Moving From Familiar To Foreign

Jesus is continually trying to bring us into supernatural thinking, and we continually default back to natural thinking. The natural is predictable, explainable, identifiable, it is actually really boring and we were made for adventure. Addictions are created in people because they are bored with life, pain has taken precedence and adventure has somehow been lost, stolen or forfeited. The ache of boredom is real, the desire for adventure is obvious, but the willingness to leave the familiar and come into the foreign takes courage, faith, risk, and willingness. No wonder we stay in the familiar, the foreign feels funny, but it is an adventure of the likes only God can bring us on. It is childlike faith, it is awe and wonder and it is exhilarating.

I was reading John 6 this morning and Jesus said something to one of his disciples to test him and what the disciple responded with was a natural answer. Listen to this, “Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” Philip was one of the 12 who would become apostles, so no criticism here, but how much is he like us. Defaulting to the natural, not even recognizing the supernatural in our midst. Jesus, the son of God, was asking the question to test him, to test whether Philip understood the supernatural or not and the answer was no, not yet.

I wonder how many times Jesus “tests” us to find out if we comprehend the supernatural God we say we believe in or are we still stuck in what is familiar? The supernatural life can feel foreign at first, because it is mystery, it is invisible upon arrival, it is the presence of God, not a person you can touch physically. It can feel scary, but oh my friends, the reality of this God, who proves the supernatural is truly superior to the natural. God is abundance, God is divine health, God is truth, God is life, God is light, everything we need He is, but we must recognize the supernatural in our midst. Take the risk, step out in some way with God, you will feel the wind on your face, the fire in your belly and the song of the Lord singing. You will find yourself learning to love the supernatural and seeking it out and the foreign will become familiar, but you will have advanced in faith and adventure. This is how we fight our battles, we find the supernatural in our midst.

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