1123 The Bible said, "As many as believe (See?), were baptized." There's a pool here full of water waiting for any candidate who's ready to die to them self. Now, you might be buried many times in the Name of the Lord Jesus, but until that Seed is Life (See?), It won't quicken it. No, no. Baptism of waters is like the dew that fell from heaven. It can fall upon the seed, but there's no Life there it can't live. But if that real baptism of water is a death to yourself, and you're ready to die out to everything that you ever been taught by creeds and denominations which is contrary to the Word, and you'll walk as a son or daughter of God, and you mean it in your heart, watch what that baptism of water will do to you this morning. Repent every one of you and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your wrongs, your sins, and you shall receive the Sheaf, the Wave-offering. You shall receive the Dynamics, the Holy Ghost, for the promise is to you and all them, to all generations, it'll be.

2In this paragraph that we are studying tonight brother Branham makes two things very clear concerning a genuine new birth.

31) Unless there is life in that seed, it will never come into full manifested life no matter how much water you pour on it.

4He says, "Now, you might be buried many times in the Name of the Lord Jesus, but until that Seed is Life (See?), It won't quicken it.

5And again he said, No, no. Baptism of waters is like the dew that fell from heaven. It can fall upon the seed, but there's no Life there it can't live.

62) he tells us that the real fact is when the light strikes the seed, if that seed does not rot to itself, it can never come into full manifested Life. It means int he spiritual, you have to die first, in order to be born again.

7Notice his words are very definitive. But if that real baptism of water is a death to yourself, and you're ready to die out to everything that you ever been taught by creeds and denominations which is contrary to the Word, and you'll walk as a son or daughter of God, and you mean it in your heart, watch what that baptism of water will do to you this morning.

8The Apostle Paul speaks of this death when he speaks of our being buried with Christ, because you do not bury someone who is alive, you bury someone who has already died.

9Therefore we read in Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

10Notice Paul ties our newness of life to having died to self and then raised up a new creation in Christ Jesus.
So these people today think they can continue living any old life they choose and call themselves born again Christians because they have accepted a new doctrine or teaching.

11But Paul said we must die first, and then be raised up in Christ by the power of God.

12Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

13Notice that the Apostle Paul admits this for his own life as well as we see in Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

14From his sermon The Paradox a 63-0801 P:9 brother Branham said, "I believe that every born again member of the Body of Christ is a paradox in themselves. I believe each one of you Methodists and Presbyterian and Lutherans, that never had experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit, was in some formal church that did not believe in the genuine new birth, and has now received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, is a perfect example of a paradox. Because something happened to you that changed your whole being, and anyone could look at that and know that what a paradox is: a miracle. Unless that happens, you cannot be a Christian. There must be a paradox for you to become a Christian. 'Cause no one can change a spirit in a man, and give him new birth, outside of God. God alone is the only One could do it. And it's a miracle how that God can take a man's thinking, and his ways, and his life, and everything, and change it from what it was to what it can be, what He can make it.

15So you see, there must be a change of the inner man or you are not born again.

16From The Rising of the sun 65-0418M P:127 Brother Branham said, And now (See?), now you are already resurrected. When God raised Him up, He raised you; the Son is just now on you. And now you're growing into a blossom Life like He was to be resurrected completely in that last day. Your potentials you have now. Why do you know? Your soul changed, didn't it? Your body come in obedience to It, didn't it? Into obedience to what? A church? The Word, which is the Life. Then you are now resurrected from the dead.

17Now, many claim to have had "a renewing of the mind", and thus claim they are being transformed by that renewing of the mind, but their bodies have not come into obedience to the Word, and it is evident because it shows in their life. They read Romans 12:2 without first reading Romans 12:1 and thus void out any understanding that verse 2 would give us. And thus they continue to live any old life they please, but at the same time they claim a renewing of the mind.

18Let's just read Romans 12 for ourselves.

19Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. The NIV says, "which is your spiritual act of worship"

20Paul continues to teach us that we are to change our living as he says in verse 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

21So the apostle Paul is talking about a change of the mind which is a dying to your own will to a living by God's will, and that will constitute a changed or transformed life.

22But many place the entire focus on the being transformed by the renewing of the mind, and bypass altogether the effect it places on your life being conformed to God's Will.

23Then the apostle Paul says in verse 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

24Paul is telling us that this submission to the Will of God must come by first a dying to our own will. And that can only come through a genuine humility. That is what sacrifice is all about. Sacrifice always speaks of death. The lambs and bullocks died and thus could be sacrificed. Jesus the lamb of God gave His own Life as a sacrifice unto God and God expects no less from us. And in this case it is our death to self, that becomes our living sacrifice which is holy and acceptable unto God.

25From The Message Version we read it as thus: 12:1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

26From his sermon, Birth pains 65-0124 P:27 brother Branham said, We know the old seed must, before the new seed can come out of the old seed, it must rot, absolutely, not die only, but rot after it's dead. We know that to be true. That's the same thing in new birth. We never go back, but we go forward when you're born again. And that's why I think today we have not so many genuine new births, is because the seed is, maybe will sympathize with the Word or the person, but they don't want to rot away from the old system that they were in. They don't want to come out of it. They want to stay in the old system and claim the new birth or the message of the age. We found that under the Luther, Wesley, Pentecostals, and all other ages. They still try to hold on to the old system and claim this, but the old system age must die, rot, in order to bring forth the new one. They still want to cling. Notice, they know the old system is dead, but they just don't want to rot out of it. Now, rot is when it's really done away with.

27Many Christians teach today that their relationship with God is a sort of free Gift from God. It's free of charge. Just hop on the welfare wagon and ask, ask, ask, and you'll receive.

28from his sermon, Time tested memorials of God 57-0818 P:35 God's able of the stones to rise children to Abraham. Truly, He will do it. And when I think of that, and think of the great price that He had to pay. Now, good... Everybody wants everything free, wants every... That's the American way of life today: get everything you can for nothing. Brother, you get nothing that's worth anything for nothing; you pay for what you get. That's right. You have to pay for it, and it comes dear. And your salvation comes dear to God. It cost His only begotten Son to give Eternal Life to every man and make him happy tonight and live for things that's worthwhile living for. Not for to leave something to our children, no inheritance can be left greater than the salvation of our Lord Jesus. Certainly, it's not.

29But Doctrine of Christ and the relationship between father and son is not a one sided relationship. It is not "God giving and you receiving" sort of proposition. In fact, no true relationship is built on a one sided effort.

30Eternal Life is Living for others, and God gives eternal Life to those who are willing to pay the price of receiving it.

31Jesus said in Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Now, many who read this think, "Whoah, whoah, whoah!!! What's going on here Jesus? I thought that your Grace if Free, and salvation is free for the asking. What's this about hating anyone in order to be your disciple. I thought God is a God of Love, not a God of hate. I don't understand these words, these are very hard words to understand?"

Let's continue with our text... 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

This evening I would like to examine this aspect of the Doctrine of Christ and the relationship between Father and son in a way we don't usually think about, and that is "counting the cost".

Notice as we read in Luke 14 concerns the thought of our counting the cost to follow Jesus. We know by many Scriptures concerning our reward, but how often do we think about the individual cost and ask ourselves are we willing to pay the price.

We know that Jesus paid the price of His life, but do we understand that we must also pay the price of our own Lives as well? After all, Jesus died that we might live, and now God in return asks us to die to self that the Life of His fist born son might live again in us.

So this evening we will look at "the cost of being a Christian",

Jesus said, "if you wish to follow Me, then you must deny yourself, take up his cross and follow Me." That means you've got to be willing to die to self, for the cross represents the harshest form of death.

Jesus tells us there is a price to pay to follow Him. And He lays out the terms and conditions of this discipleship. We all know there were great crowds following Him as long as he passed out the freebies like the fishes and loaves. But then one day he says, the freebies are over, if you want to continue to follow me and be my disciple you must take up your cross and die to self.

32As br. Branham told us, "Everyone loved the miracles, and healing", and let's just say the free food as well. But when he began to teach the doctrine of Christ which is essentially the relationship as an obedient son to the Father, it seemed everyone turned their backs on him.

33Many wanted to follow the "In thing" which Jesus was when he went forth healing. But He knew their hearts. He knew they desired only the benefits of what He did, the freebies, the free lunch so to speak, rather than the willingness to die to self and become what He was. So they loved His free gifts, but they did not love the life He was calling them to.

And so Jesus explains to them what it means to become one of His disciples: He said in Luke 14:26-33 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple"

34Jesus said a whole lot in this parable, and He quickly put an end to the idea that He offered some kind of welfare program. Although the gift of eternal life is free to anyone who asks John 3:16, yet eternal life is not living for self, but for others. So what he is asking is this: Are you willing to die to self and self centered living, and put others lives before your own. Because that is what eternal Life is all about.

If you want what He has, Eternal Life, then you've got to be willing to give up what you have, and that's your own life in order to get it. You're talking about a transfer of ownership, his life for your own. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

We hear Jesus in Luke chapter 9 tell us of His rejection and suffering, and then how we must also walk in his footsteps as well. Luke 9:22 "Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. 23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.

Those are the same words the Holy Spirit spoke to me while I was in the Minnesota Vikings training camp., "What will you profit if you gain the world and lose your soul."

There is a price to pay, brothers and sisters, for this transfer of ownership, your life for His.

Galatians 5:24 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

“Counting the cost” means recognizing and agreeing to the terms and conditions of the contract which is called a covenant in the Bible.

In following Christ, we must "die to self", which means we must un-follow self and un-follow others.

You cannot follow your own thinking either, because Proverbs 16:25 tells us There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

35In fact Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. And so we can not follow the world and the word at the same time.

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Many of the people followed Jesus for the loaves and fishes, for the benefits, but when the going got rough they up and left.

36John 6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

In fact Jesus said us in Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

When God's ways conflict with your ways, do you let go and let God, or do you stop walking in the light with Him. If you do not count the cost of being His son or daughter, you will run away at the first threat, or trial of your faith, or the first time he pulls at your heart to turn and go His way instead of the way of sin.

Mark 4:16-17 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

In Jesus’ earthly ministry, there came a time when the free food stopped and public opinion turned ugly. The cheering became jeering, and the crowds became the few. And as Jesus knew what would happen ahead of time, so do we.

37Finally we hear Jesus tell us in Luke 14:33 that this covenant of divine fellowship is an all or nothing proposition that he is offering to us.

Luke 14:33 " whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple"

Counting the cost not only mean that we are called upon sometimes to give up something physically, but more often it is more likely that we are to let go emotionally of some things so that what we do possess, no longer possesses us.

When we are His we are not our own. and we no longer belong to this world.

38the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

39The Message Version puts says it this way, "Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

And we are told in 1 John 2:15-17 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

40Therefore, knowing the cost we must be willing to make our choice, for we cannot serve both God and Mammon.

41Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

42Remember, the story of the rich young ruler, and how Jesus loved him when he said he had obeyed from his heart since his youth, all of the ten commandments? But when Jesus asked him to deny Himself and take up His cross which means he had to die to self, in order to follow Jesus he couldn't do it.

Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

43Many who call themselves Christians love the idea of eternal life after they die physically, because they like the idea of living forever. But eternal life is to be lived now. And if you are not willing to let go of your life and let him live your life for you, then you do not have eternal life.

44Eternal Life is not a lifestyle change, it is not a change of habits, exchanging a bad habit for a good habit, or exchanging bad works for good works, but it is an ownership change. You no longer own your vessel, he paid for it in full and you gladly hand it over to him to live for you.

45From his sermon, Waters of separation 55-0606 P:44 brother Branham said, "I wonder tonight if you tonight will only look yonder and see what a price that Christ had to pay for your soul."

46Therefore, in considering the cost of eternal Life, it means that you are willing to do what Jesus did for you. He paid the ultimate price of His life. Are you are willing to do the same.

47John 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

48From his sermon, Conference 60-1125 P:44 brother Branham said, "What was it? A conference table being set. Then that Holy Spirit of God, as we see on the picture of Gethsemane, that Light, which God is Light, El Elohim, the self existing One, when He came down into His Presence. "Do you want to go through with this, Son?" What? The Angels are listening. "What's going to be the result? The whole world lays upon Your shoulder. Do You want to pay the price, or what do You want to do? You can come right on now without death. There lays Calvary before you. There they'll spit in Your face, and they'll take You to Calvary, all these things. You'll die in agony with the crown of thorns on Your head, and Your Blood will drain out. Are You willing?" Let's see what the conference. What the echo's going to be? All Angels are standing around wondering what takes place now. The decision's made. What is it? "Not My will but Thine be done." Oh the Angels unfolded their blessings and begin to minister to Him then, preparing Him for that great hour. A conference was set. A decision was made. I'm so glad of that decision.

49Now, the Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

50And yet in understanding how it is by Grace and not of works, we must never forget what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 8:17-18, "And if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."

51And brother Branham explained this to us in the Church Age Book Chapter 4 - The Smyrnaean Church Age P:18 Unless we suffer with Him we cannot reign with Him. You have to suffer to reign. The reason for this is that character simply is never made without suffering. Character is a VICTORY, not a gift. A man without character can't reign because power apart from character is Satanic. But power with character is fit to rule. And since He wants us to share even His throne on the same basis that He overcame and is set down in His Father's throne, then we have to overcome to sit with Him. And the little temporary suffering we go through now is not worthy to be compared to the tremendous glory that will be revealed in us when He comes. Oh, what treasures are laid up for those who are willing to enter into His kingdom through much tribulation.

52When we choose to follow Christ, we are giving over control of our lives to Him. When The Holy Spirit is in the control tower of your life, you will do as He would do, because it is not you doing it, but He is doing it in you just using your body to do whatever he does through you.

53That is why the apostle Paul could say in Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I am alive, yet it is not me that is living but Christ is living in me. And the Life I am now living in this flesh I am living by the revelation of Jesus Christ who loved me and gave Himself for me"

54And if we are living by that same revelation then we give ourselves for others just as Jesus himself did. And let's face it, if we have the Holy Spirit living our lives for us then we can quote the apostle Paul who also said, Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

55Therefore when we read, 1 John 3:9-10 we understand fully it is God working in us both to will and to do. "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; (does not initiate sin) for his seed (God's seed) remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not what is right is not of God, neither he that loves not his brother.

56And again we read in 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

57So what are the costs we must consider?

581. We must consider the cost to our old man.
2. We must consider the cost of becoming His.
3. We must consider the cost of Grace, and what it means, and what disgrace means.
4. We must consider the cost of Dying to self. What does it mean to deny ourself and take up our cross?

From his sermon Just one more time Lord 63-0120E P:72 brother Branham said, "Are you willing to die? That's what's the trouble of it, you want to stay alive to Hollywood, the same time be alive with God. It won't mix. A seed... Jesus said, "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone." You'll never bring forth anything. Oh, Jesus' Name church, what a glorious church, what a glorious Name, Jesus' Name. Are you ready to die? Are you Assemblies of God, General Assembly, are you ready to die? Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, are you ready to die out to your enemy? Are you willing to pay the price of sacrifice, really, sincerely? Not just come and say, "Well, I'll give it a try and see how I come out." You're not ready yet. You must be ready to pay the price, and die.

5. We must consider the cost of standing for righteousness in such a dark perverted world.
6. We must consider the cost to self, what dying to self really entails.

59Just one more time Lord 63-0120E P:59 That don't mean a thing. Showmanship, we got too much Hollywood, but it don't bring the Spirit and power of God down. Might bring enthusiasm, but it don't bring power of God. They're not willing to pay the price. Samson prayed right. What did he pray? In closing, I might say this, "Lord, let me die with the enemy." That's the trouble; they don't want to pay the price of dying. You got your own-self worked up into a community, into a bunch of people that you associate with and play cards, stay home and watch programs, eat "tater" chips and drink cokes. The church sets empty. That's right. Make you sign a card, you'll come six months out of the year to Sunday school. Such manmade enthusiasm. What you need is the Holy Ghost. Oh, you say, "I got It." You sure don't act like it. Yes, sir. Let the preacher preach an hour or something another like that, you're ready to call the trustee board and throw him out. That's right. Oh, you want to eat your cake and keep it too. Can't do that. No, sir. You got to surrender yourself. You got a price to pay, got a cleaning up to do. And I tell you, the whole church world needs a cleaning all the way from the pulpit to the janitor's room. That's right. It's the Truth. Not willing to pay...

7. We must consider the cost to your present life, what does it mean to die to self, die to your life, die to your thoughts.

608. We must consider the cost of bearing his name, living His life.

619. We must consider the cost of what it means to be hated by the world for His name's sake.

6210. We must consider the cost of bearing His Life in our bodies.

Once more 63-1117 P:66 Notice, Samson prayed, "Lord, let me die with the enemy," when he realized what was happening around him. His eyes were gone. His strength was gone. His fellowship was gone. But there's a possibility that a prayer meeting might spark it again. See? Then he prayed right, "Let me die with the enemy." You must die with your enemy. That's right. You must die to the enemy that's got you in this condition. That's right. Samson was willing to pay the price to get the power of God back on him again. He seen what he was raised up to do: not be a showman, but to be a servant, to have himself so that the power of God could flow through him.

11. We must consider the cost of the affliction and suffering we come to because we bear His name.

6312. We must consider the cost of living for others, because eternal life lives for others.

64That day on Calvary 60-0925 P:38 He was just one Man, the perfect Man. He gave His life, and He made an example for you. Now, what must we do. Now, the first thing I want to say is: Jesus never lived for Himself. His Life was spent for others. That's perfectly Eternal Life. When you say you go to church and you do good things, that's fine. But when you live your life to yourself, you haven't Eternal Life. Eternal life is living for others. It proved it when He come in the Lamb of God. He lived and had Eternal Life, because He did not live for Himself. He lived for others. And you receive Eternal Life by receiving that day, and you don't live for yourself no more. You live for others.

13. We must consider the cost of the pearl of great price, where we are willing to give up all we have to obtain this great pearl.

Leadership 65-1207 P:91 It might cost you everything you got. It might cost you your home; it might cost you your friendship; it might cost you your stitch-and-sew party; it might cost you your place at the Kiwanis. It might... I don't know what it'll cost you, but it'll cost everything that's worldly or pertains to the world. You'll have to separate yourself from everything that's worldly. You'll have to do it. Moses laid everything aside and went into the desert with a stick in his hand. Amen. Days after days passed. And wonder if he thought he made a mistake? No. Many times people start out, and they say, "Oh, I'll do it. Glory to God, I see It." And let somebody laugh at you and make fun of you, "Probably I was wrong." He said, "They that cannot stand chastisement are bastard children and not the children of God." See, they're worked up on the emotion.

6514. We must consider the cost of suffering for His name's sake to receive His character.

66Token the 64-0308 P:25 God requires that Token, and That only. It's a sign that your way is paid. He ain't going to take your credentials or something else. He's got to have that Token. The bus driver say, "Here, wait a minute; that ain't my token." The airplane man say, "Well, you go out there now." A ticket is a token. You go out there and tell the pilot, "Here, I want to get on your plane. How much is it?" "Go in and get your token." "Oh, I'll pay you." "I can't take it, You won't get on my plane until you go pay the price and get the token. I'm looking for the token." You say, "Well, I went to school. I done this." I don't care what you done. You've got to have the Token or you don't get on. Amen and amen. Can't you see it? God requires that Token. "When I see the blood, and only will I pass over you when I see the token."

6715. We must consider the cost of being rejected and despised for His names sake.

68You know we sing the song, I'm going through, and brother Branham mentions it in his sermon, God keeps His Word 57-0120E P:80 I'll pay the price what other Christians do, I'll take the way (like the Micaiah) with the Lord's despised few, I've started in with Jesus, and I'm going through. Oh, I'm going through, yes, I'm going through, I'll pay the price what other Christians do, I'll take the way with the Lord's despised few, I started in with, Jesus, and I'm going through.

6916. We must consider the cost of what it means to be a faithful Stewards.

70After all, our cost is our Stewardship as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and Stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

7117. We must consider the cost for the power of God to work through us
Just one more time Lord 63-0120E P:61 Are you willing to pay the price? That's in a Pentecostal church, are you willing to pay the price? That's it. You see what kind of a shame we're standing in. All right. Samson, willing to pay the price to get the power of God again.

72That is why we do not see much of John 14:12 or Mark 16 in the churches. We are not willing to pay the price as we ought to.

7318. We must consider the cost of living in Holiness before God and man?

7419. We must consider the cost for complete obedience to God's Word?

75Token the 63-0901M P:142 The token is a sign that the purchase has been made and been accepted. Now, you can't get the token from the railroad fare, until you pay the price. And the only way you're going to pay the price... Just pay it. That's right. What? Believe it; accept it. Full obedience to the whole Word of God will entitle you to the Token. Full obedience, not to part of It, as far as your denomination goes, but all of It. Full obedience to the Word, which is Christ, brings you into Christ.

7620. We must consider the cost of walking with Him in the Revelation of His light.

77Hebrews 11:4 By Revelation Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5 By Revelation Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without Revelation it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 7 By Revelation Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by Revelation. 8 By Revelation Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By Revelation he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through Revelation also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13 These all died in Revelation, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. 17 By Revelation Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. 20 By Revelation Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 21 By Revelation Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaningupon the top of his staff. 22 By Revelation Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. 23 ByRevelation Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. 24 By Revelation Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27 By Revelation he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 Through Revelation he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29 By Revelation they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. 30 By Revelation the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. 31 By Revelation the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. 32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through Revelation subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through Revelation, receiving not yet the promise counted the cost and obeyed the revelation God gave them: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

78He had all those great attributes in Him, because the fullness of the Godhead was bodily in Him, yet he paid the price for everything you can think of: Our healing, our redemption, our Justification, our Sanctification, our Holiness, our joy, our peace, our Mercy, our Grace. He paid the price of our inheritance and our future Home. He paid the price for it all.

79Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

80Let us pray...