Forty Kinds of People Not to Have Fellowship With

1. The ungodly

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful. Psalms 1:1 NKJV

2. Sinners (Psalm 1:1)

3. Scorners (Psalm 1:1)

4. Workers of iniquity

Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity. Psalms 6:8a NKJV

5. Deceitful persons

I do not sit with false persons, nor fellowship with pretenders. Psalms 26:4 AMP

6. Evildoers

I have hated the assembly of evildoers, And will not sit with the wicked. Psalms 26:5 NKJV

7. Criminals

My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil; 14 Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse” — 15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path; 16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood. Proverbs 1:10-16 NKJV

8. The foolish

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20 NKJV

9. The angry man

Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate, 25 Lest you learn his ways and get yourself into a snare. Proverbs 22:24-25 AMP

10. An excommunicated church member

And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. Matthew 18:17 NKJV

11. Those causing divisions

Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. Romans 16:17 NKJV

12. Backsliders

Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. 2 John 9-11 NKJV

13. False teachers

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 NKJV

14. The disorderly

But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-7 NKJV

15. The disobedient

And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 NKJV

16. Unbelievers

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 NKJV

17. Fornicators (1 Cor. 5:9)

I wrote you in my [previous] letter not to associate [closely and habitually] with unchaste (impure) people — 10 Not [meaning of course that you must] altogether shun the immoral people of this world, or the greedy graspers and cheats and thieves or idolaters, since otherwise you would need to get out of the world and human society altogether! 11 But now I write to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of [Christian] brother if he is known to be guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater [whose soul is devoted to any object that usurps the place of God], or is a person with a foul tongue [railing, abusing, reviling, slandering], or is a drunkard or a swindler or a robber. [No] you must not so much as eat with such a person. 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 AMP

18. Covetous people – greedy; lovers of money (1 Cor. 5:10)

19. Extortioners (1 Cor. 5:10)

20. Idolaters (1 Cor. 5:10)

21. Railers – Slanderer; verbally abusive; foul-tongued (1 Cor. 5:11)

22. Drunkards (1 Cor. 5:11)

23. Lovers of themselves – self-centered (2 Tim. 3:2)

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV

24. Boasters (2 Tim. 3:2)

25. Proud people (2 Tim. 3:2)

26. Blasphemers (2 Tim. 3:2)

27. Those who are disobedient to parents (2 Tim. 3:2)

28. Unthankful or ungrateful people (2 Tim. 3:2)

29. Unholy people – profane (2 Tim. 3:2)

30. Those without natural affection – callous; inhumane (2 Tim. 3:3)

31. Trucebreakers (2 Tim. 3:3)

32. False accusers – troublemakers (2 Tim. 3:3)

33. Incontinent – intemperate and loose in morals and conduct (2 Tim. 3:3)

34. Fierce people – uncontrolled (2 Tim. 3:3)

35. Despisers of good or of those who are good (2 Tim. 3:3)

36. Traitors (2 Tim. 3:4)

37. Headstrong – rash; impulsive; without self-control (2 Tim. 3:4)

38. Highminded people – arrogant (2 Tim. 3:4)

39. Those who love pleasure more than God (2 Tim. 3:4)

40. Hypocrites – those who have “a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof” (2 Tim. 3:5)

Anointed

And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened

tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed

with oil: of wheaten flour shalt thou make them.

Exodus 29:2

 

And the holy garments of Aaron shall be his sons’

after him, to be anointed therein, and to be consecrated

in them.

Exodus 29:29

 

And if thou bring an oblation of a meat offering baken

in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour

mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with

oil.

Leviticus 2:4

 

If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin

of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he

hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the

Lord for a sin offering.

Leviticus 4:3

 

And the priest that is anointed shall take of the

bullock’s blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the

congregation:

Leviticus 4:5

 

And the priest that is anointed shall bring of the

bullock’s blood to the tabernacle of the congregation:

Leviticus 4:16

 

This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which

they shall offer unto the Lord in the day when he is

anointed; the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a

meat offering perpetual, half of it in the morning, and

half thereof at night.

Leviticus 6:20

 

And the priest of his sons that is anointed in his stead

shall offer it: it is a statute for ever unto the Lord; it

shall be wholly burnt.

Leviticus 6:22

 

If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer

with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes

mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with

oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

Leviticus 7:12

 

Which the Lord commanded to be given them of the

children of Israel, in the day that he anointed them, by

a statute for ever throughout their generations.

Leviticus 7:36

 

And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the

tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified

them.

Leviticus 8:10

 

And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times,

and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver

and his foot, to sanctify them.

Leviticus 8:11

 

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

and anointed him, to sanctify him.

Leviticus 8:12

 

These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests

which were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister

in the priest’s office.

Numbers 3:3

 

And a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour

mingled with oil, and wafers of unleavened bread

anointed with oil, and their meat offering, and their

drink offerings.

Numbers 6:15

 

And it came to pass on the day that Moses had fully

set up the tabernacle, and had anointed it, and

sanctified it, and all the instruments thereof, both the

altar and all the vessels thereof, and had anointed

them, and sanctified them;

Numbers 7:1

 

And the princes offered for dedicating of the altar in

the day that it was anointed, even the princes offered

their offering before the altar.

Numbers 7:10

 

This was the dedication of the altar, in the day when it

was anointed, by the princes of Israel: twelve chargers

of silver, twelve silver bowls, twelve spoons of gold:

Numbers 7:84

 

And all the oxen for the sacrifice of the peace

offerings were twenty and four bullocks, the rams

sixty, the he goats sixty, the lambs of the first year

sixty. This was the dedication of the altar, after that it

was anointed.

Numbers 7:88

 

And the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the

hand of the revenger of blood, and the congregation

shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he

was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the death of the

high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil.

Numbers 35:25

 

The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces;

out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord

shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give

strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his

anointed.

1 Samuel 2:10

 

And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shah do

according to that which is in mine heart and in my

mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall

walk before mine anointed for ever.

1 Samuel 2:35

 

Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his

head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the

Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his

inheritance?

1 Samuel 10:1

 

Behold, here I am: witness against me before the Lord,

and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or

whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded?

whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I

received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I

will restore it you.

1 Samuel 12:3

 

And he said unto them, The Lord is witness against

you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have

not found ought in my hand. And they answered, He is

witness.

1 Samuel 12:5

 

And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own

sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of

Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?

1 Samuel 15:17

 

And it came to pass, when they were come, that he

looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed

is before him.

1 Samuel 16:6

 

Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in

the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord

came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel

rose up, and went to Ramah.

1 Samuel 16:13

 

And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I

should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s

anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him,

seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.

1 Samuel 24:6

 

Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the

Lord had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the

cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared

thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against

my lord; for he is the Lord’s anointed.

1 Samuel 24:10

 

And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who

can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed,

and be guiltless?

1 Samuel 26:9

 

The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand

against the Lord’s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou

now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of

water, and let us go.

1 Samuel 26:11

 

This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the Lord

liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept

your master, the Lord’s anointed. And now see where

the king’s spear is, and the cruse of water that was at

his bolster.

1 Samuel 26:16

 

The Lord render to every man his righteousness and

his faithfulness: for the Lord delivered thee into my

hand today, but I would not stretch forth mine hand

against the Lord’s anointed.

1 Samuel 26:23

 

And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to

stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?

2 Samuel 1:14

 

And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy

head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying,

I have slain the Lord’s anointed.

2 Samuel 1:16

 

Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither

let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for

there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the

shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed

with oil.

2 Samuel 1:21

 

And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed

David king over the house of Judah. And they told

David, saying, That the men of Jabesh-gilead were

they that buried Saul.

2 Samuel 2:4

 

Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be

ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the

house of Judah have anointed me king over them.

2 Samuel 2:7

 

And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and

these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the

Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his

wickedness.

2 Samuel 3:39

 

So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron;

and king David made a league with them in Hebron

before the Lord: and they anointed David king over

Israel.

2 Samuel 5:3

 

But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed

David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to

seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to

the hold.

2 Samuel 5:17

 

And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus

saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over

Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

2 Samuel 12:7

 

Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and

anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came

into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he

came to his own house; and when he required, they set

bread before him, and he did eat.

2 Samuel 12:20

 

And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in

battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of

bringing the king back?

2 Samuel 19:10

 

But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said

Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he

cursed the Lord’s anointed?

2 Samuel 19:21

 

He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth

mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for

evermore.

2 Samuel 22:51

 

Now these be the last words of David. David the son

of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high,

the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet

psalmist of Israel, said,

2 Samuel 23:1

 

And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the

tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the

trumpet; and all the people said, God save king

Solomon.

1 Kings 1:39

 

And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have

anointed him king in Gihon: and they are come up

from thence rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This

is the noise that ye have heard.

1 Kings 1:45

 

And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto

Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him

king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a

lover of David.

1 Kings 5:1

 

Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and

say, Thus saith the Lord, I have anointed thee king

over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry

not.

2 Kings 9:3

 

And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured

the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the

Lord God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the

people of the Lord, even over Israel.

2 Kings 9:6

 

And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said,

Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the

Lord, I have anointed thee king over Israel.

2 Kings 9:12

 

And he brought forth the king’s son, and put the crown

upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made

him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their

hands, and said, God save the king.

2 Kings 11:12

 

And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from

Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried

him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land

took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and

made him king in his father’s stead.

2 King 23:30

 

Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to

Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in

Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king

over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by

Samuel.

1 Chronicles 11:3

 

And when the Philistines heard that David was

anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up

to seek David. And David heard of it, and went out

against them.

1 Chronicles 14:8

 

Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets

no harm.

1 Chronicles 16:22

 

And did eat and drink before the Lord on that day with

great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of

David king the second time, and anointed him unto the

Lord to be the chief governor, and Zadok to be priest.

1 Chronicles 29:22

 

O Lord God, turn not away the face of thine anointed:

remember the mercies of David thy servant.

2 Chronicles 6:42

 

And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming

to Joram: for when he was come, he went out with

Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the

Lord had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab.

2 Chronicles 22:7

 

Then they brought out the king’s son, and put upon

him the crown, and gave him the testimony, and made

him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him,

and said, God save the king.

2 Chronicles 23:11

 

And the men which were expressed by name rose up,

and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all

that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and

shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and

anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon

asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm

trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.

2 Chronicles 28:15

 

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers

take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his

anointed, saying,

Psalm 2:2

 

Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth

mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for

evermore.

Psalm 18:50

 

Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will

hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength

of his right hand.

Psalm 20:6

 

The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength

of his anointed.

Psalm 28:8

 

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness:

therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil

of gladness above thy fellows.

Psalm 45:7

 

Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of

thine anointed.

Psalm 84:9

 

I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have

I anointed him:

Psalm 89:20

 

But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been

wroth with thine anointed.

Psalm 89:38

 

Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O Lord;

wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine

anointed.

Psalm 89:51

 

But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a unicorn:

I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

Psalm 92:10

 

Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets

no harm.

Psalm 105:15

 

For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of

thine anointed.

Psalm 132:10

 

There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have

ordained a lamp for mine anointed.

Psalm 132:17

 

Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose

right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before

him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before

him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be

shut;

Isaiah 45:1

 

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the

Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the

meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to

proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the

prison to them that are bound;

Isaiah 61:1

 

The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the Lord,

was taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his

shadow we shall live among the heathen.

Lamentations 4:20

 

Then washed I thee with water; yea, I thoroughly

washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee

with oil.

Ezekiel 16:9

 

Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have

set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God;

thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the

stones of fire.

Ezekiel 28:14

 

Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people,

even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst

the head out of the house of the wicked, by

discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

Habakkuk 3:13

 

Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that

stand by the Lord of the whole earth

Zechariah 4:14

 

And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil

many that were sick, and healed them.

Mark 6:13

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath

anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath

sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach

deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to

the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Luke 4:18

 

And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began

to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the

hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed

them with the ointment.

Luke 7:38

 

My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman

hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Luke 7:46

 

When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and

made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of

the blind man with the clay.

John 9:6

 

He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made

clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to

the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed,

and I received sight.

John 9:11

 

(It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with

ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose

brother Lazarus was sick.)

John 11:2

 

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard,

very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped

his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the

odour of the ointment.

John 12:3

 

For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou

hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the

Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered

together,

Acts 4:27

 

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy

Ghost and with power: who went about doing good

and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for

God was with him.

Acts 10:38

 

Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and

hath anointed us, is God;

2 Corinthians 1:21

 

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;

therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with

the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Hebrews 1:9

Character and the Fruit of the Spirit

The importance of character.

Character is a subject that is not discussed in

many circles today. Problems arise when ministries are

growing too fast. In other words, the anointing upon the

person’s life has developed faster than the character of the

individual. Ten or twenty years down the line, it blows up

and the ministry comes to nothing because they didn’t

allow their character to develop.

 

They didn’t walk in the fruit of the Spirit. They

didn’t walk in love. They didn’t walk in the joy of the

Lord. They didn’t work on their marriage. They didn’t

make sure they had a solid foundation at home. They

didn’t take care of their children. Their children end up

backsliding away from God. They end up in a divorce

and things just don’t have a solid foundation.

 

Counting the Cost

“No one builds a tower unless he counts the cost.”

Do you realize the cost of being involved in the ministry?

It’s glamorous to look like you are going into the

ministry, but have you realized the cost? What price will

you have to pay to walk in that place?

When I started in the ministry, I was, as they say

in the military, gung-ho. I was ready for anything. If God

wanted me to run an arctic expedition and preach to the

Eskimos I would have done it. I was ready to go at the

drop of a hat, without ever finding out what it entailed.

Sometimes it is good to be that way, because if you knew

what was coming up, you wouldn’t go in the first place.

I am reminded when the Gulf War was on and the

young men were going to the Persian Gulf. Different age

groups were going. There were the eighteen-year-olds,

just out of school, who had watched several Rambo

movies. Then there were the guys who were twenty years

older, who had been through the Vietnam War. They

were going out of a different sense of duty.

The young man didn’t know what he was getting

himself into. The first time he dives in a fox hole and

those mortars are flying over his head, he suddenly

realizes he is in the middle of war. The older man knew

what the commitment was because he had already faced

the heat of the battle.

 

Coming Ready or Not

When you first enlist in God’s army, you may not

know what it entails. Sometimes you say, “Lord, I’m

ready for this.” That is the way I was. I would pray,

“Lord, I’m ready for that. Lord, I’m ready to go here.

Lord, I’m ready to do this.”

The Lord said, “Rodney, sit down and shut up.” I

would get upset and complain, and the Lord said, “You

are not ready.”

Then you go through several years of saying, “I’m

not ready, Lord, I’m not ready, I’m not ready.” The Lord

comes to you and says, “Now, Rodney, go and do that.”

“O God, I’m not ready!”

He says, “Yes, you are.”

You see, four or five years ago, you were ready in

your own ability, but now you know you can’t do it in

your own ability. So you are ready in His ability. When

we are not ready in our ability, when we feel the weakest,

that is the time when the Spirit of God can rest the

strongest upon us.

 

When I Am Weak Then I Am Strong

Like the Apostle Paul said, “When I am weak,

then I am strong” (Second Corinthians 12:10). He was

able to say this in the middle of trials and tribulations.

Paul had a thorn in the flesh, which was not sickness and

disease, but was persecution. Everywhere he went in his

life and ministry, he was either shipwrecked, beaten, left

for dead, spent time in jail, spent a night and a day in the

deep – he always had troubles and persecutions.

Paul prayed, “Lord, remove this thing from me.”

Some people think he got rid of it. No, he didn’t. The

Lord said to him, “No, I’m not going to remove it from

you. My grace is sufficient for you. My anointing is

sufficient for you. My ability is sufficient for you to bear

this persecution.”

So Paul said, “Most gladly therefore will I rather

glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest

upon me” (Second Corinthians 12:9). He didn’t say

anything about sickness. He said, “I will rejoice in my

infirmities and my weaknesses that the power of Christ

may rest upon me.” Remember that the Lord sent Ananias

to Saul to tell him the things he would suffer for the name

of Jesus.

WHY WE WORSHIP HIM

2017Foundation 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!

Peace in Times of Trouble

We know we belong to Jesus, but when trouble hits, peace often slips away. Why does this keep happening?

1. Our focus may be on circumstances. To have God’s peace, we need to focus on God. We need to remember all things are under His control; He has helped us in the past and will do so in this circumstance too. His Holy Spirit will comfort us and guide us through it. With eyes looking to Him, we will begin to experience His peace.

2. Our trust has probably been in ourselves as well as God. We are to trust solely in our heavenly Father. We must stop depending on our own efforts. Jesus said, “Trust in God; trust also in me . .” (John 14:1 niv). Trusting in Jesus brings the peace of God into our situation.

3. We seek advice from other sources. Scripture is to be our primary source for wisdom on how to live. Advice from godly sources has its place, but God’s Word must be our main source. Turning to Scripture will anchor us during trials and give us peace. Satan seeks to keep us troubled and uncertain, fearful and insecure. But if we read and absorb the truths of the Bible, our faith will grow and our trust will deepen.

When you find yourself without peace, check your focus to see if it’s on God. Determine if you’ve been trusting in your own efforts. Discover what God’s Word has to say. Peace will be ours when we narrow our focus, and saturate our minds with truth and trust.

  • 1.
  • These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended .
  • 2.
  • They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh , that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
  • 3.
  • And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
  • 4.
  • But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come , ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
  • 5.
  • But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou ?
  • 6.
  • But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
  • 7.
  • Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away : for if I go not away , the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart , I will send him unto you.
  • 8.
  • And when he is come , he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
  • 9.
  • Of sin , because they believe not on me;
  • 10.
  • Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
  • 11.
  • Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged .
  • 12.
  • I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
  • 13.
  • Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come , he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear , that shall he speak : and he will shew you things to come .
  • 14.
  • He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
  • 15.
  • All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I , that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
  • 16.
  • A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
  • 17.
  • Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
  • 18.
  • They said therefore, What is this that he saith , A little while? we cannot tell what he saith .
  • 19.
  • Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said , A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
  • 20.
  • Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament , but the world shall rejoice : and ye shall be sorrowful , but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
  • 21.
  • A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come : but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
  • 22.
  • And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice , and your joy no man taketh from you.
  • 23.
  • And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you , Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
  • 24.
  • Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask , and ye shall receive , that your joy may be full .
  • 25.
  • These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh , when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
  • 26.
  • At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
  • 27.
  • For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
  • 28.
  • I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
  • 29.
  • His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
  • 30.
  • Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
  • 31.
  • Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe ?
  • 32.
  • Behold , the hour cometh , yea, is now come , that ye shall be scattered , every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
  • 33.
  • These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer ; I have overcome the world.

 

MY JOY by Rodney Howard Browne

A wonderful message on Joy!

And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
Luke 1:41-44 NKJV

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. Luke 2:8-10 NKJV

When they saw the star, they were thrilled with ecstatic joy. 11 And on going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasure bags, they presented to Him gifts—gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11 AMP

The whole Christian message is based and rooted in JOY.

Even in the womb, the baby John, who would become known as John the Baptist, leapt for joy in the presence of the unborn baby Jesus.

  • The angels announced glad tidings of great joy to the world, singing and worshiping the Lord. This word “great” here in the Greek is “megas” and means: exceedingly, great; greatest; high; large; loud; mighty. (We get our word “megaphone” from the same root word as the word “great” here)
  • When the wise men saw the star they were filled with ecstatic joy. The KJV says exceeding great joy. The Greek word for “exceeding” means: vehemently; in a high degree; much. The word “great”, as in the previous scripture, means: exceedingly, great; greatest; high; large; loud; mighty.
  • So their joy was as big and loud as joy can get!


ll.  Wherever the presence of the Lord is, there is JOY – whoever the Lord touches is filled with JOY.

  • Psalms 16:11 AMP – You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
  • Acts 2:28 AMP – You have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence.
  • Psalms 2:4a NKJV – He who sits in the heavens shall laugh.
  • Job 5:22a NKJV – You shall laugh at destruction and famine.
  • Acts 13:42 Wuest – And the disciples were continually filled with joy and controlled by the Holy Spirit.


Jesus faced and endured the cross for the JOY set before Him.

  • Hebrews 12:2 NKJV – 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.
  • Acts 2:23-28 NKJV – Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. 25 For David says concerning Him: ‘I foresaw the Lord always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. 27 For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’
  • No matter what Jesus had to endure, He chose to obey His Father. He knew that He would face death, but His hope was in the fact that the Father would never let Him remain in the grave. He knew what great joy lay on the other side of obedience and He expected to experience that joy!
  • Matthew 25:21-22 NKJV – 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.’
  • Eternal joy awaits the faithful, in the presence of the Lord.


lV.  Those who know and serve the Lord have many reasons to be full of JOY.

  • Luke 10:21-22 NKJV – In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.
  • Luke 10:20 NKJV – Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
  • The source of your joy is not in yourself, or your accomplishments, or even in the fact that devils run from you. Your joy is in the fact that Jesus has saved you from death and destruction, brought into fullness of life and that your name is written in His book of life!
  • Isaiah 61:10 AMP – I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.


V.  God’s Kingdom—here on earth—is a JOYFUL, JOY-FILLED Kingdom.

  • Romans 14:17 KJV – For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
  • In God’s kingdom, what we eat and drink is not what matters to the Lord. What does matter is a right way of life, peace, and joy, which all come by and through the Holy Spirit.
  • Galatians 5:22-23 AMP – But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].
  • The greater the work of the Holy Spirit in you, the more of the fruit of the Spirit will be manifest in your daily life, including the fruit of joy. A joyless religion is just that – religion. Serving Jesus means a life full of the joy of the Lord!
  • 1 Peter 1:8 AMP – Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy.
  • Our joy comes from the fact that the blood of Jesus has eternally saved us from sin and death. No matter what else happens in our life, we need have no fear of death, hell or the grave ever again.


Vl.  No matter what you go through, you can still be filled with JOY.

  • John 16:22 NKJV – Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
  • Happiness and joy differ in that happiness is dependent on circumstances and joy is not. Joy comes from a heart filled with the Spirit of God.
  • Job 8:20-21 AMP – Behold, as surely as God will never uphold wrongdoers, He will never cast away a blameless man. 21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter [Job] and your lips with joyful shouting.
  • True joy can only be experienced by those who fully serve God. The sinner can never experience this joy; the backslider is the most unhappy person on the earth!
  • Proverbs 14:12-13 AMP – There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death. 13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful, and the end of mirth is heaviness and grief.
  • Without Jesus in your life, your laughter is empty and your happiness is temporary.
  • Psalms 5:11 AMP – But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
  • Psalms 126:1-6 KJV – When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. 3 The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. 4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
  • Philippians 4:4 NKJV – Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

The Gospel Must Be Preached

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:8-17 NKJV

The Gospel came through Jesus Christ.

Jesus was the first to preach the Gospel. He preached it and He died and rose again to fulfill it.

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matthew 9:35 NKJV

The Gospel must be preached.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Luke 4:18-19 KJV

Jesus was anointed to PREACH the Gospel – and He faithfully fulfilled that call and commission. Now He, Himself, calls and commissions all believers – you and me – to pick up where He left off and PREACH the Gospel to EVERY creature.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15-16 KJV

In order for the Gospel to be preached, a preacher is required.

Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us to just sit back and do nothing while God does all the saving He wants to do. People are not predestined for salvation or not at the whim of God. God says that He is unwilling that any soul should perish. In other words, if it were all up to Him, alone, everyone would have no choice, but to get saved. The fact is that He created us with a free will to choose our own eternal destiny. People will have the opportunity to be saved once they hear the Gospel preached. That is why it is so vital that preachers preach the Gospel – with faith and boldness – so that all are able to hear. Not only five-fold preachers preaching, but every believer, everywhere.

The preacher must be sent.

The preacher of the Gospel must be sent – by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Sent, ideally, from both God and the Church – the body of Christ. Ministry is not something you do on your own – you must be anointed for the task and sent out with faith, prayer, and direction from the Holy Spirit.

And He sent them out to announce and preach the kingdom of God and to bring healing. Luke 9:2 AMP

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” John 4:34 NKJV

As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. John 17:18 NKJV

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:21-22 NKJV

The Gospel must be heard.

How can they call on Him if they don’t believe? How can they believe if they have not heard? Faith comes by hearing the word.

With many such parables [Jesus] spoke the Word to them, as they were able to hear and to comprehend and understand. Mark 4:33 AMP

The Gospel must be believed.

And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women. Acts 5:14 NKJV

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 NKJV

The Gospel must be obeyed.

And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. Hebrews 5:9 NKJV

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 NKJV

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. 1 John 3:24 NKJV

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 1 John 5:2 NKJV

By One Man’s Sin Death Reigned by Another’s Obedience Life Came

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

Foundational Scripture: Romans 5:12-19

V12         Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all that all have sinned.

V13         (For until the law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

V14         Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

V15         But not as the offence, so also is the free gift.  For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

V16         And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

V17         For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

V18         Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

V19         For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

 

As born-again believers, it is very important that we understand exactly what transpired at Calvary’s Cross.  Jesus was paying the price for the sins of the world.  He was the second Adam and He came to get back what the first Adam lost.  When Adam sinned and committed high treason, he bowed his knee to the devil and death reigned.  For this reason Jesus had to pay the price, being obedient to die on the cross.  Even as by Adam’s disobedience death reigned, so by Jesus’ obedience, life came.  He didn’t do it for Himself, but for us.  He went to the cross as 100% Man and 100% God.

 

Phillipians 2:5-8

V5           Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

V6           Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.

V7           But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

V8           And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

 

He was despised for us – He bore our grief – He carried our sorrows – He was wounded for our transgressions.  He was bruised for our iniquities – He was chastised in order to obtain peace for us – He

bore stripes so that we could be healed.  He bore the iniquity for us all – He was oppressed – He was afflicted – He was cut off from the land of the living.  He was stricken for the transgression of His people –

He made His grave with the wicked and the rich man in His death.  He was bruised and put to grief by God’s pleasure for us – He was made an offering for sin.

 

Isaiah 53:1-10

V1           Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

V2           For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

V3           He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him: he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

V4           Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

V5           But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

V6           All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

V7           He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

V8           He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

V9           And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

V10         Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief; when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

 

Adam, by His disobedience, went to the tree of knowledge of good and evil and brought death upon mankind.  Jesus, by His obedience, went to the cross and died, resulting in eternal life for us.  Jesus took your and my place.  By His obedience we have life.  Adam’s disobedience was a selfish act, motivated by sin, resulting in death.  Jesus’ obedience was an unselfish act, motivated by a love that knows no limits.  Jesus’ act of unselfish love resulted in our eternal life.

WORK OUT YOUR SALVATION

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

Philippians 2:12-16  (NKJ)

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing,

15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

Some people believe that your salvation is completely God’s responsibility and others believe that it comes by your own efforts. However we can see from God’s Word that although He did all the hard work, it is still up to us to allow that work of salvation to take place in our lives. God will do great things in us—with our cooperation.

From the moment that you accept God’s incredible blessings of grace and mercy that come to us by the sacrifice of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ and you receive Him as your Lord and Savior, you are born-again! You are saved from hell, eternal damnation, and all of the penalties of sin. Your spirit is made brand-new and you receive eternal life immediately. There will never be any death for your spirit again. Your body will eventually cease to exist in its present form when your spirit leaves your body and your body dies, but your spirit—the real you—will live on in God’s presence.

Your soul (mind, will, intellect and emotions) and your body are not instantly redeemed at the moment you were saved as your spirit was. That is the salvation you have to work out “with fear and trembling.” When you were born-again, it was not the end of your salvation, but the beginning. Fortunately for us, God is working in us to bring about His will and His good pleasure. All we have to do is yield to His working and submit ourselves to His will.

Titus 2:11-14  (NKJ)

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

In order to inherit the salvation of our body and soul, we must depart from sin and ungodliness and we must live soberly, righteously and godly, keeping our eyes and hearts open for Jesus’ return and eager to do what is good.

Romans 12:1-2  (NKJ)

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

If you present your body unto the Lord as a living sacrifice, then you will not be likely to yield it to the lusts of your flesh—which is the root of all your sin problems. Your flesh desires the pleasure of sin, but unfortunately sin has very unpleasurable consequences, both here and in eternity. The only way you can cease conforming to the world and begin to be transformed and recognize God’s will for you is to renew your mind to the Word of God.

You did not earn the salvation of your spirit—it was a free gift purchased in the blood of Jesus that you received. God’s grace and mercy is still working in your life for the salvation of your soul and body. It is your responsibility to work out this salvation, by continuing to allow God to do the work in you that He desires to do—until you see Him face-to-face!

JESUS – THE WORD OF GRACE AND TRUTH – MADE FLESH

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

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'” From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  John 1:1-17 NIV

Jesus is the Word of God who became flesh and made His dwelling among us here on earth. He was with God and He is God. He existed before time began. He is the beginning and the end. He was there when God made the heavens and the earth and they were made with Him and by Him. Nothing was created without Him or apart from Him. What an incredible sacrifice He made for us. He created the universe and yet He humbled Himself to come down to earth to regard our plight and put up with abuse and persecution to give Himself as an offering for us.

Jesus is the light of the world and the way, the truth and the life. God sent John the Baptist ahead of Jesus so that he could testify about Jesus and prepare everyone for His coming. John was not the light, but he came to tell everyone who would listen that Jesus was the light of the world. Even though Jesus created the world and everything in it, the people He created did not recognize nor acknowledge Him. He came to His own – the seed of Abraham and the nation He was physically born into (His people after the flesh) – but they did not receive Him. They rejected and crucified Him.

God offered His salvation to the Jew first and then to the Gentile. God is not a respecter of persons. To whoever believes in Jesus and recognizes Him as the Messiah, Savior and Redeemer, He gives the power – authority, liberty and right – to become the children of God. Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The first time we were born of the flesh into a legacy of sin and death and lack – cut off from God. The second time we are born of the Spirit – made alive unto God with a legacy of life, liberty, divine health and the provision of God.

The Law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. You can worship the letter of the Law or you can worship the God of the Law. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6). The Bible calls Jesus “the Word of God”. You can allow the Word to put you into bondage or you can allow it to set you free. 1 Corinthians 8:1-3, in the Amplified Bible, says that even if we have plenty of Bible knowledge, we don’t really understand it if we don’t understand the love of God. The law was given to give men guidelines to live righteously, but at the same time it made men aware that they needed a Savior – because it was not possible to keep the Law in the body of this flesh.

As we read the Word of God we must keep in mind God’s great love and grace and mercy and we will come into the freedom God intended for us and not into the bondage of religion. A religious spirit tries to keep you bound, but Jesus came to bring you into the liberty of righteousness, so that you can have boldness to come into the presence of God and you can also have boldness on the Day of Judgement. He gives you the freedom of a life washed in the blood of Jesus and forgiven of all sin and iniquity. Thank God that he sent the Word, Jesus, in the flesh to redeem us and bring us freely into His presence!

Rodney Howard Browne Brings Revival in America

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