on the Roses is one of the best message series that Walter Beuttler
spoke on, I am seeking the full transcription of this 5 part
message preached in Oakleigh, Virginia in the 1970's.
Now then yesterday morning
we started to speak in the realm of worship, which really had
its beginning in our chapter the other day in Acts 13 where
various men came together. The
Word says that they ministered unto the Lord.
It’s really from there that we had developed this, the
Lord led in this. So very few people know anything
at all about ministering unto the Lord.
I think that most of
you will have observed most people seem to go to church to be
blessed. Well that’s all right, but it is not all right
enough. God likes a blessing
too. Another thing that
distresses God is this: Many people go to church in order to
be made to feel better. That’s all right too, but not all right enough.
We should assemble ourselves,
not merely that we might feel better, but that we might be made
better. Do you get it? God is always at work to bring us into the likeness of His Son.
That is God’s great objective, not to make us happy,
not to make us yelp like a dog, but to be made like unto His
Son. If we
would keep that objective of God in mind all the time, many
things would be different. That’s right.
Now let’s go back to yesterday.
I talked with you yesterday about
noise, noise making and worship. We’ll gather up the fragments from there and
move on. You know there
are far more noisemakers than there are worshipers.
There are far more
noise makers than worshipers.
Of course there’s a reason.
In the first place, noise is cheap.
Anybody can make noise, but worship is expensive. Did you know that? True worship is costly, just like real perfume. You can buy perfume in the Five and Dime for
a dime a bottle, but that is a cheap synthetic concoction. That’s right, a cheap synthetic concoction,
but real perfume is something else.
Just a few weeks ago,
I was in a town in France, Grasse,
down by the Riviera where flowers bloom
all winter long. In December
and January, the roses bloom, and they’re making their real
perfume, not a synthetic concoction, but real flowers.
Large tracts of land
are given altogether to the raising of flowers.
They bring flowers in by the truckload every morning,
and those flowers get crushed.
They get oils and their perfume is extracted.
Then it is taken off the distilled water with a silver
spoon. Then you work
up to a little bottle like this. In the Woolworth’s Store you can get a concoction
something like this size for a quarter. You ask, “How much is this perfume?”
They might say, “$15.00
You say, “Ouch! 20,000 francs, 30,000 francs, 40,000 francs. What’s the difference?” It costs something.
Do you know what? I learned it takes 9,000 rosebuds to make one
pound of essence of roses. Think
of it, 9,000 rosebuds make only one pound of essence of roses. The rose pickers must go out early in the morning
and pick the buds. The
dew must still be on the roses.
The bud must be picked before sunrise because as soon
as the sun rises, the perfume, the
scent begins to evaporate. They
get the greatest yield of perfume from roses picked before sunrise.
Think of it!
The roses weren’t blooming
when I was there, but it looks as though I’ll be coming through
there over the Christmas holiday.
If I can possibly spare the time, I want to stop off
for a few hours, and walk through the rose fields on the Riviera
next December early in the morning while the dew is still on
the roses and watch the pickers at work.
I want to get up with the pickers, and go out with them
if I can possibly arrange my schedule so I can squeeze it in.
I might make it.
I’d love to smell the
roses. Do you know why?
For the finest perfume, you must get up in the morning before
sunrise while the dew is still on the roses.
While the rest of the people still roll around in their
bed, you’re up like Jesus: “And a great while before day,
he arose and went out into the mountain to pray.” There is where you gather the perfume for real
worship. Hallelujah! Don’t you smell it?
much nicer where you just sit as the case may be. David used to sit before the Lord. You sit in that quietness, you worship God.
Praise God (softly).
That’s the real thing, but that costs something. You get this hip,
hip hurrah from all kinds of people.
They make a big noise and think they’ve done a lot of
worship. I’m sure many a time the Lord puts His finger
in His ears and walks out until they get done with it.
(During a visitation of God in
Green Lane in the late 1950’s)
One time we had meeting after meeting in which the Spirit of
God just came down. (The
revival began up in the girls doem
because of one female student that had come from Japan for only
one year and she -- Ellen Yamato was determined to meet the Lord,
and she fasted and prayed and sought the Lord for months and
one day the Lord came, and
the Spirit of God soon completely overwhelmed the girls dorm,
the Lord came with a powerful scent of perfume [Wade Taylor
described it as if God had poured out buckets of channel #5]
And as this scent of perfume of the Spirit poured out from the
girls dorm the revival took over the entire school for two entire
weeks, during which time Wade Taylor writes, there
was deep repentance, students crying out and weeping before
the Lord, sins were publicly confessed, as God brooded and worked
on these students lives in cleansing and preparation for what
was to come.) Oh, such a fragrance. (One the students were cleansed and God had opened
their spiritual capacity a fountain of new wine sprang up in
the middle of the chapel and any student that went their to
drink received a powerful, powerful imbuement, infilling of
the Holy Ghost that was absolutely life transforming – however
if the students had been allowed to sing and worship conventionally
in this atmosphere, had they been allowed to march and dance,
these acts would have dissipated this vision of God into a praise
and dance fest and or a prophecy party – and the deep working
that the Lord came to do in response to one student’s ardent
prayer and seeking of the Lord – would have been thwarted.
The kind of visitation of God and this humbling, and
prostrating one’s self
before his mighty presence in deep repentance and cleansing
does occur in scripture but it is hidden in the Greek I will
only mention the passage here – It is when the 120 were in the
upper room. – The Lord led me to this passage by the Spirit
of Revelation just a few years ago -- and I was amazed at what God revealed
and opened unto me. This
is exactly what God desired in Pinecrest – but those that were
instead focused on the manifestations of the spirit on worship,
dancing, marching, and prophesying when the Lord would pay a
visit to Pinecrest prevailed and thus the students were robbed,
and deluded into believing that these things were the purposes
of God in a visitation – and that some temporary joy and happiness
were what was to be gotten in preparation for future workings
and dealings of God in their lives.
How terrible this all is not that after decades the Lord
has given me a firm grasp and understanding of these things,
which understanding was completely
beyond me in those days – nevertheless the Lord separated
me and led me apart to Him and He graced me with private manifestations
of Himself, and a private visitation that lasted weeks in 1980.
which I will note here had I understood then what I know now
I and my friends that partook of it in private would have acted
and received of this visit of the Lord quite differently.)
By the way when you walk
through the town of Grasse,
you can smell the town before you get
near it. After you come out of those factories, the scent
of that perfume stays on your clothes for many hours. People can tell, “I know where you were.
You were down in the scent factory weren’t you?”
did you know?”
You just get into that
presence, you linger there, you walk around, and they take you
through and show you how they make things.
When you come out, the scent is on your clothes.
Do you wonder why
the Lord calls us into His Presence, and let you there to sit,
and sit, and sit, and sit, and sit and sit so when you walk
into a meeting, His fragrance that attaches itself to you permeates
your being. Somebody brought it. (Beuttler had a saying about this: If you have something in
God [Through what he is speaking of here] people will smell
it, and beat a path to your door. Because when you sit and linger
long in God’s presence in awe waiting upon Him – you receive
something of Him, that others can sense
If ever you were in that
meeting and the Presence just settled down. In fact, I’m going to jar you. In fact, all you could do was (softly in a whisper), “Praise God, Hallelujah.”
We were there quite awhile with “Praise God.”
We didn’t dare say it out loud.
It was too sweet.
Up jumps a sister, “All right
folks, let’s get the victory. Onward
Christian soldiers, marching on to war.”
And one fool always finds a bigger one to admire him. Another she followed her and they put on a Jericho march. Do
you know what they did? I
would say within a few seconds the entire atmosphere was completely
dissipated. I got up, told the people to stand and dismissed
Here we were worshipping
along comes a dumb mule who thought she had to make a big racket
because nothing was doing. Oh
the colossal jewels of ignorance! Don’t
we know yet that God doesn’t like wool?
Did He not tell the priests of the Old Testament they
were not to wear wool?
“What’s that got to
do with it?”
whole lot. God did not want the priests to perspire in their
worship. They were not
to wear anything that causes sweat.
God isn’t interested in the product of human effort. He doesn’t want a generation
of that human flesh, so to speak, to get things going and get
a meeting down somehow. He
doesn’t want sweat. What
we need is mum.
Let’s get effort. Get things going. Now everybody clap. That’s right sister, brother, clap (spits on hands to get things going). Come on, everybody
yell. Um, umh, yell. Boy did we have a time! Thank God that’s over. Hallelujah.
“Hallelujah nothing. It’s a pain in the neck.” You won’t get me to go along with that because
I know what worship is. Go
on with your circus as long as you want to, but leave me sit
Do you know what God
says in His Word? When
you come into the land that you are going to possess, that land
will not be as the land of Egypt where you have to tread water.
That isn’t the exact term now, but that is the thought.
Do you know how they water Egypt
and do with their foot in some sections?
I’d like to see that sometime.
They have a big waterwheel,
a huge waterwheel that sits down into a ditch. They have to tread the wheel to keep the wheel
going and on the other side the water comes up and dumps it
into irrigation ditches and down into the field.
There they worked. (Demonstrates pumping sounds working
to get water into the fields.) Boy is this work. So much work to get the water pumped.
And God says to Israel, “I’m
going to send you into a land where the clouds rain down the
rain, where you need no more water wheel.
I’ll send you rain.”
Folks, this Pentecost we’re in is not a land of
water wheels. If there’s
lots of wheels, something’s wrong.
God wants to give us the rain of heaven where you can
sit with uplifted hands as God sends down the rain, no work,
When I see somebody wheeling
I say to myself, “Poor brother, you’re working so hard to
get down a few buckets.”
You’ll get a couple of buckets, a bucket and a half-sure.
When we are properly aligned with God, He will send us
so much rain that no wheels should ever kill us.
Why don’t we go back to Pentecost where we seek God,
walk with God, worship Him and just allow Him to do the saturating
of His people? We do
that in school. Ask fellow
students. We never work
on a meeting. We never
sweat it up. (Grunts and groans trying to get something going.) We don’t get it anyhow, just a big racket.
The truth is a true worshiper cannot even worship in
that atmosphere. Some
people make a fool all by themselves.
Do you know what Hattie
Hammond said to us down in school?
She said, “I was in a meeting where they worked the
meeting so hard that I got up and said, ‘Jesus come on, let’s
get out of here.’” I’ve
walked out of more than one meeting.
I could not take it anymore.
They call you backslid.
It takes 9,000 rosebuds
for one pound of essence of roses.
Why don’t we learn the secret of worship from nature,
from the Word of God and from the Spirit of God?
Like we said yesterday, “Those that worship him must
worship him in spirit and in truth, for God seeketh such to
worship him.” Why does He seek them? The answer is because they are so hard to find.
Of course, children love
noise. They’re just noise
boxes. A few years ago
I was on a ship, a French boat, a relatively small boat.
I was sitting on deck enjoying the ocean, you know, just
relaxing. You need that too once in awhile. One afternoon, did I hear a racket! Along comes the children. They had those noisemakers; you know those rattles
they use on New Year’s Eve.
They swing them around.
I don’t know what they’re called, just noisemakers, all
kinds of noise. The children were running all over the deck.
I said to a man next to me, “What is this?”
He said, “The Captain
has given a party to the children and they gave out gifts.” Whew! And
they gave them noisemakers.
That’s one way to advertise the ship isn’t it? A lot of people have been on the way a long
time, but they still prefer an old rattle to the real worship.
By the way I think we
missed a message in tongues a while ago.
Perhaps I should have waited a bit.
Praise God! I
rather think that should have come earlier when we were on the
roses there in Grasse. It’s
all right. I don’t know why I didn’t pause, but I’ll tell you
something. I might as
well insert something here so we can learn.
Quite a few times in
this camp meeting here, I have been calling for utterances. Now that’s not an altogether healthy situation.
I never do it until I’m quite sure that I’m right, or
really sure. But the
tendency is that people begin to rely on that. Actually, when I say there is an utterance down
there that is more or less an emergency statement. You ought to act on your own and not wait for
the leader to say something.
I don’t always know.
Sometimes it takes me by surprise.
When you have the quickening, especially you who have
learned the thing, you should not wait for me to stop and to
ask and wait for it. You
wait until I finish a sentence or so and get the thing in on
your own. I hesitate to do that too often because folks
begin to rely on it, and as I said, it’s only to help the situation
Yesterday morning when
I dismissed the meeting, I did not feel that we had all God
wanted to give us. When
I stopped speaking around 11:20, the Spirit suddenly drew a
curtain over my speaking. Up to that point I was just floating along with
the Spirit. Suddenly
it just seemed like a curtain drew over my speaking.
I had nothing more to say whatever.
Then why talk? There
are too many people already who have nothing to say and insist
on saying it. Did you get that? (Laughter)
As we were sitting in
that Presence, I almost said, “I feel somebody is holding
back on the Spirit.” But I didn’t say it. I was very weary, and when I’m weary, it interferes
with my discernment, so I didn’t want to run the risk because
to date I have never been wrong when I make a statement,
“I feel there’s an utterance.”
To my recollection, I’ve never been wrong, but I’ll be
wrong sometime. That can happen.
But after the meeting
somebody came to me and said, “Brother Beuttler, I had an
utterance and didn’t give it.”
I was so sorry because I felt the Spirit was going to
give us the cue and it didn’t come.
So I said to the party,
“Why didn’t you?” It
was a person who has given a number of utterances here and has
always been reliable.
The party said, “I
had already given one, but I did not know it was permissible
to give a second utterance.”
Well now you see, we
are in school. We are
in school. Do you see how necessary it is to have meetings
like these? So people
learn. Now the party could have known. I’ll tell you why. The party had been with us for quite a little
while. Now I do not know
whether from the beginning.
They could have observed that we have had folks here
who gave more than one utterance in the same meeting, the same
people, and could have learned from that, but how slow all of
us are to learn and observe.
I said to the party, “Now the next time, will you
“Yes,” they answered.
We’re in school. “But Brother Beuttler,” you say, “wait
a minute. Before you talked on worship, and now you’re talking
about gifts of the Spirit. How come?”
“Quit it. We’re in
school.” Down at
school we discuss a subject and somebody asks a question or
a problem comes up. We deal with that problem so we’ll get a greater
benefit from the teacher, the Spirit of the Living God.
You know even people
who know not God, who have their own god, so to speak, like
to give them worship. Just about
two months ago now, I walked through the city of Tunis
North Africa. Somebody
took me to the Arabian Quarter, a narrow street, very narrow,
selling all kinds of wares.
There was an Arab shopkeeper.
Do you know what I saw him do?
He had something there, and all of a sudden I saw a cloud
arose from what he had. He
had a copper plate, or something like
that. We had a lady with
us to interpret from French into the Arabic.
I asked her, “What’s he doing?”
Do you know the answer
that I got? “He’s
offering incense to Mohammed believing that if he offers incense,
he’s going to have more sales. Business will be better.”
I bought some of the incense, but I do not have it with me.
It’s on the way now from Europe. I believe
they have sent it by now. If
I think of it, I’ll bring you some next year and show it to
you. It has a strange but very pleasant fragrance.
They take it, pound it to pieces, and put it on coals
from wood - charcoal, and up goes the incense. There he stands and looks up to his Mohammed
and worships before him believing as the incense rises, he’s
going to get a blessing in his business.
Friends, how about our
incense? Do you know
God just looks around in a meeting, as it were and says, “There
isn’t much worship there? No.” But then He says, “I’ll tell you something.
It’s 5:30. Let’s go over to Mt. View
Camp. They’re down in the tent by now.”
And He comes around and sees a dozen or two people huddled
together. There they
sit, “Hallelujah, Praise the Lord” softly.
said) “God can’t smell. Is that so?” My Bible says that when Noah offered an offering
the Lord God smelled a sweet savor.
God can smell, and God takes it all in.
I must go back to Grasse for a moment. Naturally they have all kinds of scents, all
kinds. In some of their
perfumes they use a combination of 30, of 40 and 50 different
flowers. The perfume, the scent, the essence is an oil.
The perfume is an oil in the
flower and it’s extracted. They
mix it in such a manner as to get different blends, and of course,
different perfumes. You
go from place to place smelling the different scents. Um, does that ever smell good; I’ll try this
They asked, “Do you
want some on your clothes?”
“Sure,” I always
said, “Yes.” I
went from table to table spz, spz, spz.
The next table, “Like some?” I answered, “Sure.” Spz spz. I don’t know what I smelled like, but it was
Hallelujah! I dare say every one of us, I’m sure, has a
different fragrance in the nostrils of the Lord. And bless your heart; I dare say He likes us
to worship. And when
we sit together and worship Him, He’ll come around, “My!
Something smells nice.” And He goes to another and smells saying, “To
tell you the truth, we just don’t know which one smells the
best.” I don’t think that’s too much overdone.
There’s so much in our
lives that He uses to turn into a peculiar fragrance. And do you know what? There was one ingredient used in the incense,
I forgot which. It’s
either onycha or stacte, one of the two, an ingredient of perfume
that’s extracted from a crab from the Red
Sea, a deep-sea crab. That ought to be an encouragement to some of
you! (Laughter) They take an extract from
God has many children who are
crabby and yet God manages to get an ingredient out of them
that is used in the worship of God.
You know this incense in the Old Testament was a composite
of 4 different ingredients mixed with olive oil.
They had an ingredient called frankincense.
Frankincense was a gummy substance that was taken from
that bush. Do you know
how they got it? In the
evening they would go to the bush, and make an incision with
a knife, and then the juice, the gummy substance, would ooze
out during the night. It would flow out because of the incision.
In the morning they collect it and use it as an ingredient
in their worship.
Sometimes to make a real
worshiper, God has to put them in the dark. Then comes along a severe ecclesiastical critic
and makes an incision, not with a sharp knife, but with a sharp
tongue. You wonder why
something out of you begins to ooze – you’re hurt, you’re bleeding,
and God uses that very substance as an ingredient for His worship.
There was another ingredient
called galbanum. They
drew substance from that. In
order to get it they would bruise the tree with a stone and
then it would flow freely. Sometimes we get bruised and we wonder what
it is all about. Why
do people hit us over the head?
Ah! It’s to give us an essential ingredient in our
worship that we might worship God with a broken spirit and a
Do you know what the
Word says, “A broken spirit
in the sight of God is of a great price.” Do you know why? Because it costs so much to have a broken spirit, and it’s so rare.
(It is worship and prayer
offered from a broken and contrite spirit that is a sweet savor
unto the Lord -- Jesus even comments on this in the prayer offered
by the pharisee and the prayer offered by the publican.)
Then with that spirit of worship, you get into a meeting where
they’re only bent on noise making, where you think you’re in
a gymnasium, or a circus, or Times
Square, New York City on New Year’s night at midnight.
How can you flow with a thing like that? You can only shut yourself in with your God
and in the temple of your own spirit, worship God in spirit
and in truth.
is cheap; worship is costly.
But, are we willing to pay the price of being a true
worshiper? Jesus paid
the price. It is portrayed
in the Old Testament: its scent went up to God when those animals
were burned. If we’ll
go on with God in the school
of His Word, in the school of the Spirit and
in the school of divine providence, you will find God will make
of us souls who can worship Him effectively in His sight.
There are many noisemakers,
but there are few worshipers.
“God is a spirit, and those that worship him must worship him in spirit.” That doesn’t mean you can compel worship.
You never can compel worship.
Mechanical means are useless.
It doesn’t mean worship can be compelled.
It only means if we’re to worship God at all, we must
worship Him in Spirit because on no other plane is worship,
worship. God seeks those
who will worship Him on the plane of God in Spirit, for God