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Kenneth Copeland - God's Truth Gives You Courage

Kenneth Copeland - God's Truth Gives You Courage
TOPICS: Truth, Courage

Hello, everybody. I'm Kenneth Copeland and what I mentioned yesterday, I know you... Where did he get his wife... Well, and the record of Genesis. Two things that people don't realize and understand. Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible. Now he received... he spent six weeks in the presence of the Almighty God. Neither did he eat nor drink which indicates there was no sleep. And God showed him these things another time that he was speaking face to face with God and he just blurted out, "Show me your glory". So he did and he put him in a place of protection. He said, "You can't look in my face and live". And he let the behind parts and his goodness pass before him. That's one of the reason he knew he was so good.

Now, in the Genesis account, there's only two men mentioned, Cain and Abel. I understand that the rabbis teach that Abel had sisters, and one of those became Cain's wife. So I wasn't smart enough to come up with that. I had to learn that from that teaching. And you know, you can go to Professor Greg Stephens and learn like I did and a lot of other things. But that's where that account came from and then you realize how much of the account of the Book of Genesis and so forth is Moses own experience because he begins to write then from his own experience in the desert and so forth. But the Genesis account of creation and so forth, God showed him. And it has turned out to be exactly that way in the fossil records and so forth.

Well, what about the dinosaurs? Well, what about them? They're here and anyway, I don't have time to get into all that. But the truth of it is, between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, there's a lot of time. Well, I don't believe that. Well, you don't have to, but I can prove it by the Bible, but that's another lesson for another time. And so now we started yesterday talking about going to the book of Joshua. I said this by the spirit because this wasn't in my plans at all. To know, to "ginosko" the truth, to know it, have an intimate relationship with it to where it's there, it comes from revealed knowledge of the Word. Not sense knowledge sense knowledge. Well, sense knowledge. I go to flight school. That's sense knowledge.

Now I learned to use my spirit and I learned to use my faith while I fly. But I learned how to fly before there was any faith because I was not a born again man. And I received the new birth... But now later and I began to learn from Brother Hagin, I'm not moved by what I see or what I feel but move by what I believe. I told Gloria, I said, "I already know how to do this". She said, "Well, what do you mean you already know"? I said, "I know how to walk by faith". She said, "How do you know"? I said "Gloria, I had to learn to read the instruments on that panel and not believe what I was feeling". Because a pilot without an instrument rating will kill yourself trying to fly by your feelings. You get vertigo and so you're really careful until you learn... And now to fly on instruments, I can look right here, and I can see more accurately than I can out here even if it's good weather. I can still fly more accurately by the instruments because I made a transition from having to fly what people call by the seat of your pants or just the way you feel about it.

Now, a certain part of the flying of the airplane becomes natural. And there are certain feelings and pressures, but to navigate and so forth you get to a place where then this in my life has become my instrument panel. This is where the answers are, not what I see or feel. Because this is accurate, I want to show you this in the life of Joshua. Now, the last time he'd been here, oh, there was a big people over there. He doesn't know but what, they're still there, cause he spent the last 40 years out here in the wilderness.

Now folks, from the Red Sea just walking, and in that countryside, it was 11 days they would have been there. They sent spies out, spy out the land. It was so close they went over there. They went there, only two of them came back with a good report. Basically because they didn't believe he loved them. He sent us out here to kill us. Those people... we are grasshoppers in there eyes. How do you know? That was not the truth. We'll see the truth here. Now he's praying. "Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people," what is he thinking? You think those giants are still there? I don't know, I've been walking around out here for the last 40 years I don't know what's happened over there.

So he doesn't have anything to form up his thinking. And so the Lord has to start ministering to him in his spirit. "There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee". He had to believe that because that was the truth. Look at verse eight. "This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth". Don't you say anything. Don't you say anything. But this book that Moses taught him. Genesis. Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy. Don't you say anything but that. Now here's what God saying to him. What I said to Moses you live on. What he say? That's the truth about this, not those giants. "But you shall meditate there in day and night that you may observe..."

You may see in the book what to do, not what you think or not what you think when you get there. This is what you think now, you stay in the book night and day then you'll see it. "You'll observe to do according to all that's written therein. And then thou shall make your way prosperous. Then you'll have good success". Now that'll work. I don't care if you're going into combat or going into business. You stay with truth, the prospering truth. "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage," in other words, buck up. You're going to war in the morning. But you got something you need to do first. You need to send somebody over there and spy at that land. He knew better than to send ten.

Now he and Caleb were the only one there, so he sent two. Oh, Lord, now we find out the truth of the situation. He went into Rahab, the harlots place that the two spies did and hid out in her place. Verse eight, "And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof. And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you". That isn't what they believed before, they believed what they saw. And they were grasshoppers in their eyes. "For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for..." they heard that. You think they were just out to lunch some place? They've been talking about it for 40 years. Wonder where they are, they could have walked in there and never fired a shot.

They were so scared of them, they would of bow down in front of them. Any God that can split the Red Sea and destroy a pharaoh in it, he'll be our God too. But they said the land is flowing with milk and honey but they didn't believe it. It wasn't true to them, we know God said that but that's not true, that's not true. People are too big, God has known big people all along. He was here when there were some really ugly people on this planet. Look at this, "When ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath".

They had to battle one and didn't know it. That's what I wanted you to see. They had the battle one... what they do? They gave the enemy to do the same thing that's happening here. What? In the book of numbers we find out what happened, they griped and bellyached until the Lord had to get them out of there and just go ahead and have them die and come on into his bosom rather than just totally destroy them. Joshua took over. Now the army was made up of 20 year olds and under. Well what do you think's been happening over here in the enemy's camp? All those old guys died off too, a lot of them. 40 years have gone by. They've had time to strengthen up, there's a lot of young soldiers over there that that's just hearsay to them. They're hearing the stories.

Rahab knew it, she said "Our hearts melted we heard that, we knew". But now they've got a fight on their hands because they got a lot of young ones over there, even if they heard it probably didn't believe most of it, split the Red Sea, you got to be kidding me. But he told Joshua, you stay in this book, you meditate on it night and day. What she's saying? You keep your mind on me, not what's over there. You're going into combat tomorrow. Now you stay sharp. You meditate on this book, don't you let any fear get in you. I've commanded you to be courageous, I command you to meditate on this. It still works today because this is true.

This is true, that 91st Psalm is truth. Glory to God. I'll show you something about that. And a lot of people miss this in the 17th chapter of Genesis, when we have the covenant made between God and Abram, where he changed his name to Abraham. "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God;" Now what did he say? I am El Shaddai, "El" God "Shaddai", the God that's more than enough... Shaddai. The 91st Psalm. "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of Shaddai".

Abide under the shadow of the God that's more than enough. Now that right there, you can get started on that in the 91st Psalm. Of course this is called the Soldier's Psalm. And this has worked in combat for men that have used it for centuries, the first recorded record of it in World War I and a commander commanded his troops to memorize this, he didn't lose anybody. Then our good partner, Keith Kerber, he's a Special Forces colonel, pastors in Wasilla, Alaska. And I mean he's a Special Forces, Ranger, that whole thing. Well he was recalled. We were in Alaska and he told me that he's about to be deployed again and then he said, "I want you to pray, I'm being called up into a unit".

A lot of casualties, a high casualty unit. So I shared that with him and we prayed over it and then Gloria and I laid hands on him and I said "Now you let me know, you call me". Well he was there two years and I got a call about 3:00 in the morning, woke me up and he said, "Copeland I couldn't wait. I had to call you, I didn't lose anybody". He said it turned that whole... said he's turned that whole unit around. He said, "I didn't lose anybody, we had some guys that were wounded, but it didn't mount anything. But now then a couple of weeks after I'm gone, it started over again wasn't as bad, how come"? I said "Well Keith, the incoming commander didn't demand it. You demand", he said, "They had the know every verse on call".

He called verse four, they had come up with it, they call on verse 14, 15, long life he'll satisfy me. But I said, "Now there are some of those guys that took hold of it and kept doing it and kept believing it and kept standing on it. None of them got hurt, but the others just dumped it cause you were the commander and they did it because you demanded it. The others believed it". Well what happened to them? They knew the truth, they got into their spirit, got into their insides. There's a psalm that says, "Keep my commandments in your heart". Not just because I tell you to keep them in your heart, in your spirit being. All of this has to do, but being so grounded in it and well, yeah Lord, I'll do that.

Turn to Ephesians chapter 3. I'm not done there in the Psalms yet but I am here for a moment cause I just heard this in my spirit, "For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me toward you: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery". There it is, he "ginosko" me. How? By revelation. It was revealed to me in my spirit. Now the book of Revelation was a letter that John wrote to churches about this magnificent vision that he had. It is the revelation of Jesus, and that in itself, people get all buried up in signs and so forth, and there's a lot of them in there.

But don't let that get in the way of reading the book. Just read it instead of... That's all right, just take your time and read through there and underline some things and go back and reread it again and again and let it bless you. There's great revelation there, not just the revelation that John received in vision for him, but still, I can't get off that, I don't want to get off of that, the truth that's revealed here. It's happened to me, I know it's happened to you. Where... well just as an example, I had a vision about creation of man and I saw it in my spirit.

And I just saw God holding this gray lifeless figure. And as he began to speak to him into the breath of life and his nostrils, he was just right in his face creating him. And then I saw this, the first word... he didn't hear the creation. He became a living... The Chumash says a living speaking spirit like God. And I realized the first words any human ear ever heard was the blessing. That came as a revelation to me. And then the Lord really began to deal with me about it. He said that is not "a" blessing, that is "the" blessing.

Now you track that blessing. It became the blessing of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, it was the blessing on Joseph. How did he know how to run Potiphar's ranch and farm and all that. He was blessed of God. And all of a sudden, I began to realize that this is throughout the entire both covenants, the blessing of the Lord. That's when the Lord, in order to renew my mind about it. He spoke into my spirit and said every time you write the word bless, blessing or blessed, put it in capitals. So, you know, it's the same blessing from Genesis to Revelation and we're out of time again. Glory to God, will be back here in a minute.
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