The Family Altar
97 Then Paul said, “When I am weak then I am strong. Yes!” He said, “Then will…I will glory in my infirmities of my weaknesses and so forth. I’m thanking God that I got all of it out of me. And when I get everything out of me, then God can come in. But as long as I got some of myself there, then God can’t get in.”
98 There, that’s it, we—we smother Him out. We drive Him away with our…From the poorest of us to the richest of us, from the least to the greatest, we keep God out of our lives because of our own selves.
99 I’ve often said, “The greatest enemy I got is William Branham.” He’s the one that gets in God’s way. He’s the one that gets lazy. He’s the one that gets to a place sometimes where he thinks he can do something about it, and, when he does, that shoves God right out of the picture. But when I can get rid of that guy, when I can get to a place that he is out of the way, then God can come over and do things that William Branham knows nothing about.
100 That’s when God can use you. That’s when He can use any of you. He can use anybody when we get out of the way. But as long as we got ourselves in the way, then we cannot. All right.
101 Now we find out, this great fellow, Paul, he was a—he was a prince amongst the preachers. He was respected by every denomination. That man could have went to a city and had a meeting anywhere. Because why? He had credentials. Why, he was so great, and so determined to smash out all the people that was weak, until he got power from the high priest, the high highest authority, to bind every one of them Christians. Political power from his church, to bind all of them! Oh, he was strong! He could bind the Christians and throw them into jail because they wouldn’t agree with him upon his theological doctrines, upon the doctrines of the Pharisees and Sadducees. He was binding the Christians.
102 But, notice, he had to become bound, himself, so he could lose it, he could lose his strength and authority. He become bound, himself, to lose what he had power to bind with. He had to lose what he was, in order to be bound.
103 God passes the nobles! He passed the priests. He passed those who were arrogant. And He chose Paul, this great man, and made him fall in the dust of the earth and do things that he…like those others was doing. He made them act in the…made him act the same way that those he was arresting. He bound Paul by the Spirit of God, to get him loose from the power that he had to bind Christians with. Tell me God don’t know what He’s doing? He took away his strength in order to lose his—his hold.
61-1119 - Perfect Strength By Perfect Weakness
Rev. William Marrion Branham