Archive for Daily Walk

But I want to be a blessing NOW!

Are you like me? Do you long to be a blessing so much you don’t know what to do with yourself?

Many times we get all enthused in our Christian walk. Ready for God to use us. Ready to DO something. We need to realize He has it under control. He will use us when it is HIS time.

Don’t really like that? I don’t. Because waiting for Him, means that, in yourself, you don’t really have what it takes like you may think you do. You can’t do it without Him. No matter your intentions, your desires, your motives, your skills, your “spiritual plateau”. YOU just can’t do it.

It’s pride.

We need to check that, not at the door, but at Jesus’ feet.

We heard this one at church a few weeks ago. It really struck me.

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Now remember, as I said the other night, two of those messengers went down into Sodom, and they preached to those Sodomites; and they blinded them that night at the Word. But remember, there was One; they–they had their sign, a Stranger among them.Look at Lot. Lot setting in the gate, and said, “My lords.” And living in such a way. They said, “Come into my house.” He said, “We’ll sleep in the street.” What a home. But as soon as Abraham; they said, “This is the purpose we come for. We set down here by the side of you.”

That’s the way. Live so, that if God would want to use you, He knows right where to come get you. You’re in a position, living a life clean before God; your words are honest; your life is true. That’s the kind of a place that Angels come. Look at–at Elisabeth and Zachariahs (See?), an honest upright, walking in all the commandments of the Lord. That’s the way we want to live, so when God gets ready to use us, He say, “This is My people. I can do with this church what I want to. They believe Me. They stand on My Word.” See, that’s the way you want to do; live the life.

“When GOD gets ready to use us”

Not when we’re ready to use us. When HE is.

The important thing is for us to keep living a clean, welcoming life. So often we get tired of waiting…and so we slide. Our enthusiasm fades and our frustrations with waiting rises. We begin to make concessions to things that were held up more by our enthusiasm, than our revelation or desires. Perhaps this is God’s way of showing us we aren’t on the plateau we think we’re on.

I believe if we keep our lives clean and ready, God will use us soon. While we’re waiting, why don’t we look to our lives and see where we can clean things up even more? Can we be more honest? More true?

Work on what we can, while we can, and God will use us in HIS time.

– Bro Trevor

Job (The Biblical Man) – Who are you?

This is the beginning of a series of posts on a look at the life (and book) of Job, in the Bible. What began as a question on Facebook, turned into a full fledged research/discussion project. Please enjoy the recap I am doing here.

Who are you?

Well, what about it? WHO are you? How do you define your purpose, your being, your existence?

Some may say, “Well, I’m a carpenter, a father, and a good friend.” Others may say “I’m a mother of 4 children” Yet does this define WHO you are? Rather you are speaking of WHAT you are.

Strip away all the things from you. Take away your house, your kids, your occupation, and everything that you “do” and “are” from day to day. WHO are you now? Will your answer be “a penniless pauper”?

Are you someone? Do you have purpose and meaning in life without the “things” around you that sustain you and give you meaning?

Starting to sound like a familiar story? Yes, Job, from the Bible. A man with a houseful of children. Lands, animals, and wealth were his possessions. He walked into the city and was respected of all men. Then, things changed.

Twice God challenged the devil to observe Job’s life. Twice Satan said, “put forth thine hand” to take things, people, and even health from Job. All but his life was taken. Once a loving father. Now a man surrounded by many graves. Once one of the richest men on earth, now penniless. Once a highly respected man. Now horribly disfigured. Scary to behold. Scorned. Held in derision. Where people used to look at him and respect him, now they look and tremble at his sight. Feared because of his appearance.

Weakly he falls on an ash heap to morn and scrape his wounds. Was he now just a man sitting on the ash heap? Or was he more?

You see, without God, life has no meaning. A belief in evolution, that man was created randomly, STARTS the thinking that life is without meaning. What begins randomly, stays random, and ends random. If you believe you were created randomly, can you believe you have purpose? You would be just a random accident.

Because of this, many today without God lose all vision of purpose and meaning. They end up taking their life, or even the lives of others. They fail to see more around them than what they can see or touch. Take away everything they have falsely placed purpose in, and they have nothing left.

Now, Job was not entirely perfect. He went through quite a depression. He wished for the day he would die. He cursed the day he was born. He didn’t understand what he had done to cause this. Did he ever lose his purpose? No. He could have just killed himself. He didn’t.

Was Job more than a man on an ash heap wishing for death? YES!! This was GOD’S BEST sitting there. God knew the metal that was in Job. He was taunting His adversary with him. Job was fulfilling the ultimate purpose. Job was glorifying God. Through everything that happened, God received glory.

Behold purpose and meaning! Do you think it a small thing to glorify God with your life? Do you think He is not worthy of such glory? Do you think He is unfair to do such? If so, you have not yet seen Him. You have not considered His glory and majesty. He gives our every breath. We exist because of Him and for Him. There is no other purpose.

So, I ask again. Who are you?

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name!

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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”.

Do we in our daily lives give the Lord the glory that He deserves?
Brother Branham said in the Message “I Am The Resurrection And The Life” (52-0810a):
“I see many people, call theirselves Christians, never return thanks, just as illiterate as a hog under a apple tree. A hog can sit under an apple tree, and apples would beat him in the head all day long, and he’ll eat till he can’t grunt no more, hardly; but he’ll never look up to see where they’re coming from.”
Do we give The Lord thanks daily for the blessings in our lives, or do we take them for granted (like the hog Brother Branham talked about) and never look up to see where our blessings are coming from?
Psalm 37:25 says; “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His Seed begging bread”.
Do you testify to others of how He’s healed you, saved you, blessed you with a good job, a roof over your head, clothes on your back, and food on your table?
Do we give Him the glory, or do we claim our successes as our own?
The book of Acts 12:21-23 tells us that Herod gave a speech, and the people were so enthused that they said it was “the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory; and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost”.
Are you ashamed to give Him thanks for your food because you’re in the presence of man?
Do we read our Bible and pray ever day (like Brother Branham says a Christian does)?
Have we let the Message (that God has blessed us to see, and be a part of) become common to us? Are we letting our books & tapes gather dust in their shelves, or do we ‘study to show (ourselves) approved’?
He is worthy of our very best.
He is worthy of our time, and our tithes, and our offerings, and our efforts, and our praises, and our lives, and everything we could ever give Him.
Let’s give Him the glory due His Name!
-Brother Nathan
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"Evidence that a man is a Christian"

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“Now, I’m going to answer the question, brother, that you asked me awhile ago. Somebody said:
Q 12. Brother Branham, I want to know the place where I can tie down and say “This man has the Holy Ghost because he did this, or this woman has the Holy Ghost because she did that.”
There’s not a way in the world for you to know it. That’s right. There’s not a way in the world for you to know it. God is the Judge; we are not to judge.”

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COD Book Page 85 Paragraph 166
“Now, I’m going to… I’ll give you my estimation of what I think that the closest thing to an evidence that a man is a Christian, than anything I know of. You know what it is? It’s travail of soul, a person that’s always so hungering and thirsting for God. They just simply… Day and night they–they just can’t stand it. They–they–they got to do something for God.
They–they’re full of love and they’re just a soul-travail, just travailing all the time. The Bible said, “He that goeth forth sowing in tears will doubtless return again, rejoicing, bringing with him precious sheaves.” Is that right? All those things…

I heard this quote the other day driving around in my truck. What a rebuke to all of us!

Do we have that travail of soul where we’re constantly hungering and thirsting for God? Day and night do we feel like we’ve just got to do something for God?

Do we have a burden on our heart every day to tell someone about all of the wonderful things Jesus has done for us in our own lives? Do we feel a constant pull to witness to some poor soul that hasn’t heard the Word that’s been revealed by a vindicated prophet that was sent to us (as promised by Malachi 4 , Revelations 10:7, etc) to show us the truth in these last days?

May God give us that zeal to do something for God, and a hunger for more of Him, and a burden for lost souls like Brother Branham is talking about is my prayer!

If we don’t have these things then we don’t even have what Brother Branham believed was the fruits of a real Christian! It’s checking up time brothers and sisters. It’s manifesting time!

How are people going to see Jesus (the Word made manifest for our day) if they can’t see Him in you and I?

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So God dwells in human beings. Amen.
Now, the only way people will see Jesus when they see–when they see Him in you. You are written epistles. If Christ’s Spirit dwells in you and brings your condict–conduct into subjection to His Spirit, and makes you act like Him, and talk like Him, walk like Him, live like Him. See? People see Jesus in you. There’s the old song, “Let others see Jesus in you.”

– Brother Nathan Bryant

What a real Christian does.

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47 How Mr. Lily, pastor Lily, he’s a wonderful school–a wonderful Bible teacher, Mr. Lily is; he gets down into the dark, the dark place; he pushed hisself up through the darkness of the earth. So what to do, to glorify himself? To glorify everything that comes in contact with him. And he has to toil day and night to keep his radiance of beauty, to keep the perfume a-flowing. He’s pulled day and night from the earth to give out.
That’s what a real Christian does. You pray and humble yourself, and keep before God day and night in order you might give yourself to somebody else. Not what you keep, it’s what you give that counts. You must give yourself out to others. That’s the way Jesus did. He gave Hisself to others.

How much are you giving? Have you merely received the Word for our day? Or are you giving it as well?

Keep before God, that you might give yourself to somebody else. What a task!!

Let’s take this mountian.

-Bro Trevor

Gone Fishin

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?

The Word Made Manifest

The Word Made Manifest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What would God have me do today?

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

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

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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.

-Brother Nathan

"God, walking on two feet."

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exceeding Joy

What things give you joy?

Fields of flowers.

Chocolates.

Peaceful streams.

New car.

New clothes.

Getting married.

Having kids.

Tucking the kids in at night.

Mountains.

Fishing.

Hunting.

Shopping.

Blue Skies.

Laughter.

Friends.

Nothing…nothing…nothing will ever compare to what this verse describes

JUDE 1:24
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.

The real solid part of the feeling, the heartfelt part (Part IV tag on, sighing and crying)

“When the wickedness of the wicked grieves and humbles and distresses Christians. Sometimes Christians do not seem to mind anything about the wickedness about them. Or, if they do talk about it, it is in a cold, and callous, and unfeeling way, as if they despaired of a reformation: they are disposed to scold sinners–not to feel the compassion of the Son of God for them. But sometimes the conduct of the wicked drives Christians to prayer, breaks them down, and makes them sorrowful and tender-hearted, so that they can weep day and night, and instead of scolding the wicked they pray earnestly for them. Then you may expect a revival. Indeed, it is begun already.” – Charles Finney