NOTICE that right after Jesus was baptized, He went to the wilderness to be TESTED.
So we must expect those FIERY TRIALS to come once we become A WITNESS!
As soon as Israel left Egypt, God cornered them at the Red Sea so He could get GLORY!
That’s God’s way of LEADING HIS WITNESSES!
Some through the waters, some through the flood, some through DEEP TRIALS, but ALL through the Blood.
God’s told every Believer the same thing He told Joshua, BE VERY COURAGEOUS, for God is with you wherever you go.
God wants witnesses that don’t care they’re made fun of when they testify.
But like I told Tommy Osborn, DON’T profess anything that you CAN’T back up, because the devil will test you & if you can’t back up your confession, you’ll bring REPROACH!
STAY AT THE ALTAR TILL YOU’RE DEAD, separated from the world & made a NEW Creature.
Sometimes you have to suffer a little as a witness. There’s A PENALTY that goes with it.
Testifying in church is good, but you must BE A WITNESS EVERYWHERE YOU GO!
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W M B ~ I want you to notice this. God wants His witnesses to be STERN; NOT A WITNESS TODAY, AND WISHY-WASHY TOMORROW.
I was preaching a funeral service today, and cutting it strong; someone asked me to, said, “I think most of the people were sinners, hadn’t accepted Christ.”
I thought maybe I had cut it a little too strong.
And when I was going out, in the—the undertaker’s car, he reached over and patted me on the shoulder, said, “Preacher, I want to comment you.”
I thought, “Uh-oh.”
He said, “That’s the way I think that it should be preached.”
He said, “I DON’T LIKE WISHY-WASHY RELIGION.”
I thought, “Boy, there’s hopes for you.” That’s right. That’s right, where you really PUT IT WHERE IT BELONGS. That’s exactly right.
Then these children of Israel, these, Shadrach and Meshach and Abednego, GOD’S WITNESSES.
God has never been without a witness. He has always…Now here I want you to get this real close.
God has never, at any time, been without a witness on earth. He has always had AT LEAST ONE MAN HE COULD PUT HIS HANDS ON, say, “That’s my witness.”
It’s come down to ONE MAN, one time; and Job was His only witness; and Abraham in the—in the land; but God had a witness.
Somebody is going to witness for God somewhere.
Now, after a while, we want to FIND OUT WHAT A WITNESS REALLY IS, of this day. All right. Notice.
These men, as they went down there, they refused to eat the king’s meats, drink his wine, and they refused to bow to his image. They were a genuine, true witness of God.
Then there is sometimes A PENALTY GOES WITH A WITNESS. Sometimes, when you witness for God, you have to suffer a little bit.
You remember when MOTHER TOLD YOU that you couldn’t stay around home, as long as you READ THE BIBLE AND CARRIED ON?
Or, some of the neighbors said, or the children said, at school, “You was a fanatic,” or something, BECAUSE YOU WAS A TRUE WITNESS?
Remember, ON THE JOB, how all the MEN LAUGHED AT YOU because you was a real witness? See?
How on the streets you were made fun of, when you give a testimony? But that’s a genuine sign of a real, true witness. God wants witnesses.
Now some people say, “I testify in church.” That’s good.
But, brother, let your Light shine in the dark places, where it’s really needed, out in the hedges and the highways, in the barrooms, out, down on the street.
Everywhere you’re at, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE AS A WITNESS. Amen.
Notice, THEN THE FIERY TRIAL COME ON.
And every man that’ll witness for God will have to go through fiery trials. Isn’t it strange how God leads His people? Very strange.
Just as soon as Jesus was baptized, He went into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil.
Just as soon as Israel come out, under the blood, circumcised, the Holy Spirit leading them in a form of a—a Light, right straight up to the Red Sea.
And there, CORNERED, mountains on one side, desert on the other; Pharaoh’s army coming, and the RED SEA CUTTING THEM OFF.
God led them right up to that place. WHY?
TO GET GLORY.
Then Moses prayed; and God told him to step right on down towards the Red Sea, holding his stick out in front of him.
And as he walked, the Red Sea moved from one side to the other, right across the Red Sea.
Why? God’s path led through.
As soon as they come out of there, right INTO THE WILDERNESS OF SIN.
STRANGE. GOD’S PATH LED RIGHT THROUGH THAT GREAT TEMPTATION THERE, WHEN THEY MURMURED AGAINST GOD.
They went from there, on, from one murmur to another, FROM ONE TRIAL TO ANOTHER.
As the old song says, “Some through the waters, some through the flood, some through deep trials, but all through the Blood.”
That’s God’s way of leading, LEADING HIS TESTIMONIES, HIS WITNESSES.
Now, when it come time, the test, of the fire. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, said,
“Our God IS ABLE to deliver us from the fiery furnace; but nevertheless, IF HE DOESN’T, WE’RE NOT BOWING DOWN, we’re going to DIE A REAL WITNESS.”
I like that. I like that old courage.
Like old Buddy Robinson, he said, “Lord, give me the BACKBONE LIKE A SAW LOG.”
That’s the kind of WITNESS to be. COURAGE! God likes us to be COURAGEOUS.
HE told Joshua, before he crossed over, said, “BE THOU VERY COURAGEOUS, for the Lord thy God is with thee wheresoever thou goest.”
You say, “Well, IF GOD WOULD TELL ME like He did Joshua, I would have some courage, too.”
HE HAS TOLD EVERY BELIEVER THE SAME THING.
“I’ll be with you, always, even to the end of the world. I’LL NEVER LEAVE THEE nor forsake thee.”
Courageous! Let’s go take the promise, then. God gave us the promise. Let’s BE A REAL WITNESS.
So they het the furnace, SEVEN TIMES HOTTER THAN IT EVER WAS HET BEFORE.
That’s the way the devil does it.
And, brother, HE DON’T HALF WAY DO NOTHING. He pushes everything he’s got, right INTO YOU.
But, thanks be to God, God has got some pushing back that He does Hisself. That’s right. All right. Look at Him. So he said…
Now notice. I can see King Nebuchadnezzar set himself by the side of the big furnace, and the smoke, the skies were red.
I imagine, all night long there was a prayer meeting going on. You know, if you’re coming to a test…
Here it is. That’s the trouble with the church today; YOU RELY UPON YOUR OWN SENSES AND ABILITY, INSTEAD OF TAKING IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER. That’s right.
Today we start to send somebody somewhere, well, you say, we get down and have a little counsel, and meet and say, “We should do this, or go here, or do that.”
But the Bible, in the days before they sent out the apostles, they MET TOGETHER AND FASTED AND PRAYED.
And the Holy Spirit said, “Separate Me Paul and Barnabas.” The Holy Spirit! You notice, not man’s opinion; but the Holy Spirit leading, guiding. Amen. Notice.
Now, prayer meeting, all night, so they had to show what they were made out of.
And, brother, every man that PROFESSES TO BE A CHRISTIAN, sometime or other you’ve got to SHOW WHAT YOU’RE MADE OUT OF.
The devil is going to call your hand.
When little TOMMY OSBORN, many of you know him, come over, I was sitting on the porch. He said, “Brother Branham, I…” he said, “I was in the meeting. I seen that maniac fall across your feet.” Said, “What can I do?”
I said, “Now, Tommy, DON’T PROFESS ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN’T BACK UP.
The devil is going to call your hand on it. Yes, he will, and he’ll do it right away.”
I said, “Then if you can’t back it up, you know what’s a coming. IT’LL BE A REPROACH. So be sure that you’re right, before you make your statement.”
And that’s right, too, Christian. BE SURE that, down in your heart, GOD HAS SEPARATED YOU FROM THE THINGS OF THE WORLD AND MADE YOU A NEW CREATURE, THEN GO TELL PEOPLE YOU’RE A CHRISTIAN.
Until that’s happened, STAY RIGHT AT THE ALTAR AND DIE till you’re just as DEAD AS YOU CAN BE. All right. Die till you’re so dead till you can’t even…Well, that’s right, DEAD!
You know, I think, today, WE BURY TOO MANY LIVE PEOPLE.
You BURY PEOPLE AFTER THEY’RE DEAD. Is that right? Yes, sir. Listen, brother, A DEAD MAN WON’T ARGUE WITH YOU.
You can say anything to him you want to, call him all kinds of names, HE WON’T SAY A WORD.
Why? HE IS DEAD.
And a man that’s dead in Christ, you can OFFER HIM A DRINK, you can give him this, that, or the other, BUT HE’S DEAD. And he’s HID IN CHRIST, through God, SEALED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. Amen. That’s it.
Now, then, he can’t do those things, because he—HE JUST CAN’T DO IT. IT’S AGAINST HIS NATURE. He becomes a new creature.
You take an old hog and wash him up, and scrub him up, and manicure his toe nails, and give it lipstick, and put it on, all the nylons you want to; turn it loose, it’ll go right to a wallow and wallow.
The scrubbing don’t do no good. IT’S STILL GOT THE NATURE OF A HOG.
And then you take a lamb and put him in a mud hole, he’ll squeal till you get him out.
He’s THE NATURE of a lamb.
Now, the only way to keep the hog out of the mud is CHANGE HIS NATURE. That’s right.
That’s the only way to make a Christian. LET HIS NATURE BE CHANGED, FROM A SINNER TO A SAINT. See?
And there’s only one remedy, that’s THE HOLY SPIRIT. THEN YOU’RE A WITNESS. Amen.
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W M B ~ What a hope it gives us, that God has NOT left us without a true witness in the days of confusion that we live in today!
Yet, we are certainly a privileged people, if we’ll just look to THE TRUE WITNESS we have, THE WORD, see, because that’s God’s FULL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.
Nothing can be added to It or taken from It, because It is the revelation of Jesus Christ.
God has never left His people WITHOUT A TRUE WITNESS. God is going to judge the world by Jesus Christ.
And if Jesus Christ is the Word, then God judges the church, or the world, by the Word, for He is the Word.
There is a Judgment coming. The sinner knows it.
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W M B ~ I wonder now if you would want to make another step towards that, if you would like to stand up and say,
“I’m not ashamed, though I belong to church. I’m Methodist, Baptist, or a Pentecostal,” whatever you may be.
“I’m not ashamed. I realize that I have trusted a whole lot in what I know. But never have I got to a place where I could fully believe the full Gospel, and to make It work in my life.”
“I seen things. I believe they’re promises. I want to believe it. But He told me, if I did believe It, this would work. So, there’s something wrong with me.”
” It don’t work. I tried to make It work, but It don’t do it. And I’m ashamed of it. And I want the world to know, I want the people here to know, that I’m sincere and I want It in my life. I WANT TO BE A TRUE WITNESS FOR CHRIST, with the full Gospel manifesting Itself right in my life.”
Will you stand to your feet and say, “I want to be a witness that I’m seeking God”?
God bless you. That’s right. See?
Jesus said, “If you’re ashamed of Me before men, I’ll be ashamed of You before the Father.”
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