Have Faith in God
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever
shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou
cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall
believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass;
he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you,
What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye
receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:23, 24)
These are days when we need to have our faith
strengthened, when we need to know God. God has designed that
the just shall live by faith. Any man can be changed by faith,
no matter how he may be fettered. I know that God’s
word is sufficient. One word from Him can change a nation.
His word is from everlasting to everlasting. It is through
the entrance of this everlasting Word, this incorruptible
seed, that we are born again, and come into this wonderful
salvation. Man cannot live by bread alone, but must live by
every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. This is
the food of faith. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing
by the Word of God.”
Everywhere men are trying to discredit the
Bible and take from it all the miraculous. One preacher says,
“Well, you know, Jesus arranged beforehand to have that
colt tied where it was, and for the men to say just what they
did.” I tell you God can arrange everything without
going near. He can plan for you, and when He plans for you,
all is peace. All things are possible if you will believe.
Another preacher said, “It was an easy
thing for Jesus to feed the people with five loaves. The loaves
were so big in those days that it was a simple matter to cut
them into a thousand pieces each.” But He forgot that
one little boy brought those five loaves all the way in his
lunch basket. There is nothing impossible with God. All the
impossibility is with us when we measure God by the limitations
of our unbelief.
We have a wonderful God, a God whose ways
are past finding out, and whose grace and power are limitless.
I was in Belfast one day and saw one of the brethren of the
assembly. He said to me, “Wigglesworth, I am troubled.
I have had a good deal of sorrow during the past five months.
I had a woman in my assembly who could always pray the blessing
of heaven down on our meetings. She is an old woman, but her
presence is always an inspiration. But five months ago she
fell and broke her thigh. The doctors put her into a plaster
cast, and after five months they broke the cast. But the bones
were not properly set and so she fell and broke the thigh
He took me to her house, and there was a
woman lying in a bed on the right hand side of the room. I
said to her, “Well, what about it now?” She said,
“They have sent me home incurable. The doctors say that
I am so old that my bones won’t knit. There is no nutriment
in my bones and they could never do anything for me, and they
say I shall have to lie in bed for the rest of my life.”
I said to her, “Can you believe God?” She replied,
“Yes, ever since I heard that you had come to Belfast
my faith has been quickened. If you will pray, I will believe.
I know there is no power on earth that can make the bones
of my thigh knit, but I know there is nothing impossible with
God.” I said, “Do you believe He will meet you
now?” She answered, “I do.”
It is grand to see people believe God. God
knew all about this leg and that it was broken in two places.
I said to the woman, “When I pray, something will happen.”
Her husband was sitting there; he had been in his chair for
four years and could not walk a step. He called out, “I
don’t believe. I won’t believe. You will never
get me to believe.” I said, “All right,”
and laid my hands on his wife in the name of the Lord Jesus.
The moment hands were laid upon her the power of God went
right through her and she cried out, “I’m healed.”
I said, “I’m not going to assist you to rise.
God will do it all.” She rose and walked up and down
the room, praising God.
The old man was amazed at what had happened
to his wife, and he cried out, “Make me walk, make me
walk.” I said to him, “You old sinner, repent.”
He cried out, “Lord, You know I never meant what I said.
You know I believe.” I don’t think he meant what
he said; anyhow the Lord was full of compassion. If He marked
our sins, where would any of us be? If we will meet the conditions,
God will always meet us. If we believe, all things are possible.
I laid my hands on him and the power went right through the
old man’s body; and those legs, for the first time in
four years, received power to carry his body, and he walked
up and down and in and out. He said, “O what great things
God has done for us tonight!”
“What things soever ye desire, when
ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Desire toward God, and you will have desires from God; and
He will meet you on the line of those desires when you reach
out in simple faith.
A man came to me in one of my meetings who
had seen other people healed and wanted to be healed, too.
He explained that his arm had been fixed in a certain position
for many years and he could not move it. “Got any faith?”
I asked. He said He had a lot of faith. After prayer he was
able to swing his arm round and round. But he was not satisfied
and complained, “I feel a little bit of trouble just
there,” pointing to a certain place. “Do you know
what is the trouble with you?” He answered, “No.”
I said, “Imperfect faith.” “What things
soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive there,
and ye shall have them.”
Did you believe before you were saved? So
many people would be saved, but they want to feel saved first.
There was never a man who felt saved before he believed. God’s
plan is always this, if you will believe, you shall see the
glory of God. I believe God wants to bring us all to a definite
place of unswerving faith and confidence in Himself.
Jesus here uses the figure of a mountain.
Why does He say a mountain? Because, if faith can remove a
mountain, it can remove anything. The plan of God is so marvelous,
that if you will only believe, all things are possible.
There is one special phrase to which I want
to call your attention, “And shall not doubt in his
heart.” The heart is the mainspring. See that young
man and young woman. They have fallen in love at first sight.
In a short while there is a deep affection, and a strong heart
love, the one toward the other. What is a heart of love? A
heart of faith. Faith and love are kin. In the measure that
that young man and that young woman love one another they
are true. One may go to the North and the other to the South,
but because of their love they will be true to each other.
It is the same when there is a deep love
in the heart toward the Lord Jesus Christ. In this new life
into which God has brought us, Paul tells us that we have
become dead to the law by the body of Christ, that we should
be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the
dead. God brings us into a place of perfect love and perfect
faith. A man who is born of God is brought into an inward
affection, a loyalty to the Lord Jesus that shrinks from anything
impure. You see the purity of a man and woman when there is
a deep natural affection between them; they disdain the very
thought of either of them being untrue. I say that, in the
measure that a man has faith in Jesus, he is pure. He that
believes that Jesus is the Christ overcomes the world. It
is a faith that works by love.
Just as we have heart fellowship with our
LORD our faith cannot be daunted. We cannot doubt in our hearts.
There comes, as we go on with God, a wonderful association,
an impartation of His very life and nature within. As we read
His Word and believe the promises that He has so graciously
given to us, we are made partakers of His very essence and
life. The Lord is made to us a Bridegroom, and we are His
bride. His words to us are spirit and life, transforming us
and changing us, expelling that which is natural and bringing
in that which is divine.
It is impossible to comprehend the love of
God as we think on natural lines. We must have the revelation
from the Spirit of God. God giveth liberally. He that asketh,
receiveth. God is willing to bestow on us all things that
pertain to life and godliness. Oh, it was the love of God
that brought Jesus. And it is this same love that helps you
and me to believe. In every weakness God will be your strength.
You who need His touch, remember that He loves you. Look,
wretched, helpless, sick one, away to the God of all grace,
whose very essence is love, who delights to give liberally
all the inheritance of life and strength and power that you
are in need of.
When I was in Switzerland the Lord was graciously
working and healing many of the people. I was staying with
Brother Reuss of Goldiwil and two policemen were sent to arrest
me. The charge was that I was healing the people without a
license. Mr. Reuss said to them, “I am sorry that he
is not here just now. He is holding a meeting about two miles
away, but before you arrest him let me show you something.”
Brother Reuss took these two policemen down
to one of the lower parts of that district, to a house with
which they were familiar, for they had often gone to that
place to arrest a certain woman, who was repeatedly put in
the prison because of continually being engaged in drunken
brawls. He took them to this woman and said to them, “This
is one of the many cases of blessing that have come through
the ministry of the man you have come to arrest. This woman
came to our meeting in a drunken condition. Her body was broken,
for she was ruptured in two places. While she was drunk, the
evangelist laid his hands on her and asked God to heal her
and deliver her.” The woman joined in, “Yes, and
God saved me, and I have not tasted a drop of’liquor
since.” The policemen had a warrant for my arrest, but
they said with disgust, “Let the doctors do this kind
of thing.” They turned and went away and that was the
last we heard of them.
We have a Jesus that heals the broken-hearted,
who lets the captives go free, who saves the very worst. Dare
you, dare you, spurn this glorious Gospel of God for spirit,
soul and body? Dare you spurn this grace? I realize that this
full Gospel has in great measure been hid, this Gospel that
brings liberty, this Gospel that brings souls out of bondage,
this Gospel that brings perfect health to the body, this Gospel
of entire salvation. Listen again to this word of Him who
left the glory to bring us this great salvation, “Verily
I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain,
Be thou removed, . . . he shall have whatsoever he with.”
I realize that God can never bless us on
the lines of being hardhearted, critical or unforgiving. This
will hinder faith quicker than anything. I remember being
at a meeting where there were some people tarrying for the
Baptism-seeking for cleansing, for the moment a person is
cleansed the Spirit will fall. There was one man with eyes
red from weeping bitterly. He said to me, “I shall have
to leave. It is no good my staying without I change things.
I have written a letter to my brother-in-law, and filled it
with hard words, and this thing must first be straightened
out.” He went home and told his wife, “I’m
going to write a letter to your brother and ask him to forgive
me for writing to him the way I did.” “You fool!”
she said. “Never mind,” he replied, “this
is between God and me, and it has got to be cleared away.”
He wrote the letter and came again, and straightway God filled
him with the Spirit.
I believe there are a great many people who
would be healed, but they are harboring things in their hearts
that are as a blight. Let these things go. Forgive, and the
Lord will forgive you. There are many good people, people
that mean well, but they have no power to do anything for
God. There is just some little thing that came in their hearts
years ago, and their faith has been paralyzed ever since.
Bring everything to the light. God will sweep it all away
if you will let Him. Let the precious blood of Christ cleanse
from all sin. If you will but believe, God will meet you and
bring into your lives the sunshine of His love.
HEALINGS IN NEW ZEALAND
We have received a few testimonies of those
healed in the meeting conducted by Brother Smith Wigglesworth
at Wellington, New Zealand. Mrs. E. Curtis of Christchurch,
New Zealand, was suffering with septic poisoning. She had
become only a skeleton and the doctors could do nothing for
her. She had agonizing pains all day and all night. She was
healed immediately prayer was made for her. She states that
for the past sixteen years she has been a martyr to pain but
is now wonderfully well. Another testified to healing to deafness,
goiter, adenoids and bad eyesight. Another testified to healing
of double curvature of the spine from infancy, hip disease,
weak heart, leg lengthened three inches, which grew normal
like the other leg. It was also three inches less in circumference.
She wore a large boot but now walks on even feet, the large
boot having been discarded. Another was healed from goiter
through a handkerchief. ––Pentecostal Evangel.