Jesus said, “My peace I give to you; not as the world gives” (John 14:27 NKJV). Peace does not mean escaping your trouble by relaxing in a soothing bubble bath, because once you’re finished, the trouble is still there waiting for you.
One meaning of the word peace is “destroying the stronghold that creates chaos.” The way to live in the peace that Jesus gives is to destroy the stronghold that creates chaos in your life, and the stronghold of chaos is a spirit of fear. If you’re living in fear, you’ll never be able to live in peace. God said in II Timothy 1:7 that He has not given you a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love, and a sound mind. So if a spirit of fear is trying to attach itself to you, it’s not from God, and you don’t want it! But you can’t wish it away, think it away, hope it away, or read it away. It’s a spirit. And there is only one way to get rid of a spirit—take authority over it with the Word of God!
If someone came to your front door with a bomb, and you had the choice of opening the door and accepting it or slamming the door and refusing it, what would you do? Of course you would refuse it! The spirit of fear is just like that. Since God didn’t give it to you, you have a Bible right to say, “I refuse fear! I’m not going to have it!”
You can take authority over fear by saying, “God, I can’t handle this in my humanness or in my natural ability, but I can handle it in the Spirit. And, satan, I call you what you are. You’re a liar, a thief, and the author of confusion and chaos. I will have no part of you, in the Name of Jesus!”
Some years ago, our family was staying on the seventeenth floor of a hotel in California when at 4:57 in the morning we were suddenly jolted out of our beds by a massive earthquake. Lamps crashed to the floor, and the walls shook violently. The windows rattled, and the floor rolled back and forth as the building swayed and shuddered uncontrollably. I could hear people screaming in the hallways. As Lindsay and I rushed to our children, the devil spoke to my mind and said, “The top floors are going to come crashing down on you, and you’re all going to die.”
But the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and reminded me that I was called to preach in forty nations. At that time, I’d only preached in seven, and He assured me, “You’re not going to die now in an earthquake.” I spoke that word out loud to Lindsay, and all of a sudden the room stopped shaking. Everything stopped rattling and rolling, and there was a calm. We went back to sleep, and the next morning we went to church and preached.
Out of that experience I learned about overcoming the shake, rattle, and roll of life. First, when things come to shake you, they come to cause doubt. Doubt tries to creep into everyone’s life—it’s no respector of persons. Satan is always going to try to shake something in our lives because he has an assignment against us. John 10:10 says, The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I [Jesus] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
We don’t have to be shaken! We can stand strong in our faith in our times of shaking, because greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world! (See I John 4:4.)
Jesus gave us two impossibles¾maybe more¾but two in particular. First, He said that it is impossible but that offenses will come (see Matthew 18:7). He meant that we’re going to offend somebody, or somebody is going to offend us.
The second impossible Jesus mentioned is that unless we forgive, we cannot be forgiven (see Matthew 6:14,15). Unless I forgive someone else for what they’ve done to me, I cannot be forgiven for what I have done to them or others. Two impossibles.
There is something about offending someone or living in the strain of that offense and being unforgiven that is evidently too heavy for a human being to bear. It throws us off balance.
I remember once when our oldest granddaughter Brenda, who was ten at the time, came to spend the night with Evelyn and me. But her usual joy of visiting was not present. Then her mother, our daughter Rebecca, called, and we heard Brenda say, “Mommy, I’m sorry too.” Then, “Mommy, I want you to forgive me too.” Apparently, they’d had a dispute. After that conversation, Brenda relaxed, and we were able to have the marvelous time we always had when our grandchildren visited.
We are affected by forgiveness¾whether we have it or we don’t have it. I believe we should forgive and plant that forgiveness as a seed of faith. Whether anyone ever forgives us or not, we are to forgive. That’s what Christ did on the Cross. While the soldiers were killing Him, He said, Father, forgive them (Luke 23:34).
Forgiveness is one of the greatest seeds of faith you’ll ever plant because God can multiply it back to you. Through forgiving, you also can be forgiven.
Recently I had one of those days when, from the moment I got up in the morning, everything I did went wrong. You name it; pick anything. As soon as I crawled out of bed and opened my eyes, everything that could go wrong did…and much, much more!
Needless to say, when I finally got home that evening I was exhausted and frustrated. And I had a tip-of-the-iceberg moment where I was going to blow it.
Suddenly I began to chuckle because I realized that at that moment I had a golden opportunity to really get ticked off or let God be God. Ironically, I had just been teaching about blessing the Lord with your mouth. But it’s easy to bless the Lord when everything is going right. It’s not as easy when everything is going wrong.
Well, I began to just bless the Lord. I believe with all of my heart that the Lord had spent the day in heaven just watching me, saying, “Is she going to bless Me so I can bless her, or is she going to lose it? Is she going to give this situation over to Me, or is she going to give in to the devil’s plan?”
As I began to bless the Lord, I believe He put a chain of events in motion and said, “Because she chose to bless me, I’ll reward her.” Not long after, the telephone rang, and it was a friend of mine who seems to always shows up at my door when I’m in a crisis mode. She said she was coming over to bring me a new outfit! Because I blessed God, He blessed me!
Psalm 22:3 says that God inhabits the praises of His people. If you’re having a bad day…everything is going wrong…bless the Lord. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that when we begin to bless God, He begins to bless us!
John, there are people right now that are in need of help. They’re in need of someone to pray for them. Because you talk about a people who need a healing, people need healing who are into unforgiveness. And I want you to just pray and minister to the people right now. That’s what this program is about, the healing ministry.
J: The thing I want to say to you right now is this, you’ve got to be able to admit that you are offended. That’s the first step for getting free. Most people won’t admit it. They’ll say, “No, I’m fine. I’m over it. I’ve handled it.” Tonight as we talked, Richard and I, Lindsay and Lisa, it came back up. The reason it came up, it’s the Holy Spirit trying to get you free. Pride has kept you from getting free because pride has always said, “No, I’m fine.” No, you’re not fine. You’re wounded and you need to be able to confess it, because that’s the first step to getting free.
The next step you have to understand is, Jesus forgave you when you didn’t deserve it. He freely forgave you. He said that you are to forgive the way He’s forgiven you. That means you’re to be able to forgive this person, no matter what they did to you. I don’t care what was done to you. Somebody says, “But you don’t know what was done to me.” No, you don’t know what you did to Jesus. You were the one that put Him on that cross. I’m the one that put Him on that cross.
And I feel your hurt right now. I feel the pain in your heart. What Richard just said, a person that’s offended begins to isolate themself. They begin to build up walls in their heart of protection. But what you do is, you actually build prison walls. It’s time to tear them down. It’s time to allow the love of God to once again flow from your heart.
And the love of God gives when it’s not deserved. You didn’t deserve to be saved, I didn’t deserve to be saved, but Jesus chose to save us. And that’s what you’ve got to do tonight. You’ve got to forgive to somebody that doesn’t deserve to be forgiven. That’s the heart of God. That’s what God desires to put within you.
SPKM STEVE VICKERS Correct. I went down to Florida just to get away for a few days…. I rented a condo down there and stayed for a few days just to fast and pray and spend some time with God. And while I was down there the Lord impressed me, while I was just seeking the face of God, concerning his direction in the days ahead in our church, in our ministry. God impressed me that Denise was to come down also. Now we have four children and so she’s kept pretty busy, plus with the church and everything. So I called her and said, “Denise, I really believe that you are to come down. Just take a few days to come down and be with me.” I had already been down for three days, so she came down and really, it was during that time that God spoke to her to make an appointment at the Charismatic Bible Ministries Conference in June of 1986.
SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS What do you mean an appointment?
SPKM STEVE VICKERS Well, maybe she needs to share that with you. But, you know, God is real. And we can make an appointment with God and say, “God, at such and such a time I’m going to meet with you and you’re going to do so-and-so in my life.
SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS All right, Denise, were you saying, “I am making an appointment with God that at that Charismatic Bible Ministries Oral Roberts Conference last year I’m going to release my faith for miracles”?
SPKM DENISE VICKERS Yes, yes. I knew I could not come back from that meeting now healed. I knew I had to get healed. (APPLAUSE) I would do this. I would hold my hand over my heart and I would say, “Steve, I’m sick, I’m sick. My heart is sick.” I was disappointed in God. It was affecting my spiritually and, see, I knew it wasn’t God but I couldn’t understand how can you be healed and still be in pain, but I knew I heard God say that. And so for 2| years I suffered in this thing. And driving back from Florida in the car I was listening to a healing tape and I turned off the tape player and I said to the devil, “It is you, Satan…..” because, see, for 2| years I tried to deal with it with vitamins, nutrition, I quit eating for 6 weeks and tried to see if it was food. I did everything in the natural that I knew to do.
SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS And you’d done everything your doctors told you to do.
SPKM DENISE VICKERS I read everything the doctors told me, I took every medication, and they had to put me on stronger medication. I signed release forms for damage to my liver and to my eyes, going blind for this medication that I was on to keep me walking because they were predicting the wheelchair, Richard. I was in severe pain. And in the car I turned that tape player off and I settled it once and for all. It is not vitamins that is my answer, it is not nutrition, it is the devil that’s doing this to me. The devil was harrassing my body and I had to settle it. I would waver in and out of it. I would go in the natural and try to deal with it in the natural and the next minute I’d say, “It’s the spiritual.” And I did everything in the spiritual I knew to do.
SPKM STEVE VICKERS I want to say this, Richard, and it’s so important because we were in the middle of this and I saw what was going on. I was in it but also like an observer, and I saw this. Whenever you give the enemy a little ground, that’s not the end. When you allow him to compromise what you know to be the truth, he is not going to stop until he has destroyed all of the foundation of your faith.
SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS It’s like a song I heard a man write. He said, “Don’t let the devil ride cause if you let him ride, he’ll want to drive.”
SPKM DENISE VICKERS That’s right, that’s right. And let me tell you something. In the car I settled it. I said, “It is you, devil.” I settled it. Then I said, “Okay, God, I’m making an appointment right now.” Now I was driving home to Montgomery and I said, “God, I want to make an appointment with you,” and I knew if you make an appointment with God according to the Word, if you cry out to God, he’s going to hear you. (APPLAUSE) So I put God on the line and I said, “God, in five weeks I’m going to Tulsa.” And I knew… if you’re going to get healed, you ought to be able to get healed in Tulsa, you know. So I knew, I knew it was going to happen. I settled it.
SPKM CLARENCE BOYD I was probably the first student who was from that denomination at Oral Roberts University. Today you probably have anywhere from 5, 6, or 7. Oral Roberts continues to draw from our denomination young people who are interested in the charismatic movement.
SPOR ORAL ROBERTS Of course, the important thing here is that no matter where you are from as a faculty member, an administrator, or as a student, you are in a charismatic university built on the Holy Spirit and the authority of God and we’re trying to break down all these walls of separation IL01 and be human beings, be people of God. I remember Ben Gurion said something to me, Richard, when I was with him just before he died. He was the first prime minister of Israel and I had a group of ORU students visiting him in Israel and I asked him what he thought was the greatest scripture in the Bible and right there where the Bible was written in the Holy Land the prime minister of Israel, Ben Gurion, said to me, “The greatest scripture in the Bible is the scripture in Genesis where it says, ‘And God made him man.'” He didn’t make him Jew, he didn’t make him Gentile, he didn’t make him black, white, red, yellow. He just made him man. (APPLAUSE) Man, man, a human being. And if there is one thing standing out here, Dean Boyd, it is that human beings are at Oral Roberts University and we sit down and we get together and we love each other and we get our education. We keep our burning as we get our education. Now say that a different way, Richard.
SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS Well, I always tell people that ORU is the university where I got my learning but kept my burning.
SPOR ORAL ROBERTS Now that’s the way to say it.
SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS I’m a graduate of ORU. And while the ORU Singers are getting ready to sing right now, I want to say to you as a parent or as a grandparent, or as an aunt or uncle of someone who is interested in ORU, or as a young person who would like to attend ORU, there are still a few spaces available for the fall semester coming up in August. We begin our fall semester around the last week or so of August. All you have to do is pick up your telephone and call the Abundant Life Prayer Group at area 918-495-7777. Now when you do, they will ask you some questions that will facilitate us to get information to you such as your social security number, your year of high school graduation, whether you just graduated from high school or whether you are transferring from another school, your grade point average, your SAT or ACT scores, whichever are the ones you need for ORU. We can help you. And there are scholarships available in some categories so don’t let the lack of funds turn you off on trying. Call us and let us know. There are still a few spaces available for the fall semester. Right now the Oral Roberts University Singers are going to minister one of the greatest gospel songs ever written, “How Great Thou Art.” (APPLAUSE)
SPKM ORU SINGERS SONG How_great_thou_art (APPLAUSE) AD02 PROMO for RR’s Album, “I Am Determined” for a Seed-Faith gift of $10. (APPLAUSE)
SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS You can have your own copy of my brand new album, “I Am Determined,” or the cassette, “I Am Determined.” All you need to do is sow a seed of $10 or more into this healing ministry for everything we’re doing for God. There you can see it on your screen now. Ask for the album or the cassette. Just say, “Richard, please send me the album, or the cassette.” Write me: Richard Roberts, Tulsa, Oklahoma, or in Canada: Richard Roberts, Toronto, Ontario. Or you can sow a seed-faith gift on your credit card by calling the Abundant Life Prayer Group at 918-495-7777. There is the number on your screen right now, and I will rush the tape or record album immediately to you. Just let me know which one you want and we’ll put it into the mail. We were talking about the upcoming fourth annual Oral Roberts Ministers’ Conference in association with the Charismatic Bible Ministries Fellowship this next June and I thought it would be most appropriate for you to hear one of the most unusual testimonies that has come out of this past year’s conference. My special guests today are Steve and Denise Vickers from Montgomery, Alabama, pastors of Christian Life Church. (APPLAUSE)
In Amos 3:7 the Bible tells us, Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. And recently I believe God did just that when He revealed a “wake-up” vision to my dad of what He’s about to do in the earth.
God is sending us signs—or wake-up calls—as His Word said He would: I [God] will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke…before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And…whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:19-21 NIV). God wants us to be prepared for Jesus’ coming!
Through His vision to my dad, God is giving us an opportunity not only to know what’s coming so we can be prepared personally and in our own families, but also so we can help wake up others and lead them to salvation and eternity with the Lord. He told us in 2 Peter 3:9 that He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The following is just a small portion of what God revealed in a vision to His servant Oral Roberts. I encourage you to read and pour into your heart this important message of love from God.
Oral: In the midst of the turmoil, the fear, the anxiety that’s in our nation and in our world, I heard the voice of God. I’ve heard that voice many times, and there’s no way I can fail to understand that it’s His voice because I’m familiar with it.
I heard it, and then I saw with my eyes something I’d never seen. Suddenly in the clouds in the skies above New York City and the eastern part of the United States, I saw something which hung there for quite some time. Then it spread out across America without touching the ground. And then God defused it and moved it away from America.
What did I see? I saw something coming down from above: smoke and vapor and blood, or it looked like that to my spiritual eyes. There it was, hanging so huge until it almost blotted out the sky.
Instantly I thought about 9/11, when terrorists attacked the United States. I remembered the fear that struck my heart, and I knew that this was a preview of things similar to it that were going to happen.
Now in my vision I saw this thing hovering and great changes coming to where I couldn’t miss it. And then I heard…the sound coming into my ears penetrated my whole being.
Welcome to Make Your Day Count. My name is Lindsay Roberts. And as you can see, I’m standing right here in the middle of the Abundant Life Prayer Group on the campus of Oral Roberts University. We’re coming from the actual Prayer Tower building. If you come into the Prayer Tower, there’s a top deck where it’s like an observation deck. And you can see the prayer partners up there. And then down below here, this is a separate group of prayer partners. We’ve got prayer partners all over this place.
And the particular group that I’m standing in front of right now is right here ready to take your call and to pray the prayer of faith for you. All you have to do is dial 918-495-7777. That’s 918-495-7777. And someone in the Prayer Group, one of our prayer partners, will answer that telephone and begin to pray for you.
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.
I want to show you something that came in. I’ve got a couple of praise reports, and then I’ve got a letter that’s really hard to read. But I’m going to do it anyway, okay?
This one is Don, called the Abundant Life Prayer Group, like you’re seeing, one of these kind of prayer partners that you’re seeing here, called the Abundant Life Prayer Group for prayer and committed his life to Jesus Christ. (Reading names)
Then I want to read you this letter from a grandma. I so wish they hadn’t handed me this letter because half of me wants to read it and the other half of me wants to just cry my guts out. This lady wrote in and she said, “Please pray for my granddaughter. She’ll be 41 years old. She is a topless dancer. She’s had an abortion. She’s been away from home and in jail due to drug use. She is a drug addict.”
And then she began to tell all of the different things that her granddaughter’s been through and asked us to pray. You know what? The Bible says satan comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy. Everybody is going through something right now. I don’t care what walk of life you’re in, satan comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy.
I’ve not gone through this, I’ve not gone through this with my children, but I’ve gone through things in my life too. I’ve gone through differences—nothing like this. But I had a friend when I was a little girl that used to say to me all the time, “Your hurt may be in this way and my hurt may be in this direction, but it hurts to be hurt.”
I know what it’s like to hurt. This precious woman knows what it’s like to hurt. And I bet you’re going through something that you’re thinking of right now, either you or a loved one or somebody that you know that’s hurting right now.
I’m not only going to pray for you, but I want to encourage you to pick up your telephone. Call area code 918-495-7777, because right now our world needs to pray. The Bible very clearly says, “Men ought to pray and not faint.” That’s men and women. That’s mankind.
We need to pray. You know, it’s so easy to give up, to faint, to quit, to pass out, to think that our life is over. But I’ll tell you what, that’s just giving in to the devil. And in the name of Jesus, we speak to whatever situation you’re going through. And we speak to this precious granddaughter of the little grandmommy that called in.
And in the name of Jesus, according to the Bible that says, “The name of Jesus is above every name named in heaven and earth, and at that name, the name of Jesus, everything else has to bow,” we pray for this precious granddaughter. We lift you up, sweetie, in the name of Jesus. And we’re not going to condemn you, and we’re not going to criticize you, but we’re going to love you into the kingdom of God.
I pray for the healing virtue of Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father to go into this little granddaughter’s life right now. And in the name of Jesus, whatever situation that you’re facing right this minute, whatever situation that I’m facing right this minute—in fact, whatever situation that these guys are praying right this minute, in the name of Jesus, for the presence of God to begin to go into your situation and for God to minister healing to you.
Psalm 107:20 is very clear, “He sent his word and healed them and delivered them from their destruction.” We pray for anything that’s trying to come against your life to destroy your life. We pray for it to be rebuked in Jesus’ name and for God to minister healing to you in every area of your life, in Jesus’ name.
I want to give you something, including to this precious little grandma. I want to give you a stress book. And, you know, stress can come in lots of forms. It can be physical stress. It can be financial stress. It can be stress in your marriage, stress in your emotions, stress in your mind, stress in your will, stress in some area. It hurts to get hurt. It hurts to be stressed out.
Okay, I’m going to read it off the card because I can’t see it any other way—866-870-6932. Write that number down, 866-870-6932. What is that? That’s a toll-free number for a free book. This is a book I wrote, “Are you pressured, stressed, frustrated? Take charge of the negative situations that come to attack you. Overcome them with the Word of God.” This is my stress book called Overcoming Stress, and I believe in Jesus’ name it will be a blessing to you.
And I want to give it to you. This is my free gift. This is just from Lindsay to you. So if you dial 866-870-6932, there is no string attached. There is no connector to this. You want a book? It’s my gift. I want to give it to you. And I’d love the privilege of sending it to you.
Why are you doing that, Lindsay? Because I need to sow seed. The Bible clearly says that when you sow seed, give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. I believe that men ought to sow seed. I believe that women ought to sow seed. I believe that I need to sow seed.
And as we give, the Bible says it will be given back to us. And I want to give this to you. I only understand that the way to get out of anything that I face, according to my Bible, according to Philippians, according to Luke, according to Malachi, is to begin to sow seed and to begin to believe for a harvest. There’s no way to get a harvest without sowing seed. So please give me the privilege. The number is on your screen. Let me give you this stress book, 866-870-6932. Even the call is free. The call is free, the book is free.
Or you can go on-line, makeyourdaycount.com. Now when you go on makeyourdaycount.com and you look at this book on-line on the catalog, there’s a price tag attached to it. Forget it. This is my Seed-Faith gift to you right now. And I believe it will be a blessing to you.
So we’re going to show you a partner spot right now and let you know what this ministry is all about, and then we’re going to come back and we’re going to pray specifically for needs to be met. Okay? Stay tuned. We’re going to be right back.
CPS: And the first step you can make is to pick up that telephone and call that number because that is saying, I make a decision. I make a decision to pick this telephone up, dial that number, and I am going to get help. I have got to get help. And that’s the first step in realizing you cannot do it by yourself. You’ve got to have help.
LR: You know, we all need help. I needed prayer when I couldn’t pray for myself.
CPS: Right…to that stage.
LR: There are times when you need it. That’s right, when you get so down you don’t know what to do with yourself. You’re so depressed or you’re so hurt. And maybe you’ve turned to a family member and maybe they just didn’t know how to help you. These people are trained in how to help you get help. We are going to help you any way we can. trained to help you get well, in Jesus’ name. (Applause) The band has a song they want to play for you and it’s called “Jehovah Jireh.” Jehovah Jireh means, God our provider. You know, if you need God to provide help for you in drugs, if you need God to help provide a way for you to get away from alcohol, if you need God to provide a way for you to have a better self-image, if you need God to provide finances for you, healing in your body, healing in your emotions, healing in your family or your marriage, God said He is your provider. And God wants to provide for you. God has the resources, if we will call on Him and expect Him–not man, not our husband, not our father, not our sisters or brothers–but expect God to be our provider, God will work a miracle for us. God will be our provider. Right now the band has a song for you called “Jehovah Jireh,” God our provider Let’s give them a welcome. (Applause)
ORU BAND: “Jehovah Jireh” (Applause)