THE INTEGRITY OF GOD’S WORD

Teaching on Integrity For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJ

Rodney Howard Browne teaches us that God is not just dead words in an old dusty book. It is not man’s ideas or man’s philosophy. It is alive and it is powerful. It is precise and discerning, cutting to the heart of the matter and bringing forth the truth. Nothing is hidden from His eyes.

Everything is like an open book to Him. He sees and knows everything – all the way into our hearts and our thoughts. The bible teaches us that we have no way to lie or cover up because there is nothing to hide behind and no excuses we can make – because we know that He knows and He sees all.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.'” And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.John 1:1-17 NKJ

Jesus is the Word made flesh. He dwelt among us as one of us. He came from the Father’s presence to bring us grace and truth. In Him is life and this life is the light of men. His light shines the truth into the heart of every man. His light shone in the darkness, but the darkness did not comprehend it. He created the world, but the world did not know Him. He came to His own, but they did not receive Him. Those who did recognize Him and receive Him saw His glory.

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3 NKJ

God created the universe with His words and with the “Word” – Jesus. The worlds we see were created from a world we cannot see. The spirit realm created the natural realm with words.

For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.I John 5:7 NKJ

The Father, Jesus (the Word), and the Holy Spirit are one. They always agree. They always say the same thing. God’s will is God’s word. God’s word is His will.

For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJ

The word of God is just that – the word of God. It is not the word of man. The word works effectively in those who believe in the power and integrity of the word of God.

I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Psalms 138:2 NKJ

God’s name is awesome, but His word is magnified above His name. That is because your name is only as good as your word. You only have a good name when you are a keeper of your word – when you do what you say you will do. That is having integrity – people know that they can trust you because you always do what you say you will do. Your name carries weight. Both sinners and saints will respect you. God always keeps His word. We can trust His word because He always keeps His word. He says what He means and He means what He says.

GODLY WISDOM

Rodney Howard Browne shares a teaching on Wisdom

 

Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud: “To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind. You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding. Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge. Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power. By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full. Proverbs 8:1-21 NIV

 

“Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.”

Proverbs 8:32-36 NIV

 

Proverbs says that wisdom is crying out in the streets, from the hills, at the crossroads, and at the gates of the city. In other words, everywhere that people go wisdom is there, out in the open, trying to get their attention. Wisdom is not hiding away from you. Wisdom is looking for you. Wisdom is calling your name, trying to get you to notice and be blessed. Only foolish people are oblivious to wisdom’s call. They can’t hear or see wisdom. If you love wisdom, you will obtain life and favor from God, but if you hate wisdom you love death and destruction!

 

You must seek wisdom early and diligently. Don’t wander in the wilderness of foolishness – look for God early, before anything else. Press into Him and diligently and persistently go after His wisdom. Wisdom brings a free flow of knowledge and understanding to your life. Wisdom is applied knowledge. You can have knowledge, but if you don’t know how and where to use it, you are limited and restricted.

People get things backward. They seek after wealth and blessing instead of God. God is the source of both wisdom and blessing. When you follow after wisdom, then blessings follow after you. That is why God says that wisdom is better than wealth – gold, silver and precious stones – because wisdom brings about enduring wealth and righteousness into your life. Wisdom brings forth both spiritual and temporal blessings into your life. Without wisdom, your efforts are in vain. You can work hard all your life in your own strength and get absolutely nowhere. Wisdom takes the striving out of your life.

The very beginning of wisdom is to reverently fear God. Wise people fear God and honor Him and His word. In order to receive the benefits of wisdom, you must love God and hate evil. Pride and arrogance and twisted, perverted speech are in direct opposition to wisdom. When you love wisdom, you love righteousness and justice. You cannot rule or judge successfully without the wisdom of Almighty God. Rulers who oppress their people are fools. In order to rule prosperously and justly – kings, rulers, princes, nobles, judges, and governors desperately need God’s wisdom.

Even when the world preaches success principles, they are teaching principles that the word of God teaches, even though they try to leave God Himself out of it. The Word works – the only problem is that when God is left out of our “wisdom” we have only a partial “blessing”. If you seek God Himself and His wisdom, you will be blessed with enduring blessings in every area – spirit, soul and body!

TRAINING YOUR CHILDREN TO SERVE GOD

Teaching Children

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJ)6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 20:11 (NKJ) 11Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right. Many parents allow bad behavior in their children to go uncorrected, because they think that the child does not know any better, but even at a very young age children do know the difference between right and wrong. It is the parent’s responsibility to guide them in the right direction.

Rodney Howard Browne shows us that children are looking for guidance from parents their flesh will rule them unless they are taught to conquer their flesh. Their own conscience will condemn them unless they have peace before God. The only way to have peace with God is through repentance. Repentance comes through correction and discipline.

Proverbs 22:15 (KJV)15Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. Children are not born perfectly wise as some misguided “experts” have tried to convince gullible parents. “Just leave them to make their own choices” they say, “and they will make the right ones!” But if these parents had stopped to inquire of some older and wiser (now) grandparents and great-grandparents, they would have heard a different story. Besides that, we have a handbook, written many years ago, inspired by the God who made us and He knows all about us and He knows what is best for us.

Rodney Howard Browne teaches us that children are born with a personality intact, but all they know and learn of the world is what they are see, hear, taste, smell, touch and are taught. They do make foolish choices, because they don’t know or understand everything as they should, but it is our responsibility to train them and to correct them. As parents, we have do decide whether we will trust and obey God in every area of our lives, including how we raise our kids. God’s Word is final authority in every area of our lives and the sooner we accept that the better our lives will be. Proverbs 23:13-14 (NKJ)13Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.14You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell.

The Hebrew word for “correction” here yacar (yaw-sar’) means to chastise, literally (with blows) or figuratively (with words); hence, to instruct. It is translated in the KJV as bind, chasten, chastise, correct, instruct, punish, reform, reprove, sore, teach. We are to correct our children and if we do it right, they will not end up in hell. If we raise our children as God directs us they will serve God. If we do not do the right thing in spanking and instructing our children, there is a good chance that they will have a very bad end. The purpose of spanking is for a connection to be made, in the child’s brain, between cause and effect action and consequence. They must learn that bad action bring bad results. Spanking also is supposed to bring repentance. Without repentance there is no forgiveness. Where there is no forgiveness, there is a tormented heart. Do not torment your children with guilt and condemnation. Give them an opportunity to have peace before God, because ultimately all sin keeps us from the presence of God. Why would we willingly allow sin in our children’s lives that will hinder their relationship with God? Who needs the devil with parents who don’t have the guts to stand up to the devil and say, “You will not have my child. I will raise him to serve God and to have a clear conscience before God, so that he can come boldly into God’s presence!” Proverbs 20:30 (NIV)30

Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being. If you think that God’s discipline is not the right way to do things consider how you would feel when your uncorrected child ends up in jail or worse! Many “good” parents have ended up weeping over their children, because they did not want to be the “bad guy” and discipline the kid when he was little. Remember you are not your child’s friend you are his parent. He may not seem to delighted with your rules now, but he will come back to thank you for raising him right when he is grown especially if he has his own kids! Proverbs 29:15 (KJV)15

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Many people, even highly educated ones, seem to lack wisdom or common sense. They know a lot, but it isn’t enough to help them to make a success of their lives. If we are wise parents and if we spank and instruct our children the way God tells us to, they will be wise children and we will not be ashamed of them when they are grown.

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SOURCE OF OUR JOY

I John 1:1-4  (NKJ)
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have  looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life–2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was  with the Father and was manifested to us–3 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. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.The Word of God and the message of the awesome salvation He purchased for us in the precious blood of Jesus, is a source of great joy to us  His people. This fellowship that we now have with the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, does not bring us a little bit of joy, or partial joy, but joy that is FULL. Full also means, “complete”. Jesus brings us complete joy. We don’t need any more joy  we have access to a joy that fills every aspect of our being  crowding out all other things. Christians who walk in sadness need to dwell on God’s Word and get a revelation of what it means to have a relationship with, and to be in fellowship with, Almighty God.Isaiah 61:1-3  (NKJ)

1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor;  he has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to  those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of  praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that  He may be glorified.”This passage quoted by Jesus in Luke 4:18-19, says that Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to comfort those who mourn, to give them beauty where there once were only ashes, the oil of joy to replace mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness. Because of what Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection, we have a reason to rejoice! How good our God is to us!1 Peter 1:8-9  (NIV)

8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and  are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.We cannot see God with our natural eye, but we have felt His presence and experienced His work in our heart. We love Him and are filled with joy unspeakable  joy that cannot be adequately expressed – as He continues to touch us and change us and as we renew our minds and continue to grow in Him. Not only does He give us a new spirit – He restores our souls (mind, will and emotions) and our bodies. If we do not allow His Spirit to work in us, we will not have or experience His joy.Romans 14:17  (NIV)

17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy  Spirit,There are so many things that try to distract us from the things that really matter. People get caught up in the “do’s” and the “don’ts” instead of focusing on the important things  God’s grace and His mercy and what HE has done for us. If we keep our eyes on the Holy Spirit, we will enjoy His righteousness, peace, and joy.

PSALM 100

King David, who wrote most of the book of Psalms, was a man after God’s own heart. One of the reasons God favored him was because he loved to praise and worship Him. The praises of God were on his lips all day and all night. We have a heart after God, like David, when we have a worshipping heart and attitude.Psalm 100:1-5 (NKJ)1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!

Rodney Howard Browne teaches us that one of the meanings of “joyful noise” is “to split the ears”! God is happy when we worship Him with a joyful heart and a LOUD noise. Usually when people SHOUT about something – it is because they are really passionate about that thing. They feel it deeply. It is okay to shout joyfully in worship of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 2 Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing.The word “serve” has to do with total commitment – like a slave – except a willing one. “Gladness” is “blithesomeness” or “glee”. It is exceeding gladness, joyfulness, mirth, pleasure, and rejoicing. We sing with a joyful and triumphal voice.3 Know that the LORD, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Rodney Howard Browne shows us that we must worship Him as our creator and the One who knows us best and who knows what is best for us. He made us – we did not make ourselves (evolution from swamp gas?) – and He has all the answers we need for every situation we face. We belong to Him and He rules over us. We bow our knee at His throne and obey Him, yielding to His will and desire.4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.We enter into His presence with songs and confessions of praise, thankfulness and adoration. We kneel and bow before Him as our Lord and King. 5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

Rodney Howard Browne teaches us that the Lord is good, He is kind, and He is gracious. He is as good as good can be. There is not one drop of evil in Him. He is light and has no darkness in Him anywhere. With our sin nature we may find it difficult to imagine total goodness – no evil – but God is ALL good. His mercy, kindness and favor is perpetual and never-ending. His truth stands unshaken and unmoving through every generation. People may believe and speak whatever they will, but there is truth that will always be true no matter what men may say. God will always have the final word because it is His truth that has and will stand the test of time. You can try to do things your way, but you will be judged in the end and for eternity by God’s truth and His Word that will never change or die.

Rodney Howard Browne encourages us to choose to worship God in His way according to His will and be blessed for all eternity!

THE ANOINTING ON EVERY BELIEVER

Foundation Scriptures: Luke 4:14 -19Every believer is anointed with the ministry of reconciliation, but not every believer is anointed or equipped to stand in the fivefold ministry offices, as mentioned in Ephesians 4:7-11.


Rodney Howard Browne teaches that the fivefold ministry is instituted and ordained by God.  You cannot raise this ministry up in a Bible school or seminary setting.  These gifts are given by God Almighty.  They come from heaven above and not by the hands of man. However, every believer is anointed when they get born again.  God comes and makes His home on the inside of us.  The scripture says,  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”
(II Corinthians 5:17-18 NKJ)

 

You are set apart.  The Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of you and the anointing of the Holy Ghost becomes available to you.  You have the ministry of reconciliation – to tell others about Jesus.

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. (I John 2:20 & 27  NKJ)

Under the Old Covenant, God anointed three groups of people.  He anointed the prophets, the priests, and the kings.  He would cause His Spirit to rest upon them.  Then came the New Covenant.  When Jesus cried, “It is finished,” the veil of the temple was supernaturally torn 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.  Now He lives in your heart and my heart.  We have become the temple of the living God according to 1 Corinthians 6:19 and 2 Corinthians 6:16.

The fivefold ministry as a greater manifestation of the nine gifts of the Spirit – with a greater anointing than the laity.  But any one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit found in 1 Corinthians 12, can operate through any believer, as the Holy Spirit leads.  God did not say that it was just for the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.  As the scripture says in 1 Corinthians 12:7, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.” The gifts of the Spirit are given to believers to profit and bless everybody.

The Well and the River

In John 4:14, Jesus said, “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” I want you to notice it says a well. The scripture says, “With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).  We could call this first anointing a “well” anointing.

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and  drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive;  for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39  NKJ)

Rodney Howard Browne shows us in this scripture that we see not only a well, but we see something that is bigger than a well.  We see a river.  You receive a “well” anointing when you get born again.  You receive a “river” anointing when you get the baptism in the Holy Ghost.

Jesus told the disciples to tarry at Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit.  He said in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Power to Be a Witness

We can actually have power to be a witness.  The word witness in this scripture means martyr.  In other words, witnesses are a people who are prepared to die for what they believe.  A witness is someone who is radical in his faith and the communication of it.  We see this portrayed in the life of Peter, the one who had three times denied the Lord.  On the day of Pentecost, after receiving the Holy Ghost, he boldly preached and proclaimed the gospel.

What a change had taken place, what a transformation! It was all because of the anointing – because of the touch of God.

KNOWN BY YOUR LOVE

Foundation scripture: I John 4:7-12 (KJV)

7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

 

I John 4:19-21(KJV)
19We love him, because he first loved us. 20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

 

Everybody that knows God has God living on the inside. God is love and when He lives in you, His love lives in you. If His love lives in you, it will be manifested to everyone. They will see God’s love in you and they will see it flow through you towards others. When you are born of God and you know Him, you will love Him and you will love others. The more you know him, the more you will walk in, and manifest, love.

 

If you say that you are a child of God and that you love God, but you do not show love towards others, then the Bible calls you a liar! We have a commandment to love. The entire law is fulfilled in two commandments – love God, love your neighbor. Love enables you to keep the Ten Commandments.

Matthew 22:37-40(KJV)

37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Think about that – you will not break one of God’s commandments if you love Him and you love others! If you love God, you will not do anything, which will affect the fellowship that you have with Him and if you love people, you will do nothing to hurt them because love is incapable of hurting in any way.

Matthew 7:16-23(KJV)

16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

Love is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22&23). If you know God, you will produce the fruit of love. People will see God’s love in you – they will feel God’s love through you. You can do all kinds of wonderful works, prophesy and cast out devils, but the love manifest in you and through you is the true fruit of whether you are a godly person or not. Some people seem to think that as long as the power of God is manifest in their lives, they don’t need to walk in love, but they are mistaken. How terrible to waste your life, doing all the right actions, with all the wrong motives – and in the end be rejected by God. The only true way that everyone will know that we are Christians – followers of Christ – is by the love we show to others.

John 13:34-35(KJV)

34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

NO MORE JUDGEMENT

Pastor Rodney Howard Browne describes these important scriptual foundations.

Foundation Scripture: John 3: 14 – 21(Amp)

14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of man be lifted up [on the cross],

15 In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!

16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world, that He even gave up his only begotten (unique) Son, that who ever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.

18 He who believes on Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgement; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation – he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]

19 The basis of the judgement (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil.

20 For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved.

21 But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light, so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are – wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him].

Dr. Rodney Howard Browne points out that the Gospel is a simple message, but it is way too simple for some people. People try to make it complicated. They labor under the mistaken belief that it cannot possibly be so easy. So they try to make it harder, they try to create rules and regulations for people to keep in order to earn God’s favor.

The bottom line of the Gospel is this – the world is under a sentence of judgement already and Jesus came to lift that sentence. The devil would like us to believe that God loves sending people to hell and that He has made it very hard to get to Heaven. The lie is that God is not a fun ‘guy’, but the devil is a fun guy. People declare that they would rather go to hell and party with the devil, than be in boring, restrictive heaven. Or they believe that there is no hell and no judgement, that we all go to heaven because of our good works and that any religion is right because it is the same God that we all worship.

This important point.. Well, there is only one true God – “I AM THAT I AM”. He has testified through the ages to His own existence and His plan for man. If we do not serve or worship Him the way He tells us to – not the way mere men tell us to – then we are not worshipping Him at all. The truth is that this earth was once filled with His presence and it was a paradise. The liar, the devil, deceived man and caused him to sin and to lose the presence of God and without God’s divine intervention, we were all doomed to eternal hell. Jesus came to save us from the destiny we were headed for. He came to change our destiny, to give us the opportunity to come back into the presence of God for all eternity.

All believers to know that Jesus did not come to judge us – because we were already judged. He came to remove the sentence of judgement and allow us to live as free men. If men die and go to hell it is because they have chosen their own sentence, not because God has willed it for them. God’s will for us is that none should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

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Rise up!

Foundation Scriptures James 4:13-15: Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a city; and spend a year there and carry on our business and make money. Yet you do not know the least thing about what may happen tomorrow.What is the nature of your life? You are really but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears into thin air. Rodney Howard Browne asks this question.. what does the future hold? This is the question for which everyone of us would like an answer.Ifit is not on our lips, it has been in our thoughts, especially as we close out one year and begin another.Not only that, but in a few short years we will close out a year, a decade,a century and a millennium!Into the twenty-first century we go – for some people a frightening prospect – but as for us , we don’t fear the future because we know who holds the future, His name is JESUS.

Rodney Howard Browne remembers a song that was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s, called “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”We can know that He has us in the palm of His hand.He is with us, he will never leave us nor forsake us . He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.The bible says that in the last days, men’s hearts will fail them for fear of the things that are coming.Aren’t you excited, that you and I can have peace, knowing that God felt that you had what it takes to live in this day and this hour because He allowed you to be in the kingdom for such a time as this.You’ve been made out of the right kind of stuff.You are just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.Even though you go through the fire it will not burn you.Even though the circumstances look bleak, if you trust Him, He will bring you through.

As the Body of Christ we need to know that we don’t consult psychics (a.k.a. the devil) for our future.We have God’s Word and His Holy Spirit to lead us and to guide us.He will show us the things to come.I predict that this year, known from heaven, as a year of blessing and a year of grace – when each of His children will see His face, clearer than they have ever seen it before. So clear that they cry out for more. More ofJesus, less of me.No longer in my ability, but in the power of the Holy Ghost.I and my loved ones in the Lord will boast.A year of gladness, a year of singing, a year that the heavenly joy bell keeps ringing.A year that prepares us even more for our glorious homecoming on that GoldenShore.Rejoicing we go, knowing that His goodness and mercy He’ll show.In all of our lives and circumstances we’ll be blessed and protected from the enemy’s advances.

Rise up in this hour and see the salvation of the Lord with a great demonstration of power. We commit to do His plan and to do His will.No matter where He leads, we will be still, knowing that His Glory, knowing that His grace will definitely shine upon us as we finish the Race.