Smith Wigglesworth Devotional: 365 Day Devotional

Smith Wigglesworth Devotional: 365 Day Devotional
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Introduction 

January
1. God's Plan Is Best 

2. Equipped with Power 

3. Above the Ordinary 

4. Opportunity for Action 

5. Alone with God 

6. The Way to Victory 

7. The Living Word 

8. Faith's Commanding Position 

9. Testimony of Faith 

10. Victory over Difficult Circumstances 

11. Faith Based on Knowledge 

12. The Fullness of His Word 

13. Faith at Work 

14. Faith Is the Victory 

15. The Foundation of Faith 

16. Always Advancing 

17. Say Amen to Jesus 

18. A Divine Faith 

19. Trusting in God's Promises 

20. Born of God 

21. Dare to Believe! 

22. The Promise Fulfilled 

23. The Master's Touch 

24. Full of Faith and Power 

25. The Power of the Spirit 

26. God's Word Is Sure 

27. Reaching Out in Faith 

28. Love Has No Doubts 

29. Be Cleansed Today 

30. The Blessing of the Lord's Supper 

31. A Living Epistle 

February

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Excerpt: God¿s Plan Is Best

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways
higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
--Isaiah 55:9

Scripture reading: Genesis 28:10-22

Looking back on our spiritual journeys, we will see that we have held on to our own way too much of the time. When we come to the end of ourselves, God can begin to take control. The Scripture asks, "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed"? (Amos 3:3). We cannot enter into the profound truths of God until we relinquish control, for "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption." 
(I Cor. 15:50)

Jacob¿s name means "supplanter." When Jacob came to the end of his plans, God had a better plan. How slow we are to see that there is a better way.

The glory is never so wonderful as when we realize our helplessness, throw down our sword, and surrender our authority to God. Jacob was a diligent worker, and he would go through any hardship if he could have his own way. In numerous situations, he had his way; all the while, he was ignorant of how gloriously God had preserved him from calamity. 

God has a plan beyond anything that we have ever known. He has a plan for every individual life, and if we have any other plan in view, we miss the grandest plan of all. Nothing in the past is equal to the present, and nothing in the present can equal the things of tomorrow. Tomorrow should be so filled with holy expectations that we will be living flames for Him. God never intended His people to be ordinary or commonplace. His intentions were that they should be on fire for Him, conscious of His divine power, realizing the glory of the Cross that foreshadows the crown.

Jacob and his mother had a plan to secure the birthright and the blessing, but God planned the ladder and the angels. Isaac, Jacob¿s father, agreed that Jacob should go "to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel [his] mother¿s father" (Gen. 28:2). On his way there, Jacob rested his head on a stone. In his dream, he saw a "ladder. . .and its top reached to heaven" (v. 12). Above the ladder, Jacob saw God and heard Him say, "The land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants" (v. 13). He also heard God tell him, "I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you" (v. 15). What a good thing for Jacob that in the middle of carrying out his own plan, God found him at the right place. The trickery to obtain the birthright had not been the honorable thing to do, but here at Bethel, he found that God was with him.

Many things may happen in our lives, but when the veil is lifted and we see the glory of God, His tender compassion covers us all the time. How wonderful to be where God is. Jacob experienced twenty-one years of wandering, fighting, and struggling. Listen to his conversation with his wives: "Your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not allow him to hurt me" (Gen. 31:7). To his father-in-law, Jacob said,

Unless the God of my father had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away emptyhanded. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands.
(Gen. 31:42)

There is a way that God establishes. In our human planning, we may experience blessings of a kind, but we also undergo trials, hardships, and barrenness that God would have kept from us if we had followed His way. I realize through the anointing of the Holy Spirit that there is a freshness, a glow, a security in God where you can know that God is with you all the time. There is a place to reach where all that God has for us can flow through us to a needy world all the time.

Thought for today: There is a good; there is a better; but God has a best, a higher standard for us than we have yet attained. It is a better thing if it is God¿s plan and not ours.
Equipped with Power

Seek out from among you seven men of good reputation,
full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint
over this business.
--Acts 6:3

Scripture reading: Acts 6:1-10

During the time of the inauguration of the church, the disciples were pressured by many responsibilities. The practical things of life could not be attended to, and many were complaining concerning the neglect of their widows. Therefore, the disciples decided to choose seven men to do the work of caring for the needs of these widows' men who were "full of the Holy Spirit." What a divine thought. No matter what kind of work was to be done, however menial it may have been, the person chosen had to be "full of the Holy Spirit." The plan of the church was that everything, even everyday routines, must be sanctified to God, for the church had to be a Holy Spirit church. Beloved, God has never ordained anything less.

The heritage of the church is to be so equipped with power that God can lay His hand upon any member at any time to do His perfect will. There is no stopping point in the Spirit-filled life. We begin at the Cross, the place of disgrace, shame, and death, and that very death brings the power of resurrection life. Then, being filled with the Holy Spirit, we go on "from glory to glory" (II Cor. 3:18). Let us not forget that possessing the baptism in the Holy Spirit means that there must be an ever-increasing holiness. People know when the tide is flowing; they also know when it is ebbing. How the church needs divine anointing. It needs to see God¿s presence and power so evidenced that the world will recognize it. 

Thought for today: When we please God in our daily service, we will always find that everyone who is faithful in the little things, God will make ruler over much. 
(Matt. 25:21)

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Blurb: Collected from the writings and teachings of Smith Wigglesworth, these daily devotions bring you right to the heart of God. The simple yet inspiring words of this well-known evangelist offer a dynamic message for each day of the year--a message of fullness of divine power. Discover through Wigglesworth's writings how you can experience victorious living, transmit God's love and miracles to others, live in the presence of God, and much more.

 

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