SUPERNATURAL, Week 1, Do You Believe In Miracles?

Supernatural, Week 1    

Supernatural adjective:

1. (of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.”a supernatural being”

Supernatural noun

1. manifestations or events considered to be of supernatural  origin, such as ghosts.

“Do you believe in miracles?”

Matthew 15:30-31; Matthew 11:4-5

Introduction

[US beating Russia in 1980 Olympics]

  1. It is not only one of the most famous broadcasting calls in sports history, it also asks a great question, ”Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”
  2. That unbelievable upset was as close to a miracle in the sports world as you might ever get.
  3. So I ask you, ’’Do you believe in miracles?”

Miracle: Act of God using or exceeding the laws of nature to perform humanly impossible feats to reveal His power and glorify Himself.

There are two things you need to notice immediately about that definition.

First, a miracle assumes there is a God who can perform one.

Second, it assumes that God does indeed perform miracles.

Third, a miracle is a act of God, however Satan also makes Supernatural things happen…

Side #1: The Darkness

7 Creepy Signs You’re Being Haunted By A Ghost Or Other Supernatural Figures

These are kinda spooky to talk about, however they do happen and they can happen to Christ Followers. 

       

3 Things The Supernatural Darkness is Trying To Do:

1. Destroy our Faith : An important issue is that Satan and his demons are active and they are trying to destroy our faith.  They seek to make Christians doubt their faith and lose their hope.

“Don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.” 1 Corinthians 10:10

2. Get our Attention. One of the main ways that the demons hurt us is when they get our Attention.  If we focus more on them, rather than on the Lord, the darkness wins.

“To fight this we must keep “our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:2

3. Lead Us into Temptation.. By bringing people, events, experiences, etc., into our lives, Satan hopes to hurt our faith and walk in the Lord.  Satan tries to make us fall and lose hope in Christ.  He is trying to destroy our lives.

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” Jesus (John 10:10)

Transition

“The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world…God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil…But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” John 1:9, John 3:19, 1 Peter 2:9

Side #2: The Light

(then in future weeks we will go deeper into the Supernatural…knowing the ways of the two sides of the battle)

7 Powerful Statements about our Life and our Supernatural Savior

  1. The Grand Miracle:  the incarnation of Jesus Christ…God became man

Now the problem with this thinking should be obvious: if miracles are impossible then the study of Jesus is a waste of time, because Jesus Christ is defined by the miraculous-from his virgin birth to his sinless life to his physical resurrection.

1. Jesus healed many

”A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all…Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel.”   Matthew 15:30-31

2. God Became a Man

“In the beginning the Word already existed.  The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He existed in the beginning with God.”

“God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created,  and his life brought light to everyone.” John 1:1-4

3. Jesus Walked on Water

“as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, but he called out to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here!’” John 6:17-20

4. Jesus healed from a Distance

“When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, ‘Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.’ Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” “But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” Matthew 8:5-17

5. Jesus Raises the Dead

“Then Jesus shouted, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in grave clothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth.”  “Jesus told them, ‘Unwrap him and let him go!’” John 11:40-44

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