Someone with Skin

Richard Roberts A little boy was awakened one night by a thunderstorm. Soon his dad and mother were awakened, too, by the sound of his little footsteps running down the hall. He plopped up into the middle of their bed and with big ol’ tears rolling down his cheeks, he said, “I’m scared, Daddy, I’m scared, Mommy.” The father put his arms around the little boy and said, “Son, it’ll be all right. It’s just a storm. It’ll pass. God is in your room with you, son.” He took the boy back and tucked him into bed. Soon, the little

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Facing a Spiritual Showdown

From the archives of Oral Roberts After three years of drought and famine, the day came when God said, “Get up, Elijah, and go see King Ahab.” When Elijah came face-to-face with Ahab, he said, “Get your prophets. Let’s have a showdown about who God is.” Before all the people, Elijah declared, “How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him” (I Kings 18:21). And the people didn’t say a word. Then Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal by saying, “Prepare a bull for sacrifice on an altar, and

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The Opinion That Counts

Richard Roberts Has someone put you down? Have you been ridiculed or rejected… slandered or libeled? Counted as a failure even before you’ve tried? If so, you’re in good company: Critics said that Vince Lombardi had only a minimal amount of football knowledge, but he led the Green Bay Packers to be the champions of Super Bowls I and II. Critics told a young Walt Disney, “You have no future as an artist.” Critics once told F.W. Woolworth he wasn’t competent enough to work behind a store counter. Critics told Martin Luther King Jr. when he was a boy, “You’ll

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The Seven Key Principles of Biblical Prosperity

From the archives of Oral Roberts – Seventh of seven parts For the past week, I’ve shared with you some of the principles of God for biblical prosperity. Today, let’s bring these principles together so you can see them as a whole: God desires for you to experience a total prosperity in your life, one that includes your health, your finances, your spiritual life, your relationships… every aspect of your being. Biblical prosperity is based on the principle of wholeness. God brings prosperity into our lives so that we might share that prosperity with others. Biblical prosperity is having our

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A Total Supply Awaits Us

From the archives of Oral Roberts – Sixth of seven parts The Apostle Paul concludes his teaching on biblical prosperity to the Philippians by saying, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Notice that Paul does not say, “My God might supply all your need,” No, he says, “My God shall supply.” Paul did not say, “My God shall supply half your need,” or “My God shall supply a part of your need.” No, he says, “My God shall supply all your need.” The supply that God has for

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Sweet-Smelling Sacrifice

From the archives of Oral Roberts – Fifth of seven parts The Apostle Paul writes to the Philippians, “I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18). In the Bible, sacrifice began with Cain and Abel, the first two sons of Adam and Eve. Hebrews 11:4 says that Abel made his sacrifice by faith and it was accepted. But Cain made his sacrifice without faith, and it was not accepted. According to this verse, just the act of giving something

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God Preserves the Seed

From the archives of Oral Roberts – Fourth of seven parts The second part of God’s promise in Malachi 3:10–11 is this: “I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes.” The word devourer can be paraphrased “seed-eater.” In my mind I picture the old serpent―the devil―slithering along on his belly, his forked tongue flickering out to eat all the seed that we haven’t sown to God. What does it matter if the devil eats your seed? It matters a lot! Harvest follows sowing, and there is no harvest without sowing. What seed you don’t plant into the ground stays on

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That’s God’s Promise!

From the archives of Oral Roberts – Third of seven parts The Bible teaches that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He doesn’t change. His promises in His Word are true for Christians today. Therefore, this promise in Malachi 3:10–11 is for us: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will

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You Need Others in Order to Experience Biblical Prosperity

From the archives of Oral Roberts – Second of seven parts I believe one of the greatest passages in the entire Bible on how to get into biblical prosperity is found in Philippians 4:13–19. That passage begins with one of the most frequently quoted verses of all time: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” The Apostle Paul is describing his potential to the Philippians in that verse. He is saying, “I can rise to the height that God ordained for me. I can do everything God has planned for me with His strengthening power.” Paul is

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God’s Way Is Not the World’s Way

From the archives of Oral Roberts – First of seven parts – Biblical Prosperity God’s system for “biblical prosperity” differs greatly from the world’s system of prosperity. Biblical prosperity is, first of all, a “total prosperity.” It’s the prosperity of III John 2, which says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Biblical prosperity includes health for your body and salvation for your soul; as well as financial blessing. Second, biblical prosperity is based on God’s promise to His people in Hebrews 6:14, that He would bless us

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