Lindsay Roberts – First of two parts
There are people who say, “I don’t expect anything back from God.” But when they get great big miracles… their bodies are whole… their finances are met… their children are healthy… if they didn’t expect that back from God, then who did it?
I expect miracles from God every day of my life because I know I’m not the One who keeps my body whole. I know I’m not the One who multiplies my seed. My God is the One who multiples my seed. When I get a miracle, I give God the credit, and I give Him thanks for it. I expect back from Him.
My children expect me to take care of them because I’m their parent and that is my responsibility. God is my parent, and He said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you” (Luke 6:38). Our responsibility is “to give”; His responsibility is “and it shall be given.”
Many times as Christians, we do our part, but we don’t expect God to do His part. God says He watches over His Word to perform it. When we give and expect back from God, He promises to multiply our seed.
If you think God isn’t able, He isn’t. You are not going to get anything from Him if you think like that because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks; life and death are in the power of the tongue; you shall have whatsoever you say; and as a man thinketh so is he. (See Matthew 12:34, Proverbs 18:21, Mark 11:23, and Proverbs 23:7).
If God placed a million dollars worth of groceries in the grocery store next door to you and left the key at your doorstep, and you were starving to death and didn’t expect Him to leave the key and didn’t know anything about the groceries, you’d starve to death. But if you knew about the groceries and knew where the key was, you could open the door and feed the whole neighborhood.
Learn where the key is, for Jesus said He gave us the keys to His Kingdom. You hear stories about a rich relative dying and leaving something in their will. The richest Man on earth died and shed His blood for us and left us in His will!
Have you ever prayed for something, and nothing seemed to happen? That’s the situation we see in Mark 11:14 when Jesus cursed a fig tree. The Bible says, His disciples heard it, but they sure didn’t see anything happen at first.
Picture this scene: Jesus was on His way to Jericho to preach. He was hungry. He saw a fig tree and walked over to it to see if He could pick a couple of figs for a snack. But He discovered there were none, so He said to the tree, “You’ll never bear fruit again!” Now the disciples were watching because usually when Jesus spoke, something happened. Only, in this instance, it looked as if nothing happened. And Jesus and the disciples went on into town.
But the next morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots (v. 20). Peter cried, “Jesus look! The fig tree You cursed yesterday has withered and died!” The disciples found that while nothing appeared to happen on the outside of that tree, Jesus’ faith had been working on the inside! Immediately He seized the opportunity to teach the disciples a lesson on faith. He said, “Have faith in God (v. 22). Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (v. 24 NKJV).”
I believe this is a key to receiving answers to our prayers. Sometimes when we pray and believe, on the outside it looks as if nothing is happening. But as we keep believing, something is happening on the inside. We just can’t see it with our human eyes. So don’t give up. You may not see the answer yet, but as you continue to believe, your faith is working on the inside!
From the archives of Oral Roberts
Many of the requests called in to the Abundant Life Prayer Group are for matters beyond human control: “Only God can help” ― “Doctors say he cannot live” ― “Her disease is incurable.”
Immediately, this lifts prayer to a higher plane…the realm of the supernatural. In an easy matter, faith is apt to be mingled with human reasoning. We can think of possible ways prayer may be answered. But God says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways (Isaiah 55:8).”
When human efforts fail, it is God’s delight for us to ask largely of Him. Things which are impossible with men are possible with God (Luke 18:27).
Richard & Lindsay Roberts
Are you in a stressful situation today? Are the problems of life rolling in on you so that it looks like it’s all over for you? Are you facing a situation in which there seems to be no way out?
Lindsay and I want to share with you what we do during stressful times in our work, our individual lives, and in our family. Like you, we face stressful situations every day, and some days more than others.
The first thing we do is go to the Bible. Stress can overwhelm you to the point where you are both confused and exhausted… mentally, emotionally, and physically.
The Bible says in Hebrews 4:12, however, “The Word that God speaks is alive and full of power – making it active, operative, energizing and effective” (Amplified Version).
The Word of God is LIFE-giving. It pumps life back into your spirit, and then that life flows from your spirit to your mind, body, and emotions. Are you exhausted today from stress? Curl up in a big comfortable chair in a quiet room and immerse yourself in the Word of God!
The Bible also says that the Word of God is a “lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). The Word of God will give you direction; it will show you what to do and which way to turn. Is life confusing today because of the stress you are under? Go to the Word of God!
God gave us a mind to use, but there are times when we have to get out of our mind, so to speak, and into the Spirit. How do you set your mind aside in those times when you need to operate in the Spirit? By getting your mind in shape. And you get your mind in shape by bringing it under the control of the Holy Spirit.
It’s important to get your mind in shape because if Satan can defeat you in your thought life, he can separate you from your faith and what you believe.
You can keep your thoughts under control by doing what the Bible says: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
We can’t stop our thoughts, of course. They come. But once ungodly thoughts come, we have to say, “No! Down, flesh! I will not entertain that thought.” Then you put on the mind of Christ by renewing your mind with the Word of God.
Romans 12:2 NKJV says, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Think of it as washing yourself in the Word… of taking a bath in it. When you immerse yourself in God’s Word, the truth of the Word wells up within you and you can effectively come against the attacks of the devil in your mind.
Do you ever feel that you are the only one who has problems? It’s not true. All of us suffer spiritual conflicts. And I believe there are three types of spiritual conflict:
Spiritual conflict against the world ― Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NLT). Jesus is saying that you’re going to have problems. That’s not pleasant, is it? But the second part of the Scripture lets you know that you can have the joy of the Lord in your heart because He has already overcome whatever you are facing!
Spiritual conflict against the flesh ― Sin tries to get into your life every day, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, you can make the decision to keep it out. In Galatians 5:16 NIV, Paul said, Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Paul laid it on the line. He admitted that he had shortcomings and problems and was tempted just like everyone else. So how did he overcome? By the power of the Holy Spirit. There are choices to make each day; but as you rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you can make the right ones.
Spiritual conflict against the devil ―The devil seeks those he can get his grips into. First Peter 5:8–9 NIV says, Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. In other words, be your own police force. Control yourself.
Yes, conflicts will come, but the One who is the Overcomer is on your side!
TITLE: Prayer Partner/Lead
REPORTS TO: Director Telephone Ministry and/or Supervisor ALPG Shift
DEPARTMENT: 47220 ALPG
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time
FLSA STATUS: Hourly/Non-Exempt
POSITION SUMMARY: Receives telephone calls on behalf of the Roberts family for the purpose of taking prayer requests, seed-faith donations, product requests, praise reports, conference registrations, answering questions regarding ministry and documenting questions to relay to support services. Oversees prayer partners in the absence of the supervisor or when supervisor requests assistance. Documents shift info; conducts all functions confidentially.
- Receive ALPG calls politely, pleasantly and professionally, with compassionate demeanor.
- Follow all steps of the ALPG call pattern in accordance with guidelines set forth by ORM.
- Correctly enter all caller data. Conduct all functions in a timely matter, handling an average of 10 calls per hour.
- Assist present/absent supervisor during shift with data collection, reports and call monitoring.
- Keep aware of and communicate as needed all ALPG/ORM announcements posted on a daily basis.
- Oversee prayer partners in the absence of supervisor or as requested.
- Assure that sufficient staff is available to cover the phones, oversee breaks, etc.
- Monitor and instruct prayer partners receiving emergency calls or needing assistance with certain frequent and/or difficult callers.
- Assist prayer partners with computers, phones and software.
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Three to six months experience with ALPG or comparable prayer ministry. Biblical studies or course training, and Christian leadership experience preferred. Prior experience in a call center setting helpful.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION AND SPECIALIZED TRAINING: Requires high school diploma or GED. Some Bible college is preferred
JOB SPECIFIC SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE: Must be biblically knowledgeable with strong spiritual grounding. Spiritually and emotionally mature with ability to pray God’s word according to caller’s need, while remaining calm, patient and compassionate in situations presented. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Experience with Microsoft Access helpful. Minimum 20 wpm keyboarding speed required. Detail-oriented with excellent spelling, grammar, reading, mathematical and organizational skills, along with strong telephone etiquette and interpersonal skills. Confidentiality of all information is required. Ability to work calmly under potential high-call stress and communicate tactfully with co-workers and partners. Ability to work independently and as a team, and have excellent verbal and written communication, leadership, time-management, and multi-tasking skills.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Will include but not be limited to: sitting for long periods, standing, walking, climbing stairs, repetitive motion, using equipment requiring manual dexterity (10-key and/or computer), conducting telephone communications for prolonged periods. Must have good near-sight, far-sight, and overall good visual ability and the ability to bring objects into sharp focus. Must hear clearly and distinctly. Must be able to read and write.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Ability to perform required functions indoors, in a temperature-controlled environment independently within groups of people, in an organized and efficient manner, under minimal supervision, whether fast-faced or steady in workflow. Must be capable of sitting and conducting telephone communication for prolonged periods as needed.
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Must possess logical mental clarity and ability to reason for the purpose of various detailed tasks. Must be capable of working within a diverse group of individuals. Must be able to understand, read and carry out verbal or written instruction. Must possess calm capabilities to multi-task and maintain deadlines in a sometimes fast-paced environment. Due to the nature of some calls received, the ability to leave your work at the office is a must.
HOURS OF WORK AND ATTENDANCE:
1st shift hours are 6:45 AM – 3:15 PM. Days off vary. Must be available for weekend and holiday coverage, if required.
2nd shift hours are 2:45 PM –11:15 PM. Days off vary. Must be available for weekend and holiday coverage, if required.
3rd shift hours are 10:45 PM – 7:15 AM. Days off vary. Must be available for weekend and holiday coverage, if required.
LIFESTYLE: Must adhere to the Code of Honor for Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association.
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From the archives of Oral Roberts
Are you facing a loss today? Has the devil robbed you of something? This is the Word of the Lord to you today: God desires for you to recover it all!
The Bible tells the story of King David’s return one day to the city of Ziklag. He and his army had been away for three days, and during that time, the Amalekites had invaded Ziklag, burned the city, and taken all the women and their sons and daughters captive. David and his men were so distressed they cried until they couldn’t cry anymore.
But then, notice what David did. First, he enquired of the Lord, He said, “What do you want me to do, God?” (See 1 Samuel 30:8) And God said, “Pursue the enemy. You will overtake them and recover all.”
Has the devil robbed you of something today? God’s word to you is this: “Go after the devil in prayer and pummel him until you recover it all!”
Second, David went after the enemy with his whole heart. God showed him exactly where the enemy was camped so that David and his men were able to descend upon them and kill most of them and send the rest fleeing on camels. And David recovered all so that NOTHING WAS LACKING. His recovery was so complete that the Bible says not even something LITTLE was missing. Everything was restored!
Friend, that’s God’s desire for you today. First, ask God what to do. And second, when He tells you, then do it with your whole heart. Pursue the devil in the Name of the Lord… and expect God to provide the way for you to RECOVER IT ALL!
I was preaching at a church in Florida several years ago, and as I gave an invitation, many people came forward to give their lives to Jesus. When the invitation was over, and after I’d prayed and rejoiced with people who were crying with joy, there was one man standing over at the side who had come forward to give his life to Jesus, and yet he looked so sad.
As I looked at his face ― not with my physical eyes, but in my spirit ― I saw the words, “The Past,” written across his forehead. At that point, I remembered that earlier in the service the pastor had dedicated several babies to the Lord. One was a little girl in a long, white christening gown. She was a beautiful child, perhaps seven or eight months old. The Lord impressed me to have the family bring that little baby back to the platform.
They brought her to me. As I held this little girl, I talked to her and told her how beautiful she was. She just looked at me with her little head bouncing around.
I began telling her, “You are so beautiful, sweetheart. Now I want to talk to you about your past.” She just looked at me and kept bouncing her little head. Then I said, “Oh, I forgot, you don’t have any past.” Of course, everyone laughed and chuckled.
Then I turned to the man who seemingly had “The Past” written on his forehead, and I said, “And, my dear brother, neither do you! Jesus has forgiven you and wiped out the past.”
Suddenly, in my spirit, I saw the words of his forehead vanish, and the frown, the sadness, came off of his face. The joy of the Holy Ghost came into his life, and God delivered him!
When God said He would cleanse us from all unrighteousness and forgive us of our past if we just ask… He will (1 John 1:9)! And when He does, take it from God’s Word ― the past is over!
Have you ever gone into a shoe store wearing an old grubby pair of shoes? Your old shoes make the new shoes in the store look so good that you can’t wait to buy a pair and wear them home. But after wearing the new shoes once or twice, you realize that they aren’t as comfortable as you had thought. They will need to be broken in. The temptation comes to return to the old pair of shoes. Ugly as they are, they are still comfortable.
Like owners of new shoes who stubbornly persist on wearing their old worn-out sneakers, we cling to the familiar instead of allowing God to do a new thing in our lives. God may be trying to do a new thing in our lives, but if we keep returning to our old ways, we can’t experience all of the good things He has in store for us.
God tells us in Ezekiel 36:26–27 NKJV, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” When we insist on holding on to old patterns of doubt or sin, we hinder God’s work in our lives. But when we follow God’s ways and obey what He tells us to do, we open the way for Him to bring new blessings and positive change into our lives.
Think about it for a moment. What old shoes is God asking you to leave behind? Let go of the old ways that may be holding you back, as comfortable as they might be, and allow God’s transforming power to change your life and set your feet on the path of a fresh new walk with Him.