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All in love, the whole thing is bundled up now. This has been tried to be taught on many times, and no doubt what great theologians has struck it lot deeper than I could. But the thing I want to try to get to you is this: That a man that is in Christ with the Holy Ghost, can bear with a man when he's wrong, long-suffering, gentle, patient. He's sweet, humble, faithful, filled with the Spirit, never negative, always positive. He's a different person.

Not just a man that, "We once had it. If we shouted, we had it, us Methodists. Oh, when we shouted, we was in the land." That's good, that's all right, I believe that too.

Then the Pentecostal come along speaking with tongues; they had it; everyone that spoke in tongues had it. I believe that too. But still we found out that a lot didn't have It yet. See, see? Now, they're...

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So there's no way for you to be lost. You get scared; and that's the reason scare, a scare... Fear companies doubt. Love companies faith. I love my Father. I'm not afraid of Him, because I love Him. He wouldn't hurt me; He will do good for me. If I was scared of Him, and "Oh-h-h-h, I don't know whether He will do it or not.

See, but if I love Him, "Yes, Father, I--I love You. And I know You're--You're my Father, and You love me, and I'm not afraid but what You'll keep Your Word. It's Your promise to me." That's the way the Spirit of God does.

"But, oh, if I did this, if I did that..." See, there you come to the legal side again. Never go to the legal side; it's negative. The positive side is what you want.


But here he was at his wits end. Everything was gone, seemingly. His body was gone. His property was gone. His children was gone. All that he had was gone.

And then God in His mercy come down to Job, and He give him another sense, that he could open his eyes and see the day that when there would be a body he would receive. He knew that there was coming One, a just One, Who would stand in his place, Who would raise up the body of the dead, and would... He said, "I know that my Redeemer liveth."

I like those positive words that he spoke it in, not, "I hope so. I have a feeling there will be." That's about the attitude of many today, "I have a hope that someday..." But Job had more than that. He said, "I know my Redeemer liveth," the positive side of it. No more in the negative, it's all positive.


We're setting in heavenly places talking of our King.

But you see, I'm trying to tell you these things of the earth is shaking. There's... you can't put no confidence in them. They're uncertain. And any thing that's uncertain I'd just rather leave away from it. I don't like that negative thing. I don't like to get mixed up in the negative side. I like it positive: be on the positive side.


And people act funny. They seem to just forget about the negative side because they have found an absolute--because it's the Word of God. Jesus said, "Heavens and earth will pass away but my word shall never fail." So if we've got the Word of promise, then there's no failing to it. It cannot fail. So I'm believing that that's what the prayer meetings here... The religious people of Houston are interested in human lives. And that's what we are gathered here for, is to call on a power that's beyond all manmade laws and powers, something who can change the hearts of man like He did Pharaoh in Egypt. And He's God. And we must stop now looking at the negative side and go to looking at the positive side.


And now notice, the meetings are glorious and wonderful. And I love you all. Gifts must be confirmed. Anyone can say anything they wish to. And they can have impressions. But when God really sends something, He'll vindicate that to be the truth. See? God will speak of it. The Bible said in Hebrews, "God testifying of His gifts..." Hebrews 11:10. Is that right? God testifying, then you got God's testimony. The Holy Spirit is the gift of God. You believe it? When He comes to you, He'll testify that It's there. All God's gifts testify.

It isn't nothing you try to make believe. That won't work. You got to be positive.

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Now, Paul speaking here of the valley, or the shadow, rather, the law, being a shadow of good things to come, could never make the worshipper perfect. Then he goes on to show what the perfection is. Now, it's a strange thing that this is so much thought of people; they say, "Well, I'm weak; my faith is not very much; I'm not a very good Christian." That's just what the devil wants you to say. You're just talking his language right then. See? You mustn't never say that. Don't never let your testimony be negative; let it be positive all the time. "I am saved. I have God in my heart. I believe Him with all my heart." Do you believe in Divine healing? "With all of my heart."

Let your--your testimony always and your thoughts, everything... Never permit a negative thought to come in your mind if you can help it. When it starts that, don't entertain it. Well, you say, "I can't help the thoughts from coming." Well, that'll be like the farmer that said he couldn't stop--he couldn't stop the birds from flying over his place, but he could sure stop them from roosting." So that's a--that's a good thing. You see? You can't help the thoughts when they come, but don't--don't--don't entertain them; just pass it on. "No, sir. Jesus Christ is my Saviour; all things are mine by God. And I--I'm going to keep them. I'm going to testify of them."

And God can only bless you as you confess that He has done it for you. See, He's the High Priest of our confession. Is that right? Hebrews 3. He said that He's the High Priest of our confession. He can only do for us as we accept it, and believe it, and confess it.


Now, if the Scriptures said that He exhorted to earnestly contend for the faith (not a faith), the faith that was once delivered to the saints... And each one of us wants say that our church does that. The only way to be positive sure of this night church, is to go back and see what kind of a faith that they had to contend for. And then we should earnestly contend for that type of faith. Don't you believe it? Contend for that faith.


Well, I believe that's true, to your understanding. But there's only one way to be positive, and that's to go back in the Bible and see what kind of a faith they had, and then earnestly contend for that. That is, laying the Baptist, the Presbyterian, the Pentecostal, and all to one side, going right back into God's Word and seeing what It says about it.


And you know, it's usually when we're thinking about God and keeping our minds on God, that God comes close to us.

I think that's one of the great troubles of the people of this day. We have too many other things on our mind...

We will never be able to accomplish much as long as we keep those kind of thoughts...

Let's be positive in our thinking. Let's believe that this night now, the revival will break in Angelus Temple tonight. Let's believe that this is the night that God will do the exceedingly abundantly above all that we could do or think He will do it tonight. Don't take no for the answer. It's when we think those things, you create a atmosphere around you.


You've got thousands of examples of Divine healing. Look at the people's been healed with cancer, blindness, dumbness, deafness, all kinds of sicknesses and diseases. We've got plenty of that to look at as example. But this little girl didn't have nothing but just His Word, and that was sufficient. His Word was good enough for her. And I want you to notice; she didn't wait till she was positive it was going to happen. She started testifying about it right away. She didn't wait till she felt life, so she could be positive she was going to have the baby. Just as soon as she heard His Word, she took Him at His Word, and she started testifying and praising God for the baby before she felt anything...

Give us more Marys around here that can take God at His Word and praise Him whether you feel anything or not. Take Him at His Word. God's trying to find somebody who'll take His Word. I don't care how you feel.

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Then when they get to a certain size--now mama eagle is going to be positive that them eagles ain't going to be anything like chickens. That's right. She don't want them earth bound. They're eagles, and she knows they're eagles.

That's the way Jehovah Eagle does. He don't want us chickens, barnyard chickens. He wants us to be eagles, up in the blue, the nature of us, to be up there where we're free. "He, who the Son has made free, is free indeed." There... wants them up there.


In the garden of Eden Satan chose his part of the man: his head, his intellectuals. God took his heart. The intellectuals will reason. "Why, well, I'm--I'm this way, and I'm that way." You'll never get anywhere with God there. But your heart, your faith will make you believe things that your mind knows nothing about. You cast down reasoning. See, you must be positive, and you stay there until you are positive. Then when you're positive, there's nothing can turn you.


And we want to be positive, knowing where we stand. 'Cause no man can walk without he's sure he knows where he's walking. See? We--we know where stand, because we are walking with the Scriptures, believing that God keeps every Word and makes it real. See? If you don't believe that, then we can't--we can't walk with God.


We want to be positive that it's right. I had a good long talk one morning with mother. She said, "Billy, I--I have lived as long as I should live." She said, "I have nothing else to live for." She said, "I've got to go." And said, "I'd just rather go on, be with dad and some of the other children that's over there. I get to see you all often."


Now, I think that, being that we see out from our congregation, that life is so fragile, then, that death is so positive, we need to come to a place that we are positive sure that This that we speak of is right. See? It is not nothing that you can just haphazardly, as we would say, accept It. You've got to be positive sure that It's right, because we do not know what kind of an end that we will come to.


Everywhere, why, we want to be positive sure of these things before we say them. They've got to be right, because we're standing here holding the highest office that's held in the world, a minister, a minister, and the most truthful and right--accurate. We must be that way. We must depend on God to do it.


Now, John did not go to school to learn this, though his father was a priest...

He was prophesied by Isaiah the prophet seven hundred and twelve years before he was born. "There will be a voice of one in the wilderness, crying." And also four hundred years before his birth, Malachi, the last prophet, said, "Behold, I send My messenger before My face to declare the way."

So he must not take any school's idea about it. He must go into the wilderness. And when he came back out... He stayed there until he was positive he knowed the sign. And here's what he said. "He that told me in the wilderness to go baptize with water, said, 'Upon Whom thou shall see the Spirit descending and remaining on, He's the One that'll baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire.'" He had to be positive...

Let this sink down deep in your heart. We've got to be positive of this. There's all kinds of things going on, but we must be positive. You don't get to come back and try it again. You do it now or never. This is your time.


That's the trouble of it today. We speak too much sometimes. Know when to speak and what to say. Don't say nothing till God says so. How can you do it? If you don't, God don't personally tell you, then you're doing something wrong. You're blaspheming, when you do that. Be positive it's God. Let God speak directly to you, then say it's THUS SAITH THE LORD.

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You notice, when this experience hit Paul, he went down in Egypt and Arabia somewhere and studied three years. Glory! He had to be positive. And when he seen... When the Holy Spirit directed him Word by Word, he could write that Book of Hebrews and show those Jews. Certainly! Why? He was centered; that Compass of the Holy Spirit put him right on the North Star.


Now, Elijah was positive that was the truth. He had heard the voice of God and there was no question to him. And there's no question in your heart, tonight, that God still gives the Holy Ghost like He did on the day of Pentecost, it'll happen. If there's no question that He keeps his Word and heals the sick, it's got to happen. But you've got to be positive of it. You've got to really see it by the real eyes of faith, then accept it, and stand right there. And he had a lot to remember God for, when he was... Now he has a lot to remember, what he did in them days.


Oh, how the churches today ought to see the sign of the time that we're living in. Flee as hard as you can to Calvary for Life, not to some church, but to Jesus Christ. Unite yourself with Him, and not with some organization or some church creed. Unite with Christ, and be sure that it's Him. You can't just take anything; you got to be positive that it's Him. What a time of union.


If you see the shadow of anything, you know what it will be when it be positive. You had your hands up, and see four fingers, five finger, whatever your hand will be when the negative is made positive, that's what it is in the shadow.


Now, let's see if that's right. Let's take Genesis 3 and find out if this is right now, as we go along, because we want to be positive that these things, that are taught out and brought out exactly true so that... Maybe right here we have a little time 'cause we're not too far from the end now, to get to the closing part of the subject to show why and what about divorces and so forth.

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Father, God, You are the same God that proved. When You said, "The girl is not dead, she is asleep," then You had to prove it. Now, You promised, that just before the coming of the end time, that the Son of man would reveal Himself in the same manner He did at Sodom. You promised it, Lord. Now, you've come to the earth, in the form of the Holy Spirit, and got among us, tonight, we believing people, and have proved it. You have proved Your Word like You did that day. Lord, we need no more proof. You're among us. We love You. And we realize that this is the last sign just before Your coming, according to the Scriptures. And all the shadows and types never fail. They have got to be positive.

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