Kenneth Copeland - Healing Is Not a Mystery
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In order to begin, we will open our Bibles to the 11th chapter of the Book of Mark. The classic teaching of Jesus on the fundamentals of faith. Praise God, thank you, Jesus. This is where I learned it from my mentor, Kenneth Hagin. Mark, praise God, chapter 11. We won't go into all the details, but they... Yeah, we will too. Now Jesus, verse 11, Jesus entered in Jerusalem into the temple. And when he looked around about upon all things now, the evening was come. He stayed there all day. He went out to Bethany with the 12. Why didn't He do anything?
First things first, He said, "I only say what I hear my Father say, I only do what I see my Father do". The Father didn't say anything, and so He didn't say or do anything. He just walked through that temple and observed. Went back to Bethany and stayed all night. Then on His way to the temple, where He tore down the money changers, now He knew what to do. But not the day before. That's a big thing about faith. Don't be in all that big a hurry. There's a saying among the aviation community. In 99.9% of the emergencies, stop and wind your watch before you do something stupid and you just be still and see what's actually going on.
Now, of course you get an engine fire. You've already memorized that. You know what to do with that. You do all of that and then you stop and wind you watch. Now, what do we do? That's what Jesus did in that temple. Then on His way, He saw a fig tree afar off having great leaves. In that part of the world, when you have leaves on the tree, the figs are supposed to be there. And if it's not time for the figs yet, then you should have some figs left. The Classic Amplified explains it, the King James does no. But now I want you to notice something here. Seeing a fig tree afar off, having leaves, He came if happily, he might find anything there upon it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for the time of figs was not. And see yet, is it in italics? Just forget the yet. Anyway. And like I said, go to the Classic Amplified and read it. Jesus answered and said to it.
Now, wait a minute here. What do you mean, sir? You are talking to a tree. No, He wasn't. He answered a tree. The tree spoke first. That's small but it's huge. It's part of the fundamentals. Ah huh? That pain said something to me. And if you will stop and think about it, you have already done this or you know somebody that did. I'll tell you, my old back's talking to me this morning. Well talk back. Talk to it. Peter's mother-in-law's sick of a grave fever. Jesus spoke to the fever before He touched her. He rebuked the fever and then He took her by the hand, and lifted her up, and the fever left immediately. See these little small things. Hey, they're huge. They're part of the laws. And suddenly you're going from just ordinary mathematics. You just stepped over into algebra and trig and so forth.
And those mathematical regimens are not hard if you know the law. Our kids go to such a great private school and it's just a great school. It's a Christian school. And in high school, these kids are doing trig and I had trouble with two plus two. I didn't like math at all, but I had to use it. But thank God for calculators. But I asked one of them, I said, "What about that"? She said, "Well, I enjoy it". She said, "I didn't for a while, until I learned the laws. Then it all just fit together". You learned the laws and then it was easy. You learn the laws of the Spirit and then faith is easy. You learn the law of sickness and disease and then healing is easy. When you begin to find out that healing is not a mystery. I don't believe in healing. Really? You don't believe in it. Well, isn't that amazing? Why do you go to the doctor? Well, I meant I don't believe in that God healing. Really? Then you don't believe your body gets well on its own? Well, that's just my body. Well, who made your body? Well nobody made my body. Yes, somebody did. Did you have a mother, or daddy, or did you just fall out of the sky?
Come on. You believe in healing. You just don't know you do. But then you begin to learn and the more you know, the more you find out you don't know and that makes you want to know more. And then you get hungry to know. Now, and I learned this very simple thing. Supernatural healing, by the anointing of God, doesn't change the healing process. Did you see that surgeon shake his head? It doesn't change the process. It just speeds it up. It's the same process. I've had things, of course, it took the natural time to do it. I've also had it take almost no time at all. But it was the same process. Now then, so now listen to what Jesus said. They said He cursed that fig tree and they came back in the morning. They passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up by the roots. Now you know good and well, Peter looked at that tree the night before. On the way home, he's going to check that tree. Because he's the one who spoke up here and he's bold, man. He's going to say something.
So look at this. Peter calling to remembrance said, "Master behold, the fig tree, which you cursed is withered away". Back up to the 20th verse. "In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots". That is a major faith insight. Faith doesn't start on the outside. It goes on the inside. And in most cases, it's a while before you see the results come to the outside. That's the way it works because the spirit, man, is on the inside and faith has generated in the spirit. It's not generated in the mind. It's not generated in the body. It's generated in the spirit. So Jesus answered them. He didn't say anything about that fig tree. He said, "Have faith in God". The cross-reference says have the faith of God. And I like the way...
I don't remember now what Greek scholar told Brother Hagin this. I didn't bother to look into it. But he said, "Have the God kind of faith". Well, if it's the faith of God, it has to be the God kind. Well, hey, how'd you get born again in the first place? By faith? Grace and faith. It was the Gift of God. It was God's faith. You didn't have any. But faith came. Where did it come from? It came from God. It's God's faith. That's God's faith on the inside of you right now. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior. So you're using the God kind of faith. It works exactly with the same rules He works with. Jesus didn't have one kind of faith and you and I have some other kind of faith. It's the faith of God. There's only one kind. Now there's natural human faith. You have to have that. You had that tonight when you sat down in that seat. You had to believe it would hold you up. And I've sat down in some church seats and I wondered if I was going to make it if I sat down in that rickety thing. Amen. But you had confidence here.
I remember, I promised God when John and Kellie were born, that I would never ever in any way, even use fear to jump out and scare them. I'm not going to introduce them to fear. I'm not going to work with them with fear because fear is exact opposite of faith. Fear of a dangerous animal or a snake is faith in that snake's ability to kill you. It's faith. On the back side. So you better have some faith in the fact a truck can kill you. So I took both of them out. Out in the driveway. I said, "All right. See that car? Do you like it"? Kellie said, "Yeah". John said, "Yeah". I said, "It's nice. Isn't it"? Yes it is. I said, "Boy, one of these days, you're going to want to drive one of these. So will you, Kellie. And daddy will help you. I'll have you do it, but I want to show you something. Look at the size of that thing". I said, "Kids, this thing will squish you like a bug".
So the thing you need to do, you need to be watching where you go. Because they're wonderful. Cars are great and they're fun and they're fine, but you need to respect them. You don't need to be afraid of them. You need to respect them and stay out of the way. And watch where you're going. That's the way you teach. You don't teach the fear, you teach the faith. That's the fundamentals. So what did He say? "Verily, I say unto you whosoever". Whosoever. Faith is a whosoever thing. It works exactly the way Jesus used it. It's His faith. He got His faith from God. Just like we got our faith from Him. It's the same basic fundamentals and here it is right here. "Whosoever shall say". He started off with a saying. "Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things, which he says" those words, which he said. Those are the things he says. They're words. "That those things, which he says shall come to pass. He'll have whatsoever he says".
He brought the mouth in it first. He brought the heart in it next. Not doubt in your heart. Not your brain, but your heart. Then you stay with that. You will have what you said. And it goes all the way through the Bible. It's believed in the heart and said with the mouth and then stay with it. But then comes Verse 24. It's a kicker. "Therefore I say unto you". Brother Hagin would say, "When you see a therefore, stop and see what it's there for". "Therefore I say unto you, what things soever you desire. What things soever you desire. When you pray". Right then. "When you pray, believe that you've received them and you shall have them, end". "When you stand praying, forgive". If you have all against any, the laws of the spirit is really what we're talking about. Because dear heart, "God is a spirit". Jesus said that. "And they, that worship Him, worship Him in spirit and in truth and a spirit created all matter". And He did it by faith.
The scripture says faith works by law. A spiritual law because God is love. And He's the creator of all. And He loved you before you ever knew you were you. He knew you before you ever existed. There is this thing called the Book of Life. Not the Lamb's Book of Life. It's the book of destinies. And there's no healing. I mean, there's no sickness in it. There's no death in it. God didn't plan any of that. He planned life. And more abundant. Jesus said, "The thief cometh but for to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly". And the Amplified Translation said, "And had it in the abundance until it overflows".
You ought to be living out of the overflow. And when you take that as literal, you say it, "I'm in the overflow". You may not have 15 cents, but in the name of Jesus in the spirit. I'm in the overflow. I came home and I told Gloria, I said, "Gloria, we're partners with Oral Roberts for $10 a month". Where in the world are we ever going to get $10 a month? Well, I had to preach the message to her. Well now a part of that message was this. I begin to study the blessing of Abraham. Well, if I'm going to know the blessing. But see I was scriptural illiterate. I didn't know anything. I didn't have anything to unlearn. I was stupid and knew it. The only thing I knew that I got so thrilled when I found out that God, Jesus died for the ungodly. I thought "Boy, I qualified for that". And then I found the scripture, "His mercy endures forever". I said, "Dear God. I got it made". I mean, that's all I knew.
But here I began to study. And Abraham was rich. His kinfolks were rich. And I looked her right in the face, our favorite song. This is back in the '60s. Julie London. Anybody remember Julie London? And the young ones say, "Who is she"? Here was the song. "A day will come when we will have everything". I said, "Girl, that's it". And I try... They got the book. I said, "Look at this". I said, "Gloria, look. Abraham's rich. Do you see this? Abraham is rich. And we're the seed of Abraham. Gloria, my God, we got the blessing of Abraham". I said, "Girl, this ain't nothing but a matter of time". We got to looking at that and then we started talking rich. And we started acting rich. And our old clothes weren't any good. But get them cleaned and sewed up. Glory to God. And just keep preaching faith. Just keep preaching prosperity. Glory to God.
And I've found out that devil is a defeated foe. And I found, I learned something about don't ever let him see you sweat. I want to kill you. Really? That'll be the day. Not hardly. Oh yeah. Put him in his place. Deal with him in faith. Not in the natural. You're no match for him in the natural. But you keep him over in their arena of faith in you whip him 100% of the time and you just keep resisting him. And James 4:7 says, "He'll flee". But you first have to submit yourself to God and then you resist the devil. How? By faith. Glory to God. And speak to him. And as far as I'm concerned, you flee. Because I have it in the Covenant Book. You're gone. And I'm not going to put up with you. Now get out of here. And get your hands off my children, off my family. I'm not going to put up with it. I'm not going to put up with it. Glory to God. Don't put up with him at all. Don't say, "Well, you know, I can take a little bit of it". No. The little stuff will get you into trouble again.
Well, now we saw this. And there's many scriptures here, of course. Well the Lord instructed me to go ahead and read this one 2 Corinthians 4:13. "Because out of the mouth of two witnesses, let a thing be established". Of course there's a lot of witnesses to this, but 2 Corinthians. Praise you, Jesus. Thank you, Lord. 2 Corinthians 4. Man, this 4th chapter is just... Just go through it. Just line by line and devour it. But you get down to the 13th verse. "We having the same spirit of faith. According as it is written, I believed and therefore have I spoken. We also believe, and therefore we speak knowing that we which raised up the Lord, Jesus shall raise up also by Jesus and present us with you". There's the law. I believe, therefore I speak. And then I know. I believe, and therefore I speak. And once I say it, it's been said. Now go back and re-say it. That's when you start praising God.