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Go Ahead and Rejoice

CAMP SpeakerHL

CAMPMEETING SPEAKER HIGHLIGHT

//MARK HANKINS

Psalm 118:24 says, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." The Good News Translation says, "This is the day of the Lord's victory; let us be happy,
let us celebrate!" I want to ask you, "Are you ready to celebrate?"

See, your celebration—your rejoicing—is first of all a demonstration of your revelation. If you have revelation knowledge of what Jesus has done for you in His death, resurrection, and triumph, it's easy to get happy. Jesus took your sin and

 

shed His blood to redeem you, and victory is yours!

Secondly, your celebration is a demonstration of your expectation. In other words, you have faith, but you need to add some joy to it. Your faith is in the middle of your
rejoicing.

I love the story Dad Hagin told about when he was facing some symptoms in his body. The devil
came against his mind and said, "This is one time you're not going to get healed."

As he lay in bed, Dad Hagin took the covers, pulled them over his head, and began to laugh. He said, "I just lay there and went ha, ha, ha. I forced myself to laugh." (There is a laugh in the Holy Ghost. But there is also a laugh of faith.)

I forced myself to laugh." (There is a laugh in the Holy Ghost. But there is also a laugh of faith.)

While he was lying there laughing, the devil came against his mind again and said, "What are you laughing at? This is one time you're not going to get healed." Dad Hagin just kept laughing.

This happened three times. On the final time, Dad Hagin responded, "I don't have to get healing. Jesus already got it for me. And because He got it, I have it!" After that, every symptom left!

I thought about what the devil had said: "This is one time you're not going to get healed." Understand that Dad Hagin was healed of seven incurable diseases. Now he was having another physical challenge. And the devil said, "This time, you're not going to get it."

Isn't that interesting? The devil will never challenge you on last time. He doesn't even want to bring that up, because you know what the Lord did for you in the past. But he'll tell you, "This time, you're not going to get it." However, if God healed you once, He'll heal you again! If He blessed you once, He'll bless you again!

I dare you to laugh right now and say, "The Lord delivered me last time, and He's delivering me again! This time is going to be just like last time and the time before!
Ha, ha, ha!"

When you break forth into joy, something breaks loose in your life—something that is exceedingly abundantly above all you could ask or think, according to the power of God that's working in you. While you're laughing, something's
happening in your house, in your body, and in your bank account. Something is happening in your
future!

If you knew what the Lord was working on for you right now, I couldn't make you sit still! You'd say, "I have to praise! I have to shout! I may even have to dance and run! Ha, ha, ha! God is working!"

Go ahead . . . laugh at the devil.
He's under your feet. Sickness is under your feet. Depression is under your feet. Lack is under your feet. Jesus is Lord! You've been raised up together and seated with Him. Get that concerned, worried look off your face. God is on your side. And if God is for you, who can be against you (Rom. 8:31)? If He gave you Jesus, He'll freely give you everything! His victory is yours! Ha, ha, ha!

[Editor's Note: This article was adapted from Mark Hankins' Wednesday afternoon message at Campmeeting 2014.]

 

Romans 4:20 (NIV) says that Abraham “did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God.” Many years ago my father, Kenneth E. Hagin, wrote in the flyleaf of his Bible, “God said it; I believe it; and that settles it.” Abraham had this same attitude, and we need to grab hold of it too. No matter how bad our situation looks, our victory is found in God’s promises and in never letting go of what our Heavenly Father has said.
Don’t Be Double-Minded
Often today believers affirm their faith publicly, but when they are by themselves, they begin to question God. They wonder if He can really help them. The moment they start doubting, they begin wavering in their faith.
The Bible is very clear about the danger of wavering.
James 1:6–7 (NIV)
6 When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Faith does not look at circumstances, and it doesn’t regard feelings. It stays completely focused on God’s Word. Unfortunately, some people allow their situations and feelings to “speak” louder than Scripture.
Some people lose their healing because they stop looking at the Word and focus on what’s going on in their body. It’s dangerous to do this, because before long they will start talking wrong. They’ll begin to say things like, “I thought I was healed. I guess I lost my healing.”
When we start talking like that, we throw out our healing and open the door for the devil and all of his junk to come back in. If we would just stand strong on the Word, every symptom would leave.
Look to the Word
Anytime the enemy bombards your mind with his lies, you must counter those lies with the Word of God. When lack rears its ugly head, read what God said about prosperity. When sickness impacts your body, meditate on healing scriptures. When fear invades your life, find peace scriptures to read. When impossibilities stare you in the face, the Word holds your answer.
Reading God’s promises keeps us focused on them instead of on the distractions that are sent to prevent us from receiving what God has for us. When facing the impossible, we can’t afford to look at whatever is coming against us.
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