Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Seek & You Shall Find

Jesus said:

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"

Luke 11,9-13

This is the time to seek God! We see that the world as we know it, is coming to its end. The Church, the group of born again christians filled with the Spirit, will go in the rapture, while the remaining christians without oil on their lamps will find themselves in the tribulation.

My goal is certain: I will serve the Lord! I will seek Him diligently of all my heart and find the truth. Pray for revelation, as the prophet recommended us to do. This is not the time to play with the world... this is the time to get into the Ark.

You who are reading this... seek, and you shall find. Knock, and the Lord shall open the door for you. The Holy Ghost is still falling today!

The revival could start in you!

Friday, May 27, 2005

You Are What You Think!

"Oh, it's too bad that the church today doesn't walk in the Spirit like that more than we do. For it's that kind of a time that when God comes to you.

You know, it was on the road to Emmaus when Cleopas and his friend was speaking, and talking, and thinking about Jesus, that He walked out of the bushes by the side of them and walked with them. It's while we are thinking upon Him...

The trouble with the world today, we're thinking about everything else but Him. Then we wonder why we don't get blessings. '

Think on Him. 'Draw nigh unto Me, and I'll draw nigh unto you,' saith the Lord. Think upon Him. David spoke that he was--write His commandments upon the bed post and meditate on them day and night. That's what the church ought to do, would keep your heart tuned in with God day and night, for it's then's when He appears.

Solomon said, 'As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.' Begin to think that you're one of His children, that He saved you, and He's good to you, and you love Him, and He loves you. Don't just wait till you go to church, or some convenient hour; just keep Him on your mind all the time."

- William M. Branham

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Devils Tremble When YOU Pray!

Image hosted by Photobucket.comDevils tremble when the weakest of saints goes to their knees. What a power and a privilege has been given to the Church of the living God. When you fall to your knees in prayer even the devils tremble, to the weakest of them. Think of it.

Prayer is a sincere thing. Prayer is talking to God. Prayer is not get down, shut your eyes, and thinking about your washing or your work you're doing, say, "Lord, help me and John, and heal Miss Jones and so forth." That's not prayer. That's repeating some words.

But prayer is to come into an atmosphere where you realize that you're in the Presence of God and you're moving to then in the deepest of sincerity. First you say a little worship, "O Jehovah, how I love You." You see it? Then after the worship of prayer, then you come with a sincere heart asking.

- William M. Branham

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Prayer And Spiritual Life II

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5,8)

Image hosted by Photobucket.comOf all the people that I have had the pleasure to meet, I believe noone has made such an impression on me like dr. Wilbur Chapman. Once he wrote to a friend: "I have learned a good lesson concerning prayer. During one of our series of meetings in England the audience was very small. But then I received some lines that told that an American missionary had gone in to pray down the blessings of God over our work.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comHe was known as 'Praying Hyde' . Soon after this everything was changed. The auditorium was filled up, and fifty souls received Christ as Saviour in the first altarcall. When we were to leave that night, I told Hyde that I wanted him to pray for me. He came to my room, turned the key in the door, fell down on his knees and laid still for five minutes without his lips even uttering a single word. I could hear the heartbeats. I felt warm tears flow down my face. I understood that I was in the presence of God.

Then I saw Hyde turning his face upwards with the tears flowing from his eyes, his lips whispering: 'O Gud!' Then he was silent for at least another five minutes. Then, with a certain conviction that he was talking with God, he opened his heart in intercessory prayer for me in a way that I'd never heard a human being pray for another human being before. I had been on my knees before God and learned from a human being what prayer really is. Now I believe in the power of prayer like never before."

Dr. Chapman has also said this: "It was those moments on my knees together with John Hyde that made me conscious of what real prayer is. I owe him, more than anyone else, that I know something about prayerlife, about a life consecrated to God.

...I saw Jesus Christ again. I caught a glimpse of his prayerlife. I received a new longing, that I've still got to this very day: that I really had to become a man of prayer. God, the Holy Spirit can teach us."

Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray;
This is my heart-cry, day unto day.
I long to know Thy will and Thy way;
Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray.

(from page 64 and 65 in the book "A Kneeling Christian" by an unknown christian)

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Prayer And Spiritual Life

When praying to the living God, we are clothed in a glow of holiness, just like the beauty of the flower in the sunlight. Was not Jesus changed while he prayed? If prayer gets it's right place in our lives, it will mean a change in our lives. We mean something to our fellow human beings in the sense that we reflect God to them.

What is prayer? It is a sign of spiritual life. I can expect just as much life in a dead human being than spiritual life in a soul that does not pray. Our spirituality and fertility is always in relationship to a real prayerlife. If we have falled away from, if we're not in the realm of prayer anymore, let us then make this decision: "I will arise and go to my father, and say to him: "Father..."

(from page 63 and 64 in the book "A Kneeling Christian" by an unknown christian)

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Foxe's Book of Martyrs

It is always inspiring to read about prayer warriors and mighty men og faith, and how their lives were, and how they influenced the people around them.

But, it is also inspiring to read about men and women who gave their lives for this Gospel, the martyrs who despite torture and persecution still kept their faith. It makes me very thankful!

I would like to recommend the book "Foxe's Book of Martyrs". You can buy it on Christianbook.com or Parable.com. I have linked to Berry's version of the book, an edition that presents Foxe's work in today's language.

The book is also available (for free) on this website.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Confess & Believe

"Soon as you hear the Word of God says you can be set free, believe it. Rejoice with it. God will show the evidence after you've accepted it. But first you accept it.

Christ died for sinners. I believe it. I accept it. I start rejoicing. God works righteousness by it.
I believe He was striped for my healing. I believe it. I accept it.

God's Word is healing for me. See, just as soon as I believe. He can't help me till I believe. I've got to believe and confess it, first, and then God's under obligation to His Word."

W.M.B. (1952)

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Stand Fast In The Liberty

A brother sent me this Word from Galatians 5:1, and it was such a blessing to me:

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

It struck my heart! As Christians we are going through a continual sanctification, getting rid of things from this world, from bad habits and things we do that are against the Word of God. You do not have to be a slave for the thing you are struggling with in your life, whether it be smoking, drinking, lusting, temper, bitterness or worldly music and fashions...

Whatever it is. Cast your burden unto Jesus Christ! He has set you free, and you must hold fast to that freedom! Don't bow to sin again!

But you cannot be victorious using your own strength and will-power. If you do, you'll only fall back into the same old dirty track again. Let the Holy Spirit do it, and praise Him for having already done it!

Liberty comes when we by faith praise God for setting us free! A story from Acts 16,25 comes especially to my mind. Paul and Silas were in jail because they had been preaching the Word of God:

"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them."

Think about it! They were praising God while still sitting in their chains!

Did God hear Paul and Silas? Let us see what happens when you praise God while still being bound by something. Verse 26 says:

"And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed."

They were set free!

Use this in your daily life, my friend. If you are in a "prison", praise Him and believe Him for the liberty He has given you. The chains will fall