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Not by Luck, Chance or Happenstance

William Branham

William Branham

William Branham Evangelistic Association

January 2, 2022 · 29 min read

Philippians 3:13-14 13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Shalom

January 19, 1964 · Pheonix, Arizona

184God stands on the promised Word for each new year. He stands on It, this year, to fulfill what He has got promised for this year. Whatever it is, I want to be right in the center of His will in the future, like they did.


Psalms 31:15-16 15My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. 16Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.


Luck: a force that brings good fortune or adversity: the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual

Chance: the assumed impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable happenings: luck

Happenstance: a circumstance especially that is due to chance


God’s Gifts Always Find Their Places

December 22, 1963 · Jeffersonville, Indiana

77When you realize: What are we doing here? Where did we come from? Or what business we got being here? We wasn’t put here just by chance, we were put here for a purpose and we must serve that purpose. But still we are back on the basis of free moral agency where we can serve It or reject It, just like Adam did in the beginning.

Things That Are to Be

December 5, 1965 · Rialto, California

31You were all pre-planned by God. Nothing happens by chance, with God. He knows all about it. It’s all pre-planned, planned for many generations back, so that you could be here tonight. Did you know that? [Congregation says, “Amen.”—Ed.]

Just think, that, you, at one time . . . I’ll repeat this again. You, at one time, was in your father, in the gene of your father. Now, he didn’t know you at that time, neither did you know him at that time. But, you see, then you were put in the bedding ground, in the womb of mother, through holy wedlock. And then you become a person expressed in the image like your father, then there’s fellowship.

32Now, the only way that you can be a son, a daughter of God, because you have to be the . . . have to have Eternal Life. And there’s only one form of Eternal Life, and that’s God’s Life. Only one form of Eternal Life, that was God. There, to be a son of God, you had to be in Him always. The gene of your Life, spiritual Life, tonight, was in God, the Father, before there was even a molecule. See? And you are nothing but the manifestation of the gene of Life that was in God, as a son of God.

Now you’re expressed, after His Word has come in you, to Light up this age. You are expressing God’s Life in you, because you are a son or a daughter of God. Therefore, you get what I mean? [Congregation says, “Amen.”—Ed.] See? You are in . . . You are now made, you’re setting in this church, tonight, because your duty is to express God to this nation and this people, and this neighborhood where you associate.

Wherever you are, God knew that you would be here, because you have to be one of His genes, or His attributes. You had to be. If you ever, if you’ve got Eternal Life, then It always was Eternal Life. And God, before there was a foundation, world, knew that you would be here. And when the Word, or the water, “the washing of the water of the Word” fell upon you—you, it was expressed in a being. Now you have fellowship with your Father, God, just as you have with your earthly father. See? You are citizens of the King; not citizens, but you are children, sons and daughters of the living God, if it be that the Eternal Life dwells in you.

Now, then, if It was, Jesus was the fullness of God manifested. He was the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Therefore, when He came to the earth and was manifested in flesh, you were here in Him then, because He was the Word. “In the beginning was the Word; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” The Word was made flesh. Therefore, you walked with Him, when you were in Him, when He was on earth. You suffered with Him, and you died with Him. You was buried with Him. And now you are risen with Him, and manifested attributes of God, setting in Heavenly places; already raised, resurrected to new Life, and setting in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Oh, that means so much, nowadays, Church! That means so much to us, to see ourself positionally placed in Jesus Christ!

33Now, if we are those attributes of God, we cannot live by creeds. We cannot live by denominationalism. We must live by the Word, because the Bride is a part of the Bridegroom, like any wife is a part of her husband. Therefore, we must be that Word Bride. And what is that Word Bride? The manifestation of this hour, the Bride, not a creed or a denomination; but a living oracle of God, a living attribute of God, displaying to the world the attributes of God, in the formation of the Bride that’s to be expressed in this hour that we’re now living.

Things That Are to Be

December 5, 1965 · Rialto, California

41I don’t believe in a . . . that a person just happened to be here by chance. Now just think, when you come to the—the world, everything had to be fore-prepared for you, or pre-prepared, rather, for you. I don’t hardly understand that how that we could think that a God that could prepare all these good things for us would not . . . we could not put trust in Him. That, if He brought us in this chaos that we’re in now, and prepared the good things of life for us here, how much more can we trust Him to prepare the things that is to come, see, the Eternal things! It seems, I say, very strange.


John 11:4 (KJVS) When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.


This Day This Scripture is Fulfilled

January 25, 1965 · Pheonix Arizona

37And I thought, “God, why did You do that? Why would there be such a thing now?” That’s me feeling, you know, to see what it was all about, ’cause I think nothing happens by chance. And I was thinking about the comfort of this brother here, coming, telling me, “‘Hold steady,’ him being a priest, ‘hold steady, maybe God is going to do something,’” or something in that manner. And I thought, “How could that be?”

38And then, sitting there, like a thunderbolt out of Heaven it came to me. Now, this might not make sense to you, but it does to me, see.


John 9:1-3 (KJVS) 1And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

John 5:18-19 18Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 19Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.


Shalom

January 12, 1964 · Sierra Vista, Arizona

141Changing the pages or changing calendars doesn’t change time. A lot of people say, “Well, the old year’s gone, throw away the old December calendar now and put up the other one, a new year.” That, that’s what new years means to them.

142To me, I want to see what’s promised for the day. I want to know what the Light of the hour is, so I can know how to walk in it. I want to know where I’m living, what age I’m in, how far up the road am I.

143As Paul said, I could stand quoting again, “Forgetting those things that are in the past, now I press towards the mark, the high calling,” to the complete identification, when all time will fade out into Eternity when Jesus comes.

144Do as David did, put your future into His hands. Don’t look to anything else, but put your . . . David said here, he said—said, “My time is in His hands.” You notice here in the Psalms where we read it, in 62, “My time is in His hand. He is my rock.” What is He? “He is revealed to me. He is the revealed Truth. My time is in His hands.” Amen. Oh, my! There you are.

145My time belongs to Him. I am His. I’m in His hand because He holds the time. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know He holds the future. So, He Who holds the future holds me. So why should I think about setting forth this, that, the other for the new year? I just put myself in His hands, walk like David did, “my time is in His hand,” knew that God held the future. David didn’t know what the future was, but he knowed God had the future. I don’t know what the future is, none of us do. But we know He holds the future.

146Patience. Patience. Some of us get so, some of us gets in such a hurry. I think a many a good man has done that. You get in too—too much of a hurry. You want to, see, you want to do it yourself.

147And minister brethren, you know from when I’m talking, you that’s listening to this tape. I’m talking to you, not only to the little congregation here, but men around the world.

148Many men go out, impatient, but believing that the time is near, you try to do something within yourself. Wait upon the Lord. Patience is virtue. If you can have patience, it’s virtue. It’s virtue if you . . . “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Not they that try to get ahead of the Lord, they that try to tell the Lord, “Lord, I know You want me to do this, and glory to God I . . . ” Don’t do that. Wait upon the Lord. The Bible said, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”


Psalms 62:1-2, 5-8 1Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. 2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. 5My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 7In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.


Shalom

January 12, 1964 · Sierra Vista, Arizona

232If you’re not ready today, friend, start this new year out right, start it with your hand in God’s hand, God’s Word in your heart, saying, “Lord Jesus, I don’t know what part of this Symphony that You want me to play, but at when that junction comes for me to be persecuted, laughed at, made fun of, I still take my stand that Your Symphony will not be messed up because of me. I’ll stay right with Your Word, no matter what It is. I’ll stay right there. And when death beats up to my door, that’s part of the Symphony. I know then, that, just as sure as it beat death up to my door, the resurrection will beat out one of these days, too, and You’ll raise me up again. It’s part of Your Symphony. Lord, let me be part today, will You?”

Shalom

January 12, 1964 · Sierra Vista, Arizona

261O Lord, let me stay with Him, the Word. And manifest His Light, through all of us, as we set forth in this new year, with a determination. Not knowing what this new year holds, but we’re holding to Him, the Word, that knows the whole Symphony from the beginning to the end. He knows every move and every junction. And, Lord, we’re just watching Him, keeping our eyes on Him, the Word. Then when we see these things appear, we know that we’re right in the rhythm of the Word. Grant it. Save every lost soul, Lord, that . . . here, and every one that hears the tape. We commit them to Thee, for Thy Kingdom’s sake, in Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.


John 5:18-19 18Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

John 9:1-3 (KJVS) 1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Proving His Word

April 26, 1965 · Los Angeles, California

86If His children will only take His Word, so He can prove It by you! That’s the only way He can prove His Word.

87He doesn’t prove It to unbelievers. They can’t be proved; they are unbelievers. But, It’s not to unbelievers. It’s not for unbelievers.

88It’s to him that believe. And if He can find somebody who will believe His Word, He will prove His Word by you. And sometimes sickness and things happen to us that way, that God can prove Himself.

89Do you remember the blind man that Jesus found? They said, “Who sinned, he or his father, his mother?”

90He said, “In this case, neither, but that the works of God might be made known.” See, it happened to the boy so that Jesus could be glorified. Sometimes sickness is not a curse, it’s a blessing, that we can stick our faith out there and call those things which are not, as though they were. God said so, and He’ll prove it’s so if you’ll just not weaken under the test.

91He could prove Job, one time, that he wouldn’t curse Him to His face. Look at the trial that Job went through. But down in the very jaws of death, he yet said, “The Lord gave, the Lord taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord!” He certainly believed it. God proved His Word to Job. He proved it to Abraham. He proved it so.


Mary and Martha sent for Jesus saying, Lord he whom thou lovest is sick!

John 11:4 (KJVS) When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.


The Scripture tells us that he loved all 3 of them, however it also says that after He heard the news, He stayed TWO MORE DAYS still in the same place where he was!!! He had NO NEED TO HURRY! GOD HAD A PLAN!!!


John 11:1-6 1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. 5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

John 11:11-15 11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may AWAKE HIM out of sleep. 12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. 13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. 14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

John 11:17-32 17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. 18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: 19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. 21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. 28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. 30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. 31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. 32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

John 11:33-44 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, 34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? 38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

John 11:45-57 45Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 46But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 47Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 48If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. 49And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 53Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. 54Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples. 55And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves. 56Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast? 57Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.

John 12:1-2, 9-11 1Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 2There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 9Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. 10But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; 11Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.


Then Jesus Came and Called

February 13, 1964 · Tulare, California

31And death had lingered with Lazarus. And then the One that they believed in and loved, they had sent to Him to come pray for Lazarus, ’cause they had seen Him and knowed that He knowed God, that, “Whatever, God…” Martha expressed it back there, “Whatever Thou sayest to God now, God will do it.” She recognized that He and God was One. He was the Word of the hour, so she recognized that. And she knew, if she could ever get in contact with Him, but He was gone and they couldn’t get a hold of Him. And they sent for Him, and, instead of Him coming, He went on further. And then they sent again, and, instead of Him coming, He went on further.

32Sometimes we wonder why those things happen, but doesn’t the Scripture say that, “All things work together for good to them that love God”? He knows what He is doing. If He delays, that’s all right. He knows what He is doing. There was a purpose.

33We find out that He said, in Saint John 5:19, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing in Himself, but what He sees the Father doing.”

34The Father had told Him to go away, and to be away so many days. After the days was accomplished, then He said what He said then, that, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth.”

And he said, “Well, he does good.”

35He said, “He is dead. And for your sake I’m glad I wasn’t there.” Cause, they’d have been trying to get Him to go to him, to heal him or say what had to be done. But He knowed what had to be done, so He had done just exactly what He was ordained to do: stay away. If you notice Him at the grave when He come back. He expressed that when He came back and found this home.

36All hopes was gone. Lazarus had died. Every hour, they kept thinking, “He might come on the scene. He might come on the scene. He might come back.” Finally, he died, the breath left him.

37They went out, embalmed him, taking the blood from his body, wrapped him in linen, spices, and embalmed him and laid him into the grave, put a rock over the grave, which was their custom of burying in them days. A hole in the ground, just maybe in the rock, and lay a rock over the top of it, that was their custom.

38First day passed, second day passed, third day passed, fourth day passed, the man was already rottening in the grave. His nose had probably fell in. That, I think that’s the first thing that falls in, is the nose. And he was already rotten. His—his flesh had gone back to the dust, of the earth, or going back. His soul was four-days journey somewhere, from him.

39All hopes of ever seeing him again, in this life, was gone. And then when all hopes was gone…They had waited, “Maybe if He’ll come the first day, second day!” No. Then he died, and He hadn’t come. Then desperation set in.

40After a while there was somebody must have told her, “The Master is outside.” Here goes Martha down the street!

41Jesus came in that dark hour when every hope was gone. That’s usually when He comes. See? He comes just at that darkest time, then Jesus appears on the scene.

42Now watch, He come and called for Martha. His Presence brought new hopes. No matter if the boy was dead, yet His Presence brings new hope.

43You might be setting here tonight, my friend, where the doctors has give you up, with cancer, heart trouble. Maybe in a chair, crippled, all science has said there is no hope for you; the deposit of calcium has—has knotted your—your—your bones, that you can’t bend them no more. Or, either your—your heart is so bad, the doctor says you might go at any minute. Oh, and great bunches of people with cancer and TB, maybe the last hope you got, and it seems like that the doctor has turned you down. Yet, to be in the Presence and recognition of the Presence of Jesus Christ, brings hopes again.

Absolute

December 30, 1962 · Jeffersonville, Indiana

247Little Martha, when she seen Lazarus come from the grave, she knew Who that was. Even before It done it, she had the absolute of knowing. “I believe that Thou art the Son of God, that was to come into the world. Even now, though my brother be dead, just say the word. God will do it.” Amen. She was absolutely positive. That’s right. When He…Said that, and she meant it from her heart. He said, “Where have you buried him?” Said, “Come and see.”

248There He stood there, with a vision. Cause, He said, “I do nothing until the Father shows Me first,” Saint John 5:19.

249Sent Him away from, went away from Lazarus’ house. They sent for Him to come, pray. He knew Lazarus was going to die. And after the amount of time, He said, “Our friend, Lazarus, sleepeth.” They said, “He does well.”

250He said, “He’s dead. And for your sake, I’m glad I wasn’t there.” They’d been asking Him to pray for him.

251Then He comes back, said, “But I go wake him.” Oh, my! (Not, “I’ll go and see what I can do.”) “I’ll go wake him.” Why? “The Father has already showed Me just what to do.”

252Went down to the grave. There stood a Man. There stood God in flesh, that could have said to that stone, “Dissolve,” and it would have dissolved. But He said to them women, them poor little women, little young women, said, “Take away the stone.”

253You got something to do, too. See? And they rolled away the stone. And it made them sick; he was so stinky.

254There, He stood there. Oh, my! I can see Him straighten that little frail frame up. Because, the Bible said, “There is no beauty we should desire Him.” He wasn’t very much to look at. See?

255Just like David, he was chosen king when he was just a little ruddy thing. See?

256“All them great big fellows,” said, “won’t he look pretty with a crown on his head? Take this older son,” Jesse said.

257Samuel said, “God refused him.” Brought all of his sons up. Said, “Haven’t you got any other?”

258“Yeah, we got one, but he wouldn’t look like a king. Why, he’s a little bitty, stoop-shouldered, ruddy-looking fellow.” “Go, get him.”

259And as soon as he come, walked before that prophet, the Spirit fell on him. He run with that oil, pour it on his head, said, “This is your king.” That’s it. Yes, sir.

260Jesus stood there, stooped-shouldered, perhaps, turning gray when He was yet not over thirty years old. The Bible said, “He might have looked like forty.” Jews said, “You’re a Man not over—over fifty years old, and You say You ‘seen Abraham’?” He said, “Before Abraham was, I AM.” My! Oh, my! Saint John 6.

261Then, we come to find out, here He stood, by the grave. He knowed that vision had to strike. He knowed it had to be. “Take away the stone.” He’s…

262He was stinking, wrapped in grave clothes, been dead for four days. His nose had already fell in, that much time.

263There, He stood there, straightened up His little body. “I am the resurrection, the Life.” Hum! “He that believeth on Me, though were dead, yet shall he live.” Tell me a man could ever make a statement like that. “Whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

264She said, “Yea, Lord.” Though He had failed her, seemingly. When she called, He didn’t go. She called again; He didn’t go. But here she says, “I know that Thou art the Christ that was to come in the world.”

265He said, “Lazarus, come forth.” And a man had been dead four days. Why? What? Christ had the absolute. He had saw the vision. It couldn’t fail. That’s right. It couldn’t fail. He was absolutely sure.

266And Martha was absolutely sure. If she could get Him to recognize what she believed in Him to be, she’d get what she asked for. Right. There they was. The absolute, it tied in with the Word, and that was it.

The Resurrection of Lazarus

July 29, 1951 · Erie, Pennsylvania

83… the breadwinner. We’re taught that Lazarus was a—was a scribe at the temple. And Martha and Mary made little tapestries and things like that: their parent gone. And so the breadwinner was gone then: dark time. The second day passed. They went to the grave and mourned. The third day passed, the fourth day passed. Corruption sets in in seventy two hours, three days and nights. The skin worms was working through his body. All hopes was gone, darkest hour the little family had ever seen.

Did you ever hit that hour? I’ve hit it in our home. Love ones be taken away and darkness.


Psalms 62:1-2, 5-8 1Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. 2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. 5My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 7In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Shalom

January 19, 1964 · Phoenix, Arizona

232If you’re not ready today, friend, start this new year out right, start it with your hand in God’s hand, God’s Word in your heart, saying, “Lord Jesus, I don’t know what part of this Symphony that You want me to play, but at when that junction comes for me to be persecuted, laughed at, made fun of, I still take my stand that Your Symphony will not be messed up because of me. I’ll stay right with Your Word, no matter what It is. I’ll stay right there. And when death beats up to my door, that’s part of the Symphony. I know then, that, just as sure as it beat death up to my door, the resurrection will beat out one of these days, too, and You’ll raise me up again. It’s part of Your Symphony. Lord, let me be part today, will You?”

Shalom

January 12, 1964 · Sierra Vista, Arizona

261O Lord, let me stay with Him, the Word. And manifest His Light, through all of us, as we set forth in this new year, with a determination. Not knowing what this new year holds, but we’re holding to Him, the Word, that knows the whole Symphony from the beginning to the end. He knows every move and every junction. And, Lord, we’re just watching Him, keeping our eyes on Him, the Word. Then when we see these things appear, we know that we’re right in the rhythm of the Word. Grant it. Save every lost soul, Lord, that…here, and every one that hears the tape. We commit them to Thee, for Thy Kingdom’s sake, in Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen.


“Chance is a heathenish idea which the teaching of the Word has cast down, even as the ark threw down Dagon, and brake him in pieces. Blessed is that man who has done with chance, who never speaks of luck; but believes that, from the least even to the greatest, all things are ordained of the Lord. We dare not leave out the least event. The creeping of an aphis upon a rosebud, is as surely arranged by the decree of Providence, as the march of a pestilence through a nation. Believe ye this; for if the least be omitted from the supreme government, so may the next be, and the next, till nothing is left in the divine hand. There is no place for chance, since God filleth all things."

Charles Spurgeon, May 17,1891