Most anyone with an interest in miracles, angels, or other supernatural phenomenon want to experience them more. There is something about encountering the impossible that stretches our faith and enriches our lives. Yet, in spite of the fact that many want to have regular encounters, they can often be elusive. Here we will look at 8 keys to engaging the supernatural, focusing mainly on how we can access it via spiritual gifts.
This is where one receives a spiritual gift or grace by way of prayer. This is mentioned in a few different places, the most notable being Romans 1:11 and 2 Timothy 1:16:
“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong . . .” –Romans 1:11–
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” –2 Timothy 1:16–
Both of these verses reference impartation in some way, the first that spiritual gifts can be shared between people, and the second showing that we can increase or enhance spiritual gifts in one another, and that we can also pass them from person to person via laying hands on them and praying.
I have done this many times with a number of spiritual gifts and find it quite effective in helping jump-start people into the supernatural. One of the things I used to do frequently was get together with others and purposefully impart back and forth from one to another to help grow our spiritual gifts through frequent impartation.
2. Develop your spiritual gifts
All spiritual gifts can be acquired through impartation, but only those who train their ability to use them will become skilled. The key here is that the gifts are free, but we have to pay a price to develop that which we received freely. Spiritual gifts are like any other skill or ability. Master musicians practice for years, not just waking up one morning and having it all figured out. While it is possible for one to receive an imparted gift at a high level, it is uncommon. This goes hand-in-hand with impartation.
“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” –Hebrews 5:14–
This verse explains how those who want to have a high-functioning gift of discernment will receive it through constant use. When I wanted to learn how to prophesy, I took every opportunity available to practice that ability, and often went and created my own. Ten years ago I was just learning how to hear from the Lord in an overt manner; these days I hear for both myself and others far more easily than ever, and my level of confidence and accuracy is greatly improved from when I first began (This is not an invitation to request a prophetic word). Thus, I highly recommend practicing spiritual gifts.
3. Sowing and Reaping
This is a somewhat works-based way to engage the supernatural, but it is effective. This concept is related to harvest, where one plants a seed, grows it, and the plant bears far more fruit and seeds than just that one original seed-bearing fruit contained. When I first began to pray for the sick, prophesy, and otherwise experience heavenly realities as an adult, I took this verse in Galatians to heart.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” –Galatians 6:7–
It makes a mockery of God to think we can sow something and not reap in like kind. Thus, if I sow healing I will reap in a healing gift. If I sow prophetic words, I will reap in my prophetic gift. If I help others experience the angelic, I can expect to have my own angelic encounters increase. If I introduce others to supernatural manifestations such as gold dust, oil, feathers, etc. and the baptisms of the Holy Spirit, I can expect to see an increase in my own life.
This key pairs with the second key above, developing spiritual gifts, but it is a different aspect. The former key covered actively using the gifts to train them, but this focuses on the results of using the gifts on purpose in order to grow them into something greater.
4. New Revelation
Our ability to engage the supernatural is not entirely based on receiving some type of heavenly gift. New insights open just as many doors for us as spiritual gifts do. Many men and women of God have had a spiritual enlightenment of some kind, then proceeded to teach others a method they received when they obtained the revelation. The problem is that those who never received the enlightenment for themselves had a nice method that usually didn’t work as well as those who had the initial insight.
Once, when I was praying and asking the Lord how to increase in my ability to heal the sick, He told me the following:
“If you want to increase in healing the sick, you can either heal a bunch of sick people, thereby increasing your level in the spirit, or you can get a better revelation.”
What this showed me is that something occurs when we receive new revelation that releases power. There is an expansive Kingdom force that gets deposited inside us as we receive new revelation that opens up greater realms of access to heavenly realities. While it is difficult to force-receive new insight, as we focus on learning and growing in the supernatural, asking the Lord to reveal His mysteries to us, we will invariably grow in wisdom and insight, opening us up to a greater level of supernatural encounters.
We will continue this discussion in the next installment where we will look at the final 4 of the 8 keys to engaging the supernatural.