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How To Receive From the Ministry of the Prophet

How To Receive From the Ministry of the Prophet Feature Article

When you walk into the Fort Worth Convention Center at the 2023 Southwest Believers’ Convention (July 31 through Aug. 5,), you’re not just entering a place where the Word of God will be preached—you’re stepping into the ministry of the prophet.

When God calls ministers of the gospel, He anoints them with one or more of the fivefold ministry gifts—apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher—and sets them among us to perfect us through revelation. We can connect with these gifts through partnership, which brings us into covenant relationship with them. Once that divine connection is made, the anointing that is on the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher is released to us. We partake of their grace, or their anointing.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to his covenant partners in Philippi concerning their “fellowship in the gospel” (Philippians 1:5), he went on to tell them, “Ye all are partakers of my grace [my anointing]” (verse 7). In other words, the same anointings and giftings that were in full manifestation in Paul’s life and ministry were available to those who were in covenant partnership with him. All they had to do was lay hold of them by faith, place a draw on them, and receive them.

If you are a Partner with Kenneth Copeland Ministries, you have access to the same covenant partnership with the ministry of the prophet that Kenneth Copeland has operated in since 1977. When you attend or watch the convention this year, you will receive powerful teaching. But if you desire to make a total withdrawal from the deposit God gives you, it is critical to understand the ministry of the prophet.

The Role of the Prophet

Also known as seers, prophets serve as the eyes of the Body of Christ. They perceive deep spiritual revelation, and see far out in the distance, with a view best likened to that of an eagle. As beholders of visions, prophets have the ability to see the future through a tunnel of time, meaning that what seems impossible or unlikely to those around them is easy for prophets to envision.

Imagine what those around them must have thought when the prophets from Genesis to Malachi declared, “The Anointed One is coming! The Anointed One is coming!” There was no sign to back up their claims, and it certainly didn’t seem likely. Yet, these prophets were looking beyond what made sense and seeing ahead to what God had revealed to them.

But beyond simply seeing ahead to the future plans and purposes of God, prophets also serve as the mouth of the Lord. The Hebrew word for prophet, nabi, is also translated as spokesman. Prophets today say whatever God tells them to say, just as the prophets in the Old Testament obeyed Him when He told them, “You must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you” (Jeremiah 1:7, New Living Translation).

In the Old Testament, the prophets were mouthpieces for the Lord—delivering His Word into the earth. God revealed this to Jeremiah, saying, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth!” (verse 9, NLT).

The message of God, delivered by way of many prophets, announced the coming of Jesus—the foretold King—hundreds of years before the event took place. Why would God leave a roadmap to Jesus through prophets? The Bible tells us it is a prerequisite, as “surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7, New King James Version).

In other words, without the prophets, Jesus could not have come. In the book of Matthew alone, there are at least 16 references to Jesus where attention was turned back to the fact, “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet.”

The role of a prophet is to see what is revealed by God, then speak it, declaring God’s plans on the earth. Revelation delivered via prophets will come in the form of a word of knowledge, a word of wisdom or the discerning of spirits. In addition, prophecy, as defined in 1 Corinthians 14:3, edifies, exhorts and comforts—it is speaking inspired by God.

Prophets Warn

Make no mistake—prophetic words are not all edification and comfort. Old Testament prophets—just as modern-day prophets—declared judgment. The heart behind such warnings did not come from a heart of condemnation, but from the love of the Father giving opportunity to those in jeopardy to repent, turn around and change their ways. In Ezekiel 3:17, He said to His prophet, “I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me” (NKJV).

There was a reason that God constantly endeavored to teach His people to obey Him: He wanted them to live in victory. So all through the Bible, you’ll find Him talking to His people, sending them prophets as witnesses of Himself and revealing His good plan for them. God always did His best to cause Israel to hear what He was saying so they could obey and live free from bondage.

God sent prophets to Israel to tell them how to avoid defeat, year after year after year. It’s amazing to see how much God cared for Israel. And He still cares that much for us today!

The book of Jeremiah provides another clear and accurate picture of God’s history with His people. The Scripture says He continually sent prophets to tell His people what they should do for their own good (Jeremiah 7:25, 35:15). Yet, again and again, the people refused to listen to what God said through those He sent.

God still warns through His prophets today. It can be a word of correction, judgment or warning to an individual, the Church or even a nation. No matter the recipient, when a word of warning comes through the ministry of the prophet, one thing is sure—we need to listen.

Prophets Prepare the Way

The great prophet Isaiah announced things to come, to prepare the hearts of the people, invoking them to open their spiritual eyes and expect a move of God. Isaiah 40:3, 5 says, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God…. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”

The voice of the prophet Isaiah was creating a highway for the coming of the Lord. And in John 1:14, we find that “the Word became flesh” (NKJV). The prophetic word was now reality. This is an example of the fulfillment of prophecy after a long wait, and an illustration of how we are to view prophecy in our personal lives. When you receive from the ministry of a prophet, whether it be a personal word for you or a declaration over the Church or your nation—don’t ever give up on a prophetic word—and don’t let the passage of time weaken your faith.

Years before it actually took place, Brother Copeland spoke a prophetic word about the Berlin Wall coming down. At the time, people may have thought, Well, that wall has been around for a long time! There was no natural sign that it was even close to coming down. Yet, on Nov. 9, 1988, the wall came down. It was a prophetic word in action.

That’s how prophets prepare the way. A prophetic word tears down and roots out. It changes and builds up. It can take a divided city and make it whole again. We participate by believing, receiving, interceding and taking action, when necessary.

The Lord will do nothing until He reveals things to His prophets. He will reveal to His servants the words that need to be declared, and those words will begin to produce a highway to the fulfillment of those words.

How To Receive From the Ministry of the Prophet

The Bible says, if you believe His prophets, then you will prosper (2 Chronicles 20:20). That means to receive from this ministry, first you must believe the words a prophet speaks. And naturally, if you believe the words of a prophet, you will receive them, intercede and take action.

As you prepare to attend the 2023 Southwest Believers’ Convention, pray that the prophet’s ministry will come forth, and that the Church will receive the benefits. God said He will tell the prophet what is to come, and the prophet will tell the Church. We need to know what’s coming! That’s why Kenneth E. Hagin said the prophet’s ministry is above the teaching ministry.

When Kenneth Copeland steps over from the gift of teaching to the office of the prophet, he will deliver a message by the Spirit. It becomes a time of revelation, warning and instruction. It is a treasure of God’s words being delivered in audible form to you as a believer.

You Can Partake of the Prophet’s Reward

A prophet’s reward is waiting for you at the Southwest Believers’ Convention this year. Jesus said, “If you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God, you will be given the same reward as a prophet” (Matthew 10:41, NLT). What is the prophet’s reward? The anointing—the equipping to do what you’re called to do. Prophets have the keys that can open doors within you—and open doors for the entire Body of Christ.

The ministry of the prophet is an accelerator. It moves God’s people forward more quickly through revelation, warning and instruction. It gives us direction for prayer and action in our lives and in our world. It prepares the way for things to come and keeps our expectancy where it belongs—high!

What is your part? You must simply receive the prophet—believe that his words are from God and act on them.

Kenneth Copeland

You can act on these life-changing words by being open and eager, and valuing the ministry of the prophet.

We are connected to a great prophet in Kenneth Copeland, and as we embrace him and his ministry, lives will change—circumstances will change. We need to believe, receive and act on what is spoken. Just because we mentally agree with the Bible does not mean we are hearing it with the intent to do it. Our victory is in the follow-through.

This year, come to the Southwest Believers’ Convention and hear what the Lord is saying to the Body of Christ.

The Power of Partnership

The Power of Partnership

If you’re a believer, you are called by God to do the works of Jesus. You’re not called just to sit on the sidelines watching while somebody else does them. You’re not supposed to just live an ordinary, natural life while God pours out His supernatural power through others He’s specially anointed.

No, God intends for you to be anointed! He intends for you to be one of those through whom He pours out His burden-removing, yoke-destroying power.

“But Brother Copeland,” you might say, “why would God anoint me? I’m not a preacher or anything. Doesn’t the Bible teach somewhere that it’s the preachers who are called and anointed to do the work of the ministry?”

No, it doesn’t.

Contrary to popular belief, that is not what the Bible teaches. In Ephesians 4:11, it says that God “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.”

Notice, according to that verse it’s the saints (or believers) who are to do the work of the ministry. The job of the fivefold ministers is to help equip them for that work and to develop the Body of Christ. The Greek word Christ refers to the Anointed One and His Anointing. When used by itself in the Scriptures it indicates the emphasis is on the anointing.

That’s what Ephesians 4:11 is talking about.

It’s telling us that God’s plan is for believers to function on the earth as Jesus’ anointed body.

His Anointing is actually more for the general population of the Body of Christ than it is for the fivefold ministry.

Kenneth Copeland

The fivefold ministry is God’s anointing distribution system. God set it up for the purpose of bringing believers to the place where we all come together, as Ephesians 4:13-15 says: “…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: that we henceforth be no more children…but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”

Once again, the word Christ there puts the focus on the anointing. It indicates the Apostle Paul is talking in those verses about the Church maturing spiritually to the point where we’re all operating together in the anointing, just like our Anointed example, Jesus.

Every supernatural work He did during His earthly ministry was done by the power of the anointing. On His own He didn’t have the ability to heal people or do miracles any more than you and I do. (See John 5:19, 14:10.) When He came to earth, He laid aside His divine power as a member of the godhead. So, while He was here, He didn’t minister as God but as a man baptized with the Holy Spirit and power. That’s why we, as believers, can expect to follow in His footsteps. It’s why He could say in John 14:12: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.”

That statement sounds a lot like what Paul said in Ephesians 4, doesn’t it? It was Jesus’ way of saying that all of us as believers are to grow up in His Anointing and do His supernatural works.

How is that going to happen?

I can tell you this; it’s not going to happen by us acting like lone rangers. It’s not going to happen by each of us doing our own thing all by ourselves. It’s going to happen as we come together in Christ. For as Ephesians 4:16 says: “From [Him] the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (New King James Version).

Joint Problems

That verse reveals a vital truth: The Body of Christ is joined together by Jesus, but it’s held together by what the joints supply. What’s a joint? It’s where body parts are joined to one another so that they can operate together.

One of the reasons the Body of Christ has been slow to fully grow up into the Anointing of Jesus is we’ve had joint problems! Too many believers have neglected to find out from God who they’re supposed to be joined to and gotten with the program. They’ve not come up alongside the ministers and ministries God has called them to be connected to, so they (and all the rest of us) are missing out on the anointing that joint is meant to supply.

I’ll be forever glad I didn’t miss out on the supply that has come from the connection between me and Jerry Savelle, for example. I still remember the day The LORD said to me, Jerry is going to come over and tell you he’s decided to go full time in the ministry. I thought, Well, that’s wonderful! I didn’t yet know all The LORD had in mind for us. But I knew there was something special in my heart about Jerry’s ministry.

Jerry and I have been a ministry team now for more than 50 years, and it’s been a BLESSING both to us and to the Body of Christ. When God put the two of us together, He joined the anointing that’s on Jerry with the anointing that’s on me and created something that in the realm of science is called synergy.

In the natural, when two oxen are yoked together to a plow it creates a synergy that enables those two oxen to pull with the power of three. I don’t know how that works, but it does. It’s been scientifically proven.

[In the spirit,] when God’s people come up alongside one another to do the work of the Kingdom, the synergy principle kicks in [even more powerfully].

Kenneth Copeland

As God put it in Leviticus 26:8, “Five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight.”

That’s the power of biblical partnership!

I first discovered this power back in 1966 when I was working for Brother Oral Roberts. As part of his ministry transportation team I was assigned to drive him to one of his partner meetings. There, I heard him preach from Philippians about the believers who partnered with the Apostle Paul. About how through their prayers and giving they’d entered into partnership with him in the gospel, and that he said to them, “Both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace” (Philippians 1:7).

Wow! Grace is God’s supernatural empowerment and supply. It includes the anointing that’s on a person and THE BLESSING they walk in.

Paul’s partners in Philippi knew full well the power of the anointing and BLESSING that was on Paul. Their church was a result of it. It began when Paul and Silas were chained up in the local prison, and as they were praising God and praying, the anointing on them got so strong it caused an earthquake. All the prisoners’ chains fell off, the prison doors flew open, and the jailer started crying out asking how to be saved. Paul told him, and he got born again.

Historians believe that jailer became the pastor of the Philippian church. So, no doubt, the whole congregation there remembered that incident. They understood that when Paul referred to the grace that was on him for the defense and confirmation of the gospel he was talking about signs and wonders. Can you imagine how thrilled the Philippians must have been to hear that because they’d partnered with Paul in ministry, the anointing that was on him was now on them too?

I can, because I remember how excited I got in the meeting that day when I realized by partnering with Brother Roberts’ ministry, I could become a partaker of his grace. I wanted to become his partner so badly that day I could hardly stand it. But I didn’t have any financial seed to sow.

My first inclination was to pull a button off my shirt and give it. But then the ushers passed out offering envelopes with little pencils attached to them and I got a better idea. I’ll go ahead and commit to partner with Brother Roberts for $10 a month, I thought, and I’ll put this little pencil in the offering to represent my $10. Then, as soon as I get the $10, I’ll send it in.

After the service was over, as I headed out the door of the sanctuary a woman hollered at me. “Hey you! The Lord has been weary-warting me this whole service to give you $10.”

“Praise God, give it here!” I said. Then I chased down the usher, retrieved my offering envelope, and replaced the pencil with the $10. When I got home, I told Gloria the good news. “We’re partners with Oral Roberts for $10 a month!”

“Kenneth, where will we ever get $10 a month?” she said. Realizing she hadn’t heard the message I’d heard, I preached it to her. Then I said again, “Gloria, we can have Oral Roberts’ anointing for $10 a month!” By that time, she was excited. “Yes! Let’s do it!” she said.

Acting Like Oral Roberts

This is just a spiritual fact: You become like those you associate with. Good or bad, that’s just the way it works.

Kenneth Copeland

So, when I partnered with Brother Roberts in giving and receiving, I started acting like him. I wasn’t trying to imitate him, it’s just that he was my example. When I was in a situation where someone needed ministry, all I knew to do was act like him.

One time I was with him at a meeting in Detroit, in Cobo Hall. It was a huge building, and so many people had come needing prayer that Brother Roberts couldn’t minister to them all. So my boss, Bob DeWeese, said, “Kenneth, I’m going to set you up a prayer line.”

I was in the transportation department! I was there to serve as co-pilot on Brother Roberts’ airplane, not to pray for people. But I’d been watching Brother Roberts and learning about the anointing and the power of the Name of Jesus, so I was ready to go.

Once they got everybody lined up, there were about 500 people for me to minister to. The first one in line had a malignant cancer that spread from her hairline, to her forehead, and over her eye. It was a nasty looking thing. When I saw it the compassion of God rose up in me and made me furious. “In the Name of Jesus!” I said, and the moment I touched her, the cancer disappeared.

My parents were attending the meeting, and my mother was standing there beside me praying in the spirit and saw the cancer vanish. “Where did it go?” she said. “I don’t know!” I replied. (I learned later, it just dematerialized under the power of the Anointing and the authority of Jesus’ Name.)

Not long after, Brother Roberts’ wife, Evelyn, said to me, “Kenneth, it’s rather amazing. You and Oral don’t look anything alike, but when the anointing comes on you, you look strangely like him.” Of course! As Brother Roberts’ partner, I’d become a partaker of his grace. The same anointing that was on him had come on me.

 “But Brother Copeland, I’m a ministry Partner and I don’t believe that’s ever happened to me.”

Then start believing for it to happen!

Partnership is like everything else in the kingdom of God, you walk in it by faith. And faith comes by hearing The WORD of God. So spend time meditating on scriptures about spiritual partnership. Open your Bible to Genesis 12, for instance, where God spoke to Abram about how spiritual partnership works, and said:

“I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (verses 2-3).

Rearrange the language in those verses a little and you’ll see they contain the same principle Paul wrote about in Philippians. You’ll see that God essentially said to Abram, “I’ve BLESSED you and called you to be a BLESSING to the world, and anyone who helps you in that ministry of BLESSING will be BLESSED with the same BLESSING that’s on you.”

In Matthew 10:41, Jesus put it this way: “He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward.” What’s the prophet’s reward? It’s the anointing and BLESSING he walks in. It’s the heavenly and earthly rewards he receives for doing the work of God.

When the Apostle Paul wrote his Philippian partners, he talked about all of those things. He told them they were partakers of his anointing. He told them the fruit of his ministry would be credited to their heavenly account (Philippians 4:17). And he said, “MY God shall supply all your need”—in other words He’ll supply yours just as He does mine, at the level of an apostle—“according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (verse 19, NKJV).

That’s the power of partnership.

Tap in to it by faith!

Word of the Week: Jesus Sent His WORD To Heal You

Be Bold and Expect Your Healing! By Kenneth Copeland

Faith and corresponding action go together. But in order to receive faith you must first listen to God’s Word. Once you have God’s Word, be bold and expect your healing by acting on your faith. Speak to the problem, act according to what you are believing, and know that you will get God’s results!

Jesus Sent His WORD To Heal You

July 24-28, 2023
Today is YOUR receiving day! This week, on Believer’s Voice of Victory, join Kenneth Copeland as he shares how Jesus sent His WORD to heal you. Discover how The WORD is medicine and has the power to bring prosperity and healing in every area of your life!

Jesus Sent His WORD To Heal You

July 24, 2023 – Monday
Jesus gave you ALL power and authority! Join Kenneth Copeland on Believer’s Voice of Victory as he reveals how Jesus sent His WORD to heal you. Gain complete and total VICTORY over the enemy, as you recognize your rightful place in Christ!

The WORD Is Our Medicine

July 25, 2023 – Tuesday
Get God’s WORD into your spirit! Watch Kenneth Copeland on Believer’s Voice of Victory as he gives you the spiritual prescription for victory. The WORD is our medicine—find out how to keep your spirit filled with it so it can work its miraculous power in and through you!

Healing Is in THE BLESSING

July 26, 2023 – Wednesday
Healing is God’s signature! Join Kenneth Copeland on Believer’s Voice of Victory as he teaches you how healing is in THE BLESSING. See how you’ve been redeemed from all sickness and disease!

Today Is Your Receiving Day!

July 27, 2023 – Thursday
Today is YOUR receiving day! Watch Believer’s Voice of Victory as Kenneth Copeland reminds you that Jesus is your Healer. Boldly pray the prayer of faith, and receive the manifestation of the power of God today!

The WORD of God Brings Prosperity

July 28, 2023 – Friday
The WORD of God brings prosperity! Watch Believer’s Voice of Victory as Kenneth Copeland helps you test the soil of your heart. It’s The WORD that bears the fruit. Learn to sow the seed of God’s WORD in rich, faith-filled soil, and you’ll reap an abundant, overflowing harvest!

Watch Today’s BVOV Broadcast HERE.

How to Receive a Miracle: 10 Faith Actions You Can Take Today

How to Receive a Miracle

Want to know how to receive a miracle? Find out what actions you can take to participate in His plan for you.

If you need a miracle today, you need to know this: Miracles are not just hit-or-miss. You can tap into a miracle. God doesn’t just sometimes decide to do a miracle, and sometimes not to. No. He is always ready to do a miracle in your life.

Here’s the key.

You are not a spectator. You are an active participant!

If you need a miracle in your life—get off the couch, get involved and receive your miracle with these 10 faith actions you can take today.

Action Step No. 1: Worship the Lord Every Morning

“His praise will always be on my lips.” –Psalm 34:1 (NIV)

Some people think as long as they love God and are faithful to Him, the blessings will flow in. But worshipping and praising the Lord put everything in the proper perspective. It puts God at the head of your life and circumstances. It announces to the world, the devil and all your troubles that you are in the hands of Almighty God, and you know it, trust it and have faith to receive a miracle.

That’s why Kenneth Copeland says, “Praise is the big gun of faith.”

That’s how Paul and Silas received deliverance from prison. Instead of begging and pleading with God, or complaining about their situation, Paul and Silas “were praying and singing hymns to God” (Acts 16:25, NIV). The result? “All the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose” (verse 26, NIV). All the doors. Every chain. All because of worshipping and praising God.

Learn how to unleash the power of praise and thanksgiving for miracles HERE.

Kenneth Hagin once shared a testimony of a missionary who had contracted smallpox before there was a vaccine, at a time when it was often fatal. As she prayed, the Lord gave her a vision of a scale with prayer on one side and praise on the other. He said, “When your praises equal your prayers, you will be healed.”

She spent two days doing nothing but praising God. She didn’t ask Him for anything. At the end of the two days, she was completely healed.

That’s how you receive a miracle!

Action Step No. 2: Make a Forgiveness List

“And whenever you stand praying, forgive.” –Mark 11:25 (ESV)

Think you can receive a miracle with bitterness in your heart? Think again.

If you need a miracle—don’t delay!—sit down and make a forgiveness list today. Get quiet before the Lord and ask Him to reveal to you anyone you haven’t forgiven in your life (this could go way back). Write down everyone who comes to mind. It could be an entire group like a neighborhood, a church or a school.

There may be tiny little “nothings” on the list, but those are important, too! It’s the small foxes that ruin the vines. Then, ask God to help you forgive. It often takes supernatural help.

Find A 3-Step Plan for Total Forgiveness HERE.

From this day forward, keep your forgiveness list empty. Every time someone offends you, forgive immediately. This faith action could be the missing link to receive your miracle.

Action Step No. 3: Sharpen Your Listening Skills

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” –Romans 8:14 (NIV)

God wants you to receive your miracle, and He has some special instructions for you. Can you hear Him? If you’re wrapped up in thinking about your troubles or needs, the noise may be loud enough to block out His still, small voice.

Be intentional about getting quiet before the Lord. Sharpen your listening skills and expect to hear from Him.

Keith Moore has seen many miracles in his life, and his advice is this: “If you want to see a miracle, you must first hear from Him.” This is the most critical step and one that many people try to skip. Then they wonder why they don’t see a manifestation in their lives.

When you hear from the Lord, He will give you an instruction—something He wants you to do to receive your miracle. That is always how God has worked.

When Jesus healed the man with leprosy, He said, “Stretch out your hand” (Matthew 12:13, NIV). When did the miracle happen exactly? When the man stretched out his hand. “Go, wash in the pool” (John 9:7, AMP). “Fill the jars with water” (John 2:7). “Pick up your mat, and walk” (John 5:8). Instruction always preceded a miracle.

Expect to hear from Him. Then, do whatever He tells you to do, and you will receive your miracle!

Action Step No. 4: Only Speak the Language of Faith

“He will have whatever he says.” –Mark 11:23 (NKJV)

If you need a miracle—or want to live in everyday victory—you’ve got to learn to only speak the language of faith. The Bible is clear that our words have power to release life, death and whatever we say. So, whatever you’re living in today is likely the result of yesterday’s words.

Find out how to stop sinking your own ship with your words HERE.

Until you reach the point of speaking faith every day, you need to do what Kenneth Copeland told Mylon Le Fevre to do years ago when Mylon was new to walking by faith.

Mylon was telling Kenneth all about his troubles, even though he said he was believing God to help him. Kenneth said to him, “Son, you need to learn the language of silence.”

Kenneth was telling him that until he could learn how to speak faith, he needed to keep quiet.

It’s advice Kenneth gives often. Jerry Savelle shares about what Kenneth said to him when he was first learning to walk by faith.

“Before God transformed my life, I asked Kenneth Copeland why nothing was working in my life, and he said, ‘Jerry, your problem is your big mouth. You need to learn the vocabulary of silence.’ And then he said, ‘If you can’t talk the Word, then shut up.’ Once I learned how to ‘bridle my tongue’ (James 3:1-9), things began to change in my life!”

You may already know about the importance of your words, but you will always have to be intentional about only speaking the language of faith.

Action Step No. 5: Don’t Take No for an Answer

“All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen.” –2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)

If you need a miracle, do you accept a bad report as final? If you need a miracle in your body and the doctor says, “You’re going to be on medication for life,” are you accepting it? Or do you fight?

It can be tempting to tuck your tail between your legs and walk away wondering why nothing ever works out. But that isn’t what we’ve been told to do! The next time you hear a no from the world when the Lord has already said, “Yes,” stop and consider your response.

Be willing and ready to fight for what’s yours in the spirit realm. You have a right to enjoy the promises of God, but they won’t just fall in your lap. Go after them today. God’s yes will always overcome every no. That’s what a miracle is!

Action Step No. 6: Refuse to Doubt

“Don’t be afraid; just believe.” –Mark 5:36 (NIV)

Once you take a stand against the world’s no, the devil will be right there pulling every trick out of his bag to get you to let go of your faith and grab on to fear and doubt. He’ll say, “You’re not going to get that miracle. You don’t deserve it. Remember how many times you’ve failed God.”

How do you receive a miracle? Refuse to entertain those doubt-filled thoughts. Instead, answer him and say, “Bless the Lord, I don’t get what I deserve. I get what Jesus bought for me. I get the mercy of God. I get a miracle!” That’s why, when Jairus received the news that his daughter had died, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe” (Mark 5:36, NIV). He knew that if Jairus stayed out of doubt and unbelief, the way would be clear for God to do a miracle. That’s a good word for all of us who are positioning ourselves for a miracle. No matter what the devil says, no matter what circumstances may say, no matter what our natural senses might try to tell us—if we’ll refuse to doubt, refuse to fear and keep on believing God, our miracle will surely come!

Action Step No. 7: Don’t Just Sit There—Do Something!

“Faith without works is dead.” –James 2:26 (NKJV)

As important as it is to resist doubt, faith alone won’t get the whole job done. You can’t just sit around believing on the inside and do nothing on the outside. For faith to come alive, you have to take action. If you’re waiting for a miracle today, don’t just sit there—take action! When Jesus performed His first miracle, John 2 tells us that He and His mother were attending a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the host ran out of wine. Mary looked to Jesus to do something about it. She was expecting a miracle when she turned to the servants and said, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

Mylon Le Fevre can attest to this truth. When he first got saved, he had a massive amount of debt, and he knew God had told him, according to Romans 13:8, to get out of debt. So he met with a financial counselor who mapped everything out for him, including how much he would need to put aside each month.

Mylon put everything he had into getting out of debt. He didn’t eat out or purchase anything (he only bought the food he needed and paid his bills). Though the financial advisor said it would take five years and eight months, all of Mylon’s debt disappeared in 18 months! That’s one of the major keys to receiving a miracle. Whatever the Lord says to you—do it! When you take action, He will meet you there with a supernatural result.

Watch Kenneth Copeland teach you how to act on God’s Word to be healed.

Action Step No. 8: Plant the Word of God

“The seed is the word of God.” –Luke 8:11 (NKJV)

If you need a harvest today, the big question is, have you planted anything? To reap a spiritual harvest, you’ve got to plant the Word of God in your heart.

A lot of people try to skip that step. They try to believe for a miracle without spending enough time in the Word to change their hearts and minds. They just want to confess it with their mouths and have it instantly appear. But that won’t happen. It’s what we believe in our heart and say with our mouths that we receive.

If you don’t have enough faith yet to believe for the miracle you need, then you can get it. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV). So, start planting the Word in your heart until faith for your miracle is born.

Action Step No. 9: Learn the Art of Waiting

“Do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” –Hebrews 6:12 (NKJV)

The difference between receiving a miracle and not receiving, often comes down to your willingness to wait. Faith and patience are the power twins. Patience keeps your faith strong until you cross the finish line.

Learn the biblical art of waiting! Develop the kind of patience that knows if you believed you received it—you have it.

Patience will guard you from your feelings and from watching the clock. Let patience have her perfect work. Patience comes and holds the door of faith open. Praise God! It won’t let the devil slam it. It won’t let anything shut it. It just keeps calling things that be not as though they were. It keeps acting as though it was already done.

Action Step No. 10: Expect the Impossible

“All things are possible to him who believes.” –Mark 9:23 (NKJV)

Did you know the spirit of expectancy is key to receiving your miracle? If you only see the natural realm of the possible as what is possible for you—that’s not faith! God works miracles because we believe! We could look at one miracle after another and see that truth in action.  

  • In Mark 5:34, when the woman with the issue of blood receives her healing, Jesus says, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.”  
  • In Luke 17:19, the leper is healed and made whole. Why? Jesus said, “Your faith has healed you.”  
  • In Mark 10:52, blind Bartimaeus received the miracle of his sight restored. The reason? Jesus said, “Your faith has healed you.”

In every case, the faith of the people is credited with the receiving of a miracle. That’s your part—expecting the impossible. It opens the door for God’s power and allows a supernatural flow of the blessings of God into your life. If you need a miracle today, you can put these 10 faith actions to work in your life, and you will see what you’re believing for. It’s time to get in the game! Make God your focus, rather than your circumstances, and your miracle will come.  

Watch Kenneth Copeland teach you about the key to working miracles.

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Word of the Week: We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight

When you hear or receive a bad health report, it’s easy to come into agreement with that report and the fear that comes along with it. But as believers, we are to walk by faith and not by sight. That means we are to see everything from God’s perspective rather than the world’s perspective. Combat any situation that doesn’t agree with the will of God by speaking His WORD in faith, and know that He always keeps His WORD!

We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight

July 17-21, 2023
We walk by faith, not by sight! This week on Believer’s Voice of Victory, join Kenneth Copeland as he teaches you to live by the fundamentals of faith every day. Make your way through the checklist of faith, and discover the transforming power that comes when you speak the end result of God’s WORD!

We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight

July 17, 2023 – Monday
We walk by faith, not by sight! Join Kenneth Copeland on Believer’s Voice of Victory as he explains how what you see and feel is “a” truth, but God’s WORD is THE Truth. Learn to place your trust in His WORD alone, and it will make you free!

The Checklist of Faith

July 18, 2023 – Tuesday
The just WILL live by faith! Watch Kenneth Copeland on Believer’s Voice of Victory as he encourages you to follow the checklist of faith. Make the decision to obey God’s WORD and release your faith today!

Speak the End Result of God’s WORD

July 19, 2023 – Wednesday
You can receive the life of Jesus! Join Kenneth Copeland on Believer’s Voice of Victory as he teaches you to speak the end result of God’s WORD. Step into your God-given authority and demand your mountain to move!

The Fundamentals of Faith – Part 1

July 20, 2023 – Thursday
Are you living in faith every day? Watch Believer’s Voice of Victory as Kenneth Copeland shares Part 1 of the fundamentals of faith. Find out what it takes to get your faith in good working condition so you can walk in it daily!

The Fundamentals of Faith Part 2

July 21, 2023 – Friday
Faith for life! Watch Believer’s Voice of Victory as Kenneth Copeland shares Part 2 of the fundamentals of faith. Discover how you can run the race, finish the course strong, and keep the faith!

Watch Today’s BVOV Broadcast HERE.

Word of the Week: Bulldog Faith—Part 2

Bulldog faith is determined—it has an unwavering resolve. When you’re operating in it, absolutely nothing can stand in your way or even try to deter you from achieving your end result. Take the first step in developing your bulldog faith by deciding to live a life of determined faith today!

Bulldog Faith—Part 2

July 10-14, 2023
Take it, claim it, possess it! This week, on Believer’s Voice of Victory, Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons continue their discussion of bulldog faith, in Part 2 of their series. Develop faith that is determined, focused and fully persuaded by God’s WORD, so you can receive what is rightfully yours today!

Bulldog Faith Is Determined

July 10, 2023 – Monday
How determined is your faith? Join Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons on Believer’s Voice of Victory as they equip you with everything necessary to develop bulldog faith. Develop an unwavering resolve that will see you through to your desired result every time!

Bulldog Faith Is Focused

July 11, 2023 – Tuesday
Get focused! Watch Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons on Believer’s Voice of Victory as they encourage you to ditch the distractions. Learn how to always keep your eyes fixed on the desired result from God’s WORD rather than the dreaded outcome!

Fully Persuaded Faith

July 12, 2023 – Wednesday

Do you dare believe God? Join Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons on Believer’s Voice of Victory as they talk about fully persuaded faith. Find out how to take your faith from little to GREAT!

Bulldog Faith Commands

July 13, 2023 – Thursday
Give the faith command! Watch Believer’s Voice of Victory as Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons share how bulldog faith commands. Discover your God-given authority to command desired things from out of the spirit realm—into the natural!

Bulldog Faith Takes

July 14, 2023 – Friday
Take it, claim it, possess it! Watch Believer’s Voice of Victory as Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons discuss how bulldog faith takes. Learn to claim what is rightfully yours with an aggressive force, and become unstoppable against the enemy!

Watch Today’s BVOV Broadcast HERE.

2023 – July Wallpaper

July Wallpaper

July’s digital wallpaper is ready for you to download! Save this wallpaper to your desktop computer or mobile device.

Click here to download the Desktop version.
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For most desktop computers, click the link to download the image. Then, navigate to your downloads folder to find your newly downloaded image. Next, simply right-click the image and select “Set as desktop background or wallpaper.”

Mobile Device Instructions
For most mobile devices, click the link to download the image to your device’s photo album. Then, in most cases, you can change your wallpaper background or lock screen from the Settings menu. If you can’t find this setting, consult your device’s help section or manual for instructions on how to apply the image as your new wallpaper or lock screen.

The Ephesians 1 Prayer

The Ephesians 1 Prayer For Discovering Your Identity in Christ

For Discovering Your Identity in Christ

Have you ever wondered what happened from the time Jesus was on the cross to when He sat down on the throne? More importantly, have you ever fully comprehended what He did for you personally in that span of time? His actions forever defined your identity as a believer—something many people wrestle with today.

For example, Galatians 2:20 tells us, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (NKJV).

Jesus died on our behalf, but this verse shows us that when we made Jesus our Lord, we partook of what He did for us. When He was crucified, spiritually speaking, we were crucified with Him; we died with Him; we were buried and made alive with Him; we were raised up together with Him, and we were seated in heavenly places together with Him.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6, NKJV).

What’s more, 2 Corinthians 5:17 assures us that “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (KJV).

Becoming A New Creature in Christ

To illustrate the reality of this, Mark and Trina Hankins recently shared with Brother Copeland the testimony of their grandson Dylan who had a bone marrow transplant (stem cell transplant) a few years ago. Dylan’s brother Gavin was his donor. For four days they took blood from Gavin and gave it to Dylan. For the next three months, as Gavin’s stem cells were grafted into Dylan’s, he became a different person. At three weeks, medically in his blood, Dylan was 50% himself, and 50% Gavin. At three months, Dylan was 75% Gavin and only 25% himself. Today, Dylan is 100% Gavin. There’s nothing left of the cells that had leukemia and if you tested both boys’ blood for DNA, they would appear to be the same person.

So imagine what happens spiritually when you make Jesus the Lord of your life? You are transformed to being a new creature in Christ. And think about who your donor is—Jesus Himself! His blood doesn’t flow through your veins literally, but this is what people mean when they say we have Jesus’ blood flowing through our veins. Spiritually, we do! It’s part of our identity in Christ, something we find in God’s Word.

Imagine finding your identity in the Word of God and never wrestling with who you are or why God put you on this earth. Imagine the peace this would bring. It’s possible if we’ll go to God and find our identity in Him. In fact, one of the best ways to discover and study our identity in Christ is to read through Paul’s letters to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians and Colossians; and every time you see two-word phrases such as…

  • in Christ.
  • in Him.
  • in whom.
  • in the beloved.

…highlight, circle or underline those phrases, because those two-word phrases describe who you are and what you have as a born-again believer. They describe who He is in us. There are more than 130 such occurrences, though 35 of them are the most significant, and they describe what God has already done for you and in you, in Christ. If you’ll do this, you will discover who you are in Him—and you will discover one of the most powerful ways to develop strong faith. [For more on how to do this, click here.]

Find Yourself in Him

Jesus modeled this for us when He stood up in the synagogue in Nazareth to read. The Scripture says:

And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears (Luke 4:17-21, KJV).

As Gloria Copeland has said, Jesus found Himself in the book! He found Himself in Isaiah 61—and He declared it. When we give voice to who we are in Christ, our identification with Christ is activated by our confession of faith. Declaring what the Word says is equivalent to us saying, “I am agreeing with God that I am who God says I am; I can have what God says I can have; and I can do what God says I can do.”

Be Transformed by Your Identity in Christ

Who better to get into agreement with than God?

Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) shows us “that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

In the same way Jesus found Himself in the book, when we find ourselves in the Book, it will make the Word come alive to us. The spirit of wisdom and revelation will take those two-word phrases from just being information and intellectual knowledge to becoming spiritual power in our lives. The spirit of wisdom and revelation will cause the words to become revelation, and revelation in our lives is transformative. Isn’t being transformed into the image of Christ what we want more than anything?

Kenneth Copeland has said that if you want all the “in Him, in Christ, in whom, etc.” scriptures to come alive for you, then take the “Ephesians 1 Prayer” and pray it every day. The Ephesians 1 Prayer comes from making a declaration of faith based on verses from Ephesians 1:17-23.

Father God,

I’m asking you to give to me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. I pray that the eyes of my understanding would be flooded with light, that I may know the hope of Your calling, what is the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints, what is the exceeding greatness of Your power toward us who believe, according to the working of Your mighty power which You worked in Christ, when You raised Him from the dead and sat Him at Your own right hand in heavenly places, far above all principality, power, might, dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also that which is to come.

For You put all things under His feet, gave Him to be the head over all things to the Church, which is His body the fullness of Him that fills all in all.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Embrace Your Identity in Christ

The greatest need we will ever have is the spirit of wisdom and revelation, and according to the Scripture, this is what Paul prayed for the Ephesians—and it’s something we should pray for ourselves.

Paul wrote this to the Colossians as well saying, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Colossians 1:9, KJV).

And Proverbs 4:7 tells us, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Mark Hankins has said that every breakthrough in faith will come from a breakthrough in the spirit of wisdom and revelation. In other words, for your faith to grow and to go forward, there must be a breakthrough in revelation knowledge. And praying the Ephesians 1 prayer daily will unlock that for you.

Do you know who you are in Christ? Do you walk in the confidence He’s given to us? Or do you wrestle with knowing who you are, what God’s called you to do, and why you’re here on this earth? For practical help in discovering such truth in the New Testament, click here for an article showing you how to find your identity in God’s Word today.

Word of the Week: Bulldog Faith

Are the pressures of life and this world causing you to spiral? That’s exactly what the devil wants. He wants you in a weakened place—a place where your faith is being buried by the care and worry of your circumstances. But God is calling you to get hold of yourself. He wants you to get more aggressive with your faith, so you can receive what is rightfully yours in Christ!

Bulldog Faith

July 3-7, 2023
It’s time to get aggressive! This week on Believer’s Voice of Victory, Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons discuss the birth and nature of bulldog faith. Learn how to develop a faith that is aggressive and persistent, and you’ll be sure to overcome anything the enemy throws your way!

Birth of Bulldog Faith

July 3, 2023 – Monday
It’s time to get aggressive! Join Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons on Believer’s Voice of Victory as they share about the birth of bulldog faith. Open your eyes to the true attitude of faith, and receive what is rightfully yours in Christ!

The Nature of Faith

July 4, 2023 – Tuesday
Faith is always first! Watch Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons on Believer’s Voice of Victory as they discuss the nature of faith. Learn all about its powerful force and how to walk in it with the aggressiveness of a bulldog!

Bulldog Faith Is Aggressive

July 5, 2023 – Wednesday
Hold on tight! Join Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons on Believer’s Voice of Victory as they teach you how bulldog faith is aggressive. Discover how to seize God’s WORD with a grip that will never be shaken!

Bulldog Faith Is Persistent—Part 1

July 6, 2023 – Thursday
Feeling under pressure? Watch Believer’s Voice of Victory as Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons share Part 1 of how bulldog faith is persistent. Find out how to develop persistent faith that will outlast the devil under any circumstance!

Bulldog Faith Is Persistent—Part 2

July 7, 2023 – Friday
Don’t give up! Watch Believer’s Voice of Victory as Pastors George and Terri Copeland Pearsons go deeper with Part 2 of how bulldog faith is persistent. Learn to feed your faith with God’s WORD, so it never loses its bite!

Watch Today’s BVOV Broadcast HERE.

Six Signs You’re Not Trusting in the Love of God

6 signs you're not trusting the love of god blog post

God loves you. Do you believe that? If you ever sat through Sunday school as a child, you probably believe that on a simple level. However, now that you’re an adult, ask yourself that question again, considering all your life experiences and religious training: Do you believe, truly believe, that God loves you? Do you trust the love of God when you get up in the morning and lay down at night? Do you know it when you’re at work and when you’re at home, when you’re surrounded by fellow believers and when you’re all alone?

This is important, because how you answer that question affects so much. It will change the way you interact with your heavenly Father, your family and even yourself. First John 4:7-10 explains the depth of God’s love this way:

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

God’s love for you—and every other person—is the reason He sacrificed His Son for mankind. It is also why He sent the Holy Spirit as a gift to the Body of Christ. Need more proof? Just read 1 John 4:13-16: “And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.”

You can never get away from God’s love. No matter what you have or haven’t done in your life, His love is always with you. However, you can greatly hinder the effect of His love in your life by living and acting like you don’t trust in His love. Below are six telltale signs that you are not really trusting in the love of God.

1. When You Blame God During Challenges

It’s easy to profess that God loves you when everything is going well, but what about when challenges come? That’s when you may find yourself turning on God and asking, “Why did You let this happen to me?”

That isn’t a new response. It’s the same one the disciples had when a storm threatened to topple their boat. “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” they asked (Mark 4:38).

If they had truly understood God’s love for them, they would have recognized that: 1) Jesus, the Messiah, was with them, and 2) The storm was no problem for Him to handle.

James 1:2-8 tells us to handle crises like this:

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

When challenges come, you don’t want to have divided loyalty, or as the King James Version puts it, be “double minded.” You want to trust in the love of God’to help you overcome every obstacle.

2. When You Blame Your Lack of Faith on Your Humanity

You’ve heard believers say, “We’re only human.” What a false statement! You may have been “only human” before you were born again, but as a born-again believer in the Most High God, you are more than “only human.” Ephesians 2:10 calls you “God’s masterpiece…. created anew.” You are a new creation, and the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now lives in you.

Right before His death, Jesus prayed this for every believer:

I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began! (John 17:20-24)

Never again consider yourself “only human.” You are a born-again human, and there’s a difference. God now lives in you with all of His power and glory, and that is anything but normal. It is a miracle!

Read this Word of The Week: Faith and Love – Our Way of Life.

3. When You Allow Fear Into Your Life

Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8, NKJV). Think about that: God’s love for you—His provision for you, His care for you, His interest in you—never fails. However, if you allow fear into your life, then you are denying that love. And when you deny that love, you open the door for the enemy to wreak havoc. Fear can create the double-mindedness we talked about earlier. It’s the double-mindedness that says, “Sure, God loves me,” and then thinks, but maybe He wants me sick. It’s also the double-mindedness that says, “Yes, God loves me, but maybe He’s mad at me because I haven’t done (fill in the blank).”

However, if you’ll turn away from fear and toward God and His Word, you won’t just manage fear (i.e., keep it at bay); you’ll expel it (1 John 4:18).

4. When You Deny Your Right

You probably know Jesus as your Savior, but have you considered that He is your advocate, too? First John tells you that when you fall short—and everyone falls short—that you have an advocate with the Father. Jesus doesn’t fill that position grudgingly or resentfully. No, He paid the ultimate price to hold that position for you and every other believer. That’s the right—your right—that He made possible. So, when you need forgiveness, you can simply and earnestly ask for it in Jesus’ Name, and you will receive it. Praise God!

5. When You Embrace Hate and Unforgiveness

First John 2:9-11 tells us just how important it is to walk in forgiveness: “If anyone claims, ‘I am living in the light,’ but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves a fellow believer is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble.   But anyone who hates a fellow believer is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.”

Jesus paid the price needed to free you from the enemy’s hold on your life, but there are instances when you can invite the enemy back into your life. We covered one way above—by embracing fear—but there is another way—by entertaining hate and unforgiveness. It’s only when we walk in love with others that we can enjoy the peace and security of the love of God. 

6. When You Give in to Reckless Words

Jesus implied just how important the words we speak are when He said, “The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me” (John 14:10b). He only spoke what the Father told Him to speak. Being fully God and fully human, He could have chosen to give in to human urgings and speak without faith, but He didn’t…and neither should you. Reckless words often lead to double-mindedness, fear, unforgiveness and turning against God.

If you find yourself doing anyone of these six things, take a moment to repent before God, and ask Him to give you a deeper revelation of His love for you. You must do more than simply will yourself not to give into these tendencies. You must first accept God’s unparalleled and all-encompassing love. He loves you. Period. As His child, He is on your side 100 percent of the time. By clinging to His Word, you can build your faith and change your life to reflect the love of God and be a beacon of light to a hurting and disillusioned world.

Read this study on God’s Love.