God Loved Us First and Most

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

In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.  1 John 4:9-10 AMP

In giving up His only begotten Son, God proved the infinite love He has for us and that His mercy is available to ALL. God did not send Jesus to die because we loved Him – He sent Him because He loved us! He was not motivated to sacrifice Jesus because of our merits – because we had no redeeming qualities to deserve such love – but He did it because of His own goodness and graciousness. In this is love: not that we loved God first, but that HE loved US first! And He wants to make it abundantly clear – we did not seek Him out – He sought us first – we are simply responding to the love He has shown to us.

Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die. 8 But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.
  Romans 5:7-8 AMP

God clearly proved His love for us by sending Jesus to die on that cross for us while we were yet sinners. Never, in the history of the world, has there been such an unselfish sacrifice as this. People might be willing to give their lives for those who love them, but only God’s love gives His life for those who do not yet love Him. Love took a huge risk – love gave it all, holding nothing back – with the confident expectation that men could not resist such a great love, and indeed they could not! Thank God that we can find mercy and forgiveness, wholeness and restoration through His love!

See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! 1 John 3:1a AMP

The Wuest translation says: “Behold what exotic [foreign to the human heart] love the Father has permanently bestowed upon us.” This is a love beyond human experience or comprehension. A great love; a marvelous love; an incredible quality of love! Through Jesus, God introduced us to a new kind of love – His agape love. He sees us valuable and precious. We are His precious treasure. His love gives us our value.

Human love is limited, flawed and often selfish. Because of manipulation and control and a lack of demonstrated love in their formative years, many people have grown up to be emotionally unhealthy. They have a negative self-worth. This results in negative and destructive patterns of behavior, which in turn cause more heartache and pain for all concerned. However, as they grow in their knowledge of the Father and the love He has for them, they begin to be restored and made whole. As Christians, our sense of self-worth comes from knowing how much God loves us. He is not just our God – He is our Father, Abba, Daddy – and He calls us his children! The Father loves each and every one of us with the exact same infinite love, but the depth (or shallowness) of our understanding of His love determines the level of our confidence in His love and our responses to Him.

Your concept of yourself affects ALL your relationships. As you grow in your knowledge and understanding of how much the Father loves and accepts you, you will also begin to act and respond in a healthier, more constructive way in your interactions with others, which will have a positive effect on their lives as well. We must have a revelation of the Father’s nature and character. He does not merely show love – He IS love! We must realize and understand how much He loves us. We must learn to see ourselves through His eyes – as valuable and precious. We must learn to love, accept and forgive ourselves. Then we will be able to see others as He sees them and we will be able to love them as He does.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  
Ephesians 2:4-10 NKJV

God is SO rich in mercy, and because of His great love, He reached out to us to bring us from our fallen, sinful, alienated state into His Kingdom and into His family. Not only are we adopted as sons and daughters, but we are also given an inheritance together with Jesus. We are seated in heavenly places with Jesus, at the Father’s right hand! None of it is because of our merits, but purely because of the greatness of His love, grace and kindness! We are created by Him and prepared to live and walk in His ways. By accepting His love, through Jesus, we step into this wonderful inheritance that He has prepared for us! How boundless, endless, fathomless, exhaustless and measureless is His love for us and how rich is His mercy!



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

“Therefore you have no excuse or defense or justification, O man, whoever you are who judges and condemns another. For in posing as judge and passing sentence on another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge are habitually practicing the very same things [that you censure and denounce]. 2 [But] we know that the judgment (adverse verdict, sentence) of God falls justly and in accordance with truth upon those who practice such things. 3 And do you think or imagine, O man, when you judge and condemn those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment and elude His sentence and adverse verdict? 4 Or are you [so blind as to] trifle with and presume upon and despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience? Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repent (to change your mind and inner man to accept God’s will)? 5 But by your callous stubbornness and impenitence of heart you are storing up wrath and indignation for yourself on the day of wrath and indignation, when God’s righteous judgment (just doom) will be revealed. 6 For He will render to every man according to his works [justly, as his deeds deserve]: 7 To those who by patient persistence in well-doing [springing from piety] seek [unseen but sure] glory and honor and [the eternal blessedness of] immortality, He will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and self-willed and disobedient to the Truth but responsive to wickedness, there will be indignation and wrath. 9 [And] there will be tribulation and anguish and calamity and constraint for every soul of man who [habitually] does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek (Gentile). 10 But glory and honor and [heart] peace shall be awarded to everyone who [habitually] does good, the Jew first and also the Greek (Gentile). 11 For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another].” Romans 2:1-11 AMP

There is no excuse, before God, for those who judge others, especially when they are doing the same things themselves. Those who are judgmental of others show that they have underestimated, and even perhaps despised, the riches of God’s grace. They either do not realize or they have forgotten that it is the goodness of God that leads all men to repentance, including them themselves. If we deny that God is a good God, then we are being disobedient to the truth. Your stubbornness is opening the door for the judgment of God to come upon you. Remember that God is not a respecter of persons. That means that He loves us all the same and He treats us all the same. No matter what a man or woman has done; no matter how bad they have been; if God can have an opportunity to show His goodness to him or her, He will. It is His goodness that melts hearts and draws sinners to Him. How can you fight with someone who is only kind and loving toward you? It is a hard-hearted person indeed, who can reject such a wonderful Lord!

“Howbeit thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly: 34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them. 35 For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works.” Nehemiah 9:33-35 KJV

Only the wicked despise God’s goodness. In God’s goodness, He blessed the Israelites and forgave them over and over, because of His love and because of His covenant promises to them as a nation. He was only good to them and blessed them with everything they could possible want and need and yet they rejected Him over and over. He did not reject them, they rejected Him, therefore He had to lift His hand of blessing and protection off of them and the enemy was able to afflict them. However, when they came to their senses and genuinely repented for their wickedness and rebellion, He always received them back into His blessing.

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:6-11 NKJV

People quote this scripture out of context to explain tragedies: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.” They blame God for the bad things that happen. However, in context, we can see that it is God’s love, mercy and forgiveness that is higher than our thoughts and higher than our ways. We have a hard time grasping how God can forgive certain people, because we think that some sins are too great to be forgiven. Sometimes we don’t want God to forgive someone, because we don’t want to forgive them. But God is good! And He never changes! Psalms 145:9 NKJV says, “The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.” The Lord is indeed good and He is good to ALL!

Cling to the Lord Your God

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

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV

God has a wonderful plan for you – His most valued and precious creation. He has good plans; plans full of hope; plans for a great future. Man was created with the ability and the right to choose his destiny. Since man was created, the Father has been declaring the truth. To every generation, the Lord makes this clear: there are two choices and two destinies for every man and woman; there is a choice to be made for life and blessing, or a choice to be made for death and cursing. His plan is the good one! God is always truthful with us; we can believe everything He says; He is not capricious; He is not deceptive; He does not play games with us. He means what He says and He says what He means.

Adam had the opportunity to choose life or death, blessing or cursing, just as every one of us has. Through disobedience, Adam made a choice for cursing and death. God only has good plans for us, but because of the fact that Adam sold out to the devil and gave him access into the earth, the devil also has plans for us – bad plans. The devil hates the truth – he doesn’t want us to know his terrible plans for us, because if we really understood what his plans were, we would run away from him and stay away from him. The devil’s main weapon is deception – as long as he can deceive us and keep us in the dark, he can succeed in his evil endeavors. God is always truthful – He is not afraid of the truth. When the truth is revealed, God is always proved right. The truth brings Him glory and honor.

Most people think that life just happens to them; that they have no choice or control over how they end up. While it is true that there are many things that come our way initially that we can’t predict; we can directly positively affect the outcome by making a good choice. By making good choices, we can head off or prevent many of the devil’s evil plans. By choosing the good, we can actually positively influence our future and the future of our children. Choosing life and blessing means actually earning the reward of life and blessing!

Verse 20 says that we can have life and blessing IF we love the Lord, obey His voice and CLING to Him!

The Hebrew word, dabaq (daw-bak’), translated “cling” or “cleave” means: to cling or adhere; to catch by pursuit. It is variously translated as abide fast; cleave (fast together); follow close (hard after); be joined (together); keep (fast); overtake; pursue hard; stick; take. The dictionary says that “cling” or “cleave” means: to adhere closely; to stick to; to hold tight, as by grasping or embracing; to be or remain close; to remain attached; to cohere; to remain emotionally attached; to hold on; to resist separation; to remain faithful. That means – get close, hold on and NEVER let go!

It’s not about receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior and then just coasting along, expecting Him to take full responsibility for your relationship. Even in human relationships, you will fail if you do not work on the relationship and if you leave everything up to the other person. Many Christians go along expecting God to hold onto them; to cling to them; to do everything for them. That is not how it works. WE are the ones who must cling to the Lord! By God’s design, just as it is instinctual for babies – human and animal – to cling to their mother and to stick close by her for provision and safety – so God has designed that we be the ones to chase after Him; to pull in close to Him; to cling to Him and never let go.

Joshua 23:8 AMP – But cling to the Lord your God as you have done to this day.

Joshua 22:5 AMP – But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you: to love the Lord your God and to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and to cling to and unite with Him and to serve Him with all your heart and soul [your very life].

Psalms 119:30-31a NKJV – I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me. I cling to Your testimonies.

Deuteronomy 10:20-21 AMP – You shall [reverently] fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and by His name and presence you shall swear. 21 He is your praise; He is your God, Who has done for you these great and terrible things which your eyes have seen.

Take responsibility for your life and your blessing; do not be lazy, lackadaisical, or sloppy in your walk with the Father; don’t ever take Him for granted. If you want God’s best in your life, if you want His blessings, you must press in to Him and cling to Him and His word as if your life depends on it – because it does!

Operation Jubilee

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

Today we are launching “Operation Jubilee”.

The Year of Jubilee is a time of resting in God’s grace and His provision; a year of restoration and celebration; a year of independence and repatriation!

This year – 2011 – is a significant year for us personally and as a ministry. After many years of traveling and sowing into cities around the world, contending for revival and a great harvest of souls – with blood, sweat and tears – The Great Awakening Tour is now going live around the world every night, reaching people with the Gospel and empowering them to win the lost and reap a great harvest for the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a dream come true and a vision come to pass for us. The Lord has certainly done exceedingly abundantly above! On the personal side – I turn 50 in June and then Adonica and I, together, celebrate 30 years of marriage in October. It is a big year!

The River at Tampa Bay and our congregation has sown greatly into the harvest of souls around the globe and it is our time of reaping! We have been praying and seeking God for His direction and in the light of this “Jubilee Year”, we felt that it would be a great time to pay off our existing property before we look to building anything else. God wants His people out of debt – especially in the light of what is going on in the world today. We feel the wind of God on this and we believe that He will supernaturally bless His people and provide for us to eliminate the debt and be able to say that we “owe no man anything, but to love him”!

Today we are instituting a program that is a four-month pledge/commitment, over and above your tithe, to help reduce the principle. We will revisit this commitment again every four months. We will renew our pledge, as the Lord prospers us, over and above our tithe for one purpose and one purpose alone – the paying off of our property.

When we first took possession of these 83 acres back in 2001, it was by the grace of God and the favor of God. The Lord gave us stewardship over this land for His glory. Since then, literally hundreds of thousands of people have flowed through these doors over the years and have been touched by the power of God. They have been saved, healed, set free and delivered.

We have spent millions of dollars on the harvest in crusades around the world, in a decade, with just over 5 million people coming to know Jesus in that time. Rather than being focused on meeting only our own needs, we sowed into the harvest and into the extension of the Kingdom of God, but we believe that our time to reap has come. We have a mortgage on this property and the current mortgage holder would like to have us off their books – they have offered us a discount to refinance. We feel in our hearts that we need to trust the Lord to pay the property off in the next 36 months.

Therefore, we are launching Operation Jubilee, which will give you an opportunity to pledge and commit to giving, over and above your tithe. We are providing a special Jubilee offering envelope for this purpose. This amount, every month, will be paid over and above the basic mortgage payment and will come off of the principle – in this way greatly reducing the debt. At the same time, we are believing God to be totally debt free in three years!

The word God gave us at the beginning of the year was “the camels are coming” laden with the blessing of God and supernatural provision. You can join your faith with ours to believe that the camels are coming to your house too. Remember that no harvest can be reaped where no seed is sown, but as you sow specifically into the debt release of the house of God, that you can also claim debt release for your own household. The Lord knows that this is a great need for many, many people at this time. God’s plan for all His people has always been for them to be the lender and not the borrower!

I ask you today to hear the call of the Lord. It is imperative that we pay off this property and get out of debt as soon as possible, because of what is coming in the earth. Take one of the Jubilee offering envelopes, pray over it, and then make a commitment for the next four months. Stretch your faith together with us. We love you, River family, and there is no place that we would rather be than right here with you – in the will of God.

We love you with all our hearts,
Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard- Browne


To Know the Love of Christ

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

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height —  19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:17-19 NKJV

God’s will for your life, is that Christ would dwell in your heart through faith and that you would be rooted and grounded in love. Many times, people will not run to God for help when they most need it, because they don’t know that He loves them. If you ever felt like you were not good enough to come to God, it is because you had no idea just how MUCH He loves you! Father God wants each one of us to KNOW – by experience – the love He has for us; to be able to comprehend the breadth and length and depth and height of that love. God’s love for us is immense and intense. His love is like the universe itself – ever expanding and never ending. Indeed, it fills and surrounds the universe and encompasses both time and eternity – past, present and future.

Father God wants us to know the breadth of His love – His love is boundless: infinite; vast; unlimited.
He wants us to know the length of His love – His love is endless.
He wants us to know the depth of His love – His love is fathomless; exhaustless.
He wants us to know the height of His love – His love is measureless; limitless

The Father wants you to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness – the very nature – of God! God is love! When you experience God’s presence, you experience His love. When you experience His love, you experience the fullness of His presence! God’s love passes mere knowledge; it is beyond mere understanding; it goes beyond the science or philosophy of man; no words or language of man can frame or describe it. Where man’s knowledge ends, God’s love still goes on. We may not be able to fully understand the extent of His love with our mind, but we can still feel and experience it in our heart and life. God’s love reaches down into the deepest gutter to touch fallen man and to wash away every trace and every remembrance of sin. God’s gift of mercy and grace, through the sacrifice of His Son, is the measure of His love for us. Jesus’ death on the cross is the measure of His love. The work of the Holy Spirit – to be willing to come down from heaven and to work down here in and through us – is the measure of the Spirit’s love for man.

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?] 34 Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us? 35 Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? 36 Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter.  37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, 39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:33-39 AMP

There is NOTHING that can separate us from God’s love! There is NOTHING on earth, under the earth, or in heaven that can separate us from His love! NOTHING can or will ever hinder or prevent God from loving us! He loved us before the foundations of the earth, He loved us while we were yet sinners, He loved us into His family, and He is never going to stop loving us now or in the future! Who will bring a charge or an accusation against God’s elect – those whom God has redeemed? Not God! For God Himself has justified, acquitted and forgiven us. Who will condemn us? Not Jesus, who died and was raised from the dead for us and who, even now, intercedes for us at the right hand of God. When God forgives us, our slate is perfectly clean. God forgives and forgets our past – it is wiped away as if it never existed. How great is the love that washes us clean and gives us this blessed right-standing with God – the right and the privilege to come boldly before the Throne of Grace to ask for help! Even if we commit sin again, we do not run away from Him, we can run TO Him and humbly ask for His forgiveness. He is ever ready and prepared to forgive everyone and anyone who will repent of their sin.

Who or what could ever separate you from Christ’s love? Nothing in this natural world can separate you from the love of God and nothing in the Spirit realm can separate you from His love! Even the enemy – the evil one himself – cannot separate you from God’s love. On this earth we may have to endure all kinds of pressure, persecution, attacks and challenges, but none of it can get in the way of God’s love for us. Even in the middle of great opposition, persecution and/or trouble – because of God’s love – we are more than conquerors and we will gain a surpassing victory!

We can know and experience the love of Christ in every situation and every season of our life – even until we see Him face-to-face!

Testimony by Eddie

This past month, I actually got rebuked a few times. It hurt my pride, busy for class. I severely learned dearly from this is never, ever assume anything, ask questions, listen to all that is being said, and fulfill it to the letter. it turned out to not only be a good lesson, but a character building block of integrity as we all strive for perfection.

Testimony by E. Christie

The Lord is teaching me discipline and consistency, as far as reading the word of God everyday. If I cannot put my flesh under regardless of the circumstances. We should all be consistence and have endurance in our Christians walk.


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

The Lord will greatly bless and show His goodness to all those who trust in Him:

Psalms 34:8 NIV – Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Psalms 40:4 NKJV – Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Psalms 84:12 AMP – O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]!

Proverbs 16:20 AMP – He who deals wisely and heeds [God’s] word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord — happy, blessed, and fortunate is he.

Jeremiah 17:7 AMP – [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.

Psalms 31:19 AMP – Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship You, goodness which You have wrought for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men!

The Lord will defend and protect those who trust in Him:

Psalms 5:11 AMP – But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.

2 Samuel 22:31 AMP – As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried. He is a Shield to all those who trust and take refuge in Him.

Psalms 18:30 AMP – As for God, His way is perfect! The word of the Lord is tested and tried; He is a shield to all those who take refuge and put their trust in Him.

Psalms 91:4 AMP – [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

Psalms 115:9 AMP – O Israel, trust and take refuge in the Lord! [Lean on, rely on, and be confident in Him!] He is their Help and their Shield.

When you trust in the Lord, He will deliver you from your enemies:

Psalms 7:1 AMP – O Lord my God, in You I take refuge and put my trust; save me from all those who pursue and persecute me, and deliver me,

Psalms 17:7 AMP – Show Your marvelous loving-kindness, O You Who save by Your right hand those who trust and take refuge in You from those who rise up against them.

Psalms 37:40 AMP – And the Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they trust and take refuge in Him.

Psalms 44:6-7 AMP – For I will not trust in and lean on my bow, neither shall my sword save me. 7 But You have saved us from our foes and have put them to shame who hate us.

Psalms 91:4-7 AMP – [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.

When you trust in the Lord, He will deliver and protect you from any and all plagues:    

Psalms 91:10 AMP – There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.

Trust the Lord, and in His presence you will find safety, a safe dwelling place, provision and stability:

Psalms 4:8 AMP – In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.

Psalms 37:3 AMP – Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

Psalms 125:1 AMP – Those who trust in, lean on, and confidently hope in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides and stands fast forever.

Trust the Lord, and in His presence you find freedom from fear and perfect peace:

Psalms 56:11 AMP – In God have I put my trust and confident reliance; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Psalms 91:5 AMP – You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,

2 Timothy 1:7 AMP – For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

Isaiah 26:3 AMP – You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

The Lord will answer the prayers of those who trust in Him:

Psalms 37:4-5 AMP – Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

The Lord redeems the life of those who trust in Him and promises a clean slate:

Psalms 34:22 AMP – The Lord redeems the lives of His servants, and none of those who take refuge and trust in Him shall be condemned or held guilty.

The Lord will never leave or forsake those who trust in Him:

Psalms 9:10 NKJV – And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Trust in God – He is your Everlasting Rock – your Everlasting Strength:

Isaiah 26:4 AMP – So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].

Who is Blessed?

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

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.  Psalms 1:1-2 NKJV

Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.  Psalms 2:12 KJV

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.  Psalms 32:1-2 NKJV

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.  Psalms 33:12 NKJV

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  Psalms 34:8 NKJV

Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.  Psalms 40:4 NKJV

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. 5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.  Psalms 84:4-5 KJV

Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance. 16 In Your name they rejoice all day long, And in Your righteousness they are exalted. 17 For You are the glory of their strength, And in Your favor our horn is exalted. 18 For our shield belongs to the Lord, And our king to the Holy One of Israel.  Psalms 89:15-18 NKJV

Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, And teach out of Your law, 13 That You may give him rest from the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked.  Psalms 94:12-13 NKJV

Blessed are those who keep justice, And he who does righteousness at all times!  Psalms 106:3 NKJV

Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments. 2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.  Psalms 112:1-3 NKJV

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways.  Psalms 128:1 NKJV

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! 3 They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.  Psalms 119:1-3 NKJV

“Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the Lord; 36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”  Proverbs 8:32-36 NKJV

Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice;

Blessed are all those who wait for Him.  Isaiah 30:18 NKJV

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river,

And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.  Jeremiah 17:7-8 NKJV

Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12 NKJV

Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh. 22Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.  Luke 6:21-23 NKJV

Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.  Luke 12:37 NKJV

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.  James 1:12 NKJV

Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  John 20:29 NKJV

Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”  Revelation 14:13 NKJV

Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”  Revelation 19:9 NKJV

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.  Revelation 22:14-15 NKJV

The Importance of Sound Biblical Doctrine

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

He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof [not only himself] goes astray [but also] causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others.  Proverbs 10:17 AMP

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Matthew 7:28-29 KJV

There are two primary words translated “doctrine” in the New Testament. Didache – which means: instruction (the act or the matter); and Didaskalia – which means: instruction (the function or the information); translated as: doctrine; learning; teaching. The dictionary defines Doctrine as a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government; something that is taught; teachings collectively; a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject.

Our Judeo-Christian doctrine is the collective teachings of the Word of God. They are the guiding principles for every aspect of our lives. The Word of God is the Truth of God – it is not open to individual interpretation. To have correct doctrine is not optional, it is vital. If you are a Christian, and you love Jesus, then you will also love, reverence, and obey His doctrine – His word, teaching, and instructions.

Doctrine comes from God:

Jesus answered them by saying, My teaching is not My own, but His Who sent Me.  John 7:16 AMP

Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him. 24 Anyone who does not [really] love Me does not observe and obey My teaching. And the teaching which you hear and heed is not Mine, but [comes] from the Father Who sent Me.  John 14:23-24 AMP

Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

Acts 13:12 KJV

Doctrine comes from the Bible:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV

The Word of God is the source of all our Judeo-Christian doctrine. We don’t have any valid doctrine apart from the Word. From the time we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, we need to begin, and continue, to receive instruction in the Word and doctrine.

We should protect sound doctrine:

Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

2 Timothy 1:13-14 NKJV

Leaders in the church must have sound doctrine:

For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, 8 but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.  Titus 1:7-9 NKJV

Christians should teach correct beliefs/doctrine:

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

Doctrine helps you recognize false teaching:

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jude 3-4 NKJV

Do not modify doctrine to match your opinions:

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”  2 Timothy 2:15-19 NKJV

Do not modify your doctrine because of pressure:

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,  15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 3:12-15 NKJV