In the Bible, very clearly, what did God place in Moses’ hand? He placed a rod. But if the people around him had made fun of him, the Red Sea never would have parted.
Look at David and the slingshot. And, you know, David’s father didn’t believe in him, obviously. But David believed in himself, and he had to have somebody believe in him. And when he had the nerve to walk up there with his five smooth stones and the slingshot that God had placed in his hands and the substance that he was made of, he brought an entire nation down and another nation to rise, because he used the substance in his hands.
We have to be very careful who we attach our substance to. Oral Roberts was healed in a tent meeting when George Moncey laid his hands on him and said—17 years old—“You foul tormenting disease, in the name of Jesus, I adjure you by Christ Jesus, you come out of this boy. You loose him and let him go free.”
And you know what? He was freed that night. But the next day he didn’t have his strength. And he laid on the bed, and he was discouraged. But Mama Roberts wouldn’t let him die. She saw him laying on the bed, and she said, “Are you sick?”
And he said, “I want to put my pajamas back on. I want to crawl back in bed.” Now he was healed, but he hadn’t gotten his strength back.
And Mama Roberts said, “No, you can lay on top of the bed, but you can’t take the covers down and you can’t put your pajamas on.” She said, “You will never crawl back in that bed of affliction.”
And if somebody hadn’t stopped him right then, no telling where Oral Roberts University would be to this day. Be careful who you connect yourself with.
When I was a little girl, my dad died of cancer when I was 12 years old. And all of the sudden, everything that we believed in fell apart.
But I watched my mom sit there and watch a man named Oral Roberts on television. And every time he’d stretch his hand out, there was my mama stretching her hand out. And every time he needed a Seed-Faith offering, my mama was planting seed.
And I looked at her one day, and because my family happened to have been a very wealthy family, and then all of the sudden when your dad dies and everything is all tied up and everything’s all screwed up and you don’t know what’s up and what’s not up, and we saw everything start to unravel.