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Daily Bible Devotion-Don’t Reason Your Way Out of God’s Will

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DAILY BIBLE DEVOTION

Proverbs 3:5-6

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; 6 think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.[a]

Even as I begin this I am not sure of where I am going with it exactly.  Every writer knows you lose or gain a reader in the first paragraph!  For a writer to make such an admission is, well, foolish!  But, at the same time it goes right along with what God is desiring to teach us today; being finely tuned to His thoughts while tuning your own reasoning out!

Earlier in the week, I could not get a particular friend off of my mind.  I said a prayer for her, but still she was there in the forefront of my thinking.  I decided that night I would call and check on her.  When I called she began to tell me she and her husband were having a terrible time financially and she had, had to take an old position with a company she had once worked for years ago.  It was not an ideal working condition because it was mainly family owned and the family didn’t show up most of the time.  Others who worked there were former prisoners and, to put it delicately, they were not men she would be safe to be alone with.

God spoke to me she had gone back to something that was familiar to her and He was going to have her quit this job very soon.  He also told me to warn her that she would be tempted to talk herself into staying which would  be a grave mistake!  I had my answer about why she had been on my mind.  She told me that was exactly right, and that was what she had been doing; staying in the familiar.  Nothing had worked out for her,  and all the old problems that had been there years ago that caused her to quit were still exactly the same.

This dear friend is incredibly talented in an area that is difficult to find.  The thing she can do is in high demand and has the potential to be a booming business.  She told me how much she loved it, but could not seem to get it off the ground.  The reason she couldn’t is because she had not asked God to direct her in the area of business and to give her witty ideas and inventions in growing it.

As we talked and prayed together God began to tell her things she needed to do in order to grow the business that was her passion!  He also told her when He said walk away from the current job, she was not to let anything stop her.  It is imperative she leaves when He says to.

How many times have we missed our dreams because we talked ourselves out of what God said?  How many times have we wondered if God was really speaking to us?  How many times have we weighed the pros and cons in our minds just to say no and see someone else down the road living OUR vision because we were afraid to leave the familiar that gave us a false sense of security?

Eve did this very thing when she sinned in the Garden of EdenSatan came to her, pointed to the tree of knowledge and told her to eat from it.  When she told him they had been forbidden to partake of that particular tree by God the first words out of Satan’s mouth were, “Did God really mean that?”  What was he doing?  He was trying to bring doubt to her reasoning mind of what God had said.  Doubt is what lost the Garden to Eve!  Adam knew better, but wanted to please Eve (people pleasing spirit) and ate and lost his authority and the blessing.  To this day, we pay a price for what happened that day in Eden.

Two things can cost you your dream and detain your blessing!  Doubt and worrying what others may think!  “People won’t like it if I move, don’t go to that college, major in Theology instead of what Grandpa, Dad, and Uncles majored in!”  It may be you are afraid of the “gamble” of the unknown.  Abraham set out for a land he knew not of!  He had no idea where he was going, he only knew God said leave everything and go!  Look what happened when he trusted God above his own reasoning.  The Bible tells us he didn’t even waste time thinking about it.  He had such faith in God, he just did what God said knowing He could be trusted and the result would be good!

Now let us look at another young man who thought too much and didn’t listen well enough.  The rich young ruler who asked Jesus what he needed to do to follow Him is who I am referring to.  Let us look at this account in full.

Mark 10:17-27

Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, Teacher, [You are [a]essentially and perfectly [b]morally] good, what must I do to inherit eternal life [that is, [c]to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah’s kingdom]?

18 And Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me [[d]essentially and perfectly [e]morally] good? There is no one [[f]essentially and perfectly [g]morally] good—except God alone.

19 You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.

20 And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully guarded and observed all these and taken care not to violate them from my boyhood.

21 And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him, You lack one thing; go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [[h]walking the same road that I walk].

22 At that saying the man’s countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions.

This young man had done everything right all of his life!  He had been faithful to be moral and obedient to the commandments.   When Jesus told him to sell all and follow Him, it says the man became gloomy and went away grieved and in sorrow.  I don’t believe this young man was ever the same again!  This account teaches us two very important things.  1.  Money cannot buy you happiness!  2.  You will never be happy or fulfilled if you aren’t doing what God has called you to do!

What opportunities this young man passed up!  What greater things he could have had.  I believe this man never got over this.  He had to have thought about what his life could have been as opposed to what it was.  He had to have wondered as he made more money and accrued more riches, how much more had he lost that a price could never be put upon!  He had to have dealt with tormenting thoughts, depression, and a lack of satisfaction in life because he sold himself out to things that never could compare with what Jesus was offering that day, which was the very Kingdom of Heaven!  He let familiarity, material possessions, security of the known,  and position own him instead of him owning them!

God will never tell you to do anything that is to your detriment!  When God speaks, He always has a plan for great reward for great obedience.  If you were to hire a laborer to come into your home and do a job would you even think about not paying that laborer?  Not if you have any integrity about you, you wouldn’t!  How much more so with God, Who is righteous and perfect in ALL of His ways!  Would He not do much more so than we who are imperfect?

Walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh, but more so you will fulfill the beautiful plans that have been made beforehand just for you, by your Father, God Himself, ruler and maker of heaven and earth!!  Nothing this world or what people can offer you can even compare!

It is worth it to follow and not get ahead of the Holy Spirit.  He will lead you in plain paths, He will lead you straight into one blessing after the next.  He will lead you out of trouble and into the marvelous light of God’s truth and change your life for the best!  Trust Him and lean not to your own understanding.  When you do, you will never have to live with regrets and that is a good place to be!

Blessings to you, precious reader!  I will see you soon!  Simply,  Juliana

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By the Power Of God’s Spirit

by the power of his spirit

God wants His people to know the depth of love today.  The desire of His heart is for us to know how important we are to Him.

He went to the greatest length to reconcile man’s relationship with himself.  Because of His great love and the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus, He has provided for our every need.

As we recognize this, we can also see the importance of extending His love to one another as well as the world.  Let’s reach out.  Let’s join together in His love and in faith.  Let’s witness in the natural what God has provided for us in the Spirit.

That He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled with all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

This prayer is God’s will for the body of Christ.  It says we can know the breadth, length, depth, and height of the love of Christ.  How?  There is only one way: by the power of His Spirit.  God’s love passes knowledge (goes beyond what we can comprehend with our physical senses).  It may be more than we can mentally comprehend on our own, but it is not impossible for us to know.  I Corinthians 2:9, 10 says the Spirit reveals to us the deep things of God.

God’s Promise to the Believer

            An example is god’s promise to the believer in Philippians 4:19But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  God is the creator of all things and He is more than able to take care of the needs of a human being.  All needs of this life have already been met in the spiritual realm.  Jesus paid the price and unlocked the door between heaven and earth.  The Bible says all the wisdom and knowledge are hid in Christ Jesus.  It also says we are in Christ Jesus, that we have been filled with the mind of Christ.  So, as believers, we are in a position to tap into the wisdom and knowledge that is in Him.

The Natural and the Supernatural

            Psalms 42:7 says, Deep calleth unto deep….  I see this as two different worlds—the natural, physical world and the supernatural, spiritual world.  The first “deep” of the natural world cannot conceive of a need that has not already been provided for in the second “deep” of the spiritual world.  The creation is not deeper or more developed in needs than the Creator is in answers.  This physical world will never become greater than God.  He created it and He will always be the Supreme, All-Sufficient One.  He is God and He will always be God.             When He created the world, He planned to supply it forever according to His riches.  But Satan got involved in the Garden of Eden and severed the tie between God and man.  It took Jesus, coming and paying the price for man’s sin, to rejoin the natural to the spiritual.  Satan has severed man’s supply line to God, but Jesus came and rebuilt the bridge.

Exceeding Great and Precious Promises

            According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might partakers of the divine nature (II Peter 1:3,4).             These exceeding great and precious promises are the bridge that connects the natural realm of man to the spiritual realm of God.  The Word is the method by which the first “deep” calls unto the second “deep,” causing the things of God (things that pertain unto life and godliness) to be manifested in the natural realm.  By using these exceeding great and precious promises, we become partakers of the divine nature of God.

God’s Divine Nature

            What is God’s divine nature?  Love.  His divine nature is to supply.  He is a giver, not a taker.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son  (John 3:16).              In II Corinthians 7:1, Paul wrote:  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves of all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear (or reverence) of God.  What promises?  They are listed in chapter six, verses 16-18.             And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for (1) ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, (2) I will dwell in them, and (3) walk in them; and (4) I will be their God; and (5) they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean things; and (6) I will receive you, and (7) will be a Father unto you, and (8) ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.             Paul took these eight promises of the old covenant and knew them as a reality in His own life.  Even though he had plotted against the Christians and stood by while Steven was stoned, he could honestly write: Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man (II Corinthians 7:2).             The man who plotted against the church died on the road to Damascus and a new man was born.  Whether he felt like an  apostle or not, whether he looked like an apostle or not, he took God at His Word and acted on it by faith.  When he did, God released the power in the spiritual realm to bring to pass these promises in the spiritual realm.

Take God at His Word

            Every believer today should be like Paul.  Take God on His Word and act on it.  If you need healing, take God’s promise for healing and stand on it.  Become a partaker of God’s divine nature and healing will be manifested in your life.              If you need success on your job, then take God’s promise.  He said, “I will bless what your hand finds to do” (Deuteronomy 28:12).  Begin to act like God’s Word is so.  Expect the work of your hands to prosper.  When you do, God will manifest Himself in a very special way and things will improve.  God is not a man that He should lie.  He is true to His Word.  Praise God!  –Ken Copeland


Why God Hates Sin!

Why God hates sin

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


Taking Back the Garden of God

taking back the garden of God

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.’”

Be masters.

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


The Garden of Eden in You!

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If you spend much time at all around a group of believers, there’s one word you’re sure to hear. It’s a good word. A Bible word. A word we toss back and forth in conversation with ease and frequency.

But there’s one problem with it. Scripturally speaking, we don’t fully understand what it means. We have very little idea of the real power and history behind it.

The word I’m talking about is blessing.

Most of us think that word simply refers to something good that God gives us—a gift He bestows. But the blessing of God actually extends far beyond that. It includes not only His gifts, but the creative power behind them. It speaks not only of what we have been given but of who we are and what God has anointed us to do.

If you are a born-again child of God, THE BLESSING encompasses your identity, your capacity and your call.

Such a statement might sound to some like an exaggeration, and it would be if I were using the word blessing like we usually do—to mean an isolated outbreak of God’s goodness in some area of life. But I’m not talking about a blessing like that. I’m talking about THE BLESSING—and that is a far greater thing.

A Dramatic Moment in Divine History To understand the true scope of THE BLESSING, we must trace its origin back through the Bible to the first chapter of Genesis. There, in what I believe was one of the most dramatic moments in divine history, THE BLESSING made its first appearance.

In the six days leading up to it, God had spoken the earth into being. He had said, “Light be!”…and light was. At His command, the sun, moon, stars and sea had all been set in place. Plant, animal and marine life had all been brought forth by God’s Word. Everything had been made ready for His crowning creation: “And God said, 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).

Personally, I believe at that moment a hush fell over the universe as all the angels and heavenly host waited in anticipation to see this God-like being who was about to be created. Their attention was riveted upon this being called man who was to be given authority over the earth. What would this creature be like? What kind of power would he possess? What work would God give him to do?

All those questions were answered in an instant with what happened next.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (verses 27-28).

The First Words Adam Ever Heard With those words, God imparted to Adam and Eve—and to all mankind— THE BLESSING. He told them who they were: the lords of the earth created by God in His image as rulers and royalty. He told them what they were supposed to do: replenish (or fill up) the earth, subdue it and bring it into line with the perfect will of God. He also gave them the power to carry out that assignment.

To bless actually means “to empower.” So the first words Adam ever heard, the first sound that ever struck his eardrums was the sound of God’s voice empowering him with the divine, creative ability to reign over the earth and make it a perfect reflection of God’s best and highest will.

How did Adam know what God’s perfect will for the earth was?

All he had to do was look around him. He was living in the Garden of Eden— a place created and ordered by God Himself. That Garden was a perfect demonstration of God’s plan for this planet. It was a prototype of what He wanted the whole thing to be.

Adam’s job was to exercise his God-given authority and expand that Garden until it encompassed the entire earth. That’s what THE BLESSING was for! It provided Adam with the power to carry on the work God began in creation. It equipped him with the divine resources he needed to follow God’s example and, by speaking anointed, faith-filled words, transform the uncultivated parts of this planet into a veritable Garden of Eden.

In other words, THE BLESSING empowered Adam to be a blessing wherever he went. The Garden of Eden was literally inside Adam.

The God Who Never Quits

Of course, we all know that Adam and Eve messed things up. Instead of operating in THE BLESSING they’d been given and becoming a blessing to the whole earth, they disconnected from God through disobedience. They bowed their knee to the devil and gave him access to their God-given authority. When they did, the whole deal was twisted.

THE BLESSING was turned into a curse. Instead of prospering under their oversight, the earth resisted them and became their enemy. Instead of speaking to it and reigning over it as kings, Adam and Eve worked it like slaves, sweating and laboring just to eke out a living. Talk about a long fall! Adam had once had enough power to subdue the entire earth and bless it; after sin entered the picture, he could hardly make a living in his own garden.

Even so, God didn’t give up on His original plan. He never does. There’s no variableness or shadow of change in Him. Once He sets out to do something, He stays with it until it’s done.

So it’s no surprise that just a few chapters later, in Genesis 12, we find Him reestablishing THE BLESSING that Adam threw away. We find Him offering it again to a man who was willing to obey Him and enter into a covenant relationship with Him. We find Him saying to a man named Abram:

Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3).

From Generation to Generation

There’s no question about it. That wasn’t just any blessing God was offering to Abram. It was THE BLESSING—the same one Adam was given, the same divine ability and creative anointing that caused goodness and prosperity to spring forth everywhere Adam went. Once again, as He did in Genesis 1, God was offering to a man the power to bless the whole earth.

Abram responded differently to that blessing than Adam did. He didn’t blow it off. He received it with respect and began to operate in it by faith. He even taught it to his children and passed the blessing along to them.

What was the result? Eden-like conditions began to blossom in Abram’s life. Just as God showed up in the Garden to fellowship with Adam and Eve, God began to visit Abram and talk with him. Their relationship was so strong and close that God referred to Abraham (Abram’s God-given name) as His friend.

Abraham’s physical body began to reflect the conditions of the Garden as well. THE BLESSING so renewed and regenerated him that he and his once-barren wife, Sarah, were able to have a son when she was 90 and he was 100 years old.

The great material abundance that marked the Garden of Eden began to manifest in Abraham’s life too. He became very rich in cattle, silver and gold. Everywhere he went, he prospered financially.

Because of THE BLESSING, Abraham and the members of his household learned how to do things they couldn’t do before. Without any formal military training, for example, Abraham’s servants became expert warriors. They fought so effectively that when a coalition of foreign armies attacked, Abraham whipped the whole bunch with just 318 of his servants. Then he freed all the captives and walked away with all the spoil.

Those are the kinds of results THE BLESSING produced again and again in Abraham’s life. They didn’t stop with him, either. They continued in the lives of his descendants because God had specifically said, “I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee” (Genesis 17:7).

Because of that promise, THE BLESSING can be traced down through generations in the pages of the Bible. We can see it in the life of Abraham’s grandson Jacob as he prospered and increased against all odds. Even when people intentionally cheated him in business, Jacob just kept getting richer. His household eventually grew so big the region he lived in couldn’t contain it.

Jacob’s son Joseph experienced the same kind of success in the face of even greater obstacles. When his brothers sold him into slavery, for example, THE BLESSING empowered him to become the overseer of his owner’s entire estate. Later, when a loose woman’s lies landed him in prison, THE BLESSING promoted him until he was in charge of the whole place. Finally, when the prison couldn’t hold him anymore, THE BLESSING brought him to the palace where he ended up as Pharaoh’s right-hand man and prime minister over the entire land of Egypt.

Who Is Abraham’s Seed?

After Joseph died, the revelation of THE BLESS began to dim and Abraham’s descendants slipped into 400 years of Egyptian slavery. But God—who never quits—raised up a man named Moses, breathed fresh life into that revelation and taught an entire nation of Israelites to walk once again in The Blessing of Abraham.

That Blessing was what split the Red Sea for them. It was what guided them and kept them for 40 years in the wilderness. It was THE BLESSING that demolished the walls of Jericho and launched the Israelites into the Promised Land. It was THE BLESSING that gave Samson the strength to single-handedly slay a thousand Philistines, and gave David the guts and grace to kill Goliath. It was THE BLESSING on Daniel that kept the lions’ mouths shut when he was in their den.

All those people enjoyed the benefits of THE BLESSING because of what God said to Abraham. They all experienced some of its effects because He had promised to give THE BLESSING not only to Abraham himself but to his seed.

“That’s all great, Brother Copeland,” you might say, “but I’m not Jewish. So what does it have to do with me?”

If you’re a believer, it has everything to do with you because the New Testament says that when God gave THE BLESSING to Abraham and his seed, “He [God] saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ” (Galatians 3:16).

In other words, when God spoke to Abraham and his Seed, He was speaking directly to Jesus. He was giving to Jesus (through Abraham) THE BLESSING that was originally bestowed on Adam.

That’s why Jesus is called “the last Adam” (I Corinthians 15:45). He was the true inheritor of that Blessing. His whole earthly ministry was a demonstration of it. Everywhere He went, He brought blessing. That’s why, when sick people came to Him, He healed them. He was carrying out the mission Adam had been given. He was releasing the power of THE BLESSING within Him to expand God’s kingdom and reproduce God’s perfect will as it was first manifest in the Garden of Eden.

There wasn’t any sickness in the Garden of Eden, so healing is part of THE BLESSING and Jesus healed at every opportunity. There wasn’t any poverty or hunger in the Garden, so prosperity is part of THE BLESSING. Therefore He multiplied loaves and fish to feed the hungry crowds who came to hear Him. There was no harmful weather in the Garden, so when a storm threatened destruction, He spoke to it and calmed it down. That was THE BLESSING in action.

It’s Our Inheritance

But Jesus didn’t stop there. After demonstrating the power of THE BLESSING in His own life, He went to the cross and paid the price for the sin of all mankind. He defeated the curse, rose again and took THE BLESSING back so that you and I could inherit it. As Galatians 3 says:

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith…. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (verses 13-14, 29).

Do you realize what that passage is saying? It’s telling us that through Jesus, you and I have become heirs—not just of a blessing, not just of some blessings, or even many blessings. We’ve inherited THE BLESSING! We’ve been given the power of God to create, to make available, and to overcome anything necessary to bring into manifestation the conditions in the Garden of Eden not only in our own lives but in the lives of others.

That’s our inheritance! We are heirs to everything God did in that Garden. Our job now is to help expand it and do our part to fill the earth with its blessing. That was God’s will for the first Adam and today His will is back in place through Jesus, the last Adam.

Some people say we need to get our minds off THE BLESSING and back on Jesus. But the truth is, you can’t separate Jesus from THE BLESSING. It’s what He came to restore. It’s what He walked in and made available to others when He ministered on the earth…and it’s what He has called us, as His disciples, to walk in and make available to others in His Name.

Today, I believe the angels are once again waiting with anticipation, watching this new-creation race of reborn men who have been given authority over the earth in the Name of Jesus. They’re waiting to respond to our command as we go into all the world, doing the works of Jesus, and telling everyone who will listen that He has paid the price for us all to inherit THE BLESSING.  –Ken Copeland


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