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Gloria Copeland: Keys to Fulfilling Your Destiny in God

CBN.com GOD HAS A MASTERPLAN
Gloria Copeland knows that God has a master plan. He is no respecter of persons. He has a great plan for your life no matter who you are. If God gives that plan, His plan for your life is good. He will fulfill it and you must believe that He will do it. Also, if God gives a plan, be faithful to take the steps He tells you to take and it's never too late. If you give Him attention and spend time in the Word He will let you know about His plans for your life. You can't connect to the master plan if you don't give Him anything. If you give Him something, He'll give you something. You have to follow Him and take steps with Him...He always has a great plan.

The following scripture passage was the inspiration for her latest book, GOD'S MASTER PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE: we are God's masterpiece: Ephesians 2:10 (NLT). "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." She also heard a rabbi once teach about the ability to plugging in/connecting to God's master plan.  We need to connect to God and His master plan. Personally, Gloria gets up early to read God's Word and spend time with Him – she knows the importance of that in her life.

SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND

One reason things go well with us when we're seeking God is because He helps us avoid a lot of mistakes and saves us a great deal of trouble. When we do happen to get into trouble, seeking God will get us out of it.

A good biblical example of this is the story of Jehoshaphat, one of the kings of Judah in the Old Testament (2 Chronicles 18-20). When he was king, three enemy armies were joining against his nation and wanted to destroy it. In the natural realm, there was no hope of victory and it was more than Jehoshaphat could handle. Instead of giving in to despair, Jehoshaphat sought the Lord. As a result, the Lord caused the enemy forces to turn against each other. This story proves that God is well able to turn the worst situations into a blessing for those who seek Him.   

Unfortunately, many people – even Bible-believing Christians- claim they don't have time to seek God. They have time to see a doctor if they're sick or go to their bank if their have financial trouble. Seeking God first could have saved them time and trouble overall.

GOD'S MASTER PLAN FOR THE COPELANDS

In 1957, at 20 years of age, with a hit album, Pledge of Love, at #14 on the national charts and #1 on the local charts, Kenneth looked to be on his way to a successful singing career appearing on American Bandstand and featured next to Ricky Nelson in Dig Magazine. But God had other plans. He met Gloria and asked her to marry him on their first date. She said yes. At that time, they lived in a rented apartment with a rollaway bed, coffeepot they cooked in and kept their food on the porch to keep it cold. Things were not abundant. 

One day, Gloria sat reading a Bible given to Kenneth from his mother. In the front of the Bible it had the passage Matthew 6:33 "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." She also saw in the verses before that God cared for the birds. She thought, if God cares for the birds, He must care for me. She prayed, "God, take my life and do something with it." She really says she didn't really know what being a Christian meant, but she knew she wanted to start going to church. She also knew she wanted to read more of the Bible. Kenneth wasn't very interested in those things at the time. He had grown up in the church and tried to connect with God's plan for him as a young man. However, he was offended by someone in the church and he had been bitter and rebellious ever since. Two weeks later, Gloria found that things started looking up for them. They moved into a furnished apartment and Kenneth got a job as a pilot. 

One night, Gloria was cooking dinner and Ken asked her out of the blue, "What would you think if I started doing some talks about God?" She thought that the idea was preposterous, because he didn't even want to go to church. She later learned that moments earlier God had spoken to Kenneth in the living room and said, "If you don't get this family in line with Me, you're going to a devil's hell."  He became a Christian right then and there. Five years later at the age of 30 he obeyed God, packed up his family, and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to enroll at Oral Roberts University in spring of 1967.

While at Oral Roberts University, Kenneth applied to be Oral Roberts' co-pilot and he was made part of the flight crew, attending all the tent meetings and crusades. It was during this time that he was learning exponentially through on-the-job training.

In May 1967, Kenneth Copeland was walking along the bed of the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when the Lord dropped the vision of the ministry into his heart: to preach the gospel to the nations—a call that would include using every available voice to preach the uncompromised message of faith to meet the needs of people worldwide. On September 7, 1967, Kenneth Copeland Ministries was birthed.                     

Kenneth Copeland Ministries was birthed out of love for the people and a commitment to bring people the Word," states Kenneth Copeland. "Our lives are totally wrapped up in ministering to the people. When we say, "We're here for you," we mean it to this point - everything we do, everything we preach, every broadcast we come on, everywhere we minister, everything we say and do is prayed, engineered, designed to minister to the people. God called us to take His message of love and faith to the whole world. We care about you and we want to help you find the answers you need in God's Word. 

GOD'S PLAN FOR GLORIA 

Gloria never thought that she would be speaking or preaching in front of anybody. One day at one of the church services, God told Gloria to give her testimony, and she has been speaking ever since. Usually after preaching, Gloria would pray for healing for people. She had been doing this for about three years. She decided she wanted to stop doing this. Then God told her that he wanted her to start a healing school. She did and it's been going strong for thirty years.

TEN KEYS TO FULFILLING YOUR DESTINY

1. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior
2. Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
3. Trust God's path and believe He has good plans for you
4. Make it a priority to spend time with God in His Word
5. Fill your heart and mouth with the Word of God and believe those things it says will come to pass
6. Persevere in faith, knowing that God can work beyond your natural abilities and equip you to do the impossible
7. Be obedient to turn from sin and disconnect from all that prevents you from discerning God's direction
8. Develop a heart of gratitude and praise to God for all the blessings He bestows upon you
9. Let patience work: God has a better plan
10. Plant God's Word in your heart, cultivate it and give it time to produce

 

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