For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)
When you come to Him, don’t come as a floater. “I’ll go up and try it and see if it works.” You’ll never get anywhere, but when you come with this kind of determination: that you have sold out a lot, stock, and barrel.
When you’re tired of the world, and sin, and unbelief, and frustrations and doubts, and come to the living God with an anchor surely tightened in the Rock of Ages, the Holy Spirit’s here to pull you into the Presence of the living God, that will give you a faith that’ll overcome anything there is in the world: sickness, disease, and even death itself.
You say, “You said death, Brother Branham.” And that’s what I meant. Death. Was not it, Lazarus, who was lying dead in the ground, and had already corruption set in, when Jesus said to Martha, “Where have you buried him? And if you won’t doubt you shall see the glory of God.”
“Did not I tell you not to doubt,” He said to Jairus that day? “If you’ll only believe, you can see the glory of God.”
Then faith overcomes death. Faith is the victory over death. Faith is the victory over sin. Faith is the victory over sickness. Faith is the victory over worry. Faith is the victory over frustrations. Faith is the victory over the world.
You say, John, when he wrote that, he did not have my troubles. He did not have to deal with the folk that I deal with. He did not have to go through the things that I do. That’s right. He may not have to deal with the same folk. He may not have to overcome the same thing, but he never excluded them. For he said, “This faith is the victory that overcomes the world, the whole thing.”
How is it? It’s faith in it. Ride above it. When we have the written Word of God laying before us, and the Holy Spirit here performing and showing the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, with the Divine promises written here, that, “whatsoever thing you desire when you pray, believe you receive it, and you shall have it.”, what do you have to do then? Have faith, not just floating faith, not just a make-believe faith, but a real faith.
Now, faith is a conqueror; faith is an overcomer. It just isn’t a peacemaker, it overcomes. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. What does it do? What is faith? What is the conqueror?
Conquer and victory is the same. To conquer, it means to beat down, to override, to handcuff, to throw into prisons. It means that the sin, that once ruled you, you rule it now. It means that you have overcome it, you’ve whipped it. You’re greater than it is.