The Family Altar
13 Jonah said, “They are lying vanities.” He said, “Once more will I look to Your holy temple,” told God.
Because when Solomon dedicated that temple, he said, “If Thy people be in trouble anywhere and look to this holy place and pray, then You hear from heaven.”
And he believed, Jonah believed that God heard Solomon’s prayer. And he started saying, “I’ll not look at this whale’s belly. I’ll not think about my backslidden condition. I’m looking towards Your holy temple and making confession.” And God sent oxygen down there, and kept him alive for three days and nights, and delivered him right in Nineveh where he belonged.
Well, if Solomon prayed that prayer, and if…There’s no one here that’s in the condition, or halfway, like Jonah was. You ain’t got nothing like the symptoms he had. Well, if he, in that condition, could look to a temple where it was built by hands of a man, and a earthly being, a man, Solomon, sitting and praying, and could have faith in Solomon’s prayer, how much more ought you and I, tonight, setting here, look to the throne of God where Jesus stands at His right hand with His Blood there to make intercessions on your confession. Just refuse to have the symptoms.
14 Symptoms is something like, say tomorrow, when you go home now, to your place, the express agent will come up and say, “Are you Mrs. Doe?”
“I have a present for you.”
“All right. What is it?” He hands over a—a basket, or box, and you hear something hitting in that box. You look in it. It’s a big box of snakes, rattlesnakes. Well, you don’t want them things.
Well, you say, “I don’t want them.”
“Oh, but they’re yours. Somebody sent them to you. Here’s your name. Here’s the name. It’s somebody sent these snakes to you; they’re yours. You have to take them.”
Now, in one sense of the word they’re yours, in another sense they’re not. Somebody sent them to you, but they’re not yours until you sign for them that you’ve received them. And when you sign you received them, then they’re yours. But if you refuse to sign for them, he has to take them back to the express company. The express company has to send them to the one that sent them to you. Is that right?
Well, don’t sign for nothing the devil brought. No, sir. Just refuse to have it. No, sir. Say, “I just haven’t got it. Devil, you take it all back. That’s all. I won’t have it.” Refuse to have your sickness, your arthritis, whatever it is, “I just haven’t got it. By His stripes I’m healed.” Stand right on your ground. Confess it. Believe it. Stay there. God will bring it to pass. No matter what it is, just believe Him.
53-0219 - Accept God's Gift
Rev. William Marrion Branham