Archive for March, 2011
But you know what God is showing me what’s happening? We’re beginning—I didn’t put eggs in here just so you and I could party up here, Billye.
Now I want you to do something for me with just this piece right there.
BILLYE: Oh, boy!
LR: Oh, holy cow, we’re all cookie dough.
LR: Isn’t that wonderful? You see, when you begin to stir it up, all the gifts are in place. But there’s a little piece over here, and then God gives you a little piece in a vision over here. And He gives you a little bit of anointing in this area. And then He tells you, Billy Joe, go build a school, and then out of the school do this in the church. And all of it looks ridiculous, until you begin to stir it up. And you stir it up and you stir it up.
And, you know, the one thing about stirring it up is, it takes an enormous amount of work. It takes effort. It takes work. It takes effort. It takes work. But, boy, you start stirring it—you want another one? I do. And when you start stirring it up, suddenly you don’t notice the salt by itself, and you don’t notice the flour by itself—except that on your face—and you don’t notice the baking soda by itself.
Suddenly it all starts coming together, because it all went into the right container. Sometimes we separate our gifts, and sometimes we separate our anointing. And God is saying, “Would you in the body of Christ stop it and get into one container, in one accord, and start stirring up the gifts together.” And when you do, we’re going to see the Lord of the harvest.
Thank you, my dear. Do you want to take the bowl? We’ll save it. We’ll have a party after-wards.
Now here’s what I want to do. I want to think about what Oral said about the Lord of the harv-est. Now I know you’re tired, I’m tired. It’s late. I’m hot. I really want a Starbucks, and I really want that chocolate chip cookie dough.
But just before we get there, I would like you to take your corporate and individual gifts and begin to stir them up in this room, because there’s people in here that need a harvest. There’s people in here that if they don’t get an answer by morning—when I went to Margaret Idahosa, I had one thing and one thing on my mind and that was stay in Nigeria and dying there.
“Immediately he excused himself, and he went back to his car and called his supervisor. He told the supervisor, ‘I know we are supposed to enforce the law, but I also know that important people are given certain courtesies. And I need to know what I should do because I’ve stopped a very important person.’
“So the supervisor asked, ‘Well, is it the governor?’
“‘No. He’s more important than that.’
“He said, ‘Is he the President?’
“He said, ‘No, no, no. He’s more important than that.’
“The supervisor finally said, ‘Well, who is he?’
“And the young trooper said, ‘I think it’s Jesus because he’s got Billy Graham as a chauffeur.’”
Be careful who you hang with. You are known by the company that you keep.
Now I want to introduce you to a friend of mine whose name is Larry the cucumber. How many of you know Larry the cucumber? Well, this was all Billy Joe’s fault because Billy Joe invited Richard Roberts to preach. Now, Richard, honey, I think you may know where this story is going. So you’ve got one of two choices. Either you can tell it, or I can. I guess that means I can.
Well, there is a story that Larry the cucumber tells. You guys up in the audio booth, could you possibly play what Larry the—now I want you to know that Larry the cucumber really sings this, and he sings—if we could hit it, maestro. (Singing “Oh, where is my hairbrush?”)
Now that may not mean a whole lot to you, unless your name is Richard Roberts. So here’s my husband Richard getting ready to preach for Billy Joe Daugherty, and the anointing had not yet arrived.
So Richard is standing in the bathroom, screaming at the top of his lungs. And you’ve got to know he’s left-handed, so he’s very emotional before he preaches. And he’s also very theatrical before he preaches.
And he was doing this, “Lindsay!” So I came running up, thinking someone had died. And he’s doing this in my face.
And, Billy, you have to see him. You’ve got to get a visual of Mr. Richard Roberts in his bath-robe. And, first, I have to tell this. I have to qualify it. He did not do this to himself, but being such a good dad that he is, my daughters wanted to try out that product on television called Nad. It’s a hair removal thing.
CHARLES GREEN: Oh, my, my, my, my. If I were about seven feet tall, I would have more to comment on that.
How many of you have read, I think it might be the last book that he’s written, I don’t know, but it’s among the last, the book by Oral Roberts, the subject of Giving and Receipting? If you’ve read that book, raise your hand, raise your hand.
All right, I want to tell you a little bit about that book. About two and a half years ago, I guess it was, Barbara and I were out in California. And Oral had had a procedure at the hospital, and then he had come home, and we were there at the house.
And we talked for a while, and I said, “Well, we’d better be going, Oral. You’re going to be tired.”
And Evelyn said to us, she said, “Oral is writing again.”
And I said to him, “You really are?”
He said, “Yeah.”
I said, “What are you writing about?”
He said, “Would you like to hear the first chapter?”
And I said, “Absolutely I would.”
So Evelyn goes and gets the first chapter of Giving and Receipting, and she sits there and reads the chapter for Barbara and me.
Now I want to ask you something. How much better can it get than that, you know? The guy that wrote it is there, and here’s the great woman of God reading it to us.
But there’s a story in there that’s worth so much money that I want to get that book to you. I just asked Richard, “Do we have any of these books?”
He said, “They’re not here tonight, but they’re in the warehouse.”
I said, “Do you have plenty of them?”
He said, “Yes.”
And what I’m going to ask you to do, I’m going to ask you to give ORU a very special offering tonight. I’m going to tell you the amount in just a moment. And if it’s cash, put your name to the money, okay? If it’s a check, down below, put Giving and Receipting. They’re going to send you that book.
And I’m going to guarantee you that if you will read that book and get the one dramatic story that a banker president, a bank president in Tulsa, Oklahoma told Oral Roberts, if you will just read that one story and let it begin to work in you, that story and just the beginning of that book will be worth thousands and thousands of dollars to you.
John was very certain about Messiah while he was baptizing at Jordan. But when he was in prison, he wasn’t quite that certain anymore. He sent his disciples to Jesus, and they said, “John wants to know something. Are you the one that should come, or do we look for another?”
I want to ask you a question, are you willing to walk out of here tonight and tomorrow with some kind of gospel that has no power in it, or do you want the real thing? You want the real thing?
All right, let’s listen to what Jesus said. He said, “You go tell John, tell him that the blind see. Tell him that the lame walk. Tell him that the lepers are cleansed. Tell him that the deaf hear, and tell him that the dead are raised, and the gospel is being preached to the poor.”
Don’t try to classify the poor. Every human being on the face of the earth is poor until the day they hear and believe the gospel. (Applause)
But right now in your mouth, if you will believe it, is the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let me ask you a question, name the five things that the gospel of Jesus Christ will do if you declare it. Jesus did these things. He said what? “The blind will see.” He said, “The lame will walk.” He said, “The lepers will be cleansed.” He said, “The deaf will hear, and the dead will be raised.” That is the description of the gospel of Jesus Christ that Paul said, “I believe.”
Tonight I want you to raise only your right hand. I was going to be a lawyer before I became a preacher. I want to ask you a question. Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what I’m going to say? Do you promise to do that? Amen?
I want you to repeat after me. I believe in the power of the gospel. I believe the gospel is in my mouth. I believe the gospel is in my life. When I leave the Mabee Center tonight, when I leave this conference tomorrow, I’m taking with me the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Then if you jump to Hebrews 1:3, it says, “Christ is the very image of God’s substance.”
You know, when you think about the word substance, you think about something that is tangible and is touchable. But unfortunately, according to Hebrews, it’s something that’s tangible and touchable, but you can’t see it.
So when it’s something that you can’t see but it’s touchable, what in the wide world is it?
Well, here is a dictionary, as well as the scriptural, definitions of the word substance. Divine essence of God, giving tangible divine substance too. Faith is—now we took all the different words for substance of this translation, and this is what it actually translates: Faith is the tangi-ble, divine confidence and assurance and the essence of God himself for the thing that you have hoped for, even though you do not yet have evidence of seeing it. What does that mean? It means that there is a tangible, touchable essence that is not you.
The one thing that Oral kept trying to tell me about the word substance is that you’ve got to go from the natural and see where it originally came from, and that’s the spiritual, the supernatur-al.
Anything that you see on this earth, God first spoke it into existence. He said that He made every good and perfect gift, that it came from God. He said He put all the gold and silver into the earth, and He told us to subdue it, or take control of it.
He said that He looked at this earth, and when He wanted to create it, He simply spoke it into existence. You know, we have that little song that says, “Let there be light.” No, that’s not what it says. God spoke, “Light be,” and light was.
There is something within the essence and power of God that when He speaks it out of His su-pernatural, it comes to pass in the flesh. He even told us that that’s how we are to live and that’s how we are to exist, that we call things that be not as though it already was.