Archive for November 2005

Humble Hands

Sometimes you come into contact with those who, to themselves, must feel as if they are superb Christians. They are of course, correct in their doctrine, supporting the work of God, and they are “not like that OTHER message group” . ~insert your own variation for other ~

What a fabulous Christian, all the ducks are in a row right?

Wrong.

I spoke briefly with such a brother after church yesterday. With such a high and mighty attitude he spoke of other brothers. I wanted to tell the brother something like “You know, you’d be an alright guy to be around if you had any humility at all.”

Forgive me friends, but I tire of the attitude of so many that seem to think as long as they believe a particular doctrine a certain way that they have met the requirement.

Let me be frank here, there is only 1 requirement we can meet, and that is to believe and accept that JESUS met the requirements for US. And so, if our precious Lord met the requirements for us, for “while we were yet sinners, Christ loved us” how can we then be better off than a brother we may disagree with? How can we have attitude towards those that are in the “OTHER” group.

MATTHEW 5:46-47
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?


I groan within myself almost every day of seeing so many “message believers” that don’t know the basics of the love of Christ, but somehow think they’ve figured out the seven seals, or thunders, or X. ~insert your own variation for X~ They say they have the Holy Spirit, and that the Holy Spirit has shown them these great revelations. Yet because of their attitude towards others and lack of humility they are so undesireable to be around that one can hardly believe they have any of the spirit of Christ at all!

I JOHN 4:20-21
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Don’t get me wrong friends, I can accept the fact that you might not like what someone is doing. I can accept the fact that you don’t agree with how they see things. Isn’t this Word given to us by revelation? Can you fault the brother for not having “grown” as much in the Word yet as you have? Have you never been wrong? Have you never changed on how you see anything from the time you were presented with this message until now?

Perhaps we should step off our high message horses for awhile, and do something so few do today. Pray for one another. Tarry for one another. I’m not speaking of a 5 minute prayer here. Have you felt so strongly for an individual that you’ve interceded for them lately? Has it burdened you so, that you have spent hours or even days travailing of soul for your brother. If you have not, if you have seen that they are in the wrong, and proceeded to only bash them, have attitude against them, or other self-righteous ungodly things we seem to do thinking we are Christians, then perhaps YOU are at fault. Perhaps God was showing you their error, to invoke such a response within you so as to inspire you to pray for that person, so that God could then affect the change in their life?

Does God do everything by providence?? Perhaps, as Bro Branham says “He has no hands but our hands”, God is willing to use us for his work, but our pride and self-righteousness continually gets in the way.

JAMES 4:6
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

God has no hands but ours, yet if we are not humble God resists us. How then could He use us?

Are the hands He must use humble hands?

– Bro Trevor

Trials

Trials

I received emails from several different people this week who were fighting some battles, and I sent them these quotes as an encouragement during their trials. I thought I might as well share them with all of you as well. I trust they will be a blessing to you.

-Nathan Bryant

THE SPOKEN WORD IS THE ORIGINAL SEED JEFF, IN 62-0318
Someone come the other day, said somebody had said something bad about me and–and accused me of something that was wrong. And I said, “Oh forget it.”
Said, “How can you take it like that? That involves your family. That…”
I said, “Oh, my.” I said, “That was predestinated before the foundation of the world to give me a trial. I said, “Why, my, my, my. Sure, so that’s all right.”
Said, “How do you do it?”
I said, “If I looked right down this way, I’d be falling all the time.”

I KNOW JEFF, IN 60-0417S
We ask for comfort and peace; God gives us the best He could give us: trials and tribulations. That’s better than comfort and peace. Our comforts is just beyond the river.
It wasn’t until the Hebrew children was forced into the fiery furnace, on one of their most outstanding trials, that they seen One like the Son of God stand among them. Their troubles produced the Son of God standing among them in the breezes to wave away the heat wave. But not until they went into the fire did that Comforter appear.

I KNOW JEFF, IN 60-0417S
And why does God let troubles come? God harnesses trouble, puts bits in its mouth, and makes it obey Him, and those troubles bring us into a closer fellowship with God.

I KNOW JEFF, IN 60-0417S
Every Christian believer has to be pushed into those trials. Every Christian believer has to be put on the ash heap, so that he can come forth with an experience, “I know my Redeemer liveth.”

ENTICING SPIRITS JEFF, IN 55-0724
Shame on you, who profess to be a Christian and rely on such things for joy when the Holy Ghost Gospel is nothing but one great big powerhouse of joy. The Holy Ghost Gospel is a perfect intoxication for every man what’s got the blues. You’ll take a drink of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, be filled with the Holy Ghost you’re drunk until you leave this world. Amen. Joy unspeakable and full of glory… There’s a constant stimulation. It’s a constant intoxication: drunk day and night. Amen. That’s the Word of God.

SATAN’S EDEN JEFF, IN 65-0829
Now, on this last verse, let’s sing it with bowed hearts now: Take the Name of Jesus with you as a shield from every snare. And when temptations around you gather, these things of Satan’s kingdom (See, see?) just breathe that Holy Name in prayer, that’s all; then walk away. It works. I’ve tried it. Just believe it, now, ’cause it will work, just breathe His Holy Name in prayer.

REMEMBERING THE LORD JEFF, IN 62-1209
Remember Jesus. When the barrel gets empty at the house, and there’s no more flour, remember Jesus. When the doctor says there’s no more chance, remember Jesus. When the devil is tempting you; as we sing our dismissing song, “When temptations around us gather, breathe that holy Name in prayer.”

Our Duty

OUR DUTY
(Unity Pt.II)

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” -PSALM 133:1

The ‘trend’ these days seems to always be ‘do-it-yourself’ and ‘self-help’. Everyone (including those of us in the Message) wants to ‘get by on our own’, we want to isolate ourselves from outside help, and accomplish it all ourselves.

It seems we’re of the opinion that we don’t need anyone else’s help. We don’t believe we need anyone else’s advice. We don’t feel that we need anyone else’s support. In a day and age of ‘I want’, and ‘I need’, we’ve convinced ourselves ‘we don’t need anything’.
(I’m speaking financially, and physically, but if we take a deeper look we see many try to apply this line of thinking spiritually as well.)

I am thoroughly convinced that this is a day and age where the Bride of Christ needs one another more than we’ve ever need each other before. But we’ve built up complexes, we’ve built up walls, and by our traditions have “made the commandment of God of none effect“.

The majority of individuals seems to have the attitude that no one can teach them, no one can tell them anything, no one else can have a correct opinion other than their own.

LAODICEAN CHURCH AGE – CHURCH AGE BOOK CPT9
“The attitude of this age is exactly what it was then. People have it all. They know it all. They cannot be taught. If a point of truth from the Word comes up and a man tries to explain his view to one with an opposing view, the listener is not at all listening that he might learn, but is listening only to refute what is being said”.

The Bible tells us that “two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up”. (ECCLESIASTES 4:9)


MARY’S BELIEF PHOENIX, AZ 60-0311
He works through you and I as portions of God. That’s why the Holy Spirit, when It come on the day of Pentecost, It broke all up, that Pillar of Fire, and divided Itself in licks of tongues, and sat upon each one. We have to have one another. The biggest thing the devil ever got on us was when he separated us from the love of God, from one another. And we love one another; that’s brotherly love. When we can get to one another… If you’ve got part of the Holy Ghost, and I’ve got part of It, and the next man’s got part of It, put us together, there’s three parts. I’m three times as strong as I was with you two brothers.

HEBREWS CHAPTER FIVE AND SIX1 JEFF, IN HEB SUNDAY 57-0908M
Oh, I know there’s many rise up, and go out, and say, “Oh, I don’t need to go to church any more. Praise God, the Holy Ghost has come; He’s the teacher.” When you get that idea, you’re just wrong. For why did the Holy Ghost set teachers in the church if He was going to be the teacher? See? There are first apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists, and pastors. The Holy Spirit set teachers in the church, so He could teach through that teacher. And if there’s–it isn’t according to the Word, God doesn’t confirm it, then it isn’t the right kind of teaching. It must compare with the entire Bible, and be just as alive today as It was then. There’s the real thing made manifest.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS JEFF, IN 54-0515
You say, “Well, glory to God, the Bible said when the Holy Ghost is come you don’t need any teacher; He’s the teacher Hisself.” Oh, brother. How can you be so little from reading the Scrip… Why did the Holy Ghost set teachers in the church then?

Say, “I don’t have to have anybody teach me; the Holy Ghost teaches me.” It does through a teacher. He set teachers in the church.

“…thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” -REVELATION 3:17

We usually apply this Scripture as talking about financial goods, but what about the spiritual aspect? We have “need of nothing”, we know it all and don’t need anything. We’re not on fire for God, but we’re not cold sinners either. We’re lukewarm Laodiceans who live a Message lifestyle and have our Message traditions, but the Message hasn’t come into many of us with a life that makes the book of Acts repeat again.

We have our ‘Hoffman’s Head of Christ’, and ‘God Bless Our Home’ in our living rooms. Books and tapes fill our shelves (gathering dust along with our Bibles). That is not enough! Satan believes that God sent a prophet (he got cast out by him every night in the prayer lines), but it has to be a life! We must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ Who will lead us and guide us (reveal to us) the truths that are in our Bible and in the Message the prophet brought to us (restoring us back to the perfect Word).

It’s all about us these days, and how we can better ourselves, and make life easier for #1. Isn’t that Christ-like? I thought a Christian life is supposed to be doing for others, being a servant, lending a helping hand, trying to get souls saved for Jesus!

Many today pull away from other believers, and feel that they don’t need to go to church, or to have fellowship with other brothers and sisters. (Yet I can’t find my Bible or the prophet-messenger of our age encouraging me to do this). They make excuses like ‘there are too many hypocrites at church’ or that ‘they don’t believe everything exactly like I do’, and yet they don’t let the vast number of hypocrites and people they rub shoulders with every day (who don’t believe anything similar to what they believe) keep them from going to the grocery store, or to their jobs, or their schools…

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. -HEBREWS 10:25

THE ARROW OF GOD’S DELIVERANCE SHOT FROM A BOW 56-0801
Brother, when you got that baptism of the Holy Ghost, it’s takes that old temper out of you. It puts you on a dress and makes you act like a lady. It’ll make you quit your smoking, drinking, lying, stealing, and everything. Brother, when you’ve got the baptism of the Holy Ghost, it separates you. It delivers you from the things of the world. Amen. It makes you love God. It makes you go to church. It makes you worship Him. It makes you tell your neighbor about it. It makes you live above sin. Hallelujah.

CHRIST IS THE MYSTERY OF GOD REVEALED JEFF, IN 63-0728
And now, you’ve got tapes on that. You’ve got tapes on what we believe. You got tapes on discipline in the church: how we behave ourself in the church of God, how we got to come here together and set together in heavenly places. Don’t stay home. If God is in your heart, you can’t hardly wait for them doors to open out yonder to get in here to fellowship with your brothers. If you don’t–don’t feel that way, then I tell you, it’s time you got to praying, ’cause we’re in the last days where the Bible exalted us–exhorted us to–to much more as we see that day approaching, to love one another with Christian love and Divine love, to assemble ourselves together in heavenly places in–in Christ Jesus and love one another. “This will all men know you’re My disciples when you have love one for the other.”

THE SEVEN CHURCH AGES JEFF, IN 54-0512
When a little confusion comes in the church, you don’t run over to one side and pout now. If you are, you sure ain’t a priest. See, you pray through: spiritual sacrifice, the fruits of our lips giving praise to His Name. See what I mean?
“Well,” you say, “I just don’t feel like going to church.” But you’re a priest. It’s your duty. You’ve got to be there.
“Well, I just don’t feel like taking a part in the service.” You’re a priest, making a sacrifice, a spiritual sacrifice, not giving somebody some hand-me-down, as they call it today. That’s all good, I have nothing against it. Not going to get somebody to come to church; that’s all good; I have nothing against it. But it’s you, you making the spiritual sacrifice, the fruits of your lips giving praise to His Name.
When you see the time coming that everybody blaspheming and saying these things, and doing things wrong, what do you do, walk away? You’re supposed to stand there with a spiritual sacrifice, saying, “The Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin, makes me a new creature in Christ Jesus.”

We all have a job to do. We all have a duty as Christians to do something for the Lord. Whether its giving a testimony to someone who wants to hear about the Lord, or being an example to a brother who is down and trying to encourage him, or just living a life worthy of the gospel so the people out there in the world can see the life of Christ living in you and know that there is something real to be had in this crazy world.

Lets stop trying to do someone else’s job, or telling everyone how to do theirs, and lets sweep our own steps, have a good old fashioned house cleaning and then get out there and do something for Him. If we really love Him we won’t sit around waiting for someone else to do something for Him, or waiting for someone else to start the revival – we’ll get on our knees until the revival comes in us.

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” -EPHESIANS 4:3

-Bro Nathan Bryant

Days without number.

Stop a moment and think, have you thought on Jesus today. Have you considered how in love you are with Him? How great He is…how happy you are to be His? Yes, you’ve done it now that you have read this…but how about before? How about yesterday? Last week? Do days where you don’t have church differ significantly from days when you are in church? Do we have to “turn on” our “worship switch”, or is it always on?

Jeremiah wrote in his day:

JEREMIAH 2:32
32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.


Are we not His bride to be? Is there a day in the engagement period of a bride and a groom where they do not sigh with love for each other? Thinking on each other, telling each other of their love? Are you this kind of bride to be with Jesus? Have there been “days without number” that you haven’t thought upon your love for the Bridegroom? Now, I don’t propose that you start doing this out of duty, for who wants to be married to someone who loves out of duty? Rather we want to be loved by someone who is so in love they can’t help it.

Moses told the people in his day:

DEUTERONOMY 6:5 – 8
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.


First off, we love the Lord with all our heart. Then we keep His words in our heart. Doesn’t an engaged person always dwell upon words of love from their fiancee? And think of them when they wake up, when they go to sleep, and everywhere in between? They can’t help but think of these things, for they are so in love!

Does our love for the Lord naturally bring us to think on Him daily, all day, everyday? Or are there days without number that we have forgotten Him?

Bro Branham said:

“That’s how it is with Christ, when a man is born of the Spirit of God. Not because he shouted, spoke in tongues, or some emotion; but in his heart, love come in and taken the place of the world. I tell you, he loves Him. He walks by Him, every day.” (Hebrews chpt 6)

-Bro Trevor