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Tulsa: Oral Roberts,. pp. .. The Book of Acts tells how handkerchiefs or aprons were sent board of elders out to the Oral Roberts University and have us. Something Good Is Going to Happen to You!: Choose the Imperishable, See the Invisible, Do the Impossible. Oral Roberts. from: $ In this book, you will learn that healing is more than physical. .. bring his board of elders out to Oral Roberts University and have us share with them the healing.
Wish summer was here. Wish I wasn't here. My brother wants me to loan him some money. His wife has b. We all die I'm hurting again. Can't sleep. I need help. Who can I talk to? Write to? Who'll help me? Does prayer really work?
Plant a seed? What's a seed? Talking about my faith being a seed I plant, what does that mean? God being my Source? How's that? God can meet all my needs? Go on. All my needs? God help me This is where you hurt This is need. This is where the battle is. This is where the struggle never goes away.
This is the real world. Is There An Answer? Is there a Bible formula for success and prosperity? Are there key principles of Seed-Faith you can apply and know they will work for you? And receive miracles? Yes, there is an answer.
The Word of God is as close as your reaching out and picking it up and opening it and looking up that Scripture that speaks directly to you at the point of your need. Preachers are in churches and on television who do know God and care for you and are able to help you into Faith-Talk rather than doubt-talk or fear-talk or give-up-talk.
The 3 Key Principles of Seed-Faith are profoundly simple and they work if you will only work them by taking a step of faith beginning right now. God is real and He means exactly what He says when the Word says, "My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" Philippians But you have to take control of yourself and say, "Self, believe it. Self, go for it. Self, you can do it. Self, you will do it, for God will help you do it.
You must order yourself to believe the Word of God is true, that God still speaks today, and that He speaks to you if you'll only take time to listen. You must accept the servants of God who are called and empowered by Him to help you as a person, as one created by God and for whom Jesus died and rose again and is closer to you in your need than your breath.
You must He is at work on this earth He is a rewarder of you when you seek Him with your whole heart If you will listen with your heart to what I'm about to tell you next, I know that I know that here on earth, while you're on your way to heaven, you will discover God's ways to meet your needs time after time after time. But if you hold back I ask you again, do you know what your problem is?
Your problem is your NEED.
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And another way to say need is to say LACK. You have a LACK of health And when you have a LACK, it's like a vacuum in your life. Debts overrun you. Worry, doubt, bitterness take hold. Angry words lodge in your spirit. Your need comes because of your LACK. Let me give you an example. You are alone. You don't seem to have any friends. That's a lack. What happens? Loneliness begins to brew in you. You start feeling sorry for yourself.
Lethargy takes over. You just don't feel like getting up, getting dressed, and going out of your home. Suddenly you find yourself ill. Something doesn't feel right in your body. You stop to think, "Nobody cares. I don't have any friends who care. Your depression gets darker and deeper. By now you have a major problem. You have a great need. Then what happens? Your sickness drives you to seek medical help. Bills come. There isn't enough money. You begin to worry. The worry piles in on top of the loneliness, depression, and sickness.
Do you see how it is? And it all stems from a LACK in your life. Your need has rushed in because of a void of something good. Let me point out something to you. Think about it.
What about another example? Your employer needs to cut back. You lose your job. You have a LACK of work. You have a LACK of wages. You suddenly have a LACK of money. Why did I lose my job? Why not someone else? What's wrong with me? What's wrong with God? You start to look for another job. Nobody has anything. You get more depressed about it. You try to put on a cheery attitude, but somehow your depression shows through.
Is it what is keeping you from finding another job? Your wife and children get discouraged too. More pressure. The angry words start. The frustrations pile up. The cupboards get bare.
The bills multiply. You need even MORE money. You get more discouraged. Then sickness starts to take hold. Even more bills. You have a major problem. You try alcohol or drugs to get rid of the reality. That doesn't help. You still feel miserable, but now you're hooked. Your problems begin to have problems! I know a way to get at your need in its changing forms, yet deal with it as one continuous need During the dark days of the Civil War, the bloodiest war in our nation's history, when General U.
Grant, commander of the Federal forces, saw his armies being thrown back time and time again, he sent word to his officers, "Attack! He's the only general I have who will fight. Through the kind offer of a friend he went to a house up in the mountains north of New York City. He went there alone to write his memoirs, which still provide the best history and description of the Civil War conflict.
Suffering agonizing pain, and often so cold he had to wrap himself in blankets as he wrote, he hung on to life by sheer faith and determination. He held off cancer until he had finished the last page, assured that all his debts would be paid by the sale of the 21 Attack Your Lack book. With a knowing in his heart that he had helped save the nation, he bowed his head and let his soul go to God.
There was a lack in General Grant that had dogged him all the days of his life. It was the belief of people that he was a no-good, a man without ambition or goals, a person who was destined to be a failure and fade into oblivion. It caused a LACK of feeling self-worth. Again and again he attacked that lack. He attacked and attacked and attacked. He never quit until on that lonely mountain he gathered his last strength to push his pen across the pages until the final detail was written, the last word said.
Looking the last time at the sun muted by the mist over the valleys, he bowed his head and died, a man of faith and courage.
The lack he had attacked all his life was gone. What is your need today? What LACK did it grow out of? What does God say about your lack? What does that mean? It means God is on your side. He doesn't want you to have lack.
Second, God has set in motion the power to "supply your lack" Philippians He shows us here that He sends men and women of God across your path to show you His provision for your lack and to show you how to get it. It is no accident you are reading this book. Third, God calls to your attention the time when His people believed and "they lacked 23 Attack Your Lack nothing" Deuteronomy After Jesus' death, resurrection, ascension, and His sending the Holy Spirit, we are told "neither was there any among them that lacked Yes, it's possible to overcome your lack.
It doesn't happen automatically or even easily, but it is possible to attack and win. It is your faith. But, you say, how do I get faith? My friend, you already have it. Paul said in Romans , "God hath given to every man the measure of faith. I used to pray for God to give me faith. I pleaded, I begged, I cried for it. Then one day I opened my Bible and read Romans I was so excited that I took my pen and wrote my name next to the verse so it read, "God has given every manthat includes Oral Robertsthe measure of faith.
I have faith, you have faith, we know it because God says we do. We know it because we see other ordinary people, warts and all, do mighty works for God because they release their faith.
Faith in what? Actually it's faith in WHOM. It's having faith in a good God, who is the Source of your life, now and forever. Another Scripture that opened my eyes to the faith I already had is Hebrews , "For he that cometh to God must believe that he [God] is Faith is that part of you that responds to GOD and to God alone.
It's that part of you that longs to communicate with God It's that part of your will that you can commit to doing things GOD'S way. Your faith is, therefore, your number-one tool to attack your lack. You already know your lack is attacking you, causing needs to rise up that will destroy you if you don't do something about them.
Now you know something greater. You can attack your lack God intends for you to win! You have what it takes. I urge you: Attack! The people of the city were shut up inside the walls, slowly being starved to death by the Syrian blockade. They had given up and were now eating the flesh of their own children. No more hideous scene of lack is described in the Bible. Five men rose up and struck a blow for deliverance. These five men attacked their lack!
Four of these men were lepers sitting at the entrance of the gate of Samaria and the fifth was a man of God living inside the walls where all the giving-up was. The man inside was Elisha the prophet who was sent there by God to sit where the people sat, to feel what they felt, to give a word of 27 Attack Your Lack Revelational Knowledge that would destroy the brutal forces starving the city into submission and to save the peopleif only someone would ask for his help.
When all human hope was gone, someone in the king's court remembered God and His prophet, Elisha. Several people finally felt their need enough to ask for divine intervention. They called on Elisha. Immediately he interceded before God and received the word of deliverance by Revelational Knowledge. He boldly said to the king and the people: "In 24 hours God is going to send deliverance. Food that is now so scarce no amount of money can download it, will be so plentiful by this time tomorrow that you can download all you need for pennies.
In 24 hours you will SEE the deliverance of the people with your own eyes, but you won't get any of it! It was his choice to make. Meanwhile the four lepers were sitting at the gate of the city. They were doomed to die. As lepers, they were not allowed inside the city. They relied on those going in and out of the city gates to toss them morsels of food. But now the invading armies surrounded the city.
Nobody was going in or out. Nobody inside had food. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place! These men lived on the edge of disaster caught between a cruel enemy army and a starving citywith bodies riddled by disease and discouragement overwhelming their souls. Finally they asked themselves, "Why sit we here until we die? If we go back into the city, we will die.
Come, let us march to the enemy camps. If they save us, we will live. If they kill us, well, we're going to die anyway! They didn't know about the Revelational 29 Attack Your Lack Knowledge of the prophet Elisha promising deliverance in 24 hours. They didn't even have the hope of his prophecy in their hearts. All they knew was that if they did not attack their lack at that very hour, they would die.
What did they know? They knew theyas four men, all lepers were no match for the , fighting men of the enemy army. They also knew twilight was not a good time to march. The brief time between sundown and dark made it hard to see where they were going.
Even facing all these negatives, they knew they must attack their lack! So they took a step of faith. By the sheer force of their will and their faith, they went from a step of faith into a march of faith.
Had you seen them as the sun was going down leave their so-called "safe" place at the gate of the city and go stumbling in their hunger and disease toward the enemy, it would have been hard to believe theirs was a march of faith through which they were attacking their lack.
They're going to get themselves killed. They were scared to death, but they attacked. It was twilight, the worst time of all, but they attacked. Remember the Bumblebee The scientists tell us that the bumblebee cannot fly. Its wingspread is too small for the size of its body.
But the bumblebee doesn't know it, so it goes ahead and flies anyway. The four gaunt, hungry, sick, and weak men didn't know they couldn't make their march of faith. They didn't know they didn't have what it takes to attack, so they attacked anyway. As they approached the tents of the Syrians, all the soldiers lay asleep, not fearing an attack.
But God who never sleeps saw the four faith attackers coming against the army of Syria. God spoke to His angels to hook "horses of fire to chariots of fire" and pull them above the tents of the Syrian soldiers and make them sound like the noise of a mighty conquering army. The Syrians suddenly awakened and heard the sounds of the drumming hoofbeats of horses, the marching feet of soldiers, the rumbling roar of chariots, and in panic, "every man fled in the 31 Attack Your Lack night," leaving everything behind.
When the four men who came marching in faith to attack their lack reached the first row of tents, they found them empty! Yes, empty! I tell you I'm talking about your faith There was plenty of food and gold and clothes and everything they lacked. They went to the next row of tents. They were empty too! And the next and the next. The entire camp was empty!
After they had eaten and loaded themselves with gold and silver, they said, "Let us rush back to the city and tell the people. Things were happening exactly as he had predicted.
The people rushed out of the city and plundered what the Syrian army had left behind. Food was so abundant it was just as the prophet had said-pennies would download all the food a person needed. The king's aide who had sneered at Elisha's prophecy of deliverance in 24 hours, and doubted it in his heart, tried to stop the rush of people out to the Syrian camp. In his doubt he was crying, "It's not real.
Don't be deceived. He had failed to attack his lack because he refused to believe the Word of God from the mouth of the man of God What does this mean to you today? Are you desperate? Are you caught in a crisis that crowds you in from all sides?
I've got good news from the Word of God. The fact is, God is at the point of your need. Your lack is His concern even more than it is yours. He cares more about you than you can possibly care about yourself. God is that good! God gets no pleasure out of your lack. And He has made a way for you. What must YOU do? You must start to attack. You must start to arouse your faith inside you and start your march against your lack.
You must rise up and take actionnow! Read the story in 2 Kings 6 and 7 for yourself. You'll discover something important. These men did something with their faith before God moved in. As these men rose up, a miracle was put into motion in their personal behalf. When these men rose to their feet and set their face toward the Syrians, it was like the key being put into the ignition of a car God's delivering power began to flow toward removing their lack.
When you turn all your faith loose and start to march against your lack, a miracle of God is literally poured out to sweep the enemy forces away But the opposite is also true. Again I say to you: Attack! Chapter 4 When a mother came before me with her little son in the healing line in the Jacksonville, Florida, crusade and asked me to pray for God to give him a new hip socket, it just blew my mind. She was asking me to pray and believe for a creative miracle. There is a difference.
A healing is a recovery of something in the physical body that has been damaged or weakened by sickness or disease. A creative miracle is when God creates something that has never been there before. The Lord speaks of prayer for "the sick to recover" and for "the Lord to raise them up," or to "heal them.
I reached down and placed my hand on this 35 Attack Your Lack young boy's right hip and it was flat. I asked his mother why it was flat. I said, "Well, I have to tell you that I do not believe God will give a creative miracle in this life.
But in the resurrection, whatever is missing will be completely restored and he'll have a new body. So in all honesty, I can't pray for your son because I don't believe God will give him a new hip socket. The tears were flowing down her cheeks, her lips were quivering.
Suddenly her eyes flashed and she said with indignation, "Oral Roberts, I don't ask you to believe for my son. All I ask is that you pray as a Point of Contact. I'll do the believing. I was unmoved by what she said. But the 10, people witnessing this were moved. I heard a sound coming from all over the audience.
It was like a deep sigh, like a release of pent-up emotions they'd had all their lives. I said to the crowd, "Because this mother has asked me to pray, I'll do it. This time I didn't ask the audience to release their faith and use that Point of Contact. I simply said a few words of prayer. But the people touched the chairs anyway and their prayers ascended like a powerful gust of wind.
The next night when I arrived for the service, one of my associates met me as I got out of the car. And we've had him walking back and forth on the platform without his crutches. He's not only walking but running and leaping like any normal boy. The crowd has been crying and praising God. Sure enough, the little boy was holding his crutches high over his head and walking and running.
I asked that he be brought behind the stage. His mother came with him and stood there triumphantly. The little fellow threw his arms around my legs and began to cry.
I was still not impressed. I joined in with them. A Mass Miracle It was I who thought this boy was out of options. He is greater and He sometimes leaps over our faith in a sovereign act of His own nature. We have faith. This woman had been looking for a creative miracle for her son's hip socket. But God isn't limited to our faith.
I sat down in my chair at the front of the platform and began praying for the sick as they came one by one up the ramp to stand before me. It's strange how our faith works. I was nearing the end of a line of people who were coming for prayer. Attack Your Lack After I finished my sermon and made the invitation to the people to receive Christ as their personal Savior.
To believe for a creative miracle was beyond me. We're human. It had happened before but not with the force it did this time. I believed it and was preaching it and expecting it. It seemed in seconds the entire front was filled and dozens of wheelchairs were packed together before me. The audience rose up together like a covey of quail and began rushing forward.
In a few moments it happened again. I remember I thought I was seeing thousands of lights flashing on and off and the power of God was going through me like an electrical current although it was not hurting me like electricity would. I was feeling something like a burst of light and energy totally engulfing me.
The third time God's power hit me. As if by a signal.
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I stood there not saying a word but experiencing the power of God flowing in my body and spirit in powerful currents. A calm. See John 9. But I knew that I knew someday. She got hers and I got mine.
You can never out-believe God.
You can never believe for something that is beyond God's ability to do. That's when I began to believe for the first time that when we think we're out-believing what God can do— when we think that what we're asking for is beyond God's ability—it's not. The Bible tells a story of a young man who was born blind from birth. As I walked over the grounds seeing all this. Attack Your Lack This lasted for about ten minutes. They parked dozens of wheelchairs in a section where those who no longer needed them could come and get them later.
As suddenly as the power of God swept down on that crowd. The next morning my associates in the tent crew gathered up armloads of crutches. He had never had sight. Jesus now takes the clay. Lazarus' body had been wrapped in long strips of cloth.. The tissues had become twisted and gnarled. Just as in the beginning God took the clay and molded Adam and breathed His life into him.
The muscles had shriveled.. See Mark Jesus spotted this man while He was in the middle of preaching a sermon.. It stinks. The tomb was sealed with a stone. The Bible tells about a man who had a withered hand He called to him. Jesus took clay and put it in that man's eye sockets. The Bible tells about Lazarus See John That's why we never stop attacking We always.. Attack Your Lack that tomb.. He can. When you feel that you're asking God to do something He can't do. When you feel your problems are out of control and can never be solved.
Again I say: I was also taught that I was not to expect to receive anything back. I saw that the Word of God teaches us to give. The second part was wrong. Even among us humans in our daily affairs. Perhaps you have asked it too. I never could understand though why it was such a one-sided affair of my giving but not receiving anything back.
If I did I was being sacrilegious. I gave to God a long time before I really enjoyed it. I'd been taught as a Christian that I was to give. You see.. The first part of the teaching was right. A truth was on the edge of my consciousness but I couldn't quite get it into focus. Both sides have to profit or it's a bad deal.. One reason was that in my first 17 years of life I had never wanted to receive Jesus Christ into my heart as my personal Savior.
That's a sad fact but it's a fact nonetheless. I had not been close enough to God to understand this.. Attack Your Lack way street. Somewhere a light was shining inside me and I could hear a little bell going off in my mind. But I dreamed of being a lawyer and walking in the footsteps of Amos Pleasant Roberts who had been I grew up in church and under the preaching of the Word of God. What was happening? God was trying to get through all the bad teaching I had heard about receiving.
Papa was a preacher. Papa believed I was going to die and. Three events changed my mind. I falsely believed if I got saved that would mean I would never get to go to law school and become a lawyer—and later fulfill my highest dream of someday becoming governor of Oklahoma.
I had no hope of a cure in that day when there were no medicines to cure TB as there are now. God is going to heal you.. I will not get off my knees unless you give your heart to God. That dream was so big in me I couldn't care less about getting saved. I was struck down at 17 with tuberculosis. I'm going to kneel here and pray for you to be saved tonight.
I felt nothing. Instantly I knew I was not to be a lawyer. Attack Your Lack desire at all to repent of my sins and ask God to save my soul. So is everyone else He's ever saved and who has obeyed Him. I wanted Him. Seeing Jesus. It finally dawned on me that God now has me. But as Papa raised up on his knees and lifted his voice so that I could look right down over my body to the end of the bed and see his face. Save me!
I must have had a vision. And that's millions of people multiplied through the centuries to this I heard myself say. I had never felt any feelings that I wanted to be saved. Suddenly Papa's face faded and I saw the countenance of Jesus. I am part of what God has received back from His giving of Jesus.
He lost us ALL. We don't know how that feels. God does. God was out of options. I am able at last to understand. They are gone. We still hurt. It means all God has is a result of what He has given. It's stupendous.
God lost us all! Evelyn and I have lost two of our four children to death. Both spiritually and organically we were lost from God who created us. From every standpoint of reason. He could give.. Do you hear me? God didn't say..
He was planting a seed—the promised seed of the woman. I'm going to send You to die on the cross just to see You suffer. God gave Jesus to get something back! He didn't give just to be giving. And here's the punchline. God is our Example.
I want to see how You'll take it. He had one left. And He chose not an angel. Attack Your Lack The grief of God is indescribable. What He gave produced back to Him all He has of us.. Hebrews What you give produces back to you all you have. In the same manner.. God gave His love. The joy of your salvation and restoration to God! This is the joy set before you too! You are to receive. I'm excited about it and constantly feel the joy You are giving of your time..
There's reason for you to live.. You are with God and God is with you in the joy and the power of your Seed-Faith. God gave. I repeat: God gave to get a return. And as the good things flow in to fill up the lack. Your LACK can be overcome. Attack Your Lack of expecting a miracle from the Lord.. I received it! And I had opportunity to bless the person on the other end of the line with an idea from God greater than his gift!
You CAN find fulfillment and joy in this life. You CAN win. It was exactly what I had to have. Praise God. In my personal experience of attacking my lack through my giving By YOU! You can expect your very giving to result in receiving.
And as you receive the things of God. You begin to have a life that's filled with miracles. Evelyn had seen me give all but a tiny part of everything I am and earned to the ministry and only a fraction to myself and family. She would say. I had to get into Faith-Talk and say.. The way I began to change was to see that Gradually God spoke to me through her to practice what I preached to others: Give AND receive. It was for me too. She was much clearer-eyed on this than I was. I was not supposed to receive back for myself.
What I mean is that just as I had to shift gears in my thinking about giving.. In effect. I was not worthy. God wants you to receive back just as He receives back from His giving. And that was to attack my lack by an act of my faith— and my will—to receive. But in our personal giving you are reluctant to receive for our personal needs. Attack Your Lack God had received back Just as it took an act of God's love and faith for Him to give.
Once again I say: I'm still working at it and improving all the time.. You attack it by your giving AND by your receiving.
It became real and alive inside me.. And it takes faith both to sow it and to expect to reap— or receive back—from it. I saw it. Your seed and your faith are inseparably linked together.
Why is it called Seed-Faith? Because God shows us it takes a seed for you to give. On Reaping Your Harvest. God Says. I remember how Papa had to teach me about the growing time of a seed. After we planted I'd run out the next day or two to see if the radishes or onions or tomatoes were already up or rush out to the fields to see if the cotton or corn or wheat had grown enough to be ready to harvest. As a child I was ignorant of God's laws of growth for the seed.
Papa would say. Give it time! Attack Your Lack experienced in planting seed with Papa and my brother Vaden. I began to understand there is a growing time that comes between seedtime and harvesttime.
During the growing time we would water the seed when the rains didn't come. I had no one to teach me. It didn't occur to me there is a growing time in the spiritual laws of seedtime and harvest just as there is in the natural realm. Then we would hoe around the young plant to remove the weeds from hindering its growth.
We tended the plant to give it the best chance possible to grow and mature. Worse still. Unconsciously I reverted to my childhood and expected God's miracle return to come overnight. It was as if I'd planted corn and didn't find a crop the next day so I just wandered off.
No one in the church. We felt we "ought" to PAY our tithes and offerings. Often it became a burden to pay the first tenth of what we earned-and we were earning precious little.
We had no scriptural concept that our earnings were meant to increase through regular harvest times God had promised us. The preachers had to bear down on paying tithes and offerings.
As a result. If poverty would save souls. It's not poverty that meets our needs on our way to heaven. This was one of the chief reasons that we gradually were drawn into Satan's net of false believing that if we became a Christian we were supposed to be poor. We were ten percent poorer with each dollar we gave.
Poverty Is Not a Blessing Of course. Attack Your Lack In short. It's not poverty that saves. A woman put it aptly when she said to a minister friend of mine who was urging the lay people to sacrifice: For that reason God sent His Son to the Because God's giving and receiving works both ways for Him and for each of us whether we're a minister or a lay believer.
Because you can never pay. I feel the same way. Attack Your Lack cross and there He paid the debt for us. The Bible is very clear on that point. You can't pay God off. I've used tithes and offerings here because we human beings tend to think of giving as relating to our money. But what's true for giving tithes and offerings is true for other types of giving.. The same is true for every other type of giving. Our money is us..
It's impossible. You can't PAY God for loving you by just loving someone on this earth. It is a medium of exchange for who and what we are. And that's true. You can't PAY God by being good. It represents our time.
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All you can do is GIVE as a seed you sow. It didn't take long for me to see that the harvests that came in late summer or fall were hundreds of times greater than the small number of seeds we had planted the previous spring. You can't pay God at all. I remember the excitement we all felt about what we were going to get back when harvesttime came. From a few pounds of seed. It turned the work into an exciting expectation of receiving better things for the entire family.
Planting time was joyous because we thought of harvesttime. Vaden and I would go with Papa to the cotton gin in town to sell it.. Why Do We Give Then? As a little boy helping plant seeds. We knew Papa would get money to download the things we needed.. And when we had picked our cotton. We didn't get that excitement in church when Why do you give? You give seeds so that we might get harvests.
Read Malachi 3: Then I could give as a seed I sowed and from it expect God to give me His rich harvests back in the form of my need. I know one thing. Your acts of kindness.
It was more than 12 years after I became a tither that I first began to learn to accept the cross as "paid in full" for all I owed. Attack Your Lack the pastor said. Your money. This grew into a spirit of poverty that brought us into bondage as far as prospering as God's children was concerned. Your time. That's when my walk with Christ took on the sparkling excitement that continues to grow as I learn better how to live in Seed-Faith day after day.
As a very young child I thought when we put the seed in the ground and covered it up with the dirt. They are compacted bundles of miracles that can burst forth. It was gone and we had nothing to show for our labor. What I didn't know was that God's Word teaches that everything visible came from something invisible Hebrews He'd say. I'd rush around pestering Papa about where the seed went.
I didn't know they. Our Seed Grows Invisibly A second important thing I learned as a child was that the seed we planted grew invisibly. When my tithes and offerings left my hands I couldn't see them anymore. I confess with my mouth He is rebuking the devourers for my sake. I confess with my mouth that He is changing my seedtime into harvesttime.
I confess with my mouth that my seed is sown and God is growing it invisibly but absolutely. I had learned what it meant to irrigate. Attack Your Lack "good soil" of the gospel. What do I do in the "growing time" of my seed? I confess with my mouth that I have given to God my tithes and offerings of every dollar I've earned to date and they are in God's hands as seeds of my faith. Just as my physical eyes couldn't see the seed growing under the soil.
Neither did I know the methods to apply to tend my seed in the spiritual realm. I confess with my mouth that my giving is causing the windows of heaven to unlock What do I mean by "confess with my mouth"? I SAY them. I quote out loud the Scriptures that say God is at work on my behalf. LUKE 6: JOHN Look up these verses. Write them down. Read them out loud. Memorize them. Keep them where Papa would wait until our seeds began to sprout and push their way up as plants through the earth so we could see them.
Then he'd say to Vaden and me, "Come on, boys. Let's go see how big the plants are. Then he would say, "Let's go back to the house. They're growing good. It took me many years to throw off the old teaching—or lack of teaching—that I was to give but not expect anything back. When I finally began to get my breakthrough I saw that God himself is the "good soil"—the soil I can't see but which is eternal and ever abundant and faithful in reproducing my seed sown into harvests for me to receive.
I began to lose that old sinking feeling that when my tithes and offerings left my hand they were gone, just gone. I gained the exciting feeling that they were being placed in God's hands, who would see that not one of my seeds would fail to grow or multiply. A Personal Harvest Too! A third thing emerged from my childhood experience in planting seed and being part of the harvesttime. I came to know that the harvest wasn't just good for my family and others in our town. It was good for ME.
As a Christian there were many times I gave without believing that God would not only use my giving for the gospel's sake but also use my giving for my sake. I gave believing God would use my gift out there somewhere, for someone, to meet some need. But I never thought about it meeting my need or coming back in a harvest that would touch my life. That was a spirit exactly opposite the way I felt about our seeding and harvesting in the natural.
What happened to the harvest in the natural? It helped the entire family. We paid the rent The harvest also helped ME I got new shoes. I got clothes. I released my tithes and offerings as seed. How happy I've been in my giving since! I know now that receiving follows my giving. And when we bought those things. I know what He means when He says. I will have joy in receiving which in turn gives me joy in my giving and brings me into a more special relationship with God.
Attack Your Lack even got that soda pop and bit of candy now and again. I released my faith to God. They could eat and use part of our harvest. The Double-Release When I saw that dual harvest. Your giving creates a harvest for you. It was a dual harvest. It creates a harvest for others..
The same is true in the spiritual. I began to get into the habit of a double-release. The harvest helped ME.
As a little boy going to town with Papa to sell our cotton and corn and other yields. I remembered the change that would come over my father. But I'd never understood the part that said. He had worked so hard for this harvest to come. The entire law of sowing and reaping in the Word of God guarantees this if we will only grasp it and practice it out of the joy of our expecting from our God who is a good God.
I'd dreamed of the good measure and running over that was promised. Men had given to our bosom and it was a great day. With the check in his hand Papa would say. Papa would straighten his shoulders. It's so powerful once I put it into practice as a way of life for my giving and receiving.
As a Christian beginning to understand the laws of sowing and reaping. It's so simple once I saw it. Attack Your Lack hoping against hope we'd have an abundant harvest.
You see. I began to see that God wasn't going to rain money down from heaven. That comes from men and women— human beings-who control portions of God's earth. It is people who are the instruments God our Source works through to give to our bosom—or to our need.
Difficulties with other human beings are what get us into arguments. And when you give. Other people benefit from your giving. Your lack of ability can be solved if you are in relationship with a person who can help you. Can you see it? Your LACK is a people situation. If you lack TIME. It's a people situation. You can begin to receive back from them. Your giving opens you up to other people. Love comes to you through people. Is it a difficulty in your marriage.
Money comes to you through people. Feelings of stress and pressure come because of obligations you feel toward people. And Don't shut off people who want to give to you. Don't get stubborn and think you can survive totally on your own and that you don't need what others are offering to do.
Hear it again and do it: Attack your lack. Attack Your Lack when you do receive back. He asked Jesus to give him life—real life. Jesus said. Back in Deuteronomy 8: He wanted an answer so badly that he came running and knelt down and asked what he must do. He feels lack. Attack Your Lack as it is this day. Through obeying the commands of God this young ruler had become very prosperous.
See Matthew 5: Jesus said He came to fulfill the law. Let me point out to you that there is no substitute for your keeping God's commandments. It means what it says. But now something has gone wrong. Jesus is not against people having money. Read on: He's the one who gives the ability to earn money. See Romans 7: As Moses said. Think about that word fulfill. He had kept the commandments God had laid down for His people.
God's commandments are still necessary for your provision and prosperity. There's one thing you don't have. You Have a Divine Right to Ask. In Mark You're attacking many things that are wrong in your life except one thing. In giving us power to get money. You mean I've done everything like You want me to. Please tell me what it is so I can fix it! He has his eyes on his material wealth and he is looking to it as his source.
If that were true. Jesus knew this.
Abraham looked to God as his Source. That's not scriptural at all. It's foolish to think that way. How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! Now don't misinterpret Jesus' words here. He wasn't saying that people who have wealth can't get to heaven.
He had kept God's commands and God had prospered him. Now he has his eyes off God. He trusted in the God who gave them to him. Attack Your Lack away grieved: This young man had gained his wealth the same way Abraham had. He What Jesus really is saying is this. He had switched from trusting God as his Source to trusting his money as his source. God is the When you see other things in front of God.
In the very first commandment. God said. It isn't that Jesus doesn't want to supply your lack of money or the things you need.
It is not possible to have more than one Source. Jesus saw it and said. This man's money was standing in front of God—it was a god to him. You can only put your trust in one thing. When this man got prosperous. Turn around. That means God is not first. But when you're trusting in material things you're not trusting in God. Now he finds it's not in his spirit to go back to trusting in God.
I love what Peter said here. I love Peter's question that followed: It's the position God wants you and me to be in today so that He may bless and prosper us. Certainly Jesus didn't. Everything but You we have left behind. At that point Peter spoke up. We have ceased trusting in anything as our Source except You.
I don't. He's our Source. A lot of Christians feel Peter was sacrilegious. What shall we have therefore? For example. He was saying. Jesus was quick to answer Peter in the most positive way: What Jesus is doing here is putting everything in proper order. Just as God blessed Abraham with prosperity by his keeping God's commands and doing it by faith, just as there was something in it for Abraham far more than he gave up, so Jesus is telling us there's something in it for us.
He says, "Nobody who turns from trusting material things or loved ones as a god or a source loses. You get something in return. Satan won't like it. Some people won't like it. But I don't intend for you to give everything to Me without Me giving everything I have to you.
Jesus never planned for His disciples then, or us in the now, to be in poverty. God did not say, "It is God who gives you power to get poverty"—NO!
He said, "It is God who gives you power to get wealth— prosperity. Jesus personally and clearly promised us His fold return in this life of following Him with our whole heart. He tells us to attack our lack, to attack Don't Hate Yourself I strongly believe Jesus is saying you should not hate yourself. You should not get a poverty-complex or attitude that to be His follower you have to be poor or downtrodden. He wasn't saying to the rich young ruler or to Peter and us His followers today that we are to have nothing for following Him.
He was saying in this life we need But we don't have a need to make them a god to us—or to look to them as our source. He is saying God is our God, God is our Source—period! Once we make Jesus our personal Savior, give Him our best seed and look only to Him as our Lord and as our Source, then we have a divine right in times of lack to say, "Lord, I've given up everything to serve You and trust You, what's in it for me? He authorizes you to speak to your lack: You need treasures in heaven to be opened up and poured out to you here on the earth.
Heaven itself is rich and abundant and everything you need will automatically be yours. So will everyone else. And it is those very treasures —riches—in heaven that God is going to pour out to you to supply all your need in the here and now. In heaven there won't be any poverty. You won't NEED treasures to use and spend once you are in heaven.
Some Christians say. Why do I say they are wrong? The struggle. You won't lack anything that you need money or wealth to pay for.
Jesus doesn't leave you with LACK down You will have a body that never gets sick. You will have all the love. Feel good about God. He doesn't demand you to be poor on earth in order to make you rich in the eternal world. Thank God for what money you have. His health. Feel good about yourself. See that God wants you to be able to say. He doesn't desert you in your need here to accept you when you reach heaven.
Based on your following Jesus and giving as He said. His spiritual power in heaven. Don't separate them. God intends for you to be a blessed child of God in every area of your life. Enjoy your blessings. I challenge you in Jesus' name. All my needs are met or are being met according to His riches. He means for you not to accept your lack but to attack it with all your faith. He intends for you to win over your lack and to be successful for His glory! I think there's something standing in the way that I trust more than I trust God.
That's what "sin" is. It's putting something ahead of God. Accept God's plan. I don't know if God is my Source. Talk to Him just like you would a person who is there in the room with you.
Decide that you are going to make God first. You can say this prayer or one like it. I don't know that I've ever made Him my Source.
Ask Him to enter your being. I want to be filled with Your Holy Spirit. I know I haven't put You first in my life. Talk to God. I'm sorry I've put other things in front of You. How can you make God your Source?It's stupendous. I'm still working at it and improving all the time.. The people of the city were shut up inside the walls, slowly being starved to death by the Syrian blockade.
Then he would say, "Let's go back to the house. In this case.
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