Archive for July 2005

But I’m sealed!!

“Praise God! I have the Holy Ghost! I’m sealed until the day of my redemption! The fare is paid!! I’m going there!!” How we rejoice when we know that we have been filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Rightly so we rejoice! It is no small matter to be filled with the Spirit of God. It shows God has accepted the faith you have put in him, and given you a token of that acceptance. But it doesn’t end there…

Not only is the Holy Spirit our seal, but it’s God’s life in us. How many times have we heard Bro Branham say, “if I had the spirit of John Dillinger, you’d expect me to have big guns and kill people” and then he would conclude “so if I have the Spirit of Christ, I’d do the works that Christ did” This is also what the Holy Spirit will do. It will be God’s Spirit, living out through your life doing the works that Christ did. Consider the following quote:

Again: the Scripture says that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power and He went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed of the devil. As Jesus went away He told His disciples to tarry until Pentecost at which time the very same Spirit that was upon Him would come back and fall upon them and fill them. Then that ‘called out’ body (the church) would be in His stead upon the earth, taking His place. And because that same Spirit That was in Him would be in them, they would do the very same works. And any people that is truly the Body of Jesus Christ (the true church) will manifest the same works as did Jesus and the Pentecostal church because the same Spirit will be in them. Any other church that does not have the Spirit and the manifestations is going to have to account to God.

What did Jesus do after he was filled with The Holy Ghost and power. He went about doing good! Notice what he says “Then that ‘called out’ body (the church) would be in His stead upon the earth, taking His place.” What? Take the place of Christ!! I would never do such a thing!! Isn’t that anti-christ!! No man is worthy to take the place of Christ! Correct, No one man is worthy to take the place of Christ. The body of Christ however is Christ in His believers!! All believers. If you are a believer, you are a part of the works of Christ today.

You are not called to sit and be sealed only. You are called to be a part of the manifestation of the works of Jesus Christ today. There’s a warning her that he gives us. “any other church that does not have the Spirit AND the manifestations is going to have to account to God.”

So if you believe you are filled with the Holy Spirit, look for the manifestations of Christ to prove that faith in your life. Just remember the words of Jesus “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” (Matt 5:15) When Jesus fills you with the Holy Ghost, he wants to use you to give light to “all that are in the house”

You’re sealed into His heavenly kingdom…now go be a light to others.

-Bro Trevor

Simple Truths

Love one another, talk nice about one another, say nice things about one another, and then God will bless you.” ~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (‘Christ Is The Mystery Of God Revealed’ 63-0728)

Sometimes things are so simple!

A. LOVE one another.
B. Talk nice about one another / Say nice things about one another
C. God WILL bless you.

So simple, and yet seemingly so hard for many to do sometimes…..

~ Bro. Nathan

God, if you’ll do this for me, I promise I’ll…

We’ve all done it haven’t we?? Give God a condition, and promise if he’ll just do that for us, then we’ll serve Him all the days of our life. Or we’ll go help that poor person, or we’ll do this, or we’ll do that.

Other than the obvious, “why don’t you just serve God and do what’s right unconditionally?”, this can be an honorable thing. Doing something for God is always a good thing. Even Paul spoke of people preaching Christ out of contention, but he was still happy that the name of Jesus was being preached! So even if it’s a conditional thing, spoken in a moment of deep emotion, when you need something from GOd, so you make him a promise, and then carry that out, its a good thing.

Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes talks about this sort of promise tho. If you make this promise, you did it for God, don’t back out. When the emotion of the moment fades, and God comes through for you…and suddenly there’s 100 reasons why you shouldn’t go do what you promised God you’d do. Many of them are probably great reasons, but why didn’t you think through all this before you made a promise?

Solomon says:
4 ΒΆ When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

So be careful in what you promise God. If you know you’re not going to keep your promise, don’t make it. God knows your heart anyway.

Bro Branham tells us “each person coming to Christ ought to set down first and think, before you even go to the meeting. “If God should call me, am I ready? If He should speak to my heart tonight, should I stand up; am I ready to surrender all my life to Him?” (All the days of our life)

Stop for a moment and consider God. Don’t wait for the heat of a moment when you need Him and then make a promise to God so He’ll get you out of a bind. Take care of things now, “for better is it that thou shouldest not vow, then that thou shouldest vow and not pay.”

God Bless,
-Bro Trevor