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This is the keynote to the Scriptures. Faith, he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

This world was made by faith. Things were shaped in existence by faith. God just seen that dew drop hanging out there in the air, that whatever you want to call it, and He just spake, and said, "Let there be light." And there was light. And then He brought the land forth and dried it off and so forth. That was all done by an act of faith with God. The whole world is made by faith.


We've got to get in such a place till we be translated like Enoch was. That's right. Faith, testimony, that it pleased God. Did not Enoch... Our following Scripture said that Enoch had a testimony by faith that he pleased God. Is that right? And the Bible said, "Without faith it's impossible to please God." So you've got to have the same kind of faith that you believe, and know.


You can't have anything from God, only by faith. By faith the walls of Jericho fell. By faith Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. By faith Gideon did so-and-so. By faith, only way... And without faith it's impossible to please God. And if you want to please Him, you must be--come to Him with faith, believing His Word is Truth.


Now, I want you to notice what he did. He brought the fruits of the field. Perhaps he put lilies on the altar, decorated it, maybe, made it pretty, because he was a tiller of the soil. And a shepherd--or not a shepherd, but a tiller of the soil, worker of the ground.

And look, after his nature of Satan, he tried to make things so pretty to please God. Now, that's just about the way our churches get today. Now, I'm not here to slam churches. I believe in every one of them. And I love churches. But friends, when something is going wrong and you see the danger lying, it's best to warn the Church, that they don't step into this thing.


Believe on the Lord Jesus. Only have faith; you shall get what you ask for. If you don't have faith, you can't have nothing. For with faith... Without faith it's impossible to please God.


Notice, the tutor brought the message to the father and said, "The child is progressing right or wrong." Then if it came up... Now, no matter what the outside people had to say about this child, what the servants on the farm had to say, he tried to work every way to please the father.

And no matter what the world has to say about you, work to please God. Do everything you can to build the Kingdom of God. Don't never separate it. Build it together. Don't never divide it by denominational barriers. Don't let those little thing that man has put into the Church ever separate brotherhood. Because you're a Methodist, shake hands with a Baptist. Because you're a Presbyterian, shake hands with a Pentecostal. We are brethren. And don't let man's little barbed wire barriers separate you from the fellowship of the saints of the living God who are our brethren in like precious faith.

If they don't know just as much as you feel, then you pray for them, and associate with them, and fellowship with them, and God will spread His love abroad in their hearts too.


I hope that pleases the Holy Spirit, and pleases the people. It's my desire always is to please God first, and then try to make burdens just as light for my fellow men as I possibly can.

Since the Lord has give me His love and grace in my heart, and told me that He saved me, and I have had such a feeling for His people and especially the sick ones, it seems to be the Lord has blessed it marvelously praying for the people. And some--some of the most outstanding things that--that I--I've ever read of, I have seen our Lord do it.


That's the way God builds His church for His eaglets, high above the ambitions of this world. She's got a high ambition, not to please men, but to please God. She's built high and safe.


And now, we find that our Lord never did anything just at random. Every move He made was ordained of the Father. We--we just go at random. But He said, "I always do those things which pleases the Father." So every move that He made had a meaning, and it was to please God. Oh, I would say here, would it not be wonderful if we could have a testimony like that, that we always do that which pleases God.


And when a man knows you're right, nothing can move you. A man don't look like Moses did, this way and that way. A true servant of God never has to look this way or that way. He don't care, the frown of a enemy or the pleasing applaud of some man. He enjoys the fellowship of the Lord God Who sent him, if he knows where he's standing. He don't care whether his enemy's like it or whether his friends smile on him. That doesn't make a bit of difference to a true servant of Christ. He's got a job to do, and he don't have to look and see. "What do you think about it? Is this pleasing you?" He looks that way and enjoys the Presence of the living God. That's the trouble today; we have to see if our denomination believes it. God have mercy. If I ever get to that place, I'll fold the Bible and leave the field. You want to please God, got a commission.


And it's by faith. And without faith, says the Scripture, it is impossible to please God. So if faith disagrees with science, and science disagrees with faith, that puts them at--at edge at each other, then we must take a choice as Moses did. By faith we believe.


Therefore with the tradition of man, you have made the commandments of God of non effect. And we try to please God by building a great big church by padding the seats and by making it pretty. That's all right. There's no objections to that, but that isn't just what God said do.

We try to make our church a little outstanding from the other church by getting the best educated pastor that we can get in our pulpit, who can speak his words so, with such an eloquent speech. That's all right. But that still isn't what God said.

And in the most of the churches, if--of our churches today, if the man hasn't got a seminary experience, the congregation will by no wise bring him in. He has to have a seminary education. But that isn't what the Bible said. That isn't what Jesus did. Jesus took men who didn't even know their ABC's and anointed them with the Holy Spirit. The requirement of God was not to receive an education, but to receive the Holy Spirit. No man should preach the Gospel until receiving the Holy Spirit.


Real faith knows no defeat. It cannot be defeated. Even death, itself, can't defeat it. It knows no defeat. Trials know defeat, but faith knows no defeat. It cannot be defeated, and it is the only way that you can please God. "For without faith it is impossible to please God," said Hebrews 11.

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Watch her. She didn't question that. She said, "Behold, the handsmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to Thy Word."

If we could just do that. That's the only thing. That's what God loves. That's the only way to get right with God, is take Him at His Word. That's the only way that there is to please God, take His Word. Don't trust your knowledge. You'll reason, "How can it be done? It cannot be done." When you reason, then you lose the victory. We must cast down reasonings and believe what God has said to be the truth.


Now, I want you to get something here. God, when He made man, give him five senses. And those five senses are see, taste, feel, smell, and hear, as we all know. Those five senses was not given to a man to guide him. That was given to a man to contact his earthly home: see, taste, feel, smell, and hear. And that's your earthly senses, and they were not given to you to guide you. But God sent the Holy Spirit, and He's your guide, the sixth Sense. That makes you believe things that you can't see, taste, feel, smell, or hear. That sixth sense, something that rise you up (and only one class of people has that sixth sense; that's believers)... Hebrews 11:1 said, "By faith... And without faith, it's impossible to please God." So, God gives man faith! And faith is the sixth sense that makes you deny anything that's contrary to His Word.


Listen, friends, this is the only way for you to please God, is to obey Him. They that come to God must believe.

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You have come forth by Your Word. You made manifest that You're Truth. You are Truth, Lord. You are the Resurrection. You said, "I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. Whosoever liveth and believeth in Me, shall never die. I am the Resurrection and Life."...

O God, Who created the heavens and earth, these people are praying for one another. When You rose on Easter morning, You proved that You was Messiah. You proved that You was Messiah, before You rose. You proved that You was, by the sign of the Messiah, the Seal of God that was in You. You were Sealed away with God to do nothing but what He said. You had said, "I do always that which pleases the Father." That's keep His Word. For to please God, we must believe His Word and keep His Word. And then, Father, so is it today, that every son or--of God, every daughter of God, in order to please God, must keep God's Word. And, God, we're keeping Your Word now by laying hands on one another.

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But instead of that, He goes down and gets a bunch of people that didn't hardly know right hand from left. That's right. And put them in the upper room, and poured out His Spirit, O God, upon a bunch of people like that. Instead of taking the Sanhedrin Council, He took fishermen. Isn't it strange that He didn't use their educations? It pleased God.

It seems to please God to make His own Church a paradox. The same thing He is doing right now, making a paradox out of His Church, by-passing all the great highfalutin, and all this stuff there that's so-called church. And He'll... anybody that He can get into His hand, that'll open their eyes and see what's Truth, and test it with the Word of God in the time that we're living, and place them into the Body. A paradox! God chooses such. He makes His Church a paradox, odd people, strange people.


He walked by and healed that man laying there that had prostate trouble, or TB, or something or another, and had it thirty-eight years. It was retarded, wasn't going to kill him. Left thousands laying there lame, blind, halt and withered, and walked right away from them 'cause that's what... He said He knew that man had been in that condition for that time. See? Then He told them, "I can't do nothing till the Father shows Me what to do." Now, we find out.

'Course that was a great flaw, they thought that, against Him. But He only acted to please God. And any man that's serving God will act to please God. He will do what God tells him to do, absolutely.


Now, it's rough, friends. It's very rough. I don't mean to be that myself. Yeah, I hope you understand that. See? But today I'm giving the expression of why I have did the things that I have done.

Now, for just a little analysis before we dismiss for lunch is this: I want you to know that I have... This has been my motive, and my objective, is God's Word. My motive is to please Him. And I can't listen to everything and believe God's Word; neither can I listen to everything and please God. My motive is to know His Word and to please God by serving Him by His Word. Not that I have anything against... Now, every person in here that's borned of the Spirit of God, that's in the elected group was perhaps once a Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, or something or other somewhere. Now, you know that. You know that. So then you see, when you say, "Go out to them," that's what you have to do. There's somebody in there, if you'll sow the seed, there'll be a harvest someday. It'll fall... Some of it'll go by and say, "Ah, he's nothing but a... he's a deceiver." Didn't they say the same thing about our Lord? "There's nothing to that." Well then, why don't you check it with me? See, see, see? "He's nothing but a deceiver." See? Then check it with the Word. See, if it isn't the Word, then it is deceiving. See? Now, if your theology's different from the Word, then it isn't right. See?


And we must remember that nothing can be done without faith, and it first has to be confessed. For He is the--He is the Author of faith; we know that, and that nothing can be done without faith. And without faith it's impossible to please God.

And now, He is the High Priest of our confession. Now, the--the King James here in the Book of Hebrews puts it a "profession." To "profess" and "confess" is the same thing, profess and confess. "Confess" means "to say the same thing": "By His stripes I am healed," (See?), "Now, by His Life I am saved."

And now, then first we've got to confess it; and He sets as a Mediator, and the only Mediator between God and man, and He sets there to make intercessions upon what we confess that He has done. What a--what a sound, solid thing that is.


Notice: you must be borned again. And when you're born again, you can't be born again without having faith. That's right. So, you see on my chart here, I got the very foundation. Faith is the foundation of all of it. For without faith it's impossible to please God: "He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and a Rewarder of those that diligently seek Him." See? He must be. And when you are a skeptic of the Bible, when you're skeptic of the Word being right, you just might as well stay back until first you believe it.

What is sin? Unbelief. There's only two elements that controls the human being. That's either doubt or faith, one or the other. You're possessed of one that dominates your life. Just depends on how much faith you have, how high you can rise. But first it's got to be faith. Now, let me stay on that foundation for a while.


Now, we're happy and always like to meet each other, and talk, and--and have a good time of fellowship, and that's what it is. But now, let's get settled now for a few moments on the sincere side of these things, knowing that we're all marching towards the end, day by day. I was thinking of this old patriarch here, how many that worshipped with him in Azusa Street's already crossed that river. Someday some of us, if the Lord tarries, will be talking about meetings in Shreveport at the jubilee. We'll be crossed over, many. We must remember that we must do it.

So it behooves us to take every precaution. We don't get to come back and try over no more. We've got to do it now. So when I come to the audience... I never try to come to please an audience. I've never been guilty of that. I come to try to please God. And sometimes I might say things, and I might pinch or hurt, but I don't mean it in that way. We need to stay with truth and what's right, and to see the Holy Spirit come down to a vindicate that, that it is right. And that's what we're all seeking.

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God delivers by what? Faith in His Word. Always has been... We could take a look if we had time. (We've got about twenty something minutes yet. We had...) We could take a--a look at Cain and Abel, how that--that Cain tried to please God by some beauty. Another way, people think by--by great fine dressed congregations, by a priest, with--with ministers robed, and robed choirs, and all the--the put-on, that pleases God.

Can you see where it come from? Cain tried the same thing, and he built him an altar. No doubt that he made it pretty, and the man was sincere. He worshipped. He thought, "As long as I'm sincere, it doesn't make any difference." It does make a difference. You can be sincerely wrong.


The fervent desire to please God, the passion to know His Word, the cry for reaching out in the Spirit, all begins to fade and instead of that church being on fire with the fire of God it has cooled off and become a bit formal. That is what was happening back there to the Ephesians. They were getting a bit formal. The abandonment to God was dying out and the people weren't too careful about what God thought of them as they began to be careful about what the world thought of them. That second generation coming on was just like Israel. They demanded a king to be like the other nations. When they did that, they rejected God. But they did it anyway. That is the history of the church. When it thinks more of conforming to the world instead of conforming to God, it isn't long until you see them stop doing things they used to do, and start doing things they wouldn't do initially. They change their manner of dress, their attitudes and their behaviour. They get lax. That is what "Ephesus" means: relaxed--drifting.


Surely this was a great man, a true messenger to that age. Never desirous of aught but to please God he lived a most consecrated life. Never could he be induced to preach until he had first prayed and was in such spiritual frame as to know and deliver the full counsel of God by the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. Often he would keep the people waiting while he prayed for full assurance.

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