September 22, 2014
Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.
A Little Every Day
by Kenneth Copeland
If you’re going to grow in the kingdom of God, you’re going to do it just like a seed that’s been planted in the ground. How does a seed grow? All at once? No, it grows constantly— 24 hours a day—a little all the time until it accomplishes what it was created to do.
Many of us don’t operate that way spiritually. We study and pray very hard for a few days and then quit. Then, when some disaster comes, we make a mad attempt to pray and stand on the Word, all the while realizing that, for some reason, we’re just not as strong as we ought to be.
There’s no such thing as an overnight success in the kingdom of God! Real strength, real growth comes as you consistently and constantly keep the Word before your eyes, in your ears, and in the midst of your heart. Not just when you want to or when you feel like it, but constantly, like the seed, a little all the time.
A man came up to me once and said, “Man, your ministry just took off overnight, didn’t it?”
"If it did," I answered, "it was certainly the longest night I ever spent in my life!"
From his perspective my success did seem to spring up quickly. That’s because he didn’t see me during all those hours and weeks and months and years I spent in the Word of God. He didn’t see the daily process that lay behind that success. He just saw the results.
Make up your mind to begin that daily process of constant growth today. Determine to start putting the Word in your heart consistently. Every day a line here, a line there—a tape here, a tape there.
Begin to act as though that Word is true every hour of the day regardless of what comes or how you feel. Keep adding to your faith, meditating on it, confessing it, seven days a week.
Eventually, your faith will be bigger than you ever dreamed it could be
Is your faith working? Here are some quotes by E.W Kenyon to help you master every circumstance.
I am not worrying any longer. I have it. I am not going to get the money I need … I have it. It is just as real as though it were in my pocket. I am not going to get my healing …I have it, healing because i have his Word, and my heart is filled with rapture.
"The Lord is my shepherd, I do not want." You say this in the face of the fact that Want has been your master. A new Master has taken over the kingdom and you whisper it softly at first, "The Lord is my shepherd," then you say it a little stronger; you keep repeating it until it dominates you .When this becomes true in „our life, you will never say again, "I Leant," or "I need," but you will say, "1 have.
"He that believeth, hath ." Believing is having.
I ere you whisper, “My Father is greater than all.” What a confession that is! My Father is greater than want, greater than disease, greater than weakness, greater than any enemy that can rise against me.
Then you sat with deliberate confidence, “God is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”
God is on strength . How much strength have I? God is the measure of it.
It confesses that we have the money before it has arrived.
—E.W Kenyon; Hidden Man of the heart
I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him. My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him.
The enemy will not get the better of him; the wicked will not oppress him. I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries. My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn will be exalted.
I will set his hand over the sea, his right hand over the rivers. He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’ And I will appoint him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth.
I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail. I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure. (Psalm 89:20-29 NIV)
September 21, 2014
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
Unity of Faith
by Kenneth Copeland
Till we all come in the unity of the faith. What this scripture means is simply this: If we’re ever going to become truly powerful in the kingdom of God, if we’re ever going to be any great threat to the devil, we’re going to have to grow up—together.
It won’t be enough for just a few of us to grow up on our own and say, “Too bad” about everybody else. It doesn’t work that way. We’re a part of each other. The Bible calls us one body…the Body of Christ.
Let me give you an example. When I began teaching God’s revelation on the laws of prosperity, I started getting incredible flack. Preachers started calling me and chewing me out because I wouldn’t borrow money and things like that. Finally God said to me one day in prayer, “Don’t teach on the laws of prosperity any more until I tell you to.”
"Why not?" I asked.
"There’s strife in the camp," He told me. "Other preachers are mad at you and in strife over it."
I didn’t realize then that the level where we stopped would affect us all. I didn’t realize that even I wouldn’t be able to go on and operate in the additional laws of prosperity until the rest of the Body would go with me.
We’re not islands unto ourselves. I can’t do anything without affecting you. You can’t do anything without affecting me. We’re joined together by God but held together by one another (Eph. 4:16). We can only grow up…together!
Learn to walk in love. Refuse to fall prey to division and isolation. Feed on the Word daily and encourage your brothers and sisters by feeding it to them too, so we can all grow up to be “a perfect [or mature] man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
September 20, 2014
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee…. I [will] remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Time to Get Serious
by Kenneth Copeland
If you’re going to live in divine health, there are going to be times when you’ll have to be downright extreme about the Word of God. Times when you may be facing a sickness so severe that you need more than just a few moments in the Word and a quick prayer to receive your healing.
I want to tell you, in very practical terms, what I would do in a situation like that.
The moment I woke up in the morning, before I did anything else, I’d take Communion. I’d say, “Lord, I dedicate my body all day today to the service of my Lord Jesus Christ. I take Jesus’ pure blood shed for me.”
Then I’d put the devil in his place. I’d say, “I rebuke you, Satan. You’re not going to put any sickness and disease on me today. Regardless of the symptoms, regardless of what my body thinks about it, by the power of Jesus through His Spirit, I have overcome this sickness because He that is within me is greater than he that is in the world.”
Then, all day long, I’d thank God for my healing. I’d choose some teaching tapes that would fill my mind and my spirit with the anointed Word of God, and I’d listen to them throughout the day. In the afternoon, I’d praise God and receive Communion again to remind myself that the blood of Jesus is in my veins, that I’m part of God’s family.
You don’t have to wait until the second Sunday of each month or whatever to receive Communion. Jesus just said, “As often as you do this, do it in remembrance of Me.” And if you’re facing a serious attack of the devil, you need to remember Him all day and all night. You need to consider Jesus until thoughts of Him push the thoughts of that sickness right out of your mind.
That night before bed I’d receive Communion again, then I’d praise myself to sleep. If I woke up in the night, I’d reach over and get my Bible and read all the healing scriptures and make the devil sorry he woke me.
When the devil launches a serious attack against your body, don’t mess around. Get serious about the Word. Put yourself under its constant care and it will take good care of you
The heavenly kitchen that fed Moses and over 3 million people in the desert for 40 years is still open. You don’t have to ever be hungry or live in lack ever again. Only believe God as your provider.
September 19, 2014
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
A Word About Angels
by Kenneth Copeland
It’s time to set the record straight. Angels are not kid stuff. They’re not little fat babies with long blonde hair and bows and arrows in their hands. Angels are big, strong warriors. They are real. They are powerful. And, if you are a believer, they are a vital part of your life.
We see examples of what angels can do all through the Bible. For instance, when the children of Israel were fleeing from Egypt with Pharaoh’s army hot on their heels, the Bible tells us that suddenly the wheels on the Egyptians’ chariots got fouled up. They just quit rolling!
Who do you think caused that? The angels, of course!
They haven’t retired since then either. Angels are at work today just as they’ve always been.
A few years ago in one of Israel’s major wars, the enemy had their guns trained on Israeli cities. Those guns were the finest military equipment money could buy. They had a range of at least 20 miles and were equipped with electronic gun sights for accuracy.
But something very odd happened. Every time they fired those guns at the Israelis, they either overshot or fell far short of their targets. We know there was nothing wrong with the guns because later the Israelis captured them and fired them back at the enemy with perfect success.
What happened? Angels, that’s what!
My friend, that isn’t just a fairy tale. That’s a real-life example of the involvement of angels in the lives of God’s people today. And, if you’re a child of God, then you have a right to expect God’s angels to do the same kind of things for you.
So, start expecting! Say, “Thank You, heavenly Father for giving Your angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways.” Once you’ve spoken that word of faith, stand fast. Don’t fear. Don’t waver. Just be patient and keep believing, and you will surely see the salvation of the Lord
How to attract the right people
7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.
There is a universal concern that can be found on the lips of men in many nations. You can hear things like “If I had adequate help I would have suceeded”, “In this country you can’t get things done without knowing someone”, “It is who you know that makes you rich, i need someone”, “They were able to defeat me because they have people in high places”. The list goes on.
The man Jesus healed at the pool had been in the same predicament for 38 years. He said he had no man to help him. Many people are so focused on knowing the “right people” and getting the “right connections” that they do not see that Jesus is the only person they need to know. The creator of the universe created all men so the man who has an intimate relationship with Jesus will not need to court the favor of others. When the man at the pool met Jesus, he no longer needed to get into the water for healing. When Jesus showed up, the healing showed up. Instead of getting into the pool, the water came to the man in the form of our saviour Jesus Christ.
Whether in business or in your personal life, instead of looking for people to help you, look for Jesus in the Word. Get to know Him well and everything you need will come. Men are attracted to a man who has Jesus on his side.
5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. (Revelation 5:12 KJV)