You have a divine destiny.
I know sometimes that’s hard to believe when you’re up to your eyeballs in the daily demands of living. When it’s all you can do just to deal with the bills… and the kids…and the job, life can seem anything but divine. You can be tempted to wonder if you’re destined to be or do anything truly great. You can be tempted to decide that even if you had such a destiny, you just don’t have what it takes to fulfill it.
But it is absolutely vital that you resist those temptations.
Why? Because Almighty God needs you to fulfill your destiny—because there are people in this world who will never see Him or know Him unless they see Him and know Him through you.
“Oh, Brother Copeland, that’s a little hard for me to believe,” you might say. “Almighty God, the Creator of the universe, couldn’t possibly need one little, flesh and blood person like me!”
He needed Jesus, didn’t He? And when Jesus walked the earth He was just one flesh and blood person.
“Certainly! But Jesus was the Son of God. He came to reveal the power and the nature of the Father. He came to do the works of God.”
Yes that’s true. And according to the Bible, if you’re a born-again child of God, you’re here to do the same thing. Jesus Himself 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).
God Knew You When…
You are divinely destined to be like Jesus and do the same—and even greater—works than He did.
Most believers stagger at that thought. They know their own natural failures and shortcomings. They feel totally unequipped to reveal to others the Person and Power of the Lord Jesus. Remember: He did not say we would be greater—He said the works would be greater.
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace (verses 3-6).
Think of it! God didn’t wait until you were born to figure out a destiny for you. Before the earth was ever created, He predestined you to be like Jesus and provided everything you’d ever need to fulfill that destiny. He gave you everything necessary to be holy and blameless before Him. He set aside for you all the blessings and divine power it would take for you to represent Him on the earth and bring praise and glory to God.
You might look at yourself and wonder why God would ever choose someone like you to reveal His greatness. In light of all the mistakes you may have made and all the weaknesses you see in yourself, why would God ever think you could be like Him?
I’ll tell you why. God knew you before you ever sinned. He knew you when you were wonderful. He knew you before your life got messed up. He knew you before the devil ever got his hands on you.
God knew you when you were just an image on the inside of Him—and that image was a picture of Himself.
God Never Changed His Plan
If you doubt it, just read the book of Genesis. It tells us that in the beginning Adam and Eve were made in the very image of God (Genesis 1:26). To look at them was to see a flesh and blood representation of God Himself. That’s what God intended for all His children to be.
Then the devil got in there and messed things up. They pretty well stayed messed up for 4,000 years. But the whole time, God was working out His plan.
His plan to have sons and daughters on the earth again. Sons and daughters born in His image. Sons and daughters who were flesh and blood manifestations of Himself.
That was God’s original intention and He never changed it.
When Jesus came to the earth, He picked up where the first Adam left off and lived out His life as a perfect reflection of His Father. He said what He heard the Father say. He did what He saw the Father do. And He did it so completely that at the end of His earthly ministry He could say, “.he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Then, after purchasing our redemption and deliverance from sin with His own blood, He sent the Holy Spirit to empower us with His own life and He said, “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21).
Do you realize what that means? It means we have been divinely equipped with the power to reveal Jesus in our lives. Just as He was able to say, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father,” we should be able to say, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen Jesus.”
Get Connected to the Power
Is such a thing really possible? Yes, because through the new birth, we’ve been given the very nature and character of God (II Peter 1:4). Our spirits have been re-created in His image and all the spiritual forces found in Him have been imparted to us. We have His love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). We have His wisdom. We have the same anointing available for our minds that He had when He was here on the earth (I Corinthians 2:16).
We don’t have to ask God for those things—they’re already in us. We just have to cultivate and develop them. As we do, we’ll manifest the character and power of Jesus in our own personal lives.
If all we had was the life of Jesus working in us on our own behalf, that alone would be enough to make us forever grateful. But amazingly enough, that’s not all we’ve been given. God has also equipped us with another mighty element. He’s given us the power to meet the needs of other people like Jesus did. That’s the power we receive when we’re baptized in the Holy Spirit.
This mighty, supernatural power enables us to operate on a higher level than we can in our own, personal lives. When we need to minister to someone and we’ve extended our faith and our wisdom as far as it will go, this divine equipping will take over and finish the job. It connects us not only with God’s divine life and nature but with the very ministry of Jesus. As a result, we can do for others just what Jesus would do.
“Well, Brother Copeland,” you might say, “I’m not a full-time minister. I’m just a simple believer. I don’t have that kind of power available to me.”
I Corinthians 12 says you do.
The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will (verses 7-11).
You—yes, you—are divinely designed to operate in the gifts of the Spirit! They’re a part of the ministry of Jesus that, as His disciple, you are destined to carry on. These manifestations of the Holy Spirit are real. They are practical. And they are desperately needed in the earth today.
A Catastrophe Averted
Believe me, I know just how vital these gifts of the Spirit can be. I’ve been on the receiving end and I can tell you from experience they can save your life and the lives of others!
Early in my ministry, I went to preach in Shawnee, OK., at a church pastored by a wonderful couple named Roy and Opal Sprague. They had been involved in the Camp Meeting years ago in Hot Springs, AR, from which the Assembly of God church was born and they really knew about spiritual gifts.
While I was there, Pastor Roy prayed for me and my family every day. He said, “Brother Kenneth, I’d like for you to be free to keep your mind on preaching while you’re here. So I’m going to pray over your personal and ministry affairs for you.”
One morning while I was getting dressed for one of the services he called me. “Did you buy an air compressor and spray-paint rig right before you left home?” he asked.
“Why yes, Roy,” I answered. “Why do you ask?”
“Your gas hot water heater is out in the garage,” he said, “and when I was praying this morning I saw Gloria hook up that spray rig and start spraying in there. Then I saw an explosion in the garage.”
I immediately called Gloria to tell her what Pastor Sprague had said. Sure enough, she’d been planning to spray paint out in the garage. The Holy Spirit had spoken to her and told her not to do it—and the word of knowledge that Roy Sprague received was confirmation for her.
Praise God. That was a manifestation of the ministry of Jesus! It was the Holy Spirit working through a believer for the good of the Body of Christ. Because Roy Sprague and Gloria Copeland both dared to believe for and operate in the gifts of the Spirit, a catastrophe was averted!
Learning English God’s Way
Frankly, I’m convinced we’ve barely scratched the surface of the powerful things God desires to do through these wonderful, supernatural gifts. He longs to do things like He did for a man I heard about back in the late 1970s. I never met the man myself but I talked to several ministers I respect who visited with him personally at a Full Gospel Businessmen’s Convention.
They told me he had been a part of a community of people in Europe who had been operating in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit for several hundred years. Their faith was highly developed in that area. When they heard about the word of faith movement that was taking place in the United States, they desired to know more about it. So they got together and began to pray.
When they did, the Lord spoke to them and told them to go to America and learn about this move of God. There was only one problem. None of them spoke English. So they laid their hands on their apostle and simply believed he received the ability to communicate in the English language.
Sure enough, he came over here and preached, wrote and conversed in English. Nobody taught him to do it. It was a miracle of God! I talked to one well-known minister who heard him preach. “How did he do?” I asked.
“He did very, very well!” he answered. “Sometimes he’d have to stop and pray a little while in tongues, but then he’d get straightened out and keep right on preaching.”
Don’t Argue, Just Obey! Another man of God who had developed his faith to operate boldly in the gifts of the Holy Spirit was John G. Lake. One time he was traveling across Europe by train and he stopped at a station in Italy. As he was sitting there looking out the window, he saw some men standing on the platform talking.
The Spirit of God spoke to him and said, “Go witness to those men. I want to save them.” Now Brother Lake wasn’t the kind of man who would argue with the Lord. He wasn’t one who would say, “Oh, Lord, don’t You have someone else You could send besides scraggly, little, old me?”
No. He just picked up his Bible, walked out of that train car, stepped up to those men and began speaking to them in tongues. They understood every word he said and all three of them were born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit right there.
“My goodness, I just don’t know how he did that!” somebody might say.
I’ll tell you how he did it. He did it by releasing the three spiritual forces the Bible tells us are absolutely vital for those who desire to operate in the gifts of the Spirit—faith, hope and love (I Corinthians 13:13).
John G. Lake loved the Lord and loved those men enough to step out by faith and obey the command of God. He dared to operate in Bible-hope which is earnest expectation that God would do through him exactly what Jesus said He would do. He had a divine image inside him, an image of himself doing the works that Jesus did and even greater works. And he moved boldly expecting that image to become reality.
What’s more, he refused to let fear stop him.
Fear will mess up the things of God. Fear will keep us from moving in the gifts of the Spirit if we let it. That’s why any time fear shows its ugly head, you must stop right there and deal with it. You can’t afford to accept it and say, “Well, that’s just the way I am.”
Why? Because your divine destiny is waiting! The Lord Jesus is waiting! The world is waiting for His ministry to be manifest through you!
So don’t let anything stop you. Right in the midst of all the daily demands of life, rise up in faith, hope and love and begin to do what God divinely designed you to do.
Get out your Bible and develop that divine image inside you. See yourself ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit. See yourself doing the very works of Jesus—the works He said you were destined to do. Then let the very love of God move you to step out in faith and do what the Spirit leads you to do. Do it in love. Do it by faith. And do it with hope, confidently expecting God to keep His Word.
Dare to fulfill your destiny and the world will see Jesus through you. –Ken Copeland
One day soon, the 600 million-plus, Spirit-filled believers living on this planet are going to wake up to who they really are. They are going to wake up to the fact that through Jesus, they have been given dominion on the earth. They’re going to discover they’re the head and not the tail; they are above and not beneath; they are inheritors of THE BLESSING of God.
When they do, all heaven will break loose—in their own lives and in the lives of people around them—and the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ will move forward like a steamroller, doing the will of God, walking in divine authority and crushing the works of darkness under its feet.
Before we’re raptured out of here, it’s going to happen.
How can I be so sure?
Because God finishes what He starts. The Bible says no purpose of His can be restrained; and from the very beginning, that was God’s purpose for His people.
It wasn’t just part of His purpose, either. It wasn’t just an afterthought that came to Him sometime in the days following man’s creation. Blessing and dominion are what God had in mind for mankind from the start. That’s why the words He spoke when He created Adam were these: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26).
In Genesis 2:7, when God said those words, Adam became a living soul, or as one Hebrew commentary describes it, “a living, speaking spirit like God.”
What a stunning creation Adam must have been!
He had the same creative power to speak that God has. He had the ability to arrange things and bring them into order with the words of his mouth. He was crowned with the very glory and honor of God Himself (Psalms 8:5).
Most folks don’t realize that God poured everything He had into man. He poured all His compassion into him. Created in the image of God, Adam was filled in every way with the very life of God. Once God had put every aspect of Himself into Adam, He blessed him and said, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion” (Genesis 1:28).
In other words, from day one God created and commissioned Adam to be a king. He blessed him and gave him authority to turn this whole planet into a Garden of Eden.
How was Adam supposed to accomplish that task?
He was to take dominion—not through external force or manipulation but by speaking words of faith, and releasing divine love, light and life everywhere he went. He was to multiply God’s blessing until the earth was covered with it. And he was to have children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren—all of them brimming with God’s love and glory—until the planet was filled with God’s fabulous family.
That’s the way God designed things to be before the foundation of the world.
Then the devil got involved.
Why God Hates Sin
We all know what happened. Adam and his wife sinned, fell from the glory of God, and took the rest of mankind with them. Because of sin, THE BLESSING that was on them was lost and the whole earth has suffered ever since.
That’s why God hates sin so much. It stops THE BLESSING from functioning. Adam and Eve proved that. THE BLESSING quit working for them the moment they listened to the devil and disobeyed God.
Sin has that effect on THE BLESSING every time. It always has…and it always will. That’s the reason God, throughout the ages, has given His people commandments and statutes to help them steer clear of sin. God gave the Ten Commandments, for example, because He wanted us to realize we weren’t created to do things like murder, lie, steal, covet or commit adultery. Our spiritual system isn’t designed to handle that kind of darkness. When we engage in it, our system shuts down and it stops THE BLESSING.
That’s what happened to Adam and Eve. Their spiritual system shut down the day they sinned. They died spiritually. And since they were the parents of the human race, that was passed on through them to all mankind.
Most of us understand that quite well. What we haven’t realized is this: Despite it all, God never abandoned His original plan. He didn’t discard THE BLESSING He first spoke over Adam and come up with Plan B—a second-rate, partial blessing to replace it.
Instead, He made a way for that first blessing to be reinstated. He sent Jesus to earth to take on the form of man, become the last Adam (I Corinthians 15:45), and regain what the first Adam lost. God sent His own Son to put His original plan back in place.
That was Jesus’ mission on earth and He accomplished it totally and completely. By the time He was raised from the dead, hell had taken such a whipping that Satan and his whole demonic system had been defeated. Jesus had triumphed over him and opened the way for us to be born again out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of God’s dear Son.
Because Jesus succeeded where Adam failed, when we make Jesus our Lord, what happened at Creation in the Garden of Eden, happens again in us. The same words God originally spoke over His family come alive in us. The Holy Spirit hovers over us and brings them to pass in our spirit.
When we are born again, we’re re-created in the image of God just as surely as Adam was created in His image in the beginning. We are made to be as much like God as Jesus Himself is. Think of it! When we got saved, Compassion Himself—the God who is love and light and life—reproduced Himself in us. He poured Himself into us and set our spirits ablaze with His own glory. Then He sent the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into all the truth about what God has done in us.
“If that’s the case, then why do I still struggle with defeat in so many areas of my life?” someone might ask. “Why is my life so un-glorious?”
Because you haven’t fully awakened to who you really are, as a reborn-new-creation-in-Christ believer! You’re looking on the outside—at your body or at your soul (your mind, will and emotions)—to determine your identity. But those things aren’t the real you. The real you is what the New Testament calls the hidden man of the heart, or the spirit.
If you want to live in victory, you must always remember that you are a spirit; you have a soul; and you live in a body. You must be continually aware that your spirit—the real you—was re-created when you were born again. The hidden man of the heart within you was transformed into the image of God and set free from the power of sin.
When you gave your life to Jesus, God didn’t just forgive you and leave you the same. He made you a new creature! Your old, death-infested, sin-enslaved nature passed away. Everything in your spirit became new. He who knew no sin was made to be sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (See II Corinthians 5:17, 21.)
Live Like a King
“But Brother Copeland, what good does it do for me to be all glorious and made in God’s image in my inner man, when on the outside I’m still a mess?”
It doesn’t do much good at all.
That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote to believers and said: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (I Thessalonians 5:23-24).
God never intended just to redeem one part of us. He didn’t plan just to save our spirit. He re-created us so we could become image-of-God men and image-of-God women—wholly, in every part of our being—spirit, soul and body. He planned for us to keep renewing our minds with His Word, and bringing our bodies into subjection to our spirit until we are totally transformed, and become on the outside what He has made us on the inside: glorious, victorious sons and daughters of the living God.
Most people find it hard to even imagine such a thing. We’ve spent so many years living like beggars on the earth instead of kings we find it difficult to envision ourselves living any other way. We’ve gotten so familiar with being the tail instead of the head, being under the circumstances instead of over them, we have no idea what that kingly life of blessing and dominion would look like.
How do we find out?
By opening the New Testament and studying the life of Jesus. His earthly life provided us with a living demonstration of THE BLESSING of God. Jesus exercised dominion everywhere He went. He lived every moment by faith in that blessing and expected it to function in every situation.
When someone with sickness reached out to Him, He healed them. When someone oppressed by demonic spirits looked to Him for help, He took dominion over those spirits and set the person free. When the elements of the earth—the wind and the waves—got unruly and tried to hinder Him, He used His authority and commanded them to be still. When Lazarus died, He brought him to life again.
All of that was THE BLESSING in operation—and as joint heirs of that blessing, you and I have the capacity to function in it the same way.
Too Ordinary to Be Blessed?
“How can that be?” you might ask. “I’m nobody special. I’m just an ordinary person.”
Believe it or not, some people asked the same question about Jesus during His earthly ministry. When He told the people of Nazareth that the Spirit of the Lord was on Him and that He’d been anointed to bless them, they said, “How can that be? We’ve known you all our lives! You’re nobody special. You’re just Jesus, Joseph’s son. We know your kinfolk.”
Those people wouldn’t believe that someone they were so familiar with—someone so human—could be anointed with THE BLESSING of God. As a result, that blessing couldn’t operate among them. Their unbelief stopped it from working and Jesus “could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them” (Mark 6:5).
When Jesus went to places like Capernaum, however, just the opposite happened. People there had such faith in THE BLESSING of God that operated through Him, they followed Him around for days. Sometimes they wouldn’t even leave His meetings to go eat because they wanted to hear more of what He had to say. As a result, those people got healed and delivered and blessed in multitudes!
“Yeah, but I don’t see how that relates to us as believers today. We can’t follow Jesus around the countryside and receive THE BLESSING from Him. He isn’t here anymore.”
Oh, yes, He is! He is not only with us, He is in us. He said He’d never leave us nor forsake us. He said He’d be with us even to the end of the age.
If Jesus is with us and in us, that means THE BLESSING is with us and in us. It means we can not only live in THE BLESSING ourselves but extend it to others just like He did. In fact, that’s what Jesus has commissioned us to do (John 20:21).
Up to now, most of us haven’t really believed we’re capable of blessing people like Jesus did. But, praise God, we’re starting to get it. We’re beginning to develop our faith not just in Jesus Himself as the resurrected King of kings and Lord of lords; we’re learning to believe in Jesus who lives on the inside of us. We’re learning to believe in the One who made us kings and priests like Himself, the Jesus who releases THE BLESSING of God through our bodies and our lives just like He released that blessing through His body and His life when He walked the earth.
Instead of saying, “I’m just an old sinner saved by grace,” we’re starting to say, “I’m the blessed! The same blessing that was on Adam and given to Abraham is mine! THE BLESSING is flowing through my body and everywhere I go, I am a blessing to people!”
As we keep meditating on those things, as we keep saying them and developing our faith, THE BLESSING will manifest in us and through us more and more. It will empower us to speak words of life, to release divine love and light everywhere we go, and bring others into God’s fabulous family by tens, hundreds, thousands and even millions.
When we fully wake up to the fact that we are THE BLESSED, we will rock the world with God’s power. We will put Satan under our feet where he belongs, and bring heaven into manifestation on earth just like Jesus did.
It’s already beginning to happen.
Look out, devil. Here we come! –Ken Copeland
There is something within the spirit of man that rebels against oppression. There is a knowing, woven into the very fabric of our being, that we were not created to live in bondage to poverty and lack. We were not designed to submit to sickness and disease. We were not meant to be the slaves of any earthly person or any natural thing.
We were meant to be kings.
At times that consciousness may be all but crushed by the merciless blows of the devil. It may be numbed into deception by the false teachings of religion. But despite it all, there still burns within each one of us a longing to somehow escape the domination of natural circumstances and rise again to a place of dominion. We have the sense, etched indelibly in our spirit, that we were originally created to reign in a Garden of Eden…and nothing can quench our desire to live there again.
Why is that?
Because, from the beginning, that has been God’s will for mankind. He literally breathed that will into the entire race on the sixth day of Creation, the day when, as Genesis 1 says, “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth’” (verses 27-28, New King James Version).
The New Living Translation puts it this way: “God blessed them and told them, ‘Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals.’”
Those were the first words God ever said to man. And with those words came the divine power to back them up—a power that was delivered to Adam through what the Bible calls The Blessing.
God Never Gave Up
At first glance, you might wonder why Adam even needed such a blessing. After all, he lived in the Garden of Eden—a perfect place where everything he could possibly need was already provided, a place pre-designed to reflect God’s best and highest will.
But, as wonderful as that Garden was, it did not encompass the entire earth. Its scope was limited. According to the boundaries given in the Bible, it occupied only a few hundred square miles in the vicinity of modern-day Iraq.
Adam’s assignment was to change that. His job was to finish what God had started by using his God-given authority and the power of The Blessing to multiply and expand the Garden of Eden until the whole earth was filled up with it. He was given the awesome responsibility and anointing to reproduce the conditions of Eden wherever he went.
That wasn’t just God’s plan for Adam. It was His plan for all mankind…and His plan has never changed.
Most believers today, however, don’t realize that. They assume that when Adam and Eve blew off The Blessing by joining themselves to Satan and turning it into a curse, God called the whole plan off. They think He canceled Adam’s original assignment and withdrew the power He’d given to fulfill it. They believe God gave up on the Garden of Eden after the Fall of Man, so they’ve given up on it too.
“Well, this old earth is cursed,” they say, “so I guess as long as I live on it, I’ll suffer the effects of that curse too.”
Years ago when I first got born again, I thought the same thing. As a result, everywhere I went the curse followed me. It kept me poor, sick and defeated in every area of life. I tried desperately to get away from it. I’d think, Maybe it will help if I move over here…. Maybe things will get better if I get a different job. But no matter where I went that cursed environment went with me.
Don’t misunderstand. I knew I was saved and that I was going to heaven when I died—and I was extremely grateful for that. I’d even received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, but my life did not bear the slightest resemblance to the Garden of Eden. Gloria and I were $24,000 in debt (that’s like $150,000 in debt these days). We had an old car that was an absolute embarrassment, and very little income. Since we were practically void of revelation, nothing we did succeeded.
Right in the middle of that, however, I went to Oral Roberts University and, because I worked for Brother Roberts, I was thrust into his tent meetings. There I witnessed astounding miracles. I watched in amazement as he used his faith again and again, like a mechanic uses a tool, to set people free from the oppression of sickness. I heard him preach “seed faith” and God is a good God.
About that same time, my mother introduced us to the teachings of Brother Kenneth Hagin and I found out I didn’t have to live under the curse anymore. I could live in the blessing of Abraham because, according to Galatians 3:13-14: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (New King James Version).
Honestly, back then I hardly knew what that meant. But I was smart enough to study the life of Abraham, and I found out he was an extremely successful man. God’s blessing followed him around much like the curse had followed me. Everything he did prospered!
I Didn’t Understand It—But It Worked! Just that little bit of revelation revolutionized my whole perspective on life. I began to see Gloria and myself not as just poor folks trying to get by from one day to the next, but as extremely wealthy—spiritually, mentally, physically and financially.
Gloria and I (since we’d learned some things about how to operate by faith) even began to talk that way. When money ran short, instead of saying, “We can’t afford that…” we’d say, “We’re blessed, glory to God! The blessing of Abraham is ours through Jesus and all our needs are met according to His riches in glory.”
When we first began to say those things, our circumstances weren’t any different than they ever were. We still didn’t have any money. We were still loaded down with debt. But inside we saw ourselves differently, and before long the revelation we had on the inside began to change what was on the outside.
Eleven months later, we were totally out of debt…and we’ve never been in debt again. What’s more, God’s blessing began to expand in our lives and change the atmosphere around us. Life just kept getting better and better.
Even so, I didn’t fully understand what I’d tapped into for a long time. I knew “the blessing of Abraham” had come on me because of what Jesus did through His death and resurrection. But I didn’t totally realize what the blessing of Abraham was.
Some years ago, however, the revelation of it exploded within me and I’ve never been the same.
I was sitting on my back porch one night preparing to preach when it happened. I’d finished studying and I just began to worship and praise God, singing an old song I learned about 40 years ago that says, “Oh, the blessing of Abraham is mine. For sickness, I have health, for poverty wealth, and the blessing of Abraham is mine.”
Right in the middle of that, the word of the Lord came to me so powerfully it almost jerked me up off the chair. He said, I want My Garden back!
“Uh…what did You say?” I asked.
He said, I came to earth. I defeated Satan. I broke his power. That Garden belongs to Me again and I want it back! I want My property back!
That’s when it hit me: The blessing that was on Abraham to multiply, be blessed and be a blessing to all the families of the earth is the same blessing God originally gave Adam. God never gave up on His original plan. He just transferred it from Adam to Abraham, and then passed it on through Abraham to Jesus…and through Jesus to us. That blessing is nothing less than the divine empowerment to re-create the conditions of the Garden of Eden wherever we go!
Faith Is the Catalyst
As a whole, the Body of Christ hasn’t fully realized it yet, but the fact is, the moment we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He lifted us out of the curse. Even though outwardly we are still on this sin-scourged planet, inwardly we’ve been set right in the middle of the Garden of Eden. Spiritually we’ve been seated with Christ in heavenly places. Our life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3) and we’ve been blessed “with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).
That means if you’re born again, the Garden of Eden is inside you right now, and Jesus is saying to you much the same thing God said to Adam. He is saying, I bless you. Now take that blessing and release it by faith so it can manifest and re-create the conditions of the Garden of Eden in your life.
Read that last sentence again. Notice it doesn’t say The Blessing will operate automatically in your life just because you’re saved. The Blessing has never operated automatically. It must always be received and released by faith. Faith works like a catalyst to activate The Blessing and put its power to work in your life.
If you’ve ever worked with a chemically activated adhesive, you understand just how vital a catalyst can be. That kind of adhesive doesn’t work like glue. You can apply it in abundance but, by itself, it won’t stick to anything. You can put it between two pieces of wood, squeeze them together for a month, and they still won’t adhere to one another.
But when you add the catalyst, a chemical reaction takes place. The reaction will cause the adhesive to harden so completely that you’d demolish the wood before you could get the two pieces apart.
The Blessing is much like that adhesive. It has in itself all the divine power and know-how, all the supernatural properties, to enable God’s people to multiply, be fruitful and have dominion over the earth. It carries all the anointings necessary to make us masters over every devilish thing that would try to enslave us. It carries with it all the ability we need to begin transforming our households into a veritable Garden of Eden.
But it won’t start to work until we mix it with faith.
Faith has always been the catalyst for The Blessing. That was true in the life of Abraham. It was true in the life of Jesus. And it is true for us. Romans 4 leaves no question about that. It says: “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed…” (verses 13, 16).
In other words, God in His mercy said to mankind, I know you messed up. I know Adam blew it and lost The Blessing, but I want you to have it anyway. It’s My will. So if you’ll just believe what I say, I’ll bring it to pass in your life. I don’t care what the devil says about it. You can have it by grace through faith and not by works.
Abraham was the first person to take God up on that offer. That’s why the Bible calls him the father of faith. When God promised to give him The Blessing that was originally on Adam, Abraham totally believed it and acted on it by faith. That’s the reason it operated in his life, changing circumstances, changing people, changing the countryside, making him rich and taking care of him wherever he went.
Abraham believed in The Blessing so completely that when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, he was willing to do it because he fully expected The Blessing of God to raise Isaac from the dead.
Thousands of years later, Jesus did essentially the same thing. Operating as the “Seed” of Abraham and the heir of his blessing, Jesus walked in that blessing by faith, and exercised dominion in the earth like Adam was originally commissioned to do. Jesus, the One the Bible calls the last Adam, expanded the reach of the perfect will of God as it was first demonstrated in the Garden of Eden by conquering sickness, poverty and demonic oppression. Then He went to the cross, accepted the sin of all mankind into Himself, died and went to hell to pay the penalty for it—all the while believing The Blessing of God would raise Him up again.
Now it’s our turn. Because we’re in Christ, The Blessing belongs to us as surely as it does to Jesus. In fact, we’re responsible for it because we are His Body in the earth.
There is coming a day when Jesus will return and reign for a thousand years and bring this planet, in its entirety, back under The Blessing of God. What a time that will be! The Millennial Reign of The Blessing. We all look forward to that. But until that time, you and I, as believers have the awesome privilege and responsibility of manifesting that blessing in our own lives and households. We have the opportunity of taking it to others by telling them the good news and demonstrating the power of The Blessing for all to see.
I can still hear the voice of the Lord in my spirit, ringing loud and clear, I want My Garden back! It’s time we, His people, His Body in the earth answer His call. The Blessing is ours. Let’s believe it, confess it and release the power of it. Let’s rise up by faith in the Name of Jesus and take back the Garden of God. –Ken Copeland
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “In fact, God knows that when[a] you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God,[b] knowing good and evil.” 6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze,[c] and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 And he said, “I heard You[d] in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”
11 Then He asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 Then the man replied, “The woman You gave to be with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate.”
Recently, there was a family that came to me for prayer and counsel. It seems the parents had not been perfect people (surprise, surprise) and one person wanted to bring up all the imperfections of the past and wreak utter havoc in the family. The family got together and began to talk to one another about how it had been so peaceful and everyone had gotten along just fine until all this blame began to be thrown around. Ultimately what this one person said the others had said had not been said at all! My advice to the family was to sit down together, along with the one who wanted to dredge everything up and get the whole thing straightened out and certain rules had to be followed. Each person had to take responsibility for the choices they made, they could not blame people or circumstances, and if apologies were owed they were to be made and the subject could never be brought back up again. The forgiveness that God showed to the person and persons involved had to be followed and grace given by the family members as well.
I experienced this myself when my mother went into heart failure after her valve repair. I became very aggravated with her doctor that performed the surgery because he failed to do another procedure that would have stopped my mother’s atrial fiberlation. What he did was gamble with my mother’s life. He decided not to do it because his “last 400 patients” had not gone back into it, and my mother came out of surgery WITH IT! Due to his lack of doing what he said he was going to do and should have done, had it not been for God, my mother would have paid with her life! One day as my mother lay in her hospital bed, brushing death once again, I began to vent! I was FURIOUS with this doctor and began to question his thinking on something that was just plain common sense! My father began to do the same. My mother looked at us and said, “He didn’t do what he was supposed to do, the problem is ongoing, and we need to stop looking back and think of what we need to do from here! It is over and we cannot go back and redo it now!”
How many times have we wasted time, become so angry, blaming people and things for things we can do absolutely nothing about? It only harms and never helps anything. It prolongs us from praying about it, which is the only thing we can do. God specifically tells us in James we have not because we ask not! In other words the longer we engage in blaming and being angry the longer it will be before we see an answer because it cost us precious time in petitioning or asking God for the very thing that can turn it around!
The blame game didn’t work with Adam and Eve! It got them kicked right out of the Garden of Eden and it won’t work today, either. There is a saying that says the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. Blaming never brings a solution. If you are in a situation and there is chaos, fighting, upset, and anger and all peace is gone ask yourself if you are in a blaming mode? Pray and listen to the Spirit of God. He is the genius that lives big on the inside of you! He knows exactly how to turn it around and you will feel so much better so much sooner and so will everyone else around you and STAY OUT OF THE BLAME GAME! Don’t blame others and don’t let them blame you, either! You will be happier, healthier, and life will be so much more content for all!
Blessings to you, dear reader! See you soon!!