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for death and sickness that the Spirit of God had stirred within me. The very wrath of God seemed to possess my soul! These words summarized the passion that propelled the life-long ministry of John G. Lake. He spoke these words in reference to the intensity of emotion he felt as his thirty-four year old sister lay dying. He had already witnessed eight of his fifteen siblings die from illness--yet he had also witnessed the miraculous healing of his own childhood rheumatoid arthritis, as well as a sister¶s cancer and brother¶s blood disease under the ministry of John Alexander Dowie. It was already too late to take this sister who now lay dying to Dowie¶s Healing Home in Chicago, so he telegraphed Dowie with a desperate plea for prayer. Dowie telegraphed back: ³Hold on to God. I am praying. She will live.´ That simple declaration caused John Lake to wage a furious spiritual attack on the power of death ± and within the hour his sister was completely healed. It was battles such as this²at death¶s very door²that brought John G. Lake face to face with his convictions. Was he going to stand by as the enemy took yet another loved one from him, or was he going to choose to stand in the enemy¶s way? Such an opportunity again presented itself on April 28, 1898, when his wife of five years lay dying. Jennie battled for breath in her final hours when Lake finally put his foot down. He would not tolerate the enemy stealing away the mother of his children and his spiritual partner. He determined to believe God¶s Word as it was revealed to him for her healing and at 9:30 a.m. he contended for her life in prayer upon which she rose up healed, praising the Lord in a loud voice. News spread of Jennie¶s miraculous healing, and from that time on, John Lake was sought after for the power of his healing anointing. Such was the power of his anointing that he wrote about it as being like the lightning of Jesus: ³You talk about the voltage from heaven and the power of God! Why there is lightning in the soul of Jesus! The lightnings of Jesus heal men by their flash! Sin dissolves and disease flees when the power of God approaches!´ Lake would also compare the anointing of God¶s Spirit to the power of electricity. Just as men had learned the laws of electricity, Lake had discovered the laws of the Spirit. And, as God¶s ³lightning rod,´ he would rise within God¶s calling to electrify the powers of darkness and solidify the body of Christ. In 1901, at the age of thirty-one, Lake moved to Zion, Illinois, to study divine healing under John Alexander Dowie. But in 1904, when Dowie¶s increasing financial problems began to surface, Lake decided to distance himself and relocated to Chicago. When his personal investments in Zion properties left him in near financial ruin following Dowie¶s death in 1907, he bought himself a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade and over the next year was able to accumulate over $130,000 in the bank and real estate worth $90,000. This prompted the notice of top business executives who asked Lake to form a trust of the nation¶s three largest insurance companies for a guaranteed salary of $50,000 a year. He was now a top business consultant to top business executives making money on the side through hearty commissions as well. By turn-of-thecentury standards, John Lake was making a fortune. For a while he was able to juggle his great secular success and grow in his desire for God. He had learned to walk in the Spirit as he described like this: ³It became easy for me to detach myself from the course of life, so that while my hands and mind were engaged in the common
250 preachers. Lindsey later contracted deadly ptomaine poisoning. my spirit maintained its attitude of communion with God. He had established forty churches throughout the United States and Canada in which there had been so many healings that his congregations nicknamed him ³Dr. which drew thousands from around the world for ministry and healing. 1908. Oregon. He proved to local physicians that the germs would not live on his body due to the Holy Spirit alive in Him. and recruit new workers. where they founded the Spokane Healing Home and the Apostolic Church. on December 22. In faith. He attended his services nearly every night for a week and considered Lake to be a mentor. and he and Jennie sold their estate and all their belongings. revival broke out so that within weeks multitudes in from the surrounding area were saved.´ In less than a year. he was headed back to Africa in the midst of a raging plague there. the Lakes and their seven children left for Africa with only money to pay for passage on the ship. He was devastated. He provided what they needed as they were lining up to pay upon leaving the ship. Washington. he yielded to the call to full-time ministry. By January of 1908. and as a result. founder of Christ for the Nations in Dallas. Over five hundred Zulus were in attendance his first Sunday in the pulpit. a miraculous housing offer presented itself before they had even left the dock. In December of that year. they began praying for the necessary finances to take their team to Africa. Texas. He actually verified this under a microscope showing that the germs died upon contact with his body. for the Spirit of God will kill it. In April of that same year. was converted while hearing Lake preach in Portland. that no germ will ever attach itself to me. Those who witnessed the experiment stood in amazement as Lake gave glory to God explaining that: ³It is the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. Ministry success came at a price. and baptized in the Holy Spirit. Days later. they believed God for the finances necessary to gain them admittance into the country and for provision once they arrived.affairs of every day. By 1924. Before the year was out. The success astounded Lake so that he wrote: ³From the very start it was as though a spiritual cyclone had struck. and once aground. having produced 1. . Early in 1909. and 100. Lake came home to find Jennie had died from physical exhaustion and malnutrition. From that point on the Lake¶s relied on God for provision as they traveled the country ministering.´ Lake. but was totally healed once he was able to get to Lake¶s home. he returned to the States to recuperate. They immediately settled into a furnished home in Johannesburg.000 converts. healed. the Lakes left Spokane for Portland. In 1913 he married Florence Switzer with whom he had five children. Lake returned to the United States. By January of 1910. John was asked to fill in for a South African pastor who was taking a leave of absence. he had started one hundred churches.´ But by 1907. where he started another Apostolic Church and healing ministry similar to the one in Spokane. raise support. after five years of ministry in Africa. 625 congregations. Lake was known throughout America as a leading healing evangelist.´ In 1912. They settled in Spokane. In May of 1920. Gordon Lindsey. I believe that just as long as I keep my soul in contact with the living God so that His Spirit is flowing into my soul and body. He was among few who ministered to the sick and dying.
Lake went home to be with the Lord. I can see as my spirit discerns the future and reaches out to touch the heart of mankind and the desire of God. The sons of God will meet the sons of darkness and prevail. John G. after returning from a church picnic. The very lightning of God will flash through men¶s souls. . He was sixty-five years old.In 1931. and in the power of the Spirit. on Labor Day of 1935. Lake returned to Spokane at the age of sixty-one. God ultimately restored his vision after Lake had a ³talk´ with the Lord about it. in love. Sadly. in tenderness. that there is coming from heaven a new manifestation of the Holy Spirit in power. and that new manifestation will be in sweetness. beyond anything your heart or mind ever saw. He was weak with fatigue and nearly blind.
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