An Offering Always Precedes the Glory

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

Thoughts on Stewardship – Lesson No 16 from Exodus

An Offering Always Precedes the Glory
Foundation Scriptures: Exodus 40 verses 25 – 35

Moses set up and lighted the lamps before the Lord, as the Lord commanded him. 26 He put the golden altar [of incense] in the Tent of Meeting before the veil; 27 He burned sweet incense [symbol of prayer] upon it, as the Lord commanded him. 28 And he set up the hanging or screen at the door of the tabernacle. 29 [Moses] put the altar of burnt offering at the door of the tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting and offered on it the burnt offering and the cereal offering, as the Lord commanded him. 30 And Moses set the laver between the Tent of Meeting and the altar and put water in it for washing. 31 And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet there. 32 When they went into the Tent of Meeting or came near the altar, they washed, as the Lord commanded Moses. 33 And he erected the court round about the tabernacle and the altar and set up the hanging or screen at the court gate. So Moses finished the work. 34 Then the cloud [the Shekinah, God’s visible presence] covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle! 35 And Moses was not able to enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud remained upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  Exodus 40:25-35 AMP

1. Moses put sweet incense on the golden altar and placed sacrifices – the burnt offering and the cereal offering – on the altar of burnt offerings as an offering to the Lord.

a. The result was that the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

b. Because of the glory of God, Moses was not able enter into the tent of the congregation.

2. When we come to God, we should not come empty-handed. Something happens when we come to worship the Lord with our gifts.

a. Our offering rises like sweet incense to the Lord.

b. The Lord, Himself, receives our offerings.

c. When the praises go up, the blessings come down.

d. The Lord pours out His glory, His goodness, His grace, and His favor.

N.B. Let your offering be as a sweet smell to the Lord – sweet incense that causes the glory of God to come down.

Pastor Adonica’s Thoughts:
The glory of God can only come down in the midst of people who are completely submitted and obedient to the Lord. We are demonstrating our submission and obedience when we give God what He asks us to give. The Bible says that we must make a choice between God and mammon. When we bring our offerings to the Lord in generous obedience, we show Him that He means more to us than anything else in the world and He receives our gifts and graces us with His wonderful and precious presence in every area of our lives.

Pastor Rodney’s Thoughts:
When it comes to offerings, one of the things that I have witnessed over the years is that when people give from their heart as an act of worship, or when they give sacrificially to the Lord, something amazing happens! God invades the place – God invades their lives – and supernatural things happen. It has nothing to do with the amount, but has everything to do with the heart.

Prayer and Confession:
Father, I pray that You would receive my offering and my gifts as a sweet-smelling savor. You are so awesome to me and I love to worship You with my very best.

Hearts On fire

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

Foundation Scriptures: Exodus 2:11-15; Exodus 3:1-22; Exodus 4:1-17
Exodus 2:11-15 tells us that Moses killed an Egyptian who was beating an Israelite, but when he rebuked one Israelite for beating another, they got mad at him. They did not recognize nor acknowledge his divine call at that point. When Moses realized that everyone knew what he had done, including Pharaoh who now wanted to kill him, he fled and took refuge in the land of Midian. Moses was destined to deliver Israel from their bondage in Egypt, but by God’s power and in God’s time, not by the arm of the flesh.

Exodus 3:1-22 says that one day while Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, on the backside of the wilderness, he led the flock to Mount Sinai. The Angel of the Lord appeared to him there in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush that burned with fire, but was not consumed. As he approached the bush, the Lord began to speak to him, “And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters and oppressors; for I know their sorrows and sufferings and trials. And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand and power of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a land good and large, a land flowing with milk and honey [a land of plenty].” (Exodus 3:7-8a AMP)

Then the Lord said, “Now behold, the cry of the Israelites has come to Me, and I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth My people, the Israelites, out of Egypt. And Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? God said, I will surely be with you; and this shall be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain [Horeb, or Sinai].” (Exodus 3:9-12 AMP)
Then Moses asked God what he should say to the Israelites when he told them that the God of their fathers had sent him to them and they asked him, “What is His name?” The Lord said, “Tell them I AM!” Then He told Moses that He would give the Israelites favor and they would not leave empty-handed. They would strip the Egyptians of their belongings – jewels, articles of gold and silver, and garments – which were the payment owed to them for their years of slavery.

Moses still did not think that the Israelites would believe him or obey him, so God first gave him two signs – the rod turning into a snake and back again and the hand turning leprous and then healthy again. Then God gave him a third sign. He said, in Exodus 4:8-9 AMP, “If they will not believe you or heed the voice or the testimony of the first sign, they may believe the voice or the witness of the second sign. But if they will also not believe these two signs or heed your voice, you shall take some water of the river [Nile] and pour it upon the dry land; and the water which you take out of the river [Nile] shall become blood on the dry land.” Moses still argued with God about his inadequacies and inability to fulfill this great mission and the Lord became angry with him, however, God told Moses that Aaron, his brother would go with him and help him to speak to Israel and to Pharaoh.

  1. This story of Moses and the burning bush is a type and shadow of God anointing us for service in His Kingdom.
  2. Moses, in a moment of anger, resorted to the arm of the flesh, killed an Egyptian, fled the land, and ended up looking after sheep on the backside of the desert. Even though God had called Him to deliver His people from bondage and captivity, he felt like a failure.
  3.  How many of us, in the past, have been hasty and resorted to the arm of the flesh only to find ourselves out of the plan of God and on the backside of the desert?
  4. All is not lost however – God could still visit you with a “burning bush experience”.

?   Moses was empowered at the burning bush

?   God anointed him with the power to do signs and wonders

?   The signs were the rod, the hand in his bosom, and the water poured out and turned into blood

?   God told Moses that He would be with his mouth – He would help him to say what he was commanded to say

  1.  God said, if they would not listen to the voice of the first sign or the second sign, there would be a third sign – a sign speaks
  1. It is important for each of us to have a burning bush experience.
  2. If we are to be used by God, we need to first have an encounter with God
  3.  I do not have any proof of this, but I believe that when Moses stood in front of Pharaoh, Pharaoh saw the flames of the bush reflected in Moses’ eyes!
  4.  When Moses spoke, it was like God speaking: Let my people go!
  5. This week is an opportunity for you to press in and allow the Lord to touch you with His anointing.
  6. How hungry are you?
  7.  How thirsty are you?
  8.  My testimony – my “burning bush” experience – occurred when I got intensely hungry and thirsty for God in July 1979 and He touched me with His fire

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Matthew 5:6 KJV

The Character of God

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

Foundation scripture:

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:12-17 KJV

1. God is a loving heavenly Father:

a. John 3:16-18 KJV – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

b. Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV – “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”

c. All the good in the world is from God and the bad is because of the devil.

d. God wants us to choose life; to choose blessing; to choose Him.

Galatians 3:13-14 KJV – “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

e. Galatians 3:29 KJV – “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

g. We are redeemed from poverty, sickness, and death.

h. Psalms 37:25 KJV – “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

2. In order to be effective in your Christian life, you need to have a revelation of these three things:

a. Who your Father is – Abba – a loving Father.

b. Who you are – the righteousness of God in Christ.

c. Who your enemy is – the destroyer – a defeated foe.

d. John 10:10 KJV – “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

3.  Faith begins where the will of God is known:

a. How can you believe God or trust in Him, when you think He is against you?

b. You have to spend time in His Word.

i. Joshua 1:8 KJV – “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

ii. Psalms 1:1-3 KJV – “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

iii. Psalms 37:4 KJV – “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

iv. John 15:7-8 KJV – “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

4. God is on your side – He is for you:

a. Romans 8:31 KJV – “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

b. 2 Corinthians 6:18 KJV – “And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

c. 1 John 4:4 KJV – “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

d. Psalms 55:16 KJV – “As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.”

e. Psalms 56:9 KJV – “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.”

f. Psalms 57:2 KJV – “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.”

g. Psalms 126:3 KJV – “The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”

5. One thing I know is that God is with me:

a. That changes everything.

b. He has made His home in you and me.

c. You and I are the temple of the Living God.

d. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

6. Believe today and walk in the light:

a. Confess:

God is my Father

He loves me

He is on my side

He cares for me

His Word strengthens me

His Spirit empowers me.

He loves me

WHEN YOU PRAY FOR HEALING, PRAY THE WORD OF GOD

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

As believers, it is important that we learn to pray the Word of God over our own lives and over our own bodies. Too many believers are too lazy to press into God for themselves, and instead, rely on someone else’s faith or someone else’s gift. When you are a baby Christian, God will allow you to do that, but after a while He expects you to stand on your own two feet and have your own relationship with Him. Ultimately, He wants every one of us to be completely dependent on Him and if you are looking to man to be your help and salvation, then you are not trusting in God or looking to Him at all.

The power of God is wrapped up in His Word. Whatever you need from Father God, find a scripture that covers what you are believing God for and pray it. Put your trust in God and put the Pressure on the Word.

God’s Word is Medicine to our Bodies.

My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22 AMP

As you spend time meditating on God’s Word memorizing it, receiving it for yourself personally, and allowing it to become part of you it will become real to you and the result will be that life, healing and health will come to your body.

Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by 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 has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You 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 the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53:1-12 NKJV

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”  Matthew 8:16-17 NJKV

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

God’s Word is Spirit and it is life. God’s Word brings healing to every aspect of our lives. God’s Word will only work in our lives when it is IN us and we are in it.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  John 15:7 NKJV

We must meditate on God’s Word and we must pray His Word out loud. The Word of God is the divine seed of God bringing life, health, healing and deliverance.

He sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
  Psalm 107:20 KJV

And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.  Romans 8:11 AMP

If you need healing in your body you need to meditate on God’s Word. Even if your body is healthy and strong, you need to build up your faith in the area of healing. Take these scriptures and meditate on them every day. Read them, think about them, speak them out loud, and pray them over your body and you will see God’s healing power begin to work in your body.

A Healing Covenant

 

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

A HEALING COVENANT

“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!

TWENTY ONE REASONS WE KNOW THAT WE KNOW THE LORD – PART THREE

“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).

PRAYER LIST – PART ONE

“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!

Rodney Howard Browne preaches in Humble TX