Let me ask you a question. What do you do when your circumstances have you so turned around that you feel like you just don’t know what to do? That’s a question many people have faced in their lives… And many of my friends and partners are facing that issue right now.
Sometimes, it seems like the bottom has fallen out of your life… Friends forsake you… The money to pay bills runs short… Then, you or someone you love gets sick… And it feels like Satan is having a field day.
Believe me, I know exactly how that feels. There have been times in my life when the stress and pressure of situations seemed to loom over my head so much that I just didn’t know if I was going to survive…
That’s a powerful phrase… BUT GOD!
But God, Who scooped out the beds for the ocean, piled high the mountains, dug deep the gorges, and traced the rivers with His fingernails… But God, Who held this world in His hands, flung it into space, and told it to spin once a day… But God, Who created every living thing, then completed it by making a man in His own image…
BUT GOD, Who hasn’t fallen off the throne, came to me when I called His name! And because He did, I can reach out to you and your dear ones and family with all my faith and prayers, and bring you a powerful word from the Lord through this letter.
You know, I receive letters, emails, and phone calls for prayer for so many needs. Sometimes we receive over 3,000 phone calls in a 24-hour period through the Abundant Life Prayer Group. And many people have more than one need weighing down on them. Sometimes it’s a spiritual need. Sometimes it’s physical and there’s a need for healing. Sometimes it’s financial, and sometimes it’s in the family. And when you find yourself in tight spots, in hard situations, and in tough times, it’s so easy to get discouraged and down in the mouth.
But that’s when we need to focus in on God’s Word more than ever, for in hard times, we need more than ever to turn to the One who rescues His people… the One who saves, heals, and delivers. That’s when we need to remember what God tells us in 1 John 5:4 which says, For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
That’s right… There’s a God-given, divine, Biblically sound and proven way to overcome the trials that the world sends our way… We do it through our FAITH in the Lord and His promises to us that are found in His Word!
Now, before I talk more about that, I just want to remind you how the devil works…because he has no new tricks up his sleeve. No, he uses the same old schemes against us…
He tries to convince us to doubt God’s Word, to compromise in our faith, and to do things in our own strength alone, because he knows that when we act in our own strength, we are no match for him. He’ll try to wear us down with troubles until we get upset, discouraged, and too weary to put up a fight…and we actually begin to blame God for the problems instead of him.
Listen carefully… What I’m about to tell you is very important, especially if you’ve been falling for the devil’s schemes. If you’ve been facing a struggle and you’ve been feeling like your emotions are in an upheaval, don’t beat yourself up about it. Recognize that it’s a tool of the devil to try to get you off course. And then turn to God for His help and provision.
Let me say it again more boldly… DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR FAITH… because it’s YOUR FAITH that helps you overcome the devil’s tricks and strategies. How do you do this? You believe God and obey His Word. You refuse to yield to what the devil has planned. You attach your faith to the One Who made you.
And you plant seeds of your faith against the needs and problems you’re facing, so that God can use them for His glory, then multiply them back to you many times over…in just the way you need it most. Yes, I said start planting offerings unto the Lord… Release your faith in all His ability… Then, begin to expect Him to intervene in your behalf with His miracle multiplication power and bring you the answers you need.
I’m talking about doing what Joseph did in Bible days when he faced just about every problem imaginable. Do you realize how much he went through?
He was attacked by his brothers and thrown into a pit.
He was sold as a slave into Egypt.
He rose up to success in Potiphar’s house, only to be accused of a crime he didn’t commit.
He was thrown into a prison unjustly.
He rose up to success in the prison where, with God’s help, he interpreted dreams of his fellow prisoners…only to be forgotten again.
He probably thought he would waste away in prison his whole life, yet he continued to sow into the lives of others.
Yet after all of Joseph’s seed sowing and forgiving the ones who had hurt him…his day finally came. It was Joseph who interpreted Pharaoh’s dream… and Joseph rose up again… But this time it was to assume the second highest position in the Egyptian government…THE PRIME MINISTER.
Partner, God met Joseph at the point of his need. Joseph never wavered in his faith. He faithfully kept on believing God and planting his seeds of faith. And it was Joseph whom God used to bring a great miracle into the lives of his family… yes, even into the whole nation of Israel.
I believe God wants to use each one of us in a powerful way…a way that will not only be a blessing to others…but will also bless us. That’s why I have written my new book, WHEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE…
In my last letter, I offered a copy to you at no cost. People from all over the world have been contacting me to get the new book.
Now, I want to take it a step further. I want to offer another copy at no cost in case you missed my last letter or if you want to share the book with a loved one or a friend, so that this book can be a blessing to them.
Perhaps you’ve already responded to my last letter. Perhaps you’ve already received my new book and are reading it. Wouldn’t you like to have another copy to give to someone else who is in need? I’m sure you know somebody who really needs to know what to do WHEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE in their life.
Now as I usually do, I have enclosed a prayer sheet with this letter. On it, there is a place to indicate that you want me to send you a copy of WHEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE for you to give to someone else.
You may ask, “Richard, why are you giving so many copies away?” Well, there’s a reason. I REALLY BELIEVE IN SEED SOWING! And I believe that as I bless you and all our other friends and partners, the Lord will meet all my needs and also the needs of this ministry. THAT’S MY BELIEF SYSTEM AT WORK! That’s the way I practice my faith… for I love to sow into other peoples’ lives… especially into your life and the lives of my other partners and friends!
So, just as quickly as you can, take out the prayer sheet and write down the needs you especially want me to pray over right now… Then, check the little box to let me know you want me to send you a copy of my new book WHEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE…
Also, notice at the bottom of the prayer sheet, there is a place for you to indicate what the Lord is leading you to sow as a seed of your faith this month into this Healing Ministry. And let me take this opportunity right now to thank you for your prayers this month. They mean a great deal to me! I really appreciate it.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you very, very soon. Until I do, I remain
Your faithful HEALING PRAYER PARTNER FOR MIRACLES,
PS. I’m expecting miracles in people’s lives as they read my new book WHEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE, so ask for a COPY at no cost for yourself or someone you care about today!
Richard’s Chicken Jambalaya
- 3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cubed
- Turkey Sausage, Sliced
- 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Large Onion, Chopped
- 1 Green Or Red Bell Pepper, Chopped
- 1 Cup Celery, Chopped
- 1 Garlic Clove, Crushed
- 1/2 – 1 Tsp Cajun Seasoning (To Taste)
- 1 Tsp Cajun Hot Sauce
- 1 1/2 Jars Spaghetti Sauce
- 2 Cups Chicken Stock, Divided
- 2 Cups Instant White Rice, Cooked
- Coat chicken pieces with flour.
- Heat oil in large skillet; brown chicken and sausage pieces on all sides; remove and set aside.
- In same skillet, add onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic; sauté together with Cajun seasoning and hot sauce until vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add 1 to 1 ½ cups chicken stock.
- Add spaghetti sauce then add a little more Cajun seasoning, if desired.
- Add browned chicken and remaining chicken stock, if needed.
- Cover; let simmer for at least one hour, stirring occasionally.
- Serve over cooked rice.
Salad In A Jar
Whatever you like in a vegetable salad or have on hand. Some suggestions:
- Grape tomatoes
- Sugar snap peas
- Green and/or red peppers
Layer the ingredients in a large canning jar and put the lid on tight. It will keep very nicely overnight in the fridge. These ingredients can be added to spinach leaves or lettuce of your choice and topped with your favorite dressing. If you have some leftover chicken, you could toss it in with a little olive oil and seasoning in a hot wok, and you have stir fry.
This is a quick and easy thing to do for a picnic or a BBQ. It also makes a really fun and colorful gift for a housewarming or to take to someone who is sick.
I am writing this letter on my way home from Ghana, West Africa, where I recently closed a mighty three-day Healing Crusade and Pastors and Leaders conference. There were many miracles—and I’ll be telling you more about it on television soon. In fact, my TV crew is busy doing all the editing as they put the crusade together for our program, The Place for Miracles.
As I flew over the Ghana countryside, I was taken by how much is dedicated to open farm land. As a matter of fact, Ghana provides food to many surrounding areas, and as you would imagine, there is a thriving farming industry.
Looking out the window, I saw farmers planting for a new crop. It was then that it dawned on me that a seed will never change the soil, but the soil will change the seed forever.
Truly, if someone is intending to plant seed, then there are several things to consider. First, you must decide which kind of seed to plant.
But even more importantly… You must make sure that your soil is good soil and is ready to receive the seed. Otherwise, the seed may not take, and you’ll be out all that money and hard work.
In other words… No matter how high the quality of the seed is, without having good soil prepared, a person is literally wasting their time.
Jesus gave a good example of this. In Matthew 13:3, He told the story of a man who went out to sow his seed. Some seed fell along the path, and the birds ate it. Some fell on rocky places, and the seed grew fast. But the sun and the heat destroyed it. Other seed fell on thorny ground, and the plant was choked and died.
But other seed fell on good ground…where it produced a 30-, 60-, and 100-fold harvest.
Even with all of man’s discoveries, science cannot fully explain how a seed can be planted in good soil, then literally die down in the ground and spring to life and produce many, many more times than itself. Really, the only way to explain it is to call it a miracle.
When you think about it, everything in life comes from a seed. Therefore, we can easily say LIFE IS IN THE SEED. And we have that miracle life IN US because God has given us the ability to sow out of our own lives into Him and into the lives of others.
Once again, I want to remind you how important it is to plant good seed…and to sow it in good ground, for as I told you earlier…a seed will never change the soil, but good soil will change a seed forever.
How do you find good soil to plant in? Well, you have to seek the Lord… But with all that’s going on in our lives, sometimes we miss it and we don’t fully obey what the Lord wants us to do.
Sometimes we allow fear, worry, and doubt to cloud our judgment, and we miss what God is telling us. Sometimes the devil comes in and tries to get us into disobedience.
That’s what happened to Isaac in Genesis 26. You see, a famine had taken over the land. And the Bible says that it wasn’t the first famine that Isaac had faced. He had actually gone through one with his father, Abraham. So he was not unaware of how God brought his family through challenging times before.
Yet when another famine hit, Isaac wanted to run and hide. Actually, he was planning on traveling to Egypt. But God spoke to him and said, “Don’t go down to Egypt. Stay in this land and sow your seed.”
Now, imagine if Isaac had disobeyed God and had indeed traveled to a foreign land. Then, while there, he realized he had disobeyed God and tried to make up for it by planting his seed in what God would consider “rocky ground.”
I believe the same thing that happened to that farmer in Matthew 13 would have happened to Isaac! The seed he sowed would have been choked and burned out because it was not planted in the right soil, according to the word of the Lord.
Just think about it. Has there ever been a time when you planted a seed in the wrong soil and when you realized it you felt like praying for a crop failure? I sure can remember times like that. And when I realized it, I got on my face before the Lord and repented and asked Him what soil He wanted me to sow in. And when I sowed where He wanted me to sow, I got myself into a good position to receive a mighty harvest from a good and mighty God.
Look in Acts 10 at a Roman Centurion named Cornelius. Even though he was a foreigner and part of the oppressive, controlling Roman Empire, still he had a heart for God and His people. He even organized the building of a synagogue. And the Bible says that his gifts (seeds) that he had sown had come up to God as a sweet fragrance in His nose.
You see, he planted in good soil…and his seed became a memorial unto God. Now, isn’t that how you want God to look at the seed you plant? I know I do! I want to be ready at any time to sow seed when and where God directs me. In fact, wherever I am…in any kind of service…I am always prepared to sow an offering.
Partner, remember, it’s not the size of the gift that determines your harvest! It’s the obedience of your heart and your willingness to obey God even when, in the natural, it may seem hard to understand.
Many times, I feel God impressing me to sow an offering, and many times I don’t fully understand why He’s called me to sow that particular seed. Yet I always try to obey what He tells me to do. And when I miss it, as I sometimes do, I repent and ask God to forgive me, then get back in the saddle and begin sowing again.
A man once said to me, “Richard, I can’t afford to give to God…not with all I have going on in my life.” I said to him, “Sir, believe me, you can’t afford not to give to Him.”
Now, the good news is—God is in the business of multiplying seed. It’s like every time the Lord lays it on your heart to sow a seed-faith offering to Him through this Healing Ministry… You’re sowing in good ground… And you can fully expect a “good measure, pressed down, shaken together” type of miracle.
I’m talking about a 30-times, a 60-times, even a 100-times blessing from what you’ve sown. That’s what the Bible says… And I’ll stake my life on what the Bible says.
Now, here we are in the heart of the summer. In just a couple of days in the U.S., we’ll celebrate our nation’s birthday. Families all over the land will be getting together for a wonderful time of fellowship. I know I’ll be with my family on July 4th.
This is also a hot time in America…and you would expect that. After all, it is July, which is a pretty hot month in most of the country. Sometimes in the summer, many of my friends and partners forget to sow their seed of faith to God through this ministry. Sometimes they say, “I’ll wait until the fall to sow again.” Then they wonder where the harvest is in the fall. Some people even blame God, when they are the ones who have forgotten to sow out of their need.
That’s why I’m reminding you to sow your seed unto Him now, right now in the heat of the summer, and don’t wait another moment. That’s what I’m doing. In fact, I do it every month without fail.
Notice that along with this letter, I have included a FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE prayer sheet. Please take time right now as you finish reading my letter to fill out the prayer sheet. Let me know what you want me to pray about. Then ask God—I mean, really ask Him—what He wants you to sow this INDEPENDENCE month.
I believe He will show you exactly what to do. And as you do it and put it in the envelope I’ve enclosed, be sure to release your faith for the God of Heaven and Earth to bring you a mighty 30-, 60-, 100-fold harvest.
I’ll be looking for your reply!
Your partner for miracles,
PS. Remember, a seed will never change the soil, but the soil will change the seed forever. This month, as you sow your seed, sow your faith to God at the same time. Believe Him that the good soil of Oral Roberts Ministries will produce a 30-, 60-, 100-fold harvest for you in the form you need it most. And let me know how I can release my faith with you for the miracles you and your loved ones need. I’m praying for you!
Seven Layer Dip
- Guacamole (or you can use pre-made store bought guac)
- 2-3 avocados
- 1 lemon or lime (for juice in guac)
- seasonings as desired
- 1 small can of chopped or sliced black olives
- 1 can refried beans
- 1 16oz tub of sour cream
- 1 jar of your favorite salsa
- 1 package shredded mexican style cheese
- 1 cup sliced grape or cherry tomatoes (or chopped regular tomatoes)
- 1 stalk of chopped green onion for garnish (if desired)
- 1 package tortilla chips for dipping
Layer in one large dish or individual cups as desired. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Caprese Salad on a Stick
- 8 cocktail picks or small skewers
- 8 fresh basil leaves
- 8 grape tomatoes
- 8 small fresh mozzarella balls
- Sun-dried tomatoes, sliced in half or small pieces
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Take a grape tomato and roll a fresh basil leaf around it, securing with the toothpick or skewer.
- Add a ball of fresh mozzarella and a slice of sun-dried tomato.
- Assemble all the sticks, then drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
I write to you today with such great joy, knowing that our God is a mighty God and His mercy endures forever. He loves you with a deep and enduring love. I know He loves you because He has put His love for you in me. And I’m so grateful that you are a Partner with me in this healing ministry.
One of the joys of my life is to write to you and share with you what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to my heart…and also to pray over you and from time to time give you special points of contact to help you to release your faith for miracles.
Many times, I write letters as I’m traveling the world sharing the Gospel with your help. Sometimes I’m in a hotel room or sometimes I’m on an air flight…or like this letter, I’m sitting at my kitchen table typing away on my laptop.
You know, some two-thirds of the New Testament is made up of letters written by the Apostle Paul. I’m sure you remember his story…how he started out as a religious zealot who hated the Christians in Jerusalem and the surrounding area with a passion. He sought ways to persecute and jail them…and even to have them killed if possible. As a matter of fact, the Bible says in Acts 8:1 and Acts 22:20 that he held the coats of those who stoned a Christian disciple named Stephen to death.
Later, we read that it was on a trip to Damascus that he was knocked to the ground by a bright light and a voice saying, “Why are you persecuting me? I’m Jesus.” When he was able to get up, he discovered that he was blind and had to be led into the city. There, a Christian sent by God named Ananias prayed for Paul’s healing. Not only was Paul healed, but he also converted to Christ… And immediately he began preaching the gospel of Jesus wherever he went.
Suddenly the hunter became the hunted, and men watched the gates of the city so that Paul might be arrested. But by a miracle and the help of some Christians, he escaped over the walls of the city and began a lifelong journey of ministering for the Lord. In fact, wherever he went, he made that place his own personal chapel and church. He literally honeycombed the territory with the saving, healing, delivering message of the risen Jesus.
The religious leaders hated Paul and sought ways to put out his voice and to kill him. Time after time, he would be attacked and beaten with rods or whips or stoned on the roadside and left for dead. But each time he would get up, wipe off the blood, and continue preaching that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God.
Each time the authorities would drag him in for questioning, Paul would make his defense in such a way as to give glory to God. And when it looked like they might kill him for sure, he appealed to Rome—to Caesar himself—as was his right since he was an official citizen of Rome.
A group of soldiers were assigned to bring him to Rome, and he found himself a prisoner on a ship bound for Rome itself.
While on the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, a storm of near-hurricane strength struck the ship. For fourteen days, the Bible says they saw neither sun nor stars. To survive, they had to throw the ship’s cargo overboard to lighten the load. But an angel appeared to Paul and told him they were going to make it. Finally after the ship crashed into a reef, they were able to swim to shore on a little island sixty miles south of Sicily. The island today is called Malta.
They were exhausted, wet and hungry, and Paul went about gathering wood for a fire. But as he put wood on the fire, a snake had been hiding among the logs and before he knew it, the snake had bitten Paul on the hand.
Now I’m from Oklahoma and I know a lot about snakes. We have all types of them. Usually when a snake bites, it’s because they have been disturbed and it’s a defensive reaction. But this snake was different. It not only bit Paul, but it continued to cling to his hand, pumping in the poison.
Now, the people on the island were well acquainted with poisonous snakes. When they saw the snake clinging to Paul’s hand, they said, “He must be a murderer, for he escaped the sea but God has tracked him down and the snake’s got him.” They stood by watching him, expecting him to fall down dead. But the Bible says that Paul shook off the snake. And as they watched him for a while, he didn’t fall down dead. They changed their minds and said he was a god.
Wow, what a great story of the perseverance of Paul! He just would not let anything stop him. He was on a mission from God, and he intended on being obedient to the Lord.
Now, I really relate to the Apostle Paul because I have had just about everything come against me in my lifetime. It seems the devil really hates the healing ministry. All my life, I watched the devil strike at my father and this healing ministry. Then when I entered the healing ministry myself back in the early 1980s, I began to suffer from Satan’s attacks as well. In fact, during my adult life, I don’t remember a time when he wasn’t striking at this ministry. The good news is that I understand his tactics and strategies and have learned how to stand against them with the Word of God and with my faith.
Partner, because I understand, I want to help you to shake off the things that seemingly come against you all the time. Yes, those things like fear and worry and anxiety. Things like depression and discouragement. You and I both know that when sickness strikes, it can really hold you down. And when the finances are low and there’s just too much month at the end of the money, it can really send you into a tailspin.
Now, that’s where I come in with all my faith and prayers. That’s when I, as your Partner, rise up and stand with you in faith, believing for your healing and complete deliverance in the mighty name of Jesus!
That’s why the letters I write to you, like this one, are so very important… and why you should read every word over and over again until they get deep down into your spirit so you can believe them and release your faith for a miracle.
Over my lifetime, I’ve learned how to shake things off and move forward toward the call of God on my life. Really, it’s one of the great successes of my life and ministry.
The good news is, God is no respecter of persons. If He can show me how to shake things off, then He can show you. And that’s where I come in.
Notice that along with this letter, I have sent a very special SHAKE IT OFF PRAYER SHEET. In fact, when you look at the picture of me in the background, notice my arm is reaching out as if I’m shaking something off. Also notice that right on my picture, I have put a place for you to write down your biggest prayer requests and the things that you need to shake off in your life and in the lives of your family members and loved ones.
Why don’t you take the time right now and write them down. Do it while you’re thinking about it… then send them back to me just as quickly as you can. I’ll be expecting to receive them so that I can lay my hands on them and pray a SHAKE IT OFF prayer over you and all your needs.
I also want you to notice that I have included a place for you to tell me what seed of your finances you feel led of the Lord to sow this month.
Now, listen to this… Your seed is a real key to our SHAKING IT OFF PRAYER. Notice that Paul was gathering sticks for the fire when he was bitten by the snake. He was looked at as a leader. In fact, it was Paul’s preaching and the words he spoke while on the ship during the storm that kept them all together. Surely when they finally arrived on the island of Malta, they could have let Paul rest while they gathered the sticks for a fire. But no! Paul planted a seed himself and gathered the sticks himself. Now, I believe that because he did, God used that seed and multiplied it back to him in the form of a healing from the poisonous snake bite so that he could SHAKE IT OFF.
So I’m asking you to pray and ask the Lord what He would have you to sow this month as an offering unto Him through this healing ministry.
Please respond just as soon as you can. I’ll be waiting to receive your letter back to me so that I can pray a SHAKE IT OFF prayer over you.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Your partner for miracles,
PS. As your Partner, I want to pray for you, believing for your healing and complete deliverance. So, I’ve sent you a very special prayer sheet this month… Write down all your prayer needs and let’s expect miracles together. God is a good God, and I believe He has answers for you, in Jesus’ mighty name!
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
- 2 1/4 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons milk or cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup pretzels, broken into pieces
- 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Coarse sea salt (optional)
Place the butter into a heavy-bottom, medium saucepan over low heat. Once the butter has melted, increase the heat to medium and cook until it turns golden brown and develops a nutty aroma. While it’s cooking, it will foam up a lot. When the foam dissipates, keep a close eye on the butter as it can turn from brown to burnt in a matter of seconds. Set the brown butter aside to cool for about 20 minutes.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.
Pour the cooked brown butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or any large work bowl, if using a hand-held). Add both sugars and beat on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg, and the yolk; beat to combine. Add the milk and vanilla and beat on medium speed for another 2-3 minutes. Slowly add the flour mixture, beating on low speed between each addition. Once all the dry ingredients have been added, beat on medium speed until well combined. Using a large rubber spatula or a wooden spoon, stir in the pretzels, butterscotch and chocolate ships until evenly distributed.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and scoop out a rounded tablespoon-sized piece of dough for each cookie. Roll into a ball and flatten slightly. Place on the lined sheets, leaving about 1 inch of space between each cookie. (They shouldn’t spread out much if the dough was chilled long enough). Sprinkle the cookies with coarse sea salt (if desired).
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to rest on the sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Makes about 20-24 cookies.
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