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Supernatural occurrences are unusual events that are beyond what is normally experienced by people. They are labeled “supernatural” if they cannot be explained by the laws of nature.

Demonic Supernatural Occurrences

Demons are unclean spirits which come from the Devil and they can perform signs. (Revelation 16:13-14)

We can see an example of their activity from the man who was possessed by many unclean spirits who called themselves Legion. This man had supernatural strength because when he was bound with chains and shackles, he broke them and pulled them apart. (Mark 5:1-9)

An unclean spirit was also responsible for the behavior of the deaf and dumb boy who was brought to Jesus. His father reported that it used to try to kill him by throwing him into fire and water (Luke 9:17-27) which is not normal behavior for a deaf and dumb person.

God’s Supernatural Occurrences

The Bible records many supernatural occurrences that were performed by God.

The 10 plagues of Egypt are some of the most well known and the Egyptian wise men even attributed one to “The Finger of God”. (Exodus 8:19). These plagues affected all facets of life from the death of the Egyptian’s firstborns to the severe illnesses that struck their livestock and killed them. They also affected the weather because a massive hailstorm destroyed the plants in their fields. The plagues even involved inanimate objects because God caused the transformation of dust into lice that infested humans and He also covered Egypt with thick darkness for three days. (Exodus 7:14-11:10)

In addition to the plagues, God also performed other miracles like parting the Red Sea to enable the Israelites to pass through it safely. (Exodus 16:21) When they entered the wilderness, He fed them with manna from heaven. (Exodus 16:4)

God did not do all the miraculous events by Himself because in some instances He sent His angels. For example He sent them to shut the lions’ mouths when Daniel was thrown into their den. (Daniel 6:22)

When Jesus came to earth, He continued with His Father’s example of performing miracles with His first one being transforming water into wine at a wedding. (John 2:7-9)

Jesus also performed miracles that countered the works of demons because He had power over them. For example, He commanded the Legion of unclean spirits to leave the man who lived in the tombs of Gadarenes and they obeyed Him. (Mark 5:8-13) He also healed the deaf and dumb boy by commanding the unclean spirit to leave him. (Luke 9:17-27)

Test the Spirits

The Bible gives us several examples of God and demons causing similar supernatural occurrences. For example God directed Moses to tell Aaron to cast his rod in front of Pharaoh. When he did this, the rod became a serpent. Pharaoh then called his sorcerers and they were also able to accomplish the same feat. (Exodus 7:10-12)

For the first plague of Egypt, God told Moses to meet Pharaoh at the river bank and have Aaron stretch his rod over the rivers. They did as God had instructed them and the waters turned into blood. However, Pharaoh’s magicians were also able to turn water into blood with their enchantments. (Exodus 7:19-22)

After this encounter, God commanded Aaron through Moses to stretch out his hand while holding the rod and frogs covered Egypt. Once again, the Egyptian magicians were also able to bring up frogs. (Exodus 8:1-7)

Since both God and demons can perform similar feats, if you want to know whether a supernatural occurrence is a miracle of God or of demons, you have to test the spirits to see if they are coming from God. (1 John 4:1)

The first step of doing this is finding out if the person performing the miracles believes that Jesus the Son of God came to earth in the form of a man because every spirit that states that Jesus came in the flesh is of God and all spirits that do not make this confession are not from God. (1 John 4:2-3)

The second step of testing spirits is to determine if the person doing the miracles believes in the Bible because it is written that the person who knows God heeds the writers of the Bible and the person who is not from God does not hear them. (1 John 4:6)

Therefore if supernatural occurrences are being performed by a person who does not believe what the Bible says about Jesus and other things, then that person is being led by a spirit that is not from God, and if it is not from God, then it is demonic.


True miracles come only from God. Even if an occurrence defies logic or reason, if it is in line with what the Bible says about God, then it is a miracle of God.

Dr. Miriam is a freelance Christian blogger. Visit her blog at Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.


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