Archive for April 2012

Thought Of The Day: Idleness

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.” (Proverbs 19:15)

idle (adjective)
1. not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing: idle workers.
2. not spent or filled with activity: idle hours.
3. not in use or operation; not kept busy: idle machinery.
4. habitually doing nothing or avoiding work; lazy.
5. of no real worth, importance, or significance: idle talk.
(dictionary.com)

Has Satan set a trap of idleness for you?

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
” (Proverbs 6:6-8)

Have you permitted a lazy, lukewarm, Laodicean spirit to take control of your life?

John Wesley wrote in his journal, “It was in pursuance of an advice given by Bishop Taylor, in his ‘Rules for Holy Living and Dying’, that, about fifteen years ago, I began to take a more exact account than I had done before, of the manner wherein I spent my time, writing down how I had employed every hour.”

Whether in the natural, or especially the Spiritual; the Bible refers to idleness as a sin.

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (I Timothy 5:8)

Have we found ourselves in a condition where we are no longer providing (naturally or spiritually) for ourselves, or our families?

Are we too lax to read our Bibles and pray like we should?

“You say, “Brother Branham, I’m no prostitute.”
I don’t altogether mean sexually. Prostitution’s on a higher level. You can prostitute your time. How much time do you give to Him?”
‘Pride’ (55-0807A) ~ William Marrion Branham

Have we become so unconcerned that we no longer have a burden for lost souls?

Have we allowed ourselves to become so selfish that we only think of ourselves?

Neither be ye idolaters
Oh, you say, ‘I thank God that I’m not an idolater’. Wait just a minute. Let’s examine it by the Word. Say, ‘I wouldn’t worship an idol’. That doesn’t altogether mean you worship an idol. You just have to be idle, doing nothing. Go to church. Yeah, that’s all right, go back home, do nothing about it. Brother, a real borned again man or woman can’t stand still. There’s something in them. They’ve got to testify. They got to do something. They are bound to do something. They can’t hold their peace.”
‘Corinthians Book Of Correction (57-0414) ~ William Marrion Branham

May these words sink deep into our understanding! May they shake us from our idleness!

My prayer is that God will help us to take account of every moment so that we stop wasting precious moments that could be used for His glory with idle words, or an idle condition, and redeem the time that He has given us. 

Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait
. “
‘A Psalm Of Life’ ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)

Thought Of The Day: Addicted

I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.” (1 Corinthians 16:15-16) 

 Those who lived in Stephanas’ house were addicted to the ministry.

What are you addicted to?

addict (verb)
to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on an addictive substance
to habituate or abandon (oneself) to something compulsively or obsessively
(dictionary.com)

addicted (adjective)
devoted or given up to a practice or habit or to something psychologically or physically habit-forming
(dictionary.com)

Thought Of The Day: Liberty

“… where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty.” (II Corinthians 3:17b)

liberty (noun)
1. freedom; independence
2. impertinent freedom or familiarity
(dictionary.com)

Jesus (quoting Isaiah 61:1-2a) proclaimed that the very purpose of His ministry was to preach deliverance to the captive, liberty to the bruised, receiving of sight to the blind, healing to the brokenhearted, and the preaching of the gospel to the poor.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord
.”
(St. Luke 4:18-19)

If we really believe II Corinthians 3:17 then we must believe that when the Spirit of the LORD is present then liberty will be present as well. Whether we are in a church, in our home, in our vehicles, in prison, in another country, or wherever we are.

If His Spirit truly abides with us then liberty and freedom of Spirit will abide with us as well.

Freedom to worship Him in Spirit and truth.

Freedom to give Him all of our praise.

Freedom to do whatever He leads us to do.  

Liberty!

Give me liberty, or give me death.” ~ Patrick Henry

Thought Of The Day: Conformed

Will you allow the world to conform you to it’s standards?

Will you allow religious tradition to mold you to it’s standards?

Or will you allow Christ to mold you into His Image by His Spirit and His Word? 

 conform: “to be or become similar in form, nature, or character” (dictionary.com)

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son…” (Romans 8:29a)

Easter Sunday 2012

Easter 2012
We trust that each of you had as much of a blessed Easter weekend,
and Easter services as our LORD Jesus blessed us with this year.
We were privileged to spend the weekend with precious friends & family.
– Bro. Nathan Bryant & family

 

And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, 
Behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, 
They said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen
…” 
(St. Luke 24:4-6a)
Let’s follow the Captain. Let’s follow Him that went to Calvary. When He went to Calvary, He was wounded for our transgressions; with His stripes we were healed.
Take that what He gives you and fight sickness and sin. Fight unbelief away. Tell the devil he’s a liar. Christ said He has overcome the world. “Greater is He that’s in you than he that’s in the world.” Greater is the power of Christ in you than that sickness that you have in your body tonight. Greater is the power of Christ than that little besetting sin that you can’t overcome. Let’s take that Holy Spirit, and fight the devil down, and walk out victorious as the heroes of the cross.”  ~ William Marrion Branham (58-0128) ‘The Oneness Of Unity’