Legendary figures like John Wesley, Kenneth Hagin and Billy Graham bore the mark of a true disciple as they all place God first above everything else including their families, and they were all willing to do the will of the Father despite being constantly ridiculed, criticised and slandered.
John Wesley’s wife left him because he wrote to ladies, ministering to them. Kenneth Hagin almost lost his life because his wife complained to the Lord of his frequent absence from home.
Billy Graham’s daughter shared that her earthly father was away from home, approximately 60 percent of his children’s growing-up years.
While reorganizing my closet one day, I found a book, “The Human Spirit” written by the late Kenneth Hagin. He was one of the most influential American Pentecostal preachers who was often referred to as 'the Grand Daddy of the Word of Faith Movement.'
Diagnosed with "a deformed heart and an incurable blood disease" from birth, Hagin was partially paralyzed by age 15, confined to bed, and was told he had little time to live.
In April 1933, his heart stopped beating, and his other vital signs failed three times. In each of these instances, Hagin said he felt himself being dragged to hell. In the third instance, he prayed for Christ's help and forgiveness—and came back to life. He died at the age of 86 in 2003.
Kenneth Hagin's Testimony:
Suddenly my heart stopped beating and I fell from my chair to the floor! I became as cold as ice all over my body. I had been dead twice when I suffered with heart trouble at the age of sixteen, so I knew when death came over me this time.
They carried me to the parsonage and summoned my wife from the woman's Sunday school class. As soon as she came into the room she knelt beside my bed and wept, Ï feel this is all my fault.
Then she told me she had been complaining to the Lord about my long absence from home. She never had mentioned a word of it to me. However, she said that one day as she was washing dishes, she had heard a voice saying, I could take him away where he could never come back. 'She was startled, but dismissed it as her imagination playing tricks on her. Kneeling beside his bed she prayed this prayer of submission: 'Lord, if You will just spare my husband, I don't care how long he is gone or where he goes in Your will. I will not complain about it again.’
Then the Lord showed me where I had missed it too. When we had made a new consecration to the Lord to do His will, whatever it might be, we too can be instantly healed and made completely well.
How did I get into that predicament? Instead of listening to God and putting His Word first, I had sought the advice of various pastors. All they could give me was natural counsel. They had said, 'Your first obligation is to your family. You have small children and you should be home with them. You shouldn't be out in the field.' One preacher after another told me that; so I took their advice. I tried to do what they had suggested: to do what I wanted to do in the natural - and I nearly died.
I finally learned that a man can fulfill his obligations to his family and still obey God."
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有一天当我在重新整理我的壁橱时，我发现了一本由已故甘坚信写的“The Human Spirit”一书。他是最有影响力的美国五旬节派传教士之一，经常被称为“信仰运动运动的祖父”。
1933年4月，他的心脏停止跳动，他的其它重要器官失效了三次。在每一次经历，甘坚信说他觉得自己被拖到了地狱。在第三次的经历，他祈求基督的帮助和宽恕 - 并从死里复活。他于2003年去世，享年86岁。
我是如何陷入那困境的？我没有听从上帝，把祂的话放在第一位，而是寻求不同牧师的建议。他们所能给我的都是自然界的忠告。他们说，“你的第一个义务是你的家人。你有小孩，你应该和他们在一起。你不应该出去。”一位接一位的传教士告诉我;所以我接受了他们的建议。我试着做他们建议的事：做我在自然界想做的事情 - 我几乎死了。