“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12).                                                                                                     

I absolutely loved hearing Richard Roberts tell this story about his father on the September 14, 2015 Believer’s Voice of Victory broadcast.  His father, Oral Roberts, was conducting one of his tent meetings when a lady came forward to have her little boy prayed for. He had been born without one of his hip sockets and needed a creative miracle. Oral was honest with her when he said, “I am so sorry, ma’am. I don’t have faith for a creative miracle.” He then told her, “This healing will need to wait for the resurrection.”

I loved the mother’s response. She grabbed the microphone away from the evangelist and told him, “Oral Roberts, I’m not asking you to have faith. I’ll do the believing, and you do the praying.” I am assuming that she gave the microphone back to the evangelist when he prayed for her son.

When this little boy went to bed that night, nothing had changed in his physical condition. However, when he woke up in the morning, he had a brand new hip socket where there had never been a hip socket before. At the tent meeting, this little boy joyfully testified and demonstrated what God had done for him. From that time on, Oral Roberts believed that with God, absolutely nothing is too difficult.

Haring this story was a real “up in my heart.” I have been way too polite far too many times in the face of doubt and unbelief. I have much life experience in having my faith attacked by others.  I would have been ahead to “grab the microphone” and declare my faith in God’s Word over my life rather than to politely let somebody else’s unbelief soak into my heart.

I have learned it does not work to be passive and polite in the face of other people’s doubt and unbelief. Sometimes this unbelief is blatantly spoken. Other times, its presence is so thick that it feels suffocating [to my faith], but no actual words are actually spoken. This lady would not have gotten her miracle by politely going back to her seat and feeling disappointed.

My friend, are you tired of people’s negativity in regard to your life situation? Are you tired of people saying or thinking your situation is impossible? Are you tired of other people’s lack of faith over your life? If so, it’s time to “grab the microphone” and let your voice of faith in God’s Word be heard.

Abba Father: I am tired of being polite to the spirit of doubt and unbelief. I choose to “grab the microphone” and let my faith in the Word of God be heard.



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