(author’s note – The point of this series has been to highlight what correct and proper emotions are. To explore the “real solid part of the feeling, the heartfelt part.” We want to know what real emotions are, and what worked up emotions are. We want to know what real heartfelt feelings will do. I hope you are finding this series beneficial.)
“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)
In speaking of proper emotion one must think about “sighing and crying”. This is obviously a very emotional process. One doesn’t sigh or cry unless there is an emotional connection.
Here’s an example of Bro Branham mentioning “sighing and crying”STRAIT.IS.THE.GATE_ JEFF.IN CH 35-66 SUNDAY_ 59-0301M
117 Now, we’ve come to a day where the abo–abomination of the people… And the Angel’s went forth sealing again. Find me one person in Jeffersonville, if you want to know who’s going to make it, find me one person in our city that sighs and cries, constantly bothered and wearied, and praying for the abominations that’s done in the city. Can you raise your hand and put it on one person? Then take this Scripture, “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, that leadeth to Life, few there’ll be that find it.” That’s the only ones that was to be sealed.
Of course, when we come across these quotes, our natural tendency, believing we have the Holy Spirit is to inwardly make ourselves sigh. “Oh, yes.” we say “it’s just terrible what goes on in this town. The sin is just bad.” Then we tell ourselves since we just did such, that obviously we have the Holy Ghost.
Tell me you’ve never done that. I know I have.
Bro Branham said in that quote “constantly bothered and wearied”. We sort of look over that one right? I mean, there’s work, school, kids, house, church, fellowships, and all kinds of things to keep your average believer so busy, they don’t have time to THINK about the abominations done in the city, let alone “sigh and cry” for them right?
“Besides, who wants to think about abominations? I’d rather pretend they didn’t exist.” Right there we show we have lost feeling for the lost. Did not Christ have feeling for the lost? Should not then we, who bear his spirit, have the same heartfelt feeling?
The reference Bro Branham is using is from Ezekiel 9. It is a time of rather harsh judgment from God, over the cities of Judah. Certainly the entire world is close to this history repeating itself.EZEKIEL 9:4 – 6
4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
5 ¶ And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:
6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
Bro Branham typed this spiritually to having the “mark” spoken of in Ezekiel 9:4 being typed to the Holy Ghost. The inference is, those who don’t have the Holy Ghost, are slain as is done in verses 5 and 6. This isn’t taking place in the land of the Assyrians or Amalekites or mean enemies somewhere else. This is starting at Jerusalem, the very temple itself.
Not having the Holy Ghost means you don’t have a part of God Spirit, a part of God’s own life inside of you. This brings judgement.
Having the Holy Ghost inside you means, that you will be sighing and crying for the abominations done in your land and even in your own church.
Yes, this sighing and crying isn’t the cheap inward sigh we do to make ourselves feel good. It’s a heartfelt feeling that God has placed inside of us.
Bro Branham also described it as:
QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.3_ JEFF.IN COD SUNDAY_ 64-0830M
Let me just give you a little twister here just a minute. I’d say, “How many has the Holy Ghost?” All of you raise up your hand. I’d say, “All right, I’ll see if you have.” The Bible said that they that had the Holy Ghost sighed and cried day and night for the abominations done in the city. Now, how many hands would go up? How many of you can’t rest at night, so full of joy and the power of God, and so sad for the people that’s lost, that day and night you weep and cry for the abominations? You won’t… See? Who would be that in the city? How many of that’s in the church? That’s what the Bible said the Holy Spirit evidence was.
How well have you been resting at night? Full of joy and power, and sad at the same time? Are you weeping day and night? Do you have heartfelt feeling? Do you have the Holy Ghost?
If you do, you’ll have heartfelt feeling like this. Not just an inward sigh.
Stop and think about it for awhile.