A step-by-step guide on “abiding in Christ” or how to let go and let God live naturally and powerfully out through you. Disarmingly simple. Mind-blowingly powerful.
Jesus Calls Us to Abide in Him (Jn. 15), So Let's Learn How!
The Great Mystery of the New Testament is that we no longer live, but that it is Christ in us Who lives His life through us. We are not expected to push the darkness of sin out of our lives, nor are we able to do so. Instead, we allow the light of Christ’s presence to shine in every area of our hearts, and out through us into the world. The supernatural power of God becomes the normal, natural life of the believer.
How do we naturally let Jesus live through us? How do we abide in Christ (or “let go and let God”)? How do we move from self-consciousness to Christ-consciousness? Are you satisfied that you are living the abundant life Jesus offers? Do you grow weary in well-doing, regularly trying with all your might to resist the power of sin and live a good Christian life? Do you sometimes feel like only the strong-willed can be overcomers? Would you describe your Christian life as one of rest? Do you ever wonder if maybe we are missing something in the Gospel message that New Testament believers knew?
If so, this training is for you. It is time for you to release Christ continuously, effortlessly and powerfully! In this series you will discover how to return to God’s original design for mankind as was demonstrated by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Four key truths are discussed in the three sessions, and two journaling times are included in the training experience.
"This course radically changed my life in every way possible. When once the Christian life was somewhat of a duty and chore, it is now a lifestyle of rest. What was once my trying to be good for the Lord is now having Him be good out through me. What was striving to serve Him in every aspect of my life is now simply loving Him and yielding to His Spirit to live out of me. By understanding, experiencing and living out the revelation truth of abiding, my life in every way and dimension has been radically changed."
How This Training Module Will Bring You Into the Abiding Lifestyle!
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|The book on abiding in Christ is written by Mark Virkler, a left-brain, analytical, 21st century Westerner.||
Only two people in the Bible speak of abiding: King David and the apostle John.
The process of radiating Christ is truly simple.
Since it is all about the Treasure within our earthen vessel...
Since it is all about encountering Jesus in our hearts and releasing Him out through our lives...
This teaching is built squarely on the ability to hear God's voice and see vision.
Details of Items Which Accompany Naturally Supernatural
The books The Great Mystery and Naturally Supernatural both explore the identical theme: We are vessels which contain God! We no longer live - Christ lives through us (Gal. 2:20). You will discover how to:
- Move from self-consciousness to Christ-consciousness
- Move from your limitations to God's limitlessness
- Move from your problems to divine solutions
- Move from your weakness to God's strength
The Great Mystery
This is actually a workbook which guides you in meditating on hundreds of New Testament verses which speak of Who Christ is within us and how to touch and release Him and His wisdom, power and might continuously and effortlessly out through our lives. You look up every verse on being "in Christ," "in Him" and "in Whom." You meditate on the various names given to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and realize that all that He is is available within you, and even joined to you (1 Cor. 6:17)! Absolutely amazing! You gain revelation from the Holy Spirit as you meditate.
Naturally Supernatural DVDs (13 sessions on 4 discs)
These are ideal for focused learning with the Naturally Supernatural book and for use in classroom settings. They are identical in content to the CDs. For maximum results, invite some friends into a home group or Sunday school class and watch the DVDs together. Practice the four truths weekly, sharing your results together. The DVDs bring an anointed trainer to your group, and your interpersonal sharing allows you to confirm that you truly are growing in your ability to abide in Christ! An unbeatable combination.
Naturally Supernatural CDs (13 sessions on 6 discs)
These are ideal for repetition and review as you drive, work or exercise. Hearing Mark teach this series releases an impartation, revelation and spiritual understanding which, if internalized, will completely transform your life. Mark shares his struggle and story in a humorous and down-to-earth way that relates to every listener. Every time you review this series the Holy Spirit reveals more to you. Do yourself a favor and listen to them over and over until the revelation is complete. Rushing on to another topic without internalizing this truth does not result in cultivating Christian spirituality.
CD and DVD Sets Both Contain the Following Identical Sessions
- “The Wretched Man Syndrome”
- God Is All and In All
- I Am a Vessel
- I No Longer Live
- Christ Is My Life
- I Am Dead to the Law
- I Live by the Spirit
- I Live by Faith That God Is Immanuel
- Living Naturally Supernatural
- Examples of Biblical Characters Learning These Lessons
- The Skills Acquired in the Wilderness
- Re-Reading the New Testament
- A New Theological Box or the Experience of Divine Encounter?
Testimonies from those living Naturally Supernatural
The Unhealed Holes in My Heart Acted as a Tracking Device for the Devil
By Michelle Kuehn, a CLU student
Prior to taking the CLU course Naturally Supernatural, I had an incomplete understanding of abiding in Christ. First, I saw it as being situational acts of greater faith or better self-control. As things would heat up in my life, I would handle them through my own intelligence and abilities and then go to God for what was lacking in order to get through the stressful times. He was faithful to fill in the gaps, but as things would calm down, I would get back into my groove and go on with my life. I thought abiding was knowing that Christ was with me so I could turn to Him in my time of need; which is true, but it is not complete. The first step I took in attempting to master abiding was to allow myself a paradigm shift in my understanding of this topic and to accept that I was wrong.
The greatest lesson I have learned through this course is that abiding in Christ doesn’t limit Him to come into the situations I feel I can’t handle on my own. Abiding means to live in intimate relationship – always and in everything. That was where I was failing. I had a degree of intimacy at times greater than other times. However, I am learning that there is such a depth of relationship with God that I have only touched on in some ways. There is so much more of Him to experience, and there is so much more of me that He could experience if I would simply surrender to Him completely.
This lesson has been a long time coming, and I can see how God has prepared me for it through the sequence of previous CLU classes as well as the truths He has revealed in my personal Bible studies. But it hasn’t been easy. The roadblocks I have encountered have all centered around the wounds in my heart, for I had not allowed Christ to dwell in many closed off places.
It has been very convenient to listen to the devil’s lies about who I was, am today, and where I am going; or more to the point, where I was not going. This is not abiding. Satan delighted in keeping me in a relationship that kept me broken and bound to him. If I am bound in any way, I am not free. The unhealed holes in my heart acted as a tracking device for the devil, allowing him to know exactly where I stood at all times.
Another block that I encountered was not using the journaling I had been taught. I allowed fear to rationalize why I didn’t journal regularly. Fear said, “There isn’t enough time – it takes too long to settle down and listen. What if I don’t hear anything? How can I wait to get on with my day? What if I hear something that I don’t want to hear or see the broken places that bring back the pain I am trying to suppress?” The fear that I was failing somehow kept me from abiding as I should. I overcame fear by bringing to God my entire daily existence: the laundry; swimming in the pool with my kids; relating to my husband; grocery shopping; and the mental, emotional, and spiritual crises that try to pop up all day long.
God was so patient with me! Not only did He teach me how to hear His voice through previous CLU classes but continued to teach me how to recognize the voice of fear. Naturally Supernatural brought everything full circle, and I was able to overcome this block by making the final decision to learn how to abide and to be committed to practicing that truth each day. I now give Christ the time each day and in various situations to speak openly to me without fear. It has been wonderful; for He has given me encouragement, told me how to pray for myself and others in a way I never would have prayed, and given me counsel on how to handle things coming up during the day.
One day, He gave me a word that I couldn’t quite apply at that moment, but I put it on my radar for the upcoming day. Within a few hours I received a phone call that I could have reacted to in fear; but instead, I followed what He had told me earlier. Things went beautifully, and I had great peace when it passed. But I didn’t keep that word on my radar and a later event didn’t go so well since I started to take control again. Then I remembered my instruction and turned to Him for His perspective instead of my reasoning. By His guidance, it all worked out in the end.
The most significant changes in my life are areas that were not huge obstacles, but the daily lifestyle changes in my eating habits and exercise routine. My previous “get it done” mentality put tons of pressure to change everything all at once and keep up a tremendous pace to accomplish my goal of losing weight.
God’s goal for me was to partner with Him so that I would learn how to live in Him and how to allow Him to live in me. My mentality has turned from how I could make good choices to the perspective of what would we like to eat together? This made hearing His voice and counsel in times of temptation so much easier because now I am treating my body with respect as the temple of God. I experienced the same victory over my exercise routine. It is no longer a “work out” that I do to hit a magic number on the scale; it is an enjoyable activity that we do together.
The victories I experience each day in my lifestyle changes have given me the confidence to allow God into those broken places of my heart to speak His truth, love, and healing. It hasn’t been easy; but each day, I have deliberately offered up and surrendered those places to Him as well as the fear that with healing comes the responsibility to walk in that healing. His heart is to love and nurture and heal. This, for me, is abiding in Christ.
He Must Increase and I Must Decrease
by Bill Phillips, M.Div.
Director of Training
Life Exchange Ministries
The "I" which wants so much to do things, even noble things, must be lost in Him (Jn. 3:30). I need to learn how to live out the truth that "I" don’t live anymore but it is Christ now living His life through me (Gal. 2:20). That surely demands a major transformation in the way I look at life and at myself.
Since we learn so much more thoroughly when we discover a truth on our own, the book, The Great Mystery guides you in your own search. Naturally Supernatural contains the revelation presented for you in its full wonder and splendor. Buy both as a set. Research it for yourself first, and then let Mark Virkler add the revelation that God has given him to the revelation that God has given to you.
I know of no greater truths than those expressed in Naturally Supernatural to bring you into true freedom in your Christian life. Problems may continue and circumstances may not immediately change, but you can be free in the midst of the storm through learning to walk in the reality of Christ living His life through you as your very life (Col. 3:3,4; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:21). Countless Christians we minister to in our ministry have been blessed, helped and changed by the clear, readable and highly biblical truths found in this book. Christians must learn to actually be the Christians they have become. This will happen, as you learn to live from your true in-Christ identity. If you are caught in the mire of a Romans 7 struggle, as was the Apostle Paul, where you are doing the very things you hate and struggling in your Christian life, this book will have a great and pronounced impact on your life.
Some journaling on abiding from Mark and Patti Virkler
From Mark's journal
The following questions and answers on what it means to abide all the time helped to clear up the difference between abiding and communion for me.
Lord, how does one abide all the time?
"Do you recall Adam and Eve? I came and talked to them. Then I would leave and they would live in and out of the things I had spoken. That is what I desire. One carries on in life, living out of the words I have spoken to him, coming to Me whenever necessary and remaining open so I can speak to him whenever I desire."
Lord, it seems like I operate in darkness then, and only occasionally walk in the full light.
"Yes, in a sense you are in semi-darkness. However, in a sense you walk in the light, because that which you walk in is previous light, which when brought forth anew is light again."
Lord, please explain "brought forth anew."
"It is even as the process you are currently doing, reaching for a piece of information in the depths of your being, drawing it forth, re-crystallizing it, seeing how it fits, and allowing it to be adjusted to the present situation. It is light because I retrieve the right piece of information for the humble in heart. I position it. Therefore, it is light."
Lord, but why not live in constant communion?
"Because it is impossible for you. You were not built that way. To abide in the presence of your wife you do not constantly talk to her. In a spiritual sense you need not even always be physically together, simply aware of one another, concerned with one another's thoughts and reactions and considering her attitudes on the matter. That is abiding in her presence. And you see it does not necessitate seeing her or talking with her but is simply an inner awareness of her, and her thoughts, attitudes and responses."
Lord, are "communion" and "abiding" the same?
"Yes, in that they are both a flow of life. No, in that communion tends to involve communication, and abiding, simply awareness. Therefore, abiding is constant. Communion is intermittent. I would have you abide in Me constantly and commune with Me regularly."
From Patti's journal
"My goal is not for you to be constantly asking Me questions, but rather that you be constantly aware of My answers and desires. More than mental conversation I want spiritual awareness that I live inside you, I am a person. I am wise and loving and I want to, and can, guide you better than you can guide yourself."
Additional resources to carry you further into the realm of the Spirit
- 13 Weeks of Group Activities for Internalizing Naturally Supernatural
- PowerPoints are available for those desiring to teach Naturally Supernatural.
- How to Walk by the Spirit – look up all 1200 verses on heart and s/Spirit, and gain a firm biblical understanding of how to define and live comfortably in your heart.
- Spirit Born Creativity – explores the five senses of your spirit, and how God fills all five senses to release a miracle out through you.
- Note: The Foundation to Naturally Supernatural is "4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice."
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Take It to the Next Level
To ensure that this message transforms your life, we offer you four options. Any of these choices will assist you in internalizing this teaching, helping you to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only (James 1:22) and allowing you to produce a bountiful harvest in your life.
Opportunity 1 – Host a home or church group
This home group in Slovakia shows the excitement of learning to hear God's voice together!
We learn more quickly if we are surrounded by others who are seeking to master the same skill. Pray and ask God who you know who might want to grow in this truth also and open your home to them for 10-12 weekly sessions (or host a small group in your church). We provide several resources to help you present this powerfully and effectively in a group setting, including DVDs and application activities. Experience the joy of cultivating skills together with a group of friends! Discover how to create and post your group…
Opportunity 2 – Hire a Personal Spiritual Trainer to coach you
Coaching or discipling is the method Jesus used to train the twelve disciples.
When you team up with someone ahead of you in an area to mentor you, and you share your questions and steps of growth with them, receiving their counsel in return, you ascend more quickly into mastery in that area. We have trained coaches who have mastered this topic who will commit to working with you for a 90-day period.
- The name of this PST Training Module is: Naturally Supernatural
- Discover how to hire a PST for $1 a day to coach you in this training experience
- Click here for the steps to sign up for a Personal Spiritual Trainer module
Opportunity 3 – Take this as a college course from home
Earn college credit while being apprenticed to mastery in this area! This topic is available as a course which you can take from your home through the distance learning program offered at Christian Leadership University. You may enroll in this course as a lifelong learner or apply it toward an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Doctoral degree.
- The name of this CLU college course is: REN204 Naturally Supernatural
- Learn how you can take CLU courses from your home
- Click here for the steps to enroll in the corresponding CLU course
Opportunity 4 – Host a seminar for your community
Transform your church and region by hosting a weekend seminar with an anointed trainer, where an impartation is released by the Holy Spirit into your community. Mark Virkler and others are available to be scheduled.