Kenneth Copeland - Defeating Every Evil Spirit
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Hello everybody, this is the "Believer's Voice of Victory" broadcast, and I'm Kenneth Copeland.
Father, we thank you today, oh my, my, praise your name. We thank you for the Word. Oh, say it class, We thank you for the Word. Father, you are the Word. Jesus, you're the Word manifested. The covenant, the covenant God. The covenant keeping God, the covenant making God, is our very own Father. And we thank you and we praise you today, in the mighty name of Jesus.
All right. Let's go back now to the 6th chapter of the book of Ephesians. And we began talking yesterday, just right at the close of yesterday's broadcast, concerning the rank and file. You need to know your enemy. You need to know him. You need to know how he thinks, you need to know what he is to what he isn't. You need to know who you are in Christ Jesus, and you need to study your God. And you need to know how he thinks, and what he is and what he isn't. He's not the problem. Amen.
"Well, I believe the Lord put this on me". Well, you're just all wet, that's all. I don't have time. You ought to know better than that. I'm gonna tell you something. Don't, and you need social distancing, if you're gonna say A.W. Copeland made me sick. That's my dad. You come up and tell me that A.W. Copeland wished an unwanted cancer on me. You better, you better be social distanced. And don't talk ugly about my wife either. See, I mean, that's the attitude you ought to have. You're talking about my God. You're talking about my healer, brother. Stop that, don't be talking about him like that. No, no, just don't be doing that.
I'm in covenant with Gloria Jean Copeland. So don't be talking ugly about her. I mean it. I have a covenant with that woman. And I will stand between her and death if I have to, 'cause I love her more than I love my life. I love Jesus more than I love my own life. And I'm not gonna yield my ground. I don't care if I am 83 years old. And you go trying to hurt her. I maybe 83 years old, but I'm gonna tell you something, Hoss You're gonna have the worst afternoon you ever had in your life. Cause I'm like Samson. The Spirit of God will come on me. And I will kick your, you know what. You come messing with her. I'm serious. I'm very serious about this. And I'm extremely serious about the way you talk about Jesus. He's my Lord. He's my savior. And he's my blood brother. And I'll die for him if necessary and do it gladly. Amen.
Now that we've got that settled, glory to God. You have to have that kind of attitude. And then don't just make it just all talk. It's easy to talk that way when I'm standing up here in front of you and all you smile and say "Yeah, yeah, yeah". You might be like I was one time. I was just a little boy. My dad traveled and he was, he traveled all the time. And once in a while I'd get to go with him and man, to go with my dad and he was a fun guy. Boy! We'd get out in the yard and play catch and he taught me how to pitch and all that. And we'd be out on the road somewhere particularly if we were in an area where they sold watermelons, and there'd be people out on the highway selling watermelons. Dad stop and buy watermelon. We'd go down under a tree somewhere and he'd take his pocket knife and cut that hot watermelon up and then we eat it. That was my dad.
And we were in this small town and out in West Texas. And my dad was at the hotel desk checking in and they had a little small room there, about as far from here to the first sit there this gorgeous young thing is sitting right there on that corner. And a little room that had a shuffleboard in there. You know stands about that high. It was little stainless steel, I'd never seen one. And I walked over there to it and there were men playing shuffleboard. And I was tall enough to see up over the edge of that. And they put that rosin on you know to make it slick on there. And I'm just big eyed kid and stuck my hand over there. And, I put my finger in that to see what that powder was. "Get your hands off of the table boy".
Boy, he chewed me out, I mean man, he chewed me out. My dad walked in there just about that time. He caught me, shove me around behind him. He said, in this kind of voice, "You have anything to say to that boy, you say it to me". "We didn't mean anything. Well, if you didn't mean anything, shut up". And I'm standing back there, "Yeah, it goes for your cat too". We can take these guys. We got up to the hotel room and he walked in there. He's smiling, you know, got his arm around me and shut the door and got into the hotel. And then he said, "Keep your dad gum hands to yourself, okay" My dad's quite a man. Anyway amen. Glory to God. Thank you, Father. "Now, finally my brethren", 10th verse 6th chapter of Ephesians. "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might". You is the understood subject of the sentence here in this 11th verse. "You put on the whole armor of God". Now, say this with me.
That armor is mine. It belongs to me. It's God's suit. Issued to me. I must put it on. I'm the only one that can take it off. The devil cannot undress me. Glory to God.
"We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the high places. Or wicked spirits in the heavenlies". That is a better translation of that. Wicked spirits in the heavenlies. There are, well, let's take it like this. The first heavens, that is this atmosphere. Now, I want you to listen very carefully to me now. There are three levels of heaven. This atmosphere, outer space. Then heaven itself. Heaven is a planet. It has a North, a South, East and West. It is a planet invisible to our eyes but it's not just some flat blob some place. Amen. All right.
Now, as we said yesterday, the rulers of the darkness of this world, those are the spirits that, in this world. Rulers of the darkness of this world here. And this is this talking about this planet. They're talking the ground in this world. These are the ones that possess people, spirit and soul and body. Now, I mentioned yesterday just as we were closing that, no yeah, thank you Lord. Hold your thought there. And let's go over to the book of Daniel. I would like to demonstrate something here about the spirits in the heavenlies. 10th chapter of the book of Daniel.
Now, Daniel is on a partial fast. He's been on this partial fast for 21 days, three weeks he's been on this. And he hasn't heard anything. So he has begun to be anxious about this. Has anybody heard me? Now, you have to understand, we have the name of Jesus with which when we invoke that name and we fast and we should. But when we invoke that name and we have the Word in which we stand and we know things that Daniel didn't know, he didn't have any way of knowing them. He received these things by revelation. So he is about to describe No, excuse me. The angel Gabriel is about to describe to him why he didn't hear anything for 21 days. Verse 11. "And he said unto me". He's talking to the angel.
Well, let's go back. Verse two. "In those days, I Daniel was mourning three full weeks" or I was in intercession for three full weeks. "I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh or wine in my mouth. Neither did I anoint myself at all till three whole weeks were fulfilled. Now, and on the four and 20th day of the first month as I was by the side of the great river, I lifted up my eyes and look behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz, his body was also like the beryl and his face was as the appearance of lightning. And his eyes were lamps of fire". And verse seven. "And I Daniel alone saw the vision, for the men that were with me saw not the vision but a great quakening fell upon them so that they fled to hide themselves".
Now. So now you get the setting here. So verse 11. "And he said to me, Daniel, a man greatly beloved. Understand the words that I speak unto thee and stand upright for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling". Now, listen to him. This is huge listen to this. "Then Daniel said unto me, fear not". Now, you have to stop the fear right now or I can't talk to you. Put the fear away. "Fear not Daniel. For from the first day", we heard you the first day. The bible people this is just absolutely huge when you're in intercessory prayer. We heard you why? Somebody said, "Oh let's pray that we breakthrough". Okay, Jesus.
Now, we're through, what else you want to do? Now, our old timers knew things. Then when they said, "We're gonna pray that we have our breakthrough. We're gonna pray through". Now, that got watered down to nothing nearly over a period of time of what they were talking about. We're not turning this loose till we get the victory over this. We're gonna pray. We're gonna lay here in this floor and we're gonna pray in tongues until we get the breakthrough, until we start laughing till we start shouting something and the flesh isn't involved in this thing. Flesh you just shut up. We're not leaving this place till the victory is ours. "From the first day that you did set your heart to understand, and to chasten yourself before your God, your words were heard and I am come for your words".
Here we are back to the word again. "but". Look at this. "The Prince". This is a wicked spirit in the heavenlies. "The Prince", say Prince "The Prince of the kingdom of Persia". Persia today, Iran. "Persia, withstood me one and 20 days. But lo, Michael, one of the chief princes came to help me. And I remained there with the Kings of Persia". Go to verse 20. "Then said he, knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? And now, will I return to fight with the Prince of Persia. And when I'm gone forth lo, the Prince of Greece shall come". This is the highest rank of devils we have anything to do with. But we have authority over them.
Now comes insight and understanding. Why under the sun is it that you elect somebody to office? I'm talking about good people. I don't care either party. They're not bad people. There are people that do not know how to resist the devil, and do not know how to keep from being influenced in their minds. And go to Washington DC and change everything that they said before they got up there. Because they've been dealing with low-level devils and got up there. Now, and very rare. Say rare. Very rare cases will you find the operation of Satan himself. That's rare. He's commander in chief of those forces. But there are times of course, he's the one that puts forth the strategy. The wiles of the devil are the strategies of the kingdom of darkness. Follow me?
So, we can see that very important that you see this. Because now you know when you're praying and interceding for your president, now you know what you're up against. Those devils right there are the ones that are accusing people of Donald Trump's personality. What difference does his personality make? I don't care what he looks like. I don't care what he sounds like. I want to know what's on the inside of him. "Yeah, but he combs his hair funny". Well, he's got hair. Amen?
Now, when Mr. Obama was president, I 100% disagreed with his policies and politics, but I still prayed for him. Still prayed for him 'cause I knew what he was up against. And there he had a set of special things that are up against him that he didn't know anything about. And I won't go in to all that, but we have to go back now and understand what this skin color thing is all about. It's not about the color of the skin. It's about the forces of evil and their hatred. Their hatred. They hate a light-skinned person just as much as they hate a dark-skinned person. But if they can find some way to cause strife and meanness between the two of them don't you think they not gonna do it.
Now, knowing what happens to me when I go to Nigeria, I'm the only white one in the room. Let me give you a real example of this. Creflo Dollar. Creflo came out and said, he said, well, he said, "I preach like my Papa but I look more like Gloria". That's funny. But there are people that just really got off of Creflo even though they love him, because he said that I was his spiritual father. Well it's not the outside color of me that he's looking at is his spiritual father. It's actually my experience in the Word of faith. Because that's where he learned it. Somebody said, "Why do you call that white man your spiritual father"? He said, "Because he gave birth to me". Are you listening?
So now we see. Now, now go with me to the book of Mark and let's go to the fifth chapter. How much time I have Tim? Good. We can introduce this. Mark chapter five, and we're gonna see all this in action. Now, before we even read this, make yourself a note. Faith is always prepared for what it expects. Faith is always prepared for what it expects.
Mark 5:1. "They came over onto the other side of the sea the other side of the Galilee onto the country of the Gadarenes. And he was come out of the ship immediately". Immediately say immediately. "Immediately, there met him out of the tombs, a man with an unclean spirit". One, a man with an unclean spirit. Say it. "A man with an unclean spirit". Now, hold it right there. This is where we'll take up tomorrow. We're out of time. Come on Jeremy, help us here son.