Kenneth Copeland - Your Right-Standing With God Gives You Victory
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We've talked about this God kind of faith. Every believer has a measure of it. We've talked about, the measure can be increased. Faith is of the heart, not the head. Let's go back over there again Mark 11:22-23. "Jesus answering unto them said, Have faith in God," or have the faith of God, "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall 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 shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says".
So, saying is equally important to the believing because he tells us what to believe; to believe what we say comes to pass. Oh, can you get ahold of that. I mean, get that. Just say, "Lord, help me. Help me grasp that. Give me revelation of this". Words, let's go over here to the 11th chapter of the book of Hebrews. Thank You, Lord. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen". Now remember this: Faith is a spiritual force. All of these things are in the realm of the Spirit, and that's where real power is. Amen. "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering," or patience, "gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance," or self control, all of the fruit of the Spirit, those are spiritual forces.
Joy is strength. Longsuffering or patience is endurance in the Spirit. Meekness is so powerful. It's not weakness. Meekness is yielding authority to a higher command. That is true humility. "Your Word is true. Your Word is final authority in my life, in the name of Jesus, and I receive Your authority. I bow my knee to Your Word. You're not a man that you can lie". And when you begin to praise God with that and worship God with those words, they begin to build and grow, build and grow, build and grow. Now, as they do, all of the fruit of the Spirit functioning at one time, that comes up in there as a major force, after development. They produce true holiness.
Now, holiness and righteousness are two different things. The moment you were born again, you were made, not attained, you were made the righteousness of God in Christ. Righteousness is the... see, you're a new... let's turn over, I want you to see this. Let's go over to... jumped out of the book of Hebrews. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the world's were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear". Now, the worlds weren't made out of nothing. It was made out of faith which can't be seen. But once faith was released, then you could see the results of it, see? You understand that now? All right. Hallelujah. Glory to God. Thank You, Lord. II Corinthians 5. Now get this, 17th verse, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is".
Now, this means women too. Let me touch on that for a minute. Don't let that throw you. See, the words translated "man" is referring to mankind. That doesn't have any gender in it. It's not talking about male. There are male men and female men, mankind. There's male tigers and there's female tigers, okay? So there's no distinction there between male and female. And if you study the New Testament, you can find all of that because it just states that. Any way I didn't want you to get hung up on that.
"Therefore if anybody be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away", a new creation, "old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to know, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing," or not holding against them, "their trespasses; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, you be reconciled to God". He's already forgiven you. He's already reconciled it. But He can't do your praying for you. You have to receive it by faith. You can't make the connection unless you believe what He said, and "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing cometh by the Word of God". Are you with me now?
All right, now watch this. Now, in the King James translation, I'll read this. It's a little bit scrambled up. "He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him". Now, let me turn that around just a little bit. "For He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of God," that we might be made right with God in His eyes. The moment you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you became right and righteous in the eyes of God. You're as righteous as you'll ever be. You can't grow in righteousness. Now, you can become stronger in it, but now you've got to do something about your flesh, and that's where holiness comes in.
So look at it again now. "He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him". Now, Romans 5. Praise God. And let's begin looking at Verse 15, "But not as the offense, so also is the free gift". Say, "free gift". "...the free gift. For if through the offense of one", or that's Adam, "many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift of grace, which is by one man, Jesus Chris, has abounded unto many. Not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification".
And the same word "righteous" is translated "justification". They're one and the same. "For if by one man's offense death reigned by one much more they which receive". You have to receive it by faith. It's just hanging there over you, waiting for you to accept Jesus because it's in Him. The moment you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I mean, the righteousness of God came inside your spirit. Glory to God. "They which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign", one translation, "shall reign as kings in life by one, Jesus Christ".
Now, Jesus took our sins in order to give us his right standing with God. Praise God. Isn't that wonderful? Let me put it like this: Did Jesus ever commit a sin? No, not one. Did you and I ever commit a righteousness? No! Our righteousness is as filthy rags. But listen. He took our sins. He never committed sin. He took my sin and your sin, (I never committed anything righteous, you never committed anything righteous) and gave us his righteousness. Hallelujah. Whoo! So what does this mean? I'll tell you what it means. Let's go back to the book of Hebrews again, and let's look at the 10th chapter.
Now, "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices," or the sacrifice of animals and so forth, "which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect". Now, don't let the word "perfect" throw you. It's talking about the perfection of the new birth, and then it's also used in maturing, growing up into Him. But I want you to notice something now. Now, listen to me very carefully. Listen to this. "Those sacrifices," by animals and so forth, "which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect," or cause them to be born again, "then would they have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience," or no more sin consciousness.
"Well, I'm just an old sinner saved by grace". Well, you can't be both. Now this comes from the renewing of the mind. Put your hands right here, if you're at a place where you can. Put your hands right there and say, "Father, I want to be, and I am now, righteousness conscious. I have a righteousness consciousness that, by the blood of Jesus and faith in that blood, not the blood of animals and so forth, but the blood of Jesus, my sins have been purged. I've been made the righteousness of God. Your righteousness. No longer sin conscious, identifying with Adam, but I am righteous conscious, identifying with You, Lord Jesus".
Oh, my, my, my, my, my. Oh, let that just sink in on you. A righteous consciousness... You remember when Jesus was at the tomb of Lazarus, and he said, "Roll the stone away". Mary said, "Boy, He stinks". In other words, she's trying to tell him, like one fellow told me one time I'd been ministering to his wife. And I had to leave town and there was some other people that ministered to her, and anyway, she passed away. She'd get better and they'd come in and all that, and that's neither here nor there. But I went to the funeral and he came up next to me, and he kind of sidled up next to me, and he said, "Brother Kenneth, she's already been embalmed". In other words, don't try to raise her from the dead. She ain't got any blood.
Hey, let's get you one that ain't cooled off yet and see what you can do with it. Do you understand? That doesn't have anything to do with anything. But that's where she was. See, He'd been embalmed, mummified, the way they did it back then. So what is that? That is sin consciousness. That was sin consciousness. "Oh, Lord, He's dead". I mean, "He's decaying. You can't do nothing now". But a righteousness consciousness can come boldly to the throne of grace, obtain mercy and find grace to help in a time of need without a sense of not belonging, a sense of, "oh-ho-ho". No, no, no, no.
Which is the most powerful, standing in office or sitting in office? Do you know? The most powerful is to sit in authority. One that stands in an office has someone else in higher authority. The king never let anybody sit down in his presence because he's the king. Now, every born-again believer has been raised up together with Him and lay on the floor at his feet? No, no, no, no, no. Now, there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with humbling yourself and just falling on your face on the floor and saying, "Oh, God, help me! I humble myself before you". No, no, no, no. But it's not because you're unworthy. I'm going to get up here in your face now. It's not because you're unworthy. His blood made you worthy. His blood brought you into the family. You have been made the righteousness of God. We've been made to sit with Him in heavenly places.
Now you can shout. Hey, hey, hey, hey! That put the joy in you! Glory to God. He's made us kings and priests in Him, always in Him. I'm not righteous. I've been made the righteousness of God in Him. Now I'm righteous. Amen. I can come to Him boldly, even with sin in my life. I can come to Him and say, "Lord Jesus, I repent, sir. I repent and I confess this before You. And You said in your Word, your apostle John said, in I John 1:9, Lord, he said that You are faithful and just to forgive me of my sin when I confess them, and cleanse me of all unrighteousness". Say it, "cleanse me from all unrighteousness".
Now, you get cleansed from all the unrighteousness, what's left? Righteousness! Whoa! Glory be to God. Thank You, Lord Jesus. And I did it again; I done preached me happy again. Doesn't that shoot a thrill through you? Glory to God. Hallelujah. Now, this is one reason that this needs to be preached and taught in a church congregation.
Right quickly, here, in this last couple of minutes we have, move over there one book. And let's go to the book of James, and let's look in the 5th chapter, Verse 15. "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed any sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray ye one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person availeth much". The Amplified translation says, "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man," or righteous person, "makes power, much power available, dynamic in its working".
The word "dynamic" is the same word translated, Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost and power, dunamis, power, power, miracle power available. See? The churches need to know this. We gather together as the righteous, and we lay hands on the sick. Glory to God. Come in there and start praying in the Spirit and don't quit until they're healed! I don't care if it takes a week. You ain't got time to eat. Get in there and get them healed. Hallelujah. Whew, whoa! Ha-ha-ha-ha. Glory to God, hallelujah.
This is what old-time Pentecosts used to call "praying through". They'd just lock you in with God in these situations and just pray in the Holy Ghost. I don't care how long it took. They'd just pray, just keep praying and just keep praying until they broke through in the Spirit. Well, now that we know and come to a place where we know the Word, and we know how to live and walk by faith, now we take a higher level of receiving that power into that person's presence. And we just don't quit. We don't have any little rinky-dink "God help you" prayers. We just get in there and make that healing power available and don't let go, in the name of Jesus, and reign over that disease as kings and priests of Jesus. Amen.