The Lord’s Immovable Truths by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne shows us a bible

Rodney Howard Browne teaches us of the Lord’s immovable truths. TV reports is commonly stuffed with interviews and photos of people that have suffered some unthinkable crisis. One day we see tornado survivors, whose houses were torn to shreds by winds. Another day we may see massive floods sweeping thru a trusting neighborhood. Sometimes, we even see houses that are swallowed full by the earth in awful tremors.

The expressions on the faces of people who have suffered loss can be haunting. Rodney Howard Browne explains that these losses always draw our attention toward the fragility of those things we regularly hold most dear, our houses, families, and careers, as an example.

We infrequently like these “wake-up calls” that remind us of the basic instability of earthly life. Pastor Rodney Howard Browne points out that in a world that is shaking apart, followers in Christ Jesus have the concession of sharing the top news possible: there is a thing that is stable, something that is absolutely secure. There’s a rock on which we will stand, and it may not be shaken. That unshakable foundation, naturally, is almighty God.

The Lord gives us other immovable truths too. We will be able to trust that His Word is His unwavering, always-relevant truth forever. We are able to rely on a safe relationship with Him for all perpetuity thru His Son. And we can be certain a heavenly home awaits all those that place their religion in Christ. We may have stability, even in this unstable world. Who in your life desires this life-saving news? Who is drowning around you, desperately needing you to throw a lifeline? Don’t wait; do it today.

For Those in Pain by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne shows us a dove

Rodney Howard Browne suggests this for those in pain. One of the most important reasons we infrequently have a weak religion is our faulty view of God. Of course, he is so enormous, how could we ever actually get a correct portrait of what he appears to be, how He acts, and how He feels about us personally? Let’s think about what Jesus expounded.

He let us know that if we would like to know what God the Father is like, we must look toward the Son. The Savior expounded, “He who saw Me saw the Father” (John 14:9). Rodney Howard Browne explains that we will be able to know the Father because we are able to know Jesus. And when we have a look at the way Jesus treated the people around Him, we get a good picture of God’s love.

Consider the girl at the well in today’s Scripture passage. This was a lady who had been outcast by society. Pastor Rodney Howard Browne points out that the incontrovertible fact that she came to the well at that particular time of day – a time when no-one else was around – shows that her exclusion from the townspeople wasn’t just their idea ; she herself felt the necessity to stay isolated. But what did Jesus do? He loved her. He accepted her. He gave her what no-one else would give: respect and attention. That’s what He does for us as well. God doesn’t want us weighed down by guilt, shame, and heart-ache.

Nor does He would like us to be isolated from people. Instead, He calls us to be an active partaker in His dominion. Have you cut yourself off from those around you? Take hold of your Savior’s hand today, and experience the enjoyment of His acceptance.

Sudden Death by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne shows us a landscape

Rodney Howard Browne asks us, if you had some hours to live, and if you weren’t a follower in Jesus Christ, where would you look to find comfort or hope? Each day, many of us face death, but unfortunately, lots of them don’t know Jesus as Lord. However, some people, in a last act of religious acuity, accept Christ on their deathbed.

You can disagree, but they cannot truly be Christians then, can they? Rodney Howard Browne explains that they sinned their complete lives and accepted Jesus just because they were frightened of dying. They do not get the same reward that I am going to get, do they? Well, think about the repentant burglar on the cross next to Jesus. Scripture is clear this was a vicious, violent, guilty criminal. There is not even a pointer that he was wrongfully charged.

He was attempted, convicted, and handed death by the most evil means possible. Certainly, he wasn’t an individual we’d consider a good guy. But as he hung on his cross, something stirred inside him. The Spirit started to work in his heart, and in the moments before his demise, he was for the first time made alive in his spirit. He accepted Jesus, and Jesus accepted him.

You see, Rodney Howard Browne says, the great deliverance that is ours in Christ is one hundred percent reliant on what Jesus did for us. This implies that there’s nothing you or I could ever do to warrant it. When we realize that His love is open to all folk, even to those we despise the most, we will really give Him all of the glory for the great things he’s done.

The Attacks of the Devil by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne explains that the arsenal God has given makes it possible for us to stand up to the attacks of Devil and to break any strongholds he has established in our minds. One of the strongest weapons is prayer. It needn’t be eloquent ; it could be a simple, truthful prayer like this : “God, here’s a weakness in my life which has a stranglehold over me. I have permitted Devil to toy with my mind. He has me in bondage and, God, I am helpless to change it. I am crying out to You in earnest repentance.

I regret the agony and hurt that I have caused others. I lament the hours I have wasted living alongside this. I surrender myself to You. Set me free from this stronghold, Lord. By the power of Your Spirit, please set me free.” God will not refuse this sort of prayer ; he is going to provide deliverance. It is thru our sincere prayers that we draw on the power of God to fight the Demon’s lies and to decline to enticements. However, Rodney Howard Browne explains that the incontrovertible fact that we pray does not mean that Satan will let up on us. No, he’s going to keep firing his flaming arrows against our weaknesses.

We extinguish every one the same way. In prayer, Rodney Howard Browne teaches that we cry out to our sovereign God for forgiveness and draw on His power, which enables us to stand firm on the truth of Scripture. For many of us, deliverance is immediate ; for others, it is gentle. Either way, we will achieve liberty. If we hold to the truth, Jesus guaranteed we might be free.

Jealousy Works Like A Poison by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne warns against jealousy. Have you been envious of some other person’s success? Perhaps your neighbor brought home a mint vehicle this week, or maybe somebody at work just got the promotion you desired. When situations like these stir up inexplicable reactions inside us, we just could have an issue.

Envy is the emotion of displeasure on seeing somebody else’s good fortune. Let’s think about that definition for an instant.

First, it is an emotion. Are your feelings always the clearest indicator of truth? Most frequently, the answer’s no. In truth, Scripture asserts that our hearts are “deceitful” (Jeremiah 17:9). That suggests we can’t always trust them. We must instead concentrate on what we know to be true: God’s Word.

Rodney Howard Browne explains that it is distinguished by displeasure. Let me ask you a question: what pleases you? Does your joy rely on possessions and accolades, or do you draw your pleasure from the Lord? If your pleasure is present in “things,” then you may expect a tussle with jealousy at any moment.

Rodney Howard Browne explains that in our proud spirit, we believe that we have entitlement to somebody else’s blessings. In a way, we are saying, “God, You gave this thing to that person, but you need to have given it to me. You were wrong.” We may not say it so really, but our actions could be talking louder than our words. Envy works like a poison to interrupt healthy relationships. When you’re feeling the beginnings of an envious angle, ask God to refocus your attention from “things” back onto Him.

Matters of the Heart

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This past Sunday at the River I experienced and was honored to be a part of one of the most amazing events. River Kids service. I have had the honor of being a part of kids church for about the last 3 months and this particular Sunday was truly amazing. It was high energy, fast paced, and full of fun as well as the word of God. Kids were running all over the stage playing carious games that related to various principals founded in the bible. They were smacking themselves in the face with whip cream and eggs. They all wanted to be a part and participate in what was going on. Their excitement level was contagious. After all the fun and excitement Joe Manno began to talk to the kids about Jesus dying on the cross for their sins. Anyone who thinks that just because they are kids that they don’t understand really has no idea of what they are talking about. I know for me personally it was one of the most touching experiences I have seen. The visual demonstration was straight to the point and hit to the core of the heart. I saw children crying and shaking under the power of God realizing what Jesus did for them so they could spend all eternity with Him. When the altar call was given we saw in excess of 150 children ask Jesus to be the Lord of their lives. These kids were so excited about what was happening. I truly believe that there was an eternal difference that has been made in these kids. The kind of impact that they will one day have on this world is something that I truly believe is going to be remarkable. I am so glad I was able to be a part of this day.

JESUS IN THE MARKETPLACE

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 3:8-9 NKJV

I.  Rodney Howard Browne teaches us that Jesus was born, lived and died, to destroy the works of the devil and empower us to do the same.

  • If you want to know what the works of the devil are, take a look at the works of Jesus. Look at everything Jesus destroyed and undid.
  • Luke 5:17b NKJV – And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
  • Matthew 10:8 NKJV – Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
  • Luke 9:2 NKJV – He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
  • Jesus did nothing but love, save, heal, deliver and restore – and He directs us to do the same.

II.  Rodney Howard Browne shows us that everything Jesus said and did was motivated by love.

  • Motivated by love, He patiently taught them: Mark 6:34-35 NKJV – And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.
  • Motivated by love, He fed them: Mark 8:2 NKJV – I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat.
  • Motivated by love, He healed them: Matthew 14:14-15 NKJV – And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
  • Motivated by love, He raised them from the dead: Luke 7:13-15 NKJV – When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”  15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
  • In Jesus’ parables – out of compassion – the Good Samaritan rescued the robbed man (Luke 10:33) and the father of the Prodigal Son gladly forgave and restored him (Luke 15:20).

III.  Rodney Howard Browne shows us that Jesus went to where the people are.

  • Jesus did not come to minister to the well and the righteous, but to the average person.
  • Mark 2:17 NKJV – When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
  • Jesus showed compassion on everybody, with no distinctions.
  • John 4:3-45 NKJV – He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria. 5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”  8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” 15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” 19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.  22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.  23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” 27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?” 28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him. 31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.  35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!  36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.  37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’  38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” 39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.” 43 Now after the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee. 44 For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast.
  • At midday, Jesus sat down to rest by a well. There are many wells in a city – the place where people came to drink.
  • The woman, whom Jesus asked for water, did not come looking for Him. He came to where she was and engaged her there.
  • The Samaritans were looked down upon by the Israelites, but not by Jesus. He just sees people who need a Savior.
  • Jesus offered Living Water and the woman asked, “Where can I get this Living Water?”
  • This is the cry of the world.

IV.  Your past does not disqualify you from receiving God’s forgiveness.

  • Jesus knew the woman’s past and told her so, yet with no condemnation.
  • She was so touched that that she went and called all the people of her town to come to Jesus.
  • Jesus remained there and ministered to all of them for two days.
  • They all believed in Jesus, not just because of what the woman told them, but because they heard what He had to say themselves (verse 42).

V.  The harvest is ripe and the laborers are few (verse 35).

  • The harvest will not be made ripe in the future, but it’s ripe right now.
  • Lift your eyes and see that the fields are white for harvesting.
  • It is time for the mass mobilization of the Body of Christ to reap this harvest – from the littlest child to the oldest saint.
  • Full of the Holy Ghost, full of compassion, meeting the needs of the people right where they are.
  • Souls, souls, souls!

HEARING THE VOICE OF GOD by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne teaches the Foundation Scriptures: Romans 8:14

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Romans 8:14 AMP

I.  The sons of God are led by His Spirit.

· As a child of God, one of the greatest and most important things that you and I can learn and master is the ability to hear God’s voice and to be led by the Spirit.

· Romans 8:16

· NKJV – The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

· AMP – The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.

· Proverbs 20:27 KJV – The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

· God will enlighten us; He will guide us; through our spirits.

II. Rodney Howard Browne explains that we need to become Spirit-conscious.

· 1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV – And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

· I am a Spirit being—I have a soul—I live in a body.

· Your Spirit is instantly made a New Creation when you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

· Your soul is a work in progress.

· The difference between Spirit and soul:

· Hebrews 4:12 AMP – For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

· 1 Corinthians 14:14 NKJV – For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.

· James 1:18-21 NKJV – Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. 19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

· You cannot receive the Word of God or the things of the Spirit of God while you are filled with the spirit of the world and yielding yourself to sin and uncleanness.

· Present your body to the Lord:

· Romans 12:1 NKJV – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

· 1 Corinthians 9:27 NKJV – But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.


III.  Rodney Howard Browne shows the Number One way God leads us is through the Inward Witness.

· God does not lead you through your head – your thoughts – He leads you only through your spirit man!

· He leads you through an inward intuition.

· When God leads you in a direction, you might feel: a desire in your spirit toward that thing; a peace; a green light; or a go-ahead.

· When you are heading in the wrong direction God will restrain you, you might feel: a check; a red light; or be grieved in your spirit.

· 1 John 5:10 NKJV – He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

· Romans 8:16 AMP – The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.

· 1 John 3:24 NKJV – Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

· 1 John 3:14 NKJV – We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.

· Ezekiel 36:26-27 NKJV – 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.

· Never put out a fleece.

· Judges 6:36-40 NKJV – So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said — 37 look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” 38 And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” 40 And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.

· The enemy can influence circumstances.


IV.  Rodney Howard Browne teaches us to follow the Inward Witness.

· Psalms 18:28 NKJV – For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

· Isaiah 28:16 KJV – Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

· You can train your spirit and you can trust the inward witness of the Spirit to lead and guide you.

Give Us a King

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

Sound Instruction for a Blessed Life – Part Two

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.

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