Weird or Normal?

August 27th, 2017

Mark Warder

God has so much more for us than just believing in him. Every Christian should be living a supernatural lifestyle, even if seems a little weird. Here are 31 ways you can live it out!

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1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 

2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 

3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 

4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 

5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 

7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 

8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 

9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 

10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Acts 3:1-10 (NIV)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8 (NIV)

5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 

6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 

7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 

8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Matthew 10:5-8 (NIV)

1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 

2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

Luke 9:1-2 (NIV)

If we have money but turn our backs on the poor, people have reason to question our walk with God. But if we have the Spirit of the resurrected Christ living in us and turn our backs on the sick, are we any less guilty?

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

John 14:12 (NIV)

31 things that differentiate us because we believe in the supernatural:

Wake up and thank God for another day and for His mercy in your life. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Read the Word, let the Spirit teach you. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Rejoice always. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)

Pray continuously. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) 

Listen for His voice. Obey whatever He says. (John 10:27) 

Worship your face off. (Psalm 86:12) 

Love God. (Mark 12:30) 

Love everyone. (Mark 12:31) 

Hug as many students and leaders as you can. (1 Peter 5:14) 

Speak words of scripture over each other. (Isaiah 55:11) 

Confess your sin to God. (1 John 1:9) 

Confess your sin to another person. (James 5:16) 

Pray for anyone and everyone. (1 Timothy 2:1, James 5:16) 

Lay hands on everyone. (Acts 19:4-6) 

Pray with people for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing Repent. (Matthew 4:17) 

Believe. (Acts 16:31) 

Look for ways to serve. (Mark 9:35) 

Look for ways to lift someone's burden. (Galatians 6:2) 

Pray against spiritual warfare. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) 

Cast out demons (Luke 9:1) 

Heal the sick (Matthew 10:8) 

Raise the dead (Matthew 10:8) 

Cleanse the lepers (Matthew 10:8) 

Even if God asks you to do something "weird”, obey immediately. (John 15:14)

Share testimonies about what God is doing. (Luke 8:39, Revelation 12:11) 

Seek physical and spiritual strength from the Spirit. (Isaiah 40:31) 

Make disciples, baptize, teach them to obey (Matthew 28:18-20) 

Give thanks in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.

Acts 3:16 (ESV)

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