by Smith Wigglesworth.
Written November 1908.
Written November 1908.
Published in Confidence, December 15, 1908.
Manningham, Bradford, Nov. 1908.
My dear brother,
After twelve months of this blessed fullness I desire to witness to the truth of the anointing with power for service. There is an affinity and unity with the blessed Holy Spirit as never before, and a fearlessness, or a clothing with a consciousness that the source is his, and the results are his, and I am one channel only. It is now, without fear, a vessel unto honor for the Master’s sake. Then there is the presence of the Holy Spirit abiding—the anointing received abideth [1Jn 2.27]—as it is an unction from the Holy One, thus renewing the spirit of our mind. [Ep 4.23] Thinking about the pure and holy things, the epistle to the Romans being fulfilled. “Conformed to the image of his Son,” [Ro 8.29] growing up into him, our living Head. First it is power with God and then it is power with man. First stripped, then the clothing from above. No longer seeking our own but his. Responsibilities and results are his.
The yoke is on his shoulder; He sees to thee, O son of man. Can the Acts of the Apostles be renewed? Lord, thou knowest. The given faith stands and says: Let it be so an the workings are mighty. Our position is to see that we are clothed with the Spirit. The Spirit led Philip to the wilderness, and the Eunuch was already waiting. [Ac 8.26-28] Samaria also was ready. [Ac 8.5-8] The secret was that Philip was in the power of the Spirit. He increases when we decrease; we cannot do both and be fruitful. All the glory must be Christ’s, and then it will be the same as of old—“the sword of the Lord and Gideon.” [Jg 7.20]
Speaking with tongues is an external evidence that God has done something, and it is always done when the motives are pure and the life cleansed. The blood meets the poor, needy soul and it enters through the gate into the city and begins to share in divine privileges of power, of lifting burdens, of weeping with discouraged souls, of bringing health to sick and weary ones, “as he is so are we.” [1Jn 4.17] As God dwelt in him and did the work, now he dwells in us and teaches us by the Holy Spirit how to do the work and it is done. We are daily witnessing to the work being done. Demons are cast out, the sick are healed, and sinners turn to Jesus. Saints are becoming more saintly. Speaking with “tongues” brings me into a deeper sense of his abiding presence; it much resembles the Shekinah glory over the Ark. The divine glory is right over me day by day. The messages are with power; never lacking power and zeal. Of a truth God is with us. I admit that the price to pay is much, and you may have to lose as good friends as Elijah, but, praise God, there is a mantle of power just to meet your need.
David speaks in the 23rd Psalm of the valley of the shadow of death. [Ps 23.4] It was a day in the life of David of separation. Notice that as soon as he got there the table was spread. [v5] Brothers, it will be a destruction of the flesh—a real death—but God has another food, another robe for you, another power, another glorious victory, but it is through the valley, where God spreads the table. He knows best what the spirit life requires, so he spreads the table.
We are getting much blessing, remarkable evidence, and discernment. Faith and charity are right in this work. The mighty things will soon occur—interpretations are getting much clearer. The power of the Holy Ghost is making the dry bones feel the need.
Everywhere we go with this truth in the power of the spirit we have to deal with sin in believers. The filthy acts of the self-life have to be dealt with, and men cannot always stand the purging. I have never heard or seen God baptizing an unclean or fleshly life. There is only one life, only one way, only one thing. Reality can move the holy wind, and it is crying out for a clean heart. As the blood is applied through separation and holy surrender, the fire falls, the spirit’s clothing comes on to a pure spirit. What I am, what I have been, must be lost in him.
Note by Editor of Confidence: “We are most thankful to learn that Mr. and Mrs. Smith Wigglesworth have recently been a blessing in the following places: Penge, Mitcham, and in London at 20 Sudbourne Road, 9 Gloucester Place W.; 73 Upper Street, Islington; 14 Akerman Road, Brixton; and the Bethel Hall.”