BRINGING SANITY TO THE SUPERNATURAL
By Mario Murillo
America is ignoring the church. Every indicator says our impact on society is at an all-time low. Experts don’t mind rubbing it in. They have the numbers to prove that even mega churches are not slowing America’s march away from God.
We are not seated at the table of influence. We are no longer asked to form public policy. There is a widespread, well-organized campaign to erase Christ from our nation’s soul.
Most Christian leaders agree with everything I have said so far. The big disagreement is over the supernatural. Some say it has no place in winning souls or national repentance. Others steadfastly declare the gifts of the Spirit are a key to defeat Satan.
I am convinced—not only that signs, wonders and miracles are the key—but that they have always been.
However, there is a massive amount of abuse that is blunting the impact of miracles. The abuses are: rampant emotionalism, lack of confirmation of healings, wrong motives, and false teachings on miracles.
We must bring sanity to the supernatural. To do so, we must take action—deliberate, and immediate action.
We not only need the supernatural…there is no substitute.
If ever a man preached who had the right to rely on debate it was Paul. However, he declared: “1 Corinthians 2: 4 “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
When the church was threatened Peter’s prayer zeroed in on the supernatural: Acts 4: 29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word, 30 by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy Servant Jesus.”
Boil it down to its essence—the problem that is grinding America to death has a supernatural origin. We can politicize it, and even moralize it but at the root is evil and that evil is from Satan. Acts 10: 38 says, “Jesus went about doing good healing all who were oppressed of Satan for God was with Him.”
However, the rightful effect that miracles are to have on society can be blocked and blunted by abuse. Here are the abuses:
1.Spirit-filled Pastors who are afraid to release the supernatural. It is hypocritical for Spirit-filled pastors to teach against men like John MacArthur who say the gifts died with the Apostles if they themselves are blocking the flow of miracles in their own church services.
It is even more hypocritical to say that you are not allowing manifestations of the Holy Spirit because you want to reach lost souls—when that is precisely what they are for! That is why Paul said, “that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
2. Emotionalism: When you walk into a meeting and people are making bizarre noises—contorting in grotesque ways—singing the same phrase over and over again in a trance-like state—simulating smoking dope—and laughing (not in a joyous way) but in a macabre cackle—then society has a right to reject us.
Do not misunderstand me. I know that true revivals have been crowned by conviction that has caused outbursts of uncontrollable sobbing and shouting…however, these cries from the heart do not have an occultic-new age overtone.
There is no need to hype or whip a crowd into frenzy when the power of God is present. In fact, the lack of power, is the motive behind emotionalism…we are trying to get God started. Our real need is to surrender and to trust His mercy and grace to move among us.
3. Lack of medical confirmation: Jesus said, “John 3:21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” People must be encouraged (before they stop taking their medicine) to let their doctors confirm their miracle. Medical confirmation is a major force in promoting miracles.
Instead of alienating the medical community we should engage them. No one is bolder than I am to call out bad doctors who prescribe bad drugs to innocent people. But doctors are not all bad…and many nurses are doing what they do because they care about people.
4. Lack of a holy motive for miracles. A miracle ministry should have nothing to do with fame and fortune or manipulating people. It must have everything to do with dying to self and being overtaken by a limitless passion to see humanity healed.
That holy motive has moved all the great vessels that saw great miracles in their ministry.
Alexander Dowie saw miracles because a plague struck his church in Sydney Australia killing 40 of his members. He called out to God with a pure heart and was rewarded with so much power that it left his entire congregation free of plague.
John G. Lake saw his wife die and it unlocked a fury against evil that swept the world with healing.
Oral Roberts despaired of life itself in his hunger to understand miracles. He was pastoring without power when he went to Kansas City to hear William Branham. That encounter with the supernatural was his line in the sand. He went into fasting and prayer. He never looked back.
Kathryn Kuhlman failed God and it drove her to the end of herself. In her desperation to understand the supernatural she visited several healing meetings. She often left disgusted and brokenhearted. Her tears and prayers reached critical mass and she made a holy vow to conduct meetings that were full of power and dignity. She never looked back.
To restore sanity to the supernatural means that we do three things:
1. Obey the voice of God: Every miracle ministry was called and then sent. You cannot just want this ministry. When you hear His voice, you will understand that all of heaven will stand behind your endeavors.
Hours of prayer, days of fasting are a small price to pay in comparison to the honor of hearing from Jesus. When He speaks you will know beyond knowing that He has spoken.
2.Have Faith! Believe the words that God has spoken to you. Repeat them! Commit them to your innermost being. No matter how impossible the promise He made to you seems hold on to it!
3. Wait! This is the key! Abraham could not wait. King Saul could not wait. Esau could not wait. Wait for true miracle and do not settle for false ones or emotional ones. Your patience will be rewarded beyond measure. He will come in power.
Waiting means growing. It means being tested. It means that you will be tempted to stop seeking a sane supernatural ministry. It means that when you want it may not yet come. The reasons for delay are always wise and wonderful.
If you wait, you will see real miracles, undeniable miracles, and a whole generation can be reached.