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Faith comes by hearing

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There are times in our lives that we simply have to hope against hope. We can focus our attention on the situation, or we can make a decision to believe that the promises God gave to us are true. Abraham refused to give in to unbelief and he stood strong in his faith. The Bible says that it was counted unto him for righteousness. In other words, God was pleased with Abraham’s faith—with his right believing!

The Bible tells us in Romans 12:3 that God has given every man the measure of faith. You and I have the same ability to believe God that Abraham had! But we have to exercise that faith like a muscle—we have to develop it.

The Word of God gives us the way to strengthen our believing. It says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). If we want God’s answers, then I believe we have to tap into God’s system! If we want to develop the kind of faith that has the power to hope against hope like Abraham, then I believe we have to get into the Word of God.

Remember, according to the Bible, God’s ways are always better than our ways. And when we diligently apply our energy to the study of God’s Word, we can strengthen ourselves to trust God for answers to our prayers. As we do this, I believe we can be better prepared to handle any situation that life throws at us with victory and with peace. I pray you are inspired to get into the Word of God today and flex your faith muscles to receive all the blessings that God has planned for you!

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The Bible speaks

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Nigeria is one of the forty nations God spoke to me about more than twenty years ago, and He spoke to me directly about Port Harcourt.  I’m grateful for your support for the entire ministry, but today, if you were to say, “Richard Roberts, what’s on your heart this morning?” this crusade is on my heart.  And this is what I’m going to ask you to sow into today.

I was praying.  I got up early this morning.  I was in my hotel room, and I was praying, and I was asking God what He would have me do; because you folks here in Canada have been so faithful and so true to this ministry.  I cannot thank you enough.  And I know how you feel because you’ve demonstrated it every month, and I thank God for that.  I need your help.  You can see the vision God has given me for 2012, and the vision is to expand.  The Bible speaks of lengthening your cords, stretching out your stakes, enlarging your tent.  That means putting on a bigger coat.

I can remember, I was a boy, and my dad preached a sermon one time called, “Put on a Bigger Coat.”  And he was enlarging the ministry like I’m trying to do today.  And he had a man who was a lot smaller than him come up on the platform.  My dad was about 6’2”, and he took off his coat, and he put this man’s coat on.

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Daily walk with the Lord

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We are also sponsoring the building of a Christian school in Niger.  By the way, Niger is ninety-eight percent Muslim.  And we’re establishing this school to reach children there who would otherwise have no chance at an education.  Most of these children come from Muslim families.  And all that outreach is costing about $1.2 million per year.

The little orange square is our television/media outreach.  Through television we reach millions of households, five days a week, Monday through Friday, with the good news of the saving, healing, delivering power of Jesus Christ.  Our internet resources, which are growing, help us to strengthen Christians around the world in their daily walk with the Lord.  That’s about $4.2 million.  Someone asked me last night, “How much does it cost to be on television?”  It costs a lot!  Those stations don’t put you on for free.  You have to pay.

Then the little green square is the new School of the Spirit, which we began a little more than a year ago.  In these live and on-line classes Lindsay and I personally teach how God’s power can flow through a believer’s life, so that the gifts of the Spirit can flourish in the body of Christ.  Classes are available live and on-demand via the internet.  Classes are in Tulsa, and also on the internet.  International classes have now been launched in Central America.  I was just recently in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where we launched the School of the Spirit in Central America.  And we are planning to expand as you’ll see in a few minutes time.  This past year it’s cost me about $101,000 to launch that school.

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The presence of God

Richard Roberts:  How I thank God for what happened up in Edmonton, Alberta.  You know, that part of Canada is so beautiful.  It was cool; wasn’t hot like it’s been here in Tulsa.  It was in, I guess maybe in the fifties at night, sixty-five or seventy degrees during the day.  Wow, wow, wow!  But more than anything else, the presence of God that I felt flowing down my arm.  You know, I’ve never felt anything like that before.  My father said that’s what happened when he prayed for the sick.  I’ve always felt it in my chest, through the operation of the word of knowledge, but now there’s been a new manifestation of laying hands.  And I guess I laid hands on everyone there.  It took me a long time.  I didn’t have time to show you all.  I laid hands on so many; everybody in the building.  The downstairs was filled.  The upstairs was filled.  People were lining the walls, and I laid hands on every one of them.  And I felt this presence flowing down my arm.

That’s what I am expecting on July the 9th.  I’m expecting that on the 9th of July.  Now that’s our next healing service here in the building.  As Lindsay was talking earlier, we’ve opened up some new spaces.  Lindsay’s been going around, finding a way to handle more people.  So we can handle more people this next time.  July 9th, Friday night, seven o’clock.  You need to make your reservation.  Go online, Oralroberts.com/RSVP.  It’s very important for you to do that.  Now, it’s also going to be live on the internet, and people, we had a lot of people watching all over the world.

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