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Isaiah 61 Path to Joy

17. June, 2015BlogNo comments

Isaiah 61: 1-3

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn,
 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

We have a mandate to bring good tidings to the weary, to those who are bowed down in heaviness or depressed. To proclaim the oil of joy and gladness and the goodness of our God and Savior to all those who are weak and heavy laden.

With the salvation of the Lord Jesus upon our and heads, comes garments of joy, and a robe of righteousness, a shield to fend off all those fiery darts of the enemy, and a sword of the spirit which is the word of God to fight against the lies of the devil, and to bring justice and judgement. Truth can then be shown from our loins where we have been girded. If ever there was a day in which the truth of the gospel should be heard, then this is that day. The gospel needs to be heard as we wear the right shoes on our feet, not to kick the down and out ones, but it lift them out of their sinfulness.

Oh, this clothing with which we have been given is the marvelous clothing of grace, power and even a sound mind that we use to ward off our every enemy.

 

Be of good courage just a s Joshua encouraged all those that were with him to cross the Jordan, to defeat all their enemies and march on, we also are on a highway which is the way of holiness to the Lord.  All those ransomed of the Lord shall be there and shall come with songs of everlasting joy upon their lips and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Gladness will fill their hearts.

Look down that road for the day is coming and shouts of joy shall be ours.

Keep on singing

Love

Pastor John Branson

Journey of the Heart

4. February, 2015BlogNo comments

 

ACTS 16:31 “And they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved:”

Dr. A. W. Tozer, a beloved pastor and preacher in the mid twentieth century, had to stand fast in the midst of a complaint in his day that accused, “Tozer Preaches Experience”.

My own answer would be, “How can you NOT preach Christ as an experience?”

Tozer’s testimony was that God spoke to him through a street preacher who quoted the words of Jesus.               
Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

He said that he knew it was an invitation. It was Jesus calling to him to ‘come now’ so he went home and went up into the attic in and knelt in earnest prayer. He said, “I gave my heart and my life to Christ Jesus, my feet took me home and up into the attic, but my heart went to Jesus.” and ever since that day he was a Christian.

I, too, came to the knowledge of a loving Savior by the ‘foolishness of preaching’ as it is called in Corinthians. It is through an experience that takes place when preaching is heard that moves on the heart whereby men come to be saved.

How can they say that God is not a god of experiences that reach both men and with women? God is a personal god who chose a people for himself, and called individuals to be their leaders and shepherds.

From Adam, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and his sons, Joshua, Caleb, Deborah, Samuel, David and many more; there were men and women that had a profound experience with God.  In the New Testament Jesus relates to His disciples through personal encounters and calls them friends. They experience life together. There was Peter, James, John, Andrew, and Bartholomew; and who can forget Paul on the road to Damascus? Mary Magdalene had a personal touch from her master that cast out seven devils. I tell you for sure, that was an experience with Jesus.

After I repented and gave my heart to the Lord Jesus I experienced that there is nothing so pure and cleansing as the touch of Jesus. It is an experience that no one can take away. I hunger more and more for the next time that Jesus choses to come near to us as we call out to Him. He alone is the savior of our souls. Yes, Jesus is a personal God, He is our shepherd, our rock, our fortress, our divine protector, our victory, our spiritual food. He is the bread of life, living water, robe of righteousness, our healer, and more for only Jesus can make us whole.

He said, And he said, therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.” John 6:65

That is experienced, it is God touching us, not us touching God. It is a heart that is changed by experience. It is the heart that is changed as we are transformed from the inside outwards.

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Romans 6:17

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Romans 6:22

Now that’s an EXPERIENCE!

Lord Bless,

Pastor John B. Branson

 

No Arguments, Just Faith in the Heart

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I must confess that I am no great expert on theology, nor am I one who can argue the points of Calvinism or Armenian-ism which can lead to endless debates, trying to prove this point or that point, whether you are right or I am right. These efforts prove nothing at all. 

I must confess though that I am a lover of the Lamb of God that takes away this sin of the world. That I am a lover, and in agreement with god, where it is written:
Isaiah 53:10-12

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.

Of course this is only a portion of Isaiah 53 where god speaks profoundly of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the one who found me at the side of the road a hopeless drunkard, lost in the filth of this world. 

I can say along with the Apostle Paul, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of which I am chief!”  And from Him I obtained mercy and grace that put me in right standing with the Lord.

Oh, what a great savior we have who laid down His life for a sinner such as me. I am so glad that God commanded His love towards us while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, and we are justified by His blood, and we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

When we accepted the Lord into our lives, and repented and said, “Jesus come into my heart, come and forgive me of all my sins that I have committed against God,” there was a seed sown in our hearts that is the incorruptible seed of the Word of God that lives and abides in us forever. It continues to grow and blossom and bring enlightenment to our souls as it drives away unbelief out of our heart. It causes us to say along with Thomas (who was a biblical example of unbelief) “My Lord, and my God!” The Jesus states, “Thomas, because you have see Me you have believed; Blessed are they who have not seen and have yet believed.”

Be Blessed today for although we have not see the holes in His hands or His side, yet we have believed in this great savior, Jesus Christ. 

Keep on singing, 

Love

Pastor John B. Branson

Precious Wisdom

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Precious Wisdom

Oh the jewels, the gold, silver, diamonds, rubies and riches of this world, the intoxicating  temptations that call unto us to try and draw us, to try and persuade us to walk on a path that is not as straight as the one that the Lord has called us to. For straight is the gate and narrow is the way which leads us to life, and few there are which find it.

Proverbs tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Oh, to find that wisdom that is far better than rubies, to find that counsel and sound mind, to find that understanding of the Lord is to find the things that become my strength and as proverbs says, “I can see that kings can rule in justice.

Wisdom says I love them that love me, those that seek me early, for they shall find riches and honor and the righteousness of God.

The fruit of wisdom shall taste sweet, yes better than gold, even fine gold. I shall inherit substance and the treasures of God’s holy word. As I seek after the Lord who the scripture says has become unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs says to us: Hear you instruction and be wide, refuse it not; for blessed is the man who watches at the gate of wisdom, for whosoever finds wisdom finds Jesus, finds life forevermore, and finds that favor, he finds the pearl of great price. 

Let us come and eat and drink of the wine of wisdom, let us come and feast on the wisdom of God’s word. Let us taste and see that the Lord is good, for in finding Him our days shall be multiplied and our years increased.

Keep on singing

Love

Pastor John B. Branson

The Narrow Path

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 The Narrow Path

“It is far better for me to trust in the name of the Lord than to put my trust in man,” says the eighth verse of the 118th Psalm.

 

For 37 years I had trusted in the hand of man and walked my own path which was quickly leading to the path of destruction and the road to hell. If it were not for the loving hand of the Lord and His saving grace, who knows where I would be today.

 

There is a song lyric that says, “I will trust in the mercy of the Lord forever, I will sing, I will sing. I will sing of the mercy of the Lord forever, I will sing, I will sing. And with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness, thy faithfulness.” This is exactly what the faithful witnesses are doing as they go out door to door through the leadership of Pastor Jonathan and his team. They reach out to people who often don’t know or discern between their right hand and their left. As they hear the good news of the gospel, it can open their ears and soften their hearts.

 

Oh, what a merciful God we serve. There is nothing more satisfying than to see a heart converted and come to trust in the Lord. I was a lost sheep going astray for 37 long years, “But now in Christ Jesus we who were sometimes a far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our Peace.” Ephesians 2:3, 4a

 

What a great price He paid upon the cross for you and me that we might be totally forgiven and transformed to now walk a new path, though it is straight and narrow, it leads to eternal life. We are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens of the saints, and part of the household of God.

 

We are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone. This cornerstone cannot be moved or shaken. We can fully trust in the Lord Jesus and the finished work of Calvary. “The Lord lives and blessed be my rock and let the God of my salvation be exalted!”

 

 

Keep on singing,

Pastor John B Branson

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