CLOUD OF WITNESSES, (BRETHRENS)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the God manifested in human flesh for the purpose of man’s redemption, and he is the Alpha and Omega (Rev.22: 13).
We believe Brother William Branham is the messenger of God to our generation, sent as the Prophet of this generation and his ministry fulfills a prophecy given by the prophet Malachi.
Malachi 4: 5-6 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse”
William Branham fulfilled Malachi 4: 6b. And Brother Branham also fulfills John’s prophecy concerning the 7th Angel, on Revelation 3:14 & 10: 7
So with all our hearts, we firmly believe that He is the Messenger of the last church that we are living now (i.e Laodicean church), and there will be no other church after this, so there will be no other messenger after this one.
We do not believe that William Branham is God or Jesus. To do so is to cultivate idolatry, and to equate man with God, which is an abomination in his sight and blasphemy.
We believe in inner and outer holiness, and that, it is the duty of every Christian to live a holy life according to the Word of God as it is written in the Holy Bible.
We believe in zealously preaching the message of the last days, and baptizing people in the correct baptism, by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ according to (Acts 2:38, 8: 16,10: 48 and 19: 5).
We also believe that we are living in the last days, and Our Lord Jesus Christ will appear soon.
Let’s read that verse…
Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
If you quickly jump into this verse You would think Paul meant he was worshipping that angel who is always walking with him, but if you read closely you will be noticed he never meant that… rather he worships the God of that angel.
For better understanding we can put that word like this.
For there stood by me this night the angel of God… Which God?…The God (of that angel) whom I serve.
Now read again that statement plainly you will grab the meaning…
Furthermore, we are advised to study the bible diligently, so we can understand the word the God wants us to understand. Because there also many other verses which are hard to understand unless we are willing to sit down and ask the Holy Spirit for the interpretation. By doing so the holy spirit surely help us with the correct interpretations, and therefore we will win Satan from misleading us.
he succeeded to mislead many people in wrong interpretations from canonizing drinking of alcohol to polygamy marriages in the church and even going further to idol worshipping.
May the grace of God help us.
What is the book life, how are our names written in that book?
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Amen! Following the above verses, we see in the last day of Judgment when the Lord Jesus sits to judge the people of the world in His white throne, there will be two main types of books: THE BOOK OF LIFE and the OTHER BOOKS. There you see the book of life looking like one! But there are also other books, suggesting many, Lets briefly explore what these books really are;
1) BOOK OF LIFE:
As it describes itself is a book that describes LIFE, just as a book of mathematics describes mathematical methods, a book of geography explains geographical issues as well as all other books. And we know books tend to be split into different pages. But we see all these books we have in the world are only telling us the principles and techniques of many things about this world, and we see that no book in the world can explain the LIFE of man except the Bible ONLY! So, the book of life referred to here is the Bible which is the WORD of GOD.
2) OTHER BOOKS
We find the Bible has referred to them as many, which in turn tell some information and not any more than of human beings according to the Bible. These are the BOOKS of men and every man has his own, describing his life as he lived on this earth since his birth to his death. And these books also have pages, which are the steps you go through here on earth, but all these books have no life in it, the book of Life is, but one, and that is why they all depend on that book to give a human destiny.
So what the book of Life describes is the rules and regulations of how a man should live on this earth in order to get that life embedded in it, so as human beings who write books of our lives we must write them to resemble that book of Life, the Bible, from our childhood to our departure from the world. our books are supposed to resemble this book, and that is the appearance of our names in the BOOK OF LIFE.
So brother, how do you write your book? watch the time’s running out! do not say that I will receive Christ or that I will live a holy life until I reach a certain age or experience something. Know until now your book is being written and day by day you are opening a new pages and chapters, soon your book will be finish and closed, ready to be released on the day of Judgement
And on the Day of Judgment the book of Life will be opened and yours will also be opened, compared, whether they are the same or not!. If your life in your book did not match that of that of life (i.e. the Bible, the WORD OF GOD) meaning there is NO LIFE in you, then your part will be in the lake of fire.
As a Christians every day we must compare our lives with the Bible. Make sure what we do is in accordance with the Book of Life. you are fully aware that prostitutes, fornicators, drunkards, revilers, idolaters, liars, gossipers, gays, lesbians, smokers, masturbation practitioners, pornographers, thieves, corrupters, sorcerers, bribes, murderers, etc., people like these are far from the book of LIFE, how do you expect to appear in the book if you do of those things?, remember the names mentioned there are not John, John or Mary but it is your life. read.
Revelation 21:27 (KJV)
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
To write correctly your book according to the book of life, remember it is not a one-day process. Every day one must check his life, not despise the gospel, if you hear the Word of God tonight, don’t harden your heart thinking there will come a time you will repent. If you live that life Never expect the match in one day, it requires life to live so that to write a better book which resemble that of life. The Lord said.
Luke 9:23 (NIV)
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
My prayer is that you turn to God.Start writing your book well in your spare time on earth, daily comparing your book with thebible so that when your name called, will be seen in that book.
God bless you!
Is masturbation a sin?. And what about marrying? is it a solution for burning?, as the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 7:9 “ But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn”.
ANSWER: The Lord Jesus said that he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her in his heart. The sentence shows that sin does not originate from the body but originates from the heart, so sex also originates from the heart, then from the heart and then from the outside, so whatever is done in the body is the result of something already done in the soul, so fornication, masturbation, watching pornography it is the result of immorality that has already taken place in one’s heart.
Therefore MASTURBATION IS A SIN. And the only solution to get rid of that sin is to truly give your life to the Lord Jesus, and resolve to start a new life in Christ, and decide to stop practicing it no more.
, .. they wait for miracles to come and find themselves abandoned and still in their hearts are not turning away from sexual immorality … I want to tell you my God-searching brother, There is no prayer to get rid of that stuff in any person, in order for those things to go away, it is you to decide first to make a decision to stop those things and then the Lord will add you the power to overcome those things. Remember, the Bible says that all prostitutes are part of a lake of fire. And also about marrying the Bible is made clear in the book of
1 Corinthians 7: 1 “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”
If you read carefully, verse 2 says “in order to avoid fornication” let every man should have his own wife … not because of avoiding lusts… but because of fornication… and fornication means having sex outside of marriage or before marriage, which means that, having a wife or husband does not prevent a person from developing a desire/lust … if one’s behavior is to desire/lust! That behavior will not stop even If he/she gets married … maybe he/she will avoid fornication only after he gets married because he will have his own wife/husband inside! But the desire to lust does not change.
So the only solution to stop the lust for the unmarried or married individual, is to surrender your life to Christ, and intend to give up sin,/ to leave sin by deeds..(remember God cannot help a person who has not purposely given up the wrong thing).
But if one intends to give up the desire to lust,and all the promiscuity, immorality, pornography, insults, words of worthless jokes, then the Holy Spirit comes upon him/her and helps him/her and thus finds that things never bother her again in his/her life..
What is the meaning of being bewitched? and what about you? Are you bewitched?
You may be wondering the question. Can God’s people bewitched? .. The answer is Yes! The Bible says that they are bitten. And how are they bewitched?…Today we will learn how they are bewitched.
The concept of bewitched to God’s people is different from those interpreted by secular people. someone who has a long-term illness according to the current generation is wiched by witches and wizards, the person with dementia is automatically witched according to this generation, the person with certain weaknesses must be witched by someone somewhere etc.
But today we’re going to look at the basic meaning of the word “bewitched” in the Bible.
Galatians 3:1 “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh”
If you read the whole book of Galatians you will see the Apostle Paul with the power of the Spirit was very rebuking these Christians who were in Galatia, hold on to the true teachings of Jesus Christ, as they were taught by the Apostles. But then they suddenly became distracted by strange teachings and beliefs, leaving the first true faith of the word of Christ and turning into a deceiving gospel.
So the tendency to abandon the first Faith and turn to the false teaching is what the bible defined as “being witched”. And wherever a person is bewitched there must be a WITCH or a WIZARD, to conduct that witchcraft.
So the Witches and Wizards of these Galatian Christians were their false teachers who were rising up, who were twisting the Word of God, making the people more religious rather than walking in the truth of the Word of God, teaching the people to observe the law carnally and without knowledge, which is contrary to the word … these are the ones that the Apostle Paul spoke of in …
Philippians 3:18 “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself”
These people are the one Apostle Paul mentioned in the very beginning of this book of Galatians that they were cursed…
Galatians 1: 6 “I MARVEL THAT YE ARE SO SOON REMOVED FROM HIM THAT CALLED YOU INTO THE GRACE OF CHRIST UNTO ANOTHER GOSPEL:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, LET HIM BE ACCURSED”
Do you see what it means to be witched?.. Have you forsaken the Faith and turned to another gospel that tells you there is no salvation in the world?, Have you left the gospel that tells you without holiness no one will see God (Heb.12: 14), and turn to the gospel that tells you without being a member of some denominations you cannot enter heaven, can you?.
Have you given up the gospel that tells you to prostitutes, drunkards, idolaters, homosexuals, thieves they have part in the lake of fire and turn to the gospel that tells you that God cannot destroy in the lake of fire the people who he created?
Have you left the gospel that tells you after death is judgment (Heb.9: 27) and turns to the gospel that tells you that there is a second chance after death and that it is possible for the deceased to be prayed for after death to escape the torment of hell?
Have You have left the gospel that tells you that the mediator between God and men is one, the Lord Jesus Christ and turned to another gospel that tells you that there are other mediators, beside Jesus such as the Virgin Mary, or that there is another prophet whom God has chosen to send men to heaven?.
Dear brother/Sister, if you have left all that and more In addition to the truth of God’s Word and you have turned to things that are not in the Bible then you are BEWITCHED by that preacher !, you are BEWITCHED by that church!. Immediately start NOW reading the Bible.
Any sermon that after you have listened makes you feel a desire to do the things of the world More than to love the Word and seek to read it … That preacher is a WITCH/WIZARD. It does matter whether he perform miracle or not.
Any sermon that doesn’t give you any Morals to follow Jesus and further purify your life instead you get more morals for hating another, cursing another, seeking revenge on another, abandoning your spouse, committing adultery, and immorality, etc … so be aware that you have been WITCHED by that sermon and that preacher.
The greatest magic that the devil can do for a person is not bound him from succeeding and make him poor… that is the smallest level of satanic magic … The greatest magic he does is to MAKE PEOPLE NOT KNOWING CHRIST IN FULLNESS!, to make people blind in faith. , causing people to worship idols and offend God. That’s the greatest magic Satan is doing every day to destroy the world.
And his high-ranking staff, whom he loves and respects most are neither wizards, nor traditional healers these are low-staff members but His greatest army doing his great work with Greater tasts ARE THE FALSE PROPHETS AND THE ANTICHRISTS … Because this group of people turn God’s Word into a lie… They are his highest servants of satan. That is why the Bible did not say in the end times there would be many native magicians, or many false magicians, or many wizards … but it said there would be “many false prophets”. That means they are the devil highest ranking agents, and he uses them to destroy the souls of many men/women.
These are the most obvious servants of Satan, who pretend to be true prophets. These false prophets are only to prophesy all the time, but they never testify Jesus at all … John the Baptist who became the greatest prophet ” TESTIFYING JESUS ALONE”because he knew there is no life outside of Jesus. And all the other prophets were witnessing Jesus…
As the Bible says in Revelation 19: 10b “… for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”.
So we must be very careful. These are the end times. And our Lord returns soon.
The Lord bless you.
To deny means to reject your own desires or to give up the things you love for the sake of something else. Therefore, when the bible speaks of denying oneself, means denying everything for Christ’s sake. Once you are willing to follow Christ means you are willing also to give up almost all the things you love even if they seem to be good before your eyes. You put them down, and carry those of Christ alone. That’s why the apostle Paul said.
Philippians 3:7-8 (KJV)
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
See, this is number one pillar that proves, a person has truly followed Jesus. People who repent from their sin are many, but people who have meant to follow Jesus are very few. Once you became a Christian woman, you must be ready to drop all your short dresses and trousers which you were past wearing before you came to Christ, otherwise, don’t say I’m a Christian.
Same applies to men, If you claim to have followed Jesus, be sure you had said bye to the world, you had dropped all your cigarettes, all you alcohols, and all your girlfriends you past had..And all other things which can seem to look good before your eyes but not before Jesus’s eyes.
And now when the Lord sees you have meant to stop them seriously. He now came to you and make you his disciple just as he did to his 12 disciples among hundreds of them who were following him.
Remember that this should be a continuous process, every day you deny yourself. Even in doing God’s work, you are must deny yourself..The time when you were supposed to be on your business, you sacrificed it for the Gospel…As the bible also speak of praying, we ought to pray always even to sacrifice our bed for prayers. Everything which we think we can do for God, needs sacrifice. we must lose our souls for God. But above all, the lord said we will find them instead. Because he said, he knows the plans he had for us, are of good, and to of bad, to give us hope, in our last days.
That’s why we don’t feel bad, when we hear he told us to leave everything behind for his sake..We know its benefits if not in this world, we will come to see it in the world to come, Because he knows the good plan he had for us. It is better to be seen by people you lost everything for Christ’s sake than to gain all the world and lost eternal life. What will benefit you?
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Question: Who is this Jeshurun in the Bible? And why did he become fat and despise the rock of his salvation (Deut. 32:15)?
Answer: Jeshurun is another name for the nation of Israel used in the Jewish Bible, particularly in the poems. This word appears 4 times in the Bible read (Deuteronomy 32:15, 33:26, 33: 5 and Isaiah 44: 2).
So if we go back to Deuteronomy 32:15-18 (KJV)
It says ..
15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. ”
These words Moses spoke in the wilderness, as a prophecy to show how Israel will soon forget their God when they come to the promised land, The lando of milk and honey, to their prosperity, to the land of their birth, the land of no more deserts, nor to eat of the same food, the land to trade and prosper and become rich, In for that they will forget their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, they will forget the God they trusted in the desert when they were hungry, they will despise him and turn to other gods. And the prophecy came to pass exactly just as Moses predicted In the future when they arrived in the promised land.
So if you meet that Word Yeshurun, now that is another name for Israel.
Even today it is common for people to seek God in times of difficulty only, but when they are successful , or when they need nothing, they are healthy, they have wealth, God is no longer a refuge for them. That is why the Lord Jesus said it is easier for a camel to penetrate a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. It does not mean we should not be rich but we must use wisdom in asking God to give us what is in our ability, lest we become as fat as Jeshurun and forget God, as Agur the son o Jakeh advised us in Proverbs 30:9.
Proverbs 30:8-9 (KJV)
8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Be blessed ..
Who is Melchizedek?
God’s Word tells us in 1 Timothy 3:16 that ” Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness.” which means that to know the mystery of divinity of God, one must seriously seek a help from God to understand it, otherwise you will know nothing about his divine agenda . It encourages us to ask God to reveal us so that we can get to know Him day by day.
Remember here in this great mystery, is where the great division and confusion between Christianity and other faiths such as Islam rises, and here is where the other great divisions even among the Christians themselves rise.
But we will not enter there today, but we will briefly look at who Melchizedek is, by referring to some passages of Scripture. Now remember the Bible makes it very clear, that Christ existed before there was anything in the world.
John 8:57-58 (KJV)
57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
You see But the question is how did we come to be? This is a question that even many Christians today fail to answer correctly. We will say John 1: 1. It proves that in the beginning there was a Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God, who is JESUS. Thus Jesus was in heaven from the beginning with His Father until the time He came down to save us.
But we do not know that this JESUS who appears in nature, did not exist from the beginning. His journey began in AD 1, we will see that as we move forward.
As the Bible says at the beginning there was a “Word”, so by its very nature NOT a person, This is the Greek word Logos, meaning the ‘thought of God’
Now what was this great Word?
1 John 1:1-3 (KJV)
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
You see here the Word had LIFE in it (John 1: 4), the life God wanted to reveal to us from the beginning . Here the apostles say they have heard it from time immemorial, so it was not a new thing in their ears but later, when the time came they came to receive the grace to see it with their own eyes and to witness it on the day when the body was made into JESUS CHRIST.
Now that we have seen any life is the Word of God (God’s Thought) to man, his main task is to restore what is lost and to redeem it. So in the scriptures this Word of life did not originate with the body of JESUS CHRIST alone, it did not originate from a great distance, except it was hidden from the eyes of the people because the secret of godliness had not yet been revealed. So this WORD took many different forms for the sole purpose of bringing life into the people.
“We see it existed from Eden, at the very beginning of man’s journey as the Tree of Life in the Garden, that was the WORD OF GOD.
➜ Later It came to take yet another form of an ‘Ark’ It stood there to redeem humankind and their descendants from extinction on the face of the earth, and saved Noah and 7 others.
➜ Then came to take another form of the Lamb at the day when Abraham went to offer up his only son Isaac as a burnt in the mountain, all of which took place in great mysteries, revealing the LIFE in the future. .
“Then later we come to see it re-take on human nature and appear on earth for a little while to fulfill a purpose. As a priest to reconcile Abraham to God for a time. But the true priesthood had not yet been revealed.
Hebrews 7:1-17 (KJV)
7 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Elsewhere when the Word took human form, it was when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace and appeared in the likeness of the Son of God. But you will see its purpose is the same to bring life and save.
The other part it appeared as Rock. In the wilderness when the children of Israel were about to die by the thirsty, it stood before them to save them, and Moses did not realize it until he did the double negligence of striking the rock twice when he knew that he was standing before himself, before the deliverer himself.
1 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV)
4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
➜ Later it came to manifest itself in many different forms such as the Temple, some parts like angels, some parts like a pillar of fire. Another place like the brazen Serpent.
(John 3:14-15 kjv
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Another part revealed itself as the ‘Wisdom’ which he put on the judges and kings of Israel in the presence of Solomon and others who followed him, only to fulfill the purpose of saving and keeping his people above the kings whom God had chosen to dwell in.
If you read Proverbs chapters 8 and 9 you will see how Solomon describes wisdom as a living and communicative thing. Also, read (1 Corinthians 1:24) you will find that it mentions Christ as the Wisdom of God itself.
We do not have time to explain them one by one, but I want you to see some pictures there, the WORD of God, and how it was from the beginning. So later when the time came, God to reveal all the fullness, God to reveal all His fullness to man, God to reveal all life and all redemption, he saw it was a time now to form a special body, to be born of a virgin, to be called the name of JESUS which means So that it can now live with people forever, talk to them, answer their questions, teach them, pass them on, rely on it, and guide them to the way of truth and righteousness and life forever. That’s when we see that Word in a body called Jesus … who we generally call the LORD JESUS CHRIST HALLED! Hallelujah!
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
That is why the apostle John was very bolded in saying these words.
1 John 1:1-2 (KJV)
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
Now back to the words of Jesus when he said before Abraham was, I am, he was speaking, not of a virgin-born body, but of the Word of God.
So brethren when we get back to the core of the subject,Who is this Melchisedec? The answer is that this Melchisedec is the Word of God manifested in the flesh to fulfill a specific purpose before its perfect time. But later it came to be officially called JESUS CHRIST. Even now when we say to welcome Jesus Christ into your life, we mean to welcome the Living Word of God into your life, Because that Word has now been revealed in Christ Jesus the Lord in all its fullness. So as you hear this Word receive it, you have received Jesus Christ Himself into your life…
Are still living in Sin ? The people of the Old Testament, though, only partially understood this Word of God but obeyed with all perfection and attained salvation. How can we be saved without appreciation of such great salvation? (Hebrews 2: 3). JESUS CHRIST is the thought of God,He is the WORD of God, the very GOD itself in the Body. Follow Him to be safe, in this short journey here on earth.
Matthew 26:39-41 (KJV)
39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
That statement ‘the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak’ means, When we want to do anything divine… our spirits are ready to do it, but our bodies are not ready…
In the above account we read, After the Lord Jesus was around in the afternoon with his disciples for work, when evening came they did not have time to rest but went straight to the house where they were prepared to stay. There the Lord continued to speak to His disciples many things, as well as to say goodbye to them, for it was the last night with them.
So they spent many hours in that house, singing, and being warned in their journey and being encouraged by the Lord.. Furthermore, on the same night, the Lord washed his disciples’ feet to give them an example, as well as to share the Lord’s table
So they were too late for bedtime If you follow closely you will noticed it was not less than two o’clock at night that they stopped talking … So it was clear that they were too tired.
Just imagine all day long you have been wandering around, and still even at the midnight, instead of resting, the first thing you are told is to pray, usually this could be little difficult but the Lord knew it was possible.
And that is why he told them that the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.… This a battle against the body..that means If we can overcome our bodies then we will benefit greatly spiritually.
First of all, it is important to realize that having a body is not a sin! God’s purpose to create us with flesh and their desires was not bad from the beginning, nor was it a trap! The Lord designed these bodies for us, with their desires so that we could live in this world with all pleasures and happiness without boredom, that is the primary purpose of the body, that we might not be disappointed.
For stance When the body wants to relax, he created something called sleep, so when the body wants to relax, it sinks into a deep sleep, which gives the person some kind of pleasure in it.
Meanwhile in order for a person not get bored by eating, God has put an appetite in food, so that one may intend to eat always, even if he is not always hungry… but the main purpose of eating is not to give us pleasure, but to give our bodies strength…. Just imagine if there were no pleasure in eating, how boredom our bodies would be?
In the same way that we enjoy this world, God had created us with varieties of desires, so as to add the taste for living in this world, a desire to get together, play together, have fun together, and many more.
It was God’s purpose to live in this world without getting bored or seeing it as a bad place.
But after Adam and Eve sinned, the whole world was engrossed with evil, so not everything was worth the desire in the world again. Adam gave Satan possession of this world, Satan invented and invested many things, so for anyone who will fall into the same lust of his inventions, he will be lost. so that’s why the Bible tells us to leave the world, not to desire the world, because the world is already lost.
Now as we are pondering on how to overcome this flesh..
We will not overcome the bodies by rebuking them, because these desires were created by God himself, and not by the devil. you can’t rebuke hunger, sleep, or your nose to smell good food, and you can’t rebuke your body from getting excited when you go through some kind of stimulation. No you cant.
The only way to overcome the body, is to keep yourself away from the temptations that lead to lust, so if you want saliva to stop falling, there is only one cure! Stay away from the places they make your favorite foods, you can’t stop yourself from craving food in front of a meal, it’s a tough battle that you can’t afford,
So when you want to keep yourself from becoming lustful, the cure is to stay away from all the stimulants like pornography and secular companies, whose main focus is talking about those lustful things, stay away from worldly music, and also from any relationship with different sex before marriage, That’s just it
You may wonder someone begging you to pray for them to overcome the desires of the flesh!!! There is no prayers to win those desires my brother! Don’t be fooled !! The remedy is to stay away from them.
Meanwhile if you want to conquer sleep the remedy is to stay away from the bed and be busy! .. You give up your mind to sleep and send it to something in front of you. No… told them to pray!
There is no prayer to prevent sleep … The Lord Jesus did not tell Peter to wake up and rebuke the demon of sleep !! No… He told them to pray!
Have I met someone telling me that each time she wanted to pray , or to read the bible immediately she falls asleep? But when she watched a movie all sleep fade away.She thought it was a demon that kept her from reading the Word! … No it wasn’t a demon sister, it was you tolerating your body,
Think about this, when you are watching a television program that is boring to you, suddenly you will find yourself falling asleep..do you think that was Satan did it? No it was your body responded after it has find that program is unpleasant to it. Same applies when you want to pray or read the bible.
So the remedy for overcoming sleep is to go into deep study of the importance of prayer, once you know the importance of prayer,
I have never slept in worship, and nothing special is going on inside of me, nor is there any demon to contend with, and no vision I saw to stop myself from doing it. I just understood the importance of prayers in my life and that is what motivated me not to allow the sleep to overcome me by any means each time i wanted to pray or worship. Because I know If I wouldn’t pray hard enough I wouldn’t do anything perfectly , nor would I see God moving in my life.
The Bible says the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.… Our minds are ready to do the will of God, the great battle is in us when we failed to understand the revelation of importance of prayers.
In conclusion Remember that! This world, not what the Lord intended for us to live by the lusts of our flesh, this world is given to Satan, all the works of the flesh and all his passions are ultimately ending up in the lake of fire. The Bible says …
Galatians 5:16-21 (KJV)
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
God bless you.
If you study the Bible deeply you will discover that the Lord Jesus did not have only 12 disciples! But he had many other disciples. He had More than 70 who were following him, the Bible says so (Luke 10: 1-2)… But later on he came to appoint only 12 of them to go with him wherever he went.
Now if you keep a close eye on it, you will notice that the Lord Jesus first chose many of His disciples in first stage, including those 12 apostles, so suppose there was a panel of about 80 chosen by the Lord, to do the work of the ministry … he went from place to place calling each of them out of the world, he went one place and met the fisherman Peter he called him, the other way he met the housekeeper and called him, the other way he met Matthew the tax collector and called him … others probably weren’t busy just finding them around the street and called them, until a one group of about 80 is finished … And all those who were called were equal in the sight of the Lord Jesus, no one was greater than the other, and they all told to forsake all and follow him. See? A large group of desciples was called….
Now The second step followed a short time later, perhaps months later, when the Lord again separated the 12 disciples from among that large group of his disciples … take note those 12, they were not chosen directly from the world, no! but from the group of other disciples he was with … That was the second selection, the same day that the Lord Jesus went out to watch in prayer, that was the day God revealed to him the 12 apostles among that group …
Luke 6:12-17 (KJV)
12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,
15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,
16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.
17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
The 12 apostles were chosen from among the multitude of disciples … now these 12 were not chosen because of any effort they had, or because of their holiness, or because they were more liberal than others, or because in the sight of God they themselves seemed to be something … No, they were chosen by grace only… The word ‘grace’ is almost identical to the word ‘lucky’… but not lucky in such … Grace is more than lucky, lucky sometimes falls on the person who deserves it, but Grace is always for someone who does not deserve, these 12 nominees in the second round received the GRACE and not the LUCKY. They were not worthy to be chosen but they were chosen …
Same to others who were not chosen, was not because they were evil or because they were so holy, no! it’s just God’s choice! That it! So it was His pleasure to choose those and the others to leave them, we cannot explain it how and we cannot ask God why. It is for his pleasure of choice (Read Romans 9: 13-25).
Now at this second stage, is when this word is fulfilling “Many are called, but few are choosen”.
But still the selection went on, because even among the 12 nominees, it’s still possible to lose … Not just because! You have been called the Chosen One and this is the ticket to say I am saved…
The Bible tells us that even “the elect can be deceived”.
Matthew 24:23-27 (KJV)
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Judas was one of the 12, but he was deceived and lost! … and then the Bible warns us that in the last days false Christians will appear, they will give signs and wonders so that to deceive even the elect.
The time that we are living in now, the elect mentioned there are all those whom the Lord has called out of the world, and has chosen them among the called. and give them the grace to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven as you read here … Remember, not all the things the Lord Jesus was saying to the crowds, many of his secrets he was only revealing to the 12 apostles he chose … the rest he was teaching them by parables …
Matthew 13:10-11 (KJV)
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
When you receive the grace to hear the gospel anywhere, you also get to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven that others do not see or find, and there is something inside you that bears witness what you are hearing is true… know that you are the chosen one, but in these last days many will be deceived just like Judas who ended up betraying the Lord Jesus … Judas was completely convinced in his heart to believe the Lord Jesus in the early stages of his call, he had a revelation that Jesus is the Messiah foretold, and he also went farther to enter the cost of leaving everything for the sake of Jesus, because there is nobody who would follow Jesus without giving up everything and deny himself, Judas did all of that, he answered the call accordingly … but it came about when he began to fall in love with the things of the world, he began to steal little by little, he began to love the world a little bit, But Lord did not drive him out, but left him walk with him to the end, and his anointing did not ceased, and he continued to cast out demons and pray for the people as usual and receive healing, but in the end it was so bad, he hung up himself(Acts 1: 16-20).
And even today, you as a christian has heared the gospel and decided to follow Jesus from the heart, that is when the Lord called you to the truth and chose you to be closer to Him Above all, you gave up everything and followed Him … but the time has come when you have ignored the Word, rotten in, robbed the Lord, been a son of the world, while you are walking with Jesus, remember that the Lord will not drive you away, will not spare you, will continue to walk with you as he walked with Judah, will show no signs of contempt or disgrace, will not take away your miracles, but will end up like Judah! fulfilling the Scripture, Judas was chosen but the Lord said to him, it was better for such person would have not born, than to endup that way! … imagine one appointed by God himself was told those words ?.
Brethern, we are living in the last days, the bible says.
2 Peter 1:10 (KJV)
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Strengthen your calling as the choosen. It’s time to turn to the Lord without one foot out neither one foot inside, before the time of rupture has passed.