Rise Above Your Past

Richard Roberts – Third of six parts Two: You must rise above your past. Sometimes that means rising above the past in your family. Look at Joseph’s family. They were liars, cheaters and tricksters. His own father stole the birthright of his brother, Esau. The Bible says that Joseph’s brothers went to Shechem and killed all the men there. You talk about having to overcome a past! Look at the family history of Joseph. Joseph could have very easily blamed all that was going on in his life on his brothers, but he didn’t. He chose to forgive and to

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Hold Your Dream Close

Richard Roberts – Second of six parts There are five things that can be learned from the life of Joseph. One: You cannot share your dream with just anybody. Joseph shared his dream with his brothers, and his brothers hated him for it. They said, “Let’s kill him and see what becomes of his dreams.” When you share indiscriminately with everybody, someone will misunderstand. Proverbs 19:2 tells us it’s not good to be hasty and to miss the mark. Moses had a dream. His dream was to deliver Israel out of Egyptian bondage. He got ahead of God, and before

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Joseph, the Dreamer

Richard Roberts – First of six parts For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified). No matter what you’re going through, God is still directing your steps. If you are called according to His purpose, then He will cause all things to work together for your good. Your life will fit into a plan — His plan. After Jesus was baptized, the Bible tells us that the Spirit led Him into the wilderness… and there was the

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You Can Never Tell

From the archives of Evelyn Roberts When Richard was a boy — about six or seven years old — we lived out in the country on a ranch we called Robin Hood Farm. Many a morning, I’d get Richard ready for school and watch him walk up the road to catch the bus. I’d dress him in neat little long-sleeved shirts much of the time. He’d leave home with his shirt pressed, his sleeves buttoned, and his hair combed just right. You could tell by the way he’d swing his little lunch pail that he was a child who was

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I Am the Way

From the archives of Oral Roberts An American missionary went to a foreign country where he was to go out into the bush and replace a missionary who was already there. As he was being led through the jungle, it became so dense that the big trees hid the sun and it was utterly dark. The American said, “What are we going to do? How will we find our way out of here?” The missionary who was guiding him said, “I am your way. Just follow me and I’ll take you through.” That’s an illustration of Jesus. He said, “I

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The Real Supernatural

Richard Roberts People today are looking for signs and wonders. They are looking for the supernatural. They see stories on television of tables and chairs moving and things flying across rooms, but that’s the counterfeit. We look to God for the real supernatural. I once was preaching in Jamaica in a great crusade, and on one particular night thousands of people had gathered in a stadium in Kingston. After the service was over, I went out to get in my car to go back to the hotel, and some men brought a demon-possessed young man to me. Two men were

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You Can Do the Same

From the archives of Oral Roberts We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.— Hebrews 4:15 We see Jesus Christ in the Four Gospels as being moved by every emotion common to us as human beings, except two — the emotions of fear and personal hatred. Jesus felt love, joy, compassion, humor, and even grief. But fear and hate were never able to touch His matchless mind and spirit. Though people rejected His message, repudiated His claims, neglected His

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Use What You’ve Been Given

Lindsay Roberts I love music, and I’ve always loved to sing. But anyone who has ever heard me sing knows that I am not a singer. Even my children know that their mother can’t sing. Years ago, when Jordan was having a nightmare one night, I went into her room. I thought, poor little thing…if I can just do something that’s familiar, it will soothe her. I held her and began to softly sing, “Yes, Jesus loves me.” Jordan stopped screaming, looked straight at me, and said, “Oh, Mother, please don’t sing!” I thought, well, if Jordan doesn’t appreciate my

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God’s Rhythm

Richard Roberts Do you remember what Jesus said in Mark 11:23˗24?: “Whosoever shall SAY unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart … he shall have whatsoever he SAITH.”Jesus was saying, “You can activate My miracle power by the words you speak!” When you say God’s Word, your ears hear it and it gets down in your heart, because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Then you speak it again, because the Bible says, “Out of the abundance of the heart

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Up with Good Seeds!

From the archives of Evelyn Roberts And [God] Who provides seed for the sower…will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing. – II Corinthians 9:10 (Amplified) Several years ago, I was asked to speak to the children in my grandson’s third-grade class. I was going to speak on Seed-Faith, but it is a pretty big subject for a third-grader to understand. Then the Lord gave me an idea. Somebody had given me a plant that died. So I stirred up the dirt that was left in the little basket and planted some seeds in it. I took the basket

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