Archive for June, 2011
RR: Well, what happened when you came down here?
MARY ANN: It still pains.
CARLTON: We’ve got a healing here. Come on. Get your healing.
Richard Roberts: She’s getting one. She just doesn’t know it yet.
CARLTON: Get it, get it.
RR: I know. (Response) You’re worth waiting on.
CARLTON: Come on, keep believing.
Lindsay Roberts: I know, I know, I know, I know.
MARY ANN: I used to run three miles every day.
RR: Well, you can start running three miles again then. What happened, Carlton?
CARLTON: This lady had the same pain in both her knees. She has no pain at all now she says, been there for three years. She doesn’t know what caused it.
RR: What did you just feel?
LADY: Praise the Lord. I just took a step by faith, believing God for my healing.
Oral Roberts: What happened to your knees tonight?
LADY: I know the Lord healed it because I believe Him.
RR: How do you know?
LADY: By faith I accept it, because Jesus is a healer. Praise God.
RR: Can you tell a difference?
LADY: Amen. There’s no pain in my legs right now. My knees …
RR: No pain?
LADY: No, I’m bending it, praise the Lord.
RR: There’s sixteen of you getting healed in your stomachs. Where are those sixteen people? Come down here. You felt the fire of God come into your stomach just now, sixteen people. Where are you?
CARLTON: Another knee was healed.
RR: Begin to come down here.
CARLTON: Here’s a three years, Richard, right here.
RR: What was wrong with your knees?
MAN: For about three years, my right knee was bad and my whole leg would be in pain. And my left one also, and it was so I could have a hard time even like standing in the services. And about six months ago in a Benny Hinn crusade, I felt the healing power of God in my legs, but it was little by little.
RR: What did you feel tonight.
MAN: And we’re from Waco, Texas, and we believe the Lord that if I came here to this conference that I’d receive my total healing. When you called that out …
RR: What did you feel just now?
MAN: … the pain left my legs.
RR: It’s gone?
MAN: Gone, yeah.
RR: You’re sure it’s gone.
MAN: It’s gone, Richard.
RR: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Where are those getting healed in your stomach? There’s sixteen of you, sixteen of you. What happened here, Billy Joe?
BJD: Just the way you described on the ankle, she fell on it, pain, problems, and now the problem is all gone.
RR: It’s gone?
LADY: It’s gone! All the pain is gone.
RR: You sure?
LADY: I’m sure.
RR: God bless you. You can be seated. (Singing “Oh, How I Love Him”) Well, give Him praise. (Applause)
Hallelujah! I sang that because I have never witnessed anything like this before in my life. I have never seen anyone do for Oral Roberts University what you’ve done tonight. And from the bottom of my heart, I want to say two words that a lot of people don’t know how to say. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause)
God said to my father, who founded this university, “Build Me a university. Build it on My authority. Build it on the Holy Spirit. Raise up your students to hear My voice, to go where My light is seen dim, My voice is heard small, My power is not known, even to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Their work will exceed yours, and in that I am well pleased.”
As Dr. Myles Munroe knows, that’s branded into us who’ve gone through this place. We cannot get away from it. It’s being done. It’s being built. It’s continuing to be built. And I pledge to you that under my leadership, it shall not go away from its founding purpose. We shall not be cursed. We shall not become another Harvard. We shall not become another Emory, who opened an office for gay and lesbian affairs on their campus. We won’t become another Princeton or Yale where they deny the power of God. Wonderful academic institutions. I thank God for them. We won’t do that.
When Billy Graham dedicated this campus in 1967, he said, “If ORU ever goes away from her founding purpose, may God pronounce a curse on her.” And we’re not cursed. I was there that day. I was a freshman at the University of Kansas, but I came home at my parents’ request. And those words got in my spirit, and the following year I gave my life to Jesus. Hallelujah! I pledge to you, ORU under my leadership shall not go away from its founding purpose. (Applause)
You sail in or you fly in to New York City, you see that magnificent Statue of Liberty. You read those words, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, the wretched refuge of your teeming shore.” You know those words? Well, I have another word for you. Send me your students. I’ll send them back to you better than you sent them to me. (Applause)
And there were other things. And it was partly based on what you couldn’t do, rather than the positive use of your faith. And it was a down feeling. And you got to feeling about God – at least I did – that I better watch my step, because God could just cast me into hell at any time. If that sounds strange to you, it sure was not strange in that day.
And when I discovered III John 2, “Beloved, I wish above all things, that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers,? it was a time when people thought when you got sick, that either God put it on you to teach you a lesson – and I kept wondering how long it would take to learn the lesson before you get a chance to get healed.
And the other was, you were just to tough it out. And the money part, there was a grip on the people that we were associated with. That there was something evil about money. The way they quoted the Scripture in the Bible, “The love of money is the root of all evil,? they said, “Money is the root of all evil.”
And you just couldn’t? you couldn’t get anywhere with your life. And it finally came to me, I’m mixed up with a group of religious people, who are very sincere, but most of their life and their thought life is on the other side. What God’s going to do for us on the other side. There’ll not only be no more debt, but there we’ll have the house we need, the transportation we need, the food we need. All the things of life. We’ll have everything when we get to heaven. But here, it’s a different story. We’re to have our minds on God and not upon our lives on this earth so so much.
And that was a doctrine that was destroying people like Oral Roberts. Because I just knew in common sense that was not the truth. I knew God was better than that. I knew that I had to spend my whole life on this earth before I went to heaven. And if there was nothing for me but to go to church, and to listen to the sermon, and go home, and try to live the best I could, if that’s all there was to it, then what about my talents? What about education?
They were anti-education. My parents went to the third grade. I’m the only college graduate in my whole generation. And I had to leave home at age 15 in order to continue my education into high school. It was an anti-education time. The churches thought – or at least most of them that I knew about – that if the preacher got an education, then he was a compromiser. And they used to call the seminary – if you sent to seminary, you went to “cemetery.”
ER: Well, we didn’t know anything about the Source. We didn’t know anything about planting seed. We didn’t know anything about expecting a miracle. We didn’t know any of those things.
Mr. Gustavus lived next door to us. One day Oral drove our old rattletrap of a car home and the brakes failed, and they wouldn’t stop, and he ran into this man’s car. He’d never met Mr. Gus. He didn’t know about him.
Oral went to the front door, and he said, “Sir, is this your car out here?” He said, “Yes.” He said, “Well, I’ve just run into it. If you’ll go down and have it appraised, I’ll have it fixed – I’ll pay for it.” And he said, “You live next door, don’t you?” He said, “Yes.” He said, “Why did you tell me?” Oral said, “Well because! I know that I did it, and God knows that I did it, and I didn’t want to do it and not tell you I did it.” And he said, “Oh, go on.” And he closed the door.
Oral thought, “That’s the strangest man I ever saw.” So he came home, one of those rare occasions when he was outside in the back yard mowing the lawn – that was a rare occasion. But this is to show you how God works in your life in little ways that, at the time, may seem insignificant. But you know, the little insignificant things that happen in your life become big things. In the future you’ll look back and say, “That little, insignificant thing that happened in my life, that was God trying to get through to me.”
This man, Mr. Gus, came over and leaned across the fence, and he said to Oral, “Young preacher, that old car of yours is not helping the neighborhood out there.”
And Oral said, “Well, Sir, I know that.”
And he said, “Did you know that I’m the Buick dealer here in town?”
And Oral said, “No, Sir, I did not know that.”
RR: Well, are you ready? The man and wife that God has raised up with a message for your deliverance. I present to you my father and mother, Oral and Evelyn Roberts.
OR: Howdy, everybody. Something good is going to happen to you! Would you turn and say that to somebody on either side of you, please? You may be seated. Sure is a lot of people here, Evelyn.
ER: I think this table should be moved around somewhere so I can sit closer to him.
OR: She’s always been wanting to sit closer to me. Darling, I appreciate that. I’ve been married to this woman 65 years. She’s still the sweetest woman I’ve ever known except my mother. But my mother just could not be enough until I got Evelyn.
ER: This is the first time we’ve ever done this together with a crowd. We’ve done it in our home on television. Some of you’ve probably seen Billy Joe’s the one we did for Billy Joe. And I don’t think Richard’s shown the one yet, the interview that he did with us. We’ve done one recently with Benny Hinn – be sure and watch his program. I hope you can get it sometime today; it’s either today or tomorrow it’ll be aired. Maybe in your room you can find his program. But it’ll be funny. You’ll really laugh when you see that one. It was about our marriage.
I am not up here today because I asked to be, or because I wanted to be. But because he told me I had to, or he wouldn’t do it without me. So that’s why I’m here.
OR: Well, probably a few of you’ve heard me tell about the old gold miner. It’s been on my mind. Back in the days in the Rocky Mountains when they discovered gold, the gold miners would come in once a month to little towns to get their supplies. And this one came in on his mule and entered this little town and hitched his mules up in front of the saloon.
About this time a bunch of drunken cowboys came out. And one of them saw him, and he pulled out his gun and said, “Old man, have you ever danced?”
He said, “No.”
“Well,? he said, “you’re going to dance today.” So he began to shoot at his feet; and the old man really danced. But he was counting the bullets. And when he saw the last bullet had been shot, he reached back to his mule, pulled out a double-barrel shotgun, and put the muzzle up under the cowboy’s chin, and said, “Cowboy, have you ever kissed a mule?”
The cowboy said, “No, but I’ve always wanted to.”