ALL HIS BENEFITS

 

By Buddy Cobb

Lubbock, Texas Convention December 2010

 

 

In Psalm 103, you will find out the key of becoming the beneficiary of what is revealed here:

 

Psalm 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.’

 

You 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?  No. 

 

So, 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. 

 

Therefore, 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.

 

Now, 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.

 

This 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 23 .

 

This 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. 

Here is how it happens.

 

Exodus 23:19(a)  ‘The first of the first fruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God.’

 

Who 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. 

 

Exodus 23:19(b) 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.’

 

Now 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. 

 

Now 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.

 

As 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. 

 

Now 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 Father’s business? 

 

Now, 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 yours.  

 

Are 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: 

 

#1)  You don’t seethe a kid in its mother’s milk. You’ve got to get out of that realm.

 

#2)  You’ve got to come under the teaching of the Father.  You’ve got to take His yoke upon you and learn of Him.  

 

That’s 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 your ears. 

 

How 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?

 

Exodus 23:20(a) ‘Behold, I send an Angel…’

 

Oh, 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?

 

Exodus 23:21(a)  ‘Beware of him,’
 

What 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.

 

Exodus 23:20(a)   ‘Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee’ ( Where?) ‘in the way,’ ( What way?  His way! )

 

Now, 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. 

 

How 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! 

 

I’ll 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. 

 

So 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.

 

Exodus 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 transgressions:’ 

 

The 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. 

 

You 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. 

 

Now, 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. 

 

Now 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.

 

This 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

 

You 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.

 

The 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 vain.

 

You 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: 

 

Exodus 23:21(a) ‘Beware of him, and obey his voice,’

 

Now 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: 

 

Exodus 23:21(b) ‘…obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.’ 

 

Why 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. 

 

Exodus 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.’

 

How 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. 

 

This 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.

 

This 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 it. 

 

The 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. 

 

Therefore, 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. 

 

I 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! 

 

Okay, here’s the next line:

 

Exodus 23:22(a)    ‘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!)
 

Now, 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.

 

You 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?  

 

Exodus 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 adversaries.

 

Now 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 it.

 

Now, 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: 

 

Exodus 23:22 ‘If thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak: then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies;’

 

What 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. 

 

I 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.

 

It 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?

 

Well, 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. 

 

He 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?   

 

This 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 anymore.

 

You 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.”

 

The 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. 

 

Is 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

than that you know it and don’t do it, because to them whom much has been given, much is required. 

 

You 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 say here:

 

Exodus 23:22-23 ‘But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do’ (how 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:’  

 

These 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:

 

Exodus 23:23(b)-24 ‘And 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 images.’

 

Get 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.

 

Exodus 23:25 (a) ‘And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread,’

 

You 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 required.

 

If 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 :

 

Exodus 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.’

 

People 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’. 

 

How 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.

 

So 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.” 

 

Is 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.

 

Are 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 hear.

 

Here’s 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. 

 

And, 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 them all.

 

The 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.’ 

 

Now, 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!

 

Do 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!’ 

 

Just 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. 

 

Anytime 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.

 

So 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!” 

 

He’s 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. 

 

What 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.

 

Check 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.

 

Here 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. 

 

So 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. 

 

‘Happy is the people whose God is the Lord.’   Can you say “Amen”?


   
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