It cannot be wasted on sin and selfishness. It must be given to God as "a living sacrifice" (Rom. 12:1). The strength will fail when it is devoted to the world, and sin will always bring bodily chastisement. You may expect to "prosper and be in health, even as [your] soul prospereth."
Nor is it enough for you to use this healing for yourself. You must testify of it to others. You must tell it to the world. You must be a fearless and faithful witness to the gospel of full redemption.
This is not a faith that you can hold to yourself. It is a great and solemn trust. In receiving it you must unite with others to use it for the glory of God, for a witness to the truth and for the spread of the gospel.
In taking these seven steps, let us claim and keep and consecrate this great gift of the gospel and the grace of God. And let us trust "the God of peace Himself" to "sanctify [us] completely" and to preserve our "whole spirit, soul, and body ... blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." For "He who calls [us] is faithful, who also will do it" (1 Thess. 5:23-24).
Albert Benjamin (A.B.) Simpson (1843-1919) was a Pentecostal pastor, evangelist and preacher based in New York City. He founded the Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1897 to promote world missions.
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