Tuesday, March 13, 2018 PM
Tonight’s message came to us from our apostle, Bro. Ernest Benion, Jr. Fighting for Faith began in Jude 3, with the understanding that we must “earnestly contend for the faith”.
To understand what faith is, we turned to Hebrews 11:1. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is a must for the Christian. Because without faith it is impossible to please God.
In Luke 8:40 to see an example of a real test of faith. We see here Jairus, a man who had a daughter who was dying. He knew that if Jesus could get to his house, his daughter would be made whole again. His only hope was to get Jesus out of the crowd, to his home, and his dying daughter. So, Jesus turned and began to go with him to his home. But, as they were going, the people thronged the Master. We see one in particular, a woman with an issue of blood for twelve years, who had tried every doctor around, every medicine they could offer; she was not only not getting better, she was worse. And she told herself if she could but touch the hem of his garment, she would be healed. And thus, she lowered herself to the ground and crawled, and very likely shoved and whatever she had to do just to get to the hem of Jesus’ garment. She touched him, felt the healing flow into her and she KNEW she was healed! Jesus felt the healing go from Himself to her and looked around and asked, “Who touched me?” She trembling, came before Him and testified to everyone who was there what had been done for her that day. Now, imagine for a moment, Jairus standing beside Jesus, possibly holding onto Him, as though trying to remind Jesus that there is someone else who needs a healing touch. His beloved daughter, his ONLY daughter lay dying at the moment, and he did not know how much longer she would live. As they started on their way again, there came a servant of Jairus and said, “Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the master.” Surely Jairus felt as though he could have died himself right at that moment. Why hadn’t he come sooner and brought Jesus to heal his daughter? Jesus, however, with His heart ever full of compassion for the people, told them not to fear, but to believe. Jairus chose to believe and continued to lead Jesus to his home. When they arrived, Jesus went into the room with the girl who lay dead and those who were weeping and bewailing her death. He told them, “Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.” They laughed in scorn, but Jesus merely bade them all depart, took the hand of the little girl, and said “Maid, arise.” She rose up straightway!
We must have the same faith today, not only in God; but in His apostles. It all comes down to: who will you believe more, yourself or the apostles of God? They have been set in that place by God himself and they will not lead you astray. You can’t have faith in yourself because you don’t know what’s best for you. But, thank God we have those who do know what’s best for us! Let us earnestly contend for the faith and keep the attitude of Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him”. May the Lord bless us all as we go forward fighting for the faith.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
In this morning’s meeting we heard the word of the Lord from Apostle Ray Tinsman. The message was entitled Thou Shalt Never Wash My Feet!
This excellent message is an example of what precious, needy and hungering souls will never receive outside of the church of God. Thank God for the perfecting that is available to the children of God who are gathered into the fold of God! Before the message was preached, the special singers sang a version of Everybody Ought to Know (Who Jesus Is) and truly every body ought to have the opportunity to be in this camp meeting to receive help that will make them happy here and help them make it all the way to heaven!
In John chapter 13 verses 4–8 is the account of Jesus with His disciples in the upper room. The Lord was washing the disciples’ feet after supper and wiping them “with the towel wherewith He was girded.” But when He got to Peter, Peter was unwilling that the Lord should wash his feet. The Lord tells Peter that if He is not permitted to wash his feet “thou hast no part with Me.” Peter has a good response after that, giving the Lord access to his hands and his head also. The point here is that Peter was withholding a part of himself from the Lord. No doubt it was from a feeling of unworthiness, but no matter, it was a refusal to allow the Lord access to some part of himself.
The preacher directed his message to older saints, saints with children and even grandchildren. Saints who have been out in the Babylonian confusion of false religion, who have been hurt and misused there and have come into the church of God with baggage. It’s not a surprise that there is baggage, the Lord surely knew that you had it when He saved you, but the problem is that some are keeping the trash baggage and refusing to allow the Lord to deal with it. In Babylon, self-preservation tactics are a necessity, but in the church of God, they will be your downfall and not yours alone. The next generation, your babies and your grandbabies are being corrupted by what you are not allowing the Lord to deal with.
In 2 Kings chapter 20 Hezekiah invited the king of Babylon to view all of the treasures of the house of the Lord. Isaiah, the prophet, reproves and delivers to him the word of the Lord. Hezekiah’s house will be plundered, his sons will be taken away and “be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” Hezekiah’s response is almost incomprehensible. He says, “Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?” He didn’t care! He didn’t care that his sons would pay for what he had done, that they would be carried away into captivity and suffer misuse. O God, grant us restoration to root out the spirit of Hezekiah in our midst! At some point you need to open up your garbage bag, take down your no trespassing and do not enter signs and allow what’s ruining you and is trying to limit and one day ruin your children to be dealt with by the preachers. Let Restoration do its work. Stop being a fake and restoration will move faster and the Lord will come back sooner.
This is a message you have to hear.
Monday, March 12, 2018
The church of God has come together once again in Chapultepec, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. This meeting is entirely bilingual in presentation; singing and prayer is offered in either language as the Lord leads and all speaking is presented with consecutive interpretation into Spanish and English.
The message The Eveningtime is Better than the Morningtime was preached this evening by Apostle Ray Tinsman.
Peter, Paul, James, and John were apostles in the morningtime of the gospel day. They lived in a time when 5,000 souls were saved at one gospel meeting. It was a time when Peter’s shadow healed, but they still did not live in the best part of the gospel day.
Isaiah prophesied of a day when the light of the moon would be as bright as the light of the sun and the light of the sun would be “as the light of seven days.” In prophetic types and shadows the moon is Old Testament light and the sun is New Testament light or the gospel. Welcome to the gospel day that has sevenfold brightness!
Ezekiel, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said that there would be a time of a great gathering, a great deliverance of all of God’s children from the places where they had been scattered.
In the book of Revelation, in chapter 16, there are seven angels with vials full of the wrath of God; the last three of these angels have poured out their vials’ contents in our time. The seventh angel pours out his vial of wrath into the air, or the spiritual atmosphere, signifying that he is dealing with the totality of mankind. And after the air received the contents of the vial, there were voices, thunders, lightnings and there was a great earthquake! There had been two other earthquakes, one in the morningtime of the gospel day and one in the time of the sixth trumpet, Br. D.S. Warner’s day, but this last earthquake is “such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” This is the time of day that we are in!
We now have the perfection of the unity of God’s people. We are no longer facing even the possibility of an apostasy, or a great falling away such as Acts chapter 20 and 2 Thessalonians 2 tell of. We are in the time of the perfection of church government.
We are living in the time of the expiration of the thousand years talked about in Revelation chapter 20 verses 7 and following. Satan is loose, false religion is loose and is deceiving multitudes and gathering them to everything except the truth, everything except us. In these verses we can see that the judgment meted out by the seventh trumpet ministry leads directly into the white throne judgment of God.
We have brothers and sisters who are out in Babylon, religious confusion right now, but they won’t be out there for long. Babylon is going to lose them all according to Revelation 18. The light, Jesus Himself, is leaving and also the voice of the bride, the dear saints who are there and are trying to stand for the truth and sing specials and do what is right will hear the voice of the Bridegroom and come out leaving Babylon without the voice of the Bridegroom or the bride.
Young sister, young brother, young couple, you are called upon to have the glory and be radical in your souls in this time, to be able to walk into a group of your own peers who are out in the world’s confusion and break the spell that they are under.
We have the answers! Lord help us to have a right vision of our day.