MIRACLES ARE a MUST! by Andrew Strom In recent years my website and this List have become known mostly for preaching repentance and opposing deception. In times like these this is obviously a needful thing. But there are also negatives to it. I have noticed that when people focus too much on the dangers of deception, they tend to go right over to the other extreme. They become quite "gun-shy" of anything miraculous - overly suspicious of anything 'powerful' that happens. They forget that God is an extremely "supernatural" God. They forget that the true gospel is supposed to be accompanied by healings and miracles - the mighty demonstration of the Spirit's power. Even if we preach with powerful conviction, the fact is, without miracles I have to wonder whether we really are representing true New Testament Christianity. I am totally convinced that we must have both the 'word' and the visible demonstration of God's power. Just like they did in the Book of Acts. In 1947 Smith Wigglesworth gave a prophecy about the "coming together of those with an emphasis on the word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit." He said: "When the word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest move of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed, the world has ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and Welsh revivals of former years...." There it is - the WORD and the SPIRIT joined. Let me ask a simple question: What did people "see" when they came across Jesus' ministry? They saw a simple, piercing gospel being preached and also the 'kingdom' being domonstrated through healings and miracles. That is basically what they saw. And what did people "see" in the ministry of the apostles and evangelists of Acts? They saw the same thing. An anointed, piercing gospel and mighty demonstrations of God's power - both together. In fact, we really should ask ourselves, 'Is it possible to preach the gospel (in the full New Testament sense) without healings and miracles?' If we are being truly scriptural, surely we would have to answer, "NO, IT IS NOT." They are totally designed to go together. Another question- Why is the casting out of demons so important in demonstrating the 'kingdom'? Well - what it is showing is the greater AUTHORITY found in the name and the 'king-ship' of Jesus Christ. Even demons have to obey Him! Suddenly everyone sees this beyond a doubt when a demon is cast out before their eyes. I remember the first time I saw this happen as a teenager - before I was a true Christian. The person screamed and writhed as the demon was cast out - just like in the Bible. And what was the result in me? CONVICTION! Suddenly everything was 'REALLY TRUE'! I felt like running forward and surrendering to God on the spot. And this is why I have to question the casting out of demons in a "back room" somewhere. Notice that Jesus never did this. He cast out demons in PUBLIC - so that the 'kingdom' was demonstrated and God was glorified. Notice too, that deliverance seemed to be relatively quick and decisive. We have got to see the 'Word and the Spirit joined' like this in our day, my friends. And that is why I am so encouraged by recent developments - even in my own life. Just a few days ago I prayed for a lady that had been in hospital for a stomach operation with all kinds of complications. Very unwell. But she was immediately healed in the mighty name of JESUS! I believe we have come into a "new season" where this kind of thing will become the expected 'norm' every day. That is what I have seen. And the great thing is that we are finding we can pass this onto others also. I am convinced this is to be a day of "whole body" ministry - where every Christian is out healing the sick, casting out demons and preaching a mighty gospel. The day of the "one man band" is coming to an end. Glory to Jesus! PLEASE COMMENT on this topic at the following website- http://www.revivalschool.com/ Special blessings to all, Andrew Strom.