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Hymns With a Message: Standing on the Promises

September 25th, 2014

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, in the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20

Russell Carter, author of this popular hymn, was an athlete, educator, rancher, preacher and physician. Here’s his condensed testimony:

From his birth in 1849 Russell was surrounded by Christian influences. His father stood for nearly 50 years in the Christian workers in Baltimore. By his father’s side, was a patient, loving wife and mother. Russell, like most young people, wandered from the truth until the age of fifteen when he made a profession of faith in Jesus.

But, like others still, he made the mistake of not forsaking his old companions and habits. Therefore, for several years he lived the up-and-down experience so familiar to the average church member. One night Russell was working at one of Dr. Moody’s meetings in Baltimore and his soul cried for deliverance and God’s unlimited promises stood out like stars above him. Yet, he wasn’t willing to pay the price.

In the summer of 1879, Russell’s chronically diseased heart resisted the remedies of his doctors and refused to heal. After spending three years on a farm in California, his health deteriorated so bad he was close to the grave.

Russell had heard of the “prayer of faith” for healing, and kneeling and putting all doubtful things aside, prayed. A quietness came over him and he found the Bible wonderfully open and marvelously satisfying as it never was before.

Russell experienced the Holy Spirit upon him and went to Boston in 1886 for special prayer and anointing though still terribly weak. He returned to Baltimore in three days, walking by faith, resumed his college work in addition to all kinds of religious work. He was healed by the promises of God! And that very year wrote Standing on the Promises.

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