Kenneth Copeland - The Goodness of God Is Walking In Love
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Hello, everybody. I'm Kenneth Copeland, and this is the Believer's Voice of Victory broadcast, and this is what? Yeehaw! Kenneth Copeland Bible College. That is still very strange to me. My name on a Bible college. Amen. Glory to God. Thank You, Jesus. Oh, Lord, thank You. We praise You. Oh, Jesus. You are so good. God is so good. And that is our subject this week, that God is a good God, that He is absolute good. In Him is no bad. The devil is absolutely bad and in him is no... He is no good. He's no good. Absolutely. Now, of course we have already studied and talked about from the book of Genesis that what He created, He saw that it was good. Then He saw it was very good. Then He created a woman and a helpmate for Adam and Adam said, "This is good". Amen. This has to be good, glory to God. Amen.
And then what about the devil? And people bring that up. Just my reaction is, "Well, what about him"? He'd been totally defeated. He is a completely, absolutely, absolute defeated foe. He owns nothing. Therefore, what Jesus said is absolutely true. He comes to steal. He's a thief first, to steal and then to kill and to destroy. That's his only process. That's all he can do. He has to steal because he doesn't own anything. He doesn't have anything, no way to get anything, unless he can steal it from you or someone else. All right. Then we talked about in the book of Ezekiel, so let's go back there. The Word of the Lord came to Ezekiel to speak to the prince of Tyrus, the prince of Tyrus under the influence of the devil. The devil had convinced him that he's a God. Well, that's what the devil has always wanted to be is a God. He wants somebody to worship him. And then we got down to the king of Tyrus.
Let's go back to that once more. In the 13th verse, "thou hast been in Eden, the garden of God. Every precious stone was your covering. The sardius, topaz, the diamond, the beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, and emerald, carbuncle and gold. The workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created". He's a musician, and we'll see more about that later. "Thou art the anointed cherub". Anointed cherub of the three archangels. What do we have now? Gabriel, the messenger of God. Michael, the warrior spirit. Amen. But who is the anointed cherub? Your tabrets, your musical instruments. Your musical instruments. The anointed cherub, his anointing, from what we're going to read here in a few moments, that anointing was in the area of music. You said it. Who said that? Yeah. Well he's the worshiper. That was his anointing. And you were in Eden, the garden of God.
Now, notice this. Verse 15. "You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created". Now remember, we said already that God has never created anything that was bad. This anointed cherub wasn't bad when God created him, but he turned bad. "The multitude of your merchandise, they have filled the midst of thee with violence. Thou hast sinned. Therefore, I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God and I will destroy you, oh covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty. Thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness. I will cast thee to the ground. I will lay thee before kings, that they may be hold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your traffick. Therefore will I bring forth a fire in the midst of thee. It shall devour thee, and I will bring you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all men that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee. Thou shalt be a terror and never shall you be anymore".
Never shall you be any more. You are nothing. Jesus then fulfilled that many, many, many, many, many, many, many years later. He came and He preached the goodness of God and He was anointed by the good God. Acts chapter 10. "There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a Centurion of the band called the Italian band". Now wait a minute. Caesarea. Caesarea is just right there close to Jerusalem. Pilate's headquarters were there. Now, a centurion is a commander. To give you some, how many have you been in the military? To give us an idea and an insight into this man, he is a commander. How many of you were in the Army? Okay. He's the commander of that area. He's in command of at least 100 men. Not just 100 men. I would liken him, since he's area wide, I would liken him to a garrison commander. Now, he's not the commander of the post. He's not a general. He's a centurion.
Now, this Centurion is the one that built the synagogue in Capernaum, where Jairus was leader of the synagogue. Remember that? And he recognized Jesus as a commander. Remember that? "I'm not important enough". This is what one translation said. "I'm not important enough for you to even come under my roof. But I am a man of authority. I tell one to go, and he goes. I tell somebody to do this, and he does it. All you need to do is say the word, and my servant will be healed". Jesus said, "I have not found such faith, not in all Israel". But now wait a minute. Wait just a moment. Now, this man is the centurion of this area. He's the one that was in charge of the crucifixion. He knew who Jesus was. This is the same man. He knows Him. And he said, "This must've been the son of God. He has to be the son of God". It's the same man that Pilate sit down there and said, "Is he already dead"?
Well, of course he said, "Yes, he is". Well, he was standing right there and he recognized he knew Him. He recognized Him and he was so impressed. He was so impressed. He was beaten nearly almost to death. He no longer looked like a man, yet the strength was within Him by the spirit of God to shout with a loud voice. Nobody he'd never crucified had done that. He said "This surely was a man of God". And now we know his name, Cornelius. Does that help you? Now we know his name. His name is Cornelius. Well, no wonder. No wonder the son of God. And I believe. I believe all the stories. I just know He's been resurrected. I believe it. I know a lot of them don't, but I do. I've got to know more about this. I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to get a hold of that fisherman. I want that Peter to come down here to my house.
Well, it wasn't very far. It wasn't all that far. And you know the rest of the story. Well, and Peter's preaching to him and to his whole household. We're still talking about the goodness of God. And this whole sermon is just, well, look at that. "A devout man and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people and prayed to God always". Now, listen to what Peter said in the 34th verse. Peter opened his mouth and said, "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons because he is so good". Hallelujah. "But in every nation, he that feareth him and worketh righteousness is accepted with him. The word which God sent," and who sent it? God sent it. Jesus did it. God sent it. Jesus did it. The good God sent the good man Jesus to preach it.
Now, Jesus might not have called Himself good, but I do. Glory to God. Oh, He's the best thing I ever knew. Well, glory to God. Oh, hallelujah. Published threw out all Judaea and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, who went about doing good. Who went about doing good. Who went about doing good because God's so good. He went about doing good and healing. He went about doing good and healing. He went about doing good and healing. He went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, who is bad. For God and His goodness were with Him. And I don't know.
I've had people say it. I've heard Kenneth Hagin say it first, but then, this is a natural response to people that don't know, but Brother Copeland, Brother Hagin, and then someone probably said it to you. That was Jesus. No, it wasn't. It was God. It was God that anointed Him. It was God that was with Him. It's the same good God that's on you and in you. Praise God. And He's the one that's anointed you, hallelujah. And He's as good as He ever was and the devil is as bad as he ever was. And we found out he's nothing but a zero. So go on and do what you need to do. Yes, oh yeah. It's the good God that came out and said He takes pleasure in the prospering of His servants. And the longest living apostle, the apostle John. It's very amazing to me that the apostle of love outlived them all. He outlived them all. Isn't that good? Walking in the goodness of God is going to absolutely be walking in the love of God. Yes, amen.
That is the key to longevity. It is the key. Hey, that's what makes the Psalms of David so powerful? Now, we have had personal experience, particularly Billye Brim and Gloria and those. I want to read this to you from the Psalms. Oh no, we don't read the Psalms like you Christians do. You remember, we sing them. Yeah, and you let the music get in the way. You let the music get in the way. What? Tradition. I don't know the tune so I have to read it. David, the prophet king, who understood God's goodness to the point he was a man after God's own heart. He would do what God said. If he did it wrong, he'd still do it. And the hesed of God was as big as the goodness of God. The mercy of God was the biggest thing in his life.
And that's what God was after, because God is a good God and he knows, like one of the Psalms says, he knows we're dirt. It's the dirt part of us that gives the problem. Because when you're born again, filled with the Spirit of God, and you begin to learn who you are in Christ Jesus, amen, then it's the dirt part of you that causes you the problems. Amen. Amen. I just had a little thought here and I never thought this in my life. Some of us come from different colors of dirt. Your dirt is a little darker than mine. When you get a hold of that it puts racism right where it belongs. It ain't nothing but the dirty parts. Lord, would you let me tell that? Yeah, blame this on Jerry Savelle, will you?
Now, he and his dad, they were both in the body shop business, and then Jerry had his own shop. You've heard him tell this. And there was a man that worked for them that just kept them in stitches all the time. Just the way he said things. Lovely, dear man, and worked for both of them. He told Jerry one time, he said, "Brother Jerry, say, your hair kind of lay down. Mine squats down". Where did I... Jerry did that. Jerry Savelle. Oh, glory to God. Don't sit there with that frown on your face. Oh, Brother Copeland, why do you seem like you just talked to Black folks all the time? I'll tell you why. In the very, very beginning of this ministry, even going back beyond that, when I was lost as a goose in a hailstorm, my mother's prayer partner, God bless her forever, would take my pillow and walk around through the house and pray for the baby, and pray for the baby.
Well, I wasn't a baby anymore. The string I was running was no good. And she prayed for the baby. And just as I came into the ministry, the Word of the Lord came to me and He said, "A major part of your destiny is among the people of color". Hallelujah. And you've just been in my heart all these years. Man, I love you. I can't tell you how I love you. It's just been there all these years. Anyway, and we celebrated things that we got criticized for. Well, if you're not getting criticized, you ain't doing anything. So wake up and smell the roses. You know, come on. I would get criticized because I celebrate Juneteenth. Dear God, I love Juneteenth. After all that happened in Texas, it can't be all that bad. Man, celebrate it, you know?
I'm pushing for a national holiday. Should be a national holiday for Juneteenth, praise God. Amen. And particularly, it's hard for people transport themselves back to World War II and then right after the war and all of that, when we used to have parades, man. And the high school bands would come out and there ain't no White band can do what a Black band can do. I mean, come on. White people don't even know how to have church, much less. I'm just telling you. One, two, three, four. Creflo said, "The white guy preach one, two, three, four". The Black guy preach, "One, two, three, four". He said, "We get together, we don't miss a beat". And we're out of time.