• Let Jesus Heal People Through You If we’re going to effectively conduct the Anointing of Jesus to heal the sick…we must refuse to fear.
We must simply believe. —Kenneth Copeland
If you’re a true believer, there have been times when you’ve longed to lay your hands on sick people and see them recover. Times when you’ve experienced a surge of compassion for someone stricken with a debilitating disease. Times when you yearned to touch them and say, “Be healed, in Jesus’ Name.” The reason is simple. Deep in your heart, you know you’ve been called to do that. Your spirit understands, even if your intellect does not, that as a believer you’ve been divinely commissioned to lay hands on the sick and see them recover. You’ve been called to follow Jesus and He healed the sick time and time again. That was a big part of the work He did when He was on the earth.
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Before He left He delegated that work. And He delegated it not just to ordained ministers or special full-time apostles and evangelists but to every single Christian. He passed His ministry on to all believers when He said: “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” ( John 14:12).
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And these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:17-18
Believers Who Haven’t Believed
In light of that scripture, we have to wonder why so few Christians are effectively laying hands on the sick these days. Why aren’t more people being healed in Jesus’ Name? Because for the most part we haven’t met the one condition Jesus mentioned when He gave us those instructions: We haven’t believed. I can almost hear feathers ruffling in righteous indignation. “Why, how can you say that, Brother Copeland? Every Christian believes in Jesus. All of us who are truly born-again children of God have put our faith in Him as our personal Savior and Lord.” Yes, thank God, we have—and that’s done a lot of good things for us. It’s taken us off the road to hell, for instance, and headed us toward heaven. It’s gotten us forgiveness of sin and peace in our hearts. But it hasn’t turned us into the heavenly ambassadors of healing Jesus intended us to be. For that to happen, we have to do more than simply believe that Jesus is the Son of God. We must believe the full message that He preached. The message He preached practically everywhere He went. The message He delivered in the synagogue in His hometown of Nazareth when, as Luke 4 tells us: …as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 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 (verses 16-19). Jesus was and is the Son of God. But notice that’s
not what He preached there in Nazareth. He preached that He was anointed. He preached that the power of God was on Him to bring healing, deliverance, restoration of sight and liberty to people in every area of their lives. He preached that He was anointed to make them whole spiritually, physically, financially and socially. He didn’t just preach that once or twice. He preached it consistently. He preached it repeatedly, everywhere He went. That’s why, after Jesus had been crucified and resurrected, Peter delivered that same message to the Gentiles gathered at Cornelius’ house by proclaiming: “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know…How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:36-38). The Real Gospel Message
Peter didn’t just tell those folks that Jesus is the Son of God who came to forgive their sins. Peter told them that Jesus came preaching peace. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom and it means “nothing missing, nothing broken.” Peter also said, as Jesus did in Luke 4, that Jesus was anointed with the power of the Holy Ghost to heal all who were oppressed of the devil. Combine those thoughts and you’ll see what the real, true gospel message actually is. It’s that Jesus is anointed with the power of God to replace whatever is missing in your life and fix whatever the devil has broken in your spirit, soul and body! The primary reason healings are in such short supply in the Church today is because most Christians haven’t believed that message—much less preached it! They’ve believed untrue things such as: God uses sickness to teach people something; miracles passed away with the apostles; or you never know what God’s going to do. Jesus didn’t say anything like that! He understood f e b r u a r y
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Love always. Fear not.
Then step out in faith and boldly tell others about the
Anointing of Jesus, and lay hands on the next sick person the Holy Spirit leads you to.
clearly that the devil—not God—is the author of sickhave the anointed DNA of Jesus Himself inside ness. The devil—not God—is the source of problems. of you. For you to minister that anointing to other He believed and boldly told them that the anointpeople you must believe that, because faith is what ing of God that was on Him would do exactly what connects us—and those we’re laying hands on—to Isaiah 10:27 said it would do: remove the burdens and the anointing. The woman with the issue of blood who reached destroy the yokes the devil had used to oppress them. If we’re going to lay hands on the out by faith and touched Jesus, Salvation Prayer sick and see them recover we have to proved that. Jesus didn’t even know believe and preach that too! she was there. He never intentionIf you do not know ally released the healing anointing Jesus Is Anointed and So Are You to her. But when she touched Him W hat ’s more, we must believe in faith, the anointing within Him as your & that we’re anointed with that same began to flow. It went out of Jesus simply pray the following prayer in anointing of Jesus. and into her. “Daughter,” He said faith, and Jesus will be your Lord! I know that’s a staggering thought to her when He realized what she Heavenly Father, I come to You in but the Bible clearly tells us it’s true. had done, “thy faith hath made thee the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, It tells us we’re in Him, He’s in us, whole” (Luke 8:48). “Whosoever shall call on the name and we are operating in His Name. of the Lord shall be saved” and “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the It says, “…the anointing which ye Love Always and Fear Not Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine have received of him abideth in you,” “Yeah, I know all that’s true,” you heart that God hath raised him from (1 John 2:27) and “…as he is, so are might say, “but I’m just af raid it the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Acts we in this world” (1 John 4:17). won’t work for me. I’m afraid I’ll lay 2:21; Romans 10:9). You said my salva If you find it difficult to wrap your hands on somebody and they won’t tion would be the result of Your Holy coming to Spirit giving me new birth by mind around that, think about it this get anything.” live in me (John 3:5-6, 15-16; Romans If you’re af raid, they probably way. When you were born again you 8:9-11) and that if I would ask, You became part of the Body of Christ. won’t get anything because just like would fill me with Your Spirit and give The word Christ actually means faith connects us to the anointing, me the ability to speak with other tongues (Luke 11:13; Acts 2:4). “the Anointed One.” Therefore you fear blocks the anointing. That ’s I take You at Your Word. I confess became a part of Jesus’ own anointwhy right after the woman with that Jesus is Lord. And I believe in my ing. You became an anointed cell in the issue of blood was healed, Jesus heart that You raised Him from the dead. His anointed Body. turned around to Jairus—who had Thank You for coming into my heart, for Scientists have learned that every just been told his daughter was giving me Your Holy Spirit as You have promised, and for being Lord over my cell in a human body carries within dead—and said, “Be not afraid, only life. Amen. it that person’s complete DNA—the believe” (verse 50). If you have just prayed this prayer, Essentially Jesus was saying to genetic imprint of all that person’s please contact us and let us know of attributes and characteristics. Every Jairus, “If you yield to fear there’s your decision. We have a free Salvation Package we would like to send you to one of your cells contains a little not going to be much I can do for help you begin your new life in Jesus! version of you. your daughter. So don’t give in to it. Simply write and ask for offer #60801, In the same way, as a believer you Keep believing instead.” call 877-480-3388 If we’re going to effectively conduct have God’s DNA in your spirit. You
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the Anointing of Jesus to heal the sick, we must follow those same instructions. We must refuse to fear. We must simply believe. How do we do that? By walking in love. The Bible tells us, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear” (1 John 4:18). In addition, 1 Corinthians 12:31 tells us love is the most excellent way to operate in the power gifts of the Holy Spirit such as healing. It’s easy to see why that’s true. When we’re occupied with loving other people, we aren’t afraid of anything because we aren’t thinking of ourselves—we’re thinking of them. We’re not concerned with what they’ll say about us if they don’t get an immediate manifestation of healing. We’re too wrapped up in wanting to be a
blessing to them to be concerned about that. When we’re loving folks, our faith (which conducts the anointing) flows at high tide because faith works by love! (See Galatians 5:6.) So love always. Fear not. Then step out in faith and fulfill the commission Jesus gave you in Mark 16. Boldly tell others about the Anointing of Jesus. Lay hands on the next sick person the Holy Spirit leads you to. Don’t quench the desire God has put within you but “stir up the gift of God, which is in thee. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:6-7). Get out there and lay hands on the sick and let Jesus heal people through you! V ictor y
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for Heaven Al Lindner
bent over his son’s bed and kissed him goodnight. As the 4-year-old looked up at his dad with wistful eyes, Al steeled himself for the plea that would cause his heart to knock like an outboard motor running on bad gasoline. “Dad, can I hear you pray?”Troy asked. Al would do anything for his son. He would give his very life to protect him. But Troy persisted in asking the one thing that Al couldn’t do. “Dad says his prayers when he’s alone,” Al answered, turning out Troy’s light.
How could a 4-year-old kid make a man feel so confused and uncomfortable? Al wasn’t a confused, uncomfortable kind of guy. He’d always known what he wanted, and gone after it with dogged determination. As a boy growing up in Chicago, he’d spent many summers at his grandmother ’s summer cabin on Gr indstone Lake in W isconsin, where he whiled away the long summer days fishing. By the time he was 11, Al had declared with unwavering faith that he would make a living fishing. by Melanie Hemry
As soon as he cast John 3:16,
I took the bait.
I dropped to my knees, repented of my sins
and asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life.
His parents didn’t dissuade him, nor did they explain that in those days you couldn’t earn a living fishing. Instead, every birthday and Christmas they bought Al the best fishing tackle available. When he was 16, Al entered a Musky Derby and won. For the first time in his life, he got paid for fishing. Hooked on fishing, he never looked back. When Al served in Vietnam, while other soldiers read their New Testaments he studied Lucas on Bass. His fishing books were as marked and annotated as other men’s Bibles. After Vietnam, Al and his brother, Ron, decided to pursue their dream. In late August 1967, they moved to Brainerd, Minn., where there were 430 lakes within a 40-mile radius, and the Mississippi River ran right through town. Al and Ron could spend the rest of their lives fishing those waters and never plumb their depths. The brothers became fishing guides and started Lindy Tackle, which eventually grew to be one of the largest tackle companies in the industry. They also quickly became experts in the field, and even hosted a television fishing show called “The Facts of Fishing.” Al fished the Bassmaster Professional Tournament circuit, and both he and Ron spoke at sports shows and produced their own magazine, In-Fisherman. Soon, they added other magazines: Walleye Insider; Catf ish Insider; and special, one-time issues on various subjects like Ice Fishing. And they hosted a radio program five times a week. Together, the brothers developed the F + L + P = S (Fish + Location + Presentation = Success) formula, which many refer to as the “algebra of angling.” A Different Formula | Al
had always understood the formula for success, but when his brother, sister-in-law, wife and two sons all became born-again Christians, he’d been left out of the equation by his own free will. He’d been at home reading a fishing magazine when his wife, Mary, said, “Guess what, Honey?” “What?” Al asked, looking up. “I asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life today!” Al blinked as he assimilated the information. That’s kind of a good thing, he thought. Mary and the kids need to be in church. Not that he needed it. He’d been raised in the Catholic church and decided at a young age that church just wasn’t his thing. “Al, what do you think about us saying prayers with
the boys before they go to bed each night?” Mary had asked soon after. Each night the family knelt at Troy’s bedside to pray—first Troy, then Shawn and finally Mary prayed. Each time, Al dodged prayer. The truth was that Al Lindner couldn’t find the formula for faith. One night after prayer, Al sighed as he started up the stairs in the dark, still house. “Dad, would you snuggle me?” Troy asked groggily. Al smiled as he crawled into bed beside his son, gathering him to his chest. “Mom and Shawn are in bed and nobody’s here but us,” Troy said softly. “Could I hear you pray now?” Al walked to the bathroom, quietly shut the door…and wept. Taking the Bait | “I
couldn’t figure out what was happening in my world,” Al recalls. “When Mary put our boys in a private school, I hadn’t realized that it was a Christian school. It was through the relationships and activities surrounding the school that Mary and the boys had found Christ. “From that point on, I felt confused and out of sync. Two days after Troy begged me to pray with him, the pastor from the kids’ school dropped by for a cup of coffee and to talk about fishing. As soon as he cast John 3:16, I took the bait. I dropped to my knees, repented of my sins and asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life,” Al recalls. “I was 37 years old and had never understood anything about God. I opened the Bible and felt on fire. I was like a sponge absorbing God’s Word. Since I had no spiritual baggage, I just accepted what I read at face value. When I heard about the Holy Spirit, I said, ‘Let’s go!’ “Probably the biggest change came in our prayer time. I not only prayed with the boys, but Mary and I decided to pray together daily. It was life-changing for us.” Taking a Stand | In-Fisherman
magazine was 8 years old and still struggling financially. Like most small publishers, Al and Ron had tried to get alcohol and tobacco ads, but those companies had not wanted to invest in a magazine with a small circulation. Four months after Al gave his life to the Lord, he was surprised to find an order for an alcohol ad to be placed in the magazine. The ad was tastefully done, f e b r u a r y
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yet for some reason it didn’t sit right with Al. “That night I pondered the difference between ads,” Al recalls. “If I cut out alcohol and cigarettes, what about chewing tobacco? How did bikinis fit into our new morality? If I didn’t accept the revenue from the alcohol and tobacco companies, would we ever expand our market? How did these decisions sit with the Christian fish symbol we’d put on our logo? “I read Proverbs 16:3, ‘Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.’ We’d committed our lives to the Lord, and when we used the fish symbol, we’d committed our business to Him as well. That scripture gave me the answer. We made a hard and fast rule not to accept any alcohol or tobacco ads.” Fishers of Men | The
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salesmen in the advertising department were severely disappointed. The next day one of the men stepped into Al’s office. “Al, you’re a hypocrite,” he said. “You drink, yet you’ve made a corporate policy against advertising those products.” Hypocrite. The word hit Al hard. Is that what he’d become? Ron had been delivered from alcoholism when he was born again, but Al had never had a problem with alcohol. He drank an occasional beer or glass of wine, or at least he did until that word from the salesman was hurled at him. From that moment on, Al never picked up a drink again. Al and Ron fully expected their advertising decision to cost them a lot of money, and they were willing to take the financial hit and the criticism. Over the next few months, they were stunned to see lucrative ads from various products flow into their business. Instead of dwindling finances, the Lord blessed the business and caused it to prosper. With a voice in every form of media, Al and Ron became outspoken about their faith. They bought a campground and held “Fishers of Men” retreats—bringing hundreds into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. They gave their testimonies at sport fishing events. They even shared their faith on television and radio, using the new formula they had discovered: Faith + Love + Presentation = Salvation. It was an algebraic equation that worked powerfully. It shook the gates of hell…and hell fought back. Ice Angel | It
was late afternoon the day before Thanksgiving when Al, Shawn and Troy left home to trudge onto frozen Perch Lake nearby. While Shawn and Troy played with their friends, Al chiseled a hole in the ice to catch some bluegills for dinner. The fish began biting almost immediately. After a while the kids got cold and headed home. Alone in icy silence, Al sighed in deep
contentment. God has been so good to me, he thought. The Lord is especially present at first light, which is why With plenty of fish, Al headed home. In the bay in front Al and Ron wrote an inspirational book for fishermen, of his house, he suddenly stopped midstride. Something’s First Light on the Water: Lessons on Life From Al and wrong. Without taking another step, Al used his chisel Ron Lindner. It’s no surprise that, like Jesus, they draw to tap the ice in front of him. The ice cracked, splitting a many of their lessons from fishing experiences. 3-foot hole in the frozen surface. It’s also no surprise that when Al’s pastor asked him to Al’s fall into the frigid water was swift, slowed only bring his boat for a fishing expedition with Kenneth and when his elbow hit solid ice on the way down, dislocating John Copeland, he quickly agreed. He figured a trip like his shoulder. There was no one around to hear the quiet that would be a fisherman’s paradise. splash as he sank into more than 8 feet of freezing water. Once thing’s for sure, the men would have plenty to Al Lindner’s world went blank. talk about. Like a wrinkle in time, in the next instant Al found They’re all angling for heaven. V ictor y himself on top of the ice, kneeling, wet and shivering Editor’s Note: For more information on First Light on the Water, beside the gaping hole. He supported himself with his go to anglingedge.com and click on Inspirational. left hand. His right arm dangled uselessly. Rolling his shoulder back into place with a sickening jolt of agony, Al stood As Jesus was walking and looked around. beside the Sea of Galilee, Who pulled me out of the water? he saw two brothers, He was alone in the dusk. Simon called Peter and No devil in hell could withhis brother Andrew. They stand the promise of Psalm 91, which vibrated with life in that were casting a net into frozen, barren place. He shall give the lake, for they were His angels charge over you, to keep fishermen. “Come, follow you in all your ways. me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Fishing Tales | Although Al At once they left their and Ron Lindner have now sold nets and followed him. Lindy Tackle and their publicaMatthew 4:18-19 tions, they still cast the Word of (New International Version) God to a sea of lost humanity every day. “We film 26 new segments a year for television,” Al explains. “Four years ago the Lord told me to end every television show with Jesus is still calling people like fisherman brothers Al and Ron Lindner to lay an inspirational message. The
other day, two men stopped me for my autograph. They shared how much they liked the program, and then one of the men said, ‘But that God stuff at the end needs to be left in church.’ “I said, ‘God is not boxed up inside four walls of a building waiting for you to visit. He’s present in every area of life—even on the water.’”
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Seek Love and Stop Strife Seek Love—Overlook the Offense | The most hazardous weapon the devil uses against us is also the foremost enemy of love. I’m talking about strife.
“In order to walk in God’s wisdom and keep the door of your life closed to the devil, you must guard diligently against strife and seek diligently to love others.” —Gloria Copeland
Strife means “vigorous or bitter conflict, discord and antagonism; to quarrel, struggle or clash; competition; rivalry.” This dangerous sin is an open door to the devil. It gives him license to bring confusion and evil into our lives. ! The Bible tells us how to avoid strife: “He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends” (Proverbs 17:9, The Amplif ied Bible). ! So what is the answer to avoiding strife? Well, most importantly, you are to yield to love. If you want peace in your life, give peace to others. Walk in love. Be quick to forgive and overlook an offense. Don’t repeat matters that cause strife. ! We can also avoid strife through forgiveness: “Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense” (Proverbs 19:11, The Amplif ied Bible). ! You know, the devil will always try to make us think the way the world thinks. The world says, “If someone mistreats or insults you, the only ‘macho’ response is to give him one right between the eyes!” by
Treat the temptation to gossip and stir up strife as you would a poisonous snake . Turn your back and run the other way, because in the eyes of God,
participating in strife is one of the most serious of sins.
That’s because the devil operates and thrives on strife, since strife gives him an open door. The Bible says that where there is strife, there is also confusion and every evil work ( James 3:16). Satan likes that kind of atmosphere. It breeds evil. The devil tries to cause us to think like the world thinks. He wants us to believe that we have to defend ourselves when we are insulted. He wants us to think, I’m going to get the last word. I’ll give that guy a piece of my mind! But no one needs a piece of your mind. You should keep all you have! The Bible says it is to your glory to overlook an offense. It also says you have good sense when you restrain your anger. Actually, insults won’t hurt you if you don’t partake of them—if you refuse to allow them into your spirit. You can forgive the person and go on peacefully, knowing that you just exhibited wisdom. Not only did you respond in wisdom, but you are still free from the trap of the devil. Love Stops Strife Before It Breaks Out
Let’s look at another important key to getting rid of strife: “The beginning of strife is as when water first trickles [from a crack in a dam]; therefore stop contention before it becomes worse and quarreling breaks out” (Proverbs 17:14, The Amplified Bible). You will never have a happy home if you don’t resist strife. You see, Satan wants to stop your faith from working, so he’ll try to slip in the back way and trick you into opening the door of your life to him. Getting you into strife gives him a way in. Strife may seem to start out small, but really there is no such thing as insignificant strife. Strife left unchecked will flood your life like an ugly torrent. The enemy likes to bring you an opportunity to get into a conflict with someone, because he knows that the moment you step into strife he can gain mastery over you. He uses strife to interrupt the flow of love in your life. And once he’s gotten you out of love, then he can cancel out your faith because faith works by love (Galatians 5:6). Love is our commandment. Jesus said, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” ( John 15:12). So if you want to walk in the power and blessing of God, don’t open the door to the devil through strife. You have to make up your mind, “I am putting strife out of my house and out of my life!”
This is the way you do it: At the very first hint of strife, stop it. Don’t let someone pull you into an argument. Instead, walk in love and forgiveness and “stop contention before it becomes worse” (Proverbs 17:14, The Amplified Bible). It takes two people to get into strife, and you can decide not to get into it! You don’t have to fit the description of the person in Proverbs 17:19: “He who loves strife and is quarrelsome loves transgression and involves himself in guilt” (The Amplif ied Bible). So when you recognize a situation that sparks feelings of aggravation, jealousy or strife within you, just look at that situation through the eyes of God and talk to it. Say, “I refuse to allow this situation to bring strife into my life. I yield to the forces of love and joy within me.” No Place for Strife in a Loving Home
Proverbs 17:1 (The Amplified Bible) gives you more insight into the danger of strife in your home: “Better is a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting [on offered sacrifices] with strife.” The home is one of Satan’s biggest targets. He continually tries to disrupt families by causing strife and division in your homes. Your family is a powerful force for God when you’re all in agreement with one another. That’s why it’s so important to stay out of strife and walk in love at home. Oddly enough, home is often the most difficult place to be loving! I think the reason for that is we don’t have our guard up when we’re at home. We’re not worried about our reputation. We’re not trying to impress anyone. At home, we relax and nothing stops us from being selfish except our commitment to walk in the love of God. But don’t be fooled into thinking that it doesn’t matter how you act at home. It matters a great deal. In fact, years ago the Lord said this to me, If you allow Satan to stop you with strife at your front door, you’ll be no threat to him anywhere else. Love Prevents Strife Among Brothers
Let me warn you that as soon as you start putting strife out of your home, the devil will pressure you even harder to get into strife somewhere else—at work, at church—just anywhere will work for him. He’ll provoke someone to be rude to you or hurt your feelings. Or he’ll make sure you find out
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about other believers’ mistakes, then try to convince you to talk about their mistakes to others. We must remember Paul’s words, “But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another” (1 Thessalonians 4:9). When the enemy presents you with that opportunity, turn him down—fast! Treat that temptation to gossip and stir up strife as you would a poisonous snake. Turn your back and run the other way, because in the eyes of God, participating in strife is one of the most serious of sins. “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous” (1 Peter 3:8). Stay away from strife. Ask God to reveal to you if you’ve entered into strife—even inadvertently. He may remind you of a time you passed along some gossip about someone else or criticized the pastor. If He does, repent and make a decision to be more conscious of avoiding that strife in the future. Born to Walk in Love
When Ken and I first received the revelation of the danger of strife, we realized that if we wanted to walk in the full measure of God’s blessings, we would have to stay out of strife. We wouldn’t be able to argue with people or fight back when people criticized or wronged us. We’d have to respond in love.
So we made up our minds to put strife out of our family. We made up our minds to keep it out of our ministry. We absolutely refused to operate in strife. And we determined that if we did mess up and exchange harsh words, we would be quick to repent and keep the devil from gaining a foothold in our lives. If you want to walk in God’s love and keep the door of your life closed to the devil, that’s the kind of decision you’ll have to make, too. So guard diligently against strife. Make the commitment to keep strife out of your life. See to it that your prayers prevail by staying in harmony with your family members as well as others. The moment you slip up and get into strife, make it right. Go to the other person and say, “Please forgive me. I love you. I don’t want to be in strife with you.” Then tell the Lord, “Father, I repent of strife. I refuse to be a person of strife. I choose to walk in love.” You may have to repent quite a bit at first if you’ve developed habits that must be changed. But don’t get disgusted with yourself and give up. Just keep acting on the Word. Stop strife—and yield to love! The love of God has been shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5). You are born of God to walk in His love. V ictor y
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BELIEVER’S VOICE OF VICTORY VOLUME 34 NUMBER 2 February 2006 BELIEVER’S VOICE OF VICTORY is published monthly by Eagle Mountain International Church Inc./Kenneth Copeland Ministries Inc., a nonprofit corporation, Fort Worth, Texas. © 2006 Kenneth Copeland Ministries Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. BELIEVER’S VOICE OF VICTORY and the logo on the back page are registered trademarks of Eagle Mountain International Church Inc./Kenneth Copeland Ministries Inc., in the United States and international countries where BELIEVER’S VOICE OF VICTORY circulates. Printing and distribution costs are paid for by donations from KCM Partners and Friends. Printed in the United States of America. For a free subscription write to Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Fort Worth, TX 76192-0001 or sign up online at www.kcm.org. Because all BELIEVER’S VOICE OF VICTORY issues are preplanned, we are unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts. Partner Development Manager/Kelly Weekly Publishing Manager/Glenda Bunkofske Partner Development Assistant Manager/Julie King Managing Editor/Ron Jordan Editors/Deborah Ide Barbara Morley Writers/Michelle Medlock Adams Karen Adlong Darlene Breed Rick Bunkofske Kim Culp Gina Lynnes Christopher Maselli Don Turner Editorial Assistants/Eileen Hooley Melissa Johnson Proofreaders/John Caccomo Jean De Long Michelle Harris Senior Designer/Michael Augustat Production Coordinator/Lynette Lundy Type Coordinator/Joyce Glasgow
KCM Making a Difference… Through Ministry, Materials and Prayers I had just opened my Bible and was about to pray Psalm 27 when the BVOV magazine with Gloria’s article on God’s goodness came through the food slot on my door. Tears started to flow. You see, in 2001 my oldest brother had a heart attack and a stroke and is now in a convalescent home. This particular Psalm is one God had given me to stand on in believing for his complete restoration and healing. Every time I get the BVOV magazine there is a specific confirmation from the Almighty! I have no words to express what your ministry and materials—books, Bibles and Partner Letters, not to mention your prayer team and their dedication to fervent prayer—have meant in my life. I’m sure countless others both incarcerated and at liberty feel the same way. Make no mistake, there are more children of God, and more of them filled with the Holy Ghost, because of your ministry. T.B. | Nevada
GoodNews Gazette “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee.” Psalm 31:19
“I Finally Get It!” The Word became alive in me and changed my life at the 2005 Branson Victory Campaign—my first campaign, but not my last. It has been such a pleasure to sit under the anointing of your teaching. As you told us how you wrote “Jesus Is Lord” on everything (even your shoes) it sparked a fire in me. The teaching about loving the Lord and loving our neighbor has changed my life. I finally get it. It is so simple, but so profound. This Victory Campaign has helped me go f rom head knowledge of the Word to heart knowledge with revelation and relationship. Thank God for His Word and for your ministry. B.J. Lamie | Dover, Ark.
Spina Bifida Bows to the Name of Jesus February 2004, my daughter had a miscarriage. By September she was expecting again. Just before Thanksgiving her obstetrician said the baby had spina bifida. I did not receive that report! I cried out to God, the Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus—I claimed healing for the KCM has ministered baby and increased faith for my daughter. I called TBN and KCM. My daughter ordered to my soul and spirit Gloria’s healing tapes and scriptures. We stood on for years. them, and our faith in God. When we went for her December checkup there was no indication of additional fluid buildup on the brain. There was also a covering over the spine. We continued to stand on the Word of God. We prayed and listened to the tapes and read the healing scripture booklet. God blessed us with a healthy, beautiful baby girl. She had surgery to close a small opening less than an inch long at the base of her spine and to place a shunt in her head. She was released to go home nine days after her birth. At her two-week checkup the doctors said she’s doing fine. Praise God! She is such a blessing and miracle. I thank God for your ministry. KCM has ministered to my soul and spirit for years. I thank God for your commitment to Him, and for your obedience to His Word. Carol Becton | North Carolina
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God Gave Me the Desire of My Heart God had given me a dream of receiving a godly husband and wonderful marriage with us being called together in ministr y. In June 1986, I was led to pray the prayer of faith for a godly mate. Later, God specifically told me to become your Partner. I sent in a prayer request to your ministry prayer team to agree with me for a godly mate. For 18 years I stood on Mark 11:24, refusing to be moved from it or to start dating. I fed my faith with tapes, books and videos as God prepared me. June 2004 marked the 18th year of my faith stand, and I was resisting weariness big time, yet I knew my due season was coming into view and I knew my due season I would not give up. In July was coming into view 2004, I received my BVOV and I would not give up. magazine. The Spirit had me reread the entire singles article. As I sat at my kitchen table, I reread the word that Gloria said: “God has the perfect person for each of you!” Suddenly, a breakthrough, a floodgate of tears of joy and laughter came out of me! All weariness was gone. Ten days later, I had a visitation of the Lord, telling me to get ready because my time of manifestation had come! Two days after that I was getting ready to leave after church when a man walked over and asked me for prayer. We had been sitting on opposite sides of the sanctuary for years! Eight months later, on our wedding day, April 2, 2005, Anthony and I are standing in our dream! Glory to God. Carol Cardinale | Buffalo, N.Y.
Covenant Provides Protection Since I started praying the prayer f rom Kellie’s book P rotecting Your Family in Dangerous Times, I have experienced the power of that covenant. October 2, 2004, when I arrived home from work, my husband was already home standing around drinking with his friends after working on our car. My daughter was in front of our flat, and I was standing in the doorway. Her 14-month-old son was sitting in the pram outside, next to the door. My husband got into the car to park it and almost drove into my neighbor’s car, but turned sharply and came straight for us. Lord, Praise God there what is he doing? I wonwas no damage— dered. As the car came crashing into the building, I jumped back into the flat. I had completely forgotten that my grandson was outside in his pram exactly where the car came down. My daughter screamed and I looked to see the baby was crushed between the car and the wall. People were hysterical. All I said was, “Help me move the car.” When I took him in my arms I was thanking and praising God. I did not know if anything was wrong, but I knew the God I serve is El Shaddai. We rushed him to the hospital where the doctor examined him and took X-rays. Praise God there was no damage—not one bone broken. Two weeks later, my husband stopped drinking! The following month, the same daughter and two friends were robbed at gunpoint. They were not harmed. My daughter knows her authority in Christ, and although she had wandered away for a little while, before the robbery she had recommitted her life to the Lord.
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Hope Ministries International C herri Campbell sat under a banana tree on
Guadalcanal, one of the Solomon Islands in the
Pacific Ocean. She needed a few minutes to herself to thank God for the reports coming from Malaita— another of the Solomon Islands.
Prior to arriving in Guadalcanal, she had spent four months living in the bush and teaching her Bible curriculum in Vanuatu. Then, thanks to a divine appointment, Cherri went on to Malaita, where reports of her time in Vanuatu preceded her.
When she arrived in Malaita, Cherri found pastors from all across the island gathered. They had prayed and fasted for three weeks, believing that she would come and teach them the Word of God. “Can you be ready to preach in an hour?” the delegation had asked when Cherri arrived on the island. From that day forward, she taught six hours a day, six days a week to people who were ravished with hunger for the Word. Now reports from Malaita had reached her. The villagers had taken the Word literally and simply did what it said. After Cherri left the island, a small band of her students fasted and prayed for a week. Then they went to the local hospital to pray for the sick. Nearly 1,000 patients were healed and sent home, leaving the hospital virtually empty. Later, after two boys from two different villages died, two pastors who had attended Cherri’s six-week class prayed for them. Both boys were raised from the dead. A child deathly ill with a hole in her heart had been aboard a ship that was taking her for heart surgery. A
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pastor from Cherri’s class prayed for her, and she was miraculously healed. These miracles were happening in the same villages where, previously, people trying to present the gospel had been chased away with an ax. Finding Faith | Fanning
herself with a palm leaf in the tropical heat, Cherri thought about the long journey that had led her to the South Pacific where some of the most bitter fighting of World War II occurred. Raised in a Christian home, she had been born again and filled with the Holy Spirit at a young age. While attending a retreat, she had been called by God to the mission field when she was only 12 years old. Two years later, when her family moved to Denver, Colo., the bottom fell out of their secure lives. Cherri’s mother couldn’t find work, and the company where her father worked collapsed. They lost everything. Homeless and living in a relative’s basement, Cherri’s family discovered the teaching ministries of Kenneth Copeland and He
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Kenneth Hagin. They immersed themselves in the Word of God, and within eight months things began to turn around. First, they were able to rent a house. Then three years later, they owned a home. Preparation for Purpose | After
high school, Cherri attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., and later graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center. Finally, she thought God would launch her into the mission field— something she had been waiting for her whole life. Only…God didn’t. Cherri went to work for Marilyn Hickey Ministries instead. During that time, in 1994, the Lord dropped a Bible curriculum in her heart. He said, Write this simply so that anyone can understand it. Cherri spent the rest of 1994 and all of 1995 writing the curriculum, Foundations of Victorious Living. Now the Lord will send me to the mission field, she thought. But He didn’t. Instead, He told her to move to Fort Worth, Texas. Cherri took a job with Kenneth Copeland Ministries, but told them she probably would not be there very long. A year passed, then two years, then three. Many doors to ministry opened during that time, but each time she prayed, Cherri heard the Lord say, This is an Ishmael. Wait on your promise. “During that time,” Cherri recalls, “the Lord was teaching me the power of patience with joy. I learned that joy is a choice we make every day of our lives. God reminded me of what Kenneth Hagin had said, ‘If you are willing to wait forever, it won’t take very long.’ After working four years at KCM, I made a firm decision that if another 20 years passed, and I was still sitting at the same desk doing the same job, I would be joyful and perfectly content. I meant that with every fiber in my being. Kenneth Copeland was my favorite teacher and had influenced my life greatly, so if God didn’t send me to the mission field, there was no place I’d rather be. The Joy of the Lord | “I was almost 30 years old when my parents called from Tulsa to say they had met a minister visiting from Vanuatu and asked if I’d like to meet him. When I prayed, the Lord said, Meet him and go where he sends you. “When I showed him my curriculum, he asked me to teach it in his Bible school in Luganville, on the island of Santo, Vanuatu. I flew there in January 2001. The Bible school
was on a primitive island where I lived in the bush with no electricity or running water. For the first few months, I was plagued by the heat, the humidity, unfamiliar food and homesickness. But that was nothing compared to the joy of teaching every day. By the end of my four-month stay in Vanuatu, the Lord had opened a door for me to minister in the Solomon Islands.” Listen to Me, You Islands | Cherri
came f rom a long line of women on the cutting edge of ministry. Her great-great-grandmother attended Angeles Temple when Aimee Semple McPherson was there. She also attended Aimee’s L.I.F.E. Bible College. In addition, Cherri’s Great-Aunt Stella was a Pentecostal preacher in Los Angeles with the Church of God in Christ. She also provided a mission house where she fed and ministered to alcoholics and the homeless. Both of Cherri’s grandparents were pastors, and her parents founded Hope Ministries International. Perhaps because her ancestors had primarily been called to cities, Cherri assumed that she would be as well. However, a few years before the Lord sent her into the mission field, He gave her a scriptural promise in Isaiah 49:1-2, “Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword” (New International Version). The Manifestation of Faith | For
the past five years, Cherri has spent eight to 10 months each year preaching and teaching in India, the Philippines, Micronesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu. Seven Bible schools have adopted Foundations of Victorious Living—250 hours of study—as their primary curriculum. A single American woman traveling to the far corners of the earth—some of them Muslim nations—to preach the gospel, Cherri keeps the promises of God in her heart and on her lips. One of those promises is Psalm 139:9-10, “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Ten percent of your gifts to your hand will guide me, your right hand will Kenneth Copeland Ministries hold me fast” (New International Version). go into outreaches of KCM and Cherri Campbell is certain that all her its Partner ministries to help times are in the hand of the Lord. spread the good news around That same hand holds yours. V ictor y the world. Hope Ministries
International is one of them. If you are a Partner with KCM, you are helping this ministry reach thousands of people. Thank you, Partners and Friends, for your support. It’s reaching further than you’ll ever know!
Editor’s Note: For more information about this ministry, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to HMI, 1350 N. Tabor Dr., Castle Rock, CO 80104
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Outpouring begins “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your d a u g h t e r s s h a l l p r o p h e s y, a n d y o u r y o u n g m e n s h a l l s e e visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)
here are no human superstars in this story. Mention Azusa Street and most believers envision a mighty, supernatural outpouring of God Himself. Many have never even heard the names of those who were at the heart of it. When God began moving supernaturally in Los Angeles, it wasn’t in the mainline churches or among well-known preachers of the day. And He didn’t just touch one ethnic group or financial class. A small, humble group was handpicked by God Himself to put His plan in motion. Indeed, He chose “the foolish things of the world to confound the wise…that no flesh should glory in his presence” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29). William J. Seymour
When God planned this pivotal move, He chose as its leader William J. Seymour, the son of former black slaves from Louisiana. Born May 2, 1870, Seymour grew up in church and, as a youth, experienced dreams and visions. He taught himself by reading the Bible. He found his hope in God, who is no respecter of persons… regardless of class or color. He came to realize that only in Christ
can anyone receive true liberation. In that day of racial chaos, few blacks ventured north. But by the time Seymour was 25, he was working as a waiter in Indianapolis. He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, which had an outreach to all classes of people. As race relations in the city deteriorated, he moved on to Cincinnati. There he joined a holiness group called the Evening Light Saints, which promoted unity, both among Christians and races. It was a time of challenge and change for Seymour. Miraculously he sur vived smallpox, which left him blind in one eye. He then felt compelled to answer the call to the ministry. After being ordained, he began to travel as an evangelist. Eventually he made his home in Houston, Texas, where he had family and a f riend, Lucy Farrow, who pastored a black holiness church. Farrow faithfully attended meetings in Houston that were held by Rev. Charles Parham, from Kansas. Parham had become well-known for teaching that speaking in tongues was Bible evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. His Houston meetings were attended by all races, and even reported on in the newspapers. When the Parhams returned home to Kansas, Farrow went to work for them. In her absence, she turned her church over to William Seymour. During Farrow’s time with the Parhams, she received the Baptism and spoke in tongues. Her account of these experiences caught Seymour’s attention. W hen Par ham later opened a Bible sc hool in Houston, Seymour became one of his students. At that time, it was against the law for blacks and whites to share a classroom, so Seymour listened f rom the hallway outside. Although he had not yet spoken in tongues, Seymour accepted the message and began preaching it himself.
teaching there. But he was soon forced to endure a hostile cross-examination by a group of elders. Through it all, he refused to get in strife. Seymour later held prayer meetings at the home of Richard and Ruth Asberry at 214 Bonnie Brae St. Most of those attending were poor blacks. As word about the meetings spread, a handful of white seekers from area churches joined the group. The spir itual atmosphere in L os Angeles was already saturated with the prayers of those who for years had been seeking a move of God. Many believed it was time, and that Los Angeles was the place for a major outpouring. For a month the small group of people on Bonnie Brae Street, who hungered for more of God, prayed hours each day for the true Baptism in the Holy Spirit. W hen the longed-for breakthrough didn’t come, Seymour arranged to bring Farrow f rom Houston to assist him. Her stirring testimony about her own experience with speaking in tongues bolstered the group’s faith. They determined to fast and pray until they had the same experience. Breakthrough!
On April 9, 1906, Mr. Lee asked Seymour to come and pray for his healing. Lee was immediately healed. Seymour then prayed for him to receive the Baptism in The spiritual atmosphere in Los Angeles was already saturated with the prayers of those who for years had been seeking a move of God. Many believed it was time, and that Los Angeles was the place for a major outpouring.
The “Divine Call”
In January 1906, Seymour was invited to preach at a small holiness mission in Los Angeles. He saw this as a “divine call.” His first message included Acts 2:4, as he declared that tongues was proof a person had been baptized in the Holy Spirit. The pastor rejected this doctrine as radical and padlocked the door so Seymour could not preach there again. Subsequently, a family named Lee opened their home to Seymour and he began leading prayer meetings and
the Holy Spirit, and Lee spoke in tongues! When the two gave their testimony at the meeting on Bonnie Brae Street that evening, six or seven others began speaking in tongues. Jennie Moore, who would later become Seymour’s wife, began singing in tongues and playing the piano. She had never played piano before then. The entire neighborhood was witness to the strange happenings that day, as some ran outside preaching and f e b r u a r y
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speaking in tongues. The meeting went for three days. Swelling crowds pressed to get close to the house, causing the porch to collapse. God was drawing people from every culture and class. Many had experiences with God—salvations, healings, falling under the power or being baptized in the Holy Spirit. By the end of the three-day meeting, Seymour himself had also finally received the Baptism with tongues. As the crowds continued to grow, it was c lear
that a larger meeting place would be needed. An abandoned building in L os Angeles’ black ghetto, at 312 Azusa St.—formerly an old church, later a ramshackle stable—was the place God chose to continue His move. Like another birth in a lowly stable, who could have imagined how this humble beginning was about to change the future of the Church and, in fact, the world! V ictor y
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International Centennial Assembly (1-5 p.m.) This assembly will open with a dramatic procession of spirit-filled believers from around the world, carrying their flags and dressed in their national attire. Following that, the assembly will focus on three areas: remembering the rich history of the Pentecostal Movement, lifting up the present move of the Spirit and looking to the future of the Movement with an emphasis on prayer for personal and corporate revival and renewal. International Youth Convocation (7-10 p.m.) Young people will be forever changed as they are challenged to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. A specific call will be made for those willing to commit themselves as living sacrifices to the cause of the gospel. Then a massive anointing service will launch this army of young warriors into the next century of Pentecostal witness. Centennial Office
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2006 is the Year of Total Fulfillment and great things are already happening!
travel immediately—there will be nothing to stand in the way. We will be able to hold more meetings and go more places…places we couldn’t go before, reaching people we couldn’t reach before. As the Over the past several years Kenneth and Gloria world’s fastest mid-sized corporate jet, the Citation X Copeland, their staff and Partners have been believing can make the flight between Los Angeles and God for a Cessna Citation X for Kenneth Copeland New York City in just over four hours. Certified to Ministries. It’s a plane the Copelands will be able fly as high as 51,000 feet, it can reach 43,000 feet to use in fulfilling their call to take the Word of God in 30 minutes, and fly 3,430 nautical miles withto the world—from the top to the bottom and all the out refueling. way around! The bottom line? The Citation X is a tool to help At 2 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2005, the initial deposit Kenneth Copeland Ministries reach more people, in was made and the order signed for more places…together with YOU! Citation X #240. The plane will be We say thank You, Lord, for Your delivered the first week of March 2006! amazing grace that brought this plane It will be put into service immediately to Kenneth Copeland Ministries! And as Kenneth and Gloria travel around thank you, Partners, for your faithfulthe world preaching the victorious ness to pray and give and believe for message that “Jesus Is Lord!” this day! You are a vital part of every And that’s what it’s all about—souls! thing we do, so let’s all join together To find out more When God tells Brother Copeland to right now and shout the victory! about the Citation X travel somewhere and minister, he can Jesus is Lord! and to see the jet
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Is God that smart? Did He actually design our bodies in a way that the mor e we use them (without overuse) the healthier we get?
The fact is, exer cise can not only
impr ove the quality of our lives but can actually r everse the ef fects of aging. And even better, it doesn’t take long to r ealize its many benefits. Even an overweight or out-of-shape person can begin exer cising and achieve a fitness level and health benefits as if exer cise had been a part of their lifestyle for many years.
Hard to believe? Well, not when you understand that God created our bodies to be active. When we exercise, our bodies respond quickly and favorably. According to the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, “higher levels of regular physical activity are associated with lower mortality rates for both older and younger adults.” Even those who are moderately active on a regular basis have lower mortality rates than those who are least active, the report said. In addition, the report revealed that exercise helps reduce the risk of premature death, or developing conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, colon and breast cancer and diabetes. Exercise also helps to reduce or maintain body weight or body fat, builds and maintains healthy muscles, bones and joints, reduces depression and anxiety, improves psychological well-being, and enhances your work, recreation and sports performance. Health Is in the Air
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There are many forms of exercise with many different health benefits. Most often we categorize exercise into two kinds—aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic is any activity “requiring oxygen.” Aerobic exercise uses large muscle groups, is rhythmic in nature and can be maintained for a period of time. Anaerobic means “without oxygen.”
Done consistently, aerobic activity trains the heart, lungs and cardiovascular system to process and deliver oxygen in a more efficient manner. Your body is subjected to a good kind of stress that strengthens and trains your heart and lungs to work more efficiently. Naturally, by strengthening your heart muscle you reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Good Reason Is a Good Reason to Exercise
When you exercise aerobically, you also increase your lung capacity. That’s important for a number of reasons. Taking in adequate oxygen is essential for life itself. Aerobic exercise, which trains our body to breathe deeper and pull more oxygen out of the air, actually reverses the effects of aging and prolongs life. Taking in more oxygen means more oxygen goes to the brain, which helps you think and reason better. If you want to stay mentally sharp, aerobic exercise can help! A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that a lack of physical activity is a possible risk factor in intellectual decline. As part of the study, the cognitive ability of 6,000 women over 65 was tested at the onset and then again six to eight years later. The results revealed that the women who walked the most (2.5 miles daily) were least likely to experience deterioration in their cognitive ability. Only 17 percent of the women showed signs of intellectual decline as opposed to a 24 percent decline in those who walked less than one mile per week. Aerobic exercise increases the amount of oxygen to your brain. I think that’s an excellent reason to get moving!
that it causes you to feel better, not only physically but emotionally. As you exercise, endorphins are released in your body. These are neurotransmitters (biochemical substances) in the brain that, among other things, produce a sense of well-being. When you exercise you will not only feel stronger and healthier, but you will also be better able to deal with day-to-day stress. In fact, many researchers believe exercise is the best antidepressant available. So if you struggle with depression or anxiety, gird up your mind with God’s Word first. Find scriptures to stand on that will bring you peace. Then exercise—it’s a natural, healthy way to combat depression. And it will also help you sleep better. Ready, Set, Go!
I’m sure by now you are ready to get started, right? “So how much exercise is enough?” you might ask. Well, that depends on your age, gender, fitness level and objectives. The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas has found that walking 30 minutes a day, three Calories burned
Another very important result of aerobic exercise is
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170 - 180 pound person
Golfing (carrying bag)
Jogging, 5 mph
Running, 8 mph
As the Fat Burns
Another important benefit of aerobic activity is that it burns stored fat. This is vital in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Fat is a slow-burning fuel that requires oxygen. If oxygen is delivered to muscle cells in sufficient quantities the cells can easily burn fat for most of their energy requirements. Burning fat requires continuous smooth movements, so learn to develop a rhythmic style when exercising. And to effectively burn fat, you should breathe slightly deeper and use a little more lung capacity. A consistent exercise routine will help you become more physically fit. As you do, you will begin to look better and have more energy.
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Walking, 3.5 mph
times a week, provides some cardiovascular benefits. If weight loss is your goal, then the institute suggests you increase your walking time to 45-60 minutes, five to six times a week. As you progress, you can strive for a higher level of fitness by increasing the duration or difficulty of your workouts. Exercise can be a lot of fun! Find something you enjoy doing and after getting clearance from your doctor—go for it! The chart on the previous page shows some ways to get the exercise you need. It also lists the estimated number of calories burned while performing these activities for one hour at a moderate intensity level. When calculating the number of calories burned while exercising, keep in mind that the type of exercise, the intensity of your workout, and your weight need to be factored into the equation. As you get into an exercise routine, you’ll discover you feel better and have more energy. It’ll put a spark of vitality back into your life. Be Strong
Another way to turn back the clock is to include some form of impact exercise or weight training in your routine. This was proven when a landmark study by researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University revealed that weight training has a tremendous effect
on aging. In only eight weeks, 10 fragile men and women between the ages of 86 and 90, all of whom had chronic disease or disabilities, increased the strength of their leg muscles by a dramatic 174 percent without injury. They also increased their balance and walking speed. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, weight or resistance training is the only type of exercise that can substantially slow and even reverse the declines in muscle mass, bone density and strength that were once considered inevitable consequences of aging. As you can see, a physically active lifestyle provides many health benefits. Exercise can help you regain energy and vitality, improve the quality of your life and even prolong your life. An article by Mark Lander of Better Health and Medical Network states that reports have indicated that athletically and nutritionally fit individuals can be as many as 10 to 20 biological years younger than their chronological age. By exercising you can turn back time! So why wait another minute to start moving? V ictor y
Check with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise routine. Certified by the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas, Texas, Marty Copeland is a personal trainer, nutritional counselor, author and minister of the gospel.
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I have tried ever y diet on the mar ket, and I still can’t seem to lose weight. What do you recommend?
A: It should be no surprise that when believers have The power to overcome is in the truth of God’s Word. tried to win the battle of the bulge through the world’s When the temptation to overeat comes, we must imsystem, they’ve failed. I know because I have experimediately cast it down. enced what you’re going through. You can get to the Third, concentrate on the “dos” and not on the fullness of the Anointing in the area of eating through “don’ts.” If you do what is right, the don’ts will take the knowledge of God. So be encouraged! care of themselves. This is one of the most successful Here’s what I suggest you do. principles I have seen in my one-on$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ First, get to know Jesus in your quest one counseling. I’ll ask someone, “How to lose weight. The spiritual things have many glasses of water do you drink a The reason many to come first because you are a spirit. day?” Often, the answer will be, “One of us have missed You live in a body. If you want your or two.” When I ask, “OK, how many spirit to dominate your body, you have fruits and vegetables do you eat a day?” it in the area of to feed your spirit; you have to renew that person may say, “One or two.” eating right and your mind to train your flesh. In other What I have discovered is that not losing weight words, you have to have something to very much is being done right. So is because fight with. that’s where we begin—doing the Second, cast down every imagidos of what God said is good. While we haven’t nation and every high thing that drinking six to eight glasses of water, “known God” in exalts itself against the knowledge of eating two to three fruits and three to weight loss. God (2 Corinthians 10:5). That knowlseven servings of vegetables a day may edge includes life, health, exercise $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ be our ultimate goal, we don’t start and nutrition. there. I will tell that person to begin The reason many of us have missed it drinking four or five glasses of water in the area of eating right and losing weight is because each day as well as eating at least two pieces of fruit we haven’t “known God” in weight loss. We’ve known and two vegetables each day. natural man’s wisdom. For example, eat fewer calories If you will take one step of faith at a time to do somethan you burn and you will lose weight. That’s a fact, but thing that you are not already doing, you will be one there’s no power in knowing that. We can only take our step closer to the kind of perfection the Bible calls us thoughts captive with the supernatural power of God. to. V ictor y
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Many people claim to know God. But they are being robbed of the kind of relationship Jesus really wants with them. They can quote long passages of Scripture and some have even spent years in seminary studying the Bible. They are deceived, thinking: I pray and read the Word every day. I think that means I’m abiding in Jesus. | They do not understand what abiding really is. As important as reading, meditating and listening to God’s Word are, those things alone do not qualify you as one who abides. To be a true “abider” you must not only hear the Word, you must also act on it. | Abiding is obeying. As Jesus said:
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you ( John 14:21, 23, 15:10, 12). The Word that is truly alive in us is not the Word we know, but the Word we do. James 1:22 says people are deceived because they are not doers of the Word, but hearers only. First John 2:3-6 says it this way: “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” If we’re abiding in Jesus, we will live as He lived— in obedience! Jesus walked in love. He was obedient to God in all things. He wouldn’t even say anything except what the Father told Him to say ( John 12:49). Jesus lived to fulfill the Word and plan of His Father. He lived to be obedient ( John 6:38). Do you know how God responded to that obedience? He gave Jesus His Spirit without measure ( John 3:34). As a result, Jesus defeated Satan and destroyed his works at every turn. Everywhere He went, He made the blind see, the lame walk and the deaf hear. He cast out demons and raised the dead. No matter how the world tries to convince us that it’s more exciting to sin than to obey God, Jesus proved that it ’s not. He lived the most exciting life in history. Obeying God won’t doom you to a life of boredom. Obedience will lead you into the most thrilling life of victory and blessing you could ever imagine. God desires to pour His power through you just as He poured it through Jesus. He wants to bring to pass in your life the promise Jesus made in John 14:12-15: “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; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall
The Word that is truly alive in us is not the Word we know, but the Word we do. ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments.” All too often, Christians quote those first three verses and leave out the last one. But if we want to do the works of Jesus, we must live as He lived. We must abide in Him. And abiding is obeying His commandments.
Go in Love
You may have noticed in several of the scriptures we’ve looked at that Jesus associated abiding and obeying with the love of God. The love of God is released in your life by acting on the knowledge of God’s Word. As we saw earlier in John 15:12, Jesus summed up the commandments with one statement: “Love one another, as I have loved you.” Without revelation knowledge followed by action, love lies undeveloped and selfishness continues to reign supreme in you—even though you are a new creature. But when you act on God’s Word in obedience, the love of God is perfected (1 John 2:5). That’s when love begins to flow from you to others. Living a lifestyle of love is essential if you want to maintain living contact with God. First John 4:16 says, “God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him” (The Amplif ied Bible). Every step out of love is a step out of this vital, living contact with God because you are walking in disobedience. Years ago, Rufus Moseley wrote:
If we abide in His love and always go in love, feeling and willing and giving out nothing but love and all possible love to all men and all things, we will always be in Him and under His anointing. It was made known to me that I could write editorials and do everything else that can be done in the loving Spirit of Jesus. I could even be in heavenly places while plowing with a mule, pruning trees, in courtrooms, in death cells, in all places of need, provided all was done in the spirit of love.*
You’re Not on Your Own
If you’re sitting there thinking you could never consistently
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live a life of love, don’t worry. None of us could do it on our own. But, thank God, we’re not on our own! The Greater One is in us. It’s His strength within us that makes us victorious. You see, abiding in Jesus enables us to bear all the fruit of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, including love. All those fruit were put inside you the moment you were born again. They will forever be a part of your reborn spirit because it is made in the image of God. He put His
Every step out of love is a step out of this vital, living contact with God.
living contact with Him determines your spiritual results. Jesus is your Life Force! Your
own, divine nature in you, and the fruit of the spirit are characteristics of His nature. Even though they are inside you, no matter how hard you work at it, you’ll never be able to consistently manifest those fruit in your life unless you are abiding in Jesus— spending time with Him in prayer and in the Word. Think about the illustration He gave of the vine and the branches, and you can easily see why that is. “I am the true vine…. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches…” ( John 15:1, 4-5). The branch of an apple tree doesn’t bear apples because it struggles and strives. It bears apples because it’s connected to the trunk of the tree. The life that flows through the branch of that tree just naturally brings forth apples. In the same way, when you’re in union and communion with Jesus—the Vine—His divine life flows through you and produces spiritual fruit. Jesus is your Life Force! Your living contact with Him determines your spiritual results. Contrary to what many people seem to think, you cannot live from Sunday to Sunday, fellowship with the Lord just once a week at church, ignore Him the rest of the time, and still live a reasonably successful Christian life. Jesus was quite clear about that. Read what He said in John 15:6: “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered….” The word wither means “to shrivel, to lose or cause to lose energy, force or freshness.” The moment a branch is broken off the vine, it begins
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to die. It doesn’t matter how close they are to each other. You can lay that branch right next to the vine, but if the union has been broken there will be no life flow. There will be no sap flowing from the vine into the branch. That’s a vivid picture of what happens to us when we aren’t in vital contact and living union with the Lord. When we become too busy to spend time with God in prayer and in His Word, when we become preoccupied with natural, earthly things and disconnect from
communion with Him, we immediately begin to wither. We still belong to Him. We still have His life within us, but His energy is not flowing through us so we can’t produce anything.
The Fruit of Abiding and Obeying
Of course, even when you do abide in Jesus, He won’t grow the fruit for you any more than the apple tree will take up the responsibility of the branch and grow apples straight from the trunk of the tree. He simply provides you with the power and the life. Then you must do your part by choosing to yield to that life. By an act of your will, you must let that which Jesus has put on the inside of you manifest itself on the outside. When someone says something ugly to you, for example, you have to make a decision. Will you yield to the irritation of your flesh and say something ugly in return? Or will you yield to your spirit and respond in love? The answer to those questions will be determined by two factors. The first is, of course, the choice you make. The second is the condition of your heart. If you have been neglecting your time with God, spending more time in front of the television than in the Word, you may find yourself too weak to obey the voice of the Spirit. Although your heart’s desire is to act lovingly, your flesh will win the struggle with your undernourished spirit and lash out in anger toward the one who wronged you. But if you have been daily abiding in fellowship with the Lord, then your heart will be strong and full of the spiritual energy necessary to overrule the flesh and let the love flow.
Overcoming in Love
Because God’s own Spirit lives inside us, constantly empowering us to do His will, obedience isn’t a burden— it’s a joy: “These orders of His are not irksome (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous). For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:3-4, The Amplif ied Bible). If you’re a born-again child of God, you are an overcomer. Maybe you have been abused and criticized so much that you think of yourself as unloved and a failure. If so, stop focusing on yourself and turn your focus on the Word of God instead. Allow the Word to change how you see yourself. You can step into an overcoming lifestyle by spending time in the Word developing your faith, and fellowshiping with the Father in prayer. When you become connected to the Word, you won’t see yourself in failure any longer. You’ll see yourself in God!
You’ll begin to read words like, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God...” (1 John 3:1). You’ll begin to see by revelation of the Spirit that God actually is your Father and He does care for you. Begin to see yourself as the Father sees you. Whatever He says about you as His child, that’s the way it really is. All you have to do is come into agreement with Him and yield to His way of doing and being right. When you agree with the Word, you will obey it. You may not feel able in yourself, but the Greater One lives in you and He makes you able. Love Himself is inside you, so you are able to love. As you begin to abide in the Word—becoming not just a hearer but an obedient doer—the life of God and the love of God will become a reality in your life. Walking in the steps of Jesus will no longer be an impossible dream. Before you know it, you’ll be living the love! V ictor y *J. Rufus Moseley, Manifest Victory (Plainfield, N.J.: Logos International, 1971), p. 117.
“When we f irst got born again, we didn’t know anything about God’s Word or His plan. Our lives changed dramatically though when we learned to take the Word literally and obey it as God speaking directly to us.” —Gloria Copeland
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