Smith Wigglesworth On Spirit Filled Living
Author: Smith Wigglesworth
|In these riveting messages, Smith Wigglesworth reveals the privileges that believers have and how they can claim their rich inheritance in Christ. These pages will inspire your faith and explode your vision as you learn how to…|
-Secure God's favor on your life
-Obtain freedom from sin
-Practice the presence of God
-Take authority over Satan
-Live in the joy of the Lord
-Experience the miraculous
-Receive divine wholeness and health
Discover the power that is available to you right now through Christ, and change from ordinary to extraordinary living as God's grace transforms your life.
Physical Info: 0.54" H x 8.25" L x 5.2" W (0.5 lbs) 208 pages
Carton Quantity: 72
ISBN: 0883685345 EAN: 9780883685341
Publisher: Whitaker House
US SRP: 14.99 US
Pub Date: October 01, 1998
Table of Contents
2. Divine Revelation
3. A Face-to-Face Encounter with God
4. The Living Word
5. Our Living Hope
6. Our Risen Christ
7. Pressing Through
9. Uttermost Salvation
10. Count It All Joy
11. A Living Faith
12. Keeping the Vision
13. The Incarnation of Man
14. Filled with God
15. Joint Heirs with Christ
16. Apprehend Your Apprehension
18. That I May Know Him
19. Our Inheritance
20. A Living Sacrifice
21. Above All You Can Ask or Think
22. This Grace
Excerpt: Chapter 1
The people in whom God delights are the ones who rest upon His Word without doubting. God has nothing for the man who wavers, "for let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord" (James 1:7). Therefore, I would like us to get this verse deep into our hearts until it penetrates every fiber of our being:
Only believe, only believe.
All things are possible; only believe.
God has a plan beyond anything that we have ever known. He has a plan for every individual life, and if we have any other plan in view, we miss the grandest plan of all. Nothing in the past is equal to the present, and nothing in the present can equal the things of tomorrow. Tomorrow should be so filled with holy expectations that we will be living flames for Him. God never intended His people to be ordinary or commonplace. His intentions were that they should be on fire for Him, conscious of His divine power, realizing the glory of the Cross that foreshadows the crown.
SANCTIFIED UNTO GOD
God has given us a very special Scripture:
Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. . . ." And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip.
(Acts 6:1-3, 5)
During the time of the inauguration of the church, the disciples were pressured by many responsibilities. The practical things of life could not be attended to, and many were complaining concerning the neglect of their widows. Therefore, the disciples decided upon a plan, which was to choose seven men to do the work of caring for the needs of these widows--men who were "full of the Holy Spirit." What a divine thought. No matter what kind of work was to be done, however menial it may have been, the person chosen had to be "full of the Holy Spirit." The plan of the church was that everything, even everyday routines, must be sanctified to God, for the church had to be a Holy Spirit church. Beloved, God has never ordained anything less.
ENDUED WITH POWER
I want to stress one thing. First and foremost, I would emphasize these questions: Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed? Are you filled with divine power?
The heritage of the church is to be so equipped with power that God can lay His hand upon any member at any time to do His perfect will. There is no stopping point in the Spirit-filled life. We begin at the Cross, the place of disgrace, shame, and death, and that very death brings the power of resurrection life. Then, being filled with the Holy Spirit, we go on "from glory to glory" (2 Cor. 3:18). Let us not forget that possessing the baptism in the Holy Spirit means that there must be an ever-increasing holiness. How the church needs divine anointing. It needs to see God's presence and power so evidenced that the world will recognize it. People know when the tide is flowing; they also know when it is ebbing.
The necessity for seven men to be chosen for the position of serving tables was very evident. The disciples knew that these seven men were men ready for active service, and so they chose them. In Acts 6:5, we read: "And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip."
There were others, but Stephen and Philip stand out most prominently in the Scriptures. Philip was a man so filled with the Holy Spirit that a revival always followed wherever he went. Stephen was a man so filled with divine power that although serving tables might have been all right in the minds of the other disciples, God had a greater vision for him. God filled him with a baptism of fire, with power and divine anointing, that took him on to the climax of his life when he saw right into the open heavens (Acts 7:56).
Had we been there with the disciples at that time, I believe we would have heard them saying to each other, "Look here. Neither Stephen nor Philip are doing the work we called them to. If they do not attend to business, we will have to get someone else." That is the human way of thinking, but divine order is far above our finite planning. When we please God in our daily service, we will always find that everyone who is faithful in the little things, God will make ruler over much (Matt. 25:21).
Stephen is such an example to follow. He was a man chosen to serve tables, who had such a revelation of the mind of Christ and of the depth and height of God that there was no standing still in his experience. He went forward with leaps and bounds. Beloved, there is a race to be run, a crown to be won. We cannot stand still. I say to you, be vigilant. Be vigilant. Let no one "take your crown" (Rev. 3:11).
ABOVE THE ORDINARY
God has privileged us in Christ Jesus to live above the ordinary human plane of life. Those who want to be ordinary and live on a lower plane can do so, but as for me, I will not. The same unction, the same zeal, the same Holy Spirit power is at our command as it was at the command of Stephen and the apostles. We have the same God that Abraham and Elijah had, and we do not need to lag behind in receiving any gift or grace. We may not possess all the gifts as abiding gifts, but as we are full of the Holy Spirit and divine unction, it is possible, when there is a need, for God to make evident every gift of the Spirit through us as He may choose to use.
Stephen, an ordinary man, became extraordinary under the Holy Spirit's anointing until, in many ways, he stands supreme among the apostles. "And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people" (Acts 6:8). As we go deeper in God, He enlarges our capacity for understanding and places before us a wide-open door. I am not surprised that this man chosen to serve tables was afterwards called to a higher plane.
You may ask, "What do you mean? Did he stop taking care of his responsibilities?" No, but he was lost in the power of God. He lost sight of everything in the natural and steadfastly fixed his gaze upon Jesus, "the author and finisher of our faith" (Heb. 12:2), until he was transformed into a shining light in the kingdom of God. May we be awakened to believe His Word and to understand the mind of the Spirit, for there is an inner place of purity where we can see God. Stephen was just as ordinary a person as you and I, but he was in the place where God could move him so that he, in turn, could affect those around him. He began in a humble place and ended in a blaze of glory. Dare to believe Christ.
FACING THE OPPOSITION
As you go on in this life of the Spirit, you will find that the Devil will begin to get restless and will cause a dispute in the church; it was so with Stephen. Any number of people may be found in the church who are very proper in a worldly sense--always correctly dressed, the elite of the city, welcoming everything into the church but the power of God. Let us read what God says about them:
Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. (Acts 6:9-10)
The Freedmen, or Libertines, could not stand the truth of God. With these opponents, Stephen found himself in the same predicament as the blind man whom Jesus healed. As soon as the blind man's eyes were opened, the Pharisees threw him out of the synagogue. (See John 9:1-38.) They did not want anybody in the synagogue who had his eyes open. As soon as you receive spiritual eyesight, out you go! These Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians rose up full of wrath in the very place where they should have been full of the power of God, full of love divine, and full of reverence for the Holy Spirit. They rose up against Stephen, this man "full of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 6:3).
Beloved, if there is anything in your life that in any way resists the power of the Holy Spirit and the entrance of His Word into your heart and life, drop on your knees and cry aloud for mercy. When the Spirit of God is waiting at your heart's door, do not resist Him; instead, open your heart to the touch of God. Resistance is good if it is applied to fighting evil. For instance, there is a resisting to the point of "bloodshed, striving against sin" (Heb. 12:4), but resisting the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51) will drive you into sin.
MIGHTY FOR GOD
Stephen spoke with remarkable wisdom, and things began to happen. You will find that there is always a moving when the Holy Spirit has control. Brought under conviction by the message of Stephen, his opponents resisted, they lied, they did anything and everything to stifle that conviction. Not only did they lie, but they got others to lie against Stephen, who would have laid down his life for any one of them. Stephen was used by God to heal the sick, perform miracles, and yet they brought false accusations against him (Acts 6:13-14). What effect did these false charges have on Stephen? "And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel" (v. 15).
Something had happened in the life of this man. Chosen for menial service, he became mighty for God. How was it accomplished in him? It was because his aim was high. Stephen was faithful in little, and God brought him to full fruition. Under the inspiration of divine power by which he spoke, the council could not help but listen to his holy, prophetic words. Beginning with Abraham and Moses, Stephen continued unfolding the truth. What a marvelous exhortation! Take your Bible and read it. Listen in as the angels listened in. As light upon light, truth upon truth, revelation upon revelation, found its way into their hearts, they gazed at him in astonishment. Their hearts perhaps became warm at times, and they may have said, "Truly, this man is sent by God"--but then he hurled the truth at them:
You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it. (Acts 7:51-53)
Then what happened? These men were moved; they were "cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth" (v. 54).
There are two occasions in the Scriptures where people were "cut to the heart." After Peter had delivered that inspired sermon on the Day of Pentecost, the people were "cut to the heart" (Acts 2:37) with conviction, and there were added to the church 3,000 souls (v. 41). Here is Stephen, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and the men of this council who were being "cut to the heart" rose up as one man to slay him. As you read Acts 7, beginning with verse fifty-five, what a picture you have before you. As I close my eyes, I have a vision of this scene in every detail: the howling mob with their vengeful, murderous spirits, ready to devour this holy man, and he "being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God." What did he see there? From his place of helplessness, he looked up and said: "I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" (v. 56).
Is that the position that Jesus left earth to take? No. He went to sit at the right hand of the Father (Heb. 12:2); but in support of the first martyr, in behalf of the man with that burning flame of Holy Spirit power, God's Son stood up in honorary testimony of him who, called to serve tables, was faithful unto death.
But is that all? No, I am so glad that is not all. As the stones came flying at Stephen, pounding his body, crushing his bones, striking his temple, mangling his beautiful face, what happened? How did this scene end? With a sublime, upward look, this man, chosen for an ordinary task but filled with the Holy Spirit, was so moved upon by God that he finished his earthly work in a blaze of glory, magnifying God with his last breath. Looking up into the face of the Master, he said, "'Lord, do not charge them with this sin.' And when he had said this, he fell asleep" (Acts 7:60).
Friends, it is worth everything to gain the Holy Spirit. What a divine ending to the life and testimony of a man who was chosen to serve tables.
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