A Higher Plane

From the archives of Oral Roberts Many of the requests called in to the Abundant Life Prayer Group are for matters beyond human control: “Only God can help” ― “Doctors say he cannot live” ― “Her disease is incurable.” Immediately, this lifts prayer to a higher plane…the realm of the supernatural. In an easy matter, faith is apt to be mingled with human reasoning. We can think of possible ways prayer may be answered. But God says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways (Isaiah 55:8).” When human efforts fail, it is God’s delight for

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What to Do When You Are STRESSED OUT!

Richard & Lindsay Roberts Are you in a stressful situation today? Are the problems of life rolling in on you so that it looks like it’s all over for you? Are you facing a situation in which there seems to be no way out? Lindsay and I want to share with you what we do during stressful times in our work, our individual lives, and in our family. Like you, we face stressful situations every day, and some days more than others. The first thing we do is go to the Bible. Stress can overwhelm you to the point where

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Controlling Your Thoughts

Richard Roberts God gave us a mind to use, but there are times when we have to get out of our mind, so to speak, and into the Spirit. How do you set your mind aside in those times when you need to operate in the Spirit? By getting your mind in shape. And you get your mind in shape by bringing it under the control of the Holy Spirit. It’s important to get your mind in shape because if Satan can defeat you in your thought life, he can separate you from your faith and what you believe. You

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Spiritual Conflict

Richard Roberts Do you ever feel that you are the only one who has problems? It’s not true. All of us suffer spiritual conflicts. And I believe there are three types of spiritual conflict: Spiritual conflict against the world ― Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NLT). Jesus is saying that you’re going to have problems. That’s not pleasant, is it? But the second part of the Scripture lets

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God’s Plan is Recovery

From the archives of Oral Roberts Are you facing a loss today? Has the devil robbed you of something? This is the Word of the Lord to you today: God desires for you to recover it all! The Bible tells the story of King David’s return one day to the city of Ziklag. He and his army had been away for three days, and during that time, the Amalekites had invaded Ziklag, burned the city, and taken all the women and their sons and daughters captive. David and his men were so distressed they cried until they couldn’t cry anymore.

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Forget the Past

Richard Roberts I was preaching at a church in Florida several years ago, and as I gave an invitation, many people came forward to give their lives to Jesus. When the invitation was over, and after I’d prayed and rejoiced with people who were crying with joy, there was one man standing over at the side who had come forward to give his life to Jesus, and yet he looked so sad. As I looked at his face ― not with my physical eyes, but in my spirit ― I saw the words, “The Past,” written across his forehead. At

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Broken-In Shoes

Lindsay Roberts Have you ever gone into a shoe store wearing an old grubby pair of shoes? Your old shoes make the new shoes in the store look so good that you can’t wait to buy a pair and wear them home. But after wearing the new shoes once or twice, you realize that they aren’t as comfortable as you had thought. They will need to be broken in. The temptation comes to return to the old pair of shoes. Ugly as they are, they are still comfortable. Like owners of new shoes who stubbornly persist on wearing their old

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Both Oars

Richard Roberts A man was invited to go fishing one day by a friend of his. When he got to the lake, he and his friend got into a little fishing boat that had two oars and his friend began to row toward his favorite fishing spot. As they moved through the water, the man noticed that the oars of the boat had something carved into them. He looked a little closer and saw the word “faith” carved into one handle, and the word “works” carved into the other. He found this a little amusing, and said to the man,

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How Do You Forgive?

From the archives of Oral Roberts I personally believe that forgiving others is one of the hardest things we have to do as Christians. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors (Matthew 6:12 NKJV).” Have you ever noticed the Scripture passage that follows the Lord’s Prayer? It says, “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (vv. 14-15 NKJV).” But how do you forgive someone who has

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Forgiveness Sets You Free!

Lindsay Roberts Forgiveness is a never-ending process. The disciple Peter once asked Jesus, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No!” Jesus replied, “Seventy times seven!” (Matthew 18:21–22 NLT). As long as we live on this earth, we will have to work at keeping our hearts free of unforgiveness because people often do or say hurtful things, even unintentionally. For me, the hardest people to forgive are the ones who hurt my loved ones. I can remember one time when I was a child and someone did something hurtful to my mother. Now my

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