Reflection: Encountering the Supernatural
by Dr. Billy Wilson

“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” — Zechariah 4:6 (NIV)

Holy Spirit is power.

Both the Old and New Testament words translated “spirit” convey the meaning “breath, wind or blast of air.” We may encounter the Holy Spirit like a gentle breeze of comfort and assurance, but we may also experience winds of supernatural power performing signs and wonders. Was miraculous empowerment unique for the early church? Or is it something you can experience today? Are you offering words of blessing and witness and practicing dynamic acts of love and affirmation, but perhaps have forgotten one of the greatest gifts you can share is the hope of supernatural help?

In Acts chapter 3, Peter and John were going to the Temple in Jerusalem for their usual time of prayer when they encountered a man who had been lame for more than forty years. This meant he was a young child when Jesus was born. No doubt, he had been nearby when Jesus healed the blind and the lame in the temple courts. The disciples had passed this spot—the gate Beautiful—many times on their way to prayer. What made this particular day
any different?

These disciples had experienced an encounter with the resurrected Christ. They had heard Him reiterate the Father’s promise of Spirit baptism and watched Him ascend into the heavens. More importantly, they had spent time praying and fasting in the Upper Room until they were filled with the promised Holy Spirit. They had stepped out of their usual day-to-day existence into a power-packed life poised for supernatural wonders. Have you positioned yourself for the wind of
the Spirit to breathe into your life? Are you willing to be a channel for this power to work through you?

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