Personal Experiences of God
Dwight L. Moody (Congregational)
"I did not like it at first, but I got to thinking it over,
At the summer school for Bible study, held at Mount Hermon, Moody addressed the boys' class and answered questions.
The subject of "Induement of Power" was before the class; the necessity of it for service was urged. Moody said, "No need to stop your work in order to wait for this induement of power, but 'do not be satisfied until you get it.
"Let it be the cry of your heart day and night... Young men, you will get this blessing when you seek it above all else. There will be no trouble about knowing when you have got it.
"We should not have to wait long for this baptism of the Spirit if we did not have to come to the end of ourselves. This sometimes is a long road.
"If God were to indue us with power when we were full of conceit we should become vain as peacocks, and there would be no living near us." Mr. Moody then
told his experience--a thing which he is not greatly given to do.
"This blessing came upon me," he said, "suddenly, like a flash of lightning. For months I had been hungering and thirsting for power in service. I had come to that point that I think I would have died if I bad not got it. I remember I was walking the streets of New York. I had no more heart in the business I was about than if I had not belonged to this world at all. Right there, on the street, the power of God seemed to coarse upon me so wonderfully that I had to ask God to stay His hand. I was filled with a sense of God's goodness, and felt as though I could take the whole world to my heart. I took the old sermon that I had preached before without any power; it was the same old truth, but there was a new power. Many were impressed and converted. This happened years after I was converted myself.
"It was in the fall of 1871. I had been very anxious to have a large Sunday-school and a large congregation, but there were few conversions. I remember I used to take a pride in having the largest congregation in Chicago on a Sunday night. Two godly women used to come and hear me. One of them came to me one night after I had preached very satisfactorily, as I thought. I fancied she was going to congratulate me on my success; but she said, `We are praying for you.' I wondered if I had made some blunder, that they talked in that way.
"Next Sunday night they were there again, evidently in prayer while I was preaching. One of them said, `We are still praying for you.' I could not understand it, and said, `Praying for me ! Why don't you pray for the people? I am all right.’ 'Ha' they said, `you are not all right; you have not got power; there is something lacking, but God can qualify you.'
I did not like it at first, but I got to thinking it over, and after a little time I began to feel a desire to have what they were praying for. They continued to pray for me, and the result was that at the end of three months God sent this blessing on me. I want to tell you this: I would not for the whole world go back to where I was before 1871. Since then I have never lost the assurance that I am walking in communion with God and I have a joy in His service that sustains me and makes it easy work. I believe I was an older man then than I am now; I have been growing younger ever since. I used to be very tired when preaching three times a week; now I can preach five times a day and never get tired at all. I have done three times the work I did before, and it gets better and better every year. It is so easy to do a thing when love prompts you. It would be better, it seems to me, to go and break stone than to take to preaching in a professional spirit."
Taken from "The Christian" -- LONDON, ENGLAND, Aug., 26, 1886.
Taken from Forty Witnesses, by Rev. S. Olin Garrison, M.A., Fountain Press, Pennsylvania.
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