“From the Heart” teaching by Drs. Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne.
Foundation scriptures: Jeremiah 29:4-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-6
This is the Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel’s God, to all the exiles I’ve taken from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build houses and make yourselves at home. Put in gardens and eat what grows in that country. 6 Marry and have children. Encourage your children to marry and have children so that you’ll thrive in that country and not waste away. 7 Make yourselves at home there and work for the country’s welfare. Pray for Babylon’s well-being. If things go well for Babylon, things will go well for you.” Jeremiah 29:4-7 The Message Bible
First of all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men, 2 For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way. 3 For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior, 4 Who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth. 5 For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 Who gave Himself as a ransom for all [people, a fact that was] attested to at the right and proper time. 1 Timothy 2:1-6 AMP
It is the will of God that we pray for our nation and for those in positions of authority. This is for our own welfare and benefit.
Under the unction of the Holy Spirit, Paul exhorts us – he admonishes and urges us – to offer petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings on behalf of all men, beginning with those who are in positions of authority.
When God commands us to pray for something specific – like for our leaders – we should take it personally and hear and obey Him.
Remember – God is in control! He is the one who brings kings up and brings kings down.
Daniel 2:21a says that God, “changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings.” The ERV (Easy to Read Version) says: He gives power to kings, and he takes their power away.
Proverbs 8:15-16 KJV – By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
We have less than 2 weeks – we have to pray for God’s will to be done!
God has given us both the authority and the responsibility – we must use it.
Joshua 10:5-14 – many powerful enemies came out against Joshua and the Israelites, but God delivered them into their hands. They needed more time, so Joshua commanded the sun and the moon to stand still.
God supernaturally gave the Israelites one whole extra day of sunlight so that they could defeat their enemies.
Joshua commanded the sun and the moon to stand still – for a reason – to fight and win the battle!
John 9:4 AMP – We must work the works of Him Who sent Me and be busy with His business while it is daylight; night is coming on, when no man can work.
The sun is fast setting on the horizon of time – we must have some more daylight for the harvest to come in.
I am convinced that God will grant us a few more hours of daylight to bring in this harvest!
We must press in to pray for America.
Pray for this nation to be shaken.
Pray the Lord of the harvest that He send forth laborers.
Pray for the provision for the laborers to reap the harvest.
America MUST have another Great Awakening!
America is not ready for what is coming.
We have got to move quickly!
Zechariah 10:1 AMP – Ask of the Lord rain in the time of the latter or spring rain. It is the Lord Who makes lightnings which usher in the rain and give men showers, and grass to everyone in the field.
We, the Church, are living right now in this prophesied season of the latter rain – the spring rain.
You can ask God for rain and He will give it to you.
“From the Heart” teaching by Drs. Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne.
What are the Houses of Joy all about? We are looking for fruit that will remain, fruit in your own life, and fruit that you will help develop in others. We desire eternal fruit that will remain for the kingdom of God!
1. You have a ministry!
• Ephesians 4:11-16 Amplified
• Fellowship is one way that we will come into the unity of the faith.
• Acts 2:42, Proverbs 27:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:11
• If you are going to come into the knowledge of the Son of God, it will not happen without prayer. Prayer produces intimacy with Jesus! I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:4).
• Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the gospel, and make disciples.
• Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15, Proverbs 11:30
• You must preach the gospel before you can make disciples.
• When you become a disciplined follower, you will become a fisher of men!
• Discipleship causes the saints to mature, producing more fruit!
• Matthew 28:19-20, Matthew 10:38-39, Matthew 4:19
• What will I benefit from being in a discipleship relationship?
You’ll experience growth in knowledge and spiritual understanding. You’ll have mature leaders praying for you and your family. You’ll develop new Christian friends. You will learn to be a part of the vision. You will learn how to minister to others. You will be known by church leadership. You will learn how to witness and to win souls. You will experience the blessing of unity. You will learn commitment, faithfulness, and accountability. You will discover the gifts and talents that God has given to you!
• You know that you’re discipling people like Jesus did if your disciples are making disciples!
• John 15:8-14
• As you disciple others, you will continue to grow and produce more fruit in your own life, resulting in more joy!
But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. John 10:2 AMP
They will never [on any account] follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not know the voice of strangers or recognize their call. John 10:5 AMP
Jesus is THE Good Shepherd, but He calls certain of His children, as leaders, to feed and care for His sheep. There are certain qualities that He looks for in a shepherd/pastor/minister.
1. A pastor/minister must be personally acquainted with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
a. He must not be a stranger to God or to Gospel experiences. He must be born again.
2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP – 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!
John 3:5 AMP – Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God.
b. He must be filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:16-26 AMP – But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). 17 For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do. 18 But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law. 19 Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, 20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), 21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. 25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.] 26 Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.
The Holy Spirit is not just for performing miracles in public – He is in your life to regulate your own life. Many people want the Holy Spirit, for show, in church, but we all need the Holy Spirit every day in our personal lives. We need to spend time with the Holy Spirit so that we can really come to know Him and to know His voice. We need to allow Him to do a work on the inside of us. He can only do through us that which He has done TO us and IN us!
2. A pastor/minister must have a divine call. You can’t just decide to be a minister – God has to call you.
a. You can’t call yourself and, if you are called, you can’t run the other way. You must obey God.
b. You cannot enter into ministry out of the love of money; personal ambition; desire for respect, honor, or attention; self-interest; or love of ease – but only because of the call of God and the desire to please Him.
John 10:1-2 AMP – I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who does not enter by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way (elsewhere, from some other quarter) is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Acts 13:2-3 AMP – While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Separate now for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. 3 Then after fasting and praying, they put their hands on them and sent them away.
1 Corinthians 12:28 NKJV – And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
Ephesians 4:11 NKJV – And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers
Romans 11:29 AMP – For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]
I have also learned how to edify, and build up my team, and yet even corporate bringing exhortation, and correction. but not necessarily singling one out, but all receiving correction. overall I see that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. I am now doing things that I once feared doing for a lack of self esteem. but I have found that my confidence is now in Christ.
2 Corinthians 8:1-2 NKJV – Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: 2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.
2 Corinthians 8:6-7 NKJV – So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well. 7 But as you abound in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us — see that you abound in this grace also.
2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV – And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
15. Grace can give endurance.
2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV – And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
16. Grace can call people to the ministry.
Galatians 1:15 NKJV – But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace.
17. Grace can impart riches.
Ephesians 2:7 NKJV – That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
18. Grace can inspire worshipful singing.
Colossians 3:16 NKJV – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
19. Grace can give seasoning to speech.
Colossians 4:6 NKJV – Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
20. Grace can give strength.
2 Timothy 2:1 NKJV – You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
21. Grace can teach.
Titus 2:11-12 NKJV – For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.
22. Grace can give aid in suffering.
Hebrews 2:9 NKJV – But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
23. Grace can help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 NKJV – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
24. Grace can give stability.
Hebrews 13:9 AMP – Do not be carried about by different and varied and alien teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established and ennobled and strengthened by means of grace (God’s favor and spiritual blessing) and not [to be devoted to] foods [rules of diet and ritualistic meals], which bring no [spiritual] benefit or profit to those who observe them.
25. Grace can give life.
1 Peter 3:7 NKJV – Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
26. Grace can help render true service.
Hebrews 12:28 NKJV – Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
27. Grace can become abundant.
1 Timothy 1:14 NKJV – And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
28. Grace can bring hope.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NKJV – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
29. Grace can give the ability to preach.
Ephesians 3:8 NKJV – To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.
30. Grace can change lives.
1 Corinthians 15:9-11 NKJV – For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord… Psalms 33:12a
The nation who honors God as their God – God of that nation – is a blessed and happy nation. Conversely, the nation who will not recognize God, and who dishonors Him, is a nation who has a curse on it and its people. God made us – He created the universe and all that’s in it. Out of His benevolent love He created us and out of this love, He sustains us. He laid out principles, that if we obey and follow, we will prosper.
Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. 2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. Psalms 33:1-3 KJV
This Psalm starts out with a command for those who are righteous – those in right-standing with God – to rejoice in the Lord, to praise Him, give thanks, play instruments, and sing – with a loud and joyful sound! He also follows up, in this Psalm, with the reasons we should praise Him. Praise and worship is an acknowledgement of authority. Praise and worship could be singing or it could be speaking. When we talk highly of someone or something, we are praising that person or thing. You worship that which you love, respect and submit to. When you praise God, you are acknowledging His Lordship and the fact that HE is your Master and that HE is in control and that you are dependent on Him in and for ALL things.
For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Psalms 33:4-5
We can and should praise God for His justice, faithfulness, loving-kindness, goodness, and truth that appear in His word and also in His works. When you praise Him for all these things, you also become a recipient of them. The more you praise Him, the more you open yourself to receive from Him, and the more you receive.
The Word of the Lord is right; therefore when we deviate from it, we are in the wrong. We are right when we agree with it. The Father watches over all men. He made us and He knows us and nothing is hidden from His eyes. We can hide nothing from Him, neither can we pull the wool over His eyes, so we might as well speak the truth to Him – and to others.
God’s word is true and reliable. All the words God speaks are right and true. Everything He does is done in truth. He loves the truth and, unlike men, He never lies. That is why His word can be trusted and relied upon. God never moves the goalposts – He doesn’t change His words – He is constant and consistent. He doesn’t forget or leave His promises unfulfilled. We can trust the Scriptures because they contain the words of a holy, trustworthy, and unchangeable God.
If God’s word is true and right, and if we want to have and live in truth, then we must conform to His word. The problem is that people want to sin and do their own thing. If you are going to sin, but you really want the truth and you want to be right with God, then you’ll need to repent and change what you are doing to line up with God’s word. Or if you don’t want to stop sinning and you don’t want to repent, change and be right with God, then in your own mind you’d have to negate God’s word and cast it out as irrelevant or untrue in order to validate your sin and make it acceptable. So what was once called sin is now called merely a “lifestyle” or a “choice”. Many people have utterly rejected the word of the Lord, all because they refuse to quit sinning and change their ungodly lifestyle.
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. Psalms 33:6-9 KJV
We can and should praise God for His creative power – for the fact that He created us and all that we see – the universe – the heavens and the earth! He spoke and it was done. He commanded and it stood fast. What a great God! He deserves to be revered and worshiped by ALL the inhabitants of the earth! Only a fool would not recognize His handiwork or that He IS the Almighty God.
The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Psalms 33:10-11 KJV
There is no government of man that will succeed without respect for the ultimate authority of God in their lives and without the acknowledgement that He alone is the author of their blessing and the source of their supply. God’s plan is always a good plan and the best plan. Isaiah 9:6 says that the government is on Jesus’ shoulders. Man’s standards, values and plans are temporal and inconsistent, but God’s counsel and plans stand strong and steady through successive generations. Man and his plans come and go and fade and fail, but God and His word stand through it all and above it all. If a nation is to succeed – there is only one way – make God number One in that nation and acknowledge that the nation and the government and the people are totally and utterly dependent on Him!
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psalms 33:12 KJV
God’s peculiar favor is on His people. His people are not merely some small, exclusive group of people whom He has arbitrarily chosen – for He is no respecter of persons. No. God’s people – the ones He has chosen and blessed are those from any and every nation and people, who have chosen to respond to His love. Through and because of Jesus, every nation may receive the favor and blessing of the Father simply by bowing to His Lordship!
“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.” John 12:27 NKJV
Jesus came for this purpose:
16. To save the world, not condemn it:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18 NKJV
17. To send fire on earth:
I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I if it be already kindled? Luke 12:49 KJV
18. To be salvation:
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy1:15 NKJV
19. To baptize in the Holy Spirit:
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. Matthew 3:11 KJV
I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” 32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ John 1:31-33 NKJV
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:37-39 KJV
20. To deliver from evil:
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. Galatians 1:3-4 KJV
21. To bring judgment:
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. John 9:39 KJV
22. To give abundant life:
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. John 10:10 KJV
23. To bear sickness:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.” Matthew8:17 NKJV
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
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. Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV
24. To be a light to the world:
I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46 NKJV
25. To give eternal life:
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3 NKJV
26. To minister to people:
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28 NKJV
27. To bring grace and truth:
For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 NKJV
28. To do God’s will:
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. John 6:38 NKJV
29. To destroy Satan’s work:
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. 1 John 3:8 NKJV
30. To be an example:
Who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:21NKJV
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. 1 Peter 2:21 NKJV
31. To die for sins:
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3 NKJV
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5 NKJV
32. To purify unto Himself a peculiar people:
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus2:14 KJV
All the elders of Israel assembled and came to Samuel at Ramah 5 And said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint us a king to rule over us like all the other nations. 6 But it displeased Samuel when they said, Give us a king to govern us. And Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to the voice of the people in all they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not be King over them. 1 Samuel 8:4-7 AMP
Samuel felt that the people were rejecting his leadership, by asking for a king, but God assured him that they were not rejecting Samuel, but they were actually rejecting God and His leadership in their lives! For about 1,400 years – from Abraham to Samuel – the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had been under a theocracy, ruled by God alone. Now they wanted a king – like the other nations around them – to unite and lead their nation and to judge them and fight their battles. They knew that Samuel’s sons were not fit to lead them, but they were not content to allow God to raise up their next leader. They wanted laws, an army and a human monarch in place of God.
The people wanted to run their nation by human strength instead of God’s strength – a move destined for failure. They wanted a new system of government – someone else to take responsibility for them; to tell them what to do. They traded their freedom for the “comfort and security” of a human system of control. They thought a king would fix all their problems and bring a positive change to their nation, but because their basic problem was disobedience toward God, under a new administration, their problems would not simply go away. They couldn’t see that they were already free men under God. Instead of lifting a burden, they were heaping more burdens upon themselves. They did not need uniform rule, but rather unified faith! If we ask God to lead our family or personal life, but continue to live by the world’s standards and values, it means that our obedience is weak. Our faith in God has to touch all the practical areas of life.
God did not want them to have a king, because they would look to man and forget that God was their leader. God wanted them to be free – to be accountable only to Him. He wanted to prevent the slavery that results from unscrupulous leaders. If they would only have submitted to God’s leadership over them, they would have thrived. God wanted to give them the freedom to serve only Him and to work and produce only for God and themselves. Having a king, however, would mean that they would lose their personal freedoms and that they would have to work for and pay for the king and his government.
In 1 Samuel 8:8-17 AMP the Lord spoke to Samuel saying: According to all the works which they have done since I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so they also do to you. So listen now to their voice; only solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them. So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked of him a king. And he said, These will be the ways of the king who shall reign over you:
1. He will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots.
2. He will appoint them for himself to be commanders over thousands and over fifties,
3. He will appoint some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest
4. He will appoint some to make his implements of war and equipment for his chariots.
5. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers.
6. He will take your fields, your vineyards, and your olive orchards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
7. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants.
8. He will take your men and women servants and the best of your cattle and your donkeys and put them to his work.
9. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves shall be his slaves.
We can either trust in God or we can trust in man. God asks for a tithe of the blessing He pours out upon us and He promises to continue to abundantly bless us as we serve and honor him. Except for the tithe, all the produce of the work of our hands is ours to enjoy. On the other hand, the government of man demands more and more of our own resources and makes us work to support them instead of our own families. We can see even in modern times, the more the people look to the government of man for support and sustenance, the more they give up – in freedoms and in prosperity. The government of man sees the people as their own personal piggy bank – there to meet their needs. The people become objects to be used and exploited.
God, however, sees us as His precious children – with value and worth – there for Him to bless and protect! It’s our choice whom we will serve. We can serve, honor and obey God as a nation and walk in prosperity and peace, or we can trust in the arm of the flesh and we can live as slaves to the system like all the other sinners, with only the illusion of freedom. When you have chosen to look only to man, and replaced God with government for your leadership and rule, then don’t expect the blessing of God on your life, because, unfortunately, it won’t be there.
In that day you will cry out because of your king you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not hear you then. 19 Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, No! We will have a king over us, 20 That we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles. 21 Samuel heard all the people’s words and repeated them in the Lord’s ears. 22 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to their voice and appoint them a king. And Samuel said to the men of Israel, Go every man to his city. 1 Samuel 8:18-22 AMP
But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine. Titus 2:1 NKJV
But [as for] you, teach what is fitting and becoming to sound (wholesome) doctrine [the character and right living that identify true Christians]. Titus 2:1 AMP
If we follow God’s guidelines in all things, we will prosper in all that we do. God’s Word gives us instructions and directions for every area of life.
4. Four Commands to Young Men:
Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. Titus 2:6-8 NKJV
a. To be sober minded. To be of sound mind, or to be in your right mind, sane, and moderate. It seems as if young men are usually the complete opposite of this instruction. However, by the power of God, young men can be just as sober-minded and sensible as the older and more experienced men can.
b. To be a pattern of good works. Doing good works is one thing, but a pattern of good works means that you have a good character. God desires to see good character in all of us, and especially in young men. Many people excuse bad behavior in young men by saying. “Boys will be boys,” but God expects more of you. Young men should submit their lives to God and His word so that they can set their lives on a good course. The belief that young men need to “sow their wild oats” before marriage is a carnal, ungodly idea. God expects young men, who are believers, to conduct themselves in a godly way from their youth into adulthood. God needs godly men to be leaders of families, of communities, and of nations.
c. To be uncorrupt, grave, and sincere in teaching. In doctrine, show integrity, reverence, and incorruptibility. A young man raised in the ways of the world is not fit to instruct others, but a young man, raised in God’s word, has a great deal of wisdom to share with others – not because of worldly experience, but because of instruction in wisdom through the Word of God. It is vitally important that God’s word be taught – pure and uncorrupted.
d. To have sound speech that cannot be condemned. Sound speech is the kind of speech that will put your opponents to shame, and they will have nothing evil to say of you. Ephesians 4:29 AMP says, “Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.” Sound words are words that are in harmony with the Word of God. The word “sound” used here means sound and whole. It means healing words – the Gospel of healing for spirit, soul and body.
5. Five Commands to Servants:
Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Titus 2:9-10 NKJV
This advice is good for employees and employers as much as for slaves and masters. God does not condone slavery, but since people insisted on keeping slaves, He gave direction to masters how to treat their servants and vice versa. The Bible gives bosses and workers godly instruction. Bosses should be kind, as well as firm, and workers should be faithful and loyal to their boss.
a. Be obedient. You will prosper in your employment if you are willing to take orders and to do what your boss asks you to do. Obey your own boss; respect the line of command. Do not allow others to undermine your boss, by obeying them above your boss.
b. Please your boss in all things. When you are obedient to the Word of God, you will please your boss. Your good attitude will earn you his/her respect.
c. Do not contradict or dispute orders. Do as you are told, with a good attitude. You are not always aware of the big picture, so cooperate with your boss without arguing or disputing. One day when you are in charge, you will want people to trust and obey you. Do not sow the seeds of discord, for you will reap them in the future.
d. Do not steal the goods of the master entrusted to you. “Thou shalt not steal” is the eighth of the Ten Commandments. An employee who steals is unfaithful and disloyal, and he opens the door to the devil to rob from his own life. One, who steals, is dishonoring God and harming his neighbor. He has no respect for God, and is an enemy, not a friend. Ephesians 4:28 NKJV says, “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands w that hat is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.”
e. Show faithfulness in all things. Jesus said that if you were faithful with that which belongs to another man, God would give you that which is your own. He also said that you are faithful in little; you will be faithful in much, and that if you are faithful with money, you can be trusted with the things of the Spirit. Faithfulness brings promotion.
When it comes time to hand out promotions, the boss will be much more likely to promote a person of integrity, who does all these things above, than someone who has a bad attitude, is dishonest, and unfaithful. These are instructions for a successful and godly life.
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.
— Event Details —
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