From the archives of Oral Roberts

God made us people of speech, and He tells us to talk, to speak the Word. The first time I spoke the phrase, “The healed of the Lord,” it had a positive effect in my body. When I said, “I am the prospered of the Lord,” I quit being down in my spirit because the funds were not coming in as they should. I saw as in a vision that our help was coming from the North, the South, the East, and the West, and I knew that God had heard my words. “I am the prospered of the Lord, and I’ll believe it until it happens.”

I said, “I am the prospered of the Lord.” And then I went a little further, saying, “My family is the prospered of the Lord.” When one member of our family is sick, or maybe we have a little estrangement, or anything else happens to us, I say, “I am the prospered of the Lord, and my family is the prospered of the Lord.”

This made a change in my thinking, and the Bible says you are what you think. For as he [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). There is a lot of value in positive thinking. And if a man believes in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, he shall be saved (Romans 10:9).

What we are talking about is not only a mental assent, a positive thinking, but a heart-thinking, a whole-person response that we say with our mouths. We make confession with our mouths, “I am the healed of the Lord. I am the prospered of the Lord.” Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. It’s not just positive thinking; it is positive thinking turned into positive believing because you’ve mixed your faith with it. You can think it all day long, but if you haven’t got any faith to believe it, you might as well forget it. If you believe it, you hear it when you speak it, and then you set your faith to it.

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