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11 Peter 1: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
2James 1: 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
3For the past several sermons we have been looking into the trial of our faith, and we have seen that God gives us these trials for the purpose of approval and therefore as James tells us our attitude should be one of joy when we receive the trials because it shows that God, our father is looking our way.
4You know there is nothing more sad than to see people who are all alone and have no one to share their life with. What is worse is to know that there is no one who cares about you or your life. Therefore, when we are in the midst of our trial we should be more than happy, for as James said we should count it all joy when we are being put to the test, because the tests is ordained to build the character of God into us. Now, not only so, but the mere fact that you are being placed under test ought to let you Know that God has His eyes on you, because you are His.
6So the trials are ordained to show u sin our hearts the true condition of our hearts as God shows us in James 3: 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
7Now, in Deuteronomy 8: 2 we hear God speak to Israel saying,And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
9Here we find God telling Israel that he put the pressure on them for forty years to try their hearts, to put their hearts to the test, not that He could know what was in their hearts, because he knows our hearts. The Word of God discerns the thoughts and intents of our hearts. But God put Israel to the test for 40 years so they could know what was in their own hearts. Look, how can God change you if you don’t think you need any changing. So God allows you to open your mouth to expose what rottenness is deep seated down inside your own heart, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
10Luke 6: 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
12In 1 Corinthians 4:12 we read, “And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:” Now, that is the measure we have been given, and when we examine our own hearts by listening to what we say, it reveals where we need the most help in. Just be honest and listen to yourself sometime. Do you spout off and think it is ok for you to do so, but then when you hear some else do the same, what do you think about them? That will show if you have a hypocritical spirit in you or not. And if God shows it to you then let it go. You can’t get rid of that devil if you don’t want to get rid of it.
13Zechariah 13: 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
24God wanted Israel to know their own hearts, and so for 40 years He tried them to show them, and you know what? They never did get it. They never did let go and let God. So God said they will not enter into His Rest. And they died in that wilderness, eternally separated from God. That is what William Branham said. They are everyone dead. Eternally Separated from God. What finality that is. So the next time you are corrected by the Word, take the correction and say, God forgive me, I am a sinner saved only by your Grace.
26Now, tonight I want to look into a subject called Testing for reactions, because I believe the trial of our faith are just little tests that God places across our path to test our reactions and to see what we are going to do or what we are going to say. We have a promise from God that “the Bride will say nothing unless he has Thus Saith the Lord.” And God wants to hear His own words come forth from the lips of His Children.
27Now, from the Message Reaction to an Action 59-0810 pp. brother Branham said, 3 For you cannot get anything from God until you get close to God. You know, it's written in the Scriptures, "Draw nigh unto Me and I'll draw nigh unto you." And if we're here now for one sole purpose, that is to draw nigh unto God, let's do that with all that's within us, draw nigh unto God. 4 And I want to say this: that God will never hear your prayer as long as you hide iniquity in your heart. He will not do it. God will, ... The Bible said over in, I believe in I John 3, "If our hearts condemn us not, then we have confidence in God”, that is if we have no condemnation in our heart. I just went through an experience of that a few days ago. And I might just stop here to tell you about it, for we never want to be in any hurry. Now, that's what one of the great ruins of our American heritage today, is we're trying to run over the top of everybody. Look like we're trying to run over the top of God, not waiting. "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength."
285 I've been going through some testings at home, and... And I've been called in to witness some things in a--for a trial. And they'd comb me over, and over, and over, till I was just so tired, till I,… it looked like that the whole world was a poultice, pulling on top of my head. I come home that morning and the wife said, "Well, how you doing?" I said, "Honey, them things would drive a person out of their mind." And so, I just set down to eat dinner, and--and the phone rang. We have an answering service, and this was the private phone at the parsonage. So just then it rang, and she went in, answered it. She put her hand over the phone, she said, "Billy, them attorneys again." "Oh," I said, "Honey, I--I couldn't stand it another afternoon (about six or seven days of it then)." I said, "I just couldn't stand it." And I got up from the table and went out the door. I said, "Tell them I'm not in here now," and went around behind the house. I felt real bad. And I come back. And my--my wife is a whole lot better woman than I am a man. So when she come to the door, looking at me, she said, "Was that just exactly right, Billy?" I said, "Sure." I knowed it wasn't already. But I wanted to make her think that my story would stick, so I said, "Yeah, I wasn't in here, just then." She said, "But you were in here when they called." I said, "Oh, it's all right."
296 And I went on out. There was one waiting, a man with a sick baby. All the way down to pray for that baby, my... I just felt awful. Then when I got down there to pray for the baby, Something said to me, "Why, you are a liar. And you mean that you're going to lay your hands upon this baby? This man's come for about four hundred miles for you to pray for this sick baby, and you just told a lie and had your wife to tell one." Then our hearts condemn us. You see? That was wrong. So I said to the man, I said, "Mister, if you'll just hold your place, I'll pray for your baby. But I'm not worthy to pray for your baby," I said, "because I've got something to make right before I pray for your baby." I said, "I done something that's wrong, and my heart's condemning me. And I've got to go make it right first."
307 And I took out down to the attorney's office, and knocked on his door, and he come to the door, said, "I thought you were gone." I said, "I was only gone around behind the house while you were calling." And I said, "Sir, I tell you what I did." And I explained it to him. I said, "You all had me in such a fix," I said, "I just didn't know. You questioned me this way, 'Did they do this?' or, 'Did you see this?'" And I said, "I told you everything I knew, over and over and over." But I said... I told him I went to pray for a sick baby, and what happened. And he said... walked... Got up out of the seat and walked around behind his desk, looking me right in the eye, put his hand over on my shoulder, reached down got my other hand, he said, "Brother Branham, I always had confidence in you, but I got more than ever now."
318 That made me feel good. Then I got in my car and went out to my little old cave where I go to pray. And I thought, "Now, if you done wrong, go confess your wrong first, then come back to God." So I went out to my little cave, and I prayed all afternoon. And I told the Lord I was sorry I did that. I wasn't fit to pray for His people anymore. And I couldn't have faith as long as I knowed I'd lied. And I said, "You forgive me, Lord, I--I'll... And give me grace, and I won't do it anymore." I prayed till just long about time the sun was going down. It was a way back in the wilderness. And a creek run some three or four city blocks from where it's at, down into a valley. And I walked out; the foliage was heavy on the trees now. And I was standing on a great big rock after I come out of the cave to... Always... It faces the east. I always go out after I prayed for a day or two, or hour or two, stand on this rock, and raise up my hands, and praise the Lord; for someday, I hope, even if I am in the grave, that when He comes, I'll rise and see Him coming from the east.
329 And I stood on this great huge rock and had my hands up praising God. And I,... After I'd finished praising Him, I dropped my hands down, I said, "Lord, one day, Moses stood in the cleft of the rock and You passed by him." I said, "If You forgive my sin, and You're going to try me again, just pass by once more, Lord, to let me know that You've forgiven me, and that my iniquity's all gone, and I shall go then and pray again for the sick people." You might not want to believe this, but at the judgment bar, you and I have to confess it again, you'll know it was true. There were... Just as still as it is in here, not no wind nowhere, and right over to my side, a little whirlwind caught into the bushes, and here it come, right along the side of the cave by me, and went off down through the woods. I wept like a baby with both hands up in the air. If our hearts condemn us not, then we have confidence in God. But God will not answer us if there's something we're hiding in our hearts. So let's confess all our sins and wrongs, and trust God to pour out His Spirit in such a measure that there'll be a great spiritual outpouring in this old camp meeting grounds here, whatever it is, that sick people would be healed and sinners will be saved. I'll be praying for you, and you pray for me; and together, God will bless us all.
33So we see that God places little things along our path to try us and test us so we can see where we need to focus our prayer and our desire to right our wrongs. Now, we know that repentance is a change of the mind, and when a person comes to the place that they think they can do no wrong or say no wrong, and are not willing to repent or change their mind, that is when that person has stopped growing in Grace and has begun to turn to disgrace.
34I just don’t understand why it is so difficult for some people to be able to admit that they have been wrong. Those words are so small and yet so awful hard for some people to say. So I am going to ask every one of you in here to repeat after me, “I was wrong, will you please forgive my littleness.”
35Brother Branham also said from his sermon Reaction to an action 59-0810 P:2 Isn't it strange how God does things? He will let us get right down to the last, the last mile away. You know, He likes to do that. He did it with the Hebrew children. He knew who He could trust, so He let them boys walk right up to the fiery furnace, till they could almost smell the fire, and He never moved. But when it comes time, He will move. He will move, but He waits till His own time. He wanted to see what kind of a reaction they'd have. He knew they'd made their stand. And when He knows that you make your stand... He will let Satan take you to the last mile of the way. But just remember, He's still there. He wants to see if you really mean what you're talking about. "Oh, I believe God's a Healer. Yes, I sure believe it." And the next day, you still got your pain. "Well, maybe I never got it." Sure you got it, He just wanting to see how you're going to react on what you said. You say, "Oh, praise God, I believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit." The first little temptation that comes along, you fly off like a buzz saw. He's trying to see your reaction on your action. He's trying to test you. "Every son that cometh to God must first be chastened, tested." Every child that comes to Him, He puts him through a test to see how he will act.
36Be certain of God 59-0412A P:19 And the woman as she seen that crucial hour coming, no doubt she checked up and said, "Lord, I've done all that I know how to do." When you've done everything that you know how to do, and met every requirement that God has required, that's where faith takes a hold. That's where faith comes in. If you've met every requirement that God required you to do, then sometimes God tests your faith, to see what kind of a reaction you'll have on your action. Oh, He's good at that. It's just lets--it just proves whether you really believe what you think you believe. You know He does that many times. 20 One morning there was some Hebrew children was going to be burnt up. And they knew that they had done God's will. And they said, "We're not afraid of the king's commandments. Our God is able to deliver us from this fiery furnace. Nevertheless, we'll not bow to his image." Now, God was going to give them a test to see what their reaction to their action would be. And He let them walk right straight to the fiery furnace before He ever moved. But when all of God's requirements has been met, and you're certain of God, that God will do it, stand still then, and God will do it. If you set in these meetings, and you seen the Lord God move out over the audience, healing the sick and afflicted, and yet, you seem to still have your disease... And when I ask for them to put hands on each other, and you've made your wrongs right before Him; you've accepted Him, and you've been baptized in Christian faith, and your heart's clean before Him, then sometime when God delays His answer He's only wanting to see what you'll react by. Just be sure that you believe that it's God and then hold on to it. Don't you move.
37Be certain of God 59-0125 P:21 You know, He loves to test us. He loves to see the reaction of your faith. Did you know that? God likes to see how you'll react. When you say, "Oh, Lord, I believe You; Thou art my Saviour. I believe that You are the Healer; I believe that You are the One Who gives the Holy Spirit; and the things that I am requiring, You are the God Who gives that." And then when you confess all your sins and promise God what you'll do if He'll let you get well, and then because it don't happen, you run off like a coward somewhere, God can't use that. There's no way for Him to use you. There's no way for Him to answer you, because He only answers by faith. Then all of a sudden you go away and He can't answer. But real true faith stands there, being sure that God is. Be certain that He is. And if God asks this thing to be done, to confess your sins and so forth, and you've done it, faith says that He is; it's certain that it's going to happen. Your request has to be granted. Oh, I hope you don't miss that. If you're sure of God, God's sure of His Word. He's only waiting to test you.
39Look at the king who was going to die and when he found out he cried to God for 15 more years and he said, “You know God, I have lived my whole life to please you, and I have really tried to live a life worthy of your Word, so please hear my prayer and give me 15 more years, and God did. And so did the woman that Elijah prayed for and she received a son when she could not have children.
41And from brother Branham’s sermon called, Elijah and meal offering 60-0310 P:25 he said, And she had met every requirement. She'd lived clean; she'd lived decent; she'd lived honorable, and she had met all of God's requirements. But, looked like He was silent. God does that sometime to test you to see what kind of a reaction you'll have. Don't forget it. If you pass over the platform, you're prayed for, and hands laid on you, and it seems like nothing happens, that doesn't stop faith one bit; you have met God's requirements. Now, if you have met them... Now, if you're holding back on God, you know your heart condemns you. And we know, "If our heart condemns us not, then we have..." Now, but if our heart condemns us, there's no need of coming across the platform; there's no need of asking God for anything, because you don't have faith to receive it. But when you have met every requirement that God requires, then faith steps out there and said, "God is God. I've met the requirements."
42Jehovah Jireh 57-0309E P:39 And then one day God wanted to make it real plain to the people in Phoenix. So how He was going to do it, He was going to give this Abraham a double test. So He said, "Abraham, take thine son, thy only son, and take him to a certain mountain, where I'm going to show you, and there sacrifice him. Now, what if Abraham would have took the second thought? "How am I going to be the father of nations, when here I am this old, and You're asking me kill and destroy the only evidence that I have that You'll keep Your Word and make me a father of nations?" How God loves to test His people. Every child that comes to God must be tested, child trained; no exceptions, everyone. And maybe tonight, that you're sick, just to have a little child training, just a little testing. Don't be discouraged. God's on the throne. He knows all things. If were truly born of the Spirit of God, everything's working together for our good. He's going to make everything right. He promised He would. He swore He would. And He's got to keep that Word. He's kept it now for the thousands of years to every believer. Would you be any exception? No, sir. We're no exception. Now, watch Him now.