September 2012 Partner Letter

Dear Partner,

Have you ever asked the question: “Why me, God? Why am I facing difficult times? Why is it taking so long to receive Your answer to my situation?”

At some point in our lives, we all face something that makes us feel desperate…something that makes us realize we can’t solve our situation on our own. That’s why the Abundant Life Prayer Group is so busy… People need help, and they want the unlimited God’s delivering power in their lives.

I’m getting more and more prayer requests from people who have struggled for a long time. Some blame the economy… Some blame long-standing circumstances… Some even blame God. Some have lingering illnesses that aren’t responding to medicine… Others have been hunting for a job for months, without success… Or they’ve had financial challenges that just don’t seem to be going away, no matter how hard they try to get a handle on the situation…

In times like this, it may appear as though God is far away from you… But the Bible tells us that He is deeply concerned about the things that trouble you and cause you grief… You can go to God’s throne of grace in faith and boldness to receive mercy and help whenever you have needs (Hebrews 4:14–16).

As you wait patiently in faith for the Lord to move in your circumstances, I want you to focus on a BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE for receiving what God has for you. It’s found in Hebrews 11:6, which says, But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 

You must believe in your heart that God is a REWARDER of those who place their faith in Him for His Word to come to pass in their lives.

You may say, “Richard, what does that mean to me?” Well, it means the Lord has told you exactly how to receive His answers to your needs. The key is YOUR FAITH! (And He has given everyone a measure of faith already!) Even in the most challenging situations, He has answers for you… And even if those answers seem slow in coming, you can rely on Him to bring about your deliverance at just the right moment.

The Bible is filled with scriptures about God’s love and concern for you:

He loves you so much that He gave you His Son, so that through faith in Him, you can be saved (John 3:16).

His wish is that you may be healthy—spirit, soul, and body (3 John 2).

He gives generous harvests to those who sow seeds generously (2 Corinthians 9:6; Luke 6:38).

You can pray in faith according to God’s Word and expect Him to move mountains of challenges out of your way (Matthew 17:20).

He supplies all your needs out of His own riches, so you can rely on Him even when you’ve reached the end of your rope (Philippians 4:19).

These scriptures are part of God’s clear-cut plan to prosper His people and bless us so we can be a blessing to others. I know that sometimes when we face difficult circumstances, we can be tempted to doubt His desire to bless us. But don’t let yourself fall into that trap, because He always has answers for you.

He can deliver you out of the worst circumstances. That’s what he did for Job—a man whose experience is told about in the Bible—a man who lost everything, including his possessions, his riches, his children, and even his health… But the Lord restored him and gave him DOUBLE what he had lost! Job RECEIVED DOUBLE for his trouble…

And because the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever, HE CAN DELIVER YOU and give you a DOUBLE BLESSING, as He did for Job. No matter what you may have lost, the Lord can restore it and increase you even more. The key is to obey Him and trust Him, in spite of what you are facing right now…

NOW, CATCH THIS…

Job was no different than you and me. He was a husband, a father, and a businessman. His family depended on him. He had wants and needs, just as you and I do. And he faced the same kinds of challenges that you and I face today.

But Job had a relationship with God. The Bible says he was blameless and upright, and one who gave reverence to God and shunned evil (Job 1:1). In other words, he lived a lifestyle of obeying God. He knew God answers prayers. He knew the Bible law of sowing and reaping (Genesis 8:22). He understood that God REWARDS those who put their faith in Him…

I believe Job lived his entire life as a seed—obeying God, living right, and praying for his family daily. He knew God was his source of total supply. And he had faith that God wanted to bless him.

The Bible tells us that Job was doing quite well for himself… He had ten children, a large household, enormous herds of camels, oxen, sheep, and donkeys. He had MORE THAN ENOUGH… And everything seemed to be going smoothly in his life…

UNTIL… One day, the devil came around, seeking to destroy Job. And he tries the same with us today. He still tries to kill, steal and destroy those who live for God (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8). So it’s not surprising that he showed up to attack Job. He wanted to pressure Job so much that he would turn away from the Lord.

That’s how the devil operates… He tries to get us to stop planting seeds of love and faith during times of trouble. He tries to convince us to doubt and turn away from God… You see, if the devil can persuade you to let go of your faith and stop your continual seed-sowing, then you’ll be moving away from God’s protecting presence… And if that happens, you’ll be more vulnerable to even worse attacks from the devil!

Partner, I want you to be encouraged that no matter what you may face in life, even when miracles seem slow in coming, God is FAITHFUL to YOU! He has GOOD PLANS for you. He hasn’t abandoned you.

So, don’t give up hope. Instead, follow the example of Job and other believers who through their faith and patience have inherited the promises of God (Hebrews 6:12). When I say Job needed patience and faith, I’m not exaggerating. Job suffered a LOT of tragedy and had to wait before he received the DOUBLE RESTORATION of all he had lost…

Exactly what did he lose? Well, in the course of a single day, Job suffered a total catastrophe. ALL of his oxen (500 pairs) were stolen, as well as ALL of his 500 donkeys and ALL of his 3,000 camels. ALL of his 7,000 sheep were killed in a fire. ALL of his servants were killed except for the three men who came back to bear him the news of the disasters. And then, in a horrible accident, ALL of Job’s ten children died in a natural disaster that crushed the house they were in.

In other words, Job LOST EVERYTHING… He lost his life savings, his bank accounts and his 401(k), his real estate investments and his personal property, his employees and his businesses, his cars and trucks, and his farming equipment… He lost all of his family except for his wife, who soon grew so bitter that she told him to curse God and die.

Yet even in his hardship, Job worshipped God. No doubt he was thankful that he still had his health UNTIL… One day, he woke up covered in painful boils from the top of his head to the soles of his feet (Job 2:7). His condition was so disgusting and painful that he couldn’t do anything but sit in a pile of ashes and scrape his sores.

At that point, Job had ONLY ONE THING LEFT… HIS FAITH IN GOD. He had a choice to make. He had to decide whether he would continue to believe God and sow seed from his great need, or whether he would give up and walk away from what he knew to be true.

It’s the same for you and me. When hard times come, we have a choice. We can choose to trust God in spite of the hard times we’re facing. Or we can be “fair weather friends” to the Lord, only serving Him when things are good but giving up on Him when things get bad. However, if we turn away from God, then we cut ourselves off from the Source of all good things at the very time when we need Him the most…

Can you see how important it is to hold on to your faith and keep sowing seed? No matter what you may be facing, God is your Source for miracles, blessings, healing, deliverance, financial help, family restoration, and anything else you need. He has riches in glory for you, but you have to stay connected to Him and keep planting seeds if you want to receive those riches (Philippians 4:19).

You have to hold on to God, no matter what. Remember, Job was struggling greatly in his life, but he stayed connected to God. Even when his friends criticized him and unjustly accused him of sins that he didn’t commit (because they thought he must have done something wrong to be suffering so much), Job kept looking to God. Eventually, he sowed a seed by praying for his friends. That was the only seed he had left to sow! He had nothing else…

The Bible says that when Job planted that seed of love, forgiveness, and prayer for his friends, God delivered him (Job 42:10–13). Because Job kept an attitude of faith and patience, and because he continued to sow seed out of his need, God took the entire situation and turned it around in Job’s favor. Everything he lost was completely restored to him—TWICE AS MUCH as before.

Now, what does that mean to you? It means that God has already given you the plan for deliverance out of whatever you are facing. In your hands, you hold the ultimate weapon to defeat the enemy and be victorious… I’m talking about YOUR FAITH in God and YOUR SEED!

The devil wants to keep you from sowing your seeds of faith and love because it’s a weapon to defeat him. The Bible says love never fails, and faith works by love, so your love and your faith can move mountains out of your way! The devil knows that the only way he can gain continuing power over you is when you let go of your faith, love, and patience and stop planting your seeds…

You see, as long as you obey God and keep standing in faith, there’s nothing the devil can do to stop God’s Word from coming to pass in your life. Every time you sow a new seed, you step into position to reap a new harvest from the Lord in due season (Galatians 6:9).

When is your due season? It’s when your circumstances line up with God’s perfect timing for you. Your due season for a harvest can only come as you consistently plant your seeds in faith, trusting God to keep His Word, which says: Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over… (Luke 6:38).

I have literally depended upon God’s principle of seed-time and harvest throughout my life. I’ve given and expected to receive from God, even when I felt like the devil was about to totally destroy me. And God has always been faithful to keep His Word to give me a harvest in His due season for me.

He has done the same for others too… He delivers His children out of the worst kinds of messes… people like my partner Dorsha from Ohio… She was trying to sell her house, which had decreased greatly in value because the housing market was so bad. The deals she had with various buyers kept falling through until she felt the Lord leading her to sow a seed into this ministry as her point of contact to release her faith for the miracle she needed. Within a few weeks, she had a new buyer, and the sale went through on the very day the bank was scheduled to foreclose on her. Her mortgage is paid off, and she is debt-free! It looked impossible, but nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).

And because God is no respecter of persons, He can move in your situation just as miraculously as He moved for Job and also for Dorsha… That’s why I’m calling for a special PRAYER OF PROVISION DAY on The Place for Miracles on October 1. On that day, Lindsay and I will pray a very special, Holy Spirit anointed prayer for you and your loved ones—the kind of life-changing prayer that my father, Oral Roberts, prayed in his tent crusades when healings, miracles, and deliverances broke out among the people! Lindsay and I will especially pray for those who are in need of jobs, business opportunities, mortgages paid off, tuition payments, and any other financial needs you have right now.

Let’s stand in faith together against the economic problems that the devil is trying to throw at us and our nation! Send me your Prayer Requests quickly, because I want to have them in time for the PRAYER OF PROVISION DAY on October 1…

I also challenge you to sow a very special seed gift of your faith, representing who you are to God… Do it as your point of contact to reach out to Him for the provision you need… Sow it in faith, expecting a harvest that will DOUBLY RESTORE anything you may have lost in your life. Obey the Lord completely, and give the very best seed you are led to sow right now. Remember, when you give generously, He gives back generously (2 Corinthians 9:6).

To help you connect to God’s plan to bless you, I have a special gift for you. When you send in your seed-faith gift this month, I’ll send you my father’s most requested book, The Miracle of Seed-Faith. In it, my father shares what God showed him about the power of giving and receiving. I believe it will open your eyes to the power God has to meet your every need, no matter how your circumstances appear or what negative reports the world is giving you.

I’m standing in faith with you for the DOUBLE BLESSING of PROVISION that I believe God has for you as my partner. I know God can multiply you and meet your needs abundantly. I encourage you to sow whatever God leads you to give, so you can get your next harvest in motion TODAY!

I look forward to hearing from you very, very soon.
I can’t wait to hear from you as soon as you can respond to this letter!

Your partner for miracles,

   Richard

PS. No matter what you’re facing… No matter how long you’ve been waiting to receive your healing, your job, family restoration, or whatever you may need… God has a perfect PLAN of DOUBLE BLESSING for your life. I want to pray for you! Tune in to The Place for Miracles on October 1 for our PRAYER OF PROVISION DAY. Send in your prayer requests right away, and sow your special DOUBLE BLESSING SEED in faith, believing for God’s best harvest for you. He will be faithful to respond to your prayers and seeds sown in faith to Him!

To order your copy of The Miracle of Seed-Faith, click here.