Date: November 8, 2018 (Training)
Bible Text: | Betty Swann
Series: Pillar Four
(Many of you write me or come up to me in restaurants or at the mall and tell me how much you enjoy these shows. I feel the same way. I even watch myself every week to see how I can improve these things. Sometimes I will say something and I am talking to me. One time recently I gave a prophetic word on one of the shows and I was just going along watching the show and I thought, “I need to hear that.” I realized God is so in control of these shows and how He wants it done. I want Him to be in control, He is able to even teach me and I do not even realize it at the time. I am just saying what I think God is telling me to say. Amazingly, it even applies to me. I have had times in teaching these lessons that I have said, “I did not know that. How did I say that? I did not know that.” I realized that it was the Holy Spirit speaking through me.)
I am so excited and praying for people who have never been taught about signs and wonders to get information that gives them a solid base to build on. We live in the most exciting time in history. We live in the time of the return of Jesus. It could happen today. It could happen while I am doing this series. I would sure love that. It may not happen for a while. There may be still more things that have to happen. You have to realize folks, Jesus is not willing that anybody should perish but that all should come to Him. He is going to give people as many chances as He can so that they can find Him and turn to Him. Have you ever turned to Jesus? Have you ever said, “Jesus, I have known about You and I am listening to this lady talk about You. I have never given You my life. I have never turned everything over to You. I have never said that I believe You are the Son of God and I am going to put You first in my life. I do not know how You do it, but if You will show me how, God, I will do it because I want to change my life.” You can do that right now. You may be sitting in a bar watching this show. You might be sitting in a restaurant and you think, “With all of these people are here, could I do that?” Sure. God listens in your heart. You might be in a hospital bed and you think, “I am so injured, I cannot even move.” God says, “I hear your thoughts.”
This is an example of moving in the Spirit of God. I had a neighbor and he was a real bar guy. He just partied all of the time. He lived with his parents and his little son. The parents called and said, “We think he is dying and we are concerned that he is not saved. Betty, would you go up and talk to him.” I said, “Sure.” I went up and he was in a coma. I had heard that even when people are unconscious they can still hear you and you do not know it. I went up to him and I said, “Do you remember me? I am Betty Swann and I am here because your folks have asked me to come and talk to you about your salvation. Are you ready to go to heaven, Bob? I know that you cannot talk, but I want to explain to you what Jesus has done for you and that it is not too late for you. You can receive Jesus right now.” I told him what I just got through telling you. I said, “Bob, I am going to pray for you. If you believe this and you mean it, you can say the prayer in your mind and God will hear you.” I just began praying the sinner’s prayer with him. “Lord, I know I am a sinner. I know I need You to save me. I want to go to heaven. Forgive me, God, I am a sinner. Save me.” As I prayed that with that unconscious man, a tear started running right down his face. He got saved. You could to and it could change your life forever.
Sometimes I feel like the Apostle Paul. He said, “I do not know where I want to be. Most of the time I want to be with God in heaven. Then I think, no, I need to be here on earth. There are so many people to tell about what God wants and tell them that God is looking for them. I am just caught. I am in between the two.” I feel that way. The general consensus of people who study the signs of the time, who study history, say that due to the birth of Israel in 1948 there is a strong, strong likelihood that Jesus will come back in the generations that are still alive that have been born around this time. I think it is going to happen to me. I really do. I do not even doubt it. In the last days, it says in the Bible, it says it in the Old Testament and it says in the New Testament, “I am going to do amazing signs and wonders to show the world I am real.” Why does He have to do signs and wonders now? You may be sitting there and saying “In my church they taught that they all passed away.” No, they are here. They will always be here. There will always be miraculous healings. There will always be miraculous signs, words from God, people doing amazing things by the power of God. Until the day Jesus comes it is going to be going on. Why? For one thing, it says in the last days there is going to be a great falling away of people. That means, people just saying, “I do not want that religious stuff. Look at all of those hypocrites. I do not want anything to do with that. I do not even go to church.” People might say, “I have never gone to church. My parents did not even teach me to go to church.” God has to do things to get people’s attention. “Whoa, how did that happen? That cannot happen, but it happened. Who was that?” They know it is God. He is going to be doing miraculous things and He wants to use ordinary people to do it. That means you and me. It means any Christian.
In Mark 16:17, Jesus said, “In My name, believers will do all of these things.” We are going to talk about all of these things that He said believers will do. You can look it up. Cast out demons, heal the sick, speak in tongues, touch serpents and they will not die. There are people who get off on that in the wrong way just like there are people who get off the wrong way on all of the other signs and wonders. They think, “We are supposed to be going around handling snakes, Betty?” No, but the Apostle Paul did that very thing. He was gathering firewood on an island and an extremely poisonous snake was in the firewood and bit Paul, just like the Bible says. Jesus said it is going to happen. He shook that snake off and the people stood there waiting for him to die because they knew he should die instantly. He did not die. They said, “You are a God, aren’t you? You must be a God.” He said, “No, no. I am a normal person, but let me tell you about the real God.” He did and they all got saved. That is the whole point of signs and wonders. You may say, “I do not know why we need to do all of that.” Do you care about lost people? Do you care if people get saved? Do you want people to come to Jesus? What if you are the only Jesus they ever know? You can do signs and wonders. You have to learn how to do it, but you can do it. Read books on it. Listen to these lessons on moving in signs and wonders. You can do it.
In Isaiah 35: 4-6, he is talking about Jesus. But remember Jesus is as much alive today as He has ever been. “Say to those with fearful hearts, be strong and do not fear for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” There is somebody listening who perked up on that and that was God talking to you. Look at verse 5. “When He comes, He will open the eyes of the blind. He will unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer and those who cannot speak will sing for joy. Springs will gush forth in the wilderness and streams will water the wasteland.” That means God is just going to pour it out everywhere; in American and around the world. I have been healed of partial deafness in one ear. I prayed for myself and got healed. I know I was deaf. When I did that, I got real frustrated. This was a long time ago. I said, “Lord, I want to do that stuff. It does not ever seem to happen. I am so frustrated. You told me I am going to have a healing and a deliverance ministry and it does not happen. Lord, I am just ready to give up. If I am really going to have one I want somebody to either get their sight or get their hearing and there is no way I can doubt it really happened.” It was me! I have had this perfect hearing ever since. God hears you when you are talking.
One time a man said to me, “Betty, you know God and you know Jesus. How well do you know the Holy Spirit?” I thought I do not know. It changed my life because I got to know Him. He is a person. He is the third person of the Trinity. He has a very specific job. He is powerful. He is like living dynamite if you want to think of a word for Him. He is kind. He is compassionate. He is loving, but He is the one who does all of this stuff you are seeing. I love to see it. I love to see people healed. I have prayed for other people and they have been healed. I am a normal person. You are a normal person. You can do it.
Look at this second Scripture. This is why I know you can do it. Joel 2:28-29 is the Lord’s promise of His Spirit, “Then, after doing all of these things, I will pour out My Spirit upon all people. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out My Spirit even on servants. Men and women alike, the same, no different.” Sometimes in America people have trouble with a woman doing what I am doing. I can go to Africa and they do not have a problem with it at all. I can go to another country and they have a bigger problem than America. You have to realize that God calls people to do things and you either say yes or you say no. When I was having such a hard time really being willing to step out in signs and wonders, I went to a pastor’s wife and I said, “You know I am called to preach and I am called to speak. People do not want me to do it. They have a problem with it. I do not know what to call myself. I do not know what to say.” She said, “It does not matter if they call you jam or jelly. Just do what God has told you to do.” One woman said, “I do not care of they call you goofy, just say, I am sorry, I have to do what God called me to do.”
(Look at this picture. The Holy Spirit is being poured out. Life being poured out everywhere.) You may say, “Betty, they are not going on in my church. I fall asleep in my church.” I am sorry. Maybe that is the only church you have access to and I am sorry. You can pray really hard, get a group of people together and say, “Bring the Holy Spirit to our church. Cause our church to come alive.” God might surprise you with what He would do. If it does not happen because people get a stiff neck and a hard heart, you need to go where it is going on. You say, “There is not anything going on in my area.” Get on the internet. Go to www.extremeprophetic.com. Click on those videos. You will see examples of the Holy Spirit moving. Those people are trustworthy too. If they are not where you are, then look for them. Go to conferences. There are conferences going on all of the time that can teach you and train you. They are reputable people doing it. They are not goofy. Faith is required. Do you have faith that God could use you to do them? Are you willing to learn? Do you have faith to step out when God tells you to do it? It says those who believe. Jesus said, “These signs shall follow those who believe.” Are you a believer? They are going to follow you. It is for the confirmation of the Gospel.
People say what is a sign and what is a wonder? A sign is like something happens and it is a sign of something else. What is a wonder? It is one of those things that you say, “Wow! I wonder how that happened.” That is a sign and a wonder. Where does it say in the Bible besides in Mark 16 that it is a confirmation for the Gospel? Here are some if you want to write them down: Acts 14:3, “They were done to prove the Message was true.” Romans 15:19, “The people were convinced when they saw them.” Hebrews 2:4, “God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders.” They did not pass away. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He does not change. Have they passed away? Absolutely not, people still need proof and maybe more than ever in the world we live in. When there has been this great apostasy of people just turning away from God. I heard a man say, “You can do one sign or one wonder and a thousand people will suddenly believe.” I can believe that. It is right before their eyes and they cannot deny it.
What would be some examples of signs and wonders that are going on today? Miraculous healings. I get the latest Christian news on www.Elijahlist.com, Daily News feature. They just told about a cardiologist in Florida. He was on duty and a man came in, had a heart attack and died right on the floor. They spent 40 minutes trying to resuscitate him and he turned black. His face turned black. His arms turned black. He was dead. They went to get the doctor, this famed cardiologist who always prayed with his people when they came and he had seen miracles. He walked in and said, “No, the man is dead. Code him.” He turned around to walk out. As he pushed the door to walk out, the Lord spoke to him and said, “Go back and pray for that man. He is not saved.” He said, “Lord, he is dead, he has already turned black.” God said, “Go back and pray for him.” He turned around, went back and said, “Before you put him in the body bag, the Lord has told me to pray for him.” Out of his mouth came words he would have never thought to say, they just came out. They were not sent by him, they were sent by the Holy Spirit. He said these particular words and then he turned to the people and said, “Shock him one more time.” They looked at him and thought, “He is dead.” He was a doctor so they had to do it. They shocked him. His heart started beating. He came back. On this web site you can even go to the news channel archives in Florida where they tell this story on the nightly news and interviewed the man who came back from the dead. He keeps trying to tell it and he gets so choked up he can hardly speak. He said, “I was not serving God. I was not with God. I would have gone to hell and God had mercy on me. My life has changed. I am serving God as much as I can right now. God brought me back for a reason.” Jesus said, “You are going to raise the dead.” There is a man that did.
There will be words of wisdom and prophetic words. If you watch this show you have seen me give a lot of prophetic words. Did I start out being able to do that with great confidence? No, it was scary. It is only lately after all of these years of doing it that I am pretty calm about it. I have done it so much now and have seen the proof when people have come back and called me or said, “That was me and I walked in the room, turned on the TV and you had a word for a man named Terry. What you said was me.” I have had enough of those. Those are signs and wonders to those people that God knows your name.
I want to read one to you from June 12, 2000. This is 11 years ago. “Betty, you gave me a very simple word in the Bible study, sort of an unusual word about not quitting what God is doing in this season of my life. Do you remember that?” I tell you what I remember. I gave that word and that guy stared at me and said, “Uh-uh, it does not mean a thing.” I wanted to die. Here is what he said in this e-mail later. “I do not recall the exact wording. It was odd because it was so out of the blue so to speak and it did not mean much or click with me right off the bat. However, it has become very clear what God was saying. That little dinky word has provided more life to me since that evening than you would ever understand. Let me explain. Over the last two years so much has happened. My wife left us. I was ill. Everything that could go wrong, I was suicidal and you gave me the word, ‘Do not quit. Do not give up. Allow God to complete what He is doing in my life.’ He said I did not click on it right away.” When you do these words for people you have to be strong enough inside yourself to say, “Lord, I believe You told me to say it. I feel like an idiot, but I obeyed You and the results are up to You.” Here is what he said, “Now I can see what He was saying. He ministered to me and later I understood that I was in the valley of the shadow of death and still under His control. You know when you are dying to self it can seem irrational. As the Holy Spirit ministered to me further, I have gained some hope that I might actually live through this nightmare and that some good things will come about.” That was eight years ago. I want to tell you that I know this man. He is a man of God. He is being used powerfully by God. He is in a second marriage. The woman is Godly. They are just good people for God. He needed that word of encouragement. As you learn to move in signs and wonders, you just remember this. You are just the mailman delivering the mail. God is sending a letter to somebody and He picked you to be the mailman, so you deliver the mail and let God take care of it. If you get scared and you do not do it or you are afraid that you will look like a fool, the person does not get the letter from God. They were crying out to God and He picked you, just a normal person.
Look at this Scripture, Acts 1:8. This is what happened to me. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” That is what you will sense, something unusual. I am supposed to say something. That is the power of the Holy Spirit coming on you. Here is another Scripture, Acts 2:4, “God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.” You can minister in any gift; tongues, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, prophetic, healing and miracles. Sometimes people have a special bent for a particular thing. For instance, I have a special bent in the gifts of healing, inner healing and deliverance. I have just been used with hundreds of people. I had to learn how to do that too. It did not come easy. I had to work at it. You will have to work at it. Do not think that God is just going to flip it on you. Maybe He will, but most of the time you have to learn it just like you had to learn how to pray and just like you had to learn how to read the Bible.
God does not separate natural and supernatural. We do that. To God, it is all natural. It is His character. It says, “When the Holy Spirit” and who is the Holy Spirit? God is. When the Holy Spirit comes on you, you can say when God comes on you. He is going to distribute it as it is needed. He knows who needs it. He knows what they need to hear. He knows when they need to hear it. Another thing you have to realize is you cannot neglect this. If you neglect it and say, “I used to do that a long time ago, but I do not do that anymore.” Paul advised, “Timothy, do not neglect the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you, when the elders laid their hands on you and prophesied over you.” Some of you knew about this when you were a child. Some of you knew about it when you were a young person. Something happened and took away your faith. There was a faith robbery. You just say, “I tell you what, devil, you may have done it for a little bit, but you are not going to do it anymore. I am stepping back in to this. I am going to do what God has called me to do. The Bible says in I Thessalonians 5:20, “Do not despise them. Do not despise the gift of prophesy.” What would be an example of somebody despising it? An example would be somebody saying “Those people. They are just a bunch of idiots. They are fools. They make fools of themselves. God does not speak like that.” That is despising it, and God says do not do that.
Can people do them wrong? How do you know when you are doing it wrong? Your spirit says there is something not right about that. How do you learn to do them? You have to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, I can tell you that, you cannot do it without it. He has to fill you up. So say, “Come on Holy Spirit, fill me up, right this minute. Right now, while that lady is praying. I want to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. I want everything you have, everything. Jesus, I give You all of me. I want all of You.” Earnestly desire them. Study. Be sensitive to the Spirit.
You can pick up someone else’s anointing by being around them. I did that. I found a man and I mentored under him. I asked, “Can I stand beside you while you do this and can I ask you every question I can think of?” He said, “Yes, you can do that.” I did it all one summer. “Why do you do that? When you did that, how did you know that? When you said you saw something, what did you see? How did you know it was their need?” I asked every kind of question I could ask. There are people out there you can mentor under.
What about if you miss it really bad? It is okay. Pick yourself up and start all over again because the Holy Spirit wants to do that in the last days.
QUIET TIME QUESTIONS
1. What is a sign?
2. What is a wonder?
3. What are some examples of signs and wonders?
4. What is the purpose for signs and wonders?
5. How do you get what you need to have before you can move in signs and wonders?
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Topics: Holy Spirit Power