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INSIGHTS ON FAITH FROM SMITH WIGGLESWORTH

 

What an inspiration it is to give God the supreme place in our lives! When we do, He will so fill us with the Holy Spirit that the government will rest upon His shoulders. (See Isaiah 9:6.) I hope that we will believe and come into the holy realm of the knowledge of what it means to yield our all to God. Just think of what would happen if we only dared to believe God!

Then right through you will come forth a river of divine anointing that will sustain you in the bitterest place. It will give life to the deadest formality and say to the weak, “Be strong,” and to them who have no might, “The Lord of Hosts is here to comfort you.” God wants us to be like the rising of the sun, filled with the rays of heaven, all the time beaming forth the gladness of the Spirit of the Almighty. Possibility is the greatest thing of your life.

God wants to show you that there is a place where we can live in the Spirit and not be subject to the flesh. We can live in the Spirit until sin has no dominion over us. We reign in life and see the covering of God over us in the Spirit.

So God the Holy Spirit would have us to understand that there is a place in the Holy Spirit where there is no condemnation. This place is holiness, purity, righteousness, higher ground, perfection, and being more perfected in the presence of God. This higher ground state is holy desire. It is perfection where God is bringing us to live in such a way that He may smile through us and act upon us until our bodies become a flame of light ignited by Omnipotence. This is God’s plan for us in the inheritance. It is an inheritance in the race that God wants us in today. This race, this divine race, this crowned race, this divine place is for us today.

I am hungry that I may be more full, that God may choose me for His service. And I know that the greatest qualification is to be filled with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit has the divine commission from heaven to impart revelation to every son of God concerning the Lord Jesus, to unfold to us the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit. He will take of the things of Christ and show them to us.

Oh, the power of the Holy Spirit creates new men and new women. The Holy Spirit takes away your stony heart and gives you a heart of flesh.

The Holy Spirit has a royal plan, a heavenly plan. He came to unveil the King, to show the character of God, to unveil the precious blood of Jesus. Because I have the Holy Spirit within me, I see Jesus clothed for humanity. He was moved by the Spirit, led by the Spirit. We read of some who heard the Word of God but did not benefit from it because faith was lacking in them (Heb. 4:2). We must have a living faith in God’s Word, a faith that is quickened by the Spirit.

The baptism of the Spirit has come for nothing less than to possess the whole of our lives. It sets up Jesus as King, and nothing can stand in His holy presence when He is made King. Everything will wither before Him.

The power of the Holy Spirit has to come to be enthroned in the human life so that it does not matter where we find ourselves. Christ is manifested in the place where devils are, the place where religious devils are, the place where false religion and unbelief are, the place where formal religion has taken the place of holiness and righteousness. You need to have holiness—the righteousness and Spirit of the Master—so that in every walk of life, everything that is not like our Lord Jesus will have to depart. That is what is needed today.

There are three things that ought to take place at the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It was necessary that the movement of the mighty rushing wind was made manifest in the Upper Room and that the disciples were clothed with tongues as of fire. (See Acts 2:1–4.) Also, it was necessary that they received not only the fire but also the rushing wind, the personality of the Spirit in the wind. The manifestation of the glory is in the wind, or breath, of God.

When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, it is to crown Jesus King in our lives. Not only is the King to be within us, but also all the glories of His kingly manifestations are to be brought forth in us. Oh, for Him to work in us in this way, melting us, until a new order rises within us so that we are moved with His compassion. I see that we can come into the order of God where the vision becomes so much brighter and where the Lord is manifesting His glory with all His virtues and gifts; all His glory seems to fill the soul who is absolutely dead to himself and alive to God.

The Spirit of God wants us to understand there is nothing that can interfere with our coming into perfect blessing except unbelief. Unbelief is a terrible hindrance. As soon as we are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to have His way, we will find that great things will happen all the time.

We are called to walk together with God through the Spirit. It is delightful to know that we can talk with God and hold communion with Him. Through this wonderful baptism in the Spirit that the Lord gives us, He enables us to talk to Him in a language that the Spirit has given, a language that no man understands but that He understands, a language of love. Oh, how wonderful it is to speak to Him in the Spirit, to let the Spirit lift and lift and lift us until He takes us into the very presence of God!

To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be filled with the Executive of the Godhead, who brings to us all that the Father has and all that the Son desires, and we should be so in the Spirit that God can cause us to move with His authority and reign by His divine ability.

 

 

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Divine wisdom will never make you foolish. Divine wisdom will give you a sound mind; divine wisdom will give you a touch of divine nature. Divine life is full of divine appointment and equipping, and you cannot be filled with the power of God without a manifestation. It is my prayer today that we would understand that to be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be filled with manifestation, the glory of the Lord being in the midst of us, manifesting His divine power.

Jesus spoke, and everything He said must come to pass. That is the great plan. When we are filled only with the Holy Spirit, and we won’t allow the Word of God to be taken away by what we hear or by what we read, then comes the inspiration, then the life, then the activity, then the glory!

When the Holy Spirit gets possession of a person, he is a new man entirely—his whole being becomes saturated with divine power. We become a habitation of Him who is all light, all revelation, all power, and all love. Yes, God the Holy Spirit is manifested within us in such a way that it is glorious.

 

 

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When the Holy Spirit comes, He will reveal things to you. Has He revealed them yet? He is going to do it. Just expect Him to do so. The best thing for you is to expect Him to do it now.

God the Holy Spirit wants to bring us to a great revelation of life. He wants us to be filled with all the fullness of God. One of the most beautiful pictures we have in the Scriptures is of the Trinity. The Trinity was made manifest right on the banks of the Jordan River when Jesus was baptized. I want you to see how God unfolded heaven and how heaven and earth became the habitation of the Trinity. The voice of God came from the heavens as He looked at His well-beloved Son coming out of the waters, and there the Spirit was manifested in the shape of a dove. The dove is the only bird without gall; it is a creature so timid that at the least thing it moves and is afraid. No person can be baptized with the Holy Spirit and have bitterness, that is, gall.

“AFTER THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON YOU, YOU WILL HAVE POWER. GOD WILL MIGHTILY MOVE WITHIN YOUR LIFE; THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL OVERSHADOW YOU, INWARDLY MOVING YOU UNTIL YOU KNOW THERE IS A DIVINE PLAN DIFFERENT FROM ANYTHING THAT YOU HAVE HAD IN YOUR LIFE BEFORE.”

—SMITH WIGGLESWORTH

 

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The Holy Spirit is not a touch or a breath. He is the Almighty God. He is a person. He is the Holy One dwelling in the temple “not made with hands” (2 Cor. 5:1). Beloved, He touches, and it is done. He is the same God over all who is rich unto all who call upon Him (Rom. 10:12).

God has a plan for us in this life of the Spirit, this abundant life. Jesus came so that we might have life (John 10:10). Satan comes to steal and kill and destroy (v. 10), but God has abundance for us—full measure, pressed down, shaken together, overflowing, abundant measure (Luke 6:38). This abundance is God filling us with His own personality and presence, making us salt and light and giving us a revelation of Himself.

When we are clothed with the Spirit, our human depravity is covered and everything that is contrary to the mind of God is destroyed. God must have people for Himself who are being clothed with a heavenly habitation, perfectly prepared by the Holy Spirit for the Day of the Lord. “For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven” (1 Cor. 5:2).

It is indeed the name of Jesus that brings power over evil spirits, only they did not understand it. Oh, that God would help us to understand the name of Jesus! There is something in that name that attracts the whole world. It is the name, oh, it is still the name, but you must understand that there is the ministry of the name. It is the Holy Spirit who is behind the ministry. The power is in the knowledge of Him; it is in the ministry of the knowledge of Him, and I can understand that it is only that.

The Holy Spirit has come with one definite purpose, and that is to reveal to us the Father and the Son in all their different branches of helpfulness to humanity. The Spirit has come to display almighty power so that the weak may be made strong, and to bring to sickness such a manifestation of the blood of Christ, of the Atonement on Calvary, that the evil power of disease is conquered and forced to leave.

In this baptism of the Holy Spirit, there is a holy boldness—not superstition, but a boldness that stands unflinchingly and truly on what the Word of God says. To have holy boldness is to live in the Holy Spirit, to get to know the principles that are worked out by Him.

Why should we tarry for the Holy Ghost? Why should we wrestle and pray for living faith to be made ready? In John 16:7–8, we find the reason: “It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”

That is why the Holy Ghost is to come into your body. First of all, when your sin is gone, you can see clearly to speak to others. But Jesus does not want you to pick the mote out of someone else’s eye while a beam remains in your own eye. (See Matthew 7:1–5.) When your own sins are gone, then the Holy Ghost is to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

Only when a person is filled with the Holy Ghost can he bind the power of Satan. Satan has a right, he thinks, and will have a short time to exhibit it as the prince of the world, but he can’t be prince as long as there is one person filled with the Holy Ghost. That is the reason why the church will go before tribulation.

The gift of the Holy Ghost, when He has breathed in you, will make you alive so that it is wonderful; it seems almost then as though you had never been born. The jealousy God has over us, the interest He has in us, the purpose He has for us, the grandeur of His glory, are so marvelous that God has called us into this place to receive gifts.

When God begins dealing with you on the baptism, He begins on this line: He starts with the things which are the most difficult. He starts with your human nature. He starts with your fear. He gets the fear away, gets the human nature out of place; and just as you dissolve, just as the power of the Spirit brings a dissolving to your human nature, in the same act, the Holy Ghost flows into the place where you are being dissolved, and you are quickened just where you come into death. And as you die—naturally, humanly, carnally, selfishly—of every evil thing, the new life, the Holy Ghost floods the whole case till it becomes a transformed case.

 

 

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Most of us have seen water baptism in action so often that we know what it means. But I want you to see that God’s very great desire is for you to be covered with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He wants you to be so immersed and covered and flooded with the light and revelation of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, that your whole body will be filled, and not only filled but also covered over until you walk in the presence of the power of God.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the essential, mighty touch of revelation of the wonders, for God the Holy Spirit has no limitations along these lines. But when the soul is ready to enter into His life, there is a breaking up of fallow ground and a moving of the mists away, bringing us into the perfect day of the light of God.

You can never be the same again after you have received this wonderful baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is important that we should be full of wisdom and faith day by day and full of the Holy Spirit, acting by the power of the Holy Spirit. God has set us here in the last days, these days of apostasy, and wants us to be burning and shining lights in the midst of an indecent generation.

 

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God wants to flow through you with measureless power of divine utterance and grace until your whole body is a flame of fire. God intends each soul in Pentecost to be a live wire—not a monument, but a movement. So many people have been baptized with the Holy Spirit; there was a movement, but they have become monuments, and you cannot move them. God, wake us out of sleep lest we should become indifferent to the glorious truth and the breath of the almighty power of God.

God wants you to be so balanced in spiritual anointing that you will always be able to do what pleases Him, and not what will please other people or yourself. The ideal must be that it will all be to edification, and everything must go on to this end to please the Lord.

“HALT! THINK! WHAT IS THE ATTITUDE OF YOUR LIFE? ARE YOU THIRSTY? ARE YOU LONGING? ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE? ARE YOU WILLING TO FORFEIT IN ORDER TO HAVE? ARE YOU WILLING TO ALLOW YOURSELF TO DIE THAT HE MAY LIVE? ARE YOU WILLING FOR HIM TO HAVE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF YOUR HEART, YOUR CONSCIENCE, AND ALL THAT YOU ARE? ARE YOU READY TO HAVE GOD’S DELUGE OF BLESSING POUR INTO YOUR SOUL?

—SMITH WIGGLESWORTH

 

 

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God wants to show you that there is a place where we can live in the Spirit and not be subject to the flesh. We can live in the Spirit until sin has no dominion over us. We reign in life and see the covering of God over us in the Spirit. Sin reigned unto death, but Christ reigned over sin and death, and so we reign with Him in life.

The Holy Spirit breathes through us, enabling us to say, “You are my Father; You are my Father.” Because you have been adopted, “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ ” (Gal. 4:6). Oh, it is wonderful. May God the Holy Spirit grant to us that richness of His pleasure, that unfolding of His will, that consciousness of His smile upon us. There is “no condemnation” (Rom. 8:1). We find that “the law of the Spirit of life” makes us “free from the law of sin and death” (v. 2). Glory!

Through the blood of Christ’s atonement, we may have riches and riches. We need the warming atmosphere of the Spirit’s power to bring us closer and closer until nothing but God can satisfy, and then we may have some idea of what God has left over after we have taken all that we can.

 

 

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Oh, the joy of being filled with the Holy Spirit, with divine purpose! Oh, the satisfaction of being active “in season and out of season” (2 Tim. 4:2) with the sense of divine approval. As the apostles were in their day, so we are to be in our day: “filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:19).

Beloved, the Holy Spirit is the Comforter. The Holy Spirit did not come to speak of Himself, but He came to unveil Him who said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:29). The Holy Spirit came to thrill you with resurrection power, and He came so that you would be anointed “with fresh oil that overflows in the splendor of His almightiness.

He who comes to God is already in the place where the Holy Spirit takes the prayers and swings them out according to the mind of the Spirit. For who has known the mind of Christ, or who is able to make intercession, except the mind of the Spirit of the living God? He makes intercession. Where is He? He is in us.

 

 

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May God the Holy Spirit bring us into that blessed place where we may live, walk, pray, and sing in the Spirit, and pray and sing with the understanding, also. Faith will do it.

Oh, tell me if you can, is there anything to compare to what Jesus said: “When the Holy Spirit comes, ‘He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things’ ” (John 14:26)? Surely this is a Comforter. Surely He is the Comforter who can bring to our memories and minds all the things that Jesus said.

Jesus was sent from God to meet the world’s needs. Jesus lived to minister life by the words He spoke. He said to Philip, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.… The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me” (John 14:9–10). I am persuaded that if we are filled with His words of life and the Holy Spirit, and Christ is made manifest in our mortal flesh, then the Holy Spirit can really move us with His life and His words until as He was, so are we in the world.

 

 

 

 

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The baptism in the Holy Spirit is the essential power in the body that will bring rest from all your weariness and give you a hopeful expectation that each day may be the day we go up with Him.

There is a way that God establishes. In our human planning, we may experience blessings of a kind, but we also undergo trials, hardships, and barrenness that God would have kept from us if we had followed His way. I realize through the anointing of the Holy Spirit that there is a freshness, a glow, a security in God where you can know that God is with you all the time. There is a place to reach where all that God has for us can flow through us to a needy world all the time: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:9).

It is the Spirit that works in us all these divine plans so that He may build us on the foundations of the living Word, which lives, which always quickens and moves. Builds high, higher, higher, into and with love. It is always in a higher sense because God has no lower means.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROMANS 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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