Updated: May 1
Have you ever heard of Smith Wigglesworth?
Smith was a British evangelist who was influential in the early history of Pentecostal movement. He was known for his faith healing, speaking in tongues, and performing miracles.
But he didn’t start out that way.
He was born in 1859 in a poor family in Yorkshire, England. He worked as a plumber and was illiterate until his wife taught him to read the Bible, which became the only book he ever read.
He became a Christian at the age of eight and was involved in various denominations, such as Methodist, Anglican, Baptist and Plymouth Brethren.
But he felt something was missing.
He wanted more of God’s power and presence in his life.
In 1907, he experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues, which he believed was a necessary sign of receiving God’s power. He began to preach and practice faith healing, and healed thousands of people from various diseases and even raised 14 people from the dead. He also taught that sickness was caused by demons and sometimes used physical violence to cast them out.
He traveled around the world, spreading the Pentecostal message and performing miracles.
He was known as the “Apostle of Faith” because of his unwavering confidence in God’s promises and his boldness in confronting any challenge. He often said, “Only believe!” and “God is more eager to answer than we are to ask.”
He inspired many people to seek a deeper relationship with God and to expect great things from Him.
He died in 1947 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, leaving behind a legacy of faith and power.
In this blog post, I want to share with you some of the lessons I learned from his life and ministry.
Here are some of them:
God can use anyone who is willing to surrender to Him. Smith Wigglesworth was not a trained theologian or a polished speaker. He was a simple plumber who loved God and obeyed His voice. He didn’t let his lack of education or eloquence stop him from sharing the gospel and demonstrating God’s power. He trusted that God would use him as he was.
God can do anything if we have faith. Smith Wigglesworth faced many impossible situations, such as incurable diseases, dead bodies, hostile crowds, and demonic attacks. But he never doubted God’s ability or willingness to intervene. He believed that nothing was too hard for God and that all things were possible for those who believe. He exercised his faith by speaking God’s word, laying hands on the sick, and commanding the demons to leave.
God wants us to be filled with His Spirit. Smith Wigglesworth attributed his success to the Holy Spirit who filled him and empowered him. He said that without the Holy Spirit, he would be nothing. He sought to be constantly filled with the Spirit and to follow His guidance. He also encouraged others to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and to speak in tongues as evidence of it.
These are just some of the lessons I learned from Smith Wigglesworth’s life and ministry.
What about you? Have you ever read his books or heard his stories?
What did you learn from him? How can you apply his lessons to your own life?
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