Introduction – Naturally Supernatural
Every community or tribe of people have unique qualities that define them as a culture, and those things come from corporate agreement. During the course of this series we are going look at the following subjects that make Refuge Tribe unique and defines our unique expression of faith. Our Foundations Series this summer, will focus us as a faith community into these things, awaken the inner spiritual life to walk them out.
1 – The Goodness of God
2 – Dominion Mandate
3 – Supernatural Lifestyle
4 – A Culture of Love and Honor
In this Session we will look at the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and unpack the reality of what it means to be sealed, anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit and live naturally supernatural. I want to share with you some verses that point us to this truth.
The love of God is experienced through the Holy Spirit Romans 5:5 – and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
The Holy Spirit is in us – He is the Person of the Trinity who is most present with us today 1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 2 Timothy 1:14 Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
We have fellowship with the Holy Spirit 2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
The gospel is preached with power by the Holy Spirit 1 Thessalonians 2:5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. Hebrews 2:4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.
We are sealed for salvation by the Holy Spirit Ephesians 1:13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
All of us have a supernatural gift from the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
These verses by no means are a comprehensive exegesis of all of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. But I thought that mentioning these verse would encourage us to begin to cultivate the paradigm that we all have access to walk out our lives in a supernatural flow.
At Refuge we desire and honor the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and our mission as a Body of Christ, is to host His presence and experience His love, revelation, gifts, signs and wonders. We can look back and see another community of believers in Acts 4 that operated with the same desire and saw tremendous growth, miracles, signs and wonders, and experienced a victorious life.
a) Peter and John had been released from spending the night in jail for healing the man at the Gate called Beautiful at the Temple. God used this miracle to preach the message of Jesus, Messiah, and bring them into the presence of the very ones who condemned Jesus to testify and offer repentance to them. Eventually their disobedience to God resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70.
a) This Church strengthened themselves in God, and appealed to heaven.
b) The Greek does not say “raised their voices in prayer”, but says, lifted their voices in one accord to God. The word for one accord is HOMOTHYMADON, which means one mind, one accord and one passion. Prayer is assumed in our translations because they lifted their voices to God. But we can see prayer in unity, passion, worship, and praise.
c) We see worshipful prayer as this Church approaches God in the place of reverence, holiness and awe. The title Sovereign God/God Almighty, is the recognition of His transcendence, and power as Creator God. If this God is in you and with you, who can be against you?
a) The Church prays the Word of God, Psalm 2, and declares that all who stand against the Church are standing in the place of a sure defeat. This Church was rooted in identity of who they are as God’s very own beloved.
a) It was the design and plan of God for Jesus to suffer for sin as the Lamb of God. Jesus is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
b) This truth communicates the incredible and unfathomable love of God for people. In His foreknowledge of the Fall, He still determined to create humankind in His image for the sake of Love.
a) Instead of deliverance from the persecution of their enemies, the Church asks for boldness. Greek for boldness – PARRĒSIA – freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech, free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance
b) They are asking to be free from the fear of man.
c) They call themselves servants – Greek – DOULOS – a slave, bondman, man of servile condition, metaph., one who gives himself up to another’s will those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men, devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests
a) The Church wages war in the love. They did not ask God to destroy to but to heal and work signs and wonders through His Church. A gospel that is devoid of power is not the true gospel. We can never settle for a form of religion with no power.
b) They ask for healing – Greek – IASIS – to cure or provide a healing
c) They ask for signs – SĒMEION – of miracles and wonders by which God authenticates the men sent by him, or by which men prove that the cause they are pleading is God’s
d) They ask for wonders – Greek – TERAS – a prodigy, portent, miracle: performed by any one e) Through the Name of Jesus – In ancient culture the name of someone revealed their identity and communicated what they were about. In this case, we see a connection of Jesus to the Divine Name of God. Philippians 2:9 – For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
a) The Lord confirmed their prayer with a manifestation. Manifestations of the Holy Spirit confirm His presence and confirm in us that we are being touched by Him.
b) They were filled – Greek – PIMPLĒMI – to be fulfilled and to be full c) It is interesting to note that even though we are sealed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we can still have an external experience with the Holy Spirit in which He come and fills us.
a) Generosity and unity are confirmations that we are a Holy Spirit led community. It is interesting to note that the word for Common in the Greek is also synonymous with something being Levitically unclean. The thought here is that possessions of this life are not sacred but to be used as one has need.
b) The apostles operated in MEGAS DYNAMIS – Mega Power! These power demonstration proved and pointed to the truth of the resurrection of Jesus. Again we have the message of Jesus Christ connected to a power demonstration.
c) Much grace or abundant grace was on them – MEGAS CHARIS – that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech, good will, loving-kindness, favor, of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues, the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace