Living the life of faith is more than the mechanics of it—confessing and believing; there is an interaction with the spirit realm that cannot be overlooked. Notice what Paul said in First Corinthians 2:4, And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.
Several years ago, I had a large burn pile on my property that I needed to get rid of. It hadn’t rained in a while and the ground was dry. After lighting the fire, it began to grow outside of my original burn circumference, traveling toward the woods. So I started stomping! Unchecked, the fire would reach the neighborhood that backed up to our property.
My frantic stomping proved to be futile, and I cried out to God for mercy. He gently responded, “Speak to the wind.” Immediately I obeyed Him, spoke to the wind, and watched the fire slow its progress.
There was a mild wind that day. Had it been an obvious, strong wind, I wouldn’t have started the fire. But with a mild wind that could hardly be felt, the fire seemed to be the problem that needed fixing. The real threat, however, was the wind.
In Mark 4 we find the account when Jesus was in the boat with his disciples headed to the other side of Lake Gennesaret. While Jesus was asleep, a storm arose.
Mark 4:37-39, And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
These were seasoned, professional fisherman who had doubtless experienced storms on the lake. But there was something about this storm that caused them to panic, fearing for their lives. The obvious problem in their minds was that the waves were flooding the boat.
Jesus, however, once He was awakened, rebuked the wind—the source of the flooding. Then he told the waves to be at peace. The waves were just the result of the true problem. In the Greek, the word “rebuke” actually has a very strong, forceful connotation, while His statement “Peace, be still” was a calm correction.
How often we believers have reacted to the “waves” instead of dealing with the “wind.”Our world does not solely consist of flesh and blood. We co-habit with other spirit beings, and as a result we must recognize and deal with the source of problems.
Last month I held meetings in a wonderful church in Reno, Nevada, where I ministered along these lines during the Sunday morning and evening services. Monday evening before the service, the father of a six-year old girl gave this testimony…
For months his daughter had been suffering from extreme breakouts all over her body caused by infections and allergies. He and his wife were in and out of the doctor’s office trying to get her some relief, but the doctor would treat one symptom and another would arise. It was a non-stop battle. On Sunday night as I was talking about the fire that got out of control on my property, he said he saw it! He and his wife had been doing just that—running around trying to stomp out fires that kept springing up, treating symptoms, thus neglecting the source of the symptoms.
Immediately after the service, he and his wife knew exactly what to do. They grabbed hands, and he addressed Satan, commanding him in the Name of Jesus to leave his daughter alone. Within 24 hours their daughter was completely healed. Every symptom left, leaving her skin blemish free. They had a scheduled appointment with the ear doctor because of an infection but he said her ears were perfect and he didn’t understand why they were there (see pictures below). Glory to God!
This victory is an illustration of living a supernatural life. Our lives should always demonstrate the supernatural.
We’ve all encountered situations where we seem to be hitting a wall over and over again. We know that victory is available, but we just can’t seem to get it.We must learn to look past the symptoms and deal with the source of problems!