As a pastor, Candice Smithyman's desire is to see all believers pursue a higher level in Christ. God wants them to experience His manifest presence—and so does Smithyman.
But there is one thing that must happen and sadly, she says, it doesn't for all Christ followers. For them to experience God's healing and other miracles, their soul must be transformed.
"A lot of people miss out on these things is the component of faith," Smithyman, the executive pastor of Freedom Destiny Church in Orange Park, Florida, told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of Greenelines on the Charisma Podcast Network. "I know the whole faith movement that has happened in the past, and people are always telling others, 'You don't have enough faith.' That's not where I'm going with this.
"It is a place of believing the reality of what you are not seeing in a moment. It's going to a place in Christ, a place and a relationship with Him, where you understand His goodness and love. Then you meditate on that until you grab hold of the fact that God loves you and He is good, and that He wants to do a miracle, He wants to heal you. They will say that God is good and how much He loves them, but when it comes down to it, they don't really believe that God will do it for them or somebody they love. There's a doubt there.
"Those doubts are crushed every single day when we spend time in the Word, reading it and speaking it over ourselves, declaring and decreeing the truth that Jesus speaks about Himself. He overcame with His authority every demonic force that comes to lie to us, deceive us, and create fear and doubt with us. That's why I need to meditate on God's Word until it becomes a reality for me. Then, faith becomes a reality and we begin to see the healing and the miracles."
Be sure to tune in to Smithyman's podcast, Manifest His Presence. And for more of her wisdom, listen to the entire Greenelines interview with her.
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