Kenneth Copeland - Believe Your Covenant Promise of Healing
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The Healer's in the house today and then yet, and all of you out there, wherever you are, across the United States, Canada, and the rest of the world, praise God. There's no time, there's no distance in the realm of the Spirit. Praise to God, praise God forever. We are together and you enter in right where you are. You're not watching television, you're involved in the Healing School this morning, praise God.
Father, we thank You and we praise You and we receive Your presence, Lord Jesus. We receive Your ministry this morning, Sir, and we thank You very much. For we're here, You're here. Praise God, and it is a great honor and privilege to have this desk this morning and this place of honor, to be able to preach and teach Your Word and to open the door for the healing mercies of God to flow all over the world today. And we thank You for it, we give You the praise and the honor for every word that's said. We give You the praise and the honor for every deed that's done. And we pray as always, in the wonderful, absolutely matchless Name that's above every name, the mighty Name of Jesus. And it is in that Name that miracles will be done today by the Name of the Holy child, Jesus. Praise God, praise Him, praise Him. Just praise Him right now, just praise Him right now. Just worship the Lord and praise Him right now. Give Him praise and honor, hallelujah.
I'll tell you what, things happen in praise. I learned this many years ago from my precious friend, my good friend, Bishop David Oyedepo in Lagos, Nigeria for whom I have preached for many years now. And he made this statement, "When we pray", think about it, "When we pray, we enter into His presence but when we praise, He enters into ours, for He inhabits the praises of His people". So let's just take a moment just to praise the Lord. Just praise and worship, praise and worship. There's healing in praise, there's healing in worship. Praise the Name, praise the Name, praise the Name. Just worship Him this morning. Worship Him right there where you are, praise God. Just thank Him, thank Him, thank Him.
Oh, what I have to thank God for? Well, you're breathing. Well, not very good? Well, that'll change here in a few minutes, amen. Just start praising Him. If you wait until everything's good to praise Him, you're way out of line. We begin to praise God when things are good, when they're bad, when they're in the middle, just praise Him all the time. Just continually praise and put a praise and worship from your heart into your mouth. Thank you, Father for this opportunity today, in the Name of Jesus, amen. Open your Bibles with me today.
First of all, we're gonna look at several in the scripture in several places, but let's look first of all in the book of Ephesians and we'll look at chapter two verses 11 and 12. And this is a major answer, a major answer to why Christians struggle. Pastor John was talking again this morning during the offering about the struggle is over, glory. Yes, it is. Yes, Jesus, but Jesus took care of the trouble, amen. But in order to walk in that, in order to be continually aware of it all the time, one must be covenant-aware, covenant-minded all the time. I like to imagine myself, envision myself in my mind in the particularly in the 14th, 15th, 16th chapters of the book of John in that Covenant Supper, what's been called the Last Supper. The Covenant Supper.
Every time we receive communion, we remember that, we reenact that day, but here's the thing, Jesus said, "This is My body broken for you". He said, "This is my blood". Listen, "This is My blood in the new covenant. All of you drink of it". This book is covenant. This is the answer to everything. The problem that most Christian people have, particularly Western-minded people. This is an Eastern book and Eastern people, that's covenant-thinking. People are this way in business, not realizing nor ever comparing it to the Bible. You enter into an agreement with another company. You enter into an agreement with a bank. You enter into an agreement on a real estate deal, and there comes up some question.
Well, now, wait a minute, I don't think we're supposed to do that, I think we were supposed to do this? Well, how do we know? We have to go back to the contract. What is a contract? It's a covenant. These covenants were written down, entered into a contract, entered into a covenant. And the part is, once entered into that covenant, I mean, there's no more argument about it. Well, let's get us some good lawyers and break this thing. Not when it's in blood, you don't. Now there's been a lot of religious ideas that tried to mess it up, but it's because of not being, I'm in covenant with God, but what is most important, He is in covenant with me. He has, let's make it very, as stated, very properly. He has cut the covenant with me and I have entered into that covenant.
There's blood between us and His Word can never be changed. His Word can never be altered. His Word, hey, it's forever. Once He has said it, and once He wrote it down in His book, it is forever. His Word stands. His covenant promise Word is, it just is, praise. It just is! What is it? It is healing, it is salvation, it is deliverance. It is guidance, it is leadership, it is help. Hallelujah, because He is healing, He is prosperity. His Word and God are exactly the same. His Name can do anything His Word can do. I can see some of you already happy this morning. Praise God, well, I am too.
Now, notice what the Holy Spirit said through the great apostle, in the second chapter of Ephesians. I mean, he just spelled it out right here. Look at the 11th verse. "Wherefore, remember that you being in time past, Gentiles". What is a Gentile? A Gentile is someone without God. Brother Copeland, I thought it was someone that is not Jewish. No. Well, the Jews had the book, so they had God, they had a covenant of promise, so they had God, so they had hope. All the other people were without God, they were "goyim", they were Gentiles, but you're no longer a Gentile, because you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You're no longer a Gentile.
Now, notice how He said that, "At that time you were without Christ", let's back up there. "Remember, you being in time past, Gentiles in the flesh, who were called uncircumcision". Circumcision refers to covenant. "By that which is called the circumcision in the flesh made by hands". At that time before you knew Jesus. At that time, you were without Christ, being aliens from the common wealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants, both of them, of promise. A covenant promise is an unbreakable promise. Having no hope and without God in the world. "But now in Christ Jesus, you who sometimes were a far off are made nigh by the blood".
You're made nigh by the blood. What does that mean? That the blood that was shed for the covenant, the blood between us and the blood between you and me as believers and the blood between you and me and our God, especially Jesus, and recognizing, are you listening to me now? recognizing that dwelling in you is the God of covenant. And He's greater, He's the greater one. He is your Standby. He is your Advocate. He is your Comforter. He is your Intercessor. He is your Strengthener. He is your Healer. Praise God! How do I know that? Because the covenant says He is, and what He says, I say. Praise God!
Hey, come on, I know you're listening. Just give the Lord a praise, give Him thanksgiving for it right now. I'm a covenant believer. I have a covenant with the almighty God and I'm covenant-minded. I think about it all the time. Personally, I receive communion almost every day, every day when I'm at home, I receive communion. Amen. Jesus said, "As often as you do this", He didn't say, "Now, be sure you want to do this, you know, at church". No, He didn't say that. He said, "As often as you do it". Yeah, but Brother Copeland, you're a preacher. What does that have to do with it? I'm a believer. Well, I thought a preacher was supposed... no, no, no, no, no, no.
As often as you do it, but that's between you and the Lord. As for me, I, it just there. And I received, I'll sit down in my desk in my study, and I'll be thinking about something and talking to the Lord about things, and I'll just, get the communion elements and praise Him and thank Him. And this body was broken for me, glory to God. I thank You again today that my healing is in this. And I praise You and I thank You. And I just savor this moment. My sins were washed away in this blood, and I've been brought nigh to You in the blood of the covenant. Amen.
One of the reasons that I believe the Lord led me in that direction, first, I'm learned long time ago, that Smith Wigglesworth, one of the greatest faith men of the 20th century, glory to God. Well, closing of the 19th century and into the 20th century, my, my, many, not a few, many documented cases of people being raised from the dead and miracles untold, but he received communion every day. Now, there's something I want to say to you this morning, engage your faith. Well, what does that mean, Brother Copeland? Engage your faith.
Now, this goes back to the fact that the struggle is over. I use this example because this is the way I think, after having flown airplanes for all, well, it'll 60 years here in just a few days. Imagine yourself flying across the ocean, and it's more than just flying, you know, a few hundred miles between cities and so forth, you're going across the ocean. And in this particular case, you're at 41,000 feet and you're going across the ocean, and there's a little bit of turbulence, you know, not anything to speak of much, but the airplanes, the air is not smooth. You're bouncing around a little bit, and you're very, very particular going across this ocean. You've figured out your mid-time point, and you're checking times, you and your copilot, you're checking times and so forth.
You want to make these way points right on time. And you're sitting there saying, "Man, I don't know why this is fatiguing me so, and I hope that turbulence doesn't get any worse, 'cause I'm having a little difficulty right now, holding my altitude and I'm on long range cruise. I've got to work with my power here and keep it where it's supposed to be at. I don't want to miss any of this. I wish that turbulence wasn't here. It's really wearing me out, trying to hold my altitude and you know, which it's awfully important". Engage the autopilot, dumb dumb! Push the button, engage, engage! Oh, is that it? Okay.
You know what? That thing can fly better than I can. Now, all of a sudden, you just sit back and relax and you've got time to check out your numbers. And in my particular case, I'm looking over there, talking with Dwayne, and then, you know, thank God he's the smart one. He does all the figuring. I just sit back and watch this thing fly. The autopilot knows how to fly better than I do. The airplane knows more about flying than I do, and Dwayne you know, is better pilot than I am. And I just sit back there, and just think. Well, glory to God. Well, I'll tell you what, God knows more about your situation than you do. He's already got it all in hand. All the struggle is over.
Praise God, engage your faith, engage your faith. I just roll all the care and this mess over on Him. Hallelujah, I'm a First Peter 5:6-10 man. I'm a First Peter 5:6-10 woman. I don't carry cares. I don't carry worries. I don't carry anxieties, praise God. I have cast them all over on Him. I have rolled that care over on the One who took the struggle for me and I praise Him for it. And I'm just not going to touch that in my thought life. I'm just not, and ah, here it comes, the devil try to put it back in there. Say, no devil, I'll tell you what, talk to Jesus about that, that's His now, not mine. That's His problem, not mine. Not my problem, man. Glory to God. Oh, thank You Jesus. Praise God.
Are you engaged this morning? I know you are, praise the Lord. So now, strangers from the covenants without God. I want to talk to you this morning about the covenant and the contradiction. The covenant says one thing and all the evidence is contrary to it. The covenant says your healed, and your body says something else. So there's a contradiction between your body and the covenant. What are you gonna do? Believe the covenant every time, because it's true. What's happening in your body, is just simply facts. But the covenant 'll change those facts and it'll do it today, praise God.
So open your Bibles with me now to the book of Romans, chapter four, look at the very first verse, Romans chapter four. "What shall we say then, that Abraham, our father, as pertaining to the flesh has found"? Abraham found the key to life. He found the key to life in his covenant with the almighty God. Now, let's go down to the 17th verse. Well, let's start with the 16th verse. Everywhere, you see promise, your antennas should go up. "Therefore, it is of faith, so that it might be by grace, to the end, the promise". Say it out loud. The promise. Say it this way.
The covenant promise, might be sure to all the seed, not to that only, which is of the law, but to that also, which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all. As it is written, where is it written? In the covenant. "As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations before him". Now, in my reference Bible, there's a little one before the word before, or "Like onto Him". And it is literally, like Him in His presence. Say that, like Him, like God in His presence. Has every right to be there, because he is in covenant with God. He and God are one. All right. "Like Him, whom he believed even God who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which be not, as though they were".
That is the key to life. That is the key to life. And with the Lord's help this morning, I'm gonna prove it to you from the Word of God. "He found the key of life, who against hope, believed in hope that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken". According to that, what? According to the covenant, according to what God said to him. "So shall thy seed be". That's what God said. Praise God. "Being not weak in faith". Now, listen, here's this, "Being not weak in faith, He considered not his own body now dead. When he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief".
He staggered not at the promise of God. What kept him from staggering at that? He was in blood covenant with God. There was no way God back out of this thing. God had already said it. That ended it, the struggle was over. He never did struggle with it anymore. Never did struggle with it anymore. Absolute contradiction to everything God said to him. I mean, by the time that baby was born, he's a hundred and his wife had never been, yet, she'd been barren all of her life and she's 90. There's just not a whole lot of hope of them ever having any kind of children. He was dead! His body was dead! Her womb was dead! Absolute contradiction! But the covenant, but the blood.