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The heart of God

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.

Time with God

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.

The Greatest Scripture

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)

Jesus Is Coming Soon

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.

The Vision

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.

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