For some Christians, the physical world dominates their thinking and their actions. They miss much of the supernatural experience that is available to them.
Rabbi Schneider, a Messianic Jewish Rabbi, challenges the readers to ask if they live as if God’s Word is superior and “reigns above the visible world.” (p. 16)
What if Christians lived like they really believed what Scripture reveals?
Experiencing the Supernatural: How to Saturate Your Life with the Power and Presence of God is a thoughtful examination of the power of God that is available to each Christian.
The very essence of Christianity is built upon the supernatural. God’s only begotten Son became a man who knew no sin to pay the price of the sin of the world – past, present, and future. That price was death upon the cross. Jesus was our sacrifice. Jesus died on the cross, was buried in a borrowed tomb, and rose the third day, conquering death itself. He is now in heaven praying for all His followers.
That is supernatural beyond what we can understand. Yet, Christians sometimes lose sight of the power in that miracle and in God working in us.
Rabbi Schneider wants us to become more sensitive to the everyday signs, wonders, miracles, prophecies, dreams, and visions in God’s kingdom.
He emphasizes the need to wait upon God in quiet meditation to discover “the mysteries of His heart. … The other half of the story is that God will move in response to your faith.” (p. 131)
He writes of blind Bartimaeus approaching Jesus and asking for healing as well as the woman who had a hemorrhage of blood for 12 years pressing against the crowd to touch the hem of His garment. Both took action to connect with Jesus.
This book is focused upon obtaining a supernatural experience rather than on a relationship with God. It contains helpful information, and, yet, it needs to be balanced with the entire counsel of God. He does not consider Jesus’ frustration after He fed the 4,000 and the Pharisees wanted Him to give them another sign:
And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation. Mark 8:12
Although Rabbi Schneider urges us to seek supernatural experiences like prophecy, signs, wonders, healings, and miracles, he writes
God is by nature a healer. We should believe Him for complete and total healing. But we need to remember that God is sovereign, and His ways are beyond our ways. Why some are healed instantly, some over time, and some not until they go to be with the Lord, I do not know. As Paul said, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully.” (p. 158)
Helpful study questions for each chapter are included in the back of the book.
With all teachings, including this blog, please search the Scriptures and let the Holy Spirit guide you.
For more information about Rabbi Schneider, you may want to visit Discovering the Jewish Jesus. On his website, there are videos of crusades with healings and miracles in different countries.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.