“YOU SHALL BE CALLED PRIESTS OF THE LORD, MINISTERS OF OUR GOD.
YOU SHALL BE FED WITH THE TREASURES OF THE NATIONS AND SHALL GLORY
IN THEIR RICHES. INSTEAD OF SHAME AND DISHONOR, YOU SHALL HAVE A
DOUBLE PORTION OF PROSPERITY AND EVERLASTING JOY!” Isa. 61:6-9 TLB
Yes, Orlando, Florida — the capital of entertainment
— Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld,
Holy Land Experience, Busch Gardens, Kennedy
Space Center, and much more! The chamber of
commerce estimates that 52 million visitors a year
pass through the area, and to my
amazement Channel 52 is carried
on most all of the hotels,
motels, etc., besides, of course
“must carry” to all the cable
systems serving the 3.2 million
local residents of the greater
Orlando area! Praise the Lord.
Yes, Orlando is yours and ours
to use for the glory of God and
to extend TBN to millions
more with the glorious Gospel
of Jesus Christ!
For our 33 years of battles
and suffering — some (believe it
or not) with Christian brothers,
some with greedy worldly men,
and some with governmental
agencies — our God is giving us one of the greatest
victories! Here is the word of the Lord to us this
“FOR I, THE LORD, LOVE JUSTICE;
I HATE ROBBERY AND WRONG”!
We have paid out millions of dollars through the
years in “settlements” to our enemies just to keep our
precious TV licenses (read my book, ‘Hello World’)!
But God’s promise goes on —
“I WILL FAITHFULLY REWARD MY
PEOPLE FOR THEIR SUFFERING AND
MAKE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT
WITH THEM. THEIR DESCENDANTS
SHALL BE KNOWN AND HONORED
AMONG THE NATIONS; AND SHALL
REALIZE THAT THEY ARE A PEOPLE
GOD HAS BLESSED”! Isa. 61:8
Of course, we realize that these great promises
relate to the nation of Israel,
but who is spiritual Israel
today? We are! Read it with
me and rejoice!
“AND NOW THAT WE
ARE CHRIST’S WE
ARE THE TRUE
ABRAHAM, AND ALL
OF GOD’S PROMISES
TO HIM BELONG TO
US!” Gal. 3:29 TLB
Ah, dear Partners, join me
— let’s praise Him together;
let us lift holy hands in worship,
adoration and exaltation!
God is “honoring us among
the nations” for His glory
alone! I can feel His Holy presence now, even as I
write this letter to you. And just to leave no doubt
about His love and blessings to us and TBN, He adds
“NOW WE ARE NO LONGER SLAVES,
BUT GOD’S OWN SONS, AND SINCE WE
ARE HIS SONS, EVERYTHING HE HAS
BELONGS TO US, FOR THAT IS THE WAY
GOD PLANNED!” Gal. 4:7 TLB
WOW! So what does God have or own? Dear
Father God — please let that truth settle in upon us all!
How about the whole world? “The world is mine,
and the fullness thereof” (Psa. 50:12).
How about heaven, with streets of pure gold, a river of
life, a tree that bears 12 manner of fruit all the time? How
about a new Jerusalem with 12 foundations of precious
jewels? How about the apostle Paul’s description?
“EYE HATH NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD…
THE THINGS THAT GOD HATH PREPARED
FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM”! (1 Cor. 2:9)
HEY — do you remember our former Scripture?
“EVERYTHING HE [GOD] HAS BELONGS TO
US”!!! If that doesn’t get you shouting happy, you are
dead and need to get saved! Glory be to the MOST HIGH
But, remember the KEY that we have been studying
for some time. We have just rejoiced over God’s part of
His great blessings. Now let’s remember our part, which
is the key to receiving them.
Only fruit bearers are eligible to receive ALL
THAT GOD POSSESSES (Gal. 4:7). Remember the fig
tree that Jesus cursed because it had no fruit? You say that
was not fair since it was not the season for figs. Ah, but
the tree is a type of us Christians and we are to be
fruitful at all times. Hear Paul’s word to Timothy —
“PREACH THE WORD; BE INSTANT IN
SEASON, [AND] OUT OF SEASON.”
And remember we have been reviewing Jesus’ own
words about fruit bearing —
“EVERY BRANCH IN ME THAT BEARETH
NOT FRUIT, HE TAKETH AWAY….” John 15:2
Jesus goes on to say in much stronger terms —
“HE THAT ABIDETH IN ME…BRINGETH
FORTH MUCH FRUIT….” John 15:5
This is, of course, the will of the Father, but here is the
chilling final word which we all must take to heart and
beware of —
“IF A MAN ABIDE NOT IN ME, HE IS CAST
FORTH AS A BRANCH, AND IS WITHERED;
AND MEN GATHER THEM, AND CAST
THEM INTO THE FIRE, AND THEY ARE
BURNED.” John 15:6
WOW! God is serious about us Christians BEARING
FRUIT! If we are truly born again, we are expected —
NO, WE ARE REQUIRED — to bear fruit for the
Kingdom of God!
As I have taught often, we Believers love to quote
verse 7 — oh, how we love it:
“IF YE ABIDE IN ME, AND MY WORDS
ABIDE IN YOU, YE SHALL ASK WHAT YE
WILL, AND IT SHALL BE DONE UNTO YOU.”
But, hold on! Read the whole passage of John 15 and you
will see that the promises are only for FRUIT BEARERS!
Verse 16 makes it even more emphatic:
“I HAVE CHOSEN YOU, AND ORDAINED
YOU, THAT YE SHOULD GO AND BRING
FORTH FRUIT…[SO THAT] WHATSOEVER
YE SHALL ASK OF THE FATHER IN MY
NAME, HE MAY GIVE IT YOU!” John 15:16
Could it be any clearer? The big question is: “ARE
YOU — WE – BEARING FRUIT? And what is this
“FRUIT” that God commands? Simply the souls of
men, women, boys and girls — in a word, humanity!
Well, I know one thing — TBN is bearing abundant
fruit! Salvation slips, emails, Internet, satellite, even
plain old postal mail, pour into us daily! And those of
you who support, now over 7,500 stations and affiliates,
are also bearing precious fruit! Praise the Lord! We are
bearing worldwide fruit and our fruit is remaining—we
know because they tell us so by asking for the salvation
packet, Bibles, and other Gospel literature that they may
grow in their new faith!
If you are not bearing fruit, begin this November as
we produce another great Praise-a-Thon®:
Sing and shout with the whole family of TBN fruit
bearers and become one with us! Jan and I will give our very best with you!
P.S. You may use the enclosed pledge card to make
your pledge, or you may make your pledge on our
secure TBN.org website, or just phone in during
the exciting week of glorious Praise-a-Thon®.