TITLE: Supernatural superhero training manual chapter one
By George McVey
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Wonder Twin powers activate!
I don’t know about you, but I loved the cartoon “The Superfriends”. Especially the later episodes when those two teenage superheroes, the Wonder Twins, joined the team. Not that they had the coolest powers or were the most powerful- they weren’t. But they had the coolest catch phrase ever. If you ever saw it you know what I’m talking about. The phrase they had to yell to get their powers to work: “Wonder Twin Powers Activate!!!” This is what we are going to focus on in this chapter-Activating or acquiring your Spiritual Superpowers. How do you acquire Spiritual superpowers and how do you learn to use them after you gain them?
Every Superhero, with the exception of Batman and Robin, has to acquire their powers. Superman got his by being sent to a planet with a yellow sun. Spiderman’s came from a radioactive spider bite. A reaction of lightning and chemicals turned Barry Allen into the Flash. The Incredible Hulk received a gamma ray infusion. I’m sure you get the picture. It’s no different for those who want to become Spiritual Superheroes. You have to acquire your super power somewhere, so where do you get them? The easy answer is from God
In Acts 1:8 Jesus tells us where our superpowers are coming from. “ But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Here is Jesus telling his followers they will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon them. So it should be obvious to us that our spiritual super powers come from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This leads to the question: Why don’t all Christians have this superpower? The answer is simple: They do. So why don’t we see more superheroes of the faith? Because God is a gentleman and though He may empower you at the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, you have to ask the Spirit to activate your superpowers.
Look at Acts 4:29-33 “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus." 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. 32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.”
Notice that these men had been filled with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost just a few weeks before. You can read about it in Chapter Two of Acts. Yet here they are asking for God to fill them again, and He does. The answer to their request; superpowers. They gave witness to the resurrection of Jesus with great power. What was this great power? What had they ask for? Boldness, the ability to heal, and signs and wonders were what they asked for and what they received. You have to know those were some very powerful superpowers being displayed to those who needed them. Mark 16:15-18 shows us this is what’s supposed to happen. “And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
This was the power Jesus told his followers they would receive after the Holy Spirit came to them. In Luke 10:18&19 Jesus tells us we’re supposed to activate and use our superpowers. “ And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
He also talks about the powers he gives us in John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
Do you believe that your spiritual superpowers are greater than those Jesus displayed while he was here on earth? He said it, either He meant it or He is a liar. Which one do you think it is?
Let me give you an example of this from my own personal life. When I first started in ministry I had never prayed a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to activate my spiritual superpowers. To be honest, I didn’t know one needed to ask. I just assumed since the Holy Spirit comes into you at salvation He was already fully active in my life.
Needless to say, my ministry, though fruitful in some ways, was powerless in others. I never thought to lay hands on someone who was sick and command a healing. I would never have thought to command the dead to rise. I did stumble into a few cases of demonic possession, and tried my hand at deliverance but not with any sort of authority or power. The reason- I didn’t realize I had power and authority given to me.
Then, as I began to study in earnest about these superheroes of the faith, and read the passages I have already shared with you, something clicked. I realized what the difference was between me and the men of faith I looked up to: They had asked God’s Spirit to fill them with this superpower. So I prayed a simple prayer- I think it was along the lines of: “Fill me too Lord and use me like you used and are using them.”
Simple wasn’t it? Yet it was highly effective. Some of the changes in me I wouldn’t find out about for a few years. However in the area of deliverance the change was almost instant. Two days after that prayer I was asked by a member of our church to come and talk with a friend of hers who claimed to be possessed. Because of my background in the occult as a teen she thought I would be able to reach this young man.
I arrived at her house and walked into the living room where this young man sat. No sooner had I introduced myself than the guy began to manifest a demonic entity. In all he had three that were attached to him.
Before my prayer it would have taken hours for me to help this young man receive his deliverance, if I could at all. This time, within minutes, the Holy Spirit began to bring passages of how Jesus did deliverance to my mind. The passages about our authority over demons came instantly to mind as well. I knew what my authority was and who had given it to me. So I began to exercise it.
The demon possessed man picked up a heavy coffee mug and reared back as if to throw it at me. Then he froze. Try as he might, the Holy Spirit was stopping him from finishing his action. In the name of Jesus and by Christ’s authority, I commanded him to put the mug down, and he did. Within twenty minutes the young man was completely delivered and accepting Christ as his Lord and Savior. That young man's life was changed that day and so was mine. I began to accept the power I read about in the Gospels and Acts were available to me as well.
As people asked me to pray about the illness in their lives or the lives of those they knew, I stood and prayed in the authority granted by Jesus and empowered by his Holy Spirit. I began to see people healed.
I went so far as to pray for a man in my congregation to be raised from the dead. His wife called me, frantic because he had suffered a major heart attack. When the paramedics arrived he was flat lined and unresponsive to CPR. They called for a Medflight to take him to the hospital and told his wife it didn’t look like he could be saved.
She called me, told me the whole story, then said” please pray that he lives, I am not ready for him to go home yet. There are still things we need to say to each other.” Before the awakening of my spiritual superpowers I would have tried to comfort her in his passing, but things were different now. Jesus had commanded his followers to raise the dead. I was one of his followers, so that meant me. I was commanded to raise the dead.
I hung up after telling her I would meet her at the hospital. Then I began to pray. The prayer was me standing in the authority God had given me as a follower of Christ. My prayer was simple as well. “Lord I stand in your authority as your follower and proclaim that John will live and not die. I declare to death that it has no power over his life. I claim John alive and well as testimony of the power of God to those who hear about it.” I jumped in my car and sped to the hospital.
When I arrived, there was the man who we are calling John, alive in the emergency room. He was on a respirator, unable to breathe on his own. He looked at me, pointed and shook his fingers in the shame on you signal. A few days later, when he could speak again, his first words were, “I was in heaven and Jesus told me I had to go back. The reason was you took authority over my life and called me back. Don’t you ever do that again.” Two years later the man fell asleep and went to be with Jesus.
I tell you these stories not to toot my own horn. Trust me- I’m nothing special. I’m human just like you. The difference between us is- I have already activated my spiritual superpowers and stepped into the authority given to me by my Lord and Master. You can too.
Now that you know how to unleash your superpowers why don’t you take a moment and ask God to fill you with the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to unleash you to fulfill your destiny as a Spiritual Superhero. What exactly are those superpowers you ask? We’ll look at them in the next chapter.
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