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1Revelations 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
This morning I would like to continue with the Second of the three fold purpose of God as brother Branham spoke of it from his sermon, “Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed” in paragraph 79. where brother Branham speaks of God having the preeminence in His people, and not only preeminence but a people who are dedicated and consecrated to the point that God would live in them.
79 Secondly: to have the preeminence in His body of believers, that is, His Bride, that
He might live in people.
4Now, there is no minister alive or dead that could ever convince me that God would take up residence in a people who lived just any old Life. I’ve read all the biographies of men of God through the ages that God’s Holy Spirit moved in their lives, and anointed these men to such supernatural heights as to heal the sick, raise the dead, change natures natural course, and you just about name it and God did it through these men. And everyone of them lived such lives of consecration and dedication, and were always about their fathers will.
Peter said in 2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Men like Luther who had a great ministry in the Word as teacher never even compared to men like Paul, and Irenaeus, and Polycarp, and Martin of Tours and Columba and St. Patrick. These were men of God moved by the Holy Ghost. These men lived for Christ 24/7. They lived the Word, they breathed the Word, and God was with them.
6But what have we got today, we’ve got ministers so-called who are no more than just business leaders, CEO’s of organizations called churches. Brother Branham said they’re not churches, they’re lodges. Minsters who claim to be men of God running to massage parlors? Oh yeah, right in this Message running to massage parlors. Now, listen, even as a Cathloic boy growing up, I knew that was wrong. Listen brothers, Message is not spelled m.a.s.s.a.g.e. it’s spealled M.e.s.s.a.g.e. And the two don’t mix. Men claiming to be men of God running to those things with women giving them massages? O God have mercy on you.
9And brother Branham said in his sermon, Sudden secret going away of church 58-1012 P:28 Some people say, "Well, I go to church on Sunday morning. I listen to our pastor, which is a fine preacher." That's good. I appreciate that in you, or the America, the world, whoever it is. But it takes more than a good message from the pulpit. It takes your life. It takes you to get ready. In Revelations the 19th chapter and the 7th verse the Bible said that, speaking of the bride of Christ, "She has made herself ready." She made herself ready. And you, as a member of this bride, you've got to make yourself ready.
10God keeps His Word 57-0407M P:26 That's the reason I say, if the church does not get herself ready, that's your duty to get ready, "The Bride has made herself ready." The garments is paid for. They are ready, but you must be ready to wear those garments.
11O brother, if God has the preeminence in a people and is living in that people, then those people will not only live holy, but they will want to live holy, because it is God working in you to both will and to do. And He is holy.
121 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
142 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
15Marriage of the lamb 62-0121E P:28 If you notice, it said, "She has made herself ready." So many says, "If the Lord will take this evil spirit from me, from drinking, or from gambling, or from lying, or stealing, I'll serve Him." But that's up to you. You got to do something too. "They that overcome shall inherit all things," they that overcome. You have power to do it, but you must be willing to lay it down. See? She has made herself ready. I like that Word. You see, God could not push us through a little pipe, pull us out on the other end, and then say, "Blessed is he that overcometh." You had nothing to overcome; He just pushed you through. But you've got to make decisions for yourself. I have to make decisions for myself. In doing that, we show our faith and respects to God.
16Don’t ever forget that it is God working in you to will and to do. It’s Him doing and living and breathing in you. And that is exactly what the apostle Paul said in Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
17Brother Branham said in his sermon, Influence 63-1114 P:91 There's no holiness with us. We can't be holy; holiness is of God. See? Certainly. It ain't a holy church, ain't a holy mountain; it's a holy God. That's right. Not holy people; a holy God. It's God in the people. Peter referred to the Mount Transfiguration, "the holy mount," it meant the holy God was on the mountain. Look at it now. See? But it was a holy God there, the Presence of God, what made it holy. It's the Presence of God in our midst now that brings holiness, not my holiness, not yours, but His holiness. His Presence is what brings the holiness. We ought to humble ourselves, cover ourselves in reverence, humility, and say, "Lord Jesus, receive me into Your Kingdom." His holiness, not ours. Holy Spirit...
18And yet we have ministers in this Message who claim to believe that the Elijah of Malachi 4 came in this hour to prepare us to escape the burning and yet they have committed adultery, drank alcohol, paid to have their people go to massage parlors and then preach that God has come down and is in their camp?
19Let me tell you brothers and sisters, if you could only see the angels of God standing around this room this morning, let alone a Holy God who is here, you wouldn’t walk around with the cares of this world on your mind, you’d be like those angels saying Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God almighty. But I will tell you why they don’t really believe that He’s here. Because their life is not holy as He is holy. Mentally they know He’s here, but that’s easy for them to put out of their minds. But my question is this? Is His presence so real to you that you can feel it? Br. Billy Paul said He has always been able to tell when the angel came back after He saw him that time. If you’ve got the Holy Ghost what about you? I remember a sister in Indiana crying as she testified that she felt the presence of God so powerfully the night before at a concert and everyone in that church knew she had been to the Rolling stones the night before. So I am not talking about the God of your imagination, I am talking about a God who is Spirit, and He is Holy.
22Even my wife as a little girl of 8 years old when she attended br. Branham’s meeting could discern a very holy presence as br. Branham walked onto the platform. So I ask you this morning, are you aware of His presence? Can you feel His presence in your heart? Is he living in your heart, and is his Life so real that you can literally feel His breath upon your head? When you live a life so consecrated to His Life, then you will know when He is here and when He is not.
23Brother Branham said in his sermon, Reaction to an action 59-0810 P:18 “We were going to the grocery a few weeks ago, and we noticed a woman with a dress on. It was the most uncommon thing we'd seen in a long time. So Meda said to me, she said, "Bill, what is the matter?" I said, "Honey, here's what it is. We don't want to get accustomed to the world." She said, "Well..."Some people has said, and I've got letters, "You're going to ruin your ministry by making such remarks as you do." I said, "If preaching the truth ruins a ministry, then it ought to be ruined." That's right. She said, "Well, what makes Christians feel different?" I said, "When I was in Sweden, or in Finland, the women in the bath house give the man the bath. They were nurses they said. That's their custom. When I was in Paris, all the rest rooms was both men and women, together. That's a custom of Paris. They think nothing of it." I made a mention to Dr. Munion and... over in... when we were staying at the YMCA. And they wanted me to go down and take one of those saunas, which I thought was fine, but not with the women there. And so, he said, "But Brother Branham," said, "those are wash women." I said, "But it's not right." He said, "What about your doctors examining your women over in America then?" See? So there you are. See? It's just six of one and half a dozen of the other. But it's the nation that you belong to and the custom. And when a man or a woman is born again of the Spirit of God, they are born from a place that's holy, and this in not their home, and they are seeking a City to come, Whose Builder and Maker is God. Your Spirit comes from above. She said, "Then we're not Americans?" I said, "We are as long as we're in the flesh."
24Now, listen brothers and sisters, we are looking at the second fold purpose of God and that is to have the preeminence in a people, to live in them, and I’m telling you that God will not live in someone who lives just any old way they wish. And I’ve know ministers right in this Message who would go to the Gym and work out right alongside women half dressed. Now, I’m not against you brothers going to the gym where theirs only men working out, but even in this day and age you don’t knows whose sweat is on that machine, and what diseases that girly man might have that you are leaning up against and getting into your pores. The money you spend a year on workouts at the Gym you could buy an entire workout gym of your own if that’s so important to you, and you will have the benefit of not having to compromise your life with Christ one bit. That’s what I did years ago.
26Years ago the company I first worked for in Lebanon, Fujitec America got great deal for a family discount at the YMCA. But the YMCA doesn’t stand for young Men’s Christian Association anymore. It’s a place where gays and lesbians and all sorts of people with putrefied sores from lives lived in filth and shame and they come to gain a better looking tail end so the girls and boys will look at them as they strut like a peacock.
27And I told my wife, I will take the money we would have spent on that membership and I will put it into workout equipment so we can as a family keep the flab off. I only wish you young men today would get so filled with God that all your thoughts would run through His filter before you go off and get involved in stuff like that.
28I never would sign up for that sort of thing, because God said in 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
29And you can’t tell me that those places are not filled with unclean things. I wouldn’t even want to touch the door handles after some of those filthy people walk out with their sweaty hands touching it.
30Now, listen if it’s a gym for men only, and you boys want to go work out there, that would be all right morally, but you still better wash every thing you touch with bleach to make sure you don’t get their germs. But if women work out there in their little skin tight, like brother Branham said, looking like a “skinned off wiener”, then what business do you have being there in the first place in a place where women are scantily clad, and call yourselves Holy Ghost filled? Don’t you know, Sons of God are led by the Spirit of God?, not by their desire to have six pack abs. Now, what good does it do to have your “ab” muscles so tight, if you’re a son of God it’s covered by your shirt any way.
31My heart weeps and moans for such as what the churches are producing today. What are we offering our God anyway? Our God is a Holy God. He is a righteous God, and all we can offer Him in return is our camp mentalities. And our stand doctrine we don’t even understand? Oh God have pity on such a Laodicean condition.
32Listen to how the apostle Peter described the men of old. He says in 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy (preaching) came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Holy men of God moved by the Holy God, and thus they spake to one another.
33God has not come for a bride who lives like the world and looks like the world. He’s come for a bride in His image who is Holy, and righteous, and consecrated, and who lives a dedicated life for Him. If He is Holy and we are supposed to be reflect Him, then won’t our reflection be Holy also? That’s the way He ordained for us to be.
37And did not the Apostle Paul tell us in Romans 12:1 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. So it is not unreasonable what God has called us to. It would be unreasonable to expect it from just our flesh, but He has given us an anointing from the Holy One that we might be Holy as he also is Holy. Because it is Christ in You which is the hope of Glory.
39Brother Branham said in his sermon, Jehovah Jireh 56-0224 P:31 “But when they went into the holiest of holies, and those veils dropped behind Aaron, once a year, they didn't live in no moonlight, starlight, or seven golden candle sticks, under the interlocked wings of the Cherubim, the Shekinah Glory, was in there and they lived in that Light, which never did dimish or go out. They lived by the pot of manna. They could eat any time they wanted to. It never got old. What a life to live. That's the kind of life Abraham was living, a complete surrendered, sold out, consecrated, dedicated life to the Lord. Amen. And as we'd call it sanctification, they thought when they shouted they really had it; the Methodists and Nazarenes said, "Boy, that's it, as soon as you shout." But they found out they didn't have It. The Pentecostals, boy, when they spoke with tongues, they really had It. But they find out they didn't. It doesn't lie upon shouting or speaking with tongues. Those things are all right. But to have Him is different. That's attributes of Him. That's right. We... It means a sold out consecrated daily, hourly, live in the Shekinah Glory with Him all the time. That's right. Not as I'm saying things against shouting or speaking with tongues. That's fine. That's the attributes of the Holy Ghost and so forth. We need all those things, but yet that's not it. That's not it. It's that hidden consecrated life.
So this morning we are looking at the second fold purpose of God and that is to have a people who are so dedicated, so consecrated to a life in Christ, that God finds it a natural thing to live in a vessel that has Him on their mind all the time.
40And from his sermon, Hidden life with Christ 56-0213 P:50 Brother Branham said, That's what the church needs today, is a hidden consecrated life. You can't be dittle-dabbling along with the world, and impersonating, and acting like them, and hid with Christ, 'cause you're trying to fashion after the world. You're trying to live like the next church. You're trying to belong to a better organization, wear better clothes, do so-and-so. That's not comply with Christianity. Christianity is a sacrificed life, hidden life with God through Christ, sealed by the Holy Ghost. Amen. That's what the real Christian life consists of: Not of how well you can do this, or how well you can sing, that's all right, how well you can preach, that's fine. But that isn't it. It's a hidden life, consecrated, the veil, curtain's dropped around you, and you're dead and you're buried, and you're hid in God through Christ and sealed in there by the Holy Ghost.
Again from his sermon, Hidden life in Christ 55-1110 P:57 brother Branham said, “Some glorious day... This little old body of mine, it's melting away. You little gray-headed mothers and daddies out there, a few years ago you walked with her to the altar, a little sweetheart, a beautiful girl. But nature... You can see how it's going away. But one of these glorious days Jesus shall come from in the Presence of God, and everything that we was in our best, we'll return again and be with Him forever. Hallelujah. What is these bodies made out of? A little cosmic light, a few atoms, and of petroleum, and so forth, put together, that God brought out of dust of the earth, and painted a picture. And we're only living in the negative now. And some glorious day death will develop the picture, and we'll return again in a new glorified body, to never be old, never be sick, never have a heartache. It behooves you, brother, to enter in at the court veil, shut the world off around you, and consecrate yourself to Christ, and live a consecrated life. Don't you believe that? Certainly, it is. Oh, that's the life to live.
41New ministry 59-1115 P:34 Then I begin to think of it, about what He did with the prophets. And it got... After I was speaking there for awhile, inside myself, just thinking, till I become so conscious of Something near, till I was talking to Someone. And Something said to me, "That's in the atonement, for if a man or a woman is so consecrated and surrendered to God, that God just moves in and uses their voice, and it isn't the man speaking, it's God that's in him speaking..."I thought, "That's right." Something said to me, "Who do you think... How do you see those visions on the platform? How do you see those visions out here? What is it? Do you think it's your own wisdom, that you could predict something that would happen every time to the letter? Do you think it's you speaking? Would you think sometime when the Holy Spirit gets into a message, and you don't know what to say, what is It speaking then? What is it when a man will speak with a tongue that he doesn't know nothing about it? What is it that will interpret that same tongue, neither one of them knowing anything about it? Is it the individual, or is it the Spirit of the living God?" I said, "That is true. I see it. It's God that's speaking, and all the Church needs is a step closer to Him, a more of a consecrated life to live with Him."
42Second handed robe 56-1206 P:17 And oh, the marvelous things that we have seen our Lord do in those things. But it takes a consecrated life, a surrendered life, and so forth, and a church that's purged daily by the Blood of the Lord Jesus and them things will take place.
43Now, brothers and sisters, I’m not telling you that your living a consecrated life will make you a prophet. There's a vast difference between a gift of prophecy and a prophet. But we have read quote after quote here where brother Branham has told us God operates in the lives of those who live a consecrated life before him. And in fact in my booklet on “he that believeth” brother Branham said that the reason we do not see John 14:12 so much in the church is because the people have not died to self, and allowed Christ to live their lives for them.
44Hidden life with Christ 56-0213 P:74 And to think, what if your heart was far enough away from God till you didn't even have a desire to do what was right. Then you're in a bad shape. See, you can grieve His Spirit too many times and It'll go away, you never have no more desire no more. God keeps talking to you, you say, "Well, I really ought to. The next revival I'll straighten up; before I die I'll make it right. I intend to really be filled with the Holy Ghost 'fore I die. I want to be living a sweet consecrated life, hid away with God. And when He knocks at my heart's door I want to be just ready to open my arms and say, 'Yes, Lord Jesus.'" Well, why don't you do it now? You know at time you might not be able to do it. I'm forty-six years old, and I've seen... I've been in the ministry twenty-three years, and I've seen some horrible sights, and many times over the world, to watch and see people dying in all kind of a state. And I've watched them who thought they were real genuine Christians, but when they come time to die... Oh, my, that camera turned, and they see them things coming up, that they had had a form of godliness and denied the power, and got away from God. They hadn't lived that life at all. And they scream and holler. And hypos can't stop it. That's right.
45Hidden life with Christ 56-0213 P:70 What's the matter with the church of the living God today, who's promised that same blessing? What's the matter with us today? Because we can't get enough together to group ourselves together to come into the holiest of holies and there stay, and hide ourselves from the things of the world, and live a full surrendered, consecrated life for the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
46Hidden life with Christ 56-0213 P:58 God didn't put you here to work in a factory just alone; He put you here as a testimony, a written epistle, read of all men, to live a honorable and decent life, and a hid consecrated life with God so that men would know that Jesus Christ still lives and reigns. Amen. That's a little pinchy, but it's good. It'll help your digesting orders, you know, to take the food right. Amen. It'll fit you into a place where that you can receive healing for both soul and body.
47Investments 63-0803B P:73 The Bible said that God is in the Word. He is the Word. And if the Word in you, It produces God again. And He said, "The Word is a Seed, and the Seed produces what Its kind is." It'll produce a godly life, a full consecrated life to Jesus Christ.
48Uncertain sound 60-1218 P:20 When a man's saved, that much of him is God. That's the little Light that comes in to make him quit doing what's wrong. Now, if you can take all the malice, and envy, and strife, and unbelief out, that little button-like of the Light and power of God will keep growing, growing, growing, growing, crowding out unbelief. And you don't do it by exhortations of bodily exercise. You do it by a sanctified, consecrated Life, that the Holy Spirit moves through you.
49Where I think pentecost failed 55-1111 P:76 And I believe today that we've denominated ourselves; we've been indifferent; and we've treated our neighbors indifferent. Sometime we've hollered, "Well, the old cold, formal Baptist, and this Pentecostal group, they belong to the temple down here; the Four-Square, they ain't got nothing. And this one over here, why, he's the Assembly of God; he ain't got nothing. This is the Jesus Name Only, and he ain't got nothing." And one wants to do this and one wants to do that, and just fussing... And brother, every one of them's got the baptism of the Holy Ghost, or at least they claim it, and the same evidence to prove it. That's right. Well, what we need today is a consecrated life, where you have to speak nothing, God speaks in your place and He proves just what you are. That's right. The Blood of Jesus Christ cleansing us from all unrighteousness, then we got fellowship one with another, the Blood making us clean and holy. We live so that we could walk up to any denomination, church, or anything, say, "Good morning, my brother." Not a hypocrite, he'd know it, but with a true heart, and say, "How goes it with you and God today, my dear brother?" Like that, and walk along, talk with him, and have fellowship with him, that's the way. That's when you're getting salty. Now, you can't do that, just impersonating. If you do it, you're a hypocrite. That's all. If you do it just because you know it's a line of duty, you don't do it at all. Stay before God until it's in your heart to do that, then you're coming right with God. Do you believe that?
50Hidden life in Christ 55-1110 P:25 Notice, every year the high priest entered into that place. The congregation followed him up. And when he went into this great place where the veil dropped behind him, the inner courts, the holiest of holies, no one dared to go after him. Then he was alone with God. What a beautiful picture it is today of a consecrated life who, once enters into with Christ, dead to the things of the world, hid away with God, and the veil's dropped down around, and all the world's shut off. Then Christianity and religion becomes a pleasure to every believer. Today people just have enough religion to make them miserable, knowing that they ought to do this, their trying to escape hell. Well, if that's the way I felt about it, brother, I don't know what I would do. Oh, get in with Christ. Shut off from the things of the world, for, to commune with Him is a pleasure. It's beautiful. It's something that fills and satisfies the soul, something that gives you peace that passes all understanding.
521 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (that word conversation doesn’t mean talking, it means living, the way you live your life.) 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
53Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
541 John 2:20 But ye have an unction (an anointing) from the Holy One, and ye know all things. And if you are anointed by the HOLY One who is the HOLY GHOST< won’t that anointing bring with it Holiness and a Holy life?
551 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: