SMITH WIGGLESWORTH – The Apostle of Faith (1859 – 1947)
Smith Wigglesworth was born in Menston, Yorkshire, England, on June 8, 1859. He grew up in a humble family and when he was six he helped his father in the fields. At the age of seven, he accompanied his father to work in a woolen cloth factory. He learned the first words with his mother, studying in an old bible. His grandmother was a Christian and made a point of taking him to church. At the age of eight he began to participate in the songs of worship.
At age 13, his family moved to the city of Bradford and there he began to actively participate in the Wesleyan Methodist Church where he regularly heard New Testament teachings. At that time, along with other young men, he was invited by the church to speak at a special meeting for new preachers. He climbed into the pulpit and preached for 15 minutes. When the preaching was over, he was surprised with applause and shouts of enthusiasm.
When Smith Wigglesworth was 17 years old, he became a plumber. In 1882 he married Mary Jane Featherstone, known as Polly, a young Methodist, born in a wealthy family but who had left behind society’s luxuries to preach along with the Salvation Army. Polly helped Smith to read and read by going through the Bible with him.
Often Polly invited Smith to preach but he declared that he would never speak in public again. Howver, in 1907 he received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and from that moment he felt his life transformed. The next Sunday he went to church and preached with great clarity.
Gradually, he came to understand that sickness was the devil's strategy and could be cured divinely. Around 1890 he traveled to Leeds and visited a church where divine healing was taking place. In 1900 Smith himself first experienced of this healing and from then on he did not stop ministering for healing too. His life was an example of faith and willingness to serve God.
Smith Wigglesworth also went through times of suffering. In 1913, when he was on his way to a meeting where he would preach, his wife Polly died for no apparent reason. When he returned to his house, Wigglesworth went to the room where the body of his dead wife lay in bed. He rebuked the spirit of death and commanded life to return. Polly opened her eyes and said, "Why did you bring me back, Smith?" She did not want to go back to earth. After an affectionate conversation, he let her go to heaven.
Fourteen people were documented as bring resurrected from death to life through Wigglesworth's ministry. (Unofficial sources account for twenty-three people.) It seemed there was nothing too big for his faith. From headaches to cancers, it was all the same to him. Was there anything too hard for God?
The ministry of this man of God has influenced many other men and women such as Kathrin Kulman, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Bud Wright and Kenneth Hagin.
Years later, he became a man of such magnitude that Oral Roberts, a healing evangelist, once said before other fellow evangelists, "we owe this man a debt impossible to calculate."
Smith Wigglesworth left an extensive work on the topic of Faith, among them the book "Dare to Believe”. In it he gives excerpts from the teachings that lead readers to believe in God andto have faith to help other people be transformed. It shows the reader that it is necessary to read the Bible and be attentive to the voice of God. The book brings meditations on these principles and reinforces the need for believers to believe!
Smith Wigglesworth died in Wakefield, England, on March 12, 1947.
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REVIVAL IS NOT:
Note: Some items related here may even happen during the revival, but isolated is not revival.
. It is not a movement...
WHAT PRECEDES REVIVAL:
. A time of darkness in society
. Hopelessness in people’s hearts
. Coldness in the churches
PURPOSE OF REVIVAL
To carry out Great Commission
The Great Commission is carried out as the fruit of the revival...
WHAT HAPPENS DURING REVIVAL:
. The Holy Spirit of God is always in control.
. The fear of the Lord come to rests upon all.
. A state of brokenness.
. Unlimited Worship.
. A Strong conviction of sins with confessions
. A State of Repentance.
. A Deep desire for Holiness.
. Many miracles, signs and wonders.
. End to social injustice, violence and crimes.
. Profound impact on society...
RESULTS OF REVIVAL:
- The Church arises (for the Great Commission) in boldness to speak of the love of God to the lost.
- There is extraordinary numerical growth in the Church, membership multiplies supernaturally.
- Society now respects the Church as the Divine Institution it is.
- This revival does not come to liberals, mystics, syncretists and the merely religious, but to a people desperately longing for the presence of God.
- The final phase of revival is the restoration of society to the standards of the Word of God, bringing justice, righteousness, compassion and blessing that should continue through generations.
Revivals, Great Awakenings and visitations from God in the United Kingdom over time
This timeline is to help you get to know and understand God's moves within the UK from when God used a humble man in Ireland (in the 5th Century), Saint Patrick, through many other men and events up until modern times. These men defied the circumstances of their times and made history, being hungry and desperate for the presence of God. Many of them were not understood in their day, but today are examples of people who dared to obey God and in doing so, changed the course of history. Here in the United Kingdom, there were many visitations from the Lord which touched generations both here and around the world, writing chapters of the history of the Church. These amazing accounts demonstrate God's great love for Britain. You will know all or some of the following ‘brave hearts’ for God. We believe that there were many others whom history did not recognise, but they are eternally recorded by the Lord.
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