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Faith: The Instrument of Supernatural Translation!

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God ~ Hebrews 11:5.

Introduction:

The entire Christian life is a supernatural experience from start to finish. As His children, God is ever ready to do the most extraordinary things for us and through us! He always wishes to move us supernaturally across time through the invisible heavenly realm in order to accomplish His plans, will and purposes on earth.

However, faith is a standard requirement for all of this. Faith is the key to everything in God’s kingdom (Romans 1:17). This is a fact that must be fully internalized by all people who have the dream of living on earth to glorify God.

Everything answers to faith, and faith answers to daring possibilities, even to God’s glory on earth (John 11:40). Faith holds the key that opens incredible doors, and it’s the most potent force of transformation in the whole universe.

We are told in Hebrews 11:5 that Enoch was translated by the force of faith. To translate means to transpose, to relocate, to move from one condition to another, to transport, and to transfer from one place to another. It also means to carry across (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

By faith Enoch was translated from the earth, and he was not found among men, because God took him away (Genesis 5:21-24). In other words, he didn’t experience death; he was taken up to heaven without dying.

Caught up suddenly, Enoch simply disappeared, skipping death completely. He thinned out life and limbs, because God took him up to heaven. Strange and absolutely incredible? Yes indeed, but that’s what faith can do!

I imagine that Enoch’s friends looked for him all over the place, and his foes also, including sin, sicknesses, poverty and death, looked but couldn’t find him because God had taken him. Our God is great and gracious. He’s alive, and He truly cares enough to respond to those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6; Jeremiah 33:3).

Undoubtedly, this experience of Enoch is a pointer to what God can do with the faith journey of the Christian believer (1Corinthians 10:11). Enoch’s sudden removal from mortality to immortality without death is like the change that will be experienced by saints at the rapture (1Corinthians 15:51-55).

Meanwhile, it must be understood that all true believers in Christ have experienced some form of supernatural translation already. We were legally delivered from the power of darkness, and carried across to God’s kingdom of light (Colossians 1:12-13; 2Corinthians 4:6).

We have passed from death to life (John 5:24). We’re no longer where we used to be (Matthew 28:6). We resurrected with Christ, ascended with Him above principalities and powers, and are presently seated at God’s right hand of majesty with Him (Ephesians 1:17-22; 2:6-7).

Certainly, our God is exalted above all gods (Psalms 97:9). Hence, when we were translated into His presence, we were simultaneously moved from satanic dominion to a new realm of light, automatically!

Through faith, Sarah received strength, having been translated to the strength of her younger years (Hebrews 11:11). By faith, Joshua became a commander in the realm of unique wonders (Joshua 10:12-14). And, by faith, King Hezekiah upturned the verdict of death, and had his lifespan extended by fifteen years (Isaiah 38:1-5).

By faith also, the three young Jewish men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who refused to bow to the golden image set up by King Nebuchadnezzar, defied the authority of fire to burn them (Daniel 3:1-30).

Now, we all can equally live in the power of our supernatural translation, practically; but we must determine to pay the price for enjoying the out-of-this-world experiences of these realities by faith on earth.

Pleasing God Is the Pricey Ticket Here!

Pleasing God was the ground of Enoch’s translation, and his walk of faith was his ground for pleasing God. Before he was taken up, he was commended as one who walked with God and pleased Him (Genesis 6:9).

It was his walk of faith that enabled Enoch to be taken up from the earth straight to heaven without seeing death. Certainly, the mechanism of faith in the experience of supernatural translation needs to be studied and well understood.

Walking with God is walking in faith (2Corinthians 5:7). Faith is the start-up mechanism for the out-working of supernatural translation because faith works in such mysterious ways as to generate divine pleasure.

There is no hope of sharing God’s supernatural characteristics if we don’t please Him here on earth (Amos 3:3). Those who would find God, must seek Him with all their hearts. We cannot come to God unless we believe that He is who He has revealed Himself to be in the Holy Bible.

Enoch walked with God, living in constant communion with Him. We too must determine to move experientially from where we are to a higher realm of glory (Deuteronomy 32:11-14).

Friends and brethren, translation by faith in varying forms is a New Testament possibility. It is our inheritance in Christ as well as our legal right as children of God. However, God is always looking for the willing and the obedient before He releases the bounties of the land (Isaiah 1:19).

In this class of Enoch, the Bible indicates that Elijah, Elisha, Philip, John and many other Bible characters enjoyed supernatural translation one way or the other as they allowed God to use them without reservation to accomplish His purposes upon this earth (2Kings 2:11-12)!

God is still moving right now for the cause of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He’s on the lookout for those who will step up in their faith, laying down their own agenda for God’s will. He’s looking for those who will sack their personal fear, doubt, unbelief and carnal propensities. Will He find you?

Meanwhile, we all can enjoy the sweet experience of supernatural translation, not just basking in its legal realities, but practically enjoying it to glorify our God on earth. But we must eschew evil, fully embrace godliness and yield totally to the Holy Spirit.

The power of supernatural translation is a product of the fire of the Holy Ghost. Moreover, walking with God calls for a life of total surrender, a life totally controlled by the Holy Spirit.

Stir up your passion for God. Begin to pursue Him with a heart prepared to please Him in everything (Philippians 4:6-7). Give His Word its prime place also. Choose to walk in faith, always. Thereafter, you will see yourself walking in the reality of supernatural translation. You won’t miss it, in Jesus name. Happy Sunday!

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Bishop Taiwo Akinola,

Rhema Christian Church,

Otta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Connect with Bishop Akinola via these channels:

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SMS/WhatsApp: +234 802 318 4987

 

 

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