Mid-June 2012 Partner Letter
This is a letter that I have wanted to write for the past several months, but only now has the Lord released me to do it. I am asking you to read it very carefully. Please pay close attention to every word, because every word is coming from my heart…
Let me begin by asking you a few questions. Have you ever made a BIG MISTAKE and done something you know has displeased God, family, and friends? Have you beaten yourself up over it and wished you could recall it and do things differently? Perhaps you have faced something like this somewhere in the past. Perhaps you’re going through it, or something similar to it, right now. I know that I have made many mistakes in my life, and I fully admit them.
So, what do you do when your mistakes hurt you and others? What do you do when you know that the mistake has displeased God and upset your loved ones?
Well, let me tell you what I do. First, I go to God and I repent. I tell the Lord how sincerely sorry I am that I messed up and let Him down. Then, I go to my family and ask their forgiveness. If possible—and sometimes it’s not, but when it is—I go to the person that I may have hurt by my mistake, and ask them to forgive me too. The Bible says, Godly sorrow worketh repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). I’m so thankful that the blood of Jesus is sufficient to wash us clean (1 John 1:9).
Now, sometimes you can correct the mistake, and sometimes it’s too late. As the saying goes, sometimes the cat is already out of the bag. The barn door is already open. King David faced this situation when he made quite a number of mistakes in his life. Yet every time he made a mistake and failed in some area of his life, he fell on his face and repented before the Lord. And when he did, God called him a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). No, David was not perfect… Neither am I… Neither is anyone.
I remember 1 Chronicles 21 tells of a time when David disobeyed the Lord and numbered the people of Israel. God told him not to do it, but David did it anyway. The Lord was very displeased, and He told David that because of what he had done, he
could make one of three choices for the consequences of what he did. He could choose option number one—that Israel would endure three years of famine. Or number two—that David and Israel would be defeated by their foes with the sword of their enemies overtaking them for three months. Or number three—that Israel would suffer a plague in the land for three days, with the death angel bringing destruction throughout all Israel (1 Chronicles 21:11–12).
Wow! Imagine having to choose between those three options. David was between a rock and a hard place. He must have agonized over what to do. I know how he must have felt. Perhaps you do too. David said, “I will give myself into the hands of the Lord and His mercy.” And then he chose option number three—a three-day plague bringing death and destruction to the people of Israel.
I’m sure you know the story. A death angel was dispatched, and before David could turn around, 70,000 men had died. Surely David must have been distraught that his actions had brought such misery. No doubt he was frantic as he looked up into the sky and saw the death angel with his sword drawn.
You know it is said that when God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window. Thanks be to Him for His mercy which endures forever (Psalm 118:1). As David saw the destruction, he prayed for it to end and God had mercy and instructed David to erect an altar on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. David obeyed and said, “I’ll sow a seed unto the Lord, and I’ll believe that the seed (the sacrifice) I make will turn things around and help me to get back on the right track with God, and that the Lord will recall the death angel, and there will be no more loss of life.”
Verses 22–26 tell us that David approached Ornan, and said, “I’ll buy the threshing floor, and all your threshing tools, plus all your animals for a sacrifice (a seed).” Ornan said, “You don’t have to buy it. I’ll give it all to you for free.” But David knew that would not be sowing a seed… And without sowing a seed, he also knew he could not expect a miracle turnaround in his situation.
He said to Ornan, “No, I will not take it from you for free. I’ll buy it for a full price, for I will not give to the Lord that which costs me nothing.” Wow, what a statement! David was saying, “I’ve done wrong in the sight of the Lord, and I must plant a seed and sacrifice unto the Lord in order to turn things around and get out of this mess that I’m in.”
And that’s exactly what he did. He bought the threshing floor, the tools, and all the animals for sacrifice, and planted a seed unto the Lord. When he did, God recalled the death angel… Israel, David, and the day was saved. David sowed a significant seed unto the Lord, and the Lord saw it and multiplied it back to David, and he was able to start over again fresh and clean.
What a story! And every word of it is true. David’s seed brought a new day in his life. His seed literally turned the tide.
Now, what does this story mean to you and me? It means that when we as humans find ourselves in a mess because of a mistake we’ve made or because we find things coming against us, and we have no strength or power within us to stop the problem or to get out of the mess, then we—like David—can repent and plant a seed. We can make a life-changing sacrifice to God and believe for Him to turn the tide in our behalf, multiply the seed sown, and bring us the miracle we desperately need.
These past few months, I’ve been sowing seed and making sacrifices to God like never before. And I’m beginning to see God turn the tide and bring miracles into my life. He’s speaking to me again about His plans for me and this ministry.
Recently, I received a prophetic word from God that there are at least five nations that I’m to go to in the next year or so. He has shown me open doors for leadership training, schools of healing, and evangelism conferences. He said to me that my time for exposure, expansion, and enlargement has come… and that I am entering a new season with a fresh wave of prophetic anointing and apostolic calling to the globe.
He said that I will be filled with His glory, and that through me, He will release the fire of the Lord and break forth with the rain of His glory. He said He is going to use me to release the keys to close and stitch up the gaping wounds of the betrayal, hopelessness, and grief of the people, for He has seen their affliction and heard their cries, and He will use me to help bring healing to wounds of broken spirit, injustice, and bruises. He said I will begin to see new types of healings and miracles, especially creative ones, and that He is birthing a new mantle upon me for young people.
My beloved friend and partner… I believe that YOU are going to be a part of all that God has said to me. Because of this, and because I know that you may be facing something right now, I’m going to challenge you to do what I’ve been doing…and that is to begin sowing to God like never before.
Someone might say, “Why should I give to God right now? Doesn’t He know what kind of mess I’m in?” Sure He does, but I’ve learned that you’ve got to put something into His hands for Him to work with, and it must be something that is significant to you—because a seed that means something to you will mean something to God.
Just think for a moment about things that are coming against you right now, for I know that if you are serving the Lord, satan is coming against you. Maybe it’s your health… Maybe it’s your finances, your family, your job or business or ministry… Maybe it’s something you’ve done or haven’t done. Perhaps it’s a mistake that you just can’t seem to get over. Maybe you’ve hurt someone or you yourself have been hurt… Perhaps it’s something else…
NOW IS THE TIME TO SOW UNTO THE LORD… Now…Not next week, not next month, not when you get around to it… If God is speaking to you like He is speaking to me, then you’ve got to plant a big seed and plant it NOW… And expect God to use it and multiply it back in the exact way you need it most.
Maybe it’s $1,000 that you are to sow, or $100, or some other amount like David sowed. Maybe you have to sow a major seed because you’ve just got to get the devil off your back. You may need to get that mistake off your back and get things turned back around in your life, like David did. I may not know exactly what it is that you need right now, but I believe I know just how you may feel. I’m sowing again, BIG TIME, right now… And I challenge you to do the same!
Right now, I pray for the Lord to quicken these words into your heart, and I encourage you to respond to this letter and get your seed into the ground as quickly as you can, just like David did, and just like I’m doing. Remember what my dad, Oral Roberts, used to say… “The greater the sacrifice (the seed), the greater the blessing.”
I’m challenging you right now to take the prayer response I’ve enclosed, and tell me exactly what’s going on, and what you need from God. If you want to tell me about a mistake you’ve made, or about something else that’s gone haywire, please do so. I’ll make you two promises… First, I’ll keep it confidential, and second, I’ll pray for you.
I urge you right now to go into action! That’s what David did. Don’t wait a moment longer. Take the prayer response and begin to write. Take the best seed you can sow, and plant it into the hands of God. Then look to Him to use it for His glory, and multiply it back in exactly the way you need it. I’m expecting to hear from you within a couple of days. I’ll be waiting to receive your reply and your seed. It feels so good that I emptied my heart to you in this letter. I pray I hear from you soon!
Your partner for miracles,
PS. Thank God for His mercy, because we all make mistakes from time to time… I am not perfect… Neither are you… Neither is anyone… But through the blood of Jesus Christ, we can repent and be forgiven. And we can sow seeds toward the turnaround of our circumstances. I want to hear from you right away! When you send in your prayer response, let me know how I can pray for your specific needs to be met abundantly by God. And I’ll pray and expect God to take your seed-faith gift and multiply it into a mighty harvest to turn the tide for you and your loved ones!