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Out of the Abundance of the Heart

A friend of mine asked me the other day “What does the Bible say about cursing”. I assumed this meant profanity and not the kind of cursing that Balak wanted Balaam to do on the children of Israel.

I’d like to share a few scriptures that I thought were appropriate to the subject that I sent my friend. Perhaps others will be blessed by this.

Let’s begin with taking the name of the Lord in vain. This is not something the Lord is pleased with,yet many people view this as “not as bad” as some of the major curse words today. But look at the following passages:

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exo 20:7)
And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. (Lev 19:12)

I think the passage in Leviticus really brought it home for me. “Profane the name of thy God”. I can’t imagine this! How could we take the name of the Holy One and profane it. This really ought to be unthinkable to any of us! To mix the unholy with the holy!

Now, many people would look at this topic and say “this word is good, this word is bad, this word is ok”. Even further we have words that we say “that’s just a mild form of this or that word.” I don’t want to get into all that with this post. I really want to look at the principle of cursing itself.

Consider the Scriptures:

But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. ( II Tim 2:16)

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Eph 4:29)

So how about those? Is your “babblings” profane or vain? Is your communication corrupted? These things will increase into more ungodliness! They already ARE ungodly…and will cause MORE!

Yet Paul finishes in Ephesians by saying “but that which is good to the use of edifying”. I think that’s the main point here. Ultimately Christians should be full of grace. Why would Christians, who are supposed to be reborn with the Spirit of Christ, be speaking anything that is not edifying and filled with grace? Why would it be negative? Why wouldn’t it be BLESSING instead of cursing?

 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

You see, it’s more than whether the actual words we are speaking are “right” or “wrong” but our communications are an indicator of what’s inside.

Just as Jesus once said:

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (Matt 12:34)

And there we have it. Are you speaking cursings, negative thoughts, and words that refer to vile things? If so, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh”. Are you speaking blessings, positive words, and those things that are filled with praise and virture? Well then, “out of the abundance of the heart…”

God Bless,

Bro Trevor

Entanglement

Bro Nathan posted a fine balanced post on the topic of Facebook recently.  I thought about merely adding a comment, but then I decided more people would see my thoughts on it this way.

II TIMOTHY 2:3,4
3   Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Does Facebook entagle you in the “affairs of this life”, or is it merely a communication tool for you?

Are you wasting many hours playing the games and scrolling through pictures of people you hardly know?

I’ll agree that it has it’s uses, but I will definitely say that there are MANY trappings that we just don’t need.

Today VGR put out a post of a testimony that a young person that struggled with too many pulls of the world.  I thought some of the person’s testimony where striking:

 “…all that time I considered myself to be a Christian but somehow I had become a part of this world.

Now, this believer was struggling with many things online, streaming TV shows, not just Facebook.  Yet I ask you to consider what YOU have become entangled in online and how “a part” of this world you have become all the while considering yourself to be just fine as a Christian. The devil would like to pull us down my friends; all the while trying to keep us thinking we’re “just fine”.

So I ask, are you entangled?

As for myself, I decided I was entangled too much and that I would have more focus and energy towards things I need to be doing and improving in my life than I would with it.

Please understand, I do not disagree with my good friend Bro Nathan.  I believe it CAN and is used for good.  It’s a great communication tool.  I would merely ask however if it is entangling you without you realizing it?

Be careful, check up, stay awake.  Don’t be entangled with the affairs of this world.

God Bless,

Bro Trevor

Contradictions?

THE.REVELATION.OF.JESUS.CHRIST – CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.1
“Now remember this. Christ in the True Church is a continuation of the Book of Acts. But the Book of Revelation shows how that the antichrist spirit would come into the church and defile it, making it lukewarm, formal and powerless. It exposes Satan, revealing his works (attempted destruction of God’s people and the discrediting of God’s word) right down to the time he is cast into the lake of fire. He fights that. He cannot stand it.”

I’m not intending for this post to be controversial.

It probably will be for some. I’ve decided I can live with that. It’s been on my heart for quite some time.

I want to deal with this subject from the eyes of a parent.

You see, I’ve known some who have had children come across issues of “contradictions” that they see either in the Scripture or in the Message. I know one such who has totally left the faith. (although I pray the faith hasn’t left them!) They claimed that Bro Branham contradicted himself all the time.

So what do we do when our children notice an apparent contradiction? The easy answer for many of us is to say something very spiritual sounding: “I don’t understand it, I just believe it”.

Now, I understand that sentiment, and I agree with it. It’s often just not enough for a smart child. It becomes an easy excuse for the parent to remain ignorant and not search the Scriptures. The children see this as the “easy out” that it is. They see the uncertainty underlying our own understanding or they see that we’ve taken our doctrine out on a limb, and we don’t believe the FULL Word of God ourselves.

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Let’s just deal with the toughest one out there. One I personally know has happened to some.

62-0531 THE.CONFLICT.BETWEEN.GOD.AND.SATAN_ CLARKSVILLE.IN THURSDAY_
« 180 † Noah went in. He followed the will of God. God shut the door behind him, but it never rained for seven more days. Wonder what Noah thought, all that time in there? Noah setting in the ark, the door shut. He thought, “Just any time, children, you’ll hear it. We’ll pull the door, the lid up here on top.” They was up on the top floor, you know. The animals on the bottom, the birds in the next, and they was on top. That sun… “Oh, in the morning, there’ll be–there’ll be something over there, a darkening, the rain will come.” But, the next morning, up come the sun.

181 Maybe some people, that kind of half way believed Noah, might have went up there and stood around the ark, said, “You know what? That old man might have been right. We better stand here.” Well, then they “seen a mistake.”

God’s prophets make no mistake. God’s Word can’t fail.

182 You heard me preach on, about Jonah going to Nineveh. They said he was backslidden. He sure wasn’t. He was right in the will of God. Exactly. He had the Word of the Lord, and he walked in It.

Surely we’ve all heard this one. How many times have we been told that “God’s prophets make no mistake!”

This is as true as any other part of the Word of God. I am in NO WAY denying this, downplaying this, or otherwise contesting this quote. I believe this fact wholeheartedly!

Yet, what happens when in church or in personal study, our children come across the following quote?

61-0611 REVELATION.CHAPTER.FIVE.1_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN ROJC 717-746 SUNDAY_
I don’t know where our Lord will lead me to, and that I have no control of, or whatever He will have for me to do. But I am thinking at the end of the road where I must come. And down along life’s journeys I have made so many mistakes that I am very sorry from my heart of, because of, I guess, being human and in weakness and so forth, causes a person to do things or say things that… and even act that they would not want to act otherwise. But being the weakness of a human being, why, we–we have those times.

Or like this one:

53-0403 THE.CRUELTY.OF.SIN.AND.THE.PENALTY.THAT.IT.COST.TO.RID.SIN.FROM.OUR.LIVES_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN V-25 N-4 FRIDAY_
Lord, while I’m here at this pulpit tonight, this little old concrete structure, I consecrate my life to You. I thank You for what You’ve done for me. And I consecrate myself anew, at this crucifixion night memorial to You. Take me, Lord. Forgive me, all my mistakes and troubles. Make me strong and powerful, Lord, in the Spirit of God, that I might win souls to You.

Or finally:

64-0617 THE.IDENTIFIED.CHRIST.OF.ALL.AGES_ TOPEKA.KS V-20 N-1 WEDNESDAY_
« 148 † Now just one moment for the prayer line. We’ve got exactly fifteen minutes, to get out on time. Now all I could say, I’m a man, my words can just fail just like any other man, all of us. I’ve proved to you tonight, that every prophet, everything else, they made their mistakes. But God makes no mistakes. His Word is the Truth. How many believes that He is the Word? [Congregation says, “Amen.”–Ed.] God bless you. That’s where my faith is built, on nothing less than Jesus’ Blood; and, right, Jesus is the Word.

Of course the mind must then ask itself, “Was Bro Branham a prophet? Didn’t Bro Branham just say right here he has made mistakes. And did He not say God’s prophets make no mistake?” The child will then ask, “Daddy, I thought you said God’s prophets don’t make mistakes?”

So then, you have an apparent contradiction. What will you tell your child? Will you say “Amen” to all quotes with equal gusto? Or will you downplay some, not quite calling them inaccurate, but not really sure what else to do?

They are either ALL God’s Word, or none of them are. If they are ALL God’s Word, than we must say “Amen” and we have to be able to reconcile them together.

2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

We have to then be able to somehow EXPLAIN to our searching children, where the truth lays in ALL the quotes and scriptures. Make no mistake, the devil would LOVE to drive a wedge in this area. Satan wants to “discredit God’s Word”.

I could tell you what I believe makes these quotes line up perfectly; merely the angle you look at them in, but that’s not really the point of this post. The point is: what do you do when you see ‘apparent contradictions’? Do you look the other way? Do you try to downplay the part you don’t like or understand? Do you tell your children,“Don’t worry, just believe“?

For me, I’d rather tackle these things head on. My children have enough to worry about in this old world we live in. I want to arm them with as much as I can arm them with. If they see a contradiction, and I don’t understand, I want to go to the Word with them, and I want to be in prayer with them, for God to reveal it to all of us. “With true revelation in our lives, the gates of hell cannot prevail against us, but we will prevail over them.

JAMES 1:5 – 8
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Ridiculous

How is your life viewed by others? Do most people find you normal? Do you “fit in” with relative success, no one really seeing the effects of your Christian walk?

I’d like you to stop and consider a few Bible characters for just a moment. Consider Moses, he fit in for such a long time in Egypt, yet when he finally stood for God, he was viewed in a different light. When the commission to serve God really came forward, it was ridiculous to the Egyptian mind.

“Why would someone give up the chance to be Pharaoh, to lead an oppressed people out into the wilderness?” Ridiculous! Then he turns around 40 years later and goes to take over the world power of the day with a stick in his hand!

Of course we all know how ridiculous Noah looked when he began to do something for God. “It’s never rained, and you’re building a boat on the top of a mountain. Ooo-kay!”

Of course, we could talk about Abraham going to offer Isaac on top of the mountain, Gideon paring down his army to 300, Shamgar attacking 600 philistines with a farm implement, little David taking on big Goliath or apostles staggering around like drunk men on the day of Pentecost. The list could go on and on.

What do all of these have in common? From the outside looking in, they are quite ridiculous!

I CORINTHIANS 3:18-19

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

So, I ask again. How is YOUR life viewed by others? Do they find you a little odd? Quirky? Ridiculous? They should. All throughout the Bible we find such instances. If the world looks at our lives and sees nothing strange, then I wonder what kind of lives we are living?

Bro Branham says:

“You know, sometimes when you get persistent and hear the Voice of God, it makes you do things ridiculous to the carnal mind. You act strange, funny. You’re an odd person.” (62-0719E PERSEVERANT)

He also said:

“Faith finds a source that others don’t see. Faith finds a source that others can’t see it. Faith is ridiculous to everybody but God and the fellow that’s got it. It’s ridiculous to everybody besides God and the person that’s got the faith. Now, it’s all–it’s all–it’s a surety to them. It’s a sure to God, and it’s a sure to the person that’s got it. But the rest of them thinks they’re crazy. Always have.” (62-0719E PERSEVERANT)

So, do the people at work find you crazy? Perhaps they find you praying at lunch time. Perhaps they find you in a corner reading the Word with tears streaming down your cheeks at break time.

How about the people at your church? “Man, that brother/sister just LOVES everybody. They’re always happy. You can’t get them to say anything negative about nobody.” (Unfortunately, many people conclude that person is just wishy-washy, but that’s a topic for another post!) The spirit of Christ in you should have SUCH POWER that you would LOVE the unlovable. You would love the ones that talk bad about you. You would press in to the Spirit even when all others have given up. That sounds ridiculous to far too many!

Are you ridiculous? Are you serving Him? Are you displaying Him? Your faith in action should be ridiculous to the carnal mind. If your faith is not in action click here!

"Nothing but lost souls…"

LOVE (56-0726) 
Nothing but lost souls, is the only thing that’s got any value in it. Money passes away. Homes decay and go away. Everything in the earth moves away. The only value, lasting value, I’d rather have one soul in glory, that I won to Christ, to know and see that that Light of God circles around that soul, through all eternity, my name to be associated with that, than to have every penny of money in the whole earth, ’cause I’d have to lose–lose it all. But what you send up there, is Eternal. And that’s the reason we’re trying.”

NOTHING but lost souls.”

Not our money, not our homes, or our vehicles.

Not our prestige, not our retirement accounts, or our Social Security.

Not the size of our church, not the number of our faithful members, or the amount of money we spend on our Christmas productions & outreach programs.

Not our knowledge of our pet doctrines, not our ability to memorize Scriptures and quotes, or even our ability to prove others wrong… (all of which is fine & dandy).

But even if we are anointed with gifts of the Spirit, the ability to understand all of the mysteries, the zeal to donate our goods to feed the poor, and the passion to subject our bodies (even to be burned for the Gospel’s sake if need be); our works are nothing without a genuine burden & love for others (I Corinthians 13:1-3).

Not just love & concern for those within the small circle that we feel agree closely enough with us to retain our lofty stamp of approval, but a burden & concern for those outside our walls, and even those who seem to literally hate us, or go so far as to despitefully use us (St. Matthew 5:44).

It’s an easy thing to love those who love us, and agree with us, but Christ loved us when we were unlovable. He loved us before we could even claim to be Christians, and long before we came to the knowledge of the Truth (the Message of the hour). Isn’t He our example? Doesn’t being a Christian mean we are to be Christ-like?

Where were we when He found us? What slime-pit of moral decay did He have to stoop to in order to redeem us from the miry clay? Where do we see that type of love being manifested for others? Where do we see that kind of burden for lost, suffering, sinful humanity?

THE INSIDE MAN (53-1212)

And you give me someone that’s just so tore up about lost souls that they just cry and are–are wanting a revival so bad till they can hardly eat, just simply can’t…
If you’ll read the history of the world and the religious history, you’ll find out it always taken that kind of a spirit to bring a revival.”

WHEN LOVE IS PROJECTED (56-0218B)

Until the burden gets on the Christian Church for lost souls, we’re fighting the air. Let us stop speaking… I believe in gifts and signs and wonders, why, certainly. That goes with the body, but let’s not put that ahead of love and lost souls.”

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 1 (54-0103M)
If I’d say, this morning in this little group of people and I… God say, “Now look, William Branham, I’m going to make you answer for that group of people, what you tell them. Now, do you want them all to shout?”
“Sure, I want them to shout.”
“Do you want them all to speak with tongues?”
“I want every one of them to.”
“Do you want them all to dance in the Spirit?”
“I want every one of them to.”
“All right, well, that’s very good, but what would you rather have them to do?” Uh-huh.

I’d rather have a church that had such a burden on their heart for prayer that they just stayed at this altar and would be here day and night, and everything else; and in their house, was constantly in prayer, and humble, and trying to get people to come to God, and making calls at the hospital, and visiting the sick, and trying to get people to come to church and do right. I’d rather have that than all the other put together; although the other is right, it belongs in the church.”

You MIGHT be addicted to Facebook IF:

  • If you hear you kids ask “Where’s Mom?” only to be answered by “She’s on Facebook…again”…you might be addicted to Facebook.
  • If your kids are crying in another room, and you have to finish typing your status, reading someone else’s status, finish a quiz, or a silly video before you can go see what’s wrong. You might be addicted to Facebook.
  • If you spent time on Facebook but your house is a wreck, supper is never cooked, and your kids are untended…you might be addicted to Facebook.
  • If you wake up in the morning and your FIRST thought is to grab your phone or PC to check Facebook, there’s really no “might be” about it, you ARE addicted to Facebook.
  • If you haven’t even THOUGHT of reading your Bible and praying, but you’ve been on Facebook, you got an idol on your hands!

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:14-16

We live in a day where we must be conscious of the time we spend and where. Can you imagine if you lived 30 years ago, and you wanted to listen to a tape of the prophet? Break out the reel to reel player, wind it up, set and listen. Now days we have mp3s, ipods and everything else making it so easy to listen – yet it seems our desire to hear the end time message is less and less. Our desire for the Word of God in any form, even Bible reading and prayer, seems to have dwindled.

After all, why find out something God said sooo long ago, when we can hop on our electronic devices and find out what is happening in a friends life 3 seconds ago?

You see the danger we fall into? Quick updates, always changing…it’s very alluring compared to the timeless and unchanging Word of God. Yet, isn’t that the Word of God’s strength? It’s unchanging, unwavering, uncompromising stand. It’s “truth endureth to all generations”.

I’m reminded of something that happened last week in Sunday School. I had chosen to speak on “The Love of God”. Not having paper for the printer, I just uploaded my notes to my Kindle E-book reader and used that to refer to my notes. As we discussed the topic during class, one young lad kept interrupting, asking me about my Kindle and its features. Finally, just a touch exasperated, I exclaimed “Son! We’re talking about the Love of GOD here, and you want to know about my KINDLE? Are you kidding me? The Love of God is INFINITELY more amazing than my Kindle!”

And that’s the point. God is so much more amazing, so much more endlessly unsearchable, so much more glorious than ANYTHING we could put our eyes or thoughts on, and yet Facebook, which probably all of us would agree is stupid and a great time waster, grabs our attention instead.

Think about it, think on HIM

God Bless,

Bro Trevor

The following are quotes that have inspired me over the years to think on the Glories of Christ more than anything else over the years. Perhaps you’ll enjoy them as I have.

Lord, I want to be free. I want my desires so changed into accord with reality so that I can do what I want to do and never regret it. That’s what I want. And so I’m going hard after Jesus to change me, because many of my desires are stupid.

It occurs to me to say, Father, that we Christians would be utterly insane to envy people who pitch themselves out of the window of sin—on top of a skyscraper—to enjoy a vapor’s exhilaration of the freefall of greed, or the freefall of drugs, or power, or fame, or sex, or job success—and then death. We would just be insane to envy the world. Forgive us for our folly.


Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak.

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

– C. S. Lewis in “The Weight of Glory”

Never will any one admire the works of man, if he has recognised himself as the son of God. He degrades himself from the height of his nobility, who can admire anything but the Lord.. Let the faithful Christian, I say, devote himself to the sacred Scriptures,[5] and there he shall find worthy exhibitions for his faith. He will see God establishing His world, and making not only the other animals, but that marvellous and better fabric of man. He will gaze upon the world in its delightfulness, righteous shipwrecks, the rewards of the good, and the punIshments of the impious, seas drained dry by a people, and again from the rock seas spread out by a people. He will behold harvests descending from heaven, not pressed in by the plough; rivers with their hosts of waters bridled in, exhibiting dry crossings. He will behold in some cases faith struggling with the flame, wild beasts overcome by devotion and soothed into gentleness. He will look also upon souls brought back even from death. Moreover, he will consider the marvellous souls brought back to the life of bodies which themselves were already consumed. And in all these things he will see a still greater exhibition–that devil who had triumphed over the whole world lying prostrate under the feet of Christ. How honourable is this exhibition, brethren! how delightful, how needful ever to gaze upon one’s hope, and to open our eyes to one’s salvation! This is a spectacle which is beheld even when sight is lost.

Cyprian, Ante-Nicene Fathers

Blessed Beyond Measure

I am so thankful to have the freedom to be able to enjoy all of the Bible, and the Message in both text and audio formats, and the ability to access any of It anytime I want in my own language. We don’t realize how blessed we are sometimes… may It never become common to us!

Many fought, and suffered to grant us this freedom which we did not always have.

There was a time not so long ago when only the priest was able to have access to the Word in a language that the common people could not read or understand.

Millions still today do not have the privilege that we are granted, due to the lack of religious freedom in their country, or the shortage of available material in their own language.

Now that we have been blessed with this great honor, and responsibility, what will we do with It?

Will we let It sit on our shelves, or study It only to try to prove others wrong? Or will we make It a part of our daily lives so that others will see Christ living in us, and working through us?

Bro. Nathan

“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men” (II Corinthians 3:2)

The Color Of Your Status

Recently on FaceBook there were a lot of status updates with nothing but a color. Many were ignorant to what the status updates were about, but followed suit and changed their status to a color as well. Others assumed it was a petition to vote on the color you wanted the background of FaceBook to be.

In reality it was a movement requesting you to raise awareness for breast cancer by putting the color of your undergarment as your status. Many of the sisters around the Message quickly participated by updating their status.

Have we lost that “God-given quality to safeguard our morals”?

Are we really that blind and ignorant to miss Satan’s tactics?

We are living in the information age. Satan doesn’t need you to actually stoop so low as to show someone your underneath garments to make them stumble when he can just have you describe it to them on FaceBook or in a text message.

I don’t care what the cause is. The spirit behind this type of thing is wrong (period). That type of information does not need to be broadcasted publicly or privately to anyone but your husband.

Most women with any common sense have ‘awareness’ without you letting Satan use you as a tool to cause brothers to think about any part of your body.

Oh you’re too spiritual to actually physically present yourself like that before men, but if you don’t have enough common sense not to broadcast those things to the world maybe it’s time to take another look at the spirit that’s causing you to do that.

You may think this is harsh, or cruel, or brash, or flat. But if you have any spiritual wisdom at all you’ll hopefully be able to realize it’s the truth.

If you think I’m being rough, think about what the prophet of God would say about this type of thing? I’ll actually share a few quotes with you below (that I hope you will take the time to read) to show you what sort of things he would have to say about something like this.

May we open our eyes and see that it’s “The Same Devil Under A Different Name” causing you to present yourself indecently before men in new ways through the information age.

I hope we can humble ourselves enough to repent and ask God to open our eyes to see that it’s the same devil changing his tactics enough to deceive us into thinking things like this aren’t wrong, when the spirit behind it is exactly the same as from the beginning.

– Brother Nathan Bryant

THE GOD OF THIS EVIL AGE JEFF.IN 65-0801M
“Would God do that, make a world so pretty; look here, God making His daughters so pretty, and would dress them so sexy, that His sons would lust after them and would commit adultery? What? God do a thing like that?”


A BLUSHING PROPHET JEFF, IN 56-1125E
“Now, he didn’t blush for the scarlet streak of the red light district. He didn’t blush for the booze drinkers in the hell holes, although as bad as it may be. But he blushed because the sin of the elect. And what we need today is some more prophets with enough God in their hearts to blush in the Presence of God for the sins of the people who call themselves the people of God and doing the way they’re doing. What a disgrace we’ve brought to this place. The morals of our people…
This is not a easy subject to speak on. I could think of many things that were easier to speak on. But, brother, if somebody don’t stand out in this sinful, adulterous day that we live in and call the colors, what’s going to happen? Somebody has got to speak the thing. Somebody’s got to place it before the people. Perhaps Ezra didn’t want to do it. But it was in his heart.”


THE FALLING APART OF THE WORLD JEFF, IN62-1216
“It’s hard to find a girl with enough modesty to blush. They’ve heard so many dirty jokes and filth, and, why, you couldn’t say nothing to make them blush. When a few years ago, no more than when I was a boy, a little thing wrong, their face would color up, a little thing pass by, and another little girl’s little underneath skirt was showing in school, and I was standing, talk, and when she looked over and seen this little girl’s underneath skirt showing, her little face turned red, and she walked away from me, a sixteen year old girl. Why, what a… That’s the God-given quality to safeguard our morals.”

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**Edit: We received the following comment in regards to this post, but it was posted accidentally on the post about Haiti (above) instead of this one. It reads:

I understand where you coming from and don’t discount what you have stated one bit. You asked what the prophet would say, I would like to ask, what would Jesus do? He went to prostitute, the woman at the well and those in need of a doctor. He reached out in a pure love to those the religious ppl of the day would not associate with. He didn’t come for those who were well. My question to you is, did you respond in the type of love as Jesus? Did you pray for our sisters or just condemn them? Let us not be like the pharisees who would not associate with the ones that Jesus regularly ate with. “

Yes, Jesus reached out in love. To the prostitute he forgave and said “sin no more”. To the Pharisees he loved them very harshly, calling out their sin. Let’s not kid ourselves, God’s love isn’t all squishy ooshy gooshy. Jesus loved with a passion never before seen on earth, but He cannot abide sin.
I don’t feel this post was a condemnation of those who participated as there was grace for those who didn’t realize what they were doing. It was however a condemnation that the “innocent act” of displaying the color of your undergarments was and is sinful.
You then asked if we prayed for our sisters. Absolutely. Much prayer from myself and Bro Nathan, and other close associates we discussed this with. We were groaning and grieving that this was taking place within the ranks of believers who we felt ought to have known better.
As for being like Pharisees? We haven’t unfriended or ignored any who we knew did this. We weren’t trying to drive people into the ground. We were calling out sin. Telling people it was time to call a halt, wake up, and have some discernment on this dangerous place we call the internet.

God Bless,
Bro Trevor

In addition to what Brother Trevor has already commented; Love Is Corrective.

If your child runs out into the street, or onto the railroad tracks you don’t spank them because it brings you joy do so (unless you are mentally or spiritually deranged). You correct them because you love your child, and you want to make sure they don’t do this again because you know it puts their life in danger.

We had received some criticism from the post when it was initially posted on FaceBook claiming that we weren’t doing as the Bible suggested (talking to the individual / taking two witnesses / bringing before the church / etc), but we were not condemning or naming individuals; we were crying out against the sinful spirit behind a group movement.

Like the example of correcting the children; we don’t rebuke things like that because it makes us happy to have to do so. We do it because we love those people, and want to make sure their spiritual life (and the spiritual life of others) isn’t put in danger by things like this that creep in subtly and deceive the people.

We always want to pray for others (regardless of what they’ve done) and extend the love of Christ to everyone (especially those that the ‘religious people of the day’ tend to disregard), but lets not forget just how corrective the love of Christ could be (especially to those who already claimed to be ‘religious’).

The Pharisees claimed to be very religious, but were making the commandments of God of no affect by their traditions (and Jesus told them so to their face).

John the Baptist called them snakes, Jesus said they were of their father the devil, and that they did his works. Jesus also plaited ropes and beat those who were trying to make the sacrifices at the House of God a commercial money-making scheme.

They didn’t beat around the bush, and they didn’t pull punches to appear politically correct. They cried out against sin (as real men of God and true Christians always have, and always will).

God is a good, and loving God, but He’s not an old doting Grandpa that just lets His kids get by with anything.

God bless you,

– Brother Nathan

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

What is the living God?

A good friend of mine read this quote to me yesterday.

We are made partakers of His holiness. We, in His image, we are living images of a living God. Then dead to self, raised with Him (Now, listen, listen to this.), His Word made flesh again in us. (O Brother Neville…) Look. What is it? Not the mythical, imaginary god setting out there, but the living God… What is the living God? The Word in you making Itself real. Whew. Glory to God. Oh, I know you think I’m a holy-roller. Maybe I am. But, oh, brother, do you see it? Triumph over every denomination, triumph over all paganism, a living God made manifest in a living temple. And the Word of God, which is God, is made flesh in you. Why? You’re seated in heavenly places, triumphed over all things in Christ Jesus. Amen. (William Branham, Christianity vs. Idolatry)

The Word in you making Itself real.

Are you a part of that?

Think about it:

  • Does the Word make itself real in you?
  • Does it produce more than your idea of correct doctrine?
  • Does it bring your body in subjection to the Word of God?
  • Does it produce the fruits and life of a Christian?
  • Does it bring you into Holiness, and away from the things of the world?

Are you growing in Holiness, Grace, Humility, and Power? Or do you sit starchly and smugly in the “knowledge” that you have correct doctrine and are therefore Bride?

Don’t get me wrong, I believe our correct doctrine helps us to “Triumph over every denomination, triumph over all paganism” but is that all it means for the Word to be made real?

Look a few sentences before that statement. “Then dead to self”. There it is! You need that too! Being dead to self brings you into holiness and purity. Being dead to self brings you into complete humility. It’s all about Him!!

Please consider this thought in your next prayer time.

God Bless,

Bro Trevor