By Smith Wigglesworth
On a ship one day, some people said to me, “We are going to have a program. Would you be a participant in the entertainment?”
“Oh, yes, I will be in anything that is going to be helpful,” I replied, and I believe God was in it.
So they said to me, “What can you do? What place will you take in the entertainment?”
“I can sing.” I offered.
So they said to me, “Where would you like to be scheduled in the entertainment? We are going to have a dance.”
I said, “Put me just before the dance.”
That evening, I was longing for my turn to come because there had been a clergyman there trying to sing and entertain them, and it seemed so out of place. My turn came, and I sang: “If I Could Only Tell Him As I Know Him.” I sang the song, and when I finished, the people said, “You have spoiled the dance.” Well I was there for that purpose, to spoil the dance.
You see, I was in the drama of life-acting in the name of Jesus. And so that opened the door and provided me a place that I could speak all the time. The door was open in every way. Glory to God.
The next morning, a young man and his wife came to me and said, “We are in a terrible state. We are looking after a gentleman and lady in the first class; she is a great teacher of Christian Science. She has been taken seriously ill, and the doctor gives her little hope. We have told her about you, and she said she would like to see you.” I said, “All right.”
That was my opportunity. Opportunity is a wonderful thing. Opportunity is the great thing of the day. And so when I went into the lady’s first-class room, I saw that she was very sick. I said, “I am not going to speak to you about anything, not even about your sickness. I am simply going to lay my hands upon you in the name of Jesus, and the moment I do, you will be healed.” As soon as I laid my hands upon her, the fever left her, and she was perfectly healed.
However, she was terribly troubled in her mind and heart, and for three days she became worse. I knew it would have been easy to share the Bread of Life with her and to bring her into liberty, but God would not allow it. Just before she got saved, she felt that she would be lost forever. Then God saved her. Hallelujah.
She asked, “What will I do?”
I said, “What do you mean?”
“Oh,” she said, “for three years I have been preaching all over England; we live in a great house in India, and have a great house in London. I have been preaching Christian Science, and now what can I do? You know my salvation is so real. I am a new woman altogether.”
Filled with joy, she said, “Will I be able to continue smoking cigarettes?”
“Yes, smoke as many as ever you can; smoke night and day if you can.”
Then she asked, “You know we play cards – bridge and other things. Can I play?”
“Yes, play all night through; go on playing.”
And she said, “You know we have a little wine, just a little with our friends in the first-class. Should I give it up?”
“No, drink all you want.”
Later, she called a maid to her, and said, “I want you to take this telegram and stop the order for a thousand cigarettes.” She called her husband and said, “I cannot go into all these things again.”
We do not have to go down to bring Him up or down to bring Him up. He is near to you. He is in your heart. It is a living word of faith that we preach. (See Romans 10:6-8.) God wants you all to know that if you only dare to act upon the divine principle that is written there, the gates of hell will not prevail. Praise the Lord.
(From the book ‘Wigglesworth on Spirit-Filled Living‘, page 26)