Gloria Copeland Sermon - The Firepower of Prayer (23-Jan-2018). The Holy Ghost is a fire! You can take that firepower and put it to use in your prayer life. Watch Gloria Copeland and Billye Brim on Believer’s Voice of Victory as they reveal how the firepower of prayer will stop the enemy in his tracks. Loose Holy Ghost power in your life and the lives of those around you!
Today, on the Believer's Voice of Victory, join Gloria Copeland and her special guest, Billye Brim, for more insight into the fire power of prayer. Be a witness for God as you discover how prayer brings the Word to life. GLORIA: Hello, everybody. Welcome to the Believer's Voice of Victory. Billye Brim's back with us, and she's teaching us some good things. You're going to like this message. Billye, you're-- BILLYE: Actually-- GLORIA: --you're just turning me on now. Go ahead. BILLYE: Me too. And we talk between times and we're here learning this ourselves-- GLORIA: That's right. BILLYE: --and meditating on it. And God is revealing some things to us. So I want to take you back to the beginning, the book of beginnings, and I'm going to read from Genesis 2:21-22.
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We read it yesterday, but we're going to go back there. And I'm reading--I've got another sheet of paper here, but I typed it from this Hebrew translation. The Jews have been speaking Hebrew for a long, long time, 4,000 years. So I like the way they translate things. So here's how they have translated Genesis 2:21-22 in the ArtScrolls Chumash: "So HaShem God cast--" and remember that's His name, Yod-Heh-Waw-Heh-- GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: "--cast a deep sleep upon the man and he slept; and He took one of his sides--" not one of his ribs. I don't know where that translation came from because it's not what the Hebrew says.
There is a Hebrew word for "rib," but this isn't it. This is the Hebrew word for "side." "--he took one of his sides and he filled in flesh in its place. Then HaShem fashioned the side that He had taken from the man into a woman. And He brought her to the man. And the man--" and this time it's the word "A-dam" "--said," quote, "'This time it is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.'" You see, God had had all the animal kingdom go before him, and he recognized, in that part of the animal kingdom that does not have intelligent speech, he could find no one. So he didn't find anyone for him. So God had to show him that lesson. So he said, "None of that." And I'll read Verse 23. "And the man said, 'This time it is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This shall be called ishah," or woman in the female gender, "'for from ish was--'" man--male gender "'--was she taken. Therefore, a man (ish) shall leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife (ishah), and they shall become one flesh.'" Now, this is also a note that I took from that--that Hebrew Bible. "Adam named her gender ishah because she was taken from ish. Left unanswered, however, is why man is called ish. That name comes from esh, or fire." So these Hebrew commentators, these rabbis, all through the centuries they've wondered, "Why did God name the male from the root word esh, fire, and the woman from fire?" See, they know that. Whenever you look--here's how it goes. And I'm asking them to put up a chart of how Hebrew words--they mostly come from 240 root words, and there are families of words. And you can imagine it, Gloria, like a--like a hub of a wagon wheel.
GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: And the root word will be in the middle. It could be a two-letter word or it could be a three-letter word. This is the most well-named--known Hebrew word in the world. GLORIA: What, what is? BILLYE: "Amen." GLORIA: "Amen." BILLYE: Mm-hmm, "amen."
GLORIA: Hmm. BILLYE: And it's a root. It's a root word, "amen." And it literally means, "May this prayer come true." So then just by adding vowel sounds, you get all the words that come from--made up from this root word. So here we have the root word, "Amen," "May this prayer come true." And so what words do we get from it? "Amanah," faith. GLORIA: Faith. BILLYE: It takes faith for a prayer to come true. GLORIA: Mm-hmm. BILLYE: "Aman," believed. You have to believe for it to come true. "Emeth," you have to have the truth. GLORIA: How interesting. BILLYE: So these words--and any time a Hebrew speaker looks at a word, he sees the root word. It stands out to him, comes off the page. GLORIA: So he has revelation. BILLYE: He has revelation just by looking at the word. Now, here's what these Hebrew commentators said: "Adam named her gender ishah because she was taken from ish (man). Left unanswered, however, is why man is called ish." Because that comes from the root word "esh," fire. So I've asked them to make some charts, which we looked at yesterday. And we're going to look at again. GLORIA: Does that have a sexual connotation? BILLYE: It does. Actually, it does. And so I'm asking them to put up again the three root--the three words. The first one you're going to look at is the word "esh."
GLORIA: Mm-hmm. BILLYE: And remember you're going to look from right to left because Hebrew reads from right to left. GLORIA: Okay. BILLYE: So the first letter is the word--is the letter "aleph" and then "shin." Every word--every letter in the Hebrew language is a word. This Hebrew word "shin," Gloria, it's the word for teeth. And can you see how it kind of looks like teeth-- GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: --little--three little teeth up there? So the first word is "aleph" which comes from the horns of an ox. And these words together, "aleph" and "shin," make the Hebrew word "fire." Now, when it comes to His calling the male "ish," you see the aleph on the first and you see the shin at the last, but we see a little letter added in the middle. It's the yod. And this is man as the male gender. Now we look at the word "ishah." Aleph, shin, and this time He has added the letter heh. And this is ishah, woman as the female gender, but both of them have as their root "esh," which means fire. GLORIA: Hmm. BILLYE: Now, the four-letter name of God that we say, "Jehovah," it's the word for "The Eternal." And it means "He was, He is, He will be." That's Yod-Heh-Waw-Heh.
So what did He do? He took the first little letter, the yod, and God added the yod to "esh," fire, to make it "ish," male. He took the second letter, "heh," out of His name and He added it to "esh," fire, to make "ishah." And the two letters that He took, "yod" and "heh," they make up the word "Yah." That's used in the Bible a lot, "Yah," as a name of God.
GLORIA: Yes, God. BILLYE: Yeah. It come--and you say it every time you say, "Hallelujah." GLORIA: Mm-hmm. BILLYE: A praise to God, Yah. So here we have putting into-- GLORIA: Hmm, interesting. BILLYE: --adding to fire. And I'm going to read here some of their comments on that. "Before creating her, God brought all the creatures to Adam so that he could see for himself that none was suited to his needs. And he would ask for a companion. Then he would appreciate his newly fashioned mate and not take her for granted." GLORIA: Yes. Get that, fellas. BILLYE: "Adam named her gender ishah because she was taken from ish. Left unanswered, however, is why man is called ish. The name comes from 'esh' or fire. Because man is unique among all living beings in the--in his characteristic, it's symbolized by fire. And from the fire that makes up the man, we have 'vurv,' an enthusiasm. But we also, on the wrong side, could have 'lusht' -- 'lust' and initiative. These characteristics enable man to achieve dominance, attain wisdom, and develop culture. But the same fire can cause the mass destruction that has marred humanity almost since the beginning of time. Controlled and directed, that fire can create spiritual kingdoms that surpass the angels. That fire is creative either of good or of evil. The presence of godliness in human beings is expressed by the letters that are added to their names. 'Yod' in 'ish' and 'heh' in 'ishah,' these two letters spell the divine name, 'Yah,' because God must be present in the union of a man and a wife. If they allow him in, their union is godly."
GLORIA: Isn't that great? BILLYE: "If not, they are left with esh, a destructive fire--" GLORIA: Yeah, that's true. BILLYE: "--that will not only harm their own relationship, but may well unleash a conflagration that will harm all around them." Now, think about it Gloria. Here we see the male and the female. We're going to see a union here-- GLORIA: Mm-hmm. BILLYE: --man and wife. If you don't add the "yod" and the "heh," "yah," to that union, you're just going to have, like it says here, fire that could be destructive. Now, think what the New Testament says, "Whom God hath joined together, let not men put asunder." If God has joined that union of the ish and the ishah, His name is in it. And they're going to have a good union. But if you leave godliness out of the union, and let's say it was only lust of the flesh, you don't have a good union unless it turns to God, unless it adds God to the equation.
GLORIA: Mm-hmm. That's true. BILLYE: So there is something about man that has this added to him. And bless the Lord, glory to God, I think I'm going to go right over to-- GLORIA: If a born-again man and an unborn-again woman marry, they don't have the same-- BILLYE: They don't have--God has to be in her and has to be in him. But, you know, then they can--she can come to the Lord, or he can come to the Lord. GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: But that's why it says, in the New Testament, "If the unbeliever depart--" GLORIA: Let him go. BILLYE: "--then you're free." So, praise the Lord, there's a lot--lot to see in here.
GLORIA: It's interesting, isn't it? BILLYE: At our Sunday 3:00 prayer meeting, this is what started me on this "fire" business. I had--I had heard Ken preach on fire at our--he preached on fire at our Autumn Assembly. And he--and I understood. They--some of the helpers told us this, that he prophesied that the year 2018 was going to be Holy Ghost and fire year, Holy Ghost and fire. So I heard him preach on fire. I heard him minister on fire. I heard him--I saw him lay hands on people at that Saturday morning at our-- GLORIA: Yeah. BILLYE: --conference, and they turned red right in front of my eyes. GLORIA: Hmm. BILLYE: I'm standing up there right by him. And Bibi, the lady who does our hair--she's one of the helpers around here, too, thank God--and people say to me, "Your hair really looks good on TV." And I say, "Well, I just wish she could travel around with me. But no, she travels around with Gloria." GLORIA: You can't have her, sorry.
BILLYE: I can't have her. GLORIA: I let you--I'll let--I'll share her. BILLYE: You share her when I come down here. GLORIA: Holy Ghost and fire. BILLYE: So, anyway, I'm at our 3:00 prayer service out at Prayer Mountain, and I'm thinking about, "Ken preached on fire, laid hands on people." And then I saw this in the Bible, the ish and the ishah, and that there's something about the essence of man that's fire. So I come out to our 3:00. They're really special people. We're 17 1/2 miles out in the boonies. And on Wednesdays--every Wednesday at noon, we have a streamed live prayer meeting noon central time. And people join us from all around the world. But on Sundays, we don't stream it. And, oh, man, on Sundays, what happens on the mountain stays on the mountain. GLORIA: BILLYE: We don't care if we roll on the floors. GLORIA: No telling what you're missing. BILLYE: We don't care if we understand everything we're talking about or not. So I come up there, and I've got these same notes, and I've got that little file that we showed the people, ish and ishah. And "esh," the fire, is the root of it. And so I start talking about man's essence being fire. And, of course, it is a prayer meeting, and around the room people start, "Hah!" They think of this scripture, "What about this one? What about that one?" So here's some of the scriptures that we thought about. It was like popcorn that was coming forth, you know? So one symbol that the Bible uses for the Holy Spirit is-- GLORIA: Flame. BILLYE: --fire. GLORIA: Mm-hmm.
BILLYE: So, of course, we're going to think about this scripture, Acts 1. "And when the day of Pentecost--" Here it is right here. "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly--" GLORIA: Suddenly. BILLYE: "--there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and He--" This word in the Greek can be translated "it" or "He." Here, it should have been "He." "And He," the Holy Ghost, "sat upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost," who is a fire, "and began to--"
GLORIA: Instead of--are you saying, instead of "it" -- BILLYE: "It" should be "He," mm-hmm. GLORIA: Okay. BILLYE: "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Now, I'm thinking here. See, we're sitting in there, and we're thinking about this. Of course, we thought about this one. There's something about man and his makeup that has the very essence of fire. So when this Spirit comes that Jesus had promised to them, their spirits are--they're creatures that have to do with fire. And here comes the fire of heaven meeting the fire in a man. GLORIA: Their spirits leapt up with fire. BILLYE: Leapt up. Flames here, flames there. GLORIA: Yep, I see it. BILLYE: Gloria, that's what's happening to me right now. GLORIA: Praise God. BILLYE: I hope it's happening to you. GLORIA: Praise God. BILLYE: I hope--I hear you all the time. I go around this country or around the world, and you say, "I got me a cup of coffee, too. I got me a cup of tea." And I'm sitting there, I feel like I'm right with you. Do you feel what we're feeling right now? God is revealing things to us. GLORIA: Praise God. BILLYE: We pray for the wisdom, spirit of wisdom and revelation. GLORIA: Yes, Lord. BILLYE: And it's coming to us.
GLORIA: We love your Word, Lord. BILLYE: We love it. Now, the Lord had promised them that this would happen. So we're going to read some of His promises that He made before the Holy Ghost actually ascended on them. This is when He was getting ready to ascend into heaven. Luke 1 tells about it. He's getting ready to go up, and they're all assembled together. And Verse 4, this is Acts 1:4, "And, being assembled together with them--" they're out on the Mount of Olives, "--he commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, you have heard of me." Now, what is that promise of the Father? "John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with--" GLORIA: Ooh, yeah.
BILLYE: "--the Holy Ghost not many days hence." GLORIA: Aren't we blessed? Changes everything. BILLYE: Yeah. So this was coming up in their very near future. Verse 6, "When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? He said unto them, It's not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put under his own authority." That's going to come under His own authority. And that word for "power," translated "power," is "exousia," which means authority. More than one word in the New Testament's translated "power." Now we're going to see another word. Verse 8, "But you shall receive power--" this is the word "dunamis," "--after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Now, here-- GLORIA: Now, think about it, Billye. I had never thought about it exactly. BILLYE: Yeah, that's what we're doing. Go. When you think of something, hop in there. GLORIA: This--these broadcasts go all over the world. That hadn't always been available. BILLYE: No. GLORIA: But now they go all over the world. BILLYE: But Jesus prophesied it-- GLORIA: There it is, yeah.
BILLYE: --right there on that Mount of Olives. GLORIA: I got goosebumps. BILLYE: Gloria, that's what--that's what we--when you get something, let's just put it in here. And I know out there, you're getting something. Bless the Lord. GLORIA: Praise God. BILLYE: That's truth. Right there, He said, "Now, you go wait in Jerusalem, and this word's going to get even to the uttermost part of the world." GLORIA: "It will be--you'll be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the world." I never had-- BILLYE: Chill bumps, Gloria. Chill bumps. GLORIA: I've got them. See my--I never had equated that with the Word of God-- BILLYE: We're part of that. We're part of that. GLORIA: --in the--you know, what we're doing and others are doing on television.
BILLYE: I mean, they're watching you down in Australia. GLORIA: There was no way to do that, no way to do that-- BILLYE: No way. GLORIA: --in those days-- BILLYE: But He spoke it. GLORIA: --except God's way. BILLYE: He spoke it. GLORIA: Yeah, that's right. BILLYE: And it's going to come to pass.
GLORIA: That's right. BILLYE: And right now there are people watching us in Australia, I guarantee. GLORIA: Mm-hmm, mm-hmm. BILLYE: There are people watching us in Tasmania, the very bottom we would say, and in New Zealand and those islands. GLORIA: It's amazing, isn't it? BILLYE: Oh, my Father, my Father. Now, we do want to notice a difference in the word's power here. There are--the two Greek words translated "power" --there's actually five of them, but we're just going to look at two of them. The King James Version of the Bible uses one English word, "power," to translate several different Greek words. The two of the most interest to us are the word "dunamis" and "exousia." The Companion Bible, in appendix 172, defines their meanings. "Dunamis" is the inherent power, the power of reproducing itself from which we have English "dynamics," "dynamo." Dunamis power is whew! creative. "Exousia" is the Greek word that's authority or delegated power, the liberty and right to put forth power. We see the two words in Luke 17 and 18 and 19. "And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject to us through your name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power," exousia, authority, "to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power," dunamis, "of the enemy--" GLORIA: Praise God. BILLYE: "--and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Man, ish, and ishah, whom God somehow connected with fire as the root word are indwelt in their new birth by the Spirit of God which is the spirit of fire. Now, look at Luke 3:16, "John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but mightier than I cometh--but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I'm not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire."
GLORIA: Praise God. BILLYE: So they're told, even before Jesus comes, "He's going to baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire." GLORIA: Yes, amen. You know, I just had a thought about people. There's a lot of people that are bound up with fear of everything, you know. This--they have words for different fears. BILLYE: Oh, yeah, names. GLORIA: Now, think about this. The--I've never thought about it in this way before. This says, "I give unto you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions--" we've all thought about that "--over all the power of the enemy." And look at the last part of that, "Nothing shall by any means hurt you." BILLYE: Hallelujah. GLORIA: You take hold of that scripture, and any thought of fear ever tries to come on you again, you rebuke it and cast it out in the name of Jesus. BILLYE: You have the authority. GLORIA: Nothing--we have--we have protection. "Well, what about this? What about this awful thing?" BILLYE: Yeah, "What if that would happen?" GLORIA: "What if this bomb goes off?" "Nothing shall by any means hurt you." BILLYE: Because you've got authority. GLORIA: That's right. But you have to take it. BILLYE: You have to take it. GLORIA: Act on it, yeah. BILLYE: You have to do--
GLORIA: You don't let fear--if you let fear in, you shut faith out. You shut faith out-- BILLYE: You have got the authority. GLORIA: --you don't have that power. BILLYE: Actually, to tell you the real truth, you've got the authority to stop things from happening. GLORIA: That's right. BILLYE: You've got the authority to stop there from being a shooting at your school. GLORIA: That's right. BILLYE: You've got the authority to stop there being a terrorist attack in your streets. If people would walk down a certain street in New York City and anywhere else, and they're sitting in the heavenlies at the right hand of Jesus and they take their authority, demons can't drive people. GLORIA: That's right. BILLYE: I'm thinking of some terrorist attack that happened sometime back, and his neighbor said he was a nice man, but it just doesn't make sense. Well, demons tempted him. GLORIA: That's right. BILLYE: And we have got authority over demons. GLORIA: Uh-oh, we're out of time. BILLYE: Oh-oh. GLORIA: Take your authority. Study and meditate on these things-- BILLYE: Yeah.
GLORIA: --and rebuke the devil off your life, off your situation, off your family, off your circumstances in Jesus' name. BILLYE: Hallelujah. GLORIA: We have to go. We'll be right back.