Now watch that nature
Now watch that nature
Now, if we'll watch the Dove…The reason It stayed on the Lamb, because Their natures was the same. And the reason that the Dove stays on the Christian, He will stay there as long as he is a lamb. But when he takes a different nature, the Dove will take Its flight
Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
Now, the Bible said He saw the Spirit of God like a Dove, and He said, "Behold the Lamb of God." And the Dove came on the Lamb and abode…I like that "abiding." Now, what if the Lamb would have snorted like a wolf. Why, the Dove would have been gone.
You know, sometimes I wonder if that's the reason that so much trouble is in the church. If we are the lambs of God, we should have the nature of lambs if we expect the Dove to abide. You believe it? I do. Now, if we'll watch the Dove…The reason It stayed on the Lamb, because Their natures was the same. And the reason that the Dove stays on the Christian, He will stay there as long as he is a lamb. But when he takes a different nature, the Dove will take Its flight This Lamb was first a spotless Lamb.
The Bible said that He was a spotless Lamb. And the lamb could not depend upon its own travel; a lamb has to be led, or guided, or shepherded. Did you ever go to a slaughterhouse and watch them slaughter sheep? The lamb… The sheep won’t go up the chute themselves to the slaughter; there’s a goat leads them to the slaughter. But the goat, when he gets up to the place where the killing place is, he jumps over the chute.
Now, that’s just a very typical thing of the devil. He will lead God’s sheep right up to the slaughter, and then he steps out aside. That’s right. So be careful what’s a leading you. Ha, ha. Amen. The sheep… Christ… Look how meek He was. He never tried to do His own will. He said, “I come not to do My will, but the will of Him that sent Me.” And the Father that sent Him went with Him and in Him. And now, He said, “As the Father has sent Me, so send I you.” Then He never only sent us, but He goes with us. And notice him, as he is led around. And now he doesn’t rely upon his own ability, a sheep doesn’t. He relies upon the ability of the shepherd. He doesn’t question his shepherd. He just goes with his shepherd and the—the sheep also. I have had a little experience in raising sheep on a farm when I was a boy. We used to take and shear the sheep, a shorn, shaven sheep. You’d catch them and throw them up on the table. You have a little place, a little loop you tie their little feet down.
They don’t kick and go on. They just lay still and give up everything that they have: their wool. They let you shear them off without kicking and hollering about it. I hope you understand what I mean. Sheep lay still. Now, a real sheep, a sheep forfeits its rights, and that’s what I was trying to get at yesterday when I was speaking of the way some of our Christian sisters are dressing and going on, and our brothers the way they’re carrying on.
A lady was setting next to another lady, which was a friend of mine, who met me today and said… A lady said, “If there was a door here, I’d run out of it.” She said, “He’s wrong.” Well… She says, “It’s our rights to do this.” That’s right. You say to me, “Brother Branham, the stores sell these little short clothes that the ladies wear. It’s our American privilege. It’s our right.” But are you’re willing to forfeit your rights, to be a sheep. That’s the next thing. That’s right. You say, “It’s our privilege, Mr. Branham, if we want to belong to church and if we want to smoke cigarettes. The government tells they can sell them, and they sell them. There’s nothing wrong in it.
That’s our American privilege to smoke cigarettes.” That’s right. But will you forfeit your right to smoke cigarettes. See? That’s it.
By: William Marrion Branham