Word of God - It's healing to you if you receive It as healing. It's a pardon to you if you receive It as a pardon. Every blessing in here is yours if you receive It in the way that God has wrote.
Sometime I read a story a few years ago in the life of Abraham Lincoln. There was a man in prison, and he was under a federal charge. And he was going to be shot, and a good friend of his went to the President, Abraham Lincoln, a wonderful Christian man. And he said, "Mr. Lincoln, I know that you are a good man, that you are a Christian; and under this federal indictment, that this man has trespassed a law of the regulation of the army. He is my friend. He didn't mean to do that. He's guilty of doing it. He didn't mean to do it. Won't you please--you're the only man who can spare his life. Won't you spare his life?" And the courtesy of Mr. Lincoln picked up his quill and wrote across the piece of paper (because he wasn't at his desk at that time to make an official stamp) and so he wrote across it: "I pardon this man," and signed his name: Abraham Lincoln.
The precious friend of this man run just as hard as he could to the prison and said, "Oh, my friend, you are free! You are free! Here is the President's name on this piece of paper. You are pardoned." And the man said, "Do not mock me, for I'm ready now to die, because I am sentenced to death; and here you come to mock me with a piece of paper. If that piece of paper was Abraham Lincoln's pardon, it would be all decorated up with seals and so forth." He said, "Sir, this is the President's name. You are pardoned." And the man turned his back on it and would not listen to it. The next morning at daylight the man was shot before a firing squad. Now, here's a pardon from the President that says, "Do not kill the man" signed on one day; the next day the man was shot. Then the case was tried in federal courts; and when the court, the Federal Court of the United States of America tried the case, and here was the decision of the court: A pardon is not a pardon unless it be received as a pardon.
And that's the way that the Word of God is. It's healing to you if you receive It as healing. It's a pardon to you if you receive It as a pardon. Every blessing in here is yours if you receive It in the way that God has wrote.
William Branham, Sermon "As The Eagle Stirreth"