From the archives of Oral Roberts
One day, when I was a young man attending a sociology class at a university where I was studying, the professor began to lecture about how it was a scientific impossibility for God to have created a woman from a man’s rib. This school was not affiliated with my denomination, so I didn’t feel as if I had a right to speak up, but the longer the professor talked, the more uncomfortable I became. Finally the Lord nudged me, telling me to leave the classroom. As I got into my car, the Holy Spirit spoke in my heart and said, “Son, don’t be like other men. Don’t be like other preachers. Don’t be like your denomination. You be like Jesus and heal the people as He did.”
Then the Lord showed me that I had just been an echo up to that point. An echo is a secondary sound of a voice or noise. It’s not the original, but a bounced-off version of the original. An echo is always less than the original. That had been the story of my life up until that point. I had been in the ministry twelve years, and my preaching was bouncing off the walls. I was trying to copy other preachers, and I was becoming just an echo of them.
The Spirit’s words brought me up short: “You be like Jesus.”
Friend, that’s a good word for all of us. Determine within yourself today that you are going to be like Jesus. You’re not going to be a copy of anyone you know. Resolve that you’re not going to be just the average Christian in your church and community. Be like Jesus!
Read the Gospels and the book of Acts and discover Jesus again. Let His life come rising up off the pages to you until you can see Him walking and talking and living in your world. And then be like Him!
Matthew 21:18˗21 is the story of Jesus speaking to a fig tree, cursing it, and telling it to wither and die. And, lo and behold, it did! Then the disciples came by the same tree and they said, “Jesus, how did You do that?”
He answered, “You can do the same thing. But you can do even more than this. You can speak to your mountain and command it to be cast into the sea, and it will obey you.”
Jesus was speaking of a mountain of problems. He was saying that if you can’t overcome the problem, if you can’t get around the problem, you can speak to your problem and tell it to move, and it will obey you. You’re not going to curse your husband. And you’re not going to speak to your mother or your mother-in-law or your children that way. But…you can speak to the problem. Ephesians 6:12 says we don’t wrestle with flesh and blood.
You may say to someone, “I’m so mad at you!” No, you’re not. You’re mad at the spirit that’s compelling them to act like that. Don’t speak to flesh and blood. You can speak to that flesh and blood all day long, but in the spirit realm, you speak to the nasty spirit that’s controlling that flesh and blood, and you command that spirit to stop in the Name of Jesus.
You treat that person with kindness and respect, because Jesus said, “What you have done to the least of these, you’ve done unto Me” (Matthew 25:40 paraphrased). You treat that person the way you would treat the Lord, Himself.
You see, you’re dealing with a spiritual battle. You’re not dealing with your husband or friend or boss or whomever, even if they act like the devil. You’re dealing with the spirit that’s compelling them to act that way. You should treat your husband as if he were the kindest man on earth, calling things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). Speak to the spirit that provokes the problem, and say, “In the Name of Jesus, devil, stop it! That’s enough!”
You can speak to your mountain. God says it has to obey you if you speak in the name of Jesus, according to the Word of God.
Richard Roberts – Second of two parts
Learn how to spend time with people who are strong in the Lord. Spend time with people that love Jesus.
Weak friends will lead you in the ways of the world; strong friends will lead you to the Bible. Weak friends will lead you to the bottle; strong friends will lead you to the Bible. Weak friends will lead you to the horoscope; strong friends will lead you to the Holy Ghost. Weak friends will lead you to liquor, strong friends will lead you to the Lord. Weak friends will teach you how to hang out; strong friends will teach you how to hold on. Weak friends will take you to drugs; strong friends will take you to the Deliverer. Weak friends will take you to the palm reader; strong friends will take you to the Psalm writer.
These aren’t just words. This is a recipe of how to make it through your weak days. Learn how to stand on the promises of God. Believe God’s promises. Believe His promises of salvation. He said, “If you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (see Romans 10:9˗10).”
Believe God’s promise of eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16˗17).
Believe God’s promise of abundance. He said, I am come that they [you] might have life and that they [you] might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Believe God’s promise of prosperity. He said, Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 2).
Let’s rise up and shine like never before…
I’m excited to share with you new insight God has put on my heart on a subject I’ve been talking with you about for some time now. I believe this message will get you on the path for a better life and change you in ways you may not even expect. Please… let this message get deep down into your spirit!
I’ve been teaching a lot lately from Isaiah chapter 60, verses 1 through 7, about the fact that the Bible says the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. And about how that wealth is going to come into the hands of God’s people during His end-time transfer of wealth, which, in fact, has already begun! Every prophetic word that I have heard recently has had to do with the end-time transfer of wealth.
So, let’s break it down and dig a little deeper into exactly what you and I need to be doing and focusing our faith on in order for us to receive this transfer of finances…to be in a position to receive what God’s “camels”—the carrier of His provision and favor—are bringing. It’s so important… We don’t want to miss it! It’s God’s plan for ushering in the end-time harvest of souls before Jesus’ return to this earth.
Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. —Isaiah 60:1
You might ask, “Richard, what exactly is God asking me to do?”
Well, in many instances in the Bible where a particular verse of scripture starts out with a command – an action or something to be done—there is an understood “you” in front of it. That means YOU have to do something.
The Bible says in James 2:17, “Faith, if not accompanied by action, is dead.” YOU have to take the first step of faith to get the desired or promised result, which in this case is the glory of the Lord rising upon you.
So, this scripture is telling you to ARISE…that means YOU get up on the inside, in your spirit man. YOU stand. YOU endure. YOU can become powerful because of the Holy Spirit who lives in you and works through you (Ephesians 3:20).
Jesus said to the man at the pool of Bethesda, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” He was talking to his spirit man…the man on the inside…because the man had been down for 38 years. Jesus was telling him to rise up on the inside with his faith so he could rise up physically on the outside and walk.
And with God’s help, you can do it too! You can Arise! He will help you if you ask Him to. But you have to make the decision to act. God wants you to come forth, to break out, to be all that you can be for Him.
Now, Isaiah not only says to “Arise”, but to “Shine.” To shine means that you, your life, is illuminated because the Lord is making His face to shine upon you. Philippians 2:14-15 says, Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.
You know, when you’ve “seen the light” so to speak, you don’t want to live surrounded by darkness anymore. And when your life begins to shine, when the radiance of the light of God’s love begins to shine out of you…His power and glory will be evident in your life, and others will begin to see something different in you. They’ll begin to want what you have.
When you begin to shine, to walk out of the darkness… when you become successful and begin to prosper, people are going to begin to ask you questions like, “How did you do that?” “What’s different about you?” That will be your opportunity to witness for the Lord and His goodness.
Verse 5 in Isaiah 60 says, Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. The “abundance of the sea” here is talking about mankind, the sea of humanity. And that’s how the end-time transfer of wealth will take place and the harvest of souls will be gathered in… And you can be a part of it.
I believe if there ever was a time for the Body of Christ to stand up and take our place—our authority—in God, NOW IS THAT TIME! We have to arise and shine… for our unsaved loved-ones, our unsaved co-workers, our neighborhoods, our cities, and our nations.
2 Timothy 1:7 in the Amplified Bible says, For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. I’m telling you, God’s people have to get up… We have to arise and shine. We can no longer be afraid to say something that might offend someone because we’re talking about Jesus or the Gospel.
In Ephesians 6:18-20, Paul asked the Ephesian Church to pray for him, that he might “proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news, and in proclaiming it, that he would be courageous in speaking it.” We can do the same thing. God will honor our sincere desire to witness for Him.
“For your light has come!”
Notice the scripture does not say the light, but your light. That means the radiance, the glory of God, His immediate power and presence, will be on you. People who don’t know or understand the power of the Gospel message, will be drawn to you because of your light…the light of God’s love pouring from you.
“And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”
God’s glory… That means His presence and everything that comes along with it… His splendor, His great goodness, His honor… will come upon us. That word “glory” also means weightiness or heaviness. We’re to be heavy with the glory of God. The world may be covered over with a thick cloud of darkness (spiritual darkness), but God’s glory will be upon us, and our light will be so bright in that darkness that many will see it and will want to know why we have it and ask how they can have it also.
But…Perhaps you’re feeling a different kind of heaviness in your spirit, one that’s not from the glory of the Lord. It’s a heaviness the devil brings. Perhaps it’s the heaviness of depression or the heaviness of loneliness or sickness. Maybe it’s the heaviness of financial difficulties or the heaviness of guilt or shame. Maybe you feel like you don’t have any strength or power left of your own to fight it. Let me remind you that satan uses this kind of heaviness and painful experiences to discourage you. He wants you to have the exact opposite of what God wants to bring into your life (John 10:10).
Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Satan can’t be a lion, so he walks about as a lion, roaring and trying to sound tough… like he has some authority in our lives… and trying to make us believe that he can devour us. But, Partner, greater is He that is in YOU than he that is in the world. If we submit ourselves to God, and resist the devil—his lies and deceptions—with God’s Word, he has to flee (James 4:7).
You can’t live the Better Life in Christ that God wants you to live when you’re weighted down with the heaviness of the world. If you’re focused on the things the devil is trying to bring against you and trying in your own strength to overcome… you’re in danger of missing your “camels.”
Yes, if you’re not on the lookout for them, if you’re not sowing your seeds of faith to God, if you’re not giving to Him, if you’re not living your life according to His Word and in relationship with Him, then Jesus’ blessing, provision, and favor—those things intended for you as His child—will be coming your way… and you could miss it. We must do all we can do in obedience to God’s Word—we must arise and shine first— and then our provision will come and our needs will be met (Ephesians 6:13, Matthew 6:33).
My dad used to say miracles are either coming toward you, or they’re going past you, every day. Don’t miss out on the camels of God’s provision, health, healing and holiness that are coming to you to minister to you and to serve you. Arise, lift up your head, and be expecting His miracles!
More so than ever before in history, we need the light of God to shine brighter and brighter. We need the glory, the power and the presence of God to shine around us and through us to illuminate the truth of His Word.
Partner, you may be reading this letter today, and you may feel a stirring in your own spirit…. a stirring that says, “I watch Christian TV. I go to church. I read my Bible sometimes. But I’ve never made a commitment of my life to Jesus Christ. I’ve never repented of my sins or told God I’m sorry and asked Him to change me.”
Or perhaps you’ve run away from God or you’ve been hurt by someone in the Church, and you’ve turned away from the things of God. Well, to “arise and shine” as I’ve been talking about… allowing the light of God to shine through you to be the witness He has called you to be and help bring in the end-time harvest of souls… you will need to make a change…
If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Savior and the Lord of your life, or if you’ve moved away from God and need to get back into fellowship with Him, you can do that right now. Just say this simple prayer and mean it from your heart:
O God, be merciful to me, a sinner, a backslider. I have missed the mark with my life, and I repent. I change my mind, and I turn my back on the past. I renounce the devil and his grip on my life. I believe You are the Son of God Who died for me, and I ask You to come into my heart. Lord, save me, heal me, deliver me, and set me free. Amen.
Now, if you prayed that prayer and meant it, Jesus Christ has forgiven you of your sins. You are a child of God…You can say, in the authority of Jesus’ Name, I’m going to be the person that God has called me to be. If you don’t already have a Bible, get yourself one and get into the Word of God. Get to know who you are in Christ. And then, call the Abundant Life Prayer Group at (918) 495-7777 and let me know about the decision you’ve just made so I can rejoice with you.
I truly believe that there’s no better time in all of history than now to begin to give to the Lord. The world, as a whole, is not going to give to see souls saved or lives changed by the power of God. But you and I can! Your giving into this healing ministry will ensure that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to go forth to proclaim His salvation, healing, and deliverance around the world and will help us continue to minister to you through television, the internet, our prayer group and more.
And, there’s also no better time to lift up your needs before the Lord and ask for His miracles. Use the enclosed Prayer and Praise Sheet to let me know your most urgent needs. I will pray and set my faith with yours for all your needs to be met by God, according to His Word in Philippians 4:19. I know that prayer changes things, and it’s my privilege to pray and believe God with you for His miracle touch on your life.
Now, I set my faith with yours for you to “Arise and Shine”… for you to come out of darkness and for the light of God to be upon you. As you release your faith to Him in obedience to His Word, may His goodness, mercy, and power come into your life as never before.
I look forward to hearing from you again soon, and to receiving your best gift this month to help usher in the end-time harvest of souls.
Your Partner for a Better Life in Christ,
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Richard Roberts – First of two parts
It’s easy to be strong in the Lord on Sunday. It’s easy to smile on Sunday morning when the preacher is preaching and the choir is singing, when praise and worship is being led. You say hello to somebody you haven’t seen for seven days.
What about the days when you don’t hear the preacher preach, you don’t hear the choir sing, praise and worship is not being led, and nobody is praying for you? I am not just talking about the days of the week… I’m talking about your w-e-a-k days.
Some people have weak days on workdays, and some people turn to alcohol and drugs because they don’t know how to handle their weak days. They run away and give up on life, and some even commit suicide. But I believe there is an answer to those w-e-a-k days.
If you truly want to make it through your weak days, learn how to start every day with prayer. Prayer is not hard. Prayer is talking to God, your heavenly Father. Prayer is communicating with your Creator. Prayer is touching base with the Boss. Prayer is the sincere desire of your heart. Learn how to talk with God. When you do, believe that He’ll talk back to you. God hears and answers your prayers. Thank Him for His goodness. Thank Him for His mercy.
Prayer can change attitudes. Prayer can rearrange situations. Prayer can move mountains. When you say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name, you’re in a spirit of reverence. When you say, Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, you’re in a spirit of expectancy. When you say, Give us this day, our daily bread, you’re in a spirit of dependence upon God. When you say, Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, you’re in a humble spirit. When you say, Lead us not into temptation, you’re in a spirit of discipline. When you say, But deliver us from evil, you’re in a spirit of protection. When you say, For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, you’re in a spirit of exaltation and triumph. And when you say, Forever and ever. Amen, you’re in an eternal spirit.
From the archives of Oral Roberts
There was a successful man, with a lovely wife and children, who was doing well in business. He had a life that many people envied. One day he stopped going to church. For him, suddenly nothing was right. The sermon wasn’t right, the singing wasn’t right, the praying wasn’t right. He just didn’t want to go to church any more. Then he fell in with some of his business buddies who were drinkers. He took his first drink, then another, and at the next party, he drank more. A few parties later, he drank himself under the table.
He broke his wife’s heart, and she took the children and moved them out of his life. He became a man without a job, a man without a wife, a man without children, and eventually, he became a street person.
One day he decided the whole thing was impossible. But the Spirit of the Lord that had dealt with him when he was going to church had not forsaken him. The Holy Spirit just won’t completely leave. The Holy Spirit moved in him and said, “Do you remember the church you passed the other day that had a sign that read, ‘Come in, and pray’? Why don’t you go over there, go in, and pray?”
He staggered into the church, went up to the altar, knelt down, and prayed a prayer — the same prayer — three times: “Jesus, this is Jim. Jesus this is Jim. Jesus, this is Jim.” Every day he went back, knelt, and prayed that same prayer.
The janitor of the church called the pastor and told him there was a man coming in every day, dressed like a street person, who was praying a strange prayer.
The pastor hid behind the piano, and in came the man, who knelt, raised his face, and again prayed his usual prayer. Then he quickly got up and left.
The next morning, the pastor was reading his morning newspaper and noticed the account of an accident. A street person had been run over and taken to the hospital and was not expected to live.
The pastor said to his wife, “I wonder if that is the man who has been coming to our church and praying. I’ll go see him and see what I can do.”
Sure enough, when the pastor walked into the hospital room, it was that man. When the pastor introduced himself, the man said, “Oh, Pastor, I’m so glad you came this morning. I’m so glad because early this morning, just as the sun was rising, I woke up, looked over at the window, and Jesus walked through it. He came over and stood by my bed, right where you’re standing. He looked down at me and said the same thing three times: ‘Jim, this is Jesus. Jim, this is Jesus. Jim this is Jesus.’”
The man said, “Pastor, everything is going to be all right now. Everything is going to be all right.”
From the archives of Oral Roberts
Faith looks up to God who is the limitless God, who is the incomparable God, the God who scooped out the bed for the oceans, who flung the stars from His fingertips, who sculptured the mountains and hung the stars in space. Faith looks up and over the opposition and sees there is a way out. Faith believes that God is alive in the now. Faith believes He’s alive… right by your side, in your heart, in your spirit. Faith believes that God can do it — even if you haven’t believed it yet — if you can just get hold on to a little faith in your heart. You don’t have to have a whole lot — just a little bit will enable you to walk on the water. Faith is the power through which you believe God. You turn your attention away from the world and look to God. Your faith can see through impenetrable darkness. Your faith can see through a solid wall. Your faith can open deaf ears and blind eyes. Your faith can cause cancer to wither and die.
You know, it’s hard to believe in a Heaven that you can’t see. It’s hard to believe that just over the rim of your sight there is a city foursquare, whose streets are paved with gold, whose walls are jasper, whose gates are pearl — a city through which the river of life flows, and on each side is the tree of life, whose leaves are for the healing of the people of the nations.
It’s hard to believe in a miracle that you can’t explain. I asked God once what faith is, and in my spirit, He said, “Faith is when you’re supernaturally emptied of doubt, and you’re filled with a knowing so that you know that you know that you know. And in that moment of knowing, you cannot doubt.”
Within an hour after our beloved son, Richard Oral, died — after living only 36 hours — I found myself heading out the door of the hospital. Even though I had just given birth, I refused to stay in the same building. I wanted to flee the finality of that painful, overwhelming moment when the heart monitor had sounded its high-pitched, solid tone and produced a straight, unwavering line on its screen.
At the door of the hospital, I was confronted by a nurse. Her words struck me to the core with their coldness and bluntness. She said, “I’ve watched your every move for the last 36 hours. Now that your son has died, how do you feel about God?”
She looked me straight in the eye as if to say, “Are you a hypocrite, or are you for real? Is God real to you only in the good times, or is God still real to you now? Do you only believe God when things are perfect?”
Before I realized what I was saying, something rose up on the inside of me, and I said to her, “My God is a good God. He is the greatest thing I have ever known in my life. Jesus is still my Lord, and it’s only because of Jesus that I will make it through this. I will praise God no matter what.”
Immediately, she said, “You’re real, and so is your Jesus. Please show me how I can accept Him as my Lord and my Savior.”
Richard and I responded by leading her in a sinner’s prayer to receive Christ. There, in the midst of death and almost overwhelming grief, a beautiful new soul was written into the Lamb’s Book of Life in the eternal Kingdom of God. In the depths of my being, I discovered that no matter what circumstances come our way — good or bad — God is still God, and Jesus is Lord of all.
Richard Roberts – Second of two parts
God Himself answered the question Moses asked saying, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you (Exodus 3:14). God says, I AM THAT I AM. That means He is. It means that whatever you lack in your life, that is what God is. If you lack health, God is your Healer. If you lack salvation, God is your Savior. If you lack finances, God is your Source of supply. If you lack freedom from fear, God is your Deliverer. If you need it, God is it! With that knowledge, Moses led God’s people out of Egypt.
Who is God? God is Noah’s Rainbow; He is David’s Slingshot; He is Samuel’s Horn of Oil; He is Hezekiah’s Sundial; He is a Rock in a weary land; He is the Rose of Sharon; He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and the government is upon His shoulders! He’s all anyone needs!
What do you need today? God can meet that need. He doesn’t say, “I was,” or “I used to be,” or, “I will be.” God says, “I AM. I AM right now in the very present moment that you live.”
Release your faith to Him for your miracle. He is able to bring it to you!
Richard Roberts – First of two parts
And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
In this Scripture setting, Moses had failed, and his failure was far from small. He had killed an Egyptian in an attempt to deliver God’s people out of slavery in his own strength. He had fled Egypt for his personal safety, and then on the backside of the desert, he had an encounter with God.
God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and told him He was going to send him to deliver His people. Moses looked at himself and his failures and asked, “Who am I?”
Have you ever asked God, “Who am I?” I have. I asked Him, “Who am I that I should begin a daily television show?” So many times we see our humanness and wonder who in the world we think we are to attempt the things God tells us to do. But we can do them through Christ who strengthens us (see Philippians 4:13). God assured Moses, Certainly I will be with thee (Exodus 3:12).
Those are great words for you and me!
Then Moses said to God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them (Exodus 3:13)? Moses wanted to know not only who he was, but also who God is. This is not unlike the situations people are in today. Most people don’t know who God is. But God Himself has answered the question. God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM (v. 14).