“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.” (Leadership – 1965)
Bro Branham spoke in the above quote about getting to the heartfelt part, about having the Spirit in our hearts. I believe this is essential in our Christian walk today.
So many times we see things in black and white. We get things so narrowed down in our minds, “we should do this” and “we shouldn’t do that” until it gets to a place where we really don’t even need God anymore. We just follow what the Bible and the message say do. That’s all well and good, but yet, Bro Branham cried out in this message to get to the real solid part of the feeling.
Bro Branham also spoke about proper emotion in your walk with the Lord from the very get go of your experience. Do you want to be part of the elect? Read what he says below.
“American people want entertainment. They don’t want the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. So therefore, the radio and the television will give them more entertainment than the church can do it, and they stay home. All that comes out is the elect of God that’s still hungering, and thirsting, and calling, and crying for the real thing of God.” (What Hearest thou Elijah – 1959)
The elect of God will be doing the following for the “real thing of God”:
I don’t know how we can go to church, do our duty, listen to our preacher or our tape, and leave without so much as our heart being stirred. Why aren’t we coming out of our radio and televisions and exchanging that with a hungering, thirsting, calling, and crying for God?
When was the last time you were really hungry? I mean really really “I could eat a horse” hungry. How did that feel? How about thirsty? Imagine a swollen tongue, parched lips and throat. “Oh for a drink!” we would say. How about crying?? What was the last thing that made you cry? How did you feel?
When was the last time you felt like any one of those toward the Word of God? Do you thirst after God like David spoke of?? “As a hart panteth for the water”
Perhaps you feel you have already arrived? “I’m a sealed predestinated message believer” we puff up our chests and say. I listen to 7 tapes a week. I listen to so and so preacher.” Yet we lack a crying for the Word of God. I see so much “elitism” within our ranks it makes me want to cry. Who are we but wretches that daily need God? Have we lost that heartfelt feeling of realizing who we are in His presence?
Remember, the elect comes out hungering, thirsting, calling, and crying.
So then, are you elect?