Smith Wigglesworth, Man of God |
by Frederick Hoehn, copyright 2013.
Smith Wigglesworth was a precious man of God. As a young woman, my mother heard him speak in Los Angeles, California. But Wigglesworth was from England.
My mother went to be with Jesus at age 99, eight years ago.
Wigglesworth lived from about 1859 to about 1945. When Wigglesworth was about seventy, he felt that the Lord was showing him that his time was about up on earth. So Wigglesworth prayed, and asked the Lord for more time on earth, like King Hezekiah did in the Bible.
The Lord gave Wigglesworth another fifteen years, like the Lord did with Hezekiah. I heard it was within a week of exactly fifteen years more for Wigglesworth.
Wigglesworth loved the Lord since his youth. He would try every day to witness to someone and win them for Jesus. He was willing to wait for up to an hour for someone so that he could witness to them.
Later, the Lord led Wigglesworth into a healing ministry, where he would lay hands on the sick and get them healed, as in Mark chapter 16, verses 17 and 18.
Wigglesworth heard how in another town in England people were receiving the Baptism with the Holy Ghost with the speaking in unknown tongues, just like in the book of Acts, chapters 2, 10, and 19.
He went there and got it for himself.
An excellent biography about Wigglesworth is, "Smith Wigglesworth, Apostle of Faith," by Frodsham. Seems like the Publisher is Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO. I've seen it as an inexpensive paperback.
Wigglesworth won many souls to the Lord, and healed many, and cast out demons.
It was said that Wigglesworth would punch people.
He was asked why he punched people. He answered, "I don't punch people, I punch demons. I can't help it if the people get in the way."
One time, Wigglesworth punched a woman with cancer, and the cancer dropped out of her. I don't think she complained about being punched, for joy that she had gotten rid of the cancer.
When Wigglesworth was old, he came home to be told by people in the house that his wife had died. He asked, "Where is the body." They said, "Upstairs in the bedroom."
Wigglesworth went upstairs, and picked up his wife's dead body off of the bed, and stood her up against the wall, and commanded her to walk. And she walked.
And then she talked. She said, "Smith, why have you done this?"
He said, "I need you in my ministry."
She said, "My work on earth is finished," and they argued some.
Then, the Lord said to Wigglesworth, "She's mine." So, Wigglesworth let her die the second time.
What a blessing to the world to have had that man of God, Smith Wigglesworth. I'm looking forward to sharing heaven with him.
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