“Iron sharpens iron. So, look for the kind of person that sharpens you. Beware
who you call your friend. Friendship is by choice and not by force. And friendship
is not for fun.
In the late 70’s and early 80’s, when believers met each other, their mode of
greeting was, ‘How are you, brother? Have you heard about the Welsh revival?
Did you read about Evan Roberts? I saw something in ‘Herald of His Coming’ that
just shook me. I read something about Smith Wigglesworth. Did you hear that
John Hyde stained the walls of his room with the breath of his
prayer? I read that Maria Woodworth Ether was approaching a place to preach
and fifty miles from the place where she was, people were falling under the
Those were the kinds of things we said to each other. When you heard it, it set
you ablaze. Your friend might say to you, ‘When I read that, I locked up myself for
ten hours. I did not come out’. And you look at him, ‘You said how many hours? I
will see you later!’ You just go into the room and lock yourself up: ‘What! What
am I doing with my life?’ And you go on and on.
That was how we sharpened each other in those days. Iron sharpeneth iron!
We learned of William Booth of the Salvation Army. We learned of Charles G.
Finney riding a horse through town and everyone was crying for his or her sins…
We read of D.L Moody: They said, ‘God is looking for a man to use, and he is
looking for a man that will not care who takes the glory.’ D.L. Moody, a shoe
maker, said, ‘By the grace of God, I will be that man’… When you read that, it sets
you on fire. And if you heard it from someone who read it from somewhere and
shared it with you, you would be sharpened. That was how we sharpened each
Today, it is different. When two pastors meet, you hear things like, ‘Pastor, how is
the church building? Have you finished it now? I like this neck tie of yours; where
did you buy it from? This wristwatch is powerful! Who helped you to get this car?
Can you assist me to get the car also? I like it! Your suit is powerful. Is it ready-
made or someone sewed it? Who is your barber?
I like the way you cut your hair.’ These the vanities believers discuss these days –
things of no eternal consequences. It is very rare before you can come into the
presence of a servant of God and leave edified. We rarely hear that a person went
to see a man of God, a real man of God and left there challenged, with his soul set
It is very very rare. My heart yearns for those days… A brother would read a book
that changed his life and he would share the inspiration: Have you seen Smith
Wigglesworth ‘Apostle of Faith’? You need to read it. John G. Lake’s ‘Adventure in
God’? You need to read it. Leonard Ravenhill’s ‘Why Revival Tarries’? ‘Sodom had
no Bible’? What about E.M. Bounds ‘The Power of Prayer’? Charles Spurgeons ‘His
Power in Us’? E.W Kenyon’s ‘Two Kinds of Faith’?, A.W Tozer’s ‘In Pursuit of God’?
Oswald J. Smiths ‘The Man God Uses’? Those were qualitative materials that we
advertised and used to change our lives… Who is it that is sharpening you? Who
are the people around you sharpening your life? Please, watch your company.
Some people had more fire until they entered the circle of friends they are in
today. Watch the persons you call friends. Iron sharpens iron. Nothing sharpens
iron like iron.”