Kenneth Copeland - God's WORD Is His Will
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Let's look in the 10th chapter of the book of Matthew. Christian people have a hard time and struggle with the will of God. "I just don't know if it's his will or not". "Well ask him". "Well..." "You got a Bible"? "Uh huh". "Well, that's his will". What's your name? Marcus, same thing. Marcus, let me ask you something. You're an honest man. Would you write me a letter and say, "I will come see you next month if you're going to be home or text me that". I wonder if it's his will to come see me. Maybe somebody else texted that and he didn't know it. Words just fail me sometimes. No, no, not in this Holy Book. Bible doesn't mean holy.
The will of God, when you sign something in blood, that is the most serious agreement known to humankind. It's in every tribe that I know anything about. The American Indian used to do this. My grandfather, blood Cherokee. He was born Vinita County, Indian Territory. He didn't have a name. His name is Chum. He was the oldest. He's just Chum Owens. So he signed up for the draft World War I. What's your name? Chum Owens, no nickname won't do, what's your name. "W. E. Owens". "What does that stand for"? "William Elmer". He named himself after two man that he had very high respect for. Amen. Praise God.
We're in a place right now where we're being renamed. I just heard the Lord say that. We're being renamed more victorious than we've ever been in all of our history. You want me to tell you why this United States still holds up? Because of our first president. This was back before people had middle names. That didn't start till somewhere around the Civil War. And I expect them Southern boys, was probably the one's... You know, Leroy, everybody then had a middle name, but George Washington that was his name. He entered a covenant. He opened his Bible to the 17th chapter of Genesis, where God appeared to Abram and said, "I am the Almighty God. I am El Shaddai. I'm the God that's more than enough. I have made you the father of many nations. Therefore, your name will no longer be Abram, but Abraham". The "H" in Yod Hey Vav Hey.
The unspeakable name of God to the Jew. The "H" in Hashem. He changed his name, entered into covenant and now every time he said his name: I'm the father of many nations, because God had the authority to do it. The first known covenant name change. And that has held through the centuries. Gloria Jean Neece became Gloria Jean Copeland. And it was very serious thing. Her mother said, "Kenneth, promise me one thing, will you take care of my little girl"? I said, "Yes, Ma'am I will". I didn't have anything to do it with... But the Lord changed all that and things began to take place because of covenants. We are people of the book. Covenant.
Are you at the 10th chapter of Matthew? Hold that and hold your place at the 10th chapter of Luke. We're going to find out the will of God. "And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power or authority against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease". Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
And as ye go, preach, saying, Now are you listening. People you mean Jesus was a preacher? There are people that have never thought about that. Well, he just kind of walked around sometimes and that one got the lucky ticket. No, a preacher. He hollered sometimes, that's the reason we holler sometimes... "And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand". Listen. "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses..." See there Brother Copeland they were poor... "Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his hire".
They went to work for him... Hey, leave your stuff at home. I'll take care of it. Hallelujah. The mad man of Gadara. We have the whole conversation. The people only heard part of it. They heard what the mad man said. But Jesus said, "Come out of the man you unclean spirit". Then he dealt with... He said, "What is your name"? That devil said, "My name is Legion, for we are many". Well, that's 3 to 6000 devils. But he had one unclean spirit, and he was in command of all the others. Now, at the end of the story, they saw he that had the devil clothed and in his right mind. Where did they get the clothes? Faith prepares. So I see in my heart I can see Jesus... says Judas was a treasurer. He had the money, that's what one of the things that messed him up. He must have said...
Ron, now there's a man over there that's naked. I'm on a delivery. We need to take him some clothes because I'm going to call him to preach, then I'm going to send him home. And no preacher should go home looking bad. So he provided their clothes and he provided for him. Faith prepares before you go. Now, watch this. "And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet".
Now let's go to the 10th chapter of Luke. So he ordained 12 here. Now it's the 10th chapter of the Book of Luke. "These things the Lord appointed other or he ordained other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come". So he sent out his team. They went out ahead. Hey, one man and 12 others can't handle these big crowds. He needed a bigger staff. But he is in charge and he's paying the bills. Well, how, Brother Copeland? I'm glad you asked that question, because I'm going to show you in a moment. "The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace" and so forth.
Now notice this, verse 9. "And heal the sick that are therein..." Do we now have an idea that it's God's will to heal the sick? There should be no argument about that at all. "The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you". So verse 16. "He that heareth you heareth me; Ah! He that heareth you heareth me; He that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven".
He was there. He saw it all. Behold... Ah, look, it is. "I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in Spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight".
Now turn back to the 8th chapter of Luke. "And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene..." Now, Magdalene was not her name. That's where she was from. Magdala... "Mary called Magdalene out of whom went seven devils. And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance".
He had partners. Now multitudes... great multitudes. I questioned Rick Renner about this and he said the scholars that have studied it out through history and of course, Josephus and all the others, there was anywhere from 20 to 50,000 people around him all the time. Great multitudes. And he healed them all. How? By the words of his mouth. And he would speak power. "Jairus fell at his feet. My little daughter lieth sick of a fever. Come, lay your hands on her and she'll be healed". He didn't even answer. He had just come across the Galilee from delivering the mad man of Gadara in the 5th chapter of Mark.
Well, that's Capernaum and that was prophesied that he would move from Nazareth to Capernaum. Well, that was his home. Had a large house there, right on the Galilee. Nice place. Well, how many other people do you suppose were ministering to him of their substance? You don't cast lots for a man's clothes if they're all ragged, poor things that got holes in them. And those Roman soldiers wanted that tunic. It was seamless. That's tailor made. Somebody had to hand make that. Well, the whole key to this is... Jesus went about the cities and villages teaching, preaching and healing. We'll close with this one.
John Chapter 5. "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me". You don't have to say if it be your will, heal me. Well, Brother Copeland Jesus prayed... Now, wait a minute, he wasn't having a healing meeting. He was about to go to the cross. If it be your will take this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done. Abraham. Sarai is now Sarah. Their only son, Isaac... Their only son and his covenant brother God said, "Offer up Isaac as a sacrifice".
So he gathered up the wood and they got the pack animal and went to the mountain of sacrifice. And he turned and said, "The boy and I'll be back," faithfulness. The boy and I'll be back. He got up there. Now, what do you think about Isaac? What a trust he had in his dad. So he just got up there saying, "Where is the sacrifice"? God will provide. He raised the knife fully... because he said he's the father of many nations and this is the only child he had. You read it in the 11th chapter of the Book of Hebrews. He expected to see him raised up out of those ashes because he said he saw him raised from the dead in a figure. He saw it in a vision. He raised that knife and an angel had to stop it. And there was a ram caught in the bush, the God that provides.
Well, God knowing that one day his Son is going to pray this prayer. So God, Abraham did it, and now he is in covenant with that man. He has to turn his back. But he had a plan. Nobody had ever gotten in hell and escaped. But the devil had to be defeated in his own territory. You mean Jesus went to hell? You have the Book, don't you... It's in the 22nd Psalm. And Peter preached it and explained it, quoting Scriptures. You'll not leave my soul in hell, neither will you allow my flesh to see corruption. No, he came out of there glorified. He is still a man. He still has flesh. But the glory of God is flowing in his veins, not blood. He poured his blood out on the heavenly mercy seat. So you and I could sit here tonight and be healed and well.
Now, if I laid hands on you tonight, then your confession now of faith. Yes, I'm healed glory to God. Yes. Hallelujah. Now Cornelius, in the book of Acts is the same centurion that called on Jesus to come and minister to his servant. And he said, "No, no, I'm not important enough for him to come under my roof. I'm a man of authority. I have men under me. I tell them go, he goes, come, he comes. Do this, they do it. You speak the Word only, my servant will be healed". Jesus said, "I have not found so great faith in all of Israel". And Peter, James and John were all standing right there. The Word only and we have what he said. No wonder he said at the cross, "This must be the son of God". That man was the one that was praying. And the Spirit of God said, "Send for a man named Peter at a Tanner's house, Simon the Tanner".
What does that mean? Well, I mean, he's a guy. That's a tanner, he deals in animals and tans the hides. Sometimes they don't smell all that good. I knew one, he wasn't in the Bible of course, they called him Stinky Moore. He smelled like a slaughterhouse all the time. But that's where Peter was and he is on the housetop, now I know why. Well, he fell in a trance and he saw it all. So he's a smart man. He got others to go with him because he knew he was going to a gentile. And that's where it started for us. And Peter preached to him and said, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil", glory to God and he's our Lord.