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Kenneth Copeland - Your Words Set the Conditions


Kenneth Copeland - Your Words Set the Conditions
TOPICS: Power of Words

Hello everybody. Come on in here and sit down now. It's Wednesday and you do have your study notes, right? That you've been ordering on this. Good. Get your notes out. Now we're talking about words being spiritual containers. Monday we read where Jesus said my Word... John 6:63. My words are Spirit and they are life. Remember what else he said? The thief comes but for to steal, to kill and destroy. I am come that you might have life and have it more abundantly. Words can be faith-filled words that dominate the laws of sin and death. Fear filled words. Jesus said, you'll stand judgment for every idle. The Classic Amplified, you'll stand judged for every idle, non working word. And it's a thing that does not proceed from faith.

Right.

So idle words. Now...

Silly stuff. Just talking silly.

Well, I'll see you tomorrow if a train don't kill me. Brother Hagin would say, you say something long enough for it to get down into your spirit, it will control your life. I said for years, because I was always way overweight. I hate exercise. Well then the time came and the Lord really got after me for that. And then I needed to get a great exercise room right there in our home. And I did it. So made the decision, praise God. I got in there, had a smile on my face, brother. And I have an A-frame. And on this end of it here you pull this down, there's two things like this. And you can pull them down and add weight to it from the bottom. And I caught a hold of that and I'm smiling and I said, God, I hate this. It was in me. And I just cried. I said, "No, no, forgive me Lord. God I love this". I physically felt that spirit leave my body.

That's it.

I'd said... I physically felt it. I'd said it since I was a boy. But no more. Never say that.

Right.

Excuse me. Names are so important.

Yes.

That in naming a child, I learned this over the years, to be cautious about what the nickname might be.

Right.

And I'm going to tell this to you. I'd already spoken to the class about this earlier. Now my grandfather, Cherokee Indian, and when he grew up he was just Chum Owens. That was it. Now his dad, he named all the girls but the boys, they just had nicknames. And he was Chum, Chum Owens. Well he had to sign up for the draft in World War I. They said, no, can't have your nickname. What's your name? He said WE Owens. No, not your initial. What's your name? William Elmer. He named himself after two men that he highly respected. He named himself. His brother's name was DR. No. Yeah. DR Owens. So they called him Doc. He wasn't more a doctor... He was DR. Well now my mother's family, my mother Vinita Pearl, then Alton Leroy Owens, then Floyd Russell Owens, and then Maxine, she's the youngest. So Alton Leroy Owens was killed in World War II. But he nicknamed everyone. Now the youngest, Floyd Russell Owens, they lived out there on the farm. He would not wear anything but blue overalls. Now I said that properly. In Texas they're overhauls.

Overhauls. That's right.

He'd wear blue overhauls, not stripe ones. You couldn't get... No, blue. So his older brother called him Pete O Almond boy blue. He was Pete Owens till the day he went home to be with the Lord. Everybody called him Pete. And nobody knew what his real name was. He was uncle Pete to me. Now there was another man right there in that same area, in that farming area where they were raised and he was tall, real slender, kind of a guy. Kind of long neck. He called him Turkey Neck Shepherd. So everybody called him Turk Shepherd. Now even... Lovely man. Even when he went home to be with the Lord, I asked my dad, I said, "Do you have any idea what Turk Shepherd's real name was"? He said, "No, I don't have any idea". He was just always Turk Shepherd because my uncle Bud called him that.

That's something. That is amazing.

And then my mother called out and Leroy, Bud as her brother. So he became Bud Owens. I called him uncle Bud. I had uncle Bud, uncle Pete and aunt Maggie. Names are so important. You need to watch out for the nickname because it can get... It can be a... Children can be stuck with it.

If you'll listen to your children when they're really young, don't call them into their calling. Let God do that. But if you'll listen to them, they'll give you clues to what their calling is.

Yes, they will.

When they start talking about things. I try to get my daughter Madison to play sports. She'd be out there singing and dancing and the soccer ball go right past her into the goal. And I got so frustrated with her one day and I said, Maddie, you've got to stop singing. And she goes, that's my destiny. That's what I'm called to do. And I went, I repent.

Or in other words, daddy, get out of my way.

But no, it was true. If you'll listen to them, you'll begin to pick up what God's already placed in them. And then you can begin to talk that and direct that and speak those seeds. Speak to that seed of greatness that's already in them.

Now one thing I never ever did, never. I was just not disposed to do this. I never called my dad, my old man, never.

I didn't either.

Never, never, never. I called him my father. When I was young I called him daddy. And before I knew you could have what you say, first airplane ride in my life. It was close enough to the end of World War II that they released general aviation. We lived there in Abilene, Texas. And a man by the name of Wooten, the Wooten Hotel, Wooten Furniture Company had a little Lockheed 12. Now, to let you know what that was, that was the airplane that a Amelia Earhart flew. Little twin tail on it, two engines. So they said that some... They called my dad and said, we're going to fly Mr. Wooten's airplane, would you and your son like to come out and ride? Oh yeah. So he, God just flying, put me up in the front seat and this is the first time I'd ever been in the front seat of an air... In the cockpit of an airplane. And he looked at me and he said, "Don't you touch anything". Now the reason I'm telling this... Mark 11:20. Let's go to Mark 11. Have faith in God for verily I say unto you, whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he said.

Three times say.

Say, say, say. Believe once. Say, say, say. And we got on the ground and the door stuck so I got another 20 minutes sitting up there and it was hot. I didn't care. That's the first time it'd ever been off the ground. Walking away saying the word daddy brought it all back to my mind. We were walking across the tarmac right there in Abilene, Texas and he held me by the hand and I was between... I was almost... Well the coming December, I would've been nine years old and it was summertime. I stopped and turned around and I said... I turned around and I pointed at that airplane and I said, "Daddy, I'm going to do that". He said, "What"? I said, "I'm going to fly airplanes". He said, "Boy, you can do that". That's the first time I said it.

He put his amen on it.

Yes he did.

You spoke seed that was already in you.

Yes.

He put his amen on it as your father. And that encouraged you. Instead, don't discourage your children when they say, Dr. Avery, I'm going to be a brain surgeon. Oh, nobody in our family's ever been a brain surgeon.

But he is. Now an example of this is...

And I've been flying for over 60 years.

There you are.

And I finally realized that I was called to fly.

Yes. And that got you into Oral Roberts.

Yes it did.

And it got you into where you're at today.

That's right.

As a result.

Yes sir.

Words. Mark chapter five. Let's look at this. We started this yesterday. And Jesus is in Capernaum and Jairus meets him and fell at his feet, besought him saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death, I pray that thee come and lay thy hands on her. She may be healed and she'll live. Listen to what he's saying. Verse 24. Jesus went with him, much people followed him and thronged him. Now here's where I'm going to start. A certain woman which had an issue of blood 12 years and had suffered many things of many physicians, spent all that she had and was nothing better, but rather grew worse. When she heard of Jesus...

Now she heard something.

First.

Yes. Faith came.

Yes and it's in her. And so that created a thought and that thought caused this. When she heard of Jesus, came in the pressed behind and touched his garment for she said... She said based on what she heard. For she said, If I may be touch his clothes, I shall be whole. And straight away the fountains of her blood was dried up. She felt in her body and that she was healed of the plague. And Jesus immediately knowing in himself that virtue, power had gone out of him, turned about in the press and said, Who touched my clothes? That's a great example of words. She set the condition for what was going to happen with her words.

Yes.

Based upon what she'd heard. So she's operating by something that's been sown in her and she's saying... You did at nine years old with that airplane. What she said contained the miracle, not what she did.

That's right.

Let me say that again. What she said contained the miracle, not what she did. What she said pulled the healing out of him. That's how he felt it. He recognized it. What she said pulled it out. You've probably had that where you've just been preaching along and all of a sudden you're just drawn to a place or to a situation, you don't even know why, you just feel a pull on you, on that anointing. Now she was afraid after it happened. This is the second or third time in 24 hours that somebody's fallen at Jesus' feet. The guy who they cast the demons out of Jairus, now her. But her thoughts created her words based on what she heard. Before she said...

I'm totally convinced since Jesus preached what we read over there in the fourth chapter of Mark. And you can prove by what Peter preached at Cornelius' house. That he preached that everywhere that he went.

Yes.

That the Spirit of the Lord is upon me for he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor and to preach, deliver... Recovery of sight to the blind. To preach deliverance for the captive. To set the captive free in the acceptable year of the Lord. And then Peter preached that in the 10th chapter of the book of Acts at Cornelius's house, how God anointed Jesus Christ of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power, who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. I am totally convinced that's what she heard.

There's seven people that preach that message. Steven will preach that message. Peter will preach that message on more than one occasion. Acts chapter three, Acts chapter 10. Paul... Saul will preach that message. Priscilla... They'll all preach that message. That's a message they're all teaching because they heard him teach it.

In His name.

In His name and the power of His name in them. They have that same anointing because they're renamed in Him. So the thoughts in her created the words...

What was Peter's name?

Cephas.

Simon Barjona.

Simon Barjona. Right. And he changed his name.

He changed his name.

Simon son of Jonah.

He changed his name.

That's right. He did.

John the Baptist, that wasn't his name.

No, that's what he did. That was his...

That's what he preached.

That's right. Yohanan the Immerser is how he would say it for that.

Now you go back and look at his... And of course it's recorded. His dad's name is recorded so you could go back and see what his name is.

Yes. Zacharias.

So the angel said his name will be John. So he was named by the angel. Jesus was named.

That's right. Abraham's name has changed because he's got to get him to start saying...

And he entered into a blood covenant.

That's exactly right.

And he changed his name.

Proverbs 18:14 says, the spirit of a man sustains him.

Yes.

And this is why you have to speak words, faithful words from your spirit because they're containers and because that will sustain you. She had to push through two crowds that day, the physical crowd and all the thoughts in her head.

Oh yeah. And you think about what had to go on within her... By what she heard about Jesus, she came to the conclusion that she must forgive all of those physicians.

And quite possibly Jairus who's standing right there because she'd been put out of the temple. He's a ruler of the temple. Standing right in front of her.

Because of the issue of blood.

That's exactly right. She can't go in there.

Because of what is written in Leviticus five that she's unclean beyond a normal blood flow.

That's right.

She's unclean. So she had to be isolated.

That's right. And so she had to overcome all those thoughts. Let me leave you with another verse here. Isaiah 55 verse 10 and 11.

Oh, I love it.

For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, returneth not thither, but waters the earth and make it bring forth...

So shall my Word be.

Verse 11. So shall my Word be that goeth fourth out of my mouth, it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Whereto I sent it.

And if you will speak his words in faith, they contain everything that's in that verse right there.

You've heard me tell this before. Gloria and I spent the night with Oral and Evelyn Roberts in their home in Palm Springs. He said, I want you to get up and help me with my Partner Letter in the morning. Well, it was almost the way you and I are sitting here. He was at his desk and his Bible was here. And he said, "What is this"? I said, "It's the Word of God". He said, "What is this"? Well, I knew I didn't know. And he said, letters, and they're just as anointed today as they were the day they were written.

Praise God.

I was sitting there shaking.

I know what you mean.

And he said, "Are you willing to commit to write a letter to your partners every 30 days for the rest of your life"?

My God. I said, "Yes I am". And he said, "Now you listen to me. You don't write those letters to get your needs met. You write them letters to help them get their needs met. That's your job. Meet the needs of the people. Do you understand me"? I said, "Yes sir". And I've written one every 30 days since.

Praise God.

Boy, he threw that Bible. He just took it like... He hit me right in the chest with it and he hollered "Letter"! And we are out of time. We'll be back in a few moments.
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