Readings from Dr. John G. Lake’s Chicago sermon given in 1920:
For twenty-five years God has kept me so that sickness, nor the devil, were able to touch me, from the day that I saw in the ninety-first Psalm a man’s privilege of entering into God, not only for healing, but HEALTH, and having God and the life of God in every fiber of his being.
Scientists tell us that in a single inch of a man’s skin there are one million five hundred thousand (1,500,000) cells. They have almost doubled that statement now. But be that as it may, I want you to see that the whole structure of man’s life is one wonderful cellular structure. Your body, your brain, your bone is just one great cellular structure.
In the process of digestion it is something like this. The food we eat is reduced to vegetable lymph before it is absorbed by the body. But no scientist in the world has ever been able to satisfactorily explain what it is that changes the lymph and makes it LIFE. Something happens when it is in the body that changes it to life.
I want to tell you what grew up in my soul, and how I proved the fact. I could feel sometimes in the attitude of prayer just as you have felt hundreds of times, the impulse of the Spirit moving down through your brain and your person to the ends of your fingers…just little impulses of God’s presence in your life. And I have said, “If there was an instrument powerful enough, I believe men could see the action of the brain cells, and see what took place.”
Here is the secret of digestion. When, from the spirit of man and through the spirit of man there is being imparted to every cell of your body waves of light, waves of life, it is the movement of your spirit. Spirit impulses passing from the cortex cells of the brain to the very ends of your fingers and toes, to every cell of your body. And when they touch that vegetable lymph it is transformed into LIFE. That is common transmutation.
In the material world you can dissolve zinc and attach a wire, and transmit it to the other end of the wire. They dissolve that zinc, and the battery at the one end, and transmit the zinc to the other end of the wire, where it is deposited. How is it done? There is a process of transmutation. That is what it is called. There is change from one form to another.
My brother, you listen to me, if that is not true in the spiritual world, there is no such thing as divine LIFE. There is no such thing as salvation through the Son of God. For that which is soulish must be transformed by the Spirit of God in us, until it becomes spiritual, until it is of God.
Jesus sat with His disciples and ate with them, both bread and fish. He went to the mount and ascended before them to glory. What happened to the fish and bread that He ate? I tell you there is a transmutation. That which is natural becomes spiritual. That which was natural is changed by the power of God into the life of God, into the nature of God, into the substance of God, into the glory of God.
So when I returned to this country this time, I submitted myself for this experiment. They attached to my head a powerful instrument that could take some kind of pictures, one after another, in order to see if possible what the action of the brain cells would be. Then I repeated things that were soothing and calculated to reduce the action of the cortex cells to their lowest possible action. Then I went on into the scriptures to the better and richer things, until I came to the first chapter of John, and as I began to recite that, and the fires of God began to burn in my heart. Presently once again the Spirit of God came upon me, and the man who was at my back touched me. It was a signal to keep that poise until one after another could look through the instrument. And finally when I let go, and the Spirit subsided, they said, “Why man, we cannot understand this thing; but the cortex cells extend so that we can hardly imagine it possible to a human brain.”
Oh, I’ll tell you, when you pray, something is happening to you. It is not a myth. It is the action of God. It is scientific that the Almighty God comes into the soul, takes possession of the brain, lives in the cortex cells, and when you will or wish, either consciously or unconsciously, the fire of God, the power of God, that life of God, that nature of God, throbs through your nerves, down through your person into every cell of your being, into every million five hundred thousand cells in every square inch of your skin, and they are alive with God.
Men have treated the Gospel of Jesus Christ as though it were a sentiment and foolishness. Men who posed as being wise, have scorned the simple things that were taking place every day. But I want to tell you that no dear old mother ever knelt before the Throne of God, and raised her heart to heaven without demonstrating the finest process of the wireless of God that ever was produced.
In these days they are now able to transmit by wireless from six to seven thousand miles…and even 12,000 miles recently (1920). Once again they have been able to demonstrate that in one-tenth of a second they can transmit the first section of thought twelve thousand miles. Think of it! There is practically no such thing as time.
Beloved, the very instant your soul moves with your heart cries, that yearning of your soul, it registers in the soul of Jesus Christ, and the answer comes back.
I said to them, “Gentlemen, I want to see one more thing. You go down in your hospital and bring a man who has inflammation in the bone.” So they brought up a man with inflammation in his bone. I said, “You take your instrument, and attach it to that fellow’s leg, but you leave enough space to get my hand on his leg; you can have it attached on both sides.”
So when the thing was all ready, I put my hand on that man’s shin, and I prayed just like Mother Etter prays. No strange prayer, but the cry of my heart to God, I said, “God kill the devilish business by the power of God, let it live in him, let it move in him.”
Then I said, “Gentlemen, what is taking place?”
They replied, “Every cell responds.” All there is to it, is that the life of God comes back into the part that is afflicted, and right away the blood flows in, and the work is done.
My soul has grown tired long ago of men treating the whole subject of Christianity as though it were child’s play. We have our physical sciences, we have our psychological sciences, the action of the mind, taught in the great schools of the land, but there is something greater. One of these days there is going to be a new chair. It will be the chair of pneumatology…the science of spirit, by which men will undertake to discover the laws of God. And by the grace of God, men shall know that God is alive, and the living Spirit of God is no dream.
In my Healing Rooms at Spokane there came one day a dear woman whose name is Lamphear. She is the wife of a merchant in the city. She had fallen downstairs, causing a prolapse of the bowels and stomach. She had been an invalid for eleven years. On top of that she had become tubercular. On top of that the poor thing developed inflammatory rheumatism, until she was terribly deformed. She was going to die. The doctors said there was nothing they could do for her. They advised that she be taken to Hot Lake, Oregon, and perhaps that would do her some good. So they put her in hot baths there and she suffered just as much as ever. So they thought they would try superheated baths. They put her in water hotter than any human being had ever been in before. The result was that instead of having any healing effect, the left leg developed an abnormal growth, and it became three inches shorter than the other leg. It is a simple condition of sarcoma. The foot became an inch longer. She came away from the institution worse than when she went. She got as far as Portland. Her parents were living at The Dalles. She wanted to see her parents before she died. Her husband carried her in his arms onto the ship. As he did so, a Pentecostal missionary stepped up and said, “Dear woman, we understand now why God told us to take this boat. The Lord told us last night to take the eight o’clock boat for The Dalles.” He had called up on the telephone and found the fare was $1.80, and as that was all the money they had, they went without their breakfast so as to be able to take the boat.
As she lay crying with her suffering, they said, “When we get to The Dalles, we will pray for you.” (They were timid folks.) Eventually they reached The Dalles and went to a hotel. The two knelt to pray for her. She says as they prayed and put their hands on her knees, their hands became illuminated until they looked like the hands of Jesus, their faces looked like the face of Jesus, and she was afraid. But something happened. The pain went out of her.
Strangely, she retained the tuberculosis and the struggle for breath. The leg remained the same length. When she examined herself, she was surprised that it was not longer. She said, “Pray again that the Lord may make it the same length as the other,” but the poor missionary was staggered. He said, “Dear Sister, the pain is gone. You be satisfied and give praise to God.”
So she went on three and a half years coughing her lungs out and with her leg longer than the other. One day she came to the ealing Rooms and was ministered to by Mr. Westwood, and she felt wonderfully relieved. She said, “Mr. Westwood, I can breathe clear down into my stomach.”
He said, “What makes you limp?”
She answered, “There is a big lump on the inside of my knee.”
He said, “I’ll pray for that.”
“But,” she said, “the man told me I should be satisfied if the pain was gone.”
Mr. Westwood said, “He had not grown up in God yet.” He put his hands on that lump and prayed, and God Almighty dissolved that lump of bone, and that leg grew at the rate of one inch a day, and she wears shoes like anyone else.
There is a difference between healing and miracle. Healing is the restoration of diseased tissue, but miracle is a creative action of the Spirit of God in a man’s life. And the salvation of a soul is a divine miracle of God. Every time Christ speaks the word LIFE to a man’s heart there is a divine creative miracle of God in him, and he is a new man in Christ Jesus.