Sep
18
2009
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God’s Rescue Plan

God's Rescue Plan

 

When Moses and Aaron asked Pharaoh for permission to take the people of Israel into the wilderness to worship God, Pharaoh gave an unexpected response. I believe this conversation between Moses and Pharaoh reveals an important truth we need to know if we’re going to bring our entire families into the kingdom of God.
So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. “All right,” he told them, “go and worship the Lord your God. But who exactly will be going with you?”

 

Moses replied, “We will ALL go—YOUNG AND OLD, OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS, AND OUR FLOCKS AND HERDS. We must ALL join together in celebrating a festival to the Lord.” Pharaoh retorted…“Never! Only the men may go and wor­ship the Lord….” And Pharaoh threw them out of the palace (Exodus 10:8–11 nlt).
From these verses of Scripture, we can see that Pha­raoh tried to limit who could and couldn’t go to wor­ship God. He didn’t want Moses and Aaron to take their families with them.

 

Here’s the key I want you to pay close attention to: Pharaoh’s words reflect the strategy of our enemy, the devil. You
see, the devil doesn’t want your family to be free. He wants to hinder as many people as possible from wor­shipping God. So if he can’t keep you from serving the Lord, then I believe the next step he’ll try is to attack your family. He’ll try to make them his prisoners, just as Pharaoh tried to do with Israel’s families.

 

But thank God, Moses didn’t surrender. Instead, he kept responding to Pharaoh with a rescue plan that came straight from the heart of God. And as a result, ALL the Israelites—young and old, sons and daughters— were free to leave Egypt and worship God.
Just like Moses, you and I don’t have to cooperate with the devil’s schemes against our families. God’s Word has given us the authority to bring His light into any darkness that tries to imprison our families and keep them from God.

 

FAMILY PROBLEMS ARE NOTHING NEW

 

Attacking families is an age-old strategy the devil has used against God’s people. The Bible tells countless stories of family struggles. Look at the strife that arose between Cain and Abel, Joseph and his brothers, and David and his son Absalom. But the Bible teaches us that God has a way to free our relatives from darkness. And we can get a good look at His family rescue plan in action by looking at the life of Abraham. God spoke to Abraham and his wife, Sarah, when they lived in Ur of the Chaldeans…a place located around modern-day Iraq. He told them, in effect, “Get up,leave your country, and start traveling. I’ll show you where I want you to settle down when you get there.” (See Genesis 12:1.) Talk about walking by faith! Abraham and Sarah didn’t even know where they were to go. But in obe­dience to God, they gathered their belongings and traveled until the Lord told them where to settle—in what we know today as Israel, the Holy Land.

 

It wasn’t long before their household began to in­crease. But as their family multiplied, their family problems multiplied too. Eventually, an argument arose over the land where Abraham and his nephew Lot were feeding their herds. There wasn’t enough room for all the cattle. Abraham wanted to resolve the dispute peacefully, so he told Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! The whole countryside is open to you… You pick the area you want, and I’ll take whatever is left” (Genesis 13:8–9 nlt).

 

Lot chose the fertile plains near Sodom and Gomor­rah, while Abraham occupied the hillside. For a while, things went smoothly…until the day that Abraham got bad news. Four kings had attacked Sodom and Gomorrah, and they had kidnapped Lot and his fam­ily! (See Genesis 14:1–14.) Just like Moses, Abraham refused to leave his family in the enemy’s hands. Instead, he armed his servants with swords and went to rescue Lot and his relatives from those four kings.

 

You and I can be just as determined as Abraham and Moses to see our families set free…and we can use the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, to do it!

 

RECOGNIZE THE ENEMY’S HANDIWORK

 

God showed me that the kings who kidnapped Lot give us insight today into the enemy’s tactics as he tries to rob our families. But thank God, we can know the truth, recognize how the enemy often works, and use God’s Word to help set our relatives free.

 

The first king was from Elam. His name means “binding up.” It suggests the idea of someone who is tied up or stuck in place. The devil sometimes comes against our loved ones by tying them up spiritually and keeping them stuck in addictions and bad habits, or some other kind of rut. Or they may get uncontrol­lably angry with “pent up” or “bound up” frustra­tions, especially when someone tries to talk to them about the Lord or spiritual things. The name of the second king, Tidal king of nations, means “to make afraid, shrink back, and crawl away.” To me, this represents the spirit of fear. It terrorizes people, and it can keep them away from God. Or it can show itself in a relative who is discouraged and in fear, always shrinking back from what’s right or even shrinking back from a relationship with God.

 

The third king was from Shinar, and his name literally means “sayer of darkness.” He represents the enemy’s plan to keep your family in the dark concerning the things of God, so that they can’t see the truth in God’s Word that can set them free. People struggling with this darkness may lack joy and hope in their lives. The fourth tactic of the enemy is represented by the king of Ellasar, whose name means “lion-like.” The Bible says that the devil goes about roaring like a lion (1 Peter 5:8). He tries to overwhelm or paralyze his prey—your relatives—by deafening them so that they can’t hear God’s voice. You may feel like you can’t get through to these family members because they’re so confused or distracted.

 

SPIRITUAL BATTLES NEED SPIRITUAL WEAPONS

 

What I’ve just described may seem very familiar to you. In fact, it may seem as though your family has struggled for years with some of the problems I’ve described.

 

But it doesn’t have to stay that way! God can step in and begin to deliver your relatives, restore broken re­lationships, and shine His light into any darkness your family is struggling against. It’s important for us to remember that our fight is not with people, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places, according to Ephesians 6:12. Our fight is against Satan and his de­mons, not against our loved ones. And here’s the good news: I believe that according to the Bible, there is no lying spirit, no addiction, no sick­ness, no lack, no bad habit, or anything else you may be facing that has not been defeated by Jesus through His death and resurrection (Colossians 2:15). And He is more than willing to bring His miracle-working power into your family.

 

PRACTICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO

 

I believe that if we want the devil to flee from our families, we must resist him with our faith and obedi­ence to God’s Word. (See James 4:7.) Give no place for any spirit other than the Holy Spirit to operate in and through your life. Guard your words and behav­iors. Remember that the Biblical way you act toward your loved ones may speak louder than any words you could ever say to them. Refuse to allow yourself to be pulled into unforgive­ness, just as Abraham didn’t let himself fight with his nephew over where they would live.

 

Even when your relatives speak negatively and act as if things are hopeless, you don’t have to join them. You can speak in agreement with God’s Word. When fear tries to step in, you can take authority over it with Romans 8:15 and 2 Timothy 1:7: For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

 

When anger rises up in you, remember Elam, and the authority we have over that spirit. You can choose not to let it get out of control. And whatever you do, don’t allow yourself to give up hope. Keep holding on to God and remember that He is work­ing in your behalf. Take time to worship Him, no matter what your situation looks like. Trust Him to see you through it all. I want to assure you of this: The Bible clearly says that God loves you, and He loves your family! He wants your entire family to be set free from darkness and brought into the freedom that He has for all of us in His kingdom of light.

 

LET’S FIGHT IN FAITH FOR YOUR FAMILY

 

I want to stand in agreement with you for the changes that your family members need. The time to take a stand is NOW! Let’s stand together in faith for the deliverance of our loved ones. I want to pray for you right now: Father, I join my faith with my Partner’s faith right now, and I break any evil influences off of their life and the lives of their loved ones. Through the authority of Jesus’ name, I break any spirits that are binding up or paralyzing those we love in an attempt to keep them from Your mercy and good­ness, or any spirits that are bringing fear and intimidation or causing loved ones to feel as if they’re all alone in their struggles. I command any addiction or compulsion to be gone that would try and hold on to family members, including any spirits of pornography, abuse, violence, suicide, life-crippling depression or loneliness, or thoughts of doing harm either to oneself or someone else.

 

By my faith, I pray for a new freedom and a new spirit of openness to the things of God in these loved ones. I pray for anyone who does not know You to open their heart to receive You as their personal Lord and Savior. I pray they have a hunger to know Your Word. And I pray for Your peace and harmony to grow among these family members, to glorify You. In Jesus’ mighty name, I pray and believe. Amen.

 
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Sep
11
2009
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God is Faithful – He’s Blessed Us Abundantly!

God is Faithful - He's Blessed Us Abundantly!

 

I had gone to the doctor to see what might be wrong with me because my arms and legs had been hurting very badly, and a bone density test showed that I had osteoporosis a progressive disease where your bones become weak and brittle and can easily be broken. In fact, as the disease continued and got worse over the next seven years, I had to be very careful in what I did because I could so easily break a bone.

 

I went in regularly every few months for bone den­sity testing. Sometimes my pain medication would be changed or adjusted. But it continued to grow worse. It was very scary when I learned not long ago that the osteoporosis had spread to my spine. I really had to rest and take it very easy, and I could no longer do the things I had enjoyed doing at one time. I was in so much pain I had a hard time doing even simple things, like walking or lifting some­thing small.

 

One night I was watching The Hour of Healing on TV when Richard began praying for people with osteopo­rosis. He reached his hands out toward the camera as he prayed, and asked us to put our hands on the television screen as a point of contact to release our faith. I did just what he said, acting in faith. I began feeling warmth and heat in my body, and I knew God was healing me. That evening, the constant pain I’d had for almost sev­en years just went away, and I haven’t felt it since!

 

The last medical report I’d had before that night was the one where I learned the osteoporosis had spread to my spine, so I wanted another bone density test as soon as possible. The results of the tests showed what I knew it would—that everything was normal, and I no longer had osteoporosis! Now I can do the things I enjoy again, like walking and jogging. And the best thing is that I don’t have the constant pain I used to have anymore!

 

I have been a Partner with the Oral Roberts Ministries for some time. My son, Adrian, is Richard Roberts’ Associate Evangelist. The Lord is so good and has blessed us so much that we want to be a blessing to others. Part of Adrian’s time is spent traveling for Hun­ger Needs A Voice® with Richard and Jordan Roberts to foreign countries where they hold healing rallies and give out food and medical supplies to hurting families.

 

We have planted seeds in every country where they’ve gone recently or are planning to go, such as El Salva­dor, Nicaragua, Niger, Kenya, and other countries. If you feel God moving you to give, as we have, I en­courage you to sow your seed too. God is faithful. He can bless us abundantly every time we obey him.

 

No matter what you’re struggling with—even if it’s a disease that the doctors say is incurable, like mine was—don’t ever give up. I can tell you from firsthand experience that prayer works. I was healed!

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Sep
04
2009
0

Flooded With the Power of Healing Prayer! by Richard Roberts

Flooded With the Power of Healing Prayer

 

It all adds up to one fulfilling time of ministry in Eng­land and Scotland, where Richard Roberts recently traveled to share the Good News of the healing Jesus with people in London, Birmingham, and Glasgow.

 

Richard taught about healing during two television appearances—one on the Genesis Television Network and the other on the international television program of Nigerian pastor and evangelist Sam Ayorinde. Calls flooded in from all over the United Kingdom, as people sought God’s power through the prayer of agreement. Richard also prayed a special prayer over anointing oil that will make its way to viewers all across the globe.

 

Throughout this special ministry time in London, Birmingham, and Glasgow, Richard preached on God’s healing methods at several churches. (A special thanks to hosting pastors Carlton Morgan, Francis Sarpong, Sam Ayorinde, Andrew Andeleke, Andrew Owen, and everyone else who helped coordinate these meetings.) These churches were packed with hungry people who received God’s Word with gladness.

 

By the end of the week, several hundred people re­ceived salvation and testified of being healed. God is reaching people all over the world through Oral Rob­erts Ministries. Thank you, Partners, for joining with us to make a difference!

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