Kenneth Copeland - Total Immersion in The Word
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Hello everybody, I'm Kenneth Copeland. This is the Believer's Voice of Victory broadcast. Let's give the Lord praise this morning, shall we do that? Glory to God, hallelujah and we've got partners and staff members here in the studio this morning. And they're all just about as fanatical as I am you know. You know where the word fan came from? Like a football fan. It was fanatic. That's really where that came from. I'm a Jesus fan. Are you? I'm a word fan. Glory to God. And a religious fanatic is one who just loves God more than you do you know.
Father we thank you today, the joy of the Lord is upon us and it's our strength and we worship you today. We thank you for your anointing on the Word today. We thank you, we open our hearts and minds to receive anointing and revelation from Heaven. About this life of faith. Walking in faith, walking in love and living the life of prosperity in the kingdom of God. And we thank you for it. In Jesus name, amen.
Glory to God. Open your Bibles. Oh, and let me tell you something. Go to KCM.org and get the notes because it'll have all the scriptures and you can teach your Sunday school class off of it. Hey, preachers, use it as an outline, use it as a study outline. Well, I don't want to steal your sermon. Hey, you kidding me? I've been stealing off Brother Hagin for 52 years. No, I didn't steal it, he gave it to me. I will tell you this, we were in a full gospel business men's meeting one time, years and years ago, and there was my book and tape table, and here was his book and tape table. And we were just out there in the lobby, I was supposed to speak the next session or something like that.
Anyway, and he looked over and he walked over to my table and he said, Kenneth, at least you could change the titles. I said, no sir, that's the title of that. See, if I was reading a man's book, I wouldn't change the title of his book. Well, what's the difference? There isn't any difference. And last night, this very last night, amen, Gloria and I, in the bed with my telephone, my iPhone, okay, I just dropped back 50 years didn't I. And Brother Hagin's teaching, preaching and healing right there in the bed last night. Because we have immersed ourselves in the Word.
I learned this years and years ago, before I was ever in the ministry. Actually before I got saved. And I was just, I've always had a love for the Spanish language. And then after I got into ministry, I realized why, because a large part of the calling of this ministry is in the Hispanic world. Anyway, and I saw where in World War II, they set up a language school in Monterrey, California. They didn't have interpreters. Now, the languages that they needed more than any other are the ones that were the hardest to come by because what are you going to do? Hire German people?
Well, they did as instructors and so forth, but that wasn't the big problem. The Asian languages were the problem. And there was some, you had to be double and absolute careful about anybody that even knew the German language. Anyway, you can see the kind of problem they had. So, you were not allowed to speak English, to anybody. And in six weeks of total immersion, this is what they called it, total immersion in six weeks, you're fluent, conversationally fluent. In less than a year, you were an interpreter. And they trained back then, the way they trained the UN interpreters, so you could interpret just as fast as somebody up top. Somebody that didn't speak the language a year before.
Well, we got into the Word and we began to study under Brother Hagin, and I was traveling with Brother Roberts, and I was watching him use faith and listening to Brother Hagin teach faith. And I thought, I know what to do with this. Total immersion. I don't want to be hearing anything else. I've got to have this. It was absolutely amazing how rapidly my faith just shot up like that. I had no television set turned on. Gloria and I didn't turn a television set on for a couple of years. We just didn't have any room for it. Just cut it out. This is too big, this is too important. And we just totally immersed ourselves in that word of faith, night and day, and night and day. In just a short time of being totally immersed in the teaching of the Word, Gloria and my faith got so strong, see I would be gone for a week as part of Brother Robert's flight crew, and I'd come back and I'd have to go to the study hall and catch up, you know. I had professors coming in there while I was in study hall, Brother Copeland, could you pray for me over this?
Of course, I was 30 years old, I wasn't a kid. But still, I mean, these people coming in there to me had been in the ministry longer than I was old. But, I had learned something and done something that they hadn't done. My faith was working. It don't take long. People find out your faith works and, turn that thing off. Amen. Because it works. Walking in faith and living by faith works. Praise God. Now, something we need to major on where the word of faith and living by faith is concerned. Faith is a spiritual force as we know. It is generated in the reborn human spirit, not the mind. It's not a mental force. Brother Hagin would say, you believe God in your heart not your head.
Now, there are things that will hinder the growth, spiritual forces that hinder your faith. And in some cases just cut it off. Which would be not walking in love, because faith is working by love. And you can be doing all kinds of faith stuff and then wonder why it isn't working. But this one is not talked about enough. The fact that you and I, that have made Jesus Christ, the Lord of our lives, we are new creatures. This is so little known, in fact, most Christian people think that the spirit and the soul are the same thing. Well, how many souls got saved? Well, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, "I pray that you be made wholly," W-h-o-l-l-y. "Spirit and soul and body". Then, in the book of Hebrews, "the Word of God is more powerful than a two edge sword dividing asunder, the spirit the soul and the body".
So, this human being, saved or unsaved, born again or still a sinner, is a three part integrated system. The spirit is the person. That's you. You have a soul made up of your will, your mind, and your emotions. Or in other words, the intellectual part of you. Now, your soul is part of your spirit. They're separate and have separate functions, but for instance, you can live without your body. Your body can't live without you. But a person's body dies and then the spirit, the person, and the person's mind and will and emotions are still very much intact. Whether he goes to Heaven or whether he goes to hell.
Now, let's settle something else here while we're on that. Well, Brother Copeland you go to hell for lying same as you do stealing. That's not true, you don't go to hell for lying, you don't go to hell for stealing, you don't go to hell for murder, you don't go to hell for any of that. The only reason anybody goes to hell is because Jesus Christ of Nazareth is not their Lord and Savior. That's the only reason. And you make him your Lord and Savior 31 seconds before you depart, and right out of here you go. Now, your reward's not going to be all that hot, but I'm going to tell you something, zero reward in Heaven is better than going to hell. I'll tell you right now. Whoa, yeah.
Well, he just you know, you don't understand, no, it's you that don't understand. You don't understand what Jesus has done and you don't understand how the Kingdom of God works, and how the kingdom functions because 99% of the thinking of 99% of the born again people and 100% of those that are not, have no clue about spirit, soul and body. Now been taught. And anyway, so that's where we are today. Now, Romans 8:1, we're going to talk about one here that is a major, major part of the faith life and knowing this and thinking about it, having it on our minds and in our thinking all the time, your mind needs to be renewed to think about it a lot. A whole lot.
Romans 8:1, "there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death". Now, there is therefore no condemnation when? Now. Now. You've heard me say this before, I'm going to say it again, and every time you hear me talk about this, I'm going to keep saying it. You can't say now, while ago. Every time you say now, now faith is. Like the little boy said, right now. Right now. Amen. Thank you Jesus. There is therefore now, right now, right this moment. No condemnation. Condemning yourself never, ever has fixed anything. All it does it create depression. The scripture says, judge yourselves and you'll not be judged. That's not condemning yourself. That's judging yourself. When? When you sin, judge yourself of it. And repent right then.
Repentance is a joyful thing, it's not a cry, squall, ball, you know, thing. It isn't. Now, I mean, missing it and all of that, it hurts you emotionally, but don't allow that, just don't allow it. Let not your heart be troubled, Jesus said, neither allow it to be afraid. You take command. Particularly of your soul, your mind, you will, your emotions. Why? There's no condemnation. Jesus took it and bore it, went to hell and paid the price for it. Let's turn over there to 1 John, put your marker there at Romans 8 because we're coming back to that. Notice this, in the very first chapter, now here's where faith comes in. Say this, I'm not moved by what I feel. I'm not moved by what I see. I'm moved only by what I believe. I believe the Word of God. Amen. One more time. I'm not moved by what I feel. I'm not moved by what I see. I'm only moved by what I believe. And I believe the Word of God.
Now that's real easy when everybody's in here and you know, there's not really a lot of pressure on, but boy when the pressure gets on, that's what Satan tries to do is put the pressure on you and get the pressure, and start shining the light on you. You sorry thing, you're sitting there trying to say you're the righteousness of God and you know better than that. He did ... what's he doing? Doing his best to steal the Word. He doesn't kill, steal and destroy. He steals, kills and destroys. Now, keep your ear tuned because not realizing the difference, people will say, Satan kills, steals and destroys. No, Jesus put it in the right order. He steals, what's he after? The Word. He's not after your money. He's not after your children. He's not after your ministry. He's after the Word. Because if you'll turn loose and give him the Word, he's got your money, your children, your ministry and everything else. Because faith cometh by hearing the Word of God. Amen. And hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing the Word of God.
So now, I'm not moved by what I feel. I'm going to walk by faith and keep the commandment of love. Whether anybody likes it or not. I'm going to do it. And boy, something just gets to you and you just, stop right there, no, no, no, no. And just, Gloria and I practice this and have practiced it for over 50 years. Well, we've been born again for a long time. We just celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary by the way. But she and I both, even if something just irritates you and your raise your voice for a moment. No, no, no. You just grab one another and say no, babe, forgive me Gloria. In the name of Jesus, Jesus forgive me, forgive me. I'm not moved by that. No, no, no.
She and I just grab one another and hang onto one another. That's what you have to do. You cannot allow him to steal that Word and get you over into a place where you begin to give and take in strife. Well, you don't have any right to talk to me like that, I'll talk to you any way I want to. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. You're in trouble. You're really in trouble. Because you know, you get over in a little while and everything's all right. But did you repent of it? Un-repented sin, very dangerous. Because it just stays there. You've got to get it out. I wish I hadn't done that. Well, I wish you hadn't too, but that ain't going to do you any good. Yeah, but you know, by the time I'm 82 years old, I ought to know better than that.
Well, that's correct. But condemning yourself is not going to get rid of it. No, you just say, glory to God, ain't no use in getting all upset and all this. I just go over here to 1 John, chapter one, in verse seven, we walk in the light as he is in the light. We have fellowship one with another. And the blood of Jesus Christ, his son, cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. Yes, Jesus, I believe every Word of that. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Father, I confess this sin of un-loveliness, I confess the sin of worry, and what'd you say? You're faithful to forgive us? When? When I confess it. Not when I feel better about it.
This is huge in the life of faith. This is really big. He is faithful and just or righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That doesn't have anything to do with my feelings. That has all and everything to do with obedience. Because obedience is greater than sacrifice. Remember that scripture? So, by being obedient to this verse, it may take a little while from the flesh to get over whatever it was, but your spirit is instantaneously broken from it. Unless you allow your flesh and mind to begin to dominate you 10 minutes after you pray that. So what are we talking about? No condemnation. All right, let's go back over here to Romans, how much time I got Tim? Oh I can do a lot in two minutes, glory to God. Where does the time go? Where all the time goes. Away. Amen.
The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. See, it's a spiritual law, it works when it's put to work. In fact, it works all the time. And it works in reverse all the time. You can't get out from under those laws. They're there, but you can activate them and take authority over the other. Faith filled words dominate the laws of sin and death. But that's the reason the law of love is so important, because faith worketh by love. What law? The law of faith. Well, faith worketh by love. Those are spiritual laws, they're more important than the laws of physics because the spiritual laws came first. A spirit created all matter and he did it by faith. So hey, we've been born again, we can function and operate in that same area because Jesus said have the faith of God. Amen. Or the God kind of faith. Praise God. Hey, Jeremy.
JEREMY: Thank you sir. Did you know that total immersion in God's Word will build your faith? And as Brother Copeland said, as born again believers we can have the God kind of faith operating in our lives and faith is the victory that overcomes the world. And living by faith is our lifestyle.