I hope you received my letter a couple of weeks ago… and I pray you’ve already replied. If so, perhaps our letters have crossed in the mail. But if you did not have an opportunity to read my last letter, I sure hope you’ll read every word of this one, for it comes from my heart.
You and I are partners together in this healing ministry, and I value your partnership so very much. Without partners like you, this ministry simply would not exist. Thank you so much for all you have done… and are doing.
As I told you earlier, right now, this healing ministry is standing at a crossroads.
Over the last few months, our ministry income has gone down… way down. I have sought the Lord, and Lindsay and I have increased our personal giving to the ministry. The ministry is continuing to sow offerings for disaster relief and missions, to widows and orphans around the world, and of course, we continue to plant into the lives of pastors and ministers in underdeveloped nations.
Partner, it is vital that we keep moving forward on every front. It’s important to you, and it’s important to me as well, to end 2017 strong… not just this month, but every month… and to enter 2018 with a great victory for God.
God’s Word tells us that it’s His desire that we would prosper and be in health, even as our soul prospers (3 John 2). But the devil has another plan… and that is to steal, kill, and destroy this ministry, in every way he possibly can (John 10:10).
When I look at all Oral Roberts Ministries is doing to get the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ out to a lost and dying world…the news that they can have a Better Life in Christ, I’m absolutely amazed. And to think that the devil could very easily wipe it out within the next thirty days… it just makes me so angry with him.
Think about it…all the lives that have been—and are being—touched by the Lord through the outreaches of this healing ministry. In just the past twenty years or so, we have received almost 150,000 testimonies from people who have been healed and delivered. These are men and women from all over the world, whose lives have been made better because you and I, partnering together, have done what God has directed us to do.
Every day, our books, CDs, DVDs, and other Oral Roberts Ministries resources, are blessing hundreds of thousands of people. Our television programs are seen around the world, not just on TV, but through ROKU, the Miracles Television app, and the Internet. The Place for Miracles has become a shining light to thousands who view it each week.
I want you to know that when I preach and stretch out my hands to pray for the sick, there’s a stronger anointing upon me than I’ve ever known. Surely the prophecy that my father gave about a double portion anointing being upon me has come to pass. God is confirming His Word with miracles, signs and wonders. And I know that in the spirit, you, as my partner, are right there with me… believing with me for the miracles that God has for His people.
Through the Greater Works Vision, we are literally reaching out, not just to millions, but billions of people around the world. Greater Works tablets are blessing the lives of ministers and pastors in underdeveloped nations, and there’s much more to come. No wonder the devil is trying so hard to wipe us out! We’re impacting villages, communities, and entire nations for the glory of God.
Now, I want to stop right here in this letter and rebuke the devil. Pray this out loud in agreement with me…
“Satan, I command you in the Name of Jesus. You take your hands off of this ministry, and you take your hands off of my friends and partners. We don’t belong to you; we belong to God. We were paid for by the shed blood of Jesus. And Father, I thank You, that by the Holy Spirit, You’re sending help, and You’re sending it quickly, so that this ministry can continue strong for the glory of God. I pray this in faith, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Sometimes, you just have to stop in the middle of a letter and pray. And of course, spending time in prayer is something I do on a daily basis. I’m up early every morning, praying over the needs of our friends and partners, and over my family.
You know, Jesus, just like us, lived in this world and faced the challenges that we face. I’m reminded of His first recorded miracle when He attended a wedding in Cana, in Galilee. (See John chapter 2.)
Right at the height of their celebration, they ran out of wine. And in that culture, that was not a good sign for starting off a marriage.
Now, Jesus’ mother, Mary, knew exactly who her son was. She knew that Jesus was the Son of God, and she knew He had the answer that would save this wedding party from embarrassment. But Jesus said to her, “Mother, it’s not yet My time.” However, she turned to the stewards, and said, “Whatever He tells you to do, you do.” And Jesus went into action.
“Fill the water pots with water,” Jesus said. “And then pour them out.”
And when they poured them out, the water had been turned to wine. Not just any wine, according to the governor of the wedding feast, but the best wine (which was customarily served first instead of being saved for the end of the celebration). It was a miracle!
Partner, in my spirit, I see Jesus doing the same thing for you and for this ministry. As we plant our seed into the good soil of the Gospel, God will multiply it back to us in exactly the way we need it, changing our circumstances for good, and bringing forth the wine… the best wine of His healing, salvation, miracles, deliverance, finances, and every good thing that God has for us.
Now, financial attacks are something that we have faced at other times in this ministry.
When I was a boy, I remember hearing my dad talk about running out of money when building our ministry headquarters. Yes, my dad, Oral Roberts, ran out of money too. But praise God, he knew what to do about it! He took his challenges to God, his Source… he planted his seed…and his partners at that time, responded in faith. And even though the local media mocked him when he told his partners he had run out of money, the construction was completed on time.
You know, there are times when we’ve just had to come boldly before you, our partners, and tell you exactly what’s going on… to share with you from our hearts.
I also remember several times, at Oral Roberts University, when we had more expenses than we had money to cover. Not only when my dad was president, but also during the fifteen years when I was president of the university. Each time we faced a challenge, we planted seed, and each time God—and our partners—came through.
As I’ve boldly stepped out, teaching messages on healing, the Holy Spirit, and seed-faith, the attack on the ministry’s finances has been unrelenting. And without the needed finances to pay our bills, this ministry will not be able to continue as it is.
Now, here we are again. The enemy would like nothing more than to see this ministry, and the Greater Works Vision, brought to a screeching halt. But I believe in my heart that you will join me in saying this cannot happen, and this will not happen. Praise God! You and I know our Source, and it’s the Lord.
I believe that God can, and will, use you, and all my partners to lift up a new standard of the power of God in this crisis, and say to the devil, “No, you cannot have God’s property… the Oral Roberts Ministries. You cannot and will not shut it down! I will not be a part of witnessing that.”
With all the boldness in my heart, I’m asking you to stand up with me at this time, and strike another blow against the devil, for deliverance, and for God’s victory.
I believe today that God is going to move on the hearts of many to sow into this healing ministry. And as they do, I believe God will not only provide seed for sowing (2 Corinthians 9), but will also multiply the seed back to you into a marvelous harvest, in the way you need it most. In fact, Jesus made it very clear in Luke 6:38… God will use your seed mightily for His glory, and then multiply it back to you…good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over!
You know, it’s easy to say our best days are ahead, but I believe it with all my heart. I believe it’s true for this ministry, as well as for you and me. Naturally, satan would like to destroy that hope and belief. But I’m telling you that the devil will not win this battle if we stand up together. We’re going to use our faith, and we’re going to march against him and all of his demonic forces. And we’re going to win! No wonder he’s fighting us so hard! It is said, “A rising tide lifts all the boats.” Let’s rise up together and strike a mighty blow for our own deliverance.
You can help strike that winning blow against the devil by planting a special seed-faith offering…RIGHT NOW… I mean, TODAY. Then, ask the Lord what He is directing you to do between now and the end of the year to help end 2017 strong.
I’m believing you will say, “Yes, Richard. Count me in!” So, here are three things I want you to do:
Pray and allow the Holy Spirit to direct your seed-faith offering.
Use the enclosed Miracle Victory Prayer and Praise Sheet to send in your personal Miracle Seed-Faith offering as quickly as you can get it in the mail.
Now, begin to praise God for the miracle in advance. Praise Him for a miracle victory… for this healing ministry…and a victory for you, as my partner.
Thank you for taking the time to read this most important letter. And thank you for allowing me to be completely honest with you. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to pray the prayer of faith for your needs to be met, and for the miracle harvest you need to come into your life. I’m hoping to hear from you very soon.
Your partner in Miraculous Victory,
PS. I hope you’ve taken a few minutes to closely read every word of this important and heartfelt letter. Remember, God is your Source for the miracle blessing you need. So, don’t let anything distract you from pursuing it and receiving it. As you obey His Word and sow your seeds in faith, you can believe God for everything you have need of in your life, according to His Word in Matthew 6:33 and Philippians 4:19.
And one more thing! Our new 2018 calendar is now available for you—my partner. This beautiful and unique 2018 Better Life Calendar may be the most beautiful calendar we’ve ever produced! It’s something you can prominently display in your home or your office… or some other special place. Be sure to request your copy when you return your Prayer and Praise Sheet, along with your best seed-gift.