By Bread Alone
Texas Convention December 2010
wonderful thing about the Bible is that it contains a plan of God
in every detail. Therefore, you must get the Holy Spirit, so that
you are able to understand the scriptures. The Bible tells us that
the Scriptures are not written in words that man’s wisdom teaches,
but it is written in words in which the Holy Spirit teaches. The
Bible is not comparing natural with spiritual, or spiritual
with natural, but it is comparing spiritual with spiritual. Therefore,
if all you have is your natural facility to understand when you
read the Bible—it tells us right in the Bible—‘the natural man cannot
know or understand the things of the Spirit of God because they
are spiritually discerned.’
of the things that you find about God is that He has secrets. He
only imparts those secrets to a people that meet a condition. It
says ‘the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him’. What is
it about God that you are to fear ? I thought you were
supposed to love Him. Won’t that perfect love cast out
all fear? Not this fear! No, the fear that the perfect
love will cast out, is the fear of losing your life. You cannot
know the truth living in the way of your own life. The path of your
own life will never lead you into the truth.
you do not lose your life—if you don’t turn it loose—and come out
from controlling your life, where you are taking thought for what
you are going to eat, what you are going to wear, and where you
are going to go and what you are going to do—if you don’t come out
from that realm, you’ll never know the truth. You will have come
and gone from the place of the living and will have never known
the truth of even why you were here and why you were made.
is obvious—I think anyone would recognize—you did not make yourself.
That’s clear, isn’t it? You had nothing to do with the circumstances
of which you were born, nor the time in which you were born, and
yet you are here. So, somebody was working ahead of the fact that
you were even in existence, to determine the time your existence
would take place; to determine the time of your entrance into this
world and into this light. You had absolutely nothing to say about
you are here, you don’t have anything to say about your destiny,
either—the time when you are going to die, the time when you are
going to leave. All your times and seasons are not in your hand;
they are in God’s hand.
would have to recognize that since He has created all things,
He must have had a purpose for creating something like us. The word
will also tell you this; ‘He has created all things by
Himself and for Himself’.
you are not really in connection with God where you really see the
truth, you will think that God is there for you . No, if
you understand the truth, you are here for Him . He has
made you for Himself! He has not made Himself for you! But isn’t
it wonderful that He would consent to be my God and allow me to
be a part of His people? And give me a choice as to whether I want
to be that or not?
is what He does when He puts His Spirit within you; the moment He
‘quickens’ you by the Spirit. He forms Adam from the dust of the
ground and breathes into him the ‘breath of life’. That means that
he was ‘quickened’ by God’s Spirit. It’s the Spirit that gives life.
That is when He sends His Spirit into your spirit.
moment that happens, you have just been awakened into a life that
is His life and so He is your Father at that point; so
you cry, “Abba, Father!” That is the first time you ever knew who
your Father was.
there is a difference between you being His creation and
you being His child— you being His son . There
is a difference between you being created as a sheep and
you being His sheep. He creates a lot
of people, but they are not all His people because He
is going to put the choice into your hand as to whether
you are going to be His or your own.
can see that in the very nature in which He brings us forth, it’s
going to be a nature that if I do what comes naturally, I’m going
to seek my own. ‘He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him
’, not seek their own.
you come to Him for gain or for loss ? Be honest.
You came for gain. Did you come to get or to give
? You came to Him to get. God has to connect with you and begin
to teach you about Himself or you will create Him in your
image, so that you ‘change the image of the incorruptible God into
an image made like unto corruptible man’—like unto me.
Bible tells us that ‘There is no man that knows the things of a
man except the spirit of man that is in him.’ And therefore, there
is ‘nobody that can know anything about the things of God except
the Spirit of God and him to whom He reveals them’. God doesn’t
send His spirit so that you know how to sing and dance, although
you can sing and dance in the Spirit, but that’s not the real reason.
He sends the Spirit to lead you into all truth.
order to really get the benefit of the reason for which the Spirit
came, you are going to have to let the Spirit lead and
you are going to have to follow . We have a little song
that we sing, “Where He Leads Me, I Will Follow.” That is easy enough
to sing , but will we follow ?
He is going to lead you is going to check out, why are you coming?
Why are you following? There is only one legitimate reason
to follow the Spirit of God and that is so you might know God
. You are only going to know Him if you ‘follow on to know
is nobody that can teach you about God in any way that you could
understand it. Unless you are taught by the Lord, whoever is trying
to teach you is laboring in vain.
was with the disciples and the disciples were with Jesus for the
entire length of His ministry and at the end of it they were saying,
“Show us the Father.” And Jesus said, “Have I been with you so long
and you don’t even know Me?” So, could you have a discipleship under
Jesus and never even know Him? ‘But this is eternal life,
to know Him .’
problem is, you think you are going to know Him by some physical
manifestation of Him. Actually there is a by-product of knowing
Him, which makes it a very good reason for you to want to know Him—‘for
this is eternal life , to know Him .’
can see that you would not be interested in eternal life if you
already had it. God has not brought us into an eternal life realm,
yet; however, you are in an eternal existence
realm. You have been in existence a lot longer than you have
any concept. You were chosen in Him before the foundation
of the world—before you had any consciousness of it at all. What
were you chosen ‘in Him’ for? You don’t have the foggiest idea.
the Bible says, ‘He made all things by Himself,’ He also
says, ‘He made all things for Himself.’ So what did He
make you for? For Himself !
you and I actually realize the purpose for which we are made, then
we go unfulfilled; we go astray from that purpose. We cannot be
fulfilled until we are actually doing what we are made
to do —what we are made for. ‘The man was not made
(created) for the woman, but the woman was made (created) for the
man.’ God was not made for us, but as His bride, we are
made being made for Him . He is not even complete without
His bride, so ‘the man cannot be without the woman and the woman
cannot be without the man’; they are vital to each other.
we become ‘His people and the sheep of His pasture’ and we fulfill
the purpose for which He has made us, we become the fullness
of Him, while He becomes the fullness of us! Consequently,
where are you going to find yourself complete? Where are you going
to find your fullness? In Him!
most people still waiting for Him to come? The truth is, right now,
He is here ! In fact, Paul walking into Athens told those
unbelievers that ‘it is in Him that we all live, move,
and have our being!’ But it was the one God that they didn’t know.
They had made an image of Him and put a superscription on it, ‘To
the Unknown God’. But, ‘this is eternal life, to know Him
you are ever going to know God, are you ever going to know Him by
someone telling you about Him? No. God tells you what it takes to
know Him; ‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me’, and then ‘you
shall know, if you follow on to know.’
He is going to be revealing Himself to you, ‘line upon line and
precept upon precept’, so you have to begin with Him and stick with
Him through the end. If you endure to the end, then
‘you shall know, even as you are known.’ ‘You will know the
truth and the truth will make you free’ from believing you are better
off having a life of your own with God blessing it.
is going to show, in the process of time, that ‘He causes His rain
to fall and His sun to shine on the just and the unjust’—the righteous
and the unrighteous. He gives gifts to all harlots—prostitutes.
The church will be a harlot before she will ever be a pure bride.
day of God will never come in anybody’s life ‘until there first
comes a falling away’ and they become the opposite of what He wants
them to be—‘the man of sin’ rather than the man of righteousness.
That is so that God can ‘have their senses exercised to discern
both good and evil.’
remember somebody who was working with someone and they got very
frustrated and said, “I can’t deliver this guy from sin because
he loves his sin!” Because, what you love, you hold to!
So, if you don’t cease from sin, you are still in love with it!
Consequently, you are a ‘beguiling and unstable soul’.
unstable? On the one hand, I want what God is offering me; I want
eternal life; I want all the blessings of God, but on the other
hand, I want it my way .
actual thing that you want more than anything else—you actually
discover this in marriage—is independence. People will
die for it, saying, ‘Give me liberty, or give me death!’ and here
is God, Who is working on us to take us out of a place of liberty
and bring us into a place of captivity! Captivity is the last
thing you want! He wired you so you do not want it! What you
prize is liberty ! Given the difference in being
a prisoner and free, which will you choose?
have to be very careful with how you hear things from God, because
He comes and says, “I came to set the captive free and bring them
in total captivity to Me! Unless you come into captivity to Me,
you’ll never be free from what you are in captivity to, apart from
Me.” Therefore, whose captivity would you rather be in? The question
is not , “Would you rather be in captivity or would you rather
be free?” The question is, “Which master do you want to
serve?” “Whose bondservant would you rather be? A bondservant
to sin or to God?” The cords of your sin will hold you against your
will. The difference with God is that He will never hold
you against your will.
you go into sin or whether you stay with God, you are going to be
a sacrifice and what you are going to sacrifice is your life
. Your life is temporal, so if you try to save it, you are
going to lose it—guaranteed. At least while you have it, you would
like to live it your own way, right?
here comes another problem; when God made you, He made sure that
your way is not His way! There is a reason God did this.
As things progress, what God is doing is ‘sifting us like wheat’
and revealing to us not what He needs to know about us,
but what we need to know about us! When God comes to search
us out and to reveal things to us, it’s not to reveal something
He doesn’t know about us, but it’s to destroy all
the false images you have in your own mind about yourself.
can see the mindset of man; man thinks God needs help and if he
doesn’t get in there and get these souls saved, they are going to
die and God is going to lose them! And, their salvation is dependent
on me and so I become a soul winner! As if I could.
tell you why they desire to become a soul winner; it’s because they
read in Proverbs that ‘he that wins souls is wise.’ Of course, they
can see how wise they are, so they say, “I am wise, so I’m going
to win souls.” No. ‘Man became a fool when he declared himself to
be wise.’ You find that God Himself has the corner on wisdom. ‘There
is none wise but God!’
here is another problem; because ‘every man’s way is right in his
own eyes’, then you don’t agree with God’s ways because they are
not your ways. So, if you could counsel God, you could help straighten
Him out and tell Him what to do so that you could get things properly
done because they are properly done when they are done my way
you ever come into a community context, what you are going to find
out quickly is that not everybody’s way actually agrees with yours
and they don’t see your way as being better than theirs. Why should
they surrender to you? Why should you surrender to them? So now,
it’s a contest as to who is going to rule! They of your own household
can turn out to be your enemies.
is what God is educating us in. He said that there cannot be any
‘peace on earth or goodwill toward men’, much less a happy marriage,
until you go through a change—a change of life. The change of life
is an exchange . You can never get it together in your
life; it’s impossible. So what you need is a whole ‘ newness
order to get a whole new life, what do you have to do with the present
one? Give it up! If you are going to be involved in the choice of
which life you are going to embrace as your
life, then you are going to have to do that while you are in a living
realm way and that choice is before you. That choice is not always
going to be there. You have to do this in a timeframe.
help us understand this, all these things that were written as history
in the Bible were written for our examples. I really think you ought
to read the Old Testament more than the New Testament in order to
get the pattern of things. Everything in the Bible is of significance
and a pattern and you need to understand the pattern. You see when
God tells Moses to build a tabernacle, He says, ‘See that you build
it according to the pattern.’ From whom did Moses get the pattern?
God! God does everything in a pattern form. You need to understand
the pattern. ‘These were written for our admonition.’
Is it going to do any good if you don’t even read them?
is a book on not how to do it, it’s more on how not
to do it. There is nothing in a book that could ever tell you how
to do it, but the only thing they can put in a book is how not
to do it. These things happen in the Bible ‘as an example unto
us’ that we should not go that way! We need to learn by
history! In order to know how to do what needs to be done,
you can’t get it out of a book; you have to be taught by the Lord
Himself. That means you have to ‘take His yoke upon you
and learn of Him .’
soon as you take His yoke upon you, He is going to lead you in the
way that you are going to want to go, right? Don’t you just love
to be with the Lord? No, it’s the last thing that you want. You
don’t mind the Lord being with you , but you don’t want
to be with Him , because if you are with Him, it’s going
to cost you being god, yourself.
does man want to do? What was the desire of Adam? The devil came
along and said, “You know what? You don’t have to be tied to this
God; you can become independent and have a life of your own. All
you have to do is go to another source of knowledge because if you
stay with Him and do it His way, you are always going
to be the servant and He is going to be God. Now if you go over
here and get smart enough yourself, you can be as god yourself and
you can even get smart enough that you can bring God into your
service.” Most people believe that they can bring God into
their service and they tell Him what to do all the time!
who know the truth understand something else; God does not always
deal with you purely . He’ll go along with your perversion
and will deceive you. The only time you are actually going to get
the relationship with Him where He deals with you purely
is when you deal with Him purely. Only ‘the pure in heart
shall see God.’
of the things that must be done is to ‘purify yourself’. It starts
with your thinking . For ‘as a man thinks in his heart,
so is he.’
do we really have an ambition for and what really appeals to us?
What really appeals to us, is for us to be god ourselves. The interesting
thing about this is that God has written in the Bible that ‘ye are
all gods’. Isn’t that interesting that God has made us to be gods?
Therefore, there would be ‘gods many and lords many’, but in order
for any god to be around forever, he is going to have to be under
the God of gods. And, in order for him to be lord forever,
he is going to have to be under the Lord of lords.
man can be in any more authority than he is under
; seeing there is One Source of authority. He
doesn’t mind bringing you into places of authority; in fact, He
purposes to do that, so that ‘as He is, so would you be.’ The problem
comes when you want to be god independently
of Him and show yourself to be god independently
many of you really appreciate God as your Savior? How many of you
can honestly say that He is your Lord and that you don’t do anything
except what He tells you and you don’t speak anything
except what He gives you to speak? Until you don’t do
anything except what He tells you and you don’t speak
anything except what He gives you, aren’t you still declaring
some liberty here? See?
can see that when God talks about bringing a people into captivity,
what kind of captivity is He talking about? Where every thought
is brought into captivity and every deed is brought
into captivity. The thoughts of a good man are ordered by the Lord
and ‘the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord’ and the works
of a good man are ordered by the Lord; so what sort of man are you
if you are not there?
enters another problem in the “fix” that God has us in! That problem
is that you are, by nature, ‘children of disobedience’. If you want
to prove this, tell your child something not to do and then
leave them alone. Who had to teach you to be disobedient? You have
a disobedient nature! Who gave it to you? God gave you the nature!
So, don’t get a “trauma” over the fact that you have the nature;
that’s not your problem. The only problem is if you do not want
to be changed. You wouldn’t need to be changed if you were
already like Him. Right?
God made man in the created realm, he could not be like God.
In order to be like God, you would have to be born of
God. ‘Every seed brings forth after its kind.’ Man in his created
state—in his earthly form—is not born of God, he’s made
by God and formed from the dust of the earth, but he is
not born of God.
man is made from the earth, he has the nature of what he is coming
from. He’s ‘of the earth’ and consequently, he is ‘earthy’. Everything
that he does, he is doing it naturally ; therefore, man
in his natural state is nothing more than a ‘brute beast’ made to
be taken and destroyed. So you can read it in the Book, Genesis
chapter 6, God says, ‘It repents Me that I have made man
and I will destroy him from the earth.’
can see that what God is out to do is to destroy you
and make you into a whole ‘ new creature’ .
To show the difference, He has two men in the program. The first
man is the first Adam. What makes man an Adam man is that he is
there as a living soul . So the first
man, Adam, was made a living soul when ‘God breathed the breath
of life’ in him and Adam became a living soul. There is one thing
about a living soul; he has a beginning and he has an end. As long
as you are in the living soul realm, it’s appointed that you will
die; you are not going to escape it. There’s ‘a time to be born
and a time to die’ in this living soul realm.
you are ever going to get out of the temporal realm and
get into the eternal realm of life, where you not only
‘have life, but you have it more abundantly’, then there’s only
one life that you could ever have that would never end—and it’s
His life .
you ever get saved, what are you saved by? His life . When
are you saved? When you are living in His life,
which you cannot do unless you are living under His authority
. It is impossible to live in His life unless ‘Today,
if you will hear His voice’.
must be in a hearing relationship with Him. It’s
God who gives the ‘hearing ear’. You have to see the need
for this and you can’t see unless God gives you the ‘seeing eye’;
and you can’t understand why it is all this way unless God gives
you an ‘understanding heart’. You don’t have this in the natural
first thing that God has to do is to wake us up to our need
! You never suspect that you are wrong in your analysis
of anything and there is nobody that can help you to see it any
other way than your way —except God Himself. ‘Unless the
Lord build’ this—do the work—‘everybody that labors, labors in vain’.
can’t even do it yourself. This is not a do-it-yourself project.
It’s a surrender-yourself project and to ‘ seek God with
your whole heart’.
were not looking for Him when He found you. You were lost and didn’t
even know it. What it means to be “lost” is that you were lost from
the relationship with Him that you have to have in order to fulfill
the eternal purpose for which He has for you. Even though He starts
with us in the temporal , He has an eternal purpose
for us and we are going to end up in an eternal destiny that
God Himself has already ordained; either eternally with
Him, or eternally damned from Him and this is what this
is all about.
before He brings eternal judgment and settles it for all eternity,
we are going to go through a thousand year reign here with Christ
before we get to the eternal judgment of God.
this, I want to take you to Exodus where Pharaoh’s army is destroyed
by the Red Sea gobbling them up.
can see that to start things, God is calling out a people to be
His people. He has them, in their beginning, in Egypt
and I don’t know how much you appreciate Joseph’s ministry there
in Egypt, but Joseph was a forerunner to go in there and make a
provision for the people to all come into Egypt. So, the beginning
family of God finds themselves there multiplying and growing as
a people in the ‘womb of Egypt’. So the scripture says, ‘Out of
Egypt, have I called My son.’
is a pattern; you have to understand the pattern. The Bible also
says, ‘Where our Lord was crucified, is spiritually known as Sodom
and Egypt.’ You need to understand what this is saying to us.
can see what the issue is; in Egypt they are all under another god,
not God. They are under Pharaoh, whom God Himself has raised
up to demonstrate His power in dealing with him. So people start
out, in the beginning, in captivity.
they go into Egypt, what did they go in there for? What led them
in there? A famine. When it talks about a famine in scripture—this
is something that you need to understand—when it’s talking about
famine, we’re not talking about a famine of bread and water, we
are talking about ‘a famine of hearing the words (voice) of God’.
famine was in the land of hearing the voice of God; they were not
hearing the voice of God, but they were hungering and
there was bread in Egypt. What Egypt represents under Pharaoh is
the church. Right in the Book, it says the Church is ‘spiritually
known as Sodom and Egypt’.
does God begin with you being His people? In the Egyptian system,
Egypt, and then ‘He’ll call His son out of Egypt’. When the people
are in Egypt, who are they actually serving? Pharaoh. This is where
God has us in the beginning. We are ‘born in sin, shapen in iniquity’,
under another god—under another power.
the process of time, God is going to awaken you to the fact that
you are His people. You have a call on your life and He is going
to call you out of that system—that realm of government—where you
are serving Pharaoh and not God.
were they making there? Bricks. Bricks are a type of Christians
that are made by doctrinal teachings and they are fashioned by the
works of men’s hands. God Himself doesn’t dwell in buildings made
with bricks. The substance of those bricks is straw—hay, wood, and
stubble. They are all conformed perfectly and as long
as they are so perfectly conformed , they can be joined
together with slime, but not a true bond of love.
is the slime? “I love you, brother,” and as soon as you turn your
back, you get a knife in it. You call them a “slimy character”.
You will be talking nice to them to their face, but behind their
back, you are not.
was with a ministry in the early days of the Charismatic realm and
Bob Mumford use to say, “I use to have wings, but the backbiters
bit them off!”
you are a true son of God, you will not lose your wings;
you will ‘make God your habitation’ and backbiters cannot affect
you. They will only affect themselves. You ‘overcome evil with good’
and don’t let ‘any of those things move you’ out from under the
authority of God.
we can see that God is picturing for us that you have your captivity
under another god, the god of this world. He is going to lead you
out of it. Egypt goes beyond just being a type of the world; it’s
a type of the religious system where everything that you know and
whatever you are involved in is serving another god, not the God
of heaven; it’s serving Lucifer. The whole church realm—the woman—is
beguiled by the serpent and that whole church realm is under
the beguiling work of the serpent.
enough, the manchild is born in that woman realm, but in order to
actually fulfill the purpose of Him, he has to ‘come out of her’.
So, she is going to be saved by the son that comes out
of her, not by the sons that marry her. You can see in
the beginning that ‘the sons of God married the daughters of men
and became giants in the earth’. I think that is the giants in the
Promise Land that have to be taken out when the sons come in to
take over. And, these are giants—Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church,
Methodist Church, etc. They join you to their doctrine and they
“know you” by your doctrine. Sodom is a type of this; as soon as
they walked into Sodom, the people of Sodom said, ‘Bring them out,
we want to know them.’ How are you known when you walk into any
denominational system—into any denominational church? By what you
do you want to “know them”? So that you can reproduce life? No,
just so you can come into agreement and just have the pleasure of
relationship together, but not to reproduce His life. You are there
under the ‘letter’ of the word and ‘the letter kills’ that life
is what God is demonstrating and showing in the pattern of things.
‘These things happened to them for examples unto us’.
at the end of the age when God was ready to bring a people out of
all that and they ‘become a peculiar people’—not wanting
relationship or identification with some church, or denomination,
or organization, but they just wanted to be His people
so that He could be their God. They were willing to line
up with Him and bear the reproach because it is the others
that have the respect.
tests the strength of your love for Him. He is going to take you
through ‘the trial of your faith’, which means, your faithfulness
to Him , to see if you could be brought through anything that
could shake or move you from staying connected to Him. If you stay
connected to Him, the world is going to love you, right? No. How
about the church, is it going to love you? No, it’s going to cast
you out and say, ‘Let the Lord be glorified.’
of that is under the “Pharaoh” of this world—the god of this world.
To actually walk with God, you have to ‘come out and be separate’
from that. The fact that He has called you out of that, does not
mean that you are going to be His people. It does mean
that you are going to be given an opportunity to be His
people. You cannot serve God and Pharaoh; you cannot serve two masters,
so He has to bring you out from under the one to see if you’ll serve
the Other. You are already serving the one.
you to have the choice as to which master you would rather serve,
He is going to have to bring you out from the master that you are
under and introduce you to a whole new Master that you have never
known and the question is, are you even interested in knowing Him?
is the real issue; do you really want to know
Him? In order to know Him, you are going to have to ‘follow on to
know Him’ and you are going to have to ‘take His yoke upon you and
learn of Him’ so that He can teach you Himself. Unless He does the
teaching, you will never know Him. It is not that you
will never know about Him and it isn’t that you won’t
have some imagery about Him, but you’ll never know Him
‘as He is’ and you’ll never ‘see Him as He is’ until you are ‘just
calls us out as a “raw product”, from where we are, to fashion us
and to bring us forth as a whole ‘new creature’ with a totally different
mindset so you can ‘become transformed by the renewing
of your mind’ where you are no longer seeking something for
yourself, but you are now seeking to know Him !
you ask people if they have been born again, what do they say? If
somebody asked you, “Do you know the Lord?” what would you say?
Yes. However, God wants you to understand that you don’t know Him
yet, and you are never going to know Him until you ‘follow on to
know’. To actually know Him, you are going to have to go through
a processing that is going to reveal Him to you. Only
He can perform this, and unless He does it, anybody else
that tries to do it is ‘laboring in vain’.
you don’t know Him as He is, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have
some concepts about Him. You already have formed imagery in your
own mind; you have already come into the realm of ‘vain imagination’.
Man left to himself, without God Himself teaching him, will do the
same thing; it’s automatic. You will ‘change the glory of the incorruptible
God into the image made like unto corruptible man’; it’s just an
automatic process. There is no way you can stop yourself from doing
that; it’s what you’ll do; it’s the nature of the creature. Then
you will show yourself to be god. When you say, “God is like me,”
then who are you showing to be god? Yourself.
will say things like, “When my child disobeys me, I don’t kill them!
I love them! God is love, so I can be disobedient to God and the
fact that He said, ‘If you sin, you will surely die’, He really
didn’t mean that. He loves you too much to let you die.”
God has to let you die to find out this is true. Where
were you born? Alive or dead? See, you actually have to die so that
you learn this is true! You are a people He is dealing with and
He made sure that before He even started dealing with you that you
are born dead in trespasses and sins. He orchestrated all
that in Adam way back in the beginning! That is why He made you
as a ‘ living soul’ rather than a ‘life-giving spirit’
, because if you were made a ‘ life-giving spirit’ ,
you could not die! A living soul can die—‘the
soul that sinneth it shall surely die’ and it could not die unless
it was alive!
and I were originally alive or we could not have died in Adam. You
have to be alive before you can die! In Adam, we all died.
Why? Because you were alive in Adam; when God breathed
the breath of life into Adam, he became a living soul; we were all
in Adam and we were all alive. God was going to
teach us something about this; when the father sinned, ‘the iniquity
of the father would be visited on the children’.
as the seed of Adam, the natural man, you were born dead. This is
why you will read in Romans that Paul said, ‘I was alive once, but
when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.’ Where was he
alive once? In Adam. Where did he die? In Adam. God orchestrated
all of that because he wanted our ‘senses exercised to discern’
the difference between life and death; otherwise, you are going
to call death, life; and you will call life, death; you will get
it upside down.
Jesus came into the world, He was born in the world to live forever,
right? No! This is where Brother Sam (Fife) got into trouble, because
all mindset of the church is that Jesus was born in the world to
live forever; He never dies. No! Christ was born to die! When Jesus
told His disciples about this, what did they say? Good idea? No!
What did they say? ‘Be this far from you!’ And, Jesus said, ‘Get
behind Me, Satan!’ So, who was speaking through Peter? Satan. Who
was in the test? Jesus!
was in the test. He knew that He couldn’t even let a good brother
counsel Him. I’m sure there were a lot of people that would have
said, “No, this shouldn’t happen to You. You are a good man and
we heard that Christ liveth forever!”
see, when people are taught by the alternative source of knowledge
and wisdom, which is from Lucifer, the serpent and the angel that
is the god of this world, they are not taught that you shouldn’t
be a Christian; they are just taught what kind of Christian
you should be and what you should believe . You become
a Christian based on what you believe; it’s all based on
that you learn about God, when you are being taught by somebody
else, never reveals to you that if you walk with God,
‘no man can see God and live’—it’s going to cost you your life.
You cannot see God and live.
what purpose did you come to God? Did you come to die or to live?
It’s a paradox! In reality, you find out that you cannot live forever
until you die the right kind of death ! You are
not in the right kind of life in the beginning. What life
were you in, in the beginning? Whose life do you call it? My life.
What life are you in love with? What would you like to do with your
life? Terminate it or extend it? Well, it’s according to what kind
of circumstances you are in; some people want to terminate it because
they think that would be better. Others want to extend their lives.
Both are living in hell.
the wicked man died, where did he go? Hell. Where was he living
before he died? In hell. You don’t change where you are
just because you die; you just remain where you are. Heaven
and hell is not a geographical place. There were two men that died,
the beggar Lazarus, and the rich man. One went to Abraham’s bosom
and one went to hell. How far apart were they when they each got
to their place? Close enough to talk to each other. Is heaven and
hell that close together? Yes.
see, you can be talking to somebody that is in hell while you are
in heaven, even rubbing shoulders with them, but there is as much
gulf between the two of you as there can be; the difference between
night and day. Heaven and hell are not geographical places that
you go to; they are the current conditions in which you are living.
talking to Nicodemus said that He was in heaven right then. Brother
Sam came out with a song, “I Walk in the Heavenlies With Jesus”
because when you are in the Spirit realm, you are in the
heavenly realm. When you are in the earthy realm
you are in the natural man realm. You have to be delivered
from your earthy way of seeing and understanding things to a spiritual
understanding that only God Himself can perform, so that you can
be ‘transformed by the renewing of your mind’.
can you tell when you have your mind renewed? When you get hold
of this folks, this is deliverance. ‘You shall know the truth and
the truth shall make you free’ from all your hang-ups and deceptions;
you need to be free from all that. The truth is the only thing that
can make you free. You have to get the truth from God; you can only
learn it from Him.
a man (actually) thinks in his heart, so is he.’ Now that heart
is the spirit part of you. Until God’s Spirit is in your spirit,
you do not have the light by which you can see the truth. Once He
brings His Spirit into your spirit, the devil is right there to
say, “Once saved, always saved; you can’t disconnect anymore! Now
the Lord will be with you forever!” No!
moment His Spirit comes into your spirit, do you know what has happened?
‘You who were dead have just now been quickened.’ Now that you have
been quickened, what state have you been brought back to? You have
been brought back as a living soul.
souls can die! Dead ones are already
there; they cannot die! You had to be brought out of the realm of
being dead, as a soul; you were born, in the natural, dead, as a
soul. You were born in that death of trespasses and sins and you
were dead in it. God, at His appointed time, sent His Spirit into
you and quickened you —your soul .
quickening is to bring you out from under the government of the
devil and to bring you under the government of God. To foreshadow
this, He starts His people under another government in Egypt.
Egypt would become is the type of the church. It’s the place where
‘our Lord was crucified; spiritually known as Sodom and Egypt’.
That was the church in that day. They were under the law, which
they received from God through Moses. God had them there as a people
of God in that covenant relationship through a mediator, Moses,
in a secondhand relationship with God.
could come into the presence of God to get His word and bring it
back to the people; he was the mediator. He was doing what we call
“Shuttle Diplomacy” because he was representing God and what God
had to say to the people.
do you need a mediator between two parties? Because you are not
on personal speaking terms. If you were actually on a
speaking term with a party, you wouldn’t need a mediator; you would
just talk to them face to face.
is where we begin in a relationship with God, where we are in captivity
to another god, not Him. You are serving another god, not Him, and
He is going to send His Spirit and He is going to set the captive
free. He is going to bring you by the Spirit to Himself .
get this pattern as they are coming out of Egypt. The whole time
that God was working the miracles in Egypt by Moses, to persuade
Pharaoh , He is working with the god of this world
, to say, ‘Let my people go!’ The god of this world was using
every resistance that he could come up with to resist this matter.
God had ordained this resistance! God said, ‘I’m going
to stiffen his neck so I can demonstrate My power in dealing with
did He want to do that? Why did He want to have His people, who
He was calling out, to see Him demonstrate how He deals with somebody
that is so stiff-necked and stubborn that they won’t hear His voice?
Why would He do that? The first thing He says to them when He got
them out of there was, ‘Now remember what I did to Pharaoh!’
do you need to remember that? God loves me, doesn’t He? Why should
I have to worry about that? You find that anything God does in the
former time is for your learning— your
benefit—who is in the end of time. ‘These things happened unto them
for examples unto us upon whom the ends of the ages has come.’
wants you to see what He does and how He handles someone that is
very stubborn and stiff-necked. Now why would He want to do that?
Why would He want to demonstrate that on somebody else? It wouldn’t
apply to you, would it? Yes!
you know what? You are by nature ‘children of disobedience’
. Why did He do that? Why didn’t He just make us by nature,
obedient ? He wanted to demonstrate to us the two options
that are going to be before us: ‘hear and obey’; or ‘go your own
do you have a mindset to do? What do all want to do? ‘Go your own
way’. When you go your own way, wouldn’t you like to have God go
with you? Yes. But, you see that is not going to happen
because He said, ‘My way is not your way.’ And then He said
something else that you really need to hear, ‘And I don’t
are you ever going to talk Him into going with you? Can you have
a relationship with Him while you are going your own way? No. ‘All
we, like sheep, have gone our own way.’ And yet, you claim to be
His people and He to be your God. Could that be true? No, the evidence
is to the contrary.
truth is not established by what you say . ‘A child is
known by his doings .’ So, the Lord would say, “There are
plenty that say , but they just don’t do .” Believe
me, this is the difference between those that are the hearers
of the words and those that are the doers of the
word. Who is going to get the prize, the hearers or the doers? The
doers. ‘So if you know these things, happy are you if
you do them.’ This is where the “rubber meets the road”.
now, once He tells you what He wants you to do and you are stiff-necked
and rebellious and you don’t do it, what is going to happen even
though you are His people? You are going to be cut off and die
. Now you are not just going to be dead, you are going to be
‘ twice dead , plucked up by the roots ’, eternally
damned from God. This is not a temporal
thing; this is an eternal thing and therefore it
carries an ‘ eternal weight of glory’.
is truth and there are consequences! God is good enough to show
us the consequences before He ever starts you in the trial. He shows
it with Pharaoh, whom He raised for the very purpose of demonstrating
His wrath and judgment and how He will destroy him who is stiff-necked
you saw Him deal like that with an enemy, what did you
think? When you read the book of Exodus, as soon as that Red Sea
swallows them up, I want you to see something. What did they have
plenty of in Egypt? Bread; they had plenty of bread in Egypt! This
is why Abraham actually journeyed down into Egypt because there
was a famine in the land and there was plenty of bread down there.
brought his family into Egypt and Pharaoh accommodated them coming
into Egypt before God was going to be leading them out later. They
came in there with 70 or 75 people and how many people were they
when they came out? A million or two—quite a number of people! Do
you know what Joseph did when he brought the family in? He sold
their souls to Egypt for the bread. Pharaoh owned every one
of them. That is what you do when you go to a denominational church
and you lock onto their doctrine; you are selling your
soul for their bread and you think your salvation is based
on what you believe.
you are actually going to walk with God, you are going to have to
come outside all the “camps” of all religion and come under ‘His
yoke and learn of Him’ and eat the bread that He gives
you and you are going to love it. It’s called the ‘bread of adversity’.
It’s not going to be like the bread you got in Egypt that tells
you that you’re wonderful; God loves you and can’t live without
you. No, you are now going to enter a ‘trial of your faith’ where
God is going to be in relation to you more like an enemy than a
can see when Paul is there speaking to the Jews that came out of
Egypt and telling them what the truth was, he said, ‘Am I your enemy
because I have told you the truth?’ When you meet God and you are
still in your way and your mindset of thinking ,
do you meet Him as a friend or an enemy? An enemy; therefore, the
first thing you need to do is make peace with Him. ‘While you were
yet enemies, Christ died for you.’
made you enemies? By ‘wicked works in your mind’; your own mindset;
your own thought about things. ‘God’s ways are not my ways and God’s
thoughts are not my thoughts’; they are all contrary.
you were yet enemies, God had Jesus die to reconcile you back to
God, because Adam sold you out; the last Adam redeemed you back
so that you could have the choice in your hand
as to whether you are going to hear God or not .
Whether you are going to serve Him or Pharaoh, the god of this world.
do you get to have your way? With Pharaoh. The devil comes
along and says, “You ought to have it your way.” We say,
“Wow! I agree! I think you are right!” So now, ‘two can walk together
if they be agreed’.
comes along and says, “I guarantee you one thing, My way is not
your way and if you are going to go with Me, you are going
to have to ‘ deny yourself’ .’ Now, which one would you
rather walk with; someone who is going to take you in a way you
would not go, or the way you would go?
would you ever change your mind and say, “You know, I think I would
be better off in going His way than mine”? There would only be one
reason you would change your mind and that is if you could see the
end from the beginning. ‘Without a vision, people perish’; you will
‘cast off restraint’; you will not stay under His yoke. God has
to give you the vision so that you can see it.
you can, go back and read the history of this and how the people
responded to Moses who came in to ‘set the captives free’. They
complained about it the whole time. They said, “Moses, you are getting
us into more trouble than you are getting us out of.” They murmured
and complained the whole time; they never were thankful about what
was going on at all!
goes ahead with His plan to bring them out anyway and it wasn’t
until they saw the Red Sea swallow up Pharaoh that they actually
made a statement, for the first time, that was showing some appreciation
for what was happening.
14:26-31 ‘And the Lord said unto Moses, “Stretch out thine hand
over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians,
upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.” And Moses stretched
forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength
when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it;
and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen,
and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them;
there remained not so much as one of them. But the children
of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and
the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on
their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day (now
here is the first act of salvation) out
of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead
upon the sea shore. (So, He is going to be an enemy
to their enemies and He has fought the battle for them.) And
Israel saw that great work (now notice this) which
the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared
the Lord, and believed the Lord, and His servant Moses.’
is the first time this is stated. When did they fear God? ‘The fear
of God is the beginning of wisdom.’ When did they actually fear
God? When they saw what He did to Pharaoh!
let’s pick it up again:
15:1- 2 ‘Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song
unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord,
for He hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath
He thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song, and
He is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare
Him an habitation ; my father’s God, and I will exalt
did they know to say that? How did they know that God needed a habitation?
You see, the whole purpose of God bringing them out of Egypt was
to build them together as an ‘ holy habitation’ for Himself.
You were made by Him and for Him. What were
you to be? His habitation
. In order for you to be His habitation,
what has to be your habitation? Him ! He said,
‘ If you will abide in Me , I will abide
in you .’ Is that conditional? Yes.
here comes a problem; ‘Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
liberty.’ You can use the liberty to go right back in your own way.
‘All we like sheep go astray; going back to our own way.’ Now we
are out here in the conflict and under the curse of God because
‘cursed is man who trusts in man’ and takes his own way. You are
out there under the curse of God with all the diseases and all the
sicknesses and what do you start doing? Crying unto God saying,
“Please deliver me! Please heal me!”
what you want is His benefits, but not Him . God will test
Moses with this later. God said, “Rise up, Moses, take the people
on into the Promise Land, but I’m not going with you because you
are a rebellious and stiff-necked people and if you rebel in My
presence, I’ll have to destroy you; so, for your own safety, I am
holding Myself back. I’ll send the provision ahead; I’ll send My
angels. They will gather all the enemies out of the Land; you won’t
have to worry about that. I’ll send the provision, you just take
them on in, but I’m not going with you because you are a rebellious
and stiff-necked people and the moment you rebel in My presence,
you are dead. So for your safety, I’m staying back.”
what did Moses say? “God, I don’t want Your provision
if I can’t have Your presence . Don’t even take us in there
unless You are going to go with us.”
God give you His provision and withhold His presence? Sure. Would
you be satisfied with just His provision? That is what He is trying
to find out. We’ll see.
you want Him or what He can give you?
Do you want His provision or His
have to get awake to what the truth is and start ‘worshipping Him
in Spirit and in truth’. You need to examine your own self and
know what you are after! Are you after provision for your
own life or a whole ‘newness of life’ where things are not
going to go your way— guaranteed! He’s going to take you
in a way that you would not go; in
way that you don’t even know! And He’s not going to tell you ahead
of time. He is going to “breadcrumb” you in all the way; one day
at a time. And, today’s bread won’t work tomorrow. You have to have
a new provision every day, so ‘today is the day of salvation if
you will hear His voice’ . It has to be a current ,
people are waiting to die so that they can go be with the Lord.
If you are not with the Lord now, when you die, you will not be
with Him then. ‘For where a tree falls, there will it lie.’ So,
if you are going to die, you better make sure you die in Him
and you will be the first to be raised with the dead. ‘The
dead in Christ shall rise first.’
are either going to die in Him , or you are going to die
outside of Him. ‘It’s appointed unto us once to die.’
If you die in Him you are going to inherit the life of
God where you cannot die anymore. You will not only be alive, you
will be alive forevermore! You do not have that life coming because
Jesus died for you ; you get that because you died
for Him. ‘I no longer live, that His life might live in me.’
I live, or He lives, but there is not room for both of us in the
Kingdom of God. I can only live in the Kingdom if I am ‘as He is’.
He did not come to be as I am. We like to come to the Lord, “Just
as I am without one plea; I’ll accept You if You accept me.” I don’t
think it’s going to work! It won’t work! It won’t work!
you have to become a whole ‘new creature’. What’s going to happen
to what you are now? It’s going to totally pass away. It’s not a
matter of trying to repair or fix up what you are now; it’s a matter
of getting rid of it! Get rid of it and become a whole ‘new creature’!
said, “It’s repented Me that I made man and I’m going to fix him
up”? No, He said, “I’m going to destroy him from the face of the
earth and I’m going to bring forth a whole ‘new creature’.”
any man be in Christ, he is a (whole) ‘new creature’. All the old
things have passed away.’
Can you say, “Amen”? Is this good?
you know that the biggest problem you have is you ? You
ought to get up in the morning and look in the mirror and say, “I’ll
be glad when you are dead and gone, you rascal you!” Unless you
hate your life, you’ll never lay hold of His! As long as you look
in the mirror and fix yourself up and say, “Hey! You don’t look
too bad,” you’ll never go after His life!
have always liked John Hinson’s story; he said when a baby is born
and you look through the nursery window you say, “He’s kind of ugly
isn’t he?” Then when he gets a little older you say, “Look at that
little devil.” Then he goes to school and he starts to have a relationship
with a girl and they say, “Boy, I sure don’t see what she sees in
him.” Finally, the guy dies and everybody is passing by the coffin
and they say, “Doesn’t he look good?” This is the first time the
man gets anything good said about him! When he’s dead!
think God says, “Yes, you cannot live and be good.” Is there
any such thing as a good man? There is ‘none good but God’.
Jesus was here ‘in fashion as a man’, was He good? He said, ‘Why
do you call Me good? There is none good but One, that is God.’ You
can’t be good unless you are ‘ as He is’ . Jesus
was not here in the form of God; He was here in the form of man.
When He found Himself ‘in fashion as a man’, then ‘He took upon
Himself the form of a servant’, not God. But, man is showing himself
to be god.
destroy a lot of people’s concepts when you tell them that Jesus
was evil when He was here on earth. If He had done anything
of Himself, it would have been evil . He had to cry
unto God to save Him from doing any evil and ‘He was heard in that
He feared God’. What was the evidence that He feared God? He
heard the Father’s voice. ‘The fear of God is the beginning
was He afraid of? God had said, “If you sin, you are dead, ‘ the
soul that sins will surely die’, ” and the only thing He knew
to do of Himself was sin
. To do evil, He knew; but to do good, He did not
know. He even constantly reminded Himself and those around Him,
‘The son of man can do nothing of Himself.’
wasn’t even made Lord or Christ until He was resurrected. Now, He
is a whole ‘new creature’ and good and is able to save you because
He has become the ‘first partaker of the fruit’. ‘Those that labor
must be the first partaker of the fruit.’
can’t help somebody else get to where you are not , until
you are where they need to be. Where He is, there I want
to be, also. To get there, I have to get there the same way He went.
I don’t get there because He bought the ticket for me. I only get
there by going the way He went. He gave us the Spirit to enable
us to do what He did .
long as Jesus stayed under the covering of the Spirit, you never
saw the ‘nakedness’ of Jesus. He never did any evil; as
far as you could tell, He never had an evil thought because
He kept His ‘mind stayed on the Lord’. However, was He ever tempted
to do evil? Yes. Could you be tempted to do something that
you don’t have any desire for? No. Could He be tempted with sin?
Yes. Can God be tempted with sin? No. Then Jesus was not
here as God.
life that you saw in Jesus was not His own, it was the Father’s.
He said, ‘Believe Me, I am in the Father and the Father
is in Me. If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.’
do you recognize God? By the life; by the fact that you do not sin.
Did you know that the same thing being done by—‘two grinding at
the mill’, ‘two working in the field’, ‘two lying in bed’—that one
can be in sin and the other one in righteousness? What’s the difference?
It’s not what they are doing; it is under whose
authority they are doing it. ‘The steps and the works of a
good man are ordered by God. ’
Jesus walk as a good man while He was here? Yes, He did. Was He
good? No. The rich, young ruler saw him walking as a good man and
ran up to Him and said, ‘Good Master, what good thing must I do
to inherit everlasting life?” Jesus right away said, ‘Don’t call
Me good!’ Why wouldn’t He accept being called “good”; wasn’t He
walking as a good man? Not of Himself; ‘the steps of a
good man are ordered by God.’ So, was He bearing witness of Himself?
was in the same state as Adam was; He was the ‘last Adam’. If He
had ever come out from under that covering of being in His Father,
‘the shame of His nakedness would have been revealed’ and that didn’t
happen until He was hanging on the cross when He was made sin
is what tricked the devil because he knew that Jesus could not die
unless he exercised his power over Him. The devil had the power
of death over all men. The devil got that power in Adam.
Jesus had come in as another man; He is the ‘second man’, but He
came in as the same state as the first man—as a living soul. Only
as a living soul can you die. You have to be ‘obedient unto
death’. ‘There is no greater love than this, that a man lay down
his life for his friend’—that you would
lay down your individual life that His
life might live in you.
can see what happened in the beginning; God showed that the firstborn
in the house would slay the second born so that he could live and
put the other one out. Now that choice, Ladies and Gentlemen, is
in your hand; ‘choose you this day’ who you will put to death and
who you will let live. If He is going to live, I have to ‘ die
daily ’ and if I am going to live then He can no longer live
in me. This house is not big enough for both of us. Either I have
to lay down my life so that His can live in it, or I have to go
ahead and put His life out so that I can live mine. You can crucify
unto yourself the Lord of glory all over again because you are more
insistent on living in your life than His. What are you saved by?
His life! Then it is not by saving your life, is it? It
is saving your soul .
soul is only a living soul when it is alive in His
life. Therefore, the soul that sins, loses that life and consequently
you don’t even know when it happens. The light in you goes out and
what happens is the devil is immediately there to flip it all upside
down. ‘The way of the wicked is upside down’ and now you call light,
darkness and you call darkness, light; you call evil, good and you
call good, evil. You cannot make a right judgment in the matter
unless you are taught by God . It is not in you to know.
‘Cursed is man that trusts in man.’ You are under the curse of God
when you trust in yourself to know.
now, you have a choice of abiding in Christ. When Jesus was here,
He had a choice; He could abide in the life, which Christ is—Christ
is the Father’s life. Christ is a ‘life-giving
spirit’ now. God is a life-giving spirit. When you are abiding in
God’s life, you are in Christ and ‘if any man be in Christ, he is
a new creature’. You get a whole different mindset about things;
this gives you light and you see things totally in a different light
that delivers you from seeking your own.
most people come to God for is to get their own life saved. You
cannot be saved in your life; what can you be saved by?
His life. When are you saved? When are we actually saved?
If you are saved by His life, when are you actually saved?
When you are living in His life! So, ‘ today
is the day of salvation, if you will hear His voice’
and live in His life! Now, I no
longer live, but Christ lives in me! And now, I am experiencing
a whole ‘newness of life’!
is why Jesus came; not that we would have a new religion,
but that we would have another life! It is the devil that
has come up with all the religions. The ‘woman is beguiled by the
serpent’ and that is where all religion is; it is in the realm of
the serpent. You have to ‘come out of her that you be not partaker
of her plagues’. You can read it in the Bible, she is the cage of
every foul spirit and every hateful bird. All the blood of the true
sons of God is in her. She is the one who has been under the power
of the devil and consequently is the ‘synagogue of Satan’ and not
is going to be a rude awakening when the whole world wakes up to
this and it is just about to do that. God is just about to cause
the light to come that is going to wake them all up to the truth.
Right now, the church system is already in the plagues and is totally
destroyed out there; whether you see it yet, or not, it’s already
done. That is why God says, ‘Come out of her, My people!’
of those people that she thinks she has saved, she hasn’t saved
anybody. Not a one! Jesus foreshadows this by a little demonstration
of something that is there in the New Testament. When Jesus is resurrected
and is standing along the shoreline, what had His disciples been
doing all night? Fishing. Because the Light was gone and they were
in darkness, what did they do? Went fishing. Do you know what that
represents? Evangelism. ‘The gospel is like a net cast into the
sea’ and it brings in all kinds. They had been fishing all night
and Jesus said, “How have you been making out, guys?” And the disciples
replied, “We’ve toiled all night and taken nothing.” That is what
the church-age is going to wake up to, “We’ve toiled all night and
at His word —now get hold of this one—He said, “Put the
net on the right side of the boat.” They did and they drew it in
and how many fish did they get? One hundred and fifty-three. Why
bother to count them? Why would you sit down and count them? Why
would it be recorded in the Bible that they caught 153? In the Greek
and in Hebrew, the letters of the alphabet have a number, so every
word has a numerical value. Every sentence would have a numerical
value; every phrase would have a numerical value. The phrase, “the
sons of God”, in the Greek has a sum equal to the number 153. So,
‘The whole creation is groaning and travailing in the bondage of
corruption, waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God
.’ That is the only harvest that is coming out of this age.
sons of God are not perfected in her—the church system of religion.
You have to ‘ come out of her ’ and go on to perfection.
She will be saved by the child that comes out of her.
She thinks that she has saved the child. No. She is going to find
out she needs to be saved and she is going to be saved by this child;
because, that child is going to grow up to be a perfect man
, which is the ‘ head of the woman ’.
is the mystery of God’s will and plan that has been reserved until
these days before God would reveal it. It’s the ‘mystery
that was ready to be revealed in the last days ’. Now God
is beginning to unveil this mystery. None of us had seen this coming
down the pike like we are seeing it now.
are at a time of God revealing this great ‘mystery of the man and
the maid’, which Brother Sam got hold of. I tell you, there is another
great mystery in this Book that Solomon, himself, did not even understand;
it’s called the ‘mystery of the way of the serpent upon the rock’.
How could Lucifer, the serpent, have his way upon the rock, Jesus,
and put Him away in the grave? Because, it was all according to
the ‘determinate counsel and wisdom of God’. It was appointed
unto the Son of Man that He must die and then be
the resurrection , He would be born of God again.
He would be regenerated because it would be the second
time He was born of God. He was the ‘firstborn of every creature’
and He is ‘the firstborn from the dead, that in all things
He might have the preeminence’.
a mighty God we serve! And of all the peoples of the earth, He is
calling us out of all the places we have been scattered and bringing
us into a place like this and opening up ‘the mystery of His will’
that you might read, correctly , the vision. ‘Write the
vision and make it plain, that they might run that read it.’
soon as God brings Israel out, and they are saying for the first
time, “Hallelujah, God is our Savior!” What is the next thing on
the program? God says, “Let’s see. We’ll find out if I am your Savior.”
is the first thing that He tells Moses when he gets to Mt. Sinai?
God said, “Tell the people, ‘Remember what I did to Pharaoh’.” Why
would He want me to remember that? To put the fear of God
in me; that is why. Now the question is, will you hear
brought them out of Egypt not because they were hearing
His voice; they were complaining about it the whole time. It was
God’s idea to bring them out; that was His program.
matter what condition you have been in the past or are currently
in now, ‘ Today is the day of salvation, if you
will hear His voice’ . If you can hear
His voice, He is the one who has given you the hearing
ear. It is better that you do not hear it, than if you hear it and
don’t do it.
is not waking up everybody at this time. Now that he is waking you
up, and you can actually hear His voice, you are in worse
jeopardy than if you could not hear. Now it is better
that you did not know than if you know, and you do not
do . ‘To him who is given much, much is required.’
is no Sunday School “picnic”. This is not you being excused from
the warfare. This is you getting the armor of God, like Jesus had,
and the power of the Spirit, like He had, so you can become an overcomer,
like He was, and win Christ !
is not a matter of being a soul winner; it’s a matter of
becoming a Christ winner! I’m not trying to win
others to Christ ; I’m trying to win Christ , first!
I get in a place of being a partaker of Christ, then I’ll be part
of the sonship company that ‘the whole creation is groaning and
travailing and waiting for the manifestation of’, who is going to
deliver the whole thing ‘from the bondage of corruption and bring
it all into the liberty of the children of God’. This is
when God brings His kingdom in and ‘His will is done’, right here
in the earth, the same ‘as it is in heaven’.
will be a thousand year reign of that (His will being done on earth).
That is when the woman of the church will be saved; she is saved
by the child that comes out of her and these sons of God
become the government over her during the millennial reign. She
is not ready for the marriage until after the millennial
reign is over.
is why, at this point, we find ourselves as a peculiar people, not
many in number, only a kind of ‘ first fruits of His
creatures’. He is going to have a lot more down the line.
you are going to be a part of Christ—this is what you are called
to be now—to ‘grow up into the stature of the fullness of Christ’
that you might become part of the deliverance team that is going
to ‘deliver the whole creation’. ‘The husbandman that labors must
be the first partaker of the fruit.’
have to give how much ‘diligence to make this calling and election
sure’? How much? All . Does it have that
priority in your life? Are you seeking Him with your whole heart?
have a few more lines that I feel are important since it involves
your call and your eternal destiny and it is
in your hands as to whether you are going to make it sure
or whether you will let it slip out.
think the ones who will be ‘wailing and gnashing their teeth’ when
He comes are the ones who had the opportunity to apprehend it and
they failed to do it; they let it slip right out of their hands
because they gave something else priority in their own lives rather
than this being number one.
would not even bother to do this unless I felt that you are the
people that God is calling. It would be pointless to try to share
this with somebody that does not have this call on his
or her life.
is what I see God is doing now; He is bringing in a remnant of people
who He is getting ready for His second return, because when He comes
this time, He is not coming outside . The whole
church is looking for Him out in the sky. He is coming where? He
is coming inside ! He has got to have a people who are
prepared for this! The house has to ‘be made ready’ before
He is going to occupy it!
He came to be crucified, He had to do that “outside” so He could
redeem you to God and He could build you together as an
‘holy habitation’ for Him. He had to bring you up from being dead
stones to being living (‘lively’) stones built together for an ‘holy
habitation’ of God. This is why ‘the blessing is in the cluster’
as you become perfectly joined by the Spirit.
Spirit is a ‘Spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.’ Love is a
perfect bond; that is not slime! When you build
with bricks, it’s slime. When you build with living stones, it’s
love. What the whole world is going to see in these living stones
is how these saints ‘love one another’ .
said, “Father, when they see that love, they are going to know that
You sent Me.” He is coming to be revealed in you to the
rest of the world. Think about this. This is called the ‘high calling
of God in Christ Jesus’.
interested are you in becoming a part of this? He calls many
and out of the ‘many who are called’, how many actually ‘make
the calling and election sure’? Few. How much diligence do you have
to give to it to ‘make it sure’? All! How much is that? It has to
become first priority in your life and you have to ‘keep
pressing toward that mark’.
soon as God got His people out to Mt. Sinai, let’s read the first
thing He said to them is:
19:3- 4(a) ‘And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called
unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to
the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have
seen what I did unto the Egyptians,’
would He mention that? That ‘happened unto them as an example unto
you upon whom the end of the ages has
19:4-5 ‘Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how
I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.’ (I
drew you to Myself by the Spirit—brought you on eagle’s wings.)
Now therefore, if
ye will obey my voice indeed , and keep My covenant,
then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people:
for all the earth is mine:’
am leading you up to something that I want you to notice. Did they
have bread in Egypt? Yes, they did. God was going to teach them,
‘You don’t live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds
forth from the mouth of God’.
therefore, the critical thing is, will you hear His voice ?
You can’t be just satisfied by reading scriptures and being taught
about all of this. Will you hear His voice?
That is the critical thing! You cannot be His people just because
you were called to be His people and just because you
were delivered out of Egypt to be His people. You
are not going to be His people unless you
hear His voice!
sheep hear My voice and the voice of another, they will not hear.’
Now that is the test!
did the people respond to this? When they were in Egypt, why did
they go there in the first place? There was a ‘ famine of hearing
the voice of God’. They settled for bread alone because in
Egypt there was plenty of bread. They went down into Egypt because
there was a ‘famine of hearing the voice of
God’ and they went for bread .
does this mean? If you do not keep a hearing relationship
with God, you will go back to a Book relationship with
God, rather than a hearing relationship with God. You will
be worshipping God in the ‘ letter’ of the word rather
than in the Spirit . ‘Those that worship Him must worship
Him in Spirit and in truth.’
you will end up ‘in the form of God’, but you will be ‘denying His
power’ over you. How can you deny His power over you and be
a manifestation of His kingdom coming in the earth? What God
is now about ready to do is bring His kingdom in with ‘ great
power and great glory’!
are called to be the living stones built together that make up the
house of God in whom He shall be glorified! The ‘glory of this latter
house’ is going to exceed anything the world has ever seen!
or not, here He comes! Therefore, ‘ be ye ready’ ! What
does it take to ‘be ready’? Hear His voice.
You can only be ready if ‘Today, if you will hear His
you are not in that hearing relationship —if you are not
hearing His voice—you better call on Him because He is
the one who gives you the hearing ear, the seeing
eye, and the understanding heart.
they went into Egypt, they had plenty of bread. They got out into
the wilderness at Mt. Sinai and they said, ‘No man can hear God’s
voice and live.’ You see, when you love yourself, what is it about
yourself that you love so much? Your life . A man will
give all that he has for his life. Your life is the most valuable
thing that you have.
is the greatest evidence of love? You will lay down your life so
another can live. God can only live in you, if you no
longer live. And now, for you ‘to live is Christ and to die is gain’.
This is where we are! If you are ‘planted in the likeness of His
death , you will be raised in the likeness of His
resurrection’ . You will not only be alive, you will
be alive forevermore!
you notice when they went into Egypt, the only thing they had available
was bread. When God led them out into the wilderness, they were
out there for 40 years for God to teach them that they ‘do not live
by bread alone’. All they wanted was the bread. They said, “Moses,
you go hear His voice and then bring His word back to us.” God fed
them out there with that ‘manna from heaven’—through Moses—and they
ate that bread and ‘ are dead’ (John
6:58). In other words, what is the bread ? It’s the ‘letter’
of the word . They ate that bread and ‘are dead’.
bread is it, that if you eat it, you will never die? Is there bread
that you can actually eat and never die? Can you get it from Moses?
Who do you have to get it from? Christ! What
is your bread then? ‘ My meat is to do His will.’ In order
to do His will, I have to ‘ deny myself ’ and no longer
seek my own , but the things of God.
Egypt, they only had bread. In the wilderness, after God led them
out, they only had bread. So do you know what happened to them?
They died. Has God led you out so that you can just die in the wilderness
or do you want to come into the Promise Land?
else you will notice is, in Egypt, they watered their crops by pumping
the water up out of the ground with their feet. But the land where
‘the Lord thy God leadeth thee’ does not get watered that way. This
land drinks the water that is the ‘rain from heaven’ ,
which God Himself must provide. ‘You don’t live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds forth out of the mouth of God.’
had to hear His voice to have a beginning relationship
with Him and you now have to hear His voice today if you
are going to live in the salvation that you are working out together
live in the life of this ‘so great salvation’ by ‘every word
that proceeds forth from the mouth of God’; not by
you getting it from a mediator or a preacher, or out of a book,
or the Bible, but by you, yourself , being
taught by the Lord.
must ‘take His yoke upon you and learn of Him’. Therefore, ‘all
the children shall be taught of the Lord’. Now is the time; now
is the day; ‘Today, if you will hear His voice.’ You
do not live ‘by bread alone’.
you get from us on the platform (behind the pulpit) is bread
— unless you are getting it by the Spirit .
we come together for our ministry meetings to consider what the
Lord would have us to do and how He would have us to do it, I have
always tried to impress the ministries to remember that they are
not there to teach the people what to do; you are there
to be the voice of God to them. It does not say, “My sheep
will become perfect by what they are taught by any man.” No, it
says, ‘You have no need that any man teach you.’
are you going to become perfect? You can’t do it by man’s teaching;
you can’t do it by the woman’s teaching; you can’t do it by angel’s
teaching; ‘ all the children will be taught of the Father .’
Therefore, you must ‘take His yoke upon you and learn of Him’ and
‘become a first partaker of the fruit’.
do you become a partaker of the fruit? “If you hear My voice,” Jesus
said, “My sheep hear My voice and they follow Me. The voice of another
they do not hear.”
we are ministers on this platform (behind this pulpit), ministering
to you who are ‘the sheep of His pasture’, don’t hear anything
, don’t receive anything , don’t believe
anything that we preach or teach unless God
makes it real to you. He will confirm the
word of His prophet in the ears of His sheep. ‘ My sheep
hear My voice and the voice of another they will not hear.’
practice these things now! If you know these things, happy
are you if you do them! Amen!