Texas Convention December 2010
Psalm 103, you will find out the key
of becoming the beneficiary of what is revealed here:
103:1-3 ‘Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and all that is within me,
bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, and forget
not all His benefits.’
(What are all His benefits?) ‘ Who forgiveth
all thine iniquities and healeth all thy diseases.’
see, one of the things God will not accept, is a sacrifice that
has a blemish in it. So a sacrifice, before it was offered, had
to be penned up for a while, and examined. It had to be found
clean on the outside, and on the inside, or it was not acceptable
to God. He said, “If you offer to Me the halt and the blind
and the lame, I am not going to accept that.” He is only going
to accept the sacrifice that is perfect; therefore you must be perfect
as He is perfect. He is the standard of perfection.
And you must be perfect as He is perfect, before you can be offered
to Him as a sacrifice that He would ever accept. So if you
come to Him, halt, blind and lame, is He going to accept that sacrifice?
therefore, you must be perfect as He is perfect. You have
to be without spot, without wrinkle and without blemish, or you
will never be accepted by Him. That is something to understand.
That’s why He has the pattern there in the Old Testament.
You could not offer Him a sacrifice until it had been examined and
found that it was without fault, without blame, without any blemishes;
it was perfect.
we have the requirement that we must be perfect as He is perfect,
or you and He are separated by the lack of that perfection.
It’s your sin and your iniquities that separate you from Him.
So in order to not be separated from Him, you have to be in the
condition that allows you to be connected with Him. God cannot
be unequally yoked; therefore, to have a relationship with Him,
where He’s going to be your God and we’re going to be His people,
the requirement is that you must be perfect as He is perfect.
with man this is impossible . So, how do we ever
measure up? Well, we had to be brought into another man that
is a perfect man. You see, whenever Jesus offered Himself
to the Father, the reason it was an ‘acceptable sacrifice’ was because
it was offered without spot. And what is it that puts the
spots on you? Well, you have to hate the garment that’s spotted
by the flesh. And so, you not only have to be without spot,
you have to be without wrinkle. You must be perfect. Then
we say, ‘Well, how perfect?’ What’s the standard of perfection?
Perfect as He is perfect. You see, unless you are
just like Him, then you and He are not compatible. Unless
you are just like Him, if you touched Him—if He allowed you to come
close enough to have contact with Him—you would defile Him.
So, He’s a consuming fire, and anybody that tries to get close to
Him without first being prepared to come
into His presence, will find that He’s a consuming fire.
is something that I believe that most of God’s people are asleep
to; for they believe that God will accept them in their imperfect
state, and so they sing the song, “Just As I Am, Without One Plea,
I’ll Accept You If You’ll Accept Me”, but that isn’t the way it
works; that will not do it. I’ll show you what you have to do, in
order to meet the standard of perfection that He requires, so that
He’ll not only forgive all your iniquity but He’ll also heal all
your diseases, for most people just want to “name it and claim it”
without meeting the requirements. Let’s look at Exodus
is a pill, which if you take it, it will give you perfect health;
called the “gos-pill” (gospel). This is the truth; ye shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Free from
what? Free from sin and death – diseases! Whom the Lord
makes free, is free indeed! But you can’t just “name it and
claim it”, you must meet the conditions. In Exodus
23, He gives you the conditions. In order to actually get the benefit
of being free from sin and diseases, you have to have the understanding
of how you can lay hold of it.
is how it happens.
23:19(a) ‘The first of the first fruits of thy land thou
shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God.’
is the first of the first fruits? Jesus; He had
to get there first. You have to get the first of the first fruit
in there first, OK? Now that is already done; the first of
the first fruits is already there.
‘ The first of the first fruits of thy land thou shalt
bring into the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not
seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.’
what does that mean? You have to be weaned from the breast of the
mother church; because when you are in the mother church, all you
ever get is the milk there, and as long as you are there, you are
a babe. But, when you come of age; that is, when you get ready
to be weaned from the breast and drawn from the milk, now it is
time for you to take the yoke of the Father upon you and learn of
Him. There comes then, a manchild out of this woman; a manchild
that’s birthed there in her and that is properly being fed by her
for a season until the time of weaning from the breast.
this is always a traumatic time in the child growing up – to be
weaned from the breast. To take the bottle away from the baby can
be rather traumatic – for the baby. But if you stay in the
mother church, you are always going to be just staying in the milk
level of feeding and it says, ‘You shall not seethe a kid in its
mother’s milk’. We need to go on to the next level, so you
have to be weaned from the breast. To whom shall God teach knowledge?
To whom shall He make to understand doctrine? They that are
‘weaned’ from the breast and will take His yoke upon them
and learn of Him. Then all the children shall be grown up
under the Father.
they come up under the Father, they learn the Father’s business.
At the age of twelve was the time when the child was ready to make
the transition from coming out under the mother’s teaching, and
come under the Father’s teaching. It’s called ‘the adoption’.
When you received the Holy Ghost that was the ‘Spirit of Adoption’.
It was now time to be weaned from the milk that you got from the
mother church, and to come under the tutorship of the Father.
But, that requires one to come under His yoke and learn of Him.
this is where most miss it. They will come out of the church,
and for a while be led by the Spirit, but having begun in the Spirit,
there is a kind of history that you end up back in the flesh. How
much does it profit you to hang out in the flesh realm? Nothing.
The flesh profits nothing. Then why does one go back in? Well,
it’s because they come under a deceiving spirit that says,
“Oh hallelujah! I’ve been born again; I’m saved! I don’t have to
worry about anything when Jesus comes! If I die before He
gets here, I’ll go to heaven, and if I’m still alive when He gets
here, He’ll rapture me to heaven; so either way, I get to heaven;
whether I’m alive and remain, or whether I die ahead of time.”
But God isn’t interested in you being in heaven. His plan
calls to get you out of heaven, if you’re there, and to
get you out of earth, if you’re still here, and to get you
into Christ . Because, once you come into Christ,
you are a new creature, and all the old things have passed
away, including sickness – there is no sickness in Him; He is a
perfect man! So are we playing church, or are we about our
to be about the Father’s business, you have to take Whose yoke upon
you? – and you’ve got to learn of Who? Now here’s what He
says – He says the teacher is the Holy Ghost,
and He comes to lead you into all truth. Now, if you do what
the Spirit teaches, then you WILL NOT do what the flesh teaches
you, because the two are contrary. In fact, if you still have
the flesh around at all, you do not belong to Christ, because the
Word says, ‘Those that are Christ’s have
crucified the flesh and its lusts and affections.’
Don’t go there anymore. And you are not His just
because you “name it and claim it”. Your life has got to show
it. You are known by your works, whether they are God’s or
we still together? Do you still love me? Now everybody
does not love you when you tell them the truth. Jesus said,
“I’ve told you the truth, and you want to kill me.” This is
why, in order to stay with this program, you’ve got to have the
love of God. His love never fails. Now, let’s follow it on:
You don’t seethe a kid in its mother’s milk. You’ve got to get out
of that realm.
You’ve got to come under the teaching of the Father. You’ve
got to take His yoke upon you and learn of Him.
different than coming under the teaching of a ministry. Now,
the devil loves to play with the teaching of ministries; “Brother
Buddy teaches this; Brother Sam taught that; and Brother Bill’s
teaching something totally different,” and that can bring division.
And some say, “I’m of Bill; others say I’m of Buddy; or I’m with
Sam;” and now the house is divided, and a divided house cannot stand.
This is not based on what you believe, or who preaches what tickles
many of you know we have ‘itching ears’? You can see that this is
such a word, that the question comes in the scripture, ‘Who can
hear it?’ Who in the world can hear it? Nobody can hear
it unless God gives them the hearing ear, and nobody can see it.
Everybody can become religious and they can have their own imagery
of what this is about, but they’ll still sin and fall short of the
glory of God, because this can only be done one
way. If you are not willing to take His yoke upon
you and learn of Him, you’re not going to make it under any other
teaching. You have no need that any man teach you. Here’s
why. Let’s look at it in Exodus 23: 20. It says this:
“Behold I send before thee, Brother Sam; Brother Buddy; Brother
Bill; Brother Garry” – no – what does it say?
23:20(a) ‘Behold, I send an Angel…’
an Angel? How many of you know that if you are in God’s program,
there’s an Angel assigned to you? I just saw a movie that
I had seen years ago, with Jimmy Stewart, where there was an angel
assigned to him (I think every Christmas they play this movie.)
and he had an assignment. Do you know what that assignment
was? Keep him alive! Keep him alive! And there’s an
Angel assigned unto you, to keep you alive, but you’ve got to understand
something about this Angel. He is One, that you better have
a proper respect for. For while this is a wonderful benefit on the
one hand, it puts you in a very dangerous place on the other hand,
because once you get the ministration of this Angel sent to you—here’s
the next line: It says, “You don’t have to be afraid of him”,
right? Oh, it says what?
23:21(a) ‘Beware of him,’
do you mean, ‘Beware’ of him? Isn’t He my friend? Does
He come to do me harm? This friend—this Angel—that’s sent
to be a benefit to you also puts you in great jeopardy, so that
you will be standing in jeopardy every hour, because if
you do not obey His voice, there are consequences. This is
why most people will not obey His voice. It becomes too demanding;
this is a hard saying, who can hear it? So for this angel
to be your benefactor there is something that you understand about
Him. (I don’t believe it’s a female angel either.) This takes
a man to do this; God is looking for a perfect man, whom He must
have before He can have a perfect woman; for the man is first formed,
and then the woman. It says, “One man among a thousand He has found,
but a perfect woman He has not found anywhere, yet.” For to
have a perfect woman, you have to bring her out of the perfect man,
because the man is the one that the woman comes out of. So
the man has to be first formed, and then the woman.
‘Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee’
( Where?) ‘in the way,’ (
What way? His way!
is that way broad, or is it very narrow? Very narrow. Is it
a way that you know? No, that’s why you need the Angel.
He’s come to lead you in a way you do not know – it’s not in you
to know, and you’re only going to know, if you follow on to know.
many of you are consciously under the authority of an Angel and
you know it? I can tell you the name of this angel; He’s called
the Holy Spirit and as many as are led by the Holy Spirit, these
are the sons of God. And once you are led by the Holy Spirit,
you have no need of any other source of teaching; He is going to
lead you into all truth. How much truth is ALL truth?
Once you get to all truth, you shall know the truth and the truth
will make you free – free from what? Everything you’ve been
in bondage to. So, whom the Lord makes free is free indeed.
Come on saints! This is not a religion you practice; this
is a life you live in . That Spirit was sent that you
might have life! Whose life? Not yours – His !
And that you might have it more abundantly!
guarantee you; there are no diseases in His life! He’s without
fault, He’s without blemish, He’s without spot, and He’s without
wrinkle. If you’re trying to get healed, you’re trying to
get healed while living in your own life. What is it He heals
a man with? He sends forth His word and heals the
land. That’s the ”gos-pill”, and I can tell you this is a
bitter pill to swallow; it requires you to resist sin unto blood.
And the reason it says that you have not yet done that is because
you are still living in the flesh—all life in the flesh is in the
blood. And when you have resisted sin unto blood, you have
lost any life in the flesh. That’s why you see Jesus at the
cross, sweating drops of blood. He was just at the point of
losing His life in the flesh.
now, we don’t know Him any more after the flesh; we’ll only know
Him by the Spirit, and a great transition was made in the plan of
God, where it was no longer Christ coming ‘outside’
of you that would be the hope of Glory; but now it’s Christ coming
‘in you’ that’s the hope of Glory. Now if
you get in that life (He is our life), He who is
our life shall appear – then we shall appear with Him in glory.
Where is that life going to appear? Well, it has to have a
body to appear in; called the body of Christ. When He sends
forth His Spirit, the Spirit comes as the Word – The Spirit and
the Word agree. When He sends forth His Spirit, He sends forth
His word and heals the land. You’ve
got it right there, folks! So, He not only forgives all our
iniquities, He heals all our diseases! Now, let’s see the
conditions. Nothing is unconditional in God.
23:20-21 ‘Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee
in the way,’
(Where? The Way. Who’s the Way? He is sent to keep
you in Christ. Now if you will abide in Him, what will
He do? He’ll abide in you.) ‘ and to bring
thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware
of him, and obey his voice, for he will not pardon your
first beginning of wisdom in us, is to have a proper respect for
the Spirit of the Lord in us, and to beware of Him, and understand
He will not pardon even ONE of your transgressions .
Every transgression shall receive a just recompense.
do not get there without becoming perfect. You can’t
have a relationship with Him who is perfect unless you are perfect.
This is because your sins and iniquities separate you from Him and
are the root of the problem of disease.
Disease is a curse; and the Word says, ‘Cursed is man that
trusts in man.’ So as long as you are living unto yourself—your
way—you are under the curse of God. Cursed is man that trusts
in man, and sickness is a curse. When there is no more sickness,
it’s because there is no more curse. So what you have to get
rid of first, is the curse.
there is no angel or demon spirit that can put a curse on you.
So, your problem is never with
the devil; never with a demon spirit – your problem is
always with God or those things would not have any access
to you. If you actually have made God your habitation, how
much evil is going to befall you? None. So you can’t become
religious about this and just “name and claim” things; this has
got to be done in Spirit and in Truth.
God is going to wake a people up to this truth, at the end of this
age, and they are going to do something; what are they going to
do? Trim their lamps. What does that mean? Get
the light of His life living in their spirit, because
the spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord and He is the
light . Now, when He comes in, what does He do?
He forgives all your iniquities and He heals all your diseases,
so you could be offered to God as an acceptable sacrifice
without spot, without blemish and without wrinkle. Alright,
are you ready? Are you ready for this? Because there
is going to be a people that’s going to do this; that are going
to be alive and remain when He gets here; a people that He has already
prepared as His house that He’s going to move into and that house
has to be as perfect as He is perfect. Therefore, you must
be as perfect as He is, or you will be tried, found wanting and
rejected and become reprobate concerning the faith.
is the ‘high calling’ of God. And while it’s a wonderful and
tremendous call, it also brings you into the greatest jeopardy you’ve
ever been in, in all your life; because if you don’t give diligence
to make this calling and election sure , you’re going
to be tried and found wanting and become a castaway. Was Paul
concerned about that? Was Jesus concerned about that?
What did they both do about it? They cried unto
God with strong cryings – they did not “name and claim” anything!
They knew the jeopardy that they stood in every hour
can’t mix the holy and the profane. God hates a mixture.
Therefore, you’ve got to come out, be separate, touch not
the unclean thing and you don’t even know what’s clean
or unclean ! God has to tell you. You can’t know
something is clean or unclean by the thing itself, because that’s
not what determines the matter. It’s what God says about it,
and when He says, by the law, that something is unclean and he tells
somebody to eat it, and they say, ‘I’ve never touched that which
is unclean’, what does He say? ‘Don’t you call unclean what
I call clean.’ So, in order to get it right, you’ve got to
be under a current hearing relationship
with God; so TODAY is the day of salvation, if you will hear His
voice. Two cannot walk together unless they be agreed.
He already tells us, up front, that your ways are not His – so there
is no way you and He are going to walk together unless you change,
for He says, “Your ways are not My ways and My ways are not compatible
with yours, and I don’t change.” So, if you are going to have
a relationship with Him, there is one thing for sure, ‘we
shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed’ ; or you
are not going to have a relationship with Him.
change that has to take place is not even possible with you.
It has to begin in your mind by God Himself bringing every one of
your thoughts into captivity. You cannot do that. Everything
that God requires of you is impossible with you. With
man it is impossible. Then how is it going to happen?
All who call on the name of the Lord and ask Him to do it, He says
that you’ll find Me, when? ‘You’ll find Me when you
seek Me with your whole heart.’ What’s going to get
you seeking Him? The desperate place you see yourself
in every moment ; that if He doesn’t keep you, you
are gone. If He doesn’t watch over you, you are watching in
have no ability to keep yourself, and fortunately, He that keeps
us never slumbers or sleeps. He knows what is going on at
all times and He is just to see that nothing ever happens to you,
which is not according to His will—which is always programmed on
the basis of how you are relating to Him. So to the pure,
He shows Himself pure, but to the froward, He shows Himself froward.
So purify your hearts you double-minded, or you’ll see a side of
God that you will not be so happy with, because He is a consuming
fire. Therefore ‘it is a fearful thing to fall
into the hands of the living God.’
This is why the warning comes, ‘Beware of the Angel that
I send to lead you in the right way and obey His voice, because
He is not going to pardon your transgressions.’ Therefore
obedience becomes better than sacrifice. Sacrifice can get
you reconciled to God, but only obedience can get you where He is.
You’ve got to get there by the way He went, and that was by obedience.
So it says this:
of him, and obey his voice,’
this is why obedience is better than sacrifice. Most people
are basing their salvation on the sacrifice – no – the sacrifice
only reconciles you so you can get to be obedient.
It’s your obedience – it’s the end of your faith – your faith
– that is the salvation of your soul. So it says this:
his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions:
for my name is in him.’
should you obey His voice and provoke Him not? Well, because
He won’t pardon your transgressions, “for my name
is in Him” and what is His name? The name is always
associated with the nature and God is holy, so you must be holy
as He is holy, or you can’t have any relationship with Him.
23:22 ‘But if thou shalt indeed’ (now
get a hold of this) ‘obey his voice’ (obey
his voice and do how much?) ‘and do all
that I speak.’
much is all? All ! Not adding anything to it – not
taking anything away from it. He said, ‘If you add
anything to what I tell you, I’m going to add all the plagues to
you, and if you take anything away from it, I’ll take your part
out of the book of Life.’ Now, you were never in
that kind of jeopardy before He connected you to Himself and sent
the Angel. Once He sent the Angel, now you stand in jeopardy
every hour. Now, we are “playing for keeps” – now, we are going
for an eternal destiny and there are two of them; either eternally
separated from Him, or eternally joined to Him.
is no Sunday school “picnic”, and this is no circus where we are
just playing “gift, gift, who’s got the gift”. You don’t get there
by how high you can jump or how loud you can shout.
You only get there by humbling yourself under the mighty hand of
God, and learning obedience by the things which you suffer.
Because, if you come into obedience to Him, you’re also going to
embrace a fellowship with His sufferings, as you are learning obedience
by the things which you suffer.
is the deep meat, and you can see why people get choked on it when
they have been on nothing but Pablum (infant’s cereal), the milk
of the word. This is the deep meat and it’s really better
you do not know this, than if you know it and you don’t do it.
The fact that you know it doesn’t help you; in fact, it puts you
in greater jeopardy. It is better that you did not know than
that you know and don’t do. Everybody’s so anxious to know,
but if you knew how much responsibility that brings you in, and
jeopardy it puts you in before God—for to him who has been given
much, much is required—I don’t know how anxious you’d be to know
only reason that you get interested in it, is because you would
like to live forever, instead of being a shadow that will just pass
away. What is your natural life, but a vapor; a shadow that
is here today and gone tomorrow? If you are interested in
eternal life, there is only one way to get there and the way is
narrow and the gate is straight and how many people find it?
Few. How many begin? Many. How many end right now? Few.
I think more will come later, but right now God is only preparing
a firstfruit company, and they are the only ones that will get saved
in this dispensation of time; everybody else is on hold, waiting
for these sons of God to come to perfection first.
the whole creation is out there groaning in the bondage of corruption,
waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God that will deliver
it out of that bondage of corruption, and bring it all into the
kingdom. So the woman aspect of the church will be saved herself
by the child that comes out of her; for she is saved in childbearing.
The Russians came over here and we met some of them that had suffered
for the testimony of Christ over there in Russia. They are
in British Columbia and all their wives had 15, 16 and 17 children,
because after all, ‘the wife is going to be saved in childbearing’.
So when you take the word of God and you put it down into a literal
realm, now you are erring in vision and stumbling in judgment.
just want you to take this with you. Will God forgive you of all
your iniquities? Yes. Will He heal you of all your diseases?
Yes. Is that part of His benefit? But do you have to swallow
a pill? Yes. What’s the pill? The ”gos-pill”.
So that you’re not just ‘hearers of the word’, you are actually
‘doers’. Now, a lot of people keep their pills in a bottle
and they never take them. “I’ve got it! I’ve got the pills!”
They don’t work in the bottle – they only work in you!
here’s the next line:
‘But if thou shalt’ (If thou shall what?
) ‘ indeed’ (Let’s read it
together again; ‘If thou shalt what? Indeed
! What?) ‘obey his voice’ (And
do how much?) ‘and do all that I speak:’
(How much is all? All!)
you have to meet that condition before you get the benefit.
How about if I do 99 percent of it? No, this requires all
or nothing at all.
don’t get the benefit unless you meet the requirement.
This is why it’s ‘ ALL ’, and if you do ALL
that He speaks, right?
23:22 ‘If thou shalt indeed obey His voice, and do all
that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies,
and an adversary unto thine
suddenly it’s not the Angel speaking. Who is speaking now?
Who is doing the speaking through the Angel? The Father.
He’s not speaking of Himself – He’s delivering to you that which
the Father has sent to you. And this requires now, obeying
you can get a gift of healing from God that doesn’t require obedience,
and therefore it’s a gift; but then, there is a fruit. A gift
can be temporal, but a fruit is eternal. So it says this:
thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak: then
I will be an enemy unto thine enemies;’
is your last enemy? Death. Do you need God to be an enemy
to your enemy? Yes! Do you think you can handle death yourself?
No! Your enemies are stronger than you, but they are not
stronger than God.
want to give you something and I think it’s going to be worth your
while to get hold of it. Thank You, Lord , (Brother
Buddy paused, then added) ‘In all your getting, you need to
get understanding.’ The Lord just “dropped” this into my understanding
recently. I read in the Bible that He was ‘ tempted
in all points as I am, yet without sin’ . And then
I read another passage and it said, ‘And ye are they which
have continued with me in My temptations, and I have appointed
you twelve thrones and you will sit on those twelve thrones to judge
the twelve tribes of Israel;’ if you have continued with
Him in His temptations.
is one thing, when He has been tempted in all points as I have;
it’s another thing when I have been tempted in all points as He
has. So what is the difference between my
temptations that He has been tempted in, and His
temptations that I have to endure with Him in order to be with Him
where He is and sit on His throne and judge the twelve tribes of
Israel? What’s the difference?
I am going to tell you that I believe He was tempted in all points
as I am before He was ever baptized, because He was born
under the law, and the law defines what sin is. All your temptations
are relative to the law; will you commit adultery, will you steal,
and will you lie? You see, that is your
temptations. You don’t get into His
temptations until you are filled with the Spirit. And when
the Holy Spirit came on Him in baptism – when He came out of the
water and the Spirit descended upon Him – that was where He immediately
went into the trial of His temptations.
was taken immediately into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil,
and what was the first temptation? He was hungry; He had been fasting
40 days and 40 nights, preparing for the test, right? He was
hungry – His belly was crying out for food. The devil comes
along side of Him and says, “You’re the Son of God, You can do something
about this; You can turn these stones into bread.” Could He?
Yes, He came to do that. He came to turn us ‘stones’
into ‘ bread’ . In another place it says, “God can of these
stones raise up seed to Abraham.” We all become ‘one bread’ because
we are partakers of the one bread. So, did He come
to turn the stones into bread and gain some living stones?
Yes. So was this a temptation? Oh yes, He could do it.
What was the test? The test was would He use His own authority
to do it?
is the test: Would
He stay under the authority of the Father, and only do what the
Father taught Him to do? If He had satisfied
the hunger of His belly; ( you can read it in scripture )
if you walk as an enemy of the cross, it’s because your god is your
belly; you are being led by your appetites. But they that
are Christ’s have crucified the flesh realm and they don’t go there
know the devil could say, “There’s no law against turning stones
into bread, Jesus; when You’re hungry, there’s no law that says
You can’t feed Yourself and satisfy Your hunger.” Jesus said,
“Yes, but what I’m being tested in now is that I’m trying to stay
in a life, and I don’t live in this life
by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds forth
from My Father.”
life that you have to be living in—where you get all your iniquities
forgiven and all your diseases healed—is a life that you do not
live in by reading the word and living according to this “bread”
alone. You can only live in THIS life, if today
you will hear His voice . So it requires a living
relationship with the living God; not a “book relationship” with
a living God, where you live according to your vain imaginations
rather than divine reality. And folks, if we “cut it”—coming
out of that place of vain imaginations to divine reality—we’ll be
a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. Not many
make this; many are called, but how many of the called actually
make it? Few are they that make it.
it possible for you to make it, if you have the Spirit?
Yes. So, where is the decision then? In whose hand is the
decision as to whether you will make this or not? Do you think
God would be revealing this to you in such a time as this, lest
He’s offering you the opportunity for you to apprehend it?
The hidden things belong to Him, but the revealed things are yours,
if you ‘lay hold’ of it.
You just don’t “name it and
claim it”; you’ve actually got to do it. If
you know these things, happy are you if you do it .
So it’s not those that are the hearers of the word, but
those that are doers , and who is going to make the decision
as to whether you are going to do it or not? You are!
It’s better, the word says, that you hadn’t even come into the knowledge
of this, than that
that you know it and don’t do it, because to them whom much has
been given, much is required.
really want to be sure it is God leading when you share these kinds
of things, because it’s bringing the hearers into a great place
of not only opportunity, but also jeopardy. This is wonderful
and terrible at the same time, because we are “playing for keeps”.
This is going to determine our eternal destiny. This is where
“the rubber meets the road”, and you can see what He goes on to
23:22-23 ‘But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and
much?) ‘ all ’ (can’t add anything
to it; can’t take anything away from it) ‘that
I speak: then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an
adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine Angel shall go before
thee, and bring thee into the Amorites, and the Hittites, and
the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites:’
are all the things you’ve been serving under your own senses, that
dwell in your own land that you must cut off, so that you no longer
judge things by your sensual perceptions or understand things by
your natural knowledge; these all have to be dealt with and gotten
out of the land. And then it says:
I will cut them off. Thou shalt not bow down
to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but
thou shalt utterly overthrow them and quite break down their
all that vain imagination dealt with, because man became vain in
his imaginations and that’s where all these things operate – in
your vain imaginations.
23:25 (a) ‘And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall
bless thy bread,’
are getting bread right now and you are a very blessed people to
be getting it. Blessed are your ears because they hear this;
blessed are your eyes because they see it. This is a very
special feeding that God does not give everybody out there.
He’s giving you and me a chance now to ‘buy this truth and sell
it not’, and He’s not giving everybody that chance.
Now it’s better that you didn’t know it, than that you know it and
you don’t do it, because to him that has been given much, much is
you think it’s a problem to fall into the hands of the devil, wait
until you fall in the hands of God! The devil can do a lot
of damage, but you haven’t seen anything that’s like God, who is
a consuming fire – even the devil trembles in His sight. It
is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the devil? Oh
no, the devil can’t even have access to you unless God permits it.
Who “sicked” the devil on Job? God! And Job was the
most righteous man in the east! And that was to help Job fall
out of the “love affair” that he had with himself. Therefore,
when the light got turned on real bright, how much did he think
of himself? If you don’t hate your life, you’re going to try
to keep it! And so He says this; here’s the key :
23:24(b)-25 ‘Thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break
down their images. And ye shall serve’ (Who?)
‘the Lord your God,’ (and who else?
Him only!) ‘and He shall bless
thy bread,’ (He’s blessing your bread now; if you
can hear this word and understand it, He’s blessing your bread
right now.) ‘and thy water; and I will take sickness
away from the midst of thee.’
want the sickness taken away, but they do not want to meet the conditions.
I can tell you about this bread and this water. What is the
bread called? The bread of ‘adversity’. What is the water
called? Waters of ‘affliction’.
many have an appetite for the ‘bread of adversity and the water
of affliction’? But, how are you actually made perfect?
By the things that you don’t have to suffer? No,
you are made perfect by the things which you suffer as He takes
you through the feeding of the bread of adversity and lets you drink
the water of affliction.
if you really want to get rid of all the diseases, can you just
pray and say, “Oh God, heal me”? Well, you can do that, and
He gives gifts to all harlots, right? You don’t have to have
a true relationship with Him to get a gift from Him.
He’ll cause His sun to shine and His rain to fall upon the just
and the unjust, but that’s a “hit and miss” operation. And
a gift is a temporary thing. I don’t want temporary healing
– I want to be made ‘every whit whole’! I want sickness to
be gone and my last enemy death to be conquered! Can you say,
“Amen?” And I wouldn’t even think it was possible, unless
God said it is, and He says, “I’ll be an enemy to your enemies and
I’ll take sickness away from the midst of you and the last enemy
to be conquered is death.”
this free and “on the house”? Well, the sample is – the sample
is free; it’s “on the house”. The down payment and the foretaste
– it’s free; it’s “on the house”. But if you want the full bag,
what do you have to do? Pay the price and you’d better sit down
and count the cost before you begin, or you might find you’ll run
out of funds and you don’t have enough; so you draw back, and now
God’s soul has no pleasure in you.
we playing parlor games? Or are we in the most real warfare
that all the others are only a shadow of? And are we
playing for temporary stakes or eternal stakes? Therefore,
this carries an eternal weight of glory. You received the
down payment for free, and now, ladies and gentlemen, will you buy
the truth and sell it not? How many enjoyed the down
payment? How many enjoyed the sample? How many enjoyed
‘tasting and seeing’? How many are now willing to pay the
price to go for the whole thing? That is what God is ‘sifting’
out among us and finding out. So, if you want to get
all of His benefits, ‘Bless the Lord, Oh
my soul, and forget not all of His benefits; who not only
forgives all of our iniquities; but He also heals all
our diseases.’ When will He do it? When
I do ALL that He speaks, and have no other gods
before me; where I will no longer halt between two opinions, but
I’ll hear His voice and the voice of another I will not
the final line on this. I wouldn’t want to close without emphasizing
this. If you endure with Jesus through His temptations; every
one of His temptations was not to do something that was against
the law; it was to come out from under the authority of the Father
and do something of Himself. He knew that was the test He was in.
Also, He could have done everything He was tempted to do, or it
would not have been a temptation, but to do it, He would have had
to come out from under the authority of the Father. Then He
would have claimed the protection based on what the scriptures said,
because the devil quoted the scriptures and said, “Jesus, jump off
of this temple, because it’s written in the scriptures that the
angels will bear you up.” The devil said, “Just name it and
claim it; it’s in the scripture.” And Jesus said, ‘Yes, and
it’s also written, however, only if I make God my habitation, will
He give me the angels to watch over me and bear Me up lest I dash
My foot against a stone.’ You see, people pick up the promise
of the benefits, without meeting the first running part of the scripture
that tells you the conditions under which you reap the promises
of God; for you only reap the promises of God after you
have done the will of God. So every, every promise
in the Book is only mine provided I hear His voice and not another.
I’m going to tell you something about the promises. You won’t
even have to ask for them. He said, ‘Before you ask, I’ll
do it.’ All these promises will ‘ overtake you’
. And if you don’t obey My voice, all these
plagues and diseases will ‘overtake you’ ! I have
never had to “name and claim” the plagues – they have just come
upon me - so, you don’t have to “name and claim” the promises.
After you have done the will of God, then you
shall receive the promises – THE GOOD ONES that are associated with
doing His will. He that doeth the will of God shall come forth of
temptation of Jesus was always, would He do anything out from under
the authority of God; would He do anything of His own authority?
He kept Himself reminded constantly; ‘the Son of Man
can do nothing of Himself’ . He said, ‘Believe
me, it’s the Father in me that doeth the works’
, and so He came into the world, not bearing witness to
Himself, but to the One that sent Him. He said, ‘When
you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.’ And now,
God has sent the Spirit of His son to reveal His son, where?
In you , and if you come under the authority of the Son
now, then whenever you do what He says, you can say to the blind
man, “See” and to the lame man, “Walk”, and then you will say, ‘Don’t
look upon me as though I did anything; it’s that same Jesus whom
you crucified that has made this man every whit whole.’ Then
it becomes no longer I, but Christ. ‘Seek ye first,
seek ye first the kingdom of God
,’ and what? Not your healing, not your deliverance.
‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God , and
all this shall be added,’ and He said, ‘Before
you ask, I will answer.’
here’s another thing. You and I can’t see clearly to evaluate
where we are, in that relationship; so we have to say to God, ‘Search
me, search me , God; if there be any wicked way in
me, bring it up.’ Let’s let God know we don’t want
anything to stand between Him and us, or our sins and iniquities
will separate us. And you’re not always conscious of it, because
you can’t even identify what sin is, until He tells you. Therefore,
you don’t live by bread alone, but by every word that He speaks.
So today is the day of salvation if you will hear; beware of Him
and obey His voice. ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of
God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added.’
Can you say “Amen”? Is that a good deal?
Then do business with God!
business with God! Get real with Him; do real business with
Him. Say, “Okay God, I give up; I give up! I want you to take
over! I don’t want to live any more unto myself; I want to live
unto You who died for me and rose again, so I can show forth the
praises of YOU, who has called me out of darkness into Your marvelous
light!” And I’m not showing forth His praises if I’m lame,
halt or blind or sick! So, when you’re ready for serving Him
, and having the benefits for His name’s sake that
He might be glorified, then, before you ask, He will answer.
Hallelujah! ‘I’ll be an enemy to your enemies and
I’ll heal all your diseases!’
take the pill, guys! Just take the pill! What’s the
pill? The “gos-pill”! It’s the good news, that if God
be for you, who in the world can be against you? No weapon
formed against you can prosper! Come on now; you and I are
not even able to examine ourselves and know the truth about it –
you’ve got to ask Him to show you, and He’s a rewarder of those
that diligently seek Him.
you examine yourself, do you know what you always conclude?
Every man’s way is right in his own eyes; “I don’t see anything
wrong”. But our ways are not His. Therefore it’s not
in us to know. But I tell you, God knows, and when you’re
ready to hear His voice – I appreciate this about God right now
– He won’t really tell you unless you’re ready to hear it, because
it puts you in jeopardy when you hear Him. Once you’ve heard
Him, now it’s better you didn’t hear, than you hear and you don’t
do. That’s why most people won’t hear at this time, and those
that He does bring into that hearing relationship, they understand
one thing – they are standing in great jeopardy. Now it’s ‘woe unto
me’ if I don’t do it! Now it’s better I didn’t know, than
I know and I choose not to do– now I’m in open
rebellion against God, and that’s not healthy.
what are ‘His temptations’? What are the temptations we are
to endure with Him in? The temptation is always to see if
we’ll come out from under the authority of God and do anything ‘of
our self.’ The Son of man can do nothing of Himself.
Only as He is taught by the Father, and all the children shall be
taught by the Father. So, take His yoke upon you and learn of Him.
Now the ball is in your court—He
is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him to heal them?
To make me rich? Diligently seek Him to do what? “Bring
me under Your authority
– bring me under Your authority, Lord! Don’t let me go astray
to walk off in my own way!”
a rewarder of those that cry, “Oh God, keep me; keep me !”
Because they know that unless the Lord watches and keeps them, they
watch in vain. So Jesus cried unto Him who was able to ‘keep
Him’ from death as a result of sin, which would have separated
Him from the Father, and He was heard! He was heard by the Father,
because He feared God.
is the evidence that you fear God? You are obedient – whatever
He says, you do it. So as Jesus went through the test, now
we must endure with Him through His temptations. Every temptation
was, would He come out from under the authority of the Father
and do anything of Himself . And He did how much
of Himself? Nothing. Therefore the Father has highly
exalted Him, and He showed us the way and said, ‘This is
the way, walk ye in it.’ And you begin by hearing
His voice; beware and obey His voice.
out which voice you are listening to when you’re about to do what
you are going to do. He’s a rewarder of those that respect
Him – not just with lip service, but with what they actually do;
because a child is known by his doings, whether it be right and
whether it be pure. When you hear His voice and you obey Him, you’re
walking by faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God.
So let’s do what we are going to do in a way that pleases Him.
Never mind trying to please anyone else and trying to please the
ministry, let’s just please God! So say, “Lord, speak now,
your servant is ready to hear; I’m going to do what you say,” and
let Him tell you what to do.
is what I have found. No matter what He tells you to do, if
you do it, you don’t have to worry about what’s going to happen
next – He always rewards you with ‘good measure, pressed
down and running over’. So whatever a righteous
man does, it prospers.
Lord, just speak to us now – we want to walk in this, Lord – we
don’t just want to be hearers, we want to be doers, and we don’t
want to be afraid to do anything You tell us to do. We can’t
give anything that doesn’t belong to You, so just tell us what You
would have us to do. We even belong to You; we’re not our own; we’re
Yours, so just tell us what You would have us to do. We thank
You for the way You have moved already in our midst, and we just
want to continue now in these ‘good works’ that You have ordained
that we should walk in. We just want You to know that we so
appreciate being the sheep of Your pasture and You being our God,
and it’s our delight to do Your will. We want to come and
cheerfully do what You have spoken for us to do.
is the people whose God is the Lord.’
Can you say “Amen”?