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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5 Spiritual Boosts

5 Spiritual Power Boosts You Can Only Get at Church

 

A boost to get on a horse, a vitamin boost or a boost in pay.

We all need a boost now and then—something someone else can do for us to help us achieve our goals. The same is true in the spirit realm. God designed us to need Him and one another. And He has set people in place to do just that. But we have to take them up on it. If you’re trying to get on a horse without stirrups, you’re going to wear yourself out jumping and leaping trying to do something that the stirrups can help you achieve in only a moment.

There are things we can do for ourselves spiritually that no one can do for us—spend quiet time with the Lord in prayer and in His Word, make corrections in our behavior, and stir up our faith. But there are also things God assigned others to do for us—spiritual boosts—that will help us achieve breakthroughs, miracles and victories much faster than we would otherwise.

The word of the Lord through Brother Copeland is that 2021 is the Year of the Local Church and Divine Recovery. How does a prophetic word come to pass? Through the participation of the people with prayer and action. You can get the boost you need to see divine recovery of everything the devil has stolen by reaching out and taking the benefits found in the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.

Second Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (ESV). We need the Word of God to be taught, and when it is, you will receive spiritual boosts you can only get at the right local church.

One definition of the word boost is “to raise the voltage.” Glory to God! Let’s raise the voltage on our spiritual power for 2021 with these 5 Spiritual Boosts You Can Only Get at Church.

1. The Local Church Boosts Your Ability to Rightly Divide the Word

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” –2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)

The Church is called for a purpose. This includes boosting believers’ ability to rightly divide the Word of truth. What does it mean to rightly divide the Word of God?

In short, to rightly divide the Word means to handle it correctly and consider every verse in context and against other verses in the Bible. In particular, it means to know how to draw the line between the old and new covenants.

Of the importance of this, Billye Brim says, “If you don’t understand how to rightly divide the Word, you’re going to have the Church doing things that don’t apply to us. They apply to the Jews, they apply to the nations, but they don’t apply to us. So, you really have to know how to rightly divide the Word.” 

A pastor called by God is anointed to help his congregation rightly divide the Word of God and, therefore, live in victory in every area of life. This is a spiritual boost you can only get at church. There is a supernatural ministry that occurs in the local church that will propel you to your dreams and visions much faster than if you were to work toward them on your own.

The local church will give you a spiritual boost by showing you how to:

  • Study God’s Word in the light of the Cross
  • Line up scriptures along other verses to find the full context
  • Allow the Holy Spirit to speak into what you are reading, rather than reading into it things that aren’t there
  • Appropriately apply the Word to your daily life.

Personal Bible study is of great importance, but there is a difference between your own time in the Word and sitting under the anointed teaching of God’s Word through a pastor or minister of the local church. Both are vital to your spiritual health.

2. The Local Church Boosts Your Discernment

“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” –Hebrews 5:14 (NIV)

When the Word of God is presented under the anointing in the local church, every member of the congregation (when receiving with open hearts) will see a boost in their discernment. As their knowledge of the Word grows, the ability to discern between right and wrong, good and evil, will increase.

Developing a strong sense of biblical right and wrong is essential to seeing victory in every area of your life. A biblical worldview is the key to success, happiness and blessing.

And, yes, you can develop discernment in your personal walk with the Lord, but the local church, teaching and preaching the Word, will give you a spiritual boost that will propel you further, faster.

Watch KCM Partner Lance McCune share how the church is an important influence in society.

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3. The Local Church Boosts the Renewing of Your Mind

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” –Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Regular feeding on the Word at the local church gives you a spiritual boost in renewing your mind, which keeps you protected from the attacks of the enemy and poises you to respond to life’s challenges with the wisdom of God. Anointed teaching and preaching will keep our minds renewed far more than personal study alone. The more we hear the Word, the more we fall in line with His ways.

Renewing the mind is a process of uprooting wrong, wordly thinking and replacing it with godly, righteous thinking. It helps us cast down imaginations and strongholds, and take every thought captive.

4. The Local Church Boosts Your Life as a Doer

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” –James 1:22 (NKJV)

You can only get the support and encouragement of a fellowship of believers and a teacher and minister of the Word at the local church. Why is that important? Because the local church will boost your life as a doer of the Word.

It’s easy to think you’re doing A-OK on your own, but when you get into the local church, there are many who will call you to a higher level by example alone. They’ll show you how to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. A good local church will challenge you to become better every day. They’ll inspire you, encourage you and give you ideas on how to live out your faith every day. That’s a boost you’ll only find in church.

Ready to receive these spiritual boosts? Find A Prayer to Receive a Fresh Impartation of the Word HERE.

5. The Local Church Boosts You Through Correction

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.” –Ephesians 4:14 (NIV)

A pastor of the local church is called to do more than teach and encourage. He is also responsible for protecting us through correction. Some people despise correction, but Proverbs 12:1 (NKJV) says, “He who hates correction is stupid.”

Error and deception will lead you as far away from your dreams and desires as possible. But the local church will give you a BIG spiritual boost through correction that protects you and promotes you. That’s a spiritual boost you can only get a church. Don’t miss out on it!

When you attend church in 2021, be on the lookout for the fulfillment of the word of the Lord—the Year of the Local Church—and all the power we will see manifest within the four walls. Don’t miss church. Get there and prepare your heart to receive a divine recovery of everything that’s been stolen, in Jesus’ Name!

Watch Gloria Copeland and Billye Brim as they share how the Church is where the glory of God is seen.

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The Important Things For A Christian

The world is in turmoil at the moment. The important thing for a Christian is:

1. To encourage people to receive the gift of eternal life.   Rom. 6 v 23.
2. To encourage people to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.   Acts. 10 v 45.
3. To not become overly involved in a political cause, but encourage people to look for a Kingdom whose builder and maker is God.   Heb. 11.
4. If things get particularly nasty, just remember that Jesus is coming back. This place is just the bus stop it is not the excursion.

 

 

A More Excellent Way

Psalm 150:6;
Read Psalm 150:1-6.
If you ever get to the place where you cannot praise the Lord, it is a calamity in your life and it is a calamity to the people who are around you. If you want to take blessings into homes and make all the people around you know that you have something more than an ordinary life, you must know that God has come to supplant you and put within you a perfect praise.
God has a great place for us, so that His will may be done and we may be subject to His perfect will. When that comes to pass, no one can tell what may happen, for Jesus reached the highest place when He said, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me”
(John 6:38). So there is something in a place of yielding where God can have us for His own.
God desires that we would lose ourselves in Him in a way we have never done before. I want to provoke you to love so that you will come into this place of blessing.
Beloved, believe today that God has a way for you. Perhaps you have never come that way before. God has a way beyond all your ways of thought. He has a plan for you.
There is a great need today. People are hungry for truth. People are thirsting, wanting to know God better. There are thousands “in the valley of decision” (Joel 3:14), wanting someone to take them right into the depths of God.
Are you ready to pray? You ask, “What should I ask for?”
You may not know what to ask for, but if you begin, the Spirit knows the desires of your heart, and He will pray according to the mind of God. You do not know, but God knows everything, and He is acquainted with you altogether and desires to promote you.
So I say, “Are you ready?” You say, What for?” Are you ready to come promptly into the presence of God so that you may ask this day as you have never asked before? Ask in faith, doubting nothing, but believing that God is on the throne waiting to anoint you afresh today.
Are you ready? What for? Are you ready to be brought into the banquet house of God, even as Esther came in before King Ahasuerus? God will put out the scepter, and all that your heart desires He will give to you (Esther 5-7).
Father, in Jesus’ name we come before You believing in Your almightiness, that the power of Your hand does move us, chasten us. Build us. Let the Word of God sink into our hearts this day. Make us, O God, worthy of the name we bare, that we may go about as real, holy saints of God. Just as if You were on the earth, fill us with Your anointing, Your power, and Your grace. Amen.
God wants you to be blessed so that you will be a blessing.
–Smith Wigglesworth

Testing the Spirits

1 John 4:1;
John 8:31-59.
Believers should try the spirits. You can see whether they are of God in this way: you will be able to tell the true revelation and the true revelation that will come to you will always sanctify the heart; it will never have an “if” in it. When the devil came to Jesus, he had an “if.” He said, “If you are the Son of God” (Matt. 4:3), and “If you will fall down and worship me” (verse 9). The Holy Spirit never comes with an “if.”
I have often dealt with people under evil powers, people in fits and other things, people so controlled by evil powers that every time they want to speak, the evil powers speak. It is a very dangerous condition, but it is true: people get possessed by the Devil.
Do you remember the biblical account of the man in the tombs who was terribly afflicted with evil powers (Mark 5:2-15)? Strong cords and chains could not hold him. Night and day, he was in the tombs, “crying out and cutting himself with stones”
(verse 5). Jesus came on the scene, and these evil powers caused the man to run. As soon as the man got in front of Jesus, the evil spirit said, “Have you come here to torment us before the time?”
(Matt. 8:29). This man had no power to get free, but these evil spirits were so troubled in the presence of Jesus that they cried out, “Have you come here to torment us before the time?”
Oh, thank God for Jesus. Jesus wants you to be so under His power, so controlled by and filled with the Holy Spirit, that the power of authority in you will resist all evil.
So many believers are not on their guard. Every believer should reach a place in the Holy Spirit where he has no desire except the desire of God. The Holy Spirit has to possess us until we are filled and divinely led by the Holy Spirit. It is a mighty thing to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Do not desire to lead Jesus; if He leads you, He will lead you into truth.
–Smith Wigglesworth