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Succeeding through Christ

Robert Howard Browne shows us a sunset

God wants us to be a hit in our Christian life. He outlines success as turning into the person that He wants us to be and realizing the goals that He has set for our lives. His Word tells us that godly feat starts with our thinking (Proverbs 23:7 KJV). Why? Because God has designed our mind to be a tough tool that impacts our angles and our actions, both toward Him and toward other people.

The godliness of our minds determines to a giant degree the godliness of our lives. The Scriptures let us know that before our deliverance, we were divided and antagonistic in mind toward the things of God (Colossians 1:21). So our old way of thinking is of tiny price in our turning into the person God wants us to be. That’s why the Bible indoctrinates us to be made new in the perspective of our thinking (Ephesians 4:23) and gives us direction on what to dump from and add to our minds (Ephesians 4:31-32).

Antagonistic thinking is to get replaced by the truth of the Word.

Reasoning God’s way means to “set our minds” on the things of God. Each day, we are to pick to have the Lord’s perspective; we must also reject any thinking that leads to conformity with the planet’s tactics (Romans 12:2). When we fix our attention on who God is, on His plan for us, and on a way to please Him, we’ll start thinking His way. To be successful in the dominion of God requires “kingdom” thinking.

Following the Ministry of Jesus

I believe another way to increase the anointing is

to spend much time reading the gospels and following

closely the ministry of Jesus. Jesus said, “The Son can do

nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do”

(John 5:19). I believe we will only do what we see Jesus

do.

The disciples followed Jesus and saw the signs

and wonders and miracles that He did. He said to them,

“He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do

also; and greater works than these shall he do: because I

go unto my Father” (John 14:12).

Rodney Howard Browne teaches that God sent the Holy Ghost to empower them that

they might go forth and do His works. Later, when Peter

and John were taken in front of the chief priests and

elders and commanded not to preach or teach in the name

of Jesus, they said, “We cannot but speak the things

which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).

You Will Be Like Those You Hang Around

You will only do what you have seen and heard. If

you hang around a ministry that does not believe in

healing and in the power of the Holy Spirit, then you will

be just like that.

When people come to me and say, “I don’t believe

in miracles,” or tell me that miracles have passed away, I

tell them that they have come too late to convince me.

I’ve seen God move. I believe in miracles.

Something that has been a blessing to me is

reading about one of the miracles Jesus did. Then I close

my eyes and watch what He did, picturing before my very

eyes how exciting it would be to attend Jesus’ crusades

and to witness the miracles He did.

Looking For a Man; Missing Your Miracle

Let’s look at the story of the man Jesus healed at

the pool of Bethesda found in John 5:1-9. The Bible says

there was by the sheep market a pool, in the Hebrew

tongue called Bethesda, having five porches. In these

porches lay a great multitude of blind, halt, and maimed

people, waiting for the troubling of the water. At a certain

season an angel would come and trouble the water and

whoever stepped in first was made whole of whatever

disease he had.

If you can, for a moment, picture the events that

transpired. An angel would come down and trouble the

water. Imagine how frustrating it must have been for

those who had been waiting for years for their miracle.

While they were coming, someone else got there ahead of

them.

Jesus arrives on the scene and walks up to a man

who was powerless to help himself. He asks him a

question. “Wilt thou be made whole?” That seems a

ridiculous question to ask a man who is sitting by a

healing pool waiting for an angel to trouble the water. If

he was from New York he might have said, “Of course, I

want to be healed. What do you think I am sitting here

for, my health?”

Jesus was provoking the man to see where he was.

The man gave Jesus a ridiculous answer in response to

the question. He said, “Sir, I have no man. While I am

coming, another steps down and is healed in my place.”

Jesus didn’t ask him if he had a man. He asked him, “Wilt

thou be made whole?” In reality, Jesus was saying, “I am

your man. Rise, take up your bed, and walk.” The man

arose and walked.

Looking for the Missing Pieces of the Puzzle

Anyone reading this passage of scripture would

say to me, “Well, Brother Rodney, isn’t it wonderful that

the man was healed?” Yes, it is wonderful. But when I

read this scripture, something bothered me about this

whole story and I couldn’t put my finger on it.

I read and reread this passage of scripture and I

could not help wondering, If all those sick people were

there, why did Jesus only heal one. I could not understand

why others around this man didn’t shout out to Jesus and

ask Him to come over and heal them as He had healed

that man.

After praying about it, the answer suddenly

dawned on me. It was so simple I could have kicked

myself for not seeing it sooner. The reason the others

were not healed was because they had a man to help them

get into the pool. They were so busy looking to their man,

they missed their miracle. Their miracle came into the

midst of them, and then left. They were untouched

because they were too busy to see what had happened

right in front of them.

As we spend time in the Gospels and follow the

ministry of Jesus, we begin to see it without the cloak of

religion and in the power of the gospel.

HEARTS ON FIRE

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.

Rodney Howard Browne explains that 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.


a.    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.

b.    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?

c.   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

d.    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

2.  It is important for each of us to have a burning bush experience.


a.    If we are to be used by God, we need to first have an encounter with God

b.    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!

c.    When Moses spoke, it was like God speaking: Let my people go!


3.  This week is an opportunity for you to press in and allow the Lord to touch you with His anointing.


a.    How hungry are you?

b.    How thirsty are you?

c.    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

Is that a good outline of your life?

Some know precisely why they are stalled but have not been able to move past the sin that trips them up. Others feel blind to the source of their difficulties but understand that all they do is run prepared. Israel, God’s selected country, had a record of defeat because they compromised and yielded to enticement rather than obeying God’s commands. Compromise defeats us too. God calls His kids to live obedient lives, but instead, we are sometimes occupied with our own self-centered wants. At the same time, we are influenced by both the world and Devil . The reality is that our self-absorbed side likes reinterpreting God’s commands to suit us.

The world clamors for us to join its way of thinking but shows tiny desire to follow God’s way. Thru Scripture, the Lord commands us to rid our lives of ungodliness ( Titus 2:11-12 ), and He provides the Lord God Almighty’s power, which enables us to do so.

When we yield to enticement, we start losing God’s power that helps us stand firm. Have you concluded with God that your angle or action is displeasing to Him? Have you set your consciousness on obeying God, whatever the cost you? Only dumb folk believe they can compromise and live a winning Christ-centered life.. Is a good outline of your life? It is for many Christians.

Some know exactly why they’re stalled but have not been able to move past the sin that trips them up. Folks feel blind to the source of their problems but understand that all they do is run prepared. Compromise defeats us too. God calls His youngsters to live obedient lives, but instead, we are customarily occupied with our own self-centered wishes. At the same time, we are influenced by both the world and Demon .

The actuality is that our greedy side likes reinterpreting God’s commands to suit us. The world clamors for us to join its way of thinking but shows little would like to follow God’s way. Thru Scripture, the Lord commands us to rid our lives of ungodliness ( Titus 2:11-12 ), and He supplies the Lord God’s power, which enables us to do so.

When we yield to enticement, we start losing God’s power that helps us stand firm. Have you concluded with God that your point of view or action is displeasing to Him? Have you set your intelligence on obeying God, whatever the cost you? Only dumb folk believe they can compromise and live a winning Christ-centered life.

Beyond Ourselves

“Give me a break! Lift the pressure. Do something.” Have you ever cried out to God in this way? There are many people who live and work in situations in which there seems to be no relief or way out of the hardship. They experience a constant, crushing strain. Perhaps it’s caused by physical discomfort from an illness or by poor family life.

God promises His children a practical and readily available source of strength. When we are in need of great might, God provides a supernatural energy that expresses itself intellectually, morally, physically, and spiritually in the life of the believer. What is the source of our strength? Jesus Christ. When we by faith received the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, He came to dwell in us in the person of the Holy Spirit.

Rodney Howard Browne teaches that we do not have to beg and plead for God to provide us with the strength to face difficult circumstances; He has already given us the gift. Our acknowledgement of weakness and our confession that we need Christ opens the door to the unsurpassable power of God flowing through us. Declaring that we have come to the end of our own capacity allows the Lord to demonstrate His provision and protection over his children.

There are experiences in life that are beyond our control and certainly beyond our limited strength to endure. If we don’t know the key to persevering, then we will tumble and fall. So, it is essential that we continually grow in our Christian life through studying God’s Word and seeking His will.

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  • Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
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  • Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
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  • Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
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  • For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
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  • And whether we be afflicted , it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer : or whether we be comforted , it is for your consolation and salvation.
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  • And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing , that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
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  • For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life :
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  • But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves , but in God which raiseth the dead:
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  • Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver : in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
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  • Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
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  • For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
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  • For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge ; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;
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  • As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
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  • And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;
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  • And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea.
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  • When I therefore was thus minded , did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose , do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?
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  • But as God is true , our word toward you was not yea and nay.
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  • For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.
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  • For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
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  • Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
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  • Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
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  • Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
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  • Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand .

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 KJV

1.   Rodney Howard Browne teaches that when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, He brings us into a greater revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ

  • The Holy Spirit is the way to the Father.
  • He is the way from the Father to us.
  • He is like an Artist—He paints Jesus upon the canvas of life and makes Jesus real to us.
  • The more we are filled the more we recognize and depend upon Jesus.
  • The Holy Spirit brings us into a life of personal union with and constant dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

N.B. To be filled with the Spirit is to be filled
with Jesus.

2.  Pastor Rodney Howard Browne teaches that the Holy Spirit cuts us off from the life of self and sin and brings us into a life of holiness, righteousness, and obedience.

  • Exodus 40:34-35 AMP – 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.
  • This is the picture of a Spirit-filled man—full of God’s glory—leaving no room for the flesh.

3.  The Holy Spirit brings us into joy and fullness of joy.

  • John 15:11 KJV – These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
  • John 17:13 KJV – And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
  • After Jesus had spoken of the promise of the Spirit and that we should abide in the Vine (in Him), He told of the joy that would follow. He said, “My joy will remain in you and your joy will be full.”
  • The fullness of joy wipes out the pain, doubt, fear and sorrow.

4.  There will be a release of the Fruit of the Spirit from the heart of the Spirit-filled man and woman.

  • Galatians 5:1-26 NKJV – Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. 7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. 11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! 13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! 16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
  • The fruit of the Spirit springs spontaneously from the fullness of the Holy Spirit, in your spirit, working in and affecting spirit, soul, and body.
  • When your life is full of God your life will be   full of godliness.

5.  When you are full of the Holy Spirit, there will be an outflow of the Spirit of God—a tangible presence—affecting every area of your life.

  • Speech – Ephesians 5:18b-19 KJV – Be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
  • Actions – you are made a blessing unto many.
  • Circumstances – everything God’s presence touches is set in order.

A Virtuous Woman is A Gift from God

A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman — who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. Proverbs 31:10 AMP

There is a special woman that is a blessing to her husband, her children and others – capable, intelligent, and virtuous. Virtuous means morally excellent; upright. The Greek word for virtuous means: probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army; wealth; virtue; valor; strength. The man is blessed who finds his virtuous woman. She is his most valuable asset.

A virtuous woman is a godly woman, with godly character

He who finds a [true] wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22 AMP

House and riches are the inheritance from fathers, but a wise, understanding, and prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19:14 AMP

Men, if you want to find and marry a virtuous woman, then you need to acknowledge that you need help from the Lord. Be a man of character yourself, pray and obey. Respect God’s word and follow the Holy Spirit.

A virtuous woman is trustworthy, faithful, content, and not covetous

The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil. 12 She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her. Proverbs 31:11-12 AMP

A virtuous woman is a conscientious worker and leader – in her home and in her business

She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it]. 14 She is like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs; she brings her household’s food from a far [country]. 15 She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks. 16 She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.

Proverbs 31:13-16 AMP

A virtuous woman looks to the Lord for her strength and comfort

She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm. 18 She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust].

Proverbs 31:17-18 AMP

A virtuous woman provides well for her family and also for the poor and needy

She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20 She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit]. Proverbs 31:19-20 AMP

A virtuous woman appreciates quality and walks in her covenant blessings

She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made]. Proverbs 31:21-22 AMP

A virtuous woman is a great asset to her husband behind the scenes and in public

Her husband is known in the [city’s] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. Proverbs 31:23 AMP

A virtuous and worthy wife [earnest and strong in character] is a crowning joy to her husband, but she who makes him ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. Proverbs 12:4 AMP

A virtuous woman has good taste and common sense

She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service].

Proverbs 31:24 AMP

A virtuous woman is humble, yet confident in her God

Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]! Proverbs 31:25 AMP

A virtuous woman loves God’s word and governs her life according to it

She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction]. Proverbs 31:26 AMP

A virtuous woman minds her own business and responsibilities

She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat. Proverbs 31:27 AMP

A virtuous woman is loved and treasured by her family

Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying], 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.

Proverbs 31:28-29 AMP

A virtuous woman has true beauty – beauty of character

Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised! Proverbs 31:30 AMP

A virtuous woman will receive her harvest and reward for her life of love, giving, and service

Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city]! Proverbs 31:31 AMP

SUCCESSFUL PLANS

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

Foundation Scripture: Proverbs 16:1-3  (AMP)

1The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue. 2All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart). 3Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

Proverbs 16:9  (AMP)
9A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

We make plans for our lives and our future, and indeed we should, for we must have goals to aim for and a direction in which to go – if we are wise. We know that if we aim for nothing, we are sure to hit it, so we make our plans, but for all our planning we do not know enough to make perfect decisions every time. We need the wisdom that only God gives.

We make plans – they may be wonderful, well organized, detailed, plans – but without God’s wisdom, there is no guarantee of success. Another, often overlooked aspect of planning is motivation – the attitude of our heart. The attitude of your heart might not seem to be an important issue to you, but it is important to God and crucial to the success of your plans. We think that we are right – everyone thinks that they are right – but only God can be the judge of the motivation of our heart.

So many people want to have God’s forgiveness for their sins, so that they can have peace of mind and a ticket to heaven, but they do not see God’s Word as a standard to live by or the wisdom they need to make their plans succeed. We have our plans, but God has His plans for us, too. We make plans and then ask God to bless them, but if we would ask God for His plans for us – we will find out that they are already blessed.

We should commit and roll all of our plans onto the Lord. In other words, we should run every decision by Him before we begin to act on our plans. With God involved in our plans, we are sure of success. We may not know the future, but we know who holds the future and we hold His hand as He leads us and makes our steps sure. Sure – means that we will not stumble or go in the wrong direction.

Psalms 37:23-31  (NIV)
23If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; 24though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. 25I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. 26They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed. 27Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever. 28For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; 29the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever. 30The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just. 31The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip.

When God is welcomed and allowed to be a part of your planning process and the carrying out process, you will find that your way is a lot smoother and more prosperous than before. Angels will go before you to make a way for you. You will have favor wherever you go. How can you fail when God is on your side?

The Reality of Life After Death

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

Foundation Scripture:
Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

According to the Bible, we only live once and only die once. Life after death is a reality. Heaven and hell are very real. These are the two places that people go to when they breathe out their last breath. They’ll either go to one or the other. There’s no other place they will go —and that is a fact.

Heaven is a real place. It’s not what you make it. It’s not your dream —it’s not your fantasy. Heaven was never in the mind of man, but Heaven has always been in the heart of God.

Hell is a real place. It’s not what you make it. Hell was never in the mind of man. Hell was created, not for man, but for the devil and his angels.

You are an eternal being. You and I are living in eternity, right now. Whatever we do in this life will carry over into the next. We’ve only got one life to live and we’ve only got one chance to live it right and to make the right decisions. Whatever we do now is going to count for eternity. The Bible tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. In other words, this is not a game!

There’s no chance after you die to get your life right. Many people play around with the things of God. They play around with their salvation ,saying, “Oh, it will be fine. One day I can get it right. Even when I die, God will have mercy on me.” That’s a lie from the pit of hell. I want you to know that God gives every man, this side of the grave, the opportunity to make the decisions and to make the choices on which way he’s going to go and which way he’s going to turn.

These are the eternal facts: You have one opportunity and it’s in this life, this side of the grave. If you die without Jesus Christ, you are lost for all eternity without any chance of redemption. You cannot come back and do it again—”OOPS, I made a mistake.” No reincarnation (coming back to live your life over a second time as another being -animal or human). No purgatory (the “half-way house” where you pay penance for deeds done while you were on the earth, and then at a certain time, God will feel sorry for you and get you out of purgatory and take you on to your reward). No annihilation (the belief that God will just wipe out every trace or memory of you). No ultimate reconciliation (meaning that after a million or a hundred billion years, God suddenly decides that He loves everybody and He even goes and forgives the devil). Do you know that there are people who believe these things?

Hell was not made for man, but for the devil and his angels. Man must go there because sin cannot stand in the presence of God. Man must go there because, in a fallen state, man hates God. Men hate God without the slightest reason for doing so. God loves man without the slightest reason either. There’s every reason why men should love God, and not hate Him. They hate Him without a cause. There’s every reason why God should hate man and not love him. Yet, He loves you so much that “He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

Make the decision today that you will follow Jesus all the way. Recognize the price that He paid for you at Calvary two thousand years ago -your sins are forgiven. He died that you might live -He rose from the dead for you. All you have to do is to believe that His blood was shed for you and that He died and rose again.  Receive His mercy and trust in Him.

GOD IS A GOOD GOD

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

Hebrews 11:6  (NKJ)

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

 

Matthew 7:7-11  (NKJ)

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?     “Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

 

Earthly parents take good care of their children. They give good gifts to their children. The law of the land punishes parents who are cruel to their children. If we, as earthly, imperfect parents, would not dream of causing harm and distress to our children, then why do we even imagine that God would want to harm us in any way? We discipline and correct our own children, but we do not injure or kill them. God is so much more perfect than we are – what would He accomplish by hurting us? God chastises and corrects us by His word and His Spirit not by sickness, injury or poverty.

 

People choose to blame God for misfortune, sickness and disease in their lives because they don’t want to take the responsibility for their own sin. It is a pride thing – they put all the responsibility on God so that they can play the martyr. They would rather bear the “punishment” than repent for their sin and disobedience. We need to face up to our own responsibility, humble our hearts and receive God’s forgiveness. The same pride that stops you from repenting will stop you from humbling your heart to receive God’s forgiveness. God wants our obedience not our sacrifice.

 

Proverbs 21:2-3 (NIV)

All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

 

You can be stubborn and rebellious and God will leave you to do your own thing until you end up in the pigpen. The moment you come home to Him in repentance, He will forgive you. The fact is that your own children are safe while they remain in your home, but if they venture out to live on the streets and in the alleyways they become a prime target for injury or death. You can only protect them if they stay in your house! If you want to experience life and blessing, you must stay in God’s “house”. If you remain in God’s house then the devil has no access to us, but if you wander into the “streets” and the devil’s turf, then you will be a target for the devil.

 

John 10:10  (NKJ)

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

 

Jesus is the good shepherd sent to love and save us. The devil is the thief who comes to try to kill us, steal from us and destroy us. As a thief he may try to break into your house with sickness and calamity, but you can remind him that he is there illegally and you can throw him out!

 

John 14:9-10  (NKJ)

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

 

Jesus spoke and acted according to what He saw and heard from the Father. He was not acting alone. As He went about doing good and destroying the works of the devil, He acted on direct authority given to Him by the Father (Acts 10:38). Sickness and sin are from the devil and God and the devil are not pals! They are not working together to destroy us. The devil is in the destruction business, but God is in the construction business! The Father desires to bless us and He will bless us if we will obey and serve Him.

 

Psalm 30:4-5  (NIV)

Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.