A Unique Freedom
A friend of mine stated that his hero was Superman, because he had always wanted to fly. There is something inside the heart of a man that longs for total freedom. Flying would definitely be considered as a form of freedom. This is a unique freedom. A man can be free politically, socially, geographically, and free from poverty; for there are many freedoms. There are natural freedoms, and there are spiritual freedoms. And when spiritual freedom is truly realized, you are actually liberated in another form of freedom, a transcending of the supernatural superseding into the natural. Only a person with true supernatural freedom could be free to such a degree that the limitations of gravity have no effect on him, to the degree that it would prevent him from exemplifying the Name of the One who made him free enough to fly.
The entrance into such freedom is the entrance into the ultimate freedom; which is freedom from the bonds of death. You can be free from all the earthly dangers and such, however, unless you are free from sin you are still bound. This is a supernatural freedom because it took a supernatural event to constitute; the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Truly, Truly I say to you; ‘If you continue in sin is a slave if sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever. The son does remain forever. So, if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.’ John 8:34-36
Even if you are bound in all of these other venues, if you are free in Christ, then you are truly free. And if we are totally free, then why is a Christian’s hero, Superman? A fictional hero with supernatural powers, who can fly? There is something that now resides inside each believer that now longs for more freedom. We are now supernatural, because we have been born in the Spirit. There is a longing to be free even from the natural elements and experience that which is greater; to overcome natural problems and obstacles; to enjoy creation to a degree that would only be possible with supernatural ability. When we have freedom in the Spirit, it is freedom across the “board.” We have supernatural ability, but not many of us know it or how to tap into it. I am not claiming to know all the answers but I do know that it’s available. Jesus can do anything, and he chooses to use us to accomplish His eternal missions. We should not have to look at fictional characters to find an example of that which is supernatural. We should be able to find supermen and women within the church, within ourselves!
Another friend of mine has had a reoccurring dream. In the dream, he is able to swim under water, without holding his breath. Then he is able to come up out of the water and fly through the air. After flying around, he dives back into the water and swims around again.
Because we are mankind, and created in the image of God; there is in the heart of every man a longing to experience something supernatural, something more, above and beyond all that this present life has to offer. When we watch movies, we are taken to another place, raptured into the characters themselves. When we watch sports, men and women with great natural talent; we are elated, we are thrilled, and it takes us beyond ourselves, because those that we admire accomplish things that we cannot do, but fantasize about through them. “People say that we have no king here in America; I say we do have a king, his name is Sport and his queen is Entertainment,” as pointed out by Leonard Ravenhill. Why is it that we are so consummated with celebrities, athletes, movies, and television shows? Some of the biggest movies as of late have been superhero ones. Why are the Harry Potter books so captivating and fascinating among Christians? What about Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia? (Yes, I have seen these movies.): The latter of which some people call Christian. (Similarity does not equal authenticity. The movie and the book mix Christianity with Greek Mythology and Paganism, a counterfeit gospel, which does not display the real Messiah.) The reason we look to the world for supernatural fulfillment is because the church settles for less. She is satisfied with these substitutes, even though deep down she still longs for more.
All creation longs for the supernatural experience and they will do anything to get it. They will kill, wage war, and even fly airplanes into buildings. They consult mediums, wizards, witchcraft, psychics, pornography, and mammon. All of this is evident in the church. I also find myself looking for more in the wrong places. The world for the most part is missing something and they are looking everywhere to find it. They are longing for something that they can’t seem to find and they are creating their own temporary fulfillments, such as flying fictional characters.
Who are the ones who hold the keys to the supernatural? Who are the ones who have true supernatural wisdom? These traits are supposed to be major characteristics of the church. However, there have only been relatively small demonstrations and examples of a church of this kind since the first century. Without this manifestation of a supernatural church, the world and the body will continue to seek the substitutions which are made with human hands and the demonic. They need the true supernatural ones to arise and be revealed.
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Romans 8:19-21
Sons of God is an extremely supernatural exposition of the thematic vocational explorative of the currency, rank, and situational placement, of the identity of an authentic Christian. We are the ones who show the supernatural way (John 14:6), and demonstrate the true supernatural power.
And when I came to you brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my words were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
The world will understand this through us being revealed as sons of God. When we heal their sick, and raise their dead (Matthew 10:8), then the “light bulb” will illuminate in their spirits by the Holy Spirit, and the spiritual bondage that clings to their hearts will break away.
There is a song that I have been listening to lately, and the lyrics are: “The first time I noticed my heart, is when I noticed you.” Our supernatural hearts do not beat until the defibrillator of revelation shocks us and sparks into us the electric pulse of the life of the Spirit. The world needs this spark. The world and the church need models of supernatural splendor that display the power of Jesus wherever they go. They need those whose supernatural hearts are beating to show them how to become alive. We must awaken their supernatural heartbeats.
Sailing the Supernatural Seas
“There are a million bottles washed up on the shore,” with no one to rescue them. The church itself is like a great a great ship stuck inside of its own bottle. There is a way out-the smashing of the bottle, the christening of the voyage. The church had a test run in the first century, but has been stuck at port ever since, afraid of the storms which may come, even though it was built to endure them. “It is safe inside the bottle,” so we think, even though is nothing more than shattering glass. Put our faith in Jesus and push put into the deep. We cannot remain hidden, we must be seen and challenge the powers of the spirit that be. Jesus is sifting the earth. We must embrace it, less it is forced upon us.
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust. Luke 20:18
I am reminded of another song lyric which goes like this; “Lord you’re the Captain that I wish that I could be and I will sail with you forevermore from this day forward.” The One who builds the ship is the One who created the seas, and He knows how to handle them.
I have another friend that recently did a talk to some youth on the person of Christ. He was using the story of Jesus and His disciples on the Sea of Galilee. A storm arose and threatened the ship. Jesus was sleeping and His disciples were frightened:
And behold a there arose a great storm on the sea, so the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him saying, save us Lord we are perishing!” He says to them “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” Matthew 8:24-27
During my friends prep time we were discussing the passage and it occurred to me that the natural scene reflected what was going on inside of both Jesus, and His disciples. This is the reason why there were two different reactions to the situation. Jesus was at peace on the inside, which is why He was able to enforce peace on the outside. The disciples did not have the same peace of God in the inside as Jesus, which is why they were frightened by the turmoil on the outside. Jesus had faith because He had no storms on the inside, thus He knew the storms on the outside where easily overcome-able.
Likewise, David had no fear of Goliath (1 Samuel 17), because he had already defeated the lion and the bear, and he knew his God would deliver Goliath into his hands. We are afraid of material circumstances when we could overcome them in the Spirit, long before we even face them (Matt 6:6).
We can respond just like Jesus and just like David. This requires a death to self and a facing of fear with faith. Many in the church do not want to embrace this death to self. They “want their cake” and they “want to eat it too.” They want to go to Heaven and they still want to do what they want to do in this life as well. This is why many will fall away when the hour of testing comes. So let us find the secret place with God and be the mystery revealed of His power to the earth. They long for us to be revealed and show them the way to God, so they can be free too.
Come on! People are looking to make believe fictional characters that don’t exist as heroes. They believe in what they can see, even though it does not even exist. We believe in what we cannot see because it does exist (Hebrews 11:1). And when they see that supernatural witness inside of us, they will know that He does exist! He has given us the gifts and the power to make His name and His power known in the earth; speaking that which does not exist into existence; making the unseen seen.
For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy. Revelation 19:10
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. John 14:12
David Hogan, a missionary in Mexico, has seen over four-hundred people in the ministry down there raised from the dead, over the past thirty years. They have almost seen all the miracles in the Bible: sicknesses stopped dead in their tracks; limbs growing back, eyes popping in heads. External miracles as well: finding ancient wells, becoming invisible when people were trying to kill him. One time he was stopped by terrorist and an angel delivered him, as he sped away on his motorcycle, he forgot about the cliffed embankment ahead, and he flew off the 2000 foot edge. He landed nine miles away at the camp where his men were. Yes, he flew nine miles or so through the air on his motorcycle. If God can create something from nothing, then why is that so hard to believe?
I could go on for books and books worth of testimonies of the supernatural just from his life. Yes, God still moves like this and there are still things to be done that will advance the kingdom that have yet to be seen, if only we believe.
Another brother, John G. Lake, was a missionary to South Africa. He and his team were praying for a demon possessed girl at a mental institution in Wales, UK. All of the sudden light shone all around him, and the next moment, he was flying in the air from South Africa to Wales. He cited certain landmarks along the way that were verified in a future journey. He arrived at the institution and cast the demon out of the girl. The next moment, he was back in Africa. On another occasion, he met with a local preacher, and after they were done the man got up and flew out of the window. Others told him that the man was known as the flying saint. This is biblical; Elijah, Elisha, and Philip were transported in the Spirit.
Read Hebrews 11:1-12:2. We are supposed to carry the torch, the fire of the supernatural men and women that have gone before us and spread the Holy Spirit kingdom power all over the globe in Jesus name.
In 2001, I had a dream. In the dream, I was in the church. The entire church was assembled on a rock face, kind of like a rock quarry. I was seated in the middle next to a man in a booth, who was a prophet. The prophet would change from himself into Jesus and then back again. The prophet was not Jesus, but I believe that this was signifying the role of the prophetic place in the church in recognizing the real Jesus in the last days. Suddenly from my left, a great cloud, dark blue and smoky looking, appeared. Many people freaked out and shouted, “It is the Lord. Jesus is coming.” The prophet, however remained silent, so I followed his lead. Next, the cloud moved from the left side of the sky to the right, and it was revealed that this was not the Lord, but the devil acting like Him. Many of those in the church were deceived because of this and fell away. Next another cloud appeared in the right side of the sky, (the other was still on the left). This one was golden in color and there was a bright light in the center of it. It was more like an expanse than a cloud. The prophet began yelling, “Jesus is coming. Jesus is coming!” Then the cloud moved over to the center of the sky and pushed the other cloud–satan–away.
On the other side of where the prophet was sitting, my friend was sitting. (The only two people that I recognized in the dream were the prophet and my friend, in this part.) When the cloud arrived at the middle of the sky, it was so bright, one could not look, but he could. Next, like a space rocket, my friend flew from where he was straight into the expanse and then exploded into a fireball. There he was in the expanses, for he had seen Jesus in the midst of the expanse, and he was changed, transfigured and flying. His arms became wings, suspended straight out on each side, he was in the midst of God looking down at the church (He looked like a phoenix). Instantaneously, when I saw him fly into the cloud, so much faith emerged, that I flew out there too. I also had an encounter with Jesus and instantly exploded into a fireball as well. Here we were, mirroring where we were in the church; I was on one side of Jesus, and he on the other. All together, four of us flew out into the expanse, all of us flying and on fire. Each one of us had a different color flame, (which I interpreted as different gifts and ministries). From our position, you could see the top of the quarry [church]. Behind it was a black, great, and deep darkness. There were multitudes coming over the edge into the church.
The Supernatural Church
Those who were like us were going out into the darkness and sending them here to the church to be discipled, until they too would be sent out as well. When I was in this state I could fly all around. Faith was not even an issue, for we knew that God could and would do anything. Anything that came our way was nullified because we resided in God and His power was all consuming. Words cannot describe the state of faith I was in. I only hope that one day I will experience here and not just in a dream. And I will in Jesus name. Once pride entered my heart, I immediately lost the ability to fly and fell down into the water that was at the bottom of the quarry. It was there for our protection, to catch us when we fall, and then we could climb back up the rocks. The dream ended with me on fire and full of faith, flying out into the darkness. As I went, light was shinning from Christ through me, showing them the way to salvation. And I saw people, the further I went all heading in the direction of the church, for a revolution was taking place and multitudes were being saved. Others were coming behind me, to accomplish their heavenly mission as well.
The church revealing the mystery of God is the mystery of the church revealed. We are all supermen. Let us seek God until these things burn in and out, through us, in Jesus name! Amen