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1This morning before our message, we will dedicate little Ella Anetta Bates, the daughter of Justin and Christina Bates. The babies name Ella in the Hebrew dictionary means "an Israelite" it is used in the name of God, El-Elah-Elohim as we were taught by Brother Branham. So like her mother whose name is Christina and we named her Christina to remind us always of Christ, this little girls name Ella will always remind us of El Elah Elohim, in honor of the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the self existing one.
3Why little Bethlehem 63-1214 P:50 Words, names, they have meanings. Many people don't believe that, but that's true. If names don't have some meaning, why did Abram's name have to be changed to Abraham? Why did Sarai have to be changed to Sarah? Why did Saul have to be changed to Paul? Why did Simon have to be changed to Peter? See, all these has meanings; everything has meanings.
4And your name has a lot to do with your nature. That is brother Branham said we should never name our children Rickie or Elvis, because Rickie means rat and Elvis means cat and what you name your child has a meaning to it. That is why brother Branham was against all these modern names that young people gravitate to because you could name your child a name with a very wrong meaning to the name and not even know it.
5If you called your kid a name that means "looser" his whole life, I am sure no matter how smart that child may be, he will find himself acting out his name and he will never amount to very much in life. Names have a significance, they do mean something.
6From his sermon, Approach to God 55-0123A P:52 brother Branham described how there is a certain approach to God and tells us of how Abraham approached God. He says, "Abraham believed God then, 'cause he had an approach through a symbol, through a name. So have we an approach through a Name, Jesus. What does Jesus mean to us? Saviour. Amen. El Shaddai to Abraham, Satisfier, Strong One, salvation Giver, strength Giver. The same thing that El Shaddai was to Abraham, Jesus is to the believer. Oh, my. Doesn't it just carry you away?
8Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, (notice he speaks to your hearts first) and with all thy soul, (and then he speaks to your soul next which your soul is who you are, the real you) and with all thy might. (that means all you strength and energies) 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart first: (because if they are not first of all in your heart then it will do no good to try to get them into your little Ella' heart. Children are not ignorant, they know when their parents are hypocrites. So this admonition is to you as parents.) 7 And then thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, (and so how do we teach them to our children?) and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand,(in other words in all your actions) and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. (in other words they shall be the foremost thoughts in your mind.)
9Now, children as I said they are very perceptive. And they are quite aware when their parents are just weekend Christians. But here it tells you to teach your children About the word of God when? When you are eating and walking and in the car driving, and when you are fishing, and when you are hunting, and when you go out to eat, and when you are in bed at night, and when you are sitting around your home. In other words, when your child sees you living the life, and walking the walk, they will walk it with you and they will live it with you. That is what dedication of our children is all about, but we can not do that with out consecrating our own selves as parents first. Because if you do not walk the walk, they will know it before you are even aware of it. And there is no greater hindrance to a child growing up in the admonition of Christ than to have parents who are not living that life themselves.
12Now, verse 7 in the Amplified version is even more memorable, it says, “And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be first in your mind heart; (now, that is the problem I have seen in this Message the most. When children go wayward it is usually because the parents do not have a true revelation themselves. The children see mom and dad as hypocrites and know that that just play church and it is a social thing for them, but because they are not driven by this word, the children do not come into the proper manner of importance as they should have. I know that I must seem to many as a fanatic because of the strong stands I have taken over the years, but I would rather know my soul is right with God and have His approval than to have a large church full of compromising people. Notice next what he tells us to do).
14Now, the scripture uses symbolism here to get the message across. If you wish for a knife or dagger to cut deeper into the flesh, you must first make sure it is very, very sharp, so you use a wet stone to sharpen the blade in order to make it penetrate as deep into the body as it can possibly penetrate. So he says.. you shall whet and sharpen them, so to make them penetrate, and teach (that’s number 1) and impress them diligently upon the minds and hearts of your children, (that’s number 2) and (number 3) You shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and (number 4) when you walk by the way, and (number 5) when you lie down and (number 6) when you rise up."
15I hope you can see the importance of not being wishy-washy with your children. We see that the people were commanded to place pictures and Scriptures and all sorts of things that the children will actually see with their eyes and when they see with their eyes it will have an influence in their minds and in their hearts.
16Now, we have already explained what it means to wet and sharpen the Scriptures to your children, But what does it mean to IMPRESS them upon their minds. The word Impress means 1. To affect strongly, favorably: 2. To produce or attempt to produce a vivid impression or image of: 3. To mark or stamp with or as if with pressure: impressed a design on the hot wax. 4. To apply with pressure; press.
So it is not a laid back attitude you are to take with your children, It is an attitude that when they do wrong, it seems like the end of the world to them. You do not impress without a press, for the word is IM-PRESS as in making an imprint or impression. When you press a coin into wax or clay to make a mold, that is what you are doing to make the mold. And the word should be presented as Life and death, not lackadaisically.
21So we see that faith (revelation) is the ultimate reality that underlies all outward manifestations of things hoped for, and it is the evidence (it is the visible proof) of things not yet seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith (Through revelation) we understand that the worlds were framed by the word (the Logos, which is the doctrine) of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
22Notice that Faith is the ultimate reality that underlies all outward manifestation, It is the visible proof of things that are not as yet seen. So what we are looking at is That Faith, Revelation is in essence the ultimate reality. Therefore to the Bride of Christ her faith is her ultimate reality. And Since, “Faith is the ultimate reality of things hoped for, and the proof of things not a yet seen,” Then if we see it, it no longer requires Faith. For if “Faith is the Substance or ultimate reality of things hoped for,” and Paul said in Romans 8:24-25 “for we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope; for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that which we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
In other Words, when we see by Revelation the thing we hope for, that Revelation to us is the ultimate reality that the thing hoped for exists. Then the Revelation is more of a reality than the life we are now living in this flesh.
23Let me explain. This life gets older and older each day it lives, and I long to be out of this body even though it is a real thing at least in these three dimensions that we live in. But the Christ Life that is growing inside is becoming more and more real to me than this flesh I am coping with daily. And as Paul says, our revelation is the substance, it is the ultimate reality to us if truly the Christ Life is manifesting itself in our inner man.
24Because if it is the substance of which Webster's tells us it is the ultimate reality, then as we wait patiently for the thing hoped for, we will be in a position of actually passing beyond Faith when it comes to the Revelation of Christ’s Appearing, and the Order of His Coming, the Rapture of the saints, the gathering together unto Him and all those events which pertain to The End-Time Revealing of Himself, and the going home of the Elect, because when we can see that these things have already taken place, or that they are in the process of taking place, and we are able to not only see them take place, but we are also able to recognize what is happening and tie them back to the promise, this then brings us to the place that we are no longer looking for them but we are in the process of receiving them as they come to pass, thus making you and that portion of the Word One, and thus making you an integral part of these End-time manifestations of Christ.
Now to be part of this manifested End-Time Revelation of Jesus Christ does not make you Him, but it makes the uniting with Him the ultimate reality because by entering into this revelation, or shall we say when this revelation becomes your substance, it becomes your ultimate reality that the revelation you long for is more a reality than the dimension you are currently living in.
25When we become a part of this End-Time Revelation of Christ, in that, we as His Bride are the One's TO Whom He is revealing Himself to. It brings you to a realization of His great purpose that He purposed Himself in Christ for.
26Now, there are 3 things which must happen in order for God to manifest Himself or His Word, seeing that He is the Word.
No. 1) There must be the One Who Reveals Himself.
No. 2) There must be the One IN whom He Reveals Himself.
No. 3) There must be the Ones TO Whom He reveals Himself.
And so we see that it takes all three parts to make up the Revelation of Jesus Christ. And this is why men messed it up so badly back in the Alpha Ministry of Christ. And that is why so many mess it up today. Because to them it is a mental thing. To them it is an intellectual affair. Knowing about Him, rather than knowing Him.
28We were told by the Apostle Paul, the Gospel writers themselves, and even Irenaeus, that the people did not understand the relationship between God and His Son back in their days. And because they did not understand what the scripture said pertaining to how God was to Reveal Himself through His own Son, who was born and lived among them, therefore they did not understand how He fit in with the Fathers plans in this great Revealing of the mighty God among us. And so Paul gave us the key when he explained the Jesus Factor in Colossians 5:19 when he said, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.”
So we see here, that just as there had to be God revealing Himself, yet we find that he always uses a vessel. And as in the Alpha where He used the body of His dear Son, so He had to use a vessel in the Omega. The God Who reveals, working through the one IN Whom He reveals. And it is this One in whom He reveals, that is always so misunderstood. Because the vessel is never seen to measure up to the expectations of the ones who are doing the viewing of this revealing.
John 1:11 “He came unto His Own, and His Own received Him not.” And why is
this? Because we read in
Isaiah 53:2 “when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”
1 Corinthians 2: 8 “For had they known who He was, they would not have crucified the
Lord of Glory.”
29And so see the significance of our being Elected and specially chosen by God Himself, even before He framed the world, to become recipients of His Glory, and therefore, we see the great significance of the Holy Spirit, the Great Father of Glory Who has personally come down among us in this last hour, and He is here with the purpose of giving us “The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Himself” which we see in Ephesians 1:17.
30We also see how important it is to receive this Revelation and Wisdom and Knowledge, for only those who receive it can in fact receive first the change in the inner man, which is needed first before the we are to receive a body change that will allow for a Rapture or catching away. Because in receiving this Revelation of Christ within us, we are in actuality receiving His substance which is the ultimate reality of Christ's Life in us. O, how I wish I could find better words to lay this out for you.
Look, the Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:1-3 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove (that you may become the proof of) what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
31So in God having dealt to every man a specific measure of this faith, What Paul is telling us is, that in essence, God has dealt to every man a certain portion of his own Substance, which is a certain portion of the ultimate reality or Proof within each believer of that personification of God-Life that we hope for.
322 Corinthians 4: 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
In other words, even though we can look into the mirror in our bedroom or bathroom and we can see the outward man perishing day by day, yet within us we can look into the mirror of God's Word, into His Promises, and we can see the same God-Life forming in us, that formed in Christ Jesus and thus we can see Christ in us as our ultimate reality.
33In Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, (shall manifest in his true character) then shall ye also appear (manifest in our true character) with him in glory. (with Him in the same doxa, the same opinions, the same values and in the same judgments. And if we truly have entered into our ultimate reality by manifesting the revelation of Christ in us, then it will follow that we will also) 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
34We also find in Ephesians 4:22 "That ye put off concerning the former (behavior) the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
In other words, as we see the old man dying daily, and our old behavior is slowly dying with it, we also see a new nature, and it's new characteristics which manifest themselves in new behaviors which arise from within our souls that only wants to be like Christ, and that new life that is growing up within us, that is our substance, and as our substance it must become our ultimate reality of who we are.
35And we see this renewal process in Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
And that is our new reality, our ultimate reality, that it is God in us working to will and to do.
36So it comes down to this. "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he". And therefore what revelation you have in your heart, that is what you become. If we have the revelation of Christ, then we become Christ, filled with Christ Life, and we will eventually manifest Christ of Christ Life to the world.
38And Paul said in Romans 12 that we are to 1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
40From his sermon, Everlasting Life 54-1231 P:9 brother Branham said, "You can say, "You see that there?" And you just keep saying, "Yes, I believe it." And believe it so much till actually you think you see it, when you don't. See? That's right. But that's psychology. But It's just got you so mentally pressed towards it, till you just imagine it, imagine it so much till it becomes a reality. You just imagine somebody hates you, once. And they don't hate you, but you imagine they do, and you just keep thinking, "They don't like me." And the first thing you'll be shunning that person, when they haven't done nothing to you. And after while, it become such a reality to you, till you'll actually believe that that person doesn't like you. And you'll might bawl them out or say something to you, for instance your wife, or your husband, or some neighbor, or something like that, when, the person is absolutely innocent of any ill thing. It's because that you just imagine it so, till it become a reality to you. Now, see what I mean?
41So it all comes down to what is our focus. Is it Christ? Are you so filled with thoughts of Christ that you live like Christ, and act like Christ and talk like Christ and think like Christ until you become so Christ Like that people will actually think you are Christ.
43So we see that our what we are focused on are actually the things we think about, and what we talk about, and it will be expressed in the way we talk, and it will be expressed in our actions, and how we react to people, and just about every aspect of our life.
45THE MESSAGE Romans 8:5-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God's action in them find that God's Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn't pleased at being ignored. 9-11But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won't know what we're talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God's terms. It stands to reason, doesn't it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he'll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ's! 12-14So don't you see that we don't owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There's nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! 15-17This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a child like "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children.
46Now, back to the KJV 8:5 For they that are after self do mind the things of self; but they that are after the Spirit do mind the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind (Your own mind in your own Self) is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in self cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in self, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to self, to live after self. 13 For if ye live after self, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (kill off) the deeds of self, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit (God’s Spirit) itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
47Brother Branham said in his sermon, Second miracle 51-0729E P:8. "Faith is something that you; it's absolutely; it's not just what you imagine; it's a reality. ...But about eighty percent of the people that comes to the platform, doesn't know what faith is. They have a hope, but not faith. But "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
48Jubilee year 54-1003E P:53 When you are thoroughly convinced that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and in your heart, now, not in your imagination, but in your heart something echoes down there, and said, "Now, I am saved." that's all you need, right there, brother. Confess it out, and let your words go out. And then watch, watch your life from then on. No more than a corn could bear cockleburs, neither could that man bear evil fruits. He will have to bear good fruits. Jesus said, "He that heareth My Words, and believeth on Him that sent Me, has Everlasting Life, and shall not come into condemnation but's passed from death unto Life." That's because you believed, not imagine, but you believe It. It become a thought in your heart. The next thing, you expressed It as a confession. "He that will confess Me before men, him I'll confess before My Father and the holy Angels." Then something anchors. That's the reality.
49We must receive revelation in our hearts in order to receive the change of our bodies. And as we saw in Colossians 3:10, according to the knowledge of the One Who Created the inner man. And there is only One Who can create and that is God, the Creator Himself.
Now, I think that it is interesting to note that in everything God has for us, there is always a twin to that thing.
50Deuteronomy 28 tells us that for every Blessing, there is also a cursing, but it all depends on our approach with God’s Word, and whether we want to receive it. For in receiving It, we receive the blessings, but in rejecting His Word, we receive the curse of God. And since Life is the fruit of the blessing and suffering and death are the fruits of the cursing, then why would anyone in their right mind, want to reject what blesses.
51Attitude and who is God? 50-0815 P:35 And when the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is here to inspire you, remember, God will make your body come into your confession. If you say you're a drunkard, and want a drink. Don't worry, you'll soon be one. If you say you're a sinner, and want to sin, you'll be right into it. If you say you're a Christian and believe it all along, God will bring... Your testimony will bring you right into it. If you believe in healing, and believe that God has healed you, confess it, and God will make your body obey your confession, for He's the High Priest of your confession; setting at the right-hand of the Father now with His own Blood to make intercessions for any confession upon anything that He died for.
52In Romans 7 the Apostle Paul speaks to us about the war that goes on between the body of this death and our spirit. He said the flesh is weak but the spirit is strong, but most of the time people give in to their flesh.
53Questions and answers COD 59-1223 P:64 Now, the law of sin and death works in your flesh, but the law of the Spirit of Life works in your heart. So your heart, your spirit in your heart will make your body obey what it says do. That's exactly right. Now, that's what Paul said. Always the flesh, "I'm too tired; I'm unable; I'm not sufficient; I cannot do it."
54But Paul also taught us in Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but The Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
55So you can see that True Christianity is full of Grace all the way. And Christian Life is there for you if there is a desire in your heart to have it, because God will make a way for you to have it.
56In 2 Peter 1: 2-4 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
57And so we see according to 2 peter that the reality of a Christ-Life manifesting in us is there for us to have if we just accept it and take His Word into our hearts. But most people just don't have the will to die to self that God might Live in them their life for them. They are more satisfied with just talking the talking instead of walking the walk.
58Unfailing realities of God 60-0626 P:70 Here it is brought right to their face, why don't people take it? Just exactly like they did in the days of Jesus. They don't want realities. They want a creed. They want something, go by, say, "I belong to this place. I belong to this assembly. I belong..." What? You want to belong in heaven. That's where your affections ought to be, on things above. Jesus said, "Set your affections on things above, not on things of the earth." They're going to fail. Stay with God. Stay with realities. God is a God of reality. He's always been in all ages. Any time that man ever walked with God, God become a reality that performed signs and wonders and miracles with His people. It's God's purpose to do so..
59What visions are 56-0421 P:64 A freezing man can't get warm by a painted picture. He's got to have the reality. What the world needs today is not a picture of Holy Ghost and fire, but the real resurrected Christ by the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire again. That's what the world needs today: a reality, something that they can rely upon, not a declaration of words, but a realization of a risen Christ. Amen.
60Melchisedec the great prince 55-0109M P:27 Healing of the body doesn't become a fiction, it becomes a reality. The baptism of the Holy Spirit doesn't become any emotional, worked-up substance. It becomes a reality of the indwelling Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ to change the life.
61So we see that Words, whether true or false, they will actually manifest True or False. Because after all, if the Word is a seed, it is a carrier of Life. Then it is a carrier of either God Life or other life. And therefore after it is sown, it must begin to bring forth a life in the image of what was sown. And that is exactly what we read in Colossians 3:10.
62But we also see this spoken of in John 3: 18-21 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
63Here you’ll notice that we are looking at two different types of Life. One that hates the light and one that can’t help coming to the Light. And we find that the ones who come to it come because they have their source in it and that which they manifest because of it is exactly what the others who have their source in it do as well. Because after all, “Birds of a Feather will flock together.” And that is not just an old saying, it is a truism. 1 Peter 1: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
64Then those born of incorruptible seed must gather together with like seed, and those born of corruptible seed will eventually flock together with corruptible seed as well. They can’t help it, their spirit’s call out to each other.
65The Apostle John said in 1 John 2: 19-21 the same thing. 19 They went out from us, because they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
67Now, why would this be placed in Holy Scripture if it were not a principle for us to know and understand. Now, it shouldn't be used to throw down on people who leave, but on the other hand we should not throw away the principle John is laying out here either. The reality is that if we have the same seed as it says in Genesis 1:11, then every seed must bring forth after it's kind. And that means when you harvest wheat you harvest wheat. You don't harvest wheat and everything else together. What a job to separate the wheat that would be. Jesus said first bundle the tears together and then gather my wheat into my garner.
68Now, what am I trying to say here is this. Your doctrine will crystallize who you are and your thoughts will materialize in your actions. And either the Life of Christ by the baptism of the Holy Ghost becomes a reality in you, or something else will come along to take you out. And that something will not be external it will be internal.
For just as Christ in you becomes your hope of Glory, your hope of having and manifesting God's opinion, God' values and God's judgments, so too the thoughts you have in your mind if watered will manifest themselves in your actions whatever they might be.
69John told us in 1 John 2: 18-21 That we can not help but manifest what we are. And he further tells us that if we are of God we will receive Gods Word, and we will flock together. But if we are not of God we will no doubt have to leave those who are.
72Therefore, if there is no light then we will never know what the seed really is. Then we should not be so surprised when we see people we might have known for years and years become different so quickly. I know quite a few people who had followed what they thought was the Message for many years and then when they finally were exposed as to what the Message Truly is, they high tailed it right out into the world.
73They couldn’t stand the pressure and had to get away from it. Yet it is the pressure that is essential to bringing forth the diamond out from a lump of ugly black coal. But no one really wants pressure and yet without it we do not stand a chance at becoming what the seed characteristics in us are ordained to be.
The mighty Oak once began as a little nut. An acorn nut, but when it was planted, it began to break out of it’s shell and one day as it popped it’s little head above the ground the winds begin to blow. In order to survive, it began to stretch forth it’s roots and the more the wind would blow the greater it’s roots would reach out, and that is exactly what happens with us in our walk as well. The more we are challenged in our walk and belief in the Truth, the more we begin to search the Scripture for answers, and the more answers we find the more Satan challenges our faith, the more the winds of doubt blow and if we are the true vine we will dig deeper into the Word for more answers and thus the struggle goes and yet as we grow more and more in the Knowledge of our Lord and Savior, we also grow more and more in Grace and Peace, and we become more and more filled with His divine Life.
742 Peter 1: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
And so we see how that this manifestation of the Word Attributes and characteristics of God are formed into us.
75As we read in 2 Peter 2: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.