Is it Natural or Supernatural? - Carol Krum
We are continually hearing that a new wine is being poured out and that we are the wineskin which will carry this precious drink. Our responsibility is to prepare our wineskin to stretch, to be flexible in order that we won’t rip apart or burst and then find ourselves unable to receive or hold this new wine. So how do we do that? One thing is for certain! We must first adopt a Kingdom mindset and then practice using it until it becomes such a part of who we are that we don’t even have to think about it. It becomes our new natural way of thinking and speaking.
We must make a decision to become intentionally mindful of the words we speak, asking Holy Spirit to make us acutely aware of what we are saying, as this will always reveal what is in our hearts. If we use the Word of God as our plumb line, and we cast what we say and even what we think alongside, we will actually begin to see how they do or do not align with one another. Once we see the difference, we can then turn our words and our thoughts in that very moment to come into alignment with truth.
With that being said, allow me to share something that has happened in the physical realm and then show how to align it with the Kingdom of God. My sweet little “mature” eyes had developed cataracts that needed to be removed. The doctor diagnosed one eye with a disease that was going to cause problems, which included poor vision. Aligning with like-minded people, healing was released into that eye. Along with the healing in the physical eye, an increase of spiritual vision to see the mysteries of God on a deeper level was released as well. You see, we cannot have one without the other! That is Kingdom truth! If there is something that needs “fixed” in the natural, we need to declare and receive the spiritual truth that aligns with it! That is Kingdom thinking!
When we have been sitting for a long while, we stand up and feel a need to stretch, because our muscles have become tight. A Kingdom mindset will hear that the body is telling us to stretch the spiritual areas of our lives as well as the physical. So as we stretch the physical, we declare the stretching of our spiritual wineskin. If a bone spur grows on the heel of the foot, through pain the body is announcing to get it physically removed and to spiritually crush the head of the serpent that has its hold on you and your family. Is it natural or supernatural? Kingdom truth says it’s both!!
The essential oil of peppermint is used in the natural realm to release energy, to clear the respiratory system to be able to breathe freely, to release tension in muscles, just to name a few of the benefits. But did you know that in the spiritual realm peppermint oil raises the spirit to fuller understanding and appreciation of the mysteries of God that are waiting to fully unfold to us?
When we begin to intentionally look at both the natural and the supernatural as one and the same, what might we see? What if the natural and the supernatural are so intricately woven together that in the Kingdom realm it is impossible to tell the difference? Just a thought on my part here, but worth pondering. Perhaps as we begin to align our thinking on such a new plane, we would begin to actually “see” what has been right before our eyes all along. Is this the new wineskin that we are called to prepare for? I don’t know about you, but the possibility is exciting to explore!
Carol Krum is the Partner Coordinator at the Spokane Headquarters and our resident encourager in joy.