by Ernest Angley
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity [love] (I Corinthians 13:13). These three—faith, hope and love—are triplets not to be separated. They should always be in your spirit every waking hour, and they should be manifested in your life to keep you in the steps of Jesus and give you His thoughts.
Love is a gift, and the Lord freely gives you His great love. Jesus was His greatest gift of love to us, and God’s love is to be accepted and treasured. God gave the apostle Paul the definition of divine love: Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things (I Corinthians 13:4-7). God’s divine love is perfect, kind, wonderful, graceful, strong and mighty. God’s love reaches down into the deepest valleys to lift fallen souls and establish their goings.
The Light Did Shine!
About two thousand years ago, God’s love came all the way from Heaven to the little town of Bethlehem; and the light did shine! That great gift of love was for the whole world, and what marvelous benefits it has given to all who have accepted it! That love has brought homes together; it has changed the drunks into fine fathers, and turned mothers who didn’t care for their children into loving moms. It has convinced many to separate from the world and all sin and to desire Heaven as their home.
Fear and Divine Love Don’t Mix
The greatest of these three is love. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (I John 4:18). When fear comes, don’t pray for it to leave you; just use the Holy Spirit and God’s perfect love in your soul. As you look to the Holy Spirit, He will flow the love of God from your soul into your mind, and the fear will leave.
Fear comes to everyone at one time or another; but if you’re yielded to the Holy Spirit, He won’t let it stay. Turn your mind over to Him, and let Him fill your cup with love.
Divine love and fear won’t mix because fear comes from the devil. God doesn’t want you to have the devil’s ugly fear. The fear of God, however, is not trembling, frightening fear but honor and respect for Him. To fear God is to reverence Him with your whole being and to worship Him with soul, mind and body.
Be Strong in Divine Love
Paul wrote that without love we are nothing: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity [love], I am nothing (I Corinthians 13:1,2). Without divine love, we won’t weigh anything on God’s scales.
You may be weak in faith, but you must never be weak in divine love. God cannot accept a heart into Heaven that isn’t full of love and free of all grudges, bitterness, envy and strife. It can’t have one sin. If people don’t believe they can live free from sin, they can’t have these three things. Jesus said, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee (John 5:14).
Divinity in His Actions
These three are divine, not human: divine love, divine faith, divine hope. Jesus came to earth and was human, but He used divinity in His actions. As my Father hath taught me, I speak these things (John 8:28). The words of Jesus came from the Father. Jesus used divinity for His mind, and all that He used is available for us to use as well. Always keep these three in mind: divine love, divine faith and divine hope.
Use Divine Hope
When you haven’t come to the place where you can use faith, use divine hope. Walk in hope, pray through hope and think through hope. Yield to the Lord through hope; read the Word of God with hope, and look to God through the eyes of divine hope.
Some people don’t put much value on hope, but I stress it because the Lord has taught me hope. Human hope vanishes easily, but divine hope is steadfast and unmovable just like divine love and divine faith. The Bible teaches that divine hope is hope in God, and hope in God means trust in God. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5,6). With your hope in God, you trust Him to move for you physically, spiritually and financially. In other words, you trust God with your whole life.
It’s wonderful to study divine hope; and when you do, you’ll find that your soul will be enlarged. Hope can speak when you can’t see your way; it can speak until faith comes. Divine hope leads you right into the heavenly faith that reaches straight to the throne of God.
Speak with Faith, Hope and Love
When Jesus spoke with the voice of God, these three—faith, hope and love—came out every time. They were always in His voice, and they can be in yours, too.
Consider what wonderful courage comes from these three things! Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee (Deuteronomy 31:6). Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord (Psalm 27:14). Wait on the Lord in hope, and He will give you strength. Place your hope in the Word of God.
With divine hope you can rest; you won’t wring your hands and walk the floor, and you won’t be overly anxious. Be careful [or anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6). Divine faith, hope and love make you just like Jesus. You walk like Him and talk like Him; you claim God’s promises and trust God Almighty the way He did. You speak with authority because you have that authority from Heaven. You speak in divine faith, hope and God’s eternal love.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (I Corinthians 13:12). When you consider the way the Holy Ghost wrote through Paul, you would think that he knew everything; but here he said that he didn’t. Paul didn’t have full revelation of all the things the Lord gave him to write about, but he wrote them down knowing that it would all be clear when he got to Heaven.
Like Paul, neither can we see everything clearly the way we will when we’re in Heaven; although the closer to God we walk, the clearer we will see. But that’s why we can never expect to see and understand all the ways of God until we reach Glory. The Bible tells us that God doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number (Job 9:10).
The voice of love will speak and let you know you’re looking through a glass darkly, but it also lets you know that the Lord sees you clearly all the time. He gave you His Only Begotten Son who then came out from behind the glass to give you the revelation that He is the Son of God. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Jesus declared, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6). And Jesus told Philip that he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father (John 14:9)? When the disciples looked into Jesus’ face, they looked into the face of God.
We have a great revelation of the Father through Jesus. He’s no longer behind the glass darkly as it had been for people for thousands of years. When the shepherds looked into the manger, they looked into the face of God—a face of divine love, divine peace, divine hope and divine joy. Seeing all that divinity made them witnesses who went forth to tell about it.
The Shepherds Believed
The angels had verified to the shepherds who the Babe was. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger (Luke 2:8-12). The shepherds had been given faith, and they believed. When the Lord reveals Himself to you, He gives you faith—but you can destroy that faith with doubt.
There are people who say they believe God, but they don’t act out their belief. If you don’t act out what God has told you, then you don’t believe Him. The shepherds were told to go to Bethlehem because King Jesus had been born, and they would find Him lying in a manger. It was amazing to them to think that a king would be born in an ox stall! They knew what an ox stall was like, and a king was expected to be born anywhere but there. But the shepherds had heard from Heaven, and they believed.
Act on the Divine Gifts
When you hear from Heaven, you’re hearing the faith of God; but you must act on that faith. You can’t act out all this divine faith with human love but only with divine love. Faith, hope and love are all gifts from the Father on the throne.
The Holy Spirit dwells on the inside of all who will allow Him to; He wants to teach and guide them. The Holy Spirit uses these three things in perfection through all those who will yield, walk the holy paths of God and live in the divine will of God.
Sometimes we see as though we’re looking through a glass darkly. We see shadows and images, but we don’t see them as clearly as we would like to. We can’t see the face of God; but we can know how God looks when we look at Jesus, and we are instructed to look to Him.
When all the mist finally clears away, we will see God the Father on the throne just as clearly as we have wanted to see Him.
I Was God-Conscious
As a child, did you ever want to see God? I did; I was God-conscious. Later, I learned that the angel of the Lord went everywhere with me, and the Lord let me know that His angel was even in the room when I was born. Had that angel not been there, my mother probably would have died giving birth to me. When I look back, strange things happened in my life that I couldn’t understand. I didn’t know why I would be stopped when I started to do certain things; it was just as if a person was speaking to me: If you do this, you’ll have to make it right. If you take this, you’ll have to go back and pay for it later. It would cause me to back away.
I don’t think my older brother was ever checked that way. We grew up in the same family and slept in the same bed, but we were two very different people. God was always around me; and even when I didn’t serve Him, He was there. I couldn’t do all the things that others did. I didn’t live a sinless life, and I did go to places I shouldn’t have; but I didn’t degrade myself in drugs or alcohol. My brother didn’t use drugs, but he drank on the weekends and would come home in a morning hour to vomit in our bedroom. It disgusted me that he had no more sense than to deliberately drink something that would make him sick. He knew he would get sick, but it didn’t stop him. Later, God was able to use me to get him saved, and today he is in Heaven. I’m so glad he made it!
The Holy Spirit Gives Understanding
Some people are always trying to figure out God, but they would be better served by trying to figure out themselves. Every time I look to Heaven, things are just fine; but when I look down here, it’s disaster. Just look around, and you’ll know what’s wrong with the world today—no God.
Although we may not understand everything as much as we would like to, the Holy Spirit gives us the understanding we need to walk the divine paths. That’s why it’s necessary for everyone to have the Holy Spirit baptism. Jesus was the divine Son of God, and it was necessary for Him, our example, to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him (John 1:32).
It was necessary for Mary, the mother of Jesus, to be baptized in the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren (Acts 1:14). And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4). This is where many people and many denominations have erred; they have not accepted the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They have rejected the very one they must have living within them. They will not give Him credit, nor honor Him enough to let Him take their tongues and speak in another language as the Bible teaches.
Holy Ghost Power Makes You
Divine faith, hope and love take you into the Word of God; you must live in it and believe it all. If you yield to these three, you will have no problem accepting God’s truths concerning the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost uses these three things to teach and guide people. He is wonderfully real, and He makes people strong so they can do the whole will of God.
The Lord commanded His disciples to receive this power. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49). And, being assembled together with them, [Jesus] commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:4,5,8). The Holy Ghost power makes people, and it has been the making of this vessel; He has led me with faith, hope and love.
Divine hope has given me courage to climb high mountains and to come out of deep valleys. I couldn’t have done it without divine hope; I would have gone down in despair.
Divine hope has kept me alive. I hoped in God and His promises, in His grace and His strength. I kept my hope in Him until faith took over. During all the many hours that I have spent in His presence, I have always had His hope that He was hearing each word. Then that divine faith swallowed me up, and I knew He was hearing. The love of God filled me up until there was no room for discouragement or despair, and no room to look back. There was no room for doubt; I was filled with God, filled with His promises and living in His grace.
Lord, Help My Unbelief!
People may say they have love, but they don’t have the love of God. The only love they have is human love, and human love doesn’t last. When it’s tried, it fails again and again. But the love of God never fails, and neither does His hope or His faith. Not one of these three things will ever fail you. The Holy Spirit uses them over and over again. As long as you yield to Him, He will serve you all the hope you need at any time. You never have to become discouraged because you don’t think you believe enough.
Mark tells the story of a man who received a great miracle for his son. The father told Jesus that ofttimes it [a spirit] hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting (Mark 9:22-29).
Never be ashamed to ask the Lord to help you with any unbelief you may have. Asking shows that you have a sincere heart toward God. Lord, help my unbelief! I know I believe you’re the Son of God. I know I believe you can do it, and I’m hoping in you that the miracle will happen. I’m hoping I don’t have any doubt; but if I do, Lord, deliver me from that doubt! With that kind of cry, the Lord will deliver you.
Walk Like Jesus
You must walk by faith, and then it won’t matter whether or not you have clear vision at the time. Your hope, your trust, your faith and your love are placed in God.
Faith, hope and love are the three things that make you walk like Jesus. He always had that hope of the Father’s love and grace, the hope of doing everything the Father wanted done. He had that hope of being the perfect Second Adam. Jesus had helped create the first Adam, but Adam failed and was cast out of Eden. Then Jesus had to be made the perfect man that would walk and talk with God just as one man talks to another.
Jesus walked in perfect faith, hope and love; and all three are given to us as gifts. They are greater than all the powers of darkness, but they can’t be bought at any price.
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People too often live life without hope; that’s why there are so many suicides. If people don’t have hope for tomorrow, they can’t have God’s faith for tomorrow. They don’t have the love for God that it takes to make a great today and a wonderful tomorrow. To believe God means everything!
It’s wonderful to have faith speak to you! Divine faith talks; and it has a loud voice, so listen to it. If you listen to divine faith before you’re able to use it, it will take you into divine hope in an incredible way.
Paul said, When I became a man, I put away childish things (I Corinthians 13:11). The Bible tells us to come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). You must grow into the same stature that Christ had when He was here on earth, but you can grow only through the Holy Spirit leading you into faith, hope and love. These three things will enable you to grow and to stand as tall as Jesus.
If you will accept these three things, it will be easy for you to accept the rest of the teachings of Jesus. These three things are the foundation of all His teachings; with divine faith, divine hope and divine love you will be victorious. You can follow in the steps of Jesus because you will be wearing His shoes.
The Just Shall Live by Faith
God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith (Romans 12:3).
You can have as much faith as you desire and as much as you will believe God for. He gives you that measure of faith to believe for more faith. As you grow into God’s divine faith, it will give you a wonderful life. Jesus stressed this when He came, but most Christians today live more in their feelings than they ever do in the divine faith of God. That’s why they’re not happy and not a greater witness than what they are; they don’t have that “go ye” to get the Gospel to the whole world.
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him (Hebrews 10:38). If you draw back, you’ll go into your feelings; and faith and feelings have nothing in common. Those who are justified in the eyes of God will live by faith, but when you live by your feelings you’re not justified.
Faith Cometh by Hearing the Word of God
Faith is a gift from God; you can’t merit it or earn it, and it comes by hearing the Word of God. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). Faith is believing so much in what God has said that you act on faith instead of acting on your feelings. Think, God said it, I believe it, and that settles it; and make no room for doubt. If you listen with all your heart to what God is saying through His Word, it will generate more faith for you. Jesus put great value on divine faith, and this was the way Jesus taught the disciples. He taught them how to be happy and walk the angry seas of life. He taught them how to move mountains of distress, despair, sickness and disease with divine faith and how to come out on top every time. For verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matthew 17:20).
Jesus was the picture of perfect faith; and through special people in the Old Testament, we get more pictures of faith as we read about some of their lives. But only a few had real, divine faith. After Jesus came, however, divine faith was offered to all; whosoever will, let him come.
Make Prayer a Delight
Let me stress again that divine faith and divine love work together. If you don’t have divine faith, you’re not going to use divine love. But when you have divine faith working in your life, you can use that divine love; and it’s a delight to pray because you know that the line is clear of static, and you can call up Heaven any time. Jesus is always on call. Faith has brought Heaven and the throne of God down so close to us that we’re invited to come before the throne of God at any time. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
You can make prayer a chore, or you can make it the greatest thing in your life. When God saved me, prayer was the greatest part of my day. What a privilege it was to think that I could talk to Heaven any time. I could plug into Heaven, and the Lord could talk with me. He would lift me up and make me sit in heavenly places with Him, and that was a delight. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-6).
The Bible tells us, But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6). Without faith you’re not going to believe that God will do what He said He would do.
When you doubt God, you’re in the deepest of all trouble because God frowns on you.
Jesus came and brought abundant living. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). The Bible also says that Jesus brought the new and living way, but how many Christians really enjoy the new and living way? Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh (Hebrews 10:19,20). I enjoy the new and living way, but so many Christians are always looking for something tangible to give them happiness—friends, family or entertainment. They’re always trying to make happiness when it’s already here; the Lord came and brought it. However, when you don’t use His happiness, you sink into your feelings.
Abundant life consists of divinity—divine joy, divine peace, divine gentleness, divine goodness, divine mercy and divine blood. Abundant living comes only through divinity and the divine blood.
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (Hebrews 9:22). Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness for your sins, and without forgiveness you’re not justified. This life is only for those who will live free from all sin, and you’re never justified in the eyes of God as long as you are committing willful sin. The Bible tells us that God cannot look upon sin, which means He cannot favor sin or anyone with sin in their life. Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity (Habakkuk 1:13).
The New and Living Way
The soul that sinneth, it shall die (Ezekiel 18:20) is the cry in the Word of God. Jesus brought the sinless life, the new and living way. He brought back that which Adam and Eve were originally created to have—good health, strength, and peace for soul, mind and body. Now we can have all of this, and we are complete as long as we stay under the tree of life—Jesus. He is our Ark, and that’s the only safe place for us. In Him we won’t just have life, but we’ll have abundant life!
People today try to buy happiness, but you can’t buy real happiness. You can buy bright lights, alcohol and drugs; but those things will only bring death. They will guide you through an unhappy life and into an unhappy eternity. You won’t get the right husband or wife; you won’t have the approval of God, and you won’t have the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told the disciples that He brought abundant life, and He taught them what that life was like. You can’t have abundant life without the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Ghost Leads the Way
The Holy Ghost will be your teacher, your guide, and He will dwell on the inside of you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you (John 14:26). Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come (John 16:13). And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you (John 14:16,17). The Holy Ghost will bring you great joy and peace, and He will direct you into the divine will of God.
It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us (Romans 8:34). Jesus makes intercession to the Father for all of our prayers if they are sincere, so you know you can get your prayers through. Praying prayers without being justified or without faith is not the holy and abundant life that Jesus brought.
God Is Always There
Man was made to have contact with his God all the time, and he was to always have God’s favor. He was created to walk and talk with his God as one man talks to another. He was to be loved and brought heaven-high by his God because the Lord ordained him to live forever. The original Eden life was lost in the fall of man, but Jesus came and made it possible for us to have that life outside of Eden. We found Jesus, the Tree of Life and the Lily in our valley; and He’s there all the time!
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12). People today walk in darkness because the lights of this world won’t bring joy; they’re phony. So many people have given their lives to be lifted up with false light, and now they’re in eternity lost and undone without God. People might look at them and think, Oh, they climbed the ladder of success; but it wasn’t God’s success, and many of them committed suicide and sent their own souls to hell. Their ladder of success was nothing but ashes.
Life really is just ashes unless you have the new and living way. Man can’t walk without God and be free and happy and live in the light; he’ll be unable to find his way in the night, and then damnation will come. How sad indeed!
But thank God we have this miraculous faith that will do all the wonderful things that need to be done. It puts food on your table, clothes on your back and joy in your soul. It delivers you from the powers of darkness, and it will establish your way. It lifts you up out of the miry clay and sets your feet on the solid rock which is Christ Jesus. The storms can rage, but divine faith will hold out; divine love will establish you, and there will be no sand between you and the foundation. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 3:11).
Jesus asked, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him (Luke 8:25). I don’t want Jesus to ask me where my faith is. I want Him to see it every time He looks at me because I’m using it. This kind goeth forth by prayer, fasting and living in the Word. When you find yourself doubting God, it’s because you’re not prayed up; you’re not living the abundant life that sets you apart from all sin and breaks every bondage for you.
Jesus came down and walked all our valleys; He left His footprints there, and the devil can’t erase them. We have the Holy Spirit to help us walk in the steps of Jesus, to think like He thinks, live like Him and do His wonderful works. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (John 14:12). Notice that it says you will do greater works.
The disciples didn’t think they could make it, and some of them had a hard time growing up, especially Simon Peter. He was so aggressive with his words; but when it came to the promises of God, he couldn’t always seem to hold on. He had a temper and was ready to use his sword because he couldn’t use the things of the Lord in the beginning. He couldn’t see the faith sword or the faith blood. He had the faith Christ with him, but Simon only saw Him as a man. He didn’t see Him appear as an angelic being with a great light shining around Him all the time; He ate like them and even seemed to walk just like them. But He was set apart, and He was very different from them. We’re to be different from this old world, and we’re to leave it behind. And Jesus should be able to say, They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world (John 17:16). Praise God forevermore!
Christ Makes Us Free
Are you free? Jesus said, If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36). Nobody in bondage can live the new and living way because it’s a life free from all sin. It’s a life that Jesus dwells within and one that says, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me (Galatians 2:20). Each child of God who is free can shout, He lives on the inside of me, and my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost.
We have it made! Our eyes behold His glory, and our ears hear what He is saying; we know that the coming of the Lord is nigh. We have taken on the mind of Christ, and we think like He thought; and that helps us in every way. We have His wisdom, His knowledge; and we’re not full of mistakes. God shows us the paths to take; and if we’ll follow them, He takes full responsibility for us.
Through the new and living way you can have everything you need for soul, mind and body. When you’re in God’s will, you’re obedient to Him, and you keep His love commandments because you love Him. You have that first love; and you don’t have any hindrances, or Benjamins as I like to call them, between you and the Lord.
Do You Have a Benjamin?
Jacob didn’t have enough faith in God’s protection to send his son Benjamin into Egypt with his brothers to get the corn that they so desperately needed. His attachment to him was a hindrance. He was about to let the whole family starve because he wouldn’t give up little Benjamin. And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying, The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country. And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies: We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone: And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land. And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me. And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave (Genesis 42:29-34,36-38).
But when Jacob finally gave Benjamin up, he received a great blessing that he never thought possible. Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not (Genesis 45:1-9). There are a lot of people holding onto a dear, little Benjamin. Give him up, Jacob or you’re not going to get anywhere with the Lord!
Take on Divinity
When you don’t use these three—divine faith, divine hope and divine love—you’re in trouble. People will say, I’m just human; but that’s only because you won’t take divinity into your life. You’re more than human when you have Jesus.
Paul became more than human. He said he was the chief of sinners at one time, but then he met the Lord on the road to Damascus. And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man (Acts 9:1-7).
Paul met the Lord in a great way and invited Him into his life forever. That makes the difference. You must declare, The old me doesn’t live here anymore; I don’t need the things of this world to give me joy. I’ve been there, and I didn’t find any real joy or peace. When the bright lights of the world go out, you have nothing but darkness; and you can’t see your way. You stumble along through the dark night not knowing which way your life will go.
Resist the Devil
Are you down and out? Do you believe what the devil tells you? Anybody who listens to the devil deserves to be tormented. The devil wants you to be unhappy; he wants to afflict you and worry you to death, but don’t let him! You’ve been given the remedy—the blood! Use it and trample him underfoot. Jesus said, Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19). That should make you happy! Something’s wrong with you if you can’t get happy when you’re trampling the devil underfoot.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). When you resist the devil, he runs away because you’re using the blood; and he knows you are a winner. And if the devil knows it, you should know it, too!
Tune into Heaven
Tune into Heaven daily. You have that right as a child of God. First thing in the morning, you should tune into Heaven; when you wake up during the night, tune into Heaven. Heaven is awake all the time, so let Heaven know you’re alive and well and full of the Spirit and the Word of the living God.
If you’re discouraged and afraid, listen to the voice of the Lord saying, Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27). We don’t have to be afraid of anything, not even of what is about to come upon the earth. But the Bible says that men’s hearts (those without God) will fail them as they see things start to take place. Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken (Luke 21:26). There’s never been a time when so many people, young and old alike, are having heart attacks.
I see the bad signs and the good signs. When I look at the bad signs, I hear Jesus saying, When ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it [my coming] is nigh, even at the doors (Mark 13:29). Jesus is at the door, and I’m ready to let Him in! I’m glad it’s about time for us to be Raptured!
The Bride’s song today must be one of peace and of the revelation of the soon coming of the Lord. Jesus was a man of sorrows, but He also was a man of peace and joy. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you (John 14:27).
A Brand-New Life
The Lord made me brand-new one Sunday night. Ernest Angley went to church one way, and he left another way; and I’m never going back that way again. No, I’m headed for Heaven! Faith, hope and love give wonderful living. Are you having a wonderful life? If not, you’re not using these three. If you’re having it hard and are always depressed, then you’re thinking too much about your troubles and not rejoicing in the greatness and blessings of God. This is the greatest life for me, and it can be the greatest life for you, too. Divine faith, hope and love bring Heaven’s pure joy, pure grace and divine help. The right hand of God is raised for us, and we should be the happiest and most joyful people on planet Earth.
Jesus said that rivers of living water would flow from your innermost being. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:38). Peter wrote, Rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (I Peter 1:8). We don’t need a highball or any strong drink to lift us up; I’m happier than any drunk could ever be, and I have plenty of joy!
Thank God there will be no sadness in Heaven, and God is sending a lot of Heaven down to us right now. We’re in the latter rain, and the Lord is pouring it out! Through His divine faith, hope and love, we can have a wonderful life. When God gave us Jesus, He gave His whole heart; and He gave us everything we need to make us just as happy as the first man and woman were when the Lord would come down to walk hand-in-hand with them. Now we have the divine favor of Lord God Almighty; and through Jesus Christ, His Son, He comes down to walk hand-in-hand with us night and day.
Make a Joyful Noise
Jesus promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He said, Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:20). But some of you have doubt in your prayer life. Where are you, Lord? He’s right there with you; He promised He would be, and He keeps His promises. You can’t be happy if you don’t accept His promises; but if you’ll believe His promises, you’ll know you’re on your way to Heaven. Now that’s something to shout about!
How long has it been since you had a good shout or made a joyful noise unto the Lord? The world looks at us and wonders what makes us so happy. Many probably think we’ve lost our minds because they don’t believe we can really be happy when they know we don’t drink, do drugs or mix with the world. They see themselves doing everything they can to be happy, but they aren’t. Their kind of happiness doesn’t last. The Lord said, Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious (Psalm 66:1,2). The Lord likes a joyful noise; and when you have Jesus, a joyful noise unto the Lord makes Heaven happy. The Bible tells us to serve the LORD with gladness (Psalm 100:2).
See Jesus Clearly
That gift of Jesus was given so all could see the Savior of the world. Everyone can see Jesus if they want to. When you open your Bible, He leaps from all the Gospels as clear as a crystal. Hear His voice saying, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). What a voice that is, and these three things make it a great voice: divine faith, divine hope and divine love.
This message will never end; it will continue for all time and eternity. These three things are divinity in perfection. Paul said, Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God (Hebrews 6:1).
Jesus taught in great simplicity; He was the revelation of God, of His love, of His hope and of His courage for fearful and fallen humanity. Jesus came with His miracles of love, grace, power, courage and strength. What a Jesus! What a Christ! What a Redeemer!
Salvation and Healing Prayers
If you don’t have Jesus, come to Him now. He came all the way from Heaven for you, and now it’s up to you to accept Him. He’s moved as close as He can to you until you move toward Him. Sinner, He sent me with a message of divine love from Heaven: Come to Jesus.
Say the sinners’ prayer with me. Oh, God, save my soul! I’m so sorry I sinned against you, but I’ve come home. I’m going to serve you, Lord, the rest of my life. I believe that the blood of Jesus washes away all my sins. Come into my heart, Jesus, come on in!
If you believe that prayer and mean what you said, you’re now a child of the King. You have that divine blood in your heart; and you have Jesus, the Passport through the pearly gates. Serve Him well. Go forth and sin no more, and Heaven will be yours.
Now the light shineth, and in that light are all the miracles you need, spiritually, physically and financially. I’m not your healer or your deliverer; I’m just God’s witness to verify that He will do what He promised. Now, Lord, you’ve given me your power and your gifts, and you will manifest them for the people. In the blood name of Jesus, I curse the AIDS, the AIDS virus, sugar diabetes, heart trouble, lung problems, paralysis, leprosy, and all other deadly diseases. Jesus, you are the cure, the remedy. Heal! Heal! in the blood name of Jesus!
The diseases are fleeing from bodies. Watch yourself or your child get well. Watch the deformities leave. You who have AIDS can get well. Life came to you while I prayed, but you must live for the Lord. The divine light shineth, and that light of God heals and delivers. The divine blood light makes the devils go; they flee from the blood. God bless you, and serve the Lord with gladness. Put your hope in God, and you’ll have no trouble using faith as love is multiplied. He loves you, and I love you. God be with you.
I’ll see you in Heaven!
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