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What is the Purpose of Healing, Signs, and Wonders?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2012 by troyanthonysmith

What is the purpose for healing, signs, and wonders? There are a lot of misconceptions. Plain and simply, believers are never to follow signs and wonders. Believers are to follow the Word of God. The unbelievers follow signs and wonders to lead them to the Word and eternal life. God confirms his Word with signs and wonders. Therefore, believers who are doing the Word, signs and wonders will follow them.

In my professional life, I have a background in advertising and promotion. The key to good advertising is to get your message in a place where it can receive the greatest amount of exposure. This is why Super Bowl ads costs millions to air, and an internet banner ad costs as little as $10.

Think of healing, signs, and wonders, as God advertising who he is to those who don’t already know him. It would be pointless for Nike to release its newest ad campaign to just the cafeteria and lobby of its corporate headquarters in Oregon. Why? Because the employees of Nike already know about Nike. In the same way, each year, there are hundreds of healing conventions and prophetic conventions all across the country in churches, ministering to fellow believers who already know Jesus. Now it’s good to be encouraged every now and then, but the people who really need it are the people outside the four walls of the church. They are the ones without Christ, and are truly hopeless. They do not know about their covenant with God. Who is going to minister to them?

Through a demonstration of God’s healing power, you are able to display the Almighty God to the masses. In Exodus, Moses did not try to verbally convince Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. But by a display of amazing supernatural signs and wonders, Pharaoh was face to face with the Most High God. Once you view signs and wonders as a sign to the unbelievers, you will be more confident to step out on faith because you will be convinced that God will supply the miracles. It’s not you doing it, its Him working through you. I’ll use a modern day example. I mentioned yesterday about the amazing feat of Tim Tebow, the quarterback for the Denver Broncos, and his stats of 316 pass yards, 31.6 yards per pass, and TV rating of 31.6 (all reference to John 3:16). You can read the article here.

Now while most Christians were probably debating whether or not this is an actual sign and wonder, here is the actual truth. On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (the time of this writing), John 3:16 was a top trending topic on Yahoo. What that means is that for the past 3 days millions of people were searching ‘what is John 3:16’. So while the Christians were debating, the unbelievers were researching that salvation scripture and being saved. That is a sign: something that cannot be explained, and leads people to Christ.

As I mentioned earlier, believers are never to seek after signs. Signs and wonders follow you. A believer who is constantly seeking after signs will ultimately fall into sin. This is because satan will eventually give you a sign that will deceive you and cause you to start following some weird unbiblical doctrine. The only thing we as believers need is the Word of God. Once you have tasted the overwhelming love of God, and the amazing power of the Holy Spirit, what else could you possibly be seeking for? Stick to the Word.

So this brings us to the controversial topic of healing. Should you fly to the healing conference in India or Africa to have the anointed man of God pray for you? Should you wait in the healing line for the pastor to lay hands on you? I’m not against any anointed man of God, but if you are already a born again believer, you don’t need anyone to lay hands on you. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you! So stop being lazy and get in your Word and find out what God said concerning healing and receive it now. Leave the healing lines for those unbelievers that do not know they have a right to healing. Believers have a ‘do-it-yourself kit’, also known as the Bible.

So to recap, signs and wonders are tools that you have at your disposal to win the lost. But if you follow the signs and wonders, you will become lost. Follow the Word.

Troy Anthony Smith is a successful entrepreneur, author, and the founder of Demonstrate It, an organization that believes in healings, signs, and wonders. Mr. Smith currently resides in Hollywood,CA, where he can be found at the grocery stores, malls, and street corners, laying hands on the sick, casting out demons, and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God.

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Simplifying The Gifts of The Spirit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 30, 2011 by troyanthonysmith

When I first received Jesus as Savior I can recall sitting in the congregation of my church and watching the Pastor lay hands on the people who came to the altar to receive healing. As they were getting healed, I would think to myself, ‘wow, that gift of healing is amazing, I sure wish I had that gift.’ Yet because I didn’t have that gift (or so I thought), I would just sit in the pew week after week, while people all over the city were sick. Then a few months later, a visiting prophet came to our church, and astounded our congregation with accurate words of knowledge and encouraging prophetic words. So I thought to myself, ‘wow, his gift is truly amazing, imagine what it must be like to have a gift like that!’ Yet because I didn’t have the prophetic gift (or so I thought), I would sit in the pew week after week while hundreds of people around me were lonely, sad, and depressed, needing a word of encouragement.

Traditionally we have been taught that only the select few, spiritual elite can possess a spiritual gift. Someone like a Pastor or Bishop or Evangelist can have a gift of healing or miracles while the laypeople just go to church and watch them perform. Is this the blueprint of the New Testament? We come to church and be entertained by the person on stage, while we sit just there? This sounds more like a R&B concert than biblical Christianity.

During the charismatic revival of the 1970’s is when the gifts of the Spirit really hit the forefront of the Christian scene. It was during this time, prophecy, healing, and miracles, really went mainstream, being displayed in large churches, on radio, and broadcast on television. This is all based upon 1 Corinthians 12, which lists the 9 gifts of the Spirit: 3 are speaking gifts (prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues), 3 are revelation gifts (discernment, word of knowledge, word of wisdom), and 3 are power gifts (faith, healing, miracles).

Outside of 1 Corinthians 12-14, there is very little mention of spiritual gifts in the New Testament. Did Jesus ever teach about the gifts? The problem with the ‘gift’ teaching is that, how do you know if you have a spiritual gift? And if you don’t have a particular gift, then what do you do? Because I didn’t think I had the gift of healing, I would pass on people in my midst that I know needed healing. The traditional view of this teaching is that one person has a prophetic gift, another person has a gift of miracles, and another gets Words of knowledge, and someone else can interpret tongues. This is flat out wrong, and leads many people to just do nothing, because they are convinced they have not been equipped with a certain gift. I should know, because I was one of those people.

The true Bible teaching is that if you possess the Holy Spirit, that is the only gift you need. The Holy Spirit will allow you to meet the needs of anyone you come across at any time. If you come across a lady who has the bird flu, you don’t need to go run and find Bishop Apostle Rev. E.T. White, IV, you are fully equipped to lay hands and administer healing on the spot. The same thing goes with prophecy, and everything else. The Holy Spirit disperses the gifts as you need them.  

When I received this revelation, that just because I possessed the Holy Spirit, I already have access to all 9 gifts of the Spirit, I began to run with it. At the grocery store, when I saw a man with a sling on his arm, I laid hands on him to be healed. I began to give prophetic words to strangers and watch the Holy Spirit pour over them. I was truly on fire for God and began to demonstrate the kingdom of God wherever I went! This is the true meaning of operating in the Spirit. You have been given the authority to demonstrate the kingdom of God wherever your feet tread upon. The key is to not focus on possessing this gift or that gift, focus on the need of the person standing in front of you, and the Holy Spirit will do all the rest.

Now lets put 1 Corinthians back into perspective. The Corinthian church was a carnal church, they had all types of sin running rampant in the church, yet they still had these gifts operating in their midst. So for clarity, the Apostle Paul explains what these gifts were and how they work. Yet in the last verse of chapter 12, explaining these gifts he says, ‘yet I show unto you a more excellent way’. This is the way I am showing you. The very next chapter, I Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter. Love is the secret key that actually unlocks all of these gifts. This is how Jesus did it, he was moved with compassion to heal people. Compassion is love in action. As you see people around you, in need of healing, an encouraging word, a financial need, or anything, you will have so much compassion it will move you to do something.

It’s not about you. It’s not about your gift. It’s all about the needs of the people, and God using you to minister to them.

Troy Anthony Smith is a successful entrepreneur and the founder of Demonstrate It, an organization that believes in healings, signs, and wonders. Mr. Smith currently resides in Hollywood,CA, where he can be found at the grocery stores, malls, and street corners, laying hands on the sick, casting out demons, and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God.

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