Wigglesworth's Pep Talk


Ye Shall Receive Power

"Ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon
you." The disciples had been asking whether the Lord would
at that time restore again the kingdom to Israel. Christ told
them that it was not for them to know the times and seasons
which the Father had put in His own power, but He
promised them that when they received the Holy Ghost they
should receive power to witness for Him in all the world. To
receive the Holy Ghost is to receive power with God, and
power with men.

There is a power of God and there is a power which is of
Satan. When the Holy Spirit fell in the early days, a number of
spiritists came to our meetings. They thought we had received
something like they had and they were coming to have a good
time. They filled the two front rows of our mission. When the
power of God fell, these imitators began their shaking and
muttering under the power of the devil. The Spirit of the
Lord came mightily upon me and I cried. "Now, you devils,
clear out of this!" And out they went. I followed them right
out into the street and then they turned round and cursed me.
There was power from below, but it was no match for the
power of the Holy Ghost, and they soon had to retreat.

The Lord wants all saved people to receive power from
on High--power to witness, power to act, power to live, and
power to show forth the divine manifestation of God within.
The power of God will take you out of your own plans and
put you into the plan of God. You will be unmantled and
divested of that which is purely of yourself and put into a
divine order. The Lord will change you and put His mind
where yours was, and thus enable you to have the mind of
Christ. Instead of you laboring according to your own plan, it
will be God working in you and through you to do His own
good pleasure through the power of the Spirit within.
Someone has said that you are no good until you have your
"I" knocked out. Christ must reign within, and the life in the
Holy Ghost means at all times the subjection of your own will
to make way for the working out of the good and acceptable
and perfect will of God within.

I was holding a meeting, once, in London, and at the
close a man came to me and said, "We are not allowed to
hold meetings in this hall after 11 o'clock, and we would like
you to come home with us. I am so hungry for God." The
wife said she, too, was hungry, and so I agreed to go with
them. At about 12:30 we arrived at their house. The man
began stirring up the fire and said, "Now we will have a good
supper." I said to them, "I did not come here for your warm
fire, your supper or your bed. I came here because I thought
you were hungry to get more of God." We got down to pray
and at about 3:30 the Lord baptized the wife, and she spoke
in tongues as the Spirit gave utterance. At about 5 o'clock I
spoke to the husband and asked how he was getting on. He
replied, "God has broken my iron, stubborn will." He had not
received the Baptism, but God had wrought a mighty work
within him.

The following day, at his business, everyone could tell
that a great change had come to him. Before he had been a
walking terror. The men who labored for him had looked
upon him as a regular devil because of the way he had acted;
but coming into contact with the power of God that night
completely changed him. Before this he had made a religious
profession, but he had never truly entered into the experience
of the new birth until that night, when the power of God
surged so mightily through his home.

A short while afterwards I went to this man's home, and his two sons ran to
me and kissed me, saying, "We have a new father." Previous
to this these boys had often said to their mother, "Mother, we
cannot stand it in the home any longer. We will have to
leave." But the Lord changed the whole situation that night as
we prayed together. On the second visit the Lord baptized
this man in the Holy Ghost.

(Taken from "Faith That Prevails" by Smith Wigglesworth)

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