Every man of God has one life message. It is an outstanding theme of their life and a distillation of all that the Holy Spirit has ever had them say. T.L. Osborn’s life said something astonishing, and what it said is something that every preacher desperately needs to hear.
What is that life message? What can we garner from his thousands of sermons, the tens of thousands of healings and the millions of souls that were the result of his life?
Here is the phrase that, in my opinion captures the essence of T.L. Osborn: HE DID NOT GO BECAUSE HE GOT A WORD FROM GOD BUT BECAUSE HE TOOK GOD AT HIS WORD!
Think about that! He got no angelic visitation, no roaring prophetic word, no vision or epiphany.
He and Daisy pastored in McMinnville Oregon having returned from India. By their own admission, they failed as missionaries.
Then William Branham came to nearby Portland Oregon. Daisy bucked her denomination and went to hear William Branham speak. Branham revolutionized her life when he preached about where sickness came from. Disease does not come from God but from Satan. She returned with an illumination of the Holy Ghost that was undeniable.
She prevailed on T.L. to go and see for himself the amazing works of God. He recalls that it was not the miracles that gripped him so much as the simple truth that God chose signs, wonders and miracles to verify the resurrection of Jesus. He told his wife Daisy, “If we had these miracles in India it would have changed everything!”
Brother Osborn took God at His word. He believed he and every other preacher was to go and work miracles in the name of Jesus. He took no thought to how this vision could become reality. He took God at His Word that if we preach the Gospel of the Kingdom the provision would follow. He did not look for opportunity for he believed that the whole world was his opportunity. He did not look for open doors but to the ONE who opens doors that no man can shut.
This overwhelming conviction about taking God at His word followed him around the world. He even took it step further by telling crowds in the hundreds of thousands that they did not need hands to be laid upon them to be healed. “TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD RIGHT WHERE YOU STAND AND YOU WILL BE HEALED!” HE IS THE GOD THAT FORGIVES ALL OF YOUR SIN AND HEALS ALL OF YOUR DISEASES!” One can only imagine how hell suffered each time the Evangelist made this declaration.
Again and again God honored this simple obedience as innumerable sick bodies were healed. Those born blind, deaf, paralyzed and even maimed were miraculously healed. Evangelist Osborn’s simple obedience pleased God so much that it caused one of the most amazing manifestations since Bible days. Before 200,000 Moslems in Java the face and glory of Christ appeared in a large cloud over the crusade. This touched off a frenzy of faith and the masses as one turned to Christ!
One night on the Trinity Broadcasting Network the host asked T.L. Osborn, “Why aren’t more people healed today?” Brother Osborn’s answered without hesitation, “Because preachers talk about Jesus but they do not quote Him.”
His life speaks to every preacher today. What are we waiting for? We have become too dependent on “words from God,” even as our Bible remains unopened and unheeded. We are too fickle and weak to keep going without the continual reinforcement of a feeling, confirmation, sign, or the glaring coincidence. Why must we stop and recalibrate God’s will for us so often instead of moving forward in the firm conviction that He will honor His Word?
Consider how much error and delay we open ourselves up to by being so dependent on these things. The enemy knows that all he has to do to stop us is send a mood or a chill of doubt and we will stop until we get the right feeling or rush to another gathering to get a new word from God.
There must have been a deafening roar on the streets of Gold when this mighty general entered heaven. Let us remember him and honor him in the way he would want most:
We can see Brother Osborn’s heavenly smile and gentle heart pleading with us to get back to the Bible and the simple obedience that will launch a thousand new visions and mandates for souls in these last days. “JUST TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD!”
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