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.
Every time we expand the prayer group, and we’ve been expanding, you know that, over the years, every time we do, the lines jam up again. Every time I expand, I’ve got to expand again, because there is such a demand for prayer. You know, with all of the great advancement in medical science, and thank God for it, people seem to be sicker than they’ve ever been. And our phones ring off the hook day and night. So I’ve got to expand that. I intend to go to a million and a half. You notice that number there? This next year, that’s an increase.
In our international outreaches, which include the healing crusades, the clinics, the pastor’s conferences; the one coming up in Nigeria, which I’ll share with you about a little bit later, in February, followed by the ministry in the nation that you have been hearing me talk about on television – the unnamed nation. The nation whose government officials will not yet let me give you the name of the nation. You’ve heard me talk about that haven’t you, on television. I wish I could tell you this morning, but I have pledged my word to the leaders of the government of that nation that I would not reveal the name of the nation until they let me. All I can tell you is, it’s gonna shock the pants off you, because this nation has not allowed the Gospel in since before 1958, and God is opening the door. I thought I would be there next month to prepare the way. It looks like it may be January before I get there, because the government has changed the schedule. It’s not in my control; it’s in the control of the government. But somehow God has given me favor in that nation.
With the return of Jesus growing ever closer…by the way, if you can’t tell we’re living in the last days, just read the newspaper. And look at the earthquakes we’ve had, including one that was off British Columbia yesterday; 6.4 just off Vancouver Island. And what we saw in Washington, D.C. just a few weeks ago. And hurricanes, unbelievable, well, it is believable if you read the Bible. Alright, with the return of Jesus drawing ever close, every moment and every dollar we spend to reach our world is timely and critical. Your seeds that you sow, your financial seeds are more important than ever. Thousands upon thousands, hundreds of thousands, people around the world are hearing God’s Word, being healed, receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior because of your continued partnership.
One day Jesus will say to you and to me, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me,” Matthew 25:40. You share in the miracles of ever person this ministry touches because you are a partner, helping us to make a difference that is saving countless people worldwide, spirit, soul, and body.
Open to the next page and take the pull-out, take the little pull-out section. You see the section that’s there in the middle? Just take that out. Oral Roberts’ ministry and Canada, a God ordained partnership. I believe that God…I thank God for the nation of Canada, for the many years that Oral Roberts’ ministry has had the privilege of reaching out to help meet the needs of this nation. And I expect God to continue this great partnership between you and me, for years to come. Thank you for joining me to reach Canada for Jesus Christ. And there’s special information on the bottom. There’s how you can contact our director, Roy Young. There’s several people who still don’t have one, right back there. I’m so sorry. Roy, right over there to your right. Make sure everybody… Your middle section is missing? Mike, run over there with the middle section. It must have fallen out.
Let’s stand together and get started a little bit early. We’ll be dismissing a little early today. I’ve got to be involved in an announcement of a new mass media center at ORU, and so we’ll be dismissing about 11:45 or ten till at the latest in order for me to go for that announcement.
Father, thank You for this time together in this class. Thank You for these students and for an opportunity to impart something into their lives, not just in academics, but for the rest of their lives. Thank You for it. In Christ’s name I receive the anointing upon me now, and everybody said amen. God bless you. You can be seated.
What is the most difficult thing for you once you have given an offering unto the Lord, what’s the most difficult next step that you have between the time you receive back from Him and the time that you give? What’s the hardest thing for you to do after you have given unto the Lord?
Anybody got an answer? What’s the hardest thing? Waiting. Pardon? Trusting Him. Anybody else? Seeing the invisible. Somebody else, what’s the hardest thing for you? Yes. Believing and standing in faith that what He said He will do.
Somebody else? Yes. Praying the harvest in. Anybody else? What’s the hardest thing? Giving again. It’s a great answer. Anybody else? What’s the hardest thing for you about sowing unto the Lord and expecting? What’s the hardest thing? Yes, in the back. Believing to get something back.
Yes? Keeping your faith. Somebody else. Yes. Receiving. Hard for you to receive? Okay. I think you’ve just touched on a key. I think that may be THE hardest thing for Christians to do. They’ve been taught to give, but they’ve not been taught to receive. Yes. Try to figure out what blessings to ask for.
But she took me to the airport, and I got on a flight, flew to Lakeland. And got to the hotel. They put me up in a Holiday Inn, with orange shag carpet that hadn’t been changed since the 1960’s, I’m sure. The air-conditioner was leaking. There was mold and mildew in the room. And when I took my shoes off, I sank into about a quarter of an inch of water in the carpet.
Now if you’ve ever been in a moldy, mildewed hotel room, you know what I’m talking about. You know, you usually face those in third world countries, not in America. And it was so bad, I just began to weep. I’m standing there all by myself in this room, in a town I didn’t want to be in. I supposed to preach the next morning. I’ve got no message. I don’t want to be there. I want to be somewhere else away from all the problems that I’ve got.
And I fell across my bed and just began to weep. And I began crying out to God, “It’s not fair! Did You really raise me up for this? Am I going to preside over the death of a university? Is everything that the naysayers in our own community true? Have I lived all these years and been prepared all these years for this very time for it to fail?”
And I did something that I don’t ever remember doing in my life. Laying on that bed that night, I literally cried myself to sleep. Now you hear of people crying until they fall asleep. That happened to me that night. It never happened before, never happened since.
The next morning I got up early, and I thought, Well, if I’m preaching, I at least ought to try to get some semblance of a sermon. So I got my Bible, and I came up with an outline of a message, “How to Get Through Your Present Mess.” And it really wasn’t much of a message because I was preaching to myself. And I thought, Well, at least I’ll try to encourage myself, if I can’t do anything for them.
Okay, we were in time out. Now we’re out of time out. My point is, in Matthew 1, Jesus was led by the Spirit. The Spirit led Him into the wilderness. I’m going to talk about this tomorrow. I’m going to talk about how you can be in the world but not be of it.
I’m going to talk about Daniel, who was in the world. I’m going to talk about Daniel, who became the chief of the astologers, the magicians, and the sorcerers in Babylon, and yet he was a man of God. How is that possible? We’re going to deal with that tomorrow. I’m going to help set a couple of things right tomorrow.
Okay, let me get going here because we’re going to quit early. I’ve got to meet a man for lunch in a little while.
Romans 8:11. Most of you are new students. You’re not aware of what happened two years ago. We had a terrible hailstorm two years ago at ORU. I don’t remember what month it was, April or May. I think it was right after school was out. It must have been May. And we had $100,000 worth of deductible insurance. And we had terrible, terrible damage. And we were having real problems with the insurance company.
So they sent a man to take a look at all the different roofs and the damage that had been done, and this man that they sent came from Las Vegas, because he was a roofing expert, and the insurance company trusted him. And so they sent him to Tulsa to examine our roofs and see how much they were going to pay for.
Now if you ever have dealt with insurance companies, they don’t always do what the contract says they’ll do, if you ever have dealt with them. And naturally I was very concerned because we had a lot of roof damage.
And so they sent this man, who is an expert, that they had used before. And God moved in the deal because they didn’t have any idea that the man that they chose to send had two daughters at ORU.