Kenneth Copeland - Become God-Inside Minded
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Hello, everybody. Welcome to the Believer's Voice of Victory broadcast. I'm Kenneth Copeland. Let's have a word of prayer, we'll get right into today's Bible lesson.
Father, bless You and praise You and thank You. We worship You, Sir. And we thank You. We open our hearts and we open our minds to You, Sir, the Holy Spirit that dwells within us, to teach us, to help us, to reveal to us revelation from heaven. And we thank You for it. And we boldly declare, "Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world". The Greater One is in me. The Greater One is helping me. And I praise You and thank You for it in Jesus' name. Amen. Praise God.
Let's open our Bibles again today to Mark 11. And Jesus said, in the 22nd verse, "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 saith". Verse 24, "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them".
Now then, this is the Amplified translation, Mark 11:24, "For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will get it". Whoa, a heavenly grant. Isn't that good? Let me read it again. "Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident)". When? When you pray. "That it is granted to you, and you will get it". Now, on what grounds do you believe it's granted to you? All right, let's turn in the Amplified, well, remember "granted". You remember that? All right. You believe it is granted.
All right, let's go to John 16. And we'll look at the 23rd verse. John 16:23, "When that time comes", Jesus said, "you will ask Me nothing, you will need to ask Me no questions. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, My Father will grant you". Remember, "believe it's granted"? "My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My name". So, you see, it's Word based. It's name-of-Jesus based; not feeling base, not where I work, not what I think. No, no, no, no, no. No. It's not what you believe in your head, it's what you believe in your heart.
Now then, let's read it again. "What thing soever you desire, when you pray, believe you receive them". "Believe it's granted to you, and you will have them". So now, number one, believing you receive when you pray. You must spend time in the Word. You're going to have to find time to do it. You're going to have to set aside time. You're going to have to give the Word first place in your life, not the news, not television and all of that mess out there. Thank God for the Believer's Voice of Victory Network. You can turn it on, leave it on all day, and just, I mean, you can grow fast like that. Amen. But you have to make a decision in your life. You can't mix the world and really build your faith to the place where you and I know it should be.
Now then, spend time in the Word. Now, listen to the Greater One that lives on the inside. Remember what I said yesterday? Become God-inside minded. I remember back right after I first got born again, oh, man, I'm telling you what, I was so thrilled with Jesus. But I was scripturally illiterate. I didn't know anything. But I was raised in church. I didn't any of it stick. And I just didn't know anything. But I'd heard, you know, I'd heard a lot of prayers and different things.
And so here I am, you know, I'm flying a lot. And flying, I had a job, I was flying when I got saved. And I got to get in the airplane, and I'd bow my head and I'd say, "Oh, thank You, Jesus. Lord, be with us. Lord, be with us. Lord, be with us. Oh, Lord, be with us. Yes, Lord, be with us. Yes". And at the time, that's all I knew. And, now, you know, I put the power up on the thing and all that. Well, when I got in the Word, I found the Scripture that said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you even to the end of the world". And as I began to get God-inside minded, I began to realize, "Hey, He was with me when I got here. He's with me on the whole trip. He's over there waiting on me when I get there. And, whoa, glory to God".
Instead of this natural carnal idea of God having to help me somehow or another, you know, like this, no, He's in here. Now, another time I was praying, this is the early years of this ministry. And I'm talking about becoming God-inside minded, you understand? The Holy Spirit, the Greater One, that we read yesterday in I John 4. So I'm praying. I spent some time praying in tongues, praying in the Spirit. And there's some things that I had a whole legal tablet full of things that I had set before the Lord. I mean, it's the early days of this ministry, and man, it was growing, and it was growing rapidly.
And there was a lot of things that we needed. And I'm believing God for it, and I'm sowing my seed, and I'm doing all this. And I've been praying in the Spirit. I spent time praying in the Spirit. And I got my tablet out, and I'm going, I said, "Now, I believe I receive this, Sir. And I say it with my mouth. And then this, I believe I receive this. Thank You, Lord. And we need this equipment, and I believe I receive that in the". And I'm going down the thing. And I'm just praising the Lord. And I'd been praying there for a good while. In fact, I had set myself aside for several days just to pray it and pray over this.
And while I'm praying, I left my eyes shut, but I saw it. I just saw it across the screen of my mind and my spirit. Whoa. I'm sitting at this table, a long, really, beautiful table, I mean nice. And there wasn't anybody else in the room, but suddenly there was a door over there in the corner. And look at this! The heavenly Father walked through that door. And He walked in and He sat down right there in front of me. See, I'm seeing this in the Spirit. And I thought, "Whoa, glory to God". And then I look and Jesus came through that door. And He sat down right there on the right hand of the Father. And I thought, "Amen. Whew". This is so wonderful.
And then I thought, "Who is that"? And it was the Holy Spirit. I thought, "Where am I going to put Him? on the left hand of God? That ain't gonna work". He walked around and He came over here. Excuse me, it was on this side. He walked around that table, and He came over here, and He sat down next to me. And He said, "Give me that list". And He pulled that tablet in front of Him. See, I'm just seeing all this off the screen of my mind and my spirit. He said, "Give me that tablet. I'll get all of this stuff for you. I've been in this room before". Whoa-ho-ho! Glory to God!
I went straight up. What was He doing? He was teaching me to be God-inside minded. See, He's in here with me. He's in here on my behalf. He represents me at the throne. Jesus represents me by the Father. The Holy Spirit is representing me. He intercedes for me. He's my Comforter. He's my standby. Well, what is a standby? A standby? Well, glory. Particularly back when I was driving that old, broken-down Oldsmobile I had, when I was a student there at Oral Robert's University, and I'm driving, to Lubbock and had a meeting in Lubbock, and then I drove that thing back. And, I mean, you know, you've got to be real tender with this thing because it was worn out.
And, anyway, so I'm praying in the Spirit. And I'm depending on God to help me at times like this. And I'm looking to Him and looking to Him. And, well, I'll tell you what happened. I drove that car from, in fact, I went, on that trip going to Lubbock, I'm listening to Brother Hagin on tapes. I had a little battery-operated tape recorder I sat there on the front seat and listened to it all the time. And I didn't have time to listen to television. There wasn't anything on television back there then; nobody preaching on it anyway. And so I'm listening to that. I listen to it night and day. Gloria and I went to bed at night, and we still do. I mean, we went to bed last night and listened to Brother Hagin. Glory to God. Amen.
I mean, you know, and I thought, "You know what? God will take care of this car. I believe God. Yeah, oh, yeah. The Greater One is in here. Yeah, I can. Yes, sir". I'm driving this thing 35 miles an hour to keep it from falling apart. And I thought, "Well, you know, He can keep me. He's the one that's holding it together anyway. He can keep me at 60 the same as He can at 35 and 40". And the word of the Lord came to me. He said, "Yeah, but don't you go over the speed limit because", He said, "when you do, you get out of My hands". He said, "You swore an oath when you got your driver's license to obey the laws". I said, "Yeah, I did, didn't I"?
Because, man, I mean, you know, Gloria said I drove, I ain't happy unless I'm doing Mach 2 with my hair on fire. And man, I drove hard and fast all the time. And it's hard on my flesh, but now, in this car, it wasn't hard at all because man, this thing, anyway. So I said, "Okay". And I just eased her up there. And back then where I was driving on that highway was 60 miles an hour. I just eased her up there at 60 and just drove on. Well, we were coming down to Fort Worth. I was preaching at Grace Temple Church, the church that my mother and dad attended, and at that time was our home church here in Fort Worth. And so we drove our old Oldsmobile down, and we stayed in my dad's home.
And a young man that worked, he was a mechanic. His mother went to the church of Grace Temple. And he and his wife did, too. And he came to me, and he said, "Brother Copeland", he said, "I believe the Lord wants me to tune up your car for you while you're here". I said, "Jim, I appreciate that, man. I really do". And it needed it. I knew it needed it. And so he said, "After work, I'll come over to your house and get" And he said, "Is your car's there at your dad's house"? I said, "Yeah". He said, "I'll come over and get it and take it home with me". And he said, "I'll tune it there in my garage at home, and then I'll just bring it back over to you". And I said, "That's fine".
So we went on, and I preached the service that night, and they had day service the next day. Well, he came to me then after the service, the morning service. He said, "Brother Ken, did you drive that car down here"? I said, "Yeah, I did". He said, "Was it running all right"? I said, "Yeah, it was running fine". I said, "Why, Jim"? "Well", he said, "I went over to your dad's house to get it, and it wouldn't start". And he said, "So I checked", He said, "When I took the distributor cap off", he said, "Kenneth, your points weren't worn down. There weren't any in there". He said, "It's impossible for that car to run".
Well, you see what was happening? I was driving a miracle. I didn't know it at the time; just ran fine. But what had happened? I literally turned that car over to the Holy Spirit, put it in His care, and I'm listening to Him, see? This is one of the points. Listen to the Greater One that lives within you. Listen to Him while you're praying. Listen to Him and let Him tell you things, see? If I had said, "Well, I'll tell you what. I believe God on this car", and jammed my foot to the floor, set that old turkey up on the back... 75, 80 miles an hour, it wouldn't have gone. It would have conked right where I sat. But he said, "No, no, see, don't get it out of My hands. Don't take it out of My hands. You stay in my Word which says, 'Obey the laws of the land.' So you stay in My Word". And He said, "That way, I can take care of you".
Well, He didn't say anything to me about the points being gone in that car. And I drove it all the way back to Tulsa, and then we drove it from Tulsa to Forth Worth, and that's when Jim tuned it and it just ran great. It ran great the whole time I had the car. Amen. Can you see where I'm going with this? Now, listen to the Greater One on the inside. Don't spend time with, or listen to, people filled with unbelief. Don't do that. I don't care if they're family or who they are. Don't do that.
Now, here's why. People will tell you they can't. If you go to some of your family and you say, "You know, I believe God's called me to go full time into ministry. And I'm"... The natural carnal mind feels like it's their duty to warn you of all the reasons why you can't do this, as if you didn't know. But it's just the natural carnal mind way of doing things. "Well, you really think you ought to do that? I mean, you know, you ain't got any money. And, after all, you ain't all that hot a preacher and na-na-na-na-na". You don't need that. No, don't even tell them. Don't even tell them. Keep it in your heart, believe it, stay strong in your heart, and walk in there one day and say, "Well, you all, I'm going full time into ministry. Bye". "What"? And just stand there and pray with them and go do it, amen, particularly if you come up in a family that, you know, they worry and all that kind of thing.
And I'm not talking about bad people. I'm talking about good people that don't know anything about the Word of God and they don't know any better than to be filled with unbelief and doubt. They don't know the difference. And your healing, don't go ask people. Keep your mouth shut. Talk to God. Speak in tongues. "I don't speak in tongues". Well, that's your fault. We'll talk about that later. Now, you pray in the Spirit. "Well, I don't know exactly, and, you know, when you say, 'Calling things that be not as though they were,' I know I'm supposed to do that, and I've gone through those Scriptures with you. But sometimes I get to thinking I don't want to say the wrong thing here".
Now, you're starting to worry here, see. Don't do that. "Yeah, but Brother Copeland, you know, I'm not learning as much, and I just don't know". Well, I'll tell you what let's do. Let's go over and look at I Corinthians 14, and let's see something here. In the 14th chapter of I Corinthians, "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto God". Now, he's speaking unto men, not God. Now, come over here with me in Verse 14. "If I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will". It's an act of your will. You can pray with your spirit. It's the same anytime you want to, just the same as you can pray in your natural understanding.
"I will pray with the spirit, I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, I will sing with the understanding also". But now, Mark 11:24 just said, "When you pray, believe you receive". It didn't say, "When you pray and you can understand what you said". No, no, you just say, "Lord, help me here now. I need to call things that be not as though they were. And I know You know what I'm supposed to be saying. So I'm going to pray about this in the Spirit. And I'm calling things that be not as though they were in the Spirit". And I just go ahead and pray over that for an hour and a half, two hours. And you begin to pray, you go to bed at night, and you can pray it in the Spirit.
You can pray to yourself just like you can pray to yourself, nobody can hear you in English. You can do the same thing in tongues. And you're just praying. You just keep doing that, you'll come to the place where you get a breakthrough. And you think, "Whoa, glory to God". And you can tell something changed, something stepped over. That's the victory. I said, "That's the victory". You're calling things that be not as though they were. You may not even see any manifestations of it. You may see the manifestation instantaneously, particularly when you're taking care of it in the Spirit. Greater is He that is in me. And I boldly declare, "Hallelujah! Greater is He that's in me, than he that's in the world".