This year Kenneth Copeland Ministries is celebrating 35 years of the Believers’ Voice of Victory broadcast, but did you know that Kenneth Copeland wasn’t interested in starting a television ministry when God called him to do it? He was even less excited about a daily broadcast since several scandals involving television evangelists had been exposed in the news. As Kenneth himself has said:
In 1988, God gave Gloria and me some directions we didn’t really want to hear. It was during a time of pressure for us. The finances of the ministry were down. Physically and emotionally I was lower than I’d been in years. Right in the middle of that difficult time, God gave us a command. He said we were to go on television—daily.
I felt overwhelmed. Surely this couldn’t be from God, I thought. Stock on television preachers was at an all-time low. I wanted to get off television, not double my TV budget.
But the more I prayed, the bigger that command from God grew. It was like chewing a piece of rawhide. It wouldn’t go away. The more I said, “No,” the bigger His Yes became inside of me. Finally, I admitted that no matter how I felt about it, that was what the Lord had instructed me to do.
Thankfully, I’d learned years ago not to depend on feelings or circumstances in my walk with God. So I said, “God, You’re calling me into something that’s impossible. I have sense enough to see the only way to do this is by faith.
“Now I know I have faith. But if You don’t stir me up, Lord, I don’t know what I’ll do because I don’t have enough spiritual energy to reach this goal.”
I was expecting the Lord to stir me up.
Instead, what I needed to do was stir up what God had put within me. I needed to see that He had already given me everything I needed to do what He had called me to do. It was in me because Jesus, the Anointed One and His anointing, was in me, and He had given me His anointing. I didn’t need to wait for God to stir me up. I needed to stir up what He had already given me. And eventually, that’s exactly what I did.
Are you facing something you don’t want to do, but you know God has called you to do? Stir up the gift of God in you today! As the Apostle Paul instructed Timothy, “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:6-7). When you do, you never know what blessings God has in store! Watch below to see the very first Believer’s Voice of Victory Broadcast, and let it encourage your faith to step into all God has planned for you!
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