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1198 Now, this ministry here has to hone into a place till the very same works that Jesus did... Because when He comes, the Headstone will catch right into it, because they won't... There'll be a rapture come, and they'll be taken, and the rest of the body will come with it; and she'll be gone into heaven. Not a denomination, friends; a church of the Word of God... You believe it? Here's some handkerchiefs here.
2199 Now, I go I know not where. I am seeking, as you are, the will of God. I wish I could stay at this tabernacle; can't do it. There's thousands, I hear the cry, the unclean spirit tearing them. I can't sleep hardly. I can hear little children crying and see mothers pushing their kids through the prayer line, see some mother fanning a baby, holding a sheet over it to keep the rain off of it in the yard. My heart bleeds for them.
3200 When I built this tabernacle, the day I laid the cornerstone out there, I remember that vision that morning: got it wrote right there in the cornerstone; said, "This is not your tabernacle." Said, "Do the work of an evangelist; make full proof of your ministry." I love it; I love God's children everywhere. I don't know where He's going to lead me. I don't know; I'm waiting. I been waiting for a year. I may wait for two years; I may wait for three; I don't know. I don't know the next move. I'm waiting for it. But I think according to the Scripture, the Word's been sowed. The next thing is the coming forth of the Spirit.
4From The Masterpiece 64-0705 168 brother Branham said, “At the harvest time the Seed is back to its original condition, and must have all of the Word in order to be the Seed. Now, you can't have a half of seed; it won't grow. See? It's got to be the whole Seed. It's got to not manifest, say, "I believe in baptism of the Holy Ghost. Hallelujah. I believe speaking in tongues." That's just part of the Seed. Uh-huh. But now, there's added to that (Hallelujah. See?) the Life, not the gifts, the Life of the gifts. See? See what I mean? We're at the end time, brethren. Stalk, tassel, husk is dead and dried now. There's only one thing that has to happen to that, it's to be gathered in the World Council of Churches for its burning.”
5This evening I would like to look at this thought where brother Branham has spoken to us about his love for the people, and the essentiality of having all the Word, and then he hones in on the life, because as brother Vayle has said, they got it but they don’t got it. They might talk it but are they walking in it.
6Now, the first thing he said was that we have to be able to stand alone like Jesus had to stand alone. And that I believe we are willing to do, but then what about the Life because it comes right down to the Life. Do you have the New Birth or do you not. Have you been born again by the Word of God which lives and abides forever, or have you not.
8Token the 63-0901M P:103 Don't just come this far, say, "I believe the message." You obey the message. Come into Christ. You say, "Oh, I believe every word you said, Brother Branham. "That's good. but that's just--that is just being able to read. Take the Message; take it into your heart, that you must have the Token, the very Life that was in Christ, be in you. "When I see that, I will pass over you."
9Listen, if there is a church in this world that should understand the doctrine it is brother Vayle’s church and those churches who have aligned themselves with his teaching. But Brother Vayle has told me on more than one occasion, “there are people here who have it but don’t have it”. And that is true for just about everywhere. They have it up here (mentally), but they don’t have it in there heart. And brother Branham said in his sermon, Getting in the spirit 61-0428 P:47 I don't care if the man's wrong. If he's wrong and sincere in his heart and you're right in your belief and you're wrong in acting the way you're acting. I'd rather be in his place than be in yours. That's right. I'd rather be wrong in my doctrine and right in my heart. God will respect it more. So if a man is wrong, what of it? Help him. He needs help. Love him. If you can't love your enemy the same as you love those who love you, you're no better off than the publicans. That's right. That's what the Church has failed to get. I hope you get it tonight. I hope you see what I'm talking about.
10And again in the sermon, Godhead explained 61-0425B P:40 I said, "now, I do not take either sides with you brethren, and I know, as long as you fuss, you're both wrong (See?), because I would rather be wrong in my doctrine and right in my heart, than to be right in my doctrine and wrong in my heart. See? I said, "After all, it's your heart's condition. And I made that a practice to know this, that if a man, no matter what he does and how much he differs, and what he says about me, if in my heart, not from just a duty, but from my heart I can't love that man as well as I love anyone else, then I know there's something wrong in here. See?
11Now, God is Love and so if we have His Spirit living and abiding in us, then we ought to possess God’s own Love in our vessels as well. And the Apostle Paul said, 2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us, and if Love constrains us then we must know what it means to be constrained by Love.
12The word constrain means 1. To compel 2. confine: 3. inhibit or restrain; hold back: In other words, the word constrain speaks of a force that governs our behavior in a forceful way, for some purpose greater than ourselves. And if we are talking about the Love of God, then it is this Love that constrains us. Paul said, the love of Christ constraineth us. Not just any love, but the Love of Christ is what constrains us. This love of Christ is what causes us to do what we normally would not do. In fact that is what brother Branham told brother Vayle when he went to brother Branham and asked him to seek God for a vision or word from God as to why he did not have this love. And Brother Branham told him he did have the Love of God within Him. Then brother Branham explained to him, that the Love of God constrains you to do what you would not normally do, but you do it because of your Love for God.
13That is why Paul explains to us what Love is and gives us the attributes of what makes up this Love of God as he explains in 1 Corinthians 13:4Love suffereth long, In other words, Love is patient. So what does that mean, “love is patient”? it means that Love is willing to Bear or endure pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance with calmness. You are not patient if you are an angry person. But patience is marked by a calm demeanor. A relaxed demeanor. In other words, if you really truly understood that God is working all things together for the Good of those that Love Him and are thee called according to His Purpose, nor our purpose but His purpose, then you will trust that whatever happens is going to work together for your good. Then you don’t get angry and loose your temper when things don’t go your way. You don’t get angry and shoot off your mouth when things don’t seem to be going the way you had hoped for them to go. But rather you are patient because you are trusting in God to be in control even though you are not.
14James 1:2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers testings; 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. 5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
15And the Apostle Paul said, in Romans 5:1Therefore being justified by Revelation, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2By whom also we have access by Revelation into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only so, but we glory in testings also: knowing that testings works within us patience; 4And patience produces experience; and experience produces hope: 5And hope which is an earnest expectation maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
16So 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.
17Now, we are looking at the attributes of this Christ given Love that Paul is talking to us about. And he said first of all it suffers long. It is patient and that means it remains calm even under trials and testing.
18And next he says, and is Love is kind; Now, that is one attribute of love that I wish there was more of in this message. Now, the word Kind means: a friendly, generous, or warm-hearted nature. 2. Showing sympathy or understanding; charitable: 3.Humane; considerate: 4. Forbearing; tolerant. I only wish there were more people expressing this Love of Christ because the whole world is in need of this kindness. Now, this does not mean that you become a patsy or let people walk all over you. No, it does not mean that you don’t hold to your principles, but you can do it in a right way, and that is to be friendly, and warm-hearted, and you show sympathy, and understanding. This idea of people talking to one another in an abusive way is just not right. And really there is no reason for it. And why people do it I really don’t know.
19Now, the next attribute of the Love of Christ Paul tells us is Love does not envy. Now, this is important because envy is defined as: A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another. And the Scripture commands that we shall not covet thy neighbors and you can fill in the blank.
20You see Love does not look at others for what they have. That is why The Love of Christ is color blind. When I was in Africa there was a lot of talk among the African ministers as white man this and white man that. And I really do hate that kind of talk. To me I do not see my brothers in Africa as anything less than sons of God, and I do not hold stereotypes of them or their race. To me race is a four letter word. It’s bad to think of people by the color of their skin. Perhaps I can’t explain it to you but when I think of my brothers in Africa and their love for the same Doctrine of Christ that I have, it just helps me to see brothers in Christ, and I am totally color blind.
21So love does not envy. Love is not discontent and love shows no resentment to others. It just doesn’t. Now, that is not to say that love will not show disappointment when someone pulls a deal or lies to you. Those are evils that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for. But Love does not envy.
23And love does not boast, Love is never proud. You see self pride which is what boasting is all about, is not a good thing. We used to have an expression when I played sports, and that is this: “You never have to boast if you are good at what you do, for others will do your boasting for you”. And that is true. But those that are not really sure of themselves are the ones who do the most boasting. And He that exalts Himself shall be brought down. That is a promise of God.
28And in Romans 3: 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Because if Faith is a Revelation, then where does revelation come from? If something is revealed that means it was hidden and by Grace it has been unveiled or revealed to you. Then who has ownership of that which is Revealed? God has. So where is boasting then. What are you going to boast about? If God doesn’t do it, it won’t get done, so where then is your boasting. And Paul said The Love of Christ never boasts in self.
30The apostle Paul said, in 2 Corinthians 9: 2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
32So the Apostle Paul did boast about his converts to Christ and their lives and dedication to the Message. But of himself, never. And in fact the opposite is true. He abased Himself. 2 Corinthians 11: 7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
33And again in Philippians 4: 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
35Now, that means Love is not rude. Now, I have met some pretty rude people in this message. And that just tells me those people are carnal and not born again, because you can’t be rude and be filled with the spirit of God that never rude.
36The word rude is defined as Ill-mannered and discourteous: So we must never be that way. Jesus said, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and we call that the golden rule. And when asked which of the commandments of God were the greatest Jesus said in, Mark 12:28And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
38And love is not self seeking… No, if God is love, and the Love of God constrains us, then the Love of God is not self seeking. So when you find yourself having a pity party or saying things that are totally about self, you had better know one thing, that is not inspired by God but the devil. Love is other directed, always, it is other directed. Love is what you do for others, not for self.
39And He continued by saying, Love is not easily provoked, in other words, Love is not easily angered. Now, I am not saying you can not be angry at times. The same apostle that is teaching us of Love also said in, Ephesians 4: 26 that it is ok to Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27Neither give place to the devil.
40And in Colossians 3: 8 we read, But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, and in Ephesians 4: 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
42Reaction to an action 59-0810 P:21 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 that 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.
43And remember, wit is ok to be angry because we have disagreements, but we must learn how to control our anger so that it will never control us. Anger is ok to use as a tool as long as you are controlling it. I have used it in many cases to make a point, but once that point has been made, I quickly turn it off. I used to do it with the children and I have done it in the ministry but if you do not use it as a tool of expression, and then turn it off, it can have a crippling effect on you and how you come off to others.
44Now, if Love is not easily angered, then Love has a long fuse. And Paul adds to this, and love keeps no record of wrong; That is one of the greatest attributes about the Love of Christ is that it holds no grudges. It does not keep a record of wrongs Love has a capacity to forget.
45Now, we have an expression in our country that says, “Dog bite me once shame on dog, dog bite me twice, shame on me.” But that is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible says, “ love keeps no record of wrong”
46And why is that important? Because until you are willing to forgive and forget, you will always be controlled by your record of wrongs, and then if you keep a record of wrongs, then your motive is not right. Because why would you keep a record of wrongs? It is because you either wish to get even, or else you wish to control the person you are keeping record of.
47Now, that is an attribute of the devil, keeping a list of wrongs. God is willing to throw all your sins into the sea of forgetfulness if you will let him. And one of the first principles of a new beginning is forgiveness and unless you are willing to forgive and forget you will never have rest for your own soul. It is important for people to learn that when you forgive and forget you are doing more for yourself than you are for the other person. Because in order to have a peace in your soul, you must not carry in it the baggage and sins of others.
48Brother Branham had a principle he lived by and that was this: If you can not say something good about a person, then say nothing at all. and he said, we are little Messiahettes, and we create around us an atmosphere and that atmosphere is a reflection of our own little universe within us, and it is a reflection of our own spiritual condition.
49It wasn't so from the beginning 60-1127M P:8 Did you ever meet people that you just loved to be with? You've had that, and why, they create that atmosphere by their life, the way they live, and the things they think about, and the love they have for you. …. You create an atmosphere, and that's the atmosphere you have to be in to pray for the sick. See? It's the same thing. It's love that casts out evil spirits.
50Explaining healing and Jairus 54-0216 P:37 What you are here is a reflection of what you are somewhere else. "Those who He called, He justifies." Is that right? "Those who He justified, He has glorified." Already in the Presence of the Father, we have a glorified body. Whew! Wasn't that deep? All right. We'll find out whether it's right or not. "If this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting." Is that right? That's right. So right now, and what we are here, is a reflection of what we are somewhere else. So if your deeds are evil, you know where it comes from. You know where your other body's a waiting.
51The next attribute of Love is that 6Love does not rejoice in evil, but rejoices in Truth. You see Love does not wish ill towards anyone. Love is not vindictive. Love does not wish to get even, those are carnal thoughts. Because Love is protective. And 7Love always protects.
52Yes, Love does protect. Just look at how Love is protective in a mother of any sort for her children. It does not matter what specie it is. A real mother will protect her young because she loves her young. And if you truly have the Love of Christ in your heart, you will do what you can to protect those you love.
53Now, I know families that think you should never have any arguments in the home, and those are the appeasement people who will let their children stay home from church because they just don’t want an argument. Well, let me tell you something. Those people don’t have the Love of Christ either. Because, if something is not worth dying for, then it surely isn’t worth living for either. And Jesus said, “no greater love can you have than to lay down your life for a friend”. Well, how much more to love your own children that you will lay down or put aside your peace and quiet house in order to save their little soul.
55Now, a man or woman that is always interrogating their spouse or their children doers not have too much love for that spouse or child, because Paul says, that Love is always trusting. And when you interrogate someone it is because you do not trust that person. And trust works two ways. Some people do not trust others because they do not trust themselves. But if we truly Trust God then we will believe God and if we trust our children then we will believe our children. And we should trust until that trust has been broken, and we have evidence that the person can not be trusted.
56Now, I can say that I have tried to always trust the men I am working with overseas, and I do trust them until I am presented with strong evidence that shows me they have lied to me. Then I can no longer place my trust in them. And we get people all the time that want to live just any old life and yet receive the bountiful blessings of God, but God does not bless and curse a person. You either bring the blessing on or the curse on by your own free will. God told us that our blessings and cursing depend on our own attitude towards the Voice of God. And the Bible tells us that if a man claims that he has repented, then he must show fruits meet for repentance. And you do not have to trust those who are not trustworthy. But to begin with we must believe all things, and we know that God’s seed are all things in Christ.
57Love always has hope, In other words, Love always has an earnest expectation. It is always expecting the best, not the worst, but the best. And Love always perseveres, Love always remains constant to a purpose or ideal. And if it always remains constant then Love 8Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. So you see there is but one constant in life and that should be the Love of Christ that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost.
58Is your life worthy 63-0630E P:71 When this takes place, the thing you'll do then, you'll find out that the Spirit that comes in you from the new birth, you will believe and do everything that God says in His Word for you to do. And everything that the Bible quotes for you to do, you'll punctuate it with a "Amen." And you'll not stop day and night until you receive it. That's right. That's right. And in all this time, you'll certainly above everything bear the fruit of the Spirit. You say "Will I speak with tongues?" You might do that, and you might not. "Will I shout?" You might do that; you might not. But there's one sure thing you will do. You will bear the fruit of the Spirit; and the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, faith, long-suffering, meekness, gentleness, patience. Your temper will not be. Just remember, when you got that, that poisons the Holy Spirit away from you. See? When you get to a place that you want to fuss with everybody you come along to, there's something wrong. When you get a place where the minister will read from the Bible that it's wrong to do a certain thing, and you,… just remember, there's no Christianity there at all. Now, "By their fruits you shall know them," it's what Jesus said. See?