Yesterday while running some personal errands I found myself at the store of a national cell phone provider. While making a purchase the salesperson helping me recognized my last name and asked if I was related to a girl he lived next door to and went to school with.
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I’ve been reading a little book called “Sunshine & Smiles” by Bud Robinson. (Brother Branham speaks of Bud “Buddy” Robinson many times, and you can find the book ‘Sunshine & Smiles’ in the ‘Books By Other People’ section of The Table software).
One of the statements he makes in the book that I found very timely is this; “If the church is dead, and I keep on fighting it; I prove to the world that I still have faith in it being resurrected, or I prove to the mind of every thinking man that I am diseased just above the ears”.
In a nutshell; If you believe something is dead then why are you still fighting against it? Either you believe it will be resurrected, or there is something mentally wrong with you.
I’ve heard many people say certain ministries are dead, or that ‘certain geographical locations’ are dead, or even that the tapes are dead (or ‘stale manna’).
First let me say this; What could be more alive than the Word made manifest for our day?
Secondly; If you’re so sure something is dead why are you still fighting it so hard? Wouldn’t that mean you are (as the street expression goes) “beating a dead horse”? Either you believe it is alive, or that it will live again, or there is something mentally wrong with you.
I believe God still uses men (He has no hands but our hands, no lips but our lips), so please don’t misunderstand what I’m trying to say. But if you are looking for The Living Word; I haven’t found anything more real or alive than the revealed Word for our day (as promised by Malachi 4, Luke 17:11&30, Revelation 17:30, etc).
I thank God that He has revealed the mysteries that were hid down through the ages, and has restored what the other ages left off (Joel 1:4, Joel 2:25). I can never thank Him enough for letting me be a tiny part of the body of believers who have been privileged enough (by the Grace of God) to Catch the Vision; that God sent a vindicated prophet to lead us back to the true Revelation of Jesus Christ.
We love to read the writings of Paul, and the written Words of our Lord Jesus. How wonderful would it be if we could hear their audible voices speaking those Words, and understand the language they were spoken in?
But do you realize how much more blessed we are to be able to have access to every available recorded message of the Messenger (the Voice of God) for our day?
”Moses was God (in a portion) made manifest. He was the Word expressed for that hour…” ~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (64-0629)
Now you can take that too far and put the creation above the creator, but he said ‘in a portion’.
”God took a part of His Spirit and put It upon seventy elders, and they prophesied. It never weakened Moses a bit. He… But Moses was still the last answer ’cause he had Thus Saith The Lord”. ~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (62-0603)
If part of it is inspired, and the rest isn’t; what kind of Bible or Message do we have? As I’ve stated many times; If this is a ‘hit and miss’ message we might as well go back to some of the denominations we came out of (because they were great at hit and miss).
“O fools, and slow of heart to believe ALL that the prophets have spoken.” ~ The Lord Jesus Christ (St. Luke 24:25)
”… One of the men went down and said, ‘Now Brother Branham, when he’s under the anointing is a servant of the Lord, but his theology is no good.’ Said, ‘He’s a prophet when the anointing is upon him.’ But said, ‘When the anointing is off of him,’ said, ‘Oh, his theology is no good’.
A man that would make a statement like that don’t even know what the word prophet means. A ‘prophet’ means ‘a Divine revelator of The Word’. See? And these signs are a vindication that that’s what is the truth.” ~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (61-0209)
”Now they didn’t have tape recorders, today, like we got here. But they had Scribes who was setting there, taking It down just as Paul was preaching It. And that’s what It is right here. We’re getting It by tape recorders, and these tapes go over the world, see, to show that It is the Truth. Our religion is not in vain, It’s absolutely the resurrected Jesus Christ, same thing. Now we mustn’t neglect It.” ~ Rev. William Marrion Branham (57-0901M)
Let me say as Job of old;
“Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” ~ Job (23:11)
-Brother Nathan Bryant
I Chronicles 16:29, Psalm 29:2, and Psalm 96:8 all instruct us to “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name”.
Young Foundations has a new post about missionary efforts in Slovenia and Croatia. It sounds to me like they were doing the old fashioned “passing out tracts” except it was message books. The similar post on branham.org lets us know that in this instance, the missionaries didn’t even speak the same language.
Following this post was this quote:
“And I believe that every man, every woman, every boy or girl that ever stays long enough that you’re convinced that it is right, and it is the Holy Ghost, you’re burdened so hard in your heart that you can’t stand still and let these people die like this in shame and sin. It’ll grind the very heart out of you to get out here on these streets.” – Convinced and then Concerned.
My thoughts immediate drift to our efforts here in the States. Are we merely called to just financially and prayerfully support ministries such as VGR? Or should we also be burdened in heart to “get out here on these streets”??
Could I be doing more than I am? I’m certain of it.
I think underlying in our unwillingness to go out and “seek and save that which was lost”are thoughts such as “it wont do any good”. Or that “here in American no one will hear anymore.” We think, “God is working in other places, but not here. God is moving amongst the people in foreign lands, but it’s over there.”
Can you identify with that or am I the only strange one?
I’m certain this outlook is not correct.
I’m sure these brothers had rejections. I’m sure there were people that didn’t want to take the books they were handing out. You know what? I bet it didn’t hurt.
We always talk about how powerful the Word of God is. Yet, how many times do we think about how powerful the Word of God would be if we just got it in someones hands. If we were to just speak it in their ears. God said His Word would not return to him void, but that it would accomplish that which He sent it. Do we believe this?
So, what do we do? Do we begin to sacrifice our cozy Laodicean American lives, and begin to share the Gospel and this Message to others?
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.
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“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.
What things give you joy?
Fields of flowers.
Tucking the kids in at night.
Nothing…nothing…nothing will ever compare to what this verse describes
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Can words describe that day? Standing, faultless before the presence of His Glory.
“Enter thou into the joys of my Lord”
No wonder we’ll have EXCEEDING joy.
This brought several thoughts, and quotes to my mind that I want to share with as many young people as I can.
I remember when I was single and dating, and it seemed so hard to find that ‘right one’, and there were points in my life when I thought I would never find the right one. In those moments there is definitely a temptation to look to the world for a boyfriend or girlfriend.
There are so many different beliefs inside of the Message that finding that one who believes just like you, who has the personality that fits yours, and is the most beautiful person you’ve ever seen… It just seems too hard to find, so some people give up all together. The words ‘hell on earth’ come to mind when I think of this.
So you can’t find someone in ‘your time’ (not God’s time) who matches every doctrinal and physical preference you have – so you turn to the world, and someone you have almost nothing in common with.
Then say you ignore all the warnings from parents, friends, your own conscience… oh, and lets not forget; The Word of God – and you marry this person. At some point in your life God is going to start dealing with you, and the desire to get as close to Him as possible is going to drive you crazy unless you hit an altar somewhere and make things right.
Is this worldly person going to understand that? Are they going to have the same desire to serve God, and be a part of the Message? Are you going to be able to sit around the dinner table and talk about what you read that day in the Bible or the Message? Are they going to be ‘okay’ with raising your children that way?
Maybe one in a thousand work that way. The rest leave broken homes.
A good friend of mine was dating a Pentecostal boy (not what we would consider a ‘worldly’ person) back before either one of us were married. She had been witnessing to him about the Message, but feelings were involved and they started dating. He seemed like ‘good Pentecostal boy’, but he just didn’t seem like he could ‘Catch the Vision’.
She asked me one time what I thought about it. I told her that as long as she could honestly tell me that their relationship was bringing them both closer to God, then I was for it 100%. But if it was taking them both farther away from God, then they should both run from that relationship as hard as they could go.
I’m not sure what happened to the Pentecostal boy, but she met and married a wonderful Message boy within a few months, and they both lived happily ever after.
Sometimes we’re in such a rush to ‘find the right one’ that we don’t realize; ‘Maybe its not God’s time for me to be married yet’. Or; ‘maybe I’m not as close to God as I need to be before I take on that kind of responsibility’. Maybe He has something He needs you to do before you and your eternal mate sail off into the sunset.
All I know is; every time my wife and I sit and talk for hours about the Message, or read our Bibles together, or walk into church together, or go to special meetings together I cannot help but ask myself what it would have been like if I would have got the wrong one, and none of that was possible. I am so thankful to God that He led me to her, instead of letting me make the mistake of marrying out of His time and being unequally yoked.
I would be a miserable person if I couldn’t share those things with my wife. And you will be too, if you can’t share those things with the person you choose for your life’s mate.
There’s a thing us guys used to call ‘missionary dating’. (That’s when a boy or girl goes to ‘witness’ to a co-worker, or someone at school, or someone from a different church and they’re attracted to them, and wind up dating them). Nine out of ten times they’re going to drag each other down.
I’ve always said; ‘if you’re attracted to someone then ask someone else to witness to them’. When feelings are involved motives and intensions can quickly be misguided.
#1 Get where you need to be with God
#2 Find a good Christian who you know would be a good parent to your children
#3 Pray, pray, pray.
“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” -GENESIS 2:18
I hope that this has been an encouragement to you if you’re going through some of these battles of the mind. From someone who’s been there, and fought those battles I can tell you what Brother Branham said; “There’s someone for you. Just wait.”
-Bro Nathan Bryant
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Just like today when a Christian boy marries a sinner girl, or a sinner girl, a Christian boy, that–that starts something right then. See? Don’t you get married unless you’re equally yoked together with believers (You know?) to keep trouble down. See?
Now, when God made men and women in the beginning, He made their–their spirits then. There’s someone for you. Just wait. See? All right.
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Do you know that’s still a good thing, young man, to think about, young woman? Marry someone who is a Christian. Don’t marry unbelievers. “Yoke yourself not up among unbelievers.” Paul said for us not to do that. The Scriptures, all through, forbid us, for we… to yoke ourself with unbelievers.
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And no believer should ever marry an unbeliever, under no circumstances: should always marry believers.
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And if we would study what we’re doing when we’re going to get married, when we choose our wife, our husband, if we’d study it over! A man should pray earnestly, for he could ruin his entire life. Remember, the vow is “until death do we part,” and he could ruin his life by making the wrong choice. But if he knows what, he making the wrong choice and is marrying a woman that isn’t fit to be his wife, and he does it anyhow, then it’s his fault. If the woman takes a husband and knows that he’s not fit to be a husband to you, then that’s your own fault, after you know what’s right and wrong. So, you shouldn’t do it until you thoroughly pray through.
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When God gave a man a wife, He gave him the best thing He could give him, outside of salvation. But when one goes to trying to take a man’s place, then she’s about the worse thing that he could get a hold of.
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And when a man loves a woman and marries her because she’s just pretty, there’ll be an end to that. But when a man finds a woman that he loves, he don’t know why, but he loves her… And she finds the man that she loves, no matter what he looks like… He loves her. She loves him. That’s an eternal mate in glory. They’ll… Death nor nothing else can ever separate them. Because they are from eternity, and they stepped out into space of time, and will return back to eternity. Eternity has dropped down in a body called time, then it goes right back up into eternity again. It cannot perish.
Stop and imagine with me for a moment. You are in the church parking lot. Your boys are running around a bit and playing. All of a sudden, you see one of them hit the ground. HARD. You check their head and a big knot has, within a minute, appeared and swollen. It looks all redish and purple, and your little boy’s face is all white.
Can you imagine this to be you? Can you imagine your concern? Your thoughts racing, what should I do? Should I take him to the hospital? All kinds of fears can surface in your mind at this instant.
You know that God answers prayer. So you decide the first thing that should be done is to have prayer. You call a brother over to pray with you for your child.
Stop and think now for a moment. Where’s your relationship with Christ… at this very moment. Do you have the confidence in your walk with the Lord, to pray and have enough faith to believe that God would touch your child and wipe away all fears and worries. Do you have that connection with Him, to know that He longs to help us any time, any where. Or will you have things to make right before you can have confidence in your prayer? Are you walking so close to Him, daily, that it’s not a foreign thing to you to get into His presence and have a serious conference?
You can have that kind of prayer life. You should have that kind of prayer life.
What a friend we have in Jesus.
(P.S. The “heartfelt part” series will continue soon)
To feel or not to feel – is that a question that has come up in regards to our faith? Where DO our feelings fit into the picture of our faith.
Most likely at some point, you’ve heard the line “It’s not about emotions” Perhaps some well meaning brother or sister, in an attempt to get you to correctly realize that it is about faith, and not about working yourself up, has told you this.
Thus many times do we go, for days upon days, thinking…it’s not about how I feel. I just have to believe God’s Word is true. I just believe the message, and that’s it. Feelings don’t have to be there.
To a point, I am in agreement here. How many have we seen at the altars of our youth camps, and the altars of our churches, crying and screaming out to God, but at what point do we see the change? At what point do we see these same people with a change in their life…with a faith to stand on God’s Word and live it?
Having said this, I believe we need to find the middle of the road on this matter.
How can one but have emotion when faced with their sins, the depravity of their own nature, and shown the love of God to redeem them. How can one but feel sorrow and remorse? Then when repentance is truly done, and they realize by God’s Word they stand justified in God’s sight, and sealed until the day of their redemption, what joy ought to spring forth in their hearts?
Heartfelt feeling only shows one is alive. The problem today is, we have too many copies. Those at the altar begin to copy others at the altar that are truly feeling the weight of the depravity of their souls from the heart. Hence “worked-up” emotions are born.
Since we have seen so much of this, many have cried out against “emotions aren’t it!!” and we have come to a point today, where we merely tell people to accept and believe the Word of God. I believe this rhetoric has gone a little too far.
In one of the last messages Bro Branham preached, He said this:
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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.
Now, this is rather an odd statement at first glance. Get us away from emotion, to the feeling?? Does this make sense? YES!
I believe Bro Branham understood the difference between emotions worked up because of the presence of God, and heartfelt feeling that comes from the very life of God in you. One will pass quickly…the other continues to bubble in you, over and over and over.
Over the next week or so, I’m going to try and write little thoughts on different aspects of “the real solid part of the feeling, the heartfelt part”. I hope you will join me in this quest and do your own studies on proper heartfelt feeling. If you come accross anything astounding to you, I’d like to hear about it.
I pray we’ll all be blessed.
Last night I stayed up late reading a book. I’d been wanting to relax with a good book for a few days and I saw a book at the library that interested me. As usual I get into a book and don’t want to put it down. Somewhere around 2 AM my better judgment FINALLY kicks in and I close the book and go to sleep.
There’s only one problem… I always know before picking up a book that I’ll spend hours reading it in the evening/early AM hours. I always know that in so doing, I’ll probably forgo any meaningful prayer.
I pondered this on my way to work this morning. I began to think on “friendship with God”. I thought of a good friend of mine in Florida. We are able to converse on so many different levels. We talk on the phone about work stuff like technology and management. We are able to fellowship around the Word of God, and always readily able to make wisecracks that send the other hurtling in throes of laughter. I enjoy our conversations…they are interesting and fun.
As I reflected on my premeditated foregoing of meaningful prayer the night before…I thought to myself, “You are a better friend to your brother in florida than you are to God.” This is not to say that I don’t enjoy talking to the Lord, or that I would choose a phone conversation with my buddy over one with God. I just know, that my conversations with him seem to have more quality sometimes than my “conversations” with the Lord.
It’s just that we as humans tend to forget that we can have that kind of personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We forget that He too lived a life just like us. He was tempted in all counts like we are (Heb 4:15)…so he knows just what kinds of things we’re going through. He was a man in all aspects. He probably liked sports…but didn’t idolize them. He probably would enjoy a Mt. Dew now and again if they had them back then. I have no reason to believe that he didn’t converse with friends about work and such, and I’m sure without question He fellowshipped around the Word of God with others. I’m sure He laughed at quips made by others. He was, after all, a man.
We forget that so much. We place Him so far away in His eternalness. We push Him off to some big unknown, unseen God. We forget that He came to be a kinsman to us.
Don’t get me wrong, I respect my Lord Jesus as the Almighty God. That position demands my respect, gravity, and fear. Yet, I feel that while that is true, I feel He’d also like to be one of the guys every now and then, and be able to just be our friend. Why don’t I talk about life in general and humorous things to God? Do I think He’s too busy? Do I think He doesn’t care? Do I think He’s all “business”??
I know I’ve covered the topic of being a friend of God before, but it’s all coming back and being renewed to me again. God wants to be my friend, just like He was with Abraham. I want to be a better friend to Him, not only as an obedient and faithful servant, but as a brother, just like I am to my brother in Florida.
How about you… are you a good friend to Jesus?