3 Ways to Choose God’s Protection

3 Ways to Choose God’s Protection

 

by Gloria Copeland

The Bible is filled with accounts of supernatural protection for God’s people. It’s no problem for God to bring you out of a fiery furnace or shut the mouth of a lion. He has proven time and again He’s well able to get the job done no matter what the circumstances.

But God’s protection is not automatic. There are things you have to do in order for God to be your refuge. There are choices you have to make.

If you choose to live in sin, you probably won’t live a long and healthy life. If you choose to follow the devil, you will receive the same reward he does. And that’s not something you want.

Instead you desire to be like the person in Psalm 91. He has made the choice to dwell, or abide, in the secret place of the Most High. He makes his abode there in order to receive the protection that Psalm 91 promises. His dependence is on God. And he stays stable and fixed under God’s shadow by being obedient.

The good things of God—the blessings and deliverance from the curse—are only for the obedient. They are not for everybody.

The good things belong to those who do what God says—to those who seek Him.

That reminds me of something the Lord told me several years ago. He said, Separate yourself and you’ll be separated. When you do what you know is right, follow God and separate yourself from evil—you will be separated from evil.

Living on purpose in God is the only safe place to live.

You see, people who are obedient are the ones who will receive the promise of protection. Protection is for the resolute—those who have resolved to walk with God.

I have gleaned some great information about protection and seeking God from a set of books called the Tehillim. It is a special translation of the Psalms with commentaries by Jewish scholars. One commentary in the Tehillim says, “When a person is resolute [determined, sold out, dedicated, single-minded] in his faith and recognizes God’s Presence everywhere, he is protected from all sides.”

That shows just how powerful God’s promise of protection really is!

1. Choose to Speak by Faith

Another important thing to notice about Psalm 91 is that the writer speaks his faith. He declares, “I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!” (verse 2, The Amplified Bible).

Faith has to be in two places—in your heart and in your mouth. First you must agree in your head with what the Word says in order to get it into your heart. Then it has to be in your heart to such a degree that it overflows. That only comes by spending time seeking God and His Word. Then as Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34).

Making God the One on whom you depend for your security has to get into your heart to come out of your mouth with power. You have to be able to say in faith, “He is my refuge and my fortress!” You have to trust God for your protection and say so!

When you dwell in the secret place, declare God is your refuge, and lean and rely on Him, this is the result:

For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day (Psalm 91:3-5, The Amplified Bible).

Notice when you know the truth and put your trust in God, “You shall not be afraid.” Fear has to go.

2. Choose to Research God

These are serious days. It’s no time to be sitting on the fence being double-minded. You must decide where you are going to dwell—where you are going to put your trust and dependence.

Your dependence is not going to be on God without spending time with Him and His Word, because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. By spending time in the Word, you will become fully persuaded that God is faithful. Assurance comes in your heart that gives peace instead of fear.

It’s good to seek God first thing in the morning. You’ll find you are able to hear a lot in a short time. If for some reason you think you don’t have the time, then try watching less television so you can go to bed earlier and get up earlier. It will be well worth the effort.

Our responsibility in life is to seek God—always. The Hebrew word for seek (doresh) comes from a root word that means “to tread or frequent.” In Hebrew seek means “to ask, diligently inquire, require or search.”

Joshua 1:8 says to meditate in the Word day and night. That means apply it to yourself, think about it, say it.

Rabbi Isidor Zwirn, in his book The Rabbi From Burbank, explained that doresh could be translated “to research.” When I saw that, I thought, That is exactly what it takes to stay in the will of God, to grow in God and to get God involved in all your affairs. It is the best word to describe how we ought to live. We should always be researching God.

That’s what I do in my life.

That’s how I receive messages to preach. I don’t remember ever saying, “I have to preach at this place Sunday, so I’ll put together a sermon.” No, spending time with the Lord in His Word is a vital part of my normal life. As I do this I receive insight and understanding. The revealed Word gets into my heart and when I stand up to minister, it comes out.

We need to continually research the Word to know more about God and His way of doing things. We should always be researching God. Constant victory comes as we do this.

Remember what was necessary to write a term paper? Research! The more the research, the better the paper! I believe if we desire to experience the best in life, then we must spend time researching God.

 3. Choose to Trust God’s Protection

David researched God. He knew he could put his trust in Him.

In Psalm 3:3 David said, “But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me….” The Tehillim reveals that when you look at David’s battle history, he did not find security in any armor or shield. He only found security in God.

This is one reason the six-pointed Star of David, also called the Shield of David, is associated with his life. In God, David saw himself “enveloped, invulnerable from every side”—north, south, east, west, above and below—all six directions. So the six-pointed symbol represents David’s true shield—God.

The Tehillim also says David often repeated this plea, “ ‘Protect me, O God, for in You I take refuge,’ until it enveloped and encircled him like a crown.”

The protection of God is a tangible force. The recognition of this tangible reality, the recognition of the power of God, the recognition of the protection of God “constitutes a dynamic force which fortifies those who possess it and protects them from evil.”

This concept is seen in the Word over and over when it talks about protection. When we walk with God, we are said to be encompassed, encircled, covered and overshadowed by His goodness and protection.

Psalm 25:12-13 in The Living Bible says, “Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose the best. He shall live within God’s circle of blessing….”

That is such good news!

When the enemy comes, we should be rejoicing because we have a refuge. Psalm 5:11-12 in The Amplified Bible says this:

But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits. For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous…as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor).

Your circle of blessing goes with you wherever you go. It surrounds you and protects you when God is your refuge.

Psalm 27:1, 5 in The Amplified Bible says, “The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? In the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me….”

God surrounds you and hides you like a tent.

Ephesians 6:13-18 charges us to put on the whole armor of God. As one commentary points out, a shield only partially protects its wearer on three sides, while armor completely surrounds its wearer. The Hebrew word for armor implies circle. You’re completely covered!

Ephesians 6 lists the whole armor of God and verse 17 says, “And take…the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God” (The Amplified Bible).

Psalm 91:4 also says: “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”

I love what the Tehillim says about the Word: “Torah, which is God’s truth, is a shield and a weapon for those who study it. But casual Torah study is not sufficient.”

That goes back to the importance of researching the Word.

This commentator goes on to say, “The diligent student must treat Torah as precious merchandise.” That is what the Lord taught me to do. The Word is not a casual thing for me. I live by it. When I say that, I don’t mean that I just obey it. I stay alive by the Word of God.

In order for the truth of the Word to become your shield and buckler (armor), you must have more than just a knowledge of what the Word says. You could have the whole Bible memorized and still be living a totally defeated life. The Spirit of God has to reveal the truth to you for you to actually walk in that truth. It takes revelation from the Holy Spirit.

So start digging into the Word like precious treasure. Spend time studying the promises of protection, and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal them as truth in your own life.

Be diligent to declare that the Lord is your refuge.

When you determine to continually dwell in the secret place of the Most High, you will step into God’s circle of blessing and protection.

You can’t see your circle but it’s there. You may not be able to see your angels either, but when you truly walk with God, you never walk alone. You walk surrounded by His protection—above, below, north, south, east and west! See yourself in your divine armor.

Watch Kenneth Copeland speak on The Power of Psalm 91 for Protection and Healing.

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7 Reasons to Have Hope for America

7 Reasons To Have Hope for America

 

As the attacks on America’s godly heritage seem to come one after another, many Christians are left wondering, Where do we go from here? We have two choices—fear or faith. Discouragement comes quickly when we focus our attention on the daily news more than on the Word of God. If you’ve found yourself wondering if all hope is lost, we have good news for you!

Here are 7 Reasons To Have Hope for America.

 

1. Pastors Are Rising Up

“Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.” –Jeremiah 3:15 (NIV)

Most history books don’t teach it, but pastors played a significant role in the founding of our nation. The Black Robe Regiment was a group of pastors who were not only patriotic but also courageous. Their passion for standing up for what is right was largely responsible for the forming of the United States of America.

Over the years, the strength and boldness of pastors has waned in the face of government threats of pulling tax-exempt status; slapping heavy fines on churches for refusing to adhere to unconstitutional mandates; and in recent times, threats of jail time for meeting in person.

Here’s the good news.

Pastors are rising up again. They are rising up, just as those in the Black Robe Regiment did nearly 250 years ago. They are standing for truth, righteousness and religious freedom, and they’re doing so at their own personal risk. They are encouraging their congregations to engage in culture and make their voices heard.

Just as the apostles did in Acts 4, pastors and leaders are beginning to ask for more boldness. They are learning that, not only will their churches not implode, they will grow! And just as in Acts, great signs, wonders and power will come upon the Church.

Watch Pastor George Pearsons share why he and other pastors will not allow the Church to be silenced HERE.

If you’re a pastor and you’ve been afraid to take a stand, now is your time. Step out and refuse to be shackled by fear. Join your fellow pastors in such a time as this, and stand for our nation. You are a reason we can have hope for America.

Watch Canadian Pastor Artur Pawlowski on this episode of FlashPoint share what happened when he refused to shut his church down.

 

2. Christians Are Speaking Up

“The righteous are bold as a lion.” –Proverbs 28:1 (NIV)

Christians have moved from concern and the battling of discouragement to ACTION. We’ve watched, and we’ve waited. But now is the time to speak up, and we are making a difference!

People who have been silent in the past are unwilling to stay silent any longer. They are speaking up in schools and neighborhoods, standing up to unbiblical and unconstitutional government mandates, and running for office! They are answering the call and the responsibility to rise up and be bold with their faith. We hope you’re one of them!

Is Civil Disobedience Ever Biblical? Find out HERE.

Remember: What is unfolding in our nation today isn’t Republican or Democrat, it isn’t about race or gender, it is about good and evil. A righteous stand is being made because, as believers, we know that God has given us the victory! Our stand is not a stand against people, but against evil principalities.

Christians are rising up and speaking up—a big and encouraging reason to have hope for America.

Find 5 Ways to Uncancel Yourself HERE.

 

3. We’re Praying Like Never Before

“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” –Acts 1:14 (KJV)

“Through the years, America has seen her share of pain. Time and again men of greed and evil agendas have sought to throw her off course from the purposes of her founding. But despite those evil attempts, God has always had a praying people, working with the Holy Spirit to ensure America would stay the course of God’s intentions.” –Gene Bailey, host of FlashPoint

Instead of turning a blind eye or succumbing to discouragement, Christians are doing something different—we’re praying like never before. We’re seeing prayer meetings, prayer calls, prayer conferences, house prayer meetings and powerful prayer movements like The Return in Washington, D.C., just to name a few.

We’re traveling, we’re taking time off, we’re setting aside more personal time all to pray for revival, as well as for the protection of our freedoms, and for America to get back to her foundation on God. That’s a powerful reason to have hope for America.

 

4. We’re Fighting For Religious Freedom

“Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. –2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)

The First Amendment of The United States Constitution reads as follows:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….”

Fast forward almost 250 years, and religious freedom is one of the most pressing issues in American culture today. Jesus set us free not only in the spirit, but in natural matters, as well. We are free from the curse, and we are created for dominion—that includes the right to live under the benefit and blessing of religious freedom.

What is religious freedom?

Religious freedom is more than the freedom to worship at a synagogue, church or mosque. It means that people shouldn’t have to go against their core values and beliefs in order to conform to a culture or government. It protects the rights of people to live, act and speak according to their beliefs, peacefully and publicly.

Conscience is an individual’s most sacred right. A government that intrudes on conscience will not hesitate to intrude on all other freedoms.

Religious freedom is worth fighting for because it is what made America great in the first place. God is the God of freedom. When a government tries to force churches to close, perform same-sex weddings and provide abortion coverage to employees, they’ve crossed a line. When schools villainize Christians, seek to silence students and prevent them from expressing their faith, we have reached mission critical.

If we remain silent by choice, it won’t be long until we’re made to be silent by force. Millions of people in our nation know this, and they are fighting for religious freedom by speaking out. You can, too. That’s a reason to have hope for America.

Watch Gene Bailey address religious freedom on FlashPoint.

 

5. Revival Is Here

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” —Psalm 85:6 (NIV)

“Our history tells of many mighty moves of God, spiritual awakenings that have always brought people back to the roots of our godly inheritance. So here we are, now in our day and our time. There are attempts again being made to overthrow the plans of God for America. Our godly heritage is being challenged, and America’s future as a Christian nation is hanging in the balance. Chaos and contention are raging as evil has raised its ugly head seeking to silence, discredit and dismantle the greatest threat to the accomplishment of their plots and schemes—the awakened church.” –Gene Bailey, host of FlashPoint

We’ve waited. And now it’s here. Reports of revival are popping up in cities across the nation. Tent meetings with thousands of attendees are happening in California. The Church is waking up, and we are ushering in a mighty move of God.

What can you do? Don’t hide from the darkness Boldly move forward and shine your light. Determine that you’re going to be a part of this great awakening by doing your part. That is what will protect our freedom, and it is a wonderful reason to have hope for America.

 

6. God Is Not Done with America

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

Countless prophecies have declared this—God is not done with America. While the words of the prophets give us hope and something to say, it’s also good to take our hope straight from scripture. We know we can have hope for America because we, as God’s people, have honored 2 Chronicles 7:14. We have prayed, repented and humbled ourselves. We are turning from the wicked ways of not engaging and/or ignoring God’s laws. It doesn’t take the whole nation; it just takes His people.

Even though it may not always look like things are working out in our favor, we know that God hears every prayer. His promise to us is that He will forgive us and heal our land. We can take that to the bank because He has given us His Word, and He is not a man that He should lie.

Thank God today that He is healing our land even now. God’s definitely not done with America. Give glory to God!

 

7. We Are Overcomers

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” —Revelation 12:11 (NKJV)

The most important part of Revelation 12:11 to keep in mind for our discussion is the first two words—They overcame. Yes, there’s victory to be had for those who have faith in the blood of Jesus and who aren’t afraid to speak the word of their testimony, even when their lives are threatened.

We can have hope for America because we, too, can overcome the enemy the same way. We are victorious through Jesus—even if things get tough, even when we face persecution, even when there seems to be more bad news than good. We are overcomers.

How do we overcome the enemy in our nation?

We plead the blood of Jesus over America, and we boldly declare that America is turning back to its godly foundations and will stand stronger than ever for righteousness and for God. Let that be your testimony today and every day. Speak the Word concerning our nation. Plead the blood of Jesus over your city, your state and country. We are overcomers!

These are just 7 Reasons To Have Hope for America, but there are many more! Let us know why you have hope, in the comments below. Be encouraged. Rejoice in the Lord. Praise Him, and thank Him for what He has done, is doing and will do for America. Then, take your place, take action and always be ready to give a reason for the hope you have. YOU are a great hope for America, too!

Build your hope for our nation and discover how you can take action by watching FlashPoint—a VICTORY original program offering faith-based commentary on current issues from a conservative viewpoint. Airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT.

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How to Renew Your Youth Like the Eagle

How To Renew Your Youth Like the Eagle

 

It was the year 1513.

Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon was in search of the legendary Fountain of Youth. Many others have made similar attempts since. Those who don’t have time to travel the world in search of the elusive fountain are hoping for a miracle drug or procedure to lengthen their lives and improve their health, while reducing the effects of aging.

While the world searches in vain, the true secret to longevity is easy to find. The address? Psalm 103:5. There, you’ll find the true Source of a long, healthy life, the One “who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (NKJV).

If you’re a believer in Jesus, you don’t have to slowly deteriorate in your mind and body, walking hunched over, suffering from age-related ailments, and living under the care of others. You don’t have to die young!

The Word of God has promised you long life, strength and health all your days. So, let’s do it. We’re here to help you learn how to renew your youth like the eagle, so you can live a long, strong and healthy life!

1. Focus On Your Spiritual DNA

“With long life I will satisfy him.” –Psalm 91:16 (NKJV)

Kenneth Copeland likes to say, “I plan to die young…at a very old age.” At 84 years old and showing no signs of slowing down, he’s well on his way!

But it wasn’t always that way.

When Kenneth was 69 years old, the devil started reminding him of something—his physical DNA. He reminded him that almost all his relatives had died in their 70s. Brother Copeland even started to see the signs and feel the symptoms of those genes.

“Physically, I was going downhill,” he says.

As he talked with the Lord about it, the Lord immediately said to him, You’re paying attention to your natural DNA. In My Word it says you’re born again not of corruptible seed, but by incorruptible seed (see 1 Peter 1:23). God continued and said, You’ve got My spiritual DNA. I’m your Father.

The minute Brother Copeland chose to focus on his spiritual DNA over his natural DNA, everything changed. He’ll tell you today that he’s stronger than he was 25 years ago. He has no intention of slowing down—he’s going for the 120-year promise!

Spiritually, he has the DNA to do it—so do you and so does every other born-again child of God!

As people of faith, we all have great spiritual genes. If you need evidence, just take a look at Abraham. He lived to be 175. According to Romans 4:11(KJV), he’s “the father of all them that believe.” So, longevity runs in our spiritual family.

It’s not the kind of longevity that just involves a lot of years, either. It’s not the kind that leaves you weak, worn-out and sitting in a nursing home. No, it’s the kind that comes from having your youth renewed.

Make a quality decision to lay claim to that heritage. Follow the example of Abraham and focus on your spiritual DNA, knowing that, because you have the same covenant of BLESSING, if you do what he did, you’ll get the same results.

2. Change the Way You Look At Death

“Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.” –Deuteronomy 34:7 (NIV)

You don’t have to stop living at 70 or 80 years of age.

God never meant for us to die young. It’s His will for us to live out the full number of our days.

Traditionally, Psalm 90:10 has been quoted in regard to man’s life expectancy as 70 years, or if by reason of strength, 80. But what most people don’t realize is that this psalm is credited to Moses, who is interceding with God to remove the curse, which made it necessary for every Israelite over 20 years of age (when they rebelled against God at Kadesh-barnea) to die before reaching the Promised Land (Numbers 14:26-35). Moses says most of them are dying at 70 years of age. This number has often been mistaken as a set span of life for all mankind. It was not intended to refer to anyone except those Israelites under the curse during that particular 40 years. Seventy years never has been the average span of life for humanity.

Moses himself lived to be 120 years old. So don’t have the mindset that you should only live to be 70. What God actually said about man’s life span is found in Genesis 6:3: “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”

Think about it. That means at 60 you are just middle-aged! That’s not the time to start slowing down. Be determined to enjoy to the fullest the many productive years the Lord has promised you.

Watch Gloria Copeland teach you how to live long and healed.

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3. Take Natural Steps, too

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” –1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIV)

Some people think, We’re not under the law anymore, so we can eat whatever we want.

Well, not if you want to live to 120 years!

We have to care for our spirit, soul and body to live long and strong. We can’t eat junk food and never exercise, and then think we can live long and strong. We are called to feed ourselves physical, mental and spiritual food to properly care for ourselves—spirit, soul and body.

Another area that cannot be dismissed if you want to enjoy long life is unforgiveness.

Forgiveness is a spiritual law. It is not optional, and it’s a key to long life. You can eat right and exercise, but if you’re not keeping the law of love, it will cut your life short. Unforgiveness is poison to the human spirit and even the human brain.

It has been scientifically proven that fear and unforgiveness damage the brain. The brain is the only physical organ that gets better with age, but it will decline if it’s being fed wrong—physically, intellectually and spiritually.

On top of that, fear and unforgiveness have been linked to countless diseases. So, eat right, exercise, obey God and walk in love. When you do, your youth will renew like the eagle’s.

4. Think and Speak Words of Life and Health

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” –Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)

Well, I am getting older, you know.

Have you said those words—about creaking joints, a sore back, forgetting things or not seeing as clearly?

If you want to renew your youth like the eagle’s, you first must renew your mind to the Word of God, and then think and speak words of life and health.

Every day, say, “My youth is renewed like the eagle’s. I am so healthy and strong. My blood pressure is perfect, my cholesterol is low, my thyroid functions perfectly, my eyesight and hearing get better every day, my memory is sharp,” and so on. Then, don’t let yourself speak otherwise throughout the day.

Find 7 Confessions for Youth Renewal HERE.

It’s time to be like Bartimaeus and throw off the garment that is trying to define you. Throw off the garment of aging, feeling and acting old. Throw it off! That isn’t you. The Healer is here. He said He’ll renew your youth like the eagle’s. You can be 95 years old, and see and hear as well as you ever have, walk as well as you ever have, take care of yourself and be independent just as you always have. Don’t accept anything else.

If you want to live, you have to choose life. To choose life, you choose God. To choose God, you have to choose His words and do things His way. 

If you’ll renew your mind through meditating and speaking the Word, then your spiritual DNA will arrest your physical DNA. Your youth will be renewed!

You don’t have to search the world over to find a way to renew your youth—it’s available to you here and now! Youth renewal is included in THE BLESSING of Abraham, which is yours in Christ Jesus. Put your faith to work right now and say, “I receive the benefit of my youth being renewed today!”

Watch Kenneth Copeland teach you why you have the spiritual DNA of Jesus.

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Live in the Goodness of God

7 Ways To Live in the Goodness of God

 

God is a good God.

It seems simple, obvious and we know it’s scriptural.

God is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17).

God takes pleasure in your whole-life prosperity (Psalm 35:27).

Jesus came that you might have life abundantly (not lacking, not sick, not broke, not lonely) (John 10:10).

We could list dozens more verses with the same message (find 65 Verses About the Goodness of God HERE)—God is good—and He wants to pour out His goodness on you and give you the best life imaginable.

So why don’t His people believe it?

No matter how much you love God, you may be limiting what He can do in your life by believing—maybe even somewhere deep down—that His goodness doesn’t apply to you, at least not in every situation. You can change that!

Here, we’re helping you discover 7 Ways To Live in the Goodness of God today and every day for the rest of your life.

1. See God as 100% Good

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.” –1 Chronicles 16:34 (ESV)

God isn’t just mostly good or sometimes good and sometimes not. God is 100% good. It’s who He is—He can’t help but be good all the time. Even in His severity and just judgment (Romans 11:22), He is good.

But to keep believers from expecting and receiving the goodness God desires to bestow on them, the devil has worked overtime to convince most people that God is behind all the calamities that take place on this earth. They mistakenly think He’s causing them problems, making them sick, and sending trouble their way. Many people have even been religiously taught that God does those things to punish them or to teach them something.

To live in the goodness of God, you’ve got to push past every religious tradition you’ve heard against it, defy your own doubts, and see God as 100% good.

Find A Prayer to Receive Revelation of the Goodness of God HERE.

2. Understand His Goodness Is a Promise

“You will be blessed.” –Deuteronomy 28:3 (AMP)

It might be difficult to see God as good all the time because people change their moods from one day to the next. People can be kind and good to you one day, then mean the next.

God is not a man that He can lie, and He is not a man that He can be anything but good. But there’s more…

We have a covenant with Him (learn more HERE) and that covenant is an unbreakable promise to bestow every part of THE BLESSING on us when we obey Him. When you understand that His goodness is a promise, you won’t question it ever again.

3. Become an Ambassador of His Goodness

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ.” –2 Corinthians 5:20 (ESV)

Of course, God has never intended for us to keep all His goodness to ourselves! We are called to go into all the world, shine the light that is within us, and be a witness of the goodness of God. That’s why, when Jesus walked the earth, He was Anointed to do good.

So, as we receive His BLESSINGS in every area of our lives—spirit, soul, body, financially and socially—we are to share those BLESSINGS with others. That’s part of living in the goodness of God. And if you’ve ever had the amazing blessing of sharing His goodness with others, you know it probably blesses you more than it does them!

Jesus told us that those who believe in Him will do the same miraculous works He did, and even greater works! We are called to go about doing good and healing all who are oppressed of the devil.

God is ready and able to do those things through us. He just needs us to stop being so caught up in the natural things of this life and start paying more attention to His leadings. He needs for us to become ambassadors of His goodness. The more we do that, the more people will see God’s goodness through us and come running to Him!

4. Expect His Goodness to Manifest

“I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” –Psalm 27:13 (NIV)

Here’s where it gets real.

If you believe that everyone gets sick to die or that God could put some disease on you at any moment to teach you something, you’re not expecting His goodness to manifest. You’re expecting the devil!

And by the way, God doesn’t use sickness to teach people, just as you wouldn’t make your own kid sick to teach him something. He uses His Word! He also uses His still, small voice and the Holy Spirit.

Watch Jerry Savelle teach you how to experience the goodness of God.

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If you need money to pay the bills and you’re up all night panicking, stressing, crying…why? How would you feel if your children—under your care in your home where you’ve always fed them, clothed them and blessed them—panicked whenever they had a need? But kids don’t usually do that, do they? They EXPECT you to care for them. They treat you like they can count on you because you have a reputation of being good to them.

Well, God has a reputation, too, and it’s far better than any of ours. Expect His goodness to manifest in your life—EVERY part of your life. Blessings and miracles don’t come without faith—that’s simple spiritual law. So, you’ve got to get your faith up to the boiling point until it overflows. That’s how you will begin to live in the goodness of God.

5. Call On His Goodness

“I will call upon the LORD.” –Psalm 18:3 (KJV)

When you’re expecting the goodness of God to manifest, you’ll actively call on His goodness. That means, when a need arises, you aren’t looking for answers everywhere but Him first—no—you run to the throne, and you call on His goodness.

What are you calling on?

His promises. Those promises we talked about that are included in THE BLESSING. So if you need protection, you’re calling on His goodness that promises you protection (Find out how to build a Psalm 91 house HERE.) You’re reminding Him of His Word because He loves that, and He responds to it (Isaiah 43:26, 55:11).

If you need healing, you remind Him (and yourself) of His promises for healing. And the same thing for finances. Whatever you need in your life, there’s a promise that covers it—go find it!

Living in the goodness of God means calling on His goodness and doing so knowing you’ll see it manifest in your life.

6. Step Out of the Way

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.”—Mark 8:34-35 (MSG)

The goodness of God is the great overcomer of the curse. The curse is anything that causes darkness in our lives—sickness, disease, poverty, lack, depression, addiction, strife, loneliness or anything else like them. The goodness of God—or THE BLESSING—is a light, and once a light is switched on, all darkness disappears instantly. That’s what you can expect in your life.

But…as long as you’re in fear, doubt, worry or unbelief, you’re in the way. A lack of faith will keep the switch from being turned on and THE BLESSING of God from permeating your situation.

Faith in His goodness makes way for healing in your body, mind and emotions. It clears the path of every hindrance or delay.

7. Have Peace in the Goodness of God

“And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)

The goodness of God doesn’t always fall in your lap at the exact moment you would like. It’s always there and it is always operating in your life, but sometimes, when God is working some things out in you, you won’t see a manifestation right away. When you’ve “arrived” at a place of peace (which is also patient), you’ll know your manifestation is close at hand. You’ll have peace in the goodness of God, and you’ll never be shaken.

Now that you know these seven ways to live in the goodness of God, take them and run with them! Don’t hesitate. Why waste another minute of your life staying in the same place? Every good and perfect gift comes from Him and is yours!

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Paid In Full

Paid In Full

 

Honoring Everything Jesus Did for Us this Resurrection Sunday

This Resurrection Sunday, the Body of Christ is honoring and celebrating what Jesus did for us at Calvary. We’ll put on our Sunday best. We’ll sing songs about the empty tomb, and we’ll enjoy a special meal. It’s a special time in the family of God!

Most Christians will be celebrating salvation from sin and death, and a restoration of the relationship between God and man. But what we don’t ever want to do is leave out or fail to recognize the full extent of what Christ did for us that day. To do so would be disrespectful at the very least.

The price for your salvation and abundant life was paid in full once Jesus was raised from the dead. That means when you are born again, the old sin nature that used to be on the inside of you dies. A new nature created in righteousness and true holiness is born (2 Corinthians 5:17). But there is so much more included in the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection—so much He paid in full for us to enjoy.

(If you’ve never been born again, today is your day! Find a prayer to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior HERE.)

Here, we’re honoring everything Jesus did for us—this Resurrection Sunday and every day.

Jesus Delivered Us From Sickness and Disease

“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” –Isaiah 53:5

Some people like to dispute this verse and claim that the healing mentioned here is only referring to spiritual healing. But Matthew 8:16-17 (NKJV) confirms the physical nature of the healing Jesus accomplished for us on the cross:

“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.’”

Even more powerful is the evidence found in Psalm 103:1-3:

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.”

Notice how the benefits are together in one sentence. Forgiving our iniquities and healing our diseases are closely tied together. That’s because when Jesus bore away our sins, He also bore away our diseases. The Cross pronounced a double cure for the ills of mankind.

A Christian may continue to sin after he has been born again, but he doesn’t have to. Sin can no longer enslave him unless he allows it. A Christian may continue to be sick after he has been born again, but he does not have to be. He has been redeemed from sickness. The price has been paid for his healing. Sickness can no longer exert dominion over him unless he allows it.

Yet, so many Christians have stopped short of receiving all Jesus did for them that day. You don’t have to choose between salvation and healing. The price for all His benefits has been paid in full. But those benefits don’t come automatically. You have to acknowledge that healing is part of your salvation package and then receive it. The devil will try to convince you that it doesn’t belong to you because he came to steal, kill and destroy.

That’s why you have to fight the good fight of faith in the area of sickness and disease in the same way you fight sin.

Watch Kenneth Copeland share how you are redeemed from the curse and healed!

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Jesus Delivered Us From Sin

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 6:23 (ESV)

There is no dispute over this one among Christians, but Resurrection Sunday is a time to reflect on whether or not we are truly walking in it. Some people have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but they continue to walk around with guilt and shame over their past. This is not God’s will! (See this prophecy by Kenneth Copeland.)

The greatest thing the blood of Jesus accomplished was this—it washed all your sins away and made you clean and pure—white as snow. From the minute you receive Jesus as Lord of your life, God will not remember any past sin in your life. That’s how powerful the blood is!

The best part? You don’t have to earn and pay for what has been provided on the Cross. In fact, you couldn’t earn it even if you tried. The best thing you can do is joyfully accept this free gift.

Find out about the Power of The Blood of Jesus HERE.

Jesus Delivered Us From the Curse

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.’” –Galatians 3:13 (ESV)

In addition to being redeemed from sin, the blood of Jesus also set you free from the curse of the law so that THE BLESSING of Abraham might come upon you in Christ.

What is the curse?

The curse is death, sin, sickness, disease, poverty, lack, depression, addiction—anything bad you can think of. As Gloria Copeland says, “If it’s bad, it’s under the curse. It doesn’t belong to us.”

Adam’s treason gave Satan authority over the life of man, but because of the power of the blood of Jesus, the moment you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, you were redeemed from the curse. Satan was put out of business.

It’s critical that every believer knows that, because Jesus didn’t come to prove He was the Son of God, He came to destroy the works of Satan. He perfectly pleased the Father, so He must have gotten the work done, glory to God!

Why do so many Christians seem to struggle anyway? Because they haven’t received revelation of their rights and therefore do not contend for them.

God gave everything He had to redeem mankind from the curse. When we receive only part of His sacrifice, it’s an insult to Him. Your redemption from every part of the curse was already paid in full. It doesn’t stop at salvation. Jesus came that you might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). An abundant life isn’t full of misery and lack—it’s full of life and BLESSING!

When you understand the full meaning of Resurrection Sunday and what Jesus accomplished on the cross, you’ll never take Communion the same way again. When He said, “It is finished,” your debt was paid in full. The curse lost all power and authority in your life the moment you were born again. Don’t waste another moment living like you haven’t been redeemed. You are redeemed! And every benefit that comes with it is yours—all thanks, glory and honor be to our Lord Jesus Christ forevermore.

Watch Kenneth Copeland teach you how Jesus paid for every part of THE BLESSING for you to enjoy.

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Covenant vs Contradiction

The Covenant vs. the Contradiction: Which Side Are You On?

 

When you’re face-to-face with circumstances in your life, which side are you on? The covenant or the contradiction?

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Imagine that you have a guaranteed advantage in every situation that comes up in your life. The kind of advantage that makes people wonder how it is you have so much success in your life. You enjoy good health, a strong marriage, a thriving family, successful ministry, booming business, and plenty of money to live well and give well.

In fact, you live so well, people are drawn to you—intrigued by a life they long to live themselves.

What’s your secret?” they might ask. “My secret,” you’ll say, “is that I choose to believe the covenant over the contradiction in every situation in my life.”

Intrigued, they’ll want to know more.

Here’s what you’ll tell them.

The Advantage Is on the Covenant Side

Anything God has promised in His Word is His covenant with you—it’s a guarantee, no matter what people say is “the norm” or what most people experience.  As Gloria Copeland says, “It really doesn’t matter what man says, it’s what God says that counts.” That’s the covenant side—siding with God’s Word over man’s word.

God’s covenant was put into place long ago when God promised to make Abraham a great nation with many descendants and a whole lot of prosperity all around (read the details HERE). The best part of the deal is that we were added to the official agreement through Christ Jesus, making us rightful heirs to all the same promises (Galatians 3:14, 29).

There’s just one thing. To receive the benefits, you have to first choose to live on the covenant side of life. You can’t have one foot in and one foot out to live the kind of life that always prospers.

The whole world, and the majority of Christians, align themselves with the contradiction instead of the covenant. But what about you? Which side will you choose? Find out how you can always be on the winning side between the covenant and the contradiction.

Covenant vs. Contradiction: On Healing

You’re feeling symptoms of that cold or virus everyone’s been talking about. You’ve even sneezed and coughed. Or maybe you received a bad report from the doctor about your health. Now, you have a decision to make—are you going to side with the covenant or the contradiction?

The covenant says you are healed of every sickness and disease, which means you have the right to live in divine health all the days of your life (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17).

On the other hand, you have the contradiction, which is:

  • Everything you can see, feel, hear, smell and taste on the outside
  • Your symptoms
  • What the news says, or what the people around you speak and believe
  • Commercials telling you that you should count on needing pharmaceuticals.

To stay on the winning side, we must NEVER, EVER YIELD to the contradiction but, rather, like our father Abraham, consider not the opposing view. We must boldly call things that be not as though they were: “I know what the doctor said, but I call my body well. Heart, I call you well. Eyes, I call you well. Stomach, feet, etc., I call you well.”

You may be thinking, I believe in healing.

But are you really siding with the covenant?

  • As long as you believe God is going to do something, you’re really just pushing it off into the future. If you think in your heart, Sometime, He’ll heal me, you won’t receive it that way. That’s not covenant—it’s contradiction.
  • If you’re praying for healing, while believing you have to convince God to do it, it won’t work for you. God honors faith—faith in the fact that your healing is already bought and paid for.
  • People often expect prayer to heal them. Prayer isn’t a healer in itself. You pray the prayer of faith—faith is what raises people up to receive from God.

Stay on the covenant side! Abraham didn’t consider natural things in his own situation—he sided with the covenant—and he received what God had promised.

Covenant vs. Contradiction: On Financial Prosperity

As much as symptoms in your physical body can talk—money talks, too. Have you ever noticed that? It tells you how much you need it to survive and thrive, it tells you to pay those bills and borrow for that car, and then it reminds you how much you owe someone else.

And the world is no help in this arena, either. “You can’t buy a house or a car without a loan,” they say. “You’ll never make that much money,” they taunt. “It could take a lifetime to have enough to retire,” they muse.

One blow after another, the contradictions chip away at the covenant God has with His people. Remember that covenant with Abraham? It included financial prosperity—a lot of it (Deuteronomy 8:18). You can be debt free, live in an overflow, give extravagantly and rise to new levels in your career—but you have to side with the covenant! (Learn how to take dominion in your finances HERE.)

That’s why, if you want covenant blessing in your finances, you’ll stay away from those contradictions.

Kenneth Hagin shares why:

“As long as Satan can hold you in the arena of reason, he’ll whip you in every combat and every battle, every day of your life. But as long as you’ll hold him in the arena of faith, you’ll defeat him in every battle, every day.”

How?

Find out what the Word of God says about finances and get right in line with it, believe it—more than you believe anything else—and you’ll have it. It really is that simple. (Try this Prayer to Believe the Covenant Over the Contradiction.)

Watch Kenneth Copeland teach you more about God, the Covenant and the Contradiction.

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Covenant vs. Contradiction: On Family

We talk about healing and finances a lot, but what about family? What promises are in God’s Word about our relationships? Plenty!

If you’re desiring to be married, have children, repair a broken marriage or relationship, or live free of strife, that’s all part of God’s covenant with you. Like any other promise, there are conditions (see The “Ifs” Between You and Your Promise). But the promise overrides any contradiction.

Let’s consider some of the numerous contradictions the world has conjured up when it comes to family. These are all contradictions to the Word of God.

  • Maybe you’re just not meant to get married
  • There is no chance for you to conceive children
  • 50% of marriages end in divorce
  • You’ll be better off without your spouse
  • Teenagers are challenging and get into trouble
  • Your family just doesn’t get along.

DO NOT receive these contradictions in your life. Stand on the side of the covenant when it comes to family and relationships.

If you’ve been standing on a promise for years—that’s the problem. You’re in for a long stand if you’re waiting for something that’s already been done. If you believe it’s done, there’s nothing left for you to do but give glory to God. You won’t ask for it anymore—you’ll just thank God.

Kenneth Hagin’s advice? “Quit standing on the promise and start acting on the Word.”

A Final Word

Meditate on what you’ve learned today, then ask yourself: Have you allowed contradictions to work their way into your thinking and into your words? Repent and change that as quickly as you can.

Get your mind off your finances, off your body, off your relationships, and get your mind on the Word of God. Say, “I know what the contrary evidence is, but I call my body healed. I call my family whole. I call my finances well and increasing. As for me and my house, there are no contradictions. God said it. We believe it. That settles it. We are determined to stay on the God side, the covenant side, of everything.”

When you make a decision between the covenant and the contradiction, you’re really making a decision between victory and defeat. You were created to have dominion, and through Christ, you were meant to enjoy a prosperous, abundant life. Choose the covenant side of life—you’ll never be disappointed!

Watch Jerry Savelle teach more about our covenant-keeping God.

The Power of the Local Church

7 Ways to Awaken Your Faith Through the Power of the Local Church

 

The power of the local church is real.

That’s why the enemy has been working overtime to shut down churches all over the world. What’s the devil so afraid of, anyway? He’s afraid of believers in Jesus who put their faith in God. When we rise up in faith, united as one Body of believers, we can defeat any attack the devil brings—on personal, corporate, national and global levels.

The enemy knows the power of the force of faith, and when the Church of Jesus Christ learns to walk by faith and not by sight, we become dangerous to him. The word of the Lord through Kenneth Copeland is that 2021 is the Year of the Local Church—which is the one place in this world that equips believers with the kind of faith that can move mountains and defeat the enemy every time.

Right now, God is using the local church to awaken the faith of believers and send them out into their callings armed with fresh anointing. If you’re ready to be used in the great awakening of our time and walk in unprecedented victory, the local church is where you need to be.

Here are 7 Ways to Awaken Your Faith Through the Power of the Local Church.

1. Get to Church More Often

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.’” –Psalm 122:1

Can you say, like the psalmist, that you are glad to go to church?

A great awakening is already stirring, and it’s taking place in the local church and other faith-filled gatherings. So, if you want to be part of it and awaken your faith for greater things to come, the key is going to get to church more often.

That’s where you’re going to hear the Word of God to build your faith, and it’s where you will see the glory of God poured out in greater measure than the world has ever seen. Signs, wonders and miracles follow the Word preached!

That means if you normally attend sporadically, now is the time to become a consistent, regular attender of church. If you already go every Sunday, why not add a Wednesday night to the mix? Or attend special prayer meetings and faith events (check out KCM events HERE).

Determine today that you want to walk in greater levels of faith, and you don’t want to miss a thing God does through the power of the local church!

Looking for the right church home? Find A Prayer to Find the Right Church HERE.

2. Take Notes in Church

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” –Habakkuk 2:2 (ESV)

Not everyone is a note taker, but here’s the deal—if you want to see a change in your faith and your life, it first starts with a change in you.

Taking notes in church may not seem like a big deal, but research shows note taking accomplishes more than just listening. For example, taking notes does the following:

  • Keeps you engaged
  • Prevents distractions
  • Increases retention
  • Helps link important ideas together.

The Bible also tells us to write down the vision so that the one who reads it may run toward it.

The most amazing thing about taking notes in church is what happens….later. You’ll find when you take notes and review them afterward, even more fresh revelation will come, so you can run in faith toward your victory. So, grab a notebook and pen, and awaken your faith by engaging more at church through taking notes.

3. Prepare Your Heart for Church

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you.” –2 Timothy 1:6 (NKJV)

Rushing out the door, or frustrations in getting family members ready can start your church experience on the wrong foot. Instead, prepare your heart for church by seeking the Lord the night before and by giving yourself plenty of time to get ready. Purpose to get to church early.

On the way there, play worship music to get your heart in a posture of worship and praise before you even arrive. Pray for your pastors and that what God wants to communicate to His people will be well-received. You’ll awaken your faith when you ensure that you have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Find out why The Praise Cure will help you breakthrough any barrier HERE.

4. Forgive Before You Arrive

“When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” –Mark 11:25 (NIV)


This verse is clear. To receive from God, you must be in a right spirit—one that is completely free of unforgiveness. To awaken your faith to victory through the power of the local church, make a decision to forgive anyone and everyone before you go to receive.

There’s a whole lot of people who do not even go to church because they are offended at what the pastor or this or that church member said. In fact, many have vowed to never step foot inside a church again because of their experiences at church with imperfect people. They refuse to forgive. Don’t let that be you!

Let’s face it, forgiveness can be required regularly—even daily—but holding onto anger or hurt isn’t worth missing out on everything God has in store for you. If it happened yesterday or 10 years ago, whatever it is, forgive! Do it by faith. Then watch as your faith is awakened to new levels of power through the local church.

Request You Determine Your BLESSING CD by Kenneth Copeland for FREE, March 7-13, 2021 HERE.

5. Be a Humble Listener in Church

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” –James 4:10

A teachable spirit is the only kind that will receive the benefits of impartation. God designed the local church to edify and unite believers—to build our faith for evangelism and an all-around victorious life. But if you show up out of duty or with the attitude that you’re going to judge what is said from the pulpit, you’ll walk away with nothing and your life will not only go unimproved, but it will be hindered.

On the other hand, when you decide to be a humble listener in church, that is a heart that is pleasing to God. You’ll find yourself receiving supernatural revelation for every area of your life. The pastor will seem to be talking directly to you. You’ll go home with your faith soaring and some definite points of action that could very well catapult you into what you’ve been praying for!

6. Apply What You Learn Throughout the Week

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” –James 1:22 (NIV)

The quickest way to awaken your faith is to find the areas of the Word of God where you may not be fully obedient, and make a course correction. Obedience is a breakthrough force.

The local church will help you to become a doer of the Word of God, not only a hearer. But the only way to do this is to apply what you learn at church throughout the week, in every area of your life. If you do not, this scripture says you are only deceiving yourself, and you won’t be walking by faith.

Watch Gloria Copeland and Billye Brim share how to pray for the last awakening.

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7. Sit Near the Front at Church

“Faith comes by hearing.” –Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

Does where you sit in church really matter?

If you attended college, think about the students who sat in front. They typically got the best grades! They sat there because they were motivated and interested in really absorbing what was being taught.

The same has been found to be true of elementary school students. Those who sit in the front absorb more of what they hear, retain the information longer, and participate at a higher rate. Their grades are typically higher than the rest of the class!

While it may not seem important, where you sit in church may very well change how it affects your life. People who sit in the back are more prone to distractions and feel less engaged than those who sit closer to the front. You can awaken your faith when you have a front row seat to the revelation God is providing through the man of God.

When you focus in on these seven ways to awaken your faith through the power of the local church, you’ll see big changes start taking place. Instead of living defeated by natural circumstances, you will rise above them. As 1 John 5:4 (NMB) says, “This is the victory that overcomes the world: even our faith.” Now, it’s time for you to walk in it!

Watch Gloria Copeland and Billye Brim discuss how great awakenings bring phenomenal events.

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How to Move at the Speed of Faith

How to Move at the Speed of Faith

 

Faith has a speed.

Not a speed you can measure in the natural, but one that is always NOW. And faith never stops. Ever.

Faith can supersede natural laws and defy logic to bring about supernatural results in your life, not just once in a while, but every day!

No circumstance, hurdle, setback or enemy can push pause on faith or bring victory to a halt. It cannot be defeated, and it will not quit. Even the gates of hell cannot prevail against us, glory to God!

Sin, doubt, fear, insecurities, unforgiveness, negative words and a lack of the Word in your heart will stop you in your tracks. But make no mistake, faith will keep moving—with or without you.

There’s a flow of faith that we as believers must enter—a speed that is immeasurable by natural law. Here’s how to move at the speed of faith and see victories in your life quicker and closer together than you’ve ever seen before.

1. See Victory in Your Forecast

“But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” –1 Corinthians 15:57 (AMPC)

When you think about this new year, what are you expecting in your life? If you answered with uncertainty or anything other than “total victory,” it’s time to reprogram your thinking.

No matter where you turn in the Bible, the forecast for your life (when you’re walking in obedience, faith and love) is always victory.

Webster defines victory as “final and complete supremacy.” That means when it’s over, it’s over. There is no more vying for the position of triumph. It is finished. And you have the crown.

You might be thinking, I could use some victory right about now. The good news is that you already have it! First Corinthians 15:57 (AMPC) says, “But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” That means the victory has already been won—our victory.

Because of Jesus, we are not fighting for a position of victory, we are fighting from a position of victory. But you have to see victory in your forecast no matter what your current circumstance. To see anything else is to lose step with the speed of faith.

To move at the speed of faith, you have to see things the way God does. You have to see victory out in front of you all the time and leave every other option off the table.

2. Expect God’s Promises TODAY

“According to my earnest expectation and my hope….” –Philippians 1:20 (KJV)

To move at the speed of faith, your expectancy has to be in motion as well. That means you can learn to match the speed of your expectancy with the rate of God’s promises. When you do this, nothing can stop your breakthrough!

To move at the speed of faith, you have to believe at the speed of faith, speak at the speed of faith, and receive at the speed of faith.

The lack of an instant manifestation doesn’t indicate the lack of an instant victory. Faith waits in the natural realm for what it knows it already has in the spirit realm.

God’s promises are NOW—TODAY. How do we know? Because in God’s goodness and love, He has provided the means by which to fulfill every desire of our lives: “Believe that ye receive them, AND ye shall have them.” When do we believe? NOW. “I’m not moved by what I see. I’m not moved by what I feel. I’m moved by what I believe. I believe I receive. I take it NOW!”

Mark 11:24 says we are to believe we receive when we pray. When? Now.

Find Keith Moore’s 3 Steps to A Miracle HERE.

To move at the speed of faith and expect God’s promises TODAY, you have to take complete charge over your feelings. Don’t allow anything or anyone to pull you back into the natural, faithless, hopeless realm of defeat. Get over into praise and worship. Come into God’s divine presence, thanking Him because you have believed that you have received—TODAY.

Watch Keith Moore teach you how to bring faith into the now.

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3. Stop Waiting for Someday

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.” –Galatians 3:13 (NKJV)

This verse is clear—Christ has already redeemed us from the curse of the law. So, if we are born again, when are we redeemed? Now! Today! Not someday.

Redeemed from what? Sickness, disease, lack, poverty, addiction, depression and anything else that is the opposite of a victorious life.

Since you are redeemed today, you have access to every one of God’s blessings today. Expecting is part of receiving. So as long as you’re waiting for someday, you won’t be expecting His blessings TODAY. You won’t be listening for instruction or correction. You won’t be looking on the horizon for a raincloud as Elisha did when he prayed for rain after a three-year drought.

Ask yourself this:

Why am I waiting for healing…someday?

Why am I believing for financial breakthrough…someday?

Why am I waiting for that miracle in my family…someday?

So many people think their victory is off in the distance somewhere and they’re hoping it will be soon, but they don’t really have confidence in the timing. God isn’t the God of someday. Jesus is the same yesterday, TODAY and forever.

Jesus didn’t tell Jairus to have faith in a minute, to mourn and then have faith, or to wait for victory…someday. He quickly told him to “only believe.” Right then. Right that minute. Why? Because time with faith is critical. It is NOW.

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) says, “Now faith is….” Faith is now. Not someday. To move at the speed of faith you need to be in the NOW, not in someday.

If someone asks you, “Are you going to receive your healing tonight?” and you say, “I sure hope so,” you’re moving far behind faith. You won’t receive because you’re still out there in someday land.

Find 7 Scriptures to Keep Your Faith Present Tense HERE.

If you want to move at the speed of faith, you’ve got to get to the place where you can say with all boldness and confidence, “This belongs to me! I know it’s going to come to pass. I can literally see myself with it. I know as well as I know my own name that this is coming to pass. I believe it in my heart, so I say it with my mouth. It’s MINE, NOW! I believe I receive it, NOW!”

Then don’t allow the devil to pressure you out of the NOW back into the future, or worse, to pressure you into beginning to think and say, “Well, I think maybe this is never coming to pass. I’ve lost all hope of ever getting it.” Keep yourself moving at the speed of faith.

When you learn how to move at the speed of faith, whatever you’re believing for in 2021 will come to pass! Every victory is already yours. Keep moving at the speed of faith. It always sees the promise.

Watch Kenneth and Gloria Copeland teach you why faith is now!

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Supernatural Church

Becoming the Supernatural Church

 

The Supernatural Church Will Display God’s Glory Through Signs, Wonders and Miracles

 

Do you believe miracles still occur?

 

For many Christians, the answer to that question is a decided, “No.” These well-meaning believers have accepted the enemy’s lie that signs and wonders ended with the apostles. They have read the Bible and convinced themselves that they couldn’t possibly have a supernatural experience in this day and age. They have discounted that God, in all His glory, is still a miracle-working God. Thankfully, not only can God still work miracles through the Body of Christ, but He desires to.

 

Why Does God Desire to Work Miracles?

 

God is supernatural. He is still the same God who created the heavens and the earth out of nothing but His words. He is still the same God who breathed life into man and fashioned woman out of man. He is the still the same God who parted the Red Sea and brought the Israelites out of Egypt. He is still the same God who sent His Son to die for all the sins of mankind. He is still the same God who raised that Son from the dead and defeated Satan’s hold on creation. He is still the same God who has called each believer into a right relationship with Himself, and He is still the same God who continues to work in and through the lives of His people.

 

As His people, we have the awesome right and responsibility to walk in that same miracle-working power. We are called to be supernatural, too. In the book of Acts, after Jesus’ ascension, the apostles and other believers were waiting together for a sign from the Lord, telling them what to do next.

 

“And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:29-31)

 

Those believers petitioned God to give them the ability to preach the gospel with power and to work miracles through signs and wonders. They weren’t simply asking the Lord to help them preach a better sermon or do good in the world. No, they wanted the power of God to invade their lives so that they could share God’s goodness and love in dramatic ways—healings, deliverances, provision and more. They desired the supernatural.

 

What Does It Mean to Be Supernatural?

Supernatural means above natural laws and beyond the ordinary. This is what Jesus did when He performed miracles. He:

 

  • Healed the sick –Matthew 8:1-13, 12:10-13
  • Delivered the bound –Mark 1:23-28; Matthew 15:21-28
  • Fed the hungry –Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 8:1-9
  • Provided for the needy –Matthew 17:27
  • Raised the dead –Luke 7:11-16; John 11:19-44

 

He was walking in the supernatural!

 

In Joel 2:28, God promised that His people would perform those same kinds of supernatural acts: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.”

 

This is what is available to us as believers if we will invite the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. The supernatural move of God is what separates the Church from simply being another civic organization. Well-meaning outreaches are good. God tells us to feed the poor, care for the widows and orphans and help those in need, but our efforts are compounded—they become supernatural—when the Holy Spirit is invited to get involved (Exodus 33:16).

>>>>> Get seven keys to making the supernatural your natural in this article by Gloria Copeland. <<<<<

Why Is the Supernatural Important?

Mature believers who have experienced the supernatural power of God must share the truth of it and how to walk in it with this next generation. If we don’t, the enemy will introduce them to counterfeit experiences. He will try to draw them away from God and Spirit-directed signs and wonders with false power.

 

As we learned earlier, it bears repeating that the Holy Spirit compounds our efforts. All our good and noble and diligent work will never equal God-ordained miracles. With the Holy Spirit, the Body of Christ will always be the strongest and most effective at sharing the gospel and meeting needs.

 

Jesus promised in John 14:12: “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” You are part of the supernatural Church. The Holy Spirit can work through you to do all that Jesus did and more. You can heal the sick, deliver the bound, feed the hungry, provide for the needy, raise the dead and even more. It won’t be by your strength but by His. The only requirement is that you allow the Holy Spirit to work through you.

 

If you want to learn how to operate in the supernatural, begin studying the life of Christ and the lives of the apostles. Examine how they lived and the miracles they performed. Then pray and invite the Holy Spirit to work in and through you in a similar way. Begin spending time in prayer. Listen for the Holy Spirit’s voice and obey His leading. You may also benefit from finding a respected mentor or church leader to guide you. If you don’t know one, check out the list of Partner Churches in your area. Let this be the beginning of a new life where signs and wonders aren’t the exception but rather the norm.

 

Learn more about the Supernatural Church in this broadcast with Billy Brim and Gloria Copeland.

 

 

Tackle Money Problems

6 Ways to Tackle Money Problems

6 Ways to Tackle Money Problems
 

When money problems come—and they come to many people—there are only two responses—the world’s way or God’s way. 

Many believers have trouble believing—really believing—they’ll ever be financially prosperous. They look at their mountain of bills, their dead-end jobs and the faltering economy, and they just can’t see how God could prosper them. When money problems come—and they come to many people—there are only two responses—the world’s way or God’s way. Sometimes you may even need to get past what your parents taught you about money, whether by words or example. No matter what your challenges are, there’s only one way out of the money troubles you’re facing—God’s way.

God’s Will Is Prosperity

Let’s get one thing settled right here—God’s plan is to prosper you. Sure, your bank account may disagree right now, but it’s still true. So, when you have money problems, what should you do?

First, we must remember that the Bible reminds us that we will face trials here on Earth, but that He has overcome the world. How do you tap into that? Here are six biblical ways to tackle money problems:­­

1. Ask God

“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” –Matthew 6:8, AMPC

Start with the basics. If you see a need in your life, talk to God about it. Ask Him for what you need.  Make sure, though, that you ask in faith, with full confidence that God will provide. To ask in faith is to leave worry out of the equation, trusting that His Word is true (Matthew 6:25-34).

So many times, we sabotage ourselves by asking for things without fully believing that they are ours the moment we ask. Mark 11:24 clearly states, “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”

2. Sow Generously

“Give, and you will receive…. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” –Luke 6:38

When you have a need—God says seed! When we go to God with a need, He immediately begins talking to us about something we can sow, or that we have sown, that will meet that need. Oftentimes, however, that’s the last thing we want to hear.

For example, there was a young rich man who ran up to Jesus and asked, “What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17, KJV).

“Go…sell whatsoever thou hast,” Jesus told him, “and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me” (verse 21, KJV).

With that, the man got up from his knees and walked away downcast. Verse 22 tells us why. “For he was holding great possessions” (AMPC).

In his natural way of thinking, he thought Jesus meant he was just supposed to give away everything he had. But that wasn’t the case at all. Jesus was simply trying to help him change from the world’s way of doing things to God’s way, by sowing a seed.

 When financial trouble comes, the first move many believers make is to stop tithing. That’s a big mistake! The tithe is our first and best seed. We tithe as an act of worship to God, showing our gratitude for His provision in every area of our lives. That is what Abram was doing in the first example we find of tithing in the Bible (Genesis 14:20).

That is exactly what we do today. We tithe because we love God and are grateful for His provision. And according to the Word, the more we honor God, the more He empowers us to prosper (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

God’s plan is not only to meet our needs but for us to have plenty left over to sow to every good work. If you’re struggling in your finances, check your giving. It can be tempting to pull back, but that’s the devil trying to instill fear in you to prevent you from receiving your harvest.

Watch Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis share how tithing puts you on the increase.

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3. Resist Discouragement

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9

Are you in a place, financially, that seems so low it seems there is no possible way out? You may even be fighting the battle against falling into discouragement.

To properly fight discouragement, it’s important to first pinpoint where it comes from—fear and unbelief. It comes when you listen to the devil’s lies about what God is not going to do for you.

Courage comes from believing what God says regardless of what the circumstances look like. Courage comes from faith!

As the people of God, we have to stop looking at our own abilities, failures and limitations and start looking to God. We must rise up in the Name of Jesus and the power of His Spirit and establish the kingdom of heaven upon earth.

If you’ve been discouraged lately, refuse to listen to Satan’s lies. Instead, start talking back. Whenever someone tells you God is not going to deliver you, you just tell them, “He’s already delivered me in the Name of Jesus.” Whatever the evil report, answer back with the Word of God that matches your situation.

Remember, God didn’t suggest that you be strong and courageous. That is His command!

4. Saturate Yourself in the Word

“For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” –Matthew 12:34

If you’re facing financial difficulty and you can’t seem to stop speaking negatively about the situation, there is only one solution—time in the Word. The more of God’s Word that you put into your heart and mind, the easier it will be to access the truth in your heart when you’re speaking about your situation.

Words have power. They can hurt and they can bless. Our words have supernatural power—power that changes circumstances and shapes destinies.

Words reveal what we truly believe. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:34, 37, NKJV). That is why it is so important to say what God has said. When you do, your mind will begin to believe and agree with God’s Word instead of agreeing with the symptoms in your body, situations in your life and what you hear from others around you.

5. Increase Your Intake

 “Meditate on it day and night…. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”—Joshua 1:8, NIV

What do you do if your situation still doesn’t improve? You increase your Word consumption. In Proverbs 4:20-21, we’re reminded, “My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart.”

If you’ve ever planted a garden, you know that a heat wave can cause considerable damage to the crop. The scorching sun saps the moisture all the way down to the roots and plants droop to the ground. To revive them back to a state of life, they need more than a sprinkling of water—they need to be saturated—lots of water for a long period of time. This allows the nourishing, refreshing, life-giving water to get back down to the roots.

If your situation has been dragging on, you may feel your faith drooping to the ground. You need more than a sprinkling of the Word—you need to be saturated!

Read your Bible morning and night, listen to worship as you drive, speak confessions as you work, tune in to the VICTORY™ network (formerly BVOVN) each day. Whatever you do—stay in the Word!

6. Stand for Victory

“After you have done everything…stand.” –Ephesians 6:13, NIV

 To stand is a state of being firmly planted in one place. It does not involve movement or shakiness. That may not seem courageous on its own, but what if the circumstances were that of a battle? When most people would think of running, standing still and firmly in one place would seem very courageous!

When we’re in a battle, even in our finances, we are called to stand firmly on the Word of God without turning to the right or to the left. We are called to take up the shield of faith in the midst of a full-on assault.

First John 5:4 tells us “we achieve…victory through our faith.” Victory will come. You may not see the manifestation immediately, but that does not mean that God’s Word isn’t true or that it isn’t meant for you—because it is.

When you continue to repeat the first five steps we’ve talked about again and again without doubting, without wavering, without questioning—that’s what it means to STAND.

You can tackle money problems. The victory has already been won on your behalf. Money is not meant to be a burden, but a blessing! It’s time to take a stand for what God has in store for you and resist the enemy with everything in you. He will flee, and you will overcome.

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