KENNETH: Hello, everybody.
We’re Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and welcome to
the Believer’s Voice of Victory broadcast. Father, we just
praise you and we thank you today. GLORIA: Thank you, Lord.
KENNETH: Hallelujah. We open our hearts and we open our minds for
revelation from heaven, Sir, and we give you the praise and the
honor and the glory for it. Help us get across this life of
thanksgiving. We need this Father. We need a deeper, more
active revelation of this, and we thank you for it. We believe
you for it. In the name of Jesus. Amen. Glory to God.
Hey guys, welcome to the today. Amen. This is going
to be a lot of fun. Gloria, you look gloriously beautiful today,
as usual. Amen. Love of my life. GLORIA: Thank you. KENNETH:
We’re going to be… This is all Thanksgiving week. You know,
Thanksgiving in the United States is this Thursday. And
I want to read this to you. According to the United States
National Archives on the 28th of September of 1789, the first
federal Congress, first one, first act of Congress passed
a resolution asking that the president of the United States
recommend to the nation a day of Thanksgiving. A few days later,
George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday 26
November 1789 as a day of public Thanksgiving, first time
Thanksgiving was celebrated under the new constitution.
GLORIA: Isn’t that something? KENNETH: We’re a nation of
thanksgiving. Praise God. GLORIA: In 1789? KENNETH: Yes.
GLORIA: That’s great. KENNETH: And the very first federal
Congress. GLORIA: Praise God. We are thankful, Lord. We are
so thankful. KENNETH: So this is one of the places and one of the
things… You remember in Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am he who
blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake,” and then he
said, “Put me in remembrance of my word, remind me, plead your
case, he said.” And so when I pray for the nation, this is one
of the things that I remind God of. Just keep reminding Him,
Sir, hey, we gave thanks, number one. I mean we started this by
giving thanks to you and for giving us this place where we
can worship God freely. And you have to remember this. This is
the only nation in history that was formed by a people because
they love God and because they wanted to worship Him. AUDIENCE:
Amen. KENNETH: Now the nation of Israel was formed because God
loved them. But this nation was formed by people that loved God.
And I’m telling you what, He’ll never forget that. AUDIENCE:
Amen. GLORIA: Praise God. KENNETH: But we need to remind
and put Him in remembrance of that, is it isn’t that He forgot
it, but it’s that we remember it and obey that scripture, and we
give thanks for what we have in this nation. Praise God. GLORIA:
Yes, we do. KENNETH: So that’s what we’re going to be talking
about all this week. If we were to put a title on it, it
would be developing a life of thanksgiving and gratitude. I
think that’s a better way of saying it. Developing a life
of gratitude. Now let’s go to Romans chapter one. This really,
really puts a premium and shows us both sides of gratitude
and thanksgiving. Verse 21 because… Oh, let’s back
up to the 20th verse. “For the invisible things of Him
from the creation of the world are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are made,
even his eternal power and Godhead show that they
are without excuse, because that when they knew God, they
glorified Him not as God. Neither were thankful,
but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish
heart was darkened.” You can look at that from both sides of
the issue. A heart that’s all the time, griping and grumbling
and going on about what God hadn’t done for me, and He
should have done this. Why did He let this happen to me?
And and all of that, and never thanking Him. I like what Keith
Moore said. He said, “Well, show your hand hurts. Well, does
the other one hurt? Do your feet hurt? Do your legs hurt?
Does your head hurt? Well, give thanks for all the rest of it.
Glory to God and you get your hand healed.” GLORIA: That’s
right. KENNETH: You can see what Keith’s driving at. And I
experienced this and… Well, I’ll go ahead and tell you about
it now. Back in 2004, how will we remember that Sunday morning?
Right after Southwest. It had been an exceptionally tough
meeting. The devil fought that meeting. We came out with great
victories, but it was one of those times. We had to fight
the good fight of faith. GLORIA: Amen, yeah. KENNETH: And when we
got home Saturday night and then in Sunday morning, I just stood
there in that hot shower. Oh man. It felt good. GLORIA: Did
you wash that meeting out of your hair? KENNETH: Yes, I did.
And I bent over to pick up my washcloth, and it wasn’t in
front of me. It had fallen off of the bench there in my shower.
And instead of turning in that direction, I twisted. And oh,
when I did I ruptured a disc in my back. It knocked me to
the floor. Oh, just terrible, horrible, awful, awful pain. And
I had the absolute blessing and wonderful fortune to have
Dr. David Weeter and Dr. Don Colbert. Glory to God. And those
two ganged up on me. Well, and Lynn Weeter, Dr. Lynn Weeter,
David’s wife. I called them and they immediately came over that
morning and they begin to work on me and pray. The first thing
they did, they had written out an agreement prayer of healing
and deliverance. And the first thing they did was minister that
agreement to me, and I moved into good and perfect agreement.
So did you, and attacked that thing. So we went down to
Florida where Dr. Colbert is and… I mean, he and David,
they’re just working on me, and they’re just doing all their
thing. And so they broke up that pain. Now, I still had a lot of,
just an awful lot of pain going down my left leg, and got out in
the backyard… Now most of you know I don’t like inside. And I
go outside to pray, and in the wintertime I’ve got heaters out
there. You know, I just don’t like being indoors. And so I’m
out there hurting, and I began to praise God and I began
praising and just shout the praise just loud as I could
just the top of my voice. And I noticed while I’m praising and
giving thanks to God because I was doing the very thing, my
right leg didn’t hurt. None of the rest of me hurt, but the
left leg, and I’d just given praise that nothing else hurt.
Just worshiping, just shouting as loud as I could, the praise
of God. And I noticed while I was praising the pain wasn’t
working, and I’d be quiet and here it would come back. So I
decided, well, I know the answer to that. And I wound up praising
God for the trees, for the grass, for the birds that were
flying by in front of me and just shouting and praising God
for the weather, for everything that crossed my mind, for my
family, just praise and praise and praise and praise. And long
as I was praising that pain just kept subsiding and kept
subsiding. Now on the other side of that is the dark side. When
you don’t acknowledge God… Now you may be born again and filled
with the spirit of God and all that, but you’re not
acknowledging the good side. You’re not praising. You’re not
thankful. Even praying over the meals. It is amazing to me that
a lot of Christian people just don’t have time to do that. Well
that’s, hey. I don’t just pray and thank God for this. I got to
eat this. GLORIA: I’m sure he’s not talking about my cooking.
Poor cooking, I know. KENNETH: No, I just wondered when you
cooked. GLORIA: I beat you to it. I beat you to it. KENNETH:
I wish she had good cooking because she’s a dynamite
cook. Her mama, here taught her how to cook and, boy. You
talk about a cook. GLORIA: My mother could cook. KENNETH:
Yeah. Amen. So Gloria fixed this, just stuff. I don’t know
what all was in it. This was back in the days when we had to
watch our money in the grocery store to keep from getting too
much. Didn’t have money to pay our way out, and Gloria would
call this… It was so good. And I said, “Gloria, I want more.”
And the kids would say, “Mama, we want more.” So we wound up
calling it more. “Gloria fix some more.” Okay, she’d fixed
more and it was wonderful. And we give praise for more. The
glory to God. Now the dark side of that is not being thankful
and not developing a life of gratitude. So here you’re
presented with two pictures. One is all the problems and one is
the blessing. So what do you do? You go back to Deuteronomy 30:19
where God said, “I place before you, life and death, blessing
and cursing, therefore you choose life,” dummy. I mean come
on. But when you’re surrounded by pressure and pain and so
forth, this is when you have to practice the sacrifice of praise
and thanksgiving, sow that as you practice it and practice it
and practice it, it’ll come up first. Show the renewing of the
mind. That’s the first thing you want coming out of your mouth.
It’s not some something you wish you hadn’t said, but praise
God. Now that always reminds me, you’ll remember this, back in
the little, the first house that we had, and it was a new house.
My dad bought it, and we rented it from him. It was a nice
little house. And Gloria had this very, very large footstool,
has an ottoman… I think ottoman is the culture word for
it. It’s still a footstool to me. The thing about that it was
big and it was heavy. And we had just come home off the…
several weeks of meetings. And I’m telling you, when I got
home, I was so home. I didn’t even want to go to bed. I just
want to be home, you know? And so Kellie and John and Gloria
were all already in bed. I did something very, very dumb. This
is just stupid. Turn the light out and then walk across the
room. Come on. GLORIA: Well, there’s probably only one light
switch. KENNETH: Well, I don’t know, but I did it, and I kicked
that great, big stool and I heard my toe pop! Oh! Now all
kinds of things could have come out of my mouth right now.
GLORIA: Did you speak words of grace? KENNETH: Yes as a matter
of fact, I did. GLORIA: Well, good. KENNETH: But it’s if
what’s in there in abundance, and I just said, Glory to God!
Thank you, Jesus. I’m healed.” So that was the first words came
out of my mouth. GLORIA: Amen. That’s good. KENNETH: Now
acknowledging Him, what’d that say? They glorified Him not.
Neither were thankful, but became vain in their
imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Now right
then some dark something could have come out of my mouth,
and then I would have been in trouble. But I just glorified
God right then. And now the next morning- GLORIA: You know,
one reason it be so powerful? Because you would have meant it.
The word that came out your mouth. KENNETH: Yeah, that’s
good, Gloria, because that’s what happens. A startling
moment, a moment of sudden pain and whatever comes out of you,
you really do mean it. And if it’s full of fear, see fear is
faith in the wrong direction. And when
the force of fear comes out like that, and it’s
powerful unless it’s dealt with right then. But what’s
more powerful is for praise to come out of your mouth. Glory
to God. Thank you, Jesus. And the next morning, oh,
that toe was hurt. I woke up and it’s just throbbing, just
throbbing it hurt so bad. And I had to maintain my faith
statement like Jairus did. He never said anything but faith,
and he is in a whole lot worse situation than I was. His
daughter eventually was dead before they got there, and he
still didn’t say anything, but “You come lay your hands on her
and she shall live.” So the next morning I got up praising God.
Oh, that thing hurt. And the devil said, just immediately
said, “Why don’t you look at it? It’s just black and blue.” I
said, “I don’t have to look at it. I’m healed.” And he just
kept coming at, “It’s just black, and it’s just blue.”
And I said, out loud, I said, “Satan, I have friends and their
toes are black all the time. Very close friends by the way.
And so don’t put that on me.” You just hush that. You just
shut up. And so I got my socks out of the drawer and shut my
eyes, put my socks over that foot and wouldn’t look at it.
Now Gloria and I have long since learned to be very, very careful
about those things upon which we agree. Any two of you shall
agree. Well, that works on the curse side the same as it does
on the blessing side. I walked in the kitchen, I’m hobbling.
She turned around and looked at me. I said, “Gloria, last night
I kicked that big, old, green stool in there, in the living
room and broke my toe, but glory to God I’m healed. Thank God.”
She said, “I agree with that” and turned around and laid her
hands on me, still praising God. Had an appointment at the
airport. I went out to the airport. I’m hobbling in there.
The first thing I said to the receptionist, I said, “This
morning about two o’clock, I broke my toe.” “Oh, I’m so
sorry.” I said, “But Jesus said when he was on the earth,
whatsoever thing you desire, when you pray, believe you
receive it, and you shall have it. And I believe I receive my
healing.” By the time I got that out, she was already… She just
left. Good. Got her out of the equation. Amen before I left
the airport that morning totally completely healed. I got in the
car and it was hurting when I got in the car, and I drove
around behind the hangar to look at the little red Skylane
that we eventually bought. And I walked around there, and when I
got around to the airplane… There weren’t no way I was going
to walk over there. So I drove around behind that hangar and
when I got out and I set my foot down on the ground, no pain.
AUDIENCE: Praise God. KENNETH: No pain. GLORIA: Praise God.
KENNETH: Now what was the first word? Praise and thanksgiving.
The power of praise and thanksgiving. Brother Hagin
called it the praise cure. That’s good, isn’t it?
Developing a heart of gratitude, a gratitude attitude. Praise
God. Say it. I have… AUDIENCE: I have… KENNETH: A
gratitude… AUDIENCE: A gratitude… KENNETH: Attitude.
AUDIENCE: Attitude. KENNETH: And I’m strong in the Lord…
AUDIENCE: And I’m strong in the Lord… KENNETH: And in the
power of His mind. AUDIENCE: And in the power of His mind.
KENNETH: Now give Him praise. Glory to God. Thank you, Jesus.
AUDIENCE: Glory to God. KENNETH: How much time we got, Tim?
GLORIA: Hallelujah. KENNETH: Oh, I can do a lot in two minutes.
Praise God. Thank you, Jesus. Now let’s turn over
through the book of Philippians please. In the fourth chapter,
now oh, this really does open up our mind and thinking, here. I’m
going to bring this up and the classic amplified, and I’m going
to go to Philippians four verse six. “Be careful for nothing.”
Now listen, “But in everything.” Say everything. AUDIENCE:
Everything. KENNETH: What does everything mean? AUDIENCE:
Everything. KENNETH: Everything. That’s like the young man that
did a Bible study on the Word all. He studied it in Hebrew and
Greek and Caledeon and all this stuff, and he came back to
brother Keith Moore, and Keith said “Did you do that study?”
“Yeah.” “What does it mean?” “All.” Everything means
everything. “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by
prayer, and supplication with thanksgiving let your request
be made known unto God and the peace of God which passes all
understanding shall keep your heart and mind through Christ
Jesus. Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything.” Now you
notice He didn’t say try not to. He said don’t do it. Now to us,
that’s a command. If He says, don’t do it, then don’t do
it. “Oh, but I can’t help it!” Well, now which one
am I going to pick? You or the Bible? GLORIA: You know, it’d be
interesting to do a little book on the do nots. KENNETH: Yeah,
do not. GLORIA: Do not this. Do not that. All in one little
book. KENNETH: All the do nots and then all the dos. GLORIA:
Mm-hmm (affirmative). That’d be good. KENNETH: Do not fret or
have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance,
even when you break your toe, in every circumstance and in
everything by prayer and petition, the definite request
with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. So
I can make my wants known to God by griping about it, or I can
make my wants known to God by thanking Him for it. And we’re
out of time. GLORIA: Another keyword there is continue.
KENNETH: Continue. GLORIA: Don’t quit. Don’t let it knock you
out. KENNETH: This has to be all the time. In everything all the
time. Praise God. We’re out of time. Did you get anything
out of that? AUDIENCE: Amen. ANNOUNCER: We hope you enjoyed
today’s teaching from Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and
remember Jesus is Lord.