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Posted: 03/18/2006 at 7:40pm
What God Gives No One Can Take Away
by Smith Wigglesworth
...to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; …to another faith by the same Spirit….
1 Corinthians 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, verses 3-6, 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 that "…by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body…and have been all made to drink into one Spirit" (1 Cor. 12:13). 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 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 that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4). 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 Acts 26, where the Lord commissioned him to go to the Gentiles, "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to 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" (Acts 26:18).
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.
The Life That Ventures On The Word of God
God has drawn us together and He has something to give us. He is not ordinary, but extraordinary, not measured, but immeasurable, abounding in everything. There is nothing small about our God, and when we understand God we will find out that there ought not to be anything small about us. We must have
An Enlargement of Our Conception of God,
then we will know that we have come to a place where all things are possible, for our God is an omnipotent God for impossible positions.
We are born into a family that never dies, and it is the plan of God to subdue all things that are natural to a supernatural order. Nothing about us has to be dwarfed. God comes in with His mighty power and so works in us that sin has no dominion; evil is subdued, and God's Son begins to reign on the throne of your heart, transforming that which was weak and helpless.
But there must be a revolution if we would have almighty God living in and controlling our mortal flesh. We must conclude that there is no good thing in the flesh, and then we must know that God can come in the flesh and subject it till every mighty thing can be manifested through the human order.
Now, beloved, have you come for a blessing? Turn to Hebrews, chapter 11.
The Christian life is a going-on, a non-stop, until you reach the top. If you ever stop between Calvary and the glory, it is you who blocked the way. There is no stop between Calvary and the glory except by human failure, but if you allow God to have His way, He will surely transform us, for His plan is to change us from what we are to what He intends us to be, and never to lose the ideal of His great plan for us. God wants to shake us loose and take the cobwebs away, and remove all the husks from the wheat, that we may be pure grain for God to work upon. In order to do that we must be willing to let go; as long as you hold on to the natural, you cannot take hold of divine life.
The child of God has never to be on the line of speculation but on the line of faith, with audacity to prove that God is what He has promised to be. You will not get strong in faith until you
Venture on the Impossible.
If you ask for anything six times, five is unbelief. You are not heard for your much speaking, but because you believe. If you pray round the world, you will get into a whirlwind, and spoil every meeting you get into.
Now God does not want anybody in the world, under any circumstances, to be in a place where they live on eyesight and on feelings. Faith never feels and faith never looks. Faith is an act, and faith without an act is not faith, but doubt and disgrace. Every one of you has more faith than you are using.
Now this "substance" I am speaking about cannot be looked at nor handled. God wants us to have something greater than what we can see and handle. It is declared in the Scriptures that the earth is going to be melted with fervent heat and the heavens shall depart, but the Word will remain, and this is substance. So we must know whether we are living in substance that cannot be handled or living in the temporal, for everything you can see is going to be moved, and that which you cannot see is going to remain forever.
"In Him, Of Him, Through Him, By Him!"