Prophecy by Kenneth Copeland (2008)

“Pay Attention to Me…My system is stronger than ever.”

Don’t pay attention to or make any plans based on what the media says

or what the politicians say. Stand on My Word in John 16. Pay attention to Me.

I [the Holy Spirit] will obey verses 13-15. I will show you things to come. I will

lead you through troubled times. I already have THE plan for you, and it’s very

good. Follow it. It will not only get you through, it will place you in a very high

place—a rich place—a strong place of victory.

You will have to discipline yourself and be diligent to listen to Me. All the

other voices will have a plan, a word, an idea for your future and security.

Don’t listen to Babylon’s system. It has fallen apart. My system is stronger than

ever. My kingdom is flourishing, and THE BLESSING is the place to be.

Keep your eyes on My Word. Listen to it. It will guide you and I will

perform it. Love Me. Love My people as I have loved you. Walk in it. Love never

fails, and neither does My plan.

Be very cautious to stay completely clean from covetousness. First

Timothy 6:10 must live in the forefront of your thinking. If you will do these

things and continue therein, you will come into your wealthy place. A place

lifted up. A place in Me already planned and prepared for you now. Here. Not

heaven—not yet. But it will seem like heaven right in the midst of all the

trouble, and you’ll be able to reach out to untold numbers of suffering people

with the Good News of the gospel.

I’m coming very soon. Sooner than you think. Keep your eyes on Me and

you’ll get the job done.

—Prophecy delivered by Kenneth Copeland

Oct. 19, 2008

God’s Will is Not Sickness

I was having a debate with someone recently via a blog similar to this one.  The issue up for discussion was can we have guaranteed healing because of Christ’s redemptive work.  If you look at our church website, you will find a number of articles explaining that God’s will is healing.

In this debate, I mentioned that in the Lord’s prayer Jesus taught us to pray “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  There is no sickness in heaven, so it is obvious that there should be no sickness on earth.

The lady I was debating then said that well if that was true then there should be no hatred on earth because there is no hatred in heaven.  I am not sure why she thought this invalidated my point, but as I was writing a response, I was struck by the fact that paralleling hate and sickness will give many people revelation on how to deal with sickness, and why sickness is still around.

Here is my post:

Dear ______,

You are correct. Logically there should be zero hatred on earth and zero sickness.

However, you know that people still hate and still get sick.

However, if you have hate in your heart do you go: ah well, people get hate, this is a fallen world, and these things happen, I will just lie down and let hate win. Or would you go into the Word of God, find out Scriptures that deal with hate, learn them, meditate on them and change your mental attitude with the Word of God? Because if you take the former attitude you will be filled with hate even though the will of God is that you love your brother.

It is the same with sickness. If you have sickness in your body do you go: ah well, people get sick, this is a fallen world, I will just lie down and let sickness win. Or would you go into the Word of God, find out Scriptures that deal with sickness, learn them, meditate on them and change your physical body with the Word of God? Because if you take the former attitude you will be filled with sickness even though the will of God is your complete healing.

If you get sick, real faith is not denying the sickness. Real faith is deciding to live by the Scriptures of healing and fighting the good fight of faith and watching that sickness leave. It is so much fun to live healthy in the world, it is so much fun to lay hands on the sick and see them recover. I live by faith (in the Word) and not by sight (what I see).

The problem is that we have made sickness our friend in the church, we have told lies about it: we have said it teaches us humility, that it is a blessing in disguise, that Christ’s redemption is not really redemption from sickness, that it is something you cannot escape. But if you study the Word, you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.


What is Righteousness?

As we Run through Romans in the next few weeks, one of the key questions that we will be examining in detail is: how can someone be righteous before God?

However, this question immediately brings a question: what is righteousness?

The Greek word generally translated righteousness is dikaiosynē (pronounced die-kai-o-soon-ey) and Strong’s dictionary tells us it means:

“the condition of being acceptable to God”

This is a brilliant definition of righteousness: if you are righteous, then you are in a condition acceptable to God. You could say it like this: if you are righteous then God accepts you. God only accepts righteous people. He rejects unrighteous people. Righteous people enjoy heaven on earth and go to heaven when they die. Unrighteous people endure hell on earth and go to hell when they die.

The word righteous is a religious cliche in many churches. A cliche is simply a word or phrase that people use without thinking, that does not make an impact on someone’s thinking or emotions. Sometimes it is good to use synonyms for cliches to help us appreciate their meaning.

The word righteous means right with God. It means you are totally accepted by God. It means you are treated by God as if you have never sinned, as if you are totally innocent. It means you can stand in the presence of God without fear or without shame, it means you can stand in the presence of Jesus without any sense of inferiority or lack. It means you can stand in the presence of the devil and every demon without any fear, without any sense of defeat or despair. It means God accepts you.

A righteous person prays and it happens (James 5), a righteous person is as bold as a lion (Proverbs 28.1), the righteous are blessed by God (Psalm 5.12), the Lord looks on the righteous and He listens to their prayers (Psalm 34.15), righteous people are glad (Psalm 64.10), the righteous flourish (Psalm 72.7), his work leads to life and fruitfulness (Proverbs 10.16), the righteous shall never be removed (Proverbs 10.30), the righteous are delivered out of trouble (Proverbs 11.18), in the house of the righteous is much treasure (Proverbs 15.6).

The righteous enjoy heaven on earth and when they leave the earth will go to heaven. The unrighteous endure hell on earth and when they leave the earth will go to hell.

Now you realize how important righteousness is – unless you are righteous you will not enjoy heaven on earth or ever enter heaven – now you will hopefully want to pay careful attention as we run through Romans and answer the most important question that can be asked: how can a person be made righteous? The answer is not what religion claims it is.