Think about Oral Roberts University. Think about those 4,600 young people. Think about them this summer as they’re out ministering across America and in foreign nations around the world. Think of those healing teams being raised up to send medical doctors and nurses and dentists and evangelists and others to the nations of the world to treat people medically, and treat people spiritually, physically, to help them to understand that God wants them to get their needs met.
I’ll tell you, in the face of all the adversity, we’re talking faith talk, not
doubt talk. John Wesley Fletcher, the Lord won’t let me wait any longer. Get over here. Come on, give him a good welcome. John.
Meadowlark, give him a microphone. John, I told you many times that we make our plans for this program, but we want the Spirit of God to come forth. And what’s happening today is not anything that we planned. It’s what the Spirit has planned and it’s not, it’s not unusual that the Lord would send you our way on this day.
It seems that I show up when things like this happens enjoy it. I rather enjoy coming. I heard recently your father make a plea on one of the Sunday telecasts and out of that as I was upstairs in the dressing room, God spontaneous gave me something. You see, it’s scribbled. And it’s not prophecy but it is the basic ingredient of all of this that God has done through your father, you and all of those that God has given you to work with.
This place is what is writing about. I just wrote it out. And I will say to all of you, the university and the City of Faith is a place where faith flows into peace and courage and hope spills at the feet of hope and gives life to this wonderful world. Where a traveling river forges its way into the setting sun to give a drink to the edge of many long nights. A place where love is married to God and research has a love affair with education. A place where towers of study press the heaven’s skies and kisses a doubting cloud and fills it with faith and knowledge to teach faith that will defy death where little children may live and not die.
You’re not, honey. They’re mistaken. If I were the devil, now hear me, come in here real close to me, if I were the devil, let me tell you who and where I’d attack. I would attack a university where students are being raised up to hear God’s voice and to take His healing power to the nations of the earth. If I were the devil I’d attack that place that’s raising up students to hear God’s voice, to go where His light is dim, where His voice is heard small, where His power is not known.
If I were the devil I’d attack a place like Oral Roberts University. No, I wouldn’t attack the secular universities of America because the secular humanistic universities don’t really believe in the healing power of Jesus Christ. And they’re not raising up students to hear God’s voice and to go to the nations of the earth with His healing power through medicine and dentistry and nursing and business and law and theology and education and many other majors.
No, that’s not what their reason for being is. I don’t know what their reason for being is. I’m not concerned over that because I wasn’t called alongside my father to build Oral Roberts, or to build a secular humanistic university. I’m called here as part of the Oral Roberts Ministry. But if I were the devil, I’d be attacking Oral Roberts University.
But as a Christian, as a believer in the healing power of God, as a believer that God is a God who can turn things around, I’ve got to get out of that negative doubt talk and get out of all that heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy concern over the devil’s attack and start talking faith talk and encouraging you that not only are we going to refuse for Oral Roberts University to close, but we’re going to refuse for your doors to close.But the devil’s not going to stop you.
See, we’re facing, we’re facing an emergency right now here in the month of June with Oral Roberts University. It’s the worst emergency that I have ever known in the history of this ministry. The doors of Oral Roberts University may not open in the fall. And someone say, “Well, I’ve never heard anything like that before. Imagine Oral Roberts University not opening.” But we’re refusing to believe that.
Tell what your dad’s saying. For lack of money. We’re talking faith talk, that by faith enough people are going to stand with us. We’re going to work and prove God. We’re going to prove God. We’re going to prove that God is God. People are going to get hold of Him and we’re talking faith talk, not doubt talk. Now I’m going to talk to John Wesley Fletcher in a few minutes about this.
Well, you know, we’re not foolish enough to close our eyes and say, “Oh, don’t tell me about it.” We’re smart enough to say, “All right, give me the facts, give me the figures, what do we need, what do we have?” You’ve got to be realistic. You live in the world. You can’t just go some pie-in-the-sky and close your eyes and say, “God will fix it.”
You can be in the world but you don’t have to be of it. That’s right. We look realistically and get everything in line and then say, “All right, that’s the realistic part of it. Now here’s the faith.” And your father stood up the other day saw him stand up and point his finger and he said, “I will not go under.” And he said, “I cannot go under for going over. I’m going to make it.” And believe me, I believed him. In the midst of the worst circumstances I’ve ever seen Oral face, he stood up and he said, “I will make it.” That’s his faith.
We’re standing up this summer saying, “In spite of the devil’s attack” now let me tell you, friend, if I was the devil, which I’m not incidentally. Some people have said I am.
People were trying to feed doubt into me but he would not hear it. Would not hear it and he would not surround myself by the people that talked doubt.So you decided to talk faith talk and not doubt talk. The Bible says you walk by faith, not by sight. By the sight of it you couldn’t walk (It’s right) in the natural. In the natural there was no way for Cheryl Pruitt. But it says we don’t walk by sight.
There was no way that you could walk, and there’s certainly no way you could become Miss America 1980. Never, ever, because not only was my leg in a mess, but after God healed my leg I had over 100 stitches in my face and I’ve never had any plastic surgery. God just proved to me through a period of time that if we trust Him, if I’d be faithful and if I’d trust Him, He would take care of all the
Now that’s faith talk. That’s faith talk. Now you may be in the midst of a situation in your life where you’re talking doubt talk. I mean This is what we’ve been taught most of our lives. Doubt talk, doubt talk. I can’t make it talk. Well, turn on the news. I’m going under talk.
Every day we read the newspaper and we turn on the news, they tell us what’s wrong. Some day I would like to turn on the news and have them give one day of glorious praise reports. I would. I would like to see the day that you don’t But you know, we’re programmed to say, this is wrong in the economy, this is wrong in our finances, this is wrong with banking, this is wrong in the, you know, the fighting among the world system, there’s wars, there’s this.
Well, all right, but for heaven’s sake, if we dwell on that and continue to feed our spirits that, the next day you’re going to wake up in the morning and say, “This is wrong, this is what’s going to happen in my