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One of my heroes of faith is Smith Wigglesworth, an early 20th-century healing evangelist from England.

Mr. Wigglesworth was perhaps one of the boldest men of faith ever to walk this earth. But he wasn't always that way.

Being raised in a poor family, and forced to work hard-labor jobs from the time he was six years old, Mr. Wigglesworth had no formal education and didn't learn to read until he was an adult.

He became a plumber by trade, and a successful one. But when he married a woman who was called to preach, Mr. Wigglesworth soon came face-to-face with the calling of God that was on his life as well - a calling which he did everything he could to avoid.

You see, Smith Wigglesworth was extremely introverted, and very embarrassed of his lack of education.

When he first entered public ministry with his wife, Mr. Wigglesworth was scared out of his wits just to stand on a platform and say his name. When he read scripture out loud, he would stutter and stumble through the reading. Afterward, he would say, "If anyone has anything to say, let them say it now - I'm done." Then he would walk off the platform and sit down. His wife usually ended up doing the preaching.

Nonetheless, deep in the heart of this stuttering introvert was great conviction and passion for God. Mr. Wigglesworth absolutely refused to let the sun go down without his having witnessed to and won at least one soul to Jesus each day.

So where was all that boldness for which Mr. Wigglesworth became so well known?

Well, when Mrs. Wigglesworth passed away, she left her husband after having done all she knew to do to get him to yield to the call of God on his life. But he just would not give in to it - at least, not while she was around to do the preaching. So before she died, she made an agreement with the Lord that she would go on to heaven in order to get Smith in the will of God. But even that almost didn't work.

On the day Mr. Wigglesworth's wife died, he prayed for her to be raised from the dead...and she was.

"You're not leaving me!" he told her when she came back to life. "What will I do?"

"Smith, you are going to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ!" she said. "I'm leaving now do the will of God!"

Then she laid her head down on the pillow and left.

Once she was gone, Mr. Wigglesworth repented and repented and repented and repented, and finally accepted his call.

But that was only the beginning. The real change in Smith Wigglesworth did not come until he started getting up every day at 4 a.m. to take Communion.

Like clockwork, every day he would begin the day remembering his covenant with Almighty God by taking the bread and the cup. Every day, he lived under the influence of that covenant. And every day, he became more and more bold - until, finally, he became one of the boldest men of God in history.

A Wall of Righteousness
Like Mr. Wigglesworth, as you and I continue to walk out our salvation on this earth, there are times when we mess up and sin. Even as mature believers, we step outside of God's will for our lives. When we do, our natural tendency is to run from God in shame. We want to hide from Him like Adam and Eve did when they first sinned.

Instead of hiding, though, I want to encourage you to run as fast as you can into the arms of God. We can do that because we have an Advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1). We have "... One Who will intercede for us..." the Amplified Bible says. That Advocate is Jesus.

But simply knowing that Jesus is our personal Advocate is one thing. Tapping into His ministry as Advocate is another.

That's why I want to show you a practical way we can bring Jesus - our heavenly Lawyer - into our conscious, everyday-life situations where, even if we've sinned and repented by faith, we can use some help in standing our ground where the devil's attacks of guilt and condemnation against us are concerned.

Or, maybe we haven't sinned, but we just need help in standing our ground where the temptation to sin is concerned.

In either case, each and every day you and I can build a wall that will help keep us from being overcome by the world's darkness. It's a wall that will turn away sin, guilt and condemnation. It's a wall of righteousness that will reinforce our confidence and boldness in God.

How do we build this wall? By faith, and by the Word of God.

What do we build it with? The cup and the bread.

A Wall of Remembrance
In early 1998, the Spirit of God convicted me about not taking Communion as often as I should. Certainly, I knew the benefits of taking Communion on a regular basis, and for specific situations I faced from time to time, but the Lord was telling me I needed to do it more often.

At about that time, the Lord also used a friend of mine to stir inside me this principle of building a mighty wall, between us - believers who have been made the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21) - and sin. It was a principle I had practiced over the years, but I needed fresh revelation.

The Apostle Paul, who had received great revelation concerning the Lord's Supper, wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26: The Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come.

As you and I come to the Communion table and take the bread and the cup, we are representing, signifying and proclaiming the fact of Jesus' death (v. 26 AMP).

Why is that so important?

Well, Jesus said Himself, in verse 25, "This cup is the new covenant [ratified and established] in My blood" (AMP).

Jesus' blood - His death - ratified our covenant with God. God honors that blood. In fact, when you and I sin, that blood is in the way. The blood of His Son is between Him and our sins.

But now, let's step back for a moment and take a look at that bloodline that encircles us.

Using the television as an example of something that can allow the world's darkness to enter our lives, let's say I sat down and watched a program that I knew I should not have watched. By doing so, I opened my mind and heart to ungodly images and words. I was convicted by the Spirit of God not to watch the show in the first place, yet I did anyway.

So I went to God and confessed that what I did was wrong, and I repented for having disregarded the Holy Spirit's warning.

But let's say this has been a reoccurring issue in my life, so to settle it once and for all, I get a Communion cup and some bread and set them on a table in front of the TV set.

First, I judge myself - I don't condemn myself - dead to sin (1 Cor. 11:31-32). Galatians 2:20 says, "I am crucified with [the Anointed One, Jesus]: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but [the Anointed One, and His Anointing] liveth in me...."

After I judge myself as dead to sin, I take the bread and the cup - the body of Jesus broken for me, which established a covenant before God's throne of grace...the blood of Jesus shed for me to eradicate, remit and remove all my sin - and I take those elements into my body.

Now watch this. I then purposely set those elements on the table between me and the television. It helps me to visualize what actually exists in the spiritual realm. A ratified blood covenant is between me and sin.

So there's a wall between the television and me. The blood covenant of God, in the person of Jesus, has stepped in between the television and me, which represents sin. The sin I've been delivered and cleansed from. That means, if I were to choose to sin again, I would have to cross that line. I would have to cross the bloodline.

It also means, now that I've repented, the TV program is no longer between God and me. Sin cannot remain between us. Sin - and all its guilt and condemnation - can no longer lord it over me. A wall has been built, and I'm on God's side and He's on mine, and together, we're against the sin.

A Wall of Power
The Communion table can be a powerful force in our lives. It's what made the difference in the life of Smith Wigglesworth.

Mr. Wigglesworth was not bold because he tried to be bold. His boldness came from the fact that his identity was no longer that of a poor, uneducated boy from northern England. His identity was hidden in the Anointed One, Jesus, and in His Anointing.

Once Mr. Wigglesworth began building a wall with bread and the cup, he never gave another thought to himself. He only thought about Jesus. His covenant with God was constantly on his mind, influencing everything he said and did.

You just don't show up at a funeral, as Mr. Wigglesworth once did, and drag a dead body out of its casket and command it to walk - and it come to life and walk - without having taken Communion that morning. In fact, you'd better have that bread and cup with you all day if you want that kind of boldness!

Jesus said, "Every time you do this, you remember Me."

When you and I remember Jesus, through the bread and the cup, we build a wall of righteousness. We build a wall of Jesus' righteousness that stands between us and sin. It determines what we say and do. It determines the amount of power in our lives.

If you want to see God move mightily through you, take Communion frequently, and build yourself a wall. Develop a greater sense of honor for the blood and body of Jesus. Take the bread and the cup...and remember Jesus.

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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