SEPTEMBER WEEK 1

The Supernatural Realm

Separated from the earthly realm, there exists a heavenly realm in which God’s supernatural creation dwell with YHWH. It is from this realm that his supernatural family interacts with his human family. This week, we will look at the interaction between the supernatural realm and the natural realm as outlined by the Bible. Throughout these readings, it is important to notice how Jesus perfectly navigated this interaction in his life, ministry, death, and resurrection.

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Weekly Takeaway: The supernatural realm in which God resides is as real as the natural world in which we live.

Main Scripture: John 8:23

Questions:

  1.   Who is God’s supernatural family?
  2.   How can God supernaturally interact with us in the natural?
  3.   How does God supernaturally interact with you?

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Instructions for Daily Reading

Each day as you engage the Scripture, we recommend following this pattern of devotional reading. 

[Take a brief moment of silence to quiet your heart.]

  1.   Read the Scripture aloud.
  2.   Seek out where King Jesus is at work in the Scripture.
  3.   Pray over the Scripture.
  4.   Discern how this Scripture impacts your life.

[Demonstrate loyalty to Jesus in one tangible way today.]

DAILY READING

MONDAY - 9/2

Monday: John 8:12-23

Group Discussion & Reflection: While engaging in conversation with the pharisees, Jesus makes the statement that “[they] are from below; I am from above. [They] are of this world; I am not of this world.” What do you think Jesus means when he says that he is not of this world? How does that effect the way you view his ministry? Your own?

 

Today’s Reading:

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.”

 

14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.

 

17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.”19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

 

21 So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

TUESDAY - 9/3

Tuesday: Colossians 1:15-23

Group Discussion & Reflection: Jesus is the “image of the invisible God.” Colossians 1 makes a distinction between that which is seen and that which is not seen while finding their union in Jesus himself. The scripture goes on to say that Jesus “reconcile[d] to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Have you noticed that reconciliation is necessary for the natural and the supernatural? How did the crucifixion of Jesus forever shift the heavenly and earthly realms?

 

Today’s Reading:

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

 

18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

 

21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

WEDNESDAY - 9/4

Wednesday: Luke 9:28-36

Group Discussion & Reflection: The transfiguration is a monumental moment for both the disciples and for the body of Christ moving forward in history. At this moment, Jesus gave his disciples a glimpse of the supernatural realm – and it was overwhelming. Have you ever considered the supernatural realm? Have you ever considered the glory of Christ in eternity? Perhaps your reaction would resemble that of the disciples!

 

Today’s Reading:

28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.

 

30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.

 

33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

 

35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

 

THURSDAY - 9/5

Thursday:1 Peter 3:13-22

Group Discussion & Reflection: Have you ever considered the supernatural events that unfolded between Jesus’ death and resurrection? 1 Peter 3 provides us with a picture of the events that unfolded within the spiritual realm during these three days. The scripture notes that Jesus was “made alive in the spirit in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison.” As you read today’s scripture, take note of who Jesus visited, why he visited them, and what this means for eternity.

 

Today’s Reading:

 

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

 

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.

 

21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

FRIDAY - 9/6

Friday: Revelation 20:1-15

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: Revelation 20 gives us a glimpse into what the union of the supernatural and natural realms will resemble at the return of Christ. As you read this narrative, take note of the nuances of this reality. What are some of the events that stick out to you? How does Jesus ultimately triumph over darkness?

 

Today’s Reading:

 

1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.

 

4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

 

5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

 

7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.9 And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

 

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.

 

13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

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