"We may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low. We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone... [We] have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost."
~ A. W. Tozer
"Wise leaders should have known that the human heart cannot exist in a vacuum. If Christians are forbidden to enjoy the wine of the Spirit they will turn to the wine of the flesh....Christ died for our hearts and the Holy Spirit wants to come and satisfy them."
bio- (April 21, 1897 - May 12, 1963) was an American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor, Bible conference speaker, and spiritual mentor. For his work, he received two honorary doctorate degrees. Living a simple and non-materialistic lifestyle, he and his wife, Ada Cecelia Pfautz, never owned a car, preferring bus and train travel. Even after becoming a well-known Christian author, Tozer signed away much of his royalties to those who were in need.
"330. Holy Ghost. It appears that the Holy Spirit is the holiness or excellency and delight of God, because our communion with God, and with Christ, consists in our partaking of the Holy Ghost: 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Cor. 6:17; 1 John 3:24."
bio- (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a preacher, theologian, and missionary to Native Americans. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one of America's greatest intellectuals.
Edwards played a very critical role in shaping the First Great Awakening, and oversaw some of the first fires of revival in 1733–1735 at his church - First Church - in Northampton, Massachusetts. Edwards delivered the sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", a classic of early American literature, during another wave of revival in 1741, following George Whitefield's tour of the Thirteen Colonies. Edwards is widely known for his many books: The End For Which God Created the World; The Life of David Brainerd, which served to inspire thousands of missionaries throughout the nineteenth century; and Religious Affections, which many Reformed Evangelicals read even today.
"Let us honor the blood of Jesus Christ every moment of our lives, and we will be sweet in our souls."
"I can say, through the power of the Spirit, that wherever God can get a people that will come together in one accord and one mind in the Word of God, the baptism of the Holy Ghost will fall upon them, like as at Cornelius' house."
bio - (May 2, 1870 - September 28, 1922) was an African American minister, and an initiator of the Pentecostal religious movement. One of the progenitors of the Asuza Street Revival of 1906.
"What the soul is in our body, the Holy Spirit is in the body of Christ, which is the church."
bio - Augustine of Hippo , Latin: Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430), also known as Augustine, St. Augustine, St. Austin, St. Augoustinos, Blessed Augustine, or St. Augustine the Blessed, was Bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria). He was a Latin-speaking philosopher and theologian who lived in the Roman Africa Province. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity.
"If you want to increase in the life of God, then you must settle it in
your heart that you will not at any time resist the Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost and fire
- the fire burning up everything that would impoverish and destroy you."
"Men can grow lopsided by emphasizing the truth of divine healing.
Men can get wrong by all the time preaching on water baptism. But we never go
wrong in exalting the Lord Jesus Christ, giving Him the preeminent place and
magnifying Him as both Lord and Christ, yes, as very God of very God. As we are
filled with the Holy Spirit our one desire is to magnify Him. We need to be filled with
the Spirit to get the full revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ."
"Salvation is for all,
Healing is for all.
Baptism of the Holy Ghost is for all."
"God has never changed the order of things that first, there comes the natural, and then the spiritual. For instance, when it is on your heart to pray, you begin in the natural and your second word will probably be under the power of the Spirit. You begin and God will end. It is the same in giving forth utterances under the Spirit's power. You feel the moving of the Spirit within and you begin to speak and the Spirit of God will give forth utterance. Thousands have missed wonderful blessings because they have not had faith to move out and begin in the natural, in faith that the Lord would take them into the realm of the supernatural. When you receive the Holy Ghost you receive God's Gift, in whom are all the gifts of the Spirit."
bio: (June 8, 1859 – March 12, 1947), was a British evangelist who was important in the early history of Pentecostalism. Smith Wigglesworth was born on June 8, 1859 in Menston, Yorkshire, England, to an impoverished family. As a small child, he worked in the fields pulling turnips alongside his mother; he also worked in factories. During his childhood he was illiterate.
Nominally a Methodist, he became a born again Christian at the age of eight. His grandmother was a devout Methodist; his parents, John and Martha, were not practicing Christians although they took young Smith to Methodist and Anglican churches on regular occasions. He was confirmed by a Bishop in the Church of England, baptized by immersion in the Baptist Church and had the grounding in Bible teaching in the Plymouth Brethren while learning the plumbing trade as an apprentice from a man in the Brethren movement.
Wigglesworth married Polly Featherstone on May 2, 1882. At the time of their marriage, she was a preacher with the Salvation Army, and had come to the attention of General William Booth. They had one daughter, Alice, and four sons, Seth, Harold, Ernest and George. Polly died in 1913.
Wigglesworth learned to read after he married Polly; she taught him to read the Bible. He often stated that it was the only book he ever read, and did not permit newspapers in his home, preferring the Bible to be their only reading material.
The blood possesses its power to cleanse and to make us fit to serve the
living God by the Eternal Spirit who was in our Lord when He shed His
blood. This does not mean merely that the Holy Ghost was in the Lord
Jesus and bestowed on His person and His blood a divine worth. It is
much more than that – it indicates that the shedding of His blood was
brought about by the Eternal Spirit, and that the Spirit lived and worked
in that blood. As a result, when the blood was shed it could not decay
as a dead thing, but as a living reality it could be taken up to heaven, to
exercise its divine power from thence…
From The Power of the Blood of Christ by
"God has provided that the blood, as a vital power, automatically and ceaselessly carries on its work within us. He has so inseparably bound together the Holy Ghost and the blood that we may rely on Him to make the power of the blood ceaselessly effective in us by the power of the Spirit."
bio- (May 9, 1828 – January 18, 1917) a Dutch born, South African writer, teacher, and Christian pastor. Murray considered missions to be "the chief end of the church." He died on January 18, 1917, four months before his eighty-ninth birthday. Over the years he has influenced many, including Jessie Penn-Lewis, a key figure in the 1904-1905 Welsh Revival, a precursor to the Azusa Street Revival in 1906.
"The Blood and the Spirit are inseparable, for only through the blood can the Spirit dwell in man."
"God commands us to be filled with the Spirit, and if we are not
filled, it is because we are living beneath our privileges."
bio- Dwight Lyman Moody (February 5, 1837 - December 22, 1899), also known as D.L. Moody, was an American evangelist and publisher who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts (now Northfield Mount Hermon School), the Moody Bible Institute and Moody Publishers.
“In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”
bio - William Booth (10 April 1829 – 20 August 1912) was a British Methodist preacher who founded The Salvation Army and became its first General (1878–1912). The Christian movement with a quasi-military structure and government founded in 1865 has spread from London, England to many parts of the world and is known for being one of the largest distributors of humanitarian aid. William Booth was born in Sneinton, Nottingham, England, the only son of four surviving children born to Samuel Booth and Mary Moss.
"Will you speak in tongues when you are baptized in the Holy Ghost? Yes, you will, but you will do an awful lot more than that bless God. An awful lot more than that! You will speak with the soul of Jesus Christ. You will feel with the heart of the Son of God. Your heart will beat with a heavenly desire to bless the world, because it is the pulse of Jesus that is throbbing in your soul. And I do not believe there will be a bit of inclination in your heart to turn around another child of God and say: “You are not in my class. I am baptized with the Holy Ghost.” That is as foreign to the Spirit of the Son of God as night is from day."
bio- John Graham Lake (March 18, 1870–September 16, 1935), usually known as John G. Lake, was a businessman who became known for his ministry as a missionary, faith healer, and founder of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa. He received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1907 in the wake of the Azusa Street Revival.