From the archives of Oral Roberts

Often when we receive a miracle from God, the devil will come and try to steal it from us. Mark 4:15 NKJV says, “When they hear, satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”

That happened to me right after my healing from tuberculosis when I was 17. Three weeks later I was still very weak, and the devil came against me so hard that I began to worry that I had not been healed at all. One day my mother said, “Oral, you’re worried about whether or not God healed you, aren’t you?” “Yes, Mama, I am,” I answered. “If I really received my healing, why am I still so weak? Why am I not getting my strength back faster?”

Mama took my hands in hers. “Oral, don’t ever forgot how you felt when the minister prayed for you and the tuberculosis left your lungs. Don’t forget how you walked and leaped and shouted for joy. You are healed! And it’s a trick of the devil to make you worry that you aren’t. God healed you, Son. It takes time for your strength to come back. Just keep remembering!”

And I did keep remembering. I remembered how strong I felt when I was prayed for and God’s healing power came upon me, and I still remember today. I am healed!

I think if my mother had not shown me how to remember my healing and hold onto my faith, I would have crawled back into my deathbed and never come out of it alive. If the devil has been trying to steal your miracle, keep remembering that he is a liar and a thief. Keep remembering that the power of God that flowed into your life is just as real today as it was when you first received it!

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