Kenneth Copeland - The Truth Will Make You Free
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Hello everybody, I'm Kenneth Copeland, and this is the Believer's Voice of Victory Broadcast. Well, now, isn't that something, I remember way back in a little north Texas town named Hereford. It was named after the cattle that came from England and that nobody thought they wanted, but they did and they named the town after it. So anyway, that's where I was. And I heard that along with other things, I had my outlines out before me and I do my outlines out of the topic in blue and the scriptures in red. And so I had all that out there before me, and the Lord started talking to me about victory and he said, "Now put this first", at the very beginning of that meeting there.
And I did three weeks there so, he put salvation first there's victory and salvation. Then he put the baptism in the Holy Ghost. Next there's victory in the baptism of the Spirit. And then there's go to the first, John. You overcome the world, this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. And that's when he said, "Every believer has a voice and it is the voice of victory". That's where that came from. Praise God. So then that became the Believer's Voice of Victory newsletter, the Believer's Voice of Victory magazine. And, da da da... So Father, thank You, we have the victory, hallelujah, victory in Jesus, we praise You and thank You today for revelation of the Word of the Living God.
Now, all the latter part of 2022, for couple of months, the Lord began to talk to me about what Jesus said. "You'll know the truth, and the truth will make you free". Well, of course, I have referred to that. And as I prayed about it, the Lord said, "No, no, I want you to make it a topic and begin to teach on it through 2023". And so now to that place where, you know, Brother Kenneth E. Hagin departed from this earth, he was 86 years old. And this was one of my goals. But, oh, just to mention his name, I learned so much from him and from Oral Roberts and from Gloria. And now that I'm 86, I qualify so I can go from here. Praise God. Thank You. Let's go to the first covenant in the book of Numbers. Well, I just heard from the Lord. And let's look first in the 24th chapter there. "And when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel". It pleased the Lord to bless. That's what he does. It pleased him to bless.
Now the Lord is also working with me. The truth of the Ten Commandments. Cause that is truth, Amen. We'll talk about that in another day. Then let's go back here now, verse six well, let's go up there 14th verse, "And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar. And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the Lord yonder. And the Lord met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus. And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the Lord spoken? And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:" Listen to this. "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good"?
Shall he not make it good? This is his Word, he spoke it, shall he not make it good. There's two powerful truths there. He spoke it. He spoke it. Shall he not make it good? Oh, praise God. "I have received commandment to bless and he hath blessed and I cannot reverse it". Glory to God, I can't reverse it. Why? Cause he said it. He's making it good. And I hear him say, "I'm not about to do that. I can't. I can't do that". Now, let's see what the Master had to say about it. Now let's go then to John's Gospel and the eighth chapter of John. This is a powerful, the woman caught in adultery, caught in the very act. "And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act".
Now in my mind, I want to know what happened to the man. Why did they just pick on her? That needs to be answered. It may have been one of them. I'm just saying. But they let him alone for some reason or other. "Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not". Oh, I love him, don't you? I didn't hear you. Now, look now, this is delicious. So when they continued asking him. So we don't have any idea how much time elapsed there. And probably all of them talking at once. What are you going to do about this? I mean look at her. Look at her. He's not looking at anybody. He's just writing on the ground. As if he didn't hear. You know why it's as though he didn't hear them? It's because he didn't hear them. "They continued asking him. He lifted up himself and said to them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground".
What do you think he wrote? It didn't say he was just doodling in the dirt. He said he was writing. I think he just started writing the Ten Commandments. Right there in the dirt. And they're seeing that and they're continuing to ask. "They which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself". He stayed there till they were all go. You know why? He's merciful. He just let their conscience work on them until they were all gone. "When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord".
Look what she called him, "No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying". So they walked off, but they're still there. "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life". So now he began to teach. And he's just teaching them. And he comes up here in verse 26. "I have many things to say and to judge of you, but he that sent me is true". Mark it down. He that sent me is true. He's not a man that he should lie. He has spoken it, shall he not bring it to pass? But he is true. "And I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am".
You notice he and that is italicized. Notice that I am, glory to God, "I am and I do nothing of myself. But as my Father has taught me, I speak these things. He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. As he spoke these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If", now here's a big "if". "If ye continue in my Word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free".
He didn't say it'll set you free. He said it make you free. The authority of that Word will make you free. You remember what God said to Abram when he made Covenant with him? I have made you the father of many nations. My covenant is between me and thee. I have made thee the father of many nations, great authority. This is just as much a manifestation of God and a manifestation of Jesus as if we were on the Earth. Even more so, according to what Jesus said to Thomas. "Thomas, you have believed because you have seen. But blessed are those who have believed and not seen". Praise God. So my Word and the name.
Now let's look at it again, "Continue in my Word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed". Hallelujah. You shall indeed be free. And this is 2023. Amen.
Now months ago, just rose up in me I just turned to Pastor George. And I said, George, 2023 will be as free. No, 2023 shall be as good as it can be. Good as it can be. So if you know the truth, the truth will make you free in 2023. Now I went into a motorcycle shop and then I've told you this before, but it bears repeating because it is an exact example of what we're talking about. Pastor in Arlington, Texas, by the name of Jimmy Hester and Jimmy loved to ride motorcycles and I love to ride motorcycles and Bill Brent loved to ride motorcycles. In fact, the three of us were having lunch one day after the Ministers' Conference. And Jimmy Hester said, you got a lot of property out here, why don't we have kind of a get together and these guys go riding together. So we did that in October of that year and it started the Eagle Mountain motorcycle rallies. That thing got so big.
The last year that we did that and this is according to the Texas Department Public Safety, because we had the officers out here and they were watching and counting as people came through and they said we had a total of something like 50,000 come in this property during that time. Well I walked into this motorcycle shop, just far enough away where it's a good ride. And I walked in there and Brother Hester was on the phone and this is back before cell phones you know, and he was sitting at the counter in that motorcycle shop. Well, I rode my bike over there and he smiled and he told me a story.
Now my mother would start a prayer group and it would get so large, you couldn't get anywhere close to my dad's house. And eventually she had to start having it downtown. And Pastor George was helping her have that downtown, anyway. Jimmy told me this story. He said, "Kenneth, I went to your mother's prayer group. And then he told me who took him over there and he said, I went in there", excuse me. And so I was introduced to her and she said, "What's the matter with you"? He said, "Well, my grandfather died with a bad heart. And my dad died with a bad heart. And I have a bad heart now".
She said, "Tell me the truth about that". Well, he said, "My grandfather died of the bad heart. My dad died of the bad heart. And I have a bad heart now". She said, "Tell me the truth about that". He said, "Well lady, my granddaddy died with a bad heart. My daddy died with a bad heart. And I have a bad heart now". He said, "Kenneth she boxed my ears. I know she saw death on me. She boxed my ears and she hollered at me. Isaiah 53:4-5 is the truth about that". And he said, "I just got off the phone with my doctor. I had a physical exam. I have the heart of a 16-year-old boy".
Jerry Savelle and I were together and his going home in his late eighties, because he found the truth about the thing and my mother boxed his ears, he said, "My ears rang". Well, I know, I understand that... Now my mother, as most of you heard me give my testimony from time to time. But she was 16 years old, her appendix ruptured on the basketball court in Union Texas. Union Texas is about as big as this studio, but it's in Lubbock County, in the Panhandle and so they just rushed her to the hospital and the doctor opened her up. Well, back there then, it's altogether different than it is now. They just started right here and went down here and all the way over to the appendix. Well he didn't even try to... He just cleaned it out and put cadaver clamps on there cause she had to die. And that's all he knew to do.
Well, my grandfather threatened him and my grandfather, full-blooded Cherokee Indian. He was a lot of fun till something like that. And he said something like, she dies you die, so they... but he really didn't bother to straighten things out because she had to die, but she refused to die. She was a praying girl and a praying woman. But they told her, you'll probably only live ten years. She had that hanging over her. Now, they'd been married nine years when I was born and I cried and wanted a little brother. And so they tried again and stopped it for her health.
Now, the reason I told you that, she had that ten year sentence hanging over her all the time and in her life, her prayer life was everything. But she had so much fear. This death sentence hanging over her. And we went to a camp. I don't know that they still exist anymore. They were called camp Followest Thou, and they had them different parts of the country and they had one up north of Texas here in McAllister, Oklahoma. And you have a main service at night and in the morning and then at night and then the daytime, they had certain cabins and in one of those cabins, somebody there ministered deliverance to her and got rid of that spirit of fear.
And then after that, I want you to know she was on the devil's case. She was after him, what happened? The truth happened. The truth himself made her free. And she had turned her life over to Jesus when she was just a little girl. And she and my great aunt, they are same age just about. And they'd go down in the storm cellar and pray. And then my Aunt Barbara told me about this, my dad's sister. And I said, "Why did you girls do that"? She said, "Oh Kenneth, we get to shouting and screaming and hollering. Baptist people didn't know what to do with us. So we went in the cellar". Praise God, and we're out of time. Yeah, it happens, you know. Praise God. We'll be back in just a few moments.