From the archives of Oral Roberts
A great Scottish preacher once said that the real profanity of men was not the “swear words” they used, but the use of the word hopeless. When we say that a situation or condition is hopeless, we slam the door in the face of God.
Years ago when crowds streamed into our crusade services, my heart went out to them with compassion. They carried on their shoulders the hurts, the troubles, the sicknesses and afflictions of all mankind…and they were weary. For some, medical science had done all it could, and they had run out of hope. They came to the crusades seeking help, their hearts crying out for peace for their souls, healing for their bodies, and direction for their lives. They wanted to be made whole.
Robert DeWeese, my co-evangelist and crusade manager for many years, once told me, “I believe one of the greatest things this ministry gives people is hope. We present a God who is good, a God who wants to work miracles in our lives, and a God with whom nothing is impossible.”
There is no basis for hopelessness. We use the word hope incorrectly many times, because hope is more than desire. It has to have a basis for expecting to receive. Our hope is based on the Word of God, which is filled with hope. And the promises of God cover every eventuality or anything that can ever touch our lives. Let us never profane God’s power by calling any illness, problem, or situation hopeless, for in all these thing we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Roman 8:37 NKJV).