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THE WALTER WILSON STORY


Walter Lewis Wilson was an American doctor born towards the end of the 19th century. He was a faithful Christian who often hosted visiting missionaries to his church. One visitor from France didn't mince words, asking him, "Who is the Holy Spirit to you?" Wilson's answer was doctrinally correct: "One of the Persons of the Godhead ... Teacher, Guide, Third Person of the Trinity." But it was an empty and rehearsed response. His friend pushed him harder, challenging him, "You haven't answered my question." Wilson opened up: "He's nothing to me. I have no contact with him and could get along without him."


The following year, Wilson listened to a sermon at church from Romans 12 on the challenge to offer his body as a living sacrifice. The preacher called out from the pulpit, "Have you noticed that this verse doesn't tell us to whom we should give our bodies? It's not the Lord Jesus. He has his own body. It's not the Father. He remains on his throne. Another has come to earth without a body. God gives you the indescribable honour of presenting your bodies to the Holy Spirit, to be his dwelling place on earth."


Wilson was struck to the core and rushed home to seek the Lord. He fell on his face and pleaded with the Lord, "My Lord, I have treated you like a servant. When I wanted you, I called for you. Now I give you this body from my head to my feet. I give you my hands, my limbs, my eyes and lips, my brain. You may send this body to Africa, or lay it on a bed with cancer. It's your body from this moment on."


The next morning, Wilson was working in his office when two women arrived, trying to sell him advertising. He led the two women to faith in Jesus Christ. The previous night's surrender had enabled him to access new power from on high. From that day onwards, his life entered a new dimension of evangelistic fruitfulness. He went on to pioneer a church plant, a mission organisation, and a Bible college, as well as becoming a best selling author.

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