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【翻译】不住增长的信心(14)知识的言语与信心的恩赐  

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作者:史密斯.威格尔斯沃思(Smith Wigglesworth   翻译:和爱稣(heheaiyesu

英文书名:EVER INCREASING FAITH     出版时间:1924

原文链接:http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/wigglesworth/5f00.0930/5f00.0930.14.htm


  

第十四章 知识的言语与信心的恩赐

【翻译】不住增长的信心(14)知识的言语与信心的恩赐 - heheaiyesu_和爱稣 - heheaiyesu(和爱稣)的博客

 “那人也蒙这位圣灵赐他知识的言语,又有一人蒙这位圣灵赐他信心。”(哥林多前书12:8-9

直到现在我们还没有经过这条路,我相信撒旦有着许多的诡计,这些诡计在今天比从前所有的更坏更阴险,但我也相信神的能力和荣耀要在这地上完全显明,以打败撒旦的每一个诡计。

在《以弗所书》第4章告诉我们努力用和平彼此联络,竭力保守圣灵所赐合而为一的心,因为只有一个身体,一灵、一主、一信、一洗、一神、一位众人的父。圣灵的洗让我们合而为一,保罗在《哥林多前书》1213节告诉我们,我们都从一位圣灵受洗,成了一个身体,饮于一位圣灵。神的意思是要我们都说一样的事。如果我们都有神之灵完全的启示,就应当都看见一样的事。保罗问哥林多人,“基督是分开的吗?”当圣灵有着完全掌管的时候,基督是永不分开的,祂的身体也是不分开的,这里没有分开,分裂和分开乃是肉体思想的产物。

在我们中间,当有“知识的言语”显明出来,这是非常重要的。同一位圣灵既赐下智慧的言语又赐下知识的言语。神诸般奥秘的启示是从圣灵而来,并且我们也必须有超自然知识的言语,是为了将神之灵所启示的事传给别人。神的灵在祂所有奇妙的丰盛中将基督启示出来,并将祂从圣经的起始到结尾都指示给我们。圣经使我们有智慧以致得救,并将天国的深奥给我们打开,启示我们神所有的心意。

虽然有成千上万的人阅读和研究神的话,但这些话并没有让他们苏醒过来。除非借着圣灵(让我们明白),否则圣经就是死的字句。除非借着圣灵,神的话也永远不能在我们里面成为有生命、有能力的。基督所说的话不是死的字句,乃是灵是生命。所以这就是神的心意,是要一句生命的话,一句真理的话,从神而来的话语,一句超自然的知识的言语,借着神的灵从我们的里面发出来。这就是圣灵在我们的嘴唇上所赐的口才,并给我们带来所有神心意的属天启示。

神的孩子应当渴慕这神的道,他应当除了这道以外不知道别的,在人群当中除了救主耶稣也不知道别的。“人活着不是单靠食物,乃是靠神口里所说的一切话。”就在我们得到这道的喂养,并默想其中包含的信息之时,神的灵就能将我们所领受的变成生命,通过我们发出知识的言语,这里面满了能力和生命,正像祂,就是神的灵感动古时的圣徒,赐给他们这些受感的圣经经文一样。这些话语在起初发出来的时候就都是神气息的呼出,这样藉着同一位圣灵,从我们里面也发出有生命的、活着的、有能力的比任何两刃的剑还快的言语。

与圣灵的恩赐相伴就应当有圣灵的果子结出,有了智慧我们也应当有爱心,有了知识我们也应当有喜乐,有了第三个恩赐(在九个恩赐中),就是信心的恩赐,我们就应当有平安的果子。信心总是与平安相伴,信心总是安息,信心向不可能发笑。得救是因着信,籍着恩典,并且也是神的恩赐。借着信心,我们蒙神能力的保守。神赐给信心,没有任何事能夺去这信心。籍着信心我们就有能力进入神奇妙的事情里面。信心有三种状态:得救的信心(这是神的恩赐)、主耶稣的信心和信心的恩赐。你想想主耶稣基督赐给保罗的话,在《使徒行传》26章提到的,就是主差他到外邦人那里去,“要叫他们眼睛得开,从黑暗中归向光明,从撒旦权下归向神,得蒙赦罪,又因‘在我里面的信心和一切成圣的’人同得基业。” (注:为了表达作者的意思,这里按照英文圣经钦定版直译,与和合本原文不同,和合本原文在《使徒行传》2618节,请大家自行比较)

哦,这主耶稣的奇妙信心。你自己的信心终究会来到一个尽头,有多少次我曾到了一个地步,不得不告诉主,“我已经用完了自己所有的信心了。”于是祂将祂自己的信心放在我里面。

与我们同工的人中的一位在圣诞节的时候对我说:“威格尔斯沃思,我一生中从来没有像现在一样口袋里这么缺钱。”我回答:“感谢神,你刚刚开启了神的宝藏。”就在我们自己走到尽头时,我们才能进入神资源的丰富里。我们一无所有的时候,正是我们能样样都有的时候。

当你行在活信心的路上时,主总是会满足你。有一次我在爱尔兰,到了一户人家,对前来应门的一位女士说:“华莱士弟兄(Brother Wallace)在这里吗?” 她回答说:“哦,他已经去了邦戈尔(Bongor 了,但神打发你来这儿是为了我,我需要你,进来吧。”她告诉我他丈夫是一位长老会(Presbyterian)的执事,这位女士在作长老会教友时受了圣灵的洗,但教会的人却并不接受,他们以为不是从神而来的。教会的人就对她丈夫说:“这事不能再继续下去了,我们不再要你作执事了,你妻子也不要来教会了。”这人于是变得非常暴怒,并对他的妻子极其生气,就像一个被鬼附的人一样,曾经平安的家变得非常可怕。最后他离开了家也没有留下钱,这位女士问我她应当怎样做。

我们于是一起祷告,祷告不到五分钟,这女士就大大被圣灵充满。我对她说:“坐下吧,让我们谈谈,你是经常像这样在圣灵里吗?”她说:“是的,没有圣灵现在我能作什么呢?”我对她说:“这取决于你,神的话说你有能力让你丈夫成圣,要敢于相信神的话,现在我们必须作的第一件事就是祷告叫你丈夫今晚回来。”她说:“我知道他不会的。”我说:“如果我们同心合意,事情就必成就。”她说:“我愿意同心合意。”我对她说:“当他回来的时候,你要尽可能的爱他,对他在凡事上都要慷慨大方。如果他不愿意听你当说的话,就让他上床睡觉去。这都取决于你,跪下来在神面前为他恳求主,进入荣耀里就像今天那样,当神的灵籍着你祷告时,你会发现祂要赐给你心中一切所渴望的。”

一个月后我在一次会议上看到了这位姊妹。她告诉我他丈夫那天晚上是如何回到家的,然后他就上床睡觉了,但她祷告到底直到得胜的地步,然后就按手在她丈夫身上。就在她按手在他身上的那一刻,他喊叫着呼求怜悯。主拯救了他并在圣灵里给他施洗,神的能力要超过所有我们所知的。问题是由于我们思想的有限,我们尚未得到神的能力的完全彰显,但是当我们继续并让神以祂自己的方式运行时,无限量的神将如何行事来回应那一个没有限量的信心呢?没有限度。然而除非你持续不断地追求神的所有能力,否则你永远不能到这一地步。

一天中午十一点钟,我从露天聚会中回到家里,发现妻子不在家。我问:“她在哪里?”有人告诉我她到米切尔(Mitchell 家去了。那天我也曾去看过米切尔,知道他已经濒临死亡,我知道除非主掌管局势,否则米切尔不可能活过今天。

有许多人放任自己在病中倒下,他们不去抓住主耶稣基督为他们预备的生命。这时我被带去看望一位垂死的女人,我对她说:“你怎么样?”她回答说:“我有信心,我相信。”我说:“你知道你并没有信心,你知道你要死了,你有的不是信心,而是字句。”字句和信心是不同的。我看到她在魔鬼的手中,并且直到他被赶出这房子之前她没有活命的可能。我恨恶这魔鬼,于是抓住这女人高叫:“出来,你这死亡的魔鬼,奉主耶稣的名我命令你出来。”一分钟以内,她就在得胜中用自己的双脚站起来了。

让我们回到米切尔弟兄的情形,我匆匆地下到他的住处,就在我走近的时候听见了一阵可怕的尖叫,我知道已经有什么不好的事情发生了。在楼梯上我遇到米切尔太太,就问:“发生了什么事?”她回答:“他死了!他死了!”我经过她身边走进房间,立刻就看见米切尔已经去世了。我不能明白发生的事情,但我开始祷告。我妻子常常怕我走的太远,就抓住我说:“不要这样做,孩子他爸,难道你没有看到他已经死了吗?”我继续祷告,而我妻子呢,继续向我大喊:“不要,孩子他爸啊,难道你没有看到他已经死了吗?”但我还是在祷告,我用尽了所有的信心,于是神抓住了我。哦!那是一种怎样的抓住啊!我可以因此而相信任何事。主耶稣的信心就是那样抓住我,一种坚实的平安来到我的心。我大叫:“他活了!他活了!他活了!“——直到如今米切尔弟兄还是活着的。我们的信心和主耶稣的信心有区别的,主耶稣的信心才是我们需要的。我们必须不时地变换信心。你的信心可以到一个摇动的地步,但基督的信心永不动摇。当你有主耶稣的信心时,事情就成全了。当你有那样的信心时,你将永不注目在事物的表面上,你要看见自然的事物要给圣灵的事物让路,你要看见这暂时的要被永远的吞灭。

几年以前,在加利福尼亚州的卡扎德罗(Cazadero),我在一个帐篷聚会(注:这是用帐篷搭设的临时聚会场所。)中遇到一件非常之事。一个完全耳聋的人来到这里,我为他祷告也知道神医治了他。接着试炼就来了。这人总是将他的椅子挪到讲台上,每次我站起来讲话时,他也站起来,并且能离我有多近,就有多近,并且拉紧耳朵捕捉我所说的。魔鬼说:“这事没有成功。”但我宣告:“已经成功了。”就这样过了三个星期,事情终于显明了,在六十码以外他也能听得清楚。当他的耳朵开了之时,他想这是多么大的事,以至于他不得不停止了聚会,去告诉人发生在自己身上的事。最近我在奥克兰(Oakland 遇见他,他的听力已经完全恢复了。当我们在信心的层面上保持坚定,绝不动摇,我们就会看见所信的完全地彰显出来。

人们对我说:“你没有信心的恩赐吗?”我说那虽然是一个重要的恩赐,但对于我们而言,一直以来更重要的是,我们要每时每刻地在神里不断进步。就在今天,我看神的话,发现祂的真实,在今天比在昨天对我而言更大。这是最崇高、最喜乐的真理,就是神在使祂的真理扩大,而且总是在扩大。在这灵的生命里没有死亡,没有枯干,也没有荒凉;神正在时时推动我们推动到更高层面的事上,并且当我们在这灵里前进时,即使在不同的环境升高时,我们的信心也总是与这环境一起升高。

这就是信心的恩赐是如何显明的。你看见一个信心的目标,但你知道你自己的信心在这种情况下什么也不是。隔天我在旧金山(San Francisco)坐在车上,看到一个男孩在街上经受着极大的痛苦。我说:“让我出去。”就冲到孩子所在的地方,他正在胃痉挛带来的剧痛中。于是我奉耶稣的名按手在他肚子上,这男孩跳起来,惊奇的注视着我。他觉得立刻得了释放。信心的恩赐敢于面对每一件事,什么时候我们在灵里,什么时候神的灵就会随时随地运行这个恩赐。

当神的灵在一个人里面运行这信心恩赐时,祂会让他知道神要作什么。当一只手枯干的人在会堂里的时候,耶稣让所有人来看将要发生的事。信心的恩赐总是知道结果的,祂对这人说:“伸出你的手来。”祂的话有着创造性的力量,祂不是活在揣度和推测的路上。祂一说话事情就会发生,在起初,祂说话世界就造成了,今天祂说话这些事就应验。祂乃是神的儿子,带领我们进入儿子的名分。他是复活的初熟果子,并且也呼召我们也作初熟的果子,就是像祂自己一样的果子。

这里有一个要点,你不能仅仅有人的愿望就拥有这些恩赐,神的灵是照祂自己的意思将恩赐分给各人的。神不能信任一些人将恩赐托付给他们,只有那些有谦卑、忧伤、痛悔之心的人,神才能信任他们。有一天我参加一个聚会,这里有很多医生和有名望的人,并且也有许多的牧师,就在聚会上,神的能力降临了。一个谦卑的小女孩在餐桌旁边服侍,她向主敞开自己,于是立刻被圣灵充满并且开始说起方言来。所有的这些大人物都伸着他们的脖子注目看发生了什么事,他们说:“那是谁啊?”接着就知道是“这小仆人!”,除了这位“小仆人”,没有人得着!这些事情向聪明通达人就藏起来,但小孩子、谦卑的人,正是那些得着的人。如果我们互相受荣耀,我们就不能有信心,一个与神同行的人不会接受来自同伴的荣耀。神赐荣耀给那些忧伤痛悔之人,我该如何才能到这地步呢?许多人想做大事,做的时候也要人能看见,但神所用的人却是愿意隐藏的。我的主耶稣从来不夸说他能作什么事,但他却做了那些事。当那送殡的行列从拿因城内出来时,寡妇死去的儿子正抬在杠上,祂让抬的人把杠放下,然后说了这样的话“起来!”,把儿子交给了寡妇。主耶稣怜悯她,你和我除了是在怜悯的路上就永远不能作什么。我们永远不能除去一个肿瘤,除非我们是那样深深浸入在圣灵的能力里,这样基督的怜悯就会穿透我们。

我发现这样一个事实,就是在所有我主所做的事上,祂说不是祂作的,而是另外一位在祂里面做的。这是何等圣洁的顺服!祂不过是一个荣耀神的器皿,我们是否到了一个地步敢被神的恩赐所托付呢?我看到在《哥林多前书》13章说,若我有移山的信心而没有爱,所有的就是失败。当我的爱在神里面是如此加深,以至于只被神的荣耀所感动,以至于只寻求神的荣耀,如此恩赐就能显明出来。 神乐意被显明,向那些谦卑的灵显明祂的荣耀。

一颗胆怯的心决不能有恩赐,这里有两件基本的事情:第一是爱,第二是决心,一个出乎信心的胆量会使神成全祂的话。当我受圣灵洗时,度过了一段奇妙的时间,在灵里我也有口才,只是一段时间以后又不再说方言了。但有一天我正在帮助别人的时候,主在灵里又赐给我口才,有一天我沿路而行的时候,说了很长时间的方言。有些园丁正在工作,就伸头出来看看是怎么一回事。我说:“主啊,你为我做了新事,你说一个人说方言的时候,他应当求着翻出来。我请求能翻出来,我要在这里等着直到我得着这恩赐。”从那时起,主给我翻出来的恩赐。

有一次我在英格兰的林肯郡(Lincornshire 去联系一位圣公会的老牧师。他变得对此很有兴趣并请我到他的图书馆去,当他跪下祷告的时候,我从来没有听到过比这老人家更甜蜜的祷告。他开始祷告说:“主啊!使我圣洁,主啊!使我成圣。”我叫出来:“醒来!现在就醒来!起来坐在你的椅子上。”他起来坐下,并注视着我。我对他说:“我想你已经是圣洁的了。”他回答说:“是的。”“那么为什么你要求神作祂已经为你做了的事呢?”他开始笑起来,接着说起方言来。就让我们挪到信心的领域里吧,并且也住在信心的领域里,好让神用祂自己的方法作工。


  

附英文原文:

Chapter 14

The Word of Knowledge and Faith

"To another the word of knowledge, by the same Spirit; to another faith, by the same Spirit" (1 Cor. 12:8, 9).

We have not passed this way hitherto. I believe that Satan has many devices and that they are worse today than ever before; but I also believe that there is to be a full manifestation on the earth of the power and glory of God to defeat every device of Satan.

In Ephesians 4 we are told to endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, for there is one body, and one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all. The Baptism of the Spirit is to make us all one. Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 12:13 that by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. It is God's thought that we speak the same thing. If we all have the full revelation of the Spirit of God we shall all see the same thing. Paul asked these Corinthians, "Is Christ divided?" When the Holy Ghost has full control, Christ is never divided, His body is not divided, there is no division. Schism and division are the products of the carnal mind.

How important it is that we shall have the manifestation of "the word of knowledge" in our midst. It is the same Spirit who brings forth the word of wisdom that brings forth the word of knowledge. The revelation of the mysteries of God comes by the Spirit, and we must have a supernatural word of knowledge in order to convey to others the things which the Spirit of God has revealed. The Spirit of God reveals Christ in all His wonderful fullness, and He shows Him to us from the beginning to the end of the Scriptures. It is the Scriptures that make us wise unto salvation, that open to us the depths of the kingdom of heaven, which reveal all the divine mind to us.

There are thousands of people who read and study the Word of God. But it is not quickened to them. The Bible is a dead letter except by the Spirit. The Word of God can never be vital and powerful in us except by the Spirit. The words that Christ spoke were not just dead words but they were spirit and life. And so it is the thought of God that a living word, a word of truth, the word of God, a supernatural word of knowledge, shall come forth from us through the power of the Spirit of God. It is the Holy Ghost who will bring forth utterances from our lips and a divine revelation of all the mind of God.

The child of God ought to thirst for the Word. He should know nothing else but the Word, and should know nothing among men save Jesus. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God." It is as we feed on the Word and meditate on the message it contains, that the Spirit of God can vitalize that which we have received, and bring forth through us the word of knowledge that will be as full of power and life, as when He, the Spirit of God, moved upon holy men of old and gave them these inspired Scriptures. They were all inbreathed of God as they came forth at the beginning, and through the same Spirit they should come forth from us vitalized, living, powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword.

With the gifts of the Spirit should come the fruit of the Spirit. With wisdom we should have love, with knowledge we should have joy, and with the third gift, faith, we should have the fruit of peace. Faith is always accompanied by peace. Faith always rests. Faith laughs at impossibilities. Salvation is by faith, through grace, and it is the gift of God. We are kept by the power of God through faith. God gives faith and nothing can take it away. By faith we have power to enter into the wonderful things of God. There are three positions of faith; saving faith, which is the gift of God; the faith of the Lord Jesus; and the gift of faith. You will remember the word of the Lord Jesus Christ given to .Paul, to which he refers in the 26th of Acts, where the Lord commissioned him to go to the Gentiles, "to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness unto light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them "WHICH ARE SANCTIFIED BY FAITH THAT IS IN ME."

Oh, this wonderful faith of the Lord Jesus. Your faith comes to an end. How many times I have been to the place where I have had to tell the Lord, "I have used all the faith I have," and then He has placed His own faith within me.

One of our workers said to me at Christmas time, "Wigglesworth, I never was so near the end of my purse in my life." I replied, "Thank God, you are just at the opening of God's treasures." It is when we are at the end of our own, that we can enter into the riches of God's resources. It is when we possess nothing, that we can possess all things.

The Lord will always meet you when you are on the line of living faith. I was in Ireland at one time and went to a house and said to the lady who came to the door, "Is Brother Wallace here?" She replied, "Oh, he has gone to Bangor, but God has sent you here for me. I need you. Come in." She told me her husband was a deacon of the Presbyterian Church. She had herself received the Baptism while she was a member of the Presbyterian Church, but they did not accept it as from God. The people of the church said to her husband, "This thing cannot go on. We don't want you to be deacon any longer, and your wife is not wanted in the church." The man was very enraged and he became incensed against his wife. It seemed as though an evil spirit possessed him, and the home that had once been peaceful became very terrible: At last he left home and left no money behind him, and the woman asked me what should she do.

We went to prayer and before we had prayed five minutes the woman was mightily filled with the Holy Ghost. I said to her, "Sit down and let me talk to you. Are you often in the Spirit like this?" She said. "Yes, and what could I do without the Holy Ghost now?" I said to her, "The situation is yours. The Word of God says that you have power to sanctify your husband. Dare to believe the Word of God. Now the first thing we must do is to pray that your husband come back tonight." She said, "I know he won't." I said, "If we agree together, it is done." She said, "I will agree." I said to her, "When he comes home show him all possible love, lavish everything upon him. If he won't hear what you have to say, let him go to bed. The situation is yours. Get down before God and claim him for the Lord. Get into the glory just as you have got in today, and as the Spirit of God prays through you, you will find that God will grant all the desires of your heart."

A month later I saw this sister at a convention. She told how her husband came home that night and that he went to bed, but she prayed right through to victory and then laid her hands upon him. The moment she laid hands upon him he cried out for mercy. The Lord saved him and baptized him in the Holy Spirit. The power of God is beyond all our conception. The trouble is that we do not have the power of God in a full manifestation because of our finite thoughts, but as we go on and let God have His way, there is no limit to what our limitless God will do in response to a limitless faith. But you will never get anywhere except you are in constant pursuit of all the power of God.

One day when I came home from our open-air meeting at eleven o'clock I found that my wife was out. I asked, "Where is she?" I was told that she was down at Mitchell's. I had seen Mitchell that day and knew that he was at the point of death. I knew that it was impossible for him to survive the day unless the Lord undertook.

There are many who let down in sickness and do not take hold of the life of the Lord Jesus Christ that is provided for them. I was taken to see a woman who was dying and said to her, "How are things with you?" She answered, "I have faith, I believe." I said, "You know that you have not faith, you know that you are dying. It is not faith that you have, it is language." There is a difference between language and faith. I saw that she was in the hands of the devil. There was no possibility of life until he was removed from the premises. I hate the devil, and I laid hold of the woman and shouted, "Come out, you devil of death. I command you to come out in the name of Jesus." In one minute she stood on her feet in victory.

But to return to the case of Brother Mitchell, I hurried down to the house, and as I got near I heard terrible screams. I knew that something had happened. I passed Mrs. Mitchell on the staircase and asked, "What is up?" She replied, "He is gone! He is gone!" I just passed her and went into the room, and immediately I saw that Mitchell had gone. I could not understand it, but I began to pray. My wife was always afraid that I would go too far, and she laid hold of me and said, "Don't, Dad! Don't you see that he is dead?" I continued to pray and my wife continued to cry out to me, "Don't, Dad. Don't you see that he is dead?" But I continued praying. I got as far as I could with my own faith, and then God laid hold of me. Oh, it was such a laying hold that I could believe for anything. The faith of the Lord Jesus laid hold of me and a solid peace came into my heart. I shouted, "He lives! He lives! He lives!" And he is living today. There is a difference between our faith and the faith of the Lord Jesus. The faith of the Lord Jesus is needed. We must change faith from time to time. Your faith may get to a place where it wavers. The faith of Christ never wavers. When you have that faith the thing is finished. When you have that faith you will never look at things as they are, you will see the things of nature give way to the things of the Spirit, you will see the temporal swallowed up in the eternal.

I was at a camp meeting in Cazadero, California, several years ago, and a remarkable thing happened. A man came there who was stone deaf. I prayed for him and I knew that God had healed him. Then came the test. He would always move his chair up to the platform, and every time I got up to speak he would get up as close as he could and strain his ears to catch what I had to say. The devil said, "It isn't done." I declared, "It is done." This went on for three weeks and then the manifestation came and he could hear distinctly sixty yards away. When his ears were opened he thought it was so great that he had to stop the meeting and tell everybody about it. I met him in Oakland recently and he was hearing perfectly. As we remain steadfast and unmovable on the ground of faith, we shall see what we believe for in perfect manifestation.

People say to me, "Have you not the gift of faith?" I say that it is an important gift, but what is still more important is for us every moment to be making an advancement in God. Looking at the Word of God today I find that its realities are greater to me today than they were yesterday. It is the most sublime, joyful truth that God brings an enlargement. Always an enlargement. There is nothing dead, dry or barren in this life of the Spirit; God is always moving us on to something higher, and as we move on in the Spirit our faith will always rise to the occasion as different circumstances arise.

This is how the gift of faith is manifested. You see an object and you know that your own faith is nothing in the case. The other day I was in San Francisco. I sat on a car and saw a boy in great agony on the street. I said, "Let me get out." I rushed to where the boy was. He was in agony through cramp of the stomach. I put my hands on his stomach in the name of Jesus. The boy jumped, and stared at me with astonishment. He found himself instantly free. The gift of faith dared in the face of everything. It is as we are in the Spirit that the Spirit of God will operate this gift anywhere and at any time.

When the Spirit of God is operating this gift within a man, He causes him to know what God is going to do. When the man with the withered hand was in the synagogue, Jesus got all the people to look to see what would happen. The gift of faith always knows the results. He said to the man, "Stretch forth thine hand." His word had creative force. He was not living on the line of speculation. He spoke and something happened. He spake at the beginning and the world came into being. He speaks today and these things have to come to pass. He is the Son of God and came to bring us into sonship. He was the firstfruit of the resurrection and He calls us to be firstfruits, to be the same kind of fruit like to Himself.

There is an important point here. You cannot have the gifts by mere human desire. The Spirit of God distributes them severally as He will. God cannot trust some with the gift, but some who have a lowly, broken, contrite heart He can trust. One day I was in a meeting where there were a lot of doctors and eminent men, and many ministers. It was at a convention, and the power of God fell on the meeting. One humble little girl that waited at table opened her being to the Lord and was immediately filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in tongues. All these 'big men stretched their necks and looked up to see what was happening and were saying, "Who is it?" Then they learned it was "the servant!" Nobody received but "the servant!" These things are hidden and kept back from the wise and prudent, but the little children, the lowly ones, are the ones that receive. We cannot have faith if we have honor one of another. A man who is going on with God won't accept honor from his fellow beings. God honors the man of a broken, contrite spirit. How shall I get there? So many people want to do great things, and to be seen doing them, but the one that God will use is the one that is willing to be hidden. My Lord Jesus never said He could do things, but He did them. When that funeral procession was coming up from Nain with the widow's son carried upon the bier, He made them lay it down. He spoke the word, "Arise!" and gave the son back to the widow. He had compassion for her. And you and I will never do anything except on the line of compassion. We shall never be able to remove the cancer until we are immersed so deeply into the power of the Holy Ghost, that the compassion of Christ is moving through us.

I find that, in all my Lord did, He said that He did not do it, but that another in Him did the work. What a holy submission! He was just an instrument for the glory of God. Have we reached a place where we dare to be trusted with the gift? I see in 1 Corinthians 13 that if I have faith to remove mountains and have not charity, all is a failure. When my love is so deepened in God that I only move for the glory of God, that I only seek the glory of God, then the gifts can be made manifest. God wants to be manifested, and to manifest His glory to humble spirits.

A faint heart can never have a gift. There are two things essential; first, love, and second, determination, a boldness of faith that will cause God to fulfill His word. When I was baptized I had a wonderful time and had utterance in the Spirit, but for some time afterwards I did not again speak in tongues. But one day as I was helping another, the Lord again gave me utterances in the Spirit. I was one day going down the road and speaking in tongues a long while. There were some gardeners doing their work, and they stuck their heads out to see what was going on. I said, "Lord, you have something new for me. You said that when a man speaks in tongues, he should ask for the interpretation. I ask for the interpretation, and I'll stay right here till I get it." And from that hour the Lord gave me interpretation.

At one time I was in Lincolnshire in England and came in touch with the old pastor of an Episcopalian Church. He became much interested and asked me into his library. I never heard anything sweeter than the prayer the old man uttered as he got down to pray. He began to pray, "Lord, make me holy. Lord, sanctify me." I called out, "Wake up! Wake up now! Get up and sit in your chair." He sat up and looked at me. I said to him, "I thought you were holy." He answered, "Yes." "Then what makes you ask God to do what He has done for you?" He began to laugh and then to speak in tongues. Let us move into the realm of faith, and live in the realm of faith, and let God have His way.

  

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