Archive for October 2005

Neglect of the Bible

A few years ago, I used to send out, via email, a daily quote or scripture. Much like I do with this blog now, although in a much shorter format. At the end of those emails I would always include “P.S. Have you read your Bible and prayed today?”

How about you? Have you read your Bible and prayed today? “I’ll do it later” some say. “I do that before bed, not when I wake up.” Will you really? Or will tonight be like other nights where you say “O Lord, I’m just so tired?” Another opportunity of strengthening is missed.

How many of us can say we have read the Bible today. Now, of those of us that have, how many of us opened the Bible, read a quick Psalm so that we “got our Bible reading in for the day.”

I ask you, is this healthy to our Christian walk? In his book entitled “Revivals of Religion”, Charles Finney tells us of “sins of omission” that are instrumental in taking away the spirit of revival in our lives.

One omission he speaks of is Neglect of the Bible. Charles Finney writes:

“Put down the cases when for perhaps weeks, or longer, God’s Word was not a pleasure. Some people, indeed, read over whole chapters in such a way that they could not tell what they had been reading. If so, no wonder that your life is spent at random, and that your religion is such a miserable failure.”

Now, those are some tough words. I guess this is why I like Charles Finney. He reminds me of Stephen the martyr telling the Pharisees that they received the law, but haven’t kept it. But I digress…

Don’t you think it is strange tho? We who love God, aren’t daily finding out more about Him, aren’t devoting time to Him, and just Him? Isn’t He the most important thing in our lives?

Are we just misguided? Are we just struggling? Or is it that we think we love Him but really we don’t? Please dear reader, do not be hurt by this statement, but love has action associated with it. Don’t we want to find out more about our Love?

He has given us His love letter to us. Do we brush it aside? Or do we look for those little nuggets that make us sigh with love for our sweet bridegroom?

He wants to tell you how much He loves you. Wont you read it today? Not just read it, but read it with passion!

-Bro Trevor

Pride or dispair?

7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
8 But because the LORD loved you,

Many times we think of how righteous we are getting. How good of a Christian we are. We start to think we are something.

We have nothing to do with it.

God told Israel he set his love upon them because He loved them. Not because they were big or grand or particularly lovely. (He said they were stiff necked and rebellious later!) Yet He loved them anyway. If you find yourself thinking about how good you are doing in your Christian walk, remember…

We have nothing to do with it.

Rejoice! You are doing good in your Christian walk. Just give credit where credit is due. God helped you in your walk because He loved you. Not because of who you were. Give God the praise and ask him to keep working in your life.

A friend of mine and I were discussing the power of the blood yesterday. See, sometimes we are prideful as I mentioned briefly in the preceding paragraphs, but sometimes we get to thinking the opposite as well. That we aren’t good enough. The enemy comes in and tries to tell us we can never make it because we are not good enough. It’s in these times we must remember…

We have nothing to do with it.

Bro Branham made the statement:

Now works are fine, but they don’t save you. They don’t make you perfect. It is Christ or perish. And it is not even Christ AND works. It is Christ alone. This age began the years of Arminianism that does not believe in Christ as the REALITY. It does not sing of “Nothing but the Blood,” for it sings of “Nothing but the blood AND my own conduct”. Now I believe in good conduct. If you are saved you will do righteously. We have already gone over that. But let me tell you now, salvation is NOT Jesus PLUS. It is Jesus ALONE. SALVATION IS OF THE LORD. From start to finish it is all GOD. Let His life be in me. Let it be His blood that cleanses me. Let it be His Spirit that fills me. Let it be His Word in my heart and mouth. Let it be His stripes that heal me. Let it be Jesus, and Jesus Alone. Not by works of righteousness which I have done. No sir. Christ is my life. Amen.

Amen! Christ is my life. I realize I have NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!
My good works, or my bad. It is all Christ. I rest in Him! I love that statement, it is not Jesus Plus. It is not “nothing but the Blood AND my own conduct”!! Praise God for I could never be good enough.

So if you are feeling prideful…take pride in Jesus instead. If you are despairing because of your recent faults or failings, take hope!…and rest in Jesus. For He never chose you “because you were more in number than all people….but because the Lord loved you.”

-Bro Trevor

Friend of God

I read this scripture while doing my daily Bible reading today.

But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

What stuck out at me, was that God called Abraham “my friend”.

Wouldn’t you like God to say the same thing about you? Well, two other scriptures help to shed some light on this.

JAMES 2:23
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

He believed God and God called him His friend. Simple, you say? It is! God loves you, and He wants you to believe on Him. Those who do, He calls friends. Now, Abraham didn’t just say “I believe God” and that was the end of it. His works testified of His faith. This is what true belief in God will do, it will cause you to come into subjection to the promise of God! It will cause God’s life to be worked through you! So it’s not just the saying “I believe God” that brings us into friendship, but it is the actual works rendering faith that brings this about.

Another thing the Bible tells us about friendship is this.

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Have you shewn yourself friendly to God? My friends seem to like it when I take genuine interest into how they are doing. Participate in the things they like. Sacrafice things I had planned, to join them in things they would like me to be along for. Even if it’s just for the sake of being together and hanging out. When is the last time you have thought of God in this way? “Lord, I want to be your friend…we’re going to ‘hang out’ tonight”. This might be spending time with him in various ways…or writing a poem that’s only to Him, or many other things. However friendship is shown in your life…show this toward God as well.

God bless you,

-Bro Trevor

Are we living it?

Who are we? We the bride of this last age. We many times think of ourselves as “God’s Elite”, by Grace of course (almost as an afterthought). Those that God has chosen to bless with the revelation of this last day, as brought by the prophet spoken of in Malachi 4. Praise God!

So then, what are we doing about it?

Now He has cried out to this last age, “You have the Word. You have more Bibles than ever, but you are not doing anything about the Word except dividing and hacking it into pieces, taking what you want and leaving out what you don’t want. You are not interested in LIVING it, but debating it. I would sooner you were cold or hot. If you were cold and rejected it, I could stand that. If you would get white hot to know its truth and live it, I would praise you for that. But when you simply take My Word and don’t honor it, I in return must refuse to honor you. I will spue you out for you nauseate Me.”

Do we divide and hack the Word into pieces? Are we drawing “fences” around our particular “views” of the message? “If you don’t see it this way, I question whether or not you have revelation”. Ha! I say! Does not the Holy Spirit have to quicken this Word into our hearts to make it alive? So if I don’t see what you see in the Word, please pray for me, don’t be vindictive and say I’m lost!

I’ve been told my stance on this sort of thing is ecumenical. I don’t think it’s ecumenical. I’m not being wishy washy…but neither am I building walls to protect my particular doctrine. In short, I’m not taking part of this Word that I see and building a denomination around it.

Forgive me if I love my brothers who see things a bit differently than I do. Forgive me if I fellowship with them as well. That is, if you really feel I need forgiveness for doing such.

I’m just trying to LIVE the Word. God, let me be a sheep that I may just follow you and bear wool. May I be a new branch off the orange tree…and BEAR ORANGES.

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples – that ye have love one for another”.

That came out differently than I’d planned. Much harsher. I’m sorry. I’ve just seen to much of people bickering over the Word. May we LIVE it as the prophet said.

God Bless you richly,

-Bro Trevor

Knowing Him

I once had a conversation with a group of brothers in a message chat room. They were going back and forth about the particular way they each saw things. “it’s this way” they would say, “you must see this if you say you believe.” Others were bolder to say that “one word off is satan’s kingdom”, implying to a young man at the time such as myself, that if you didn’t see it that particular way, you were lost. So I gathered up some courage to ask them a bold question. The conversation when something like this.

Me: Can I ask you brothers a question?
Brother #1: Sure, ask on brother!
Me: Do you brothers love Jesus?
Brother #2: How could you ask such a question?
Brother #1: Of course we love Jesus, He is the Word and we love the Word!

Now, I respect that of course. It is very good to know the Word, but I was implying a much more personal aspect. Perhaps I was too young at the time to articulate the meaning behind my question. What I meant was, are we thankful for the person of Jesus Christ? That He loves us and that He died for us. Can we not spend more time thanking our saviour than we do debating His Word?

As we listened to a tape for service yesterday morning, Bro Branham stated this:

144 Notice, with the popular, loving teacher… I want to speak to you young folks just a minute. Where do you identify yourself, young lady, you at school? Oh, you can split grains; you can show all this to your science teacher here and everything. But you know what? They can’t give you Life.
Life only comes by Christ. To know Him, not know His Word, not know His church, not know His this, know Him, that’s the only thing can give you Life.

In the Hebrews series he says it this way:

You say, “Brother Branham, I shouted. I spoke with tongues. I done all this.” That might be true too. That’s all right, nothing to say against that. But, my dear lost friend… But to speak with tongues, or to shake, or to shake hands, or to be baptized, that–that’s all right, but to know Him is to know a Person. To know Him is Life.
You say, “I know the Bible, real well.” Well, to know the Bible’s not Life. To know Him (the personal pronoun), to know Him, Christ, that you know He’s forgive you.

You can study and debate the Word all your life, but you have to KNOW Jesus Christ, individually and personally. To know Him as if he was your best friend. To spend time with Him which doesn’t necessarily mean just studying His Word. When is the last time you had a conversation with Jesus, just as if you were having lunch with one of your buddies? I love the strong meat of the Word just as much as anyone…but it is all for naught if my Jesus isn’t there with me.

Jesus is my all in all, and I thank Him for His Word.

-Bro Trevor

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