‘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. 
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.
 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.
How important do you believe the keys of knowing Father’s pleasure and being filled with the Holy Spirit are to living the supernatural Christian life? What experiences have you had? Leave a comment in the comments box. If it is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.
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