Before men knew God, His divine purposes were shrouded with mystery. But God has revealed Himself to man in the person of His Son, Jesus of Nazareth, as He lived the life of a man among men.
Jesus Christ’s ministry was a ministry of revelation, for He came to reveal God, who God was, what God was. He acted like God. He made decisions like God. He spoke like God. He was God. He is God.
He was God when He healed the sick. He was God when He raised the dead. He was God when He walked on the waters of the stormy sea. He was God when He spoke peace to troubled hearts. But the greatest revelation that Christ ever gave to man about God was in the closing moments of His life.
Since the dawn of time, the most important question has been, Does life continue after death? Is there another life? Is there another realm that God has prepared where man will continue to exist when his journey is finished upon earth?
We did not know. We could only conjecture and surmise. But on that first Easter morning all questions were answered. Jesus stepped out of the tomb and gave the most thrilling announcement that mortal man has ever heard. “I am alive!” He shouted, “Now and forevermore! And because I live, you shall live also.” (See John 14:19).
At that moment, God’s plan became crystal clear. The veil between God and man was ripped asunder, and the dread of the future was cancelled. The unknown tomorrow became the promise of a new life when Jesus Christ broke the bands of death and rose triumphantly from the grave!
Moses was on the backside of the desert when God appeared to him in a burning bush and challenged him with a seemingly impossible situation. God told him to go down to Egypt and rescue His people. (See Exodus 3.) How did he do it? Something happened inside of Moses.
Hebrews 11:27 says that Moses saw something invisible with his spiritual eyes, and what he saw he began to believe so deeply that he became irresistible. He absorbed it into his spirit so completely that it was no longer a problem—he was ready to go back and take on the burden of two million people.
When God tells you to do something for Him, unless you see it invisibly first in your spirit, you can never see it visibly. You never become irresistible in what you are attempting to do until you are completely absorbed by it on the inside.
When God first spoke to me and told me to build Him a university, I couldn’t take hold of it in my spirit, although it remained very strong in my mind. Then after twelve years, when it became time, and I walked around the property alone praying in the spirit, I finally saw the invisible.
I ran into a lot of opposition in building Oral Roberts University, but it was too late. I could already see it inside me with every fiber of my being. Many times my ideas were almost defeated, but I was on fire, and it was no longer impossible. I had finally seen it, and then no one could stop me. It was so deeply ingrained in me that it was all I could think about, and what I saw eventually came to pass. When, like Moses, you see the invisible and believe something inside of yourself completely, you become irresistible and unstoppable! Oral Roberts
Have you been holding onto a dream, a vision that God has given you, but in the natural it appears there’s no way it will come to pass? This isn’t the time to quit. It’s the time to believe that the seeds you’ve sown and the vision God has given you are both going to come to pass.
I recently heard from a man who saw us on TV back in 1988. He said, “I was living in a little efficiency apartment in Nashville, thinking my dream of being a songwriter was about to die. I turned on the TV and your program was on. You said, ‘There’s someone watching who’s about to give up on their dream. Don’t do it!’
“That sparked something in me,” he told me. “Over the next few days a song began to germinate in me, and a few weeks later I finished it.” That song eventually became a No. 1 hit for country singer Randy Travis, and the songwriter has written fifty-five hits since then!
Now that man could have given up his dream of writing songs, but he heard the word of knowledge from God, believed it, and acted on it. Some people hear a word from God and say, “That’s not for me. That’s baloney!” Those people make excuses for why their dream doesn’t come to pass. But others hear God’s voice and say, “I stretch my faith, I release my faith, and I go into agreement.” They put action to what they believe, and God honors their faith.
Do you have a dream or vision that needs to be restored? Jesus said, Be not faithless, but believing (John 20:27). So use your faith—believe God!
The principles of God that are written in His Word are activated when we’re obedient to His Word. One of the most dangerous things we can do is listen to the Gospel according to someone’s wrong opinion and then act on it, move on it, talk about it, and build on it as if it were true.
When you activate the Word of God according to what it says, God promises that He is obligated to watch over His Word to perform it (see Jeremiah 1:12).
God says in Malachi 3:10,11 to bring your tithes and offerings into His storehouse, and He will rebuke the devourer for your sake. Whatever is being devoured¾maybe it’s your family, your marriage, your finances, your children¾as you sow unto God, He promises to rebuke the devourer and open the windows of heaven to pour you out a blessing where there will not be room enough to receive it!
Verse 12 continues, And all nations shall call you blessed. People will recognize that the hand of God is on you. They will say, “I don’t know what it is about them, but they’re blessed.”
When people see that you’re operating according to the Word of God and that God blesses you and multiplies the seed you sow, they will come to you and ask, “How did you do that?” Your obedience to God’s Word is a great witnessing tool for the kingdom of God.
Sowing seed isn’t a matter of your making God do something. You can’t make God do anything. But when you operate according to His will and sow your seed, it activates the miracle of Malachi. God works with His Word. When we obey His Word, then He makes His Word come to pass in our lives.
And on the island they found an upright broken-down piano from the casino there. And that was the only one that’s on the island. So they bring it out to this village and place it in this huge school room. And here are 500 little Haitian kids surrounding me and I’m playing and they’re sitting there like awed, they’d never heard these sounds before. And then when I was through they were reaching out to touch me and to hold on to me. And my wife Cheryl was there and they were just reaching out just to and if that doesn’t do anything to you. These are little children that are, that do not have food to be fed. I mean, the poverty is incredible, and to be able to go down there and not just share my talent, but also be able to take a piece of bread and just hand it to them and say, “This is for you, representing the Christians of the United States of America.”
SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS Well, but you’re doing more than that, Dino. You’re getting involved in bringing medical help to the people through the hospital. Now I understand your vision because, as you well know, that’s what our vision is, to take medical missions to the nations of the earth. So I understand what you’re talking about.
SPKM DINO KARTSONAKIS You know, for years people have seen me play the piano and perform and wear all these wonderful outfits, etc., you know, and they say, that guy has got it made and he goes from one auditorium to the next, one church to the next, you know, and perform every night in spotlights and what have you. But there’s so much more to it. You know, as Christians it’s not just an entertaining element. We are to minister. We are called as missionaries and I am called. I am called and I have a burden on my heart. Glad Tidings Tabernacle, the little church I was born and raised at in New York City, that’s still there on Toidy-toid Street 33rd , you know, in New York City. We had a pastor that had a missions heart and I was raised with a missionary heart.
And again, not just till recently were we able to go down at the Haitian Community Hospital. And I flew in midnight last night, took five flights to get here. I must really love you, Richard. And, anyway, I got here. Cheryl and I arrived and we feel refreshed this morning with a victory in our hearts because we handed to them a check for $32,000 to complete the wing of that hospital, the radiation department.
And we praise God for that and for people who have given like this letter right here, it’s so inspiring. God has blessed the United States of America because of people like this who have given from their hearts, that’s why God has blessed us. And He will continue to bless us if we continue to give.
SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS And when you open up your heart and when you give, then the Bible says God responds to your giving. Now He describes how He responds to your giving. The Bible says when you give, He will open you the windows of heaven and He will pour you out a blessing where there shall not be room enough to receive it. And He will rebuke the devourer, the devil, for your sake. (Malachi_03:10-11 ) I’ve got good news, God does not need the devourer rebuked. You and I are the ones who need the devourer rebuked. And whenever I face a situation, Don and Dino, where I need the devourer rebuked, the first thing I think of is that Scripture where God told me what to do.
He said, “When you give, I will open you those windows of heaven.” Whenever I feel like my windows in heaven and I’ve got windows up there and so do you and so do you whenever I feel like my windows are shut, I realize that God didn’t shut them, I did. And I realize if I want them open I’ve got to give. And then when I need the devourer rebuked, I know that when I give, God’s going to do it because His Word is true. God’s Word is true, He cannot lie. The Bible says, “He is not a man that he should lie.” (Numbers 23:19 ) God has given us a formula and when we work with His formula, then He multiplies it back to us. And like this person said, I want to double my giving. He said, “I want to double my giving every year.” And I just got a letter from a man in Philadelphia who had just sown a very large seed for our medical missions project. And he said to me, “I’ve got a problem.” And I thought, you know, I’m ready to pray. And he began to laugh. And I said, “You’re laughing, but why are you laughing, you say you have a problem?” He said, “I have a problem. Every time I give money to you, I get money back.” And I said, “Well, what’s the problem?” He said, “I just gave you this large gift.” I said, “Yes, I know.” He said, “The Internal Revenue Service just contacted me and told me that I have a tax refund for almost three times what I gave you, unexpected.” He said, “My problem is, when I give you money I get more money back than I know what to do with.” I said, “Well, I can alleviate you of some of that problem.” But you cannot outgive God.
BRAD: Vicki says she wanted to share her testimony to encourage others in need of a miracle from God.
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LR: We do have to have faith and believe in God. And right now we have faith in God that heals. Anybody that is listening to this program that has cancer, in the name of Jesus, just like Vicki got her diagnosis turned around, in Jesus’ name we speak to outlaw cells. And we command those outlaw cells to wither and die and healthy cells to take over your body, for a healing and a cure, in Jesus’ name.
And I believe God for that. I believe God for healing. I am a miracle myself. And people think, “You don’t . . .” Oh, yeah, I do. I can tell you stories that—you know how they say “will make your head spin.” Well, I don’t want your head to spin, but I’ll tell you what, my father died of cancer when I was 12 years old. My mom had an evil diagnosis shortly thereafter and several that followed it.
And then it turned around at 18, I started getting diagnosis—at 18! And then by 23 and 24, and then I married Richard and then I had a tumor the size of a grapefruit. And then and then and then. I’ve had a tumor on my breast. I’ve had an ovarian tumor. I was in the hospital, in surgery for a hysterectomy, and God healed me in the middle of that surgery in front of all the surgeons.
I am living proof that God still heals today. Well, how do we know that? We know that by the word of people’s testimony. And just like Vicki gave her testimony, if you have a testimony and you want to give it and share it with us, please call the Abundant Life Prayer Group, 918-495-7777. Have our Abundant Life prayer partners pray for you, but also give us your testimony because we’d love to share it with other people.
And one thing I want to share with you—and I’ve got lots of requests for it. I’m trying to organize this. I’ve got calls on my calls on my calls. But I want to do this before I forget. I believe in sowing seed. When I couldn’t have children, the hardest thing I ever faced was not being able to have children, two miscarriages, like I said, in surgery for a hysterectomy, many other surgeries that I don’t even want to go into. And then I had a son that lived 36 hours and died.
I’m telling you, I understand what it’s like. And in the middle of all that, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Give baby showers.” And I’m like, “That’s ridiculous!” And the Lord said, “No, you need to sow in famine to reap a hundredfold, to reap in joy.”
And I thought, Okay, what’s the hardest thing I could possibly sow? That baby shower. I would call people I knew that were having babies, and I would give baby showers and baby gifts. In the meantime, I’d be having miscarriages, and in the meantime I’d be having dead babies and funeral services. And yet I believed God that if I sowed in the very field I needed to reap in, God would honor me.
Now once I did that and sowed my seed—and sometimes I can tell you the honest truth—I have an upstairs in my house. And I’d have the party downstairs and little baby flowers and everything, and I’m having miscarriages. And I would run upstairs and I would throw up all over the bathroom, wipe off my face, come back downstairs and smile and say, “Oh now, aren’t we having fun? Isn’t this exciting?”
We prayed for those little babies, and in my heart I was absolutely breaking. But God told me that I had to give out of my need. I had to give out of the very field that I wanted to reap from. And as I did that, you all know my story—Jordan, Olivia, and Chloe later—three amazing, amazing daughters later. God multiplied my seed into a harvest.
I believe I need to sow seed this week, and I want to give you this. Now they’re helping me with the telephone number because I can’t see it over there—866—that’s a toll-free number—866 means it’s a free call—866-870-6932, 866-870-6932. Or you can go to makeyourdaycount.com and go on-line.
SM: I truly feel that we believed we were proving God because He said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you.” And we had a need and I just, Richard really built my faith in that area. And I just felt that god would come through.
LM: People that aren’t using this Seed-Faith in their lives, I really do feel that they are being robbed of a blessing. I know I am. And like I said, I had never used it before and now that I’ve been acquainted with it through the program, there’s just noother way to go.
SM: And so I just thank the Lord that He answered and encouraged us. And so we support Richard Roberts and not just because it’s
Richard Roberts. I really feel that they’re doing something for the Lord, the whole ministry. I love Lindsay. I feel like they touch lives and they really care. You know, Oral, all of them really care. It’s not just organization or something. I really feel–when we receive his letters, it’s the need that we havethat month when he writes the letters, just like he knows what we need. Of course I know it’s the Lord speaking to him.
RR: Here’s a song that just suits that testimony. (Singing “I Started Living When I Started Giving to God”) (Applause) Praise the Lord. Stay tuned for Wayman Tisdale. COF SPOT (Applause)
RR: Well, I’ve been waiting for today. I’ve been waiting to introduce a very tall young man, a product of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was all-American at the University of Oklahoma in basketball and now playing in the NBA. In fact, he just came back from mini-camp, getting ready for the fall season for the Indiana Pacers. I want you to join me in welcoming Wayman Tisdale. Wayman, God bless you. Welcome. (Applause) Wayman, now I know you were born in Texas. Then your father moved up here. Your whole family moved up here because your father was called to be a pastor. He pastors right here in Tulsa. But I understand that when you were very young you had no desire to play basketball at all. Is that true?
WT: Very true. I started, my brothers, my older brothers were playing and I’d always be the kid that would play with my friends over in the sandbox, play on the swings. I’d stay away from the basketball court because I couldn’t dribble the ball. And with my brothers being a little bit older than me, they were already introduced to basketball and they were already pretty much established on teams and everything.
Recently talking to a friend who’d just had a conversation with a Jewish rabbi from Israel. The rabbi had shed some new light on the phrase talitha cumi. He said that the word talitha can be translated as “little lamb.” Now, that was interesting to me, because Christian means “little Christ,” and one of the names for Jesus is the Lamb. So that means Jesus was speaking to the little girl as the body of Christ—which includes you and me as believers!
According to the rabbi, the word cumi carries the meaning “Come up to a higher place, and I will meet you there.” So I believe God is saying to us—as the body of Christ—“Rise up to a new level of faith and I’ll meet you there with a miracle.”
God’s the God of a second chance, friend, and He can turn that captivity, whatever it is, fear, discouraged, depression, whatever it is, sickness and disease, God can turn that situation around in your life. And I just feel like praying again. In the name of Jesus Christ, whatever that thing is that has you in captivity, I come against it. I pray in the name of Jesus. Friend, God’s the God of a second chance. He can give you a new life. I want you to pray this prayer out loud with me, everybody.
Everybody here pray it with me. O Lord, I need a second chance. There’s something in my life that’s wrong. I repent of it. I need help. So in the name of Jesus, I confess every sin. I confess my mistakes and I receive Jesus as my Savior. Come into my heart, Jesus. Save my soul. Fill me with your Spirit. I speak Your name with my mouth. I believe God raised You from the dead. I receive You as my Savior. Oh, friend, if you’re praying this prayer, Jesus is entering your heart right now. You’ll never be the same again. Healing miracles are beginning all across this nation. Financial miracles are beginning. People are coming closer to God than they’ve ever been. People are being healed in emotions.
Fear is being driven out. I received a letter the other day from a woman who hadn’t been out of her home for five years because of fear. And she called the Abundant Life Prayer Group and said, “After you prayed, the fear left, and for the first time I went to the grocery store, in five years.” God can turn things around in your life. Receive the miracle today. Receive the miracle in your life. If you’re coming to Jesus for the first time in your life or you’re rededicating your life to Christ, callthe Abundant Life Prayer Group. Let me know. Let me share with the people your testimony.
If you’re receiving a miracle in your body through the prayers today that’s going up, let me know. If you need to come to the City of Faith, come on. Call and make an appoint and come on to the City of Faith. Let us provide the best in medicine and the best in prayer. Ken and Lynette, we’ve run out of time. I wish we had more time. God bless you and your minister in Denver. Take these words with you all day long till we see you tomorrow, no matter what it looks like, God can turn it around for you.
When Jesus healed people, He often came to them with the question, “Will you be made whole?” When He ministered, He touched every phase of the individual’s life, so when He finished working with a person, that person could say, “I am whole.”
A whole healing is a complete healing—spirit, soul, and body. Our eyes can see only our human flesh, which is actually just our physical house. But there is so much more to you and me. When Jesus heals us completely, our spirits are renewed, our bodies are healed, and our minds are transformed. Never doubt the power of your faith in Jesus Christ to make you a whole person. Healing—inside and out John 5 tells us that Jesus went to the pool of Bethesda, where He found a large multitude of sick people. Among them was a man who had been lying there, crippled, for 38 years. The man believed in a legend that said an angel would come at a certain season of the year and stir up the water. Whoever was fortunate enough to get in the water first would be healed.
Jesus asked the man, “Will you be made whole?” The man thought Jesus was merely talking about his physical body getting a physical healing when the angel stirred the waters. So the man said, “I don’t have a man to put me in the water.”
But when Jesus said, “Will you be made whole,” He was also talking to the man inside the body, made in the image of God. He was talking to every part of him—spirit, mind, and body. You’ve got to have Jesus.
This man’s problem was a problem many people face—they don’t “have a man.” They may have ideas or a philosophy, and some of them have a religion. But they don’t have the man who matters most—Jesus.
Once when Richard Roberts was ministering to a gentleman who needed healing. He said, “I don’t know much about Jesus Christ and all that business.” Yet he wanted Jesus Christ to heal him. I had to get his thinking turned around, to get him to quit thinking about his body long enough to think about the Man, Jesus.
The disabled man at the pool told Jesus, “Others get there before me.” He began to blame other people. We’re all prone to do this. The most difficult thing you and I will ever do in life is look in the mirror and say, “You’re the man.” “You’re the woman.” We’re always looking at somebody else. Others get in our way and we think, Well, this fellow did this, and because he did, I’m not going to get my deliverance, as if that had anything to do with it—but it really doesn’t!
If everybody in the whole world got in your way and God turned His back and was walking away, you could still get down on your hands and knees, crawl behind Him, reach out a trembling hand, touch the hem of His garment, and get healed.
The man at the pool had many excuses:
“I have not a man.”
“Someone gets in my way.”
“I’ve been here 38 years.”
“It’s too late; I’m too old.”
But Jesus looked the man squarely in the eyes and refused to accept a single excuse. Instead, He told the man, “Rise, take up your bed, and walk.”
“Rise”—what did Jesus mean? Well, we immediately think of the man’s body getting up. But is that what Jesus meant? Remember that He asked, “Will you be made whole?” Wasn’t He talking to the spirit of the man who lived in that body? He meant, “You’re lying down inside. Rise! Stand up! Stand up on the inside!”
God made people to walk upright, inside and out. That’s why it’s important to respond when Jesus says, “Rise, take up your bed.” The bed had been carrying this man for 38 years. Jesus said, “It’s been carrying you. Now you carry it.”
What is our bed? It depends on who we are. Our bed is often simply our attitude. For instance, people who are filled with self-pity might say, “Everybody’s against me. Nobody likes me. Everything wrong happens to me.”
That’s the bed they’re carrying around. Jesus says, “Take up that bed.” And He wouldn’t say to take it up if we couldn’t. For others, their bed might be hostility toward other people. They may like dogs, or cats, or things, but they don’t like people. That’s the bed they’re lying on, an attitude of hostility. It’s the inner man despising another man made in God’s image, and that’s violating the commandment to love one another. That’s a bed, and we have to pick it up. Whatever bed is holding you down, Jesus says, “Take up that bed and walk.” It’s time to walk Why didn’t Jesus say “walk” when He first started talking to the man at the pool? Instead, He first said, “Will you be made whole?” Jesus first deals with us where we are. To be healed, we have to be healed inside, and then we can be healed outside. Jesus came to heal the whole person, not the disease only. If He were to heal the disease without healing the person, it wouldn’t be a complete healing.
When the man was healed, Jesus said, “Don’t sin anymore.”
In other words, “Don’t lie back down.” This means, become God-conscious. Don’t practice lying down inside, or withdrawing from the human race, or reducing your world to the size of your bed. Take up your bed so that you can be made whole—inside and out. Friend, let me encourage you today with these words: Don’t lie back down. Don’t get back in the old attitude. Don’t withdraw from people. Keep standing up. Keep loving people.
There is psoriasis that is being healed right now on the scalp, and there is someone who has lost hearing in one ear. God is healing you right now, in the authority of Jesus’ name. I come against every satanic attack of the devil; this arthritis, this bursitis, this brittleness of the bone, this osteoporosis, or this rheumatoid arthritis. Now, the Lord’s been having me do this a lot lately. In Jesus name, I reach in and…oh, my, my, my, my. I feel the presence of God right now. I take hold of it and pull it out by faith. Come out in the authority of the Name of Jesus!
Yes, I see a person who’s been blind or partially blind. You’re not able to do things that you used to do. You’ve lost the vision. I see eyes being healed right now. Eyes, be healed. I rebuke, yes, every cataract. Come out! I take hold of it and pull it out of you. Every glaucoma, come out in the Name of Jesus! There’s a person, you’re throat is continually dry, and you have such difficulty in swallowing and eating. In the Name of Jesus, just swallow normally now. There’s another word, another word of knowledge about lungs being healed. I come against the cancer in the lung. Just lay your hand on your chest right now. And even as someone is laying hands on their chest right now, you feel a warmth coming in. That’s God, that’s not me, that’s God. That’s His healing touch.