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!
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.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP
A new creation in Christ:
[All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:24 AMP
If you are “in Christ” it means that you belong to Him: you received Him as Savior and Lord and He came to live on the inside of you and He made you a new creation.
For neither is circumcision [now] of any importance, nor uncircumcision, but [only] a new creation [the result of a new birth and a new nature in Christ Jesus, the Messiah]. Galatians 6:15 AMP
Your spirit is born again:
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:3-8 NKJV
Jesus is not referring to physical birth, but to spiritual birth. You cannot be born again physically, but you can, and you must, be born again spiritually. When Adam sinned he died spiritually. Sin was passed down in the flesh to succeeding generations. Without a divine intervention there is no help for man. Under the old covenant man’s sins were merely covered by the blood of bulls and goats, but under the new covenant, and by the blood of Jesus, you are born again and your sins are removed.
Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and death as the result of sin, so death spread to all men, [no one being able to stop it or to escape its power] because all men sinned. Romans 5:12 AMP
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Ephesians 2:1 NKJV
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. Titus 3:4-6 NKJV
Jesus did not come to give us a new religion, but he came to give us a new life. This new life comes not by doing, but by believing. Through the love of God mercy is poured out on us and we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for regeneration (paliggenesia) literally means a “new birth”. The classical writers used this word in reference to the changes produced by the return of spring – life springing up from death. It can also mean the “restitution of all things”. 1 John 3:14 says that the love of God in us is evidence that we have passed over out of death into life.
It is God who gives life to the dead:
(As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed — God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did. Romans 4:17 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13 NKJV
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
Born again through the incorruptible seed – the word of God:
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
A new heart:
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Ezekiel 36:26-27 NKJV
Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19 NKJV
2 Corinthians 5:17 is the fulfillment of these scriptures. Father God promised to give us a brand new heart and he did it through his Son. Not only did He give us a brand new heart, but He gave us a brand new life. Death has been swallowed up in victory! (Isaiah 25:8)
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 Because we know that Christ (the Anointed One), being once raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him. Romans 6:8-9 AMP
Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” 6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. 8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.” 13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. 19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. 20 Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. 21 Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?” 22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ. Acts 9:1-22 NKJV
Saul was on his way to capture Christians to be jailed and executed; sincerely believing that he was doing God’s work. When he least expected it, Jesus showed up and got his attention in a big way. The light, the voice, and three days being blind, were signs that made Saul wonder. Then Jesus showed up, in a vision, to Ananias, and told him to go to lay hands on Saul, for he was a chosen vessel. Ananias told Saul that the Lord Jesus, who had appeared to him on the road, had also instructed him to come to Saul so that he might receive his sight, be baptized in water, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Saul changed his name to Paul. He was a completely changed man because of God’s love and grace. From that time on, Paul submitted himself, spirit, soul, and body, to Father God, so that only God’s plans and purposes would be wrought through his life.
God wants to do a deep work in every person.
Many times, in order to get man’s attention, God has to move very strongly on the five physical senses.
Most of the time, we don’t see God move, because we do not give Him the opportunity to move. We must expect Him to move; we must expect Him to show up and to do what He has said that He will do.
We must allow Him to do whatever, whenever, however, to whomever. When we allow God to have His own way, great and mighty things will be made manifest.
Anyone, who has been mightily used by God, has had an encounter with Him. They have allowed Him to do a work in them and through them.
And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. 24 But the word of God grew and multiplied. Acts 12:21-24 KJV
Paul’s story is a story of grace, because he yielded himself to God. However, there were a few people who set themselves against God and did not survive. Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit over an offering. Herod set himself up as a god and was smitten by the angel of God and was eaten up by worms.
Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne, with Revival Ministries International, are looking forward to Celebrate America just as they did in the summer of 1999 when, for six weeks consecutively, they rented Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena, for Good News New York!
Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne are inviting local churches, the community, and members of government, in which many of them will be sharing their faith, and all nationalities to be a part of Celebrate America. We are celebrating America as she turns 239 years old. During Celebrate America, we will commemorate the Declaration of Independence and what the Constitution of the United States has meant to this land. We will celebrate the heritage of America and our Founding Fathers who acknowledged “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” We will remember The Great Spiritual Awakenings of this land, the impact of which they made, and The Great Awakening that is soon to come. Celebrate America.
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DAR Constitution Hall Building
DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC’s largest Concert Hall, welcomes over half a million patrons each year.
The Hall opened in 1929, and was designed to house the annual DAR convention. DAR Constitution Hall was designated a National Historic Landmark Building in 1985.
Nightly Meetings July 4th -11th, 2015
Times: July 4th: 6 PM – July 5th-11th: 7 PM
DAR Constitution Hall Building 1776 D St NW Washington, D.C. 20006
Power Evangelism July 1st -11th, 2015 at 10 AM Daily
Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne, with Revival Ministries International, are looking forward to Celebrate America just as they did in the summer of 1999 when, for six weeks consecutively, they rented Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena, for Good News New York!
Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne are inviting local churches, the community, and members of government, in which many of them will be sharing their faith, and all nationalities to be a part of Celebrate America. We are celebrating America as she turns 238 years old. During Celebrate America, we will commemorate the Declaration of Independence and what the Constitution of the United States has meant to this land. We will celebrate the heritage of America and our Founding Fathers who acknowledged “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” We will remember The Great Spiritual Awakenings of this land, the impact of which they made, and The Great Awakening that is soon to come. Celebrate America.
Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne invite you to join them for Celebrate America this July in Washington D.C. at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall. Just as we looked forward to Good News New York in the summer of 1999 at Madison Square Garden, we are looking forward to this event.
Local churches, the community, members of government (many of whom will be sharing their faith), all Americans, and anyone, from any nation, who loves America, are invited to be a part of Celebrate America. We are celebrating America as she turns 238 years old. During these 14 days of Celebrate America, we will commemorate the United States Declaration of Independence and what the Constitution of the United States has meant to this land. We will celebrate the heritage of America and our Founding Fathers who acknowledged “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” We will remember the Great Spiritual Awakenings of this land, the impact they made, and The Great Awakening that is soon to come.
Pastors, leaders, church groups, youth groups, and all believers, all around America, we ask you to begin praying for America, her leaders, and for Celebrate America. And we also encourage you to make plans to join us and to be a part of this very timely event.
The evening meetings are at 7 PM; admission is free. In the mornings, Power Evangelism will take place at 10 AM. Call, email, Facebook, and Tweet your friends and family to attend and to get involved; volunteers are needed. Sign up today.
This month God has shown me that he does see me working to have that atmosphere that welcomes him. I’ve been aiming to have a stronger relationship with God. The meeting we had for Easter was awesome! The Holy Spirit reminded me how important His presence is. It’s not that we don’t know that, what happens is you get to working, and even with acknowledging him throughout the day and praying and reading the Bible at night before you go to bed, I had not been contending for his presence. I needed more than what I was getting. I became hungry and thirsty for him. I want to dig in the Word and look in that mirror to find those spots and blemishes make sure my dress is clean. To be close to him is all I’ve been wanting. I want to be what he wants me to be.
What a year that it has been! I have learned so much under this ministry that it’s hard to believe it has already been three years since I was in my room one night and God had given me a song in my spirit and that night I had an encounter with God. And from that night on I knew God had wanted me to come to the River Bible Institute and now I am an third year graduate. That just blows my mind to look back on all the people who went through my first year and to look at who actually went all the way. I just want to reflect on this past year, as I had the opportunity to be an intern under the Youth Ministry. I was stretched a lot as I got to learn how to disciple young students, start up Bible studies, hold big events and what all goes into putting together a youth camp. One thing I learned from Pastor Allen is the mindset that he has towards every student. He just looks at everyone not as who they are now but who they are going to be. He sees the potential that they have and he just pulls it right out of them. That’s exactly what happened to me during this year. Was I frustrated at times? Yes. Was I put into some impossible situations? Yes. Did I get through them? Yes. And just as Pastor said to me, “Everyone has growing pains, Are they going to hurt? Of course. But it’s a necessary pain that you’re going to have to go through in order to grow.” And that’s what I definitely experienced during my internship.
As my internship comes to an end I found myself looking back at my first year here at the River Bible Institute. I remembered the journey my life took just to come to Florida. I see now how the Hand of God was over my life even when I wasn’t living for Him. I remember how two weeks before school started The Lord arrested my heart. I knew I had a call of God on my life, but I was running. I somehow found myself here at R.B.I. the summer of 2009. The first year here at R.B.I. for me was very stretching for me. I remember how I never led one person to the Lord until I came to R.B.I. I remember when I led someone to the Lord for the first time, I felt so alive, I felt my life had purpose. My second year I had the opportunity to be a part of the Great Awakening Team that went to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Wow, what an awesome blessing and time that was. I learned firsthand that ministry is spelled W O R K. That week I had the privilege of leading over 300 people to the Lord. I saw healings, baptisms in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and many salvations. I also had the opportunity to play in the worship team during The Great Awakening broadcast that went throughout the globe on Christian Television Network. We saw over 1 million decisions for the Lord that year. Again I learned ministry is spelled W O R K. After my second year, I was accepted to the Internship program here at the school. As an intern you are basically here at the ministry during staff hours. I had the privilege of working in the Pastoral Department under Pastor David Blair. The things I have learned here coming to R.B.I. are so priceless. There is no amount of money in the world that can amount to the teachings and the impartation I received here at R.B.I. If you have a call of God on your life, and you know you, do take the step, come to this school. Trust me, you don’t know who you are until you step into the Fire.