Kenneth Copeland - Lay Hold of the Healing Power of Jesus
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Hello, everybody. I'm Kenneth Copeland. Welcome to Monday's edition of the Believer's Voice of Victory broadcast. Hallelujah! Thank You, Lord. Let's have a word of... come on, guys. We didn't have you in here today so you could just sit there. And would you welcome our studio audience today? And you can clap right there where you are at home. Hallelujah.
Father, we thank You so much today. We open our hearts, we open our minds to receive revelation from heaven, insight, ideas and concepts of this life of faith. And most of all, we would see this, Jesus. Glory to God. We see Him in the Word, and we see Him live, and we see Him in our spirits. And what we are talking about today is so enlightening and so rich. And today, rise up and live big within us, Holy Spirit. You're our teacher and our guide and our leader and our comforter and our helper, our standby and our intercessor and our strengthener. Glory to God. And "It's the Father that dwelleth within us," Jesus said, "that does the works". And we give You all the praise and the honor. In Jesus' name, amen.
Glory to God. You know, all last week, we were talking about the healings of Jesus. We talked about the leper. We talked about Jairus' daughter. We talked about the Syrophoenicians, woman and her daughter, and the woman with the issue of blood, and the two blind men at Jesus' house. And so particularly what we did last Monday, we're going to go back over again today, and the first part of it, so that we get this very clear. Most Christian people don't know this, don't have a clue. And it will enrich in your life when you're reading the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I rich and good.
Let's look at Matthew 4, and we'll begin reading with the 12th verse. "Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast". It's on the shore of the Galilee. Now, you know, particularly the King James calls it a sea. It's a small lake, not very big. But his home was right on the seashore there, just off of the shore. And, "in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles".
Now, this is really, really important. Jesus never did make a decision on His own. He didn't decide to move to Galilee because he wanted to live by the lake. He found Himself in the book of Isaiah. He preached everywhere He went the same text, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me for he's anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor". Isaiah 61, this is where you and I know it. Amen? He moved and lived. He is the Word made flesh. He said, "I can do nothing of myself". And I'll summarize what He said. "I only say what I hear my Father say. I only do what I see my Father do". Now, if you really get hold of that, the New Testament just flowers. Amen. Oh, hallelujah. Now, let's follow Him. Let's go over to the 5th chapter of Mark's gospel.
Now, last Monday, we read a lot of scripture. We read all the way down through this. And I'll summarize some of it for you here today. Mark 5:1, well, you understand how this works here? Well, the boss said, "Now go back and read it," so I'm, "Yes, sir". "And they came over unto the other side of the sea". This is talking about the Galilee. "They came over unto the other side". Why does it say "other side"? Because His house is on the other side. "And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, and cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most High God? I adjure thee by God, thou torment me not".
Now, that was not the man's voice. It was his physical voice, but the devil was speaking. Now, always remember this: The rank and file of Satan's domain in Ephesians 6, starting from the bottom up, principalities, powers, rulers". Rulers of the darkness of this world and wicked spirits that rule in the heavenlies, or high places. Now, they're still in this earth's atmosphere. You understand that? They can't get out of here. They're bound to this place. But they are the same ones that if you study the book of Daniel and so forth, you know, that Daniel prayed for 21 days, and at the end of that 21-day fast, Gabriel finally got through. Why? The prince of Persia withstood him. This was the devil's spirit ruling the ruler of Persia. Well, then he said, when he's gone, the prince of Greece'll come. So, that's the rank and file, and that's the way his system works. He can't change that.
Now, so this man, notice here, "And he cried with a loud voice". He had what? There was a man, met him out of the tombs "with an unclean spirit," one. Only one demon possesses a human being, only one. But that one will have many depending in this case, 6- to 7,000 working with it controlling that whole area around there. We don't have time to spend a lot of time in that. Now, "For he said, Come out of the man, you unclean spirit. And he said, What is your name? He answered, saying, My name is Legion". Now, come on down to the 18th verse. "When he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him".
Well, of course, he wanted to go with him. "Jesus suffered him not, but said unto him, Go home to your friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel. And when Jesus passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: he was nigh unto the sea". He was going home. He was going to Capernaum. "Behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name". Now, and you know the story of that. He fell at Jesus' feet and told him about his little daughter, and he said, "Come lay your hands on her, and she'll live". And Jesus went with him.
Now, this is the leader of the synagogue in Capernaum. This was no stranger to Jesus. He was no stranger to him. They knew one another. Of course, he did! He's the ruler of the synagogue. You think there's anybody there in Capernaum that he doesn't know, this leader of the synagogue? Well, of course. See how this opens up the Word? It's a long time. I knew his place was Capernaum, but just very, very, very recently, in the last few days, the Lord said, "I want you to work that timeline, and I want you to start teaching it and open up the eyes of the people". And I thought, "Ha-ha-ha, it ain't just the eyes of the people this is opening up". Glory to God. This is fun, man.
And, then you know the woman with the issue of blood. She stopped Jesus right in the... I don't think he knew her because she stayed away all the time. But I want you to notice now, get this in your mind. Jairus meets Him at the boat. Jesus never said a word to him. Jairus never said anything but his faith until he got home. So Jesus is going home with him. Now, visualize this now. He's going down the street to his house. "Well, I thought he was living like a fox and didn't have no hole to live in".
Well, that's what you get for not reading your Bible. Amen. You live in it. Live with it. This is a man. Praise God. And "Jesus knowing, you know, that power went out of Him and so forth. And, let's go now, He said, "Daughter, your faith has made you whole". So I want to go through, "While he yet spake there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain, said, Your daughter's dead: why troublest thou the Master any further"? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, except Peter, James, and John".
Now, let's go from there and pick it up there in the 9th chapter of Matthew. Matthew 9:24. The same situation except Matthew gives us more details. So, in the 24th verse of the 9th chapter of Matthew, "And he said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth". Now, He is in Jairus' house now, okay? Now, He went down the street and went into Jairus' house. Just picture that. "And he said unto them, Give place: the maid's not dead, but asleep". He called things that be not as though they were. "And they laughed him to scorn. When the people were put forth, he went in, took her by the hand, the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land. When Jesus departed there", He walked out of Jairus' house, "...two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David".
I don't have time to teach you on this today. We mentioned it last Monday. But anytime someone called him "Son of David," they were calling him "Messiah". They were calling him "Messiah". Glory to God. "...Son of David, have mercy on us". Verse 28, you got your pencil you make stars with and stuff? "And when Jesus was come into the house", that is His house. "The" house. We're going to see it. We're going to see some more of this today. When they broke up the ceiling, it says he was in "the" house in Capernaum. It was His house. Isn't this interesting? I knew you'd like it. Now, look at this. "When he was come into the house, the blind men came in". They just followed Him in there.
Now, this had to be close to Jairus' house. Huh? Couldn't be all that far away. Didn't take all day long to walk there. I visualize Him living on the same street right there close to the leader of the synagogue. I'm loving this. Glory to God. Taste and see that the Word is good. Hallelujah. "Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. He's come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, You believe that I'm able to do this"? And do you see their faith is involved? "They said unto him, Yea, Lord. He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it done unto you. Their eyes were opened; Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it".
Now turn with me to John, Chapter 6. Don't you give me that five-minute sign. I'm just now getting, John, Chapter 6, we've got time to get this one in anyway. Oh, we've got to get this one in. John, Chapter 6, and 1 through 5. "After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberius. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples".
Okay. "When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, saw a great company come unto him, he said to Philip", and you know what happened. He fed the multitude. He come all the way down, fed the multitude. And He comes down, and He comes down. And Verse 14, "Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. And when evening was now come".
Now, this has been a long day. He's preached, He's fed. This has been a long day. "And when evening was come, his disciples went down unto the sea, and entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum". They're headed home. "And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come unto them. The sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they rowed about," you know, 20 or 30 furlongs, three miles, "they saw Jesus walking on the sea, drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he said, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: immediately the ship was at the land where they went".
Where were they going? They're going home. I don't know how many times I've read this in 51 years. And I you know? Well, 50 years. This is just starting the 51st. I don't know. I'm reading this about, oh, I don't know, three or four months ago. I'm reading this, and the Lord said, "Kenneth, I wanted to get home and get in My own bed. I'd been up all day long. I preached, and I didn't want to wait till they rowed this thing to shore". This wasn't some... well, of course, it was wonderful. But it was dark. Nobody saw it.
This was not some wonderful miracle of divine proportion that the world might know that He's Jesus. This is a man, tired, and he don't want to row all night. "Let's get this thing ashore". Kkkk! Isn't this wonderful? Hallelujah. I know exactly how the man fell. I never did have one that fast, but I got the fastest airplane I could get my hands on. Amen. "I want to sleep at home. I don't want to be no more out here today. Let's get to the house". Kkkk! These guys needed rest. I mean, they was out there rowing and didn't make but three miles. Amen? Oh, glory to God. Oh, and we're out of time already. Hallelujah. Glory.