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Who Is Jesus? (Part I)

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I. Why Do We Believe He Was The Messiah?
by Brother Nathan Bryant
Over a period that spanned more than one thousand years (approximately 1,400) over two-dozen authors wrote the thirty-nine books that make up the Old Testament.
While each book contains historical accounts from a large variety of times, places, characters, and prophecies of future events; they are all based around the same theme: ‘Messiah is coming to redeem us from our fallen state’.
These prophecies written by many different authors, hundreds of years apart (under the inspiration of God) were all fulfilled through the life of One Person.
Many men through history could have claimed to fulfill a random verse or two in regards to what Messiah would be (‘they pierced my hands and my feet’ / etc), but only One Man would fulfill EVERY verse that was prophesied of Messiah down to the exact geographical locations, personal relationships He would have, the price He would be betrayed for, events surrounding His birth and death, and many more very specific prophecies that were fulfilled in Him.
The following is a Scriptural study of a few of these prophecies which most of us will identify right away as being fulfilled by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have also included references to the New Testament verses in which they were fulfilled for those wishing to study further, or looking for definite proof that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah.
Some details of a few individual verses from Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ go far beyond what any sensible person could reason away as coincidence.
To claim that The Bible is untrue after seeing the fact that ALL of the Old Testament prophecies referring to what Messiah would be were fulfilled by Him, or to imagine that they could all be fulfilled by coincidence in Him, and to still look for Messiah’s first advent goes far beyond my human understanding.
II PETER 1:21
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
ISAIAH 7:14
“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 1:18-23 & St. Luke 1:31-35)
HEBREW LEXICON
Immanuel = “God with us” or “with us is God”
1) a symbolic and prophetic name of the Messiah, the Christ, prophesying that He would be born of a virgin and would be ‘God with us’
ISAIAH 9:6
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
(Fulfilled in St. Luke 2:6-7)
MICAH 5:2
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 2:1-6)
ISAIAH 61:1-2a
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed e to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
“To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
(Fulfilled in St. Luke 4:16-21)
PSALM 41:9
“Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of My bread, hath lifted up his heel against Me.”
(Fulfilled in St. Mark 14:18-20)
ZECHARIAH 11:12-3
“And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
“And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 26:14-16 & St. Matthew 27:3-10)
* The previous scripture from Zechariah not only predicted the exact price for which Jesus would be betrayed, but also that Judas (after realizing he had betrayed innocent blood) would cast the money on the floor of the temple (‘in the house of the Lord’), and that it would be used instead to buy a field from a potter (which was used later to bury strangers in).
ISAIAH 53:3-9
“He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
“Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 27:26)
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
“He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 27:12-14)
“He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.
“And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 27:57-60)
ISAIAH 50:6
I gave My back to the smiters, and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not My face from shame and spitting”.
(Fulfilled in St. John 19:1 & St. Matthew 26:67)
PSALM 22:16b
“… they pierced My hands and My feet.”
(Fulfilled in St. John 20:25-29)
PSALM 34:20
He keepeth all His bones: not one of them is broken.”
(Fulfilled in St. John 19:32-37)
PSALM 22:18
They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 27:35)
PSALM 69:21
They gave Me also gall for My meat; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink.”
(Fulfilled in St. Matthew 27:34)
ISAIAH 53:12
“Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors”.
(Fulfilled in St. Luke 23:32-33)
PSALM 16:9-10
For thou wilt not leave My soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption”.
(Fulfilled in St. Mark 16:6)
ZECHARIAH 12:10
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
ZECHARIAH 13:6
And one shall say unto Him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then He shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends.
* In the following three sets of Scripture, Jesus Himself foretells when He will die, where He will die, how He will die, who will kill Him, and the events surrounding His death. There would be no way for someone to predict this aside from prophetic foresight, or by identifying themselves in Scripture that had already been prophesied.
How else could He predict not only the place He would die, but also the specific day, and the specific type of death?
Even though it was the Jewish chief priests and scribes who wanted Him to die; Jesus foretells that they would not be the ones who actually put Him to death, but that it would be the Romans, and in a Roman form of corporal punishment.
How could anyone guess, or predict by mere coincidence these details with the vast number of variables leading up to make everything happen exactly this way?
Even if an atheist or non-Christian would doubt the New Testament record that Jesus had spoken those words before His crucifixion, how can they even attempt explain away the Old Testament prophecies of the same context that were fulfilled perfectly, and precisely by The Lord Jesus?
ST. MATTHEW 20:17-19
“And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,
Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,
And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.
ST. MATTHEW 26:2
Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
ST. MARK 10:32-34
“And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,
“Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:
And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
To be continued…
Coming Soon:
Who Is Jesus? (Part II)
“What Relation Will Messiah Be To God?”

© 2010 Nathan Bryant Ministries Inc. All rights reserved

From Joshua to Judges

A few days ago, I finished up on the book of Joshua, and I began to read in Judges. I began to reflect back on what I had read. Can I summarize some key points for you?

The Children of Israel had a mighty deliverance after 430 years in Egypt. God showed the world His might and His power. Even those in the promise land knew of what happened, and 40 years after the Israelites left the Egypt, Rahab told the spies “all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you”.

Joshua is a tale of crossing the Jordan and conquering. Brave deeds, conquests, walls breaking down, the wicked slain, and the heavens being commanded by a man. What victory was shared in those glorious days! Only one quick reminder of what sin in the camp does and that was quickly dealt with.

Then Joshua and the men that follow him eventually die off. What happens next is a tragedy. The book of judges MUST be the saddest book of the Bible. People of the Most High God, becoming complacent, forgetting who it was that gave them the land they enjoyed. Then comes judgement, then deliverance, slipping back to sin, then judgement, then deliverance. The cycle continues time after time. The roller coaster of life. Sin, shame, crying out to God, and forgiveness.

To think: these people were in their land of promise!! Enjoying the blessings of God. They had crossed over. Many would say “they’ve arrived”. Yet, being possessors of the promise, they lived such lives as to anger their loving Provider.

Have you had a book of Joshua experience, and now living in the book of Judges? Does this roller coaster affect you as it did them? Day to day, year by year, are you finding yourself closer to God, or still on the same roller coaster track, up and down, round and round – doing good one week, can’t seem to shake the world the next.

Too often we accept this lifestyle in our Christian walk!

This lifestyle must NOT be allowed to continue. Do not stay in the car of the roller coaster. Stop the ride! Get off and onto solid ground again!

Read the last 3 chapters of Judges sometime. See for yourself what the end of such a lifestyle becomes! I warn you, the sin in those last 3 chapters is appalling. Appropriately it ends with the sad confession of the state of Israel – “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” Complete anarchy.

Please, take this as a warning, as a wake up call. Get out of the roller coaster. Fall so deep into Christ, that you don’t know which way to go to get out. Don’t live out your promise the way the Children of Israel lived out theirs.

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. ” – I Corinthians 10:11

Falling into His love and grace,

-Bro Trevor

Being Led By The Spirit

I was reading Numbers chapter 9 this morning and my attention was drawn to how closely the children of Israel followed the pillar of fire:

NUMBERS 9:17-23
17 And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents.
18 At the commandment of the LORD the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the LORD they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents.
19 And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD, and journeyed not.
20 And so it was, when the cloud was a few days upon the tabernacle; according to the commandment of the LORD they abode in their tents, and according to the commandment of the LORD they journeyed.
21 And so it was, when the cloud abode from even unto the morning, and that the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they journeyed: whether it was by day or by night that the cloud was taken up, they journeyed.
22 Or whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, remaining thereon, the children of Israel abode in their tents, and journeyed not: but when it was taken up, they journeyed.
23 At the commandment of the LORD they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the LORD they journeyed: they kept the charge of the LORD, at the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

If the cloud stopped; they stopped (whether it was for two days, or a month, or a year), and as soon as the cloud started moving again they moved (whether it was in the morning, in the afternoon, or in the middle of the night).

I hope that we can be so sensitive to the Holy Spirit that when He says ‘Move’; we move, and when He says ‘Don’t move’; we stand still.

If it’s in the morning, in the afternoon, or in the middle of the night.

If we’ve been in the same geographical location, or doing a certain thing for the Lord two days, or a month, or a year. Would you have me wait here Lord, and remain the same, or go into action somewhere else, or be doing something else?

I’m reminded of the following quote (also found in the Church Age Book p172):

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“Notice, what harmony. Jesus never did anything until seen of the Father or the Father showed Him first: (Harmony between God and Christ. See? John 5:19) So will the Bride, and He shows Her His Word of Life (He shows Her), and she receives It. She never doubts it.
Nothing can harm Her, not even death; for if the Seed be planted, the water will raise it up again. Amen. (Now, I got a great big “Hallelujah.”) Here is the secret: the Word is in the Bride and the mind of Christ to know what He wants done with the Word, and She does it in His Name. She has THUS SAITH THE LORD.
Then it is germitized; so the Holy Spirit waters it until it is grown and serves its purpose.
They do only His will
. (Amen. I’ll believe that.) No one can persuade them different. They have THUS SAITH THE LORD, or they keep still. Then they will do the works of God. For it is Himself in them, continuing His Word to fulfill as He did complete in His day. All things when He was here–He did not complete all when He was here, for it was not time yet”.


Whatever You want is what I want.
How can You use me today?
Where would You have me go today?
Is the pillar of fire standing still? Is this where I’m supposed to be today? Is this what I’m supposed to be doing today, or is It leading me somewhere else or to do something else?
Would You have me to wait, watch, and pray, or should I be out somewhere witnessing, singing, preaching a sermon, or living a sermon (a written epistle read of all men)?
Will I be the only Bible that someone reads today?

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Oh, how we need in Jeffersonville thousands of lived voices, the thunder of God thundering out in sweetness, and holiness, purity, undefiled lives, walking around in the earth today without a blemish. Yes, sir, real Christians, that’s thunder against the enemy. The devil don’t care how loud you can holler; the devil don’t care how much you can jump, how much you can do this or shout. But what hurts the devil is to see that sanctified, holy life consecrated to God; say anything to him, call him anything, just as sweet as it can be and move right on. Oh, my. That throws him away; that’s the thunder that shakes the devil.

“Lead me Lord I’ll follow anywhere you open up the door”.
“Let your word speak through me”.
“Lord I want to be a witness”.

“Where You lead me I will follow”.

“Millions now in sin and shame are dying. Listen to their sad and bitter cry. Hasten brother, hasten to their rescue. Quickly answer; ‘Master, Here am I'”.

“Here am I; send me!”

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And as the poet went on to say, Father:
Millions now in sin and shame are dying; (Over in Africa, down in India, around the world, thousands an hour, meeting You without knowing You)

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Now, it might be your neighbor; it might be the woman you work with, the man you work with, but they’re…
Millions now in sin and shame are dying; (In creeds and denominations)

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There is millions now in sin and shame, are dying;
(look on the streets)

Are we sensitive enough to The Holy Spirit to be led where He would have us go, and stay where He would have us stay? To do what He would have us do, and to say what He would have us say?
Or have our senses been numbed so badly by the things of the world (by complacency, and worldliness, and the hustle, and bustle of everyday life) that we can no longer hear where that still small Voice is leading us?
Are we willing to pay the price and go wherever He leads?
Are we so in tune with His Will that we have THUS SAITH THE LORD or we keep still?

If we aren’t then the time has come to fall to our knees and cry out to God until we know what He would have us do, and where He would have us go. Until we know that we are in His Perfect Will, and that it is Him doing the leading, or we stop and seek what He would have us do until the pillar of fire starts moving again.

Now the children of Israel didn’t just lay in their tents all the time and assume the cloud wasn’t moving. They had to watch to know if It was still there, or if it was leading them somewhere else.

Don’t just assume that the Holy Spirit doesn’t want you to do something simply because you aren’t seeking Him to find out. There’s a work for all to do, but maybe you’ve just fallen asleep in your tent instead of watching where He’s leading, and have failed to see that the pillar of fire has moved on without you.

– Brother Nathan Bryant

"Where do people come up with this stuff?"

  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.

  
  Ironically I am not related to the girl, but I do know her. Below is an abridged version of the conversation that followed as best as my memory serves:
  
Salesperson#1:  She was Episcopalian or something I think.
Nathan: Non-denominational.
Salesperson#1: She had long hair. She could never cut it. And I think they have to wear long skirts, (no pants, or shorts).
(At this point his smart aleck co-worker chimed into the conversation):
Salesperson#2: That is so ridiculous. How about mini-skirts? Could she wear mini-skirts?
Salesperson#1: No. Had to be below the knee. Couldn’t see the knees I’m pretty sure.
Salesperson#2: (sighs with disgust) Where do people come up with this stuff?
  By this point I was impressed with Salesperson #1’s knowledge (and apparent respect) for a girl with obviously different values than himself, and was trying to keep my righteous indignation from stirring up to the point of ‘laying hands’ on Salesperson #2 so I simply answered;
Nathan: Deuteronomy Chapter 22.
  Both salesmen stopped their exchange suddenly, turning their attention back to me and my sale and didn’t say another word in regards to girls wearing skirts (at least not while I was still in the store).
  So last night I thought; I should post something on the blog that tells that story and explains plainly from the Bible some of the questions that people who have no understanding of holiness / etc always seem to ask.
  Below are a list of questions that seem to come up frequently along with simple Biblical answers.
Q. Why do the girls have to wear long skirts?
A. Deuteronomy 22:5
     “A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”
(The verse above is from the King James Version. I accidentally searched NIV initially when looking for the correct wording for Deuteronomy 22:5, so I thought I would include a couple of other translations that I found interesting)
NIV says: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.”
New Century Version states: “A woman must not wear men’s clothes, and a man must not wear women’s clothes. The Lord your God hates anyone who does that.”
Q. Why can’t the girls cut their hair, and why do the boys have to have short hair?
A. I Corinthians 11
Verse 4 – “Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
Verse 5 – “But every woman prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered doshonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
Verse 6 – “For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”
Verse 13 – “Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
Verse 14 – “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
Verse 15 – But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.”
Q. What does the Bible say about homosexuals?
A. Romans 1:25-27 / Leviticus 18:22 / Leviticus 20:13
Romans 1
Verse 25 – “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Verse 26 – For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Verse 27 – And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
Leviticus 18:22 – “Though shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Leviticus 20:13 – “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
  Jesus said in Matthew 19:4; “Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female”

  Genesis 19:4-13 & Judges 19:22-24 depicts two stories where homosexuality was attempted (both groups were destroyed).
  I hope this has been encouraging and helpful to some of you who get asked these sort of questions from time to time.
-Brother Nathan Bryant

The Beginning & The Conclusion

In studying the other day I ran across these two Scriptures, and I thought it was interesting how Solomon begins Proverbs, and ends Ecclesiastes on the same note.
I’ve also included a quote from a tape we heard recently where Brother Branham really explains what it means to fear God.

-Brother Nathan Bryant

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – PROVERBS 1:7

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” – ECCLESIASTES 12:13

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Over in Ecclesiastes the 12th chapter and the 13th verse, it’s written like this. See? “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the full duty of man.”
The conclusion of the whole matter is to fear God. And when, you cannot have respects until you have fear. You’ve got to have fear of God. Solomon said also in the Proverbs that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom: the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
Now, that don’t mean that you’re afraid of Him, but that means that you’re giving respects and reverence. And when you respect God, you fear God. You fear that you might displease Him in some way; you fear lest you would do something wrong. You wouldn’t want to…
I fear my mother. I fear my–my wife. I fear my church. I fear all of God’s servants, unless I should put a stumbling block somewhere in their way. I–I fear the people. I fear the people of the city, unless I should do something wrong that would cause them to think that I wasn’t a Christian.
See, you’ve got, before you can have respects, you’ve got to have fear. And God demands it, He demands respects. God does; He demands it. And fear brings it. And we know that fear brings respects.

By a prophet

I read this one today, and I thought it was very fitting.

HOSEA 12:13
And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.

-Bro Trevor

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”!

Diligently Quick Post

I read the following scripture in my daily studies this morning. I thought it was post worthy for sure.

PROVERBS 13:4
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Are you desiring a close walk with the Lord, but find yourself lacking?

Be diligent in seeking Him.

God Bless you richly!

-Bro Trevor

(P.S. The final post of the “heartfelt emotion” series is coming…really…)

Supernatural Minded

The Easter weekend in Jeffersonville was a very good one. VGR had a presentation that included believers from other lands singing in their native tongues. The worship was awesome! I really enjoyed myself.

As I listened however, and wished that I could understand what they were saying, I began to think about the disciples on the day of pentecost.

Acts 2:4-6
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

I began to think, what if I began to hear what these believers were singing in my own language. What would I do? How would I feel? Why doesn’t this happen? Why don’t I expect this to happen?

I think we’ve stopped expecting God to do supernatural things amongst us. I know I certainly wasn’t expecting that I might understand what they were singing in my language.

Bro Branham said this in the message Expectancy

EXPECTANCY_ BATTLE.CREEK.MI SUNDAY_ 52-0817A E-38 Well, isn’t it strange? Look at Simeon. The Holy Ghost promised him, “You’re not going to see death till you see the Christ.””Why,” they said, “David looked for Him, and this one looked for Him, and that one looked for Him.””No matter what they looked for Him, the Holy Ghost has told me so.” He was expecting to see Him. He didn’t care what people said; he was expecting.When Jesus was born in Judaea, in Bethlehem, there was a few star gazers seen cross observatory of star mystics. None of the–the men at the observatory, or the planetarium, they didn’t see it. They knowed nothing about it. But my Bible said they followed a star. I believe it. They seen it. It was for them.Divine healing today, is not for the unbeliever; it’s for those who believe. The baptism of the Holy Spirit today’s not for unbelievers; it’s for those who believe. Jesus died for believers, not for unbelievers; it’s for those who believe. The supernatural follows who’s supernatural minded. That’s right. When the hungering and thirsting, when you got an expectancy, when you read God’s Word and expect to see God perform what He said He would do, God will do it.

I want to be more supernatural minded. I want to expect to SEE God perform what HE said He would do.

JOHN 14:12
¶ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Are you expecting this? Are you supernatural minded?

Think on it!

-Bro Trevor

Give thyself wholly….that thy profiting may appear to all.

(Authors Note: This is the sixth part of a series of posts looking at the 4th Chapter of I Timothy, verses 12-16. While I try to typically make posts devotional in nature, this one seems like it is turning more into a study. Fault my inexperience at writing…but don’t despise my youth!)

15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

Why am I here? What is my purpose? What do I want to do with my life? What should I do with my life? Who am I? Why do I like pizza so much? Why am I here?

These are all very good questions – questions worthy of answers. Questions I hear screaming out from people time and time again. So begins the search of many people…some try to find it in education, or intellect, by the “continuing quest for truth” as it were. Well, first off…you were created, and if you were created, then the one who would know your purpose is the one who created you.

It makes sense after all. When I “create” a pizza…the pizza could go to college all it wanted and never figure out who it was. The pizza could search for truth amid stacks of pepperoni and piles of cheese and never come up with its purpose. It could scream to the top of the oven “WHO AM I?” but the oven will never answer. Wouldn’t it make sense if the pizza just asked me? “Trevor, why did you make me like this?”. I’d say very hungrily… “Why? So I could eat you of course!” The pizza would finish out the rest of its short life at least having a sense of purpose before I ate it.

Thankfully, we aren’t pizzas!

The point remains however…you will never know your purpose on this earth, unless you ask the one who put you on this earth. If you ask Him, I believe he will tell you. What I also believe you will hear, is that your life isn’t pointless, nor does it lack purpose. God has something for each of us to do as individuals. We aren’t just to live good Christian lives…that’s great, we all appreciate a clean, Godly life. But isn’t there more?

Paul is telling Timothy in this scripture, “give yourself wholly to these things”. Why? “that thy profiting may appear to all”. The profiting he speaks of could be thought of as a sense of purpose and direction. People will look at you and say “there’s a guy who knows who he is and where he’s going. I wish I could be more like that.” “Yeah,” their friends will say, “some people just have it all together.”

You see, there is fulfillment in knowing what you were created for, and accomplishing that purpose. However, you won’t ever accomplish anything, unless you set yourself to the task of completing that thing with all that is in you. To be successful in something, it is necessary to give yourself wholly to them”.

God can do amazing things with what we give him. He can use you to do amazing things if you allow Him to do so. He WANTS to do so. He put you on this earth to be a vessel for Him. He doesn’t want to just use ministers, He wants to use everyone! Unless you give yourself wholly to Him though, your profiting won’t appear to all.

Let’s look at Samson’s life. He put the gates of Gaza on his back and walked off. Thousands of Philistines killed, the oppression of the Israelites, by the Philistines, had begun to be beaten back through Samson’s strength. A lion jumps out and Samson slays it. Strength, Glory, honor…the power of Almighty God coursing through his veins.

“YES!” I’m sure the Israelites shouted! “God is with us! Look at what He has done through Samson!” They began to see the profiting in Samson’s life.

There’s a slight glitch however…everything I’ve mentioned sounds really great, but Samson never “gave himself wholly”. Bro Branham tells us Samson only gave his strength to God, but his heart, he gave to Delilah. So now we find Samson, vexed by a girlfriend, lied to, shaved, bound, blinded, enslaved…

Imagine if he had given his heart to God. What if he had “given himself wholly”. He would not have been snared by this girlfriend of his. See Samson’s “profiting”, or lack there of, is apparent to all. We can see the success and fulfillment of His life. I don’t think there is a person out there that says “I want to be like Samson!” Why don’t we want to be like him? He didn’t give himself wholly to what God had planned for Him to do.

THE.FORGOTTEN.BEATITUDE_ CHICAGO.IL TUESDAY_ 61-0425EE-4 But I said this, that God can use what you yield. Like Samson, Samson would not yield his heart to God. He give that to Delilah. But he gave his strength to God, and God could only use his strength. That’s all. But if a fellow could only yield his complete being to God, now that’s it. If you can yield your–your body, God will use your body. If you can yield your mind, your heart, whatever it is, God will use what you give to Him to use with. He’s seeking to find somebody that He can find yielded like that.

So now it’s up to you. What will you give to God? Will you as David did, seek the Lord “with my whole heart”? (Ps 119:10) . Sure, David had the occasional problem, but I think His profiting appeared to all. His name is known throughout all the ages. He is known as a great great King. It’s because He gave himself wholly to seeking the Lord.

Do you realize that God is your maker and thus had a purpose in creating you? If you realize this…why not give yourself to God. I tell you that all will see your profiting. As you read and grow in Christ, not only will others see your profiting, but you will have peace, purpose, and fulfillment. The answers to your questions will be found in Christ, in His purpose for you. He loves you and knows you. Once you know who you are, and what your purpose is…you will find your fulfillment and happiness you seek. The “quest for ultimate truth” will continue on forever, and you’ll always be seeking something, until you come to God’s Word and find your answers there.

The Bible talks about this kind of person, “ever learning, and never coming to the knowledge of the truth.” Talk about lack of purpose. Talk about a miserable life. Do you think anyone will say “There’s a guy who’s got it all together”. If they did, you would know better. You would know that you’ve searched and searched but never found.

Find your answers in Christ, give yourself wholly to them, that your profiting may appear to ALL. That includes you. Don’t you want to see yourself happy and fulfilled?

Give yourself wholly to Christ.