Dr. AB Simpson, a New York preacher, was plagued by poor health. Two nervous breakdowns and a heart condition led a well-known New York physician to tell him – at the age of thirty eight – that he would never live to be forty. The physician’s diagnosis was no surprise to Simpson. Preaching was agonizing for him; even climbing a slight elevation left him breathless.
In desperation, Simpson went to his Bible to find out what Jesus had to say about disease. He became convinced that Jesus wanted to heal him. One Friday afternoon shortly after Simpson came to this conclusion, he went for a walk in the country. Coming to a pine woods, he sat down on a log to rest and pray. He asked Christ to become his physical life until his life’s work was accomplished. He later said, “Every fiber in me was tingling with the sense of God’s presence.”
Days later, Simpson climbed a 3,000-foot mountain. He said, “When I reached the top, the world of weakness and fear was lying at my feet. From that time on I literally had a new heart.” He went on to preach 3,000 sermons in the next three years, holding as many as twenty meetings a week. He amassed an amazing volume of work before he died – at the age of 76.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me. ~ Gal 2:20