Transcript of Corrie Ten Boom’s talks at 700 Club….
Corrie Ten Boom – Dutch clockmaker
…I am always amazed about the most different introductions that I have experienced over the world.
In the beginning, when I came in America, I had really to get used to the beautiful way the Americans introduced me. And sometimes it was so strong that I almost got a headache by the heat of the halo that the people made around my head. And then I didn’t know what to say, and then I found a very good illustration about a woodpecker.
Now you know, a woodpecker is used to pick with his beak against the stem of a tree. And this woodpecker did it too. The very moment that the woodpecker ticked with his beak at a tree, the lightning struck that tree and destroyed it. And the bird flew away and said to the other birds, ‘Boy, I didn’t know that there was so much power in my beak.’
Do you understand what I was saying? I’m glad that Ben didn’t give me a headache. You know, when there is a blessing tonight, it is not the power of my mouth, it is the Holy Spirit, and that’s why I’m so happy to speak here, because I know you love the Holy Spirit, you enjoy the Holy Spirit, and let us work together.
Let us listen together to what the Holy Spirit has to tell us. And when you pray in the time that I speak, then we are really a team together. And I know when you do that, then the Lord will give us a new vision on what it means to live in this time.
We have heard that the Lord Jesus has said, ‘You will have power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you.’ This afternoon, I was for the first time in such a meeting where so many people were healed where Kathryn Kuhlman was used by the Lord. And I don’t know if you had the same as I, that I was a little bit amazed that so many people fall down.
But you know, I understood something and made me very happy. Some time ago, I was in Holland, and there came a hurricane that is not so often in Holland, and it went through the woods and everywhere there was an old tree, it fell down. And when I saw these people here, I thought of the wind, of the storm, of the Holy Spirit. And people fall down through the Holy Spirit. And I know that many of them stood up with a new life, the old life had begun.
And when I understood that, I enjoyed it and I understood it a little bit better. I like to read for you Ephesians 3:14 (Living Bible): “When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall down on my knees and I pray to the Father of all the great family of God, some of them already in heaven, and some down here on earth, that out of His glorious, unlimited resources, He will give us the mighty inner strengthening of His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love, and may you be able to feel and understand as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep and how high His love really is, and to experience His love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it.”
And about this mighty inner strengthening of the Holy Spirit, I will say something. What it means that there is happening something over the whole world. What is happening here, as we are together with thousands from many countries, I do not believe that that was possible ten years ago. That is possible because God is doing a tremendous work.
Why does He do it? Why are so many thousands more who have the joy of the baptism of the Holy Spirit than times ago? I believe it is because we need a mighty inner strengthening of the Holy Spirit in this time. And the Lord is willing to give it. And I hope that you and I understand a little bit more about why God gives us this.
Is it to have such joy together and to sing in the Spirit as if it is a little bit of music from heaven? Yes, that is it. Is it to see people healed and God’s miracles go on in the heart, in the bodies of many people? Yes, that is it. Is it that the expressions on the faces here show the joy of the Lord, most of you? Yes, that is it. Because it is more.
I believe that it is that we need a power and an inner strengthening like never before because the problems of the world and the suffering around us is so terrible that there is a great work for you and me to do, to be channels of streams of living water. This not only for the joy of ourselves. The world is deadly ill and you and I are here in this world as overcomers.
Is there hope for this world? Who is it that overcomes the world? He that believes that Jesus is the Son of God. That means that you and I, when we believe that we are standing on the front line of the battle and the battle is so terrible now that it could scare you if the Lord did not give us not a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, of love and a sound mind.
What does it mean that you and I live in this world of suffering, this world of terrible sinning, a world that has gone down and down? We are ambassadors for Christ. We are representatives from heaven on this world. Like the astronauts were representatives from the world to the moon, you and I are representatives from heaven to this world and because of us, God sees this world as something good.
In Sodom, if there had been only ten righteous people, Sodom would have been saved and this world is acceptable for God because of you and me, because of the Holy Spirit and we are the dwellings of the Holy Spirit. Do you understand it? May I tell you a little example?
Betsy and I were in the concentration camp Ravensbrück because we had saved Jewish people and we were together in a room with seven hundred. It was built for two hundred, and two people started to fight. One had kicked the other out of the cot and then they started to fight and other joined and at last it was a yelling and a swearing and a terrible noise and Betsy said, ‘Corrie, let’s pray; for this is a danger.’ These people are so nervous in such a tension and when the hatred comes up, this is terrible and Betsy started to pray and she prayed and she prayed and she prayed… and it was as if a storm laid down, the noises disappeared.
It became quieter and quieter, and Betsy prayed till everything was quiet and then Betsy said, Amen. Do you see it? Do you see the situation? Do you see there a room full of people who were in a great danger because the hatred tried to keep possession of these people and there was an old woman starving, Betsy starved after some time, weak, very frail and she prayed and that woman saved the situation.
Do you understand what it is for work to do for you? Do you understand that when you pray that you are a strategic point for the Lord and for the devil, that when you pray that this world will be acceptable for God because you are His representative and not one of your prayers is lost.
Do you pray for your king, for your president? Do you pray for Golda Meir who has such a difficult time? Do you pray for the people who are in the government? There is a word that is said in the Bible, that we have to pray for those who have to reign us, and there is a great joy that we may do it, but why do you and I have now the Holy Spirit?
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