If you can, I’d like for you to take your phone, and turn on your regular alarm tone or song – whatever you use as your standard alarm sound, turn it on, and set it for five minutes from now… (My goal for these posts is to keep them short, to about a 5-minute read time, so you’re gonna help test to see if I stay on schedule today!)
Okay, now, why do we set alarms? What do alarms do for us? They wake us up! They say, “Wake up!” “It’s time to get up!” “You’re asleep – wake up!” “It’s time to get up and get ready for something!”
Today, we will look at Acts chapter 2 and invite the Holy Spirit of God to awaken us to the supernatural in our lives.
The term “supernatural” simply means, higher than what is natural, above what is natural, beyond the natural. The supernatural is the work of God, fueled by the Presence and the character of God.
And, after Pentecost, that event when Jesus fulfilled His promise to pour out His own Spirit into the hearts and lives of all who would put their faith in Him, we, who have trusted in Jesus, we have received His Spirit! And that means the supernatural Presence of God is in us, is with us, is surrounding us, and is beckoning us further up and further into the plans and purposes of God.
We need to be awakened to it. Our eyes need to be opened to see the supernatural that is constantly working all around us.
Let’s jump into Acts chapter 2 together, and let’s clarify, together, what exactly the Bible includes as being supernatural:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day, they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.Acts 2:42-47
Look at ALL of the supernatural activity that was happening in their midst! Now some of these things may not look very supernatural on the surface. Some things may appear to be ordinary – to be natural. But they’re not:
Faithfulness, community, openness, hospitality, generosity, sincerity, favor with God and man… These are evidence of the supernatural Spirit of God at work among them!
How about the miracle of REVELATION that comes through Bible study? We don’t think of Bible study as a very supernatural activity, but think about it: the God of the universe wants to reveal Himself, His nature, His plans, to us, through the Bible – that’s amazing!
Or the miracle of UNITY – these people in Acts chapter 2 had gathered together from all over the ancient near east – there were different races, different cultures, different life circumstances – and yet, they were unified with one another and for each other. That is a miracle!
Or how about PRAYER – have you ever stopped to think about what is actually happening in prayer? You are talking to the Almighty Creator of all that exists – and He’s listening to you! He hears – AND cares! And what’s more, He wants to respond back to you! Prayer is incredibly miraculous!
Or take the miracles of COURAGE / BOLDNESS – these brand-new Christians were meeting together, in public, speaking boldly about a man whom the Romans had just arrested and crucified. Courage of this nature is supernatural!
These verses in Acts chapter 2 represent the summary of ALL the supernatural working of the Holy Spirit, which had been poured out among the believers at Pentecost. And that very same Spirit continues to dwell with power among all who believe in Jesus today!