Tailor Your Message

Think of your audience first.

As Christians we are all zealous to spread the word of God. We want to share this wonderful gift with the whole world. We want everyone to benefit as we have. We want them to experience healing, deliverance, salvation. We want the Lord to work in their lives in signs, wonders and miracles as he does in ours. And we want the devil destroyed, and his works destroyed along with him.

The new birth is like the physical birth. Water, blood and spirit in proper order. When a physical baby is born, first the water breaks, then comes the blood, then the life of the baby. It is the same with the new birth, the spiritual birth. We become Christians only through the new birth. We cannot join Christianity, we must be born into it. For verily the Lord Jesus told us that except we be born again we shall in no wise see the kingdom of God.

First comes the water, the justification. As Ezekiel words it, our heart of stone is removed and we are given a heart of flesh. We are sinners, lost, strangers and foreigners, alienated from the kingdom of the Lord God. We are blind and in total darkness. Then the Lord Jesus justifies us. The Holy Spirit speaks to our heart through the revealed word of God. He is the one who reveals it to us. Someone brings us the word and the Holy Spirit makes it real, opens our eyes to the light, and witnesses to our heats that it is the absolute, unerring truth. We are convicted. We repent and get baptized in full immersion in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of our sins as we are commanded in Acts 2:38. We are now cleansed of our sin. Cleansed of ALL sin. In the eyes of God we are perfected. When he looks upon us he sees only the blood of Jesus Christ covering us. We are now guiltles for we have entered into the blood covenant of Jesus Christ.

But that is not enough. It is a start, and a good one, but we need to push out into the deep. We now need the blood applied to our life. We need to apply the blood to every aspect of our beings. The blood sanctifies us, delivers us from all evil, all iniquity, all sinfullness. It frees us and separates us from the world. It overcomes our flesh. Our flesh will remain sinfull until the rapture, but now our hearts hate the sin that we used to revel in. Sanctification makes us pure. Sanctification sets us apart for service.

Then Acts 2:39 can be fulfilled. We are filled with the Holy Spirit in the baptism of fire. Now the very God of heaven dwells inside of us. Our life is over and we live, not by our life, but by his life. We are branches grafted into the vine of Jesus Christ; his life sustains us and we bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Are we done? NO! We have only begun. We are born again, babies. Now we must grow to the adoption where the Lord God places us as sons and daughters.

When dealing with people we need to look at where they are on this path. Are they even on this path yet? We need to tailor our message to them personally. We need to be in tune with the Holy Spirit so that He can tell us what to say and when.

To the sinner we speak of sin and righteousness and the salvatin of Jesus Christ. It is very black and white and we are duty bound to keep it as straight as possible. Greyness is of the devil. It is either good, or bad. There is nothing in between. Can a river give good water and bitter water at the same time?

To the justified we speak of the deliverance and overcoming power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. We share our testimonies. We pray with them. We teach them. To the Holy we speak of the deeper spiritual things. To the Holy, the new born seed, we uncover the message of the hour. To the holy we speak of deep truths.

To the adopted, we often just let them speak to us.

May the Lord bless you.

Called Us to Glory

Subject: Church vs. Bride

 

And the Spirit of the Lord descended like a Dove
And the Spirit of the Lord descended like a Dove and remained upon him.

I have talked with many people who are put off by religion in general. I too had the same attitude towards churches and religion. Then I realized that there is a difference between the church and the bride of Christ. There is a difference between them that call themselves Christians and those who God calls Christians. I found out that the book of Acts is being replayed in the lives of real Christians all across the planet every day. When I met Jesus Christ for myself, then the book of Acts started playing out in my life too.

This sermon is for you. God gave me this scripture and opened it up to me by revelation from the Holy Spirit that I might be able to pass that same gift on to you. But as I always caution people, do not believe me, do not take my word, but go back to the scriptures and see if what I tell you is right. And if it lines up with the scriptures then accept it. Take God’s word for it. Our absolute must be the Bible.

Here I have taken my original notes that I used to preach on the subject, and edited them to make them readable. I pray that you might find them useful. As such I would like to take for a text John chapter 17 and verse 22. And for a subject on that text I would like to concentrate on the theme of the Glory of Jesus Christ and how we are called to glory. And for a subtext we will observe how the Church and the Bride are not one and the same.

John 17:22 And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.

Here we see Jesus at the end of his ministry praying openly for his followers. After reading this scripture a number of questions came to mind. I find that learning is often better served by asking the right questions, rather than just trying to find better answers to less perfect questions.

This is a very short scripture indeed but it carries an enormous message for us. It says that God gave Jesus glory. And it then says that Jesus gave out that same glory to a select group of people. Then it says he did it so that they might become one even as Jesus and God are one. This simple scripture brought up ten interrelated questions in my mind.

  1. What is Glory? Is it tangible or figurative?
  2. How did God give glory to Jesus?
  3. When was this glory given?
  4. How did He, in turn, give it away?
  5. When did He give it?
  6. Who, exactly, does He give it to?
  7. How do we qualify to get it?
  8. How do we know we have it?
  9. Can we loose it once we have it?
  10. How does this glory make us one with each other?

The answers to all ten questions are woven so tightly together that in order to properly answer one we have to answer all ten. And we will know if each answer is right because the scripture must run true; line upon line, word upon word, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little. If our doctrine gets to a point where we get stuck in a scripture then that is a sign our doctrine is completely wrong. The Bible always perfectly agrees with itself!

Paul said that if we preach anything different than what is written we are accursed, Peter said if we wrestle against any scripture we do so to our own damnation and John said if we add or take away we are given plagues and our names removed from the book of life. We must stay with the written word of God. If we get to a point where we have to explain away a scripture to make our doctrine work then that is a sign that our doctrine is wrong and we must go back and start over.

So the answers to all ten questions must all agree with each other in the scripture or we have to go back and start over. And each and every answer must run with the message as well for it is the Revealed Word of God for the Hour. The prophet told us to preach what is on the tapes. He didn’t mean to quote him like a parrot, to preach Jesus whom Branham preaches like the seven vagabond sons did in Paul’s day earning for themselves a good beating and demonic possession. He meant that if our doctrine does not line up with what is put down on the tapes and vindicated by the Holy Spirit in signs wonders and miracles, then we had better fix our doctrine because we are wrong.

So let’s, by the grace of God, get some Bible answers for these Bible questions.

Our scripture here says that Jesus got Glory and gives Glory. He gives his glory to a select, special, elect group of people. And it is the same glory that God gave to Him. So let’s start by finding out exactly what is glory?

The original word for Glory found in the Bible is the Greek word Doxa, which means Splendor, Brilliance, Awesome Light that radiates from God’s presence associated with acts of power, honour and praise. That is a pretty big definition. Today we think of glory as popularity or public notoriety but the Bible has a very different definition. There is nothing popular about it.

So what is this Splendor, this Brilliance, this Awesome Light that radiates from the presence of God that is associated with acts of power, honour and praise?

How and when did God give His glory to Jesus. What is the defining moment in scripture when God gives his glory unto the Lord Jesus Christ? He said that God gave it to him, so there must have been a time when he did not have it, a moment at which he received it, and a time in which he carried it. At the time of his speaking in John as we just read, Jesus notes that he has already received it. So we must look back in time to find where and when he got it.

Look at the life of Jesus on earth. Not much is noted about him for the first 30 years of his life. Many have speculated about him in this time and the Bible gives us just enough information to see that they are all wrong. He was not studying with mystics out east etcetera, he was living in Nazareth as a devout Jew working in Joseph`s business as would be the tradition of the time. He lived a normal life.

He had no defined ministry, to the point where the people from Nazareth didn’t think much of him. Sure he was a nice guy, and pretty smart especially about the scripture, never got in trouble as a kid, didn`t run with the bad lot, but he was just a carpenter, one of the boys, one of Joseph’s sons. He grew up down the street and played games with us as kids. There was nothing too great or spectacular about him. He was not a pretty boy either. The Bible says that there was no beauty in Jesus that men should be attracted to him. He lived as one of us, an ordinary average guy.

The people from Nazareth where he grew up and lived could not believe that He was the messiah. When He came back to them they didn’t believe. He couldn’t even work miracles there because there was no faith in the people. They could not wrap their minds around the fact that this fellow from down the street was a prophet, priest and king. He was the great I AM but his neighbors could not see it. He was the saviour of the world but his friends, those who should have known him best, were blind to it. Isaiah chapter six says that he was “Prince of peace, the councillor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father”. Here was God himself, the creator of all things, veiled in human flesh and the ones who were closest to him could not see him. That should be a humbling wake up call for us. Do we truly see Jesus Christ today? Do we see him for who he really is? Do we have the revelation of the godhead? That is a whole separate sermon, or series of semons.

So when did His ministry start? When did he lay down the carpenter’s hammer and start showing himself as the messiah?

St. John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the spirit of God descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him.

John the Baptist was the messenger of God sent to forerun the first coming of the messiah. According to the Old Testament prophet Malachi, John is the third coming, or manifestation, of the spiritual ministry of Elijah. Jesus also confirmed this in the scriptures telling his disciples such. John, God’s prophet messenger, saw a vision of the Holy Spirit of God descending from heaven and resting upon Jesus Christ. The spirit of God, the pillar of fire descended from God and rested upon Jesus Christ like a dove. And it stayed there! The Bible said it “abode” upon him. This was not a one-time transient event, God came and God stayed.

Jesus was always the Word of God manifested in flesh. He was always the only begotten Son of God. For thirty years he walked the earth as a man, but here we see God putting a seal on His son. God was putting an AMEN upon Jesus Christ for the whole world to hear. He sent his prophet ahead and prepared him to make the announcement and then vindicated Jesus Christ as the one anointed Messiah to all mankind. Here God officially says “I approve of you and of your life and of everything that you are, and in thee am I pleased to dwell” and He does it through a vindicated prophet. The glory of God, the pillar of fire, the Holy Spirit comes down from heaven like a dove and rests upon Jesus as a crown of glory for the eyes of the prophet to see.

And it stayed there!

And from that moment and that place in the desert we see the miraculous ministry of Jesus on earth began. He started His ministry AFTER he received the glory from the Father, not before. That is an important note we’ll pick up later. He had the power, wisdom, knowledge, virtue etc. but it was not until AFTER He received glory that he began his ministry. He was the only begotten of the Father. He was the great I Am. He was the Messiah. He was the word of God made flesh the whole time but he did not begin his ministry until after he received glory from God.

So we see God giving His glory, His “Doxa”: His Splendor, His Brilliance, His Awesome Light that radiates from God’s presence associated with acts of power, honour and praise unto Jesus. We see it as the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and abiding on him. All that power, all that splendor, all that brilliance, all that awesome light that radiates from God’s presence with acts of power honour and praise, veiled as a dove and resting solely on Jesus Christ glorifying Him above all that is, was or ever shall be!

The pillar of fire, the spirit of the great creator himself, the fullness of God lightened on the man of Jesus Christ for in him dwelt the fullness of the godhead bodily. Not some, not most, but ALL, the complete fullness of everything that is God was in Jesus Christ. All that God is was poured into the man Jesus. All of God’s glory is given to Jesus. All of God’s splendor is given to Jesus. All of God’ Brilliance is given to Jesus. All of Gods awesome light that radiates from God’s presence associated with acts of power, honour, and praise is given to Jesus. He was all in all. He was the complete fullness of everything that is God. He was the alpha and omega the beginning and the end, the resurrection and the life. Jesus Christ, a man of flesh and blood like you and I, was standing there dripping wet and soggy in the water of the Jordan River beside that prophet with hundreds if not thousands in attendance and the Glory of God resting on him for a testimony to all mankind. THIS IS MY SON AND IN HIM AM I PLEASED TO DWELL!

If you feel blessed now, it is only going to get better. It is so unbelievably wonderful I find myself reading it over and over.

Jesus said the Glory that you gave to me I am giving to them. Oh what a wonderful glory that is. “The glory that you gave to me I give to them”. Now we have to slow a little. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, do you realize what Jesus Christ is saying here? Do you really understand the depths of his statement? We have been splashing in the shallows long enough, let us go out into the deep now.

The glory that God gave to Jesus Christ, he in turn is giving to us.

The Doxa that God gave to Jesus, he is giving to us.

The Splendor that God gave Jesus, Jesus is giving to us.

The Brilliance that God gave Jesus, he in turn is freely giving to us.

The Awesome Light that radiates from God’s presence associated with acts of power, honour and praise that God gave Jesus is now given to us.

Did Jesus take all that Glory that we just talked about, ALL the glory of the complete fullness of all that is God and give it to his elect?  He said he did. He did not say that he gave us a piece of it, or a copy of it, but the very self same glory that Jesus Christ received when the Holy Spirit of God came down in fullness and indwelt him, he in turn has given to his earthly Bride.

Jesus said that he took the glory that God gave to him and gave it to them. Amen? Are you Bride? It is given to you!

So then we must have his splendor. We must have his Brilliance. We must have his awesome light that radiates from God’s presence associated with acts of power…honour…..and praise. We must have it because Jesus Christ said that he gave it to us.

Here is a point of contention that many have brought up through unbelief. I have had many a “scholar” and “theologian” tell me that it was just for the apostles, just for the first church age etcetera but with no scriptural backing. They did not receive the glory so they then have to explain the glory away or humbly repent and receive it. Pride will prevent them from receiving it. So let us look at that argument a moment.

Let us now look to find out who the “them” that Jesus talks about here are? Is he talking about the world in general? Is he referring to the Jews? Does Jesus mean the church? Is he speaking about the apostles only? Or maybe is he talking about the gentiles? Could it be the Catholics, or the Lutherans or the Pentecostals? Who exactly did Jesus give this glory to?

A little confusing isn’t it? If we look to the context of the prayer he was praying we can narrow it down a little.

John 17: 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which you have given me for they are thine….20 neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their words.

That helps a lot. Jesus said he would give the glory to those which shall believe on him, who are given to him of the father. So it is not for the Jews per se, and not for the gentiles per se, and certainly not for the world, for Jesus specifically said he is not praying for the world. It is for the believer. It is for those who God has chosen out of the world and given to Jesus Christ to believe on him. And not just for the apostle or the first church age because Jesus specifically said it is “for them also which shall believe on me through their words”. For the first age and for the ages to follow who believe on the words of those from the first age. It is for every single believer down through all time.

Jesus Christ has promised his glory, the same glory which he received, will be given to every believer, regardless of where or when they live. If we believe on Jesus Christ through the words written in the Bible then the promise of the glory of God is for us.

I Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.

Now we can also see that it is not random but that we are called to it by God himself. He has called us unto his eternal glory. The glory is eternal. The glory is not just for a time, not just until the next revival, not until next Sunday, not until you make your next mistake, but the glory of God that Jesus Christ gives unto those that believe on him is forever and ever, time without end, Amen.

If the glory will never fade, will never die and will last forever does that mean once we got it we can never loose it? We’ll see that a little later too. The Glory is eternal. The Holy Spirit, God is the only eternal. There is no eternal life outside of God and only God has eternal life. For us to have eternal life, God himself must be dwelling inside us. Without that indwelling we do not have eternal life.

This is another example of the Holy Scripture running true again. He has called us. We are called by God. We are called but remember many are called but few are chosen.

Now we see another topic showing up. Many are called but few are chosen. Is that what Jesus said, many are called but few are chosen? This pattern runs all through the Bible. There are two groups of believers. There is the Church, called and the Bride, both called and chosen.

Romans 8: 29 For whom He did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first born among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and who he called, them he also justified: and who he justified, them he also glorified.

The word “predestinated” will get a lot of people’s fur up. But that is the word that God uses. God knew before the first sub-atomic particle was created who would and would not receive his words. He knew how many hairs I would have and how many would be left this morning. And he wrote the names of his children in the Lamb’s book of life before the earth ever existed. Way back beyond eternity God had you in his mind. You are the expressed thought of God. Think about that for a moment. You are the desire of God’s own heart expressed for all to see. Let’s look a little closer now from a different angle.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thinks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are both called and chosen. Is there a difference between those who are called and those who are chosen? Are all who are called also chosen? Jesus said no. So then there are two distinct groups here in these scriptures. Two distinct groups, yet somehow the same group, for the scripture does not differentiate them here. How could that be?

II Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us unto glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.10 Wherefore the rather brethren, give diligence to make you calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.

Make your calling AND election sure. We can be both called AND chosen. Two groups made from one! The called out church AND the called out and chosen bride. This relates back to the parable of the ten virgins. There were ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom. They all had their lamps lit, but the bridegroom tarried, and when he finally came, only half of them were ready and the rest were left behind.

Look very carefully here and note that they were all virgins. They were all called. They were all justified. Peter says that those who don’t get chosen, the foolish virgins, “have forgotten that they were purged from their old sins”. The foolish virgins were purged by the blood of Jesus Christ. They repented and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins according to Acts 2:38. The foolish virgins were made pure and white just like the wise virgins. But only the wise virgins, only the bride is elected. She is the “elect lady”. Why is this so?

What sets the bride apart from the church? Quite the mystery isn’t it? They are both bride material as we have just seen. They are both called by God for eternal life. They are both pure. Their sins are all washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ, church and bride the same. Their names are ALL written in the Lamb’s book of life from the foundation of the world. Think about it. Both had a testimony with their lamps lit. Both believed and testified the message of the hour. The foolish virgins are message believers.

What is the difference? What sets the Wise virgins apart from the Foolish virgins? The answer is OIL! Amen? OIL! Oil always types the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Things are coming together now. The wise virgins and the foolish virgins all testified of the message and all believed the message but the wise also lived the message and were filled with the Holy Spirit. It is not enough just to be justified. It is not enough even to be sanctified. We must be glorified if we are to be the bride of Christ. Only a glorified bride will be raptured.

Paul said in Thessalonians that we are “called to the obtaining of the glory”. The obtaining or receiving of the glory, the Bride is to be called to the obtaining of the Holy Spirit. All Christians are called to it. That is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ does, it calls us to the obtaining of the glory of God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is called to it but not every Christian is chosen and elected to it. The whole church is called to it but only the bride is chosen and elect to it. And they all tried to get it. Get this point. They ALL tried to get oil. The foolish virgins just started too late and looked to the wrong source. Isn’t that what the Bible says? Look carefully, they tried to get oil. Let’s look at the scripture.

Matthew 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise GIVE US OF YOUR OIL; for our lamps have gone out. 9 But the wise answered saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Do you see it? They all tried to get oil. They knew they needed it but they realized it too late, and they went to the wrong source. They were called for it. They were virgins like the others. But they were lazy. They were lukewarm about it. They did not practice Christianity, they practiced churchianity. They looked to men for salvation for once they realized they needed oil they went to men and not to God. They look to their pastors for their absolute not to God. They were still carnal. Paul preached about it how one said they were of Apollos and another of Paul and another of Cephas. We have the same thing going on today. One of this preacher, and one of that group. It is the spirit of denominationalism. It is not of God.

They were the church. They were justified every one of them. Every one of them was water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ in full emersion. Every one of them believed the message of the hour. Every one of them recognized the Elijah visitation of their day. Every one of them believed the message of the hour. They were even sanctified most of them. But none had gone further. They were still splashing in the shallows and never truly pushed out into the deep. They were satisfied to be good, decent church going citizens.

Ephesians 1:4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

They were most certainly called and they were justified but they were not chosen, not elect, not glorified. God through foreknowledge knew all of us. By this foreknowledge he elected a chosen bride that he knew would keep pushing, keep fighting, keep knocking, keep asking and seeking until the day that he calls them home. This is the group that he elected to be his bride and he elected them out of the called out ones, out of the church.

God called two million Israelites out of Egypt through his prophet Moses. Every one of those people was a believing Israelite. Every one of them followed a vindicated prophet. Every one of them saw signs, wonders and miracles in the desert for forty years. Every one of them was baptized in the Red Sea. Every one of them ate manna in the wilderness and drank from the Rock in the desert. The Bible says so. And of the two million adults that God called through his prophet Moses, he only elected two souls, Joshua and Caleb, to enter into the Promised Land.

What a mystery this is indeed. There is a biblical mystery of glory.

Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is make manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

The mystery of glory is Jesus Christ IN you. Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Glory of God, IN you. That is what happened at Pentecost. It is not just Jesus with you. It is not just memorizing scripture. The mystery of Glory is Jesus Christ dwelling inside you. Look what Jesus said of it in John.

St. John 17: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Jesus said “I in them”. The mystery of glory is Jesus Christ literally dwelling and living inside of you. This is the mystery that was hidden for all time. It was hidden from all ages. It was hidden from all generations. This mystery of the baptism of the Holy Spirit was hidden from everyone, even the prophets. And the Bible says that this ageless mystery is now finally is made manifest to his saints. How is this mystery made manifest? It was hidden from everyone. Even Moses didn’t know it. How does God interpret his word? God interprets his word by making it come to pass, is that right? So then he must have interpreted this mystery by making it come to pass too.

Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up; with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel. 17 AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS in the last days, said God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and you young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

This is so beautiful. Slow down here and read carefully so you don’t miss it. How did Jesus Christ give us His Glory, the Glory which he received of the father? The very same way He received it. God does not change so if we got the exact same glory that Jesus received, then we must have gotten it in the exact same way that Jesus received it. If we were baptized by the Holy Spirit we must have been baptized in the exact same way that Jesus was baptized by the Holy Spirit. So where in the Bible do we see people being anointed the same way that Jesus was anointed?

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

It was the exact same glory and it manifested itself in the exact same way. I hope you see it. It is undeniable in the scriptures. In order for us to receive the Holy Spirit we must receive it in the exact same way that Jesus Christ received it or it is not the same spirit.

The Bible says that there “appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it SAT UPON EACH OF THEM”. And we read that when Jesus received the glory that “God’s spirit descended like a dove and it abode on Him”. Was it the same manifestation? Was it the Same Glory? Or was it different? It had to be the same. AMEN! EXACTLY THE SAME! JESUS CHRIST THE SAME YESTERDAY TODAY AND FOREVER!

It has to be the same or it wasn’t God. And it has to be the same today or it isn’t God. Jesus was baptized in water and then the Holy Spirit, the Glory came to Him and stayed with him. We are baptized in water in His name and His Glory will then come to us and stay with us.

Do you think you can receive the Holy Spirit by being baptized in any other way than Acts 2:38? NO! It is not possible. God has provided a way, Jesus Christ is that way and Jesus said no man can come but by him and all others who try to come any other way are THIEVES AND ROBBERS. (John 10:1 look it up when you get home). We even find that in Acts chapter 19 a group of honest believing Christians could not receive the Holy Spirit because they were not baptized in Jesus name. And we then find that as soon as they were rebaptized in the name of Jesus Christ they received the Holy Spirit.

Now we noted that Jesus didn’t begin his ministry until after he received the glory of the Father. So too did the disciples not minister before they received the glory of Jesus either. In fact they were forbidden from preaching until they were glorified. Jesus said to them to go to Jerusalem and wait. What did he tell them to wait for? Did he say to wait until you get a degree, until some university offers you a PhD? Did he tell them to wait until they were a certain age? Did he tell them to wait until they get voted in by an assembly?

Jesus said to go and wait until you are “endued with POWER from on high”! Go and wait for the Glory of God! The Holy Spirit is the power of God! Not by might, nor by strength, but by my spirit said the Lord. The Holy Spirit is the Splendor of God! It is the Brilliance of God! It is the awesome light that radiates from God associated with acts of power, honour and praise! It is the Holy Spirit that does the works, the signs wonders and miracles in our ministries. It is the Holy Spirit that heals the sick, that raises the dead, that saves and delivers, and prophesies. It is the Holy Spirit that speaks in unknown tongues and interprets tongues.

II Peter 1: 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.

The Holy Spirit is power. It is glory. Amen! It is given to us. He gave us “ALL THINGS”. How? Through knowledge of Him who called us to GLORY and virtue. Virtue, that comes up a little later too.

So now we know what the glory is. We know how Jesus got it and when he got it. We know how we are to receive it. We know how he was able to give it to us. We still have only answered half of the questions.

When is it given to us? Good question. That is a very important question. How do we qualify to receive it? That is probably even more important to ask.

We have touched on that a little. We said earlier that we must be both called and chosen, but what does that mean in practical sense. Often we find ourselves quoting a verse and not really understanding how it applies to the here and now. Do we have choices here or is God unfair? Of course we do but God knew what choices we would make before hand so that is how he was able to predestinate us. And then He reveals it to us but not to others.

Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

So God predestinates us, calls us, and reveals his word to us. He also says that this revelation is only given to the called. If we are not called then we will not know any of the secrets of the Kingdom of God. We might be religious, we might attend church every Sunday, we might even be a preacher, or a bishop or a pope even, but we will have no light to know the meaning of the scriptures. Sure we will be smart. We will even memorize the letter of the Word, but we will be in complete darkness. We will never understand the godhead, baptism, the Lord’s supper, or this topic that we are discussing here.

So how do we go about becoming qualified? Peter tells us in two separate places.

Acts 2:38 Repent every one of you and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit for the promise is unto you and to your children and to all who are afar off even as many as the Lord God shall call.

We mentioned this scripture earlier but is that it? Seems too simple doesn’t it? All we have to do is to repent and be baptized in Jesus name and we are qualified to receive the Holy Spirit? Is that all you have to do? YES! Baptism is straight forward. You get someone to completely immerse you in water and bring you back up again in the name of Jesus Christ and you are baptized according to the Word of God. Simple yes, but who is doing that today? Today if they even will immerse you, it is difficult to find a church that will baptize you in the name of Jesus Christ. They all use titles today but that is not according to the Bible and God will not accept it or count it as a baptism.

But what about repent? That is where we tend to fall down. Repent is not a one time thing. It is ongoing. It is making right what was wrong. How do we make right what is wrong in our lives? How do we sanctify ourselves? God cannot dwell in an unclean vessel. So how do we get clean? We are cleaned by the Word of God. The Bible calls it washing with the pure water of the word. Repent, fix what you broke, get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and then get sanctified for your glorification. If you stole something, pay it back. If you lied, go tell the truth.

2 Peter 1: 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge, 6 and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

What is charity? It is not giving to the poor for Paul writes though I give all I have to the poor and have not charity it profits me nothing. The original Greek word is Agapos which means the love of God. It is not human compassion that the Greeks called Phileo. This love is Holy and pure, this love is God. This love is the Holy Spirit.

It is the Glory, the Splendor, brilliance, awesome light radiating from the presence of God associated with acts of power, honour and praise. Peter said “IF ye do these things you will never fall and you will make your calling AND election sure”.

There are three that bear record on earth, water, blood and spirit. Ezekiel says I will give you a new heart, justification, and a new spirit, sanctification, and MY Spirit, Glorification. But not for all, because some are content with sanctification and some are happy with justification. But there are some that feel that extra tug in their hearts, that sense of urgency, a desperate longing to be in the presence of God. They seek out the oil now, they seek it out daily. They aren’t happy just being church, they want, they need, long to be the bride of Jesus Christ. They do not rest until they have been sealed with that Spirit of promise. And once they are sealed, they still cry out for more of God.

But what of those who don’t? What happens to the church? Where are they in and after the rapture? In the rapture, Jesus says, two will be together, one will be left and the other taken. The rapture will come and go and they will not be included. Then the tribulation strikes the earth. How about receiving glory then? Is it too late for oil, to late for glory after the rapture?

1 Thessalonians 4: 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

There are a couple of points we should note from this scripture. Here we see Paul telling us the series of events that make up what we collectively call the “rapture”. First the dead in Christ are risen. Then we which are still alive are caught up with them in the air. Then we all meet Jesus Christ in the air and remain with him forever. The point we need to see here is that if Jesus is meeting us in the air, he is no longer on the mercy seat making intercession for sins. Once Christ rises off of the mercy seat to claim his bride there will be no more mercy for any gentile anywhere on earth. If we look to Romans chapter eleven we can see that this is confirmed. Paul writes that the eyes of Israel are closed until the fulfillment of the gentiles. Once the rapture takes place, there is no more mercy for any gentile, no more salvation available. God then turns to Israel with two prophets, Moses and Elijah who will turn the hearts of 144,000 Israelites to Christ with a message that is vindicated with signs wonders and miracles. And in the book of Revelation we can read this:

Rev 22:10 And he said unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

Once Jesus gets off that mercy seat, as you are is how you stay. If you are justified you won’t be able to move forward to sanctification, if you are sanctified you won’t be able to move forward to glory. And if you are lost, there is no salvation to be found at all. The church is saved but she is saved Before the rapture. She goes through the tribulation and comes up in the white throne judgment, but her salvation came before the rapture. Don’t take my word for much, but you can believe me on this, “YOU DO NOT WANT TO GO THROUGH THE TRIBULATION!”

Now we have to examine the idea of the Church versus the Bride a little deeper. Let’s look to Abraham for an example back in the book of Genesis. Three “men” came to Abraham one day and Abraham, speaking only to the central character, called him Lord, and the other two went off to Sodom. Notice that the messenger with the message of promise, the Lord, came to Abraham but not to Lot. Lot got the message of impending judgment.

Abraham, the Bride, got a single messenger, while Lot, the church, got multiple messengers. Enoch, the bride, got the message of promise and was raptured, Noah, the church, got the message of judgment and went through the tribulation.

In each age God sent a Single messenger to the bride, and multiple to the church. One Luther and hundreds of others. One Wesley and hundreds of others. One Branham and hundreds of others. The message of the hour is not for the church. It is for the bride alone, for only the bride will receive it. The church can’t take it, she has to try to change it, to water it down or inject her own ideas into it. But the bride, she takes it as it is written, as it is spoken, and believes it and obeys it. She is justified, sanctified and glorified.

Which brings us to the question, can we lose it? Once we are sealed, once we are filled, once we receive the glory of Jesus Christ, can we loose it? This is an easy one to answer.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Can you loose it once you got it? NEVER! If you weren’t ready for it God would never have given it to you, and once he gives it to you He is making the testimony, this is my beloved son/daughter in whom I am pleased to dwell. God’s glory is eternal. God’s life is eternal. Once God puts his seal upon you, once God fills you with the Holy Spirit, once Jesus Christ gives you his glory which he received from the Father, you have it forever.

Here is the tough one. This one has baffled millions for years. This question stumps all the churches; the one question that seems almost without explanation to most people today. This is the question that is still argued about among the “message people”.

How do we know we got it? How do we know that we have the Glory? And taking it a step further, will we know? Will we know that we have the Glory and what will be the sign that we have it? Jesus said we would.

John 14: 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

So we will know. But how will we know? How do we know for sure if we got it?

Will we have some sensation? Will be speaking in unknown tongues? Will we shout, raise our hand, pass out, scream, run around? Will we believe the message? Maybe we will go hunting with the prophet? Some would almost say that. Is going to church or getting voted in as a deacon or a Sunday School teacher the sign? Is being baptized the sign or maybe taking the Lord’s supper?

What is the defining characteristic of the Holy Spirit in an individual? How did the disciples know they had it? What sign or evidence did Jesus tell them to look for? What were the disciples told to wait for when they were sent to Jerusalem? What ever they were told to wait for must be the sign or else how would they have known whether or not they had it. And since God doesn’t change, whatever was the sign to them in that day MUST be the sign now to us today.

Luke 24: 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

What were they told to wait for? What was the sign that Jesus said would be the evidence of the Holy Spirit? POWER! Wait until you get power from on high. The power was the sign, or evidence of the Holy Spirit. The power Peter spoke of:

II Peter 1: 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.

POWER! GLORY! VIRTUE! Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Do you have power? Do you have Power over your flesh. Do you have Power to believe and obey the word of God. Do you have Power to testify about the name of Jesus Christ and all that he has done for you? Do you have power to overcome sin in your life?

It is not the gifts, they are without repentance. Jesus never told them to go and wait until they had spoken in tongues. He never told them to wait for education, or a sensation, or anything else but Power and Power from on High. The power is the Glory of Jesus Christ.

And how does it make us one? Oh my. That one is easy too. We will have One mind. We will all have One spirit. When we are filled with the glory of God, the Holy Spirit, then we will all have the mind and spirit of Jesus Christ. The bride is one with the groom, life of his life, spirit of his spirit. We will be the image of Jesus Christ, the stature of the perfect man. When we have the power we will say AMEN to every word in the Bible. We will believe it, we will obey it. We will think the way God thinks.

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him, but we have the mind of Christ.

If you have the mind of Christ, and I have the mind of Christ, then we both have the same mind, the same thoughts and the same ideas. And if you have the Spirit of God in you, and I have the Spirit of God in me, then we are the same, filled with the same life. We will have the same spirit and the same mind. We will be one. We will be members one of another, members of the body of Jesus Christ. Maybe you are an eyeball and I am a little toe but we belong to the same body. We will have different jobs, and different gifts, but all our gifts will work together to make the body whole.

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

There it is in a nutshell. We are the habitation of God through the spirit. When Jesus gives us the glory that God gave him, we become citizens of the Kingdom of God, we become lively stones fitly framed together with the other saints, and we become the habitation of God himself through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

That is what we need. It is not enough to come to church. That is a good thing but it will never save you. It is not enough to be a member of a church. It is not enough to be justified. It is not enough to be sanctified. We must get glorified. We, every one of us, needs to come to the position where we receive the filling of the Holy Spirit. The only people who will be raptured off of the earth before the great tribulation where Peter tells us the very elements will melt with a fervent heat, are those who have received the glory of God, the glory of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of promise.

The justified are saved, for that is what salvation is. We are saved from sin. Justification through repentance and full emersion water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ grants us remission, or salvation, from sin. The Sanctified are saved, for we must become justified before we can become sanctified. But only the glorified are the Bride of Jesus Christ. Only the Glorified are stolen away in the twinkling of an eye. Only the Glorified dwell with Jesus one thousand years in the new Jerusalem. Only the Glorified sit with him in Judgment.

We are all on a journey. There are two paths, one is narrow and very few people will choose it. That is the path to eternal life in the Kingdom of God. It starts with accepting Jesus Christ as your saviour and getting justified. That path requires rejecting all, rejecting the world, rejecting religion, rejecting men’s ideas, rejecting unbiblical church dogmas, and following the Bible alone. The Bible must be our absolute or we are not on the narrow path. And if we leave that path, we must go back to where we left off and start over.

It is a lonely path. It is a rocky uphill constant battle. It is a call to arms, a call to war against spirits, and powers, and principalities and powers of the air. It requires the whole armour of God. But It is also the path to glory for it is a path of glory. God lights the way with the brilliance of His glory that he promised to fill you with. And he gave us a simple prescription for receiving it which we discussed earlier. It is the only way. There is a way which seems right unto man the end thereof is death. That way is the broad easy way.

It is a wide easygoing path. It is a path of popularity, a path of worldly opportunity, a path of luxury. It is the path that most “Christians” will take. Just look to Bible examples. How many did Noah have with him? Eight souls out of the billions that were alive on earth at the time. How many got raptured before the flood? Only one man, Enoch. How many of the Israelites believed Moses and actually entered the Promised Land? Only two out of two million; Joshua and Caleb. How big was Daniel’s church? He had three men Shadrah, Meshack and Abed-nego. How many followed Jesus? In the end there were only twelve and one of them was a devil.

They do not want the narrow way. They do not want to sacrifice. They do not want to be laughed at and called “holy rollers” or “Jesus Freaks” or any other of the countless names the devil will throw at you. They do not want to crucify the flesh daily. They are too proud to admit they are wrong. They cannot repent, just like Cain of old. They do not want to be put out of their churches for testifying that Jesus Christ is still the healer, or for speaking in tongues, or for simply believing every word that is written in the Bible. They want the path of ease. They want to be popular. They want to be respected and accepted by the world and by organizations of men. They want to be lifted up by men. They want the pleasures of the world but to be called holy. They have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. They call themselves Christians, they go to church, they sing and worship and pray, but inside they are a gross darkness. Cain was the same way. The end of that path is death.

But I trust that is not so of any of you who are reading this or I don’t think you would have gotten anywhere near this far without tossing the paper in the fire. You are called to glory! You are called to be the Bride of Jesus Christ. You are called to be a fellow citizen in the Kingdom of God. You are called to be the habitation of God!

Come to God’s glory today. Do not wait for tomorrow for there may not be a tomorrow. My dear brother, my sister, I am pleading with you to listen to the Word of God. Jesus Christ is pleading with you to receive him. Do not believe me for I am a man such as yourself, but take every word I have written here for you by the inspiration of the Spirit of God, and take the Word of God and search it out and pray over it and see if it isn’t the absolute truth. Wait upon God for revelation. Do not go to another man, do not go to a pastor or priest, go to the high priest that can be touched by the feeling of our infirmities. Go to Jesus Christ and wait upon him to reveal to you the truth in his Word.

Follow ever after Jesus Christ. Believe and obey only the Word of God. The Bible is the word of God in print. Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and receive forgiveness of sins, sanctification from the filth of the flesh and of the world, and receive the glory of God from Jesus Christ through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That is the new birth. Be born again of water and of blood and of spirit. And as Jesus said, except you be born again you shall never see the kingdom of God. Come and see the Kingdom of God with the fellowship of the saints. Come and walk on the streets of pure gold in the city where the Lamb is the light.

So let’s look back over the questions one last time so we get it right. I have not included every possible scripture here, but rather just enough to get the point across. There are many more. I strongly urge you to study what is here and compare it with your Bible and look for more scriptures on the topic.

I’m going to ask you for the answers now. You all know them, and I think many readers probably knew most if not all of them before today.

  1. What is Glory? Is it tangible or figurative?
  2. How did God give glory to Jesus?
  3. When was this glory given?
  4. How did He, in turn, give it to us?
  5. When did He give it to us?
  6. Who, exactly, does He give it to?
  7. How do we qualify to get it?
  8. How do we know we have it?
  9. Can we loose it once we have it?
  10. How does this glory make us one with each other?

The glory of God is for you.

Salvation is for you.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is for you.

Do not stop short but earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the Saints. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Seek, knock and ask for Jesus promised to give unto you the Spirit. I would like to finish with a brief excerpt from a book written by a precious brother who God anointed with his Holy Spirit to bring a message of salvation and hope to the Bride of Christ in these last days. His name was William Branham. I strongly recommend that you find a copy of the book (there are many, many available in print and online) and read the whole thing.

285-1 SARDISEAN.CHURCH.AGE  –  CHURCH.AGE.BOOK.CPT.7

Thus the grain of wheat that became a plant for the harvest is the record of the church. And even as not all the wheat plant is wheat seed, and as not all the plant is used in the harvest, so with the church:–all the church is not the bride, and neither is it all given eternal life, but a PART of it is gathered into the garner, and a PART of it is kept that it might enter into eternal life in the second resurrection, and PART of it which is accounted chaff is burned in the lake of fire.

Be that part that is gathered into the garner. Get your oil, get your promised glory today!

May God richly bless you with his spiritual revelation.

Spider Bite Healed

The Culprits

Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider

It happened a few years ago. We were living in Penticton, British Columbia, an area famous for nasty spiders. Both the brown recluse and the black widow are quite common there. We do not know what spider bit her. My daughter Sophia, who was 4 years old at the time, was bitten on the leg by a spider. I found out the next day.

The Bite

I measured the bite marks. The bite had a large red swollen area about 3 inches in diameter. There was a white center about one inch in diameter. And in the middle were two bright red, diamond shaped, fang marks about a quarter inch apart. That is one HUGE spider. At her age it took up the width of her leg. It was a very ugly and scary picture to see such a wound on a small child, especially when you know the damage is caused by a venom.

The Solution

Following the directions in James chapter 5 in the Bible, we prayed for her in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ as I anointed her with oil. Twenty minutes later there was no sign of the bite; it was completely gone.

Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, is the same yesterday today and forever. He does not change. He is not a respecter of persons. As such, if you come to  him according to his word as we did, then by his grace he will vindicate that word to you. Only believe, all things are possible, only believe.

Every Seed After His Kind

“Every Seed After His Kind”

Every Fruit Bearing the Original Seed

The Rain Falls on the Wheat and the Tares
The Rain Falls on the Wheat and the Tares

Genesis 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

May the Lord add his blessing to the reading of the word.

A little text this morning if it would be alright with everyone is “every seed after its kind, and every fruit bearing the original seed”. We will see, by the grace of God this morning how everything comes full circle.

When God created the universe he invoked a number of laws by which the natural universe would run. Some of these are spoken of in the Bible while others aren’t. These laws are definite, unbreakable laws. Most of us have heard of some of the basic natural laws: the law of gravity, we have the four laws of thermodynamics, we have Einstein’s law of relativity E=mc2 etc. These laws were ordained of God to run the machine of the Universe. Another one of the natural laws is the law of biological reproduction, which, as we just read, states that every seed comes after his kind. Cows produce cows and ducks produce ducks etc.

How many reading here know that everything natural is a type or metaphor for something spiritual? So we see that God ordained natural laws and spiritual laws. As the natural laws are unbreakable in the natural universe, so too are the spiritual laws unbreakable in any universe. You might say of course the spiritual law can be broken because to break the law is sin. But the law is more than a commandment, the law is a commandment PLUS a punishment. Two separate components, a commandment and a punishment. That is how Jesus fulfilled the law. He said he did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it and he fulfilled it by taking the punishment part upon himself, the commandment part is still upon us. The law remained, only now it is fulfilled.

For instance God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (commandment part) for the day you eat thereof you shall surely die (punishment part). Adam and Eve did not break the law, they transgressed it. The law remained intact for they surely did die, and they did surely die within one spiritual day; a day in heaven being as one thousand years. And not only them but there has not been one single human being in history to live for an entire day of 1000 years. The law of God, while transgressed, remains intact and unbroken to this day.

In our scripture we read how God created a set of laws of reproduction. We see that for each plant, for each herb, for each animal etc we have the law of reproduction stating that every seed is brought after his kind. As a side note notice that it says his kind not its kind signifying that the life in the seed comes from the male, or more exactly its father. We’ll see that show up later. Every seed is after its kind and every fruit bearing the original seed.

We take an apple seed this morning and plant it in some good earth. After a few days it springs up with a sprout that looks nothing like the original seed but the life from that seed is in the sprout and the sprout carries that life. Then after a while a leaf appears, then a bud springs forth, then in a few years it bears fruit. Even the fruit can look nothing like the original seed that we planted but if we look inside of the fruit we will see a seed that looks exactly like the seed you first planted years ago. The life in the new seed is the exact same life that was in the seed we originally planted.

The law of reproduction holds true. We will see that there is a spiritual side to that law that holds equally true. The spiritual law is as perfect and unfailing as the natural law.

Now the world talks of evolution. Evolution states that every seed is after a different kind. Evolution tells us that if we plant an apple seed, we will get an orange tree. Evolution tells us that every seed comes as a mutation, or a perversion of the original seed. Who is the perverter? Satan! The Devil. Evolution is not a theory, it is a lie that deifies Satan and makes him, the perverter, into the creator and father of all life on the planet. Did you realize that? Evolution is a lie, period. Evolution is from the bottomless pit. We will also come to see today how the devil uses the same lie of evolution on a spiritual level.

Matthew 7: 16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Here we see Jesus himself showing us the law of reproduction from Genesis as a spiritual law. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit. An apple tree cannot give you a pomegranate, an orange tree cannot give you a watermelon, thorns don’t give grapes and thistles cannot give figs. Why? Because the life in the tree comes from the life in the seed that was originally planted, and the life in the fruit comes from the life in the tree. Do you see it? When you plant an apple seed, you plant an apple LIFE that will grow into an apple tree, with apple leaves and apples bark and bear apples with the same seed and life you first planted. The life of the apples seed is in every cell and fiber of the apple tree. The bark of the apple tree has life from the apples seed. The leaf on the apple tree has life from the seed. If you have a growing seed in your heart the life from that seed will permeate every cell of your body, every thought of your mind, every desire of your heart.

If a corrupt seed is planted a corrupt tree must grow and a corrupt fruit must be produced. If a good seed is planted then a good tree must grow and a good fruit must be produced. If the Revealed Word of God for the hour is planted into your heart then a Godly life will grow and a Godly fruit will be produced in your life. If a perverted Word is planted in your heart then a perverted life will grow and a perverted fruit will be produced in your life. Don’t miss this part. The fruit carries the original seed. You will never cut open an apple and find an orange seed growing in there. Am I making sense to everyone? We just had a baby a couple of months ago. People ask “what did we have?”. There are only two answers they are expecting: boy or girl, not dog or cat.

This is vital so let me go over it slowly. Every seed carries life in it. If there is no life then the seed cannot grow. The life that is in the seed is special and unique to that particular seed. Remember every seed after his kind. The seed that is planted has a certain, particular, unique life in it. That life is then carried by the tree and deposited into the fruit where the original seed with that same original life is reproduced to be replanted elsewhere. So I plant one apple seed and a few years later I harvest a hundred apples, each of which has ten seeds. So I start by planting one seed and ten years later I have not only the fruit of that seed but I have that selfsame original seed with the same original, particular unique life reproduced exactly 1000 times over.

If I plant a denominational seed into your heart today, and it takes root, then a denominational life will grow, and a denominational fruit will be produced, and a denominational seed will be reproduced through you exactly like the one I planted. If I plant a Baptist seed into your hearts this morning and it takes root then your life will be a Baptist life, with Baptist fruit reproducing Baptist seed. If I plant a Catholic seed this morning, you will have a Catholic life with Catholic fruit and Catholic seed. But if I plant a Word Seed this morning, the life of the Lord God, the Holy Spirit, in that Word of God will produce a Godly life, a Godly fruit and a Godly seed in you.

It is impossible for me to plant a Baptist seed and have you to produce a Catholic life. It is equally impossible for me to plant a denominational seed of any kind and have you produce a godly life, a godly fruit, or a godly seed. The denominational churches say they are trying to produce Christians but they are not planting the right seed. How can I be an apple farmer if all I plant are broccoli seeds? If I plant broccoli seeds I will harvest broccoli. I would look pretty silly showing up at the fruit packers with a hundred bins of broccoli and telling them I got Spartans. How can a church produce born again spirit filled Christians when it is not planting the right born again spirit filled Christian seed? A denominational seed can only produce a denominational person. A Muslim seed can only produce a Muslim person. A Buddhist seed can only produce a Buddhist.  If you want to produce a Christian then you have to plant Christian seed. The only Christian seed is the Word of God!

Matthew 13: 24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

We have many seeds planted today in the world. We have many seeds planted today in the message. God is planting his seed but the devil is also planting tare seeds. A tare seed can only produce a tare. A wheat seed can only produce wheat. Be careful of what seed you are planting in your heart and in the heart of others. Be very, very careful. Do you know what seed is in you? Do you know what is growing inside you? Do you know what life you are carrying inside you right now? That life that is planted in your heart and is growing is bearing fruit that is reproducing the original seed that was planted. The seed is growing and yielding forth fruit and seed right under your nose. Your life reveals it. What do you think is happening to that reproduced seed?

This is so vital. Is everyone up to speed with what I am trying to bring? Is this making sense so far? Let us go a step deeper.

When a seed is planted it grows and carries the original life with it into the fruit where the original seed is reproduced exactly. Then that seed is spread and takes root in others and the process repeats itself. If we plant a doctrine this morning, a spiritual seed into your heart, and it takes root, it will grow and bear the fruit of that doctrine. Then the original doctrine which was the original seed will first bare the fruit of that doctrine and then come forth from you and be planted in others. Here is the critical point. The life in the seed is the spirit from which the doctrine came.

The life in the Word of God is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said “my words are spirit and life”. When you hear the Word of God and it takes root in your heart, then the life in the Word, the Holy Spirit, will lead you to produce godly fruit and that fruit will carry the original seed, which is the Word, and the life of that seed, which is the Holy Spirit to others. Without the Holy Spirit the Word is a dead letter. The life in the Word is the Holy Spirit.

Every doctrine, belief, teaching, dogma idea etc is a seed. Every seed has life. The life in the seed is the spirit from which the seed came. Remember, a word is a though expressed. So every word, every doctrine, originated with a though. That thought originated in a spirit. Any doctrine or teaching or belief that does not line up perfectly with the word of God is not of God. It did not come from the thoughts of God. If it is not of God then it cannot have the life of God in it. If it is not of God then it MUST have another life in it.

God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That commandment was a seed and the Holy Spirit was the life in that seed. The serpent came with a different seed. His seed was of the devil and had the devil’s life in it. His seed was that you will not surely die but be changed to be smart like God. The life in the devil’s seed was the devil. Eve received the seed of God then she received the seed of the serpent. She let the seed of the serpent grow in her and it bore fruit of that seed which was adultery, and then that fruit reproduced the original seed, the doctrine that the fruit was good to eat, which she then planted in Adam.

It all comes full circle. A seed is planted, it grows in the heart, it produces fruit from the life of the seed, and then that very same seed is reproduced in the fruit bearing the original life and is then replanted in another. Weeds grow way faster than wheat. How long does it take for a gossip to travel? How quickly does a denomination move grow? Look at Scientology. Look at Jehovah’s Witnesses. Look at Islam, they have about two billion followers and 99.999999999999% don’t even know they are worshipping the moon.

The devil has two methods of destroying the seed of God. We just heard of the first one, planting tare seeds to choke out the wheat. But he has another sinister plan in the works. He directly attacks the vine of God before the fruit can come. If you hack at the branch and don’t let the fruit come then you will never get the original seed reproduced and carried forth.

Matthew 13: 1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the seaside. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Notice here that the seed is being spread. The Word of God is being preached and it is being heard. Some fell by the way side and the devil rooted it up before it could spring up. The devil will sit beside you here while you are reading, or in church on Sundays, and try to take away the word out of your ears. Some might walk out of a church service and not have a clue what was spoken. Sound strange? I have witnessed it on many occasions. Next Sunday after church ask people what was preached. You will be astonished at how many cannot tell you. Can you imagine coming out of a movie theater and not being able to tell someone what the movie was about? Try it and see. There will be some there who were by the wayside and the word that was preached will be gone from them at the door.

Then if the Word does take root, Satan will try to kill it before it bears fruit. He doesn’t care if you have the letter in your mind because without the fruit you will not have a living word to give to another. Without the life and the fruit all you will have to give to another is a dead letter that will kill them. You will be a hypocrite and a stumbling block to them. How many of them have you met? The devil will use the cares of this life and persecution to keep the planted seed from growing in you to bring fruit.

Here is the thing. Once the fruit is ripe, it does not matter how much you try to destroy it, the seed remains intact. Once an apple is ripe you can smash it with a baseball bat and all you will do is spread the seeds. The devil knows he has to get to the tree before the fruits come. Remember what we read earlier that once the fruits come, then follows the harvest. Remember Stephen? His fruit was ripe and even while they were stoning him to death, that living seed spread to Saul of Tarsus. That seed took root in Saul and eventually grew to bear fruit in him and spread more seed.

Joel 1: 1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. 2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? 3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. 4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

If the devil is successful he will prevent the planted seed from bearing the fruit and reproducing the original word seed. He will send one thing after another against you. He does not want the fruit to bear because he knows once the fruit is ripe that the seed will be spread. The fruit carries and reproduces the original seed with the original life. This too is essential. Without the fruit of the spirit your doctrine will be dead. In order to reproduce a living seed you must FIRST have a living fruit.

We have many who know the Bible almost from cover to cover but they do not know the author and are not filled with the Holy Spirit. They can quote scriptures but that scripture they are quoting to you is a dead letter. Without the Holy Spirit of God, the scripture is a dead letter. Without the spirit of the Lord God in us there will be no fruit of the spirit in our lives and thus no living Word Seed, no matter how much dead letter is in there.

So what are we testifying today? Do we have the fruit to back up our testimony? It is not enough to have the letter of the Bible, we must also have the Spirit to give life that Word. Jesus told the 120 to go to the upper room and wait until they were endued with power from on high. Why did they need to wait? They had sat at the feet of Jesus for 3 ½ years listening to him preach. They had read the scriptures and seen how Jesus fulfilled them all. They witnessed all the miracles. They believed the message of their hour. Why did they need to wait? They did not have the life in them and without that life they carried a dead letter. Once the life, the Holy Spirit, came, then they had a living Word Seed in them bring forth the fruit of the spirit and reproducing a living Word Seed to others.

Romans 7: 5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Paul here speaking of the new birth and the receiving of the Holy Spirit, shows us that without the Spirit we bring forth “fruit unto death” even when following the letter of the law. The letter cannot save us, only Jesus Christ can save us. Without Jesus Christ it does not matter how much Bible we know, what church we go to, what degree or education we have, we are still very much lost. Salvation is not of knowledge, salvation is not of learning, salvation is not of wisdom, salvation is not of belonging to an organization, salvation is not of a church, salvation is not of having your name on a book, salvation is not of taking an Alpha Course, SALVATION IS OF THE LORD. And it is in the “newness of Spirit”, Paul informs us, that we are able to bring forth living fruit and living doctrine.

2 Corinthians 3: 3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit giveth life.

It is the life in the seed that determines the fruit. Without life in the seed there is no living fruit. Without life in a baby it is still born. Without the Holy Spirit a Christian is still born. Without the Holy Spirit your fruit will be barren and lifeless. We may smile a lot, we may have that smarmy falsetto voice that they seem to have, we may know all the catch phrases and be able to quote scripture and the prophet like a parrot, we may even have the fake Kentucky accent, but without the Holy Spirit we are still born and our fruit will be dead and barren and rotten and lifeless. We may even live what others would call a perfect, moral, righteous life. The rich ruler did and he was dead on his feet. Without the living seed growing by the life of the Holy Spirit in that seed we will be walking open graves.

That is what is wrong with the Christian world today. That is what is wrong with the message ranks today. As it was in Jesus’ day, so too is it today. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. Well the devil don’t change either. The church today is the same as the church of yesterday, only a little bit worse. The preachers of today are no different from the preachers of yesterday.

Matthew 23: 1 Then spoke Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. 13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

You cannot plant any other seed than that which is within you. If you have a denominational seed growing in you then you can only produce another denominational person. If you have a worldly seed in you then you can only produce another worldly person. In order to plant the seed of God in another heart you must first have that seed of God in you, living and bearing fruit. The Pharisees had Pharisee seed and thus could only produce more Pharisees. Presbyterians have Presbyterian seed, Pentecostals have Pentecostal seed, Catholics have catholic seed.

They had the letter, they read from it every Sabbath in the synagogue but they did not have the spirit of Christ in them, and Jesus said that all they were able to produce was “twofold more children of hell”. What do we produce? What seed are we planting? What seed is within us? What fruit are we bearing? What life is in us?

There were two men a long time ago. They were closely related and had business dealings with each other. As time went on they separated from one another, one went to the city to try his hand there at politics and the other stayed in a rural environment and maintained an agricultural business. Both were successful in their business endeavors. They were both religious and righteous men and both believed very strongly in God.

But there was a difference between them. One had a different spirit from the other. He had a different seed growing in him by a different life. They had the same word and the same doctrine, but a different seed. While they would both have been called Christians today, one man had fruit that bore witness to his testimony and the other did not. The one man seemed quite pious and in fact was even visited by two angels. These two angels informed this man, that his beloved city was going to be destroyed and that everyone should flee. So he, a righteous man, caring dearly for his friends and family, ran quickly to his relatives to testify of the things of the Lord. He went to plant a seed but all he had was a dead letter.

Genesis 19: 12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. 14 And Lot went out, and spoke unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

He was mocked. He surely had the Word of God. He came speaking the truth of the letter of the word to them. He had what could be in that day be called the Bible and he preached to them out of that word of God. He had no Spirit of God, so there was no life in the seed he was trying to plant. He had no fruit so his testimony was dead. All he could bring to them was the dead letter. That letter killed because those men now were responsible for the truth which they heard and rejected.

The second man’s name was Abraham. Abraham had the fruit of the Spirit and the seed he planted was alive with the life of God.

Everything comes full circle. You start with a seed, you plant that seed and it grows into a tree, the tree although seemingly different from the seed carries the life of the seed to the tips of its branches where it bears fruit that reproduce the original seed with the original life in it.

We plant a word seed, that seed produces a Christian walk and carries the life of the seed, which is the Holy Spirit to bear out in the fruit of the spirit in that person. That fruit reproduces the original Word Seed with the original life of the Holy Spirit and sows that seed to others.

There is a serpent’s seed and there is a seed of God. Both seeds were planted in Eden. Both seeds are alive and well today. Both seeds are producing fruit. Whatever seed is in you will bear its fruit in due season. Whatever seed is in you will be reproduced in the fruit of your life. You can do all sorts of things to a plant but it will not change the fact that the seed that is produced in the fruit is the exact same seed that was planted in the ground in the first place. Beat the apple tree all you want, dress it up, glue orange bark on it, even paint its fruit orange, the fruit will still be apples in the end. The seed in the fruit will be apple seeds and will carry apple life. That is the law of reproduction.

Take a serpent’s seed, educate him, get him all learned up in the scriptures and you will just have another Cain. Take a seed of God, drag him or her through the filth and corruption of the world, lead him into sin and unrighteousness, hook him on drugs or alcohol, and in the end God finds him, God will clean him off and he will bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Remember what we read in Joel about how the devil was attacking the vine. He used, a locust, and a palmerworm etc and chewed the word of God down to a nub. We saw that prophecy coming to pass throughout the dark ages where the Catholic Church beat down the Christians to the point where it was a capital offense for anyone even to read the Bible. But the life in that seed was not killed. The life in that seed was not changed. The life and the seed remained.

God sent Luther, the first of the reformers and the stalk began to grow again, not looking exactly like the original seed but carrying the life of that seed forth. He brought us the simple message of Justification. “The just shall live by faith”. The stalk grew with the life of the seed. Then God sent forth a man named John Wesley. He added onto Luther’s message of justification with the message of sanctification. It still did not look exactly like the original planted seed but it carried the life of the seed a little further along and brought it a little closer to the seed. The stalk now had leaves and the life in those leaves was the very same Holy Spirit that was in the original seed.

Then it came time for the fruit. A bud formed one day at the end of the tallest, leafiest branch. At a little mission on Azusa Street in California about a hundred years ago, God started to restore the gifts of the Holy Spirit in signs, wonders and miracles. There were healings. There were prophesies. There were tongue and interpretation messages. The fruit was bearing and ripening. The church after nearly 2000 years finally began to resemble the book of Acts again. It was looking a lot more like the original seed now than ever before and many people thought it indeed was the original seed.

But it was not the seed, it was the fruit of wheat. They did not look at the season. They forgot to look at the world’s timeclock. They forget to look to at Israel. Israel was not a nation yet so it was too soon for the seed to come. The shuck merely protects the seed that is within it and bears the life of the original seed forward to the reproduced seed.

It looked like the seed, it carried the life of the seed, but it was not and is not the original seed. At ripening the Seed will pull away from the shuck. Don’t miss this! Millions have missed it and are missing it today. Remember the seed comes at the harvest. Jesus told us that once the seed is ripe the harvest comes. The two look very much alike but only one is a living seed. The gifts are not the seed. The Word is the seed and the gifts are the fruit of the Word. The Pentecostal Revival was the fruit carrying the life to the seed, and the message of the hour is the Original Word Seed Reproduced in our day for it is the entire Word of God revealed and vindicated by God.

The only seed that we can plant that will produce a born again spirit filled Christian is this blessed revealed word of God in its entirety. Add anything to it and you poison the life out of it. Take even one word from it and you bleed the life out of it. Any change or alteration of any kind to this word, this Holy Bible, is a perversion. Perversion is of the devil. This Word of God with the life of the revelation of the Holy Spirit is the only Original Word Seed.

The Bible says we are redeemed. To be redeemed is to be brought back to the original state. We come full circle. The Word comes full circle. The Seed comes full circle. The Bible comes full circle. Man comes full circle. Jesus when questioned always pointed back to the beginning. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. The message of the hour is nothing new; it is a very old message indeed for it is the Original message. It is the original Word of God.

What seed is in us this morning? What seed are we planting in our hearts? What do we listen to, what do we watch, what do we read? Every thought is a seed. Every word we hear is a seed. Search through the garden of your heart and see what seeds are there. What is your fruit? Are you a Lot or an Abraham? The fruit of your life will show you what life is in you. The life that is in you comes from the seed that is in you and it will reproduce itself in you.

What seed is in your heart this morning? Plant the seed of God. Plant the Original Word Seed in your heart, water it, fertilize it, bear the fruits of it and reproduce it so that you can sow that seed to others. What is your fruit? What is my fruit? Remember every seed after its kind and every fruit bears the life of the seed. If you have a Baptist seed you will have Baptist fruit and reproduce more Baptist seed. If you have Pentecostal seed you will bear Pentecostal fruit and reproduce and sow Pentecostal seed to others. If you have a religious seed then you will bear religious fruit and reproduce and sow religious seed. But if you have the Original Word Seed, then and only then will you bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit and reproduce and sow Original Word Seed to others. You must be born again!

This is what it boils down to. Some people might not like to hear it but I have to tell you the truth. I am not trying to offend anyone so don’t take this personal. You don’t have to agree with me, just agree with this Bible. You have to be rapture ready and it is my job to help you get to that condition. To be rapture ready we must know, and understand, and apply this to our lives. The Holy Spirit is only in the Original Word Seed. Nowhere and nothing else will do. Jesus said “my words are spirit and life”. Only his unadulterated revealed word of God for the hour has the life of the Holy Spirit in it.

Every other doctrine, every other tradition, every other dogma, every other religion, every other philosophy, every catechism, every apostles creed, no matter how logical, how sweet, how wonderful it sounds or who spoke it, if it is not the Revealed Word of God, if it is not perfectly scriptural, it has a demonic life in it. That’s a hard word for some but it is the absolute truth.

That is why Jesus warned the Pharisees as he did, telling them that because they were not planting the correct seed, they were producing twofold children of hell. If we plant any other seed than this blessed revealed Word of God, then we are planting a perverted, demonic seed and turning people into twofold children of hell. A demonic seed can only produce demonic fruit. A demonic seed can only produce more demonic seed.

Every seed after HIS kind. Do you see it now? The seed of God is God’s word and it is after God’s kind for God is its father. God is the father of Jesus Christ who is the Word of God. A demonic seed is of the devil and is after the devil’s kind. Jesus said that the devil was the father of all lies. That demonic seed he planted in Eden is still bearing fruit and reproducing itself today. Eat of that fruit and you shall surely die. It is beautiful. It is tasty. It is logical. It is sweet. It makes sense. It is demonic and it will kill you body, mind and soul. It is a perversion of the original seed. You can’t mix it and you can’t hybrid it. That is spiritual evolution and it is of the devil. Every seed after his kind. The Catholic Church hybridized it with paganism and produced a corrupt perverse seed that brings death. They murdered 68,000,000 Christians with it. It is a pattern that is in place today. The devil will take the original word seed and corrupt and pervert it with his ideas, his philosophy, his psychology, his logic and produce a perverted tare seed. Have nothing to do with it. Touch not, taste not, handle not.

Let’s get to the Word. Let’s plant the seed of God in our hearts. Let’s water that seed. Let’s fertilize that seed. Let’s bear the fruit of that seed. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit, the life in that seed, to bear its fruit and reproduce that seed in us to sow to others. Let’s allow the Seed of God to be reproduced in us.

So when you meet someone on the street and they talk with you, remember the spirit in that person is trying to plant a seed in your heart with every word they speak. And remember too that your spirit is doing the same to them. When you watch a movie, hear a song, listen to a conversation, read a book or magazine, the spirit in the author of those words is attempting to plant a seed in your heart with every word. Every word. So be careful of what you expose yourself too. You don’t notice the dandelion seed in your lawn until the flower pops up. You may not notice the seed planted in your heart until you start to see the fruit of it in your life. Pay attention to your fruit. If there is a seed growing in there that should not be there, a weed in your heart, your life will reveal it. Watch your life. And you cannot simply cut the head off of a weed, you have to dig it out from the roots. Search your lives and dig out those weeds. And plant God Seed instead, both in yourself, in your family, and in all those around you.

May the Lord richly bless you.

 

 

Treasures in Heaven

Great Possessions

Treasures in Heaven

Today’s message is a little meaty. I am not trying to be rough, but the truth must be spoken. I pray you are blessed by God’s holy word.

Matthew 19: 16 And behold, one came and said unto him, Good master, what good thing shall I do. That I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, if thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

May God add His blessing to the reading of the Word.

Seek Treasures in Heaven
Seek First Treasures in Heaven

Great possessions. This man had great possessions. Possessions that were far too great for him to relinquish. He had possessions that were of more value to him than eternal life. He wanted eternal life, but when he realized the cost he could not bear it. He was not an unbeliever either. It sounds insane on the surface and it also sounds like a rare occasion, but we will see that it is very, very common indeed.

So here is a man living what we would consider a perfect life and holy life. He kept all the commandments. He lived a life of perfect works. Yet with this perfect life he still could not enter into the kingdom of God. His possessions got in his way. There were things in his earthly life that he valued more than eternal life. There are many different kinds of possessions.

2 Corinthians 7: 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Cleanse ourselves from the filthiness of the flesh AND of the spirit. We hear about the filthiness of the flesh but not too often about the filthiness of the spirit. The two can be related but they can also be separate too. Here is a little example of the connection of the flesh to the spirit. The prophet Elisha had a helper name Gehazi. The Syrian Naaman had leprosy and came to the prophet for help. Elisha gave him instructions of dunking himself seven times in the Jordan River to be cleansed. When Naaman was cured of his leprosy he came back to the prophet and offered him a substantial sum for the help. The prophet refused and Naaman left. Gehazi secretly chased after Naaman and asked for some of the loot. He got it and hid it and went back to Elisha and pretended as though nothing happened. Elisha questioned him offering him a chance to confess and be free but he lied to the prophet, thereby lying to God and then Elisha spoke.

 

2 Kings 5: 26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen and menservants, and maidservants? 27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

With the earthly treasures came the plague. Today with the earthly treasures come the plagues as well. Money? A great tool, but if that money gets hold of you and becomes your treasure, then you become its slave and receive the plagues of money with it. Plagues like worry, which leads to heart disease and cancer. But money is only one treasure among many. And each physical treasure comes with its own spiritual side.

There are other more elusive treasures. Babylonian garments. Wedges of silver. Do we have any in our camp? We have many more than you would think. Things of the world have slipped into the message ranks, into Christian homes and Christian lives. Some are small and illusive while others just baffle the mind. Did you know that there are “message people” who have Christmas trees? For those of you who do not understand why this is bad, here is the scripture for it.

Jeremiah 10: 1 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaks unto you, Oh house of Israel. 2 Thus Saith the Lord, Learn no the way of the heather, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

Thus saith the Lord. No interpretation needed here but they do it anyway. I hope nobody reading here does it, and if you do, now you know better. Never, ever have one of those heathen idols in your house ever again. And certainly never in the church. The Bible makes no bones about it. It says if you have a Christmas tree you are a heathen! Period. I don’t care how many tapes you have, how long your skirt is or where you have the zipper, the Bible says that if you put up those Christmas decorations you are a heathen. That is not me, that is “thus saith the Lord”. And these people will not relinquish their possession, their Xmas trees and lights in favour of eternal life. Just like the rich man, they believe, yet refuse to obey. How about you and I?

Babylonian garments aren’t just clothing, they include all the things of the world that go contrary to the Bible and contrary to the message. Did you know that prophet told us that the only woman in the Bible who wore make-up was Jezebel? There are some “in the message” who think that if makeup isn’t a bright colour or if it has a different name on the label then it is not make-up. They wear lip gloss, clear nail polish, cover-up etc. There are Pentecostals who know better. The prophet raged against that thing for decades and people are still wearing it. If you won’t take my word for it and you won’t take the prophet’s word for it, here is what the Bible said.

1 Timothy 2: 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

How can a woman profess godliness while looking like Jezebel? How much makeup is too much? Is a little OK? Would it have been OK for Israel to just bow one knee to Baal? Can both sweet and bitter water come out of the same well? And why dress up with make-up anyway? A woman does not put on makeup to go out to meet God, she does it to go out to meet men. So there it is in a nutshell and I don’t think anyone needs a more clear translation of what that means.

The Bible pointed out that God had Elijah curse Jezebel and He fed her to the dogs. God don’t change so what He did then He must do today or he is a hypcrite. Do we want to be dog food? Get rid of that thing! You might think I am picking on the sisters but don’t worry the men got a spank coming too.

What other treasures do we have laid up? What is in our hearts, for the Bible says that where our treasures are, there will our hearts be also. What are our great possessions? Where are our treasures?  Where is our heart? What other Babylonian garments do we have hidden in our hearts?

There is a more insidious evil afoot. They hide in our midst, and they can hide in our hearts. There are invisible Babylonian garments. Jesus called them “leaven”. They are ideas, and dogmas, and beliefs, or more precisely unbelief in the Word of God.

Matthew 9: 16 No man puts a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up takes from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

You cannot mix it. You cannot put a holy patch on an unholy Babylonian garment, or visa versa. Both will be destroyed. Before Elisha could take up Elijah’s garment, he first had to cast off his own robe. He could not wear both together. He could not put that holy robe together with an unholy robe. Neither can we put on the wedding garment, which is the Holy Spirit while we are still wearing a Babylonian garment. Light and dark cannot coexist. Light casts out all darkness. If there is darkness then there is no light at all. Jesus said that the light of the body is the eye, and if the light be darkness, then we are in complete darkness. The Bible says in this day that the world would be a darkness and the people a gross darkness. Completely blind! Pitch black!

Neither can we put new wine in old bottles. In the days when Jesus was speaking they did not use glass bottles, they used wine skins. An old wine skin is dry and brittle and a new wine is bubbling full of life. If you put that new wine in the old bottle it will bubble up and the pressure will burst the old dried leather. The Holy Spirit is alive and bubbling, a well of life, and it cannot dwell in a denominational bottle. It cannot dwell in a religious bottle. Too many people these days come to the message with their old denominational, religious spirit and instead of getting cleansed of it they just get a different religion.  Full of the same religious hypocritical spirit under a new banner.

And once we get one Babylonian garment in our camp, then more will follow.

Galatians 5: 7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion comes not of Him that called you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Some of the Jewish religion was creeping into the camp of the Saints and Paul warned them that if they did not stop it, then it could indeed take over completely for a little leaven will leaven the WHOLE lump. That is both in the individual and in the group. A little leaven in your life will eat up your entire life like a cancer. A little religious spirit, a little of the world, and soon your entire life will be consumed by it and you won’t even know it.

And when we have one person with that spirit in our midst, that spirit will try to take over everyone. We will do things that the Bible warns us not to do, and we will think we are holy while doing it. I know one church where everyone calls the preacher “Pastor”. In Matthew 23 the Bible warns us call no man “Rabbi”, which is pastor, for you have one master which is God. And the people so reverently refer to their preacher as pastor and get offended when someone simply calls him brother. And they have no clue that what they are doing is contrary to the word of God. It is a Babylonian garment right in their midst and they don’t see it. We have had those spirits come in over the years and we all know it. It was God who kept us safe from it. Paul had it come into the Corinthian church and he dealt with it speedily, but that spirit still caused damage and some of the people did not realize it.

1 Corinthians 5: 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

A little leaven will leaven the whole lump. It was the same in Paul’s day and in Peter’s day.

Acts 5: 1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sod a possession, 2 and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 While it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 and the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7 and it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 and Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the foot of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11 and great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. 12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people;(and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch). 13 and of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.

Peter got rid of it right away. He rooted it out and cleaned his house. Paul got rid of it right away. Are we willing to get rid of it or are we like the rich man, and like Ananias? Is our treasure, our Babylonian garment of more value to us than eternal life? Do we cling to creeds and dogmas? Are we allowing, or worse enabling, religious spirits to take over. Leaven! Sin! Creed! Dogma! Tradition! Worldliness! Culture! Denominationalism! Are we full of leaven? Are we new bottles or old bottles? Are we ready to take off the old garment stained with sin and put on Jesus Christ? Do we have treasures in heaven or are our treasures still here on earth? These are questions we must ask ourselves, and answer.

This earth will burn with an unquenchable fire where the very elements will melt. Your house, your car, your money, your clothes, your church and even your very flesh will be devoured by it if you are still here. Nuclear fission at 300 million degrees will turn everything to ashes and volcanoes will finish the rest. Nothing that is on this earth will stand. No thing, not dogma, no religion, no isms, no unbelief will stand the heat.

Search your camp! Find that garment, find that wedge of silver! Do you know what power is behind every leaven? Do you realize who is behind every one of these things? It is a devil, a demon. Satan himself is behind it. And the Bible says in Romans chapter six that to whom we yield ourselves to obey, his servants we are. Do you want to serve the devil? He is the one making you sick, he is the one making you die, he is causing every pain and grief in your life. Why would we want to say or do anything to serve him? Think about it. You put on that Babylonian garment and you are serving the very one that is trying to destroy you.

And every time we are accepting the leaven we are rejecting the Word of God which is Jesus Christ. We cannot serve God and Mammon. We will hate one and love the other.

John 2: 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides for ever.

Love not the world for if we love the world the love of the Father is not in us. Love not the Babylonian garment. Love not the wedge of silver. Love not money. Love not culture. Love not tradition. Pretty straight. And here is one you may have never heard before. Listen close. Religion is worldly! Cain, the serpent’s seed, built the first alter! Balaam had an altar. The Pharisees and Sadducees who turned over Jesus Christ to be murdered lived and worked in the churches. If we love the world, or worldliness, or religious hypocrisy, or unbiblical dogma, or culture, or tradition, whether in item or in idea or in word, then we do not love the Lord God. Let that sink in.

We cannot love both the world and the Lord God. If we love God then we will not love the world. If we love the world then we simply do not love the Lord.

And I’ll say it again; it is not just things. It is ideas. Ideas are the root of it. Whether scientific, social, or philosophical, or religious, worldly ideas are an enemy to God. Worldly ideas are carnal ideas and the Bible says that the carnal mind is enmity towards God. If we hold to worldliness we become God’s enemy for we are serving Satan in the process. That is pretty strong but I am obligated to tell you the truth. I will have to give an answer for it one day so I will give you the whole truth.

We have only discussed a couple of ideas so far; makeup, Xmas trees, dogma. There are numerous others. How about political things? How about the whole politically correct movement? How about the dogmas creeping into the message? Here is a new one for some. There is a dogma that if a woman has her zipper on the front of her skirt it becomes a garment pertaining to a man. Show me that in the Bible! Show me that in the message! Show me one place in 1100 sermons that the prophet said that, suggested that, or made even the slightest elusion to that. It’s not there! But these same people who push this unbiblical, un-message dogma will have Xmas trees and Xmas lights and think nothing wrong of it. They will strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. It is a religious spirit. Solomon said they are like an adulteress woman who will eat and wipe her mouth and say I have done nothing wrong.

They are denomonationalizing at the same time. They decide who is in and who is out of the message, who is and who is not a Christian, based on their personal dogmas. They judge themselves by themselves. A spirit gets in there and takes over. It comes through money, power, and popularity. A little culture, a bit of philosophy, some psychology, a bit here and a bit there. It starts slowly, almost innocently. Almost. It starts as a little compromise and once the devil gets his hooks in he keep digging and digging until he has control of everything. And he will make them so religious while blinding them to the truth. Be careful brothers and sisters. If someone brings an idea and you cannot find it in the Bible, leave it alone. If the Bible forbids it, run away from it.

So what do we do? How do we fight? We have to stick to the word, and only the word, both in doctrine and in rule in our lives. It is not enough to claim the Word, it is not even enough to believe the Word, we must LIVE the Word. We must cleanse our lives, sanctify ourselves from the uncleanness of the world. We must separate ourselves from unbelief. We must sell out to God for He purchased us with His own blood.

Anything that is more important to us than the Word of God is an idol! If we place anything above God in our lives we are idolaters! Let that sink in. These are not just words. This is God’s Word. If we place anything in our lives above or before the Word of God we become Idol Worshipers! You think that was a scorcher, wait for it, it gets worse. Not only do we worship the Idol, we worship the spirit behind the idol. And the devil is the spirit behind every single idol.

Here is some of the toughest meat you will hear. I’m not trying to be hard on you but we need to hear the truth. We need to be warned. I hope everyone is ready for it. If we willfully disobey the Word because we want to do something contrary to it, or cling to an idea or creed contrary to scriptures, something that we love, that our flesh loves, that is against the Word and against the message, or if we refuse to believe or obey something that is in the Word or the message, if we add or take away from the Word of God, then we become devil worshippers.

That won’t sit right with some but it is the Bible. We are so close to the rapture that you can almost taste it in the air. It will take meat to get us ready. We should all be weaned of the milk by now.

So let’s clean camp. Let’s toss out the garbage. Let’s do a soul searching.

Matthew 6: 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Let’s look to God for treasures in heaven. It is a place that is so incredible that the Bible says no man has seen it and it has not even entered into anyone’s imagination how beautiful it is. So what kind of treasures can we have in heaven?

Our treasures in heaven are the experiences we have with Jesus Christ here in this life. Therefore we have to know Him, the Lord Jesus Christ, personally. How can we have experiences with God if we have never met him? But we are given promises.

Matthew 7: 7 Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.

The Bible says that God is more willing to give than we are to receive. He is closer to us than our own breath. He is waiting on us to ask that He might give. He is waiting for us to seek that He may reveal. He is waiting for us to knock that He may open unto us. Seek! Ask! Knock! In fact the Bible goes on to say that in this age Jesus isn’t even waiting for us to knock but is Himself knocking at the door to our hearts. Do you hear him? He is knocking at this moment. He wants to come in to dwell with you. He is knocking with His Word. He wants to fill you with his love, with his power, with his eternal life. Open to him and receive great treasures; treasures that are too wonderful for a mortal mind to even imagine.

Now I’ve torn a little strip off you today and I thought I was pruning to deep but then I read “Arrow of God’s Deliverance” from 1956, preached by Brother William Branham, and I realized I may not be pruning quite enough. That’s your homework by the way. “Arrow of God’s deliverance” preached at Shreveport in 1956. I don’t hand you slices of the message by quoting, I give you the whole loaf. Bon Appetite!

We’ve got to get back to God! We must leave everything behind and get to the cross, get to Jesus Christ. This day is the day when we are too busy for God. The lukewarm Laodicean church age where we got just enough religion to make God sick to his stomach about us. Get back to God! Get back to praying. Get back to his word, back to the Bible. Get those treasures in heaven while the door is still open. Start testifying. Start living. We should be standing out as different from the whole world. We have been granted access to the revealed word of God brought by a vindicated prophet that the world has not yet seen or heard. The denominational churches are lodges now. They are full of preachers having itching ears, turning from the truth to fables. God sent us a message in our age, the revealed word of God vindicated in signs, wonders and miracles. Where is the fruit of that message in our lives? Where are the treasures? We have seen many mighty miracles in the past. But that was yesterday. What about today? What about this very morning? That was Gideon’s question, “where are the miracles of God today?”

We need a move of God in our lives each and every day of our lives!

We need to add to our heavenly treasure chest with each moment of our day. In Peter’s day the Bible says that many works were done by the apostles so that the people brought sick into the streets, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow them and everyone was healed. Paul’s apron from where he worked was taken and cut up and sent to sick people and when the fabric was lain on the sick, they were healed. Our preachers today don’t even have jobs. Where it the fruit in their lives? Where is the fruit in our lives? Where is the supernatural moving of the Holy Spirit in signs, wonders and miracles today? Today if we get sick we run to the doctors. Nothing against the doctors but why are we not running to Christ? It is the same God, the same Jesus Christ, the same Holy Spirit, in Peter as was in Paul as is supposed to be in each of us.

Let’s get waiting upon the Lord so that we might have the same treasures. God is not respecter of persons. He is waiting and wanting to work in us the same way He worked in the first church age but we hinder Him. Our unbelief and our Babylonian garments hinder him. We cling more closely to our creeds, traditions and dogmas than to his word. He cannot dwell in an unclean vessel. He will not work in a vessel that is grieving Him.

Let’s get sanctified unto the Lord! It is time for a house cleaning in the Christian Church. Sweep out the dust and the cobwebs from your heart. Wash the windows of your soul. Let’s get our lamps lit and our vessels filled with holy oil. It doesn’t matter what the next church is doing, or what some denomination is doing, or what the government is doing; we won’t be judged by them. We will be judged by the Word of God so let’s do what God is doing. Let’s get our dwelling place fit for a King.

If the Prime minister was coming to your house to visit next week, I wonder how many here wouldn’t take a couple of days off work and be up all night getting everything clean are arranged perfect for him. We are expecting the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to come to dwell in our temples and we can hardly take a couple of hours on a Sunday to clean up let alone to work at it during the week. We need a wake-up call. The bride is asleep and if she don’t wake up soon she will be too late. Get cleaned up! Get filled! Trim your lamps!

Cry out for more of God. Work at it. Go through all the rooms of your heart and toss out all the dirty worldly garments spotted with sin. Those worldly treasures are an abomination to God. Get rid of them. Build up treasure upon treasure in heaven. God is waiting for us. He accomplished everything at Calvary. He did his part. Now it is time for us to do ours.

We have to decide. World or Word. Life or death. God or devil. Light or darkness. Heaven or earth. I trust we are all on the narrow road but the road is extremely narrow. It is too narrow to take baggage along with us. We have to lay every burden at Jesus’ feet. He is the only one who can carry our burden. Put it under the blood. Turn to the Lord while he may be found, tomorrow could be too late.

You might feel I am being a little hard this morning but it is only because I love each and every one of you and want only what is best for you. I want every one here to have more treasure in heaven than they know what to do with. I want everyone here to be so filled with the Holy Spirit that signs and wonders flow like a gusher in your lives and the only way for that to happen is if our hearts and minds are circumcised, if our lives are free from the bondage of worldly treasures and we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Remember the Word of God is a two edged sword, cutting when it comes and when it goes. As such I am preaching as much to myself as I am to you. We are all falling short from the pulpit to the doorstop.

If we fail to feed our bodies we starve to death. If we eat poison our bodies will get sick and die. It is the same for our souls. If we do not feed our souls they will starve and if we feed our souls poison they will die. The world is poison, religion is poison, politics is poison, philosophy is poison, superstition is poison, traditions are poison, culture is poison, creeds are poison, horoscopes are deadly poison. What are we feeding to our souls? Poison? Or are we feeding ourselves living manna from heaven? Or are we starving our souls to death? What would happen if we ate twice on Sundays and once on Wednesdays when we are not too busy? We might stay alive, but we would not have much life in us. We surely would not be working to hard and surely not making much of a living. Our souls are no different. If we want our souls to live, to thrive, to be strong in the fight, we need to feed them daily and feed them living manna.

Do you think the apostles had such a mighty working in their midst by going to church once or twice a week when the weather was good?

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 and they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers; 43 and fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles….46 And they, continued daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.

The continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine DAILY. They did not just hear it once or twice a week but they ate the word and lived it daily, day in and day out, every single day, and the Lord God manifested himself through them vindicating His word with supernatural signs and wonders.

If we want the same moving of God that the first church had, the same manifestations that the pthey had, then we have to do as they did. We have to seek God daily with all our hearts, minds and souls. We have to lay up treasures in heaven each and every day of our lives. The treasures are waiting for us. They are freely given and all we have to do is ask.

So let’s encourage one another. Let’s pray one for another. Let’s set aside time for God every day. I tell you the devil will do everything to stop you. He will remind you of all the things you need to get done first. Keep this little song in your heart this week:

Victory is mine,

Victory is mine,

Victory today is mine.

I told Satan to get thee behind,

Victory today is mine.

Victory is ours today! Claim it. Seek God, He will answer. Decide on a mission, a mission to get more of God, a mission to meet the pillar of fire, a mission to get rapture ready, a mission to get your “house” clean for Jesus to dwell in. Feed your soul with manna. Read your Bible. Get into hearing sermons. Cast out the Babylonian garments. Pray and wait on the Lord God. Pray one for another. We are all members of the same body. Let’s start doing that today!

 

As a Man Thinks in His Heart, So is He

(Think on these things)

Think on These Things
Think on These Things

Today we are inundated with ideas and theologies and philosophies trying to teach us how to think and behave. But we have been given the master theology from God himself. I believe, as do all Christians, that the Bible is the perfect, unfailing, inspired word of God. It does not contain all information or all history but contains the essential elements for life. There is nothing needed that has been left out, and nothing added that is not essential. That is why the Bible tells us never to add to it, and never to take away from it. We need the Bible, as it was written, in its entirety. It contains all that we need to live and find salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the user manual for life.

And on that note I would like to take an admonishment from the Bible for a text out of the book of Philippians.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

And may God add a blessing to the reading of His word.

Notice Paul’s admonishment to us. He is telling us to consciously control our thoughts. Not only is he telling us to control them but giving us a very specific direction in which to think. And if the Bible tells us that we are to think on these things, then by default are we not also supposed to avoid thinking the opposite as well?

Look what he tells us to think on; true things, honest things, just things, pure things, lovely things, things of a good report, things of virtue and praise. He is telling us to think only on good things and to not think about bad things. This is what we are told to think on. And everything God tells us if for a reason and for our own good.

Now we have to ask ourselves some questions. Why? Why does Paul tell us to get control of our thoughts and why is it so important what we think on? Why is it essential to think only on good things? Why is it bad to think on the things that are maybe not so good? What will happen if we do not think on good things? Asking the right questions is the key to learning.

He is telling us to control our thoughts. We have to look a little deeper, to see where our thoughts actually come from, what they are, what they do, and how they manifest themselves in our lives. We have all heard of “positive thinking” and the “power of positive thinking”. We have heard of the placebo effect with medicines, how someone’s belief in the medicine will affect the outcome of taking the medicine. We have all heard how Olympic athletes will “visualize” themselves performing their sports perfectly. Everything physical has a spiritual counterpart. It is like the negative and positive of a picture.

So where do our thoughts come from? Did you ever stop to ask that question? It will surprise some. Science will disagree completely with me here but I believe what the Bible says above all.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Did Paul say they were the thoughts and intents of the mind? He said they come from the heart. That is where your thoughts come from. They come from your heart, from inside. What dwells in your heart? A spirit dwells in each and every human being. Your thoughts, my thoughts, come from the spirit or spirits that dwell inside us. Now this is not spiritualism. This is not voodoo, this is perfectly scriptural. I know it seems strange to most, having never ventured into these waters, but if you bear with me, I will show you by the grace of God through the Holy Scriptures that it is perfectly so.

For some I would say it is starting to make a little sense now. The thoughts in our heads come from our hearts. Every thought has its origins in the spiritual realm before it ever enters the intellectual realm. We wrestle with them in our minds but they come from our hearts, from spirits. And when we hear the Word of God, it will expose our spirits by discerning our thoughts, which come out of our hearts. When we hear the word of God, our spirit will either reject it or accept it. That is why the John writes to try spirits with the word.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. 3 And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

John doesn’t tell us to try men, or to try preachers, but to try the spirits that are in the men. In the fourth verse he plainly tells us in black and white that we either have the spirit of God or the spirit of the world. Every man, woman and child on this planet is possessed of a spirit. This is a big piece of meat and not for babies. We are either born again and possessed of the spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, or we are not yet regenerated and possessed by the spirit of the world, which is a devil.

So keeping this in mind, let us return to the idea of finding out where are thoughts originate and how they function.

Matthew 15:18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

It is not out of the mouth, or out of the mind that thoughts originate, but of the heart they come. Notice Jesus said they do come out of the mouth, but before they can come out of the mouth, they must first be a thought and the thoughts come from the heart.

This is a simple idea but some people have trouble grasping it. A word is a thought expressed. When you speak a word, when I speak a word, when God speaks a word, that word is the expression of a thought. The evil thoughts in the heart, go to the mind where they are considered and either rejected or embraced. And when we embrace evil thoughts they will conceive and bring forth fruit; adulteries, murders etc. And when we embrace a thought, we are embracing and give obedience to the spirit from which that thought originated. When we reject a thought we are rejecting the spirit from which it came.

2 Corinthians 10: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty though God to the pulling down of strong holds:) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Amen? We do not war after the flesh. We are not warriors of guns and swords. Our war is not in our body, but in our minds. The greatest battle ever fought is in the human mind. It is the chosen place of battle. For there to be a war, the two parties have to settle on a place to fight that war. There must be some place where they can both come and both fight. The chosen place for spiritual warfare is in the depths of every human mind. It is the “no mans land” of the spirit realm.

God and Satan are facing off, and it is not in Armageddon, it is not in some future battle or some historic epic, it is right inside of your head right now! The greatest spiritual war ever fought is going on right inside of your mind, right at this moment! You are hearing the Word of God anointed by the spirit of God, and the devil is telling you just the opposite. The Holy Spirit is standing right there pouring Himself out to you, offering you the gift of faith with the revelation of Jesus Christ and the devil is standing right beside Him pouring out his unbelief at you. Right inside of your mind at this very moment you are going to either receive or reject the Word of God. Right inside your mind you will either receive or reject Jesus Christ. Right inside of your mind you will determine your eternal destination, based on what you think.

That is quite the revelation in itself. Do you really understand what I just said? Are you able to believe that? It is one of the most important revelations we can receive, for if we do not know our enemy, and if we do not know where the battle is being fought, then we will surely loose. Our battle is in our minds and it is the battle of faith versus unbelief. It is the battle of good versus evil. It is the battle of the Truth of God against the lies of Satan.

Why did the allies win in WWII? Did we have better guns? No. Did we have better soldiers or better training than the Germans? Not even close. We won the war simply because Germany did not know where the battle was to be fought. Think about it. We were not winning WWII, we were losing and suddenly in the end we won. We surprised them when we stormed the beaches in France.

If they had known where the battle was being fought, they would have mowed us down like grass. But we kept it from them, we hid it from their eyes, and because they did not know where the battle was going to be fought they had no resources, no plan, no strategy and no chance. And if we do not understand where our battle is being fought today the devil with his inferior tactics, and his inferior power, and his inferior weak lies will defeat us! WE HAVE TO KNOW WHERE THE BATTLE IS BEING FOUGHT SO WE CAN COME AT THE DEVIL WITH EVERYTHING GOD HAS GIVEN US! We cannot let down our guard for a moment.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

“Having done all to stand”. The devil will not let up so we must not let up either. We must do ALL. The devil has wiles. Wiles: scheming, craftiness, lying in wait. He will wait you out and when you least expect it he will attack. He knows where you are strong, he knows where you are weak. You cannot fool him, you have to stand with truth and faith. This whole world is ruled by darkness. The devil is not only the spirit of the world, but the Bible calls him the god of this evil world. He rules the politics, he rules the philosophies, he rules the religions.

14 Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Do you recognize it? That is our first scripture. Whatsoever is true, righteous, lovely etc. The battleground is in our minds and we have been given the weaponry and the armour to win. But if we either don’t recognize the enemy, don’t recognize the battle, or fail to use our weapons, then we will surely loose. The devil will never give up. He has an appointed end, and until that day arrives he will fight tooth and nail. Even though he lost the battle 2000 years ago on Calvary, he will fight and fuss to the very bitter end.

But we do not have to lose. We are not in darkness. We have been given the light of the hour. In this day the entire written Bible has been revealed for us. And the Bible not only tells us of God but it also tells us the devils tactics in detail. It shows us how he attacked Job. It shows us how he attacked Eve. It shows us how he attacked Jesus. It shows us every move the devil makes and how to overcome them. We have the devils playbook. We know his tricks. And not only that, but Jesus has already won the victory for us. We are fighting against a defeated enemy. We cannot lose because we have already won in Christ Jesus. When we are born again we are already victorious and sitting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Can you imagine if you were a boxer going into a title fight against the champion and you walk into a boxing ring to find your opponent has already been beaten up and knocked out and all you have to do is stand there for the count of ten? That is the case here. Jesus beat up and knocked out the devil 2000 years ago and He told us in Ephesians that all we have to do is put on the armour, the spiritual boxing gloves and stand. That’s all, just stand. Stand on what? Stand on the word of God. Stand on God’s promises. No matter what the devil says, no matter what the physical evidence seems to say, no matter what the doctor’s diagnosis says, no matter what you pastor or church say, no matter what I say, stand upon what Jesus Christ says and you have already won the victory.

It is all in our minds. It depends on our attitudes. What we think and believe will determine the battle. And what we truly believe is what we will act on. That is another important point. It is easy to subscribe to a theology or doctrine, or to profess a belief, but it is when the rubber hits the road that you will find out what you truly believe. There is where your trials come in to play. Do you believe in divine healing of Jesus Christ? Get sick and find out. Do you believe that he is your provider? Go broke and find out. Our trials, and more importantly our actions and reactions to those trials, will show us what we truly believe.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

We saw earlier that a word is a thought expressed. So we need our thoughts to come to fruition, to be expressed. That is where they get their power. As long as God was just thinking about light, there was total darkness. But when God spoke the word, “let there be light”, then the thought of God, expressed as a word, brought forth the light in power. So to we must overcome in our minds and bring forth the expression of our thought. We believe in our hearts and then in our minds we claim that belief and manifest it in our words, and by our words, the confession of our lips, our belief brings forth salvation. Jesus said if we would confess Him before men then He would also confess us before God, but if we deny Him before men then He would deny us before God as well. Again the Bible says that all those who cry out in the name of the Lord shall be saved.

In Hebrews Paul calls Jesus the high priest of our profession. Not of our belief, but of our profession. We must not only have the thought, we must express that thought.

Luke 6: 44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of things men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

It is not out of the abundance of our minds, but of our hearts that we speak. When we believe the word of God we will confess it with our lips. When we disbelieve the word of God we will also confess that with our lips.

Our thoughts both reflect, and effect, our faith. They show where our faith stands and determine whether our faith is increasing or decreasing.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Not by hearing dogma. Not be hearing church creeds. Not by hearing philosophy. Not even by hearing testimonies. But faith comes only by hearing the word of God.

What happens when we hear the word of God? It goes into our mind. It goes into the battlefield. The words you are hearing right now are going into battle in your mind. It all depends on what you do with them. Will you receive them and accept them and believe them? Then you will increase in faith. Will you reject them, disbelieve them, deny them, argue against them? Then you will decrease in faith. There is no standing still with God. We are always thinking something so we either move forward or backward but we are always moving. The battle never stops. We win or we loose but we never get to step out of the battle. Look at what the Apostle and Prophet wrote about himself:

Romans 7: 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Paul was constantly warring in his mind. There are two opposing forces, one of good and one of evil warring in his mind. The devil will play to your flesh, to the lusts thereof but the Holy Spirit will deal with your soul, with its needs. And when you are a Christian, the two forces will war in your mind day and night. We are soldiers of the cross. And the two forces will have two conflicting thoughts for you to deal with, one of faith in God’s word, and one of disbelief in God’s word. And we have the right and the power to decide which thoughts we will reject and which ones we will accept. God granted us free moral agency, the right to choose.

Let’s take Abraham. Abraham fought a great war of faith. His fight of faith was so great that he is called the father of faith. A great war indeed. Here was a man a hundred years old. He had been given a promise by God that he would have a child by his 90 year old, barren, wife. And here it was 25 years after he had been given the promise, getting older and weaker by the moment, and he was still fighting a war of faith for the promise had not yet been fulfilled. But what does the Bible say of him?

Romans 4: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief: but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

He staggered not through unbelief. He fought a battle in his mind. And a great battle it was. How would we fair in his shoes I wonder? A hundred years old and his wife 90, older and weaker by the day and still believing a 25 year old promise that he was going to have a child. He fought that battle every day and every night for 25 years. Do you think the devil gave him a day off? Would the devil say “oh Abraham I have been at your heels for a few years, I think I will give you a holiday and leave you in peace for a few weeks”? NEVER! Day and night, wake or sleep the devil was attacking Abraham in his mind telling him that it was impossible, that God had forgotten about him, that God didn’t want him anymore, that he went too far and was out of the will of God and lost salvation and his promise. Daily and nightly this went on. And Abraham was up to the fight. He did not back down. He had on the whole armour of God.

And when Abraham finally got his son what did God do? He sent him right back into battle. He told Abraham now that you got him, I want you to sacrifice him to me. Could we do that this morning? Abraham was up to the task for he was persuaded that the same God who gave him a son from the dead could raise his son up from the dead as well.

And Abraham was so filled with the spirit of God that not only did he overcome the devil in battle, but he also prophesied of Christ in the process. He said “God will provide a lamb for the sacrifice” and there was a ram in the bushes. Not a lamb but a ram. Abraham did not just prophesy that God would bring an animal, he prophesied that God would send Jesus, the Lamb of God for the sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice for all sin, for all men, forever.

God is the victory giver. He is the overcomer. We just have to take Him at His word the way Abraham did. We just have to fight and win our mental battle.

So how did Abraham overcome? What did he use? Abraham decided to consciously control his thoughts and to think only of the good things. Both good and evil thoughts were presented to him. He could either believe God or reject the Word of God. He decided to think only of that which was true, that which was holy, that which was righteous. He consciously rejected every doubt presented by Satan. He consciously accepted all faith presented by God.

And we should point out here that it is not logic, or intellectualizing, or how smart you are, or your education, or what church you go to, or that we have to figure things out. It is simply a matter of accepting one thought over another. Wisdom, earthly wisdom, actually gets in the way. That is the devils trick. He used it on Eve, he will use it on you. Earthly carnal wisdom is not of God.

What was Eve’s mistake? She was deceived. She had two thoughts, one from God, and one from the devil. The devil’s thoughts played to the lust of her flesh. In her mind was a battle. On the one hand God said if you eat you will die. On the other hand the devil said, you won’t really die physically, but it will be a death of your ignorance and you will be wise like God. How long did this battle rage? We are not told. But what we are told is that Eve decided to reject the Word of God and believe the devil’s lie over God. It was her decision as to which thought she was to think. She decided to think the devil’s thoughts. And that is where she actually fell.

We today have two sets of thoughts going into our mind. We too have to decide which thoughts we are going to think. And like I said earlier, when we accept the thought, we become obedient to both the thought and to the spirit from whence it came. This is a critical point.

Romans 8: 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

The mind, the thoughts of the mind determine us. To be spiritually minded is life and peace. To be spiritually minded is to have spiritual thoughts, or more precisely thoughts from the Holy Spirit. To be carnally minded is to have carnal thoughts. And the carnal thoughts are an enemy against God. Carnal thoughts disbelieve the Word of God. Carnal thoughts deny the power of God. Carnal thoughts build our pride. Carnal thoughts play to the lusts of our flesh. Carnal thoughts come from the devil. By our thoughts we decide whom we serve. If we embrace the thoughts of God we are serving God, but if we embrace the thoughts of the devil we are serving the devil.

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness: 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Whom do you obey? Notice the use of the personal pronoun, whom. He does not say what you obey, as of a thing, but whom as of a person. Unbelief leads unto death. What does it mean to obey unbelief? It is simply to believe and accept the devil’s lie. When we obey an idea we are obeying the author of that idea, and when we reject and idea we are rejecting the author of that idea as well. And the authors of all ideas are spirits.

To obey righteousness is to accept the word of God, for we are told that we “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine” that was delivered us by the apostles. So to believe the Word of God is to obey God and to disbelieve it is to obey the devil. And we fight the battle in our minds and when we have made our decision on what to believe, we open our heart to it and it enters in. Amen? When we make our decision on what we are going to believe, we open our heart to it and both the thought and the author, the spirit, of the thought enter in.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The words that Jesus spoke are both spirit and life. When we receive them, when we decide within our minds that we are going to believe them, those words and the spirit from whence they came enter into us. It is when we decide to believe the word of God that we become servants of righteousness. It is when we reject the word of God that we become servants of unbelief, servants of sin, servants of the devil. Everyone that rejects the revealed word of God for the hour is a servant of the devil.

Now that also brings the topic of interpretation of the Word of God. We can settle that right quick.

2 Peter 1: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The first one to “interpret” the Word was the devil in Eden. We find the devil interpreting the word to Jesus after his forty day fast as well. All private interpretations are demonic. God interprets his own word by bringing it to pass. It is as it is written, and it means what it says. We do not need to interpret a single word. The Bible interprets itself, word upon word, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little.

Every denomination has its own “interpretation” of the scriptures and every single one of them is wrong. The moment we try to interpret that is the moment we fall away. We interpret because we do not believe it as it is written. Or more to the point we do not believe.

The battle rages on. We hear the word of God the same as the world does but to us it is eternal life, peace and hope. The difference is that when we hear it we decide to believe it. We decide that the word of God is true. We accept what we hear, the way we hear it, and when we do it goes into our hearts. And more importantly when we accept the word of God, we also receive the Spirit of God into our hearts.

When an unbeliever hears the word of God he decides that it is not true. He either rejects it flatly, or puts his own twist on it to make it fit his fleshly lusts. That is interpretation. An “interpreted” word is a lie. When the unbeliever hears the word of God he rejects truth, rejects faith, and accepts unbelief of the word and the unbelief, along with the spirit of unbelief which is a devil, enters his heart.

Hebrews 4: 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

The unbelievers and make believers heard the very same words that the believers heard. It is the same today. The difference is that the unbelievers rejected the word and did not believe it as truth. The unbelievers prefer a lie over the truth.

When we hear the word of God, it corrects us, shows us the right way. In order to accept the truth we have to admit that we are wrong in the first place. We have to be humble and teachable to receive the truth. If we are proud and cannot admit our faults, cannot receive correction, then we have to reject the word of God. We then will gladly accept the lies of the devil because he will tell us exactly those things that our proud, carnal, lustful flesh wants to hear.

Look at Cain and Abel for an example. They both heard the same message from the same prophet, Adam. They both went to church to worship. They both had altars and brought sacrifices. But they had different thoughts. Abel’s thoughts were in line with God’s thoughts and Cain’s were not. Then even when God went to Cain to straighten him up, and God spoke to Cain lip to ear and told him the truth, Cain decided to reject God’s words and instead accept the devil’s thoughts. The devil is a murderer and his thoughts are murderous. When Cain accepted the devil’s thoughts he fulfilled the devil’s lusts by murdering his own twin brother.

Whose thoughts are we accepting? Are we accepting God’s thoughts this morning? Are you accepting the Word of God or rejecting it. If you’ve gotten this far I am thinking you are accepting it. What is in your mind right now? The battle is raging, whose thoughts are you going to accept? Who are you allowing into your heart? Are you going to accept the Holy Spirit or Satan?

Hebrews 9: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

We are not just freed from the guilt of sin but the blood of Christ will actually purge your conscience. It will utterly clean you out. It will take away the desire for dead works, for the lies of the devil and for fleshly things of this world. It will give us victory over the battle in our minds. We have overcoming power in Christ Jesus that did not exist before the crucifixion. They used to sin, and then bring sacrifices and then go back to sin. But we have the opportunity to receive Jesus himself into our hearts. We have the opportunity given to us to receive both the spirit and the mind of Jesus Christ. And it is that mind of Christ, that holy mind in us that will give us victory over our thoughts so that we can freely choose to believe the word of God.

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.

Here in Romans Paul is discussing a lot of bad things done by people. And he gives the cause as well. They did not like to retain God in their knowledge. They did not like the thoughts of God and rejected them. When they heard the word of God, they rejected that word. And because they did God gave them over to a reprobate mind. Their minds were reprobate. And because their minds, and thus their thoughts, were reprobate, they performed all the disgusting evil acts spoken of in that chapter.

If, however, we have the mind of Christ then we will think his thoughts. We will believe his words. We will overcome in the battle. And it is a promise to every Christian. And it is only for the Christian, only for the predestinated seed. It is only by the Holy Spirit that we can know these things, and only by the Holy Spirit through revelation that we can believe them. Without revelation we will never understand the things of God. And if we choose to disbelieve them, we will never get revelation.

When Jesus told the people to eat his flesh and drink his blood the apostles did not know what he meant, but they chose in their minds to believe his words regardless. Not knowing the revelation they believed the words and because they chose to believe him, they were later given the revelation that he was speaking of the Lord’s Supper.

1 Corinthians 2: 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Do I hear an AMEN?

Are we receiving this morning? Are we choosing to believe the word of God or are we passing it off as foolishness? Are we thinking God’s thoughts or the thoughts of the devil? The devil will surely in telling you his thoughts too, but which thoughts are you choosing to believe? Do you believe this word? That is God. Do you understand this word that you are hearing? That is God, for without revelation from God you would not understand a single thing I am writing. If you are not called for eternal life then you will believe that everything I am telling you is pure foolishness.

2 Thessalonians 2: 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Reject the word of God, decide not to believe it and you will believe any lie that comes your way. If we decide to believe the truth, the Word of God, and we think the thoughts of God, then God will reveal that word to us by his Holy Spirit. But if we reject it, consider it foolishness, decide not to believe it, then we will be completely blinded to it and in total darkness we will gladly receive any lie the devil feeds us.

In the Old Testament we are told of the feast of Jubilee. Every fifty years they had a celebration and one of the activities was the freeing of slaves. If you were a slave at Jubilee, when they blew the trumpet, you could go free. But if you preferred to be a slave, then your master would take you to the gate of the city and pierce your ear with an awl and you would be a slave to him for all eternity.

2000 years ago Jesus paid the price for our deliverance. Today when we hear the gospel trumpet proclaiming our freedom we can walk free from the slavery of the devil. But if we reject that trumpet then the devil will pierce our ear and we will become deaf to the truth and no matter how many times that gospel trumpet blows in our ears, we will be reject it in favour of the devil’s lies. That is the strong delusion. When we reject the word of God, the trumpet of salvation, we become deaf and blind to the word of God. We will not be able to discern right from wrong. We will look at a scripture written simply in black and white and not get it. That is why no church baptizes according to Acts 2:38 any more, they have rejected the truth and been pierced.

The religious world rejected Luther’s message and went off into a catholic apostasy. When the Lutheran’s rejected Wesley’s message they too went off into a catholic apostasy. And on up it went to where you can hardly tell the difference between a Pentecostal and a catholic today. And if we reject the message to this hour, we too shall surely fall victim. Perusia. Return ministry. Seven thunders. How many others are out there today?

Get back to the word. We have to keep our minds on the word thinking God’s thoughts with the mind of Christ.

Our thoughts determine both our words and our actions. Proverbs 23:7 tells us, that “as a man thinks in his heart so is he”. Remember where the thoughts come from and where they go to. The thoughts in our minds that we decide to think about go straight to our hearts along with the authors of those thoughts.

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Can we say this about ourselves today? I surely hope so and I trust that I can. I do believe that we all are receiving the word of God with readiness of mind, choosing to believe what God has said. And I trust that everyone reading here will search these scriptures and make sure that what I have said is indeed Bible.

So I have mentioned the thoughts of God. Let’s find out what the thoughts of God are concerning us so that we can think His thoughts. I am not talking about major doctrines right now like baptism and the godhead. We’ll hunt lions later but this morning lets hunt foxes. The little foxes spoil the vine. The daily thoughts in our heads spoil our vine and sour our fruit.

What is our daily attitude like? It is easy, maybe to be up on Sundays and Wednesday evenings, but what about all the other times? What will our thoughts be on Monday morning? Tuesday at lunch? Will we be thinking God’s thoughts? Will we be completely immersed in the things of the world? Will we have forgotten this sermon? These are questions we need to ask ourselves and answer. We need to search ourselves, to examine ourselves whether or not we are in the faith.

It all comes down to attitude. What is our attitude, towards the word of God in particular and life in general? Have you ever been around a complainer? No matter what is going on they will find something wrong with it, something to whine about. They depress you and sap the life from you. It is a spirit. That same spirit will talk to you to. That same spirit comes to all of us and points out what is wrong. He has already told you what is wrong with this blog, what is wrong with the way I am speaking, what is wrong with my suit, what is wrong with the scriptures I have used, what was wrong with the song service, what is wrong with the way the benches are placed in the church. He will find something wrong with everything and point it out to us. Now that is not to say we have to be blind to that what is contrary to the Word of God. But our attitude will make the difference. Our attitude will determine which thoughts we will embrace, and which ones we will reject.

We as Christians need to have the attitude that the Bible is our absolute and every word is true. Then we need to act on that thought. We need to claim every promise in the Bible as our own. Regardless of what the physical circumstances seem to be, we as children of God have a right and a duty to stand upon the revealed word of God. We have an inheritance in Christ Jesus and since it is by his grace and not of ourselves it does not matter how unworthy we are, we still have full right and access to it. We are not saved because we were worthy but because He IS worthy. He overcame death, hell and the grave for us and we have free access to the holiest of holies today. He is our perfect, unblemished sacrifice. We are not covered by our own dirty blood, but by the holy, perfect blood of Jesus Christ.

What are the thoughts of God towards us? What is the mind of Christ?

The Bible says that we are overcomers! The Bible says that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus! The Bible says that we are saved! The Bible says that we are healed! The Bible says that we are delivered! The Bible says that all of our sins, past, present and future are forgiven! The Bible says that we are sitting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus! The Bible says that we are the elected lady, the Bride of Jesus Christ, the predestinated children of God! The Bible says that we have eternal life! The Bible says that God will rapture us before the tribulation falls! The Bible says the dead in Christ shall raise first, incorruptible, and then we who remain will be changed in the twinkling of an eye and be caught up to meet them in the air.

The devil will tell you contrary stories. He will tell you that the signs and wonders were just for the apostles. He will tell you that we don’t need divine healing because we have medicine now. He will tell you that the days of miracles have passed.

Who are you going to listen to? Are you going to listen to the devil? NO! Rebuke him! The Bible says resist the devil and he shall flee from you. Resist the devil with the Word of God just as Jesus did in the desert. You are an overcomer! You have the victory.

When the devil tells you that you are sick, rebuke him. The Bible says that by His stripes I am healed. “Oh, but you feel sick”. I am healed! “But you have swelling and pain”. I am healed! “But the doctors have given it a name, and it’s a bad one because you can’t even pronounce it”. I am Healed. Get thee behind me satan! By His stripes I am healed.

“You have sinned and God hates you”. All my sins are in the sea of God’s forgetfulness! I am covered by the blood of the lamb! “You are serpent’s seed”. If I was serpent’s seed I would not even believe in serpent’s seed doctrine in the first place! Get thee hence Satan you are defeated, you are exposed, you are a liar and God’s truth has exposed you as a fraud.

The devil is a liar. Everything he tells you is a lie. The mere fact that he is bothering you and telling you these lies is the proof that you are a child of God. The devil never bothers those in the world, he already got them. He wants you and he comes to meet you in the battlefield of the human mind. Our defense is the word of God. Our defense is to control our thoughts, to reject the lies of the devil and to cling to and claim the promises of God.

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Do you get it? So what are we going to think about from now on?

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

And let us close with one final thought to add to this scripture.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Think on these things.

 

 

 

 

 

The Path of Grace

We get so wrapped up in ourselves, measuring ourselves by ourselves, judging based on comparison to how good we think we are. That is human nature. That is the flesh. We become legalistic. When someone asks “what must I do to be saved” we don’t answer their question. We tell them to stop smoking, stop lying, stop stealing etc. We tell them what not to do. But that don’t save you. What saves you is the path of grace and Jesus said “straight is the gate and narrow is the way and few there be that find it”.

Telling a drug addict to stop using will not save them, telling a drunk to stop drinking will not save them. Only Jesus Christ can save them.

The path of grace is the new birth. It, as the natural birth, comes by water, blood and spirit. The Bible says there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and there three are one and three that bear record on earth, water, blood and spirit and these three agree in one. One God, One Person, Jesus Christ. But the event of the new birth is actually three events.

Ezekiel says that God will give us a new heart, a heart of flesh to replace our heart of stone, then he will give us a new spirit, then he will give us His spirit.

When a baby is born, first the water breaks, then blood, then the life of the baby.

Israel led by Moses through the desert was baptized in the Red Sea, under the blood of the lamb at pass-over, led through the desert by the pillar of fire.

The earth was baptized in the flood, sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross, and will be baptized with fire in our age where as Peter says “the very elements will melt with a fervent heat”.

So it is with us, we must be first justified, then sanctified, then filled with the Holy Spirit. That is how God does it. The Bible tells us in Acts chapter two that everyone must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and if we do, we will be filled with the Holy Spirit. So first we must be justified, and that happens when we are baptized. After we are baptized God cleans us up with the Word. We hear the word and it washes us. “Faith comes by hearing and by hearing the Word of God”. Once we are all cleaned up, then God fills us. God is Holy and thus cannot dwell in an unclean vessel. Jesus went so far to say that the world cannot receive the Holy Spirit so while there is anything of the world in us, we cannot receive the Holy Spirit. We must get sanctified first.

Liken it to a man needing a drink of water. he goes and finds a glass he wants to use. It is dirty, covered in cob webs, maybe has a cigarette butt in it and some bugs. When he chooses and picks that glass he has justified it. He has put his seal on it that it is his and he is going to use it. It just isn’t fit for use yet. That is our baptism. Jesus Christ justifies us and chooses us and calls us even though we are no where ready for use. Our heart of stone is replaced with a heart of flesh. That man takes that glass to the sink and gets some soap and water and starts to scrub. Scrubbing and washing, working on the glass, some glasses clean up quick, some take a little extra elbow grease. Slowly things in our lives get washed out. The very desire for these things that led us astray goes away. We become sanctified. We have a new spirit.

And once we are completely cleaned out. All the bugs and junk from the world is removed. All the stains of sin are washed away we are clean, we are sanctified, we are ready for use. But you cannot drink from an empty glass. So as a man would fill that glass with cold, clean, pure water to satisfy his thirst, God fills us with living water, with the Holy Spirit to quench the thirst of the world.

So stop telling people what they need to not do, and tell them what they need to do. And what they need to do is to accept Jesus Christ as their lord, as their saviour, as their healer, as their deliverer, as their god. Don’t try to lead them away from sin, just lead them to Christ and let Him do His work on them. It is God that saves so let God do his job. Your job is to be a light.

May the Lord Jesus Christ richly bless you.

Examine Yourselves, Whether You be in the Faith

So you got the message. Great, what are you doing with it?

2 Corinthians 13: 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

I wrestled with this scripture for days. I had nothing on it. It didn’t make sense, I had no direction. I seemed that the Lord wasn’t with me. I couldn’t break through. I wondered if I had the right scripture. I wanted to erase it and start over but something kept pulling me back. I can tell you that anything I have to say today is from God because I had nothing. I had absolutely nothing to say, no thoughts, no ideas, no explanations. I had drawn a complete blank. And I searched the scriptures. I looked up the words in the dictionary. I looked for other scriptures with the same words to no avail. Day after day and getting further away and more confused and disheartened. Then in a moment, in a few seconds, the Lord God opened it up to me. He gave me a wonderful revelation on this little passage and it all made sense. I will warn everyone in advance, this is a gristly piece of meat, but I trust everyone here is weaned off the milk. Now by the grace of God I pray the Lord will take over and reveal it to you too.

So let’s break it down. There are seven interlocking phrases here. Seven is perfection. So in one line Paul has managed to interlace seven ideas. And as they are interlaced we will have to look at them in groups to see just how they relate, for they all blend to form one central theme.

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith”. Here Paul tells us to examine, to test ourselves to see whether or not we are in the faith. These are the first two ideas. So lets look at the first thought. We need to examine ourselves. The word examine here is from the Greek word peirazo, which means to test, tempt, to try to trap. The difference here between this temptation and what we normally call temptation is in the motivation; this tempting is not tempting to sin or to fall but a “test that might determine and sharpen true character”. This is an interesting take on it. It is not just to look inside and ask some questions. This is telling us to test it. To definitively answer a question. What we in engineering call a non-destructive test. Not a test to cause a failure, but a test to prove the structural worthiness. A test that will determine our TRUE character. We are told to test ourselves to see whether we be “in the faith”.

“In the faith”. This is idea number two. Before we go deeper into discussion on the test, we need to briefly discuss what we are testing for. Testing to see if we are “in the faith”. Let’s put this in more modern vernacular; say it as we most often hear it today. Examine yourselves whether you be “in the message”. Does that bring it a little closer home? Are we “in the message”? It will take a little to bring out what that really means, but first, now that we have an idea of what we are testing for, we need to go back and look at the testing itself.

So as we found out, the examination is a testing, a temptation based testing; a trial of sorts. So what kinds of trials does the Bible tell us about?

James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience, 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

So James agrees with Paul, and tells us that the examination or trial of our faith works patience. So if we obey Paul and do this self examination it will bring patience as well. And we see that patience has a perfect work, making us perfect. And perfect means to be complete and lacking nothing. It looks like I am going off on a tangent but stick with me and you’ll see it come together shortly. So to get there, to get to perfection we must first see whether or not we are even in the faith, in the message, and to do that we must examine ourselves with trials. So what kind of trials are they talking about here?

1 Peter 1:6 wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

We are to be tried with manifold temptations and fire. That doesn’t sound like fun does it? We must examine ourselves and now according to Peter those tests or trials are not just temptations but manifold temptations. They are many temptations overlapping each other. And he also tells us that those trials are more precious than gold. Why? What makes them more precious than gold? Those trials will show us if we are indeed in the message, and they will also bring patience, which will bring us to perfection, so that we will be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

Maybe the trials don’t seem so bad when we consider the reward. Take Moses for an example.

Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.

Moses was tried. He was tried through the lusts of his flesh, tried through his weakness, through his ambition, through his pride, but he was proved by the trials. He esteemed the reproaches of Christ of more value. He had respect unto the recompense of the reward. Think about it. He was next in line to be pharaoh. He would have been the ruler of the richest, most powerful country on earth. He was being handed the ultimate worldly gift and he refused it. He examined himself and found that he indeed was in the faith. Moses was in the message, in the faith. Even the messenger must be tried this way. And that faith is what gave him the patience to wait for the recompense of reward. His trial proved his faith and gave him patients to work his perfection and he was found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ on the mount of transfiguration, he will preach to the 144,000 in Israel with Elijah after the rapture, and will be again at the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

So where do the fiery trials come from? Certainly we don’t intentionally bring them on ourselves, that would be tempting God. And the Bible goes further to say to “flee fleshly lusts that war against the soul” and warns us not to “provide an occasion to the flesh for sin”. So we are to examine ourselves with trials and temptations but not to bring those temptations upon ourselves. So where do the temptations come from and how do we use them to examine ourselves?

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed.

So the temptations are not of God. The Lord does not tempt any of us. We are tempted by our own lusts. The very desires of our physical flesh and our carnal natures are the root of our temptations. We receive manifold temptations from manifold lusts. And as Moses, when we endure the fiery trials we shall, as Peter told us earlier, be found to praise and honour at the returning of the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving a crown of life.

So our examination of ourselves is to compare how we react to these temptations with how we are supposed to react to these temptations. God gives us a choice, life or death. The devil will entice us through the lusts of our flesh, through our weakness, our ambition, our pride etc. We are instructed here to use these temptations as a testing ground to see where we stand with God. Here we come to a contention: Works vs. Faith.

Listen close. This is a cause and effect relationship. We are not saved by works. That is the absolute truth. But, if we are saved, then we will have the works. People get this completely mixed up. Some will say we are saved by grace so the works don’t count at all and if you speak of works at all to them they get very angry and accuse you of being a works preacher, a legalist, a Pharisee. The Bible does not say that at all. Let’s take James. I am going to break this scripture up and change the order of the verses to bring the point home a little deeper.

James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works and by works was faith made perfect?

Do you see it? Works do not bring salvation – but salvation brings the works. Our works will never bring us into the message, but once we are in the message, once we are in the faith, that faith will produce the works. Let me give you the rest of that scripture out of James. We have to understand this point before we can move on.

James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.

Works to not bring faith, neither will they bring you salvation. Salvation is by grace alone. It is the gift of God, paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. But how does faith come? Faith cometh by hearing the word of God. Is that Bible? So works do not lead to faith or salvation, but salvation and faith DO lead to works.

That is where people get it mixed up. They put the proverbial cart before the horse. They get their fur up and say works don’t save me I am saved by grace. AMEN! But stop using it as an excuse to try to explain away your lack of works. Instead, as James says, show me your faith and salvation by your works. If you are saved then there will be works in your life to testify of your salvation. Let’s take one more scripture on this line.

John 14: 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. 12 Verily, verily I say unto you. He that believs on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go into my Father.

Jesus sums it up pretty good there. First He tells us that the works were the testimony that he was the Messiah. The works testified of His faith. Not just the miracles, but all the works! And let’s be blunt, if you do not have the daily works, if the Holy Spirit is not manifested in you, if you are not reflecting Jesus Christ on a daily basis bearing the fruit of the spirit, you won’t have the miracles in your life either. Remember the little foxes spoil the vine. Then Jesus tells us plainly that if we have faith, then we will have works too and that our works will be the same as His.

So then we have the first part put together. We have to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith, in the message. And we are to examine ourselves by seeing what kind of works we have. Our works, especially relating to temptations, define our true character and thereby will tell us whether or not we are in the message. By our fruits they shall know us, and we shall know ourselves. Amen?

So then with this in mind, what does it mean to be “in the message”? We hear it all the time. What does it mean? Does it mean to know the quotes? Does it mean to believe that Brother Branham was a prophet? Does it mean to attend a “message church”? What does it really mean to be “in the message”? To be in the faith? There are many who fit the above description and are not actually in the message.

Here we come to the text of this little lecture. The message. WE HAVE THE MESSAGE! That is great. Isn’t that great? I think that is wonderful.

You have the message. What are you doing with it?

What are we doing with it? If I were to ask each person reading here to stand up one by one and tell us all, what they are doing with the message, what would be the response? I am not going to make each person stand and give an account for what they did with the message, Jesus, however, will do that. And it won’t be in front of a couple of dozen people, it won’t be by the anonymity of the internet, it will be in front of every human being who ever lived.

Let’s look at that text for a moment. And let’s be perfectly honest with ourselves. What are we doing with this message? Why is it important and how important is it? Jesus explains it nicely in a parable. Matthew 25. He tells us of a certain King who went away and left men in charge. And to each man he gave a sum of money to look after for him. And there were three men who received different amounts. The first two invested the money, they put it to work. The third didn’t. He was too afraid to put the money to work. And when the Lord came back he rewarded and praised the two profitable servants. They had put to work that which they received of the Lord and had returned it to him with interest earned. But to the third one, the fearful one with the lukewarm, Laodicean attitude, He had a different answer. Turn to it with me, I want everyone to see this.

Matthew 25: 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou are an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid; and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 for unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away ever that which he hath. 30 and cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

So let me ask again. What are we doing with the message? What are you doing with the revealed word of God for the hour? Are we putting it to work in our lives? Or are we hiding it? How many reading here have testified to someone in the last week? The last Month? The last Year? are you testifying of Jesus Christ, of what He has done for you, of who he is, of his promises, of his healing, of his deliverance, of his salvation. When is the last time we brought a stranger in to church with us? When is the last time we invited someone? Can you remember? Does anyone feel a little ashamed right now?

How are our lives? Do we live this message? Examine yourselves, look to your trials and temptations. Look to your daily activities. Look to your daily interactions with people. Do you have victory? What are your works like? Are you putting the message to work in your life? Are you living the message for all to see? What are people seeing in you? Are they seeing Jesus Christ? Are we written epistles read of all men? What are others reading in us? What are our works? Are they the works of the flesh or of the spirit? Are they the works of Jesus Christ? Be perfectly honest with yourself right now. It is between you and the Lord God.

We got the message. Amen! That’s great. So what are we doing with it?

There are over 1100 of the prophet’s sermons on tape. There are many thousands more by other preachers available online, all free. If you listened to one a night every night it would take you 3 years to go once through Brother Branham’s works. At one a week it would take you 20 years. How many here have listened to every tape? How many people “in the message” do you suppose have listened to every tape? Some act like they have every tape memorized. Yet their lives sometimes appear as though they have never heard even one.

Are the tapes the message? Do you have to listen to every tape? Do you have to listen to tapes at all?

What is the message anyway? What is this wonderful message that we have, that we are so proud of? The message is the revealed word of God for the hour. What is the Word of God? The Word of God is the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, if we are in the message then we must be in Jesus Christ. And if we are in Jesus, then Jesus is also in us. Is that Bible? That is the scripture that we first read. So by our works, by our temptations, by our lives, we can examine ourselves to see whether we are in Jesus Christ, or not.

What was the sign that you have the Holy Spirit? What were the 120 in the upper room told to wait for? POWER! Now is it coming together. Power. Power to do the works. Power to overcome temptations. Power to live the message every day. Power to believe the word of God, not just a carnal mental understanding but genuine faith to believe it in the face of every contrary idea or evidence. So we must examine ourselves to see if we have power to overcome our temptations, the power to live Christ-like in every situation.

If we have power to overcome our flesh, for we are tempted when we are led away and enticed of our fleshly lusts, then we are in the message. If this message, this revealed word of God, Jesus Christ himself, permeates every minute of every day of our lives then we are indeed in the message. If it is in our thoughts, if it is in our hearts, then we are in the message. If our works are the works of the message, the works of Word of God, the works of Jesus Christ, then we are indeed in the message. If we are written epistles read of all men, as Paul tells us, we are in the message. If we bear the fruits of the spirit, then we are in the message. And when we examine ourselves and find ourselves falling short we repent and God cleanses us and strengthens us and then to Him it is as though we never fell short in the first place. Is that Bible?

Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.

So there are setbacks. But the Bible shows us that those who are called and chosen, even though they get occasionally knocked down, will get back up, search our ways, examine ourselves and turn again unto the Lord. The Bible says to prove our own selves. Prove. Remove all doubt. Do we have doubt? Doubt is unbelief. We have to be sure. We need to be absolutely sure of our salvation. The Bible warns us not to be double minded. Are we sure? Are we proven? Do we know ourselves? Our scripture asked that question. Do we know ourselves? How can we have confidence in our salvation unless we know ourselves? The Bible tells us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Work it out. Prove it. Then you will have confidence in it.

If we do not examine ourselves through trials and search out our own hearts with the word then we do not know ourselves. How many times have you heard someone brag about what they would do in a certain situation; a situation they have never actually faced. They would do this, and they would do that, and they would do such grand and wonderful things. Put them in the situation and you will see what they would do. You have heard the saying. ‘kick a bucket of honey and honey comes out; kick a bucket of vinegar and vinegar comes out’. Exactly. You are proving the bucket and examining it by trials.

So too we cannot know ourselves until we see how we actually behave during trials. Do you have faith in divine healing? Get sick, really sick, sometime and see. Do you have faith for God to provide for you? Loose you job one day and you will find out. Do you have the love, faith and patience to turn the other cheek? You may think that you do. You will never really know till you take a punch. Until you go through that trial you truly have no idea what kind of a person you are or how you would react. This my brothers and sisters is a simple truth. It is the trial alone that will determine and prove your character.

Look at Peter. He was a big strong man. He thought he knew himself. He didn’t think he had any fear in him. Peter once bragged of his abilities and the wonderful things he would do in a given situation that he had never faced. And he was not lying in his mind, he fully believed what he said. What did Peter say, and think, that he was able to do? Do you remember?

St. John 13:37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. 38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

Not just once but three times. The very same night that Peter bragged of his ability to pass the test, he was tried and completely failed that very test three times in a row. Peter was sure that he had what it took. He bragged about it. But when the rubber hit the road he could not perform. Peter did not know himself. He was not proved. He thought that he did, but what he knew was his own imagination. He was not measuring himself justly, by examination and the word of God, but he was measuring himself against himself. We shall see that in a bit. And it turned out that his measure was completely wrong.

Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

Let every man (and woman; sisters you won’t get off easy on this) prove his own work. See it is works again. Those works prove whether we are in the message. Peter’s response to the little girl who accused him of being with Jesus proved what he was. Peter was with Jesus for three and a half years. Peter worked in the message. He even preached. Yet Peter’s works proved that he was not actually in the message, not yet at least. You see it is not belief alone. It was not enough for Peter to believe that Jesus was the Messiah in his mind and it is not enough for us to just believe the message in our minds. An intellectual understanding of the message will do you no good whatsoever. The devil believes in one God and trembles. Why does the devil tremble? Because his works are evil. And so we find it today.

All through the Bible you will see twins. Cain and Abel. Jacob and Esau. Jesus and Judas, not twins in flesh but twins in type. Moses and Balaam. Ishmael and Isaac. One of the flesh and one of the spirit. And the one of the flesh hates the one of the spirit, and persecutes him. Why?

1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

Abel’s works condemned Cain. Abel was a written epistle. When Cain looked at Abel he saw the works of Jesus Christ. Abel lived the message and his very life condemned Cain. They both believed. They both worshipped. They both went to church. They both had the message of the hour. Cain had the same intellectual understanding of the Word of God as Abel did. In fact Cain may have even had a greater intellectual understanding. But what were they doing with that message? Abel examined himself and proved himself that he was in the message by his righteous works and God confirmed it by giving Abel revelation.

Cain was merely religious. And Cain was very religious. He bragged the message but did not live it. He thought he was good and faithful and righteous to the point where he spoke back to God as though he was right and God was wrong. But when it came to the test Cain failed. He was reprobate because he had not examined and proved himself. He merely measured himself by himself.

Esau had the message the same as Jacob, but Jacob lived it. Every moment of every day Jacob was consumed with getting the blessing. Esau was content to quote it. He quoted it to Jacob and laughed and said give me soup and you can have the blessing. He was more concerned with fulfilling the lusts of his flesh, hunger, than he was for living the message. He was content to go to church. He was not living it at all. Jacob was consumed by it.

So we see two types here. Two types spoken of in our scripture. Know ye not that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobate.

Reprobate: Greek adokimos, failing the test, rejected, cast away.

To be Reprobate is to be failing the test. Failing the trials. Just as Cain, failing with no desire to pass. That is why Cain failed. Did you realize that? We can only fail when we have no desire to pass. That, after all, is what the test is in the end. It is a test of our character. We cannot use the excuse that the test was too hard. The Bible warns us of that.

Hebrews 12: 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

And more to the point.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

So if we fail the test it is only because we did not try, or want to pass. Our flesh won out. Remember we found out the examination was a test of temptation to discern our true character. And our true character is our inner most motives and desires. Cain failed because his character failed. He was reprobate from the inside out, not the outside in. Remember the works don’t cause the faith, the faith causes the works. So Cain’s works were bad because his heart was reprobate. Bad trees don’t give good fruit. If a tree is sick, the fruit will be sick also. Cain had bad fruit because he was bad down through to the roots. Jesus said men cannot gather figs from thorns. Our outside is a reflection of our insides.

Hebrews 12: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 for ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

The Bible tells us that Esau was a profane person. Profane, godless, worldly. Sold out for a morsel of meat. Sold out his spiritual birthright for the lusts of the flesh. Sold out the message of his hour for religion and popularity. Sold out the Word for worldly riches. And he was rejected, failed, reprobate. He had the message. He knew the message. He heard it straight from the prophet of his hour, Isaac. He had an intellectual understanding of the message and memorized every word of it but he had never put it to the test in his life. He was a believer, just like Cain. But he was profane just like Cain. He was only a hearer of the message not a doer of it. What was Esau doing with the message? Nothing. He was not living it. He was not examining himself. He was not proving himself. He did not know himself. He thought that he was able to receive the blessing, and when it came time to receive the blessing he was a reprobate. Jacob on the other hand was examining himself daily. He was living the message. Everything in his life was centered on the birthright, which was the message of his hour.

The man in the parable that Jesus spoke of, Cain, Esau, Judas, they had the message. And they knew the truth. They did not live it and even what they seemed to have was taken from them. It is the living of the message that will take it from an intellectual understanding and turn it into a spiritual understanding. Not just to hear the word but to act upon it. Abraham heard the Word. It did him no good whatsoever. It didn’t do him a bit of good to hear God tell him to separate himself and travel across the continent to a land that was prepared for him. He had an intellectual understanding of it but it wasn’t until he acted upon it, till he put that message to work in his life exactly as it had been spoken, that the message became alive to him. The message was of no use, of no value to Abraham until he became a doer of the word. In fact he wasn’t even Abraham until his live completely expressed the message; he was simply Abram. He could have stayed in Ur and died an old man with no blessing, no country, no children and a wonderful intellectual understanding of the message with every word memorized. But Abraham was different. When he heard the word of God he acted upon it. That is true faith. When you have faith you will act upon the word of God!

James 1: 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholds himself, and goes his way and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Here it is again. Cain was a hearer of the word. He heard it straight from the mouth of God. It didn’t do him any good. Esau was a hearer of the word. It didn’t help him one bit. They, as in the scripture, after hearing the word go away and forget what manner of men they are. How could they not know what manner of men the are? They failed to examine and prove themselves. They thought they had the message and that was enough. But it wasn’t enough. The message will not help you if you do not apply it.

But Abel and Jacob and Abraham, they heard the word and they were also doers of the word. Their works proved their faith. They examined themselves, they proved themselves, and found by their works that they were in the faith. But if we don’t stop and examine ourselves we will go away and forget what manner of man we are; we will be a hearer only. And we will be very religious, very pious, and very reprobate.

So where do we stand? There are only two places to be, in or out. We are either in the message or we are not in the message. Either Jesus Christ, the word of God is in us, or we are reprobates. Tough word isn’t it? But we have to understand this. When the door of the ark closed, it was too late, you were either living the message of Noah, or you were dead on your feet. They all heard it. Noah preached to the world for 120 years, but the world was full of reprobates.

And Jesus told us that as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the son of man. We had a vindicated prophet with the ministry of Elijah as foretold in Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7. The world has heard the message for over 70 years now. How many are doers of the message? Look at the age we live in. We are in the Laodicean age. And it is the same in this age as in Noah’s age. The world is eating and drinking and giving in marriage, knowledge is increased, men’s hearts are continually imagining evil. The church is full of lukewarm hearers who never get enough fire in them to actually apply the message that they are so proud of.

They will tell you that they worship just like you do. They have the message. They got baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. They sing and they pray. And we cannot argue. Cain prayed. Simon the sorcerer was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Did you realize that? So what is the difference?

Proverbs 21: 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind?

The sacrifice, the worship of a reprobate is abomination. The prayers and worship of a reprobate is something that stinks so bad it makes God physically ill. And how much more when it is brought with a reprobate mind. He said of the Laodicean church that it is such an abomination that He will spew them out of His mouth. This age is so dirty and evil that it makes the Lord God puke. How can this be? How can people sit and hear a vindicated message and not be saved through it? How do they hear it and not examine themselves with it?

2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, are not wise. 13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

They measure themselves against themselves. They measure themselves by their imaginations, what they think they would do in a given situation. As Timothy tells us they are boasters, proud, blasphemers, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. The power. Deny the power to overcome, to live the message. The quote the message, go to church, sing and dance and shout amen at just the right time, maybe in preach, but denying that very same message with their lives.

We are supposed to measure ourselves according to the rule that God gave us, which is the Word of God. But the reprobates will measure by their own rule, as Cain did. They rely on a feeling, on a sensation, imagination and on carnal wisdom and logic. Their measuring post is wrong. How are we measuring ourselves? What is our guideline? The Word of God! That must be our absolute! We have to measure ourselves by the Word of God alone for we will be judged by the Word of God alone. That is why Paul wrote to us:

Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Till we all come into the unity, of the faith, the unity of the message. Unto the MEASURE of the stature of the fullness of Christ. That is our measuring stick; The fullness of Jesus Christ. The works that He did will we do also. We must examine ourselves and see whether our works match His works. If Jesus Christ is in us then our works will match His works, and our lives will reflect his life.

Remember the analogy the prophet gave about Beethoven. He said if I had the spirit of Beethoven I would write beautiful songs like he did. It’s the same. If we have the spirit of Jesus Christ then we will have the very same works. Examine yourselves! Prove yourselves! Measure up! Do we measure up?

Are we growing in him every day? We may not be perfect yet, but what direction are we moving? If we are hearers of the word we are moving backwards but if we are doers of the word we are moving forward. Did you know that? There is no standing still with God. You should know it. When you hear the word of God you either accept it, and repent and do what the word says and are washed by it and move closer to God, closer to the stature of a perfect man, or you reject it and are judged by it and become reprobate. We either examine ourselves and judge ourselves comparing our works with the works of Jesus or we reject the word sinning willfully and are condemned.

1 Corinthians 11: 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

If we judge ourselves. How do we judge ourselves? If we examine our works and compare them with the works of Christ. Compare them with the Bible and see where we stand. Judge ourselves. Admit when we are wrong and make it right. Admit our shortcomings. Repent. We have 4000 years of written history to compare ourselves to. That is why we have the history. Remember earlier we looked to Moses for an example.

1 Corinthians 10: 11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

The history is written for us to compare. It is for our admonition, to give us a measuring stick, and show us where we come short. We must take heed lest we become reprobate. And it is not a one time thing. It has to be an every day thing. Not just on Sundays and Wednesdays but every day.

And we cannot just imagine how we would act or react in a given situation.

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 professing themselves to be wise they became fools.

When they knew God, when they knew the message, they failed to glorify God. Becoming vain in their imaginations, measuring themselves against themselves, hearer of the word only, their hearts become darkened. They did not know themselves. They did not examine themselves with that word that they heard and in the trials of life. They did not prove themselves but professing wisdom, they became fools. Do we profess wisdom? To be brag that we have the light, we have the vindicated message, we have the word of God’s prophet? What are you doing with that message?

I know a fellow that I was talking to a while ago. He said he had total faith in Jesus. If he had total faith in Jesus then how come he could not muster enough faith to be delivered from smoking? Total faith? He was measuring himself by himself. He did not know himself at all. He thought he had total faith but ion reality he has little or no faith at all. He is reprobate.

You are hearing the word today. Are you hearing the Word? If I am not speaking the word please tell me so I can stop. So do we agree that we are hearing the word. Are we hearing the message of the hour? Good, that is the first step, but it will do us no good whatsoever just to sit and hear it. We need to do what we hear! We need to start living this message. We need to examine ourselves daily! We need to prove ourselves! Find out where we stand! Find our weaknesses. Find our faults. Judge ourselves and correct ourselves. Test ourselves. We need to apply this message to our lives, every word and every day.

Do we know ourselves yet? Have you examined yourself today? Are we hearers of the word only or doers of it? How many here are going to do what you are reading today? Who is going to live the message for all the world to see? Nobody wants to be reprobate. And we do not have to. The only reason we will fail is if we don’t want to pass. Remember that. God promised not to allow any temptation come our way that is too strong for us and He also promised to make a way out for us. The victory has already been won for us, all we have to do is claim it in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Are we going to live this message? Are we going to be a written epistle read of all men? Are we going to examine ourselves daily with this word and see how we measure up? Are we going to prove ourselves? We have been given royal seeds, lets go plant them.

Then we are going to build patience and will be found in praise and honour at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a crown of life waiting for everyone here today. Eternal life is promised to every soul in this building. A mansion is sitting in heaven waiting for each and every one of us to occupy. We just need to examine ourselves, know ourselves and prove ourselves daily as we see the end approaching. We need to persevere. God said that we would not be tempted above that we are able. He has already made a way out for us. He has already won the victory. So there is nothing left to stop us from living the message. You are the only Bible most people will ever read. So lets open up the pages of our lives to them and show them Jesus.  Let us shine our lights for all to see.

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.

 

 

 

 

 

Taking God at His Word

“Go Up and Possess the Land Which I Have Given You”

Taking God at His Word

Deuteronomy 9: 23 Likewise when the Lord sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; Then ye rebelled against the commandment of the lord your God, and ye believed him not, not hearkened to his voice.

May God add his blessing to the reading of his word.

Here Moses is making intercession for Israel. God was going to destroy the whole bunch and start over, but Moses stood in the gap. That was the spirit of Christ in Moses. That spirit of God in us is what makes us pray for our brothers and sisters and our enemies alike. Only the spirit of God in you will make you love your enemy. Only the spirit of God in us will make us forgive our enemy. The spirit of Christ was in Moses making intercession for Israel. But why did Moses have to make intercession? Why was God so angry with Israel?

They refused to take God at his word! God gave them promises and they refused to believe him. They rejected the word of God in favour of the ideas, philosophies and ideologies of men. God not only gave them promises, but he vindicated those promises to the people and the people rejected both the word and the evidence. God showed them the physical evidence of the Promised Land. Moses sent out 12 spies, one from each of the 12 tribes and they brought back the evidence of the Promised Land. The people rejected it. They saw it, they tasted it and they rejected it. Even seeing the evidence, touching the evidence they still refused to believe or have faith in God. Quite simply they did not trust God.

What would we have done in their situation? It is easy to say we would have been on Moses’ side. But would you, would I? In this situation what would you have done? Where would you stand? Ten of the spies said that the opposition was too strong. Ten out of the twelve said it would be impossible to take the land. Only two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb trusted in God and believed his word, and gave a testimony that Israel would be more than able to overcome.

You see, when we look back at these stories, we already know who Moses was and what the end result was. So we know going in that Moses was right. We see the behaviour of Israel and think it foolish because we know in advance that Moses, Joshua and Caleb were right. But what if we didn’t know?
We have the history books to show us that in the end the minority was right and the majority was very much wrong. We know in advance that everything God told Israel about the Promised Land was absolutely true. We know in advance that tey marched into Palestine and took over lock stock and barrel. But if we were there, if we were in their shoes, if we were part of the 2,000,000 standing there at Kadesh Barnea, if all we had to go on was faith, what the Bible says and what a minority of preachers said, would we still believe? We are in that condition today.

Let’s look at some other promises God made and kept. At how people took God at his word and received the reward. Then let’s look at what God has promised for this day.

How many remember how God kept his covenant to Noah, to Moses, to the Amalekites. It took 500 years before God kept that promise about Amelek but he none the less kept it to the letter. God said he would destroy Amelek and he destroyed him and his nation to the last man, animal etc. Nothing was left standing. Do you think anyone believed it? Even Saul the king could not believe it, and because Saul refused it, he was judged.

God has a land of milk and honey for us. Part of what is on my heart today, and I will repeat if a few times this morning so it really soaks in. It is a land of milk and honey, not one land of milk and another land of honey, but one land of both. One land for Israel, one atonement, one finished work at Calvary.

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

He is preparing a place, a house with many mansions and for each one of us a mansion. Not a building, but a new body. We won’t need a building. We will have new bodies. We will have bodies like the angels, perfect versions of ourselves. Do you believe it? Do you really believe it?

It is in our land of milk and honey. The people in Moses day could not believe even though they were surrounded with signs, wonders and miracles. They could not believe even though they had vindication of the message that Moses brought. They could not believe even though they tasted of the treasures and had witness of the promise.

It is the very same thing today! People will not believe! We had a prophet. We have thousands of recorded signs and wonders even to the speaking into existence and raising of the dead. We have Holy Spirit anointed ministries. We have the fruits of the spirit. We have the gifts of the spirit. We even have photographs of supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit. We have the Bible. We have an open revelation of the Bible and people will still refuse to believe it. The denominations reject it. The world rejects it. And today even “message people” reject it.

Would we believe Moses’ message in his day? The answer is simple. Do you believe the message of this hour? I am not talking about giving homage to it, but really truly believing it. Do we really believe it? Do we really believe the revealed word of God for the hour?

Abraham is the father of faith. God gave a promise to Abraham. It was an impossible promise. We all know the story. He was 75 and his wife was 65 and God came to them and said he was going to give them a son. And God waited 25 years before fulfilling that promise to them, and today there are millions of Jews whose very existence proves that every word was true. What did Abraham have? All Abraham had was God’s word. He was already very old and his wife was equally ancient, and they weren’t getting any younger. Every day they both got older, day after day for 25 years. That is better than 9000 days. 9000 times Abraham went to bed old and woke up older, he went to bed weak and woke up weaker and the Bible says he fainted not at the promise of God. Then one day, he wasn’t old any more. Abraham trusted in God.

Look at your grandparents. If I stood here and told you that they were going to have another baby, and it was not going to come for another 15 years, who here would believe me. Think about it. Look at them and think about it. The thought goes against every sane thought in your head. The idea would be the most absurd thing you could imagine, that 15 years from now your grandparents would have another baby. But if God said it, it would surely happen. The question is, would we be able to trust God. Abraham did. We will look at Abraham a little more later.

God said the very same thing to Abraham and Sarah and God did it and we say we believe that God did it. Is he not the same yesterday today and forever? If God is the same then he could do the very same thing today. This is going to cut a bit but it is the truth. If we cannot truly believe that your grandparents could have another baby 15 years from now then we do not really believe that Abraham and Sarah had one when he was 100 and she was 90. That is a fact. If you can’t believe it for today then you do not really believe it for yesterday. Let that sink in. And that is not only for this word, but for each and every word of the scripture.

It has been said that we look at what God did, and what God is promising to do, and completely miss what he is doing. That is true. The reason we miss it is that we do not really believe the rest either. It is just a story, a legend, a tradition, or a fairy tale to us. We ascribe to it, but deep in our hearts we do not believe it.

Hebrews 3: 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Unbelief. What is sin? Smoking? Drinking? Lying? Stealing? What is sin? Unbelief! The only sin is unbelief, all the rest are attributes or the fruit of sin. We do those things because we do not really believe the word of God in the first place. If we lie it is because we do not believe that God can reveal the truth. Every act of unrighteousness we commit, we do so because we first rejected to believe the Word of God. We do not trust that what is written is true or that it will come to pass.

What was the sin in Eden? Unbelief! Catch this. Before Eve could receive the devil’s lie, she first had to reject God’s word. Is that Bible? Before we can believe a lie, we must first disbelieve the truth. Let that sink in. And once we reject the truth, we open ourselves up to believe the most preposterous lies and we will believe those lies with all our hearts, minds and souls. Want a scripture for it?

2 Thessalonians 2: 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Do you see the order here? First they receive not the love of the truth, they hate the truth, they reject the truth, they willfully disbelieve the truth, and then they receive a delusion to believe a lie. Cause and effect. First we reject the truth, and then we will receive a lie. And listen close, if we hear the truth and reject it, we will turn around and start believing lies that we would have never believed before. If you reject the revealed word of God for the hour, there is no lie to absurd for you to receive. Reject this revealed word of God for the hour and you will be blinded to the truth. Reject the light and you will receive darkness. Reject this revealed word of God and you will open yourself up to insanity.

The world as a whole has rejected the truth. The world has lost its mind. The American Mental Health Association estimates that 24% of people walking the streets have a diagnosable mental illness. Do you understand what that means? If fully one quarter of the world is nuts by the worlds standards of sanity, what is the real number? Would you like to know? You would not believe me so I will save that for another day.

So what does God really require of us? Did you ever stop and ask yourself that? It is so easy to quote a scripture, or jump on a favourite doctrine, but deep down beneath all of that, what does God really want from us? He wants us to trust him. He wants his children to trust him! He wants us to believe that what he said is true, and that what he promised to do, he will actually do.

Psalm 37: 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 and the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

We sing the song:

Only trust him,

only trust him,

only trust him now.

He will save you,

He will save you,

He will save you now.

Come every soul by sin oppressed,

There’s mercy with the Lord,

And He will surely give you rest,

By trusting in his word.

God wants us to trust him. He wants us to take him at his word. Do you trust him? I’m going to go a little further today. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but a few things might come a little hard. Some may disagree with me this morning, and that is perfectly fine, disagree with me all you want, just don’t disagree with this word.

Do we trust him? Do we really trust the Lord God? To trust God is to believe his word, and to believe his word is to act upon his word. Amen? Does everyone understand and agree with that statement? If you trust God, then you trust that what he said is the truth, and you trust that he will do exactly what he promised to do. And if you trust the Lord God then you will act as though every word in the Bible is the truth and you will act as though the Lord will keep every promise that is written in the Bible. Still with me?

So what are our actions? The Lord God said to go and possess the land. What are his promises for today, what has he told us to go out and possess today, and what are our actions in relation to those promises? In other words, how much do we trust God?

Isaiah 53: 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Do we trust the Living God, the Lord Jesus Christ? The prophet Isaiah here, 700 years before Christ, was prophesying of Christ. And the word of God comes to who? The word of God comes to the prophets, so this is not a man’s word but God’s own word. Do we trust our God? It says that he took our sins. So do we transgress? He took it! Do you still have transgression in your life? Trust in the Lord God Almighty to take it away, trust in him that he had already taken it, and it shall surely go. Is that Bible? Do we trust that word? Are you acting upon that word?

It says that he healed us. Are we healed? Or are you sick? Is there anyone here sick? God said that by his stripes you are healed. Do you believe it? What are you looking at, your sickness or God’s promise. What did Abraham look at? Sarah’s 90 year old withered body, or God’s promise? What are you looking at? What are you trusting in? Are you trusting in God’s promise, or in how you feel? Are you trusting in God’s word, or in the doctor’s word? Here is one of my favourite Scriptures.

James 5: 14 Is any sick among you? Let him call the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Are there any sick people reading this? How long are you going to wait before you trust in God to keep his promise? Your actions tell your beliefs. If we believe this word of God, if we trust in God to keep his promise to us, then we will act according to his promise. If we do not trust in God, then we will go somewhere else and do something else. I told you it would get a little rough. If we trust in the doctors more than the Lord God, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, the great creator, we will go to the doctor when we are sick. If we trust God to heal us then we will not bother with the doctors. It is according to your faith. God will deal with you according to your faith, according to how much you trust him. And let me remind you that you cannot bluff the devil. Look at the seven sons of Sceva for an example.

Nothing against the doctors, thought of becoming one myself once, but why do we need them? We need them because we do not trust in God in the first place. The prophet said that doctors and medicine were God’s love gift to the unbelievers. God’s love gift to the believers was that by his stripes we are healed. If we truly trust in God then we will not need doctors. But if you doubt then you better get yourself straight to the doctor. Then go on your knees and work it out with God so you don’t need to run to the doctor the next time.

Would we have believed Moses? Moses said if you are bitten by a snake to look at the brass serpent and you would be healed. In Moses day, walking across the desert, and a rattle snake locks onto your leg, would you simply trust the Word and go stare at a snake? Today the Bible says to call the elders of the church if you are sick. If you cannot believe and obey James chapter 5 verse 14 today when you are sick today, then you never would have believed Moses message 3500 years ago in the desert. That is the honest truth. Search your souls on that and see if it isn’t so. If you believe and follow James 5:14 today, then you would have been a Joshua or Caleb in Moses day.

Healing is only one promise from the Lord God. And as I said it was not one land of milk and another land of honey, but one land of milk and honey. The atonement paid for healing, AND salvation. They are one and the same. If we don’t have the faith for healing how can we expect to have the faith for the rapture?

Faith cometh by hearing the word of God. If we don’t have enough faith, then we need to hear more of the word of God. And you don’t hear more of the word of God by skipping church. We get all busy, we have to do this, we have to do that, but what if you die Sunday night and you skipped church that morning because you had other things that were more important to you?

So lets here a little more of the word this morning. Let’s take some examples from scripture of how God keeps his word and of those who trusted in him to do it. Let’s get some faith.

Turn to Abraham again. Jehovah God, the Great I Am, told Abraham to leave all and take a long journey to a promised land. Abraham believed God and we know Abraham believed God because he acted upon what he heard. Are we acting today? Compare yourself to the patriarch Abraham and see how you stack up. Abraham left everything and followed God’s calling for him. Abraham believed God about the birth of Isaac. And after he was born, God told Abraham to go and sacrifice Isaac back to him and Abraham did it without murmur or complaint. Why? How could a man kill his child?

Hebrews 11: 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, that in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he receive him in a figure.

Abraham trusted God. Period. He trusted God’s word and he trusted that God would keep his word even though everything looked impossible. God said in Isaac would his seed be called and yet God was asking Abraham to kill Isaac before he had any children. Abraham trusted the Lord so completely that he knew that even if Isaac died, God would be able to raise him back up. Do we have such trust in the Lord God? Do you have total trust in Jesus Christ? Believe me, as I am writing this I am asking myself the same question.

God told Noah to build and Ark to save the planet. In Noah’s day it did not rain. They had science equal to or possibly surpassing the science of today. God told Noah that he was going to destroy the world by water that was going to fall from the sky and bubble up from the deep. In Noah’s day that was absurd. Water did not fall from the sky because there was no water up there to fall. The earth was on a different orbit with a 360 day year and the climate was completely different.

So Noah was given a word of God which was completely contrary to the science and logic of the day. Yet Noah trusted in God and worked for 120 years preparing for the impossible flood and preaching to every soul about it. And after he was ready, got tested him again.

Genesis 7: 4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. 5 And Noah did according unto all that the lord commanded him. 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth 7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean beasts and of fowls, and of every ting that creepeth upon the earth, 9 There went in two and two male and female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

Notice here what the Bible says about Noah. Noah did all that the Lord commanded him. Noah trusted God. He believed his word and we know that Noah believe because he acted as though he believed. God gave Noah a promise and waited 120 years to fulfill that promise. Then when the time was at hand, he made Noah wait another 7 days for the fulfillment. I bet those seven days were a record heat wave too. Noah marched the animals in and got ready and the people outside put on sunscreen and came down to the ark to make fun of him. They tormented him as he was loading the animals. For seven long days and nights Noah and his family sat in the ark listening to the jeers of the people outside.

Then on day seven a little cloud appeared and it grew and grew and opened up and the entire sky was filled with storm from one end of the earth to the other. What caused the flood? We don’t know, we can speculate many things, but we do not know. This is what we do know:

Genesis 7: 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

The Lord God made an impossible promise, yet in spite of the impossibility, Noah trusted in God and believed and acted upon that promise, and the Lord kept his promise. God will never fail. We fail but God cannot. He cannot lie. Once he speaks a word it is truth.

Let’s look at Gideon. He was a simple man but as the Bible says, he was a man of valour. God sent him to deliver Israel, but the Lord also greatly diminished Gideon’s resources. Why? The Lord wanted everyone to see that it was not Gideon who delivered them but the hand of God who delivered them and with severely diminished resources nobody could give the glory to man.

Judges 7: 2 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people saying whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from the mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. 4 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, this shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, this shall not go with the, the same shall not go. 5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. 6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. 7 And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

Gideon started with 32,000 men, but if he had gone out with that huge army they would have thought that they won by their own might. So God pared them down to 300 men. He took Gideon’s army from several battalions down to a single platoon. He gave Gideon an impossible promise and Gideon trusted in the Lord God to keep his word and God surely did and Gideon completely and utterly vanquished the Midianites from the land. Would we be able to trust in God today in such a way? If a group of 300 IDF soldiers from Israel were to attack Iran’s millions, we would not hold out a hope for them, but Gideon’s 300 attacked and destroyed their enemy. If God told a platoon of Israeli soldiers to attack Iran, those 300 men would be in control of downtown Tehran by morning. Do you believe it? Why can’t we believe it for today? God is the same. Man is the same. But the people cannot believe it. Neither could they in Moses day. Neither could they in Gideon’s day, and neither could they in Noah’s day.

One day God sent his prophet Elijah to challenge the denominations of his day. They were being led by a woman preacher by the name of Jezebel. She was married to the King at the time, Ahab. She let all of Israel into idolatry. We have had a few Jezebels in our day too, and for that matter have more today than ever before. Elijah at that time had commanded, by the spirit of God, that the rain would not fall for 3 years. This was at the end of the 3rd year. God told Elijah to go to Ahab and challenge the 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the grove to a show down on Mount Carmel.

Elijah was totally forlorn. He saw such abomination in the church that he thought he was the only one left who believed and obeyed the word of God. But the Lord God told Elijah, you’re not alone, I have reserved 7000 who have not bowed knee to Baal. Sometimes we get to feeling alone too, but don’t fear God has reserved unto himself in this day an elected bride who has not taken the mark of the beast. You might be feeling very alone while reading this. You are not alone, there is a Church spiritual on this earth that is exactly like the Book of Acts, but with the full revelation of the Word. Remember that was sealed unto the endtime, and we are at that end.

God promised Elijah to vindicate his message. Here was Elijah, one man alone with all the world, all the denominations, all the politics, all the law, all the society, all they culture completely against him. He was a hated man, left alone, unwanted, and he came alone to challenge 450 trained preachers to a showdown on their own turf. These were full Doctors of Divinity and master theologians in their day. He not only challenged them but he gave them first go. Elijah took God at his word, and proved that he trusted God by his actions and his words. We are known by our actions and words too.

1 Kings 18: 36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.

Who would we have sided with back then? Would we have trusted in God or in Baal? Think about it. Would we have been one of the 7000 tiny minority, or of the majority? If you want the answer to that question, look at your life today. Are you one of the few, or one of the many? We had an Elijah in our day, a preacher with the ministry of Elijah fulfilling Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7, do you believe, or disbelieve? Do you live that message? Elijah believed and lived the message from God, he did everything that God had commanded, the way God had commanded.

Trust in God. He is not a respecter of persons. He made a promise to Noah, and he kept it, not because of Noah, but because of his word. God is obligated to his word. Everything the Lord God said he would do he will do and is doing right now. There is nothing that will stop the Lord from fulfilling his word. All he requires is that we truly believe and trust his word.

He made Gideon go out to battle hopelessly outgunned so that he could show that it was God and God alone that provided the victory. He put Gideon in an impossible situation so that he could show that there is nothing impossible for God.

He sent Elijah out into a hopeless, impossible situation with a promise that he would overcome. And God fulfilled his word exactly. He vindicated that word with supernatural signs, wonders and miracles. He never fails. Nothing is impossible for him. He is God of all, Lord of all, over all. He is the life giver. He is the healer. He is the redeemer. He is the victory giver. He is the resurrection.

We worry so much about today, and even more about tomorrow. The Lord God is the same, unchanging. Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever. Do you realize what that means? Do you really understand what that means? It means that each and every promise, each and every act, each and every miracle written in the Bible are for today, for you and for me if we will only trust in God to perform it. It all rests on us, on our faith, or lack thereof.

I had dozens of examples to draw on but not enough time even to glance over the tops of them. Daniel the prophet thrown into the lion’s den to be eaten. The three Hebrew boys thrown into the furnace to be burned. John boiled in oil for 24 hours. Samson. David. Isaac. Jacob. On and on and on. God made promise after promise and he kept every one, and always on time. He is never late and even when he seems late by our standards, he is perfectly on time.

When Lazarus died, Jesus was out of town and he never came back to town until 4 days after the fact. To the people he was 4 days late, but he was right on time because he called Lazarus back from the dead and out of the grave. Martha and Mary trusted in God. We should have even more faith than Martha and Mary because we have their experience to draw on.

David and Goliath. Goliath was over 10.5 feet tall and a trained warrior with the most modern weapons. David was a young boy about Simon’s size. The entire army of Israel was cowering like little girls at the presence of Goliath. But this little David was ready, willing and able to fight. Why? He trusted in God. He took God at his word.

1 Samuel 17: 45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.

David had faith in the Lord God beyond all that seems reasonable. He was face to face with a man that was twice his height, a soldier and a warrior. Goliath was armed and armoured from head to toe. David had only a sling with five stones. And when David went to meet him, he did not walk, he did not slink, he ran as fast as he could because he was fully persuaded and trusting in the Lord to perform what he promised in his word.

We need to get persuaded. We need faith. We need experiences with the living God. Look at the promises God has for us in our day. He promised healing. He promised deliverance. He promised salvation. He promised peace. He promised a rapture. The faith that brings healing is the very same faith that brings rapture. How long do we have to wait for God to fulfill his word? That is up to God. Noah waited 120 years. Abraham waited 25 years. The 120 in the upper room waited 10 days. Cornelius waited 3 days. Jarius waited a few moment.

To each a time but that time will be fulfilled. We have to trust in God that what he said will come to pass. And in our day when we have seen promise after promise, prophesy after prophesy fulfilled, how can we help but to believe and trust in God. Are you sick? By his stripes you are healed. Are you possessed, he hath already delivered you, just claim the promise. Are you a sinner, claim his salvation that he accomplished for you at Calvary.

We have a land of milk and honey right here on earth that God has commanded us to go and take possession of. That land is the Kingdom of God, that land is the atonement, that land is the token, the Holy Spirit of promise, that land is our healing, that land is our deliverance, that land is our peace, that land is our sanity, that land is our overcoming power, that land is our salvation, that land is our justification, that land is our sanctification, that land it Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.

He made one atonement for all. The atonement for healing is the same atonement for deliverance and is the same atonement for salvation. We all have needs. We all have fallen short. We all have failed to trust him. Take God at his word. He is obligated to his word. Whatever he said he is obligated to do.

If he said by his stripes you are healed then you are healed. Period. Now let your actions and your words demonstrate that you trust his word. Don’t testify that you are sick, rather testify that you are healed. Testify that you are delivered. Testify that you are saved. Live a life that shows the whole world that you are believing and trusting in Christ Jesus. We are known by our works and by our words. They are our fruits and Jesus said by our fruits we shall be known.

Only trust him

Only trust him

Only trust him now

He will save you

He will save you

He will save you now.

Do you need salvation? Trust him and demonstrate that trust. He said in Acts 2:38 to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Do you trust him? Then act on that trust. If you believe the Word of God and trust in the Lord then you will obey his word. If you do not obey his word, then that is the sign that you really do not believe it. Believe his word and go forth and possess the land. Take God at his word and possess his promises.

Do you need healing? Take him at his word and act according to his word. Do you need deliverance? It is freely given for you today. Trust in the Lord and he will deliver you. There is nothing that will stand before you if you trust in him. Look at the examples we just read. Armies, diseases, forces of nature, even death itself cannot stand before us if we will truly trust in him. Do you trust him this morning?

Cancer? What is cancer before God? AIDS? Heart disease? Just our names for the devil and the devil was defeated at Calvary. Jesus raised the dead. He raised Lazarus who was dead and rotting for 4 days. He raised a baby in our generation that was dead and rotting for 12 hours in the hot Mexican sun. Only trust him.

Trust in the Lord God. Take him at his word.

 

Saved from Sin

Saved from Sin!

“Whom the world cannot receive”

2 Cor 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven 3 if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given us the earnest of the spirit.

May God bless the reading of His Word.

So we are told that God has provided us with a token, an earnest, down-payment receipt for a mansion which is waiting for us in heaven. Our mansion in heaven is a body. A perfect version of ourselves. It already exists waiting for us. No gray hairs, no bald heads, no sore joints, no being tired, to getting sick, no getting old, no more wearing glasses. Perfect versions of ourselves waiting for us to step into. Do we all believe that? We all hear it and know it in our minds but do we believe it in our hearts? There is a perfect, glorified body waiting for each and every child of God.

And it is in our imperfect bodies that our souls are prepared to live in our perfect bodies. It is in an unholy filthy world that we are prepared to live in a holy perfect world. It is through our sickness, our pain and our suffering that God prepares us for a place that has no sickness, no pain and no suffering. Quite the paradox we live in. But it is not for everybody for some are saved and some are lost. But we need to be assured that there is indeed a body waiting for us. We need to know that we are going up in the rapture. We need to be absolutely sure. We need that revelation from God to make it sure in our hearts.

How do we know we are saved? What are we saved from? We are saved from Sin! Have you ever asked yourself what that means, to be saved from sin? We talk about it all the time but do you really understand what it means? Saved from Sin. That is what separates us from the world. We are saved from sin. We were dead IN our sin but now we dead TO our sin.

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things become new.

When we are dead to our sins all things become new. New desires. New tastes. New likes. New dislikes. We become a new creature IN Christ. How? By getting a new spirit. It is the spirit that drives the man and gives him life. Why did Joshua and Caleb have a completely different outlook than the rest of Israel? A different spirit was found in them.

We used to all be of the world yet even though we were in the world we did not belong there. That is why we came out of the world. There was something inside of us calling us to something better. The deep was calling to the deep. We were not satisfied with what we had in the world and were longing for something better. And something deep inside us told us that there was something better. We didn’t know what it was. We didn’t deserve it. We still don’t. But we know it is there and we want it, we desire it, we need it, we hunger and thirst for it, and we are not going to let anything stop us from getting it.

   56-1208 – Abraham – William Branham
15 Now, you can be a mentally worked up or emotionally worked up and just imagine your faith, but when your spirit bears record with His Spirit, and your life compares with God’s Bible, you’ve got a pretty good conception it’s all as at peace. That’s right, but if it don’t compare with that, then you better come back again. See? If you don’t love Him with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, if sin doesn’t just make you tremble at the thoughts of it, you’d better come back (see?) and be sure. No matter… You might’ve danced in the Spirit. You might’ve spoke with tongues. You might’ve put your name on every church book in this city. You might’ve been baptized three times forward, backward, sprinkled. That won’t have one thing to do with it, not one thing. You’ve got to be borned again (See?), something that takes place, a regeneration, and you become a new creation. Old things is passed away, and all things become new. You’re a new look on everything. The birds sing different. Your enemies that you once couldn’t stand, you love them. See? You really love them, and everything’s changed. Then you know you’ve passed from death unto Life.

Col 1: 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

We were alienated from God. We were enemies of God. It was the wicked works of unbelief in our minds that separated us from Him. And He reconciled us to Him through His own blood. That holy perfect God left His throne in glory to take upon a body of flesh, suffer and bleed and die in your place. In my place. It should have been us on that cross. We deserve what He suffered. He even went to hell for us to conquer that for us. Jesus Christ conquered death, hell and the grave. And He did it for you!

How could anyone turn down such a great and marvelous gift? The gift is too great for us even to properly imagine. The Bible says that eye hath not seen and ear hath not heard neither entered into the heart of any man the things which God had prepared for those who love Him. What a gift. What a sacrifice, the just for the unjust, the holy for the unholy, God for sinner. What could you say of someone who would turn down such a gift. How blind and heartless would we have to be to trod that holy blood under foot and count it an unholy thing? To reject Him is to say that His suffering and death was worthless. And He is His word. To reject the word of God is to reject Jesus Christ. So how could anyone reject Him? How could anyone reject His message? Why don’t people get it? More importantly, why do we get it?

Ephesians 1: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

So the token is an earnest of our inheritance. We have an inheritance. It is an incorruptible inheritance in heaven. And we have been given that inheritance solely by the “council of his own will”. It is not something we did. It is not because we are any better than anyone else. We are not smarter. We are not holier. We are not more righteous. He chose us out of the world to show His mercy to because from the beginning of the world He knew we would accept and believe and obey.

Romans 8: 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

He predestinated us. Before the very foundation of the World. Before He spoke the first speck of dust into existence He had you in His mind. You are the expressed thoughts of God. He knew who you would be, where you would be born, how long you would live, when you would receive Him, every mistake you would make along the way, and what your thoughts would be this morning. He already knows what mistakes you will make tomorrow. Do you believe that? He knows them and He died for them and has already made a way for you by His own blood.

But we must remember we are at war. There are two seeds on this earth. One is called and predestinated, the other is also called and predestinated, but not for eternal life. Even pharaoh was not wild on the loose but fulfilling the plan of God as God had predestinated for him to do. God raised up Pharaoh, the Bible says so. God knew what he would do. God knew which man to put into that place. He knew what kind of a fellow pharaoh was, that is why He picked that particular man to be in that place. That is why He gave him power. That is why He gave Egypt great power and wealth. It was all in His plan. He told Abraham of it centuries before. Israel was not in Egypt for 400 years by mistake and it was no coincidence that Moses was born when he was born. Moses was predestinated for a special role in fulfilling the plan of God and he had to be born in a specific time, and in a specific place, and to specific parents in order to do it. Even Moses’ speech impediment was part of God’s plan. It allowed for a position for Aaron and the ushering in of the Priesthood and set a type for the ministries of the two prophets to come to the remnant of Israel. Moses was never a speaker and Elijah was always a speaker. As Aaron did the speaking for Moses in the first ministry so will Elijah do the speaking in the one to come. We won’t be here to see it but it will be that way, because God does not change his ways.

We are at war! We are soldiers of the cross. And there is an enemy. Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace but war. There is a battle going on and you have to pick a side. God knows which side you will pick. But it is entirely up to you to pick it. That is why He sent this message, to give you a choice, and to arm you in the fight.

If we are not soldiers of the cross, then we are fighting for the devil.

Every man hears the same words but not all understand them. It is only to the elect that He gives revelation. Did you know that? Every man can receive and intellectual comprehension but only the elect get a spiritual revelation.

Luke 8: 10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables: that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

We all have the same Bible. Yet why is it that we have so many different ideas on what it says? NO REVELATION! Paul and Peter had the same scriptures and learned of them, and wrote of them, and preached of them, completely separated from each other for twelve years, yet when they finally met they had the exact same doctrine line upon line, word upon word and precept upon precept. They had the same doctrine because it was Revealed unto them by the same spirit! Two men miles apart, with totally different upbringings, with totally different educations, with totally different sub-cultures, from totally different occupations, and yet 12 years later they had the exact same doctrines. We can’t hardly even get two people in the same family to agree today.

This battle is a battle of brothers. It started that way in Eden. Every thought and idea that you find in the Bible you can trace all the way back to Genesis to find its origin and all the way forward to Revelation to find its consummation. That is why the devil hates those two books more than any other, they are the seed and the harvest chapters, and they show his origins and his ending. He has fought against those two books more than all the other books combined. And as such they are the two most misunderstood books in the Bible. If the devil can blind our eyes to those books he can keep us away from all of it. If you can’t tie and idea down on both ends then it floats away on you. You got to find the start and the finish of it.

So this war of brother started in Eden and ends in Revelation. Twins. A carnal church and a spiritual church. And the carnal church has always persecuted the spiritual. Cain and Abel, Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Judas and Jesus.

   65-1031M – Power Of TransformationWilliam Branham
135 There is always twins. And that’s the reason…Don’t forget this, little flock. The church in the last days is going to be twins, “so close that it’ll deceive the Elected…” Matthew 24:24, see. The church is going to…It’s a Pentecostal move. It’s so much like the real thing, till it would “deceive the very Elected if it was possible.” And a little later on, if I get the chance, I want to explain what, how that election comes. See, it’s going to deceive them because it’s almost like the same thing. See, just two fathers, that’s all; same mother, same church, same movement, same thing. The bedding ground is the same, where the Word falls; but one of them, like here, is perverted. You understand? Say “amen” if you do. [Congregation says, “Amen.”—Ed.] See, one of them is a perversion, because it’s the wrong father. Which, I will prove someday, if God will let me, that denomination is the mark of the beast. See, it’s the wrong father, he is stirring people to an organization instead of to the Word. See, it’s the wrong father. It’s a Cain move.

St. John 17: 14 I have given them thy word and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

The world didn’t hate you because of who you are, it will only hate you when you bring this blessed revealed word of the hour to them. They don’t mind denominational creeds. They don’t mind traditions. They don’t mind dogmas. But they hate the WORD.

And it is not the secular world that are the biggest enemy of Christ, they will just think you are a nut, but as long as you are not a hypocrite, they will respect you for it. It is the religious world that will hate you. It was not the people of Israel that shouted for the death of Jesus, it was the religious leaders. The denominations of the day, the World Council of Churches of the day, cried and begged for the murder of Christ. So it is today.

Two seeds on earth today. To seeds in the church today. And they will be together till the harvest. There will be serpent’s seed in the midst of the church until the very end. They will be the ones who betray the foolish virgins to the beast. Did you realize that? The make believers are the Judas type and just as Judas sold out Jesus so will these sell out the church. They are reprobate from the beginning seeking to make merchandise of the flock. And they will smile and shake your hand and call you brother and stab you in the back for a dime. The make believers hate the believers. We just read that. They hate you! They will murder your soul in every way they can. They will tell you lies, tempt you away, tell you that you are fine when you are not fine, tell you that if you believe the message then you are bride. The church believes the message too! So does the devil himself; he believes and trembles.

That is why the foolish virgins have no oil, the make believers conned them out of it. It is the make believers attempt to kill them.

1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works wee evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

Marvel not if the world hate you. If the religious world is on your side then that is a sign you need to repent. Which of the prophets were accepted by the world? The world hates the children of God because the spirit in them hates the spirit in you. The world hates the children of God because the spirit in you condemns the spirit in them. Can we take it a little stronger? Can we take a little spiritual meat?

The religious world hates the children of God because the devil that dwells in and possesses them hates Jesus Christ who dwells in and possesses you. I’ll just wait a second for everyone to swallow.

1 John 4: 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby  know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

This message, this revealed word of God is not for them. It will never be revealed to them in this age of grace. It is only for the Elect. And it is the revelation of God through the Holy Spirit that gives us victory over the devil. Without the Holy Spirit there is no victory. Who is in you? Somebody is. Is it the spirit of God? If not then there is still time today to get oil in your lamps. What stops us from getting the Holy Spirit? What prevents the filling? Why are the foolish virgins without oil? Something must be preventing it.

St. John 14: 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you.

Whom the world cannot receive. There it is. Are you holding onto something worldly? Is there some Babylonian garment in your house? Search it out! Examine yourselves!

If there is anything of the world in us then we cannot receive the Holy Spirit.

Let me say that again, don’t miss this.

If there is anything of the world in us then we cannot receive the Holy Spirit.

The Bible calls for a total separation from worldliness. Abraham was told to separate himself. And God never spoke to him again until he had done it. He took his father along and he took Lot along. Eventually God saw it was time to deal with Abraham so He allowed a little trouble. He allowed a little trouble to enter Abraham’s camp. Why? Not to punish Abraham but to chastise him, to give him a little spanking so he would wake up and obey the voice of God. God said separate and he had not done it, so God allowed fighting between his men and lots men and then Abraham smartened up and separated himself from worldliness. Then God spoke to him.

62-0506 – Possessing All Things – William Branham

45 Now, one day Abraham had it kind of rough, and Lot having it easy, wading in sin. How easy it is and how pleasing sin looks to be, and how innocent it looks to be. Now, if Lot says this, “As long as I believe! I believe in God, so why can’t I go down here in Sodom, and—and it’ll be all right. I’m a believer.” But it wasn’t all right. 46 See, God, when He called Abraham, He called him to separate himself from everything. And that’s what we have to do. God calls us to a total separation from sin, “Come out from among it, be not partakers of it!” Shun it, the very appearance of evil. Separation, completely annihilated from it! Stay your distance away from it. Don’t tread upon its grounds, no matter how—how it…nice it looks.

Do you have a little trouble? That is God dealing with you. Wake up! Abraham woke up and separated himself from Lot. Then God came to him. Do you want the Holy Spirit? Do you want God to come to you? Separate yourself. Search your camp. Find that Babylonian garment and cast it out! Get rid of it! Get rid of all of it!

James 4: 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Adultery? Friendship of the world is adultery. The Bible says so. Spiritual adultery. We are espoused to Christ. We are His bride. But we go out after the ideas and theologies and dogmas of the religious world. We go for the fashions and ideas of the world. We adulterate this blessed holy gospel! A little leaven will leaven the whole lump! You cannot mix anything with this message! The carnal church will always add or take away because they have no revelation. They will use their own understanding, inject their own ideas and reject the revelation. And they are absolutely sure that they are right and will persecute the true spiritual church in the process. They are smart. Don’t try to argue with them they will eat you alive. But you stay with this word and this word alone and they will be dumbfounded. The Bible says so. Two seeds. One called and predestinated for eternal life and the other predestinated for judgment. Look at what Jesus said of it.

St. John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

“I pray not for the world”. What a word. Not for the world but only for the elect. He came to redeem Adam’s race, not the serpent’s seed, they are un-redeemable. The serpent’s seed was never even supposed to exist. It is hybrid. The Bible forbids hybrids. It calls them an abomination. Think about that. The serpent’s seed are an abomination to God. Their very existence on earth is an abomination to God. Yet even though they are an abomination He still offers them mercy. And they spit in His face and laugh. Darkness cannot comprehend light.

Video Sermon – And the Darkness Comprehended it Not

St. John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Jesus is the light of the world. So without Jesus, the Holy Spirit we have no light at all. We will have an intellectual understanding, a carnal education and be completely spiritually blind and not know it. We can memorize the Bible and learn every quote by heart but without revelation we are in complete darkness. This is Laodicea. The church is wretched, blind, miserable, naked and doesn’t even know it. She thinks she has it all. She thinks she has the message. (Just as the denominations think they have the word, when all they have is the letter.) She thinks she is walking in the glorious light of Jesus Christ and is completely in darkness.

The Message without Revelation is a Dead Letter.

The letter kills but the Spirit brings life. They will quote line after line of the message and miss it in the Word and Spirit of Revelation. They will quote the letter of the Bible and refuse the revelation of the message on it. Do you know that in order to defend any doctrine that is contrary to the Message of the Hour that the Lord God sent through his vindicated Prophet and Messenger, William Branham, you will first have to explain away the Scripture? The Message is the Revelation of the Scripture, so every word of the Message is from the Word of God. Watch for it! For a dogma to be contrary to the Message it ABSOLUTELY MUST be contrary to the Bible and thus they will have to explain away Bible scripture in order to defend the dogma.

St. John 14: 26 But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

The Holy Spirit. The Word of God. The message points us to the Word. When we hear the message we have to go back to the Word to see where God said it. It is the same for every preacher. When you hear a sermon you have to go back to the Word and get your own revelation of it. If you just take my word for what I am saying here then all you have is the intellectual understanding of what a man said and tomorrow someone smarter will come along and convince you right out of it. You can quote me till you are blue in the face and the devil will just laugh at you. But go to that original Word Seed and get the revelation on it from the Holy Spirit that was sent to us through the Message, and the devil will tremble just to look at you. Quote the Prophet and the devil will laugh at you, find where the Prophet found it in the scripture and get the same revelation on it that he did and it will be a completely different story. Victory! Power!

Matthew 16: 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Peter did not take another man’s opinion on it. He didn’t quote what some other fellow or one of the other apostles said. He got the revelation from God. He had “thus saith the Lord”. And all the devils out of hell cannot stand against it. Everyone else had some wishy-washy interpretation. Some said he was Elias. Some said one of the prophets, but Peter had the Supernatural Holy Ghost Revelation. He had the goods. He was solid as a rock on who Jesus was because he had the Rock of Revelation. Who do we say that Jesus is?

Mark 16: 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these sighs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Preach the gospel. Not the gospel and. Not the gospel except. The gospel, the whole gospel and nothing but the gospel and God will vindicate that gospel, and your faith in that gospel, with signs, wonders and miracles. That is why Paul said I come in fear and trembling determined to know nothing save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. That is the word of God. Get that revelation. Get separated from the world, from the dogmas, from the ideas, from the fashion of this world, and get into Christ. The Message of the Hour is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

St. John 7: 38 He that believeth on me, as the scriptures hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water, 39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Rivers of living water shall flow. Get that revelation and you will spew out rivers of living water. Once the Word is revealed to you it will give you life and give you life to give to others. Not just a drop or two but rivers of living water. And no man will stop it. As Christ was that rock in the desert that Israel drank from so are we to this gentile generation. We are the only Bible most people will read. The rock in the desert watered two million people plus all of their animals. We are to water over Seven Billion people today!

The only presence of God in the earth today is in His Bride.

Let that sink in real deep. The only presence of God in the earth today is in His Bride. He is not in the church today. The Bible says that He is on the outside of the church in this age. He is not in the world and never has been, He is not in the church, not in the world, not in the denominations, and not even in Israel for he will not turn to them until after he is done with us(Romans 11). So He is in the Bride and in her alone. That’s another tough piece of meat that we’ll expand on in a minute.

2 Thesalonians 2: 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 and then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; 12 that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Already in Paul’s time it was working. Already in the first church age God saw fault. Already in the beginning when everything was fresh and new the devil was sneaking in. What about today. The Bride, filled with the Holy Spirit, is the only presence of God on earth and when she is gone there will be no God in the gentile world. The light will go out completely at the Rapture.

When the Bride leaves the whole world will be in complete spiritual darkness!

Daniel 12: 9 And he said go thy way Daniel: for the words are closed up an sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Do you think the world is crazy now? Do you think the world is evil now? Just wait until God is completely removed from it. The verse we just read says that the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Bride is the only sanity and control and when she is gone the Wicked on will have full reign.

Just as in Moses’ day Israel was in light and all of Egypt was in utter darkness. It was so dark they gnawed their tongues for pain and they didn’t dare move a muscle. When the bride leaves there will be zero revelation, zero understanding of the Word of God. When the Bride leaves there will be ZERO love, ZERO compassion, ZERO mercy on earth. If you think the world is cruel now, wait for it. They will still preach it, they will still point to the rapture, but in complete darkness with no understanding. They, for the most part, are already in that condition. Hundreds of millions have already received the Mark of the Beast and don’t know it. And the persecution of the foolish virgins will be an evil never before imagined.

They have not received the love of the truth so they are sent a strong delusion that they would believe a lie. We all have our own Kadesh Barnea. We will all be brought to a place where we have to make a final choice between the Word and the world. And if we choose the world then our eyes are blinded forever to the truth.

2 Corinthians 4: 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Their minds are blind. Forever! The light is still shining yet they cannot see it. The god of this world, Satan, has blinded their minds to the truth. They have sinned away their day of grace. The time has come when they cannot endure sound doctrine but heap to themselves preachers having itching ears. The church is full of back patters. Telling you what your flesh wants to hear. Telling you that if you believe the Message you are Bride. That is not true.

If you LIVE the Message you are Bride.

Oh and the doctrine of Balaam is binding up the tares to be burned. The pope is meeting with the Muslims. The WCC is meeting with the Muslims. The WCC is meeting with the G8 and the IMF and the WTO and the World Bank is brokering the deal for the pope. They are preaching that we all worship the same God but in different ways. Balaam! And that Wicked one will sweep them into his fold and they will all be bound up for the fire. The International Atomic Energy Association put out a report last week that says that on top of the nine countries that already have nuclear weapons they expect another 30 countries to have nukes in the next couple of years. The tares are bound and the match is lit. Get into Christ today! Get your lamps filled today!

1 Thes 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

We are at the end. It has been said for a long time. The difference is now we have run out of prophecy to fulfill. Did you realize that? In the past we would say oh there are a few things left but that could all happen in a couple of days at today’s rate. There is nothing left. We are done. We have arrived. They are getting ready to say peace and safety. Russia is running out of oil. They are finding oil is Israel now. We are at the very end. Do you see this Message? Are you receiving revelation or are you depending on what your church believes or what your pastor says? Have you met HIM? He is here right now. He is the same yesterday today and forever. It is only for the Bride. And every member of the church is Bride material. It is just up to us to get filled.

Do you have revelation or just an intellectual understanding? Do you have the earnest? Does the spirit of God dwell in your heart? Are you filled? Get a refilling! Are you empty? Get a filling! Does someone else live in there? Get delivered and then filled! The fountain is open this morning. It only takes the twinkling of an eye.

Jesus Christ is sitting on the mercy seat as the high priest of our confession. What is your need this morning? Confess it! Speak it out! If you stay silent He will never hear you. He is not the high priest of our beliefs, he is not the high priest of our thoughts or ideas, He is the high priest of our confession. Lift up holy hands unto the Lord. Confess it! Speak it out! Lift up your voice to God!

You are here this morning because God called you and predestinated you to be here reading this post. God saw you here before the foundation of the world. You are here in this evil, sinful, adulteress world to get prepared for a perfect, holy world to come. Get prepared! Cry out to Him!  All those who call on the name of Jesus shall be saved. Receive him now. He is here, nearer to you than your own breath. Cast of all fear, all doubts and cry out to Him.

Reject the world and receive Jesus Christ today.

Get SAVED from SIN!