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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

7 Keys to Take Your Healing

7 Keys to Take Your Healing ─ by Faith!

 

If you need healing, you can’t sit back and wait for God to drop it down on you. You have to do what it takes so you can rise up in faith and take what rightfully belongs to you!

by Gloria Copeland

Take it!

That’s exactly what you have to do if you want to obtain healing.

In fact, in every area of life obtaining the victory boils down to one thing: Just take God at His Word. What He says-what is written in His Word-is the absolute truth and it really will work if we will only take hold of it.

The fact of the matter is, healing is no problem for the Lord. The only hard part is getting people to believe what He has said about it so they can receive their healing.

God has given each of us the choice. He said it this way: “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19). We must choose to take what God has offered. And we must do that-“by force” Matthew 11:12 says.

If you need a healing, you can’t sit back and wait for God to drop it down on you. You have to do what it takes so you can rise up in faith and take what rightfully belongs to you!

Taking requires active faith. Having faith in God and His Word is the bottom-line answer to every problem regardless of what others may say. People are not short of well-meaning advice. I’m sure you’ve figured that out, especially if you are believing God for healing. More than likely, you’ve also figured out that most of what people say is not productive advice. I can tell you from experience, the answers that actually work are found in one place-the Word.

God’s Word has the power within it to bring itself to pass. Not only that, God’s Word teaches us to think His way which is the higher, better and smarter way (Isaiah 55:8-11). That becomes possible when His Word, His way of thinking, crowds out other thoughts and ideas. Then you can pray in faith and receive what you need.

1. Faith Believes It Takes!

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray,” Jesus said, “believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). That word receive is an action word. It means “to take.” We could say, “What things soever you desire when you pray, believe that you take them.” That is a brief lesson on faith right there! Faith believes it takes what is needed when it prays. That’s exactly what we must do when we pray for healing. We must take healing like a dog takes a bone. He clamps down hard on that bone and refuses to turn loose of it!

The fact is, you really haven’t prayed in faith if you pray about something, but don’t take it. If you get up from prayer saying, “I don’t have it. I’m still sick, I still feel bad,” then you didn’t take it…and you certainly don’t have it.

You simply cannot look at the circumstances to determine whether or not you are healed. Second Corinthians 4:18 explains that you must “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

See yourself taking your healing when you pray. See yourself in perfect health. Take it-by faith-and hold on to it. When you take it, you have it. And if you have it, you say you have it. You call “things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17).

To get to that point, read healing scriptures aloud and receive (take) each promise. Look at the scriptures with your eyes, and hear them with your ears as you speak them out your mouth. Rest assured they will get down into your heart and you’ll be able to release your faith. You’ll say, “Thank You, Lord, I believe I’m healed and I take it!”

Watch Gloria Copeland teach how God’s healing power is available as we learn to receive it by faith.

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2. Be Relentless!

Years ago, my friend Dodie Osteen had to take healing in just that way. She was given a report that the cancer in her liver was fatal. The doctors offered no hope. So, Dodie went home from the hospital. She and her husband took forceful action! They stood in agreement on the healing promises in the Word of God. They confessed God’s Word over her body. They were relentless.

Dodie faithfully took those healing scriptures every day, just like medicine. She fought the good fight of faith by using the sword of the Word to resist fear and all the lies of the devil (Ephesians 6:17; James 4:7). It was a battle that took awhile, but Dodie was completely healed of cancer and remains free today. In fact, she has been cancer free for more than 22 years. She says she stays well by consistently taking God’s medicine.

Proverbs 4:20-22 explains this process for healing. It says: “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” The Hebrew word translated health there means “medicine.” Healing scriptures are God’s medicine for your body. So, take that medicine daily, be relentless about it and take your healing.

The fact is, as a child of the living God you are more than a conqueror in Christ (Romans 8:37)! So, if you’re believing for healing, you can kick the devil out of your life with the Word of God! If it takes time to obtain a complete healing, don’t give up; be determined to persevere until you win! And, don’t fall prey to self-pity or seek sympathy from others. That is not what you need. Faith is what you need.

3. Do the Heavy Lifting

Let’s look at the important lesson Jesus taught His disciples about faith and receiving from God. In Mark 11, we find He charged them simply to “Have faith in God” (verse 22). By way of explanation about this scripture, the margin of my Bible says, “Have the faith of God.” Faith is imparted to us when we’re born again, and we are given “the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). At that time, God gives us the same kind of faith He has. But, we have a responsibility to feed and grow our faith.

Faith for healing comes as we meditate on what God’s Word says about healing. When we read healing scriptures, we are building up our faith to obtain healing. A bodybuilder lifts weights consistently to build up his muscles. He becomes stronger day by day as he works out. We build up our faith in the same way-we exercise the healing scriptures over and over again until we become strong enough in faith to take our healing out of the realm of the spirit into the natural realm. Hebrews 11:1 says it this way: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Jesus told several people who received healing that it was their faith that made them whole. (See Matthew 9:22; Mark 10:52 and Luke 17:19.) And, faith will work for you the same way it worked for those mentioned in the Bible.

God is present where faith is present. Faith causes the supernatural healing power of God to come on the scene and override natural diseases and circumstances.

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4. Read the Word

I’m sure you realize faith for healing won’t come by reading secular magazines or comic books. To build your faith, you must read the Bible and believe it is God speaking to you. Romans 10:17 explains, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Find scriptures that apply to your situation and take hold of those promises and apply them to your life. That’s the truth that changed my life-knowing that the Bible is God’s Word to me, and I can take it and do something with it (John 17:17).

The Bible tells us what God says about things. Men of old, anointed of the Holy Spirit, wrote down what came out of the heart of God. In regard to healing, they wrote things like “by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

The born-again spirit is a receptacle for the Word of God. His words get into us when we consistently take them in through our eyes and ears. From there His life-giving words go down into our hearts, or our spirits and affect our entire body.

So, if you need healing, feed on healing scriptures daily. Your faith increases according to how much time you spend in God’s Word. When the Word gets down into your heart and overflows out your mouth in faith-healing will manifest!

Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, “For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks” (The Amplified Bible). What you continually say with your mouth is what you are enjoying or struggling with in your life today. Your words either open or shut the door to the power of God working in your situation. They also open or shut the door on the devil. So if you catch yourself saying things you don’t desire in your life, repent and change your words. Speak only what you want to come to pass.

5. Release Faith by Your Words

Every word you say is important. To have faith for healing operating in your life, you must have confidence not only in God’s Word, but in your words. Mark 11:23 says, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

Faith comes by hearing and goes by saying. Faith is released by your words.

Faith is believing what God says in His Word regardless of what any person, circumstance or the devil may say. And faith speaks what the Word says. When you take the Word into your heart and it comes out through your voice, it becomes God’s Word applied to the problem. If you will keep your words in agreement with God’s Word, they will change your natural circumstances. Or, as Jesus said, “The truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

But if you read the Word with traditional eyes, not believing the promises are for you, you disqualify yourself from receiving those promises. It takes faith-believing in God and His Word-for the Word to transform your situation.

Receive the Word as truth. Then say, “That’s God speaking to me. I can have it. I take it!”

That’s faith.

6. Possess the Land

After you have received God’s Word for healing by faith, begin to do what you couldn’t do before. James 1:22 says we must be doers of the Word, not hearers only.

The children of Israel in the wilderness are a good example of what happens to hearers who are not doers. Through Moses, God told this nation of people He had given them the land. At one point, Moses basically told them the Lord said they had been going around the same mountain long enough (Deuteronomy 1:6). Have you ever felt like that? Perhaps even now you are going around that mountain of unbelief and getting nowhere fast!

If so, you can take drastic faith action!

What God said to the children of Israel applies to you as well. He said: “Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers…to give unto them and to their seed after them” (verse 8).

God had promised them the land. But possessing it wasn’t automatic. He was telling them to go armed and take it. That was the only way they were going to get it.

If you need healing, that’s how you must possess it too! You must take it!

7. Take It by Force!

Healing belongs to you and to me. God has given us great promises in His Word, including promises of health and wholeness. He sent Jesus to die on the cross to redeem us from sin and sickness. Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us….” The curse includes every sickness and every disease (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). Jesus’ sacrifice paid for us to be redeemed from them all.

As far as God is concerned, that settles the issue of healing. It’s all done. There’s nothing left for Him to do. Healing belongs to us in Christ Jesus, and yet it’s not automatic. It’s up to us to receive it.

If you need healing, take it! Take it with your faith, and with your words. Believe you receive it and don’t waver.

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A Prayer to Hear God’s Voice

A Prayer to Hear God’s Voice

If you’re facing decisions in your life—big or small—and you need to hear from God, you may be wondering how to be sure it’s really His voice you’re hearing. Here is a prayer to help you hear God’s voice.

Life is full of twists and turns that require big decisions, small decisions, adjusting to major life changes, and tackling day-to-day living. It seems like there are plenty of people out there who are ready to give you advice—in books, on television, at the office. But, is that the counsel we really need?

If we entertain too many different influences, thoughts and opinions, it can lead to confusion. In the midst of it all, you may feel uncertain that you’re hearing the one voice you long to hear most—the voice of God.

God is a speaking God, and He speaks to His children every day. We have the wonderful opportunity to listen to Him and learn to hear His voice. We don’t have to go through life blindly making decisions or relying on our own abilities. We can hear Him clearly and consistently.

You can hear God’s voice every day and walk in the confidence of being led by the Spirit in your life. Here is a prayer to hear God’s voice you can pray in faith:

Father, in the Name of Jesus, I thank You that You desire to speak to me every day—guiding me in spirit and in truth to obey Your Word and enjoy an abundant life. I thank You that You have called me Your friend and that I may come boldly to the throne of grace to find help whenever I have a need in my life.

Lord, Your Word says that when we draw near to You, You will draw near to us. So, I draw near to You today. I seek Your face, Your truth and Your word for my life. I want to know You more, hear You more and obey You more. 

Your Word says Your sheep know Your voice and we will not follow the voice of a stranger. Help me to know Your voice and not be deceived by any other voice. Help me to guard my heart from the influences of this world and the people around me. Help me not to be deceived by the devil and his lies, but to view all thoughts and decisions through the lens of righteousness.

As I seek to hear You today for instruction, correction and guidance, help me to confirm Your voice through Your Word. You said if I ask for wisdom, You will give it to me liberally, so I am asking for wisdom in the Name of Jesus to hear You clearly and consistently today and every day. 

Help me to feel confident in knowing that I hear Your voice.

I praise You and thank You for it, in Jesus’ Name.

Amen.

When you seek the Lord with all your heart, and listen for His voice, you will always have the advice you need to face any circumstance. You will enjoy a powerful relationship with Him that will change your life. Begin to listen and be confident in knowing that He wants to speak to you and He wants you to hear His voice. You can hear from God!

 

Scriptures: John 10:27, 15:15; Hebrews 4:16; James 1:5, 4:8 

 

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3 Tips to Keep Your Faith in Constant Motion

3 Tips to Keep Your Faith in Constant Motion

 

 

Stagnant or flowing?

Which type of water source would you want to drink from? While stagnant water invites bacteria and disease-carrying larvae, flowing water is a pure, continual source of life-giving refreshment.

 

The same is true of faith. Stagnant faith stinks! And it doesn’t bring life. Faith in constant motion brings life and a continual flow of answered prayer. But let’s be real. It takes work!

 

Here, we’re offering 3 Tips to Keep Your Faith in Constant Motion, so victories will keep flowing!

 

  1. Be Continual in Your Feedings. Living beings who eat now and then will still be alive, but they won’t be in very good health. They’ll be malnourished, weak, and—as a result—lacking in happiness and vibrance. The same is true of faith. You can keep it alive, but it won’t be thriving, growing or yielding a victorious life if it isn’t fed continually.
     

So, be continual in your feedings on the Word of God. Read your Bible, pray, listen to teachings (download the VICTORY app!), and attend conferences or Bible studies. Do something EVERY DAY to feed your faith to some degree. There should be few exceptions. It will keep your faith flowing—bringing you life and VICTORY all the time!

 

  1. Don’t Allow Yourself to Be Worn Down by Spiritual Attacks. The devil wants to wear you down. That’s why you’ll often see one thing after another hurled at you from every area. A layoff followed by strife in the home, and then an illness. It can get ridiculous! However, you don’t have to allow yourself to be worn down by spiritual attacks. In fact, you can choose to ramp up the fight!
     

Between you and the devil, someone is going to give up and stop fighting. Just be sure that someone isn’t you! To keep from being worn down by spiritual attacks, make a decision that you will NEVER stop fighting the good fight of faith. You will NEVER stop reading the Word, believing the Word and speaking the Word.

 

  1. Apply Faith to EVERY Situation. When you make faith a regular part of your everyday life, it will stay in constant motion. Talk to and about God all the time. Start the day reminiscing about the miracles He’s done in your life. Ask Him for help throughout the day with anything and everything. Here are some other ideas:
  • Sprinkle declarations over yourself and your life throughout each day by confessing the Word of God.
  • When you get in the car to drive somewhere, plead the blood of Jesus over yourself and your vehicle.
  • When you’re at the grocery store, thank God for the means to buy the food, thank Him for favor, and declare that your cart will supernaturally yield more food for less money than it would in the natural.
  • Pray over your meals.
  • When a challenge—even a small one—comes your way, talk to God in the moment, and ask for His intervention. Don’t always wait for a crisis!

 

These are just three tips to keep your faith in constant motion, but you could think of a lot more! Faith is a LIFESTYLE. When you practice making it part of your daily life, it will begin to flow in your life continually without even much effort. Our goal for you: Constant Faith. Constant Victory.

 

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What To Do While You’re Waiting for an Answer to Prayer

 

 

by Gloria Copeland

Have you been praying for something? The answer to a particular question? The resolution to a problem? The fulfillment of a deep desire? If so, then you’re waiting for an answer to your prayer. And aren’t you glad that God is in the prayer-answering business? Now that doesn’t mean that you will get every little thing you ask for, exactly when you ask for it. Sometimes you have to be like a farmer planting a crop. You have to sow it, water it and wait for it to grow.

But instead of sowing a physical seed in the ground, you sow a spiritual one. This requires a four-step process:

  1. Do Sow Your Seed
    Sow the seed of love, faith, finances…whatever it is that you are believing for. For example, if you are believing for your financial debts to be paid, sow a financial gift to help ease someone else’s financial debt. If you are believing for a family of your own, then sow time into another family by offering to babysit or assist with some need in their home.
  2. Do Stay Focused on the Word
    After you’ve sown your seed, it’s time to keep your eyes and heart focused on what God’s Word says about it. Find scriptures relating to your need. This website is filled with articles and scriptures to help you stand for your answered prayer—everything from finances to healing to relationship issues and more.
  3. Do Speak the Word
    Water your seed by speaking the Word over it. The Word of God will go to work on your seed and give it the nourishment it needs to grow.
  4. Do Continue to Stand Strong
    When doubts come to your mind that say, This isn’t going to happen. I’ll never have my prayers answered, continue to stand. Continue to speak the Word over your seed. The Word of God will do two things during this time: continue to work on your seed and weed out the negative thoughts from your mind.

While you’re waiting for an answer to your prayer, don’t give up. Be diligent to patiently watch, wait, and use the Word as your water and cultivator. Soon, you’ll begin to see some movement. You’ll begin to see growth. And finally, you will receive your harvest—your answered prayer!

Don’t Dig Up Your Seed!

Genesis 8:22 in The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, says, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” For the sake of illustration, separate those two words—seedtime and harvest—into three words…seed, time and harvest…because no harvest is immediate. It’s a process that takes time.

It takes your faith in the Word working on that seed, processing it. You put it into the ground and patiently wait. You don’t go dig it up to see if it’s still there. No, faith knows it’s still in the ground, and patience waits for it to come to maturity.

It’s going to take some time, but there’s going to be a harvest to your prayer if you’ll stay with it. In Jesus’ parable in Luke 8:15, He said of the man who sowed into good ground, “on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” (KJV).

That may help you to be patient. It may help you realize that it’s just a matter of time before your harvest—your answer to prayer—comes. Your job, at this point, is to plant your seed into good ground, to keep it watered with the Word, to let the Word keep out the doubt, and then to patiently wait until it’s harvest time.

Don’t give up on your prayer! For whatever seed you have planted according to the Word, your harvest is coming!

Your answer to prayer is that the crop (your harvest!) will come exactly when it’s needed. God knows when the right time is…and when you need it, it will be there!

 

The Kind of Prayer That Changes Everything

The Kind of Prayer That Changes Everything

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Four tips that will help you get results.

Prayer is as simple as talking to God.

Yet, effective prayer is what gets results (James 5:16). Most Christians pray, ask God for what they want, then wait for the answer. The problem is that, while prayer itself is simple, the preparation of the heart beforehand is often left by the wayside.

God isn’t trying to withhold anything from anyone. He has laid out the roadmap to answered prayer throughout His Word, but piecing it all together has eluded many believers, leaving them wondering why they don’t have what they ask for.

God’s desire for His people to know and utilize the kind of prayer that changes everything is so great, that in 2014, God had a powerful encounter with Mary Colbert—a visitation in her bedroom. During this time, Mary received a mandate from Him to write a book with the faith principles He wanted her to share with His people. This supernatural encounter led to the writing and release of her new book, Prayer That Changes Everything.

In this week’s BVOV broadcast with Brother Copeland, she shares a small sampling of these principles and how you can apply them in your life. We’re sharing some of this exciting revelation below to help you discover the kind of prayer that changes everything.

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1. Pray With the Kind of Faith That Excites Go

“But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ And He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’ But she said, ‘Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed at once.” –Matthew 15:25-28 (NASB)

Jesus marveled at the kind of faith the Syrophoenician woman displayed in Matthew 15:25-28. It was the kind of faith that excites God because it was a faith that wouldn’t give up and wouldn’t take no for an answer. It’s the kind of faith that knows God is good and His faithfulness endures forever.

Bartimaeus displayed that same kind of faith that excites God. He cried out to Jesus and wouldn’t stop, even when everyone around him told him to stop and be quiet (Mark 10:46-52). That’s the kind of faith that excites God. It’s the kind of prayer that changes everything.

Think about it. Everything Barnabas had known up until that point—total darkness, helplessness, poverty—was changed in that one moment of calling out to the Lord with the kind of faith that gets His attention. EVERYTHING changed and he received EVERYTHING he asked of God.

If your prayers have become lackluster, doubt-filled, or more grumbling than anything else, it’s time to switch on your faith again. It’s time to build your faith by spending time in God’s Word to the point that it will reach out and grab His attention—just like the faith of the Syrophoenician woman and Barnabas did.

They were believing for the impossible—something they could never accomplish on their own and something no other human could do for them. That’s why Mary Colbert says, “Exciting faith believes for the outrageous.”

It’s time you do the same, and pray with the kind of faith that excites God. You’ll see that it is one of the keys to prayer that changes everything!

2. Pray Backed by Faith in Constant Motion

“If indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard.”—Colossians 1:23 (NASB)

Faith that excites God is going to come from faith that is in constant motion.

What does that mean?

When something isn’t in constant motion, it becomes stagnant—complacent. As you know, stagnant water becomes putrid—a breeding ground for bacteria. It no longer offers life, but instead, becomes a hazard.

When you talk to God in prayer backed by faith in constant motion, you’re not complacent in your believing. You are not moved away from the hope of the gospel and the promise of answered prayer. You are flowing and moving with His power, confidently partnering with Him to bring about His perfect will in your life.

God is a forward-moving God, and He wants you to be the same. The kind of prayer that changes everything is prayer backed by faith in constant motion

If your faith has become dormant, it’s time to put it in motion again! How can you do that? Feed regularly on God’s Word, fight the good fight of faith, and apply faith to every situation.

(Find 3 Tips for Keeping Your Faith in Constant Motion HERE.)

Watch Kenneth Copeland, Mary Colbert and Dr. Don Colbert talk about the importance of faith in motion.

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3. Pray Early in the Morning

“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.”
–Genesis 3:8 (NKJV)

We know that we can pray to God anytime, anywhere. But different types of prayer unlock different types of power. Corporate prayer, the prayer of agreement and the prayer of intercession are each powerful in their own way. The same can be said of prayer during different times of the day.

In her book, Mary Colbert shares about her personal experience with early morning prayer. She and her husband, Dr. Don Colbert, live in Florida and often drive to the ocean in the early morning hours to take in God’s creation and connect with the Father.

She believes there is a special presence of the Lord in the cool of the day that is unlike any other. “It opens the door to amazing moments with Him,” she says.

If you’re in a place where your prayer life needs refreshing, try rising before the sun and praying either in your home or in a place where you can take in His creation. Speak with Him in the cool of the day, and let prayer in the early morning connect you with your Father in a fresh, new way.

4. Pray on the Victory Side 

“But thanks be to God, who always causes us to triumph.”—2 Corinthians 2:14 (EHV)

The goal in any prayer is to take victory on the other side, right? There should be no other option on the table.

If you’re approaching God with a “maybe He will, maybe He won’t” mentality, you’re off to a bad start. Your prayers are answered when you BELIEVE you will have what you ask (Mark 11:24; James 1:6-7). You have to pray on the victory side because that’s the kind of prayer that leads to triumph. On approaching the throne with confidence, Mary Colbert says, “I’ve never had God call me into a battle He didn’t intend for me to win.” She knows from experience. When she unexpectedly ended up in the center of her nationally known prayer efforts for President Trump during the 2016 election, she had an unwavering confidence simply because she prayed with confidence that God would triumph through her. (For more on this impactful story, see the book Mary co-authored, The Trump Prophecies, or the movie The Trump Prophecy.

If you need to stir yourself up to pray the kind of prayer that changes everything, start to see yourself victorious in your situation. Pray from a posture of triumph—not defeat. God ALWAYS causes you to triumph. You just have to get on board!

When you make these simple changes in your prayer routine and begin praying the kind of prayer that changes everything, EXPECT to see breakthrough—EXPECT to receive what you ask! God’s not holding anything back from you. He’s waiting for you to break through those things that have hindered you for far too long. It’s about time for VICTORY!

Watch Kenneth Copeland, Mary Colbert and Dr. Don Colbert discuss the powerful principles behind prayer that changes everything.

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First Words

The Power of First Words

 

What is the first thing you say when you get bad news? It matters far more than you may realize. The power of first words can cement your defeat or catapult you to victory!

The first words that come out of your mouth.

In a crisis, these words are often emotion-driven and without forethought. They come in a moment of venting before moving into problem-solving mode. That’s natural. And it’s how most people respond to trials.

That should be your first warning sign. ⚠️

Anything that is a “natural” response is almost always a flesh response (read: wrong). But is it really that big of a deal?

Short answer: YES.

Here, we’re sharing why how the power of FIRST words in a crisis cab either cement your defeat or catapult you to victory!

1. First Words Set Spiritual Laws in Motion

“The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” –Matthew 12:37

Like it or hate it, believe it or not—your words matter.

We’re never going to stop saying it because it will never stop being true.

Words—especially FIRST words—set spiritual laws in motion. God designed it this way. Words fuel results one way or the other. That’s spiritual law. How do we know?

  • Proverbs 18:21: The tongue has the power of life and death.
  • Mark 11:22-24: You will have whatever you say.
  • Proverbs 13:3: He who guards his lips guards his life.

And that’s just a small sample. The Bible is full of warnings against speaking wrong words because God knows they have POWER.

The first words any human ear ever heard were, “Be fruitful. Multiply. Fill up the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth!” God’s first words to man were BLESSING and empowerment. That’s His will for us. So to be in line with His will, our words should match His in every situation.

That’s what Jesus was showing Jairus when he was facing a seeming tragedy in his life. News had just come that his daughter had died. Now, Jairus could have said a lot of things right off the bat. He could’ve allowed his first words to be filled with grief, anger, disappointment or fear.

Jesus knew he would be tempted to do this, but He also knew it would set the wrong spiritual laws in motion. So, He quickly cautioned him, saying, “Do not fear, only believe” (Mark 5:36, ESV).

As a result, we don’t see Jairus saying anything. He didn’t get into agreement with the bad report by speaking words, which was critical to the outcome of the situation. And as we know, a miracle took place, and his daughter was raised from the dead.

What about you?

What would be your first words if you received a bad report from the doctor? How about receiving news that you’d been laid off from your job? Or that your teenager had gotten into serious trouble?

Matthew 12:37 says, “The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” If your first words are in opposition to what you want to see come to pass, you’re setting the wrong spiritual law in motion and setting yourself up for a negative result. 

(Learn how you could be sinking your own ship with your words HERE.)

It is much easier to set the right spiritual law in motion with your FIRST WORDS than to speak wrong words fueled by emotion and then try to rein them back in later.

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2. First Words Establish Your Faith Stand

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” –Mark 11:23 (NKJV)

Think about it. Your first response to a situation—anger, fear, resentment, sadness—is where you usually stay. If you start out in doubt or fear, it’s a much tougher transition to move over into faith because you’ve already told yourself (and the spirit realm) what you think about the matter.

On the other hand, FIRST WORDS that match God’s Word will establish an image of strong faith inside you—it will establish your faith stand upfront.

Faith words spoken first will keep you from being double-minded—flipping back and forth between fear and faith—and will keep you in position to receive. After all, James 1:6-7 says a double-minded man receives nothing from God, so you might as well pick a side—faith or fear—from the beginning.

That’s what the Shunammite woman was doing in 2 Kings 4 when her child died in her arms. She was facing a crisis—a tragedy—and she had to make an in-the-moment decision about how to respond. If she let natural emotion take over, she would have broken down, cried, mourned and even become angry. She likely would have accepted what had happened and begun planning a burial.

But she didn’t do any of those things.

Instead, she laid the child in a room, sent for a donkey, and headed off to see Elisha. When asked by her husband why she was rushing off to see him, instead of weeping or declaring, “Our son is dead!” she spoke these famous words of faith: “All is well.” And you know how it ended for her—she saw her son raised from the dead!

FIRST WORDS—They mean more than you may know. The next time you receive bad news, instead of so many other things you could say, prepare now to say, “All is well.” How do you prepare ahead of time for a powerful faith-filled response? By filling up on the Word of God every single day.

(Find our suggestions for The Right First Words for 3 Scenarios HERE.)

The power of first words will dramatically affect your situation, and that’s why you need to have God’s Word inside you. When a problem arises, or you’re faced with some sort of crisis, you want the first words coming out of you to be words of life—not words of panic, doubt or fear. Let the Word of God be the first thing that comes out of your mouth!

Watch as Kenneth Copeland teaches you why your first words are the most important words you speak.

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3. First Words Grant Permission

“Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.” –Psalm 103:20 (NKJV)

First words grant permission to someone—either the Lord to deliver BLESSING or the devil to unleash every evil work.

You see, your words are a start button. When you push the button, it sets things in motion—either good or bad. When we speak words, all of heaven is waiting to hear what we will say so that our words can be acted upon. The devil has no rights to us except what we give him through our words. That’s why Jesus said, “By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:37, NKJV).

(Learn more about how your words are the start button to everything you’re believing for HERE.)

When the kingdom of darkness attacks, your first words are the keys of God’s kingdom. Your first words open the door or lock the door to that BLESSING wall that has been built around you.

That’s why Psalm 91:2 (NKJV) says, “I will say of the LORD…” Say what? “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” That is a statement of faith. The Wycliffe Bible continues in verse 3, saying, “For he shall save me.” After you say…you see deliverance because you’ve opened access to your life through your words.

Testimonies of Faith-Filled First Words

Mediate upon the power of first words! Allow these testimonies of faith-filled first words to inspire you to speak only the victory, no matter what.

  • Watch how KCM Partner Christa Tomlin’s FIRST WORDS saved her husband, Jim, from an untimely death. 
  • Watch KCM Partners Don and Jill West share how FIRST WORDS changed a life-and-death situation.
  • Watch how KCM Partner Patrick Hardesty used FIRST WORDS to save the life of his son who had drowned.

What are the first words you speak when trouble comes? Whatever is in your heart in abundance is coming out of your mouth, and it’s determining the direction of your life. That’s the power of first words! Make sure the Word of God is going into your heart and mind so abundantly that nothing but faith can be released from your lips in a time of crisis. It will determine your outcome—and the only outcome you should ever expect is one of VICTORY!

Watch as Kenneth Copeland teaches you why faith considers first words.

 

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