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The Word Made Manifest

The Word Made Manifest

We are not going to see the amount (quantity) of results Brother Branham had in our own lives.

Wow, that’s pretty blunt and to the point – but seriously:

We’re not going to have the world-wide healing campaigns / etc; because that was to get the Brides attention (with the miracles) but the main thing was The Word.

Don’t get the Word made manifest confused with miracles.

When I see a sister who doesn’t cut her hair – that is the Word being made manifest. She has taken the Word, applied it to her life, and is living it.

When I see someone stop what they’re doing in a public restaurant and bow their heads and pray – that is the Word made manifest.

When I see a brother kneel at the altar and pray for someone – that is the Word being made manifest.

To manifest the Word is not just to perform a miracle – it is to live a day-by-day God-centered life.

What would God have me do today?

Well I know He doesn’t want me to do this, and He does want me to do this because its in the Word – now I’m not going to just say ‘amen’ to that and ‘say’ that I believe it, but I’m going to apply it to MY life. Not because I ‘have’ to by the law, but because I WANT to because I LOVE HIM so much.

Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit – if there is a need the Word CAN & WILL be made manifest in the way of miracles, healing, soul-winning, etc – but that’s just a portion of the Word being made manifest. It has to be manifest in our day-by-day lives so others will see Christ IN YOU walking on two feet.

“We don’t have to have big audiences. We don’t have to preach to ten thousand. We don’t have to even preach. We can be God’s advertisement board. How do you know that your life might not start some young man on the Gospel, some of you older men, you old women, start them young men on the field out there to win ten thousand souls to Christ. It was because that he saw Christ in you. It’s you presented Christ to him in the simple power of the Gospel.
Yes, I think we need a–a Christ. Yes, sir. Only way we see Christ is when He reflects in each other. I see Christ in you. You see Him in me. That’s how we watch Christ.

I’ve seen miracles. I’ve seen people come off life support, I’ve seen the dead raised, I’ve seen the crippled walk. But those people will die again (physically) if they aren’t raptured first.

But the greatest thing I’ve seen is someone put down their cigarettes and their alcohol and their dirty magazines & start living a life worthy of the gospel.

That’s the Word being made manifest my precious brothers & sisters.

That’s the real miracle; the day-by-day life.

-Brother Nathan

Solid part of the feeling – "rivers of water run down my eyes"

Leadership, 1965 –
“Give us of Thy love. Get us to a place, Lord, that we’ll get away from all the–the emotional part, to the real solid part of the feeling, the heartfelt part, the deepness of the Spirit, the riches of God, the Kingdom of the Spirit in our hearts. Grant it, O great Leader, great Holy Spirit, before You take Your flight into the skies with Your church.”

(I know I’ve never really finished this series, but I still think about it quite a bit. )

PSALM 119:136
136 ¶ Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

PSALM 119:158
158 ¶ I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.

Are you, like the psalmist, beholding the transgressors and grieving? Are rivers of waters running down your eyes? Where is your concern for the lost?

THE.SEAL.OF.THE.CHRIST, 1955 ” That’s right. Oh, my, pulling feathers in the hat and so forth, when we ought to be on our knees crying for the sins, and the abomination, and the disgrace that’s done into the city. We seem to be so unconcerned about the lost. Amen. Amen. That’s right. You know that’s the truth. Unconcerned about the lost… “Just so our church makes it, so we have the greatest congregation Sunday.” All stay home Sunday night and look at the television.Today I was in one of the biggest churches in the city. One of the members said, “We have three thousand people here on Sunday morning; Sunday night we don’t have half of it.” They all come to church to do their religion, and go back home, look at the television, take a little ride out in the country. Why, it’s a disgrace. It shows there’s something lacking in the heart. Amen.”

Are you so selfish as to be concerned with yourself and your doing your Sunday duty and living the life above sin? I tell you, it is not enough!! What is the greatest commandment? That you love your neighbor as yourself.

O man! Do you not know that you are a wretch as well?? Did you have a mother, father, or friend that cried out to God over you to bring you to where you are? It is now your turn! Are you sharing this hope that lieth within you?? Are you pleading in prayer for others?

Compare your heart, to the heart of the Psalmist and then let the tears flow like rivers of waters. Let there be nothing “lacking in the heart”!

"God, walking on two feet."

THE.STATURE.OF.A.PERFECT.MAN_ JEFF.IN V-2 N-18 SUNDAY_ 62-1014M 49-3 Now, that is the house that God dwells in, not a building with a big bell on top of it and a high steeple (See?), but, “a body has Thou prepared Me,” a body that God can dwell in, God can walk in, God can see in, God can talk in, God can work in (Amen.), living instrumentality of God. God walking on two feet in you. Glory. “The footsteps of the righteous is ordered of God,” God walking in you, for ye are written epistles, read of all men. And if the Life that’s in Christ be in you, you’ll bear the Life that Christ bore.

This morning I was listening to one of the new messages put out just recently by VGR. One of the statements Bro Branham made reminded me of the above quote. So it was that I was walking into work thinking “God, walking on two feet, in me, down the sidewalk. God, walking on two feet, in me, up the stairs.”

I don’t have to tell you how this is a wonderful way to start your work day.

While this is a really cool thought, and really excites me. God took the thought deeper this morning. This morning, I began to think “God, help me to humble myself, so that you can shine through me, so that others can see, ‘God walking on two feet in me'”.

Make me a servant Lord. Help me to be humble.

May I be a written epistle. May I not just posses your Life, but may I bear your Life.