Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 NKJV

God – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is the Source and Creator of life. There is no life apart from God, here on earth or in eternity. The life we have is a gift from Him. Jesus has power over life and death, as well as the power to forgive sins. Through His death on the cross, He conquered death and imparted His resurrection life to those who believe in Him. Death can never conquer this life! Even if your body dies, you will continue to live on in His presence. You will never experience the sting of death!

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.  25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth — those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.  John 5:24-30 NKJV

Jesus said that the dead would hear His voice – He is talking about the spiritually dead who would hear, understand, and accept Him as Savior. The moment you receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, you are “born again” – at that very moment, you pass from death to life, and His resurrection life is activated in you. You are “revived” and eternal or everlasting life is yours from that moment on.

Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:3-11 NKJV

When you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, you are baptized – immersed – into Christ. In God’s eyes, you (and your sins) were in him when He died. You were resurrected with Him, but your sins, and your sinful nature, remained in the grave. Now you walk in the newness of life – resurrection life! Jesus has dominion over sin and death – consider yourself dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord!

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.  1 Corinthians 15:20-22 NKJV

So it is with the resurrection of the dead. [The body] that is sown is perishable and decays, but [the body] that is resurrected is imperishable (immune to decay, immortal). 43 It is sown in dishonor and humiliation; it is raised in honor and glory. It is sown in infirmity and weakness; it is resurrected in strength and endued with power. 44 It is sown a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body. [As surely as] there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality); the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit [restoring the dead to life].  1 Corinthians 15:42-45 AMP

Physical death is inevitable, but it cannot keep you down – God promises that when Christ returns, you will be resurrected with Him and live forever in a glorified, supernatural, eternal body.

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:51-57 NKJV

“We shall not all sleep” means that we will not all die – but we will all be changed. When Jesus returns, all believers – whether physically dead or living – will be resurrected into an incorruptible body in a twinkling of an eye. (See also 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Death and the grave will never have complete victory over the child of God!

And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.  John 6:40 KJV

The Lord’s Plan

One of the most amazing realizations for a follower in Christ Jesus is that God has a plan for your life. He knows you, loves you, guides you, and sees exactly what you must do in every situation. Not only does He have a will for you, but He also makes it possible for you to grasp what which will is. First, God has a moral will. That is, there are universal truths, for example the 10 Commandments, that apply to every person and lady on earth.

Many of us try to ignore these precepts, but that does not annul them. Rather, these people repeatedly live in a state of rebellion against the will of their Creator. Second, God has a private will. This indicates that he has got a precise will for each individual. His plan for you is totally different than His plan for me.

Both are God-given, but customized for our own unique personalities. Because each person makes mess ups, we will see that God’s private will contains some unproven qualities.

If we step outside of God’s will, does that suggest we will never again get on track with the Lord? No, naturally not. Rather, God chooses to work inside our lives, guiding us thru whatever circumstances we are facing.

When we slip up, he’s employed thru that mistake to bring us back in line with His will. His truth never changes, but His techniques of bringing us into that truth re-form according to our situation. Don’t let your difficulties keep you out of His plan for your life. He wants to use your experiences to strengthen you for the future. One more thing.

Dealing With Guilt

Many teachers find true or fake questions a helpful tool to establish what scholars know.

Some folks appear to know straight away what’s true. Other people of us contemplate the query and realize we are just uncertain what’s the truth.

How would you answer the following questions? True or False? It’s the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin. The answer is TRUE. ( John 16:8 ) When we have sinned, the Holy Spirit will cause us to feel guilty.

Why? So we may ask God’s forgiveness and be revived to a correct relationship with Him. True or False? All guilty feelings come due to sin. The answer’s Fake . Guilty feelings can come for reasons aside from our sin. An inaccurate view of God is one reason. We’re going to feel guilty when we imagine that God is having a look at our mistakes, pointing His finger at us and announcing judgment. Other times we feel guilty and don’t know why. The New Testament announces the truth that there’s no criticism for people that are in Christ Jesus ( Romans 8:1 ) and that the Spirit-filled life is to be one of joy and peace.

Rodney Howard Browne teaches us to spend this week learning to know God as he is made public in the New Testament. Look at the love and compassion Jesus had for the crowds that followed Him ( Matthew 14:14 ), for the widow ( Luke 7:13 ), the leper ( Mark 1:40-42 ) and the tax collector ( Matthew 9:9-12 ). Accept the truth that God loves you, and permit any “false” guilt to melt away. One thing more.

The Word of the Lord Endures Forever

I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.  Psalms 138:2 KJV

God exalts His Word above His own Name! Jesus is the Name above all names. The Word is exalted above the Name of Jesus. Sinners have no respect for the Word of God and, unfortunately, today there are many Christians – even preachers – who do not have the respect for the Word of God that it deserves.

He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.  Proverbs 13:13 NKJV
Through the generations, whenever people have had no Word or no access to the Word, there has been spiritual darkness and every form of bondage. On the other hand, when people are able to access the Word of God – spiritual awakening and freedom ensues. The Protestant Reformation was sparked by the Bible being translated into the languages of the people. Today we have no lack of Bibles in every translation, but people today don’t seem to be interested in opening it and reading it. They have too many other distractions and entertainments vying for their attention. The devil doesn’t want us to get into the Word or to get it into us, because the Word of God is what defeats him every time!

God’s Word is forever settled and will never pass away:

Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.  Psalms 119:89 KJV

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  Matthew 24:35 KJV

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.  1 Peter 1:23-25 KJV

Jesus IS the Word:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.  John 1:1-3 KJV

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John 1:14 KJV

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  Revelation 19:13 KJV

The Word created the universe:

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.  Psalms 33:6 KJV

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  Hebrews 11:3 KJV

The Word is powerful:

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 KJV

The Word is trustworthy and proven:

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides. They continue this day according to Your ordinances, For all are Your servants. Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have given me life.  Psalms 119:89-93 NKJV

As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.  Psalms 18:30 NKJV

The Word is Truth:

For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth.  Psalms 33:4 NKJV

The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.  Psalms 119:160 NKJV

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.  Psalms 119:160 KJV

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  Psalms 119:105 KJV

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  John 17:17 KJV

 

The Word is pure:

 

Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.  Psalms 119:140 KJV

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.  Proverbs 30:5 KJV

The Word is righteous:

My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.  Psalms 119:172 KJV

The Word is life:

This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life.  Psalms 119:50 AMP

The Word heals:

He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.  Psalms 107:20 NKJV

God keeps His Word:
He hath remembered his covenant forever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. 
Psalms 105:8 KJV

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  Isaiah 55:11 KJV

Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.  Jeremiah 1:12 KJV

For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord God.  Ezekiel 12:25 KJV

A Moment of Weakness

We all face key moments of decision, at which times our actions produce lasting consequences. The issue is, will you be ready when such a time comes?

       

David was not prepared for the moment of decision that came upon him. His mind was preoccupied with restlessness, loneliness, and worries, and it was at that moment that temptation and sin crept in. We can guard ourselves against these moments of weakness by remembering one simple word: H – A – L – T.

       

First, never allow yourself to get too HUNGRY. When the body is weak from lack of food, poor decisions will surely follow. You must respect your body and provide the sustenance it needs.

       

Second, never allow yourself to get too ANGRY. Anger clouds your judgment and can lead to regrettable decisions.

       

Third, never allow yourself to get too LONELY. When you feel isolated from others, you may find yourself willing to do anything to feel accepted or loved.

       

Fourth, never allow yourself to get too TIRED. Sleep is an absolute essential for wise decisions. When you deprive your mind and body of its necessary “down time,” you can be sure that the result will be poor choices.

       

Of course, you cannot always prevent these things, but there is one thing you can do: commit right now to never make important decisions when you are too hungry, angry, lonely, or  tired. Instead, be honest with yourself, and admit that you are unprepared to make sound judgments at those times; then, hold off on the decision until you can approach it with prayer, patience, and godly wisdom.

 

  • 1.
  • And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
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  • And it came to pass in an eveningtide , that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
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  • And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said , Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
  • 4.
  • And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
  • 5.
  • And the woman conceived , and sent and told David, and said , I am with child.
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  • And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
  • 7.
  • And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.
  • 8.
  • And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.
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  • But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.
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  • And when they had told David, saying , Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?
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  • And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink , and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.
  • 12.
  • And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart . So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow.
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  • And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk : and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.
  • 14.
  • And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
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  • And he wrote in the letter, saying , Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten , and die .
  • 16.
  • And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
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  • And the men of the city went out , and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
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  • Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
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  • And charged the messenger, saying , When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,
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  • And if so be that the king’s wrath arise , and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight ? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?
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  • Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
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  • So the messenger went , and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for.
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  • And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate.
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  • And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king’s servants be dead , and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
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  • Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him.
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  • And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead , she mourned for her husband.
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  • And when the mourning was past , David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.

THE WORD THAT PREVAILS

So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.
Acts 19:20 NKJV

But the word of God grew and multiplied. Acts 12:24 NKJV

Rodney Howard Browne explains that The Power of God is in and on the Word.

  1. Romans 1:16 NKJV – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
  2. God’s Word is full of power to change a person; a city; a nation; the world.
  3. The Word of God will prevail over sin, sickness, disease and death.


Rodney Howard Browne teaches that Faith Makes the Word Prevail.

  1. Faith comes when the Word prevails over the thinking processes.
  2. Matthew 8:23-27
  3. The Word prevailed in Jesus’ lips over the laws of nature.
  4. Matthew 8:5-13
  5. Jesus’ Word prevailed over disease.
  6. Matthew 14:14-21
  7. Jesus’ Word prevailed over lack.
  8. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV – For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.


Rodney Howard Browne shows us that The Word Prevails Over the Senses.

  1. Romans 4:16-22
  2. Faith prevailed over fear and hope and sense knowledge in the mind and heart of Abraham.
  3. Hope is always in the future—it’s a dream—it’s never real.
  4. Faith reaches out and grabs hope and brings it into the present.
  5. Hebrews 11:1 NKJV – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  6. Faith gives substance to hope.
  7. Faith is the evidence that you have it even when you still haven’t seen it.
  8. Abraham’s faith in God’s Word to him brought God’s promise to pass.

The Power of the Word on Our Lips.

  1. Acts 6:7 NKJV – Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
  2. As they preached and practiced what they had learned from the Master’s lips, the Word of God increased.
  3. The Word of God is eternal. Like God, it is ever young and ever new. The Word of God is not only a part of Him—it’s who He is!
  4. Matthew 24:35 NKJV – Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
  5. Jesus, the Father and the Word are one.
  6. John 14:9b NKJV – He who has seen Me has seen the Father.
  7. John 12:49-50
  8. Jesus was fearless in the presence of disease and demons. He spoke the Father’s words and He knew they could not fail.
  9. 2 Timothy 4:2 NKJV – Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
  10. “Be ready” means: “be urgent” or “keep your sense of urgency”.
  11. Jesus preached the Word and it healed the sick; it broke the power of demons over men.
  12. The apostles preached the Word and the sick were healed, the dead were raised and multitudes received new life.
  13. To preach the Word means to preach Christ, because He is the Word. To preach the Gospel means to preach the Word, the good news.


The Word Makes Us Love.

  1. John 13:34-35 The Message – Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. 35 This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.
  2. Love was the unseen power that governed the early church.
  3. 1 John 4:7-8 NKJV – Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
  4. 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.
  5. When you walk in the love of God, you prove that you are born again and have passed from death into life.
  6. 1 John 2:10 AMP – Whoever loves his brother [believer] abides (lives) in the Light, and in It or in him there is no occasion for stumbling or cause for error or sin.
  7. The love of God in your heart takes you out of the realm of weakness and failure. No longer will your words cause offence or your actions lead others to do wrong.

The Word Makes Us Conquer.

  1. If you hate your brother, you are living in darkness. The Word has not prevailed in your life. You are walking as a common, unchanged man.
  2. 1 Corinthians 3:3 AMP – For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?
  3. Many believers, because the Word has not prevailed over them, live in defeat in every area of their life.
  4. As long as you only mentally assent to the word, but don’t act on it, you will struggle with sickness, disease and lack.
  5. Philippians 4:19 AMP – And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
  6. When the Word prevails in your life, you have plenty for yourself and to share with others.
  7. Psalms 27:1 AMP – The Lord is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
  8. 2 Corinthians 3:5 AMP – Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgments or to claim or count anything as coming from us, but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God.

What Shall I Render to the Lord for All His Benefits Toward Me?

What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? [How can I repay Him for all His bountiful dealings?] Psalms 116:12

Gracious is the Lord, and [rigidly] righteous; yes, our God is merciful. 6 The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He helped and saved me. 7 Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For You have delivered my life from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling and falling. Psalms 116:5-8

The Lord has been so good to each and every one of us, whether we acknowledge it or not. God is good and only good! How can we repay Him for all His benefits toward us? How can we repay Him for all His bountiful blessings? How can I repay Him for all His benefits and bountiful blessings toward me?

I can repay Him like this:

I will love the Lord:

I love the Lord, because He has heard [and now hears] my voice and my supplications. Psalms 116:1

And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). 38 This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.

Matthew 22:37-38 AMP

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 21 NKJV

God is pleased when I show my love for him – not with mere lip service – but with heart and with deeds.

I will call upon Him as long as I live:

Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live. Psalms 116:2

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth. Psalms 145:18 AMP

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. Romans 10:12 NKJV

Call upon the Father. Look to him for everything you need. He is the source and supply of everything you will ever need. Do not turn to anyone, but Him, for what you need. Do not give praise or love to any other gods or idols. Call upon Him! He is rich to all who call upon Him!

I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living:

I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living. Psalms 116:9

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, I am the Almighty God; walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete). Genesis 17:1 AMP

Serve God with all your heart down here on earth. Do not wait until you die to try to start serving Him – it may be too late for you – you may not even make heaven if you won’t serve Him. Live for Him, with all your heart, while you can.

I will take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord:

I will lift up the cup of salvation and deliverance and call on the name of the Lord. Psalms 116:13

In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. 1 Corinthians 11:25-26 NKJV

There is only one way to be saved – one way to make heaven. You must drink the cup of HIS salvation. Believe in Jesus and ALL that He did for you in His death, burial, and resurrection!

I will pay my vows to the Lord in public:

I will pay my vows to the Lord, yes, in the presence of all His people. Psalms 116:14&18

Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High, 15 And call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall honor and glorify Me. Psalms 50:14-15 AMP

Be faithful with your money. Serve and worship God with it. Make Him first place where your money is concerned. Whoever has your money first, is the person or thing you worship. Worship God, not mammon and idols.

I will offer to the Lord the sacrifice of thanksgiving:

I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord. Psalms 116:17

And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Psalms 107:22 AMP

Always give God the praise. Bring Him sacrifices of thanksgiving for what He has done, for what He is doing, and for what He is about to do. We are to continually give thanks, even as we expect Him to continually watch over, and provide for, us.

I will call upon the name of the Lord:

Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them. Psalms 99:6 KJV

O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Psalms 105:1-2 KJV

And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Isaiah 12:4 KJV

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21 KJV

Call upon His name. Exalt His name before the people. Give Him all the praise and the honor and the glory for all of time and eternity! Never be quiet when you can speak out and let everyone know how great and how mighty and how awesome He is!

THE WORD THAT PRODUCES – THE WORD THAT PROSPERS

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

Foundational scripture:  Isaiah 55:6-11    (KJV)

  1. 6         Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near;
  2. 7         Let the wicked forsake his way, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
  3. 8         For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
  4. 9         For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
  5. 10       For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thiter, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater;
  6. 11       So shall my word be that goeth forth out of mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 

So shall My Word be – it shall not return to me void.  It shall accomplish that which I please – it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 

God’s World never, ever returns to Him void.  Void means empty; vain; without producing any effect; useless.  God’s Word is never empty, vain or useless.  It always produces the result He intended.  Just as the rain and the snow come down to water the earth and cause it to be productive and produce seed and food for us, so God’s word is sent out to be a blessing and to accomplish God’s will and plan.

 

God never sends His Word without having a plan for it.  The entire universe was created and came into being by the words that God spoke; He never wastes His words.  If He speaks it, it will come to pass!

 

Jesus was the same way.  Luke 4:32 (AMP) says, “And they were amazed at His teaching, for His word was with authority and ability and weight and power.”

 

Jesus spent 30 years filling himself with the Word of God.  He had a thorough knowledge of the Word.  He was intimately acquainted with the Word.  Not only was He God in the flesh, being familiar with God’s spoken Word, but also in His humanity, He had an extensive knowledge of the written Word of God.  Even though He was God, He spent His whole human existence immersed in the Word of God.

 

When He spoke the Word of God, He spoke it with authority and power, because He was in the Word and the Word was in Him.  He knew what the will of God was because He had spent time in God’s Word and in His presence.  He could speak boldly and with results, because He was fully acquainted with God’s will and His plan for man.

Matthew 7:28-29 (NAS)

  1. 28       The result was that when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were amazed at His teaching;
  2. 29       for He was teaching them as (one) having authority, and not as their scribes.

 

The scribes could not speak the Word of God with confidence, because they had not spent time in His presence.  We are not as bold as we should be because we have not spent enough time in His presence.

 

Jesus could speak boldly because He was perfect in every way.  There was no sin in Him that the devil or anyone else could accuse Him of.  He had a clear conscience.  When you have a clear conscience before God, you can speak the Word boldly and see results.

SHARE YOUR COURAGE – NOT YOUR FEAR

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

Joshua 1:6-9  (NKJ)

6        “Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.

7        “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.

8        “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

9        “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

God has made us many great and precious promises, but we will never see them manifested in our lives unless we gather the courage to act on God’s Word and do those things He commands us to do. Joshua was commanded by God to take the Israelites into the land that God had promised to Abraham. This was not just a case of packing bags and moving to another location. The land was occupied by some other people who had no intention of moving away to make space for Joshua’s people.

 

Joshua was not the first one called to do this task. Moses was supposed to take the people into the land, but they had been so influenced by their captivity in Egypt that they had no vision and no confidence in their God. While they were in captivity God had heard their whining and begging. Because of the promises He had made and because of Moses’ faith and obedience, He was willing and able to bring them out of Egypt. All they had to do was kill the lamb, put the blood on the doorposts, eat and pack to go. God brought them right to the entrance to the Promised Land, but they missed their opportunity to have the manifestation of God’s promises in their lives, because of their fear and their doubt and unbelief.

 

In Numbers 13:1-33, Moses sent twelve spies, one from every tribe of Israel, into the land to report on it. They came back with a good report on the condition of the land – “it flows with milk and honey” – but ten of the spies also reported negatively on the people who dwelt there. They said that they were huge and strong and that their cities were walled and great. They spoke their fear into the people. Joshua and Caleb tried to get the people focused back onto God and His promises – that they were well able to overcome their enemies and to take the land – but they would hear none of it.

 

Because they were too afraid to trust God, they had to endure 40 years in the desert, living from one miracle to another, until they died. Their children, who had been raised on miracles and on the Word of God, as free men without the influence of Egypt, went on to take the land for their possession. Again, Joshua had to remind them to be courageous, as God had reminded him, and to have faith in God, so that they could do what God had promised. It doesn’t matter how courageous you are in an area God has not promised – you will not be successful. However, when God speaks, you might as well put your brave clothes on, because you are going to have to obey God.

 

The Israelites were successful in taking possession of the land that God had promised to them and their fathers, as they gathered their courage and their confidence in God’s Word and followed Joshua’s brave leadership. God will be on your side as you obey His command. It is not always easy, but you will always prevail, as you swallow down your fear and allow your courage to lead you.

 

2 Corinthians 2:14  (KJV)

14      Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

 

The Word of God is the source of your courage and the antidote to your fear and it is God who always causes you to triumph in Christ Jesus.

Don’t speak your fears – speak your courage and your faith.

LIVING IN GOD’S ABUNDANT LIFE

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

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  John 1:1-4 NKJ

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. I John 5:11-13 NKJ

The word “life” used in these scriptures is the Greek word “zoe”.  Zoe is used in the NT to mean life as a principle and life in the absolute sense. Zoe is life as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son, to have in Himself, Zoe is “life intensive”. Zoe continually expresses all of the highest and best, which the saints possess in God. Jesus was zoe manifested in the world. Man was cut off from that life in the fall and became a stranger to it. Adam was acquainted with this God-kind of life before the knowledge of sin entered his heart resulting in him becoming more acquainted with death than life. In the fall, man was cut off from God, who is the source of all zoe life.

However, man became a partaker once again of this wonderful life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Author of life to everyone who trusts in Him. Jesus is the life of every believer and the life that He gives He also maintains and sustains. The word “life” refers to more than physical existence. It refers to the spiritual life that results from man’s relationship with God. Eternal life means more than eternal existence. Eternal life refers to eternal fellowship with God. Eternal life is the highest quality of life you can have. According to the apostle Paul, eternal life is freedom from sin, holiness, and a positive relationship with God. Before we knew God’s Zoë life we were in a state of spiritual death – cut off from the life of God – which results from a life of sin.

Eternal life belongs to every believer right now, because of his or her relationship with Christ. You are not waiting to become a partaker of life as God knows it – you have it as your possession now. We have this hope and look forward to this life filling up and changing our bodies when we receive our glorified body as Jesus did when He was resurrected from the dead.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 NIV

The “life” that Jesus laid down is the Greek word “psuche” Besides its meanings, “heart, mind, soul,” this word denotes “life” in two chief respects. It means “breath of life” or the “natural life” and “the seat of personality”. Generally speaking, psuche means “the individual life” or the “living being”, while zoe is the life of that being. Jesus, Good Shepherd, laid down His life (psuche) for the sheep so that they can have life (zoe) and have it in abundance.

“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.” John 10:10 NKJ

We can life the “high” life – God’s higher life – if we our life in God and for God. God does not only remove the curse and the fear of death and separation from God from us, but He actually gives us His life. Life as He lives it! We can live our lives – not just barely making it – but we can live in the abundance of peace and joy and blessing that He lives and walks in.

Rodney Howard Browne bringing Revival to Puerto Rico

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