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19-5 If he come around and say, "You don't feel any better," your conscience is even gone to that. The flue's so clear it shouts, "Hallelujah." The outlet blows a whistle; "Glory to God," it sounds out, certainly, just as clean and clear for the Word of God to work through, the power of God. See? That's the main thing; there's your battleground. Your battleground is back here at the beginning, back here in the soul, back in your mind, that opens. The--the mind is the gate to the soul, the--the gate to the spirit, rather. Your mind opens up and accepts the Spirit or it rejects the Spirit.


26-2 Hallelujah. God will heal you right in this atmosphere of the Holy Ghost, where He sent you. Amen. God will give it to you; just believe it. Amen. Open up them flues of the soul and body, senses and conscience, and... Just let God's Words penetrate. First take that mind; there's the battleground. Not say, "Well, if I could feel it... If I'd feel the glory of God falling..." Oh, that has nothing to do with it, not a thing. Open up that mind; that's the battleground; there's where the battle sets in array, right here in the front line, your mind. Open it up and say, "I... Every doubt, I doubt my doubts." Amen. "I'm doubting my doubts now; I'm believing God's Word. Here I come, Satan." Something's going to take place. Sure it will. Yes, sir.


13-4 And in this, there's a--a mutual ground, "no-man's-land," and they fight here at this place. They just don't one fight over here, and one down here, and one right over here; there's a battle front where they meet and test their powers, where each army tests its strength against the other army--a mutual meeting place.

Now, don't get--miss this. When this great battle started on earth, there had to be a mutual meeting place; there had to be a place selected for the battle to begin, and for the battle to rage; and that battlegrounds begin in the human mind. There's where the battle starts. The human mind was chosen for the place of the battle, where it was to begin; and that is, because that decisions are made from the mind, the head.

Now, they never started it from some organization; they never started it from some mechanical affair; the grounds never started there; therefore, that organization can never, never do the work of God, because the battlegrounds, where you've got to meet your enemy, is in the mind. You've got to make your choice. It meets you.


16-1 It can't be artificial; it's got to be real. And there's only--only, one avenue that that can come down, and that's by the way of free moral agency, come into the soul by your thoughts. "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. If you say to this mountain, 'Move' and don't doubt in your heart, but believe that what you have said will come to pass; you can have what you said." You get it? There you are. See? There's the battleground.


79 The Christian doesn't ask for easy things. We are not... There's so much promises today made amongst Christian people; so many ministers promise the people a false thing, "If you'll just come to Christ, all your troubles is settled." I tell you; when you come to Christ they then begin. That's when you put on a uniform, and take a gun, and enter the battlefield. This Christian road is not a flower bed of ease. It is a battle from the very hour you start until you're spirit's set free by death. You are not at no picnic. You're on a battlegrounds. And so we are promised things.


E-39 Now. Army, war, it's always been war. We never joined the church, or come into the church to come to a picnic. We must realize we are coming to a battleground. I never come for people to pat me on the back and say, "Brother Branham, you're a wonderful person." No, sir. I come there with a shield on. I don't need a shield for that. I come with a helmet and the armor. I come to fight, fight every inch of the ground. God told Joshua, "Every place the soles of your foot treads upon, that I give you." So footsteps meant possession.

And when the church gets to a place that compromises with creeds, and compromises with the Word, and compromises with the world, I mean, then it's losing ground. It's taking back.


E-2 God, let us take the opportunity while it's presented to us. They are depending on us. They left their Word, the Word of God, that was shown to them. They're depending on us to carry It out. Jesus came to confirm It, and to send the Holy Spirit to continue the work and give us power to work by, till these things be all finished, and then the great ransomed church of the living God be caught up to met Him.

There are some here today, Father, who does not have this blessed restful hope in their souls. May this be the day that they will receive it.

There maybe those here who have grown weary in the way. Let them know, Lord, that we never come to a picnic, but to a battleground: fight, every inch of the way. Give them courage. Strengthen them.


E-39 Now, waters of separation, separating us, letting us recognize that we are sinners, that we're trespassers. That's the reason I could hammer the thing. That's the reason any minister ought to stand against anything that God says is wrong to do. If he's Spirit-filled he will, for it comes from heaven (See?), against the wrong--mustn't do that. That's the waters of separation.

Still that wasn't enough. He understood. That was his knowledge, his mind, the womb of his mind, the battlegrounds where the battles is fought, in the mind. Then he cast it aside. He accepted that it is God's provided way. Is he ready for fellowship now? No, no. That was Luther's message. Along came... He's going; he's headed in the right way now. Which way's he going? Towards the congregation. Here he is separated here, by the waters, washing of the water of the Word. He's separated from his sins.


63 I want you to notice; a great thing taken place here. There was Esau, Moab, and those that we referred to last night. Many of those people, many of those were actually borderline believers. They were right on the border.

Oh, I got to stop here on something just a moment, won't take me but a minute. Many people refer the promised land to the millennium. It is not. The promised land had wars and killings. The millennium won't have any wars or killings. It referred to the Holy Spirit, the battlegrounds.

Justification: they left Egypt. There's three stages of their journey. They left Egypt under justification, believing the Word; they separated themselves from the Egyptians and come out. They crossed the Red Sea and killed the things behind them; which was sanctification through the Blood that kills all human desires of evil, second stage of the journey. But the third stage was when they crossed Jordan into the promised land where their inheritance laid. Their inheritance never laid in Egypt, though God blessed them in Egypt.


98 And every sin and wickedness has been put under my feet, by the grace of Jesus Christ. He rose on Easter morning, triumph over the death, hell, and the grave, and made me an heir, and said, "Wait yonder and I'll give you the promise." And His anointed authoritative servant said, "The promise is unto you and to your children, to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." I'm an heir. Amen. Amen. Jesus proved it to us, on His resurrection. Oh, my.

When we've entered that battlegrounds between death and Life... "I'm a sinner, Brother Branham." You don't have to be. You're a sinner because you desire to be. You don't have to be. The debt's already paid.

"Brother Branham, I wish I had joy." You can have it. You're just letting Satan rob you from the privileges that Christ died for. I'm an heir to it. It's all mine. Everything He died for, belongs to me, belongs to you. We're His children; we're heirs of it, everything that He died for.


26 Now, remember, by this time tomorrow night, the Lord willing, I'll be in New York City and we're going there on the battlegrounds to fight the good fight of faith.

So just right here, sister, if you will, right here in front. I'll pick them up. Now, you are... Thank you.


29-6 Notice, while that group is a-riding, making themselves ready to stomp out everything that won't agree with them, there's another group being made ready after while: Revelations 19. The next time the Church is heard, She comes also, not upon exactly horses, but the Bible said He was on a white horse, and the host of heaven was following Him upon white horses. That right? While this group down here has got two thousand bound at the river Euphrates, and has been bound for two thousand years, also that church has bound the Holy Ghost for nearly two thousand years, under martyrdom back there and under the church ages. It's been bound, not at the river Euphrates, but at the door of creeds and dogmas, that the Holy Spirit can't work in the church because of manmade systems. But She's going to be liberated; She's coming back. That's what the Bible said. And those two meet one another on the battlegrounds: Lucifer and Michael again, like in the beginning.


101 Now, when you enter into that battleground... "Oh, there is no such a thing as the baptism of the Holy Ghost. You know, you're--you're--you're going to act funny. And there's going to be something, going to be something different." I don't care what different it is I'm a heir to it. That's Life, and I'm coming after It. That's right.

That's what ought to be the motive of every sinner. "I'm coming to receive It upon the basis of the Holy Spirit Who's here now and telling me to come and receive It. It's mine. I'll never rise till I receive It. I won't be a fanatic. I'm going to stay right here. I don't care what anything goes. I'll never cease praying till You give me the Holy Ghost, Lord, and I know You'll do it right now. If there's anything wrong in my life, tell me about it and I'll do it. What is it, Lord? I'll go make it right."

If God doesn't reveal anything, say, "Then, Satan, I come for It. You can't stand there no longer; get out of my way."


E-46 And I thought, "Well, I believe I will take a look at that child." And when I got out, and I looked at that little boy, oh, his little mouth was open, his little eyes set back like that; and I... They had a coat laying over his face. I thought, "Oh, my, umm. What that poor mother and daddy when they come and see that poor little thing laying there like that and out in the field working..."

And they, them poor Finns. They're the only one that's paid their debt to us, their--their--their war debt. You all know that you men and so forth and know that. And they're honest and real people. God-fearing people if there is any in the world lives in Finland. That... They're really God-fearing people. They trust God for everything they have. They have to. They're living right there on that battlegrounds. And so them little soldiers up there, some of them little old boys hadn't never even shaved yet, fifteen years old. They just kill them off as fast as... Them Russians, you know how it is out there, and they declare a war, and they--they kill them off. They did in this last war, and then the Germans and so forth got them.


126 Our dear Lord Jesus Himself, in the world's greatest battleground, Gethsemane, He cried out in despair. Should He take the sins of the world or should He just remain on earth with His beloved disciples, what He wanted to do. But watch His humility as He humbled Himself, "Not My will but Thine be done," humbled Himself to the Word, the promised Word of the God of heaven. Notice, then He went a little further; and if He went a little farther, how much more ought we to go a little farther. See? And notice, the Scripture says here in Luke that He prayed earnestly. Brother, sister, if Jesus had to pray earnestly, how much more have we got to pray earnestly. If Christ, the God of heaven made flesh, had to pray earnestly, then how much more are we, sinners saved by grace, pray earnestly? If--if the decision throwed the Son of God into despair, what will it do to you and I? Desperately we must cry.

God in these last days has manifested Himself so to us by His great signs and power... Should make us desperate. That's right. And His willing to heal us and save us ought to throw us all into desperation to get to that healing stone. That's right.


E-14 Now, He said, "There's Palestine. I swore to Abraham four hundred and something years ago that I was going to give it to him." Now, I said, "It's yours. I give it to you, to his seed." Said, "I give it to you."

Now, it looks like... Now, here's where I want you to see. Now, isn't it strange? Now, He said, "It's yours, but it's just as full of Hittites, and--and Jebusites, and Canaanites, and all kinds of enemies in there. They're walled up heavy. Now, it's yours. Go take it. It's yours. Now, I give it to you, but you go get it."

Now, that's people today. If you'd only see when I tell you about Divine healing, you'd say, "Well, Brother Branham, look. I was prayed for last night. I can't move my hand anymore." That don't have one thing to do with it, not a thing. It's yours. Go get it. Sure, God give it to you. Now, the thing...

Them Israelites... Why, sure. God just didn't get up there and take His brush, and sweep them all out, said, "Now, come on in. Here you are; set down." Never did God do that. You show me your faith without your works, and I'll show you my faith by my works. See?

You've got to go do it. And you've got to fight for every inch of ground that you have. Every man in here that's born again of the Spirit of God, knows that you've had to fight for every inch of ground, toe the mark with Satan. Isn't that right? Friends, this is not a picnic. This is a battleground. See? We never come here to--to eat cookies and--and so forth. We're in a battle.

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