The Anointing of His Spirit is a set of Smith Wigglesworth’s sermons, collected by Wayne Warner, not already published in previous books (as of 1994), along with some biographical anecdotes at the end of the sermon. The sermons themselves are organized roughly into the topics of faith, putting faith into action, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and yielding to the Holy Spirit, although the topics have a tendency of bleeding into each other. Reading through a bunch of sermons is a little challenging, but if you take notes you find that several themes emerge.
The theme Wigglesworth is most known for is faith. Wigglesworth saw
faith as something which pulls the eternal fact into the natural
present. Faith is an actual substance. And faith is the
opposite of human reasoning. “‘Faith is the substance of
things hoped for’ (Heb 11:1). ... ‘I want things that are tangible,’
people say to me. 'I want something to appeal to my
human reasoning.’” (82) You simply read the Word of God and
believe it. Yet at the same time, faith has to do with the quality
of our relationship with God, as he says that imperfect faith always
stems from imperfect knowledge. Faith comes from keeping our eyes
Faith must be acted on before you see the eternal fact in the natural. Wigglesworth was known for insisting that people do something to demonstrate their faith. If he prayed for their lameness he told them to run around the church. He told a man with advanced tuberculosis (“consumption”) to run a mile, which he did and came back breathing healthily. He tells story after story (plus some anecdotes by Warner) of instantaneous healing upon performing the act of faith.
A second theme is the purpose of the Holy Spirit’s work, which is
to reveal Jesus. The Holy Spirit works in us so that we look like
Jesus; so that when people see us acting in the world, they see
Jesus acting in the world. The baptism of the Holy Spirit enables
Jesus to be presented to the world by uniting us with Him.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is another frequent theme. Wigglesworth, like Pentecostals in general, sees the baptism of the
Spirit (as distinct from the infilling of the Holy Spirit at the time of
salvation) as essential to the Christian life. “Justification
will not be sufficient to accomplish the purpose of God. People
may be justified and sanctified but they will not be satisfied until
they are filled with the Holy Ghost.” (151) With the
baptism comes a uniting of our spirit with His in a deep way that gives
Him access to work through our lives by our yieldedness. However,
the baptism is not a one-time event, but a lifestyle. Wigglesworth
said he would rather share his platform with someone not filled with the
Spirit, than someone who was satisfied with his experience of the Holy
A theme strongly related to the previous two is that yieldedness is essential. We get the baptism of the Holy Spirit by being yielded to God. We are filled by the Holy Spirit as we yield to him. The more we yield to him, the more strongly he moves through us. Ultimately we must die to ourselves, as Jesus said; this is the level of yieldedness that is necessary.
Similar to yieldedness is the theme of union with Christ, or
relational intimacy with Christ. Wigglesworth rarely directly
states it, but often says things that suggest that yieldedness and the
baptism of the Spirit combine to create a deep intimacy with
Jesus. Out of that relationship, where we interact with God and
God interact with us, comes the confidence to ask in faith, which leads
to the power of God being manifested. And it was this union with
God that gave Jesus his power: he would spend hours with the
Father, and it was during those times that God gave him the word for
Wigglesworth was known for the power of God manifested in his
meetings. While less of a theme, he does talk about power. First, power comes from yieldedness. Second, power comes after
being tested and broken—Jesus did not act in power until after he was
tempted in the wilderness.
Third, power requires faith, and possibly need: “if we will believe, the power of God will be always manifested when there is a definite need.” (186) Fourth, you do not have power because you feel like you do, or even because people are healed, but you have power when you know you have power. Fifth, sin reduces power, because it reduces our confidence that God is with us, presumably due to guilt and shame. Finally, the place of power is a place we can live in, as we are fully yielded to God.
I read these messages because of the consistent power demonstrated in Wigglesworth’s meetings, and by an anecdote from someone who had attended a meeting where the presence of God fell, and people started leaving, least mature first. He had heard of a similar meeting and determined to stick it out. He succeeded in lasting until he was one of the last people, but was forced to flee for his life, while Wigglesworth was still there hanging out with God. I found Wigglesworth’s messages to be very helpful in giving a direction to go to reach that level. Wigglesworth stressed complete yieldedness as the essence of the baptism of the Spirit and the source of power. Previously I thought that the baptism of the Spirit was what caused the power, but it is really yieldedness that enables power to flow. The baptism enhances the yieldedness and the oneness with God. (Note that yieldedness is different from mere obedience; yieldedness is relational and is related to union with God, where obedience is simply following rules or commands and need not have any relational element.)
If you have any interest in seeing God’s supernatural power
manifested in your life, or in obtaining the baptism of the Holy Spirit,
I recommend these messages. (If you do not have any interest, his
messages will kindle it!) The book nicely organizes them in order
of increasing depth. I found myself yearning for more of God’s
presence and more yieldedness as a result of the messages. However, it is not a didactic book, so you need to read throught the
messages, take notes, and piece together Wigglesworth’s themes and
thought process from the pieces scattered throughout the messages. This is a really solid collection from one of the formost revivalists
that will kindle the revival in you.
What Is Faith?
- If God brings something that makes you feel desperate, or like your life is worthless, it is because God wants you to recognize your weakness and cry out to Him.
- You must act (in faith) before you can see the fact in the natural.
The Door to Life Eternal
- “To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be filled with the Executive of the Godhead, who brings to us all the Father has and all the Son desires.” (35)
- We have to get rid of our human reasoning (that is, accepting the limitations of the natural world)
- You have to believe the Word of God.
Awake to Take!
- “When we are filled only with the Holy Spirit, and we won’t allow the Word of God to be detracted from by what we hear or by what we read, then comes the inspiration, then the life, then the activity, then the glory! ... To live in it is to be moved so that we will have God’s life, God’s personality in the human body.” (46 - 47)
- “... you will never be of any importance to God till you venture into the impossible. ... I do not mean foolish daring.” (47)
- “We may allow the natural mind to dethrone his lordship, but in the measure we do, we won’t come into the treasure which God has for us. The Word of God must have the first place. ... In any measure that we doubt the Word of God, from that moment we have ceased to thrive spiritually and actively.” (48)
- “Faith is God in the human vessel, in the one who believes in his heart. It is a grasping of the eternal God.” (49)
- “If you preachers lose your compassion, you can stop preaching, for it won’t do you any good. You will only be successful as a preacher as you let your heart become filled with the compassion of Jesus.” (50)
Knowing God: The Key to Faith
- “Nothing in the world glorifies God so much as the simple rest of faith in what God’s Word says.” (55)
- “Jesus lived to manifest God’s glory on earth, to show forth what His Father was like, that many sons might be brought to glory (Hebrews 2:10).” (55)
- “If you see imperfect faith, full of doubt, a wavering condition, it always comes of imperfect knowledge.” (57)
Building on the Word
- “For remember [the Word of God] is substance; it is evidence of things not seen.” (62)
- “The most trying time is the most helpful time. ... When we are tried by fire, God purges us, takes the dross away, and brings forth the pure gold. Only melted gold is useful. ... Only softened wax receives the seal. Only broken, contrite hearts receive the mark as the Potter turns us on his wheel.” (65)
- “If your body is yielded sufficiently until it becomes perfectly the temple of the Holy Spirit, then the fulness will flow and his life shall be given to you as you need.” (65)
Keep Your Eyes Fixed on Jesus
- “When Daniel’s life pleased God, he could ask to be kept [alive] in the lion’s den. But you cannot ask with confidence until there is a perfect union between you and God, as there was always perfect union between God and Jesus.” (67)
- “I tell you what makes us lose the confidence is disobedience to God and his laws.” (68)
- We cannot rely on our feelings. Instead, we must have confidence that God will not, cannot fail. We rely on what the Word of God says, not our feelings.
- “It seems to me that God is in the process of training us. You cannot take people into the depths of God unless you have been broken yourself.” (68)
- “We fail to realize the largeness of our Father’s measure, and we forget that he has a measure which cannot be exhausted.” (68)
- You must get your eyes off your circumstances and onto Jesus; that is how you pray the prayer of faith.
The Power of Possibility
- “Many people are putting their human wisdom in the place of God.” (82)
- “‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for’ (Heb 11:1). ... ‘I want things that are tangible,’ people say to me. 'I want something to appeal to my human reasoning.’” (82)
- “The Holy Ghost wants everyone to see the unveiling of Jesus. The unveiling of Jesus is to take away ourselves and to place himself in us, to take away all our human weakness and put within us that wonderful Word of eternal power, which makes us believe that all things are possible.”
- “... I am satisfied that love is the essential. Love
is of God; nay, love is God.
Love is the Trinity working in the human heart to break it,
that it may be filled with God’s fulness.” (86)
Making a Pest of Yourself
- Keep asking God to give what you desire.
- It is according to the will of God that you receive the might of God in your ministry
- Faith is a substance that spreads throughout your being.
- God gave the prophets a certain measure of the Holy Spirit, but to Jesus he gave it unlimited. At Pentecost Jesus gave the same measure to us.
- “Believe the record [of 2 Pet 1:3-4a]. ... Believe for the virtue of the Lord to be so manifested through your body, that as people touch you they are healed. Believe for the current to go through you to others.”
- (Wigglesworth would take cripples’ crutches and commanded them to walk or run after he prayed for them to demonstrate their healing.)
Faith that Delivers
- There was a woman who had had many operations for many years without getting better. Wigglesworth laid hands on fifty people and had each of them testify how God healed them. Then he asked her if she believed; she said she could not help but to believe. So he laid hands on her, apparently felt the power of God, and told her to get up and walk, which she did rather explosively. (Power of testimony for creating belief)
Become an Overcomer
- “The reason the world today is not seeing Jesus is because believers are not filled with the Spirit of Christ. They are satisfied with going to church, occasionally reading the Bible, and sometimes praying.” (100)
- “You will find that as you are wholly yielded to God, your whole being will be transformed by the divine indwelling.” (100)
- Jesus would spend hours communing with the Father, and there the Father would give him the word that he would bring to others and that would empower him afresh. (101)
- “How do we reach this place in the Spirit? ... Give God your life and you will see that sickness has to go when God comes in fully.” (102)
- “Through the revelation of the Word of God, we find that divine healing is solely for the glory of God and that salvation is walking in the newness of life so that we are inhabited by another, even God.”
- (Wigglesworth would take communion every day, sharing with others if they were there. He would leave a conversation with friends to commune with God if he felt it was needed.)
Children of Circumstances or Children of Faith?
- This [“manifold wisdom of God” (Eph 3:10)] is only revealed in the depths of humiliation [humbleness] where the Holy Ghost has full charge. (105)
- “you are his workmanship, created for his glory. God cannot display the greater glory except through those coequal in the glory. The Holy Ghost is the ideal and brings out the very essence of heaven through the human soul. Oh the need of the baptism of the Holy Ghost!” (106)
- “Are we children of circumstances or children of faith? If we are on natural lines, we are troubled at the wind blowing, for as it blows, it whispers fearfulness. But if you are rooted and grounded, you can withstand the tests.” (108)
Pressing through to Victory
- “If there is anything with which God is dissatisfied, it is stationary conditions.” (111) God is inviting us into the treasury (the unsearchable riches of Christ); don’t stand at the doorway.
- “When you get such a thirst that nothing can satisfy you but God, you shall have a royal time.” (112)
- “Are you dry? There is no dry place in God, but all the good things come out of hard times. The harder the place you are in, the more blessedness can come out of it as you yield to his plan.” (112)
- “It is an ideal thing to get people to believe that when they ask, they shall receive. But how can it be otherwise? It must be so when God says it.” (112)
- Even though the house where Jesus was was totally packed, the lame man’s friends found a way to get him to Jesus. “... there is always a way. I have never found faith to fail, not even once.” (113)
- “Sin is at the root of disease.” (114). That’s why Jesus forgave the man’s sins first.
- “Many people will not be saved unless some of you are used to stir them up. Remember you are your brother’s keeper. You must take your brother or sister in need to Jesus.” (114)
- (Wiggles worth treated everyone equally, hundreds in the line. He didn’t tell jokes or do anything to attract crowds, he was seventy, but they came because he was filled with the Spirit)
Doing the Work of Jesus
- Faith is believing that God will do it and commanding it be done. At one meeting a number of people got healed and one girl with braces on her legs asked him to come and pray for her; she was convinced she would be healed. She was, and Wigglesworth attributed it to her asking him to come, coupled with her longing.
- “There is something in a childlike faith in God that makes us dare to believe. I want you to know that whatever there is in your life that is bound, that the name of Jesus—the power of the name—shall break it if you believe.” (120) (See John 14:13)
Be not Afraid, Only Believe
- “Because some do not hear in faith, it profits them nothing.” (123)
- He had been in Switzerland for a while, then passed the meeting on to another guy. “‘What shall we do?,’ he asked. ‘Do?’ I said. ‘The apostle Paul left people to do the work and passed on to another place. I have been here long enough, you do the work.’ So this man of faith went to the meeting. When he came back he said, ‘We have had a wonderful time.’ ‘What happened?’ I asked. He said, ‘I invited them all out, took off my coat, and rolled up my sleeves and prayed, and they were all healed. I did just like you did.’”
- God did not want the woman with internal believing to think that the touch had healed her. It was the look to God (see Num 21). “The touch meant something more; it demonstrated a living faith.” (128)
- Faith believes. A lady with a goiter told how she had been healed to everyone, but her goiter got bigger than ever. She asked God to show other people that He had healed her like He had said; the next day it was gone.
The Resurrection Touch
- The condition for the living water coming via the Holy Spirit is belief (John 7:37-39)
- When Wigglesworth’s wife died, he asked God to bring her back, which He did, briefly, but the Spirit said, “She’s mine. Her work is finished. She is mine.” (136)
- We need the same anointing as at Pentecost.
- Believe that you have received the anointing [of the Holy Spirit?]. If you depend on having a feeling, it isn’t faith.
- “Through a constant fellowship with the Father, through bold faith in the Son, through a mighty anointing of the blessed Holy Spirit, there will come a right of way for God to be enthroned in our hearts, purifying us so thoroughly that there is no room for anything but the divine presence within. And through the manifestation of this presence, the works of Christ and greater works shall be accomplished for the glory of our triune God.” (139-140)
Filled with New Wine
- “When God is glorified and gets the right of way and the minds of his people, the people are as he [Jesus] is, filled with God.” (142)
- The new wine [of Pentecost] needs a new bottle. “If anything of the old life is left, there will be a rending, breaking.” (143)
- (Wigglesworth focused on hunger as much as on healing. “I would rather have a man on my platform, not filled with the Holy Ghost but hungry for God, than a man who has received the Holy Ghost but become satisfied with his experience.” (144) )
The Place of Power
- Jesus was filled with power after he was fasting and tempted in the wilderness (see Luke 4:15).
- This place of being filled with power is a place we can abide in.
- Only being in the Spirit can accomplish the things of God
- Being in the Spirit lets us see the dry bones around us but believe that God can make them live.
- Nothing happened to the bones when God spoke; it was after Ezekiel spoke that something happened. God works through a human instrument, which only happens when the human instrument is at a place where he says all the Spirit tells him to say.
- “‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10a). Be in the place where we know that he is controlling and moving us by the mighty power of his Spirit.” (149)
- “Indeed, nearly every town I go to is said to be the driest of places—'the hardest town in the kingdom,’ they will say.” (149)
- “It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that you can do as you are told quickly and without resistance.” (150)
- You have to submit to the Holy Spirit if you want the circumstances of your life to change.
- “Justification will not be sufficient to accomplish the purpose of God. People may be justified and sanctified but they will not be satisfied until they are filled with the Holy Ghost.” (151)
- Rev 4:2: “immediately I was in the Spirit.” “It means that God wants us to be in a place where the least breath of heaven makes us all on fire, ready for everything.” (152-3)
- “If you will allow the Holy Ghost to have full control, will find you are living in the Spirit. You will discover that your opportunities will be God’s opportunities.” (153)
The Ordinary Made Extraordinary
- “God is longing for us to come into such a fruitful position as the sons of God, with the marks of heaven upon us, his divinity bursting through our humanity, so that he can express himself through our lips of clay.” (157)
- You can’t be the same after you are baptized in the Spirit.
- “It is not what we are that counts, but what we can be as he disciplines and chastens and transforms us by his all-skillful hands.” (158)
- “He [Stephen] was full of the Holy Ghost so God could fulfill his purposes through him. When a child of God is filled with the Holy Ghost, the Spirit makes intercession through him or her for the saints according to the will of God. He fills us with longings and desires until we are in the place of fervency as of a molten fire. What to do we know not. When we are in this place the Holy Ghost begins to do. When the Holy Ghost has liberty in the body he wafts all utterance into the presence of God according to the will of God. Such prayers are always heard. ... When we are praying in the Holy Ghost, faith is in evidence, and as a result, the power of God can be manifested in our midst.” (159)
- There was a man with consumption and a weak heart, who could not work. Wigglesworth announced that as he prayed for him his (downcast) face would change. It did. He told him to run a mile and come back; he came back and said he breathes freely.
- Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit right up to the end, and did many signs and wonders and miracles; this will happen through us, too, if we are filled with the Spirit.
Showing Forth the Glory of God
- Wigglesworth was voyaging via ship, and at one stop a first-class passenger wanted to buy feathers, but needed to share the lot with someone, and briefly borrow money. Wigglesworth perceived that it was the Spirit, so he agreed. He had the man (instead of his steward) find him to return the money, and when he did, in ten minutes the man’s life was laid bare and he asked for salvation. “But you know we shall never know the mind of God until we learn to know the voice of God.” (166)
- “The striking thing about Moses is that it took him forty years to learn human wisdom, forty years to learn his helplessness, and forty years to live in the power of God.” (166)
- All the revelation of God is so that we may live supernaturally, living in the Spirit as sons of God.
- If we “put our hand on” (try to control?) the Spirit our meetings will dry up. The Spirit must be unhindered.
- “If you want an assembly full of life, you must have one in which the Spirit of God is manifested. And to keep at the boiling pitch of that blessed incarnation of the Spirit, you must be as simple as babies; you must be as harmless as doves and as wise as serpents.” (167).
- I ask God for “a leading of grace” because it is too easy to be natural.
- If you lose the anointing, repent and get it back.
- “Beloved, if you come into perfect line with the grace of God, one thing will certainly take place in your life. You will change from that old position of the world’s line—where you were judging everybody and where you were not trusting anyone—and come into a place where you will have a heart that will believe all things, a heart that under no circumstances reviles again when you are reviled.” (167)
- “Always keep in mind the fact that the Holy Ghost must bring manifestations.” (168)
- When you are filled, you have to say something. The reason the sons and daughters will prophesy is that it will come out of them as they are filled.
- The purpose of the Holy Spirit coming in is so that he will go out through you.
- “We must clearly see that the baptism of the Spirit must make us ministering spirits.” (169)
- You don’t know, can’t know what you have with the Baptism. It is too great. Peter and John had no idea, but they came down and healed the lame man at the Beautiful Gate.
- Three things that happen (in order) with the Spirit: ministration (compassion on the beggar), operation (use the gifts), manifestation (he gets up and walks). It always goes this way.
- Wigglesworth passed a man tortuously using a cane to walk and just could not go farther. So he told him to be at the door of the hotel in five minutes if he wanted to be made straight. Wigglesworth paid his bill, then helped the man to the elevator and to his (Wigglesworth’s) room. Five minutes later he was straight with no pain. (Q: why did he take the man to his room, instead of doing it on the street?)
- You need to start doing it, and then you will start seeing results.
God’s Treasure House
- “... whatever happens in a service means nothing to me unless it leads to edification or comfort or consolation.” (174-5) (see 1 Cor 14:12)
- The gifts of the Spirit are most helpful to you when you use them for others.
- “We should cover much ground because the Spirit is going to speak. If I use my own reasoning, you won’t be edified.” (175)
- “For it is God who has called you for his own purpose. ... And God is being glorified when our anointing or our covenant with Christ is reserved for God only, and we live and move for the glory of the exhibition of Christ. That is the place where Jesus is highly honored; and when you pray, God is glorified in the Son; and when you preach, the unction abides, and the Lord brings forth blessing upon the hearers.” (179)
- The gifts of Jesus (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers) do not conflict with the gifts of the Spirit.
- You have to go through Acts before you can possess the epistles—you have to be baptized in the Spirit first, since the epistles assume that you have been baptized.
Aflame for God
- “When the Holy Ghost comes he comes to enable us to show forth Jesus in all his glory, to make him known as the one who heals today as in days of old. The baptism in the Spirit enables us to preach as they did in the beginning, ...” (185)
- We shouldn’t need to pray or wait for power when the need arises (e.g. someone on the ship collapses). Jesus said power would come upon us; exercise your faith and the power will be there. “The Lord’s promise was, ‘You shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you.’ And if we will believe, the power of God will be always manifested when there is a definite need.” (186)
- “The baptism of the Holy Spirit has come for nothing less than to empower you, to give you the very power that Christ himself had, so that you, a yielded vessel may continue the same type of ministry that Jesus had when he walked this earth in the days of his flesh.” (187)
- “The need in the world today is that we should be burning and shining lights to reflect the glory of Christ. We cannot do this with a cold, indifferent experience, and we never shall. His servants are to be flames of fire.” (187)
That I May Know Him
- We don’t have all knowledge; “every day there must be a revival touch in our hearts” (194)
- “Beloved, it is God’s tenderness over our weakness and over our depravity that breaks us as well [as it did Paul on the road to Damascus].” (195)
- It is not possible for a child of God to fail (God always watches over us). The thing that is crushing us is serving a greater purpose, namely that we would know him.
- “When we see the crooked and helpless woman or man, so infirm, that God will give us compassion and a fellowship with them that shall undo their heavy burdens and set them free.” (197). When we miss God’s heart is when we fail to get the victory.
Living Epistles of Christ
- “How can Christ live in you? There is no way for Christ to live in you except by the manifested Word in you and through you, declaring every day that you are a living epistle of the Word of God.” (200)
- How do we pray in the Spirit? “The Spirit takes the Word of God and brings our heart, and mind, and soul, and cry, and need into the presence of God. The Spirit prays only according to the will of God, and the will of God is in all the Word of God. When we have entered into the mind of the Spirit, we will find that God changes [and purifies] our hearts [leading to unspeakable joy]” (200)
- “The human [the natural?] has to die eternally because there is no other plan for a Spirit-baptized soul.” (202)
Empty Vessels Filled by the Spirit
- Worship is longing to come into God’s presence.
- We meet a God in simplicity like a child, with meekness and gentleness
- “... we are sons of God with power. No one who sins has power. Sin makes a person weak. Remember this: sin dethrones, but purity strengthens.” (205)
- Temptation is not sin, but the devil is a liar and will try to make you think it is.
- A woman with cancer had no hope. God told me to establish her in the fact that her sin was gone. When she had the assurance, she said, “That is everything to me. Cancer is nothing now that I have Jesus.” (206) She was soon healed.
Rising into the Heavenlies
- Whenever God has manifested himself throughout history, there has been opposition to the people that experienced the manifestations. “In the old dispensation, as well as the new, when the Spirit of God has been moving mightily, trouble and difficulty soon follow.” (207)
- This is because the natural man is opposed to the things of God (see Rom 8:7)
- Also because the world system is opposed to God.
- The devil is opposing God.
- “The blood of Jesus is all-powerful for cleansing; but when sin is gone, when we are clean and when we know we have the Word of God in us, and when the power of the Spirit is bringing everything into a place where we triumph over all evil, then comes a revelation through the Spirit. This revelation lifts us onto higher ground and unveils the fulness of the life of Christ within us in such a way that we are led on till we are ‘filled with all the fulness of God’ (Ephesians 3:19a). This is the sanctification of the Spirit.” (208)
- "Everybody is elected to be saved; whether they come into it or not is another thing.” (209)
- The sanctification of the Spirit is full yieldedness.
- It is a place of peace, where God “comes and makes himself known to you” face-to-face. (212)
- If you have any hope in the world, then you can’t have the “lively hope” (1 Pet 1:3), because Jesus comes to overthrow the world.
- Trials let wrong things in us that we are unaware of come to the surface. And they also provide a crucible for the purity of our faith to be tested, like gold is tested in the fire.
- (Wigglesworth liked expensive clothes, and traveled first class. People who thought that being spiritual meant being poor complained about it. He said that he was saving the Lord’s servant, and that if God didn’t look after him, it would be time to go back to plumbing.)
The Privileges of Sonship
- We are not of the world (1 John 3). “When a God lays hold of a person, he makes that person more extraordinary in personality, power, unction, thought and activity.” (217)
- God wants us to hunger after all that belongs to us as children of God.
- We destined to be “so inhabited by Jesus that you become a living personality of God’s ideal son.” (218). Because Jesus was like us in all ways except sin (Heb 4:15), he can lead us into that.
- “Oh, how many people lose out because the mind and the head were too big, the mind too active and too much in the natural.” (218). God moves the heart.
- “When our whole lives are surged by the power of the living God, we become subjects of the living God and we are moved by the almightiness of God. Then we live and move and have our being in this flow of God’s wonder-working power.” (218)
- The rights of God’s children are rest, faith, complete trust, habitation, peace.
- Spiritual maturity is choosing God as Father and becoming his habitation.
- “God’s design is to bring you to the place where you will be a son clothed with the power of gifts and graces, ministries and operations, to bring you clothed with the majesty of heaven” (221)
Count It All Joy
- Count it all joy, brothers, when you experience trials.
- You don’t have a way out, but God does.
- “I would pity the believer who has gone a whole week without temptation. Why? Because God only tries those who are worthy.” (224)
- “Let me tell you what perfect love is: he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world. ... Perfect love means that Jesus has gotten a grip on your intentions, desires, and though and purified everything. Perfect love cannot fear.” (224)
- “Beloved, God wants us to have some resurrection touch about us.” (227). He will bring us to a deeper knowledge of him through the troubles and temptations.
Lord, What Will You Have Me Do?
- “When we begin yielding and yielding to God, he is able to fulfill his plan for our lives, and we come into that wonderful experience where all we have to do is eat the fruits of Canaan.” (229)
- “Beloved, all the Father has is ours [see Luke 15:29-31], but it will only come through obedience.” (230)
- A woman’s husband would drink his paycheck, she loved him but didn’t know what to do. Wigglesworth told her to take a handkerchief that had been prayed over, and lay it under his head in faith, without telling him. She did, and the next day his beer tasted terrible at every saloon, so he came home sober, and was [soon?] saved.
- “Don’t think there is some magic virtue in the handkerchief or you will miss the virtue. It is the living faith in the person who lays the handkerchief on the body, and the power of God through faith.” (232)
- Don’t assume that you have power because you pray in tongues, have received revelations from God, or even seen people healed. You have power when you know that the Spirit of the Lord is upon you. (But it has to be used for the glory of God)
- The power comes when we yield to God.
- (One person needed healing, he could see the person had faith, but the family didn’t. So he had a chapel meeting with them and they got the faith, but even so, they hadn’t put out his clothes, so he went in alone. He said, “I believe the glory of God will come when I lay hands on you, and you will be healed.” And that happened exactly. And the father, seeing it, became a Christian, and his sister was also healed.)