My heart was lifted and my spirit encouraged by “An Invitation to the Supernatural Life”. I was challenged in my thinking and understanding of God and how He works. I want to spend more time interacting with what Michele has written. This book is an invitation, and elicits a response. I want to walk with the Lord more intimately.
Michele’s prose is captivating. The word pictures are beautiful and personal. You feel she is in the room with you. She is winsome, mildly self-deprecating, down-to-earth yet walking in heavenly places, charming, bold, and full of good graces and humor. Dangling prepositions are scattered through the text, but then that’s how Americans talk these days. (In fact, it’s so prevalent that proper usage is starting to sound stuffy and awkward. Yet, I can’t help but notice!)
Michele likes the word “liquid”, using it several times to describe details of divine events and interactions. The word fits, though. It probably comes down to the fact that our language is limited when trying to describe the Presence of the Holy. Some of her theological conclusions may be controversial, but her heart and motive cannot be fairly criticized. She has extraordinary insights into some passages; insights I had never considered before. I want to delve further into them.
The primary thought from this book that will stay with me was repeated several times. It is: “What you focus on, you empower”.
- If you focus on fear, you empower it.
- If you focus on negatives, you empower them.
- If you focus on circumstances, you empower them.
- If you focus on God and His mighty Word, you empower them in your life.
This idea relates to the philosophical question often debated: “Is the glass half-full or half-empty”? The book reminds us that in the Spirit of God it’s overflowing. Keeping my eyes on Jesus and His goodness changes everything. We just don’t realize how influential our own thinking and perspective can be.
Here are several quotes I highlighted which penetrated my heart:
- “Make space every day for stillness”. How I agree with that. How difficult I find it to do.
- “Don’t reduce your theology or expectation to your current level of experience.” This will keep us in the realm of sameness and stunted growth. It is a practice too common.
- “Any time we engage in control or try to manipulate the outcome of things is basically witchcraft.” That is a strong statement, but control and manipulation are indeed core to the practice of witchcraft. Our attempts to do so reveal fear or lack of trust in the Lord.
- “Hunger is a gift.” This relates to the fact that we are so full so much of the that time we forget our dependence on God. Fasting reminds us of that dependence.
- “A premise based on a spirit of fear is simply a wrong premise in the kingdom.” This is stated in relationship to searching the Scriptures to try to prove something false (having a fear that something is false) rather than, as the Bereans, searching Scripture to find if what we have seen or heard is true. I am still cogitating on that idea.
The chapter entitled “When All Goes Silent” was particularly àpropos to my current situation. “His silence does not mean His absence.” That is helpful to me in a personal season of trying to hear from God. Further in the text Michele wrote that times of barrenness are opportunities for God to deal with idols and distractions. Ouch. I have already experienced that.
I especially liked the chapters on Walking Like Enoch and The Councils of the King (bringing God’s government to bear). The teaching on angels was fascinating. There are powerful accounts of prayer and encounters, and the little 6- and 7-year old children with whom Michele lives and serves in the Sudan are spiritual giants and heros in my view. Frankly, I’m not sure how to take the account of an angel multiple stories tall, but then it may well be that I do not have the faith of a child.
I know that I will read this book again before very long, asking God build more of His truth and power into my life. You should read it too, (search the Scriptures while you read) unless you are fully satisfied with your walk with the Holy One. And you aren’t, are you?
Be sure to see her blog. There is a lot of similar goodness there.