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1Last week we spoke on Faith and Confession and we used as our text Isaiah 30: 15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and yet ye would not.
2Notice that God was telling Israel that in returning unto Him and in Resting in Him, and He is the Word that they would be saved, and He also said that Quietness would be their strength and yet they would not.
3Now, this evening I want to continue with this thought on “Faith and Confession”, but last week we spoke on how important it is “to think what God thinks” and “to say only what God has already said”.
4But this morning I want to look again at this text that we used for our message on Faith and Confession, and I wish to look at this aspect of quietness, that we read about, because after all, he said “in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength; and yet they would not”.
5So you see God offered Israel an opportunity to strengthen themselves yet and they would not. Of course they also turned down His way to Salvation which was in returning to Him and in resting in His Word, and yet they would not.
6But now, this evening I wish to look further into these words, in quietness shall be your strength, because there is something of a mystery or paradox in these words, “in quietness shall be your strength”. Usually we think of strength in terms of numbers or power, and we know that when a person is powerful they are not usually very quiet, but are loud, boastful, and sometimes obnoxious like Goliath was.
7There is something about these words, and quietness shall be your strength. Brother Branham speaks of this in his sermon Hidden life in Christ 55-1110 P:39 Of a morning, did you ever get up real early, get out real early and smell that fresh air, how it is and how refreshing everything is? The dew has fell. Oh, brother, sister, if the only thing you know is go to church, if the only thing you know that you joined or was baptized, or something like that, why not hide your life away with Christ. Get alone in the quietness, away from the world and all of its cares, and settle down and watch what a refreshing will come. You know, Isaiah spoke of it one time. He said, "Precept must be upon precept, and line upon line upon line, here a little and there a little. Hold fast to that what's good. With stammering lips and other tongues will I speak to this people. And this is the Sabbath (or the refreshing) that should come from the Presence of the Lord."
9And again he said in Hidden life 55-1006A P:26 In the temporal temple He's in a congregation, holy place, and holiest of holies. Each one of them was separated one from another, and each one had different furniture in it to show the dwelling place, a very beautiful type of the church. The sinner first comes into the kitchen, as it was; the kitchen's where you eat. The living room is where you commune. And the bedroom is where you rest. Oh, God. See? The sinner comes in: "Faith cometh by hearing, hearing of the Word." He comes and eats the Word. Then he's baptized into the faith, and accepts Christ as personal Saviour, brings him in then to commune with God. But then he moves on into the bedroom, the still quietness with God, where all the things of the world is shut out, and he's alone in the stillness with God. Brethren, sisters, that's the place this Pentecostal move ought to be today, a not so much babbling, "We're Trinity. We're Methodist. We're Assemblies. We're Church of God." We ought to be alone in that quiet stillness with God. Don't you believe it? Certainly, we ought to be.
10And again he said, From that time 61-0520 P:55 I think the break of day is the most beautiful time of the day. See, all the demons has ceased to run, and the Holy Spirit... I think any man that comes to the pulpit to preach, should stay in the quietness of God, come out as a sweet smelling savor, anointed with the Holy Spirit to speak the Word of God.
11You won’t find God in the hustle an bustle of the malls, but you will find him in the secret Tabernacle of his Presence. God hides in simplicity. He hides in meekness and solitude. Look at how the little boy, David, a quiet young man, and young boy who didn’t socialize with the other boys his age. He was a shepherd boy, who was used to living alone with the sheep. And where did his strength come from? in quietness shall be our strength . We see the Power of God in that little vessel, because he trusted in God to deliver him. So who really had the power and strength, the obnoxious, boastful, loudmouth Goliath, or the passive, quiet little David?
13And furthermore we read last week for our text the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians. 4:11 where he commanded us to study to be quiet. So we see there is something very important to understanding about what it means to be quiet, because we are told it is our strength. Then what does it mean to study to be quiet?
15And that coincides with what brother Branham said concerning the condition the bride is to come to just before we are to be caught away. He said we must lay in the presence of the Son to ripen and to become sweet in our spirit. And we can only do that by bathing down in His Presence.
16From his message Trying to do God a service 65-1127B P:112 Br. Branham said, We Have to lay in the Presence of the Son to be mellowed up; that's all of it. Plenty green; we haven't got the sincerity, the sacredness, the thing we ought to have in our midst to know that the Spirit of the living God, moving in His Word and showing us the things yet.
17And the Wuest translation, we hear the Apostle Paul tell us that just before he spoke of the Rapture of the elect he said, 1 Thessalonians 4:11 Now, as for you, I beg of you, please brethren, that you see to it that you continually are increasing more and more in this love, and that you make it your ambition to be living a quiet life, that you are cultivating the habit of attending to your own private affairs, and that you are working with your hands, even as I gave you a charge, in order that you may be conducting yourselves in a manner becoming to you as children of God, towards them who are on the outside, in order that you may not be having need of anything.
18I think that one of the most important things we can do to get ourselves in the right frame of mind in order to enter into communion with God and in order to really hear from God, is to get away from all the distractions this old world has to offer. Just get alone to a place where you don’t hear from anyone or anything so that you can empty out self that God might fill it up with His Word. I am talking about a quiet place where peace can enter into our soul, and where you will find rest for your spirit.
21A soft answer, what is a soft answer? It is a weak answer, not a forceful one, or loud one, but soft and gentle. A soft answer is one that is gentle and kind, not mixed with anger and malice, but words which subdue and bring peace.
23Brother Branham spoke softly to that man killing bull. He spoke softly to those angry hornets. A soft answer turneth away wrath. If brother Branham would have spoken harshly to those bees or to that bull he would most certainly have been attached. But he was understanding that he had invaded their territory and he was quite apologetic to them, and they sensed his nature was not one of danger to them, and so they let him pass.
24But we are told also that grievous words stir up anger. So what are grievous words? Our dictionary defines Grievous words as: words that Cause grief or pain, or anguish: words that serious or words that are dire or calamitous; words that are grave fraught with danger or harm: in other words, words that are harmful.
27Learn to give the other cheek. When you think someone did something that you feel is wrong or might be inflammatory towards you, don’t strike back. Ask in a soft way, a gentle way, what the person meant by those words.
28Matthew 5:38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. 43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
29And again in Luke 6:27But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 29And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. 30Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
30The most important thing in this world is to get your mind under the control of God, be cause your actions come out of your mind, Don’t go by your feelings! Go by what God said, because what He said is eternal.
31If the mind is not under control the actions will not be under control, because you can only do what your mind indicates. Therefore we need to put on the mind of God if we are going to walk and act like Jesus Christ. We need to think like He thought concerning every circumstance, and then we will act as He would have acted.
32Isaiah 32: 17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness is quietness and assurance for ever. And the word effect means what is produced by, so we see that righteousness will produce quietness, and that will be our strength.
34Proverbs 17: 1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife…. Though I give my body to be burned and do everything that seems Christian, and yet have not love what does it profit me?
361 Chronicles 22: 9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
37The problem is that we talk too much and listen to little. If we are mortaring at the mouth all the time, how do we expect to ever hear from God. My Grandfather had an expression which said, Children should be seen and not heard. But in our generation we allow children to decide for themselves at such an early age and unless they have sat and listened until they are mature, they will never make a right decision.
39And brother Branham said in his message, Seal of the antichrist 55-0311 P:60 Well, God bless you. I love you. And if you want to see real true genuine gifts and not impersonations, if you want to see real solid Christians, walking and so salty till the earths a thirsting for them, to be like that... Why, my, the way people... You can't go down on the street and tell what is Christians anymore. That's right. They all go down the street, and they act the same; they talk the same. And all time around, cracking all kinds of jokes and everything like that, when God said you'll give an account for every idle word that you speak. What's happened? Because brother, you're letting the devil come in and put it over your eyes. The first thing you know, the time will come, when God will give a message and you'll be sealed in or out of the Kingdom. Amen.
40And again from his message Contending for the faith 55-0220E P:62 he said, I pray God that You'll wipe all unbelief out of our heart. For we realize that we're mortal beings. We're now bowing our face to the dust where we was taken from and shall return. And maybe before the sun rises in the morning, that we will have to stand in Your Presence to give an account for every idle word and everything that we've done on this earth.
41And from Questions and answers COD 54-0103E P:69 20.brother Branham quotes from II Timothy 2:16 reads like this. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. Yes. All right. You want to know what the profane babbling is. "Profane--shun profane babblings, for they will increase." Now, the first thing is, "profane babbling, for they shall increase." Now, anything that just keeps babbling. The Bible said, Jesus said, "Let your yes be yes and your no be no, for anything more than this will come to sin." You're not supposed even to joke and cutup with one another. God will make you give an account for every idle word that you speak. Did you know that? The Bible said that you'll have to give an account for every idle word. So what kind of a people ought we to be? People that's frank, stern, loving, kind, and never a bunch of nonsense,…
42In the Church order COD 63-1226 P:21 Brother Branham said, the pastor has to do himself before he comes into the audience; he must take the Bible, study in the quietness of his room, in the Spirit, and be anointed to come out before the audience to speak. If he doesn't, he's going to be confused when he gets out there.
43And from God in simplicity 63-0317M P:53 he said, And now, just remember now what we're dedicated to: to reverence, holiness, quietness before the Lord; worship before the Lord and be just as reverent as you can be in the house of the Lord. And when this service is dismissed--immediately after the service is dismissed, go from the building (See?),.. Then it's not a confusion in the house of the Lord.
44And again in Confirmation and evidence 62-0621E P:13 he said, I think that we all love that. I think ministers should do that. It's not be out on parties and mixing up with peoples in a social affairs, I think we ought to stay in the quietness, in the Presence of the Lord. And that's tried to be a practice of mine, to enter in every afternoon at three o'clock, and then talk no more until I enter the pulpit that night.
45New ministry 59-1115 P:8 And let us pray. O Lord, quietly... We realize that we must come quietly into the Presence of God, for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and a rewarder of those that will diligently seek after Him. And we come in the quietness of the Spirit to Thy Throne, O God. And we lift up our hearts before Thee, and say, "Search them, O Lord." And if there be any unclean thing in us, remove it, Lord, as far as the east is from the west. And if there be any iniquity in our hearts, something that would hinder our prayers from being answered, we pray that You will let the Blood of the Lord Jesus move every stain from our spirit and our heart. For it is written, "If I conceive iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me."
46Who is this 59-0510E P:15 And our loved ones wants to meet us as well as we want to meet them. What a reunion that'll be when He comes--to meet our loved ones and see them in their resurrection body, and glorified, and walking around with the air of the resurrection. Watching their character, how it changed, the meekness and quietness, and it won't be a hustle and bustle, and jump and jerk, but we'll have all eternity to live together. Oh, this great neurotic age that we're living, just not no time for nothing, just climbing and jerking and grabbing, why, it's a terrible day.
47Mother's day 59-0510M P:27 Then I think of when we see them standing yonder, our loved ones, our mothers, our kindred, all our friends, and to see them in their immortal bodies, their celestial bodies, watching their character, seeing how they conduct themselves with that sweetness and quietness, no more nervousness or frustrations. To see them standing in the likeness of the Lord Jesus, that'll be a wonderful day.
49Elisha the prophet 56-1002E P:39 There's something about the quietness of a night, alone, the dew falls and it freshens. Oh, if we would only get quiet and alone with God (See?), how the dew would strengthen us, take the wilt out of us and make us fresh. Did you ever go into a rose garden early of a morning? Did you ever go into a honeysuckle bed early of a morning? And the whole air is just bathed with fragrance. Oh, how I love that. Down in my part of the country in Indiana, I'd get up early and turn on the switch key and get out somewhere where the locust, or the honeysuckles, when they're blooming. And I just set by the side of the road and just... Oh, how I just love to smell it, and to look at it, and see those little honeysuckles standing up. I said, "O God, in the run of the day and in the run of the days, if I get all wilty and indifferent, let me lay in Your Presence in the quietness, alone with You. Then I come out fresh again." Oh, my. That's what God wants to do. With a fragrance of prayer all over us, covered by the Blood of the Lord Jesus. How fresh we are before the Angels then. How fresh we are in the Presence of God.
51Enticing spirits 55-0724 P:50 Tried to put his arm in. He's got to have someone to direct him how to put his arm in. Then when he gets his arm in his little jacket he knows he's all right. That's the way it is with every born again Christian, when he really gets into God, he watches his life with God's Word and he realizes he's lined up with every bit of it. He's got long-suffering, gentleness, quietness, meekness, power, faith, love, joy, peace. He ain't tossed about like a troubled seas. He ain't worrying about every little thing. He ain't jumping here and there like a bottle stopper on a windy ocean. He's set. His heart's pure. His thoughts is pure. His intentions are pure. His alternative's right. And he knows he lines up with the Word of God. All hell can't move him. He's lined with the Word of God. He's got Divine love, purity in his heart for every man and woman. He's got his... He's abstained from the things of the world. They're dead to him. He don't want them no more. Why, you couldn't make a Holy Ghost girl put on a pair of them ungodly looking clothes and get out there for nothing. No, sir
52Why I am a holy roller 53-0830A P:2 Now, I pray God, that You'll bless us this afternoon. Bless the reading of the Word. And these few moments we're to spend together, may Thy blessings be upon us. Thank You, Father, for the love offering. And may Your blessings rest upon each one who give, and those who could not give. And may the offering be used only for the glory of God. Grant it, Father. And someday over in a better land, setting down by the banks of the river, where the Tree of Life is blooming on either side, may every person that's in Divine Presence be there. Grant it, Lord. May they have a lovely home. We can set down in the quietness of evening and spend a endless eternity together. Help us now while the battle is on to hoist up the flag and polish the shield and go forward in faith. We ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
581 Peter 3:1Likewise, 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; 2While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4But 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. 5For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. 7Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. 8Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 13And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
59Questions and answers COD 64-0823E P:32 283. Brother Branham: Question: Should a Christian woman wear simple jewelry, as necklaces or pearls? Well, sister, I know this means a lot to you, and it means a lot for me for you to place your confidence I'd tell you the truth. Now remember, the Bible said, "When you adorn, do not adorn with--with costly jewels, and pearls, and all kinds of wearing of jewelry, but let that be the adorning of a peace, and quiet, and meek spirit (which I just quoted), which is a great price before the Lord." Now, I don't mean by that, sister, that if you had a pin... Now, this is me, not the Lord. If you had a pin that you wanted to wear, or a little necklace your husband give you, or maybe your--something like that that you wore, now, to me, I don't think that's bad. Now, that's just me. Now remember, I make myself clear; that's my opinion. But I think it's the approach to it; it's the way you do it. See? It's the motive behind it. And when you see it's getting a-hold of you, then leave the thing alone. But I think if you wore your wedding ring...
60Church dedication 59-0708M P:17 The three room house, a three compartment service... One is your body, what you do for Christ. The other is your spirit, what you think of Christ. The other is your soul, the faith that you have in Christ. Three room house, completely, absolutely, dedicated to the service of the living God. Justification, by faith, sanctification, by the Blood, the filling of the Holy Spirit, entering into peace and rest with God. No wonder we have so much backsliding. No wonder we have so much troubles in the churches today. Because they don't come all the way with God till they enter into that place where it's dead. Man dies out to his own intellectual thinking. Remember, a little seed, it cannot bear any life until it is rotten. Put a grain of corn in the ground, just as yellow as it could be, harden cased. But until that corn dies and rots to its own body, it'll never bring forth another sprout. And when the new life comes in it's absolutely, altogether different from the first life. It's soft and flexible and life. It comes from that little grain of life that's cased in the outside.