Comeback from Setback

From the archives of Oral Roberts There is not a person alive today or that has ever lived who has experienced greater setbacks than Jesus Christ. Jesus was there with God the Father and the Holy Spirit when, together, they created man in their likeness and placed him in perfect surroundings. Jesus was watching from the ramparts of heaven as Adam and Eve used their free moral agency, chose to sin, and were cast by God from the Garden of Eden. Never has there been a greater step back to the plan of God! And then, through the ages, as

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God Can Reach Your Every Need

Richard Roberts There is a God-shaped vacuum in every person that only God can fill. Only He can fill that void in your life and meet your deepest need. The world will tell you to turn to all sorts of things to fill the void in your life. The world will send you to astrology charts, palm readers, tarot cards and crystal balls to try to show you your future. But it’s only God who can make your future. The world will tell you to try alcohol and drugs to escape the pain of this world. But only God can

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What about Job?

From the archives of Oral Roberts No other book in the Bible answers the problem of human suffering like the book of Job. There are three things about Job that I believe we should know to give us hope when we are suffering. First, Job dwelt within God’s hedge of divine protection.  Because God protected Job, his home, and his property, satan hated him. He sneered, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” (Job 1:9 NKJV), insinuating that Job loved God only because He blessed him. Second, Job’s afflictions were from satan. When God healed Job, the Bible says that He

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A Divine Creation

Richard Roberts - Second of two parts Daniel’s enemies convinced the king to sign a decree saying that no one could pray for the next thirty days. (See Daniel 6:7-23.) Someone pointed out to King Darius that Daniel was on his knees praying. Tears ran down the King’s face and he cried, “Oh, what have I done? I’m going to have to destroy this precious young man who is so good.” The king knew he couldn’t change his word, and he ordered that Daniel be thrown into a den of lions. You’re going to have troubles even when you’re in

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Having an Excellent Spirit

Richard Roberts – First of two parts Daniel 6:3 tells us, Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. All throughout society in which we live, excellence is rewarded. Everyone is looking for someone who is excellent at something. When you go to a doctor, you not only want to know that they graduated from medical school but also that they have had good results with their patients. When you hear someone preach, you want to hear an excellent message.

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A Total Supply Awaits Us

From the Archives of Oral Roberts – Third of three 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 – Second of two 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 – First of three parts God promises in Malachi 3:10-11: 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 top of

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STOP TO THINK ABOUT IT….OUR CHOICE

Richard Roberts - Second of two parts  Will you ignore Jesus or greet Him with open arms? Will you take Him for granted or give Him the place of honor? Will you reject His word to you or accept in faith, with full obedience? Will you crucify Him in your heart or invite Him to rule and reign in your life? In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,  having made known to us the mystery of His will, according

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STOP TO THINK ABOUT IT…OUR HEALING

Richard Roberts - First of two parts The only people who were not healed by Jesus when He walked this earth were those who refused to come to Him in faith. Thousands of sick people lived within 100 miles of Jesus when He walked this earth and was at the height of His healing ministry. Yet nearly all of them died or remained sick, even though Jesus the Great Physician, the miracle working Son of God, was just a few days’ journey away. Why weren’t they healed? They refused to come to Jesus. They refused to cast all their care

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