Introducing “The Visitation of The Spirit” – a life lived before God

Introducing: Rees Howells: Intercessor (the story of a life lived for God)

“Rees Howells was a man uniquely taught of God who found the key to prevailing prayer, became the channel of a mighty revival in Africa, was taught the principles of divine healing, and progressed even furthur in faith until world events were affected by his prayers.”

Once the Holy Spirit took possession of him in 1906, Rees Howells, a Welsh miner, was led deeply into a ministry of intercession for many situations including healing, conversions and to challenge death at home and abroad on the mission field.

The Visitation of The Spirit (excerpts from the above book) : taken from the following link: http://www.byfaith.co.uk/paulreeshowells.htm (please visit the site and read the whole article of how faith had worked!) 

From the time of special dedication on March 29, 1936, when so many of the College, both staff and students, laid their lives on the altar as intercessors, the Spirit was at work in the College.

The climax and consummation came in the New Year of 1937. The following was taken from an account made by Dr. Priddy, a senior staff member.

It was the ‘Pentecost’ of the College, from which emerged not a loosely linked company of consecrated individuals, but a body in the full sense of the term, with one life and one purpose.

‘They wept before God for hours’ As the College approached the new year of 1937 there was an increasing consciousness of God’s presence. The first outward sign that He was working in a new way was when one of the staff broke down in prayer, confessing her sense of need and crying to the Holy Spirit to meet her.

Then we heard how the Holy Ghost had so manifested Himself in the glory of His divine person to some of the girl students, that they wept before Him for hours, broken at the corruption of their own hearts revealed in the light of His holiness.

He did not come like a rushing mighty wind. But gradually the Person of the Holy Ghost filled all our thoughts, His Presence filled all the place, and His light seemed to penetrate all the hidden recesses of our heart.

The revelation of the Holy Spirit’s person was so tremendous that all our previous experience seemed as nothing.

The revelation of The Holy Spirit’s Person was so great, all our previous experience seemed as nothing.’ In the light of His purity, it was not so much sin we saw as self. These were people who left all to follow the Saviour, as far as they were aware their lives were fully surrendered to God. But He showed us, ‘There is all the difference in the world between your surrendered life in My hands and I living in your body.’

The Holy Spirit asked of us our wills and our bodies. Romans 12:1, ‘Present your bodies as a living sacrifice.’ Why did He manifest Himself to us in this way? It was made very clear. It was because there was a work to be done in the world today that only He could do. “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement” John 16:8. No wonder the Master told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they had received the ‘Promise of the Father.’

But when He had come, they were witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. We had put all on the altar for the sake of giving the Gospel to Every Creature. But now the Holy Ghost said, as Jehovah had said to Moses; “I am come down to do it.”

As the days of visitation went on, we were just prostrate at His feet. Now He had come to bring the vision to completion. Even the grounds were filled with His presence. Walking around together we suddenly became conscious that we were speaking in whispers.

‘As the visitation went on, we were just prostrate at His feet.’ The late hours came, but no-one thought of bed – for God was there. Increasingly we looked to the Holy Spirit Himself, poured out on all flesh as Joel prophesied, as the only One by whom the vision He has shown us can be fulfilled, through His prepared channels in all parts of the world.

The fire fell on the sacrifice; the Spirit had sealed for Himself a company of intercessors for Every Creature. We were baptized, as it were, by one Spirit into one body for one God-appointed purpose and this was now one of them. His visitation lasted for some three weeks in this special sense, although praise God, He came to ‘abide’ and has continued with us ever since.”

Intercession, Revival and the Bible College ———————-

About the Bible College: The founders of the Bible College dedicated their lives to be an object lesson to all, of what can be achieved by prayer and faith alone; their aim was to teach men and women that it is safe to trust God’s Word and His promises.

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