The supernatural realm, where God’s divine intervention and limitless power reign, distinguishes Christians from unbelievers. This divine influence is what breathes life into our faith and gives Christianity its extraordinary potency. As the apostle Paul vividly declared in 1 Corinthians 2:4 (KJV), “And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” It’s this very demonstration of the supernatural that sets the Gospel apart.
But to tap into the supernatural realm and experience its profound impact, we must first learn how to overcome certain hindrances that can obstruct its manifestation. It is crucial to understand that God stands ready and willing to reveal Himself in our lives. However, we must prepare ourselves to receive His supernatural touch. So, let’s explore these hindrances in greater detail:
1. Un-regenerated Soul:
At the heart of supernatural encounters is the presence of the Holy Spirit within us. However, the Holy Spirit cannot work in an unregenerated soul. As 1 Corinthians 2:14 reminds us, those without the Spirit perceive spiritual matters as foolishness. To overcome this initial obstacle, we must embark on a journey of soul transformation, encompassing our will, mind, and emotions. This transformation, facilitated by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the illumination of God’s Word (Romans 12:2), opens our hearts and minds to the supernatural, enabling us to recognize and embrace it.
2. Limiting God with Expectations:
God’s power knows no bounds, but our expectations can inadvertently restrict His manifestations in our lives. Whether it’s a lack of expectations or setting low expectations, we risk stifling God’s work. Your level of expectation significantly influences the extent of your experience with the supernatural. To overcome this hindrance, dare to believe that God can do exceedingly abundantly above all you ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Challenge yourself to expect healing, prosperity, and divine intervention here and now.
3. Entertaining Offenses:
Allowing offense toward God to take root can be a significant roadblock to experiencing the supernatural. Jesus cautioned against taking offense in Luke 7:23 (KJV), emphasizing that those who avoid offense are blessed. It’s common for doubts to creep in when God’s power doesn’t manifest as quickly as we hope. However, the Bible encourages us to exercise patience and endurance. As Matthew 24:13 (KJV) reassures, “he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” We must steadfastly avoid falling into the trap of disappointment in God. Maintain the unwavering belief that God is good all the time and entirely trustworthy.
4. Lack of Faith or unbelief:
Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that faith is the key to pleasing God. Without faith, we cannot access His supernatural manifestations. The lack of faith has dire consequences, as evident in the history of the Israelites (Psalm 78:31-32, ISV). This absence of faith poses a significant obstacle to the manifestation of the supernatural. Jesus pinpointed unbelief as the cause when His disciples questioned their inability to heal the sick (Matthew 17:20). To surmount this barrier, fortify your faith through diligent study of the Word of God and fervent prayer.
5. Doubt and pessimism:
Maintaining an optimistic outlook is paramount when seeking God’s intervention. Doubt and pessimism can obscure our vision of God’s power. In 2 Kings 7:1-20, we encounter a story where Elijah prophesied supernatural provision. Nevertheless, one of the king’s advisors doubted the prophecy, questioning how it could come to pass. Elijah’s response underscored the consequences of pessimism – “And that captain said to the man of God, Even if the Lord made windows in heaven, would such a thing be possible? And he said to him, Your eyes will see it, but you will not have a taste of the food. And such was his fate; for he was crushed to death under the feet of the people, in the doorway into the town” (2Ki 7:19-20 BBE).
Instead of succumbing to pessimism, emulate the reaction of Mary, who declared, “Truly I am the Lord’s servant. Let everything you have said happen to me” (Luke 1:38, ISV). Live in perpetual alignment with the Word of God to embrace the supernatural
In conclusion, experiencing the supernatural is not a distant dream but an attainable reality waiting to be unlocked. By addressing these hindrances head-on, you create the pathway for God’s power to flow unhindered. As you undergo soul transformation, elevate your expectations, shun offense, strengthen your faith, and choose optimism, you will witness the supernatural manifestations of God’s power in your life. May the Lord grant you the grace and wisdom to overcome these hindrances and embrace the miracles that await you in Jesus name.