By Bishop David Oyedepo
Miracles or the supernatural is not a thing you wait for; it is a thing you work at. The supernatural is worked at! When you work the supernatural, you make miracles to happen. Nothing happens on its own accord. It is only what you make happen that happens. If you do nothing, you get nothing!
The Bible says: “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit…To another the working of miracles…” (I Corinthians 12:1,8). From this scripture, one of the gifts of the Holy Ghost (the Spirit of God) is the gift of the working of miracles. This confirms that miracles are worked! This working is not for everybody. It is only those who are children of God that have the power to work miracles or the supernatural. The question now is: What does it take to work the supernatural?
You Must Believe: To work the supernatural, you must believe that you are created for it. Faith is a sure foundation for supernatural manifestations. You must believe that you are created for signs and for wonders, because Jesus said these signs will only follow those that believe (Mark 16:17-18). You have to first believe that you are created to work signs and wonders, before they can follow you. Itâ€™s one thing to know it, but it is another thing to believe it. You have to believe in the supernatural before it can produce for you.
Possess A Far-Above Mentality: If you are going to be a distributor of signs and wonders, you must know what it means to become a living wonder yourself. You fall too cheaply to the devilâ€™s lies; thatâ€™s why many look so miserable. Everything the devil tells them is more important to them than what God says. But you need a far-above mentality to operate effectively in the supernatural. The Bible says: “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion…” (Ephesians 1:21-22). He said you are seated together with Him in heavenly places, far above where the devil can reach you! As a child of God, you are far above!
Hear this: Satan is looking for whom to oppress, and he takes advantage of peopleâ€™s ignorance to locate his victims. The moment you are ignorant of your worth, you become a victim of his oppression. You need a far-above mentality to work the supernatural. Before we got married, Satan came to me and said, â€œNow that you have gone about setting other people free from barrenness, come and show me how you will have children.â€ I immediately said to him, â€œSatan, you will be surprised that I will not pray about it.â€ All you need is to know better than your enemy, and you will take him for a ride. You are above barrenness! You are above sickness! Whatever does not look like God is not Godâ€™s agenda for you!
The Word Of God: Every supernatural manifestation is a product of applied revelation. Whenever God shows up, it is as a confirmation of His Word in your life. Every time you engage in revelation, you have committed the Revelator (God) to perform! The Word of God is the rod for doing signs; itâ€™s the rod for doing the supernatural! When you work the Word, you birth wonders. When the Word becomes your way of life, you become a living wonder among men. Everything they tell you, you agree with them; thatâ€™s why you become like what they say. Do you want to work in the realm of signs and wonders? Do you want to work the supernatural? Then do whatever God tells you to do, no matter how unreasonable it may appear (John 2:5). This is the mystery behind operating in the supernatural.
There is obvious global economic depression, for instance, but why are we not affected? We disregarded it! The revelation of the Word is more important to us than the situation in town. Until you disregard what the devil is planning to place on your life, you may die a victim. What is in the Word? The Word of God is pregnant with wonders (Psalm 119:19; Isaiah 9:6). It is full of wonders. It is only those who can see the wonders in the Word that experience them in their lives. The wonder you see in Godâ€™s Word, is the wonder you experience in your life.
Faith In The Word: Faith is a requirement for working the supernatural. It is your licence for living a profitable life. You cannot actualize the supernatural life that God has ordained for you without faith. How does faith get the job done? The Bible says that when faith is in place, the Word of God is converted into the power of God (Romans 1:16). It is faith in the Word that converts it into power!
Friend, the grace to work miracles by having faith in Godâ€™s Word is available, if you are saved. You get saved by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you are set for it, please say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”
Our ministry is getting set for SHILOH 2009, an annual convocation of the winnersâ€™ family worldwide, which will hold at Faith Tabernacle Canaan Land, Idiroko Road, Ota, from December 8-12. The event entitled, Hour Of Restoration, shall be a time of strange visitations for you! Donâ€™t miss it!
Every exploit in life is a product of knowledge. For further reading, please get my booksâ€”Operating in the supernatural, Releasing the supernatural and Walking in the miraculous.
I know this teaching has blessed you.