Faith Is a Currency

(Singing) I know my
God has made the way for me. I know my God has
made the way for me. ANNOUNCER: We know that faith
comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. But how is it
released? Find out today on the Believer’s Voice of Victory
with Kenneth Copeland, and begin operating in the “God kind of
faith” that brings results. KENNETH: Mark 11:22, “Jesus
answering said unto them, Have faith in God.”
Now, from now on, when you see that, you say, “Have
faith in God, Who is love.” So I’m going to have to
have faith in the love. I just read you the 16th verse, the 4th
chapter of I John. He said, “We have known and believed the love
that he has for us.” AUDIENCE: That’s right. KENNETH: “Believed
the love.” We’re going to get further into that before this
meeting is over. “For verily I say unto you, 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 those
things which he saith shall come to pass–” Well, I must go over
this again, particularly for the benefit of those that are online
and those that are just coming into–to begin to study faith
and so forth. I want you to notice where Jesus put the
emphasis. “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall say–” All
right, count with me. TOGETHER: One. KENNETH: “–unto this
mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and
shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe–” Okay,
there’s one “believe.” So we’ve got one “say,” and one
“believe.” “–that those things which he saith–” two “–shall
come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” AUDIENCE:
Three. KENNETH: So where did He put the emphasis, on the
believing? AUDIENCE: No. KENNETH: No, on the saying.
(Audience Agrees) You can be believing and not say it, and
you haven’t released the faith. Faith is like money, you’ve got
to spend it for it to work. (Audience Murmurs) Amen. And so
He put the emphasis on the “saying” part. “Believe it in
your heart.” But then once you believe something in your heart,
you’re going to say it. (Audience Agrees) Amen.
(Audience “Amens”) Because out of the abundance of the heart,
the mouth speaks. So, say it, say it, say it. Believe it. And,
what are we believing? “Well, I–I–I believe the Bible is
true.” I mean, that’s wonderful. I’m glad you do. But that don’t
work here. That’s not what He’s talking about. “Well, I believe
Jesus is my Lord and Savior.” That’s wonderful. That’s the
reason you’re born again. But that’s not what He’s talking
about here. He’s talking about spiritual law. He’s talking
about the spiritual law of faith. Don’t you remember that
from the book of Romans, “By what law? Of works? No, but by
the law of faith.” This is the beginning of spiritual growth.
Did you know you can’t grow, spiritually without growing your
faith? (Instinct Responses) Your faith is going to have to
be growing before you grow spiritually at all. AUDIENCE:
Wow. KENNETH: Here you get back over into that mental assent
stuff. Now–and that won’t grow you. That won’t mature you at
all. So, think now, and float with me. “Have faith in God,”
Who is love. “Believe in your heart those things which he
saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
The beginning of spiritual growth is when you realize and
have revelation of the fact that these are spiritual laws. This
is not, “sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t.” AUDIENCE:
That’s right. KENNETH: You see, a Spirit, Who is God, created
all matter. And it was the spiritual force of faith
released in His Word by the Holy Spirit, then all matter came to
be. Now, that released into being physical laws. Say it,
“The laws–” (Audience Repeats) “–of physics.” Laws that govern
the physical realm were created by higher law that governs the
spirit and physical realm. We were born from above. Jesus was
born from above. Are you listening to me? (Audience
Agrees) The new birth comes to pass because of the spiritual
law that governs it. Simply put, you believe in your heart–huh?
Not the mind, not the head. You “believe in your heart that God
raised Jesus from the dead, and you confessed with your mouth
Jesus is Lord! For with the heart–” AUDIENCE: “Man
believeth unto righteousness.” KENNETH: “–man believeth unto
righteousness. With the mouth–” (Indistinct Responses)
“–confession is made unto–” AUDIENCE: That’s right. Yes.
KENNETH: That spiritual law released performed the greatest
miracle known to heaven and earth, the new birth of the
human spirit; re-created a spirit being. You can’t do
that– AUDIENCE: No. KENNETH: –but He did. AUDIENCE: Yes.
KENNETH: You know why? Because it happened to Jesus first.
AUDIENCE: That’s right. KENNETH: The Scripture says He was
manifested in the flesh. When was that? Bethlehem. That wasn’t
the day He was born. That was the day He was manifested in
flesh. AUDIENCE: That’s right. KENNETH: But He was made alive
in the Spirit. That happened in hell where He suffered. He was
made to be sin. He didn’t sin. Don’t you go tell somebody,
“Brother Copeland said Jesus was a sinner.” I’ll forgive you, but
it may take me another 30 seconds. (Laughter) No. No. He
was made to be sin. He never committed sin. I never committed
righteousness. He was made sin with my sin. And thank God, the
moment I received the new birth, I was made a new creature. And
I received His righteousness. (Cheers & Applause) Now, if you
wanted some goosebumps, that should have done it right there.
(Laughter) AUDIENCE: Amen, amen. KENNETH: In fact, what did–what
is it Brother Moore said? Ha-ha-ha. “My goosebumps
is double-parked, brother.” (Laughter) Hallelujah! AUDIENCE:
Hallelujah. KENNETH: That’s when He was born again. He’s the
first–say, “First.” AUDIENCE: First. KENNETH: Not the only.
Say it, “Not the only.” (Audience Repeats) “But the
firstborn from the dead.” “And again, when he bringeth in the
first begotten, and again, he will be a Son to me, and again,
I will be a Father to him.” For the biggest part of three days
and nights, Jesus was lost in the pit of hell, suffering there
for the likes of you and me. Love did that for you. Don’t you
ever forget it. (Audience Agrees) Amen. But you can read
in the 1st chapter of Hebrews what happened. I mean, the Word
of God, that all the angels of God worship Him. Amen. God
called Him “God.” Those words went down into the bowels of
this earth, into the deepest part of hell. No man but Jesus
has ever borne all of hell. That would be unjust. But Jesus bore
it all because He bore all sin, all sin. AUDIENCE: Amen.
KENNETH: I said all of it. (Audience Agrees) Amen. All of
it. And when Satan thought he had Him wiped out–read it in
the 22nd Psalm. It’s described in the 22nd Psalm. And in the
Hebrew text, it begins with “My God, my God, why hast thou
forsaken me?” And it ends with, “It is finished.” Now, what they
heard on the cross was Jesus locking onto that Psalm. He
locked onto that Psalm and every other Psalm and every other
scripture about himself, and He locked onto it, and He went into
hell, and He suffered there, but He never turned loose of the
Word. He never quit praising God. That’s what you and I need
to learn how to do. He never quit praising God. He just kept
praising God. All that hell tried to do, I mean, they hurt
Him. They hurt Him. They hurt Him bad. Bad, bad, bad.
There are no words in the human vocabulary to describe. He
didn’t look like a man anymore. He was so twisted and marled, He
didn’t look like a human! That began while He was still hanging
on that cross! AUDIENCE: That’s right, that’s right. KENNETH:
But, all of a sudden, those words, the power–huh–the
power! of the Spirit of the living God! (Agreement & Cheers)
The one who hovered over little Mary! AUDIENCE: Yes, sir. Yes.
(Audience Agrees) KENNETH: And a holy thing was conceived.
(Audience Agrees) That same Holy Ghost–(Cheers)–hovered over
Him in hell! And a new holy thing was born. He was born
again. One born-again human man defeated all of hell by
Himself!” (Cheers & Applause) That’s our big brother! (Cheers)
We have his spiritual DNA! (Cheers) We’ve got the same Holy
Ghost! AUDIENCE: Yes. KENNETH: We have a measure of the
same faith! (Audience Agrees) AUDIENCE: Yes! Hallelujah!
KENNETH: Oh, God. (Cheers & Applause) Hallelujah! All of a
sudden, that emaciated, scrawny, suffering, unrecognizable Spirit
of a miserable lost human being began to get up. (Cheers) That’s
all it took. I mean, demons bouncing off the walls of hell.
Whew. That place shook. AUDIENCE: Oh, yes. KENNETH: In
the upper region of Sheol where paradise was. See, the Scripture
paints a picture in the book of Hebrews. Adam’s sin went all the
way to you, but not including the throne of God. Jesus said,
“No man had gone up to heaven.” Now, that refers to “no man–”
talking about men and women, “–had died and gone to heaven.”
Two men have gone to heaven, but they haven’t died yet. They’re
still in their natural bodies. (Audience Agrees) MALE:
(Indistinguishable Shouts) KENNETH: Well, they’re not
now, but they–they were then, because they got born again when
Jesus raised from the dead. Amen. Now–no, sir. No, sir. I
said it right the first time. They still have their physical
bodies. They haven’t died yet. They’re going to, the two, Enoch
and Elijah. AUDIENCE: Ha-ha! KENNETH: Ain’t that sweet?
AUDIENCE: That’s right. Yes. KENNETH: But see, up until then,
the Scripture says the heavenly utensils of worship had to
be sanctified with the blood of Jesus. AUDIENCE: Amen. KENNETH:
Heaven wasn’t fit for men in God’s view. It was not perfect.
That’s shocking, isn’t it? But it’s true. So what was the bosom
of Abraham or the upper region of Sheol or hell? I said, “Lord,
you’re going to have to help me with this. I–I’m struggling
with this.” And after–now, I said this like it all happened
in about 10 minutes. What I just said, I said over a period of
about 35 to 40 years. (Laughs) And He was helping me as time
went by. But there was a moment that He just really opened my
eyes to it. And at that moment, He said, “Kenneth, don’t allow
your natural mind to put the confines of the center of the
earth around that,” upper region of hell which is at the center
of the earth. Oh, okay. He said, “Kenneth, in the Spirit, I can
put the state of Texas in a clothes closet.” AUDIENCE: Amen.
KENNETH: He said, “You could walk into your closet to pray
and all of a sudden have a–an open vision of the whole state
of Texas or the whole United States, and it would be so real
you–when you came back to yourself, you would think, ‘I
have been there.'” And He said, “In the Spirit, you would have
been there.” I think I began–I began to see what He was talking
about. He put–it’s like a–a–it–compare it–I’m trying
to come up with something the mind can get hold of. Compare it
to a hologram. A hologram is three-dimensional. Now, come on,
all of you saw Star Wars. What’s the matter with you? (Laughter)
Well, paradise was a mirror of heaven itself. They were in
heaven. They were actually located in the upper region, the
protected region of hell where there was no suffering, there
was no torment. But you remember when Abraham spoke to the rich
man in hell? Now, how did that happen? Abraham was looking
into hell through a spiritually allowed portal. All those folks
were not looking into hell. No, no. No, no. That’s the
reason you don’t get much–much revelation of it in the Bible.
You get less than that revelation of heaven because you
get to looking at that, and it makes you want to go now.
AUDIENCE: Yeah. KENNETH: And you have every right to go now.
You’ve already been lifted up and seated with Him in heavenly
places. And the Scripture very simply says you are a citizen
of heaven right now. Right now. Your spirit is
seated there right now. And the more you
get your heart and mind on heavenly things, the
more powerful you become.


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