Kenneth Copeland - Jesus Cares For You
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KENNETH: Hello everybody. We're Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. Welcome to The Believer's Voice of Victory broadcast. Let's have a word of prayer.
Father we thank you today. We praise you and we open our hearts and we open our minds to receive revelation from heaven. Thank you sir for words from heaven, that move heaven on the earth. We give you praise and honor for it in Jesus name, amen.
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GLORIA: That's great.
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KENNETH: Amen. Now, then, we're talking about Jesus our caretaker and our cares were cast over on him, become like they never even happened. Glory to God. Thank you Jesus. In our golden text from 1st Peter Chapter 5. Now, I'm going to read today beginning with the first verse. "The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder," this is the apostle Peter writing this now. "And a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God". Gloria, I was reading that yesterday preparing for this. It flashed across my mind, that's what Jesus told him to do. Remember that? He said, "Peter, lovest thou me"? He said, "I do Lord". He said, "Feed my sheep".
GLORIA: That's right.
KENNETH: Feed my sheep.
GLORIA: If you love me, feed my sheep.
KENNETH: Feed my sheep.
GLORIA: That's good.
KENNETH: Gloria, isn't that good? Hallelujah.
GLORIA: Yeah, that's good.
KENNETH: That helped somebody. Sure helped me. Now then, "Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not of filthy lucre," Not for the advantages of the office. Don't take advantage of that office and manipulate, to get money out of it. No, no, no, no, no, no. No. Now, he's bringing up things here. Listen to this, he's bringing up things that create cares. Worries, anxieties and problems. "Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock. When the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away. Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so he may exalt you in due time". Now, let's talk about this a minute, Gloria. He's talking about exalting us above that care, that worry, that anxiety, whatever it is. The test, temptation, and trial is what James talked about in the first chapter of James. "Any man lacks wisdom let him ask of God who gives liberty to all men and upbraideth not, and doesn't find fault". It's there, it's available. Now, here's what I wanted you to see: not only exalt you above that care, oh glory to God. We have been redeemed from the curse of the law.
KENNETH: Amen. All that Jesus bore for us, now here it is. Well, I'm a little bit ahead of myself.
GLORIA: What verse are you on now?
KENNETH: I'm in Chapter 5 right there in verse five, or excuse me six.
KENNETH: "That he may exalt you in due time above that care and above every... " Well, let me... I'm so excited about getting into this. Let me go ahead and read it and I'll get it to you. "Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you". Now look at this, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour whom resist stedfast in the faith".
GLORIA: You can't roll over and play dead.
KENNETH: No you can't.
GLORIA: That doesn't work.
KENNETH: Now, here's... I want you to really get ahold of this. What is the suffering of the born again believer? Well, spare me nothing that you bore for me on the cross if it'll get me closer to you. That is absolute garbage. I know there's a song like that. It ought to be torn out of every song book that exists. Spare me nothing you bore for me on the cross.
GLORIA: Don't get violent.
KENNETH: Well, I am violent against that. So, what is our suffering? So, see that coincides with care. I mean, the devil comes in against your family and rips into your children. Or sickness in your body and there's pain there. I know, I have experienced it. Well, what are we to do?
GLORIA: Well, you can't be in care and faith at the same time. So you got to do something right.
KENNETH: You're going to change.
GLORIA: That's right.
KENNETH: And here it is: we, as the born again family of God you bet we suffer. What is our suffering? Our suffering is not physical. Gloria, it's tough to resist everything Jesus bore for us on that cross. Resist that curse. That's tough.
GLORIA: Yeah, tough thing.
KENNETH: It is a lot... Look at the difference: well, Gloria, I guess I'm just going to have to call in sick this morning. I guess we'll just have to cancel the meeting. I'm just so sick.
GLORIA: That's not what the Bible says.
KENNETH: No, no, no, no. Well, I'm just suffering for Jesus. You're lying.
GLORIA: Get out of...
KENNETH: You know better than that. If you didn't have any revelation you know better than that. That's just the easy way out. Jesus suffered for you, you ain't supposed to be suffering for him. Not with sickness and disease. What brings glory to God? I'll tell you what brings glory to God when you just reach over there, you get your Bible and open it up to 1st Peter 2:24, "By his stripes I was healed". Glory to God. As long as this book says that I'm not staying in the bed sick with anything. And you reach over there in your old clammy feet, they just jerk that cover off and stick them cold feet out on the cold floor and go get yourself dressed. Bless God, and be praising God, and cast all the care of that thing over on Jesus.
KENNETH: I know, I've done it time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time and God never failed me yet.
GLORIA: That's right.
KENNETH: Not one time. Amen.
KENNETH: I've seen other people do it. Back when I was preaching years, and years back. At the very beginning of this ministry I was preaching for Dad Sutton down in Beaumont, Texas. Glory to God. When I got there he said, "Brother Copeland," he said, "Our people are all sick with the flu. They're all out with the flu". I said, "Well, get your oil bottle and let's go".
KENNETH: He said, "There's not going to be hardly anybody there for the meeting". I said, "Well, come on. Get your oil bottle and let's go". So, we went and one or two of them was in the hospital. Then the others at home. I just read the healing scriptures, just told them the same thing I'm telling you this morning. All of them but one just got up. Just said, "Glory to God, Brother Copeland, I believe it. That's what it says. Glory to God". And just pull that core, oh God, out. One or two of them just started dancing right there where they were. Got up and come on to church. The one guy that refused, "I'm not going to do it. I can't do it. I'm too sick. I'm not believing something I can't see, bless God". He was sick for two weeks and almost died. Now that wasn't God's will for him. He let the care of it... Now that's just, Gloria, that's exactly what you were saying. Fear of it, worry and anxiety of it. No faith. Absolutely faithless. Born again, Holy Ghost, baptized, tongue talking, healing, believing, Pentecostal Christian. But that... Number one, not much teaching on faith. But that's no excuse. Ignorance is no excuse. The Bible's right there. He had a Bible just like everybody else. I was reading the Word to him. Now, I want to read this to you. Thank you, Lord. From the amplified translation. Listen to this, 1st Peter 5:6, "Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, set aside self-righteous pride, so that He may exalt you to a place of honor in His service at the appropriate time, casting all your cares, all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all on Him, for He cares about you with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully". Oh, I want to tell you... Isn't that just... That's almost indescribable. He cares, listen to how that's said then. "He cares about you with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully".
GLORIA: Praise God. Praise God. Amen.
KENNETH: Very carefully. Now, what you do in faith you're receiving his watching over you, and remember this, remember what else the Word says. He watches over his Word.
GLORIA: to perform it.
KENNETH: To perform it. You could say this, he watches over that Word very carefully to perform it.
GLORIA: Yes, he does.
KENNETH: Yes he does. But he can't get to you if you've got him cut out with fear and anxiety, and worry. Particularly if it gets in your mouth. I want to go back just before we turned the camera on I heard this in my spirit. In Luke Chapter 8, now you remember what happened, Jesus came to Capernaum which was his home town. Jairus, the leader of the synagogue there, fell at his feet and said, "Come lay your hands on my daughter and she'll live". He spoke his faith, he said it. So, Jesus just headed right straight to Jairus' house.
GLORIA: He didn't say, "My daughter's dying". He said, "Come lay your hands on her".
KENNETH: Come, you lay your hands on her.
GLORIA: That's right.
KENNETH: Now, the woman with the issue of blood came up and touched Jesus garment. Now, man the crowd is just strong and the... They're just jammed in there together. She touched his garment, Jesus stopped and ministered to her. The power went out of him, went in her. He said, "Daughter your faith has made you whole". Now, Luke Chapter 8, I want you to see this. The 48th verse: "Jesus said to her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. When Jesus heard it, he answered, saying, Fear not," stop the fear. Now, Gloria, Jesus is dealing with death here. So he went straight to the spirit of death. The spirit of fear. Stop that fear, you stop it right now. Now, he wouldn't tell you to do that if you couldn't.
GLORIA: He didn't say, "Oh, sister, I'm so sorry. You got a thorn in the flesh". He didn't say that.
KENNETH: No. "Fear not, believe only she shall be made whole". Fear not. Believe only. Fear not. I wanted to get that phrase over to you. Fear not. 95 times that very phrase itself occurs in the Bible.
KENNETH: 95 times. How many times... He said, "Almost, let you not be troubled". Fear not, but let your heart not be troubled that's another way of saying fear not. But that exact phrase, fear not, 95 times in the Bible. That's not a suggestion, it's a commandment.
GLORIA: You can't be in fear and faith at the same time.
KENNETH: At the same time.
GLORIA: So don't stop the faith, stop the fear.
KENNETH: Oh, that's good.
KENNETH: Don't stop the faith, stop the fear.
GLORIA: That's right, praise God.
KENNETH: So, 72 times in the first covenant, and 23 times in the second. Glory to God. 95 times in the Word of the living God he says don't fear.
GLORIA: That's right.
KENNETH: Now, if God says that, that's not optional. "But Brother Copeland you just don't understand". Well, I don't understand the problem, but I understand the solution. If you didn't know anything else except Jesus saves. Well, what does he save me from? It's very, very difficult and sad that the English Bible deals with the Word saved like it does. That Word translated, saved, means deliverance in healing just as much as it does the new birth. Glory to God. Saved from fear, saved from doubt. Hey, we're saved, hallelujah. Glory to God. Amen?
KENNETH: All right. Once and for all I am going to keep bringing that up. I'm going to keep bringing it up today, I'm going to keep bringing it up tomorrow, and Thursday, and Friday. I tell you what, by Friday we're going to have hold of this so powerful, glory to God. "Fear not saith the Lord. For I have done what's necessary, saith God, to cast out fear. To defeat fear. For I bore it on the cross. I bore all of your fears. Fear is under the curse of the law. I bore it, I carried it, I took it to hell and I defeated the author of fear. I broke his power, I took all of his weapons away from him, and all he has left is the threat of death. He no longer has the power of death". Glory to God. We have been delivered...
GLORIA: He doesn't have anything, he has to lie.
KENNETH: He has to lie.
GLORIA: About the whole situation.
KENNETH: Oh, I remember something you said back years ago.
KENNETH: You said if things were as bad as the devil says they is he wouldn't have to lie about it.
GLORIA: That's right. That's right.
KENNETH: Glory to God.
GLORIA: I'm going to write that down.
KENNETH: Yeah. Write down what you once said. Whoa, glory be to Jesus. Thank you Lord. Thank you Lord. Now, then... Yeah. Thank you Jesus. 2nd Corinthians Chapter 11. Let's go over there and take a look at that. 2nd Corinthians Chapter 11. Glory to God. I'll tell you what I was laughing about. This guy told me one time, and he said, "Brother Copeland, and I knew better than to do this. But, just shut my eyes and opened the Bible and wherever my finger landed. I knew better than to do that". But, He said... And I'm going to tell you right now don't be doing that. Don't be putting out a fleece. You get fleeced really bad. We're led by the spirit of God and by the Word of God not some chance thing. But, he was having a lot of financial trouble and he said he put his finger down right on top of the Word Chapter 11. He said, "Okay, maybe I better file Chapter 11". I don't know whether he did or not, but I think maybe he did. But that's not the answer. Praise God. All right. 11:28. I want you to notice something. This is the apostle Paul. "Of the Jews five times received I 40 stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, perils of robbers, perils by mine own countrymen, perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, perils in the wilderness, perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness, painfulness, watchings often, hunger, thirst, fastings often, cold and nakedness". Listen to this, listen. "Beside all these things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches". He was worrying about those churches. Now, if you just look over to the seventh verse of the 12th chapter. "Lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure". Something I've heard people say, "Well, we just don't know what that thorn was". I have read really bad translations that say, "God gave me a thorn in the... " God didn't give anybody a devil.
GLORIA: The messenger of Satan to lie to me would be about...
KENNETH: Yeah. Gloria, he's going to keep him from getting in pride. You going to send the devil to keep him out of pride? That's like sending the dog to guard the meat, brother. That ain't going to happen.
GLORIA: The right.
KENNETH: No. He says right there what it was. The care. The thorn in the flesh. What did we see? Yesterday... No, it was the day before we read where it is a thorn in the... We read it and of course Jesus said it. He used that word. These are based on, among thorns, the cares of this world. The anxieties of this world. Hey, come on.
GLORIA: So, you could say the care, the unbelief. Care is unbelief.
GLORIA: Anyway you look at it.
KENNETH: And worry. Worry's fear. He's worried about the churches. He said right there what that thorn was. It was not sickness or disease. There are those that say, "Well, you know, he was nearly blind".
GLORIA: You know, that's a good thing to think about. If you're worried about your finances, or about your body being sick, or you're going to die you know you're in fear and unbelief. You can't be in faith and unbelief at the same time.
KENNETH: At the same time.
GLORIA: So what we have to watch for.
KENNETH: You can't worry and believe God at the same time.
GLORIA: No, you can't.