Kenneth Copeland - The Power Is in The Word
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Father, we thank you today for this broadcast and we worship you. We praise you, and we exercise our faith and we receive. We receive words from heaven. We receive revelation from heaven, revelation of the life of a believer, a revelation of Jesus. Oh Glory to God. We want to know more, see more, hear more about Jesus. And we thank you for it today and we give you all the praise and the honor for it. In Jesus name, amen. Oh, glory to God. Yeah. Thank you Lord.
The word of the Lord just came to me. The message about your son. Stop worrying right now. It was a mistake. It's a case of mistaken identity. And you stand on your faith and you start praising God. You start shouting and running around the room right now in the name of Jesus. Glory to God. Yeah, thank you Lord. We praise you for thank you Lord. Glory to God. Glory to God. Amen, let it, let us, let us know. Give us your testimony. Praise the Lord. The birds are back out. Glory to God. And so are the helicopters and the airplanes and, and all of that. So you just rejoice with us. Anything that flies is good. You understand whether it's bird, helicopter or an airplane, whatever it is, Flying things are good. Hallelujah. I just want you to know where we are and why we're here and then and what all, what all the ruckus is going on above us. Praise God. Amen.
Now then let's read our foundation scripture here. Once again from Romans, the 14th chapter and the 23rd verse, "He that doubts is damned if he eat because he eateth not of faith for whatsoever is not a faith is sin". Now we've talked about this. What makes it sin? Think about this. Um, well any sin that you readily call sin that was, uh, theft, uh, stealing. Yeah, that yo of course that's sin. Well, you have to be connected to the devil to do it. And that's what makes it sin. Cause he's the thief.
Gloria: You're obeying him.
Kenneth: You're over in the realm of the curse and you made a decision to do that. Now, then the same. thing is true where fear is concerned because fear connects you to the devil, to the kingdom of darkness, the way faith connects you to God and the kingdom of God. The devil can't do anything to you apart from fear anymore than God will do something for you apart from faith because if you're not operating in faith, you're not connected to it, even though you're born again, even though you're a child of God, if you died today, you'd go to heaven. But when you're, when you're functioning and worry, worry is a deadly sin habit. It is a habit and it has to be dealt with as a habit.
A lot of people are taught to worry as children because their parents worried all their lives and you talk worry all the time and you think, "Well, I don't know how you'd get by without good old worry". You know? I mean it just, and people really don't understand the basics and the roots of it and that's where we're going to, that's what we're dealing with on his brother.
Gloria: Think about this. He's called the adversary. Now, what does an adversary do? He fights you. He tries to undo you,
Gloria: Kill. Destroy. So we don't want to be connected to him.
Kenneth: Now Jesus, Jesus said, in fact, let's go over there. I'm glad you said that, cause that that reminded me of something the Lord brought up last week. Let's go over to Mark chapter four where Jesus is teaching on the sower sows the word and there's something very important to know here before we go any further. In the fourth chapter of the book of Mark. Now I want to begin here with the 20th verse, "These are they which are sown on good ground, such as hear the word and receive it and bring forth fruit. Some 30 fold, some 60, some a hundred".
Now, all of these people, every one of them heard the word, every one of them had the same opportunity, went through the same situations. The devil said the same thing to all of them, but they made a stand for it and the word produced a hundred fold in their lives. I noticed, let me read it to you again. "These are they on good ground such as hear the word and receive it and bring forth fruit". What are you talking about? What? What do you always think about Gloria When you hear it, see the word bring forth fruit, the blessing of the Lord, the blessing of the Lord. It maketh rich and he adds no sorrow with it. The blessing, be fruitful, multiply and so forth, but the first thing he said to Adam, be fruitful.
All right, now let's back up here into the 19th verse or 18th verse. These are they which are sown among thorns such as hear the word and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches and the lust or pressures of other things entering in choke the word and it becomes unfruitful. All right, that word care is also translated anxiety, Worry, concern. It literally means an over engrossing mental affair. In other words, it has completely taken over your thinking.
Gloria: The opposite of faith.
Kenneth: Yeah, and his worry. That's what worry does, and the habit of worry is you worry all day long. All the time. Okay. Now, then you notice it chokes the word and the word becomes unfruitful. Now if you're, you're, you're sowing seed and you're believing God and you're believing for this a hundred fold return and all that, and you say, brother Copeland, I just don't understand. I don't know why there's not a working for me. I'd look right here first. If you worried about it all, I just don't understand why it didn't work. I don't understand why it didn't work. It seemed like it don't ever work for me.
Gloria: You might check your mouth.
Kenneth: Yeah. Yeah. You go around saying it ain't working. Why are you saying that? That's part of worry. That's what fear based thoughts do. All right, now let's go to the, to the book of Luke and the eighth chapter and look here what Jesus said to Jairus. Now Jairus fell at Jesus' feet and made his faith statement. My little girl, my little girl lies at home. Uh, and she's at the point of death. You come lay your hands on and she'll live. Jesus started home with him. The woman with the issue of blood stopped him and they spent some time there. Jesus did ministering to her and so forth.
"And 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 him saying, 'fear not believe only, and she will be made whole'". Well now obviously Jairus did that because that daughter was made whole. Yeah, so obviously he did what Jesus said.
Now, I really can't think of any situation that would be any worse than this or harder situation to control your thinking. When somebody just called you and told you your daughter's dead and Jesus is standing right there and the first thought shoots across your mind, "Dear God, if he hadn't spent so much time with this long talking woman, we had been there, she couldn't stop her from dying". But all of these kinds of thoughts. But Jairus didn't touch that. He obeyed what Jesus said. All he had to do, please get this. All he had to do was agree with what Jesus said and say, yes sir. That's all he had to do because the moment he agreed, the power in those words of Jesus, now get this.
Faith cometh by hearing, hearing by the word of God. When he heard the words of Jesus, faith came, he just got through hearing Jesus say, daughter, your faith has made you whole. That helped his faith, but here's the important thing. The power's in the word, you don't have to come up with the power to do it. The power is in the word to break the worry habit, to break the dope habit, to break any kind of any, any ungodly thing in your life. The power is in the word to break it. Amen. This is the victory that overcometh the world - even our faith.
Oh, I'll tell you, I don't preach me shouting happy. Hallelujah. Glory. Yesterday we talked about God saying to Joshua, this book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. Joshua had to say, Yes, Lord. Okay, you shall meditate there in day and night. Yes, Lord, I'll do that. That you may observe to do according to all that's written there in yes sir, and then you shall make your way prosperous and then you shall have good success.
Gloria: Yep. Exactly the same way today.
Kenneth: Yeah. The command, the command, the power was in those words and he meditated those words. Faith came to carry out now not only to carry out what God had told him to do. Oh, Gloria this is just huge. You go to the second chapter and he sent out two spies. He didn't send out 12 he sent out two and made sure that they were men of faith. Instead of getting into that same mess they got into back there 40 years ago he sent out two.
Now they, they went to Rahab's house and she hid them out and then listen to this, verse nine, "She said unto the men, to the two men, now I know that the Lord has given you the land that your terror is fallen upon us, that all inhabitants of the land faint because of you. We've heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea when you came out of Egypt and what you did to the Kings of the Amorites in the road, in the Jordan... Destroyed them! As soon as we heard these things, our hearts did melt. Neither did there remain any more courage in any man because of you. For the Lord your God is God in heaven above and earth beneath".
Gloria, the thing to remember is once God has given the command, he's not just working on you. If he commands you to go over yonder, he's already over yonder preparing over yonder for you when you get there. That's what most worry people never think of that. Fear written mind. Never think of that. All they see is the giants. All they see is, "We're like grasshoppers". They had grasshoppers on their mind and it defeated them, when all the time they could all walked in there without firing a shot. They would have surrendered to him. They gave him 40 years to get stronger. Had they gone right then they'd have bowed down before him and said, whatever we have is yours. But they didn't consider that. They considered what they saw and felt.
Gloria: What do you think would have happened to us in 19- I guess 1967 when the Lord told us to go do something, move, move out and go do it. Answer the call the ministry. If we had not moved on it, where would I be today? It looked impossible.
Kenneth: I mean, because Gloria preachers are specially die young because of that. Had we said, well, you know, yeah, I understand...
Gloria: I'd be glad to but we don't have any money.
Kenneth: We don't have any money. But, and, and you know, uh Oh yeah, I know, the Bible says, Oh no man, anything but to love him. And, and that debt is under the curse and all of that. But you can't, you, you know, you, you, you can't do, uh, uh, any kind of ministry of any size I'd be in debt. Well, that would have begun to erode what we were doing. It never would amounted to anything. And if I had persisted in that, I'd have died back there probably and in my late sixties, early seventies, because that's when all my kinfolks died. Well, not all of them, but a number of did in there. Your heritage early to mid seventies, and that's what I'd done because I'd have been disobedient under God and I'd have stood up and confessed and shouted and all of that. Wouldn't have done a bit of good cause I had been disobedient. Amen. And why would I have not done that fear, fear.
Gloria: Fear. And what had you to lose by doing it? You didn't have any faith.
Kenneth: Well, I will tell you though, I won't tell you though, Gloria. I messed up in this area because, well you're right, but, but a broke man, don't think that way. Okay. Uh, in later years when the Lord started talking to me about doing daily television, I remember when he first started, uh, that started coming up before me that to do daily television. You remember we went in Australia and, um, man, you remember all of the TV scandals that went on in the, in the 80s. And, uh, and there we were in Australia and it was all over the news over there. And all of this, all this mess. And TV preacher stock just went to nothing, you know, and the whole way we, we were, we were the joke of the natural world and cause they'd been looking for this kind of stuff anyway. And, uh,
Gloria: It gives them a reason to not obey God.
Kenneth: Well, it gives them a reason to do what they do best, which is curse God and die. But when we were in that hotel room that night in the word of the Lord came to us and said, I need you on daily television. The body of Christ needs you and your nation needs you.
Kenneth: Okay, well, I was so tired. I was so physically tired and all the way home, that long, long airline ride across there, 15 hour run across a 13 and a half hour. And I'm thinking this whole trip, Well, you know, I have, I have to do this. And uh, I don't think I can physically take it. I, I think it'll somewhere down the line. And what am I doing? I'm sitting there worried about I'm didn't take that in faith. No, I, I'm worrying about it. Thinking about it, thinking about it. Why I'm in a, um, I have a tired mind and I'm not listening to God. The power of God was in his word that he said, "Do it". Yeah. Well, I eventually realized that, but it took a while because...
Gloria: It looked so impossible in the natural and it was impossible.
Kenneth: But finally we just had to stand up and say, well, who cares if you die? I mean, that's what this is about. Anyway, dying and going on the glory and just say well, okay. And then praise God. And then, and here we are,
Gloria: One foot in front of the other.
Kenneth: Here we are years and years later and, and believing God still. Amen. And my next birthday I'll be 80 and I'm in better shape. I'm in better shape today because of what I'm teaching you today than I was back there in 1989 when the Lord first told us to do it. I'm in much better physical condition, far better spiritual condition. I'm in a much better mental condition than I was back there then, and I ain't got time to quit. Glory to God. Hallelujah. The best is yet to come, woo glory. I'm glad I brought that up. No, you brought that up now then we have, we've got just about a minute left here.
Now we've, we've realized that the expensive-ness of fear to fear is to connect with Satan in your thought life. And, and it'll, it'll drag you down with that curse and all of the time you'd been redeemed from the curse. Well, I'm afraid I'm gonna get the flu. Now, Now wait back up. You sure you want to be saying that? Well, I'm afraid I'm gonna lose my job. Are you sure you want to be saying that? See all, every time you say that you reinforce it in your life, the cares of this world. Now, Gloria, tomorrow we're going to get into the process of stopping that and we'll get into the word about it and we will go through the process and what the word teaches and shows us how to walk, Fear, care, worry free.
Gloria: It can be done.
Kenneth: Oh yes, God, Gloria and I'll be back in just a moment.