Who is Blessed?

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

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

The Importance of Sound Biblical Doctrine – Part Two

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

The Doctrines of the Gospel are godly:

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.  1 Timothy 6:3-5 NKJV

Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, 3 but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior.  Titus 1:1-3 NKJV

The Gospel, the Words of Jesus, the Truth, is that which is after, or accords with, godliness. That means it belongs to godliness, it harmonizes with godliness, and it tends to godliness.  The fruit of preaching true doctrine is godliness – in the preacher and the hearer.  If your doctrine does not lead to godliness, you are not preaching the true Gospel.  The true Gospel is giving, sharing and sacrifice.  The Gospel condemns those who use the Gospel for their own gain, or to manipulate others.

Doctrine condemns immorality:

But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.  1 Timothy 1:8-11 NKJV

The Word of God condemns immorality. Some people think that walking in the grace of God allows us to do whatever we want, but that is simply not true.  Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-20 (NKJV), “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it.  He redeemed us from the curse of the law, and gave us a higher law – the law of love – to love God and your neighbor.  If you love God, you will not do anything to dishonor Him.  If you love your neighbor, you will not do anything to hurt him or her.

 Doctrine leads to fellowship with the Father and with the Son:

 That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.  1 John 1:3 NKJV

Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.  2 John 9 NKJV

Doctrine leads to holiness:

 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.  Romans 6:17-19 NKJV

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.  Titus 2:12 NKJV

As God’s children and His representatives, we should bring no reproach on the doctrine of the Gospel:

Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.  1 Timothy 6:1 NKJV

But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things —  4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.  Titus 2:1-5 NKJV

If we humbly submit to the doctrines of the Gospel in our own everyday life, God is glorified through us.  However, if we personally disobey God’s word because we think we know better, we expose the Gospel to reproach – to be blasphemed and/or discredited.  If you preach the Gospel to others, and yet by your life you show that you do not believe it yourself, then your witness has lost its power and credibility.  If you call yourself a believer, then you should show honor to the doctrines of the Gospel, by truly submitting your life to the Word of God, and being a doer of His Word in every area of your life.

The Giants Are Bread for Us

Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Faith must be released in word through your mouth.

If you’re not satisfied with what you have then check on what is coming out of your mouth. All that you have, and all that you are now, is the result of what you have believed and said in the past.

Proverbs 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.

It doesn’t take the devil’s efforts to interfere with things in your life when you take the initiative to snare yourself with your own words.

Don’t ever talk failure or defeat! Don’t ever acknowledge, for one moment, that God’s ability or power cannot put you over the top. If you’re talking failure and defeat with your lips, you’re declaring that God cannot and has not put you over.

1 John 4:4 “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

You can’t side with the majority when they are opposed to the Word of God – the plan of faith and God’s will.

Numbers 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it!

Caleb didn’t deny the existence of the giants but he said that they were well able to overcome them.

Numbers 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Doubt and fear is rebellion against the Lord! Rebellion is as witchcraft. The giants were bread for Israel! Bread is a staple of life. You need it to survive. You grow by eating it!

Faith ALWAYS has a good report!

I believe what the Word says whether things seem like it’s the way the Bible says or not.

If mountains / obstacles are not enough of an issue to God to mention to you, before you get to them, then they should not be an issue to you when you encounter them.

Throughout history people following God’s plan have faced challenges. None of these challenges have changed God or altered His Word.

A mountain cannot defeat anyone. What defeats people is fear!

You were created to be an Overcomer!

Satan’s lie, processed by fear, will come to pass! God’s promise (TRUTH), processed by faith, will come to pass!

Exodus 14:8-15

Moses faced the Red Sea on one side, and the Egyptian army on the other, but God’s plan hadn’t changed – “Go Forward!”

Don’t become paralyzed by fear and overcome with doubt!

Hebrews 3:12-19; 4:9-11

Unbelief in God’s promise causes you to stay and die in the wilderness. Get out of the “wilderness experience” by total trust and obedience to God! Enter into the rest today!

What Is Celebrate America?

Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne, with Revival Ministries International, are looking forward to Celebrate America just as they did in the summer of 1999 when, for six weeks consecutively, they rented Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena, for Good News New York!

Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne are inviting local churches, the community, and members of government, in which many of them will be sharing their faith, and all nationalities to be a part of Celebrate America. We are celebrating America as she turns 239 years old. During Celebrate America, we will commemorate the Declaration of Independence and what the Constitution of the United States has meant to this land. We will celebrate the heritage of America and our Founding Fathers who acknowledged “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” We will remember The Great Spiritual Awakenings of this land, the impact of which they made, and The Great Awakening that is soon to come. Celebrate America.

 

— Event Details —

DAR Constitution Hall Building

DAR Constitution Hall, Washington DC’s largest Concert Hall, welcomes over half a million patrons each year.

The Hall opened in 1929, and was designed to house the annual DAR convention. DAR Constitution Hall was designated a National Historic Landmark Building in 1985.

Nightly Meetings July 4th -11th, 2015

Times: July 4th: 6 PM – July 5th-11th: 7 PM

DAR Constitution Hall Building 1776 D St NW Washington, D.C. 20006

Power Evangelism July 1st -11th, 2015 at 10 AM Daily

Here is the site link for you to see it

WHAT IS CELEBRATE AMERICA?

Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne, with Revival Ministries International, are looking forward to Celebrate America just as they did in the summer of 1999 when, for six weeks consecutively, they rented Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena, for Good News New York!

Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne are inviting local churches, the community, and members of government, in which many of them will be sharing their faith, and all nationalities to be a part of Celebrate America. We are celebrating America as she turns 238 years old. During Celebrate America, we will commemorate the Declaration of Independence and what the Constitution of the United States has meant to this land. We will celebrate the heritage of America and our Founding Fathers who acknowledged “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” We will remember The Great Spiritual Awakenings of this land, the impact of which they made, and The Great Awakening that is soon to come. Celebrate America.

Dear Friends,

Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne invite you to join them for Celebrate America this July in Washington D.C. at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall. Just as we looked forward to Good News New York in the summer of 1999 at Madison Square Garden, we are looking forward to this event.

Local churches, the community, members of government (many of whom will be sharing their faith), all Americans, and anyone, from any nation, who loves America, are invited to be a part of Celebrate America. We are celebrating America as she turns 238 years old. During these 14 days of Celebrate America, we will commemorate the United States Declaration of Independence and what the Constitution of the United States has meant to this land. We will celebrate the heritage of America and our Founding Fathers who acknowledged “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” We will remember the Great Spiritual Awakenings of this land, the impact they made, and The Great Awakening that is soon to come.

Pastors, leaders, church groups, youth groups, and all believers, all around America, we ask you to begin praying for America, her leaders, and for Celebrate America. And we also encourage you to make plans to join us and to be a part of this very timely event.

The evening meetings are at 7 PM; admission is free. In the mornings, Power Evangelism will take place at 10 AM. Call, email, Facebook, and Tweet your friends and family to attend and to get involved; volunteers are needed. Sign up today.

Celebrate America DC Inviting Pastors

http://celebrateamericadc.com

https://www.facebook.com/CelebrateAmericaDC

https://twitter.com/celebrate_usa

Edith Testimony

I always strive to do all things in excellence and will continue to do so but God is showing me not to be so rigid about it.  God has shown me that I can not put pressure on my self because it was affecting every area of my life.  I expected everyone else to be like me, and that’s not how it is.  In releasing this to God, I feel so relieved and find it much easier to walk in love. I still do everything in excellence to the best of my ability and have watched those around me blossom and step up a notch because teaching by our own good example is the key.

I have learned that there are twenty four hours in a day and how to balance those hours between family and ministry.  God has put our family in a position to serve together and we are growing together like never before. Praying in the Holy Ghost has been the only way I have been able to handle all the changes that have come into play.  As I pray in a situation, I get the download on what to do, or say and I am left in peace knowing that God has the person or situation in His hands.  It has been a real faith builder to watch God provide EVERY NEED in EVERY DEPARTMENT that I have been working in.  He has shown me how to get a job done in one department by utilizing an overage in a different department.  God is so Good at showing himself strong in every area of our lives!

Gloria Testimony

The Lord has been teaching me to walk uprightly before Him and by doing that, I shall not lack any good thing. There were times when I would find myself feeling like I was lacking.  For example not having a car or some of the things I want but then I had to realize, ok what do the scriptures say? So I began quoting the Word over my life concerning provision. It honestly has grown me because I now I feel like I’ve been putting my faith out for things and I DO SEE the hand of the Lord making a way for me, when I didn’t see it before!

A big trap of the enemy is discouragement and he will use it to make you feel like you’re doing everything for nothing. Last week the Lord spoke to me as I sat in the very back row.  He said “Faithfulness does not go unnoticed by Me” and immediately, it broke me. It made me realize God sees everything I am doing, and I have no reason to feel like I am alone or working for nothing. Through it all, I have learned to depend on Him.  I’ve become so much closer to Him throughout this time because I’ve been seeking Him more.

Rachel P. Testimony

I came to The River in 2005 with my mother and father. My dad attended The River Bible Institute for first year in 2006. I was always one of those people who said, “I will never, ever go to The River Bible Institute.” But, God had different plans. In the summer, before my first year I finally decided to move full speed ahead towards the things of God. I was sitting in my seat at the last night of Igniting a Generation when Pastor Todd started a River Bible Institute and River School of Worship alter call. I sat in my seat, and when it came time for people to go to the alter; I realized my heart was beating fast. I thought “no way, not me!”, but I knew I should be up there. I fought it for a good five minutes, and Pastor Todd kept the alter call open for a while. I finally decided to just go up, and I lifted off of my chair, and sat back down… twice. I did not want to come. But, little did I know that it was going to have such an incredibly positive impact on my life. Finally, I got up and actually went up to the alter call. The moment I got to the front I began to cry uncontrollably. I got an application, and didn’t apply for a long time. I actually changed my mind about going a couple weeks later. I was sure I was not going to go. But, then the day that Momentum got back from camp, right when we got off the bus Rom Dacosta pushed me up to Pastor Todd and told him I am coming to school. It became official; I am just going to go…..Rachel P.