A Healing Covenant


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


“There [the Lord] made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there He proved them, 26 Saying, If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.”  Exodus 15:25b-26 AMP

“You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst.” Exodus 23:25 AMP

Father God made a covenant of healing with Israel. This covenant applied also to those who desired or chose to come under this covenant and who committed to its commandments. There are two parts to this covenant: the commands and the promises.

The Commands:

  • Diligently hearken to God’s voice
  • Do that which is right in His sight
  • Give ear to – listen to and obey – His commandments
  • Keep all His statutes

The Promises:

  • I will put none of these diseases upon you
  • I am the Lord Who heals you
  • I will take sickness from your midst

This covenant was made a part of the New Covenant, because Jesus fulfilled Isaiah 53:4 when He Himself, “took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17).

“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 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. 3 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. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 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. 6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 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. 10 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. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”  Isaiah 53: 1-12 KJV

“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

When you did not know God and were ignorant of His word, you expected that sickness and disease were inevitable. When you became ill, you went to the doctor, or took medicine, or perhaps you just let it have you. Without knowledge of God’s word, most people expect to die of sickness. God says, “No!” He has provided for His obedient children to walk in divine health. For God’s part, He has done all that He can, in Jesus, and simply awaits our response. In order for us to walk in the blessing of this healing promise; this healing covenant; there are four things we must do: 1) familiarize ourselves with God’s promise to us and the conditions attached to the promise (meditate in His word until it becomes real to you); 2) take it personally (believe it’s for you): 3) walk in obedience to the conditions; 4) act on the promise (claim it as yours).

It is not enough for you to sit back and to say that you believe God’s word. You must believe that it is written TO YOU and FOR YOU! You do not need anyone else’s faith or gift. YOU can speak it, act on it and walk in it!

Three Prayers that God Will Answer

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

Foundation Scripture: Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for he is faithful that promised).

“Profession” is another word for “confession.” God’s word never fails. God’s word never returns to Him void—without producing or prospering (Isaiah 55:11). If you want to see God’s blessing on your life and your family, you need to pray God’s word over them.

When you pray and speak God’s word over yourself, His word will fill your heart, your thinking will be changed, your mind will be renewed and you will build up your faith (Ephesians 4:23). When you pray God’s word—instead of praying the problem out loud and magnifying it—you will be praying the solution! The Lord will hear your prayer and grant your petition. He honors His Word—He watches over His Word. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but His Word shall never pass away (Mark 13:31)!

These are some of the prayers from the Bible that you can speak over yourself. Paul prayed these powerful prayers —they are the will of God for you and they will change your life. Beyond all doubt, you can know that Heaven will answer these prayers, because they are God’s word and His word is His will and He always answers prayers that are prayed in line with His will (1 John 5:14-15)!

Start now to pray these prayers over yourself every day for the next 31 days—and then make it a way of life. I want you to make these prayers the foundation of the 31 days of prayer in March and watch what God does in 2010!

Prayer # 1

Ephesians 1:17-20
Father, I pray that You would grant me a spirit of wisdom and revelation—of insight into mysteries and secrets in the deep and intimate knowledge of You. Flood the eyes of my heart with light so that I can know and understand the hope to which You have called me and how rich is your glorious inheritance in the saints—Your set-apart ones. And so that I can know and understand what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of Your power in and for me, who believes, as demonstrated in the working of Your mighty strength which You exerted in Christ when You raised Him from the dead and seated Him at your own right hand in heavenly places.

Prayer # 2

Ephesians 3:14-19
I bow my knees before You, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. May You grant me out of the rich treasury of Your glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit, Himself indwelling my inner most being and personality. May Christ, through faith, actually dwell—settle down, abide, make—His permanent home in my heart. May I be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love. That I may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints— God’s devoted people—the experience of that love—what is the breadth and length and height and depth of it. That I may really come to know—practically, through experience for myself—the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience—that I may be filled through all my being unto all the fullness of God—that I may have the richest measure of the divine Presence and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!

Prayer # 3

Colossians 1:9-12
Father, I pray and make special request asking that I may be filled with the full, deep and clear knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom—in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God—and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things.  That I may walk, live and conduct myself in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to You and desiring to please You in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God—with fuller, deeper and clearer insight, acquaintance and recognition. I pray that I may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of Your glory, to exercise every kind of endurance and patience—perseverance and forbearance with joy. I give thanks to You, Father, Who has qualified and made me fit to share the portion, which is the inheritance of the saints—God’s holy people in the Light.

Let’s do this as a Church, let’s do this as individuals, and let’s do this as families. I believe that by the time April comes, what a difference there will be in our lives! We know that God is ready to answer these prayers!


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

We know we know the Lord because:

12. We are born again

“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His
commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the
victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is He who came by water and blood — Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears
witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:1-13 NKJV

If we know God personally, the evidence is that we are truly born again and we manifest the characteristics of someone born of God; especially that we walk in the love of God. The old sin nature died – ceased to exist – and we became a new creature; alive unto God. We have eternal life now; it’s not just a future thing. He became like us so we could become like Him. If we truly know God, His life is living in us and His nature and character are manifested through us. If we know Him, we can’t help but be like Him.

13. We walk in righteousness

“If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.” 1 John 2:29 NKJV

“Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” 1 John 3:7-10 NKJV

Righteousness is the hallmark of a Christian – the evidence you are really born again. Those who claim to know God, but practice sin and unrighteousness are liars. If you are born of God, you have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and you have been delivered from the power of sin. That does not mean that you will never sin or that you are not able to sin, but that you now have the will and desire to walk in righteousness and the power of the Holy Spirit at your disposal to help you to do it. You choose to submit yourself to the Word of God to obey His commands. You make the choice to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.

“Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” 1 John 3:9 NKJV

“We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.” 1 John 5:18 NKJV

“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:1-5 NKJV

14. We purify ourselves

“And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3 NKJV

The child of God, who knows God, makes a concerted effort to lay sin aside and walk in purity and holiness, because he/she knows that God is pure and only the pure in heart will see Him (Psalms 24:3-4a).


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

I desire therefore that in every place men should pray, without anger or quarreling or resentment or doubt [in their minds], lifting up holy hands.  1 Timothy 2:8 AMP

Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).  
Ephesians 6:18 AMP

1. 1st Prayer that Paul prayed
Ephesians 1:17-20

2. 2nd Prayer that Paul prayed
Ephesians 3:14-19

3. 3rd Prayer that Paul prayed
Colossians 1:9-12

4. Pray for America and those in authority
1 Timothy 2:1-3
Psalms 33:12
Proverbs 21:1

5. Pray for Israel
Romans 11:29
Isaiah 45:17
Psalms 94:14
Psalms 122:6-9
Zechariah 10:6;12
Psalms 106:47-48

6. Pray for the Body of Christ
Ephesians 6:18
John 17:20
2 Corinthians 13:9
Philippians 1:9-11
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

7. Prayer for Great Awakening in America
1 Timothy 2:3-6
Joel 3:13-14

8. Pray for the lost
John 12:39-40
2 Corinthians 4:4
1 Timothy 2:1
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Matthew 9:38
Romans 2:4
2 Timothy 2:26

9. Pray for marriages
Genesis 2:18
Proverbs 18:22
Proverbs 3:3-4
Proverbs 3:28-31
Ephesians 5:22-28
1 Corinthians 7:3-5
1 Peter 3:7-9
Psalms 112:1-4
James 3:17-18
Ephesians 4:31-32
Ephesians 5:1-2

10. Pray for our children
Isaiah 54:13
Isaiah 49:25
1 Peter 5:7
Ephesians 6:1-3
Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Deuteronomy 28:4;11
Psalms 91:11
Colossians 3:21
Ephesians 6:4
Proverbs 22:6
Psalms 8:1-2

11. Pray for Ministers and Missionaries
Colossians 4:3-4
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Isaiah 11:2-3
Isaiah 61:1-6
Isaiah 54:17
2 Timothy 1:13-14
Ephesians 6:19-20
1 Peter 5:9
Psalms 27:1;5
Isaiah 54:14-15
Luke 12:11-12
Colossians 4:6
Psalms 144:7
2 Thessalonians 3:3
1 John 4:4

The Church – Missions and Evangelism

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

The mission of the local church is: Preaching and teaching; Making disciples; Fellowship; Worship; Missions and evangelism; Maturity of the believer; Ministry in the home; Ministry to material needs.

Missions and Evangelism:

And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:7-8 NKJV

The Great Commission was all about world evangelization. Jesus intended for the Gospel to be carried beyond Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria – outwards, to the very ends, or uttermost parts, of the earth. Jesus told the disciples to “Go into ALL the world and preach the gospel to EVERY creature” (Mark 16:15). It was a command, not a suggestion. However, it took persecution to scatter the Church and send evangelists as far as Antioch.

Acts chapter 8, verse 1 says, “Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” And verse 4 says, “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.”  Acts 11:19-21 says, “But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the 19 Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. 20 Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.”

The Lord has made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Isaiah 52:10 NKJV

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14 NKJV

The Lord loves people – people of every nation – He has promised that the ends of the earth would see His salvation! Every one of them has a right to hear how much He loves them. This is the Church’s job – no one else is going to do it. The problem is that we have to be constantly reminded that it is our responsibility. Not only that, but also how urgent it is that all nations have not yet heard, been converted, and discipled, and the uttermost part of the earth has not yet been reached.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon 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, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  Romans 10:12-15 KJV

Whoever calls on the Name of the Lord WILL be saved! But how will they call on Him if they don’t believe in Him? And how will they believe in Him if they have not heard about Him? And how will they hear without a preacher? And how will they preach unless they go? The Church has never had the luxury of sitting in one place and having the world flock to them for salvation. It has always been the case that the Church had to leave the building, leave the security and comfort of their own little world and go to the big world out there who need to hear and experience the power of the Gospel!

Missions and evangelism is the calling and the work of the Body of Christ, however, most Christians do absolutely nothing of what Jesus asked of them. Some might even send a little money to others to do it, and yet still do nothing themselves. There are a million excuses as to why Christians do not fulfill the Great Commission, but not one of them will hold water on the Day we give account to Jesus for our life here on earth. You need to ask yourself this question regularly: “What am I doing for Heaven’s sake?”

For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient — 19 in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21 but as it is written: “To whom He was not announced, they shall see; And those who have not heard shall understand.”  Romans 15:18-21 NKJV

At the end of his life Paul could confidently say, “I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.”  Who of us can say the same? It’s time for the Church to be the Church – for each member of the Body of Christ to fulfill his or her calling and fulfill his or her personal part of fulfilling the Great Commission. The Father made the world a promise. It is our job to keep this promise on His behalf!

Testimony by Christa

I’m learning how to put God in the center of everything I do. with the help of the Holy Spirit you can do anything. Internship is challenging, it’s long hours, it’s late nights, and early mornings, but I know my life is being changed and molded into what God is gonna use me for.

Testimony by Christie E.

God has been teaching me how to truly yield to the Holy Spirit in every area of my Life.


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

Wives, be subject (be submissive and adapt yourselves) to your own husbands as [a service] to the Lord.  Ephesians 5:22 AMP

Wives, be subject to your husbands [subordinate and adapt yourselves to them], as is right and fitting and your proper duty in the Lord. 
Colossians 3:18 AMP

In like manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them], so that even if any do not obey the Word [of God], they may be won over not by discussion but by the [godly] lives of their wives, 2 When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him — to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband]. 3 Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate] interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes; 4 But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For it was thus that the pious women of old who hoped in God were [accustomed] to beautify themselves and were submissive to their husbands [adapting themselves to them as themselves secondary and dependent upon them]. 6 It was thus that Sarah obeyed Abraham [following his guidance and acknowledging his headship over her by] calling him lord (master, leader, authority). And you are now her true daughters if you do right and let nothing terrify you [not giving way to hysterical fears or letting anxieties unnerve you].  
1 Peter 3:1-6 AMP

Let’s talk about the word submission. Many modern women rebel against the term and refuse to even entertain the idea of submitting to their husbands. In fact, many modern marriages are the reverse of the biblical model – the wife runs the family and the husband spends his life trying to keep her appeased so she doesn’t make his life miserable. On the other hand, there are some husbands who do not love their wives like Christ loves the Church and who keep their wives in bondage to their manipulation and control. They think that submission means servitude, but they are mistaken. God loves women. The Lord does not give a man the liberty to treat his wife badly or disrespectfully. In fact, the Lord rebukes husbands for treating their wives badly and He also tells them that their prayers aren’t answered when they are rough and harsh with their wives. God does not support a man who does not show his wife love, kindness and respect.

A woman has a huge impact and influence over her family – over her husband and over her children. Her attitude can make or break her family. If she chooses God’s way, then she will “build her house” and her family will be greatly blessed, but if she is going to go with worldly, ungodly advice and counsel, then she will “tear her house down with her own hands”. Submission to your husband is not a burden or a bondage – it is a privilege – it is an act of faith. Women are gifted to be team players and that is vital when it comes to family. You are the best team your husband will ever have! God gives a woman the ability to adapt – to adapt to her husband and to adapt to any new stage of her life – like children etc. This is a great gift!

Submission is functional, relational, reciprocal, and universal.

Submission is functional:
It is a distinguishing of our roles and the work we are called to do. Men are men and women are women. We are different from each other physically, mentally and emotionally. We have different abilities and strengths that fit us for our own specific roles. We function differently, because we are hard-wired and fitted differently by God. God created and equipped men to lead and women to adapt and support. Instead of trying to be something we are not, we need to be the best that we can be within our own capabilities. We need to be at peace with who we are and what we can do. We need to accept our role as God-given and enjoy the process.

Submission is relational:
It is a loving acknowledgment of another’s value as a person. We submit to each other out of relationship – out of mutual love, caring and respect. We submit to our husband, because of our love and respect for him. We choose to not behave in a selfish way – we don’t put our needs and interests above the needs and interests of our husband, our family members, our friends or even our Christian “neighbors”. We are not obligated to submit to an unbeliever, but we the Lord does expect us to love them and show them grace like He loves them and is gracious toward them.

Submission is reciprocal:
It is a mutual, humble cooperation with one another. The reason there is not a lot more accomplished by the body of Christ, is lack of unity. Everyone is doing their own thing. It takes mutual cooperation to bring about unity in the Body of Christ and it takes humility to be able to cooperate with others. It takes mutual cooperation to make a marriage work. It takes mutual cooperation to grow and build a successful family. Only as we humble ourselves – as individuals and as a group – and respect others, will we see true unity come.

Submission is universal:
It is an acknowledgment by the church of the all-encompassing lordship of Jesus Christ. We respect Jesus Christ as our Lord and Master. That means that we take direction from Him – not He from us. Many people like to order God around like He is their servant. However, He is the Master – we are His servants. Because we respect Him as Lord, we submit ourselves to Him and His word. His word requires that we imitate Him and be like Him. He told us that if we want to be the greatest, then we must be a servant of all. Because we love and respect Jesus, we obey Him; because we love and respect Jesus, we submit ourselves to one another. We submit to our husband because we are commanded to by our Lord. He made us and He knows what we need and because He knows what qualities will make our marriage a success.

Submission is voluntarily cooperating with your husband, or with anyone, out of love and respect for God first – and then secondly, out of love and respect for that person.

Through Faith and Patience We Inherit the Promises

And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:11-12 KJV

Abraham waited patiently for the promise of God to be fulfilled — it was 25 years from the time God had promised him a son until Isaac’s birth. God has made us some exceeding great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4). The key to activating those promises in our lives is faith and patience. The way that any of the great saints of God received the fulfillment of the promises made to them by God, was faith and patience. We are to follow their example and allow them to inspire us into the same spirit of diligence. We cannot afford to be slothful, or we will fail. When we are sluggish, disinterested and lazy, we are being slothful. We hear a lot about faith and that we need to exercise faith in God, so that we may receive those things we’ve asked of Him. However, faith needs patience in order to work. Without patience, there is no faith!

Patience means the capacity, or willingness, to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming angry or upset. Synonyms of patience are calmness, composure, diligence, even temper, forbearance, fortitude, imperturbability, long suffering, perseverance, persistence, poise, restraint, self-control, serenity, staying power, and tolerance.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:2-4 KJV

Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. 4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
  James 1:3-4 AMP

We can’t really know the depth of our own character until we see how we react under pressure. Patience is produced through keeping your eyes on God and His word, and continuing to trust in Him, through all kinds of trials and tribulations. Patience involves steadfastness and endurance — refusing to quit or give up. We call that “bulldog faith”! Tests work patience and patience works perfection. Because our trials and temptations are often so intense, they seem to last for an eternity. Instead of complaining about our struggles, we should see them as opportunities for growth. Character and spiritual maturity grow and develop in us, as we allow patience to have its perfect and thorough work in us, through all the tough times and the difficult circumstances that life throws at us. Faith and patience go hand in hand and grow up together in us as we allow God to do His work in our heart and life. When we allow patience to have her perfect work, we will be perfect and entire wanting nothing and coming short in nothing.

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:11-12 NKJV

Now you have closely observed and diligently followed my teaching, conduct, purpose in life, faith, patience, love, steadfastness, 11 Persecutions, sufferings — such as occurred to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, persecutions I endured, but out of them all the Lord delivered me.  2 Timothy 3:10-11 AMP

Paul lists the characteristics that make a godly and successful Christian — faith, patience and love. Faith and patience go hand in hand, together with love and righteousness and godliness. Another word for steadfastness is perseverance. Paul needed perseverance to get him through all the trials and persecutions he had to suffer for the Words’ sake. He calls on us to follow the example he set, and at the same time, he assures us that even though he had to endure all this, the Lord was still faithful to deliver him in the end. We have to understand that trials, tribulations and persecution are all part of our walk down here. It doesn’t mean that God has abandoned us — on the contrary — He is with us through it all and will deliver us out of it all if we will only trust in Him and allow Him to do His work in and through us.

Urge the older men to be temperate, venerable (serious), sensible, self-controlled, and sound in the faith, in the love, and in the steadfastness and patience [of Christ]. 
Titus 2:2 AMP

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure.  2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 NKJV

Patience is the opposite of frustration, impatience, agitation and intolerance. The patience that we exhibit through all the tough things we go through in life is growing our faith. As our faith grows, we become stronger and more solid in the things of God. Our faith muscles are exercised. Just as physical muscles can only grow through opposition — weights — so our spiritual muscles — our faith — grows through opposition! The more our faith and patience grows, the more we can overcome the trials, temptations and attacks of the enemy. The more we grow in faith and patience, the greater our victories become! We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us!

Through faith and patience, we will inherit the promises!

Whatsoever You Do in Word or Deed Do Everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus – Part II

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  Colossians 3:17 NKJV

To do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus – in word or deed – is to do what is pleasing to Him, and also what brings honor and glory to Him.  As we seek to please God and to do what we do in the name of Jesus, we must do these things:

6. Forbear with all men.

Be gentle and forbearing with one another…  Colossians 3:13a AMP

We must not only do no hurt to anyone, but we must do what good we can to all.

7. Forgive all men.

Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].  Colossians 3:13 AMP

Jesus has freely forgiven us and asks us – from our heart – to be patient and forgiving with others.

So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses.  Matthew 18:35 KJV

8. Put on divine love.

And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].  Colossians3:14 AMP

Verse 12 says that we should clothe ourselves in tender mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness.  Verse 14 says that we must put on divine love as an outer garment – which is the finishing touch of a well-dressed Christian.  Love covers all, unites all, and binds us together as one in God’s perfectness and harmony.

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].  1 Corinthians 13:4-8a AMP

9. Let peace be the umpire of your life.

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].  Colossians 3:15 AMP

Allow peace to rule your heart.  This word “rule” means: to be an umpire; to arbitrate, direct, and govern.  Peace must be your boss and lead you and guide you. You are called to live in peace in all things and through all things.  And also to be thankful and appreciative, continually giving praise to God.

10. Know the Bible – know the Word of God.

Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness…  Colossians 3:16a AMP

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

11. Teach and admonish one another.

Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.  Colossians 3:16 AMP

12. Use the Christian’s power of attorney.

And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.  Colossians 3:17 AMP

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.  John 16:23 KJV

Whatever we ask for must be asked of the Father in Jesus’ name.  Whatever we do – in word or deed – must be done in the name of the Lord Jesus.  It must be done in total dependence upon Him and must bring praise to God the Father through Jesus Christ.