Volume 9, No. 5 • September/October 2012
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. —Prov. 31:25
• Is Fear Trying to Attack You? by Lindsay Roberts • Fall RECIPES
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bowl of hot, healthy soup, a tray of crunchy veggies, a rowdy football game…fall is right around the corner! I love the changing of seasons. But this year, my thoughts are focused on heavier issues that I believe we as Christians need to get a hold of. This issue of Make Your Day Count magazine is a collection of timely and thought-provoking articles that can inspire you to step up your prayer life, to keep your family covered by the blood of Jesus, and to rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit every day. My article—Is Fear Trying to Attack You?—can give you a refresher course on standing against the wiles of the enemy. If the devil can keep us bound up in fear, then he can render us
ineffective in these times. We can have a showdown with the devil in order to rise up with victory. And I love my mother-in-law Evelyn Roberts’ wise reminder to make absolutely sure our children know that Jesus loves them, no matter what, in Jesus Loves the Children. I pray you’ll enjoy this collection of articles, recipes, and inspiration. I believe that it will encourage you to spiritually stand up in the face of spiritual adversity and declare that you are going to MAKE IT COUNT for the glory of God!
Volume 9. No. 5, September/October 2012. Copyright ©2012 by Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association. No part may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
Is fear trying to attack you? If fear is trying to grip you, you may need to have a
faith ‘showdown’ with the devil as I did, and refuse to live in torment anymore. by Lindsay Roberts
hen I was eight months pregnant with our f irst daughter, Jordan, I really got into fear. I knew that fear was not from God, but through experiences I had gone through, I had received fear into my life—I had “signed for the package” and accepted it as mine. One night when I was in bed, the devil began to play with my mind. He brought up before me memories of how I’d almost had a hysterectomy, of my dad dying of cancer, of miscarriages, surgeries, and the death of our firstborn son. And I was only in my twenties at 4
the time. As he reminded me of things in my past, I let him put a terrifying fear in my heart. The feeling was so strong, I felt like satan was trying to physically put something on me. The only way I can explain it is that it was what the Bible calls a “spirit of fear.” I began to shake, and I felt like I was burning up. When I woke up Richard, he said, “Honey, are you sick?” Through my tears, I cried, “I’m terrified, Richard! I cannot have this baby! The devil told me if I go into labor, he’ll kill me and the baby.” I wanted my husband to do
something. I’ll never forget how he looked at me and said, “Lindsay, you need to pray.” Showdown with the devil That was the last thing I wanted to hear. Richard said, “Lindsay, this has plagued you since you were 18 years old and they told you that you could not have children. You’ve allowed it long enough.” And he was absolutely right. He said, “Go in the other room, shut the door, and don’t come out until you’ve had a ‘showdown’ with the devil and you’ve told him, ‘No, devil! I refuse to live in fear anymore.’” At first I was mad at Richard, but in my heart I knew he was right. I had to face this thing head-on, and now I was getting mad at the devil. I walked in the room, ready to face my fear and stay in that room until victory was mine. What I didn’t know was that on the other side of that door, Richard was praying and believing for me to be set free from fear. I remember drawing a line in the carpet with my heel, stepping across it, and saying, “Here’s the line of faith and fear, devil. I’m on the side of faith, and I’m not walking on the other side again.” Then I said, “If your power is greater than God’s, just kill me right now. But if I’m still breathing at the end of this conversation, you will never do this to me again.” Suddenly, I realized, I’m not dead! I’m still here! The fear and torment that had me in its grip just
faded away. I was completely delivered by the power of the Lord. In just a few weeks, I went into the hospital and had a perfectly normal birth without being gripped in fear. And to this day, people comment that Jordan has always been such an “easy” child—so full of God’s peace. When she sings, I’m amazed at comments people say that include the word peace. What God did for me, He can do for you! I believe what God did for me, He can do for you as well, as you have your “s howd ow n” with the devil The fear and and believe God torment that for a miracle of had me in deliverance in its grip just your life. Let’s join in a prayer of faded away. agreement: Father, You told us in 1 John 4:18 that Your perfect love casts out all fear. We claim Your perfect love for us right now, and we cast out all demonic fear from our lives. By the authority of the Word of God and in the name of Jesus, we speak directly to fear, and to any spirit of fear, and we command you to take your hands off God’s property. You loose us and let us go free by the power and blood of Jesus Christ. We take authority over this situation and command you to flee, satan. In Jesus’ name. Amen Y W W W. O R A L R O B E R T S . C O M
MYDC kitchen COOKING with Jordan CHILI
(one of my very favorite Fall dishes!)
Ingredients 2 pounds lean ground beef 3 (15 ounce) cans chili beans, drained 2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1/4 cup chili powder or to taste 1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons hot sauce or to taste (I use tabasco) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon paprika 1 (8 ounce) package shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup chopped red onion (garnish)
In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until no pink is visible, and the meat is completely done. Drain off excess fat. Add in the chili beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Add the chopped onion, celery, green and red bell peppers, and all seasonings. Stir well, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. I usually try to simmer for more like 3-4 hours, as these type of dishes only get better with increased simmering time. Taste after two hours and adjust seasonings as necessaryâ€”you might need a little more salt, pepper, cayenne, etc. to your liking. Remove from heat and serve with cheddar cheese and chopped red onions, or refrigerate for later.
(another one of my favorite Fall recipes!)
Ingredients 3 pounds chuck roast 2 cups beef stock 1 package onion soup mix 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 1/2 cups carrots (I use baby carrots) 1 1/2 cups small red potatoes, cut in half
(save these for later in the cooking process) 3 tablespoons cooking oil (I use coconut oil for everything, but any high heat cooking oil will do.)
Sear the roast in a pan over medium high heat on all sides, creating a “crust” on the meat about 1-2 minutes per side in a hot pan. Remove from heat and place into a slow cooker. Add carrots next to the roast. Mix the soup mix, stock, and soup together and pour over roast and carrots. Reserve the potatoes for later. Cook on low heat for 8 hours (or high heat for 4 hours if you’re in a hurry). At the 6 hour mark on low (or the 3 hour mark on high), add in the potatoes. They will be very mushy if you put them in a the beginning—but do so if you like them that way. Serve warm.
BACK TO SCHOOL VEGGIE DIP (This is a good recipe to get kids to eat their veggies.) Ingredients Sliced veggies of your choice (I use baby carrots, celery sticks, raw broccoli, sliced red bell peppers and sliced cucumbers) 16 ounce carton of plain greek yogurt Package of frozen spinach, thawed 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (or to taste) 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint (optional)
Mix all ingredients together well and serve chilled. If you have questions about storing, serving, or cooking meat or poultry, call the Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-800-535-4555, 10 AM – 4 PM EST.
Let the Little Children Come to Me An update from Hunger Needs a Voice® Jesus said, Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.
ur humanitarian outreach, Hunger Needs A Voice, is helping to fulfill this word of the Lord through our ongoing support of Vie Abondante, a Christian school in Niamey, Niger. While construction of the main school building continues, classes for preschool and preKindergarten age students are already taking place in a rented property, so that Niamey’s children can begin their education. Many of the students are hearing the Gospel for the first time. Parents can’t stop talking about the positive changes they are seeing in their children as a result of their Christian classes, and as a result, families are asking to learn more about the Lord. In October, the new school year will begin, with at least 80 children expected to enroll. Please join us in praying for God to bless the teachers and students. To sow a seed to help us complete the school building that is under construction, go online to www.oralroberts.com and select “I’d like to give,” or call the Abundant Life Prayer Group at 918-495-7777. Y
Children of various backgrounds and faiths attend the school to learn important skills and facts, and they also hear the Gospel.
Through the seed gifts of our partners, the permanent school buildingâ€™s first floor is being completed, and construction has begun on the second floor. W W W. O R A L R O B E R T S . C O M
If there ever was a tip from my mother-in-law, Evelyn Roberts, that speaks to the everydayness of life, and how we can make a major impact by doing little things every day, it’s the principle of making sure our children know Jesus loves them. And this applies to all of us! Jesus loves us no matter what we do. Our actions may not always be pleasing to the Lord, but I’m so glad to know that nothing can separate us from His abounding love. —Lindsay
by Evelyn Roberts
I have received letters from mothers asking me for scriptures on raising their children. One thing I can always tell them is this: Your children can receive no greater heritage from you than to be taught that Jesus loves them. And not only does He love them, but He:
• knows their every need, their every • understands hurt, to heal their every • wants wound, and a solution to their every • has problem.
I believe it is so important to teach your children that God loves them personally. It saddens me when I hear someone say to a child, “If you do that, Jesus won’t love you.” Children need to know that Jesus loves them no matter what they do. While their actions may not always please the Lord, NOTHING can separate them from His love. We learn this in Romans 8:35 where the apostle Paul asks the question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” He gives the answer to that question in verses 38 and 39 by saying, “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” In other words, NOTHING can separate your children from God’s love! We are God’s only family. He loves us, and He wants to be loved by us. He yearns and desires for us to talk to Him and spend quality time with Him. God loves us so much that He made His love an act of giving. In fact, John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Children know this when they have the Word of God planted in them. While your children are young, build
up a storehouse of Scriptures in their minds and spirits that they can draw on as they grow up. Even babies can absorb God’s Word into their spirits. I encourage you to spend time with your children when they’re young and explain the Scriptures to them in simple words. God promises in Isaiah 55:11 that “His Word will not return to Him void.” Through God’s Word your children can see just how much He truly loves them! Y
Children can know that Jesus loves them no matter what they do.
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A Harvest of Jobs!
ith the economic struggles facing so many people in the United States, our Abundant Life® Prayer Group has received thousands of calls from friends and partners of this ministry who are in need of jobs. Whether the prayer requests are about layoffs, downsizing, or just needing a better job, our prayer partners have set their faith in agreement with those who call for God to provide employment. The testimonies on these pages come from people who reached out to God in faith, made the phone call, sowed their seeds of faith, and expected a miracle. It worked for them, and it can work for you! Just like these partners did, you can reach out in faith believing to receive your miracle.
For prayer anytime day or night, call the Abundant Life® Prayer Group at
My son does masonry work, and work has been very slow for him. I sowed a seed-faith gift into the Oral Roberts Ministries, and prayed in faith with a prayer partner for him to get more clients. After prayer, my son just got a big job that will last him at least three months! —Denise from Missouri I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group for prayer for a job because I’ve been out of work for a month and couldn’t pay my bills. Today, after praying in faith, I got a job offer for a full-time job and my bills are now paid! —Rhonda from Alabama I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group to agree in prayer because I was very discouraged in looking for work and waiting for phone calls. Ten minutes after the prayer partner and I agreed in faith, I got a call from my former employer offering me a position that started immediately! —Mike from Ohio I have been unemployed for two years. I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group for prayer for a job. I’m happy to report that after prayer, I got a full-time job that pays well, with benefits, and it’s only five minutes from my house! —Sheila from Michigan I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group for prayer for a job. Within two hours of our prayer, I received a job offer. It’s perfect for me and exactly what I was hoping for! —Joann from California
My son, Jason, was out of work and feeling discouraged because he had been looking for a job for over a month. I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group for prayer and I reached out in faith to God for answers. Within a month, Jason found a good-paying job! —LaShan from Arizona I have not had a pay raise at my job in over four years. I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group to agree with me for God’s blessings, and I sowed a seed-faith gift against my need. A soon as I sowed my seed, I got a raise! —Molly from New York I’m a general contractor and my business had been very slow. I called the Prayer Group and prayed with them that things would pick up. Within just a few hours of that prayer, I got a call from a client who hired us for a job. —James from New Mexico I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group for my son, Jeremy, who lost his job. After I prayed in faith with the prayer partner, my son went to a staffing company and left a copy of his resume. Jeremy got hired immediately—Praise God! —Val from Michigan I called in a prayer request regarding a job interview I was having. It is my joy to say that I got the job! Praise God! I am so excited, and I thank you for praying in agreement with me.—Rosina from Florida I have been praying for a job and God has blessed me with a good one with great benefits! Thank you, Abundant Life Prayer Group, for standing in faith with me! —Keisha from Alabama
My son, David, was unemployed. I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group and sowed seeds for him to get a job. A few months later, he got a great job! Thank you for your prayer of agreement! —Tina from California I called your prayer group to stand with me in faith for a new job. Within a week, the Lord gave me a good job with a good salary, more than I expected, in a great company. It’s even close to my home. Praise the Lord—He gives us more than what we think or ask for! —Priya from Massachusetts After being out of work for almost two years, I now have a great new job! Two days after I agreed in faith with the ALPG prayer partner, I started getting called for interviews. Now, I’m working for a nursing home and am making more money per hour than I have ever made. I’m so thankful to be able to help my children and others in need! —Betty from West Virginia My sister was laid off from her job, so I called your prayer group to agree in prayer with me for her need. Within a short time, her company called her back to work! We are praising God! —David from Georgia My brother has been unemployed for several months. I called the Abundant Life Prayer Group to pray with your prayer partners and I sowed a seed-faith gift. After prayer, my brother has a new job! —Marcia from Texas
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Cleaning house? Taking inventory? It’s good to clean house–getting rid of what we don’t need in order to make room for what we do need.
In this DVD sermon, Lindsay Roberts shares a lively, memorable message about how you can identify things in your life that don’t belong, and the importance of keeping your own personal “box” in order, with God’s help. When your Only box is full of God, your life can be too! $15
Call 918-495-7777, or visit www.oralroberts.com/bookstore, to order your copy of this faith-building DVD today!
funnybone A Child’s Prayer A Sunday School teacher asked her pupils, “Now children, do you all say your prayers at night?” A little boy answered, “My mommy says my prayers.” “I see,” said the teacher. “And what does your mommy say?” Replied the boy, “Thank God, he’s in bed!”
Published on Sep 1, 2012
Is Fear Trying to Attack You? by Lindsay Roberts Jesus Loves the Little Childrenby Evelyn Roberts Fall Recipesby Jordan Roberts