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4Now, this not being ashamed, you might think it is not much of a promise, but oh, let me tell you, when you see the way churches are acting today when you speak about things like John 14:12 and Mark 16, and believing in God to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we would ask or think.
5In the book of Joel 2: 23-27 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain as in the first..(in other words, as it was in Alpha it will repeat in Omega) 24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, (when is this? At the harvest time) and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you (I will, not someone else, but I personally will restore to you) the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. 27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Thee, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit
6So we see according to the book of Joel, God promised us, the Believers that we shall never be ashamed. Now it is interesting that he speaks of not being ashamed before he makes us the promise of pouring out his spirit upon all flesh. So if God made a promise that we shall never be ashamed, then that means there is going to be something to try to make us ashamed, whether it be a person, a spirit, or an organization who will try to make you to feel ashamed. And we know that the word ashamed, according to Webster’s means to feel guilt. And we know that in religious societies, there is often used a pressure to render all into a conformity and so they use shame on certain people who don’t seem bent on bowing down to the petty rules and regulations or politically correct mandates that are placed upon the people as a result of trying to bring about a conformity to their societal standards. And so they try to make you feel guilty, and to do so they try to make you feel like you are an awful person because you are not conforming to their set of politically correct rules and mandates.
7In Luke 9:24–26 we read, For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (In other words if you try to spare yourself pain by hiding in the group, you will loose everything you hoped to gain. But if you are willing to die to self, and stand with God despite all opposition of man, then you will gain all.) 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, (His own Doxa, His own values, His own Opinions, His own judgments, His own things that he says) and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
9From his sermon MARK OF CHRIST 55-0312 54 brother Branham is reading from revelations chapter 7 and says, "Now, notice this if you will for a minute. Notice. When these people come up, and after this, no certain time... After this I behold... a great multitude, which no man could number, of all the nations, kindreds, tongues, stood before the Lamb, clothed with white robes on... palms in their hand; And crying with a loud voice, Salvation to our God that setteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb. And all the angels stood around about... the twenty-four elders, and fell down to worship God, Saying: Blessings, wisdom, glory, might, power, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
55 If that ain't a old fashion Holy Ghost meeting, I never seen one in my life. Right! Who are this great multitude? Between the times of the Jews being sealed, foreseen, John see them... But between this time (no time set where they were sealed), the Holy Ghost begin to fall fifty years ago here in Azusa street, and scattered all over the world with the old fashion apostolic blessings of God upon them. And that's where those white robed saints come from, out of that great revival that swept the land not long ago. And now we've got lukewarm and run out, and God's going to turn to the Jews, as certain as I'm standing on this platform. The people has rejected the Holy Ghost; they're laughing, making fun of It. And the people going along, pretending to have It. And the church has got patterned after the worldly church. They go out, and they used to, they dressed different. Now days, I tell you, you can't hardly get people to come to the altar. Used to be people come to church... "56 Here not long ago a little old girl was going to sing in a choir for me. And she said she wouldn't come because she couldn't get one of them kinky manicures for her hair. And she had to sing in a choir. And when I heard that, I said, "You couldn't sing if you wanted to now." That's right. Brother, I'm an old fashion preacher that believes this: that a man's got to be proved before he walks behind my pulpit. You take some of these guys our here in a roadhouse playing their guitar tonight, and tomorrow night come to the altar, and the next night preaching the Gospel; it's a disgrace to the Holy Spirit. Amen. John said, "Bring forth fruit meet for repentance." We need some more Baptist preachers like John, that'll lay the hewing line to the Gospel, let the chips fall wherever it may be. Amen. We've got Hollywood out in the church, and it needs to be shook out of there by the baptism of the Holy Ghost. You know that's the truth. The Holy Ghost church dressing, acting, why it's got to the place it's horrible. Call preachers to the platform, they'll go down to the altar to pray, and they can't do it; they got their clothes all tailored made and creased up in their suits, paying a hundred and fifty dollars for a suit of clothes, they can't even bend. Amen. You know it's the truth.
57 And women out there with your painted up fingernails, a fifty dollar coat wrapped around you, and a hundred dollar dress on; you can't kneel down. You won't even have children, practice birth control and pack some little snotty-nosed dog around, calling it something, giving it the love of a baby. Then call yourself the Holy Ghost church! You need to be ashamed of yourself and repent! Amen! That's the truth. What we need tonight is this bunch of impersonating the Holy Ghost, this bunch of people impersonating the Pentecostal church, ought to hit the sawdust trail down here and mourn under that until God comes down and gives you the Holy Ghost. Hallelujah! Amen! That's what we need tonight. The blessed Pentecostal impersonators, the altar's open, the sawdust trail is ready. Amen. If you want a revival, start it in your own soul. Amen. The shame impersonating, acting like the rest of the churches, went out after the Babylon, that little old associate, half cousin you running around with. Amen. God bless you, friends. You know that's the truth.
10Now, the promise from God to the believer we read this morning is Romans 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone and rock of offence: and “whosoever believeth” (ὁ πιστεύων) on him shall not be ashamed.
12Now, in understanding what Paul is telling not only the early Roman Believers, but ourselves in this hour as well, we must first know what it means to be ashamed. Therefore if we are to know what it is to be ashamed, then we must know what the word itself means. Now, our best source for this is our friend Noah Webster. And he tells us that the word ashamed simply means to be shamed, or to put to shame. And the word ashamed means: 1. Feeling shame or guilt: 2. Feeling inferior, inadequate, or embarrassed: 3. Reluctant through fear of humiliation or shame:
13Therefore if Paul tells us that he is not ashamed, it is because he does not want us to be ashamed either. For to allow yourself to feel shame is to allow within you a painful feeling of having lost the respect of others, because of some improper behavior or incompetence on your part. Because after all, Shame is a feeling of dishonor or disgrace and is associated with guilt. And guilt is associated with knowingly doing wrong.
15Jesus Said, “I am the way, the Truth and the Life." And since guilt is fear of condemnation, how can you have this fear when God tells us in His Word that "there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus." In Romans 8:1 we read, there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. So I there is no condemnation, then who cares what they call you, or what words they use to destroy your good reputation, If you are walking hand in hand with Jesus then feel honored to walk where he walked, take the abuse he took, and the name calling he bore, for you are privileged and Matthew 5:11 Jesus said you are blessed, yes, he said, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. And who is He? He is the Word…
16Ashamed of Him 65-0711 P:46 You notice there's so much of that today, especially on the subject that I'm speaking of, "ashamed of the Word." Now, He and the Word are the same. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us: the same yesterday, today, and forever" So "Whosoever is ashamed of Me and My Word," and He and His Word are One, so being ashamed of His Word in this sinful present generation, "I'll be ashamed of him."
17Ashamed of Him 65-0711 P:45 I want to take a little text from there, if it'd be called that, called: "Ashamed." You know, I like that. "Whosoever is ashamed of Me and of My Word, I'll be ashamed of him." Now, the word "ashamed" could be also translated "embarrassed." You know, something that you're... You're faced with something that you're embarrassed about, being ashamed. That another thing being ashamed does, it shows that you are not sure of what you're talking about. If you know what you're talking about, and have the assurance that you know what you're talking about, you can tell anybody that; you're not ashamed. But if you feel put out, out of place, it shows you're not sure.
18Now, we are promised that there will be those who will try to embarrass you and make you ashamed, but the promise is that you will not succumb to there terror, but you shall not be so fixated on Christ that you will not be ashamed. 1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
20And in 1 Peter 3:16 He tells us that we will be spoken of as though we are evil doers when we are doing nothing but trying to get people to Christ. Having 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.
21In reality although they will try to bring shame on you, they will be the ones who end in shame. Titus 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
22Ashamed of Him 65-0711 P:83 Don't be ashamed of Him in this generation; sinful, perplexed, the last generation that'll ever be on the earth, this sinful, adulterous, and full of all putrefied sores. All, everything that's been decent has become indecent. National politics, filth, Nations are broke up.
23Then if the entire world cosmos is corrupted, how can we come to the place where we will not be ashamed. Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
252 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
27Now, shame is something that can be brought upon men through the society called the church. Even Paul used shame to bring about repentance. But today men use shame to cut away, to make room only for themselves and their kind. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
28Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, So we see that Jesus Himself is not embarrassed or ashamed to call us his brothers.
30Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
312 Corinthians 10:8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: You see, God has given certain authority to His five fold ministry and greater authority to his messenger prophets. But the greatest problem I see in this message are people who think staying at home is an all right thing. They don’t want to submit themselves to any authority, not even the One God set in the church for their sake.
32We are commanded in Hebrews 10 where Paul said: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Therefore, get together with some one, He promised where two or three are gathered together, there He would be in their midst and when you are earnestly expecting from God not based on your desire but on what he said, it gives you a certain “parrhesia”, a certain boldness to come to Him to receive His promises.
34Before we go any further, what is this hope? What does the word hope mean? It means to earnestly expect. It is an earnest expectation. That is what hope is. The if I am earnestly, which means that I am deadly sincere about this expectation, then I will not waver one jot or tittle concerning what I expect to happen. Therefore, if I am certain then how could I be ashamed. The Scripture tells us, And hope maketh not ashamed ; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us . And how is the Love of God poured out into our hearts?
35But we are in Laodicea, brothers and sisters, and people think they can live just any kind of life, stay home from church, do what they wish and still think they are ok. Let me tell you something, you need to keep Holy the Sabbath, it is one of the ten Commandments. Brother Branham attributes his being blessed by God because as a boy he swam out to unset his traps on Saturday night to give respect to God. But we have hundreds of people right here in the greater Cincinnati Dayton area who will not go to church because they want no one to be over them. They will not submit themselves to Church order, and they have become a law unto themselves.
36Listen to the condition of this age that brother Branham says the people have sunk to.
89-1 EPHESIAN CHURCH AGE - CHURCH AGE BOOK CPT 3 That cycle of revival and death has never failed. All you have to do is recall this last move of God in the Spirit when men and women dressed like Christians, went to church, prayed all night, took to street corners and weren't ashamed of the manifestations of the Spirit. They left their old dead churches and worshipped in homes or old store buildings. They had reality. But it wasn't too long a time until they began to get enough money to build fine new churches. They put in a choir instead of singing unto God for themselves. They put gowns on the choir. They organized a movement and ran it by man. They soon began to read books that weren't fit to read. They let down the bars and goats came in and took over. The cry of joy was gone. The freedom of the Spirit was gone. Oh, they kept on with a form; but the fire had died down and the blackness of ashes is about all that is left.
89-2 A few moments ago I mentioned that John understood what it was to love God. That great apostle of love would certainly see it when the church began to lose that first love of God. In I John 5:3, he says, "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments (His Word)." One little deviation from that Word was a step away from Christ. People say they love God, they go to church, they even shout and rejoice and sing and have a great emotional time. But when it is all over, watch and see if they are in that WORD, walking in it, living in it. If they go through all the other and then don't walk in that Word, they can say they love God but their lives tell another story. I wonder if John didn't see a lot of that before he died; people saying they loved God but not obeying His Word. Oh, Ephesian Church, something is happening to you. Someone is trying to either add to that Word or take from it. But they are doing it so subtly that you can't see it. They haven't made a move so big you can see it out there in the open. It is under cover, and they are bringing it by way of reason and human understanding and it will take over unless you refuse it. Go back to Pentecost before it is too late!
89-3 But as usual people don't heed God's warning. That revival fire built upon the sacred Word is so wonderful, and the manifestation of the Spirit so blessed, that a little fear creeps in and a whisper in the heart says, "How can we protect this truth we have? What can we do to see this revival goes on?" That is when the "antichrist spirit" comes in and whispers, "Look, you have the truth now, see that it doesn't get lost. Organize and set up your creed of what you believe. Put it all in a church manual." And they do it. They organize. They add to the Word. And they die just like Eve did for taking One wrong word. It's God's Word that brings life. And it's not what we say about the Word that counts, but it's what God said. Now, back to our parable…14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. 15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight (or Presence) of God. Don't ever forget those words church. for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight (or Presence) of God.
37Paul said he was not ashamed of the Gospel, but today people are afraid to speak up and let their voices be heard. And that is why this nation has been taken over by the criminals. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
38Therefore what we should be gaining in our understanding here is that the Gospel of Christ is an actual power that through the release of this power, or the exercise of this power we have been given promises of strength for our earthly journey, health for our bodies, preservation of our souls, deliverance for our minds, and over all protection and safety for our Body, soul and Spirit. In other words, everything we have need of pertaining to life comes from and out from this Word. Then how in the world could we ever find ourselves feeling guilty or ashamed of that?
39In ROMANS 1:16, we read that "The Word of GOD is the power of GOD," and the DOXA is His own great OPINION or JUDGMENT of HIMSELF. The world will only despise and reject Him as they always have. They do not want His OPINION, nor do they understand the POWER of HIS Word. Brother Branham said, the cloud that Christ came down in was His white wig, showing that He is here as Judge. And "the Word shall judge in the last day." The people miss Him because He didn't come according to their own expectations, but He came according to His own Word.
MARK 8:38 "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and my Words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He cometh in the DOXA of His Father with the Holy angels." He tells us here that they will be ashamed of His Word which will come in the OPINION of His Father. Ashamed is a condition of disgrace or dishonor, a great disappointment. Their disappointment comes because, even though they have looked for Him to come, He didn't come according to their expectations and therefore they not only missed the day of their visitation, but they crucified The very One who they claimed to be looking for. Hebrews 6 tells us that this will repeat again at His Great Appearing when they once again reject Him, as the Word made manifest once again.
II Peter 1:3-4 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, ( and how does it come?) through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these (That by these what? Precious Promises, and what will these precious promises produce in you?) ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust".
421 John 2: 28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. And this word confidence was translated from the Greek word Parrhesia which means a certain boldness in the very presence of God because we know and understand our relationship with the Father because we understand the relationship that He had with His first born Son, Jesus. And if Jesus was God's firstborn son then that tells us that there are other sons in this family as well. And John said we are already sons, but it just doesn't appear to us to be so, but When God will appear, when He shall Phaneroo, when he shall declare Himself in His trueness of Character, then something happens to us that we shall not only see Him, but we shall also see or understand who we are as His sons.
44The only thing we should be ashamed of is if we hold back teaching the people to step out and receive what is promise them. That is what brother Branham said in his sermon,
HEAR YE HIM 57-0519A 20 he said, Some of we ministers, we should be ashamed of ourselves, as we keep our congregation way below their privileges. The whole Christian church today is living thousands of miles below their God-given privilege, because of just so half asleep, dismal like... Take the promise; believe it. God said so; that settles it forever. No matter how long it takes to materialize, Time doesn't mean nothing to God. It's His Word that we take and we believe. Abraham waited twenty-five years for that child to come. But it arrived. Certainly. We believe it, because God said so.
45Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
46Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the right-wise-ness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Romans 5:1-5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
48We can not be ashamed of what we hope for, and therefore our actions show forth that commitment we have and we do not get embarrassed for what we stand for and are longing for. because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
49Now what does this mean, “Hope maketh not ashamed,” and why does Paul tell us that this hope maketh not ashamed because the Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost?" What is this hope any way? Well, as we have already stated, this word hope itself comes from a Greek word that means to earnestly expect or to have anticipation for. In other words, because that something has been revealed to you, you come to a place where you genuinely anticipate or earnestly expect something else to take place. Not just an expectation, but an earnest expectation. And the reason we are not ashamed is because we have been justified which came by Faith which is a revelation. This revelation opened up to us and gave access to us of the Grace of God, which then brings us into a peaceful relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Judge. This Peace with God then brings us into a life which is dedicated and consecrated and is sanctified which then opens the door for the indwelling of God's Spirit which is Holy. And so in order to understand this Love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which maketh u snot ashamed, it takes a Holy Ghost experience in our hearts and lives that opens our hearts and our lives into a relationship with God. Look, when you know God personally as your own Father, and Jesus Christ as your eldest brother, you are ashamed of His Word, but rather His Word becomes your Power and maketh you not ashamed.
50Then when me become of certain Scriptures, like Mark 16 and John 14:12 it is because they have not this same relationship, and they have not the love of God shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Ghost. Then church to them is no longer a time when you come to till up that relationship with your father, but to them church becomes a gathering of like minded people who come to reinforce their own mindset. Ands they do that because they have not the mind of God, they have not a relationship with God whereby they hold to God’s Word regardless of what the circumstances are.
51So we see that Patience works into us experience which shapes our character and produces in us an earnest expectation that is never ashamed because of the Love of God which the Holy Ghost has placed within us.
53Why against organized religion 62-1111E P:35That's what the organization is good for: bring in every riffraff there is and call it Christianity. Send a boy to school that knows no more about God than a Hottentot would know about an Egyptian knight, send him over there and give him an education and learn him psychology, and give him a Ph.D., and a doctor degree or bachelor of art, or something or another like that, and send him away to preach the Gospel, that's never even been saved, that will deny the virgin birth and the resurrection, deny Divine healing, deny the power of God, deny the very principles that Jesus died for, deny Mark 16 to being inspired, deny "these signs shall follow them that believe" when Jesus said the Words Himself, deny Acts 2:38, deny any of the rest of the Scriptures that's inspired; and try to take a tradition of man that they know nothing about and harp on it. And when you tell them the Truth and show them the Truth, they're ashamed to move, because their organization.
Show us the father 63-0606 P:45 God can't use a coward. If you are too much of a coward to testify before your boss, before anybody else, and ashamed of Jesus Christ, He can't use you. If you're ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ... I think, like Paul said, "I'm not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it's the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes." Some people can carry on in church, but when they get outside they're deflated. Now, that kind of religion's no good. That's just to make a show. It's got to be lived.
56God in simplicity 63-0317M P:21 The old piano, I believe, set back in this corner the best of my remembrance. And she would play softly, "Down at the cross where my Saviour died," some real sweet soft music, and then until it come time for the service, and the song leader got up and led a couple of congregational songs, and then if they had some outstanding solo, they sang it, but never just a bunch of carrying on. And then the music continually played, and then when I heard that, I knew it was my time to come out. When a minister walks into a congregation of people praying in the anointing of the Spirit, you're bound to hear from heaven. That's just all. There's no way to keep from it. But if you walk into confusion, then you're so confused, the Spirit's grieved. We don't want that, no. We want to come here to worship. We have lovely homes that I'm going to speak about just in a minute and so forth at home, where we visit our friends and take them. This is the house of the Lord.