Himself Took Our
Bible reading, Matt. 8:1-17.
Here we have a wonderful word. All the
Word is wonderful. This blessed Book brings such life and
health and peace, and such an abundance that we should never
be poor any more. This Book is my heavenly bank. I find
everything I want in it. I want to show you how rich you
may be, that in everything you can be enriched in Christ
Jesus. He has abundance of grace for you and the gift of
righteousness, and through His abundant grace all things
are possible. I want to show you that you can be a living
branch of the living Vine, Christ Jesus, and that it is
your privilege to be right here in this world what He is.
John tells us, “As He is, so are we in this world.”
Not that we are anything in ourselves, but Christ within
us is our all in all.
The Lord Jesus is always wanting to show
forth Ills grace and love in order to draw us to Himself.
God is willing to do things, to manifest His Word, and let
us know in measure the mind of our God in this day and hour.
There are many needy ones, many afflicted ones, but I do
not think any present are half as bad as this first case
that we read of in Matthew 8. This man was a leper. You
may be suffering with consumption or cancers or other things,
but God will show forth His perfect cleansing, His perfect
healing, if you have a living faith in Christ. He is a wonderful
This leper must have been told about Jesus.
How much is missed because people are not constantly telling
what Jesus will do in this our day. Probably someone had
come to that leper and said, “Jesus can heal you.”
And so he was filled with expectation as he saw the Lord
coming down the mountain side. Lepers were not allowed to
come within reach of people, they were shut out as unclean.
And so in the ordinary way it would have been very difficult
for him to get near because of the crowd that surrounded
Jesus. But as He came down from the mount He met this poor
leper. Oh, this terrible disease! There was no help for
him humanly speaking, but nothing is too hard for Jesus.
The man cried, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make
me clean.” Was Jesus willing? You will never find
Jesus missing an opportunity of doing good. You will find
that He is always more willing to work than we are to give
Him an opportunity to work. The trouble is we do not come
to Him, we do not ask Him for what He is more than willing
And Jesus put forth His band, and touched
him, saying, “I will; be thou clean.” And immediately
his leprosy was cleansed. I like that. If you are definite
with Him you will never go away disappointed. The divine
life will flow into you and instantaneously you will be
delivered. This Jesus is just the same today, and He says
to you, “I will; be thou clean.” He has an overflowing
cup for thee, a fullness of life. He will meet you in your
absolute helplessness. All things are possible if you will
only believe. God has a real plan. It is so simple. Just
come to Jesus. You will find Him just the same as He was
in days of old.
The next case we have in this chapter is
that of the centurion coming and beseeching Jesus on behalf
of his servant who was sick of the palsy and grievously
tormented. This man was so in earnest that he came seeking
for Jesus. Notice this, that there is one thing certain,
there is no such thing as seeking without finding. He that
seeketh findeth. Listen to the gracious words of Jesus,
“I will come and heal him.” Most places that
we go to there are so many people that we cannot pray for.
In some places there are 200 or 300 who would like us to
visit them, but we are not able to do so. But I am so glad
that the Lord Jesus is always willing to come and heal.
He longs to meet the sick ones. He loves to heal them of
their afflictions. The Lord is healing many people today
by means of handkerchiefs as you read that He healed people
in the days of Paul. You can read of this in Acts 19:12.
A woman came to me in the city of Liverpool
and said, “I would like you to help me. I wish you
would join with me in prayer. My husband is a drunkard and
every night comes into the home under the influence of drink.
Won’t you join me in prayer for him?” I said
to the woman, “Have you a handkerchief?” She
took out a handkerchief and I prayed over it and told her
to lay it on the pillow of the drunken man. He came home
that night and laid his head on the pillow in which this
handkerchief was tucked. He laid his head on more than the
pillow that night. He laid his head on the promise of God.
In Mark 11 :24, we read, “What things soever ye desire
when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall
The next morning the man got up and called at the first
saloon that he had to pass on his way to work and ordered
some beer. He tasted it and said to the bartender, “You
have put some poison in this beer.” He could not drink
it, and went on to the next saloon and ordered some more
beer. He tasted it and said to the man behind the counter,
“You put some poison in this beer, I believe you folks
have agreed to poison me.” The bartender was indignant
at being thus charged. The man said, “I will go somewhere
else.” He went to another saloon and the same thing
happened as in the two previous saloons. He made such a
fuss that they turned him out. After he came out from work
he went to another saloon to get some beer, and again he
thought he had been poisoned and he made so much disturbance
that he was thrown out. He went to his home and told his
wife what had happened and said, “It seems as though
all the fellows have agreed to poison me.” His wife
said to him, “Can’t you see the hand of the
Lord in this, that He is making you dislike the stuff that
has been your ruin?” This word brought conviction
to the man’s heart and he came to the meeting and
got saved. The Lord has still power to set the captives
When I was in Australia a lady came to
me who was much troubled about her son who was so lazy.
I prayed over a handkerchief which was placed on the boy’s
pillow. He slept that night on the handkerchief and the
next morning he got up and went out and secured a position
and went to work. Oh, praise the Lord, you can’t shut
God out, but if you will only believe He will shut the devil
Jesus was willing to go and heal the sick
one but the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy
that thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the word
only, and my servant shall be healed.” Jesus was delighted
with this expression and said to the man, “Go thy
way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.”
And his servant was healed the self-same hour.
When I was in Australia a man came up to
me. He was leaning on a big stick and said, “I would
like you to help me. It will take you half an hour to pray
for me.” I said, “Believe God and in one moment
you will be whole.” His faith was quickened to receive
an immediate healing and he went away glorifying God for
a miraculous healing. The word of the Lord is sufficient
today. If you will dare to believe God’s Word you
will see a performance of ills Word that will be truly wonderful.
Here we have with the centurion an audacity of faith, a
faith that did not limit God. Failures come when we limit
the Holy One of Israel. I want to encourage you to a living
faith to believe God’s Word.
The next healing we read of here is the
healing of Peter’s wife’s mother who was sick
of a fever. Luke tells us that Jesus rebuked the fever.
The fever could hear. The moment it could hear it went.
Jesus had a new method. Today there are a lot of folks who
try to sweat out a fever. You can’t sweat the devil
out. He can stand all the heat that you can apply to him.
But if thou canst believe, deliverance is as sure and certain
for you as it was for Peter’s wife’s mother.
I received a telegram once urging me to
visit a case about 200 miles from my home. As I went to
this place I met the father and mother and found them broken
hearted. They lead me up a staircase to a room and I saw
a young woman on the floor and five people were holding
her down. She was a frail young woman but the power in her
was greater than all those young men. As I went into the
room the evil powers looked out of her eyes and they used
her lips saying, “We are many, you can’t cast
us out.” I said, “Jesus can.” He is equal
to every occasion. He is waiting for an opportunity to bless.
He is ready for every opportunity to deliver souls. When
we receive Jesus it is true of us, “Greater is He
that is in you than he that is in the world.” He is
greater than all the powers of darkness. No man can meet
the devil in his own strength, but any man filled with the
knowledge of Jesus, filled with His presence, filled with
His power, is more than a match for the powers of darkness.
God has called us to be more than conquerors through Him
that loved us.
The living Word is able to destroy Satanic
forces. There is power in the name of Jesus. I would that
every window in the street had the name of Jesus written
large upon it. His name, through faith in His name. brought
deliverance to this poor, bound soul, and thirty-seven demons
came out giving their names as they came forth. The dear
woman was completely delivered and they were able to give
her back her child. That night there was heaven in that
home and the father and mother and son and his wife were
all united in glorifying Christ for His infinite grace.
The next morning we had a gracious time in the breaking
of bread. All things are wonderful with our wonderful Jesus.
If you would dare rest your all upon Him, things would take
place and He would change the whole situation. In a moment,
through the name of Jesus, a new order of things can be
In the world they are always having new diseases and the
doctors cannot locate them. A doctor said to me, “The
science of medicine is in its infancy, and really we doctors
have no confidence in our medicine. We are always experimenting.”
But the man of God does not experiment. He knows, or ought
to know, redemption in its fullness. He knows, or ought
to know, the mightiness of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is
not, or should not be, moved by outward observation, but
should get divine revelation of the mightiness of the name
of Jesus and the power of His blood. If we exercise our
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ He will come forth and get
glory over all the powers of darkness.
At eventide they brought unto Him many
that were possessed with devils; and He cast out the spirits
with His word and healed all that were sick: that it might
be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
“Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.”
The work is done if you only believe it. It is done. Himself
took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses. If you can
only see the Lamb of God as He went to Calvary! He took
our flesh that He might take upon Himself the full burden
of all our sin and all the consequences of sin. There on
the cross God laid upon Him the iniquities of us all. There
on the cross of Calvary the results of sin were also dealt
with. “As the children are partakers of flesh and
blood, he also himself took part of the same; that through
death he might destroy him that had the power of death,
that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of
death were all their life time subject to bondage.”
Through His death there is deliverance for you today.
HUSBAND HEALED OF DOUBLE RUPTURE
AND OTHER ILLS
One year ago my husband was instantly healed
of double rupture of 3 years’ standing, dropsy (2
years), a weak heart, and tobacco chewing (47 years), and
praise the Lord, it was all taken away when the shock from
heaven’s battery went through him. Nine weeks ago
today we went to Portland, Oregon, to hear Brother Smith
Wigglesworth, and my husband was healed instantly of heavy
blood-pressure and varicose veins which had broken in his
ankles and for a year had to be dressed twice a day. No
doctor could help him, but, praise God, Jesus was the doctor
and healed him. Should anyone wish to write me, I shall
be glad to hear from them and will answer all letters. -
Mrs. Frank Nephews, 202 E. 1st St., Newberg, Ore.