What wilt Thou have
Me to do?
An Address at The Monday Meeting, Corinthian
Hall, Oakland, Cal. Reported by Miss Sadie Cody. October
Published in Triumphs of Faith p. 227-230
Read Acts 19. As soon as Paul saw the light
from heaven above the brightness of the sun, he said, “Lord,
what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6). And as
soon as he was willing to yield he was in a condition where
God could meet his need; where God could display His power;
where God could have the man. Oh, beloved, are you saying
today, “What wilt thou have me to do?” The place
of yieldedness is just where God wants us.
People are saying, “I want the baptism,
I want healing, I would like to know of a certainly that
I am a child of God,” and I see nothing, absolutely
nothing in the way except unyieldedness to the plan of God.
The condition was met which Paul demanded, and instantly
when he laid hands on them they were filled with the Spirit
and spake in other tongues and prophesied (Acts 19:6). The
only thing needed was just to be in the condition where
God could come in. The main thing today that God wants is
obedience. When you begin yielding and yielding to God He
has a plan for your life, and you come in to that wonderful
place where all you have to do is to eat the fruits of Canaan.
I am convinced that Paul must have been in divine order
as well as those men, and Paul had a mission right away
to the whole of Asia.
Brothers and sisters, it is the call of
God that counts. Paul was in the call of God. Oh, I believe
God wants to stir somebody’s heart today to obedience;
it may be for China or India or Africa, but the thing God
is looking for is obedience.
“What wilt thou have me to do?”
…God wrought special miracles by
the hands of Paul: so that from his body were brought unto
the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed
from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
If God can have His way today, the ministry
of somebody will begin; it always begins as soon as you
yield. Paul had been bringing many people to prison, but
God brought Paul to such a place of yieldedness and brokenness
that he cried out, “What wilt thou have me to do?”
(Acts 9:6). Paul’s choice was to be a bondservant
for Jesus Christ. Beloved, are you willing that God shall
have His way today? God said, “I will shew him how
great things he must suffer for my name’s sake”
(Acts 9:16). But Paul saw that these things were working
out a far more exceeding weight of glory. You people who
have come for a touch from God, are you willing to follow
Him; will you obey Him?
When the prodigal son had returned and
the father had killed the fatted calf and made a feast for
him, the elder brother was angry and said, “…thou
never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends,”
(Luke 15:29) but the father said to him, “...all that
I have is thine” (v. 31). He could kill a fatted calf
at any time. Beloved, all in the Father’s house is
ours, but it will come only through obedience. And when
He can trust us, we will not come behind in anything.
“...God wrought special miracles
by the hands of Paul” (Acts 19:11). Let us notice
the handkerchiefs that went from his body; it means to say
that when he touched and sent them forth, God wrought special
miracles through them, and diseases departed from the sick,
and evil spirits went out of them. Is it not lovely? I believe
after we lay hands on these handkerchiefs and pray over
them, that they should be handled very sacredly, and even
as the one carries them they will bring life, if they are
carried in faith to the suffering one. The very effect of
it, if you only believed, would change your own body as
you carried it.
A woman came to me one day and said, “My
husband is such a trial to me; the first salary he gets
he spends it in drink, and then he cannot do his work and
comes home; I love him very much, what can be done?”
I said, “If I were you I would take a handkerchief
and would place it under his head when he went to sleep
at night, and say nothing to him, but have a living faith.”
We anointed a handkerchief in the name of Jesus, and she
put it under his head. Oh, beloved, there is a way to reach
these wayward ones. The next morning on his way to work
he called for a glass of beer; he lifted it to his lips,
but he thought there was something wrong with it, and he
put it down and went out. He went to another saloon, and
another, and did the same thing. He came home sober. His
wife was gladly surprised and he told her the story; how
it had affected him. That was the turning point in his life;
it meant not only giving up drink, but it meant his salvation.
God wants to change our faith today. He
wants us to see it is not obtained by struggling and working
and pining. “…the Father himself loveth you...”
(John 16:27). “...Himself took our infirmities, and
bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17). “Come unto
me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Who is the man that will take the place
of Paul, and yield and yield and yield, until God so possesses
him in such a way that from his body virtue shall flow to
the sick and suffering? It will have to be the virtue of
Christ that flows. Don’t think there is some magic
virtue in the handkerchief or you will miss the virtue;
it is the living faith in the man who lays the handkerchief
on his body, and the power of God through that faith. Praise
God, we may lay hold of this living faith today. “The
blood has never lost its power.” As we get in touch
with Jesus, wonderful things will take place; and what else?
We shall get nearer and nearer to Him.
There is another side to it. “...exorcists,
took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits
the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus
whom Paul preacheth...and the evil spirit answered and said,
Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” (Acts
19:13,15). I beseech you in the name of Jesus, especially
those of you who are baptized, to awaken up to the fact
that you have power if God is with you; but there must be
a resemblance between you and Jesus. The evil spirit said,
“…Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are
ye?” (Acts 19:15). Paul had the resemblance.
You are not going to get it without having
His presence; His presence changes you. You are not going
to be able to get the results without the marks of the Lord
Jesus. The man must have the divine power within himself;
devils will take no notice of any power if they do not see
the Christ. “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who
are ye?” The difference between these men was they
had not the marks of Christ, so the manifestation of the
power of Christ was not seen.
You want power: don’t take the wrong
way. Don’t take it as power because you speak in tongues,
and if God has given you revelations along certain lines
don’t take that for the power; or if you have even
laid hands on the sick and they have been healed, don’t
take that for the power. “The Spirit of the Lord is
upon me...” (Luke 4:18); that alone is the power.
Don’t be deceived; there is a place to get where you
know the Spirit is upon you, so you will be able to do the
works which are wrought by this blessed Spirit of God in
you, and the manifestation of His power shall be seen, and
people will believe in the Lord.
What will make men believe the divine promises
of God? Beloved, let me say to you today, God wants you
to be ministering spirits, and it means to be clothed with
another power. And this divine power, you know when it is
there, and you know when it goes forth. The baptism of Jesus
must bring us to have a single eye to the glory of God;
everything else is wasted time and wasted energy. Beloved,
we can reach it; it is a high mark but we can get to it.
You ask how? “What wilt thou have me to do?”
That is the plan. It means a perfect surrender to the call
of God, and perfect obedience.
A dear young Russian came to England. He
did not know the language, but learned it quickly and was
very much used and blessed of God; and as the wonderful
manifestations of the power of God were seen, they pressed
upon him to know the secret of his power, but he felt it
was so sacred between him and God he should not tell it,
but they pressed him so much he finally said to them: “First
God called me, and His presence was so precious, that I
said to God at every call I would obey Him, and I yielded,
and yielded, and yielded, until I realized that I was simply
clothed with another power altogether, and I realized that
God took me, tongue, thoughts and everything, and I was
not myself but it was Christ working through me.”
How many of you today have known that God has called you
over and over, and has put His hand upon you, but you have
not yielded? How many of you have had the breathing of His
power within you, calling you to prayer, and you have to
confess you have failed?
I went to a house one afternoon where I
had been called, and met a man at the door. He said, “My
wife has not been out of bed for eight months; she is paralyzed.
She has been looking so much for you to come, she is hoping
God will raise her up.” I went in and rebuked the
devil’s power. She said, “I know I am healed;
if you go out I will get up.” I left the house, and
went away not hearing anything more about her. I went to
a meeting that night, and a man jumped up and said he had
something he wanted to say; he had to go to catch a train
but wanted to talk first. He said, “I come to this
city once a week, and I visit the sick all over the city.
There is a woman I have been visiting and I was very much
distressed about her; she was paralyzed and has lain on
that bed many months, and when I went there today she was
up doing her work.” I tell this story because I want
you to see Jesus.
We had a letter which came to our house
to say that a young man was very ill. He had been to our
Mission a few years before with a very bad foot; he had
no shoe on, but a piece of leather fastened on the foot.
God healed him that day. Three years after, something else
came upon him. What it was I don’t know, but his heart
failed, and he was helpless; he could not rise or dress
or do anything for himself, and in that condition he called
his sister and told her to write and see if I would pray.
My wife said to go, and she believed God would give me that
life. I went, and when I got to this place I found the whole
country was expecting me; they had said that when I came
this man would be healed. I said to the woman when I arrived,
“I have come.” “Yes,” she said,
“but it is too late.” “Is he alive?”
I asked, “Yes, just alive,” she said. I went
in and put my hands upon him, and said, “Martin.”
He just breathed slightly, and whispered, “The doctor
said if I move from this position I will never move again.”
I said, “Do you know the Scripture says, ‘God
is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever’?”
(Psalm 73:26). He said, “Shall I get up?” I
That day was spent in prayer and ministering
the Word. I found a great state of unbelief in that house,
but I saw Martin had faith to be healed. His sister was
home from the asylum. God held me there to pray for that
place. I said to the family, “Get Martin’s clothes
ready; I believe he is to be raised up.” I felt the
unbelief. I went to the chapel and had prayer with a number
of people around there, and before noon they too believed
Martin would be healed. When I returned I said, “Are
his clothes ready?” They said, “No.” I
said, “Oh, will you hinder God’s work in this
house?” I went in to Martin’s room all alone.
I said, “I believe God will do a new thing today.
I believe when I lay hands on you the glory of heaven will
fill the place.” I laid my hands on him in the name
of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and immediately the
glory of the Lord filled the room, and I went headlong to
the floor. I did not see what took place on the bed, or
in the room, but this young man began to shout out, “Glory,
glory!” and I heard him say, “for Thy glory,
Lord,” and that man stood before me perfectly healed.
He went to the door and opened it and his father stood there.
He said, “Father, the Lord has raised me up,”
and the father fell to the floor and cried for salvation.
The young woman brought out of the asylum was perfectly
healed at that moment by the power of God in that house.
God wants us to see that the power of God
coming upon people has something more in it than we have
yet known. The power to heal and to baptize is in this place,
but you must say, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to
do?” You say it is four months before the harvest.
If you had the eyes of Jesus you would see that the harvest
is already here. The devil will say you can’t have
faith; you tell him he is a liar. The Holy Ghost wants you
for the purpose of manifesting Jesus through you. Oh, may
you never be the same again! The Holy Spirit moving upon
us will make us to be like Him, and we will truly say, “Lord,
what wilt thou have me to do?”