Senior Pastor Rev. Bernie G. Garcia

Pastor´s Notes

Words of Life for January 2017

…Now, there is where the battle begins, right in your mind, whether you will.
76 † Now remember, it's not Christian Science, now, mind over matter. That hasn't... The mind accepts the Life, which is the Word of God, and there brings the Life. Just your thought doesn't do it. But, the Word of God, brought in the channel of your thought. See? It's not the thought, as Christian Science make it, mind over matter. No. That isn't it.
77 But, your mind accepts It. It grasps It. What is your mind controlled by? Your spirit. And your spirit catches the Word of God, and that's the thing that's got Life in It. It brings Life into you. Oh, brother! When that takes place, when Life comes down that channel, into you, the Word of God is manifested in you. "If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, then ask what you will and it'll be done for you."
78 † Then what does that do? From the middle of the heart, which is the soul, from there goes forth, feeding every channel. The trouble of it is, we're standing in here with a lot of doubt, trying to accept what's out there. You've got to stop that; and come down that channel with the true Word of God, and then it goes out, itself, automatically. It's what's on the inside. That's the thing that counts, is the inside.
Satan's approach is from the inside.
79 † Now, you say, "I don't steal. I don't drink. I don't do these things." That has nothing to do with it.
80 † See, it's the inside. No matter how good you are, how moral you are, how truthful you are, those things are respected. But Jesus said, "Except a man be born again." See? There's got to be something happen inside. If you don't, that's artificial put-on, for down in your heart you desire to do it anyhow. It can't be artificial. It's got to be real.
81 And there's only one avenue that that can come down, and that's by the way of free moral agency , come into the soul, by your thoughts. "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." "If you say to this mountain, 'Move,' and don't doubt in your heart, but believe that what you have said will come to pass, you can have what you said." You get it? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] There you are. See? There's the battlegrounds. If you'd only get that started, first.
82 † We're so anxious to see things done. We're so anxious to do something for God. This little lady is no... anxious, no doubt, anxious to live. She wants to be well. Others are here, wants to be well. And when we hear about that case, like the doctor, the resurrection of the dead, the great mighty things that our God has did, then we're anxious. And the thing of it is, we try to reach through these senses, to grab a hold of something here, like conscience.
83 † So many people, lots of times, has misconstrued the Word. And I've been misunderstood by this, by making altar calls. I said, "I wasn't much on an altar call," not meaning that you shouldn't make an altar call.
84 But somebody get somebody by the arm, say, "Oh, Brother John, you know what? Me and you been neighbors all this time. Come up here at the altar, get down." What's he doing? Wish I had a blackboard here, I could show you what he's doing. He is trying to work through his soul, on affections. That don't work. That's not the avenue. Certainly, it isn't.
85 Maybe he's working in (the what?) a memory, through the sense of his soul. "Oh, Brother John, you had a wonderful mother. She died a long time ago." A memory! See? You can't do that.
86 It's got to come down the line of free moral agency. You, yourself, let the Word of God... You don't come because your mother was a good woman. You don't come because you're a good neighbor. You come because that God calls you to come, and you accept Him on the basis of His Word. That Word is what means everything. That Word! If you can get everything out of the way, all conscience, all senses, and just let the Word come in, that Word will produce just exactly.
87 † Here, see what It's covered over with? You say, "Well, now," you say, "well, these, conscience and senses, and so forth, don't have anything to do with it, Brother Branham?" Certainly, it does. But if you let the Word come in, and cover It over with conscience, then It can't grow; it'll be a deformed word.
88 Did you ever see a good grain of corn planted in the ground, and let a stick fall over it? It'll grow crooked. Any vine, anything that grows up, will, because something has hindered it.
89 † Well, that's what's the matter with our pentecostal Faith today. We've let too many things hinder It, the Faith that we been taught, the Holy Spirit that's been living in us. We've let too many things, looking at somebody else.
90 And the Devil is always trying to point you to somebody's failure, but he tries to keep you away from the real testimony that's genuine. He'll point you to a hypocrite, some time, who went out impersonating something. He didn't do it, because he was impersonating. But if it come from the true source of the Word of God, "Heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word cannot pass away," It's got to stay there.
You see it, sis?

“The Greatest Battle Ever Fought” ……William Marrion Branham…….1962-0311 ……… Jeffersonville, IN

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