What God’s General John G. Lake Regretted

March 18, 1870 John G. Lake was born. He was a leader in the Pentecostal movement that began in the early 20th century and is known as a healing evangelist, missionary and co-founder of the South African Apostolic Faith Mission.

John Lake was a successful businessman when he heard the call from the Lord. As a result, he sold his property, took his wife and 7 children, and moved to South Africa, where he served as a missionary for several years. He played a decisive role in the spread of the Pentecostal movement in South Africa. His ministry was characterized by dramatic and powerful healings that were a powerful testimony to God’s power.

After returning from Africa, Dr. Lake founded the Healing Rooms. He has over 100,000 documented healings to his credit. In fact, the Washington state government licensed him as a medical doctor despite his lack of medical training. He opened a hospital where the staff anointed the sick with oil, prayed for them and they were healed. And the hospitals became empty. In 1998 in California, Cal Pierce restored and continued this ministry. “Healing rooms” were opened in England and Scotland. They currently operate in more than 50 countries. Also working to continue John G. Lake’s work is his successor Curry Blake, who has taken over the running of John G. Lake Ministries.

Despite such outstanding accomplishments, there is one important lesson to be learned from the life of John Lake. The answer to the question “Which is more important: family or ministry?”  for him it was ministry. He failed to save the wonderful gift that God gave him. He allowed the needs of the ministry to distract him from the needs of his family, which led to the tragic death of his wife. This happened 4 months after arriving in South Africa. There are different opinions regarding her death. Some argue that she died due to exhaustion, others say that the cause of her death is not exactly clear, but the fact that the pace in the ministry was incredible is a fact. She laid down to rest during the day and did not wake up anymore. Lately, she was diligently helping the sick who were waiting for John, feeding and caring for them, not paying enough attention to herself.

Because of their father’s neglect, the children became hardened first against him and then against God. Some of them departed from the faith but not all. After Lake’s death, the ministry was taken over and continued by Lake’s daughter Gertrude and her husband Wilford.

However, John failed to fulfill the important scriptural commandment “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her” (Eph. 5:25). After the death of his wife, John returned to the United States and remarried. This was just the period when the Healing Rooms opened.

But by this point the minister had not learned his lesson. Despite the powerful fire of awakening, Lake was still an emotionally detached father to his children.

A prime example of this occurred during his active ministry period in Spokane. John noticed that one of his daughters was worried about something and he invited her to dinner to talk one-on-one. They ordered food and she began to talk about what was happening to her when her father interrupted her and exclaimed: “I know how I will finish the service!”. Then he got up and left the restaurant, leaving his daughter alone. She came home by taxi. Alone.

It is very important in your desire to serve God not to forget that the family also requires attention. And if we want our children to continue our ministry, it is necessary to show them the right example.

Electricity is God’s power in the natural world and the Holy Spirit is God’s power in the supernatural. (John Lake)

Human psychology works like this: you will believe faster if you do something than if you try to believe in order to start doing something. (John Lake)

Source: О чем сожалел Божий генерал Джон Г. Лейк | Статьи на inVictory

 

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