Points to Ponder: Supernatural Expectations
Points to Ponder
Have you ever pondered this promise which Jesus made to His disciples?
"Most assuredly 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 My Father." (John 14:12 NKJV)
Some people balk at the idea that we could do greater works than Jesus did. But He's the One who said it. And if you study your Bible as a believer in Jesus Christ, you will realize that you can do the greater things because it is the Spirit of Christ in you who is doing them through you. What this promise says to you is that you can do supernatural things.
King David, a man after God's own heart, knew this power himself. Yes, he lived before the time of Jesus, but Christ is the eternal Son of God - "the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). Scripture tells us that He is the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form, that He created all things and in Him all things consist (Colossians 1:15-17). He actually preceded David and David spoke of Him prophetically (Psalm 16:6-11).
"For David says concerning Him: I foresaw the Lord always before my face. For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken." (Acts 2:25)
Now, as you consider your humble human self with all your frailties, weaknesses, and "ordinariness", think of David. The youngest son of Jesse, a shepherd boy, David's father didn't think he was anything special. When Samuel came, as the Lord had directed him, to anoint the one who would replace Saul as king of Israel, Jesse brought forth all of his sons except David. Who would have thought the kid was king material? David's dad didn't. But when Samuel had him come, he anointed him as God's chosen, "and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward" (I Samuel 16:1-13). Because David was God's man he was empowered to do many things which exceeded his natural capabilities. In the New Testament we are promised that, if we love and obey the Lord and His word, that same Spirit of the Lord comes upon us, makes His home in our hearts, and empowers our lives (John 14:23).
As people of God, His church, we are called to be supernatural. It was the account of David's victories in life which brought this to my mind. As I studied II Samuel 22, David's account seemed to fit well into the opening theme of the classic Superman T.V. series. Superman, the champion of truth and justice with his other-worldly powers, reminded me of David, the super hero, with Holy Spirit power. Remember how the opening of "Superman" begins?
"Look! Up in the sky . . ."
"You lift me up above those who rise against me." (v. 49)
"Faster than a speeding bullet . . . "
"For by You I can run against a troop" (v. 30)
"More powerful than a locomotive . . ."
"For you have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose against me." (v. 40)
"Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound"
" . . . By my God I can leap over a wall." (v. 30b)
It was kind of fun to see that pattern emerge in David's song of praise (found in both II Samuel 22 and Psalm 18). God had delivered him from all of his enemies and from the murder-minded King Saul. It is a lengthy description of how God intervened to bring David to victory in spite of the incredible odds against him. God provided him with the power, and David prepared himself so that he could receive it. Note that.
"He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, . . . The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His judgments were before me; and as for His statutes, I did not depart from them." (II Samuel 17-19 . . . 21-23)
He kept the word and disciplined his life ("the cleanness of my hands", v. 21). He maintained personal holiness through self-control: "And I kept myself from my iniquity" (v. 24b).
How often have we short-circuited the Power source to our lives because we refused to keep ourselves from our iniquity? Is there a pet sin of thought, word, or deed that distracts you from being totally God's own?
We are meant to be supernatural, men and women who exceed the natural limits within ourselves. Jesus said that "those who believe in Me "could and would do greater things than He did. We can change the world (at the very least the corner of it which we occupy) because we received power from on high (Acts 1:8). In this way we glorify and witness to the One who came to redeem the world, by allowing Him to live in and through us. Paul put it this way: "I have been crucified with Christ; It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Galations 2:20).
How can we look at the problems and crises with which sin and evil have plagued the world, and say it can't be changed? Jesus said, " . . . with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26).
Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship of Clear Spring, MD. These articles are also found at www.HilltopChristianFellowship.com.