Foundations for a Supernatural Life



 


 
 
Session 1 Foundation of Supernatural Life
 
Normal Christian life – Love & Power
 
1 1. God is Good
 
 Everything about God is good.
 1 John 1:5 “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”
 God is always good.
 Psalm 119:68 “You are good, and what You do is good.”
 Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
 Everything God does is good.
 Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that He had made (the earth & man), and it was very good.”
 
2. God is in a Good Mood.
 
 The Father is happy.
 Psalm 2:4 “The One enthroned in heaven laughs..,”
 Jesus is happy.
 Luke 10:21 “Jesus was full of joy through the Holy Spirit,”
 The Holy Spirit is happy.
 Psalm 16:11 “In His presence is fullness of joy and pleasures forever more.”
 The Holy Spirit is representative of God’s presence, so when we say, “In His presence,” we’re saying, “In the Holy Spirit is fullness of joy.”
 
3. God is in a Good Mood towards Us.
 
 God demonstrates His goodness in specific ways.
 Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV “He rejoices over you with singing.”
 John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son…”
 
 The good news demonstrates God’s good mood.
 Healing and the prophetic demonstrate His passion towards us.
 Matthew 4:23 “Jesus preached the good news of the Kingdom, and healed every disease and sickness among the people.”
 Acts 8:7-8 “Many paralytics and cripples were healed. So there was great joy in that city.”
 
4. God wants us to experience His Good Mood.
 
 Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (always)
 Psalm 126:1-3 “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”
 
5. God wants to Release His Good Mood Through Us.
 
 Matthew 10:7-8 “Preach this message: The Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, and drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
 God wants us to have an encounter, so that we become an encounter, so that others can have encounter.
 
Questions
 
 How has your view of God changed based upon what you have learned today?
 
 How can you reveal God’s mood to the people around you?
 
 How does experiencing God’s good mood change your view of yourself and your view of the world?
 
ACTIVATION ACTIVITY
 
 Recount some of the ways that God has been good to you (write down at least 10 instances).
 
 Release God’s good mood to 5 people around you in the next week (prophetic word/healing/smile etc.). What was their reaction? How did you feel afterwards?
Passion is expressed in hunger and thirst.
 
 Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”
 
 Psalm 143:6 “…my soul thirsts for You like a parched land.”
 
2. Hunger and Thirst attract Heaven
 
 Matthew 5:6 “Happy are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they will be filled”
 Psalm 107:9 “…He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
 
3. We can have as much of God as We Want
 
 John 6:35 “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never (go) thirsty.”
 
4. There is always more of God Available
 
 Phil 3:13 “Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do! Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…”
 Ephesians 5:18 “Be filled (continually) with the Spirit.”
 
5. Passion is expressed in intimacy
 
 Yada (Hebrew) / Gnosko (Greek) – “To know; an intimate, comprehensive, personal, face-to-face encounter.”
 Genesis 4:1 “Adam knew/lay (Yada) with Eve, and she bore a son…”
 Philippians 3:10 “I want to know (Gnosko) Christ and the power of His resurrection.”
 
6. Fruitfulness flows from Intimacy
 
 John 15:5 “If a man remains in me (intimacy) and I remain in him (intimacy), he will bear much fruit. Apart from me (intimacy) you can do nothing.”
 
Questions
 
 Why is passion important?
 
 How do we get more passion for God?
 
 What can steal our passion?
 
ACTIVATION ACTIVITY
 
 Describe 5 specific ways in which you can express your passion for God (taking risk, evangelism, prophesying, words of knowledge, serving, etc)?
 
 Read the following passages in the book of Nehemiah and highlight how passion is expressed in each passage.
 
 Nehemiah 1: 3 – 6
 Nehemiah 2: 1 – 8, 2:11 – 20
 Nehemiah 4: 7 – 18
 Nehemiah 6: 15 – 16
 Notice that Nehemiah’s passion created vision to rebuild the walls. His passion helped him to overcome the opposition and discouragement; his passion drove him to greatness.
 
 Describe some of the things you are passionate about that would bring God’s Kingdom to earth in a practical way (creative arts, business, education, science/technology, government etc.)?
 
 List 5 ways in which you expressed your passion this week (be creative).
 
 
PURSUING PASSION: DRINKING AND LEAKING
 
Lesson 1 : 3
 
1. We experience passion in God’s presence.
 
 Psalms 16:11 “In His presence is fullness of joy and pleasures forever more.”
 Psalms 51: 11 – 12 “Do not take away Your Holy Spirit from me, and restore to me the joy of Your salvation.”
 Romans 14:17 “The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
 
2. When Jesus comes, joy is to be the Result.
 
 Isaiah 61: 3,7 It was prophesied that the Messiah would bring the “oil of gladness” and “everlasting joy.”
 Luke 2:10 “I have good news of great joy, and for all the people.”
 Luke 1:44 John leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb when he encountered Jesus in Mary’s womb.
 Luke 6:21 “Happy are those who weep now, for they will laugh.” (when the Kingdom comes)
 When is the time to laugh? What time frame was Jesus speaking of when He said we would laugh?
 When the Kingdom comes, laughing and partying will be the result!
 When did the Kingdom come? Jesus proclaimed in Matthew 4:17 “The Kingdom of God is near (among you).”
 The Kingdom of God is now! Therefore, now is the time to laugh.
 
3. The joy of the Lord is our strength
 
 Nehemiah 8:10 “The joy of the Lord is our strength” – spiritual, emotional, physical and supernatural strength.
 Luke 10:21 “Jesus was (continually) full of joy (drunk) through the Holy Spirit.”
 Acts 13:52 “The disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit (drunk).”
 
4. Joy is a choice
 
 2 Corinthians 5:7 “We live by faith, not by sight.”
 We are not ruled by our emotions and feelings. I laugh because it is right, not necessarily because I feel like it.
 Faith is a choice that we all make in living out our beliefs. Joy is a choice that we make by faith.
 If we can stop laughing, then we can start laughing whenever we choose.
 Ephesians 5:18 “Do not be drunk with wine which leads to debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit.”
 We must learn to laugh in order to cultivate joy. Drinking is an acquired activity.
 
5. Drinking releases the Kingdom (God’s presence) in us and through us.
 
 John 17:13 “I pray…that they would have a full measure of my joy within them.”
 John 7:37 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink, and rivers of living waters will flow out from within them.”
 Ezekiel 47: 1 – 12 “The river represents the Holy Spirit flowing out of our passionate worship in His presence. It flows out to those around us to transform the world through joy released by the Holy Spirit – demonstrated in signs and wonders, healings, miracles, prophetic insights, and other gifts and resources of God.”
 
 Acts 2: 15 – 41 “What happened when the Holy Spirit showed up?”
 Peter said, “We’re not drunk as you suppose.”
 Joel’s promise of the Holy Spirit’s outpouring.
 3,000 people got saved.
 Acts 3:6 “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.”
 We must have an encounter, so we can become encounter, so others can have an encounter.
 When we experience the overflowing joy of the Lord, we can give it away.
 
Questions
 
 Why is joy so important in our lives?
 
 What are some of the ways you can cultivate joy in your life?
 
 How can you leak God’s joy onto other people so that they experience this part of His kingdom?
 
ACTIVATION ACTIVITY
 
 Soak for 30 minutes in God’s presence (just lay there – don’t say anything or do anything).
 
 What did you feel in His presence?
 
 What did you think about in His presence?
 
What was your experience like in His presence?
 
 Practice laughing (count the times you laughed during the day).
 
 How did you feel?
 
 What was the effect on those around you?
 
 Leak His presence on someone (what was the outcome?)