The Price of God’s Miracle-Working Power

 

You want to see the lame walk—the blind see—and the deaf hear?  You want your days of powerless ministry to end?  You want to unlock the how and why God grants power to do mighty signs and wonders?  Do you wonder why so many have asked and so few have received the gift of healing and working of miracles?

It is time to peel back misconceptions.  It is time to be brutally honest.   We have been able to create mind-bending technological breakthroughs.  We can now do in an instant what previously took decades…but we will never find a shortcut to supernatural power.

The Holy Spirit’s work never changes.  His process of taking raw material and making a living breathing conduit of His power has never changed.  In 2,000 years, it has not been shortened or compromised one iota.

If you seek glamour and riches skip this message.  If you are dazzled by people you have seen powerfully used, save us both time—do not seek this power—you have no heart for it.

A young man—enthralled by the power he witnessed—ran up to Smith Wigglesworth and begged for the gift.  Smith said, “you don’t want it.  Before God is through with you, you will feel as if a thousand switch trains have run over you.”   Before God uses you greatly He will wound you deeply.

You still yearn to be used?  You still want power—real power and not the fluff of so many hyper-emotional meetings today?  Then proceed with caution.

The reason for our lack of power and miracles is plain—we are just not willing to pay the price.  If you are willing, the Holy Spirit will take you through the process to power.  Here then is the price of God’s miracle working power:

It all begins with self-emptying. Listen to E. M. Bounds: “The preacher must throw himself–with all the abandon of a perfect, self-emptying faith and a self-consuming zeal–into his work for the salvation of men.  The men who take hold of and shape a generation for God must be hearty, heroic, compassionate, and fearless martyrs.”

July 1975 — Kathryn Kuhlman on stage in probably the PNE Agrodome. One picture appeared in Aug 11, 1975 edition of People magazine

A.W. Tozer said they would, “serve God and mankind from motives too high to be understood by the rank and file of religious retainers who today shuttle in and out of the sanctuary.  They will make no decisions out of fear, take no course out of a desire to please, accept no service for financial considerations, perform no religious act out of mere custom; nor will they allow themselves to be influenced by the love of publicity or the desire for reputation.”

Oral Roberts despaired of life itself in his hunger to understand miracles.  He was pastoring without power when he went to Kansas City to hear William Branham.  That encounter with the supernatural was his line in the sand.  He went into fasting and prayer.  Oral went into the prayer closet and died.

In her desperation to understand the supernatural, Kathryn Kuhlman visited several healing meetings.  She often left disgusted and broken-hearted. Her tears and prayers reached critical mass and she made a holy vow to conduct meetings that were full of power and dignity.

She never looked back. Kathryn traced the moment of her power.  She said, “I died.”  From that moment on, there was no Kathryn Kuhlman, only an utterly devoted shell.

Compassion: Oral Roberts, T.L. Osborn, Charles S. Price and Aimee MacPherson all reported being overcome by compassion for the sick. Their level of caring rose to divine heights. They agonized for the lost, the sick, and the dying.  Matthew 14: 14 “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.”  Such compassion cannot be faked.  It emanates from Christ Himself. 

Hatred for sickness and evil: Few understand how the anointing is a product of hatred. Hebrews 1: 9 says: “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

Alexander Dowie saw miracles after a plague struck his church in Sydney Australia killing 40 of his members.  An inner rage transformed him until he called out to God with a pure heart and was rewarded with so much power that it left his entire congregation free of plague.

John G. Lake saw his wife die and it unlocked a fury against evil that swept the world with healing.

Power always has a purpose. Luke 4: 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

The most powerful part of those verses is this phrase: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because.”  Your “because” ruins you for all other plans, purposes, and goals.  You must surrender to the one thing you are assigned to do.  You must be able to list your purpose, articulate it simply and clearly and execute it with extreme focus.

Every vessel 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 reached millions and said something astonishing, and what it said is something that he never compromised or changed.

God is giving you power to do one special work.  You cannot deviate from that divine intention.  It will be a true work of God.

Wait. Acts 1: 4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father…This is the key! Abraham could not wait.  King Saul could not wait.  Esau could not wait.

How long will you have to wait?  AS LONG AS IT TAKES.  All the powers of hell will challenge your decision to wait.  Satan has too much to lose if true healing power flows.  It will not come easily.  Your flesh will scream for release from your vigil.

Wait for true miracle power.  Do not settle for the life you had before this quest.  Your patience will be rewarded beyond measure.  He will come in power.  There will be no doubt.

This is the price of God’s miracle working power.

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THE WILLIAM BRANHAM MOMENT

The William Branham Moment

The William Branham Moment

By Mario Murillo

 

William Branham shocked the world by ripping the thin veil between science and the supernatural.  His ministry did not just bless…in many instances, it terrified.

In Los Angeles, a man with cancer stood in the healing line for hours.  While waiting, he witnessed every kind of healing imaginable.  However, when it was his turn for prayer the evangelist refused.  Indignant, the man demanded to know why.   Branham said, “You don’t want me to tell you.”  The man was now furious and refused to leave without an answer.   “You are sleeping with your secretary,” said the evangelist.  With that, the man dropped his head and rushed out of the meeting.

William Branham was an answer to desperate prayer and an act of love by God the Father.   The Pentecostal movement was dying because of infighting and immorality.

Divine healing had fallen into disrepute.  Meetings were often fraught with emotionalism.  Charlatans whipped audiences into frenzies.  Most healing testimonies were sketchy at best.

Things were also bad outside the church.  America was in the grip of fear of nuclear war.  Psychiatry was replacing faith.  A whole generation was racing away from God.   Preachers were at a loss about what to do about it.

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Today, the Spirit-filled movement finds itself in the same predicament.  Once again, we are mired by division and emotionalism.   Only this time it is much, much worse…I’ll tell you more about that later.

1946: Enter William Branham.  The atmosphere is low key.  There is no attempt to manipulate the people.  Branham tells the audience when the angel of the Lord is present—a statement that should sound preposterous, except that astounding things start happening.

Oral Roberts once told me, “There were no hard cases for Branham while he was enveloped by the anointing.”  Growths vanished, lifeless limbs awakened, blind eyes opened.

American historian, David Edwin Harrell Jr. described Branham as:

An unlikely leader….his preaching was halting and simple beyond belief. But William Branham became a prophet to a generation. A small, meek, middle-aged man with piercing eyes, he held audiences spellbound with tales of constant communication with God and angels. Night after night, before thousands of awed believers he discerned the diseases of the sick and pronounced them healed.

Like few men have ever been endowed with the raw supernatural power of William Branham.  There, for the entire world to see–for medical science to test, were signs and wonders that were incontrovertible.

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Branham’s innocence and simplicity would have been his demise had it not been for Gordon Lindsay.  Harrell said of Gordon Lindsay, “. . . more than any other man, [he] brought system and unity . . . contributing an orderly mind, keen business sense, boundless energy, badly needed literary skills and an ecumenical spirit.”

Together, Branham and Lindsay were used of God to birth an era.   A young Oral Roberts went to Kansas City to hear Branham.  The experience led him to resign his church in Enid, Oklahoma and obey God’s mandate to “take my healing power to your generation.”

In Portland, Oregon, T.L. Osborn sat transfixed by the word of the Lord from Branham.  This simple sentence from the lips of Branham launched Osborn: “God the Father heals the sick to prove that He raised His Son Jesus from the dead.

Just being used by God to launch Roberts and Osborn made him a vessel that touched millions.   But more than that…signs and wonders became a standard part of Spirit-filled soul-winning.

Now we have come to this terrible moment for the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement in America.  Compromise has hit us from the most unlikely sources.   A pandemic moral/political cowardice paralyzes our pulpits.  The wholesale removal of freedom of speech and freedom of religion has met only token resistance from “Spirit-filled” pastors.

Today we have widespread reports of “revivals” that are hugely disappointing.  In our heart of hearts we know they are total hype.  Healings are claimed but not confirmed.

We have witnessed the rise of an entire “revival” industry that hawks imaginary authority. People are reveling in spiritual fantasy worlds, blending astral projection and UFOs with Christianity.

Travelling ministries today sell high-pitch ecstasies that promise towering results over the enemy, but deliver zero impact on the culture.

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I have my suspicions.  I wonder if the voices that scream revival the loudest are simply trying to drown out their own unbelief, or if the abuse of GRACE –that has pastors drinking hard liquor after church–is merely defeatism that says, “What’s the use in trying?”

The times are dark, so dark in fact, that they carry a strange hope.  Maybe we are finally, finally willing to shed the stubborn sins that have imprisoned us in religious irrelevancy and deception.

Perhaps we are witnessing the creation of a positive vacuum in Pentecostals and in society.  This is our best chance to save America.  This vacuum is making Charismatic/Pentecostals replace things. These replacements are the key to power.

A real hunger for truth is replacing political correctness.   Donald Trump is a symptom of widespread anger with political correctness.   We are a fed up culture now.  People agree with Trump about America and that is why all of the criticism the media is throwing at him does not stick.

Many believers are angry with politically correct preaching.  The cry now is, “Quit feeding us junk food!”  We want experience power, not a feel good message.  Look around you… the hunger for truth is rising.

A true desperation is replacing our attitude of entitlement.  Americans know that they are losing their future to our government.  They no longer harbor the fantasy that tells us we’re going to pull out of this just because we are America.

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Many Christians realize that they have never known true desperation until now.  They don’t want church to make them feel good anymore, they want church to put them right and make them strong.  They want something real so badly that they will take it straight—not sugar-coated or diluted.

A true spirit of prayer is replacing artificial prayer.   Believers are waking up to the fact that they prayed wrong.  They had agendas in prayer.  Pastors prayed as if prayer was a booster rocket for their pet program.   Prayer is returning to the raw, unconditional surrender that it was supposed to be all along.

The real message here is not the arrival of a man but of an era of explosive miracles.  That is what I am sensing and expecting.   What we have been waiting for will come in an unexpected package—Branham did!

Maybe we have finally reached total desperation.   Maybe now we will trade the unreliable for the undeniable.   Let it be, Oh, God.

The William Branham Moment

The William Branham Moment

The William Branham Moment

By Mario Murillo

 

William Branham shocked the world by ripping the thin veil between science and the supernatural.  His ministry did not just bless…in many instances, it terrified.

In Los Angeles, a man with cancer stood in the healing line for hours.  While waiting, he witnessed every kind of healing imaginable.  However, when it was his turn for prayer the evangelist refused.  Indignant, the man demanded to know why.   Branham said, “You don’t want me to tell you.”  The man was now furious and refused to leave without an answer.   “You are sleeping with your secretary,” said the evangelist.  With that, the man dropped his head and rushed out of the meeting.

William Branham was an answer to desperate prayer and an act of love by God the Father.   The Pentecostal movement was dying because of infighting and immorality.

Divine healing had fallen into disrepute.  Meetings were often fraught with emotionalism.  Charlatans whipped audiences into frenzies.  Most healing testimonies were sketchy at best.

Things were also bad outside the church.  America was in the grip of fear of nuclear war.  Psychiatry was replacing faith.  A whole generation was racing away from God.   Preachers were at a loss about what to do about it.

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Today, the Spirit-filled movement finds itself in the same predicament.  Once again, we are mired by division and emotionalism.   Only this time it is much, much worse…I’ll tell you more about that later.

1946: Enter William Branham.  The atmosphere is low key.  There is no attempt to manipulate the people.  Branham tells the audience when the angel of the Lord is present—a statement that should sound preposterous, except that astounding things start happening.

Oral Roberts once told me, “There were no hard cases for Branham while he was enveloped by the anointing.”  Growths vanished, lifeless limbs awakened, blind eyes opened.

American historian, David Edwin Harrell Jr. described Branham as:

An unlikely leader….his preaching was halting and simple beyond belief. But William Branham became a prophet to a generation. A small, meek, middle-aged man with piercing eyes, he held audiences spellbound with tales of constant communication with God and angels. Night after night, before thousands of awed believers he discerned the diseases of the sick and pronounced them healed.

Like few men have ever been endowed with the raw supernatural power of William Branham.  There, for the entire world to see–for medical science to test, were signs and wonders that were incontrovertible.

Bran 4 copy

Branham’s innocence and simplicity would have been his demise had it not been for Gordon Lindsay.  Harrell said of Gordon Lindsay, “. . . more than any other man, [he] brought system and unity . . . contributing an orderly mind, keen business sense, boundless energy, badly needed literary skills and an ecumenical spirit.”

Together, Branham and Lindsay were used of God to birth an era.   A young Oral Roberts went to Kansas City to hear Branham.  The experience led him to resign his church in Enid, Oklahoma and obey God’s mandate to “take my healing power to your generation.”

In Portland, Oregon, T.L. Osborn sat transfixed by the word of the Lord from Branham.  This simple sentence from the lips of Branham launched Osborn: “God the Father heals the sick to prove that He raised His Son Jesus from the dead.

Just being used by God to launch Roberts and Osborn made him a vessel that touched millions.   But more than that…signs and wonders became a standard part of Spirit-filled soul-winning.

Now we have come to this terrible moment for the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement in America.  Compromise has hit us from the most unlikely sources.   A pandemic moral/political cowardice paralyzes our pulpits.  The wholesale removal of freedom of speech and freedom of religion has met only token resistance from “Spirit-filled” pastors.

Today we have widespread reports of “revivals” that are hugely disappointing.  In our heart of hearts we know they are total hype.  Healings are claimed but not confirmed.

We have witnessed the rise of an entire “revival” industry that hawks imaginary authority. People are reveling in spiritual fantasy worlds, blending astral projection and UFOs with Christianity.

Travelling ministries today sell high-pitch ecstasies that promise towering results over the enemy, but deliver zero impact on the culture.

branham-and-roberts copy

I have my suspicions.  I wonder if the voices that scream revival the loudest are simply trying to drown out their own unbelief, or if the abuse of GRACE –that has pastors drinking hard liquor after church–is merely defeatism that says, “What’s the use in trying?”

The times are dark, so dark in fact, that they carry a strange hope.  Maybe we are finally, finally willing to shed the stubborn sins that have imprisoned us in religious irrelevancy and deception.

Perhaps we are witnessing the creation of a positive vacuum in Pentecostals and in society.  This is our best chance to save America.  This vacuum is making Charismatic/Pentecostals replace things. These replacements are the key to power.

A real hunger for truth is replacing political correctness.   Donald Trump is a symptom of widespread anger with political correctness.   We are a fed up culture now.  People agree with Trump about America and that is why all of the criticism the media is throwing at him does not stick.

Many believers are angry with politically correct preaching.  The cry now is, “Quit feeding us junk food!”  We want experience power, not a feel good message.  Look around you… the hunger for truth is rising.

A true desperation is replacing our attitude of entitlement.  Americans know that they are losing their future to our government.  They no longer harbor the fantasy that tells us we’re going to pull out of this just because we are America.

Bran 3

Many Christians realize that they have never known true desperation until now.  They don’t want church to make them feel good anymore, they want church to put them right and make them strong.  They want something real so badly that they will take it straight—not sugar-coated or diluted.

A true spirit of prayer is replacing artificial prayer.   Believers are waking up to the fact that they prayed wrong.  They had agendas in prayer.  Pastors prayed as if prayer was a booster rocket for their pet program.   Prayer is returning to the raw, unconditional surrender that it was supposed to be all along.

The real message here is not the arrival of a man but of an era of explosive miracles.  That is what I am sensing and expecting.   What we have been waiting for will come in an unexpected package—Branham did!

Maybe we have finally reached total desperation.   Maybe now we will trade the unreliable for the undeniable.   Let it be, Oh, God.

What if the biggest lie that Satan ever told the American public and the American church went completely unnoticed?

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What if the biggest lie that Satan ever told the American public and the American church went completely unnoticed?   What if this masterpiece of a lie holds the key to the most vicious setbacks of the church?  What if all we needed was a simple reset to restore momentum and to regain the hearts and minds of modern Americans?

We all know the classic reason why you never assume.  Yet, assumption may be the biggest mistake we have ever made.  There is something we have assumed.  We need to revisit Sherlock Holmes for a moment.  He said, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

There is a masterpiece of a misconception that Satan has layered on Americans.  I never saw it before.  It was when I saw the hatred leveled at Rick Warren that the revelation hit me!  How could they call Rick Warren a hater?  Rick Warren gave the most careful answer on the issue of Gay Marriage ever and he was vilified!  How could they ban our most easy going theologian from the Presidential Inauguration?

To this day, Rick Warren leaves out every conceivable doctrine that might offend or otherwise pain a seeker.  To call him a hater is like blaming Barney for the extinction of real dinosaurs.

Then it hit me like a blast of light!  This is not hate that is being foisted on the American church. Oh no it goes much deeper than that– this is contempt.  Am I merely parsing words?  No I am not.  There is a galactic difference between hate and contempt.

Contempt is seen in a poignant part of the famous play The Iceman Cometh.  Here is an excerpt when the main character Hickey admits he murdered his wife, “And then I saw I’d always known that was the only possible way to give her peace and free her from the misery of loving me. I saw it meant peace for me, too, knowing she was at peace. I felt as though a ton of guilt was lifted off my mind. I remember I stood by the bed and suddenly I had to laugh. I couldn’t help it, and I knew Evelyn would forgive me. I remember I heard myself speaking to her, as if it was something I’d always wanted to say: “Well, you know what you can do with your pipe dream now, you ————!!

Hickey confesses to Evelyn’s murder toward the end of Act IV over and against the protests of his friends. In doing so, he reveals the contempt for his wife he has not been able to admit to himself. She just kept condoning all of his actions wished that at some point she would call him a scoundrel and throw him out.  Instead, she kept victimizing herself and taking blame when it was clearly his evil and not hers.  Evelyn’s death liberates them both from the pipe dream of his reformation.

America holds the church in the highest contempt but why?  Does this generation hold us in contempt because they instinctively sense, that beyond their Sunday attendance, we do not care enough about them to tell them the truth? It is possible it is because we have the very first generation of pastors who gauge success solely by how many warm bodies there are in the pews? Is it also because they are smarter than we think?  Are they on to us?   Do they know we are violating our convictions?

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Back to Sherlock Holmes, let’s remove the impossibilities and get to the truth!

1.  It is impossible that America hates us because of the Gospel since we have not really been preaching the Gospel.

Let’s look back at when we did preach the Gospel.  From the years 1970-1985 estimates say that 25 million Americans we converted to Christ.  At the same time Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart, Kathryn Kuhlman, Pat Robertson, Jim Bakker, and Jerry Faldwell had a combined television audience of 40 million people. They filled the largest arenas and stadiums with hungry hearts yearning for a true encounter with God.

You never heard Graham leave out the Cross or the Blood or repentance.  Oral Roberts never backed down on divine healing nor did he mince words about satanic activity.  Swaggart openly condemned the immorality of the day; Jerry Faldwell’s moral majority held sway, and Pat Robertson has not compromised his convictions to this day.

These voices never backed down and because they held their ground they were a firewall against America’s moral decline.  Because so many of today’s preachers are fixated on Sunday morning attendance they cannot see that on their watch America has declined morally, economically and physically faster than under any previous generation of pastors.

I am an Evangelist. As an Evangelist my first and last responsibility is to preach the uncompromising Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Paul spoke a promise to all Evangelists for all time that if we keep the Cross in the center of our preaching that the Holy Spirit would crown the message with signs following.

This is not news to this ministry.  We have unswervingly held to that conviction for 45 years. In all of our experiences, through all of the brutal changes in our nation, we have never found a reason to hide the Cross or omit the Blood from our message.

Yet, if you look around, you will find that it is missing in almost every sermon today.  Some preachers even celebrate the absence of these vital truths.Oral-Roberts-9460242-1-402

The wrath of the public started when we began to apologize and obfuscate.  William Carey who is known as the father of modern missions said, “In general the heathen have shown a willingness to hear the word; and have principally expressed their hatred of Christianity on account of the vices of nominal Christians.”

The voices that hate Jesus have always been there but it is when they sensed our weakness that they went on a rampage.

2. Not only did we not reach this generation, we weakened and dumbed down many of the sheep that stayed.  While the messages were soothing and inspiring in a cute way, they were devoid of nutrients.  Audiences began to suffer from malnutrition.

Worse still, they were not only weak; they felt entitled, boasting of great insight and authority when in reality they could not stand against the slightest spiritual warfare.

Instead of winning the lost they merely herded lukewarm believers out of the smaller churches.  Those were under the direct care of pastors left to go hide in a crowd. Little churches closed and emptied into regional churches. We had pockets of good attendance but the overall Christian quantity and quality dropped.  With this drop also came a big drop in our influence in America.

3. It is impossible for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to fail.  Since we are failing and since we are not presenting a clear Gospel, and since we succeed whenever we do preach the Gospel we are left with a simple truth, and no matter how improbable, it is the truth.

So here is the master lie in all of its glory! Satan lied to us and told us that if we tweaked the parts of the Word of God that audiences found objectionable we would win this generation.  Instead, we have not only lost this generation, they now hold us in the highest contempt.

There was a day when secular society agreed to disagree with the church because it held the church in high esteem.  Today they do not even want us to have an opinion.

3. If we repent and return to our first love it will be impossible for this generation to resist us.  If everything that I have told you so far is true then we are left with one final improbable but inescapable truth.  The situation is far from hopeless and the miraculous turnaround is not nearly is far off as we feared.  There is a simple reset.

If there was a Sherlock Holmes and we had retained him to discover our problem, it would be at this point that he would look us in the eye and declare, “Do not look for an exterior factor in your failure.  Do not deny what is undeniable.  Get back on message, divest yourself of all private opinion of what must be done and said.  The Holy Spirit is the only licensed expert on Church growth and advancement.  Return to prayer and await His instructions!”

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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.

 

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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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What was the life message of this great Man of God ? A Tribute to T.L. Osborn by Mario Murillo

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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.

 

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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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