Why We Worship Him

“From the Heart” teaching by Drs. Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne.

Foundation Scriptures: Luke 19:29-40

And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.'” 32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. 33 But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of him.”35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. 36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road. 37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying: “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”  Luke 19:29-40 NKJV

1. The reason we worship.

  • They threw their garments over the colt and sat Jesus upon it.
  • They spread their garments on the road in front of Him.
  • The whole multitude of disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice.

They praised Him for all the mighty works they had seen!

  • They said—Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!
  • The Pharisees asked Jesus to rebuke His disciples.
  • Jesus told them—If they keep silent, the stones will immediately cry out!

2. We praise Him and worship Him—with no restraint or reservation—lifting up our hands; our hearts; our voices—giving Him our all.

Because…

  • He is our Savior.
  • He is our Deliverer.
  • He is our Healer.
  • He is the Baptizer in the Holy Ghost and Fire.
  • He is our Righteousness.
  • He is our Protector.
  • He is our Shepherd.
  • He is our Provider.
  • He is our Rock; our Shelter; our All in All.
  • He is our Lord and King.

We cannot be quiet about Him!

3. We must shout it from the mountain-tops to the roof-tops until the whole world knows!

If they could wave palm branches and throw their clothes at His feet and raise their voices in praise and adoration to His Name…
…how much more should we worship—we who have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb and have the Holy Spirit in us to help us worship!

4. Why people don’t worship.

  • They are worshipping other things—worshipping idols.
  • Idols of TV; sport; movies; possessions; their bellies; etc.
  • Worship—you know what you worship—it’s what you give your time, attention and money to.
  • Idol worship is rife in the 21st century church.

It’s time to worship the King! It’s time to praise Him! It’s time to give Him glory!

Jesus is my Healer

I believe for God to heal everybody. If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t preach. I believe that the day is coming soon when people will come into the presence of God crippled, broken, bruised, tattered and torn, and every single one will be healed. Every single sinner in the house will get saved. Every single backslider in the house will come back to God. And everyone who is possessed or tormented by demons will be gloriously set free.

 

Need more? Look at Matthew 14:14: Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion towards them, and he healed their sick. And how about Matthew 14:34-36?  And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

 

And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched him were made perfectly whole.

 

I didn’t write this, Matthew did! Now look a little farther at Matthew 15:30-31: And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:

 

Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see.” and they glorified the God of Israel Now down to Matthew 19:2: And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

 

Go to Matthew 21:14:

And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. Here’s the bottom line for healing: you have to believe the truth of the Word of God and hide it in your heart. You must have your faith built in God and established in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Healer.

 

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.

PSALM 125:1-2 NIV

 

You’ve got to get it into your heart, “Jesus is my Healer.” Even if those are the last words out of your mouth on your deathbed, it’s better to go saying, “Jesus is my Healer,” than just capitulating and going out filled with doubt and unbelief, saying, “Maybe He’s not my Healer.” You don’t know that you won’t be raised up from your so-called deathbed because you would not give up on God’s promises.

 

“Okay,” you say. “Jesus healed back then, and it’s wonderful that He wants to heal today. It’s also wonderful that He’s the Great Physician, but how in the world does this relate to me?” Friend, that’s where you’ve got to grab hold of what I’m saying and realize that the Bible is not talking to anybody else.

 

God is talking to you. His Word is for you. Are you born again? Are you washed in the blood? Is Jesus your Lord and Savior? Then healing is yours. Healing belongs to you. Healing is the children’s bread, and you are God’s child. Healing belongs to you! It’s yours. It’s your birthright. It’s not something you have to pay for. It’s not something you have to beg for. It’s yours. You have a new physician today— Jesus, M.D.

 

Maybe you have already been healed, but you wonder, “How can I walk in God’s healing power all the time?” This is an easy one: Start praying for the sick. When you pray for the sick, you activate God’s healing power in your own life, and it becomes a living reality to you.

 

Make a point of finding somebody who’s sick and lay hands on them. God’s healing power, the same healing power that went through you to them, will start quickening your mortal body and become a living reality on the inside of you. I guarantee that if you make this a way of life, you will walk in the revelation that you are healed and Jesus is your Healer.

BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit. 19 Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord, 20 At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.  
Ephesians 5:18-20

To Be Filled With The Spirit You Must Be Empty

  • Empty yourself of yourself.
  • Empty yourself of sin.
  • Things of the world
  • Desires that are not of God
  • Deal with the things of the past; cut them off

Colossians 3:5 AMP – So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).   

  • Once you empty yourself you must do something about filling yourself up.

You Must Be Thirsty

  • If you hunger and thirst after righteousness you will be filled, if you draw nigh unto me.
  • Matthew 5:6 AMP – Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!
  • James 4:8a AMP – Come close to God and He will come close to you.
  • As the deer panteth for the water.

Psalms 42:1 AMP – As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God.

You Must Be Hungry

  • Spiritual appetite—develop it
  • How can you be filled with the Spirit when you are filled with everything else?
  • Spiritual junk food
  • Isaiah 55:1  (Message Bible)  “Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water! Are you penniless? Come anyway—buy and eat! Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and milk. Buy without money—everything’s free! Why do you spend your money on junk food, your hard-earned cash on cotton candy? Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best; fill yourself with only the finest. Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words.


You Must Come Expecting To Be Filled

  • Filled with the New Wine
  • Filled with the Holy Spirit—filled with God Himself
  • Ephesians 3:19 AMP – [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! 



You Must Allow the Lord To Fill You

  • With joy shall ye draw forth water out of the wells of Salvation.
  • Isaiah 12:3 AMP – Therefore with joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation.
  • We have all been made to drink unto one Spirit.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:13 AMP – For by [means of the personal agency of] one [Holy] Spirit we were all, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, baptized [and by baptism united together] into one body, and all made to drink of one [Holy] Spirit.


You Must Give Out So That You Can Start The Whole Process Again

  • Empty, thirsty & hungry, expectation, allow God to fill you—give out.
  • But be ye being filled
  • Constantly filled and emptied, filled and emptied…
  • Ephesians 5:18 AMP – And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.

STAY HUNGRY & THIRSTY

Blessings of Scripture

Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet

incense,

Exodus 25:6

 

Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon

his head, and anoint him.

Exodus 29:7

 

And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar,

and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron,

and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon

the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be

hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’

garments with him.

Exodus 29:21

 

And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an

ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it

shall be an holy anointing oil.

Exodus 30:25

 

And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel,

saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me

throughout your generations.

Exodus 30:31

 

And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy

place: according to all that I have commanded thee

shall they do.

Exodus 31:11

 

And oil for the light, and spices for anointing oil, and

for the sweet incense,

Exodus 35:8

 

And the incense altar, and his staves, and the anointing

oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the

door at the entering in of the tabernacle,

Exodus 35:15

 

And spice, and oil for the light, and for the anointing

oil, and for the sweet incense.

Exodus 35:28

 

And he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure

incense of sweet spices, according to the work of the

apothecary.

Exodus 37:29

 

And the golden altar, and the anointing oil, and the

sweet incense, and the hanging for the tabernacle door,

Exodus 39:38

 

And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the

tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it,

and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.

Exodus 40:9

 

And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their

father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s

office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting

priesthood throughout their generations.

Exodus 40:15

 

This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of

the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the

Lord made by fire, in the day when he presented them

to minister unto the Lord in the priest’s office;

Leviticus 7:35

 

Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments,

and the anointing oil, and a bullock for the sin

offering, and two rams, and a basket of unleavened

bread;

Leviticus 8:2

 

And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the

tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified

them.

Leviticus 8:10

 

And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head,

and anointed him, to sanctify him.

Leviticus 8:12

 

And Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood

which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron,

and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon

his sons’ garments with him; and sanctified Aaron, and

his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments

with him.

Leviticus 8:30

 

And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle

of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of

the Lord is upon you. And they did according to the

word of Moses.

Leviticus 10:7

 

And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon

whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is

consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover

his head, nor rend his clothes;

Leviticus 21:10

 

Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane

the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the

anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the Lord.

Leviticus 21:12

 

And to the office of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest

pertaineth the oil for the light, and the sweet incense,

and the daily meat offering, and the anointing oil, and

the oversight of all the tabernacle, and of all that

therein is, in the sanctuary, and in the vessels thereof.

Numbers 4:16

 

And the Lord spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have

given thee the charge of mine heave offerings of all

the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto they

have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to

thy sons, by an ordinance for ever.

Numbers 18:8

 

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden

shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his

yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be

destroyed because of the anointing.

Isaiah 10:27

 

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of

the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him

with oil in the name of the Lord:

James 5:14

 

But the anointing which ye have received of him

abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach

you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all

things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath

taught you, ye shall abide in him.

1 John 2:27

 

 

What Are You Made Of?

It is in that place of hardness, in the beginning of

the ministry that you see what you are made of. A grape

does not produce juice until it is squeezed. You cannot

have grape juice and wine, until you squeeze the grape.

Some people need to go through a little bit of pressure to

produce. Sometimes they get into trouble because of their

own stupidity. At other times, the hard place is where

they develop character.

 

The Bible says God tested Abraham. Also in

Jesus’ ministry He was led by the Holy Ghost into the

wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Some people don’t

understand how it is possible that the Holy Spirit will do

that. But God wants to see what you are made of before

He entrusts something great to you.

 

Nebuchadnezzar learned what the three Hebrew

boys were made of when he put them in the burning, fiery

furnace. They found out what Daniel was made of when

they put him in the lions’ den.

 

You Have to Start at ABC to Get to XYZ

 

So many people want to start at point Z but they

won’t start at A. Until you are ready for ABC, you can’t

get to XYZ. Be faithful with the little God gives you. It

might take five, ten, twenty, thirty or forty years to see it

come to pass, but have the stickability.

 

Stay with what God has called you to do,

irrespective of the rain, the sun, the snow, the winter, the

summer, the spring, irrespective of adversity, trials,

tribulations, and heartaches. Remain constant. Operate in

the fruit of patience and continue in what God has called

you to do. It will be a process, but God will move you

into a place where the ministry will come forth and into

maturity.

 

Kathryn Kuhlman went through hell and back

before her great ministry was born. She experienced

many failures and many hours of loneliness. She said that

she knew the day and time when Kathryn Kuhlman died.

Many people think they are out there and no one

recognizes them, but God knows and He sees. He looks

upon the heart. He is looking for a yielded and a willing

vessel.

 

There Is a Time to Come Forth

 

It is almost like a lady who becomes pregnant.

She would love to have the baby immediately, because it

will save her a lot of problems. We have had three

children. I’ve been with my wife during every birth. So I

know what my wife went through. It would have been

much easier to have all three at one time. It would have

taken nine months instead of twenty-seven.

 

As much as that lady wants to have her baby, she

has to wait for the time for the baby to come forth. When

a baby is born prematurely, it must be placed in an

incubator in intensive care. In the case of extremely

premature babies, their lungs are underdeveloped and the

child has less chance of surviving.

 

It is the same with ministries. People have tried to

give birth to a ministry prematurely and it doesn’t last
long. It will last a year, two years, or perhaps five years,

and then fade away into nothingness.

 

Two Kinds of Ministries

 

There are two kinds of ministries in the earth

today. There are the shooting star ministries that will

come in a blaze of glory and disappear or blow up. Then

there are the ministries that are solid, like the North Star.

 

They will stand the storms of life. They will stand when

everything else around is falling, when other ministries

are quitting, when people are pulling out of the ministry,

when the persecution gets hot. They will stand when they

clamp down even more on the television preachers, when

they mock the preachers in the newspapers and the

media.

 

These are men of God who will say, “We are not

going to compromise! We’ll not back down on the

healing ministry! We are not going to back down on

casting out devils! We are going to arise and boldly

proclaim the Word of God in Jesus’ name! It doesn’t

matter if they end up locking us in jail. It doesn’t matter if

we go to a foreign field and we give our lives there. Let it

be so. We will obey the call of God!” These are the kind

of people God is looking for.

 

THE HEART

Foundation Scriptures: Romans 8:14–16 and Proverbs 20:27

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father! 16 The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.
Romans 8:14-16 AMP

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.  Proverbs 20:27 KJV

1. God will enlighten us and guide us through our spirits

a. The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly. The AMP says, “The spirit of man [that factor in human personality which proceeds immediately from God] is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.”
b. The spirit of man ­—the heart—is the lamp of the Lord. This means that God will lead you by His Spirit in your spirit.
c. Only when your heart is right and pure, can you trust what your heart is telling you. Only then can you
clearly hear and surely trust the Spirit’s leading and guidance through your spirit.
How God speaks to you:
• Still small voice.
• His Word.
• Confirmation through two or three witnesses.
• Dreams, visions, and an audible voice.

2. The Inward Witness

a. Under the Old Covenant, people were not born again; the Holy Spirit did not yet live IN them.
They needed the guidance of a prophet.
b. Under the New Covenant, God lives in US. We are sons of God, led by the Spirit of God.
c. The inward witness or inward intuition can be described as either: a check, a red light, or a stop signal
for NO and a peace, an assurance, a go-ahead signal for YES.
d. Immature believers (and carnal people) tend to look for manifestations and the spectacular to lead them,
but the inward witness is just as supernatural as guidance through visions etc.
e. That inward witness will lead you into the will of God and the blessing of God. Many have become
millionaires, just by following their heart.
f.  You know you are a child of God, not because someone prophesied it, or because you had a vision, or
because you feel like it, but because of that inward witness.
g. Some people are looking for outward signs to lead them:
• People put out fleeces like Gideon.
• Sometimes God will allow a fleece for a baby
Christian, but it is not His perfect will for you to
be led like this.
• Be careful you don’t get “fleeced” by the devil.
He can also maneuver your circumstances.

3. The Inward Voice

a. The spirit man has a voice, just as the physical man has a voice.
• The voice of the body is feelings.
• The voice of the soul is reason.
• The voice of the spirit is your conscience.
b. It is a still, small voice.
c. 1 John 3:20-21 NKJV says, “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all
things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.”
d. You know when you have done something wrong—your own heart will tell you.
e. Listen to your heart—your conscience. Stay sensitive.

4. The Voice of the Holy Spirit

a. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter: our Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and
Standby.
b. When the Holy Spirit speaks, it is more authoritative. It might be so loud that you will think someone
near you said it. When God called Samuel, he thought it was Eli.
c. When the Holy Spirit directs you, it will always be in line with the Word of God.
d. If it does not line up with the Word of God, then it is not the Spirit of God.
e. God’s Word is His will; God’s Word is your plumb line.
f. Many people are doing crazy things under the guise of being led by the Spirit. They are not hearing
from God—they are listening to their head—their carnal mind—and being moved by circumstances.
Romans 8:6a AMP says, “Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit]
is death.”
g. Always judge what you hear. Ask yourself:
• Does this line up with the Word of God
• Does it glorify Jesus?
h. Make God’s Word your final authority.
i. Warning: Don’t go after voices to speak aloud to you. The devil may just accommodate you.
j. Paul listened to the voice of the Holy Spirit in Acts 27:9-10, when he warned them, saying, “Men, I
perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also
our lives.” Even though, they did not believe him, later, also by the Holy Spirit, he told them how they
would be saved and what to do to be saved from dying in the storm.
k. We must be controlled by, manipulated by, and stimulated by the Holy Spirit.
l.  Let peace be your umpire (Colossians 3:15 AMP).

5. Five Things You Need to do to Train and Develop Your
Human Spirit

  1. Give the Word of God first place in your life (Proverbs 4:20)
  2. Meditate in the Word (Joshua 1:8)
  3. Practice the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)
  4. Pray in the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:14-15)
  5. Learn and decide to instantly obey the voice of the Holy Spirit in your spirit.

WE ARE STEWARDS

Thoughts on Stewardship  – Lesson No. 12 from Genesis

We are Stewards of What God Has Given to Us
Foundation Scriptures: Genesis 1:26–28

 

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, accord­ing to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:26-28 NKJV

1. God said, “Let us make man in our own image and let him have dominion.” God gave man stewardship over the earth and everything in it.

a. We are not here on earth by accident, but by divine design.

b. You and I are placed here on this earth by God as stewards of the earth and we must give an account of that which has been entrusted to us.

2. Our stewardship covers the earth and everything in it:

a. We have been given authority over the creatures of the earth and over the earth itself. With this authority comes the responsibility as well. You cannot have one without the other. A person who wants authority without responsibility is a dictator. A person who takes the responsibility without exercising authority will be frustrated in their efforts. There is not any one person who can take dominion over the entire earth, but we can all take authority and responsibility for that which God gives us and administer it wisely.

b. We must take dominion. God told us to populate the earth and subdue it. We are here to bless the earth—not to destroy it or each other! God placed more than enough resources in the earth to meet every need. Then why do people lack? Why are they poverty stricken? Because of wickedness and spiritual darkness. When people bow their knee to Almighty God, blessing and prosperity come to them. Ungodly people are greedy and covetous and will not share with others, but godly people do what they can to be a blessing, and are blessed in return.

c. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve exercised their faith to achieve their goals. After the Fall, they had to do it with their own hands, by the sweat of their brow. The devil stole the authority and dominion with which they were entrusted. Jesus bought back the dominion and authority that was man’s in the Garden and returned it into the hands of His blood-washed believers. You need to know what authority is available to you and you need to exercise that authority by faith, just as Adam did! God promises to bless the work of your hands. If you do things God’s way and if you look to Him for guidance, He will prosper your way.

3. God will bless the work of our hands if we busy ourselves with His eternal purposes.

a. We will give account of what we do with our time.

b. We will give an account of what we do with our talents.

c. We will give an account of what we do with our treasure.

d. We will give an account of what we do with our tongue.

N.B. God has entrusted much to us—it is vital that we take dominion over and be good stewards of what He has placed in our hands.

Pastor Adonica’s Thoughts:

God has given us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). God has given us resources—tangible and intangible; abilities and things—and with them come authority, and responsibility. We are given stewardship in order to be a BLESSING—not so we can selfishly take advantage. 1 John 3:17 AMP says, “But if anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him?” Use what you have to be a blessing not a hindrance. Don’t allow the devil to lie to you and tempt you to be selfish and fearful. Realize that God has provided everything you will ever need and all you need to do is to obey Him in your giving and receiving. God cannot increase you until you obey and give out. Be a blessing wherever you can and then use your faith to receive from the Lord all that you need.

Pastor Rodney’s Thoughts:

We must realize that we only have one life to live and that we must to redeem the time, because the days are evil. You and I are stewards, because God has placed talents in each of our hands, for which we will need to give an account at the Judgment Seat of Christ. One of these “talents” is our money. What are we doing with it? How much of it is being used for the Kingdom and for eternity? The choices we make now make a difference, not only personally, but to many, many other people. This includes things you do and things you don’t do that you could or should do. These choices could affect generations. Let’s take stock of our life and choices today and purpose to use our finances wisely from now on. It is vital that you obey God and tithe (10%) of your income to the Kingdom and then give offerings, over and above your tithe, as you have purposed in your heart and with the Lord’s leading. Everyone needs to fulfill their obligation back to the Gospel.

Prayer and Confession:

Father, help me to be a good steward of all that you have placed in my hands so that on that day I might not be found wanting! I purpose to be a good steward of that which God has placed in my hands.

WHY WE RUN THE RACE

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV

 

In this teaching, Rodney Howard Browne describes the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

 

1.     There is a day coming when all we, who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, will all stand before Him at His Judgment Seat.

a.    The Judgment Seat of Christ is for the believer, not for the sinner.

b.    Some people are concerned only with getting their ticket to Heaven; however, there is more to Heaven than just getting there.

c.    2 Corinthians 5:9-10 AMP – Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth away from Him] or away from home [and with Him], we are constantly ambitious and strive earnestly to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing].

d.    The Judgment Seat of Christ is not a place of condemnation where your eternal destination – heaven or hell – is decided, but it is a place where you receive your pay according to what you have done, whether good or bad.

e.    Each man and woman will have to give an account for their lives here on the earth.

 

Rodney Howard Browne shows us how the Fire of God works in the life of a Christian

 

2.    The fire of God will try your works.

a.    1 Corinthians 3:8-15 NKJV – Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

b.    Jesus Christ – crucified and raised from the dead – is our foundation – the only foundation upon which one can build. 

c.    You can’t earn salvation with good works – you receive God’s grace and mercy by faith.  Once Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you are going to heaven, but it is still important to do good works with right motives. This is where you earn your heavenly rewards.

d.    Your works are classified as either gold, jewels and precious stones or wood, hay and stubble, depending on what your motives have been. 

e.    Your works will be tested as a basis for recompense of rewards. They will go through fire.  

f.    2 John 1: 8 Easy-to-Read Version – Be careful! Don’t lose the reward you have worked for. Be careful so that you will receive all of your reward.

 

Rodney Howard Browne discusses the judgment of God

 

3.    What will be judged?

a.    Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV – For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

b.    Your thoughts and motives will be judged.

c.    Matthew 12:36 AMP – But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.

d.    You will be judged for your idle, thoughtless words. These are words that are not productive – they produce no life – gossip, grumbling and complaining, back-biting, judging, criticizing, etc. 

e.    Matthew 25:13-30 NKJV – “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. 14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.  15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.  16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.  17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.  18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.  19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’  21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’  22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’  23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.  27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.  28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.  30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

f.    Our faithfulness will be judged. There is NO reward for unfaithfulness.

g.    So then these are things that will be judged:

h.    Time: did you use it wisely?

i.     Talents: did you multiply them or bury them?

j.     Treasure: money – what have you done with yours?

k.    Tongue: what words came out of your mouth?

l.      1 Corinthians 9:24-25 NKJV – Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

 

Cast your bread upon the Waters

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Ecclesiastes 11:1 AMP

This verse is saying that blessings will be returned to the person who is generous and hospitable. “Cast” means to send away; cast away; cast out; shoot forth; shoot away; sow; spread; stretch forth; stretch out. It implies an open hand and a flinging forth, which represents generosity – both in quantity and direction. Not being selective about who receives the blessing, but blessing many and diverse people. The “waters” you cast your bread onto are like the ocean waves that come in and go out. The blessings you send out, will return back to bless you. You may not see it come back immediately, but just keep on sowing, because undoubtedly, after a while, you will see them coming back your way. Even if you do not see anything coming back yet, keep on sowing, because your blessing is on its way back to you.

Give a portion to seven, yes, even [divide it] to eight, for you know not what evil may come upon the earth. Ecclesiastes 11:2 AMP

Seven or eight represents several or many people. Seven represents God’s number – the perfect number, an indefinite number. Eight is another step beyond that, so we are to give as much as we can – and then go one more step beyond that! Just when we think we do not have anything else to give, we find that we can do even more than that. We are to stretch ourselves out in our giving and the Lord will stretch Himself out for us. There are no guarantees in life; therefore, we must be prepared. We need to give bread (daily sustenance) to others, because we never know when we are going to be in need of bread ourselves. When we take care of others, He will take care of us in our hour of need. We cannot foresee any hard times that lie in our future, so we give and we bless others, so that no matter what the circumstance, the Lord will provide us with what we need. Even in the most adverse circumstances, He will fully meet our need.

If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. Ecclesiastes 11:3 AMP

This verse illustrates the certainty of God’s blessing. As surely as the clouds, full of rain, empty themselves upon the earth – so also your blessings will surely return to you. Just as in nature, they are regular cycles and seasons that can be counted upon, so is the man who casts his bread upon the waters – he will be blessed in due season. The tree lies where it falls – you cannot control everything – you need to trust God.

He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4 AMP

Just because life is uncertain does not mean we should do nothing. We cannot afford to be stingy or to give in to hopelessness. We need to move forward in a spirit of trust and faith, taking God at His word, both in what we do, and what we expect of Him. If we wait for all circumstances to be perfect before we act, we will remain inactive and unproductive. We cannot wait for conditions that may never exist. The man, who is governed by the uncertainty of the future, will not plant his seed nor harvest his crop. We cannot observe natural things, and let them dictate to us whether, or not, we obey God’s word. There is never a right or a wrong season to be a giver. No matter what your circumstance, it is time to give. You need the Lord to be your source and supply in all the circumstances of life, especially in the hard times. Therefore, your seasons of giving should be in the good times AND the hard times. As far as sowing goes: when the hard times come, do not withdraw your hand. That is the time to give like never before. As far as reaping goes: do not limit God. He does not only provide for you in the good times, but He provides for you, abundantly, even when times are bad and others are in lack. Trust Him to take care of you in all the seasons of life.

As you know not what is the way of the wind, or how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you know not the work of God, Who does all. Ecclesiastes 11:5 AMP

If we cannot fully understand the infinite work of nature and natural things, how can we understand the works of Almighty God? We must trust Him – that He knows best – and we must trust His word, and obey it. You do not have to understand it in order to receive it. You just do your part and trust God to do His part.

In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hands, for you know not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good. Ecclesiastes 11:6 AMP

Give as a lifestyle. Make giving both a habit and a priority. We have no control over the harvest. What we do have control over, is the sowing of our seed. Sow your seed in the morning; do not withhold your hand in the evening. Do not sow only when you need something specific. Give and do not stop giving. Do not put a “price” on your seed; do not categorize it. Do not consider one field better or worse than another one. You do not know which specific seed will produce, but the Father does. Just continue to sow and continue to put your faith in God. Just as you daily sow your seed, trust Him to meet your need and to take care of you, daily.

THE SOWER SOWS THE WORD

Foundation Scriptures: Mark 4:2-8, Mark 4:14-20

It’s time to pay attention, hear and listen.

Jesus starts this parable in verse 3 with these words: Give attention to this! And ends in verse 9: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The preacher, preaching the word, is the sower of seed.
God’s word is living and powerful and gives you power and victory over the enemy.
When cultivated it produces fruit in varying degrees: fruit, more fruit and much fruit.
Unless our hearts are prepared to receive the seed of the word, we cannot grow in grace or knowledge.
The devil is the enemy of God’s word in your life and will steal it from you anyway he can.
The devil knows that the best time to destroy a tree is at its genesis—when it is young and small—before or shortly after it starts to grow and definitely before it sends its roots solidly down into the earth.
The seed of the word is the same in each case—it is the soil that makes the difference between success and failure.
YOUR heart and life is the soil.

Verse 15: The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them.

These people receive the word negligently.
They hear the Word with hardhearted indifference.
They are not listening and not paying attention.
They need to hear it, but are not ready or willing to hear.
The devil has no trouble snatching the word away from them.
They walk away with nothing.

Verse 16-17: And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy; And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.

The Message Bible: And some are like the seed that lands in the gravel. When they first hear the Word, they respond with great enthusiasm. But there is such shallow soil of character that when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.
These people actually stop to listen.
They get really excited initially, but it is merely an emotional response, nothing more.
They have not developed any character in their life—they are very shallow.
Because their soil is shallow, the roots of the word can’t get a good grip.
They believe (endure) for a little while.
Like a hot sun, trouble (hardships) and persecution arises on account of the word.
When these people encounter pressure or difficulty, they are instantly offended—they become displeased, indignant and resentful.
They blame it on God and His Word and back off from the word.
They stumble and fall away, turning their back on God.
This outside pressure does not just make them back off it leaves them personally offended. This offence robs them of God’s blessings.

Verse 18-19: And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.

The Message Bible: The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.
Notice that this soil is already full of thorns and weeds.
These people hear the word and receive it and it is able to grow up a little bit.
Unfortunately, they take their eyes off of the word—they become distracted and preoccupied with the cares and riches of this life and the word in them is choked and suffocated to death.
Instead of focusing on the answer—Jesus—they focus on the problem.
Worry, covetousness and lust are weeds that choke the Word of God in your life.
Their fruit does not ripen—the Word of God becomes unfruitful in their life.

Verse 20: And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit—some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some [even] a hundred times as much.

The Message Bible: But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.
The good ground represents the prepared heart that receives the seed and produces fruit; produces a harvest.
These people hear the Word and embrace it—they receive it, accept it, and welcome it for themselves.
This is the only appropriate response to the Word of God—the only one that will produce any fruit.
Luke 8:15 AMP says that those with good soil hold the word fast in a just, noble, virtuous and worthy heart and steadily bring forth fruit with patience.
The Word of God is allowed to grow and keep growing in their heart and life in spite of life’s circumstances; in spite of trials and temptations.
These are genuine disciples.
They produce a harvest of good fruit in varying amounts 30, 60 or 100-fold.

How do I walk in God’s best?

Commit to personally receive and obey the Word of God.
Put your flesh under—don’t yield to fleshly desires.
Don’t believe the devil’s lies—hide the word in your heart so that you will recognize the truth.
Don’t lose your focus—know what you believe.
Don’t cave in under pressure—hang in longer than the devil.

Good News Television Network with Rodney Howard Browne

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