Kenneth Copeland - How To Stay Well
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Proverbs 4:20. This is the healing prescription. "My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them and health to all their flesh". The cross-reference says the Hebrew word is medicine. This is the prescription. This is the spiritual prescription for healing. And, "My son, attend to my words", and listen, "consent and submit to my sayings. Let them," the sayings, the words "not depart from your sight. Keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those that find them, healing and health to all their flesh". But now, come on.
The prescription does you no good unless you take it. He said, put your eyes on my Word and believe it and get it inside the spiritual system where it can work. And that's the prescription. You have to get it on the inside of you for it to work. Now that was a great revelation to me. And then when this thing hit my back, Sunday morning. Dear Lord... After Southwest. And it was an exceptionally tough meeting spiritually, and it took a lot to win the battle. And August the fourth. And I walked into my shower and my shower doesn't have an enclosure, it just has glass around this way. And the shower head is here and you just walk in here and you step down a step and there's a tiled bench there. And I just was like this. And I just pitched my washcloth over to that bench and I missed it. And it went on the floor of the shower, in the corner.
Well, I'm just standing there laying in the water, just hot as I can get it, and stand it. Had I done this, it would have been one thing, but I didn't do that. I did this. I'm telling you a disc exploded in my back. It knocked me to the floor, on my face. I screamed "Gloria". She came running in there, I couldn't get up. I couldn't get off the floor. And I crawled out of the shower and of course, Dr. Weeter he had just come with us back in about that time, a little while before that. And he and his wife, both chiropractors. And so Gloria called them and they charged over there and they went to work on me. Anyway, make a long story short. I was guilty of this again. And so David Colbert, and the two of them ganged up on me. And so, they stuffed me in the airplane and flew me down to Florida. Anyway, and I'm down there. So, I said, "Lord, what is going on here"? He said, "The only reason you're spending time in the Word is to get... You're building faith, to preach, not receiving healing".
Now listen to me, because you can do this in the car business. You can do this as a medical practitioner. Anything, as a preacher, a pastor, you can get some busy pastors in the church that only think the time you're spending in the Word is to get a sermon out of it. Instead of receiving healing in your body or financially, and just let everything else just kind of happen. Well, that's what I was doing. And he corrected me for it. So, we came back home. Well, I still have to preach. And of course, it was summertime, and I went out in the backyard and started praising God. And I got two heating pads. I'm in a lot of pain on this left leg. And I tied them both to my left leg and tied old bathrobe sashes around them and then turned them up to just as high as I could get them. So one pain fades out the other one and then started praising God. And then I was trying to relax a little bit. And boy, here comes the pain.
So I started praising God louder and louder and louder. And Jesus said, "Why take ye the thoughts saying". Well, pain is a thought. So I started saying, "I don't take the pain saying". No, I will not honor that pain by saying it, I won't honor it. I won't do it. Glory to God, I'm healed in the name of Jesus. And I'm out there and it's settled down a little bit. And I said, "Well, I gotta work on this". So, I got my Bible and I got my heating pads all hooked up and I'm going in the Word. And the Lord said, "What are you doing"? I said, "I'm getting my message". Uh huh. I did it again. I was in such a habit of it. I said, "Okay, here go the healing scriptures".
You see all those tabs? Those are healing scriptures, all through the Bible. So that I can just flip from one tab to the next and put them in my eyes and in my heart and not let them escape. Why? In order to see myself well. To see myself healed inside. I don't care what the pain is. I see myself well. I call myself well. I call things that be not, as though they were. That's hard on people. You better learn how to do it. I mean, there may not be anything wrong now, but learn it, establish it, teach it to your children, your grandchildren. Amen. We don't talk this. We don't talk that in our house. No, it's just cussing to say I'm sick. I'm not going to do either one. No, I'm healed. I may have told you about it and it won't take me a minute, I'll tell you and then we'll go on. That first little red airplane. The night before, we got home and this great, big, people call them Ottomans. And they're not Ottomans, they're footstools. I'm too country for Ottoman, who's Ottoman? I don't know anybody named Ottoman. Anyway. Well the Ottoman empire, but that's.... No, it's a footstool. What's the matter with you? Anyway, great big thing. And I did a very stupid thing.
Gloria and the kids were already in bed. But, we were home and I'm home and I don't want to go to bed, I want to stay up and be home. So finally, I couldn't hardly keep my eyes open. So, I headed to the bedroom. Now, this is truly the answer, how dumb can you get? I turned the light out and then walked across the room. And I kicked that big green footstool. And I broke my toe. I heard it. And I hollered but I'd already learned. I hollered, "Thank you, Jesus, I'm healed"! Oh!... Thank you Jesus. Son, that hurt.
And I went in there and went to bed and laid down real easy and went to sleep by faith and it hurt. I knew it was broken because it... I mean it really popped loud and just the weight of the sheet on it hurt. And so, y'all forgive me for what I'm about to say. Anyway, when I opened my eyes, the devil said, "Why don't you look and see? Look at you though". I said, "I'm not going to look at my toe". He said, "Your toe is black and blue, look at it". I said, "No, I'm not going to look at it. I have some very good friends, their toes are black and blue... Or black all the time. I'm not going to look at it, do you understand"? And I did. I'm not looking at that toe. So, I hobbled over there and got my socks out of the drawer. And I put a sock on the right one. And I closed my eyes and put my sock on the left one. Never did look at it. Did not look at that toe.
And, I got in the car and the airport was about 15 minutes away. And I used to work for the man that owned that airport. And I had flown this airplane and I knew what good condition it was in. So I went over there and hobbled up to the desk and I said, "Is Mr. Spanx in please"? She said, "Yeah, let me get him". she said, "What happened"? I said, "I don't know, about two o'clock this morning, I kicked a big old green footstool and broke my toe. But, Jesus said, when he was on earth, whatever you desire when you pray, believe you have received it and you'll have it. And I prayed and praised God I'm healed, thank you" By the time I see, she'd already backed off about three or four steps. And I said, "I just want you to know I'm healed".
So I went in and talked to Mr. Spanx, closed the deal on the airplane and got in the car, turned around this way. Like Brother Hagin said it, turn around this-a-way, and put my feet in the car and drove around the back behind the hangar where this little red sky lane was sitting and got around there, stepped and got out of the car. Glory to God, Hallelujah. Got in the car, drove on home. And then I looked at my toe and is it black and blue? But it was healed. My toe was healed. Don't you ever yield your ground. Need medical help? Get it. But you go to faith first, you go believe God before you ever call a doctor. You go believe God, before you say anything to anybody else.
Now, when I walked in the kitchen that morning, Gloria is in there preparing breakfast and walked in there and I said, "Good morning". And she said, "Good morning". She didn't say a word, and I hobbled in there. She didn't say a word. I said, "Gloria, I want you to agree with me that I'm healed". She said, "I agree with that, in the name of Jesus". I said that in the night, last night, I kicked that big old green footstool in there and broke my toe. She said, "Well, you're healed glory to God". And just reached over and said, "You're healed".
That's the way we live. That's the way you stay well. That's taking the prescription. Now in times like this, I really didn't have time to go get the scripture. Now that's the time when you need the Word on the inside of you and it just flies out of your mouth instead of saying, "My God, I broke my toe"! No, in all things give thanks, for this is the will of God for you. Isn't that what the scripture says? Well, I don't give thanks that I broke my toe. But I give thanks in the middle of it. Hallelujah. This is the will of God for me. And the power of thanksgiving in that time of trouble, brought the power of God right into that toe immediately. And it just took a few hours for it to manifest. Thank you, Jesus.
Now then, Hebrews 13:8. And everybody in here probably can quote this, but this is the one you need to put your eyes on and feed your spirit on it. Glory to God, Hallelujah, the book of Hebrews. Look at the book of Hebrews in my Bible, I was doing television with David Barton one day. And he said, "Where do you get a white highlighter"? And I said "What"? He said, "Where do you get a white highlighter"? And then I realized why he said it, it was all yellow, but a line or two. Anyway, and I told him, "Well, I only highlight the good stuff". But anyway. No I highlight and then I underline the good stuff.
Oh, glory to God. You can live in the book of Hebrews, you should. Until it really begins to speak to you. This is the covenant book. This goes into the covenant of the blood of animals. It goes into the covenant of the blood of Jesus and it is magnificent. The apostle Paul wrote it. It has his style. He talks about Timothy. And besides that, when Jesus appeared to Brother Hagin, took him to heaven. And in there, Bother Hagin said, "There are times like that, you wish you'd asked him all kinds of things, but you forget about it, but you're in the spirit". But then in that moment, he said, "I asked him, who wrote the book of Hebrews"? He said, "Well, the apostle Paul".
So there you have it. And it's his style and that doesn't make any difference anyway, but you know he did the kind of education that he had in the scripture. And I love it. 13:7, "Remember them that have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you, the Word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of your manner of life. Jesus Christ", say it with me, "the same yesterday and today and for ever". Now Acts, glory to God. It's chapter one. Acts chapter one, verse 11. Verse 10: "While they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven"?
This same Jesus Say it, this same Jesus, who is the same yesterday, today and forever. "This same Jesus, heehaw... This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven". Yes he will. And this same Jesus, by his Spirit in you, in me and saturating this place, is here. This same Jesus, this same Jesus that healed, this same Jesus that raised from the dead. This same Jesus. I know him very personally, hallelujah. Now then, Psalm 145 in the Classic Amplified. We've already done this, but we're going to do it in the goodness of God. And we're going to look at something here again.
Now, let's go down to that third verse "Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, his greatness is so vast and deep as to be unsearchable". Verse six, "Men shall speak of the might of your tremendous and terrible or awesome acts. And I will declare your greatness". I will declare. I will declare your greatness. Not, they will declare, they'll speak of your awesome acts, but I will declare your greatness. "They shall pour forth like a fountain, the fame of your great and abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your rightness and justice. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in mercy and loving kindness. The Lord is good to all". He is good to all. I heard Gloria say, "The sun will shine on anybody that'll get out in it". That's God being good to all, but it has to be received. You have to receive that by faith.
So Matthew, chapter eight. Are you okay? Glory to God. The 16th verse. "When evening was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils". Now this is what I was telling you yesterday that I have on my mirror in my bathroom. And I look at this, it's the first thing. Now, even in the hotel, I didn't have the mirror. I didn't have it up there, but I'll just quote it, right? It's the first thing I stick my face in that mirror, is this right here. Well, 14th verse, "When Jesus was coming to Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother lying sick of a fever. And He touched her hand and the fever left her. She arose and ministered under them".
This was evening. Sabbath was over. So she got up and cooked supper. Obviously, they were hungry. They hadn't eaten. Anyway, "When evening was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils and He cast out the spirits with His Word and healed all that were sick". Say, "He healed them all". He healed all that were sick. Matthew 12:15, this one just is stunning. 14th verse, "When the Pharisees went out and held a council against Him, how they might destroy Him. But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew himself from there and great multitudes followed Him and He healed them all". I'm telling you this same Jesus, he is so easy... So easy to receive from him. He just healed them all. Anybody that would take it. He didn't heal everybody, but he healed all of them that would receive it.