BT: ………….. that verse where the scripture says I want … God desires that we haven heaven on earth, as it is on earth as it is in heaven. And some of the people, they are enduring as Christians, waiting to die to go to heaven and enjoy it. But God has already made provisions that we can have it on earth as it is in heaven.
RR: Heaven on earth?
BT: Heaven on earth. And we have literally tapped into that as we have … I think we ended yesterday’s program with having received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and how it literally turned our lives. Before we received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we were born again, we were saved. But we found out that being saved was not enough. My husband was a minister’s son, raised in a house with a godly mother and a godly father. But when we got married and both of us was saved, we found out that being saved was not enough. And it was six years into our marriage when we received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. And we were young ministers in the Lord, pastoring a traditional Baptist church, but it just seemed like we were not tapping in on the things of God. And so one day we were at church and we loved church. We would go to church and we would sing our songs and at 12 o’clock … you could just almost close your eyes and know what was going to happen. It’s such a ritual, routine. And so one day we went home and we just looked at each other and we said, “You know, God, if this is all there is to Christianity and even pastoring a church, we want out because your Word says that … have made promises and that signs and wonders and miracles are to follow you. And if we’re following you, these things are going to be following.” And so God talked in our spirit. We had a desire to want to know more about God. And when there is a desire, God always … the Word of God says he will fill those.
That’s the next college weekend seminar for high school juniors and seniors and those interested in transferring to ORU. Three days on this campus. I will open it myself personally that night. The ORU Singers and orchestra will be with me. I’ll be ministering to the young people myself personally on Friday night, the 25th. You can kind of see and taste and touch and smell and feel ORU and see if this is where God is leading you to get your education and also learn how to hear his voice. So if you’d like information, call the prayer group and we’ll get back in touch with you immediately with information about the college weekend seminar. Mac and Brenda, I just want you to take your freedom and whatever the Lord lays on your heart as you continue what you started on the last program.
MT: Well, yesterday, Richard and Lindsay, we talked about the demand for excellence. There is a demand coming from heaven and a demand coming from earth. And when Jesus was talking to the disciples, teaching them to pray, he said, “Pray that the will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.” So we know that there is excellence in heaven. But as we’re learning how to praise God, as we’re learning how to pray, how to tap into God and how to tap into heaven, then that excellence is going to come down. And the prophet Isaiah says it’s time for us to rise. It’s time for the Body of Christ to shine for the light has come. I believe that that light brings forth excellence in many areas. Some just stop at being born again, but there are many areas in our total makeup that we need to have excellence. I believe it’s in our spiritual life, financial life, I believe it’s in our mental life. I believe domestically so many homes are messed up and God has commissioned us. We are on nationally every night following your program on one network to just ministering excellence in the family. And we want to just talk about DUI today excellence in the family.
RR: It’s time to praise God. I want you to meet our very special guests today, pastors of Christian Faith Center in Creedmore, North Carolina, just outside of the Raleigh-Durham area there in North Carolina. I want you to meet pastors Mac and Brenda Timberlake. Give them a welcome. Brenda, thank you. Mac, God bless you. I want Mac and Brenda to begin right where we left off on the last program. But just let me say one word before you do about my brand new book, “How You Can Touch Heaven with Your Faith through the Word of God.” If you feel like your prayers have been hitting the ceiling and bouncing back and hitting you in the face? Well, there have been times in my life when I have felt that way. But God has given me special secrets from his Word. He has unlocked those secrets to me to share with you on how you can break through that ceiling and get your prayers right up to the throne of God.
“How You Can Touch Heaven With Your Faith Through the Word of God.” Now this book is free. There’s no obligation. I want you to have it. Pick up your phone. Call 918-495-7777. Say to the prayer partners, “Please ask Richard to send me his new book,” just on touching heaven with your faith. I’ll do it. Or you can write me, Richard Roberts, Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you live in Canada, Richard Roberts, Toronto, Ontario. Praise God. We were mentioning yesterday on the program that there are several students from the church there in Creedmore that are on campus here at ORU. I want to remind you students who are interested in ORU or you parents who are interested about your young people coming, October 25, 26, and 27. It won’t be long till it will be here.
Not only can you overcome the devil’s shaking, not only can you overcome his rattling, but you can also refuse to let satan roll over you with his gigantic, demon-powered steamroller!
Have you ever watched the Roadrunner cartoons? I love the Wile E. Coyote character because no matter how far he falls or what falls on him, in the next scene he’s standing up! We ought to be like that. No matter what happens to us, in the next scene we’re standing up! Because sometimes situations in this life try to roll right over the top of us, leaving us feeling as flat as a pancake.
I know exactly what that’s like, because that’s how I felt when I became the President of Oral Roberts University and assumed a huge debt of several million dollars. I had never owed anyone that much money, and it was no joyride! I didn’t have a clue what to do, and everyone was depending on me. The devil would tell me, “This university is going under, and it’s going to be your fault. Your father built it, but you can’t run it. This will mark you for the rest of your life.” I developed an ulcer and I couldn’t sleep. I was miserable. It was as if one of those big steamrollers from the highway had rolled over me. I was flattened on the road of life.
But then we began to sow our corporate financial seeds unto the Lord, and slowly but surely I watched the Lord slash ORU’s debt in half! One day in the midst of it all, like a bolt out of the blue, a fresh baptism of joy exploded in my life. I got a fresh understanding in my spirit that the joy of the Lord is my strength (see Nehemiah 8:10). Praise God, I’m not being steamrolled anymore! We don’t have to put up with the devil rolling over us in any situation. We can have joy! And God’s joy is our strength!
Hi. My name is Lindsay Roberts. And I’m standing here in the midst of the Abundant Life Prayer Group where prayer has gone on in this place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, since probably the early 1960’s. So we’re talking over 40 consistent years of constant prayer, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in this atmosphere. And I tell you something, you can feel it.
And if you’d like prayer, we want to encourage you to go to your telephone right now. Pick up your phone and dial 918-495-7777. It’s a little after two o’clock in Tulsa here at Tulsa time, which is Central Time.
And if you pick up the phone and call right now, this is the very group of Abundant Life Prayer Group prayer partners that will be answering your phone calls. And they’re going to be taking those prayer requests and giving them to me. And we’re going to believe God for a miracle, along with your faith joined with our faith, joined with their faith. And we are going to bombard heaven in your behalf.
A lady named Andrea called from Colorado, and she said, “While I was listening to Richard on The Hour of Healing,” she heard him give a word of knowledge that God was healing pain in the left leg and pain down the arm.
And she said she hurt herself when she was moving furniture. She said, “That’s for me. That is for me.” And she said, “I called in to tell you, now all the pain is gone in my right arm and my left leg.” And she said, “I’m telling you, it’s a miracle.”
If you need prayer, 918-495-7777. You can go on-line at Oral Roberts Ministry website, orm.cc, write Richard Roberts and Lindsay Roberts at Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74102, or like I said, go to the telephone, 918-495-7777.
Then Cora called in, and she said her right knee had been hurting for over a month. And while she was in constant pain mostly on the right side, she was not able to walk for a very long time at all.
Cora was watching The Hour of Healing and came into agreement with Richard for her healing. And she said, “Now I can even go shopping. I feel better right away. I can walk to the grocery store, and I have no pain.” Praise God!
And then a lady named Stephanie called in from Pennsylvania and said while she was watching The Hour of Healing, Richard gave a word of knowledge concerning pain in the hip area that was traveling down the leg.
Stephanie had been suffering from pain in her hip for many years, and she began to pray with Richard and reaching out her hands towards him in agreement. Instantly the pain left. She had also been suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. Shortly after this time, she said she had her blood test that showed she had been healed from this disorder as well.
I’ll tell you something, I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that there is a prayer of agreement, the Bible says, according to Matthew 18:18 and 19, where, “If two or three of you are gathered in my name, I am in the midst of them.”
Then He went on to say, “If you shall agree as concerning any one thing.” We’re going to agree with you concerning whatever it is you ask us to pray for. And we want to believe God for your miracle. So don’t hesitate. Pick up the telephone. Call 918-495-7777. We’re right here in the midst of the Prayer Group.
You know, if you can feel, when you walk into a room, you can feel tension, or you can feel stress or an argument. Well, I’ll tell you something, you can feel the anointing in this room. People who walk in here have said about it, “We don’t want to walk out of the room. We get in this room, and we don’t want to walk out.” I know exactly how they feel. I’ve made jokes, “Do you think I could just like sleep here all night long?” Because I’m not kidding, it is bathing in the presence of God in this room. And we absolutely love it in here.
We want to take you down to Pennsylvania for a testimony from a woman named Kathy about a back being healed. Kathy has a testimony how God miraculously touched her back while she was in Pennsylvania. And while you’re listening to this testimony, I want you to call in your prayer request. As soon as you hear this, we’re going to come into agreement for backs to be healed and a lot of other things on this program. So just watch Kathy from Pennsylvania.
LP: Kathy Pouncy, South Coatesville, Pennsylvania
For 60 years people have come to Oral Roberts Ministries to receive healing through Christ Jesus. In the early days, Oral Roberts reached the hurting and the lost through tent crusades, television, and the radio.
Place your hand upon your radio cabinet as a point of contact as I reach forth my hand here as a point of contact to pray for you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Kathy Pouncy was just a little girl when she found out from her parents she was going blind.
The doctor told them that I would be blind between five and six years old. And my dad already had a brother that was blind by the age of five. And he really didn’t want that for me.
The very next Sunday, she and her family were listening to Oral Roberts on the radio.
The preacher said that there’s someone that’s believing for healing for their daughter that got a bad report that she would be blind by the age of five. So he said, “I want you, the parents, to take the girl’s hand and put your hand on the radio and believe God for her healing.”
And that’s what my parents did. They took my hands, and I still remember the day they hold my hand and their hand was on the radio. I remember him grabbing my hand, and he told my mom, “Get her hand, get her hand,” you know. And I still see the picture today that they—I’m in the middle and they’re holding my hand, and they laid their hands on the radio. And I received my healing.
I’m in my fifties now, and I’m not blind. I never will be. Praise God.
Kathy has lived in Pennsylvania’s Dutch country all of her life. Forty years after her eyes were miraculously healed, Kathy was stricken with a muscle disorder.
They called it limb-girdle muscle disorder.
What followed, years of severe back pain and crippling back spasms.
I had them, at least seven or eight years I had back problems. I would have spasms, and they were worse than the pain, than regular back pain.
Doctors prescribed all sorts of pain pills and muscle relaxers, and Kathy went through physical therapy to strengthen her back. But she says the painful spasms would always return.
I couldn’t get out of the bed, you know. I mean, I’d be praying and it would get a little better. But then it would come back.
After living with these painful back spasms for eight years, Kathy could finally get The Hour of Healing on her TV set. Remembering her childhood miracles, she started watching every night. She hadn’t been watching long when one night she heard Richard give a word of knowledge about lower backs being healed.
Anyone who’s suffering in your back, let’s just have prayer right now. In the authority of Jesus’ name—you may want to just come over and put your hands up against my hands right now as a point of contact.
He mentioned that there’s someone out there, more than one though, he said, that had lower back pain, you know. And I said, “That’s me, that’s me.” So he said, “Just lay your hands on your back.” And he said, “Put your hands on the television if you can.”
Every pain, be healed. At least three of you right now, another three of you have pain in your lower back, and also one of you in your tailbone. And God is healing you right now.
After Richard got finished, the pain went away. I got out of the bed after my back got stretched out, and I bent over and it didn’t hurt. And I walked to the door, it didn’t hurt. Went in the kitchen. I just started praising God. So I said, “I’m claiming it, and I’m going to keep it.” And ever since then, I have not had no spasms.
Not one spasms?
Not one spasm since then.
After eight long years of painful back spasms, Kathy is finally and happily pain-free.
It’s been over a year now, I guess about a year since that happened. And I don’t have no spasms and don’t have no lower back pain once. And I was believing that it would never come back again. And it hasn’t. And it will not.
Every day I thank the Lord for my healing. Every day I thank Him that I’m able to move and have my being, you know, every day. I really appreciate it. The Lord has delivered me from so many things in my life. He’s a good God.
RR: That’s a good word. (Applause) Dave, I know that you understand that young people, high school students, college students, look up to professional athletes. They hold you in such high regard, in some cases they hold you too high. They want to be like you. They, if you’re a football player they want to run with the ball like you run or carry the ball, throw it or kick it or pass it. Or if it’s basketball, they want to shoot like you shoot. Or if it’s golf, they want to hit the ball like you do, or they want to stride down the fairway like a Jack Nicholas or something like that. And young people hold professional athletes in high regard. And what I want to talk to you about and ask you to speak to is, well, concerning the matter that happened recently with the young man from University of Maryland, drafted by the Boston Celtics, who wound up in this cocaine situation apparently for the first time in his life. I don’t know that anyone will ever know all of the circumstances because in those kind of things we don’t always know exactly what happened. They know what perhaps it appears that happened. But I know of your determination against drugs and against that in professional sports, but what would you say to a young person, high school, junior high, college, that has athletic ability but somehow they have either somehow got with drugs or the devil is playing tricks with their minds, what would you say to them? Take a moment and talk out of your heart.
DB: I would say three things to them. The most important thing for a child or someone who is living at home with his parents is, number one, children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right to honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise that it may go well with you and you may enjoy a long life in the land the Lord your God has given you. Number one, to obey your parents. Number two, the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be deceived, for bad company corrupts good morals.” So number one, to obey your parents and watch who you associate to, with. And number three, oftentimes in life that every generation feels that our parents or another generation is obsolete and we have to experience everything for ourselves. One of the ways we learn is from other people’s experiences. Drugs, the use of alcohol, the abuse of alcohol, those are all dead-end streets. How many people have to die before you wise up? And for me, I don’t have to use drugs or abuse alcohol. I don’t drink for that matter as it is because of all the people that look up to me, and it’s just really a dead-end road. And it’s not glorifying to your body, for the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
Obedience is the key. Obedience is the key. I bring you greetings, first of all, from Paul and Jan and all the TBN family. Boy, it’s so good to be with you. And congratulations on your baby. That’s so sweet. It’s so sweet. I know it. We’re thrilled. I brought you a gift too.
I want you to know, you know, we love you as well as I know many others. It’s so great to be part of the family of God, the body of Christ. when you, when you began to share about proving God, so many things came to my mind. But the first thing that came to my mind was the morning that I lay in the bus, I was traveling with a quartet.
And I had rebelled so against God. I knew I’d failed God. I didn’t need anybody to tell me that. I knew I was sinning. I knew I was blowing it. But I couldn’t, I couldn’t grasp the truth that He would really forgive me. And I know there are people watching today and I promise you if you will prove God, God loved us so much.
The devil is constantly trying to convince us that God don’t love us. (It’s right) And he’s trying to show us that he likes us and he wants us. I was witnessing to a man yesterday–was it yesterday, I think–and he was telling me how the devil began to show him that he wanted him and he didn’t know anything about the Lord.
Cheryl has become a regular member of our television family. Here is a testimony, Lindsay, from Texas. Today…. this came from the program yesterday. “Today Richard had a word of knowledge about someone being healed in a right leg.” She said, “He was talking about me.” Also she said, “I gave God all my problems and prayed with Richard on the program and after 23 years of deafness, my right ear is healed and I can hear.” Now that just happened, Lindsay, yesterday.
That’s terrific. I have a letter I’d like to share with everybody. This lady is as cute as can be. She said, “I was delivered as I was watching your TV show, Richard. I’d like to share this testimony with you. I’m 19 years old and I’m married and I just had a little baby boy. I’ve been a Christian for just a short time now. I was what you would call a luke-warm Christian, really.
When I had my baby boy my mother came to stay with me. Well, she was born again and Spirit-filled and she kept saying the Lord was going to deal with me. Well, I know he wanted me to be more on fire for him again but I needed to be delivered first. I needed to be delivered from drugs, drinking, and cigarettes.” She said, “I also needed to have the boldness of the Holy Spirit.”
Yes, we did. That’s right. And she said… she wanted it though. You know, you have to have the desire to give up the way you are if you don’t think it’s pleasing to God and she had the desire. And she said, “Praise God, I was searching for something on the television one morning and I found your show. I began watching it and I began to weep and pray in the spirit.
The Lord began to open me up on the inside.” She said, “I could actually feel the Lord working as he was doing a job on me inside. That’s when I received my full deliverance.” She said, “You began to pray and then you finished it off and told how a person could have authority over satan. You said that I should tell satan to get behind me, that he no longer ruled me because I’m a child of God, and praise the Lord, I received the boldness to tell satan to get behind me.”
Listen to this. She said, “What a package deal. That’s the best bargain I’ve ever had. I’m so grateful for your ministry. May God bless you.” This was from a lady in Florida. Bless her heart.
Winner of the Latin American International Star Search competition as a college student, with a successful latin american recording contract that followed, Adrian soon found himself living a life of rapid-fire success. But the “good life” was anything but good for this talented young man in his early 20s. What began with a promise never to compromise quickly deteriorated due to constant pressure of the many worldly trappings that surrounded him. Proud of her son’s success, but very concerned about where his life was headed, it was Adrian’s mom, Lety Compton, who threw out a lifeline to her son. Even when their own relationship became strained, she continually reminded him that God had something better for his life.
Finals school competition, Adrian began doing humanitarian and missions work in many Central and South America countries while still in middle school. Assisting a beloved teacher and mentor, he became a quick learner as he traveled, singing and ministering to those less fortunate, as their team worked in conditions of extreme poverty.
But the dream in Adrian’s heart was to make it in the music business. With the Star Search championship, that dream became reality…until it almost consumed his life.During that time, Adrian continued his missions work saying, “I would take time off and try to leave my worldly living behind me so I could travel and minister.” But that became more difficult over time. Waking up one day and realizing that if he continued the path he was on, he would meet an early grave, Adrian “came to himself”—in the way the Bible described what happened to the prodigal son in Luke 15—and he gave his life back to the Lord. He realized his mother was right and that God did have something more for his life.
Today, Adrian—a recent masters of divinity graduate—finds himself living a different kind of “good life.” This time around, it has nothing to do with the trappings of fame, but is defined by catching a plane before dawn to travel to poverty-stricken areas of the world where he can preach the Gospel, sing about God’s goodness, and help provide everyday necessities of food and medicines to people in need through the efforts of Oral Roberts Ministries and Hunger Needs A Voice®’s medical and feeding outreaches.
Says Adrian, “I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity to help open up some of the Latin American countries to Richard’s ministry. Besides helping to set up the contacts we need to get in, I’ve also had the privilege of going into people’s homes who are too sick to come to our crusades and praying with them right there. The needs are so great. And our being there really speaks to the people.”
A man brought his son to Jesus one day to be healed. The disciples had prayed for the boy, but he was not delivered. Jesus said to the man, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” The man replied, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-24 NKJV). Jesus did just that…and healed his son.
We all probably have a little pocket of unbelief—an area where our faith isn’t as strong as it should be. If that’s true with a problem you’re facing, let’s agree together in prayer right now for that doubt to be removed.
In the authority of Jesus’ name, I focus my prayers on that pocket of doubt where you are having difficulty believing. I pray that the full force of your faith will begin to believe God for all that He has for you. Amen.