The Power of God Unto Salvation

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16 NKJV

You need never to be ashamed of the Truth. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Truth. The Gospel is also the POWER –the dunamis – to save, heal and deliver. It shines like a light through the darkness, defeating the work of the enemy and bringing truth, freedom and deliverance wherever it is proclaimed! The Greek word “dunamis” means: power; mighty work; strength; miracle; might; virtue; mighty; force (literally or figuratively); miraculous power; inherent power. When we preach the truth of the Gospel, mighty power is released to do miracles. Mark 16:20 says that when you preach the Gospel, the Lord will work with you and confirm the Word with signs following!

The Holy Spirit gives us the power or the boldness to be a witness for Jesus Christ. There is power in the Gospel and power in you by the Holy Spirit – more than enough power to get the job done. When you have the power in you and when you have the power in your mouth through the preaching of the Gospel, you need not be afraid or ashamed to boldly proclaim it! It’s not by your efforts, but by God’s power as you simply obey and speak. When you boldly preach the Gospel, supernatural things begin to happen.

The Gospel Is God’s Power:

1. To produce the new birth:

Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever. 1 Peter 1:23 NKJV

2. To bring salvation:

…the gospel of Christ… is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16

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. Ephesians 1:13 NKJV

3. To reveal and impart righteousness:

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17 NKJV

4. To impart grace:

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24 NKJV

5. To establish people in the faith:

Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith. Romans 16:25-26 NKJV

6. To generate faith:

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV

7. To set free:

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:31-36 NKJV

8. To nourish spiritual life and growth:

As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby. 1 Peter 2:2 NKJV

9. To cleanse the church:

That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word. Ephesians 5:26NKJV

10. To search lives and hearts and expose the hidden things:

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. Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV

11. To make men heirs and partakers of Christ:

That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel. Ephesians 3:6 NKJV

12. To impart immortality:

But has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. 2 Timothy 1:10 NKJV

13. To bring peace:

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!” Romans 10:14-15 NKJV

14. To be a powerful weapon against darkness and the lies of the enemy:

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians6:17 NKJV

15. To give fullness of blessings:

But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:29 NKJV

The empowering of the Holy Spirit – Rodney Howard Browne

These are a couple of things that are going over in my spirit today from what is happening in this in America and the mass revival that is occurring in the body of Christ. I have to say this is absolutely wonderful the move of God that where smack dab in the middle of. I have so much to say about everything, God told Pastor What would occur in these last days “ That ministries all over the world would begin a work and another will finish it and combination and unity will occur then anytime else in the History of this planet ”, more or less of what he said. There will be a continuation of the move of God until Jesus comes to gather his church together and until that happens then we must occupy until he comes. The days are evil and we need to redeem the time we have on this earth. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few, so pray to the lord of the Harvest that he would bring forth laborers.”

The empowering of the Holy Spirit is needed in each and every believers life not only to live a victorious life over sin that does happen in are life once where Born-Again. Romans declares sin has know more dominion over us, Paul wrote in Ephesians where seated with Christ in heavenly places all things are under are feet. But Jesus said we shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you and you shall be witness unto me. Well what is a witness? What did we witness? Who do we witness too? Well a witness is by definition to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception: to witness an accident. An individual who, being present personally sees or perceives a thing; a beholder, spectator, or eyewitness. So ok great now we know what a witness is ok, well as a Christian what then did we witness? The fact that Jesus came into are hearts by faith and confession towards the fact that he died for us and rose again. Where a new creation in Christ Jesus all things have passed away all things have become new. Where set free from this present darkness and brought into This Present Glory, where sin abounds even more grace abounds. That is what we have witnessed and God has made it available to every person on this earth. Salvation Jesus Said, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’

What we have witnessed the reality of the power of God at work with in us. So now its comes down to the nitty-gritty who do we then witness too? The lost of course those who haven’t called on the name of the lord the Bible declares there is appointed to every man once to die then the Judgment so in turn God is willing that none should parish but all should come to the knowledge of the truth where called to preach the gospel not suggest or hint at it but to preach to every creature He said to us, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” So there it is the reason for the season, where to proclaim this Good News its God commandment to love one another so if we just love one another will lead men to repentance. This Great Awakening Starts in us then its moves through us as where obedient to the word and Spirit of God. This nations with-in a nation will be shaken to its very core and its starts with us. –Chris P.


rodney howard browne

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. 15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.  16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. 19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.  20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.  21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.  24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. 25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.  26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:13-26 NKJV

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. John 15:26 NKJV

Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me;  10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;  11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. John 16:7-15 NKJV

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the God-Head. He IS God

  • He is omnipresent—every where
  • He is omnipotent—all powerful
  • He is omniscient—all knowing
  • He is the One Who makes Jesus real to us. He is the Artist Who paints Jesus on the canvas of life

The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer

  • You are born again by the Holy Spirit
  • John 3:5-7
  • The Holy Spirit bears witness to us that we are the children of God
  • 1 John 5:10
  • Galatians 4:6-7
  • Romans 8:14-17
  • We are baptized into the Body of Christ at the New Birth.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
  • The Holy Spirit seals the believer.
  • Ephesians 1:13-14
  • Ephesians 4:30
  • The Holy Spirit sanctifies the believer.
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:13
  • 1 Peter 1:1-2
  • The Holy Spirit helps us to mortify the flesh.
  • Romans 8:5-13
  • The Holy Spirit enables us to be transformed into the image of Jesus.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18
  • The Holy Spirit produces fruit in the believer’s life.
  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • The Holy Spirit’s Work in Relation to Ministry
  • He baptizes us, fills us and empowers us for service.
  • Acts 1:8
  • He reveals to us God’s will through His word.
  • 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • He helps us to pray.
  • Romans 8:26-27
  • Ephesians 6:18
  • Jude 20
  • 1 Corinthians 14:14-15
  • He gives us the power to preach, teach and demonstrate the Gospel.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:5
  • The Gifts of the Spirit are made available to us.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

The Comforter – Our Comforter

  • John 16:7
  • John 14:16
  • He comforts us by leading us into Truth.
  • John 16:13
  • He not only teaches us, but He continues to remind us of God’s word and His promises.
  • John 14:26
  • He shows Himself TO us, He does a work IN us and He works THROUGH us.

Jesus a man’s man

Jesus was also a man’s man. If He walked in the door, your head

would turn; and when He spoke, He would get your attention.

People sometimes say to me, “Rodney just be nice. Just be like

Jesus.” I say, “Man, you haven’t read about Jesus!” He was

straight; He was right down the line with His message. There was

no gray area with Him; it was either white or black. He was merciful

to sinners, but to religious people His words cut like a knife.


For example, we see His incredible mercy in the Garden of

Gethsemene when Peter chopped off the ear of Malchus, the high

priest’s servant. Malchus was trying to arrest Jesus. But rather

than treating him as an enemy, Jesus bent right down, picked up

the ear, stuck it back on, and healed him.


On the other hand, when He was dealing with religious people —

the Pharisees and the Sadducees, the “wouldn’t sees” and the

“couldn’t sees” — He was extremely blunt. In Matthew 23 He

called them a generation of vipers. He called them blind leading

the blind and white-washed sepulchers, full of dead men’s

bones. He said, If you make any converts, (which He doubted)

you’re gonna make them twice the devils of hell that you are

(Matthew 23:27, author’s paraphrase). That’s Jesus!


We have this religious idea of what we think Jesus is like. But as

you go through the gospels, you begin to see Him as He really is!

If He walked the earth today, He would run cross-grain with religious

tradition. Religious tradition tries to keep Him on the cross

or in the crib. Jesus would be persecuted by many of today’s religious



Take, for example, casting out demons. The religious Pharisees

and Sadducees told Jesus that He was of the devil and that He

cast out devils by the devil. Religious people are still saying that

today. So you’re in good company when people accuse you of the

same thing!


Many churches make the world think that whenever you come

around God, you’ve got to be morbid and sad. Too many religious,

traditional churches put people off from serving Jesus

because they have no life, no joy. But Jesus said, I am come that

they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly

(John 10:10). That’s the Jesus of the gospels; in fact,

that’s the Jesus of the whole Bible!

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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


  • 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!

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