Kenneth Copeland - Put Your Faith in the Written Word of God
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Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Mm, mm, mm, mm. Say it, "The greater One lives on the inside of me". Oh, my, my, my, my, my. "My faith is growing. The fruit of the Spirit is growing: Love, joy, peace, goodness. Our gentleness, goodness, faith, kindness, meekness, temperance".
"Listen to my Word," saith the Spirit, the spirit of grace, "I have great desire to manifest My presence around you. But My presence is the love of God. My presence is the grace of the Father. My presence is all of these things listed here in Galatians 5. And when your words are stout against Me, then I can't manifest Myself like I desire. I said in My Word, 'He that loves me keeps My commandments, or you do what My Word says for you to do. I will love him. My Father will love him. And I will manifest Myself to him. These are the times of My mercy and My grace. These are the days that I have chosen to pour out Myself upon all flesh like never before in the history of this planet. So listen carefully to My voice. Listen carefully to those things that you are being taught because this is spirit and this is truth. And they that hear and worship Me in spirit and in truth will surely know My voice, will surely become strong in faith. And you can become as much like Me as I am like My Father", saith the Lord Jesus Christ. "And understand that I love you, I love you, I love you. And I will never ever let you go.'"
Oh, thank You, Father. Thank You, Father. Mm. Let's praise Him for a moment. Oh, praise You, Father. Praise You, Lord. Jesus, we give praise and worship to You. Help us, Lord. We receive Your help. Say, "The greater One, the Spirit of the living God who is greater than he that's in the world is in me right now working with my spirit, working on and in my mind, healing my body. And I have the joy of the Lord because I have the love of God. And I receive these words and teachings because I have faith in my heart and I believe it in my heart and I say it with my mouth. And I thank You that it does come to pass".
Now just give Him praise. And, oh, glory to God. Hallelujah. Thank You, Jesus. Thank You, Jesus. Well, I'm not through praising. Just help me praise God. Thank You, Lord Jesus. Mm. My, my, my. Glory, glory, glory, glory, glory. Thank You, Lord. Thank You, Lord. Thank You, Jesus. Thank You, Jesus. Praise You, Lord. Thank You, Lord Jesus. All right, glory. Glory be to Jesus. Thank You, Father.
Now, let's refresh ourselves again. Let's go over to Mark 11. Faith is of the heart, not the head. Say it with me, "Faith is of the heart, not the head". Say it again, "Faith is of the heart and not the head or the mind". Jesus said, in Mark 11:22, "Jesus answering said unto them, Have faith in God," or have the faith of God. "For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain". Now, whosoever, anybody can do this. Any born-again believer can do this, and this is the way you get born again. "Whosoever shall say unto this mountain".
I want you to notice something here. And I learned this from Brother Hagin many years ago. I'm going to use "say" on this side, and I'm going to use "believe" on this side. Are you with me now? "Verily I say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith". Let's back up a little bit. I messed this thing up. "Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith". He used the word "believe" once and "saying it" three times.
Now, what does that tell us? This tells us that we have been taught, over the years, as people and believers, we've been taught to believe, but very, very, very small amount compared to the overall. There's more now than there's ever been, but it's still small compared to the whole body of Christ, the importance of words connected with believing because you believe it in your heart, but you hadn't released it when you believe it in your heart until you say it with your mouth. "Therefore I say".
Now, see, Jesus turned right around and used it. He did the very same thing that He was talking about. "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any". Now let's talk about that aspect of it here for a moment. Faith will not work if you have an air of unforgiveness about you. Now, notice he said that right there. "When you stand praying, forgive".
"Well, Brother Copeland, you know I've been a long time trying to do that". No, He didn't say, "try to do it," and it don't take long. He said, "when you stand praying". You can't stand there two weeks! While you're praying, I mean, do it right now. "You don't know what they did"! It don't matter what they did. You've got a commander-in-chief, His name is Jesus. It don't make any difference what you think about it. You have an order from command. You have an order from heaven to do it! Whether you like it or not. "Sir! Yes, sir! They're forgiven! Amen. Come on faith, work"! And then, you know, you go to church Sunday and there she comes, right there, just bigger than all get-out. There she is. "I thought I forgave her"!
That forgiveness was an act of your will, not your feelings. Don't let the devil throw you with that. Say, "No, no, no, no". Say, "Nope, nope, nope, nope. I chose to forgive, and I did that in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Now shut up feeling"! Those are physical and mental feelings and emotions that you took some time to develop. And you're going to have to take authority over them and put them down, put them where they belong. And faith does that, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ Jesus". Amen.
So do it! That's what you're called to do. Do it! And Jesus will back you. The Holy Spirit will come up in there. You just keep on, "Well, I'm looking to feel something". Quit that feeling. Cut the feelings out. Feelings have nothing to do with any of this. Remember what I said, that Jesus told Thomas? He said, you know, "Feel in my hands, feel in my side". "My Lord! My God"! Jesus said, "You believe because you could feel it". And He said, "Thomas, quit being faithless. Blessed are those who have believed and not seen". It's when you believe these things because Jesus said them. You believe this thing because the Word said them.
You're like the centurion that said, "Jesus, you don't have to come to my house". Remember when he talked about that? "You don't have to come to my house. No, no, no. I'm a man under authority. I tell a man to go and he goes. I tell him when to come and he comes. All you have to do is speak the word, my servant will be healed". Jesus didn't even go to the man's house. He said, "You don't have to come under my roof. I'm unworthy for you to come to my house anyway". See, he was a Gentile. And he said "You just say it". Jesus said, "I have not found so great a faith in all of Israel".
That is faith in God's written word. The integrity of this Word is just as real as if Jesus stood right there in front of you and said, "by my stripes you were healed," and it will bring more faith than that. The apostle Peter said, "We saw and heard, but there is a higher, more powerful Word". And talking about Scripture. Then seeing that on the Mountain of Transfiguration? Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Your feelings and your mental part gets in the way. "Oh, I believe it now because I saw it". No, your heart doesn't. You've mentally approved of it and said, "Oh, yeah, I saw it. I believe that I saw it". Well, when time gets a little rough, you'll fall off of that stump.
You know, "Well, if I could just see a miracle". Really? The new birth is the most powerful miracle there is. "Yeah, but I need, you know, I just need to see an angel. If an angel". Well, then, hey, if you keep pushing for that, the devil is a fallen angel. And the Word said he'll come to you as an angel of light and deceive you. "I have come from the almighty God". You can rest assured he'll talk perpendicular because that's the way religion talks. It don't talk straight, you know. "God, God Almighty has sent me to tell you today that it's not his will to heal you. Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh! Shiny, shiny, shiny, shiny, shiny. Shew, shew, shew, shew"! Gone. "Oh, it's not God's will to heal me. I'll just bear up". No, you're going to die. His Word is His will and "by His stripes ye were healed".
You can't trust the stuff you see. You can't trust the stuff that comes out of this realm. Hey, the devil is a spirit. Demons are spirits. Principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, they're in the spirit realm, and they'll mimic God if they can. And religious people will fall for it, particularly people that start pushing God. "I need to see something, Lord. I need to get healed of this cancer, and I just can't seem to get any faith". "Well, you're looking in the wrong place". "Well, what do you mean, Brother Copeland? I pray everyday. 'Oh God give me faith.'" "Are you born again"? "Oh yeah". "Did He have to give you faith to get saved"? "Uh, no".
"When someone gave the invitation, did you go up and say, 'Oh, God help me. Give me the faith to get this, if I don't, I'm going to hell.'"? Of course not. Why? "Well, Brother Copeland, I mean, it's right there in the Bible, it says, 'whosoever believes on him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.'" Well, the same Bible said, "whosoever say unto that mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; not doubt in his heart," same whosoever. Amen. Are you seeing it? No. "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God". Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and praising, and hearing, and saying it, and thinking it, and meditating on it, and listening to it on the way to work, and listening to it on the way home, and walking in love with all your spirit soul and body, and walking by faith and not feelings, and you just stand up against it. "I'm not moved by what I feel, and I'm not moved by what I see". "Yes, I am too"!
Well, just confess the thing. "Jesus help me. Help me with this. I'm determined not to be moved". I mean, He'll come right up in there. The Spirit of God will come right up in there with you, and He'll say, "Okay little, sister, I've got this"! Amen. But, see, you've got to keep listening to it. You can't lay there and watch some stupid television series while you're in the hospital. Quit that. No, no, don't do that. You get the Word of God. You can get somebody to put Scripture on there. I mean, hey, where you're listening to Bible, you're listening to somebody reading Scripture, reading Scripture, feeding your spirit, feeding your spirit.
Years ago, Brother Savelle and I were in a meeting and a woman brought her husband was in a coma, and he was having hard seizures just every few minutes. Every five or six minutes, he'd have a seizure through an injury of some kind. I don't remember what the bottom of it was. And Jerry was on one side of this gurney, and I was on the other side of it, and she was standing near the head of it. And we laid hands on him and prayed the prayer of faith over him. And he still just, I mean, you couldn't tell there was any difference. And I heard the Lord say this, and I turned to her and I said, "Now, get", Back there then, you know, we didn't have cell phones and all that, but we had the Bible on tape. And I said to her, I said, "Now, we're going to give you a set of New Testament tapes. And you keep read to him. You read Scripture, read healing verses to him. Read the New Testament to him. And then when you're tired, and you go into the other room or something, turn the tape on so the Word is going into his ears 24 hours a day.
"My son, attend to my word; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Keep them before, don't let me them depart for your eyes; keep them in the mist of your heart. For they are life to those that find them, and health", or the Hebrew word is "medicine" "to all their flesh". And I said, "You just play that 24 hours a day". She said, "I'll do it, Brother Copeland". Well, she left, and he's still doing that. And they did this for, oh, weeks, and the seizures quit. He's still just laying there in that coma, but he's peaceful now. One day, one of her friends that helped her read to him and so forth, came over, and she went into the other part of the house for some reason, but she said, "Here, take up right there where I was, and read this to him. It's just Scripture, New Testament".
So she sat down then, and she just started reading. "But Brother Copeland, they can't hear". Oh, listen, you can too. I've heard testimony after testimony after testimony of people that were in comas, and they said, "We could hear every word you were saying. I just couldn't get it out". Why? The spirit doesn't sleep. The spirit man's hearing it. It's something wrong with the motor mechanism of your brain and that kind of thing. But they can hear every word that's going on in there. Don't talk junk and death around somebody you think is in a coma and can't hear you. Speak life.
Anyway, she was sitting there reading to him. All of a sudden, he sat straight up in bed and said, "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen"! And she liked to fell out of her chair, man, and, you know, it startled her. "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen"! Hallelujah. But you see, it was the Word. The Word penetrated. The Word will divide asunder the soul and the spirit, and it'll begin to work inside the spirit man. And as it strengthens and strengthens and strengthens and strengthens and strengthens, it'll eventually come out of there. Amen.
I'm talking to you about the absolute integrity of this written Word and the integrity of anointed teaching of this written Word, not religion, not religious ideas, but the Word of faith, faith in Jesus. He is the Word. Glory to God. Are you in here with me? Oh, glory. I'm talking to somebody. I'm talking to somebody that you're right on the verge of getting your breakthrough and healing. You're right on the verge of it. You're closer than you've ever been in your life.