After I was raised up off the bed of sickness, my granny convinced me to go to a tent meeting because they preached healing like I believed. It was a “Full Gospel” revival, which didn’t mean a thing in the world to me. But when I found out they believed in divine healing, I canceled everything and went.
I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke with other tongues. But when I went back to the church I was raised in and started ministering, they said, “The poor boy stayed in bed so long that it affected his mind!” The same people would have pulled off their coat, rolled up their sleeves, and fought to prove they believed in God and His power. Yet, as soon as God’s power manifested, they said, “That boy has gone off the deep end!”
God wants to manifest Himself. A dry, dead meeting has no drawing power. But a service where believers are richly blessed by the unfolding of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit in manifestation is a drawing power, for people everywhere crave the supernatural.
The church at large is to blame for the rise of the occult in America. The heart of mankind seeks after the supernatural, and if they had it in the church, people would be there. Men and women long to see the manifestation of the power of God, to feel the thrill of the touch of the unseen.
A miracle-working God created us, and that miracle element is in us. We yearn to live in the atmosphere of the supernatural. The miracle realm is our natural realm!
We are by creation the companions of a miracle-working Father God. Sin dethroned us, but through grace, we come into our own. It’s been a hard struggle for us to grasp the principles of this strange life of faith. It’s still odd to many people.
In the beginning, our spirit was the dominant force in the world. When Adam sinned, our mind became dominant. It dethroned our spirit being and crowned the intellect. But grace is restoring our spirit to its place of dominion. When we come to recognize the dominance of the spirit, we will live in the realm of the supernatural without effort. God tells us in His Word exactly how to put the supernatural to work.
Mark 11:13–14; 20–24
13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Notice in verse 23, Jesus said it belongs to “whosoever.” Whosoever! Therefore, whatever you desire, when you pray, believe you receive them, and you shall have them!
When I was on the bed of sickness as a young man, I did not understand how to turn my faith loose at first. Nobody taught it in those days. But I believed the verses in Mark 11:23–24.
I believed my faith could make me whole.
When man comes to recognize the dominance of the spirit, he will live in the realm of the supernatural without effort.Kenneth E. Hagin
It’s so simple that we stumble over it: “whosoever shall say.”
Lying there in bed, I said, “I see it! While I am still paralyzed, I have to believe that I receive healing for my paralyzed body. While my heart is not beating right, I have to believe I receive healing for my deformed heart. While my blood is still a pale orange color, I have to believe that I receive now.”
I began to say, “I believe I receive healing for the heart, healing for the paralysis, healing for the blood disease, healing from the top of my head to the soles of my feet.” Within the hour, I was standing beside the bed well.
You bring the supernatural. The reason we have so little most of the time is that our vision is so small. Don’t wait for the supernatural. Put it to work. Jesus told us exactly how to do it. How did He put the supernatural to work in that fig tree? He spoke to it.
God is still in the sign business. He wants to demonstrate His power and His Spirit with signs, wonders, and miracles. We’ve touched the edge of this supernatural anointing, but I believe we will get to the place where we live there.
The spiritual realm is our normal home. It places us where communion with God is a normal experience—where faith in the miraculous, supernatural, miracle-working God is unconscious. We will exercise the highest type of faith and yet be unconscious of having used it.
Some of you have cried and prayed, “Oh God, use me.” And yet when the Spirit of God speaks to your spirit, you sit there. He nudges you and manifests Himself to you, but you say, “Lord, wait. Use someone else.”
Let’s not grieve the Spirit of God any longer. Respond to Him, and the Lord will manifest Himself. Don’t push or force anything. That’s when you get in the flesh. Just flow with Him. Great and mighty things shall come into being! God is waiting on you.
FAITH IN ACTION
Act on It!
If you’re not satisfied with what you have, stop saying what you’re saying. Don’t wait for something to come and change it, put the supernatural to work on it!
God gave you His Word. Act on it! He gave you His Spirit. Listen to Him!
Rise up in the power of the Spirit. Go and do what He has called you to do. He will cause signs and wonders to be wrought by your hands!
Kenneth E. Hagin
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