Archive for February, 2013
For Such a Time as This…
Abraham seemed like an unlikely choice to father a nation. But when God wanted to bring forth faith, He brought forth Abraham. Abraham was at first unfamiliar with the ways of God…and apparently too old to bring forth anything—especially a child—when God decided His time to birth a nation had arrived. And so God made a change in Abraham’s life that would impact generations to come (Genesis 17).
Esther was a girl living in a remote area where no one seemed to notice her. That would soon change, because she was born for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14), and through her, God would release an anointing to save the nation she so passionately loved.
When God wanted to change the heart of a wicked king, he brought forth Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3). These men were thrown into a fiery furnace for their belief in God, but God brought them out unharmed so that a nation could be freed from the terrorist king of their day.
When God wanted to change the face of healing evangelism, one of the men He called was a man named Oral Roberts. In spite of Satan trying to make a mockery out of God’s plan by afflicting him with tuberculosis at age 17, God’s Word on healing came forth anyway, and the world has been forever changed as a result. Now I believe it’s time for change for Richard Roberts.
I was born under unusual circumstances. When I was due to arrive in this world, my father, international healing evangelist Oral Roberts, was conducting a healing crusade in Dallas. God had blessed that crusade mightily and so many people were getting saved and healed that the sponsoring pastors prevailed upon my dad to extend the meetings.
My dad’s heart was touched with the needs of the people, and he called my mother and asked her to agree with him that my birth would be delayed until his crusade was finished. Imagine the faith of my mother who agreed with my father! My parents set my new due date as November 12, the day for my dad to return from his crusades. As God would have it, late on November 12, 1948, I was born.
As a child, I had the privilege of being at my dad’s crusades when he took his tent cathedral around the world. By age 19, I had joined his ministry full time. And for many years, I’ve had the opportunity of going around the world to places such as Russia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Haiti, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, the Ivory Coast, Niger, and El Salvador…and many others…preaching the Gospel in my own healing rallies. But now God is saying to me, “Change, change, change.”
God is calling me to become even more intense with this ministry in light of all that’s happening in the world today. I believe with everything in me that you are on God’s heart today more than ever and we must partner together as the body of Christ. When we do, I believe miracles, signs, and wonders will follow, and together we can take the message of hope and healing to a crying, dying world.
Just as Abraham carried an anointing, there was also a specific time for it to be increased and released. Esther carried an anointing, but it was only at a certain level until the time came for her to be released into her kingdom anointing and kingdom authority. Oral Roberts was called by God from birth, yet the time that the anointing was released came years later.
Each particular part of our anointing has a specific timetable—our “for such a time as this” moment. It is the season of change for the old anointing; the old mantle, to come off, making room for the new anointing to come forth. Well, just as God has spoken to me over and over that change was coming forth, now I believe that change is here.
You know, we’ve gotta learn how to ask the right questions don’t we? The disciples asked the wrong question, but Jesus had the right answer. And God is going to receive all the honor and all the glory. And Father, I just give you praise. I worship you in Jesus’ might Name. Now, our singers are coming to sing, and as they do, if you’ve been touched by the power of God, I want to know about it. I want you to call the Abundant Life Prayer Group at 918-495-7777. If you get a busy signal, hang on the line, you’ll get Lindsey and me reading the healing scriptures. Who knows, you may get healed as you’re on hold, or just hang on until a prayer partner comes on the line. Lots of people will be calling. Or email, oralroberts.com, or just write me, Richard Roberts, Tulsa, OK, share your testimony; when you do, be sure and get a copy of my book He’s a Healing Jesus. He’s the healer. If you’d like one of the blue prayer cloths…we’ve sent out I guess, about fifty-thousand of these now. Let me know that you want it. It’ll send it to you. Call or email or write, share your healing testimony. If you feel like you need further prayer, let me know. I’ll take your prayer requests; I’ll hold them in my arms. They’ll bring them to me from the prayer group; I’ll hold them in my arms; I’ll pray. I promise you I’ll pray, and I’ll write you back, and I’ll bring you a good word.
Someone who’s been having TMJ, and you’ve been having this terrible pain in the sides of your face, and when you eat it’s just misery, God’s healing you right now. And there’s another person, another word about an esophagus backup, you’re being healed right now in the Name of Jesus! Oh thank God, somebody give praise to the Lord! Hallelujah! Praise you Father! We worship you and give you honor.
And the Lord gave me a word of knowledge that there was someone who was crippled in the crowd. I didn’t know that a young man of about twenty, by the name of Abdul, was there. I didn’t know that he couldn’t walk. I didn’t know that he crawled along the ground, pulling himself along. I didn’t know that his parents carried him to the post office each day to beg for money. I didn’t know that he’d never taken a step in his life, and I certainly didn’t know that everyone in town knew him, and he was known as the beggar of Jos. All I knew was, God gave me a word of knowledge, “someone crippled in their legs is being healed right now, rise up and come forward.”
Well, I gave that word, as I often do, and I may do something like that on this program in a moment. And when I gave it, I began to give other words, as God gave me utterance. Pretty soon I saw the crowd begin to part, and they began to cheer, and a young man was walking. He looked normal to me. Pretty soon he made his way to the platform, and came up, and began to run and jump.
Then, “Making room for the miraculous.” How do you make room for a miracle in your life? I’ll share that with you. And also, “How the Holy Spirit’s role is enacted,” and “How you pray in the Spirit,” how you pray in the Spirit and interpret back to you mind, as Paul taught the Corinthians. “Pulling down the miracle that you need from heaven,” and “What are the obstacles to healing, and how you overcome them.” I share all that in this book. And “How to look to the Lord of the harvest for your miracle.” There’s a powerful prayer of confession. There are healing scriptures. I hope you’ll get this book, He’s a Healing Jesus. Also, the different healing points of contact that we use, like this prayer cloth; you saw that spot about it a moment ago. This prayer cloth is your point of contact against cancer and incurable diseases. I’ve written Acts 19:11 on it. It’s yours; all you need to do is make contact with us.
If you have your Bible, turn over to John 9, and while you’re turning, let me just remind you folks in the West Palm Beach, FL area that on Saturday morning, March 24th, I’m gonna have a powerful partners meeting in West Palm Beach. That’s Saturday morning, March 24th. I’ve had more requests lately to lay hands on people. I’ll share a story about that in a minute, but it’s gonna be a personal time; a very up close and personal time. I want to wrap my arms around you, and pray, and believe God for a miracle in your life. So, if you’re in the West Palm Beach area, mark that down, there’s the information on the screen; March 24th, that’s a Saturday morning. I can hardly wait to get there on the 24th of March.