Then the God of Heaven came

“Now, God was going to show them what a real God was. And on the day of Pentecost… They prostrated themselves for ten days. And not an imaginary, but there came a sound from heaven like a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were setting. And God never took an idol. He took a living man, and placed Hisself by the baptism of the Holy Ghost into this man: not imaginary god, not imaginary thing, but a reality of a real God in a real man. And then this man rose up, and worked the works of God.Strange that He did that. Strange that He didn’t take some smart men that knowed something about that. They’d try to figure it out. But He took a bunch of ignorant fishermen and put them up there. And they prostrated themselves on a promise of God for ten days and nights. Then the God of heaven came and dwelt in those men.” (A Paradox – William Branham 1962)

When was the last time you were this desperate for a promise? Have you ‘prostrated yourself on a promise of God’ lately? Maybe you haven’t been able to go into an upper room for 10 days straight, but have you consistently and diligently applied yourself to obtaining a blessing from God?

Remember the story of Jacob wrestling with an angel? He prevailed over the angel.

I guess we can just get on our knees and say “God, I’d really like this promise to be fulfilled in me” and then we get up to watch our football game. God might do something for us…but I wonder if he knows our hearts enough to know that in that kind of attitude, we apparently don’t care for his promises that much. How much more so will God know the desire of our hearts if we ‘prostrate ourselves’ before him in such a way as to ‘wrestle with an angel’.

Has it become so common to us that none of us is desperate enough to ‘prostrate’ or ‘wrestle’ in prayer? Do we intone our desires and wants to God in such a formal manner that God knowing our hearts knows we are just going through motions?

“God, I love you, but can’t it wait till after the game?”

This fills our Lord with pride I’m sure. I’m sure he’s overcome with the power of our emotion and love toward him. The same way your wife probably is when you say the same thing to her.

“God, I’m just so tired, I’ll pray in the morning.” “God, I woke up to late..I have to get to work, I’ll pray tonight, but Lord, I really want the Holy Ghost, I really want to be like you”.

Do our days and nights sound like this? I’m sure God is trying to figure out if we love slumber or Him more? Have we forgotten that He is a jealous God? This isn’t something that should be feared so much…it just means GOD WANTS US TO LOVE HIM!

We’ve all done it. God is so much more lenient after all right? “God, I know you can wait till next week on the tithe check, you don’t charge late fees after all…and company X does” I’m guilty on this one. Perhaps God is tired of taking the backseat in our lives. Perhaps he’s tired of being told sleep is more important, or the game is, or company X’s late fees.

Are we really in love with Him like we say we are? Do we REALLY want to be like Him?

I believe our prayer life should reflect this. It isn’t about how long of a prayer. It isn’t about what you say necessarily. It’s about showing your love to God. It’s about your heart desiring God. The Bible doesn’t tell us what the apostles said in their prayer. It does tell us that they stayed until. That they desired the promise so much, that everything else took the back burner. They showed God he wasn’t in the backseat this time. It was a desire in their hearts that produced action.

If you desire God so much in your life, you’ll come to the place that you’ll ‘prostrate’ before him, or like Jacob you’ll ‘wrestle’ and God will have first place before EVERYTHING else. Then maybe, as Bro Branham said of those disciples “Then the God of heaven came and dwelt in those men” could be said of you.

– Bro Trevor

P.S. To those who, after reading this, now think I am against football, sleep, or paying bills on time…you totally missed what I was saying. Quit being a legalist and fall in love with Jesus.

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One response to “Then the God of Heaven came”

  1. This one really hit the spot buddy. You sure told it like it is. Burnt me with the ‘God doesn’t charge late fees like company X’ too, I’ve been guilty of that on more than one occasion. “He’s still working on me…”

    Loved the PS. Funny stuff.

    Keep up “the good work”.
    -Bro Nathan

    “So they strengthened their hands for this good work.” -NEHEMIAH 2:18

    “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” -PHILIPPIANS 1:6

    “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
    -COLOSSIANS 1:10

    “This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.” -I TIMOTHY 3:1

    “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” -II TIMOTHY 2:21

    “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” -TITUS 1:16

    “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work” -TITUS 3:1

    “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” -HEBREWS 13:20,21

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