Bits Of Smith Wigglesworth

Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947) was a British evangelist. He was illiterate until he married, having been taught to read by his wife, Polly Featherstone. It is said that the only book he would ever read was the Bible, not even allowing newspapers into his home.  He was a plumber until entering the ministry to preach full-time. Many have considered Smith Wigglesworth to be controversial because of his healing ministry and participation in Pentecostalism, and yet his life held the undeniable power of the Holy Spirit.

This was a man who believed and acted on the Word of God; his life bore the fruits of it. Oh, that we had half as much faith. We too could move the mountains in our lives and in the lives of others.

“Enter into the promises of God. It is your inheritance. You will do more in one year if you are really filled with the Holy Ghost than you could do in fifty years apart from Him.”

“Perfect love will never want the preeminence in everything, it will never want to take the place of another, it will always be willing to take the back seat.”

“God has given us much in these last days, and where much is given much will be required.”

“When the saint ceases to seek after holiness, purity, righteousness, truth; when he ceases to pray, stops reading the Word and gives way to carnal appetites, then it is that Satan comes.”

“It seems to me better to get the Book of books for food for your soul, for the strengthening of your faith, and the building up of your character in God, so that all the time you are being changed and made meet to walk with God.”

“This blessed Book brings such life and health and peace, and such an abundance that we should never be poor any more.”

“God has chosen us to help one another.”

“You cannot help distresses coming. They will come, and offenses will come, but woe unto those that cause offenses. See that you do not cause offense. See that you live in a higher tide. See that your tongue cannot move.”

“I know that God’s Word is sufficient. One word from Him can change a nation. His Word is from everlasting to everlasting. It is through the entrance of this everlasting Word, this incorruptible seed, that we are born again, and come into this wonderful salvation. Man cannot live by bread alone, but must live by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. This is the food of faith. ‘Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.'”

“God’s Word is from everlasting to everlasting. His word cannot fail. God’s word is true and when we rest in the fact of its truth what mighty results we can get. Faith never looks in the glass. Faith has a glass into which it can look. It is the glass of the perfect law of liberty. ‘Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.’ To the
man who looks into this perfect law of God all darkness is removed and he sees his completeness in Christ. There is no darkness in faith. There is only darkness in nature. Darkness only exists when the natural is put in the place of the divine.”

“Some like to read the Bible in Hebrew. Some in the Greek. I like to read it in the Holy Ghost.”

“I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am only moved by what I believe.”

“Fear looks; faith jumps. Faith never fails to obtain its object. If I leave you as I found you, I am not God’s channel. I am not here to entertain you, but to get you to the place where you can laugh at the impossible.”

“If it is in the Bible, it is so. It’s not even to be prayed about. It’s to be received and acted upon. Inactivity is a robber which steals blessings. Increase comes by action, by using what we have and know. Your life must be one of going on from faith to faith.”

“Great faith is the product of great fights.”

“Never compare this Book with other books. This Book is from heaven. It does not contain the Word of God; it is the Word of God. It is supernatural in origin, eternal in duration and value, infinite in scope and Divine in authorship. Read it through! Pray it in! Write it down.”

“By the grace of God I want to impart the Word, and bring you into a place where you will dare to act upon the plan of the Word, to so breathe life by the power of the Word that it is impossible for you to go on under any circumstances without his provision. The most difficult things that come to us are to our advantage from God’s side. When we come to the place of impossibilities, it is the grandest place for us to see the possibilities of God.”

“There are four principles we need to maintain: First, read the Word of God. Second, consume the Word of God until it consumes you. Third believe the Word of God. Fourth, act on the Word.” As George Stormont put it, “He lived so that people would only see Jesus.”

“Faith is the audacity that rejoices in the fact that God cannot break His own Word. Faith is not agitation. It is quiet confidence that God means what He says and we act on His Word.”

“The Word of God is eternal and cannot be broken. You cannot improve on the Word of God, for it is life and it produces (only) life.”

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