Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth – 3 John 2
I love this verse because it tells exactly how God feels about you. First of all, it tells you God cares so much about you that He calls you His beloved. And secondly, it tells you God has three great wishes for your life. He wants you to prosper; spiritually, physically, and financially.
Now the devil has three great wishes for you, too. He is the great counterfeiter. Whatever God has, the devil tries to imitate, and the devil’s imitations are always bad. John 10:10 says, “The thief [or devil] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” Sickness, sin, financial problems, emotional struggles, discouragement, and family problems are all the work of the devil.
But thank God for the rest of the verse in John 10:10! Jesus said that He came that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly. And that abundant life includes God’s three great wishes for you ―the salvation of your soul, health for your body, and prosperity in your finances.
Without faith it is impossible to please [God]. –Hebrews 11:6
A life without faith is a life of impossibilities. The Bible says when you are without faith, it’s impossible for God to get any pleasure out of you. This doesn’t mean He does not love you. He just gets no pleasure from you. Without faith, it’s impossible to have peace in everyday problems that must be handled by your faith.
But God has a way for you to get out of the realm of the impossible and into the realm of the possible. Mark 9:23 says, “All things are possible to him that believeth.” With faith… you become pleasing to God, and you can stand against whatever the devil throws in your way. With faith… you can be on top and not on the bottom. With faith… you can get everyday problems solved and needs met.
We are living in an age of God’s goodness, mercy, and delivering power. There is a great hope provided through the Lord, by faith. That is why you need to understand the importance of your faith… so you can step out of the realm of the impossible and into the realm of the possible. So use your faith. Just let it go to God and expect Him to meet your needs.
A man brought his son to Jesus one day to be healed. The disciples had prayed for the boy, but he was not delivered. Jesus said to the man, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” The man replied, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23˗24 NKJV). Jesus did just that…and healed his son.
We all probably have a little pocket of unbelief―an area where our faith isn’t as strong as it should be. If that’s true with a problem you’re facing, let’s agree together in prayer right now for that doubt to be removed.
In the authority of Jesus’ name, I focus my prayers on that pocket of doubt where you are having difficulty believing. I pray that the full force of your faith will begin to believe God for all that He has for you. Amen.
Lindsay Roberts – Third of three parts
Peter was the apostle with low self-esteem. He was the one who said to Jesus, “Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. Yet Jesus said to him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice” (Mark 14:29–30).
One of the Gospels says that when Peter looked into Caiaphas’ house where Jesus was being interrogated, as the rooster crowed, Jesus’ eyes met his (Luke 22:61). Now that was perhaps the moment of lowest self-esteem in Peter’s life. He had failed… totally failed the Son of God. Yet the good news is that Jesus forgave him. The Bible says: God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17).
Thank God your low self-esteem can be turned around!
James 5:13˗16 says, “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed…”
Father, in the Name of Jesus, we give our low self-image to You. We put the past in the past. We ask You to take care of those things in the past that we have no control over, and we give them to You. We ask You, in Jesus’ Name, to heal our low self-esteem. Help us to realize that we are worth something to You. There is a reason that we were born. You created us in Your image, and there is something in life that You have for us to do. I pray from this moment on that you, my dear friend, will know you are valuable and you are special. I’m praying that you will be healed in your mind and in your spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lindsay Roberts – Second of three parts
One time, a precious lady wrote to our ministry that she was in prison, and she was seven months pregnant. She said, “I’ve accepted the Lord, but I’m desperate for help. I need treatment. I need a new life.” Her self-esteem was in serious jeopardy. When you feel you’ve failed other people, and you’ve failed yourself, suddenly everything about you begins to get lower and lower.
I know men suffer from low self-esteem, but I believe that women, because we are more emotional, suffer more from low self-esteem than men. If you hear about a person who is suffering from anorexia, it’s generally a woman. When you hear about someone with an eating disorder or someone who is self-destructive, it is usually a woman. As a result of low self-esteem, they take it out on their bodies in the form of abusing food, either by overeating or under-eating.
A man will look in the mirror, and even if he has only two or three hairs on his head, he’ll comb those hairs, take one look, and say, “Yeah, that’s great!” And out the door he goes. But a woman will look in the mirror and spend 20 minutes picking herself apart.
I’m fortunate because my husband makes me feel good about myself. I thank the good Lord that I have somebody who builds me up. However, there are those who are rejected by their husbands and by their children. When you are abused as a child and you’re dealt with in a harsh way, many times a pattern begins to emerge. And one of the primary characteristics of that pattern is low self-esteem. Satan will use that against you all the time and try to keep it in your mind.
Isaiah 43:18–19 says, Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing.
I have something to share with you that I believe is straight from God, and also news that I believe will be a blessing to you. But before I share it, I want to take time to thank God for you, and for our many partners like you who have sown in faith into this ministry over the last 30 days.
Because of your quick and generous response, the ministry’s finances have begun to take a turn for the better. And although I still need your financial support—now, and each month going forward—I just want to again say thank you so much for responding as you have to this urgent need.
Partner, as I share with you what the Lord has been speaking to me, I pray you will be encouraged in your faith to believe God for a miracle.
David said in Psalm 23, Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. The words in this Psalm that give me the most comfort and assurance are “for You are with me.” They are comforting because the truth is, a spirit of fear has been loosed in the world.
Yes, a spirit of anarchy and lawlessness seems to be filling the world…and it all is coming from the devil himself.
But as for you and me as Christians, God has not given us a spirit of fear (or of anarchy and lawlessness). Instead, God has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Yes, the world is getting darker, and trouble seems to be lurking around every corner. However, I want you to remember that God Almighty has not fallen off His throne. And not one of His angels has been destroyed or deterred from their mission to Believers, those of us who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
And I want you to know that I have not stopped and will not stop making intercession for Believers—partners like you—who continue to stand strong in the faith, no matter what you see happening around you.
Praise God, I am not afraid of this present darkness we see around us. No, not at all — because I know God is with me. However, I do believe we should be vigilant and listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:5˗6) and be guided by Him in all we do.
Never in my lifetime of 69 years have I ever seen so much hatred and violence. Never have I witnessed this level of terrorism. Never have there been so many senseless killings.
Everywhere I go, people are asking, why, why, why? What gets into a person who can pull out an assortment of weapons and fire on a crowd of people, wounding and killing so many, as we have seen happen recently?
Well, I’ll tell you the answer to that question of “why.” And it’s not because people have access to guns. It is because the spirit of the devil can influence the heart and mind of a person who has not been born again by the blood of Jesus. It’s satan who comes only to steal, and to kill, and to destroy men’s lives (John 10:10).
Weapons by themselves don’t kill; people influenced by evil kill. There were no guns back in Cain’s day, but because Cain’s heart was filled with anger at God, he attacked and killed his brother Abel. Cain was angry with God because God had shown favor to Abel when Abel chose to do the right thing. Cain chose to do the wrong thing, and he took out his rejection from God on his brother. (See Genesis chapter 4.)
Jesus said in Matthew 15:19˗20, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies…” Murders and other evil acts happen when people are influenced by evil.
Some years ago, I spoke on the phone with a young man who was in prison. He was there on death row, awaiting his own execution for murders he had committed. He told me he really didn’t know why he had done it except for a voice inside that told him…pull the trigger. This young man and Cain are examples of how someone can be influenced by evil.
But you know what? God can always bring good out of any situation, no matter how dark. After this young man’s execution, I was asked by his wife and family to preach at his memorial service. And I agreed to do so. During that service, several of his family members gave their hearts to the Lord. Praise God!
Yes, evil is all around, but we can’t live our lives in fear. Living life is a daily thing, and you cannot hide away, locked up behind closed doors in your house, hoping not to have to confront it. You have things to do and places to go. So do I.
The Lord knows that. That’s why He sends forth His angels as ministering spirits to minister to us who will inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14). We can put on (call upon) our angels every day. You see, you didn’t lose your guardian angel just because you grew up. You can call on the angelic hosts to surround you, to protect you, and to protect your family and dear ones.
Praise God, we—you and I—can call on the Name that is higher than any other name, the Name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. So, don’t for a moment think that you are powerless against the tricks and strategies of the devil, because you are not.
Yes, it’s true…the devil has weapons…but so do we! You and I have weapons that are not carnal (not material weapons of the flesh), but mighty weapons of the spirit. And when we use them, they will help us pull down the strongholds of the devil and win victories for the Lord (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
One of the spiritual weapons God has given us is His full armor (Ephesians 6). I encourage you to daily put on your helmet of salvation to protect your mind. Put on your breastplate of righteousness to protect your heart, and the belt of truth…Jesus…Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
You can put on your Gospel shoes of peace in order to walk over the devil’s roughest territory successfully. You can take up your sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God, and speak scriptures of provision and safety over your life and your family’s lives every day. Hold up your shield of faith, which will quench the fiery darts and attacks of the devil.
Pray always in the spirit by praying in tongues, then praying again in your own language — and receive understanding and wisdom from the Holy Spirit of what to do as you go about your everyday life.
Now, listen, I’ve read the Bible… from the beginning to the end. And we win. We win! Let that get down deep into your spirit… We win!
Settle it once and for all in your mind that you can be an overcomer through faith in Jesus Christ. Believe it, then act on it with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And as you do, expect God to show up in your behalf in a powerful way. Expect it, in Jesus’ name. And I believe He will.
So, Partner, declare this with me: I will not be afraid. I will walk in the light of the Lord, and He will direct my path.
Let that be your motto, and say it over and over again until it becomes a part of you. Let it get so deep down into your spirit that there is no more room for any fear or any anxiety about the future.
Now, here’s my exciting news concerning this healing ministry…
As I write this letter, I’m in London, England, in the midst of a ministers conference, where I’m teaching pastors and leaders the principles of healing, the Holy Spirit and Seed-Faith. Lives are being touched and changed. The power of the Lord is present to heal and to deliver. I wish you and all my partners could be here with me. But I know that by faith, you are with me in the spirit.
And as a result of every seed you sow unto the Lord through this healing ministry, I am helped to obey God’s calling on my life through this and other global Greater Works Vision outreaches. And from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for your support and your prayers.
The Bible says we are to cast our bread upon the waters, and after a time it will come back to us (Ecclesiastes 11:1). “Casting your bread” means giving some of your supply of resources unto the Lord. The word “waters” here represents humanity, people all over the world, in every nation, tribe and tongue, who are in such desperate need of God’s salvation, healing and miracles.
When we—you and I—sow our seed unto God, He then takes it and uses it for His own glory, and afterwards, He multiplies it back to us. Now, it may not come back on the same wave that you cast your seed on…but on a new wave.
What I mean by that is… Don’t put limits on how you think God is going to bless you. Because however God chooses to send that wave of His blessing back to you, it will be in good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, according to God’s Word in Luke 6:38.
As I mentioned earlier in this letter, many partners have begun to respond (as I had faith they would) to help us address the financial needs of this ministry. And I am so grateful for the quick response.
But I still need your help…not only this month, but each and every month going forward.
So, I’m asking you to again “cast your bread upon the waters” through sowing seed into the fertile soil of this healing ministry. Through your seeds sown, many lives can be touched by God through the outreaches of Oral Roberts Ministries… I’m talking about people such as Sherrell in Georgia when she called the Abundant Life Prayer Group.
Our prayer partners shared her powerful testimony with me, and I want to share it with you…
Sherrell called to request prayer for her daughter whom the doctors said had a hole in her heart and a blockage and that she needed surgery. After receiving prayer, the doctors re-ran some tests before her daughter’s surgery and found that she no longer had a hole in her heart, and the blockage was completely gone!
As you sow your seed in faith this month—and in the months to come—tell the Lord what you’re believing Him to do in your behalf on the next wave of His blessing. I believe that just as He met Sherrell’s needs, He can and will meet your needs too!
And when you sow your seed, don’t forget to write your prayer requests on the prayer and praise sheet I’ve enclosed. Send them to me just as soon as you can, and I’ll hold your name and your needs in my hands, and I will pray. I will agree with you, according to God’s Word and His will for a miracle in your life.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Your partner for miracles,
PS. The 2018 Better Life Calendar is now available! This colorful and inspiring 12-month calendar is one of the most beautiful ones we’ve ever produced, and I believe you’ll want one for your home or your office. They’re hot off the press, so get your copy soon before they are all gone! See your Prayer and Praise Sheet for more information. And when you return it, along with your best seed-gift, I will send your 2018 calendar to you as quickly as possible.
Lindsay Roberts – First of three parts
I once received a letter from a lady asking for prayer as she was about to be married. She was marrying, she said, because she was lonely.
Loneliness sometimes drives us to do things we would not normally do. This lady could go from being lonely to being lonely and miserable if the person she’s marrying is not who God has ordained for her. Obviously, this woman is saved as she wrote about her salvation. But you shouldn’t make a decision such as marriage based on loneliness. You make a decision on your marriage based on whether or not that is the person God has called you to marry and spend the rest of your life with.
When we’re in a situation of hurt…our self-esteem is low, we’re lonely, we’re hurt, we’re troubled, we’re working against ourselves… one bad decision triggers another, and we go from bad to worse, from lonely to miserable.
Another woman called saying she had five children. She suffers with anxiety all the time as a result of the children. I’m not saying it’s the children’s fault. I have several children, and there are days when I wonder, “Where am I in the bottom of all of this?
But that’s a mom’s role. When my daughter, Olivia, was six years old, she said the cutest thing and it just swept over me. She said, “I’ve figured out everybody’s role in this household. Mom’s do everything, dads are tall, and grandmothers always have candy.”
I thought the way she assessed it is true, because “moms do everything.” It is that way when you spend a lot of time with your children in the mom position. It is especially true in cases such as single-parent homes, or where the husband is working all the time. You begin to feel like, What do I do If I’m not capable of doing all of this?
The important thing for you to remember is that you are a good mother! You are a good wife! We need to accept ourselves for what we really are!
Satan’s strategy is to attack young people any way he can―through drugs, alcohol, and sexual perversion of all types.
Young people feel they really don’t have anything to identify with. They have the feeling that the world is not going to survive, and that there’s nothing out there for them.
That is Satan’s strategy. If he can make them despondent, discouraged, and disillusioned, then he has them! Satan is really not after you or me or our children, he’s after our faith. Because if he can separate us from our faith, then he has us.
We as parents, as church members, as the Body of Christ, must do what Moses did. Moses said, “No, Pharaoh, no! We’ll not go unless everyone does. If the women and children don’t go, we are not going.” The plagues kept coming until finally Pharaoh gave permission for Moses to take everyone with him. Moses had a great victory for God and for the children of Israel.
We must tell satan he cannot have our children. My mother and father paid the price for me. They paid the price by walking the floor, holding my name up before the Lord when I was spitting in their faces, running my own life, and singing with a rock band. Thank God, my parents would not let go. They saw in me something I didn’t see. They saw God’s healing ministry in me. And the day came when I made a commitment of my life to Christ and was baptized in the Holy Spirit.
That is what we must do for our children. We must tell satan he cannot have them! We must stand up and command satan in the authority of Jesus’ Name to take his hands off our children!
It is our responsibility to believe God that our children will find a purpose in life and then ultimately go to heaven with us. It’s a great responsibility to plead the blood of Jesus over our children and raise them up the way they’re supposed to go, with the purpose the Lord has planned for their lives.
In essence, we are saying to our children, “You’ll never get away from our prayers.” Thank God for the blood of Jesus!
One time, on our TV program “The Place for Miracles”, Lindsay and I shared a powerful message on role models and the effect they have on our children. From television personalities and sports figures to sex and violence in the media, the message is the same: This lifestyle is “cool” and exciting. People are “heroes” — whether they deserve to be or not.
But how much sex, violence, and death can children watch before they begin to emulate what they see? Satan has a strategy. He’s desensitizing us so that when we see an act of violence, it will seem natural instead of unnatural.
What is our responsibility as parents? The Bible gives us the formula in Romans 12:2: Be not conformed to this world [stop following the world’s role models]: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. How can you renew your mind? By getting into the Word of God! And what are the new results? That ye may prove [or test] what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
When we know God’s will, we can stand up for what is right. Lindsay and I are praying that Christian parents everywhere will have the courage to lift up the standard of the Bible and not to be afraid to do what is right. We need to turn OFF the world, turn ON the Word of God, and pour His word into our families on a daily basis!
From the archives of Evelyn Roberts
When I grew up, I heard Malachi 3:8–9 preached, which says that if we don’t give our tithe to God, we’re a thief and a robber. I didn’t want to be a thief and a robber, so I felt obligated to give a tenth of every dollar I had to God. But it was no joy to do.
Then I read Malachi 3:10, where God says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse…and prove me…if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” In other words, if I give to God, He will open heaven’s windows and pour me out a blessing so great I can’t contain it. I learned that giving is just half of it. We can also receive, and there is joy in receiving.
At times, it’s hard to give ― to plant a seed of faith. Jesus found it hard when He started to plant His seed by dying on the Cross for us. But Hebrews 12:2 says He endured the shame for the joy that was set before Him ― that was the Resurrection through which millions would be saved. When we plant our seed, and especially when we do it sacrificially like Jesus did, we can expect to receive back an abundant harvest, “pressed down, and shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:38). The harvest is always better that the seed we plant. And that makes giving it a joy!