God is bigger than all your needs. He cannot, and will not, fail.
It thrills my heart to hear from so many of my Partners and friends just like you, and about how God is working out His plans and purposes in your lives. Thank you for continuing to lift up this healing ministry with your prayers and your support. And I’m so excited as I write this month’s letter to you about God’s abundant goodness and how He wants to get His abundance into your life!
As we come into this summer season, God has put it on my heart to share some key biblical principles concerning seed-faith—giving and receiving—seed-time and harvest. These eternal, scriptural keys were taught to me by my father, Oral Roberts… biblical keys that worked in his life and ministry and also work in mine. And I believe they can work in your life too!
But, before we go any further, I’d like for you to read this verse of scripture and get it deep down into your spirit: The thief [Satan] does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10). It’s so very important to establish who the thief is and who the Giver is.
Now, let me begin by encouraging you to ask yourself these questions: “Who or what is the Source for everything good in my life? When I have a need, where do I look for my total supply… for getting my needs met?”
Think about it… Do you immediately look at your bank account, your job, or to a family member to meet your needs? Yes, people and things are instruments God can work through to bring opportunities to us, but…as God’s children, He should be our Total Source. Are you taking the time to seek Him first in prayer, asking for His wisdom and His answers to the needs you are facing?
Philippians 4:19 says, And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. And in Psalm 24:1, we’re told, The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. God has all power and He is all love. All the riches and glory of the earth is His. And as we seek Him first, we can ask for, and expect His blessing and miracles in our lives.
One thing I’ve learned in my faith walk over the years, concerning getting my own needs met, is that it comes down to a matter of trust. Am I really believing that God is my Source? Am I being obedient to His Word in my giving and then expecting Him to multiply it into a harvest as He said He would in Luke 6:38?
I’m here to tell you…If you’ve exhausted every avenue for getting your needs met…if nothing has worked and nothing is changing in your situation, all hope is not lost. You can begin today to increase your “trust factor.” You can start fresh with a new attitude and a new release of your faith in God’s Word. As you begin to come into agreement with God’s principles on seed-faith living, you can enter into a new relationship with God and His eternal supply.
Let’s consider a few people in the Bible who changed their ways of thinking and their ways of doing things…ordinary people, just like you and me, who got into God’s ways of doing and being. And as a result, their needs were met by God.
First, let’s look at the young boy in John chapter 6 who gave his lunch to Jesus. A great multitude of people were following Jesus wherever He went because they had seen and heard of His miracles. So, late in the day, when they had come into a place far away from town, Jesus saw they would be in need of food and that they would not be able to send the crowd away to get food, lest they faint on the way.
Simon Peter’s brother, Andrew, found a boy who had five barley loaves and two fish. Now, in reality, the boy might have said, “I only have enough for me. How can my small amount to give be of any help?” But, when he turned his meager meal over to Jesus, it was miraculously multiplied into a feast for an estimated crowd of 5,000 men, plus women and children…with twelve baskets full left over!
And how about the widow in Mark chapter 12 who gave her very best, in fact, all she had to give? Jesus was watching as people came and put money into the treasury. He observed that many were rich and gave much. Then a poor widow woman came in and she put in two mites, the lowest in value of Roman coin. The woman could have thought, “My little amount can’t help anyone, so why not keep it for myself? After all, I have needs too.” But instead, she gave so that others might be helped. Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”
The scripture doesn’t say, but I believe Jesus included this story in the Bible to show us that because the widow gave out of her necessity, God blessed her abundantly and met her needs…because that’s how He operates in our lives when we are obedient to His Word.
And don’t forget about the woman who gave a portion of her last meal to Elijah, the prophet, in 1 Kings chapter 17. As Elijah came to the gate of the city of Zarephath, he called out to the woman and asked her for a cup of water and a morsel of bread. Now, there was a great drought in the land at that time, and she told Elijah that she did not have any bread, only a handful of flour and a little oil left. In fact, she told him, she was just then going to gather a few sticks of wood to make a fire and cook a last small meal for herself and her son.
Elijah replied to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ ”
The scriptures go on to say that she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah. Another life-changing, multiplication miracle!
Each person in the examples above released what was in their hands to give, as they also released their faith to God as a seed. It may not have been much in the world’s eyes, but it was much to God, and He used it and blessed them with a harvest in return.
Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, “I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
You see, the seed of giving is the seed of faith. But the seed has to be planted before we have the Bible-right to speak to our mountain of need to be removed.
Seed-faith has to come first, because giving is the “seeding” for your miracle.
Now, this may be a totally new concept to you, or maybe just a good reminder. But God promises in His Word that when we give to Him as our Source, He will multiply what we give…our time, our talents, our resources…back to us with increase big enough and powerful enough to move our mountains of need…and with enough left over to give again, which keeps the lifestyle cycle of giving and receiving going. (See 2 Corinthians chapter 9.)
If you’ll recall, giving in the Old Testament was based on receiving first, and you gave afterward. You received…then you gave. That’s how the paying of tithes was established with the people of Israel, by giving one-tenth to God as a debt they owed.
Jesus came to pay the debt that man could not fully pay because of sin. Jesus paid the debt for us when He went to the Cross for you and me. There, He fulfilled the old law and restored giving to its original purpose.
God sowed His Son, Jesus, the Seed of David, to pay the full price of redemption and resurrection (our spiritual seed-time and harvest). As a result, our giving is no longer as a debt we owe, but instead, as a seed we can sow.
Partner, we can give from a whole heart, gladly, with no dread or acting from fear and obligation. And when you face a mountain of need, your seeds of faith, planted, can actually move that mountain.
Here are the three key principles of seed-faith – giving and receiving – that I’ve been talking to you about today:
Key 1- MAKE GOD YOUR SOURCE…PUT HIM FIRST IN YOUR LIFE. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. —Matthew 6:33
Key 2 – GIVE, AND GIVE FIRST… PUT THE SEED OF FAITH IN…THE SEED FOR YOUR MIRACLES. Now may He [God] who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. —2 Corinthians 9:10
Key 3 – EXPECT A MIRACLE…NOT FROM THOSE YOU HELP OR GIVE TO, BUT FROM GOD…YOUR ETERNAL SOURCE. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. —Matthew 6:3–4
I believe that if you’ll put these three, powerful, miracle principles to work in your life, your heavenly Father will respond, and it will open up opportunities for Him to meet your needs.You don’t have to beg God. Just plant your seeds of faith to Him, tell your mountain of need to move, in Jesus’ name, and then begin praising Him as you believe God to do the rest.
God sees your needs, He loves you, and He is moved with compassion. And because I love you in Him, I want you to know that I am here for you, too. I want to pray for you and believe God with you for His answers.
Return the enclosed Prayer and Praise Sheet to me, along with the very best seed you can sow unto God this month toward your need, and let me lay my hands on your prayer requests as I pray the prayer of faith over them.
God is faithful…and I can’t wait to hear your praise report and to hear you say, “Richard, I got my miracle!”
Your Partner for a Better Life in Christ,
P.S. If you are new to this message of seed-faith living—of giving and receiving—I have a little booklet titled Seed-faith in a Nutshell. I will send it to you so you can learn more about the biblical way of giving and getting your needs met. Or request it to give to someone who you know is struggling in this area of their life. I’ll send you a free copy.
Also, for more in-depth teaching on the principles of how to live a better, more abundant life in Christ—as God said He desires for you in 3 John 2—request my book Your Road to a Better Life. I’ll send it to you for any seed-faith gift into this healing ministry. I believe that as you begin applying these time-honored, biblical principles to your life, at the end of the 90-day reading, you will be well on your way to discovering how you can have a Better Life in Christ…in 2018 and forever!