John G. Lake, a Canadian had a family with illnesses. His brother was an invalid, one sibling suffered from severe bleeding. Lake’s wife had a heart disease. He brought his family to Chicago where John Alexandre Dowie and all his family members were healed. After Chicago, John had one goal in life: John wanted to bring the fulness of God to everyone person he could. It did work. He saved 1,000 000 converts. He added 625 churches and 1250 people became preachers. He was known as God’s “Apostle to Africa.” Once he came back to the States, he healed through the power of the Holy Spirit 100,000 people. John said: “Eight years passed after God revealed Jesus the healer to me. I had been practicing the ministry of healing. During that eight years every answer to prayer, every miraculous touch of God, every response of my own soul to the Spirit had created within me a more intense longing for an intimacy and a consciousness of God, like I felt the disciples of Jesus…”
Through John, the Holy Spirit healed hundreds and hundreds of people. Ten years later, he was the hungriest man. He was hungering for God.” One day, a minister asked John to visit a lady in a wheelchair. Her joints were in inflammatory rheumatism. She was like that for the last ten years. She was completely healed. That day, he heard our Father that he was baptized in the Holy Spiirit.” Interestingly enough, he was able to tell what organ was diseased. He went to hospitals, where doctors could not diagnose the illnesses of patients. John could tell which part was diseased and he was right. After all, the holy Spirit guided him.
One evening he heard the Holy Spirit say to John: “How long have you praying to cast out demons… From henceforth, thou shall cast out demons.” In April 1908, he went to South Africa. He had no means of support. However, God provided for his needs. He started fantastic Revival with miracles, deliverances. He was so happy. He was always dedicated to God. He always put our Heavenly Father first. Are you hungering for God as well?
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