Jun
19
2013
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How God Uses His Faith

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Mark 11:22 says, Have faith in God, or another translation says, Have faith like God has faith.  How does God have faith?  How does He use His faith?  Romans 4:17 says that He calls those things which be not as though they were.”

God made the world out of absolutely nothing—before that, there wasn’t a man, or Eden, or even an earth.  And God called all those things that were not as though they were.  It all existed in His faith.  It was just as real to Him as if it was already here.

I try to comprehend these things so I can bring them down to where I’m living.  There are things I must have in order to obey God, but I can only get them by faith—or by calling them as though they are.  That’s what God does.

I am a product of that.  Before I ever was, God called my spirit into being.  Three months before I was born, my mother made a vow to Him.  While she was going to pray for a little child with pneumonia who was not expected to live through the night, she told God, “If You’ll heal this little boy tonight, then when my baby son is born, I’ll give him to You.  I want him to be a preacher for You.”

I was born a stutterer, but she always said, “Some day you will preach the Gospel.” I said, “Mama, I can’t even talk.”  But she saw it and called by her faith that which was not.

What is it in your life today that is “not?”  It’s in your dreams and in your heart, but it doesn’t exist.  There’s no other way to bring it into existence except to call it by faith, using your faith like God uses His.  Oral Roberts.

Jun
14
2013
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Dealing With Fear

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Every one of us has had an occasion to be afraid of something for some reason.  But if you look at circumstances, you’re sunk, because circumstances can get you into a spirit of fear.  You can be afraid of riding in a car or airplane, or of slipping and falling in a bathtub.  If you’ve known someone who fell down a flight of stairs and died, you can be fearful of ever going down stairs again.  If you’ve lost a child, like my husband Richard and I have, you can fear losing another child.  Whenever you have had a frightening experience, the spirit of fear can come in through that weakness and attach itself to you.

If we focus on the incident, which may be horrific, we have good reason circumstantially to live in fear.  But if we look at the whole scope of the Bible, we see that God has not given us the spirit of fear that causes us to be afraid of circumstances!  Second Timothy 1:7 says, God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  That Scripture tells us that there is a spirit of fear, but it’s not from God!

Look what God has given us.  He has given us three counterbalancing measures to the spirit of fear:  the spirit of power, the spirit of love, and the spirit of a sound mind.  Power to take authority over the spirit of fear.  Love—the perfect love of God—which is totally complete and which casts out all fear (I John 4:18).  And last, a sound mind.

Have you ever tried to make a logical decision when you felt as though you were going crazy from fear?  Those kinds of decisions are of no value.  God has given you a sound mind to help you operate rationally, logically, and practically in times of trouble.  He has given you everything you need to have victory over fear!

Jun
05
2013
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Obedient to the word of God

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So I pray for you, not only as the Abundant Life Prayer Group will pray, but remember what Richard said earlier.  Once they get those phone calls, they bring all that to Richard.  Richard loves to pray.  I love to pray.  And I believe in the power of prayer.  So I pray for you right now, according to the word and the will of God.  I pray for God to touch you in every area of your life.  If you’re a seed sower, remind the Lord, and remind the devil.  Devil, I’m a tither.  Devil, I’m a seed sower.  And God promised that as I’m a tither, he would open me the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing where there’s not room enough to receive it.

Not only does the bible say remind God of his promises, remind the devil.  Tell the devil, take your hands off me, I’m God’s property.  I pray for you to be healed as the bible says.  And I pray for every area of your life, spirit, soul, body, your finances, your family, on the job.  Whatever it is that you need healing.  God said, when you bring in tithe and offering, he would rebuke the devourer for your sake.

RR:       That’s right.

LR:       I pray that as you’re obedient to the word of God, satan is rebuked in your life, in Jesus name.

RR:       Lindsay, I pray over Dorothy in Ridgeway, Illinois.  She’s called in a prayer request concerning her eyes and other needs.  Dorothy, we send the word to you for healing right now, in Jesus name.  Dorothy, there’s not distance in prayer.

Shalima in Yonkers, New York, I’m praying over your daughter, a special prayer request, Lindsay.  I’m praying over her right now, and I send the word to you in Yonkers for your daughter to be healed.  And Diane up in the Bronx in New York City, calling for an employment situation.  Diane, I set my faith with you right now in Jesus name for healing.  Others of you, you’d like us to pray over you, call that number, 9-1-8-4-9-5-7-7-7-7.  Ann has called all the way from Merseyside in England, the United Kingdom.  Has a need of healing.  Ann, there’s no distance in prayer.  Our program is seen in the United Kingdom.  In Jesus name, I send the word across the ocean, and I pray for God’s healing touch on your life in the authority of Jesus name.

May
27
2013
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His Creation

CT: You know, the best thing that I can think of, Richard, is when one just literally let himself or herself bathe in the knowledge of God’s love, to really get to understand who God really is. And now who we want Him to be, but who He really is.  And let Him really come into our lives.  We began to see the beauty of His creation.  We began to understand that He has placed a bit of himself in every living, breathing creature.  And when we embrace brothers and sisters who may not look like us, what we are really doing, we are embracing the best of what God has made.  And that’s the unity that David was talking about.  It’s just like a precious ointment.  And satan has no desire for us experience that precious ointment.  But I think we have the opportunity to do so.

RR: He doesn’t want us to get along, Lindsay.  He wants us to be in disharmony.  He wants us to be in strife.  He wants us to hate one another.

LR: Well, again, remember what I said last night when Jesus said, “My peace I leave you, my peace I give you”?  That word peace translates oneness and wholeness.  He left us whole, He left us His oneness, His wholeness.  But many times we don’t even know it’s there. And I know coming from Oral Roberts University, you know, we all look back on our lives and say, “How did we get here from where we were?”  And you came in banking, you worked at University Village.

RR: Out of the military.

LR: out of the military, and now you’re up for a Pulitzer prize. Your book that you birthed kind of at ORU was made into a movie, and instead of walking around thinking that you’ve made it to the top, you’re reaching down to serve.  What an example of Jesus Christ.

CT: I mean, that’s the requirement that God places on all of our lives.  How can we take these gifts that He gives us and share them with the world, whether one writes, sings, ministers, or whatever?  Those are His gifts, they’re not ours.

LR: The bottom line is to share it with each other.

CT: To share it.

RR: Cliff, you could have chosen you could have made a decision in your mind that you were not ever going to get over what you went through in your youth.  You could have decided, “I’m going to strike back.  I’m going to write, but I’m going to write a message of hatred, of violence, of unrest.”  But instead you chose a message of peace and healing. And I want to ask you to do something tonight.  I want to ask you to pray because there are many people in this country who are hurting tonight over something that happened to them in some relation.  And I want to ask you if you’ll just pray and just open your heart as the Lord leads and pray over the needs of the people.

CT: You know, Richard, the Bible says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” And I want to write peace because when we find peace, we can find a way to maneuver through many of the things that come into our lives.  And as a writer, I’ve been able to travel places that I never dreamed I’d go, but I’ve been able to take, hopefully, the peace of God with me.  And I want my brothers and sisters, no matter where they are, to understand that peace is a gift, that God gives a gift to be shared.  And I would welcome the opportunity to pray that they would know that

RR: Please do, Cliff.

CT: Lord, we thank You for every person that You have given life to, that You have given the opportunity to face twenty-fours that they have never seen before.  We thank You that You have given us ideals that we can practice in our daily lives.  We thank You that You’ve given us the ability to live beyond racism, to live beyond hatred, as we find ourselves walking into Your kingdom and into Your love. But any person, Lord, who does not understand just where they fit in the kingdom, help them this night to know that Your love is sufficient, totally capable of moving mountains and giving peace.  Give them peace, Lord, that passes all understanding.  In Your name we pray, amen.

May
23
2013
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God has blessed us

SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS Well, but you’re doing more than that, Dino. You’re getting involved in bringing medical help to the people through the hospital.  Now I understand your vision because, as you well know, that’s what our vision is, to take medical missions to the nations of the earth.  So I understand what you’re talking about.

SPKM DINO KARTSONAKIS You know, for years people have seen me play the piano and perform and wear all these wonderful outfits, etc., you know, and they say, that guy has got it made and he goes from one auditorium to the next, one church to the next, you know, and perform every night in spotlights and what have you. But there’s so much more to it.  You know, as Christians it’s not just an entertaining element.  We are to minister. We are called as missionaries and I am called.  I am called and I have a burden on my heart.  Glad Tidings Tabernacle, the little church I was born and raised at in New York City, that’s still there on Toidy-toid Street, you know, in New York City.

We had a pastor that had a mission’s heart and I was raised with a missionary heart. And again, not just till recently were we able to go down at the Haitian Community Hospital.  And I flew in midnight last night, took five flights to get here.  I must really love you, Richard.  And, anyway, I got here.  Cheryl and I arrived and we feel refreshed this morning with a victory in our hearts because we handed to them a check for $32,000 to complete the wing of that hospital, the radiation department.  And we praise God for that and for people who have given like this letter right here, it’s so inspiring.  God has blessed the United States of America because of people like this who have given from their hearts, that’s why God has blessed us.  And He will continue to bless us if we continue to give.

SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS And when you open up your heart and when you give, then the Bible says God responds to your giving.  Now He describes how He responds to SR02 your giving.  The Bible says when you give, He will open you the windows of heaven and He will pour you out a blessing where there shall not be room enough to receive it.  And He will rebuke the devourer, the devil, for your sake. I’ve got good news; God does not need the devourer rebuked.  You and I are the ones who need the devourer rebuked.  And whenever I face a situation, Don and Dino, where I need the devourer rebuked, and the first thing I think of is that Scripture where God told me what to do.  He said, “When you give, I will open you those windows of heaven.”  Whenever I feel like my windows in heaven and I’ve got windows up there and so do you and so do you whenever I feel like my windows are shut, I realize that God didn’t shut them, I did.

And I realize if I want them open I’ve got to give.  And then when I need the devourer rebuked, I know that when I give, God’s going to do it because His SR03 Word is true.  God’s Word is true, He cannot lie.  The Bible says, “He is not a man that he should lie.” God has given us a formula and when we work with His formula, then He multiplies it back to us.  And like this person said, I want to double my giving. He said, “I want to double my giving every year.”  And I just got a letter from a man in Philadelphia who had just sown a very large seed for our medical mission’s project.  And he said to me, “I’ve got a problem.”  And I thought, you know, I’m ready to pray.  And he began to laugh.  And I said, “You’re laughing, but why are you laughing, you say you have a problem?”  He said, “I have a problem.

Every time I give money to you, I get money back.”  And I said, “Well, what’s the problem?”  He said, “I just gave you this large gift.”  I said, “Yes, I know.”  He said, “The Internal Revenue Service just contacted me and told me that I have a tax refund for almost three times what I gave you, unexpected.”  He said, “My problem is, when I give you money I get more money back than I know what to do with.”  I said, “Well, I can alleviate you of some of that problem.”  But you cannot out give God.

SPKM DINO KARTSONAKIS You can’t.

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