Paul answers this question in Acts 20, & the 7th Messenger, Brother Branham, mirrors the exact same behavior as the 1st Messenger, Paul.
Remember that Paul laid the foundation & left behind a perfect example.
• He WORKS TO SUPPLY HIS OWN NEEDS & the needs of those with him
• He doesn’t covet money
• He’s a CONSTANT EXAMPLE of HELPING THE NEEDY, by WORKING HARD from the first day he arrives…
Paul went by land to Assos, where he had arranged for us to join him, while we traveled by ship…
When we landed at Miletus, he sent a message to the elders of the church at Ephesus, asking them to come and meet him.
When they arrived he declared, “You know that from the day I set foot in the province of Asia until now I HAVE DONE THE LORD’S WORK HUMBLY AND WITH MANY TEARS.
I have ENDURED THE TRIALS that came to me from THE PLOTS OF THE JEWS.
I NEVER HELD BACK FROM TELLING YOU WHAT YOU NEEDED TO HEAR, either publicly or in your homes.
I have had ONE MESSAGE for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.
“And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, except that THE HOLY SPIRIT TELLS ME in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.
But MY LIFE IS WORTH NOTHING TO ME UNLESS I USE IT FOR FINISHING THE WORK ASSIGNED ME BY THE LORD JESUS —the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
“And now I know that none of you to whom I have preached the Kingdom will ever see me again.
I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault, for I didn’t hold back from declaring all that God wants you to know.
“So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own bloodh—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders.
I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock.
Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following.
Watch out! Remember the three years I was with you—my constant watch and care over you night and day, and my many tears for you.
“And now I entrust you to God and the message of HIS GRACE that is able to BUILD YOU UP and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.
“I have never coveted anyone’s silver or gold or fine clothes.
You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me.
And I have been A CONSTANT EXAMPLE of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE.’”
When he had finished speaking, he knelt and prayed with them.
They all cried as they embraced and kissed him good-bye.
They were sad most of all because he had said that THEY WOULD NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN.
Then they escorted him down to the ship.
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W M B ~ Exactly what Samuel said.
Israel had a King, and THAT WAS GOD.
And they said, “Samuel, you’re getting old. Make us a king, WE WANT TO BE LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD.”
“We want to be like the other nations. We want a king to take us to war, we want a king that can fight our battles.”
And it displeased Samuel. He said, “HAVE I EVER TOOK ANYTHING FROM YOU?
Have I ever TOOK YOUR MONEY from you?
Have I ever ASKED YOU FOR AN OX or anything?
Have I ever asked you for anything?”
They said, “NO. You never asked us for nothing.”
Or says, “Have I ever spoke anything to you in the Name of the Lord but what come to pass?”
Is that right?
He said, “Then don’t receive that king, because it’s going to mean chaos to you.”
Now I want to ask you something, the Branham Tabernacle. You’re fixing to grow into A BIG TABERNACLE NOW.
︎I MAY BE AWAY FOR A WHILE.
︎I MAY GO SOMEWHERE. Hard to tell where the Lord will call me;
︎MAYBE OFF THE SCENE,
︎MAYBE BACK INTO THE FIELD,
︎MAYBE HE MIGHT CALL ME INTO THE WILDERNESS.
I don’t know where He’ll call me till Jesus comes.
I want to ask you something. DID I EVER ASK YOU FOR ANYTHING?
[Congregation says, “No.”—Ed.]
Did I ever BEG YOU FOR MONEY?
Did I ever tell you anything, of the thousands of things that I have told you in the Name of the Lord, but, didn’t it come to pass?
Then DON’T NEVER JOIN AN ORGANIZATION. IT’S AGAINST THE WORD OF GOD.
Come out of it if you’re in it, and BE YE SEPARATE and receive the Word of the Lord.
Why I’m Against Organized Religion
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W M B ~ You know I don’t come for money. Have I ever asked you for money?
No, sir. Have I ever tried popularity? I shun it, don’t have television, radio, nothing. I don’t have nothing.
I come so I can come to little churches and things, and get out here; I come because I love Him.
I’m putting my shoulders with those brothers, and trying to shove everything into the Kingdom of God.
Hear Ye Him
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W M B ~ Let us pray. Oh, my little children, my poor friends of Phoenix, how many times have I been to Phoenix?
Have I ever begged you for anything?
Have I ever even asked you for one bite of food? Have I ever asked you to get me a place to stay and pay my way?
No, sir, never. Have I ever asked you to follow me and let me build you a great big church here, and come stay with you?
No, sir, I haven’t. I think you got ministers; you got churches.
I only come to help you. God knows that’s right. I only come to help you; and that’s what I come for this time, to help you.
God Keeps His Word #1
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W M B ~ Listen, hear me. Have I ever told you anything in the Name of the Lord but what come to pass? Is that right?
Everything has always been right. I’ve never asked you for one penny of money in my life, have I?
Not one time. Never took a offering in my life. I’m not here for money. I’m not here to deceive you.
I’m here to manifest God’s Word of the hour. I’ve told you the Truth, and God has testified that it is the Truth.
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