Kenneth Copeland - Receive God's Healing Promises Through Faith
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So the Word of God is medicine. Let's go back where we were now. In the Proverbs and 4... "My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings". What does that mean? I'm inclined to hear that, there's a lot of other stuff that's being said here. I'm inclined to believe that. What does incline mean? Oh, always say, Jesus, what your words say, Oh, what? I don't want hear that... I want to hear this. I incline my ear to those sayings and I incline my ear to those sayings until they're there all the time. But now here's a key to it also. Let them not depart from your eyes.
Now, let's get into that this morning. What does that mean? Begin to see yourself with it, begin the imagination of your mind. I see myself with this. I see myself driving that. I see myself living in that. I see myself well. I see myself up and going. "Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health..." the cross reference says medicine "to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life". But the Word has found a place in your heart. And you come to that place where anything anyone says your spirit just automatically compares it to what the Word says.
And I hear people say things at times that... and I used to jump on everybody but the Lord began to tell me that that's none of my business. But I hear things that I wouldn't say, but obviously they don't know any difference. And there was a time when I didn't either. I had the Lord... Two things I'll share with you. Stop using the devil and his operation to express yourself. That just scared me to death. It did not. You didn't die... that was a lie. Well it thrilled me to death. I'm telling you, the Lord got on me over that. He said, "Stop that". What am I supposed to say? It thrilled me to life? The only reason it doesn't sound right is because nobody is saying it. The Lord said, "What about just, I was thrilled". And it came up on the inside of me. He said, "Do you not remember what I said about it"?
Oh, let your word be yes and no. Oh, he didn't say, "Let your word be yes and yes and yes and yes and yes and yes. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no". "Yes, No. Thank you. Are you going"? "No, I'm afraid not". "Sorry. Sorry". "You're sorry"? "Am I sorry". "What does that mean? I'm just no good... Well, are you apologizing"? What are you talking about? If you need to apologize, apologize. "Sorrow not, for we're not a people without hope". And you check out the Greek, it's grieve not. And now all of this, all of this is healing. Now, then, I want to go over here.
"I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever [with grateful, affectionate praise]. Every day [with its new reasons] will I bless You [affectionately and gratefully praise You]; yes, I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; and His greatness is [so vast and deep as to be] unsearchable. One generation shall laud Your works to another and shall declare Your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wondrous works I will meditate. Men shall speak of the might of Your tremendous and terrible or awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall pour forth [like a fountain] the fame of Your great and abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your rightness and justice. The Lord is gracious or disposed to show favors The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created]. All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your loving ones shall bless You [affectionately and gratefully shall Your saints confess and praise You]! They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power, To make known to the sons of men God's mighty deeds and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who are falling and raises up all those who are bowed down. The eyes of all wait for You [looking, watching, and expecting] and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy every living thing with favor".
He's not a tight fisted God. He's open handed. He is the healer. He is the prosperity of life. And he's here today and he's healing today. See yourself with it. Not without it. See yourself. I'm just too far gone. Are you breathing? Isn't that wonderful. I love your smile. I just saw you smile back over there a little while ago. And it just reached out and grabbed me. What's your name? I tell you what, in the name of Jesus. Oh, glory be to God. What's your name? What your name? Vickie Now there's a good looking man. I see that smile too. What's the matter with that? ("I keep straining it since I had rhabdomyolysis"). Not anymore, you know. ("That's right"). Jesus bore yours, it doesn't belong to you. He bore our sicknesses. He bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, live unto righteousness by who stripes you were healed. So it doesn't belong to you, in the name of Jesus. Hallelujah. Somebody praise God, Somebody praise God.
It was right back in an area right over there. And we had finished up that morning and started to leave. And the Lord pointed her out to me and she had on dark glasses. And so I stop and she was in a chair and I got down there in front of her and I said, "May I do what Jesus did"? She said, "By all means". So I took her glasses. I found out later her granddaughter. I didn't know it was then, handed those glasses. And I went... and put it on her eyes and just held them there until the Lord gave me a release. And I took them away. And I looked her right in her eyes and I said, "What do you see"? She said, I see you. I mean, she was at EMIC the next morning and she was seeing. She had double vision so bad that she was legally blind. And Pastor George asked her, "How old are you"? She said, "I'm 77, going to heaven". She said, "I'll soon be 78, going straight". And she said, "I pastor a church. And it just got so bad I couldn't get around. I couldn't see well enough to get around, that's the reason I was in this chair. But that's behind me now".
Well, the same Jesus is in here right now. The same Jesus. The same yesterday, today and forever. Now I want to go to this and with God's permission, we'll pray the prayer of faith. Let's turn over here to Galatians chapter three, this little book of Galatians, Galatians and Ephesians and Colossians. Now these are letters, so sit down and read the letter. And it was like I was talking to Bill Gaither. The songs are not different just because they're being written in this day and hour. So, Because He Lives, is a song. It's a hymn. It has verses. So you could say, Because He Lives, chapter one, verse one. That's what was going on back then. There's no different now, and that is being sung in languages all over the world. Amen. So, in our thinking, when we need to compare these things in that comparison.
Now, I'm not calling his songs scripture, but yes, I am. There's not anything in there unscriptural. Does he live? Is all fear gone? It is if you stand on it and perfected love casteth out fear because fear hath torment. It's like all scripture, it's up to you. So am I comparing Bill Gaither to David? Yes, I am. It's the same spirit that wrote Because He Lives that wrote the 23rd Psalm, because all of those have melodies to them. We just don't know the tunes, they were sung. They are sung in synagogue today, and they have a cantor who is the song leader. The Psalms are sung in synagogues. And last night we sang Psalms in this cathedral. This is important to our thinking.
Now, don't you go off and say, tell somebody and add a bunch of stuff to that. Hear it for what it is. You respect that holy music. And that's the reason you don't respect that. You know... Oh, there was a song. It was just embalmed with unbelief. Oh, and I would go to the church and this guy would stand up and sing it. Spare me nothing that you bore for me on the cross if it'll make me closer to you. And just sing and bawl. Well, I took the platform and he started it again and I turn around. I said, "Shut up and go sit down". Oh... I said, "Shut your mouth". I said, "There's not any gospel in that song. You're not qualified. Spare you nothing that he bore on the cross. You're not qualified. He bore it for you so you don't have to bare it.
Now you just shut that song up". And the pastor told me, he said, "I've told that fool over and over again not to sing that in my presence". He said, "Thank you for sitting him down". He might as well stood up there and said, "Sick, sorry and sad, broke... Started traveling for Jesus I lost everything I had". Heehaw. Third chapter, verse eight, or verse six. "Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness". Listen. "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham..."
The Scripture was preaching unto Abraham, the Scripture was preaching to him. That's the point I wanted you to get. The scripture's preaching to us. If it's not the Scripture preaching to us, I won't messed with it. Now, there are certain books that I'll bring right in here. I'll bring that book about John G. Lake in the pulpit, because we took his sermons, KCM took his sermons that someone gave us on mimeograph paper and made a book about his life and put his sermons in there. Those sermons, they're just as good today as they were back there then. Amen. There was a charlatan right here in the state of Texas that memorized Sturgeon's sermons. He memorized Oral Roberts sermons, and he just get in there and preach and crying, praise God and just go on and on and on, and receive offerings and... well, they found him and caught him and put him in jail.
Well, he got on his knees and got saved on what he'd been preaching. And somebody asked me, you mean to tell me that those people accepted Jesus were real salvation? He didn't save them. I'm telling you, those Spurgeon's sermons, and Oral Roberts' sermons. He preached Spurgeon' sermon to get people all excited and saved and he'd preach an Oral Roberts sermon and get them healed. It was working. So he came out of jail and bring them in the ministry for real. That's what I wanted you to see. Even though he wasn't real, the Word was... so the scripture preached.
"But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for the just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, the man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit..."
We might receive what the Spirit promised. I'm over into his blood now. These are exceedingly precious blood backed promises and there's nobody in the book talked about the blood any more than this great apostle. Amen. Read the book of Hebrews. The Gospel is in the book of Hebrews. Well, Brother Copeland we are just not sure who the author is. Yes, we are. I mean, he talks about Timothy... amen. Read it carefully and absorb it. The book of Hebrews, if you took the Gospel of John, the book of Romans and the book of Hebrews, but that isn't enough.
So go to Genesis... read it, live it, Hallelujah. And here we are. "We have been redeemed from the curse of the law that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto". Now to Abraham and his seed... singular, seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. That puts us in there. It is singular to us because we are in him and he is in us.