The Power of a Letter

From the archives of Oral Roberts The New Testament is made up partly of a series of letters, and although they are over two thousand years old, they have been kept alive by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because letters are so powerful, I decided years ago to send a teaching letter each month to anyone who wrote to me. And now my son, Richard, and his wife, Lindsay, have joined me. Our goal is to minister, and we know that a word from the Lord can transform a person’s attitude toward life. And that is what has happened

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You Have To Know What You Have

Lindsay Roberts John 8:32 says, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 17:17 says that God’s Word is truth. But it’s only when you know the truth of God’s Word that it can make you free. The promises in the Word of God are available to you all the time, but you need to know what you have in order for them to work in your life. Let me give you an example of what I mean. One Sunday morning Richard and I were hurrying to get ready to go to church...it was one

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Commitment Demands a Choice

Lindsay Roberts Commitment demands a choice, and the choice to follow Jesus is the same for all believers. Either we go God’s way or we pursue our own. A story in Luke 5 NKJV shows us the power of choosing God’s way. Jesus had been teaching the crowds from Peter’s boat. When finished, He said to Peter, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”   But Peter answered, “We have toiled all the night and caught nothing” (v. 5). And he started to grumble and complain. Perhaps he said, “Look, I’m the fisherman here, and

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Feelings vs. Faith

  From the archives of Oral Roberts Everyone has experienced discouragement. You may have wondered if being a Christian means that you should feel wonderful all the time. But let me tell you that Christians don’t live by feelings! The Bible teaches that “the just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). Feelings are fickle...they can change all the time and they will betray you. Your mood may fluctuate with the weather, your environment, your health, or your circumstances. I cannot say that just because you’re a Christian you’re going to feel wonderful all the time. However, Jesus has promised you

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Count it all Joy

Lindsay Roberts Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” That means our words are connected to power. God says, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19). If death and life are in the power of the tongue, then we have a choice. We can allow the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart to snare us or we can speak blessing. The choice has been set before us, and God urges us to choose life. It seems like the obvious answer, so

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Soaking in the Spirit

Richard Roberts If you want to be an overcomer, it’s important to spend time waiting on the Lord and soaking in the Spirit. How do you do this? The psalmist tells us how. He said, “I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning” (Psalm 130:5–6). Those verses are talking about waiting in God’s presence...soaking in the Spirit...until you feel a new vitality in your soul! It’s easy to become hardened and unyielding in our walk with the Lord

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A Relationship with God

From the archives of Oral Roberts Our lives are wrapped up in our relationship with God. In Deuteronomy 28 He says, in essence, “If you will obey My commands and put Me first in your life, blessings will come upon you!” On the other hand, He says, “If you disobey My Word and go your own way, you’re going to walk away from the Source for your life” (see vv. 1, 15). The source of the Mississippi River is Lake Itasca in Minnesota. If you were to cut off its source, the river would stop. In the same way, if

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Things My Father Taught Me

Richard Roberts Today, I want to give tribute to a great man of faith, a man who stood for the healing power of Jesus Christ for over seventy-five years...my father, Oral Roberts. I have so many wonderful memories of growing up as his son! They are alive and burning in my heart. He built a foundation on the Word of God and faith in me that I still live by today, and I have taught them to my children. My father taught me: God is a good God. The devil is a bad devil, and God is totally good. There

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What Does God’s Word Say?

Lindsay Roberts There are so many things in the natural that we could panic over! But the question I ask myself when I’m facing a difficult situation is “What does God’s Word say concerning what I’m anxious about?” For example, what does God’s Word say about healing? In Psalm 107:20 He says, “He sent his word (Jesus), and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Then in Isaiah 53:5 He says, “And with his (Jesus’) stripes we are healed.” What does God’s Word say about finances? He says in Philippians 4:19 that He will supply all our need according

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Sweet Sleep

Lindsay Roberts Proverbs 3:24 NKJV says, “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.” Have you ever wondered how birds keep from falling off their perches when they go to sleep? Scientists say that the reason birds don’t fall off their perches when they go to sleep is because they have a muscle in each leg which automatically tightens when they land on a tree branch. What a wonderful picture of how you can find the peace of mind you need to fall asleep at night. You have

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