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Supernatural > Natural

Reminder of some past ministry:

Spiritual Laws – Cooperate with them

Graces – Receive, discover, and labor in them

Promises – Possess them

Commandments – Do them

Authority – Exercise it

Callings – Answer them

Gifts of the Spirit – Flow In them

The Believer’s Arsenal - a collection or supply of weapons or munitions.

The Name

The Word

The Anointing of the Holy Spirit

The Gifts of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit (secret weapons) 

Let’s remember…We do not wrestle against flesh and blood

Our power is in the realm of the spirit

Main text: 1 Cor. 3:3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? (NKJV)

The phrase: “Behaving like mere men”

Is an attention getter

It makes a distinction between two different types of human

The natural fleshly person and the supernatural spirit person

A few other translations:

1 Cor. 3:3…and in the manner of men do walk? (YNG)

1Cor. 3:3…behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men? (AMP)

1 Cor. 3:3…are you not influenced by the flesh and behaving like unregenerate people? (NET)

1 Cor. 3:3…Aren’t you living like people of the world? (NLT)

There’s a supernatural walk: And then there is a natural walk

Today: Supernatural > Natural

We’ll be looking at:

Whatever we Feed Takes the Lead

God’s Help to Live in the Supernatural

Cooperating with God

One: Whatever We Feed Takes the Lead

Referring back to the scriptures: we can

Either live in the manner of men - or yield to the nature of God

Either model human standards - or model God’s Standards

Either act like unregenerate people - Or act people alive in Christ

Either live like people of this world - or like the people of God


We don’t have to stay the same after we are saved:

The natural man thinks one way – the supernatural man thinks another way

The natural man talks one way – the supernatural man talks another way

The natural man behaves one way – the supernatural man behaves another way

STORY: Body building - (when I was 17 years old)

I was warned not to get big muscles

Because when I was an older man my muscles would turn to fat

They are 2 different kinds of cells

Fat cells and muscle cells

They both grow and shrink depending on how they are tended to

We have a choice:

We have two components

The flesh and the spirit

Whichever one we feed will grow

Whichever we starve will become less

Rom. 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)

Provision: the providing or supplying of something

Do not feed your flesh… Do not provide stuff that will keep it alive/active/or stirred up.

“To gratify it’s desires” - NOTE: the flesh has desires and it wants gratified

We have a part: We feed the Spirit and starve the flesh. 

STORY: One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is evil, which is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good, which is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith”. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

STORY: 30 years ago a fruitful minister friend - Decided to take a 2-week vacation - He didn’t read his bible for those 2 weeks - We saw him after his vacation - He said it was a challenge getting back into the Word of God

QUOTE: “I fed the flesh for 2-weeks and my flesh liked it” “I had make a quality decision to get back into God’s Word”

The supernatural man is fuelled by God’s Word and His Holy Spirit

STORY: Compare: My father and Patsy

My father liked to argued with sales people and those he did business with

I would notice Patsy – go up to counters in stores or airports, make phone calls and talk politely to people – use the word please and thank you

I noticed she almost 100% of the time was serviced and received exactly what she needed – great favour

Prov. 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (ESV)

Patsy acted like a new creation and was always blessed with good service

My father acted like a natural mere man and had to argue and fight for better service

The strongest person isn’t always the loudest person

The strongest person isn’t always the best disputer

Two: God’s Help to Live in the Supernatural

One thing He does: He gives people assignments to help us:

Col. 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. (ESV)

Paul knew this man prayed for the believes - it must have been talked about

I have met believers who feel called to pray for fellow believers

It was explained more thoroughly by Paul:

Col. 1:27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Col. 1:28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

Paul had an assignment - to present everyone mature in Christ

God PUT that IN Paul

Paul couldn’t escape it

Col. 1:29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. (ESV)

This is an amazing verse:

Because it has a few Greek words that have to do with God’s power

Paul said he was working - (toil)

Struggling with God’s energy - (Energy - in the N.T. used only of superhuman power, whether of God or of the devil)

That energy THAT GOD POWERFULLY (dunamis) works in me

Paul was labouring with SUPERNATURAL power to do his mission:

Get people saved

Get them matured

He WASN’T doing it in his own strength

Paul had understanding that Christ by the Holy Spirit was IN every person who called Him Lord:

He wanted to help those people grow

He couldn’t escape what was working on the inside

Trick Question: Should Paul have taught and prayed that these Christians would be more dedicated?

Here is what Paul did:

Eph. 1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,

Eph. 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

Eph. 1:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (ESV)

ANSWER to TRICK Question: Paul prayed for greater revelation because revelation fuels consecration, dedication, behaviour

Another thing He has done: He imparted His Word and Spirit into us

2 Cor. 3:3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (ESV)

God has people praying for us - He has ministry gifts

He also has put THINGS IN US

Three: Cooperating with God

When thinking about cooperating with God: it means He has His part and we have our part:

Eph. 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

2 Tim. 1:14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard ithe good deposit entrusted to you.

James 4:5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?

2 John 2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:

Here we see something we do:

Phil. 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, (ESV)

When we were saved he imparted a lot of stuff into us

God does His part by imparting every good thing into us

Why allow all that we have lay dormant?

We are to work out the stuff on the inside

Supernatural starts on the inside and shows up on the outside

James 1:21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (ESV)

Put away all filthiness and…receive with...

Have hands laid on us?

Have someone pray for us?

Get a prophecy about spiritual growth?

Have someone motivate us? No

When it comes to growing and maturing:

There isn’t a short cut

It’s humbly receiving God’s Word

And doing His Word

Notice what happens - when we receive:

Our souls get saved

The first thing that gets saved is our spirit:

We become supernatural on the inside the second we are born-again!

But our minds or souls need renewed

We COOPERATE with God - to renew our minds

Let’s break this verse down:

Put aside ungodly activities

Why is that necessary?

As long as anyone is dabbling in ungodly activities they won’t give themselves to God and His Word

“AND” receive with meekness the implanted word:

The Word planted in us is what will save our souls

Even though it’s planted in us – we are told to receive it

With meekness – that is being teachable

Not saying “I heard that already…I know that…”

A saved soul means we think like God and thinking like God changes us

CLOSE: I would like to give 3 invitations this morning - 1st - if you have not yet received Jesus as your saviour - 2nd - if you are a believer but you realise you need to set aside wrong behaviour and receive the implanted Word - and 3rd - if you would like to be filled with the Holy Spirit

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