(Singing) I know my God
has made the way for me. I know my God has
made the way for me. ANNOUNCER: Today on the
Believer’s Voice of Victory, Gloria Copeland and Pastor
George Pearsons discuss how you can develop “bulldog” faith,
being fully persuaded that God’s Word is the truth that never
changes. Now, here’s Gloria. GLORIA: Hello, everybody.
Welcome to the Believer’s Voice of Victory broadcast.
Hallelujah. Pastor George is back, and he’s going to be
talking about– TOGETHER: Bulldog faith. GEORGE:
Mm-hmm. GLORIA: Bulldog faith. GEORGE: Yeah. Gloria, we’re
talking about faith these two weeks, how to develop
your faith– GLORIA: Yeah. GEORGE: –how to build
your faith, how to get strong faith. GLORIA: That’s a good way
to say it, it’s bulldog. GEORGE: Yeah. And that’s what–that’s
what the nature of faith is. It’s a–it’s a bulldog faith.
It–yeah. (Laughs) Did you catch that on camera? I don’t think we
did. GLORIA: I hope not. GEORGE: (Laughs) It bites down and
doesn’t let go. GLORIA: That’s right. GEORGE: So we’re talking
about this, Gloria, this uncommon faith, developing an
uncommon faith. And all of our notes are available to you, not
just the ones that we’re doing on this broadcast, but all of
them, all 314 notes are available online. Just go to
kcm.org. Click to the picture of Gloria and me, and it’ll take
you to our notes. And, Gloria, we’ve had–we have–we’ve had
over 1.2 million downloads of our notes. GLORIA: 1.2– GEORGE:
So, obviously, people are interested in hearing about
prosperity. And we are. We’re talking about faith for
prosperity. GLORIA: I’ll bet you a lot of them have preached it,
too. GEORGE: Yeah, they have. GLORIA: And they’re welcome to
do that. GEORGE: I’ve actually talked to some pastors that use
these outlines, not only for messages in church, but also
for their offerings that they receive. GLORIA: Well, good.
GEORGE: So obviously, people are interested in learning how to
walk in a place of prosperity and provision, increase, and
supernatural abundance– GLORIA: Amen. GEORGE: –that belongs to
them in the Word of God. So we’re talking about this–this
developing our faith. And the–the beginnings of this came
earlier in the year when I was praying over the vision for the
ministry, for the church, for our partners, for our
congregation. And I asked the Lord, I said, “What is it going
to take for us to be able to fulfill everything that we need
to do?” And there’s a lot going on around here. GLORIA: Don’t
tell me. GEORGE: And I kind of laugh about it, but I get–I get
sometimes at least two or three phone calls from Kenneth a
day–a day about something that he wants to do or someplace that
he wants to give or some vision that the Lord has given him. So
I asked the Lord, I said, “What do I need to do to stay up with
Kenneth Copeland’s faith?” And He said to me, He said, “You’re
going to have to develop your faith. Your faith is going to
have to come up.” There is– GLORIA: That’s a good thing.
GEORGE: There’s no limit, Gloria, to how– GLORIA: That’s
right. GEORGE: –how far our faith can go. And you look at a
ministry like this, this is your 51st year of ministry, Kenneth
Copeland Ministries. You don’t owe anybody anything. Everything
is paid for around here. GLORIA: Amen. GEORGE: The Voice of
Victory is going on around the world. GLORIA: Thank You, Lord.
GEORGE: I would say that when you–between the time that you
and Kenneth started in Tulsa in 1967 to where we are today, your
faith has definitely developed. GLORIA: Grown– GEORGE: Grown.
GLORIA: –exceedingly. GEORGE: Exceedingly. And I like the
fact that you can–you continually–like we were
talking about Kenneth being at recurrent training this week
for–for flight training. And he’s going back there, he’s
going back over the basics. GLORIA: Yeah. GEORGE: He’s
learning some new things. He’s being refreshed in things. We
have to do the same thing. GLORIA: We do, with the Word.
GEORGE: We have to do the same thing with the Word. But where
the Word is concerned, it has to be daily. It has to be every
single day. GLORIA: If you do it right, that’s the way you’ll do
it. GEORGE: Yeah. Every day, every day, because the devil
will try to get in there and steal the Word from you on a
daily basis. GLORIA: And you know, he is a good liar. GEORGE:
He is a good liar. GLORIA: I mean, he excels in lying–
GEORGE: He excels in it. GLORIA: –and deceiving. GEORGE: Mm-hmm.
GLORIA: So we have to excel in the Word of God to keep things
straight. GEORGE: We have to excel in the Word of God.
GLORIA: That’s right. GEORGE: And that’s what you and I are
doing. GLORIA: And he’s a thief, what’s more. GEORGE: Yeah. Well,
the stronger your faith is–I heard Keith Moore say this one
time. He said, “The stronger your faith and the stronger your
spirit is, the easier it is to receive from God–” GLORIA:
Yeah. GEORGE: “–the easier it is to keep what you receive from
God–” GLORIA: That’s right, absolutely. GEORGE: “–and the
easier it is to resist the devil.” Now, those three things
right there, receive from God, keep what you receive from God,
and resist the devil– GLORIA: That’s right. GEORGE: –the
stronger in faith you are, the easier it is to do those things.
GLORIA: Well, George, I was just looking at my notes here.
GEORGE: Mm-hmm? GLORIA: And I see where we have had 1,254,000
downloads– GEORGE: Downloads, yes. GLORIA: –of these notes.
GEORGE: Yep, yep. GLORIA: So somebody wants it. GEORGE:
Somebody’s interested. GLORIA: Somebody’s interested. GEORGE:
Yeah. GLORIA: Isn’t that great? GEORGE: Yeah, yeah. GLORIA:
1,255,000 downloads. GEORGE: That’s a lot. GLORIA: Glory to
God. GEORGE: That’s a lot. Well, Gloria, today– GLORIA: That’s
the way–I mean, we still are hungry, and certainly, in the
beginning of this, we were–we’d have probably gone crazy with
250–(Both Laugh)–with 254,000 downloads. But you know, you
have to–you have to go over it. GEORGE: Yeah, you do. GLORIA:
You don’t get it just– GEORGE: You have to go over it. GLORIA:
–because you’ve heard it one time. GEORGE: You’ve got to
review it. It’s just like Tim–or Peter that said, “I
bring you into remembrance of these things.” GLORIA: Yes,
that’s right. GEORGE: We have to go back over and over the basics
of these continually. And one of the things I want to talk about
today is–is the aggressive nature of faith, the nature of
faith. And the foundation scripture I have for that here
is in I John 5:4-5. GLORIA: Mm-hmm. GEORGE: It says, “For
whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is
the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” GLORIA:
That’s right. GEORGE: “Who is he that overcomes the world, but he
that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” GLORIA: Yes.
GEORGE: Well, this is the victory that overcomes the
world. Our faith is the victory. GLORIA: Our faith is the
victory. GEORGE: In the Amplified translation, it says,
“This is the victory that conquers the world–” GLORIA: I
like that. GEORGE: “–even our faith.” So the nature of
faith–if you look at the word “faith” in the Greek, it’s the
word “pistos,” and it means “forward directed and
aggressive.” It’s an aggressive force. GLORIA: “Forward,
directive–” “directive” or “directed”? GEORGE:
“Direct–directed.” “Forward directed.” GLORIA: “Forward
directed.” GEORGE: Always moving forward, always reaching out to
the goal, always–always reaching forward until its goal
is fulfilled. And it boldly takes what rightfully belongs to
it. GLORIA: Amen. GEORGE: It’s an aggressive force. GLORIA: It
is. GEORGE: It’s a tough force. And in Hebrews 10:38, it says,
“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back,
my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them
who draw back under perdition; but of them that believe to the
saving of the soul.” We do not draw– GLORIA: Don’t draw back.
GEORGE: We do not draw back. So this aggressive faith, Gloria,
it is not passive– GLORIA: No. GEORGE: –it never takes “no”
for an answer. It never backs up, it never backs down, it
never quits. And as you and I have taught–you and I actually
taught a two-week series on bulldog faith a few years ago.
GLORIA: That’s a good description of it. GEORGE:
Bulldog faith. Faith is like a bulldog. GLORIA: I just see that
old bulldog, “Grrrnnn,” not letting go, “Nnn.” GEORGE: He
won’t let go. GLORIA: Hmm-mm. GEORGE: He won’t let go. And so
what I did for you down here is I–I wrote a little bit about
the–this bulldog faith and comparing it to a bulldog.
GLORIA: Yeah, okay. GEORGE: “A bulldog is stubbornly
aggressive, persistent, and determined.” And that’s–
GLORIA: And you have to be that way if– GEORGE: You have–yeah,
exactly. GLORIA: –you’re going to walk by faith. GEORGE: You
have to be that way in your faith. Faith is aggressive. Now,
I’ve watched Brother Copeland through the years. And I
remember the time that we were going on daily radio. And the
command– GLORIA: That was way back. GEORGE: That was 1976. And
he said, “The Lord told him to take this uncompromised message
of faith and put it on every available voice.” And I remember
the directive that he gave–your brother Doug was the executive
director at the time. And he told Doug, he said, “I want to
go on every station as fast as possible.” Every station.
GLORIA: Wow. GEORGE: And within–within the first couple
of years, we were on 700 stations. Fastest growing–this
was the fastest growing religious broadcaster in
history. That’s aggressive. GLORIA: That is aggressive.
GEORGE: That is aggressive. GLORIA: Yes, it is. GEORGE: And
you have to be stubbornly aggressive and persistent, and
determine, if the Lord tells you something like that, “Get on
every available voice,” in the same way that– GLORIA: That’s a
big deal. GEORGE: –that we’re believing for every available
voice to this day, I have to–personally, as the CEO, I
have to be aggressive about it. I have to use my faith and be
aggressive about that. I have to be persistent. GLORIA: Yeah.
GEORGE: I have to be determined. And I have to be, to Kenneth,
like Jonathan’s armor bearer was to him. Jonathan’s armor bearer
said to Jonathan, “Whatever is in your heart to do, let’s do
it.” “Let’s do it.” GLORIA: It’s strong, isn’t it? GEORGE: It is
strong. GLORIA: Yeah, mm-hmm. GEORGE: So, “A bulldog is a
breed of remarkable ferocity, courage, and a tenacity of
grip.” I like that. “Its jaw–the jaw of a bulldog sticks
out, and its nose is indented so that when it bites down on
something, it won’t let go. It can keep breathing.” GLORIA:
(Laughs) GEORGE: “It can keep breathing.” You think about
giving a bone to a bulldog and then–you know, if you like to
play with a dog, and you try to take that bone out of his mouth,
he will bite down on that bone and keep breathing and will not
let go of it. That’s exactly the way our faith needs to be.
GLORIA: Yes, that’s right. That’s a good picture of it.
GEORGE: We have to be like a bulldog. We bite down on the
Word of God, and we won’t let it go. GLORIA: That’s right.
GEORGE: We won’t let it go. GLORIA: Hallelujah. GEORGE: We
refuse to let it go. “Faith, true faith, does not quit, does
not give in–” GLORIA: That’s right. GEORGE: “–does not throw
in the towel.” GLORIA: That’s right. GEORGE: But true faith
keeps going. And like this point five down here at the bottom,
“Bulldog faith says, ‘God’s Word is mine now.'” GLORIA: That’s
right. GEORGE: “Devil, you can’t take it from me. Be assured
when this fight is over, I win.” GLORIA: I like, that
George. GEORGE: “I win.” GLORIA: That’s great. GEORGE: So that’s
the nature, Gloria, of– GLORIA: That’s it, bulldog faith.
GEORGE: –of faith. It’s aggressive. And we are–we’re
aggressive around here in believing God for the things
that we need to have and the things that we must have on–on
our property to be able to fulfill the plan that God has.
GLORIA: That’s right. GEORGE: And I encourage each one of you
that are listening to us right now, whatever it is that
you’re believing for, you get aggressive about it. You get
into the Word of God. You find your scriptures and–Brother
Hagin says, find at least three scriptures that you stand on.
And you get those scriptures, and you stay focused on the Word
of God. You don’t waiver on that, but you stay with it until
you see the desired result. GLORIA: That’s right. That’s
right. GEORGE: Too many people have faith in the dreaded
outcome as opposed– GLORIA: (Laughs) That’s a good way to
say it. GEORGE: –to the desired result. GLORIA: Yeah. GEORGE: So
now, we’re going to take a look at the nature, the true nature,
of faith. And–and you’ve taught this so many times before,
Gloria, but it so bears repeating. Mark 11:22-24, it
says, “And Jesus answering said unto them, Have faith in God,”
or “Have the faith of God,” or “You can have the faith of God.”
“For verily I say unto you that whosoever shall say unto
this mountain–” GLORIA: “Whosoever’s” a big word.
GEORGE: That’s a big word. It is. “–whosoever shall say to
this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea;
and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that
those things which he says shall come to pass; and he shall
have–” GLORIA: Yeah, “whatsoever–” GEORGE:
“–whatsoever he says.” GLORIA: “–he says.” GEORGE: “Therefore,
I say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you
pray, believe you receive them, and you shall have them.”
GLORIA: That’s the Word of the Lord. GEORGE: That’s it. GLORIA:
Believe you receive, and you shall– GEORGE: That’s it.
GLORIA: –have. GEORGE: And so many times, Gloria, you have
preached about this. And let me give them the definition of the
word “receive” in the Greek. GLORIA: All right. GEORGE: The
word “receive” in the Greek means “to take it with much
force.” That’s what face–faith does. Faith takes it with–with
much force. It seizes it with a grip that cannot be shaken off.
GLORIA: Yeah. GEORGE: That’s that bulldog. GLORIA: Yeah. Grr.
GEORGE: Yeah. Take it. (Laughs) Taking it. Take–biting down.
You have to bite down on the Word. The word of healing, for
instance, “By the stripes of Jesus, I am healed”– GLORIA:
Praise God. GEORGE: –faith will bite down on that word and will
not let go– GLORIA: That’s right. GEORGE: –will not
give up, will not quit. And I remember, Gloria, back in 1989,
going into 1990, the ministry was $6 million behind. GLORIA:
Where’s the bulldog? GEORGE: Where’s the bulldog? GLORIA:
(Laughs) GEORGE: And it was–it was a tough time. GLORIA: It
was–it was just awesome, really. GEORGE: It really was.
And it was– GLORIA: Tough. GEORGE: I remember very
distinctly–because I was executive director back then at
that time. GLORIA: And how did you get that much in debt?
Television bills– GEORGE: Television bills. GLORIA: –is
what it was. GEORGE: The television bills. Well, we had
just gone on daily television, and those bills were mounting
up. And we got behind in some of our accounts payable, and we got
behind in our television bills. So we–we had reached–by the
time–and I figured this out. By the time we hit November of that
year, we were at 6 million. So we had to do some– GLORIA: And
we weren’t in disobedience. GEORGE: No. GLORIA: We were in
obedience– GEORGE: We were in obedience. GLORIA: –to do that.
We’d been told to do that. GEORGE: And there are so many
people even watching us right now that are in situations that
look impossible to them. GLORIA: Yeah. GEORGE: But Gloria and I
are here as–we are a testimony of what God can do in the middle
of a situation like that. And we got aggressive, Gloria. One of
the things–I know that you and Kenneth were getting aggressive
about standing on the Word and confessing the Word over this.
GLORIA: Yes. GEORGE: And we were getting aggressive on the–on
the staff side, where, all during the month of December, we
would get together in the atrium in the main executive building
first thing in the morning, and we took–we were $6 million
behind. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.” GLORIA: Yes. GEORGE: At
that moment, we were not–we still owed that money. But we
were using our faith. And what we did was, for that whole
month, every morning, we gathered together in the atrium,
and we exercised our faith. We gave praise to God for getting
us out of that situation. We worshipped Him. We praised Him.
Praise is the language of faith. GLORIA: That’s right. GEORGE:
When you give thanksgiving to God, you are confirming that
what you’re believing for– GLORIA: He’s acting–that He’s
acting– GEORGE: He’s acting on it. GLORIA: Or acted. He’s acted
on it. GEORGE: Acted on it. GLORIA: Thank Him for it.
GEORGE: And we got aggressive. I know, Gloria, for me personally,
there was a couple of times when the pressure started getting to
me. GLORIA: Well, you were the–you were the last–you were
the last one, weren’t you? GEORGE: Yeah. GLORIA: I mean,
you had to–you were the–you had the last word. GEORGE: The
firing line. GLORIA: Somebody else made the commitment, but
now it goes to George to– GEORGE: Yeah. GLORIA: (Laughs)
GEORGE: So I remember– GLORIA: –not let go. GEORGE: I remember
one day, I was up in the executive building, and I walked
out–we have a beautiful patio area that you can overlook the
property. GLORIA: Yeah. GEORGE: And I walked out there. I walked
out behind your office there, and I was looking out over the
property. And I got mad at the Lord. I said, “How many come we
have to have so much property to take care of?” And He just
laughed at me. The Lord just laughed at me. And–but I–you
have to get ahold of yourself. You can’t let yourself drift.
You can’t let yourself just go into a depression over that. But
you have to stay in faith. And so I got–I got back in faith
again and got aggressive about it. So between you and Kenneth
and what we were doing on this side, we were confessing the
Word. We were believing God. And you and I were working together,
actually. We were actually making decisions to go off of
some of the TV stations that we were on at the time. We were
double-booked on some of those stations. We were–we were
showing our broadcast on one station– GLORIA: Covering the
same area twice. GEORGE: Covering the same territory
twice. GLORIA: Yeah. GEORGE: Well, you and I worked through
all of that. But something happened when we crossed into
1990. All of a sudden, the income went up. GLORIA: Praise
God. GEORGE: And we kept believing. We kept using that
aggressive bulldog faith. We bit down on the Word of God–
GLORIA: We didn’t quit. GEORGE: –and did not quit. And we got
into that new year. And all of a sudden, the income went up. And
when we got to the first of May, all of the accounts payable were
paid in full. GLORIA: Praise God. GEORGE: And then, on
July the 10th, at 9:00 in the morning, Jan came in–your
sister Jan came into my office. She was over the finances, still
is. And she had a check in her hand. And she said, “George,
this is the final payment of the $6 million.” GLORIA: Praise God!
GEORGE: Well, I called all of the staff together. GLORIA:
That’s awesome. GEORGE: I brought them down into that
atrium. And, my goodness, we praised God. We worshiped God
together. But you know, it was–it was the goodness of God
that got us out of that. GLORIA: Yes. GEORGE: But we had our
part. And our part was– GLORIA: We had to walk by faith and not
by sight. GEORGE: Exactly. Exactly. GLORIA: Yeah. GEORGE:
And we could not afford to give up. You can’t afford to give up.
You can’t afford to quit. You can’t afford to throw in the
towel and–and just say, “Well, this is not going to work for
me.” You need–you need to order the free product that we have
that we’re offering to you– GLORIA: My. GEORGE: –about how
to develop your faith and get your faith up there– GLORIA:
Yes. GEORGE: –to a level that it’s never been before. GLORIA:
We’re taking a big step ourselves offering that free.
GEORGE: That’s so true. GLORIA: When you get it, you are
obligated to watch it and listen to it and act on it. GEORGE:
That’s right. GLORIA: And come out! GEORGE: I remember, Gloria,
two years ago when–when Carleen, our producer, called me
and said, “Brother Copeland just had a word from the Lord.” We
were on set. I said, “What was it?” He said, “We’re going to
give our–we’re going to sow our product from now on.” I was
like, “Okay. All right.” GLORIA: As though we didn’t have enough
problems. (Both Laugh) GEORGE: So–but, you know what, though?
What we did–what we did, Gloria, is that– GLORIA: Well,
we got out. GEORGE: –that seed–and every time we send
product out there and give it– GLORIA: Seed. GEORGE: –that’s
seed. That is seed that goes out. And we’re calling the
harvest back in for that. GLORIA: Amen. GEORGE: And, you
know, if anybody wants to join us and help us get that product
out there, we freely receive offerings around here. But that
decision was made. And even to this day, we do not give up. We
do not quit. We do not throw in the towel. GLORIA: Can’t quit.
GEORGE: This scripture, number two there, it says “Matthew
11:12, ‘From the days of John the Baptist until now the
kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take
it by force.'” GLORIA: In other words, it may take effort.
GEORGE: It may take effort to do it. It may take– GLORIA: And
you will have to produce that effort. GEORGE: That’s right,
will have to. What we–we take what is ours, and we don’t let
go. GLORIA: That’s right. Bulldog faith. GEORGE: And
that phrase, “to take by forth–force,” in the Greek,
that’s the Greek word “harpazo.” “Harpazo.” Where do–what
word do we get from the word “harpazo,” but “harpoon.”
GLORIA: Harpoon? GEORGE: We harpoon our prosperity with
our faith, and we pull it in. GLORIA: Amen. GEORGE: You aim
that harpoon. When it says here, “taking it by force,” you aim
that harpoon at what you’re believing at, and then you pull
that–you reel that thing back in with your faith, and you use
your faith and say, “I’ve got it. I’ve got it in Jesus’ name.
That healing is mine. That prosperity is mine. Those bills
are paid. That debt is paid in Jesus’ name.” GLORIA: Amen.
GEORGE: And Terri and I, we spent five years renovating a
house debt free. We didn’t give up. We didn’t quit. And we’re
living in a debt-free home right now. GLORIA: Well, just tell me
this, was it worth it? GEORGE: It was– GLORIA: Was it worth
the effort? GEORGE: It was worth the effort. GLORIA: Yes, it was.
GEORGE: It was absolutely worth the effort of everything that it
took for us to believe God for that house. And I see what has
taken place around here and what you and Kenneth, through faith,
have done in–in God that– GLORIA: Praise God. GEORGE:
–what has taken place. And it has–oh, we just have seconds
left. Here, let’s do this. Let’s read this together– GLORIA:
Okay, go ahead. GEORGE: –that confession down at the bottom.
Let’s read it together. GLORIA: Okay. TOGETHER: “I make a
quality decision to live by bulldog faith.” GLORIA: Now, you
join us with this. TOGETHER: “I take hold of every faith
project. I receive them all completed ahead of schedule. I
refuse to quit. I refuse to let go. I refuse to give up. I have
fully persuaded faith. My faith is aggressive, persistent, and
determined. What God has promised He is able to perform.
I see it, I take it, I have it. This is the victory that
conquers the world, even my bulldog faith.” GLORIA: That’s
good, George. GEORGE: Amen. Amen. GLORIA: That’s a good
confession. Hallelujah. GEORGE: Praise God. GLORIA: It works,
too. You don’t quit. You don’t get scared. You keep feeding.
You have to continue putting the eye–the Word in your eyes, your
ears– GEORGE: That’s right. GLORIA: –and get it down
in your heart and out your mouth if you want to walk
in victory. Hallelujah. But you can do it. George
and I’ll be right back. ANNOUNCER: We hope you enjoyed
today’s teaching from Kenneth Copeland Ministries. And
remember Jesus is Lord.