was the last time you asked God to fill you with His Holy Spirit?
  • Can you look back on your life and see a difference in the way you live and impact others, during times when you have encountered and been filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • Are you are aware of Holy Spirit as a Person—and His Presence with you?
  • What is the value to you—and to others around you—of remaining filled with Him and deliberately seeking to be so?

3. Follow Jesus’ Example

It is time we looked again at that simple statement, ‘What would Jesus do?’ (WWJD)

‘What would Jesus do’ begins and continues with walking intimately with the Father. It requires us to see and act as Jesus did—through the lens of the Father’s love for us and for others. ‘We Love because He first loved us.’ (1 John 4:19)

To ask ‘What would Jesus do?’ but to separate the answer to that question from the Presence and power of Holy Spirit—is to deny the very power of God to change lives. It is through the Presence and power of the Holy Spirit that God’s Kingdom is manifested on earth. (Matt 12:28)

And these three things are the foundation of the supernatural Christian life.


Notes

[1] Some more scriptures on the subject of water baptism: Acts 2:38, Acts 8:35-38, Acts 16:31,33, Romans 6:3-6, 1 Cor 12:13.


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6 thoughts on “The Supernatural Lifestyle Begins Here

  1. Bren

    Someone said not WWJD, but how about “What DID JEsus Do?” This is a cool idea, gets you to think more actively about His actual responses…

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Great stuff, Bren! I have spent some time reading through the Gospels this year and musing over the places Jesus went, the people who gathered to Him and the environment He carried with Him and created wherever He went. It’s amazing how a fresh look can inspire and change your life.
      As you say, even one little word can make a world of difference and change our perspective!

  2. Amy

    Great word Mrs. Calder. This is deep, yet simple; much like God’s love for us. It is simple to get yet it runs deep, deep, beneath. I love this!!!
    Your are truly annointed in teaching with your teachings….:) … You go deep!!!

    Going Deep:

    God told me that I would be going deep.
    Lord, what does it mean to go deep?

    To go deep is to go beneath what you physically cannot see.
    How would you know the depths of the sea, if you never went beneath?

    Go beneath the deep blue sea to see what’s underneath the water;
    and if the water is resistant, then peddle a little harder.

    To go deep will lead you to the sea of people who are dying underneath what the physical eye cannot see.
    They are crying a sea that says: go deep to rescue me.

    ******

  3. Bren

    To Amy – thanks for the lovely lovely poem!

    Love the idea that reflects how so much is veiled to many people right now. The darkness of the world is almost invisible to the majority. And as a person ‘of the light’, you see evil and it’s manifestations, which are quite ‘ordinary’ to our culture. But to God they are anomalies and perversions of evil.

    I feel so frustrated personally that the veil has been lifted to relatively few of us, but I wish it were lifted for everyone. And I pray God will keep opening Christian peoples eyes to see more clearly too. Some of us can be quite shallow and not even realise it.

    GO DEEP indeed!

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