How to Activate Your Faith for Anointing Power

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KENNETH: These are
spiritual laws. That’s the reason it says,
“whosoever.” Say it, “Whosoever means me.”
Glory to God, yes. Amen. (Singing) I know my
God has made the way for me. I know my God has
made the way for me. ANNOUNCER: Today
on the Believer’s Voice of Victory, Kenneth Copeland
explains how faith works in your heart, and not in
your mind. Discover how faith comes from your born-again
spirit and is activated with the Word of God. Now,
here’s Kenneth. KENNETH: Welcome,
everybody, to the Believer’s Voice of Victory Broadcast.
I’m Kenneth Copeland. Let’s have a word of prayer.
We’ll get right into today’s Bible lesson. Father, we
praise You today. Oh, we worship You, Sir, and we
thank You. Holy Spirit, You are welcome to manifest yourself in
this studio and in this radio and television audience just any
way that pleases You. And we thank You, and we praise You,
heavenly Father, for revelation, divine words–glory to God, we
thank You for it–that move heaven on the earth in Jesus’
name. Amen. Glory to God. Today we’re–you remember now, we’re
talking about faith. So let’s go over here to the 11th chapter of
Mark. And your–you cannot study faith without thoroughly
studying the gospel of Mark and the words of Jesus concerning
faith because this is the faith of God and exactly how it works.
And I’ll comment more then, because I’ve gotten some
things–if I get to it today, I’ve got at least one–well,
I–yeah, we’ll get to it, the Lord just said we would. Amen.
Mark 11:22, “Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in
God,” or actually, the Greek text says, “Have the faith of
God.” Now, “For verily I say unto you, Whosoever–” Say,
“Whosoever.” Say it out loud if you’re in a place where you can.
“Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, 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,” or says.
Now, I want you to notice this here: This faith is of the heart
and not the head or the mind. “Shall not doubt in his heart.”
Well, what’s he supposed to believe? He’s supposed to
believe that those things which he says will come to pass
because what you say is coming to pass whether you’re a
believer or not. This is–this is not–this is the way faith is
released. This is also the way fear is released. This is all
the way–also the way doubt and unbelief is released. Amen. Now,
this is what shocked me when I first found this out a number of
years ago. I read an article that this man–he was not–he
was not a believer. He decided he was not going to have the
flu. There was a flu epidemic going around. And he just stood
in front of his mirror and said, “I’m not going to have the flu.
I’ll never have the flu.” He didn’t say, “In the name of
Jesus.” He didn’t know nothing about saying, “in the name
of Jesus.” “I’ll never have the flu. I’ll never ever have the
flu.” And he said it every day. And he said, and he said it, and
he said it. And the man hadn’t had the flu in something like 20
years. “Oh, Brother Copeland, how could that happen to him not
even saved?” Because this is the way the spirit realm works
whether you’re born again or not, because you can stand there
and say and say and say, it’ll work. Amen. That is–that’s
shocking, isn’t it? But think about it. In the ministry of
Jesus, it worked, right? Well, nobody in the ministry of Jesus
was born again. It worked for Gentiles. Yeah. Don’t you
remember the centurion? I’m way out ahead of myself, but that’s
all right. I’m out here. And Jesus–he said–(Coughs) Excuse
me. He said–I’ll never cough again. Hallelujah. Ha-ha-ha. I
just said it. Now this centurion
said, “I’m not worthy that you
should come under my roof: but you say the word only, and my
servant shall be healed. I’m a man under authority: I say to
one, Go, and he goes; I say to one, Come, and he comes.” What
did Jesus say? “I have not seen such great–such great faith,
no, not in Israel.” Now, Israel were the people of God at
that–at that day. Amen. But here is a Gentile, an Italian,
but he had faith in the word. Now, what did Jesus do? Jesus
said the word, and his servant was healed. Now, I don’t know
whether the servant was a Gentile. Probably. But the point
is, these are spiritual laws. And they work every day all over
the earth just like gravity works every day all over the
work–all over the world. These spiritual laws work all over the
world. Some fellow says, “You know, that saying just don’t
work for me.” Well, it just worked for him and it don’t
work. And here’s another–you know, there’s–you just think
about it. These are spiritual laws. That’s the reason it says,
“whosoever.” Ha-ha. Say it, “‘Whosoever’ means me.” Glory to
God. Yes. Amen. Now then, what does it mean to believe in the
heart and not in the head or the mind? Let’s look first of all
here at I Peter 3, and look at this 4th verse. “But let it be
the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible–”
Do you get–let me read it again. “Let it be the hidden
man–” This is the man. It’s a man. Now, that means women, too.
It’s talking about mankind. The Bible always talks about mankind
unless it’s specifically talking about a man or a woman. Mankind.
“Let it be the hidden man of the heart–” Now, as we said
yesterday, you can’t–ha-ha-ha. You can’t–you can’t believe
anything with your blood pump anymore than you could the
liver. “Let it be the hidden man of the liver–” (Laughs) No, no.
That–hey, that ain’t going to work. Okay, let’s try this. “Let
it be the hidden man of the kidney–” Let it be–no, of
course not. “–in that which is not corruptible–” The physical
body is corruptible, but this born-again, inward man, this
born-again person, the spirit himself, you’re–the real you is
not corruptible. This is the born-again man. Now, your flesh
is. Now, there’s–that’s another–it can be corrupted,
but I ain’t got time to get into that. Now, let’s now look at II
Corinthians–well, we’re back on this end of the Bible. Let’s
look at I Thessalonians 5:23. “And the very God of peace,”
listen, “sanctify you wholly.” Not holy “wholly.” “W-H” All one
piece. W-H-O-L-L-Y. “Sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your
whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you,
and also will do it.” Now, spirit and soul and body. It
is–it’s amazing how that most people–most Christian people
and–have the idea that the soul and the spirit are the same
thing. I used to think that before I–before I learned
anything about the New Testament. And I was very
blessed that I came from a scriptural illiterate. When I
enrolled at Oral Roberts University in 1960–January
24th, 1967. When–the day I enrolled, ha-ha, I was
scripturally illiterate, but I was very, very blessed that I
immediately was introduced not only to the ministry of Oral
Roberts, because as most of you heard my testimony, I became
part of the flight crew on his airplane back there in those
days. And so I was in all of his meetings. But very–just right
off of the bat, I was introduced to Brother Kenneth Hagin’s
ministry. And man, I’m telling you, I was listening to his
tapes night and day. Well, I was in it. Praise God. I remember
one day. Glory to God. I had all my books in my hand like this
and–not all my books, books for the class, but it was right at
the very beginning. This was my first day in my Bible class. And
we were studying the book of Romans. And I had a book in my
hand. I look down at it, and it said, “Roaming Through Romans.”
And I thought, “Roaming through Romans.” “Maybe I better read
Romans before I roam through it.” (Laughs) I thought that in
my mind, and so–and let me tell you how–how I studied it. I got
into Brother Hagin’s tapes. I was listening to him, listening
to him. I mean, I’m listening to him night and day and–because
he’s teaching the Word of faith. I’d never heard anything. See,
what was such a blessing, I wasn’t–I wasn’t New
Testament-brainwashed, religiously brainwashed. I
didn’t have anything to unlearn. Everything I knew I knew was
wrong. I didn’t know anything except to screech. Amen. So I
thought, “Well, here’s the way I’m going to do this.” And when
he gave a Scripture on tape in those days, I wrote that
Scripture down. I went back and read the whole book from which
that Scripture came. And so as I was listening to those tapes, I
was reading whole books of the New Testament as we were going
through there. So I began to–I began to catch on. Well, when I
saw this, “spirit and soul and body–” and, of course, he was
teaching on it, and it straightened me out right quick
because I didn’t–I didn’t know anything about that. I just
thought the soul was the soul. Your soul got saved. And I
didn’t know the difference. I didn’t care, really, until I
heard this. And that’s in proper order. You are a spirit. You
have, in your spirit, a soul. And your spirit and your soul,
which is made up of your will and your mind and your emotions,
live in this flesh, or corruptible, body. Amen? Are you
following me now? So the spirit man should be in ascendancy. The
real you should be full of the Word of God in faith, and you
need to be in ascendancy and tell your mind what to think and
tell your body what to feel. So now you can get an idea here of
what it means to believe with your heart. And faith comes out
of the born-again spirit. This is–let’s look at it again in
Mark 11. Faith is of the heart. “–and shall believe, and not
doubt in his heart,” or in his spirit. Now, why is it called
“heart”? Because that’s the core–that’s the most important
part of the human being, the heart of the spirit. It’s the
heart of it. It’s the heart of the issue. The heart of a tree,
the heart of a watermelon, it is the most important thing that
we’re talking about here. So it is the heart of the matter.
Now, let’s look over here in II Corinthians and we’ll see it
again. I want you to see these things for yourself. The 4th
chapter of II Corinthians in the 16th verse, “For which cause we
faint not; but though our outward man–” That’s talking
about the flesh. “–the outward man perish, yet the inward man
is renewed day by day.” Hallelujah. Now then, in II
Corinthians 5:7, let’s look at that. “(For we walk by faith,
and not by sight.)” Now, what does that mean? Okay. Let’s talk
about that now, now that we’ve got–we have it divided up
spirit–say, “Spirit, soul, and body.” And you’ll hear someone
say, “Body, mind, and spirit.” Now, that’s being more body
conscious than spirit conscious. Someone would say, “Soul, body,
and mind.” Well, you’ve said mind twice. Ha-ha. You can see
where the confusion is. So let’s go with the Bible. “Spirit and
soul and body.” And once you rightly divide that–and then
the Word of God is the only thing that will divide it.
“Dividing asunder the soul and the spirit, and the joints and
the marrow–” You find that, of course, in the book of Hebrews.
Now, “we walk by faith and not by sight.” Now, what–faith is
of the heart and not the head or the mind. Now, we can say it
like this, “We don’t walk by–we walk by faith and not by common
sense.” Now, common sense is important. People that don’t
have any common sense much, I mean, they just foul up
everything. The people with good common sense can see through an
issue and be smarter about it particularly than people that
have been educated beyond their intellect, and all they see
is what somebody else said in a book. But then you’ve got
somebody that’s lived a long time, and he knows better. He
knows that won’t. He’s seen that tried. He’s seen communism,
socialism tried all over the world and ain’t nobody ever made
it work. So common sense would tell you, “Why try–keep trying
to do this? That’s insane.” Keep doing the same thing over
and over and over again and to eventually get different
results? No, no, man. It just doesn’t work like that. Well,
anybody with any common sense knows that. And that’s
wonderful. Now, common sense would tell you, “Whoa, get back
out of the street. There’s a car coming down the road.” “Well,
I walk by faith. I’m going to go–” “You’re going to get
yourself–” You’re going to become a sail cat. “What?” You
don’t know what a sail cat is? No, I know you don’t. You
wouldn’t unless you lived out in west Texas where it gets really
hot during the summer time, and you see a semi run over a cat.
(Laughs) And that hot sun bakes that cat until it just, krrck.
And you peel him up and see how far you can sail him. (Laughs)
Amen. They’re going to make a sail cat out of you, that semi
is. Okay, I know, I know it, I know it. Joy– “A merry heart
doeth good like a medicine.” You need to laugh. So where was I
before I got off on that sail cat? Oh, help me Jesus. Amen.
Hallelujah. Now then–(Laughs) But if you try to apply really
good common sense to faith and actually where faith belongs, it
just won’t work because good common sense is based on what
you have learned in the natural world and what you have found
out that works in the natural world and what doesn’t work in
the natural world. But we’re not talking about the natural world.
We’re talking about the supernatural world, the world of
the Spirit. The most supernatural thing that can ever
happen to any human being, the most powerful miracle there is,
is the new birth. That is so supernatural. Amen. Now, I
believe I receive by faith. You believe what? I believe I
receive healing, and in the name of Jesus, according to Mark
11:23-24, I believe I receive it. It’s mine. Jesus bought it
and paid for it. Glory to God. It’s mine. “Well, Brother
Copeland, I–yeah, I prayed over that, but there didn’t anything
happen, so I didn’t get it.” No. The problem is here you don’t
get it spiritually. Let’s go back to Mark 5 where we were
yesterday. Let’s look at that again. And I want you to notice
the woman with the issue of blood. 25th verse, “A certain
woman, had an issue of blood twelve years, suffered many
things by many physicians, spent all she had, was nothing
bettered, but rather grew worse, when she heard of Jesus, came
in the press, and touched his garment. For she said–” See,
she said it. “–If I may touch his clothes, I’ll be whole.
Straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt
in her body–” Now, she didn’t feel in her body and then
believed it. She believed it when she said it. And then when
she acted on it, she drew the healing power of God. What did
Jesus say? “Daughter, your faith made you whole.” Well, it wasn’t
her faith. It was His anointing. Oh, yeah, it was her faith
because other people touching Him and no anointing–no
anointing flowed out of Him. But when she touched Him, wow. She
believed it in her heart; she said it in her mouth. Even
though in her head, she was afraid to go out there and do
it. Ha-ha-ha. Glory to God. But faith in God took that healing
before she could feel and before she could see it. And I’ll be
back in just a moment.

 

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