The Life & Power of the Spirit
This eBook explains:The way to build the character of Jesus in me and around me;How to practise the life of the Spirit of Jesus, living in me;How to release God’s power to others to help them;How to minister God’s healing virtue to the sick;The reality of being disciples of God’s power.If these truths are interesting and vital to you, then this eBook will be an invaluable resource.
Excerpt from ‘The Life and the Power of the Spirit’ by Pastor Clark Taylor
I wanted the power of God so much. It started when I had cerebral malaria for two years.Anne and I were in a traditional church then and we had not been told that Jesus heals the sick.It was not preached about. No ministers that we knew prayed for the sick. I took dreadful fits,almost every day, for about two years. I went unconscious for long periods of time, my bodygoing rigid. It was a most debilitating, horrible thing. I felt like I wasn’t even a man. I couldn’tprovide for my wife. I just felt dreadful. Fairly often I used to wish to God that I could die. Icouldn’t bear it. Then Anne and I heard about this man, Canon Jim Glennon, who was in theAnglican Church in Sydney. We heard that he prayed for the sick. We never knew Pentecostalsexisted. We didn’t know anybody prayed for the sick, but we heard he did.
Anne drove me the 500 miles to Sydney so that I could get this man to pray for me. He prayedfor me and I didn’t feel anything particularly happened, but it awakened in me a thought. I wasstaggered, because I was sitting there watching all these people going up in St AndrewsCathedral and he was actually praying for them. Many people were healed in these meetings.
He was so sincere. I was amazed that somebody with such sincerity would pray for the sick. Iwas so occupied with that, that I pretty much forgot to think about what was happening to meand I just went up and I wasn’t really involved. I was so blown away that somebody would prayfor the sick. It sounds childish now, but in those days it was a big deal that anybody would evenpray in that way.
Anne and I started to read the New Testament and in so many pages of the Gospel Jesus healedthe sick. Isn’t it incredible? I was a student Methodist minister. I had done years of BibleCollege, but I had never noticed that the sick got healed on nearly every page of the Gospel,because there was no emphasis on it. It just wasn’t taught. I knew Acts chapter 2, but I had noclue about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I’d memorized it pretty much, but I still hadn’t seenit. When a Methodist butcher told me about it, I saw it. I got hungry for it. “How shall theyhear except a preacher comes and tells them”, the Bible says. That sentence is so true.
In 1966, God instantly healed me of cerebral malaria when I was prayed for by Reverend Godfrey Williams, a Methodist minister.
There are millions in Australia, like I was, that haven’t got a clue that Jesus heals the sick.Christians work amongst thousands of them. Of those thousands, somebody, a close relativeof theirs, somewhere some day during the next six months will be sick. If you carry thehealing power of God over your life and you let it be known, without being offensive topeople, you will have an opportunity to pray for that sick person, and not just one, but manyof them. The power of Jesus will get known. That’s who you and I are - carriers of the power ofJesus.