Seven Laws of Prosperity

1. God is the source of all prosperity and He is kind and generous toward man:

The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. Genesis 39:2-3 NKJV

The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper. Genesis 39:23 NKJV

And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV

2. Obedience attracts prosperity:

Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NKJV

Therefore keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do. Deuteronomy 29:9 NKJV

And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn. 1 Kings 2:3 NKJV

3. Respect for and meditation in God’s Word brings forth the fruits of prosperity:

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. Joshua 1:8 AMP

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. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-3 NKJV

4. Faith in God and His Word brings prosperity:

So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 2 Chronicles 20:20 NKJV

So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.” Nehemiah 2:20 NKJV

5. Seek God and you will prosper:

He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper. 2 Chronicles 26:5 NKJV

For the shepherds have become dull-hearted, And have not sought the Lord; Therefore they shall not prosper, And all their flocks shall be scattered. Jeremiah 10:21 NKJV

6. Goodness towards God’s covenant people results in prosperity:

I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:2-3 NKJV

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. 7 Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.” Psalms 122:6-7 NKJV

7. Hospitality and generosity attract prosperity:

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38 NKJV

[Charge them] to do good, to be rich in good works, to be liberal and generous of heart, ready to share [with others], 19 In this way laying up for themselves [the riches that endure forever as] a good foundation for the future, so that they may grasp that which is life indeed. 1 Timothy 6:18-19 AMP

THREE REASONS SOME DO NOT PROSPER:

1. Rebellion against God:

And you shall grope at noonday as the blind grope in darkness. And you shall not prosper in your ways; and you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to save you. Deuteronomy 28:29 AMP

2. Covering Sins:

He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Proverbs 28:13 NKJV

3. Fighting God:

But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome One. Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail. They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper. Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten. Jeremiah 20:11 NKJV

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17NKJV

Building Lasting Friendships by Rodney Howard Browne

If I were to ask you how many friends you had, you may mention a large group of people, each of whom you call “friend.” However, if I were to ask how many really knew you—heart and soul—I wonder if anyone in that group would qualify. The sad truth is, genuine friendship has become a rare commodity in this world.

What does it take to be a true friend? There could be no finer example than the relationship between David and Jonathan. These two knew what was required to maintain a healthy friendship, and their commitment to that relationship is legendary.

Three things characterized their friendship. First, they had a mutual respect for one another. This is a point that often gets lost in today’s world. Rodney Howard Browne points out that the reality is that we can never maintain a genuine friendship with anyone whom we do not completely respect.

Second, David and Jonathan shared an emotional love for one another. There was nothing sexual or inappropriate about their feelings; rather, they simply rejoiced in the comradery that God had brought together.

Third, they maintained a genuine commitment to each other. These were no “fair weather friends.” In fact, their bond even withstood the attempts of Jonathan’s father to kill David. (1 Samuel 23:15-17) Jonathan refused to allow anything to come between him and his friend.

Think about your best friend. Do you have a mutual respect? Do you feel an emotional bond between you? Are you both committed to your friendship? One true companion is a blessing from God. (Proverbs 18:24) Praise Him for the gift of your friend.

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  • And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
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  • And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.
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  • Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
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  • And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
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  • And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely : and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
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  • And it came to pass as they came , when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
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  • And the women answered one another as they played , and said , Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
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  • And Saul was very wroth , and the saying displeased him; and he said , They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
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  • And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
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  • And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.
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  • And Saul cast the javelin; for he said , I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
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  • And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.
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  • Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
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  • And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
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  • Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely , he was afraid of him.
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  • But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.
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  • And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD’S battles. For Saul said , Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.
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  • And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king?
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  • But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul’s daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.
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  • And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.
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  • And Saul said , I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain.
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  • And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say , Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law .
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  • And Saul’s servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said , Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s son in law , seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed ?
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  • And the servants of Saul told him, saying , On this manner spake David.
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  • And Saul said , Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies . But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.
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  • And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son in law : and the days were not expired .
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  • Wherefore David arose and went , he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law . And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.
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  • And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul’s daughter loved him.
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  • And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.
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  • Rodney Howard Browne points out that the princes of the Philistines went forth : and it came to pass, after they went forth , that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by .

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST | Rodney Howard Browne

MY ABSOLUTES—THE THINGS I CANNOT COMPROMISE
THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

Foundation Scriptures: John 1:1-2; John 8:58; John 10:30

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1-2 NKJV

Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”  John 8:58 NKJV

I and the Father are One.  John 10:30 AMP

Rodney Howard Browne discusses His Virgin Birth.

  1. Isaiah 7:14 AMP—Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].
  2. Luke 1:26-38—The angel visits Mary
  3. Matthew 1:18-23—The angel comes to Joseph in a dream: Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

Rodney Howard Browne discusses His Sinless Life.

  1. Isaiah 53:9 AMP—And they assigned Him a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
  2. 1 John 3:5 NKJV—And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
  3. Hebrews 7:26-28—Jesus, our perfect High Priest.
  4. 1 Peter 2:22 AMP—He was guilty of no sin, neither was deceit (guile) ever found on His lips.

Rodney Howard Browne teaches about His Miracles.

  1. Acts 2:22 AMP—You men of Israel, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man accredited and pointed out and shown forth and commended and attested to you by God by the mighty works and [the power of performing] wonders and signs which God worked through Him [right] in your midst, as you yourselves know.
  2. Acts 10:38 KJV—How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
  3. John 2:11
  4. John 2:23
  5. John 3:1-2
  6. John 11:47
  7. John 20:30-31 NKJV—And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

His Substitutionary Work at the Cross.

  1. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV—For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
  2. Hebrews 9:28a NKJV—So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.
  3. 1 Peter 2:24a NKJV—Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness.
  4. 1 John 2:2 NKJV—And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
  5. 1 John 4:10 NKJV—In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  6. Propitiation: an atonement; to render favorable; favorable, gracious, kind. The earliest recorded form of the word is propitiatorium: the mercy seat, place of atonement.
  7. Colossians 1:22 AMP—Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father’s] presence.
  8. Hebrews 2:17 NKJV—Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
  9. Romans 4:24b-25—Jesus—betrayed and put to death because of our misdeeds and raised to secure our justification.
  10. 2 Timothy 2:11 AMP—The saying is sure and worthy of confidence: If we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him.
  11. Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV—He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
  12. Revelation 1:5-6—Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.

His Bodily Resurrection from the Dead.

  1. Matthew 28:5-6 NKJV—But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Luke 24:36-43—Jesus shows Himself alive to His disciples after the resurrection.
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4—He was buried, and rose again the third day.
  3. Acts 2:23-28—God raised Jesus from the dead, because it was not possible for death to hold Him.

His Exaltation to the Right Hand of God.

  1. Acts 1:9-11—This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
  2. Acts 2:32-36—Jesus was exalted to the right hand of God.
  3. Hebrews 1:1-3—Jesus appointed Heir of all things.
  4. Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV—Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Do Not Put Your Trust in Any Other

It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.

9 It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes. Psalms 118:8-9 NKJV

It is not wise to put your trust in anything or anyone else other than Father God. If you trust Him, you will succeed and be blessed. If you trust in other things or people, you will fail.

The wicked do not trust in God:

Therefore, when the Lord heard, He was [full of] wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob, His anger mounted up against Israel, 22 Because in God they believed not [they relied not on Him, they adhered not to Him], and they trusted not in His salvation (His power to save). Psalms 78:21-22 AMP

Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, To the oppressing city! 2 She has not obeyed His voice, She has not received correction; She has not trusted in the Lord, She has not drawn near to her God.

Zephaniah 3:1-2 NKJV

Do not put your trust in idols:

They shall be turned back, They shall be greatly ashamed, Who trust in carved images, Who say to the molded images, ‘You are our gods.’ Isaiah 42:17 NKJV

“What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it, The molded image, a teacher of lies, That the maker of its mold should trust in it, To make mute idols? 19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake!’ To silent stone, ‘Arise! It shall teach!’ Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, Yet in it there is no breath at all. 20 “But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” Habakkuk 2:18-20 NKJV

Do not trust in your own righteousness:

Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men — extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:9-14 NKJV

Do not trust in lies and falsehood:

Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, And with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, It will not come to us, For we have made lies our refuge, And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.” Isaiah 28:15 NKJV

This is your lot, The portion of your measures from Me,” says the Lord, “Because you have forgotten Me And trusted in falsehood. Jeremiah13:25 NKJV

Do not lie yourself and do not tolerate lies from others. Do not lie, for any reason, to save yourself.

Do not place your trust in man:

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. Jeremiah 17:5-6 NKJV

Do not trust in earthly alliances or worldly partnerships:

Who walk to go down to Egypt, And have not asked My advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Isaiah 30:2 NKJV

But he rebelled against him by sending his ambassadors to Egypt, that they might give him horses and many people. Will he prosper? Will he who does such things escape? Can he break a covenant and still be delivered?

Ezekiel 17:15 NKJV

Egypt represents the world or the world’s system. Do not put your trust in it or them.

Do not trust in wealth or mammon:

Those who trust in their wealth And boast in the multitude of their riches, 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him. Psalms 49:6-7 NKJV

The righteous also shall see and fear, And shall laugh at him, saying, 7 “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.”

Psalms 52:6-7 NKJV

He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage. Proverbs 11:28 NKJV

And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! Mark 10:24 NKJV

The curse of those who trust in anything other than the Lord:

“Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin; 2 Who walk to go down to Egypt, And have not asked My advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt! 3 Therefore the strength of Pharaoh Shall be your shame, And trust in the shadow of Egypt Shall be your humiliation.

Isaiah 30:1-3 NKJV

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the Lord!

Isaiah 31:1 NKJV

YIELDED VESSELS UNTO HONOR

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

2 Chronicles 24:14  (KJV)
14And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. [And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.]

Under the Old Covenant, God used certain material things to represent spiritual things or principles. In the Temple, there were vessels specifically designed and intended for serving and worshipping God. Under the New Covenant, we are the vessels who serve and worship God, anywhere we go. The vessels used in the temple were holy and sanctified. We should be holy and sanctified and we will be – if we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us.

Ezra 6:5  (KJV)
5And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which is at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought again unto the temple which is at Jerusalem, every one to his place, and place them in the house of God.

We, God’s creation, were designed and intended to worship Him, not other gods or the devil. We function at our best in the place that God intended for us. Everything else is frustration and torment.

Romans 9:20-25  (KJV)
20Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 24Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 25As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

People use this passage of scripture to say that God ordains our way in a manner that leaves us with no choice. They say that God is the one who sovereignly chooses to use us for good purposes or bad, but that is a misrepresentation of scripture. If you read the entire passage in Romans (we do not have space for the whole chapter here), you will see that God is talking about and defending His mercy – extended toward the Gentiles, the heathen, the ungodly – not just toward the Jew. In verse 22, you will see that God did not desire or plan to have destructive, evil vessels on the earth, but rather He bore their evil doing with patience and long suffering. It is not that God does not have a specific plan for our lives – He does. God has planned for all of us to be vessels of mercy, prepared for glory. We choose whether or not to be what God intends for us to be.

2 Timothy 2:19-22  (KJV)
19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 22Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Being either a mud pot or a fine golden vessel is our choice. We change from the ignoble to the noble as we purge our lives from sin and the crud of the world.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7  (KJV)
6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Our vessel (body) may be made of earth, but as we yield to God and His presence and power in our lives, we shine forth His glory. We are golden vessels when we are yielded vessels.

Do Not Give Fear Any Place In Your Life

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

Job 3:25  (NKJ)

25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.

Job did not have problems because God is mean—Job had problems because he operated in fear. He sacrificed to God all the time for his children because he was fearful for them—that they would sin and disown God in their hearts. God put a hedge of protection around Job, but his fear caused the hedge to come down and the devil was able to attack him. Later, Job repented for his attitude and for the wrong words he had spoken in his ignorance.

Jeremiah 42:16  (NKJ)

16 ‘then it shall be that the sword which you feared shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt; the famine of which you were afraid shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there you shall die.

Do not operate in fear, because you open the doors for that thing you fear to come upon you. For example, some people are terrified of cancer and yet they end  up getting cancer. As Christians who fear God, we have God’s hand of protection upon our lives, but we can remove ourselves from that protection— by our fear.

2 Hebrews 2:14-15  (NKJ)

14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Fear of death brings bondage. Any kind of fear brings bondage—even if  it is an unwarranted and unreasonable fear. Fear doesn’t have to be based on anything real to keep people in bondage. Most of the time, the fear that people have—is totally unnecessary. It does not help them or make their situation better, but rather, worse.

II Kings 17:38-39  (NKJ)

38 “And the covenant that I have made with you, you shall not forget, nor shall you fear other gods.

39 “But the LORD your God you shall fear; and He will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”

The only person we are to fear is God and even then, it is not a scared fear, but a reverential fear.

Deuteronomy 31:6  (NKJ)

6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One       who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Joshua 10:25  (NKJ)

25 Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”

God is on our side. He fights for us. He is always there for us. He never lets us down. No matter how great the enemy appears to be, God will defeat them on our behalf—if we will walk in faith— not fear— if we will have courage and trust completely in Him.

I John 4:18  (NKJ)

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

When we operate in fear—we are tormented. When we have confidence in the great love that God for us, we can rest in the palm of His hand. His wings cover us. The Lord is our hiding place and His angels watch over us.

2 Timothy 1:7  (NIV)

7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Fear has no place in the life of a believer. When God places His Spirit in us, He gives us a spirit of power, love and self-discipline. Let the Spirit of God flood your heart and rise up big on the inside of you, and you will be filled with faith. Any thought of fear must leave. You will close the door to the devil and God’s hedge of protection will surround you and keep you.

WE DO NOT LOOK TO THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN – BUT TO THE THINGS WHICH ARE UNSEEN

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

Hebrews 11:1-3  (NIV)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

 

Every created thing that we see with our eyes has its origin in God and the things we cannot see. God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and He brought the entire universe into existence by His spoken word. This realm we know existed first in God and He caused it to manifest on this plane of existence of which we are conscious. Just because you cannot see God or the spirit realm with your eye, does not mean that they do not exist.

 

2 Corinthians 4:5-9  (NIV)

For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

 

Just as God, the Creator of the universe, spoke out saying, “Let there be light” and there was light (Genesis 1:3), so has He shone His light into the darkness of our sinful hearts and illuminated our hearts in order that the knowledge of His glory may be revealed in and to us through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even though we live in frail, human vessels of earth, this precious treasure of God’s power and grace and glory can even more clearly be seen to be of God and not of us. While our mortal flesh limits us, the unlimitedness of God’s great glory abides on the inside of us. Even though we are persecuted and attacked, we cannot be crushed or destroyed. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).

 

2 Corinthians 4:13-18  (NIV)

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

We do not lose heart in the midst of our adverse circumstances because we fix our eyes on those things that we cannot see. Even though our outer man (our body) is wasting away, our inner man (our spirit) is everyday growing and being renewed and strengthened. We must realize that this earthly realm and what we see is temporary and subject to change, but the spirit realm is unchanging, deathless and everlasting for all eternity. Therefore we must take our eyes off of what we can see and stop trusting in it because it is unstable and it will not last. The things we cannot see will stand secure. Put your trust in God and in the mighty work that He is doing on the inside of you. Do not just focus on your earthly existence. Change your focus to the everlasting realms of God. Lift up your eyes and see those things that really are important to your spirit life and your eternal existence.

Stop looking at the little clay pot you live in and see the glory of God that shines out from the inside of you. Become more conscious of the great work that God is doing in you and the treasure that is within you. Spend your time becoming acquainted with God and His glory. He wants you to come to know His glory. God is not hiding from you; He is working in you. You have to lay aside the things of the flesh and count them as nothing compared to the great things that God is doing in and through you. You will not live here on this earth, in this body, forever. But you will step out of this body into an eternal body and you will continue to live on in Gods mighty and awesome presence forever!

NEVER GIVE UP

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

Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to deathagain and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I wasbeaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger frombandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, indanger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. I have labored andtoiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gonewithout food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of myconcern for all the churches.  2 Corinthians 11:23-28 NIV

Paul was a man who was committed to God and committed to preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Before he was so radically saved, he persecuted the Christians and even had them killed. After he was saved, he endured incredible hardships and persecutions himself, even to the point of death for the sake of the Gospel, and yet he never gave up. He persisted, keeping his eyes on the finish line and on the prize. He was committed until the very end. There were no other options for him – he was determined not to give up – he ran the race to win the prize.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13 NIV

The secret of Paul’s resilience and persistence was that he did not allow his circumstances to influence his attitude. He stayed the same no matter what he went through because he kept his eyes on Jesus. Most people are all upset when things don’t go their way – they either have a pity party or they get mad with God. When things go well – they think that they are the bee’s knees! Either way they take their eyes off of Jesus. They are like a see-saw – wobbling all over the place – so busy looking at their circumstances that they forget their heavenly mission and they get nothing done. Paul knew what he was called to do and he knew who called him. God was on his side and he was not afraid of men or devils. Jesus Christ was his strength and he was secure in Him. Paul did not allow anything to sway him or to stop him.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.Hebrews 12:1-4 NIV

It is important to be both well trained and determined. Starting a race is not the hard part. Finishing the race is the hard part. There are rough roads, the weather is contrary, and your body gets thirsty and tired and sore. It is even harder if your critics are harassing you and persecuting you along the way. You have to fix your eyes on Jesus and be filled with His strength and power, allowing the Holy Spirit to refresh you as you go. There is a crown of righteousness waiting for those who fight the good fight and finish the race!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 NIV

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day– and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.  2 Timothy 4:7-8 NIV

NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU SHALL PROSPER

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

ISAIAH 54:9-17 KJV

9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.

10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.

12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

PSALMS 23:1-6 KJV

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

PSALMS 91:1-16 KJV

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

FOR THE JOY THAT IS SET BEFORE YOU

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

Therefore then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us. Looking away (from all that will distract) to Jesus, the Leader and Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 Amplified

Jesus, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning – despising and ignoring – its shame. The cross was no picnic, no walk in the park. It was a sacrifice, a total commitment, laying everything on the line. It was a one shot deal. If something went wrong – there were no second chances, no recourse, no way to undo the mess. The cross was a very long time in the making. Before the foundation of the earth, God set in motion the plan to save us from the devil and ourselves (our own choices). God was infallible, but His creation was not.  He had to have a plan to save and preserve His creation and He did. He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to complete the work and everything rested on His shoulders.

Jesus could not afford to make a mistake or to put one foot wrong. He had to conduct Himself perfectly for thirty-three and a half years. He had to prepare Himself, God’s sinless and blameless Lamb, without spot or blemish, to be sacrificed on the altar for the sin of man. He could not allow the thought of the pain and the shame to prevent or hinder Him from following through with the perfect plan of the Father. It was the Father’s plan, but He had to willingly step forward to accept the assignment, or it would not have been carried out to its glorious conclusion. As a soldier accepts his president’s call to fight and to give his life, if necessary, for his country, so Jesus accepted the call to sacrifice His life for the benefit of those who might never, ever appreciate nor appropriate what He had to endure on their behalf.

Those who saw His fate despised Him, thinking God was against Him. Without opening His mouth to explain, defend or justify Himself, He had to submit to their scorn, their abuse and their judgment.

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:3-5 NIV

Men did not esteem Him, rather they despised Him – the One who would purchase their freedom, the One who would die so they could live, the One who would stand in the gap, pleading with the Father to forgive them, release them and pronounce them free from sin and all bondages that were imposed by their own choices and decisions. Men thought that it was God who smote and afflicted Him.

Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  Isaiah 53:10-12 NIV

It was God’s will to crush Jesus, in order to purchase our lives. We are not our own, but we are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 7:23). Jesus, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning – despising and ignoring – its shame. We are His joy – He did all this for us. What are we prepared to do for Him? What is our joy? What are we looking forward to? What are we prepared to do to obey God and see the blessed outcome of that obedience? We must fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Fix your eyes – do not take your eyes off Jesus – or the prize that awaits you if you finish the race. Jesus is the One we look to. He is our example and also the One who cheers us on together with a great cloud of witnesses, who have gone before us, paving the way for us.

Whatever we endure for the cross or His Name – it is nothing compared to the joy that lies before us in the eternal presence of God!

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