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

The Importance of Sound Biblical Doctrine – Part Two

“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

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.