What is vanity? I am not talking about pride, but futility. Futility that comes because of a state of worthlessness, a feeling of empty significance. Especially when you are sick, overworked, or just feeling alone. Yes, believers have feelings. In fact, Solomon the great preacher of Israel said; “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” This same preacher at the dedication of the Temple instructed the people, “if you are ever in need, wherever you are, look beyond your lying vanities and toward the Temple and you will hear from heaven.”
How do you as a New Testament Believer look to the temple and get the answers you need? William Branham explains in the following quote from his sermon titled, “Expectation:”
“But we look to the right hand of God where Jesus sets with His own blood, ever alive to make intercessions upon our confession. How much more can we call any kind of disease a lying vanity. ‘I don’t believe it. He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we were healed. Then, Satan, take your course, get out of here, I believe God. I’m expecting it to happen.’ There you are. If it don’t happen right now, it’ll happen after a while. If it don’t happen today, it’ll happen tomorrow. If it don’t tomorrow, it’ll be next week. Whatever, it’s going to happen anyhow. God said so. …Be expecting it. What God said He would do, God will do. He cannot lie.”
Therefore, refuse to believe your vanities that do not really exist! And as Believers, let us believe, and believe now! Believe what God said He would do, He will do, because there is no vanity (futility) in God!
Pastor Bill Ivy