I have been waiting and waiting—in great anticipation of the New Year. And now it’s here… 2018!
Why am I so excited to see a brand new year come? Well, I’m believing for it to be a year for a spiritual uplift from God our Heavenly Father… for you, for me, for this ministry, and for our nations…A year for the Lord to stretch out His mighty hand toward you, to cover you and to bless you, to pour out His Spirit upon you in a powerful way.
This is the time for new beginnings… a time to put the past in the past and start fresh. It’s a time to take to heart what God said in Isaiah 43:18-19, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Did you catch that? God will make “a road in the wilderness.” Sounds just like what I’ve been saying for some time now… God wants you to be on Your Road to a Better Life in Him. And the road to a better life is paved with miracles!
But maybe you’re thinking, “I’m glad Richard is so excited. But 2017 was not such a great year for me, and I’m not so sure 2018 will be any better.” Well, I get it. I understand, because we all have probably faced discouragement and disappointment in one way or another, this past year.
And perhaps you even wondered if you would actually live to see the New Year… yet, here you are. And the reason God brought you through? It’s because He is not finished with what He wants to do in you and through you! That’s right! God still has a great plan for your life.
So, listen up…This is a special word for you. This is not the time for quitting! It is not the time for giving up. It is the time to expect God to lift you up in every area of your life—spirit, soul, and body. His desire for you is that you would prosper and be in health… even as your soul prospers (3 John 2).
If you have been discouraged… by people or by circumstances, or by something else, then here are three things that I believe can help you to overcome those things and get back on the pathway to your Better Life:
Recognize that you don’t have to stay discouraged. (Psalm 42:4)
Remind yourself that you are in a covenant relationship with God. (Acts 3:25)
Stop giving voice to discouragement. Instead, talk encouragement. Begin to say just the opposite of what you feel or see. (Proverbs 18:21)
Say what the Bible says about you:
According to Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who
According to 2 Corinthians 5:21, I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
According to Romans 8:37, I am more than a conqueror through Christ who
According to 1 John 4:4, Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.
Stop listening to those who would discourage you. Read your Bible a little more and begin getting into the presence of God… Praise Him. Pray in tongues and then pray in your own language. Let God bring you new ideas, insights, concepts, and new and innovative ways of doing things. If you will, I believe you will be amazed at the change that will come into your life.
So, lift up your head…lift up your countenance… lift up your faith…And begin to believe that 2018 is your year for a Better Life. Believe that God wants this year to be your year for miracles. Begin thanking Him for it.
Now listen to this. You were made for miracles and miracles were made for you! Jesus said that because He was going back to the Father, He would send the Holy Spirit to us and we would do even greater works than He had done. (See John 14:12.) Wow! What a statement!
Miracles, signs and wonders followed Jesus everywhere He went… so it makes sense that if we are a child of God and have His Spirit living in us, we can expect miracles to be a part of our lives, too.
And God is not a respecter of persons. If He brought miracles to the Israelites through Moses…If He brought miracles to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…If He brought miracles to King David and Elijah and Elisha… then He will bring miracles to you! For He is God and He has not changed (Hebrews 13:8).
Partner, there is one catch to receiving your miracles…and it is a big one. You have to expect them. Yes, you’ve got to pray and believe for miracles… even in the face of what you see happening in the natural around you. For believe me, miracles are coming toward you, or they’re going past you… every day.
So reach out to God and place a demand on His anointing. If you are living with faith in Jesus and in obedience to God’s Word, you have a Bible right to expect Him to bring miracles into your life. And it can start this New Year… even right now!
You say, “Well, Richard, what about you? What are you expecting in 2018?” Let me tell you.
I am believing God for a mighty healing revival in the hearts of people everywhere! I am expecting an even more powerful anointing from God upon my life as I minister on TV, on radio, on social media and through all of the Oral Roberts Ministries’ outreaches.
I am believing that God will use me and this healing ministry to minister to hurting people all over the world. And…I’m believing that as you partner with me, we can make a tremendous difference in the lives of people who need to know that God wants them to have a Better Life in Him.
Even as I prepare to travel to India next month for our Greater Works outreach to 1,200 rural pastors, I am believing for a powerful touch from God upon me so that I can make a deposit of God’s love, grace, and healing into the lives of these pastors. I am so looking forward to spending time with them and putting a Greater Works digital tablet… free of charge… into each pastor’s hands.
Partner, I want to pray with you…The Bible says in Galatians 6:2 that we are to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.
So, answer this letter quickly, and allow me to help you give those burdens over to the Lord. Send me your prayer requests. I will lay my hands on them and pray the prayer of faith specifically for you, your family and dear ones. Don’t wait! Do it today!
And just a reminder…If you have not already requested my brand new book, Your Road to A Better Life, then request it now. God has given me a roadmap showing you, from His Word, how to live a victorious life… in every area… spiritually, financially, emotionally, relationally… wherever you need a breakthrough.
Read it… devour it… let the biblical principles I share with you get deep inside your spirit. I believe, if you do as I am suggesting, it will change your life …and change your life forever. I really believe it will be a blessing to you. So request your copy today.
As we begin this New Year, there’s something we can do together. Let’s start by striking a blow against the devil and for God, in India. God is already paving the way!
In fact, I’ve just heard from our lead pastor there. He told me that the 1,200 pastors I will be ministering to already have a vision to begin 10,000 new churches. Wow! Ten thousand new churches! Imagine the impact the Gospel of Jesus Christ would have in that region of the world!
And as you give generously into Oral Roberts Ministries, you will be a great part of that, and all our other outreaches all over the world. You and I—partnering together—can help provide the teaching tools and the resources pastors need to win the lost to Christ and to pray effectively for the healing of those who are sick and hurting.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. Please use your enclosed prayer sheet and send me your prayer requests just as quickly as possible. I will lay my hands on them and pray and believe God with you for your miracle.
Thank you for starting off 2018 with a generous donation. You and I are in this together, and it’s my privilege to partner with you. Together, we can make a great difference in this world.
Your Partner on the Road to a Better Life in Christ,
PS. It’s not too late… You still have time to be a hero in a pastor’s life in rural India! Your generous gift into this healing ministry this month will not only help cover the final expenses of the India outreach in February, but all that we are doing throughout the United States and Canada. Thank you for partnering with me.
And…I have a gift for you. The“Your Road to a Better Life” bookmark will be a great companion to my new book. The bookmark is a quick and handy reminder of why God wants you to have a Better Life in Him. It’s FREE… Just let me know you would like to have one.