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The 5 Fundamental Steps of Faith

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What are you believing for? What is it that you need? For everything you need, FAITH IS YOUR ANSWER. Faith is a spiritual force given to us by God to use—to bring into this seen earthly realm what is currently not seen in our lives. Hebrews 10:35-38 tells us, “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: ‘For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith’” (NKJV).

Do you want your loved ones to be born again? Do you need healing? Do you need resources? Do you need direction? FAITH IS YOUR ANSWER.

Using the faith God’s given us is not a mental exercise. It’s a spiritual force we learn to release by taking The 5 Fundamental Steps of Faith based on the Word of God.

1. Believe it in your heart, and 2. say it with your mouth.

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame’” (Romans 10:9-11, NKJV).

3. Forgive anyone you need to forgive.

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:25, NKJV).

4. Refuse to doubt.

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:23-24, NKJV).

5. Call things that be not as though they were.

“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all(as it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nations’) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (Romans 4:16-17, NKJV).

Kenneth Copeland first learned these fundamentals when he was a student at Oral Roberts University, a school he planned to attend for four years and graduate from. But at the end of the first year, he heard the Lord say to him in his spirit, I’m ready for you now.

Taken by surprise, Kenneth couldn’t help but ask God what He meant. The Lord went on to say, I want you to go back to Fort Worth. The biggest part of your destiny is there.

When Kenneth pointed out to the Lord that when Jesus went back to His hometown (Nazareth), it hadn’t worked out to well for Him (Luke 4:16-30), and that he’d rather not do that, the Lord said, Didn’t I tell you I’d take care of you?

Kenneth responded with obedience and faith: “We’re on our way.” He wasn’t sure where to, but he was in agreement with God and ready to go. He was ready to release his faith based on the Word of God. And he did so walking out The 5 Fundamental Steps of Faith.

“We’re on our way.”

Once Kenneth said to the Lord, “We’re on our way,” it wasn’t but a few minutes later that the phone rang. Brother Harold Nichols was calling—the pastor of Grace Temple (now New Breed Christian Center), Fort Worth, a church he pastored for more than 50 years before stepping over into heaven in 2013. He served as Kenneth’s pastor for decades. “Brother Kenneth,” he said, “when can you come preach me a meeting?”

“Well, Brother Nichols, I’d like to say I need to check my schedule, but I don’t have any schedule. When do you want me?”

Kenneth preached for Brother Nichols one of the following weekends. When the weekend was over, Brother Nichols said, “I don’t think we can close this weekend. Let’s go another week.”

This went on for three weeks. Then another pastor called Kenneth and he went to preach in his church—for three more weeks. Another pastor heard him in that church and invited him to his church, and then invited him to come back every quarter.

That is how Kenneth Copeland Ministries was born. Out of obedience. Out of faith. I’m ready for you now. It was word from God.

Faith Is Always the Answer

Not long after Kenneth was going from church to church preaching, he received yet another invitation, and the Lord said, This is going to be the best meeting financially you’ve ever had in your life.

When Kenneth arrived, the pastor told him that everyone had the flu, and because of that, he couldn’t even guarantee Kenneth an offering of $50 if he stayed a month.

Rather than be defeated, or step into doubt, or question if he heard from God, Kenneth knew faith was the answer! He knew it was time to exercise The 5 Fundamental Steps of Faith. So, he told the pastor to get his bottle of anointing oil and, “Let’s go to work.”

Everyone Kenneth and the pastor went to visit—at home and in the hospital—and prayed for, anointing them with oil based on James 5:14-16, was healed. Well, all except one who refused to say anything he couldn’t feel or believe. He refused to receive by faith the promise of James 5:14-16: “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (NKJV).

Over the course of days and weeks, Kenneth received $900 in checks for the ministry and a sack full of change. Kenneth was learning one step at a time—one Fundamental Step of Faith at a time!

What’s more, years later when the ministry was in serious need of finances, once again Kenneth applied The 5 Fundamental Steps of Faith. Oral Roberts once said to Kenneth, “People who don’t live by faith can’t figure out the puzzle. There’s always a key issue to everything. If your finances get bottled up, pray in the spirit until the Lord reveals to you the key issue. When you find the key issue, you can fix whatever it is, and it will turn your finances loose.”

As Kenneth walked in The 5 Fundamental Steps of Faith, and prayed in the spirit, the Lord instructed him to begin tithing the resources that came into KCM. In 2022, KCM supported 117 ministries through what we call “twice-sown seed,” sowing more than $23 million!

What is God asking you to do? What resources do you need to do it? FAITH IS YOUR ANSWER! It’s a spiritual force we learn to release—and releasing it includes walking out The 5 Fundamental Steps of Faith based on the Word of God. This is what Kenneth has done all his ministry life and it’s what God wants you to do as well.

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