Leadership

By me kings reign and rulers decree justice. Proverbs 8:15 AMP

God holds all men accountable for their choices and actions. Those in leadership are held to an even higher standard. We should expect our leaders to demonstrate the following characteristics, and if they don’t, we should hold them accountable.

Leaders should be trustworthy

Moreover, you shall choose able men from all the people — God-fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain — and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, to be their rulers. Exodus 18:21 AMP

A leader should be trustworthy — honest, faithful, dependable and reliable. The people should be able to safely put their confidence in their leaders.

Furthermore, he must have a good reputation and be well thought of by those outside [the church], lest he become involved in slander and incur reproach and fall into the devil’s trap. 1 Timothy 3:7 AMP

A leader should have a good reputation inside and outside the church. He should personally submit himself to God’s word in every area of his life. He should avoid the very appearance of evil.

Leaders look out for the people’s best interests

And Moses said to the Lord, 16 Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation 17 Who shall go out and come in before them, leading them out and bringing them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep which have no shepherd. Numbers 27:15-17 AMP

As I live, says the Lord God, surely because My sheep became a prey, and My sheep became food for every beast of the field because there was no shepherd — neither did My shepherds search for My sheep, but the shepherds fed themselves and fed not My sheep. Ezekiel 34:8 AMP

A leader’s responsibility is to look out for the best interests of ALL the people. He should never think that the people are there merely to serve him and his interests, but he should give himself to serve the people and put their interests ahead of his own. Many leaders have become dictators out of selfish ambitions. A leader should not play favorites either. Some leaders take from some to give to others — this is not biblical and it is a system doomed to fail.

Leaders should represent God in their decisions

He appointed judges throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, 6 And said to the judges, Be careful what you do, for you judge not for man but for the Lord, and He is with you in the matter of judgment. 7 So now let the reverence and fear of the Lord be upon you; take heed what you do, for there is no injustice with the Lord our God, or partiality or taking of bribes. 2 Chronicles 19:5-7 AMP

Leaders should remember that they are accountable to God and they should govern humbly and in the fear of God, looking to Him and His word for wisdom and guidance.

Leaders should receive advice

Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14 AMP

An arrogant leader is a bad leader. A good leader has wise counselors and is not too proud to admit that they don’t know everything or that they were wrong about anything. A good leader is willing to change to be better.

Leaders must serve others

And Jesus called them to Him and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men hold them in subjection [tyrannizing over them]. 26 Not so shall it be among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27 And whoever desires to be first among you must be your slave — 28 Just as the Son of Man came not to be waited on but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [the price paid to set them free]. Matthew 20:25-28 AMP

A good leader serves the people and does what is good for them. A bad leader serves himself, by giving the people what they want, even if it’s not good for them. A dictator dominates the people and does only what is good for him.

Leaders should sacrifice for others

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His [own] life for the sheep. 12 But the hired servant (he who merely serves for wages) who is neither the shepherd nor the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, deserts the flock and runs away. And the wolf chases and snatches them and scatters [the flock]. 13 Now the hireling flees because he merely serves for wages and is not himself concerned about the sheep [cares nothing for them]. John 10:11-13 AMP

Leadership requires many sacrifices and you should not seek a leadership position unless you have counted the cost. A bad leader will sacrifice the people and their interests to further his own.

Leaders should be obeyed

Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment. 2 Therefore he who resists and sets himself up against the authorities resists what God has appointed and arranged [in divine order]. And those who resist will bring down judgment upon themselves [receiving the penalty due them]. 3 For civil authorities are not a terror to [people of] good conduct, but to [those of] bad behavior. Would you have no dread of him who is in authority? Then do what is right and you will receive his approval and commendation. 4 For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, [you should dread him and] be afraid, for he does not bear and wear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant to execute His wrath (punishment, vengeance) on the wrongdoer. Romans 13:1-4 AMP

God gives us leaders so that there can be order and peace in the nations. These leaders in turn must lead in a good and honorable way.

Leaders give an account to God for their actions

Obey your spiritual leaders and submit to them [continually recognizing their authority over you], for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render an account [of their trust]. [Do your part to] let them do this with gladness and not with sighing and groaning, for that would not be profitable to you [either]. Hebrews 13:17 AMP

What Did Jesus Do? by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne discusses what Jesus did

when Jesus was tempted of the devil. Jesus did not

cast him down, but said, “It is written.” When He stood at

the tomb of Lazarus and prayed, it was not out of

desperation, but for the benefit of those around Him. He

turned first toward heaven, speaking only to God, not

addressing demonic realms. Then out of His relationship

with His heavenly Father, He proclaimed the desired

result. (See John 11:41-44.)

Also, in the country of the Gadarenes, the demons

knew who Jesus was. They said, “Have you come to

torment us before our time?” They knew that their time

was not yet and they pleaded with Him to cast them into

the swine. He did, not in a three-hour battle, but with one

word ( go! (See Mark 5:1-14.)

Rodney Howard Browne Teaches that There Is a True Intercession

I am not against true intercession which is the

Holy Ghost praying through us the perfect will of God for

any situation. But I am against fleshly prayer that

produces nothing but pride in the individual’s life and

robs them of their joy and peace and their productivity in

the kingdom of God.

A city like Los Angeles, California, is a classic

example of a city that in recent times has been

bombarded by prayer in some form or another. Yet it has

seen anything but revival. It has seen earthquakes, racial

rioting, drought, and more. I am not saying that we will

not see revival come to L.A. If and when it comes, it will

not be to the credit or glory of men, but through the

outward working of the Spirit of God through men,

resulting in many won into the kingdom of God.

Rodney Howard Browne answers whether it’s Fact or Fiction?

Again, I must emphasize that I am not against true

intercession. But remember that the devil realizes he can’t

stop the Church from prayer. He can, however, get us

praying in the wrong direction. This will result in nothing

but dead works, frustrating the believer and causing him

to be caught up in a super spiritual world of warfare and

demonic forces, fighting a seemingly never-ending battle.

Yet he is never doing the works of Jesus ( preaching,

teaching, and demonstrating the power of God.

And even if he or she did minister, it would not be

with an over comer’s mentality of seeing the victory

purchased at Calvary as a finished work. Instead it is a

warfare mentality seen through the eyes of a Christian

writer’s novel. The truth is, Jesus has already won the war

and given us power and authority.

The Red Rag Mentality

The Church reminds us of a bull in a ring chasing

a red rag as his opponent, not realizing it is the matador

holding the rag who is his problem. If the bull ever found

out the truth, that would be the end of the matador. Even

so, the Word of God declares that when the enemy is

revealed on that day, many will be amazed. They will

say, “Is this the one who did bring kings down?” Many,

including the Church, will be astounded.

We need to realize that the devil is defeated. He is

not omnipresent and he is a creation, not creator. These

simple truths will help us to see clearly that prayer must

be used primarily to fellowship with the Lord and to

spend time being filled up in His presence. Then out of an

overflow of His touch, we minister to the needs of hurting

humanity.

The Study of the Word of God

Paul, in speaking to Timothy, said, “Study to

shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth

not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”

(Second Timothy 2:15). Every believer needs to have a

workable knowledge of God’s Word. One of the problems

we face is that many Christians don’t even know the

basics of the Word. They are caught up in the nonabsolutes

of the Word. It is not producing life and joy and

freedom, but rather death and bondage to man-made

doctrines and forms.

The scripture says many walk after the doctrines

of men, “having a form of godliness, but denying the

power thereof” (Second Timothy 3:5). That is why Paul

admonished Timothy to, “Preach the word; be instant in

season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all

longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when

they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own

lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having

itching ears” (Second Timothy 4:2, 3).

Don’t Throw Arrows in the Dark

The study of the scripture should be systematic,

rightly dividing between the Old and the New and

between absolutes and non-absolutes. It is evident that

many take a little of the Old and a little of the New and

make up their own covenant. It is one that brings them

into freedom for a little while and then puts them back

into bondage.

I suggest that once a believer has a workable

knowledge of the scripture, then he or she spend time in

the Epistles and also the Gospels. We should study the

Epistles to find out what is available for us through the

finished work of the cross. We should study the Gospels

to follow closely the ministry of Jesus and to build into

our lives an image of Jesus and His earthly ministry.

Jesus said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do

shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do”

(John 14:12).

Any time spent in the Old Testament must be

backed up with time spent in the New. Otherwise the

student will come out with a picture of negativity and

failure because the Old Testament was a type and shadow

of the New. The Old without the New produces bondage

and death.

The New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old

and the completion of everything Jesus came for. That is

why He cried, “It is finished,” and the veil of the temple

was rent in two from top to bottom. The Holy Spirit came

out of an earthly tabernacle made with the hands of man,

never again to live therein. He now lives in my heart and

your heart. Thus the scripture says, “We have this

treasure in earthen vessels” (Second Corinthians 4:7).

Heavenly Bread

So the people, finding that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there, themselves got into the small boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the lake, they said to Him, Rabbi! When did You come here? 26 Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, you have been searching for Me, not because you saw the miracles and signs but because you were fed with the loaves and were filled and satisfied. John 6:24-26 AMP

Jesus fed the multitude of people because He loved them and cared about them. When He left the place where they were, they came to look for Him, not because they had a spiritual hunger or because they wanted more of His ministry and His teaching, they just wanted the food! Jesus rebuked them for their carnal motivation. Many people follow Jesus just because of what they can get from Him – they use religion to gain money, positions, prestige, comfort, or even political votes, but those are totally self-centered motives. A true believer will follow Jesus simply because they know He is the Truth, the Way and the Life! Every one of us should do a regular heart-check. Are we following Jesus for what He can give us – or for what we can get out of it – or are we totally committed to Him; even if it costs us; even unto death? There is a price to pay to serve Him.

Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes [in the using], but strive and work and produce rather for the [lasting] food which endures [continually] unto life eternal; the Son of Man will give (furnish) you that, for God the Father has authorized and certified Him and put His seal of endorsement upon Him. 28 They then said, What are we to do, that we may [habitually] be working the works of God? [What are we to do to carry out what God requires?] 29 Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger]. John 6:27-29 AMP

Jesus told them to stop striving and working so hard for the things – and the food – that will perish and pass away. He told them to rather strive for and work for those things that last forever. Jesus – God’s Word – is the source of the food that lasts forever unto eternal life. Many sincere people seek to find a way to please God and to receive a reward for their works, but they don’t know to go about it. All the religions of the world are trying to find the answers. Jesus ’answer is simple: believe on the One whom God has sent. You must believe that Jesus is who He says that He is – that He is the Messiah – the Christ – the Son of the Living God. We must believe in what He said and what He did and who He is. That is the way to please God.

Therefore they said to Him, What sign (miracle, wonderwork) will You perform then, so that we may see it and believe and rely on and adhere to You? What [supernatural] work have You [to show what You can do]? 31 Our forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as the Scripture says, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat. 32 Jesus then said to them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Moses did not give you the Bread from heaven [what Moses gave you was not the Bread from heaven], but it is My Father Who gives you the true heavenly Bread.

33 For the Bread of God is He Who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world. 34 Then they said to Him, Lord, give us this bread always (all the time)!

35 Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time). John 6:30-35 AMP

Some people are never satisfied with the signs God gives them. They always want yet another sign before they’ll believe, and the signs God gives are never good enough for them. They always have an excuse for their doubt and unbelief and disobedience. Jesus told us about a rich man that ended up in Hades. He begged Abraham to send the beggar Lazarus to warn his brothers not to come to this terrible place of torment, but Abraham said to him: “If they do not hear and listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded and convinced and believe [even] if someone should rise from the dead.” (Luke 16:31 AMP) God wants us to trust in His Word, because it is His Word, not just because it’s what we wanted to hear. God is not in the business of entertaining us with magic tricks, but He will tell us and show us the truth. We must trust Him and obey Him in faith!

The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes was not enough for the unbelieving crowds, because, as they put it: “Even Moses fed us with Manna – bread from heaven! What can You do, Jesus, over and above that, to prove to us that we should believe and follow You?” Jesus replied that Moses didn’t give them true bread from heaven; he gave them supernatural bread that only fed their physical bodies, but not their spirits. Jesus said, “I am that Heavenly Bread; I am the Bread of Life!” Then the people said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always – all the time!” They were still focused on the bread they could put in their mouths and their stomachs.

Jesus’ answer to them was, “I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst anymore.” People eat natural bread to satisfy physical hunger and to sustain physical life. We can satisfy spiritual hunger and sustain spiritual life only by having a right relationship with Jesus Christ. We can’t just stare at the heavenly bread, but we must actually eat it. We must receive God’s Word and allow Him into our heart and our daily life.

Doing the Work of a Donkey by Rodney Howard Browne

Pastor Rodney Howard Browne explains to us that

when the anointing is not there, you go one more

time around the mill. Your life becomes a grind and you

are doing the work of a donkey. It becomes repetitious.

There’s no excitement, no joy, no strength. “I’m going

round and round and round. I can’t see like I used to. I

don’t have freedom like I used to.”

to mock at you and they’re mocking at the Church

right now. They’re mocking at the house of God. They

mock at men and women of God.

Anoint Me One More Time

Now the Philistines were having a feast. The

world is having a feast right now. But at their time of

reveling, at their time of feasting, will come their time of

greatest defeat.

Guess what the Philistines did? They held a feast

and said, “Bring this bald, blind man here. Let’s mock

him.”

And in that moment of weakness, Samson

remembered what was once upon his life and he prayed a

prayer that would ultimately fulfill his ministry. But what

a terrible way to fulfill your ministry. As he bowed

himself there in that pagan temple, he pulled down its

pillars. The whole place came down. In his death, he

killed more than he did in his life.

Samson ultimately fulfilled his ministry. The

anointing came back to him. But what a terrible way to

find the ultimate fulfillment of God’s call on your life.

Let’s fulfill it with our eyes. Let’s keep our hair on. And

let’s not put ourselves in the place of compromise.

Your “Delilah” could be your friends. Maybe you

hang around with ungodly friends. Your “Delilah” could

be something else. For everyone it is different. You must

locate it and deal with it in your life before it kills you.

Never let the devil steal the anointing from you. Do

whatever it takes to keep the touch of God upon your life.

“For such a Time as This” – Rodney Howard Browne

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“For such a Time as This”

We are in the last minutes of time and God has put the passion He has for lost souls into the hearts of His people! To win the lost at all cost! My personal experience is that while in the presence of The Holy Spirit He touches you and yet I cannot immediately see what He has done! It is in the weeks and months as they pass by I know that He has changed me!–Janice D.

Jesus shows Mercy by Rodney Howard Browne

Pastor Rodney Howard Browne shows us that Jesus shows

mercy to sinners. Luke 19:2-9 tells the story of Jesus

meeting a sinner. As He walked along a road, He saw a

man named Zacchaeus sitting up in a tree. He said, “Come down,

Zacchaeus. Let’s go to your house.” You might feel stuck way up

in a tree right now, but I want you to know that Jesus will show

up and say, “Come on down; let’s go to your house.” And believe

me, when you experience Jesus’ unconditional love and compassion,

you will do what Zacchaeus did — drop everything and go

with Jesus!

Jesus will raise us from the dead. In Mark 5:22-24 and 35-

43, Jairus, one of the rulers of the synagogue, fell down in the

dusty road at Jesus’ feet and said, “My daughter is sick at home.”

Jesus went with Jairus to his home, but before they got there, they

heard that she had died. Jesus told Jairus to continue believing,

and because He walked into that house, the young girl was raised

from the dead. When Jesus shows up, Me brings new life!

Look at Luke 7:11-15. Jesus found a funeral procession

outside the city of Nain. He called the boy right up out of the coffin

and gave him back to his mother. When Jesus shows up, He’ll

raise the dead!

He came to the tomb where His dear friend Lazarus had

been dead for four days. Lazarus’ sisters were grieving. “Master,”

they said, “if You’d come earlier, this would not have happened.

He’s dead now and stinketh.” But what happened when Jesus

showed up? He said, “Roll away the stone.” And then He said,

“Lazarus, come forth!” And he did!

You might be right in the middle of a situation where you

have no hope, where things you’ve been believing and trusting

God for look dead. They look like they’re buried in the tomb,

stinking. But I want you to know that the same Jesus who walked

the shores of Galilee two thousand years ago comes to you and

says, “Roll away the stone and come forth!” Hallelujah! He

brings life!

It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are. When Jesus

comes on the scene, impossible situations can be turned around.

It doesn’t matter what the devil says. It doesn’t matter what other

people say. When Jesus walks in the door, everything changes.

When Jesus walks in the door, there’s no more argument. There’s

no more question, for He is the Answer How can there be a question

remaining when He is the Answer?

When Jesus walks in the door, there’s no more loss of

direction. How can there be a loss of direction when He is the

way? When He walks in the door, there are no more lies. How can

there be lies when He is the truth? When He walks in the door,

there’s no more death. How can there be death when He is the

life? (See John 14:6.)

What happens when you’ve been in your boat all night

fishing, but have caught nothing? You’ve fished and you’ve

fished — and you know how to fish because you’re a fisherman

by trade — but you’ve caught absolutely nothing. Then Jesus

shows up and gives you clear direction: “Cast your nets on the

other side.” (See John 21:1-6.)

You might be a minister of the Gospel and you’ve been

fishing for souls all your life. You’ve been fishing for years in

Podunk Hollow but you’ve caught no fish. Jesus comes to you

now and says, “Cast your nets on the other side.” Watch in wonder

as hundreds of fish jump into your net!

MY INDIVIDUAL PURPOSE by Rodney Howard Browne

My Mission

Foundation Scriptures: Hebrews 12:1-2 and John 15:1-16

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. 9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.  John 15:1-16 NKJV

1. Desire—how to find out what God has called you to do.

Psalms 37:4 NKJV—Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Mark 11:22-24 NKJV—So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Rodney Howard Browne teaches that the power of desire is born out of faith—out of your heart when you:

  • Abide in Him and His words abide in you. (John  15:7)
  • 1 Peter 4:11 NKJV—If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
  • Speak God’s desire out of your mouth—God’s mouthpiece.
  • John 15:8 AMP—When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.
  • Glorify God by bearing much fruit.
  • Remember that the tongue is the rudder of your ship.
  • James 3:4 AMP—Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines.
  • Have a pure heart. Pure desires spring from a pure heart.

d. John 15:7 NKJV—If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

2. What is your desire?

Rodney Howard Browne explains that your desire is that feeling within that is intense; deep; a yearning; your soul crying out; it stirs you; it’s a fire; a passion; coming out of a pure heart.
Pure heart for God—pure desire from God.
Stir up the gift of God—the gracious inner fire.
2 Timothy 1:5-7 NKJV …when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

3. Pastor Rodney Howard Browne teaches how to find your passion.

Habakkuk 2:2-3—write it down; write the vision; it is for an appointed time.
Out of it, will come the plan of God.
Speak it out—set your course through faith and patience.
Stay focused and don’t allow any distractions from your assigned and chosen course.

A Clay Pot or a Golden Vessel

15But the firm foundation of (laid by) God stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal (inscription): The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names [himself by] the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it. 2 Timothy 2:19 AMP

The foundation that God has laid and upon which we build our life, is God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. It is true and unshakeable. Like any great monument, it bears an inscription, which reads, “The Lord knows those who are His!” Therefore everyone who claims to be His child and to belong to Him must give up ALL iniquity and distance himself, or herself, from it.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also [utensils] of wood and earthenware, and some for honorable and noble [use] and some for menial and ignoble [use]. 21 So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work. 22 Shun youthful lusts and flee from them, and aim at and pursue righteousness (all that is virtuous and good, right living, conformity to the will of God in thought, word, and deed); [and aim at and pursue] faith, love, [and] peace (harmony and concord with others) in fellowship with all [Christians], who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:20-22 AMP

We are all “vessels” – some are fine vessels of gold and silver – for noble uses; some are made of wood or clay – for menial use. Romans 9:21 asks the question, “Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?” God is the one who has created each and every one of us. He has a great plan for each of our lives. HIS plan is for each of us to be a vessel of HONOR. When we submit to Him and His plan for us, we reach our highest potential. However, when we disobey Him and rebel against Him, we make ourselves a dishonorable vessel. Some people blame God for the fact that they are a clay pot – a dishonorable vessel – but that is their choice.

It is the person who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences and who cleanses himself from the ignoble and unclean, who will then be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, and fit and ready for any good work. We, ourselves, must choose to do what is right. We must both shun, and flee from, youthful lusts. We cannot make excuses for ourselves, because there are no excuses that are acceptable. We must aim at righteousness and pursue it. We must aim to do right to and be right; to conform to the will of God in thought, word and deed. We must AIM AT and PURSUE faith, love and peace and harmony with fellow believers. Also, it is beneficial for us to have fellowship with fellow Christians who have a pure heart toward God and who live what they say they believe.

Blessed (happy and to be envied) are those who cleanse their garments, that they may have the authority and right to [approach] the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city. 15 [But] without are the dogs and those who practice sorceries (magic arts) and impurity [the lewd, adulterers] and the murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and deals in falsehood (untruth, error, deception, cheating). Revelation 22:14-15 AMP

2 Corinthians 7:1 AMP says, “Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God.” Jesus washed us clean in his blood; He removed our dirty rags, washed us clean, and put a robe of righteousness upon each one of us. It is our responsibility now to keep those garments clean. We do this by staying away from the sins (in body and spirit) that defiled us before, and continuing to consecrate ourselves to God. Going back to your old sin is like going to roll in the mud in your clean clothes. Once you were dirty, now you are clean; why would you even want to go back and get dirty again?

Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is. 3 And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless). 4 Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect — being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will). 1 John 3:2-4 AMP

Believers, we are all God’s children. When we see Him, we will be like Him – until then we are a work in progress – as we press in to Him, we are progressively becoming more and more like Him. Because we hope to see Him, and because we hope to be like Him, we purify ourselves just as He is pure. The definition of sin is to be lawless – breaking and violating God’s will by transgressing against His word and/or neglecting to obey it; being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will. There is no excuse for sin – we are each responsible for our own actions and we are held accountable for them.

You may start out as a little clay pot – you may look like one and feel like one – however, God has much greater plans for you. If you will just to submit to His will and to His word, and allow Him to purify you and do His work in you, you will grow into a vessel of honor, set-apart just for Him and perfectly suited for His highest purposes and plans.

A Clear Mind by Rodney Howard Browne

You cannot think wrongly and live rightly. If you are thinking properly, your life will be on track because the Holy Spirit will enable you to achieve and become what He has in mind. As Christians, “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). That means that we have the capacity to think the way the Lord Jesus Christ thinks and to view our circumstances from His perspective.

 

To see as Christ does is often at odds with how the world sees. For example, to the non-spiritual mind, there appears to be nothing positive about death. But believers know the truth about death and life eternal—for them, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8) Similarly, when we encounter other hardships, we can be thankful because “ . . . we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purposes” (Romans 8:28). But since the world doesn’t understand that, they accuse us of being confused. We’re not confused—knowing what the Scriptures say on the subject, we understand God’s viewpoint, which is truth.

 

So how can we keep our minds from being confused by the world, cluttered with its vain philosophies, and corrupted by its system? Romans 12:2 tells us, “ . . . Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Just as a computer needs good software, we must program our minds with truth: daily meditation on God’s Word and His principles.

 

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  • Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
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  • Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
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  • Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
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  • That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
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  • Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
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  • So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
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  • Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
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  • Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
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  • For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
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  • Now this I say , that every one of you saith , I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
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  • Is Christ divided ? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
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  • I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
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  • Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
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  • And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
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  • For Christ sent me not to baptize , but to preach the gospel : not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect .
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  • For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
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  • For it is written , I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
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  • Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
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  • For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe .
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  • For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
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  • But we preach Christ crucified , unto the Jews a stumblingblock , and unto the Greeks foolishness;
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  • But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
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  • Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
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  • For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
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  • But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
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  • And base things of the world, and things which are despised , hath God chosen , yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are :
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  • That no flesh should glory in his presence .
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  • But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
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  • That, according as it is written , He that glorieth , let him glory in the Lord.

MY FATHER’S WORD AND WAYS by Rodney Howard Browne

John 1:1-4 – 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 any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Rodney Howard Browne teaches that we know God’s thoughts and ways through His Word.

  • Many have little understanding of the Father.
  • John 14:9 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
  • Seventy percent of Jesus’ ministry was healing the sick and casting out devils.
  • Daniel 11:32 – And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
  • Mark 16:15-18 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
  • People attend the same church with the same Bible. One understands and one doesn’t.
  • You cannot receive God with the natural mind; you have to receive Him with the heart.
  • John 4:23-24 – But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
  • God needs to be the final authority in our lives: God’s WORD is to be final authority in our lives. Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
  • The fire burns up the chaff, religion, and tradition. (Jeremiah 23:29 – Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord, and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? )
  • Press into Him by studying His Word and following His promptings, the promptings of the Holy Spirit—be willing and obedient. (Isaiah 1:19 – If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.)
  • Quote: Smith Wigglesworth while preaching the message Power of the Word of God:
  • “Believers are strong only as the Word of God abides in them. The Word of God is spirit and life to those who receive it in simple faith, and it is a verifier of all who own its sway.
  • Know your Book, live it, believe it, and obey it. Hide God’s word in your heart. It will save your soul, quicken your body, illumine your mind. The Word of God is full and final, infallible, reliable, and up-to-date, and our attitude towards it must be one of unquestioned obedience.
  • If a thing is in the Bible, it is so; it is not even to be prayed about; it is to be received and acted upon. Inactivity of faith is a robber, which steals blessing. Increase comes by action, by using what we have and what we know. Your life must be one of going from faith to faith.”
  • “Great faith is the product of great fights.”
  • “Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests.”
  • “Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.”
  • Psalms 18:30-32 – As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. 31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? 32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
  • Natural persons’ ways and God’s ways are a world apart. God wants to lift us into heavenly places.
  • Mark 7:13 – Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
  • Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
  • Prayer: Show me Your ways not through the eyes of religion and tradition.  Show me Your plan and purpose for me. I will do Your purpose. I will do Your plan.  I am expecting to hear, “Well done thy good and faithful servant…”
  • Jer 29:11-13 NIV – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Rodney Howard Browne bringing Revival to Louisville KY

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