E.W. Kenyon & Don Gossett

B. Childress
Apr 23 2012

                                                    Making the word of God of none effect… (Mark 7:13)

Do we not make the Word of God
“of none effect” by failing to enter into our privileges?

    That ye may know…what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the
    working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ… (Ephesians 1:18-20)

Is it not true that God
“wrought in Christ” an answer to every need and demand of the believer’s life?  Is it not true that
redemption covers absolutely every need of mankind?

For that reason, it is wrong for us to live in spiritual weakness when there is grace to meet every need.  Far too many
believers have unconsciously put a premium on weakness.  We have talked about our unbelief, doubts, and fears as
though they were honorary degrees in the spiritual life.  We have dignified doubt until, in many places, it is worshipped.

Is It Wrong to Remain Weak?

Because we are sons and daughters of God almighty, partakers of His divine nature, it would seem as though it were
wrong for us to confess our weaknesses and failures.

    The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I
    be afraid?  (Psalm 27:1)

If God is the strength of my life, if He comes into my life and imparts Himself to me, than I have the strength of God.

    Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the
    world.  (I John 4:4)

“Ye are of God.”  You came out from God; He is a part of you.  He has imparted His own nature to you.  Not only that,
but He has actually come into your body and now lives within you.  He has the same power today that He had when He
raised Jesus from the dead.  The believer has a right to His strength and ability.

    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  (Psalm 46:1)

God is the strength of my life, and He is with me now.  His life is my life; His strength is my strength.  No wonder the
apostle Paul said, by the Spirit,
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”  (Philippians 4:13).

There is limitlessness about this.  This does not mean only physical strength; it also means the ability to meet any kind
of need.  When Jesus said, “Ye shall receive power” (Acts 1:8), He meant, “Ye shall receive ability.”  The ability of God
is given to you.

    That he would grant you…to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.  (Ephesians 3:16)

Is It Wrong to Remain Empty?

What we mean by “empty” is unusable, like a leaky vessel.  It is wrong for us, because of who we are in Christ, to be
empty and unusable.

    Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.  
    (Colossians 1:12)

We have the ability – the God-given ability – to enjoy the very fullness of our privileges in Christ.

    And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.  (Colossians 2:10)

Your relationship through the “new birth” has brought you into absolute union with God.

    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.  (II Corinthians 5:17)

That “new creature” is made out of God.  It is God’s nature, God’s life, imparted to your spirit.  “For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus”
(Ephesians 2:10).  We are actually members of the body of Christ, physically and
 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?” (I Corinthians 6:15).  Then, in verse 19, it says,
“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you?”

In the face of this, it is absolutely wrong for us to be found weak and useless when needed.

    These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.            
    (John 15:11)

God has planned that you should be filled with joy.  That is triumph; that is victory.

In Acts, Scripture says that the disciples “were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 4:31 NKJV).  God planned that you
should be filled with the Holy Spirit, and that the Spirit’s ability should dominate your life.  In the presence of grace and
ability like this, it is wrong to be empty or weak when you can be filled with all the fullness of God.

Is It Wrong to Remain Ill?

Sickness and disease came from the fall.  In other words, they are the byproducts of satanic dominion over man.  Any
redemptive act of God that would redeem us from Satan must also redeem us from sickness and disease.  Any
redemptive act that fails to redeem us from sickness and disease is a limited redemption.

    But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was
    upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  (Isaiah 53:5)

Here is redemption by substitution.  As God dealt with the sin problem, He also dealt with the disease problem: “And the
LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all”
(verse 6).  Then, verse 10: “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him.”  Then,
back to verse 4:
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.”  A more literal translation of this verse would
be: “He carried our diseases.”

In the face of this, it is wrong to remain sick.  If God laid our sin on Jesus Christ, it would be wrong for us to live in sin.  In
the same way, if God laid our diseases on Him, it would be wrong for us to live under the continual dominion of our

Jesus was the manifest will of the Father.  He spent three-fourths of His public ministry healing the sick.  He gave the
church the use of His name and declared that, in His name, we “shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover
(Mark 16:18).

    Is anyone sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with
    oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.        
    (James 5:14-15)

“The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you” (Romans 8:11 NKJV).  That same Spirit will heal these
mortal bodies of ours.  Healing is a part of the plan of redemption.

Is It Wrong to Remain in Need?

It is wrong for me to need clothing, food, and shelter, and not to have them, because I am in God’s family.  God is my
Father, and I am His child.

    For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  (Matthew 6:32)

Here, Scripture is speaking of clothing, food, and the other necessities of life.  It says that if we seek first the kingdom of
God and His righteousness, He will add all these things unto us.  (See verse 33.)

Is this the Word of God?  If it is, then I can depend upon it absolutely.  If it is just some of the notions of Matthew, John,
and Peter, that would be another proposition.

    My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:19)

Here, by
“all your need,” Paul was referring to food, clothing, and all the physical necessities of life.  He declared that
the Father God will supply every need of yours.  The word
“supply” means to make full…to cause to abound, to furnish
or supply liberally.”  Therefore,
“all your need” means exactly what it says.

In Matthew, we are given a glimpse of the moment before Jesus fed the multitude.  He took those five loaves and two
fishes and asked the Father’s blessing upon them, causing them to multiply.  Then, He
“gave the loaves to his disciples,
and the disciples to the multitude”
(Matthew 14:19).  They had said it could not be done, but He proved to them that it
could be done and gave them the bread to give to the multitude.  Jesus would not have given us this illustration of His
power and grace unless He intended for us to follow in His footsteps.

All of Scripture tells us that Jesus is our example as a healer, feeder, and supplier of the people.

    Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.  (John 16:23)

Jesus has given to the church the “power of attorney” to use His name, the name that has all authority in heaven and on
earth.  (See Matthew 28:18.)  It was the Man who bore that name who performed the miracles.  Now, in His name, we
can do the same.

Is It Wrong to Remain in Bondage?

If God has redeemed us at the tremendous cost of His Son’s incarnation, His suffering on the cross, His horrifying trip to
hades, His triumphant resurrection, and His glorious entrance into the presence of the Father as victor over death and
hell, it is a crime for us to remain in bondage.

    If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  (John 8:36)

The Son has made us free.  God declares that we are free.  Our unbelief cannot make Him a liar.  Our ignorance of our
rights and privileges cannot annul the Word or make it of no effect.  God says we are free.

    In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.  
    (Ephesians 1:7)

Again, God declares that we are redeemed, which means that Satan’s dominion over us has been broken.  Dare to
make your confession as strong as this statement:

    [God] hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in
    whom we have redemption….  (Colossians 1:13-14)

This is a description of our redemption.  Not only did God break Satan’s dominion and power; He also translated us, by
the new birth, out of Satan’s authority and family and into the kingdom of the Son of His love, and into His own family.  
That makes you absolutely free in Christ.  Satan has no more right to reign over you than he has to reign over Jesus,
your Lord and Head.  If Satan were able to reign over you, it would prove that God and Jesus are not able to prevent it.  
The apostle Paul wrote, “For sin shall not have dominion over you” (Romans 6:14).  A more literal translation would be:
“Sin shall not lord it over you.”  Here, “sin” means Satan – Satan shall not lord it over you.  If he could lord it over you,
and the Father couldn’t help it, then Satan would be stronger than God.

But that is not the case.

Is It Wrong to Remain Loveless?

Christianity is really a revelation of love.  It is not a system of doctrines, creeds, and laws but a love affair.  It is God
coming into the human form and living His love life.

    These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have
    eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  (I John 5:13)

Eternal life is the nature, the substance, and the being of God.

    Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  
    He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love  (I John 4:7-8)

The proof of our having been born from above is that we are lovers, and if any man or woman is not a lover in this
sense, he or she is not born of God.  A man or woman may be orthodox and subscribe to the creed of the church, may
take Communion, and may have been baptized or confirmed, but if he or she is not ruled and dominated by love, he or
she is not born again.

This is a severe test, but this is the Father’s own statement:

    We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.  He that loveth not his brother
    abideth in death.  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life
    abiding in him.  (I John 3:14-15)

Death – or the Adamic nature – is union with Satan.  The man or woman who does not love has never passed out of
death and into life.  These verses should be written in capital letters so that everyone who professes the name of Christ
might read it.  Love is the test and the proof of our union with God.

    And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.  God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth
    in God, and God in him.  (I John 4:16)


KEYS TO RECEIVING GOD’S MIRACLES, by E.W. Kenyon & Don Gossett, Copyright 2011, Whitaker House.