1 Corinthians 15:10
Kenneth E. Hagin
Peach Tree Story
Excerpt From: I Got No Idea – When You Find It Let Me Know!
I learned an important lesson on faith shortly after I was raised up from the bed of affliction many years ago.
I needed work; and, since this was during the depression, work was not easy to find.
I was able to get a job in a nursery helping to pull up peach trees. With another boy on the other side of the tree, together we would pull up these two-year-old trees to fill orders that had come in. This was really hard work – especially since I had been bedfast for sixteen months and at this time had been up only a few months.Every day the number of workers would be less and less, and each day someone would say to me, “Well, I didn’t think you’d make it today. You know, two or three quit yesterday.”
“If it wasn’t for the Lord I wouldn’t be here,” I would answer, “for you see, His strength is my strength. The Bible says, ‘The Lord is the strength of my life …’ My life consists of the physical as well as the spiritual, and the Lord is the strength of my life.”
If I had gone according to my feelings I wouldn’t have gotten out of bed. I acted upon the Word because I knew what faith was.
I never received any strength until I started to work.
Many people want to receive and then believe they’ve got it. It doesn’t work that way, though.
You have to believe first, and then you will receive. So I would pull myself out of bed each
morning and go to work, gaining strength as I went along trusting in God’s Word.
Although I was the weakest and skinniest one among that group of men, I was the last one to stay on the job. We may say that we know God’s Word is good, but we will never really know until we have acted on it and have reaped its results. Faith is giving substance to things hoped for.
I went to work, I acted on God’s Word. I hoped for physical strength to do the work that I knew must be done, and as I acted on God’s Word my faith gave substance to that which I hoped for.
Hope says, “I’ll have it sometime.” Faith says, “I have it now.”
I didn’t believe in trying to push something off on someone, but I did believe in witnessing for God, so when they would say these things to me, it would give me an opportunity to witness to them about the Lord.
I would say, “Well, boys, if it wasn’t for the Lord, I wouldn’t be here. You see, His strength is my strength. The Bible says, `. . . the Lord is the strength of my life . . .’ [Ps. 27:11. My life consists of the physical as well as the spiritual, `… and the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’
When I would say that, it would make some of those boys so mad that they would cuss about it.
I would just smile and say, “Praise the Lord, I’ll be here tomorrow and every other day because the Lord is my strength.” Of course, if I had gone by my feelings, I would never have gotten out of bed because I felt like staying in bed. I never felt so weak in my life; I felt like I couldn’t do anything – let alone a strenuous job like that! But I just stayed with it. I acted upon the Word because I knew what faith is. So I would say to the Father, to Jesus, to the Holy Ghost, to the devil, to myself, and to those boys if they asked me, “The Lord is my strength!” Then after I prayed and asked God for His strength and confessed that I had it, I would never get any help or strength until I actually started to work. You see, it wasn’t enough to have faith; I had to act on my faith. This is where many people miss what faith is. They want to get what they are believing God for and then believe they have received it. But actually it is the other way around. You have to believe you have your petition, and then you get it.
So we would come to work and I still wouldn’t have any strength. But every morning when we started on the first tree or sometimes the second tree, I would feel something hit me on the top of my head and it would go through my body, out the ends of my fingers and out the ends of my toes. It was the supernatural strength of the Lord, and I would work all day long under the power of that strength.Finally, one fellow who weighed two hundred and fifty pounds said, “I’ll tell you, when this old two hundred and fifty pounds is gone, there won’t be one man left in the field.”
I replied, “Why, Alton, God weighs more than two hundred and fifty pounds! When you fall out and quit, I’ll still be here.”
He cussed at me, but at 3:00 that afternoon he fell out! And it was the truth – I was the only man left. I was the weakest and the skinniest, but I was the only man left of the original bunch that started. And to show you how sufficient the Lord’s strength was, the boss wanted to hire me permanently.
So I proved God’s Word.
I proved God’s Word by Acting on It!!!!
*Hallelujah Glory To God!!
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.