I Am the Lord That
“Is any sick among you? let him call
for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him,
anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the
prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall
raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall
be forgiven him” (James 5 :14, 15) .
We have in this precious word a real basis
for the truth of healing. In this scripture God gives very
definite instructions to the sick. If you are sick, your
part is to call for the elders of the church; it is their
part to anoint and pray for you in faith, and then the whole
situation rests with the Lord. When you have been anointed
and prayed for, you can rest assured that the Lord will
raise you up. It is the word of God.
I believe that we all can see that the
church cannot play with this business. If any turn away
from these clear instructions they are in a place of tremendous
danger. Those who refuse to obey, do so to their unspeakable
James tells us in connection with this,
“if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert
him, let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from
the error of his ways shall save a soul from death.”
Many turn away from the Lord, as did King Asa, who sought
the physicians in his sickness and consequently died; and
I take it that this passage means that if one induces another
to turn back to the Lord, he will save such from death and
God will forgive a multitude of sins that they have committed.
This scripture can also have a large application on the
line of salvation. If you turn away from any part of God’s
truth, the enemy will certainly get an advantage over you.
Does the Lord meet those who look to Him
for healing and obey the instructions set forth in James?
Most assuredly. Let me tell you a story to show how He will
undertake for the most extreme case.
One day I had been visiting the sick, and
was with a friend of mine, an architect, when I saw a young
man f from his office coming down the road in a car, and
holding in his hand a telegram. It contained a very urgent
request that we go immediately to pray for a man who was
dying. We went off in an auto as fast as possible and in
about an hour and a half reached a large house in the country
where the man who was dying resided. There were two staircases
in that house, and it was extremely convenient, for the
doctors could go up and down one, and my friend and I could
go up and down the other, and so we had no occasion to meet.
I found on arrival that it was a case of
this sort. The man’s body had been broken, he was
ruptured, and his bowels had been punctured in two places.
The discharge from the bowels had formed abscesses, and
blood poisoning had set in. The man’s face had turned
green. Two doctors were in attendance, but they saw that
the case was beyond their power. They had telegraphed to
London for a great specialist, and, when we arrived, they
were at the railway station awaiting his arrival.
The man was very near death and could not
speak. I said to his wife, “If you desire, we will
anoint and pray for him.” She said, “That is
why I sent for you.” I anointed him in the name of
the Lord and asked the Lord to raise him up. Apparently
there was no change. (God often hides what He does. From
day to day we find that God is doing wonderful things, and
we receive reports of healings that have taken place that
we heard nothing about at the time of our meetings. Only
last night a woman came into the meeting suffering terribly.
Her whole arm was filled with poison, and her blood was
so poisoned that it was certain to bring her to her death.
We rebuked the thing, and she was here this morning and
told us that she was without pain and had slept all night,
a thing she had not done for two months. To God be all the
praise. You will find He will do this kind of thing all
As soon as we anointed and prayed for this
brother we went down the back staircase and the three doctors
came up the front staircase. As we arrived downstairs, I
said to my friend who had come with me, “Friend let
me have hold of your hands.” We held each other’s
hands, and I said to him, “Look into my face and let
us agree together, according to Matthew 18:19, that this
man shall be brought out of this death.” We laid the
whole matter before God, and said, “Father, we believe.”
Then the conflict began. The wife came
down to us and said, “The doctors have got all their
instruments out and they are about to operate.” I
cried, “What? Look here, he’s your husband,
and I tell you this, if those men operate on him, he will
die. Go back and tell them you cannot allow it.” She
went back to the doctors and said, “Give me ten minutes.”
They said, “We can’t afford to, the man is dying
and it is your husband’s only chance.” She said,
“I want ten minutes, and you don’t touch his
body until I have had them.”
They went downstairs by one staircase and
we went up by the other. I said to the woman, “This
man is your husband, and he cannot speak for himself. It
is now the time for you to put your whole trust in God and
prove Him wholly true. You can save him from a thousand
doctors. You must stand with God and for God in this critical
hour.” After that, we came down and the doctors went
up. The wife faced those three doctors and said, “You
shan’t touch this man’s body. He is my husband.
I am sure that if you operate on him he will die, but he
will live if you don’t touch him.”
Suddenly the man in the bed spoke. “God
has done it,” he said. They rolled back the bed clothes
and the doctors examined him, and the abscesses were cut
clear away. The nurse cleaned the place where they had been.
The doctors could see the bowels still open and they said
to the wife, “We know that you have great faith, and
we can see that a miracle has taken place. But you must
let us unite these broken parts and put in silver tubes,
and we know that your husband will be all right after that,
and it need not interfere with your faith at all.”
She said to them, “God has done the first thing and
He can do the rest. No man shall touch him now.” And
God healed the whole thing. And that man is well and strong
today. I can give his name and address to any who want it.
Do you ask by what power this was done?
I would answer in the words of Peter, “His name, through
faith in His name, made this man strong.” The anointing
was done in the name of the Lord. And it is written, “The
LORD shall raise him up.” And He provides the double
cure; even if sin has been the cause of the sickness, His
Word declares, “If he have committed sins, they shall
You ask, “What is faith?” Faith
is the principle of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit, who
inspired the Word, is called the Spirit of Truth, and, as
we receive with meekness the engrafted Word, faith springs
in our heart-faith in the sacrifice of Calvary: faith in
the shed blood of Jesus; faith in the fact that He took
our weakness upon Himself, has borne our sicknesses and
carried our pains, and that He is our life today.
God has chosen us to help one another.
We dare not be independent. He brings us to a place where
we submit ourselves to one another. If we refuse to do this,
we get away from the Word of God and out of the place of
faith. I have been in this place once and I trust I shall
never be there again. I went one time to a meeting. I was
very, very sick, and I got worse and worse. I knew the perfect
will of God was for me to humble myself and ask the elders
to pray for me. I put it off and the meeting finished. I
went home without being anointed and prayed with, and everyone
in the house caught the thing I was suffering with.
My boys did not know anything else but
to trust the Lord as the family Physician, and my youngest
boy, George, cried out from the attic, “Dadda, come.”
I cried, “I cannot come. The whole thing is from me.
I shall have to repent and ask the Lord to forgive me.”
I made up my mind to humble myself before the whole church.
Then I rushed to the attic and laid my hands on my boy in
the name of Jesus. I placed my hands on his head and the
pain left and went lower down; he cried again, “Put
your hands still lower.” At last the pain went right
down to the feet and as I placed my hand on the feet be
was completely delivered. Some evil power had evidently
gotten hold and as I laid my hands on the different parts
of the body it left. (We have to see the difference between
anointing the sick and casting out demons.) God will always
be gracious when we humble ourselves before Him and come
to a place of brokenness of spirit.
I was at a place one time ministering to
a sick woman, and she said, “I’m very sick.
I become all right for an hour, and then I have another
attack.” I saw that it was an evil power that was
attacking her, and I learned something in that hour that
I had never learned before. As I moved my hand down her
body in the name of the Lord that evil power seemed to move
just ahead of my hands and as I moved them down further
and further the evil power went right out of her body and
I was in Havre in France and the power
of God was being mightily manifested. A Greek named Felix
attended the meeting and became very zealous for God. He
was very anxious to get all the Catholics he could to the
meeting in order that they should see that God was graciously
visiting France. He found a certain bed-ridden woman who
was fixed in a certain position and could not move, and
he told her about the Lord healing at the meetings and that
he would get me to come if she wished. She said, “My
husband is a Catholic and he would never allow anyone who
was not a Catholic to see me.”
She asked her husband to allow me to come
and told him what Felix had told her about the power of
God working in our midst. He said, “I will have no
Protestant enter my house.” She said, “You know
the doctors cannot help me, and the priests cannot help,
won’t you let this man of God pray for me?”
He finally consented and I went to the house. The simplicity
of this woman and her child-like faith were beautiful to
I showed her my oil bottle and said to
her, “Here is oil. It is a symbol of the Holy Ghost.
When that comes upon you, the Holy Ghost will begin to work,
and the Lord will raise you up.” And God did something
the moment the oil fell upon her. I looked toward the window
and I saw Jesus. (I have seen Him often. There is no painting
that is a bit like Him: no artist can ever depict the beauty
of my lovely Lord.) The woman felt the power of God in her
body and cried, “I’m free, my hands are free,
my shoulders are free, and oh, I see Jesus! I’m free!
The vision vanished and the woman sat up
in bed. Her legs were still bound, and I said to her, “I’ll
put my hands over your legs and you will be free entirely.”
And as I put my hands on those legs covered with bed clothes,
I looked and saw the Lord again. She saw Him too and cried,
“He’s there again. I’m free! I’m
free!” She rose from her bed and walked round the
room praising God, and we were all in tears as we saw His
wonderful works. The Lord shall raise them up when conditions
When I was a young man I always loved the
fellowship of old men, and was always careful to hear what
they had to say. I had a friend, an old Baptist minister
who was a wonderful preacher. I spent much of my time with
him. One day he came to me and said, “My wife is dying.”
I said, “Brother Clark, why don’t you believe
God? God can raise her up if you will only believe Him.”
He asked me to come to his house, and I looked for some
one to go with me.
I went to a certain rich man who was very
zealous for God, and spent much money in opening up rescue
missions, and I asked him to go with me. He said, “Never
you mind me. You go yourself, but I don’t take to
this kind of business.” Then I thought of a man who
could pray by the hour. When he was on his knees he could
go round the world three times and come out at the same
place. I asked him to go with me and said to him, “You’ll
have a real chance this time. Keep at it, and quit when
you’re through.” (Some go on after they are
Brother Nichols, for that was his name,
went with me and started praying. He asked the Lord to comfort
the husband in his great bereavement and prayed for the
orphans and a lot more on this line. I cried, “O my
God, stop this man.” But there was no stopping him
and he went on praying and there was not a particle of faith
in anything he uttered. He did stop at last, and I said,
“Brother Clark, it’s now your turn to pray.
He started, “Lord, answer the prayer of my brother
and comfort me in this great bereavement and sorrow. Prepare
me to face this great trial.” I cried out, “My
God, stop this man.” The whole atmosphere was being
charged with unbelief.
I had a glass bottle full of oil and I
went up tea the woman and poured the whole lot on her in
the name of Jesus. Suddenly Jesus appeared, standing at
the foot of the bed. He smiled and vanished. The woman stood
up, perfectly healed, and she is a strong woman today.
We have a big God. We have a wonderful
Jesus. We have a glorious Comforter. God’s canopy
is over you and will cover you at all times, preserving
you from evil. Under His wings shalt thou trust. The Word
of God is living and powerful and in its treasures you will
find eternal life. If you dare trust this wonderful Lord,
this Lord of life, you will find in Him everything you need.
So many are tampering with drugs, quacks,
pills and plasters. Clear them all out and believe God.
It is sufficient to believe God. You will find that if you
dare trust Him, He will never fail. “The prayer of
faith shall save the sick, and the LORD shall raise him
up.” Do you trust Him? He is worthy to be trusted.
I was one time asked to go to Weston-super-mare,
a seaside resort in the West of England. I learned from
a telegram that a man had lost his reason and had become
a raving maniac, and they wanted me to go to pray for him.
I arrived at the place, and the wife said to me, “Will
you sleep with my husband?” I agreed, and in the middle
of the night an evil power laid hold of him. It was awful.
I put my hand on his head and his hair was like a lot of
sticks. God gave deliverance-a temporary deliverance. At
6 o’clock the next morning, I felt that it was necessary
that I should get out of the house for a short time.
The man saw me going and cried out, “If
you leave me, there is no hope.” But I felt that I
had to go. As I went out I saw a woman with a Salvation
Army bonnet on and I knew that she was going to their 7
o’clock prayer meeting. I said to the Captain who
was in charge of the meeting, when I saw he was about to
give out a hymn, “Captain, don’t sing. Let’s
get to prayer.” He agreed, and I prayed my heart out,
and then I grabbed my hat and rushed out of the hall. They
all thought they had a madman in their prayer meeting that
I saw the man I had spent the night with,
rushing down toward the sea, without a particle of clothing
on, about to drown himself. I cried, “In the name
of Jesus, come out of him!” The man fell full length
on the ground and that evil power went out of him never
to return. His wife came rushing after him, and the husband
was restored to her in a perfect mental condition.
There are evil powers, but Jesus is greater
than all evil powers. There are tremendous diseases, but
Jesus is healer. There is no case too hard for Him. The
Lion of Judah shall break every chain. He came to relieve
the oppressed and to set the captive free. He came to bring
redemption, to make us as perfect as man was before the
People want to know how to be kept by the
power of God. Every position of grace into which you are
led-forgiveness, healing, deliverance of any kind, will
be contested by Satan. He will contend for your body. When
you are saved, Satan will come round and say, “See,
you are not saved.” The devil is a liar. If he says
you are not saved, it is a sure sign that you are.
You will remember the story of the man
who was swept and garnished. The evil power had been swept
out of him. But the man remained in a stationary position.
If the Lord heals you, you dare not remain in a stationary
position. The evil spirit came back to that man and found
the house swept, and took seven others worse than himself,
and the last state of that man was worse than the first.
Be sure to get filled with God. Get the Occupier. Be filled
with the Spirit.
God has a million ways of undertaking for
those who go to Him for help. He has deliverance for every
captive. He loves you so much that He even says, “Before
they call, I will answer.” Don’t turn Him away.
“I slipped and fell on Broadway,
San Diego, in February, 1921, and as was afterwards discovered,
fractured the coccyx (the base of the spine), and so severely
wrenched the hips and pelvic bones that I became a great
sufferer. As the broken bone was not discovered and set
until about two months after the accident, the constant
pain and irritation caused a general inflammation of the
nervous system, and the long delay in getting the bone set,
made it impossible to heal, so that, my condition steadily
grew worse, and I was taken to the hospital and the bone
was removed about a month after it had been set. Though
the wound healed rapidly, the nervous inflammation remained,
and so for many months longer I was in constant pain and
unable to get around without assistance. I was taken to
the first service held by Mr. Wigglesworth on the 2nd of
October, 1922. At the close of the service all those who
were sick and in pain and had come for healing were requested
to rise if possible. My husband assisted me to my feet,
and as those were prayed for by the speaker I was instantly
healed. How I do not know. I only know the Great Physician
touched my body and I was made whole, and freed from pain.
“After I got home I showed how I
could sit down and rise with my hands above my head; when
before it had taken both hands to push up my feeble body,
and I had to have straps on my bed to pull up by. No more
use for them now! I lay down and turned over for the first
time without pain. I shall never cease to praise God for
the healing of my body through the precious blood of Jesus
and in His name. I walked to the street car alone the next
day and attended the next service and have been “on
the go” ever since. Can give names of friends who
can substantiate all I have written. To Jesus be all the,
praise and glory.” - Mrs. Sanders, 4051 Bay View Court,
San Diego, Calif.