And we can make positive change. And then you talk about evangelization. And that’s what it’s really about. It’s about winning people into the kingdom of God. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to get something so we can go out and do what we’re called to do.
Who has that as your number one goal in your life? Put your hand up. Stand up on your feet for a minute. That’s what this is all about.
Jesus came preaching, teaching, and healing. That’s what He’s all about. That’s what we’re about. The word Christian means little Christ. We’re to be like Him. We’re to do what He did. We’re to say what He said. We’re to go where He went. We’re to do those things, and to be proud to do it. And, thank God, we have a country in which we can do it.
And never again allow someone to take our rights. Paul was a citizen of Rome, and he had certain rights. There were certain things they couldn’t do to him when they found out he was a citizen of Rome. We’re citizens, not just of a country, but we’re citizens of heaven. this world is not our final home. We are passing through, but we’re going to leave our mark on it for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lift your hands unto the Lord tonight and begin to give Him praise. And make a determination that we’re going to make a mark on this country for God, for evangelism. We’re going to do it for God’s glory as a witness, for the Bible says this Gospel shall be preached as a witness in all nations, and then shall the end come. This is not the end. No, no, no. Why? Because this Gospel has not been preached in all nations as a witness. But we’re getting closer every day.
Father, in the authority of Jesus” name, I pray right now for a Holy Ghost anointing upon every one of us to discharge the responsibility that has been given to us as a minister of the Gospel. Nearly 2,000 members of ICBM, that’s nearly 2,000 ministries represented here, and many others here who are guests and visitors from our land and from other lands, Lord, we make a commitment to You tonight that we are about evangelization, of winning this world to the Lord Jesus Christ. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Richard Roberts – We do it because of this verse of scripture. Romans 15:7 says, “Warmly welcome each other into the church…” Warmly welcome each other.
RR: Well, give a shout to the Lord. To Him be the glory. God bless you. Thank you. You may be seated. Quickly turn in your Bible to Luke 4:18. Now I’m not going to preach long but, believe me, it’s going to be powerful. Not because of me, but because of the anointing.
What I preach tonight I am compelled to do. There are times when the Lord will allow me to preach what I feel led to preach. There are times when He compels me to do something.
I told the trustees this morning that I am compelled to do something, and I’m going to carry out that compelling.
I heard a story about a man many years ago who stretched his revival tent in Chicago. And on the first night, his message was, “Repent and be born again and receive the Lord Jesus Christ.” And when he gave the invitation, many came forward.
On the second night of the crusade he preached from the subject, “Repent and be born again and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.” And many came forward.
And on the third night he preached, “Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.” And the fourth night and the fifth night. And finally one of the men got tired and pulled him aside and said, “When are you going to preach on something else?”
He said, “I’ll stop when you repent and when you are born again and when you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
I want to say it to you again. Are you going to get what you came for? If my message had a title, it would be, “Get what you came for.”
Luke 4, beginning at verse 18. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed or bruised, to claim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
“Then Jesus closed the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on him, and he began to say to them, Today the scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. But they were not too excited about it.
Richard Roberts – Believers, nonbelievers, seekers, saints, skeptics, warmly welcome them into the church. And how should we welcome them?
And those little eaglets are so tired of those thorns that they quickly jump out onto that wing. And suddenly before they know it, she swoops up into the air. And they hold on for dear life with their talons. And there she goes, higher and higher and higher. And they look up and they see the sky, and they look down and the see the mountains and they see the earth and they see a new realm of possibility they’d never seen before. It’s wonderful. Everything is brand-new.
And then she drops them off in that bristly nest again, and there they are once again. They’re so uncomfortable. They’re so scared to launch out on their own. You know what? I became president of ORU, I was so scared. I was so scared, I couldn’t even spit. Now that’s really fear when you get so scared you can’t even spit. I mean, you go p-f-f-f-t-t-t and nothing comes out. I was so scared.
Fifty-two million dollars in debt. One day I had no debt. The next day I owed fifty-two million dollars. I didn’t even have a chance to work up to it. And I took personal possession of it. I acted like it was mine. And it nearly killed me. Nine months later the joy of the Lord came into my heart, and God began to turn the tables on the devil. But I was so scared.
And those little eaglets are so scared. Time after time she would lay down her wing, and they’d get on. And she’d soar. And then when she thought the time was right, with a jerk, she wouldflap this wing and thrust the little eaglets off. “Ahhhhhhhh! Do something. Mama has these things. Come on, boys, work! Ahhhhhhhh!”
Have you ever had God thrust you off His wing? How many times has He thrust me off His wing? Try fifty-two million dollars in debt. That’s being thrust off His wing. And you don’t know what to do, “Oh, me, O God, oh, stained glass window, oh, Bible.”
And you’re screaming and you’re crying and you’re calling out and you’re hurting and you don’t know what to do. And those little eagles just keep screaming and screaming and screaming and screaming.
Seems like every time the plagues came, the Egyptians just wanted to make it worse on Israel. But God had something in mind. And about the time the little eaglets are about to hit the ground and be smashed, she’ll swoop down and pick them up and take them back up. And she’ll drop them off again, “Ahhhhhhhh!” There they go again. Pounding those little wings as fast as they can.
Richard Roberts – The Bible tells us, “….just as Christ has warmly welcomed you.” The number one fear people have when they walk through the doors of a church is fear.
And right now in the authority of Jesus’ name, I stretch my faith out in a healing prayer for those of you who are standing right now. I the authority of Jesus’ name, whatever it is, I come against the heart problem, I come against your blood pressure, your blood sugar problem. I rebuke it now in the name of Jesus. I speak to every fibroid tumor. I speak to the anemic condition. I command it to go. I speak to your blood, coagulate normally.
I speak to the veins in your bodies, the arteries, that which is clogged, I bind it in the name of Jesus. Arterial sclerosis, go in the name of Jesus. I speak to the pain in your head. I rebuke it now. The living Jesus is here to bring healing tonight. Healing is not in us, it’s in Him. But we’re in Him, and we can call on His name, for healing was provided at the cross.
And so in the authority of Jesus’ name, I stretch my faith out to you and I believe God for your healing, in the name of …
CARLTON: Richard, this lady was born with spina bifida, and she’s actually had the surgery. But when you mentioned that cool feeling going up her spine, she said instantly it went up her spine. She believes she is totally healed from the thing that surgery couldn’t heal by the power of God. (Applause) Come on, somebody, give God praise in this place. (Applause) Spina bifida right here.
RR: Healed by the power of God.
CARLTON: Yes, healed!
RR: Who’s had a back problem for five years, you can tell there’s a difference right now? Come up here real quickly. Yes, ma’am, right up here. Carlton, can you come up here a minute? Bring her right up here on the platform. What did you just feel a moment ago when we prayed?
LADY: I just felt all my vertebrae just shift over and a major difference in just sensation as far as nerves and feeling.
Richard Roberts – That is the number one fear, fear! People are scared they will be put on the spot. You talk to individuals and hear them say, “Oh, I walked into that party and I didn’t know a soul.