From the archives of Oral Roberts
There are two inescapable facts of life. First, your faith in God will be tried. Your love and your commitment to Him will be tested. My wife’s sister once asked me, “Oral, why, when we give ourselves to God, do these trials come? I said, “Because there is a devil in this world, and he’s against you.” Every day of your life, where you live, work, or play, you will be called upon to exercise your faith in God or to compromise what you believe.
The second inescapable fact of life is that you will be tempted to compromise. You may be in a situation right now where you’re suffering and you’re tempted to do something that would compromise your integrity with God. If you compromise, you will lose what you compromise to get. But if you refuse to compromise―no matter how bleak the circumstances look―God is there to give you strength and to help your faith hold steady.
Something in the Bible may leap out at you like III John 2 did to Evelyn and me before God led us into the healing ministry. We were discouraged, but when we read, Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prosperth, it changed our lives! It strengthened us. It showed us that if we believed God is a good God and we trusted Him and held on to our faith and refused to compromise, God would expand our ministry to more hurting people.
God knew our hearts, and He knew that someday I would be preaching to thousands, and even millions, of people. God knows your heart also. He knows your name. He knows your future, and He’s calling out to you, “Hold on to your faith. Don’t compromise!”
We all want to have peace in our lives. There are many definitions for the word “peace,” but one meaning is “destroying the stronghold that creates chaos.” We can’t have peace until chaos is removed.
I’ll give you an example. One time, my mother went on vacation and she left her two little dogs at our house. Now I loved her dogs. But we had three of our own, and together with her two, you can imagine the chaos they created. Anytime someone came through the door, all five dogs would converge on the person and bark at the top of their lungs. Talk about confusion and chaos! The only way to get any peace was to open the back door and let all the dogs outside. The way we created peace was to get the chaos out of the house…in this case, to put all five dogs in the yard. We separated them from the situation.
The Bible says, God is not the author of confusion, but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). Chaos and confusion come from the devil, not God. When you find yourself in a state of confusion, or chaos seems to be taking over, stop and say, “Father, show me what’s going on here so I can get rid of this chaos and Your peace can rule my life.”
To re-establish God’s peace in a situation, first submit yourselves…to God. Then, resist the devil and his chaos. Say, “Devil, in Jesus’ name, take your chaos and confusion and get out of my life.” And the Bible says he will flee from you (James 4:7).You may also want to take a bottle of anointing oil and anoint your doorposts and declare, “Father, in the name of Jesus, the peace of God rules in this house and in my life.” This can destroy the devil’s stronghold that creates chaos.
Several years ago, Lindsay and I and our children were staying in a hotel in southern California. We were scheduled to minister in a church there the next morning. In the dead of night, we woke up to find the room shaking all around us. We were right in the middle of a massive earthquake.
The babysitter who was traveling with us was knocked unconscious, and as Lindsay and I scrambled to assist her and protect our children, my life began to flash before my eyes. The devil whispered in my ear, “You’re going to die. Lindsay and your children are going to die. You’re all doing to die in this hotel!”
But suddenly the Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit, and I heard God’s still, small voice as clear as a bell: “You have been called to preach in forty nations. You are not going to die in an earthquake today.” When those words penetrated my heart and mind, peace began to flood my spirit, and I knew we were going to be okay. The Bible tells us, God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear; even if earthquakes come (Psalm 46:1-2 NLT).
If your life is being shaken, steady yourself with the promises of God. Remember that He is your refuge and strength, no matter what is going on around you. The peace of God can flood your heart as you allow the Holy Spirit’s voice to drown out the voices of fear and confusion. Because He is with you, you can handle anything that comes your way.
From the archives of Oral Roberts
Faith and fear are like the two sides of a coin called “Believing.”
Faith is RIGHT believing―it’s believing in God…first, that He IS, and second, that He is a good God who is the loving Father and Source of your total supply in life. Faith is believing the right things about God and about your relationship with Him. Faith is believing that you can know God and you can experience His forgiveness and miracle-working power. Faith is believing that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
Fear is rooted in WRONG believing. It comes from believing that God doesn’t care about you, or that God is out to do you harm, or even that there is no God. When your believing is headed in the wrong direction, it’s easy to become confused or “lost” in your travels through this life, and in that confusion, to feel panic and a deep rooted fear.
God has given you the ability to CHOOSE today just how you will believe. Will you believe right and experience faith? Will you believe wrong and experience fear? It’s a matter of your will… of your choice.
Choose today to believe in a good God, and watch the difference it makes in your life!
I picked up my car from the repair shop one day, and somebody had tuned the radio to a station that was really loud. The music was no longer music ― it had crossed over the line into just plain noise. All of a sudden, the atmosphere in the car made my brain hurt. So what did I do? I changed the atmosphere surrounding me by taking action. I switched the radio off!
In the same way, you have the power to transform the atmosphere in your home by taking action. For example, you can refuse to get in the middle of an argument. Ecclesiastes 3:7 NIV says, There is a time to be silent and a time to speak. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is keep your mouth shut. But this is a positive action of faith.
When someone is quarreling in your presence, it’s easy to join in. But by choosing to remain silent or to pray under your breath, you can often change the climate in the situation to one of peace and reconciliation. Sometimes God will tell you to say something. At other times He will tell you to say nothing. The important thing is to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and obey Him.
If you don’t like the atmosphere surrounding you, you have the ability to change it by positive action. Give it to God. Say, “God, this is Your problem. I refuse to strike back.” Whatever way God chooses to being healing and peace to the situation, listen and obey.
When we do our part, God does His part. The two work together. There is a divine relationship between the natural realm and the supernatural realm. When we do what we know to do in the natural, God adds His power to our abilities, and miraculous things can happen. King David acknowledged God’s power when he prayed: “Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone (1 Chronicles 29:12 NASB).”
God’s rule extends over everything, including your circumstances. When you take a step of faith in obedience to His Word, He adds His “super” to your “natural,” and supernatural power is released. That combination can work amazing miracles in your life!
As a blood-bought child of the Most High God — the God-of-More-Than-Enough — you are connected to the single most powerful force in the universe! Let there be NO DOUBT about what is available to you because of your connection to the creator of the universe.
Right now, even as I am writing this letter to you, I’m excited about what God is doing in and through our work together. God is opening doors, healing the sick and afflicted, strengthening the weary and meeting the financial needs of those who are willing to humble themselves before God and ASK.
When you ASK, it shall be given unto you… And when you diligently SEEK, you will find… And when you are willing to KNOCK, the Word tells us, it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened (Matthew 7:7-8).
Partner, I’ve just received some great news… As you are reading this letter, the final manuscript of a brand new book God placed in my spirit is coming off the press and will be ready to send to you when you complete and return the enclosed Prayer and Praise sheet, along with your personal commitment to pray for our work together and your Best Ministry Support Gift to help us keep moving ahead on all fronts.
Here is a snapshot of the topics I felt led to include in my new book, Unstoppable Increase. We will start with identifying The God Kind of Increase. From there, we take a serious look at money: Is Money Good or Bad? In chapter four, I drill down on a subject the devil and his crowd use to mock God’s plan for you to prosper: Can You Buy a Miracle? This is a chapter you will want to read more than once.
Did you know every Believer needs to Develop the Right Attitude for Increase and how we are blessed beyond measure when we give because we know who God is? And then there is that subject that far too many Believers love to talk to death: The Truth about Tithes and Offerings. It’s time you settle this issue once and for all so you can position yourself for chapters 8-11: How to Ensure a Good Harvest, The Blessing Factor, The Connection Between Blessing and Favor, and The Blessings that Come to Those Who Sow.
Included in this no-nonsense book I believe you will use as a tool over and over again, I have included those Scriptures of Abundance and Increase to serve as a constant reminder of where God wants you to be so you can be a blessing to your family and still be a blessing to others. Remember, we are blessed by God so we can be a blessing to others.
And to cut to the chase by setting the record straight, I felt led to take you right to the bottom line of what my dad really taught about Seed-Faith in a chapter titled “The History Behind the Concept of Seed-Faith, as Told by Oral Roberts.” Regardless of what you have heard others say Dad said about Seed-Faith, I want you to read what He actually taught because it continues to work today.
Do you need increase in your life? Do you need an increase in your finances? How about an increase in your family, business or job? Or perhaps you need an increase in your health, or in some other area of your life. If you, a family member, or a close friend have faced difficulties, and those difficulties have led to what looks like decrease instead of increase, this book, Unstoppable Increase, is a MUST read.
Have you walked down what you might call a dangerous path, and Satan is fighting you right now? Maybe you have been through some sort of wilderness experience and you’ve wondered, where is God in all this? Let there be NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT; God is NOT to blame for your current situation. I believe this plainly-written book will help you name the right guilty party… I believe you will see the real thief who is doing everything he can to pile all his junk on your life to distract you from seeing the overcoming success plan God has for you.
Yes, there is a real devil out there. And according to John 10:10, he is working overtime to steal, kill and destroy. But that scripture also says that Jesus is present in your life too, and He has come so you could have life… abundant life… life that is overflowing with provision and filled with increase in every area… spirit, soul and body.
I tell you on the authority of the Word of God, there is a future for you! Jeremiah 29:11 tells us God has a plan for you, and it’s a good plan! It’s not His plan for you to end up stuck in a ditch or forced down a dangerous path. It’s not His plan for you to be hopelessly in debt or have areas of your life that are lacking in His blessings.
In fact, the Lord spoke to me about this. He told me there is a new season coming for God’s people. A new season of abundance is coming, and I want you to enjoy every single blessing that is included in God’s blessing for you.
BUT it’s coming only into the lives of people who are willing to do what He has instructed us to do in His Word. You see, He’s an “if-then” God. It has been said the Bible is not a rule book including all the do’s and don’ts handed down from the throne room of heaven. The Bible is a book about choices. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14). But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matthew 6:15). Partner, the choice has been given to you. For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole (Matthew 9:21). The key word here is, “IF.” Had there been no effort on the part of the woman to ACT on her faith in reaching out to Jesus, no action on the part of Jesus would have been required.
As I wrote this new book, I was reminded by the Holy Spirit that God’s promises are based on our obedience to Him. If we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that He is Lord, then we shall be saved. If we ask, seek and knock, then we find, and the door is opened to us. If we speak to our mountain of challenges and troubles in faith and sow our seed unto God, then He can move the mountain out of our way.
Simply put, when we want to see God move in our lives, we have to do something first. Then — and only then — He will do His part. He promises us salvation, healing, provision, restoration, wisdom and increase… but only if we believe, receive, confess, obey and give to Him in faith believing for our harvests. Only He can do what He can do. But only you and I can do what we can do.
I’ll say it again. There is a new season coming. In fact, I believe with all my heart that God wants you to have a new season of abundance. But it’s only coming to those who do their part. When you do YOUR part in God’s plan for your life, you actually RELEASE GOD to do HIS PART in that wonderful plan.
You may be asking, Richard, what does that mean to me? “IF” you are ready to do your part when it comes to walking in unstoppable increase in your life, I can assure you, on the authority of God’s Word, God Himself stands ready and willing to do His Part in your life of Unstoppable Increase.
As you complete and return the enclosed Prayer and Praise Sheet, you have a choice: See yourself as God sees you, or see yourself exactly where you are right now as the days, months and years slip by. See yourself as a participant in God’s blessing plan, or see yourself going it alone, fighting through the world’s system of debt, mortgage payments, car payments, college loan payments, and hospital bills that seem to never go away. I want you to know there is a better way, and that’s what this book, Unstoppable Increase, is all about… and I want you to have it.
We are overcomers operating in God’s Unstoppable Increase “IF” we choose to take our stand on God’s Word. We can PRAISE God for the completion of our harvest only after we have, by faith, placed a seed in the ground. Let there be no mistake about it: when it comes to a harvest, there is no substitute for a seed, planted in Faith Believing in good soil, and watered with Praise. It is NOT a formula. It’s a Lifestyle… It’s a choice made by every Believer who is willing to step boldly into God’s Blessing flow.
I believe the message in my book, Unstoppable Increase, the book I want you to have, is one of the most important messages God has ever given me to share with the Body of Christ. And it came to me in a most unusual way. Here’s a snapshot of what happened:
I’m usually up very early in the morning. I wake up about 4 or 5 o’clock, roll out of bed, put on my robe, and head into the den in our home. I have a big comfortable chair in the den, where I have my prayer time in the morning.
On this particular morning, it was about 5 o’clock when I arose and sat on the edge of the bed. I’m sure you know what that’s like; you sit on the edge of the bed for a minute before you get up. Well, I was rubbing my eyes, just trying to get myself awake, when clear as a bell, just as clear as I’ve ever heard the Lord, I heard Him say this to me: “I’m bringing seven new seasons into the life of those who will sow.”
I stopped rubbing my eyes and I said, “Lord, what was that?” And He said to me again, “I’m bringing seven new seasons into the life of those who will sow.” While I was taking that in, I heard Him say, “But to those who will not sow, I’m not going to bring those seven seasons, and they will never know it. Their life will just continue to rock along as it has been, and many of them will say, ‘Why God? Why has all this happened to me? Why aren’t you dealing with me?’”
You see, I believe the Lord is doing something special in the lives of those who will sow in faith to Him. He said, “I’m bringing seven new seasons into the life of the sower.” I believe those of us who get on board with where He is going… those of us who commit to doing things His way… will see His increase coming into our lives more and more.
What Does the God Kind of Increase Look Like? In Deuteronomy 28, the Lord promises His people a great blessing. Verses 1 and 2 say this: Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.
Now, even as you are thinking about the size of the seed gift stirring in your spirit — the seed that is significant to you — begin to praise God for His response to your act of faith… Allow your spirit to see yourself walking in God’s abundance with every financial need met. Allow your spirit to see yourself as God sees you… See yourself walking in God’s divine health… See yourself ministering to others… See yourself in the abundant harvest field God has for you… See yourself in fellowship with the God of More Than Enough… the God who is moved by your faith.
I am blessed to be writing this letter to you, and I pray that you answer it soon.
Your Partner in Unstoppable Increase,
PS. Please complete and return the enclosed Unstoppable Increase Prayer and Praise Sheet, along with your Best Seed Gift Offering unto the Lord as He directs, and I will send you a copy of my new book, Unstoppable Increase, because I want you to fully understand how to experience every good and perfect gift Go
From the archives of Oral Roberts
A great Scottish preacher once said that the real profanity of men was not the “swear words” they used, but the use of the word hopeless. When we say that a situation or condition is hopeless, we slam the door in the face of God.
Years ago when crowds streamed into our crusade services, my heart went out to them with compassion. They carried on their shoulders the hurts, the troubles, the sicknesses and afflictions of all mankind…and they were weary. For some, medical science had done all it could, and they had run out of hope. They came to the crusades seeking help, their hearts crying out for peace for their souls, healing for their bodies, and direction for their lives. They wanted to be made whole.
Robert DeWeese, my co-evangelist and crusade manager for many years, once told me, “I believe one of the greatest things this ministry gives people is hope. We present a God who is good, a God who wants to work miracles in our lives, and a God with whom nothing is impossible.”
There is no basis for hopelessness. We use the word hope incorrectly many times, because hope is more than desire. It has to have a basis for expecting to receive. Our hope is based on the Word of God, which is filled with hope. And the promises of God cover every eventuality or anything that can ever touch our lives. Let us never profane God’s power by calling any illness, problem, or situation hopeless, for in all these thing we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Roman 8:37 NKJV).
When I first married Richard and became a part of this ministry, my father-in-law taught me a very simple, but important, lesson. He told me, “Lindsay, you can either react or respond to life’s challenges.” He was right! His words still ring true for me today.
Whether you react or respond to the events of life can make the difference between defeat and victory, between a life of failure and a life of success. When difficulties arise, if you react to the situation, it will overtake you. But if you respond, you can overtake the situation!
Problems will always be around. If it’s not your health, it could be your finances. If it’s not your children, it could be your marriage. If it’s not terrorism in this country, it’s conflict and war abroad. The issue is not whether or not you will face problems; the issue is how you will face them. Each of us has a choice.
Jesus declared, “My peace I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27 NASB). The world doesn’t give you Jesus’ peace; therefore, the world can’t take it away. And Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV reassures you that God will not leave you nor forsake you. He is with you to give you His peace no matter what problems arise.
You can react to your circumstances with fear, doubt, and worry―or you can respond with prayer and the confession of God’s Word. Whatever your situation, respond to it in faith and allow the peace of God that passes all understanding to flood your heart.
Have you ever thought about the importance of cooperating with God in order to bring about the miracle you need? When God promised Abraham a son in his old age, Abraham’s faith in God’s promise caused him to cooperate: And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither at the deadness of Sarah’s womb: he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith (Romans 4:19–20).
In faith, Abraham and Sarah obeyed God, and God worked the miracle. Sarah conceived and gave birth to the promised son. But the miracle required the cooperation of Abraham and Sarah. I believe that God wants to do miracles in our lives, but it requires action on our part. You see, without God we cannot; but without us, He will not.
Faith is not sitting alone in the dark with your arms folded, waiting for God to do something. Faith is doing something ― cooperating with God. Think about the farmer who puts seed in the ground. That seed begins to sprout. Soon it grows into a bountiful harvest. Can the farmer take credit for the harvest? No. God designed the plan, but unless the farmer sows the seed, there will be no harvest. It is a cooperative effort. The farmer plants the seed, and God brings the harvest.
We’ve got to do our part. If you want God to operate in your life, you must cooperate with Him. It’s the natural and the supernatural coming together. When you do what you can do in faith, believing, God can work wonders in your life!