Archive for September 2013

AB Simpson on healing at the Holiness and Healing Bethshan Conference London 1885

September 23, 2013

AB Simpson, one of the pioneers of the early Pentecostal movement in the 1800s spoke at the 1885 Bethshan Conference on Holiness and Healing, London England, giving a fascinating insight about how he came to the revelation that healing is always God’s will, and God’s Word:

“After years of teaching from and waiting on Him, about four year ago, when broken down physically in every way, so that I had no strength for my work, the Lord Jesus Christ showed me that it was His blessed will to be my complete Saviour for body as well as soul; and with a heart that fainted at the slightest effort–almost caused my death when I tried to climb a little mountain in Europe a few years ago–having been laid
aside a dozen times from my work, I came to Him, and alone with Him I lifted my hand to heaven and made three solemn pledges:

The first was, that I solemnly believed that this Gospel of healing was truly God’s Word–I had to stand on the truth or I could not get the life;

the second was, I solemnly took it for myself as given to me, and believed it was mine and that I was now healed, and not only healed, but that I had the full strength of my risen Lord for the rest of my work for Him–I did not take Him merely for healing, but for the strength of life until He had done with me:

and the third thing
I believed was this–that He keeping all these pledges in me and for me, I should not refuse to use this truth for the help of others, if he needed it.”

God healed his heart so that he was able to climb a mountain the next day! Not only that, but he prayed for his daughter Margaret to be healed from diphtheria and she was. This same disease had killed his son Melville earlier.

Thank God for this lesser known Canadian preacher, and for the way He pressed in to leave such a lasting legacy.

The sons of Issachar and Joshua, seeing and stepping in.

September 17, 2013

Greater revelation requires greater responsibility. Not only did the sons of Issachar have “understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12: 32 KJV) but we learn from 1 Chronicles 7 1-5 that they were “valiant men of might.”

Increased revelation, wisdom, understanding and discernment will often require an act of obedience which requires courage. We cannot always just sit on what we receive. Jesus says in Luke 12:48 “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”

Consider Joshua who received the spirit of wisdom (Deuteronomy 34:9) imparted through Moses. Like his predecessor he was exhorted by God to be “strong and courageous.” Joshua 1:9

Stepping into the new first requires that we see the open door that God has given us very clearly in this season, but also requires courage to walk through it into all the fulness that He has for us, not being intimidated by any opposition, but trusting Him completely.

Being Ready For God’s New Thing

September 3, 2013

When God does a new thing it will always offend tradition and take us out of our comfort zone. Are we ready for it?

Take the 1906 Azusa revival for example. Frank Bartleman, evangelist, had been handing out gospel tracts in Los Angeles when He grew hungry for more of God. He asked Evan Roberts how his city could have a move of God like the 1904/05 Welsh revival. Here’s what Evan Roberts said:

“Congregate the people who are willing to make a total surrender. Pray and wait. Believe God’s promises. Hold daily meetings. May God bless you is my earnest prayer.”

When God hit Azusa Street Bartleman testified about receiving what he described as a “heavenly chorus” entering him, and receiving a supernatural gift. Here is part of his documented testimony about this new thing:

“It was a spontaneous manifestation and rapture no earthly tongue can describe. In the beginning this manifestation was wonderfully pure and powerful. We feared to try to reproduce it, as with the “tongues” also. Now many seemingly have no hesitation in imitating all the “gifts.” No one could understand this “gift of song” but those who had it. It was indeed a “new song” in the Spirit. When I first heard it in the meeting a great hunger entered my soul to receive it. I felt it would exactly express my pent up feelings. I had not yet spoken in “tongues.” But the “new song” captured me. It was a gift from God of high order, and appeared among us soon after the “Azusa” work began.

No one had preached it. The Lord had sovereignly bestowed it, with the outpouring of the “residue of oil,” the “Latter Rain” baptism of the Spirit. It was exercised, as the Spirit moved the possessors, either in solo fashion, or by the company. It was sometimes without words, other times in “tongues.” The effect was wonderful on the people. It brought a heavenly atmosphere, as though the angels themselves were present and joining with us. And possibly they were. It seemed to still criticism and opposition, and was hard for even wicked men to gainsay or ridicule.

Some have condemned this “new song,” without words. But was not sound given before language? And is there not intelligence without language also? Who composed the first song? Must we necessarily follow some man’s composition, before us, always? We are too much worshippers of tradition. The speaking in “tongues” is not according to man’s wisdom or understanding. Then why not a “gift of song?” “

In Azusa there was barely any focus on ministers and on people. No focus on the preacher, worship musicians and songwriters. Even the Pastor William Seymour covered his face with a shoebox. There was a level of humility that recognised that “no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1 29

People were that desperate for God, and would pay any price for more of Him. God sovereignly visited them in a way that has changed the world.

Most of us want to be blessed materially and God wants to bless us in that way, but there is a higher prosperity in the Spirit that has not had enough emphasis. There is great danger, especially in Western affluent culture of insouciance, complacency, and pride. We can get satisfied and comfortable with the status quo and not even realise how much we need Him.

God is ready to do a new thing (Isaiah 43 18-19) but are we ready for what that “new thing” is?