Thirty Things That Grace Cannot Do – Part IV

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

5. Grace cannot cancel the death penalty when saved men break the law.

Romans 6:16-23 says that you become the slaves of whatever you give yourselves to. You are either the slave of sin and lawlessness, or the slave of righteousness for holiness. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. If we continue to sin, we will certainly reap death, but if we yield and submit ourselves to righteousness, we will continue to reap eternal life. If we choose to sin and keep on sinning, God’s grace cannot keep us from the death penalty. But if we serve righteousness, then the devil cannot keep us from heaven and the presence of God.

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors — not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:12-13 NKJV

For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:26-29 NKJV

God is a loving heavenly Father, who wants us in heaven with Him, but the scripture says that if we decide to continue willfully sin, even after we have learned the truth, then there is no other sacrifice that will take away our sins. If we continue sinning, all that is left for us is a fearful time of waiting for the judgment and the raging fire that will destroy those who fight against God.

“Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die. Ezekiel 18:4 NKJV

The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. 21 “But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live. 23 Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live? 24 “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die. Ezekiel 18:20-24 NKJV (See also Ezekiel 33:12-13)

When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it. 19 But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he shall live because of it. Ezekiel 33:18-19 NKJV

The soul who sins will die. This is God’s word of warning to all who would think that God tolerates, or allows, or even encourages sin. Some people have the unbiblical idea that because God is love, He will reward sin with eternal life and sinners with heaven. No! God sent Jesus as a sacrifice, to destroy sin and its power – not to put His stamp of approval on it. God’s grace is infinitely greater than sin, but grace can’t cancel the death penalty when men break God’s laws – whether they were previously saved or not.

6. Grace cannot make God a liar, who said every man that sins, must die.

Galatians 5:19-21 says that those who practice the works of the flesh – adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like – will NOT inherit the kingdom of God. And Galatians 6:7-8 NKJV says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NKJV

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars — their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. Revelation 21:8 NIV

If God says that those who sin will die, then that is what WILL happen. Grace is not going to make God a liar by excusing sin or giving life to those who sow to the flesh. The law of seedtime and harvest works one hundred percent of the time. The harvest is a multiplication of whatever was sown. We need to give God’s grace an opportunity in our lives, by sowing to the spirit and obeying God’s word.

Qualifications and Responsibilities of Leadership – Part III

I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power. 15 By me kings reign and rulers decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges and governors of the earth.Proverbs 8:14-16 AMP

6. A great leader is fearless, because they fear God and not man.

You shall not be afraid of the face of man, for the judgment is God’s. Deuteronomy 1:17b AMP

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high. Proverbs 29:25 AMP

I tell you, My friends, do not dread and be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5 But I will warn you whom you should fear: fear Him Who, after killing, has power to hurl into hell (Gehenna); yes, I say to you, fear Him! Luke 12:4-5 AMP

A strong and good leader knows what they believe and why they believe it. They have guiding principles, based on something solid, that are consistent, unshakable and non-negotiable. God’s word is the most solid rock that you can stand on in your life. His word is unshakable and immovable.

Truly great leaders rule with a deep respect for God – His will and His laws. A worthless leader makes decisions based on the opinions of others and not according to what is right. Leaders and judges who open themselves to be influenced by others make unrighteous judgments. Some do it because of a desire to be popular; some do it out of fear over threats from others. In any case, it is unacceptable and God will judge them. It is far better to fear God than to fear man, since God has the final say!

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

Fearful people are tormented people and tormented people make bad and wrong decisions. A great leader needs the qualities mentioned here in order to govern wisely, to administer justice, and to inspire confidence in those who follow them. They need to be confident in God’s love and approval on their own lives – because they have done and are doing His will. They need to have a calm and well-balanced mind in order to judge and decide fairly. They need self-control in order to be impartial and to do what’s right, no matter what their personal opinion is, or no matter what others do to sway or manipulate them.

The wicked flee when no man pursues them, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1 AMP

The wicked are full of fear, but the righteous, who have done what is right, need fear nothing and have nothing to fear!

7. A great leader is strong and courageous.

Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. Joshua 1:7 AMP

Therefore select out from among yourselves, brethren, seven men of good and attested character and repute, full of the [Holy] Spirit and wisdom, whom we may assign to look after this business and duty. Acts 6:3 AMP

A great leader has strong character. A great leader displays courage in their decisions and judgments. They have the courage to follow their own conscience and ultimately to do what is right in the eyes of God. They are not swayed by the opinions of others.

8. A great leader is obedient to the law – the law of the land and the Law of God.

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

A great leader is first of all personally obedient to the law – and they apply it faithfully to others as well.

Happy (fortunate and to be envied) are you, O land, when your king is a free man and of noble birth and character and when your officials feast at the proper time — for strength and not for drunkenness! Ecclesiastes 10:17 AMP

9. A great leader is able and God-fearing.

Moreover, you shall choose able men from all the people — God-fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain — and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, to be their rulers. Exodus 18:21 AMP

The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me, When one rules over men righteously, ruling in the fear of God, 4 He dawns on them like the morning light when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, when the tender grass springs out of the earth through clear shining after rain. 2 Samuel 23:3-4 AMP

And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and wisdom, with intelligence and understanding, and with knowledge and all craftsmanship. Exodus 35:31 AMP

You, Ezra, after the wisdom of your God, which is [in His instructions] in your hand, set magistrates and judges who may judge all the people [west] of the River; choose those who know the instructions of your God, and teach him who does not know them. Ezra 7:25 AMP

It is God who gives a person the ability to lead and the qualities to be a leader. A great leader has great respect for God – they know that wisdom and ability come from Him and they know that they need His help on a daily basis, in order to wisely govern, lead, and/or judge the people under their authority. Every wise leader has a humble estimation of themselves and a reverence for Almighty God.

I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power. 15 By me kings reign and rulers decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges and governors of the earth.Proverbs 8:14-16 AMP

6. A great leader is fearless, because they fear God and not man.

You shall not be afraid of the face of man, for the judgment is God’s. Deuteronomy 1:17b AMP

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high. Proverbs 29:25 AMP

I tell you, My friends, do not dread and be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5 But I will warn you whom you should fear: fear Him Who, after killing, has power to hurl into hell (Gehenna); yes, I say to you, fear Him! Luke 12:4-5 AMP

A strong and good leader knows what they believe and why they believe it. They have guiding principles, based on something solid, that are consistent, unshakable and non-negotiable. God’s word is the most solid rock that you can stand on in your life. His word is unshakable and immovable.

Truly great leaders rule with a deep respect for God – His will and His laws. A worthless leader makes decisions based on the opinions of others and not according to what is right. Leaders and judges who open themselves to be influenced by others make unrighteous judgments. Some do it because of a desire to be popular; some do it out of fear over threats from others. In any case, it is unacceptable and God will judge them. It is far better to fear God than to fear man, since God has the final say!

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

Fearful people are tormented people and tormented people make bad and wrong decisions. A great leader needs the qualities mentioned here in order to govern wisely, to administer justice, and to inspire confidence in those who follow them. They need to be confident in God’s love and approval on their own lives – because they have done and are doing His will. They need to have a calm and well-balanced mind in order to judge and decide fairly. They need self-control in order to be impartial and to do what’s right, no matter what their personal opinion is, or no matter what others do to sway or manipulate them.

The wicked flee when no man pursues them, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1 AMP

The wicked are full of fear, but the righteous, who have done what is right, need fear nothing and have nothing to fear!

7. A great leader is strong and courageous.

Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.Joshua 1:7 AMP

Therefore select out from among yourselves, brethren, seven men of good and attested character and repute, full of the [Holy] Spirit and wisdom, whom we may assign to look after this business and duty. Acts 6:3 AMP

A great leader has strong character. A great leader displays courage in their decisions and judgments. They have the courage to follow their own conscience and ultimately to do what is right in the eyes of God. They are not swayed by the opinions of others.

8. A great leader is obedient to the law – the law of the land and the Law of God.

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

A great leader is first of all personally obedient to the law – and they apply it faithfully to others as well.

Happy (fortunate and to be envied) are you, O land, when your king is a free man and of noble birth and character and when your officials feast at the proper time — for strength and not for drunkenness! Ecclesiastes 10:17 AMP

9. A great leader is able and God-fearing.

Moreover, you shall choose able men from all the people — God-fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain — and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, to be their rulers. Exodus 18:21 AMP

The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me, When one rules over men righteously, ruling in the fear of God, 4 He dawns on them like the morning light when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, when the tender grass springs out of the earth through clear shining after rain. 2 Samuel 23:3-4 AMP

And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and wisdom, with intelligence and understanding, and with knowledge and all craftsmanship. Exodus 35:31 AMP

You, Ezra, after the wisdom of your God, which is [in His instructions] in your hand, set magistrates and judges who may judge all the people [west] of the River; choose those who know the instructions of your God, and teach him who does not know them. Ezra 7:25 AMP

It is God who gives a person the ability to lead and the qualities to be a leader. A great leader has great respect for God – they know that wisdom and ability come from Him and they know that they need His help on a daily basis, in order to wisely govern, lead, and/or judge the people under their authority. Every wise leader has a humble estimation of themselves and a reverence for Almighty God.

The Minority Report – Part II

And the Lord said to Moses, How long will this people provoke (spurn, despise) Me? And how long will it be before they believe Me [trusting in, relying on, clinging to Me], for all the signs which I have performed among them? 12 I will smite them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and will make of you [Moses] a nation greater and mightier than they. 13 But Moses said to the Lord, Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for You brought up this people in Your might from among them. 14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are in the midst of this people [of Israel], that You, Lord, are seen face to face, and that Your cloud stands over them, and that You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. 15 Now if You kill all this people as one man, then the nations that have heard Your fame will say, 16 Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which He swore to give to them, therefore He has slain them in the wilderness. 17 And now, I pray You, let the power of my Lord be great, as You have promised, saying, 18 The Lord is long-suffering and slow to anger, and abundant in mercy and loving-kindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and fourth generation. 19 Pardon, I pray You, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your mercy and loving-kindness, just as You have forgiven [them] from Egypt until now. 20 And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to your word. 21 But truly as I live and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, 22 Because all those men who have seen My glory and My [miraculous] signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have tested and proved Me these ten times and have not heeded My voice, 23 Surely they shall not see the land which I swore to give to their fathers; nor shall any who provoked (spurned, despised) Me see it. 24 But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. Numbers 14:11-24 AMP

When the twelve scouts – or spies – brought the report back from their trip into the Promised Land, two (Joshua and Caleb) brought a good report and ten brought an evil report. The people believed the evil report. The majority of the people voted to disbelieve and disobey God and also to stone those who chose to believe and obey Him. Thankfully, the Lord intervened and protected Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb. These men were men of faith and confidence – not in their own ability or in Israel’s ability – but in God’s word and in His ability. They could not agree with the majority, because they would be disagreeing with God! The problem with most people is that they base their own opinion on what everybody else is saying instead of what is right and true. Very few are brave enough – like Caleb – to risk standing up to the majority and to speak the truth!

Most people are not like the ten scouts who cowardly brought a firsthand negative report. Instead, most people pick up the negativity and cowardice secondhand. They always want to know what the “experts” have to say, or what their friends have to say and base their own opinion on that. They blindly follow the herd. They forget to ask, “What does God say?” God’s word is the only truth, the only way and the only life. It is His word that has prevailed and will prevail throughout eternity. When we base our opinions and decisions on God’s word, we base them on the Rock that can never be moved. We must be bold on God’s word and faithfulness!

And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 27 How long will this evil congregation murmur against Me? I have heard the complaints the Israelites murmur against Me. 28 Tell them, As I live, says the Lord, what you have said in My hearing I will do to you: 29 Your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness — of all who were numbered of you, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against Me, 30 Surely none shall come into the land in which I swore to make you dwell, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31 But your little ones whom you said would be a prey, them will I bring in and they shall know the land which you have despised and rejected. 32 But as for you, your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness. Numbers 14:26-32 AMP

Those who choose to believe the bad report, follow the rest of the crowd, and refuse to hear or follow God’s word, will suffer and fail. They will never see God’s great promises fulfilled in their lives. This is not God’s fault, but it’s all their own. Before we can obey God’s word, we must know and believe God’s word. The problem and/or cause of failure and defeat are not in God or His word, but in the lack of knowledge of His word. The majority of people lean toward believing the lies of the enemy because he is constantly speaking lies, unbelief, disobedience, and failure to them through multiple sources.

Those who choose to believe and obey God’s word are most often in the minority or standing alone against a tide of negative opinions. We should take courage and know that no matter what the majority say or think – God always has the final word. Take a stand for God’s word and for what is right – even if you stand alone. God will never fail you when you stand on His word! When you are on God’s side, you and He are a majority!

But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. Numbers 14:24 AMP

Surely none shall come into the land in which I swore to make you dwell, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. Numbers 14:30 AMP

God kept his word. Not one of the great majority of those who disobeyed Him was privileged to enter into His promises and the Promised Land – only Joshua and Caleb, who believed and trusted – according to the word of the Lord.

The Fear of the Lord is a Fountain of Life

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life… Proverbs 14:27 NKJV

The fear of the Lord leads to life… Proverbs 19:23a NKJV

The fear (reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of both wisdom and knowledge:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. Psalms 111:10 NKJV

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 NKJV

The word “fear” does not mean being afraid of God, but it has to do with reverence and honor. The word “beginning” means: first principle. Reverencing God is the beginning of wisdom – not the end. True wisdom exalts God and His word above all other wisdom or knowledge or opinion.

This is how you fear the Lord:

In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. Proverbs 16:6 NKJV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 NKJV

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Proverbs 8:13 NKJV

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep your tongue from evil,

And your lips from speaking deceit. 14 Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it…18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalms 34:11-15 & 18 NKJV

You fear the Lord by giving Him, and His Word, the utmost respect. When He speaks, you pay attention to His words and you also obey Him promptly. You fear God by believing His word over the word of man. You fear the Lord by continuing to be faithful to Him even under the pressure of persecution. You fear the Lord by hating evil; by departing from evil yourself; by doing good; by keeping your words free of evil and deceit; by seeking peace and pursuing it – determinedly chasing after it.

Those who fear God are close personal covenant friends of His and know Him intimately.

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. Psalms 25:14 NKJV

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him:

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy. Psalms 147:11 NKJV

The fear of the Lord will add years to your live and make it worth living:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you. Proverbs 9:10-11 NKJV

The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened. Proverbs 10:27 NKJV

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:26-27 NKJV

In the fear of the Lord is both your protection and your provision:

The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. 8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. Psalms 34:7-10 NKJV

The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil. Proverbs 19:23 NKJV

The Lord amply provides for the humble who fear Him:

By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4 NKJV

You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 12 The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. 13 He will bless those who fear the Lord, Both small and great. 14 Maythe Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children. 15 May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalms 115:11-15 NKJV

He shows mercy to those who fear Him and keep His covenant:

For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. Psalms 103:11-14 NKJV

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. Psalms 103:17-18 NKJV

Fear God, not man, because eternity is real and He is your only hope:

The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25 NKJV

Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; 18 For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:17-18 NKJV

Recent Student Testimonies

On the morning of Sunday December 13,2009 an amazing event took place at * The River Church*. As my own witness during the time I was performing registration at the front door of the church, many Hispanic parents with their children were coming from some of the places we just visited a while ago. I was observing “The fruit of the harvest”, they were represented by the faces I could recognize, from the time we shared the Lord and prayed during soul winning.

We are a team that really is causing an impact for the Hispanic Community more and more they are understanding the importance of  JESUS in their lifes. During that Sunday, I had the privilege of being involved in so many activities, such as The Altar Call,Food Ministry and Registration. The Altar Call is drawing a good percentage of Hispanics,whom are accepting Jesus in their hearts,getting delivered from bondages and even speaking in tongues for the first time.The Holy Spirit is imparting fire on each of them * Fuego de Dios * allowing that fire to transform their lifes in a fenomenal way . Healing is received for the ones that are sick after we pray with them in the room.

Another area I usually get involve, is in the Food Ministry. In only two days we prepared and gathered almost 800 boxes of food. As a steward all the blessings are planted in their hearts and by those actions, each family is receiving the * LOVE OF GOD * When we gave the food to the ones in need, they were not only pleased, but also a new seed of hope,love,faith and care was as they experience God’s love.

Later outside, the toys were bringing such joy for so many children, the ones that not only accepted the Lord, but were being bless for Christmas. In tears of joy, I described all the doors the Lord is opening for so many new faces, so many new souls, which now will attend regularly the service and also are on fire for God!!!

Maria H

Jesus Our Healer by Rodney Howard Browne

He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.  Psalms 107:20 KJV

Father God sent His Word to heal and deliver us. Proverbs 4:22 tells us that God’s Word is, “Life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.” Jesus is the Word made flesh. John 1:14 says that, “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.” The Father sent Jesus, not only to save us from our sins, but also to heal our bodies. Everything that Jesus took upon Himself, when He offered up His life was done for you — to remove all traces of the fall; to restore back everything that was lost. On the cross, it was not only your sin that was removed, but also your sickness and disease.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  Isaiah 53:4-5 KJV

On the cross, Jesus bore our griefs. The Hebrew word “griefs” means malady; anxiety; calamity. It is translated in different passages as disease, grief and sickness and should have been translated here as sickness. Jesus bore all our sickness and disease in His own body while hanging on the cross and becoming a substitute for us. Jesus also bore our sorrows. The Hebrew word here means anguish or affliction and is translated as grief, pain and sorrow. Because Jesus bore our griefs and sorrows, if we believe God’s word to us, we can walk free from all and any sickness, disease, anxiety, anguish and affliction! He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed!

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed.  1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

Notice that Isaiah 53:5 is in the present tense and 1 Peter 2:24 is in the past tense. Neither of them says, “You will be healed one day, in the future, maybe…” — they both make healing a “done deal” for you. In other words, as far as the Father is concerned, you are in fact healed — you just need to activate it in your life by adding your faith to His Word. God told the Israelites, “I am the Lord who heals you” (Ex 15:26). Psalms 103:2-3 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives ALL your iniquities, Who heals ALL your diseases.”

Meditate on these scriptures — God’s Word to you — and allow them to minister to you and to build your faith:

Proverbs 3:7-8 AMP – Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. 8 It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.

Malachi 4:2 AMP – But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.

Matthew 4:23-24 AMP – And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news (Gospel) of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every weakness and infirmity among the people. 24 So the report of Him spread throughout all Syria, and they brought Him all who were sick, those afflicted with various diseases and torments, those under the power of demons, and epileptics, and paralyzed people, and He healed them.

Matthew 8:16-17 KJV – When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

Mark 6:56 AMP – And wherever He came into villages or cities or the country, they would lay the sick in the marketplaces and beg Him that they might touch even the fringe of His outer garment, and as many as touched Him were restored to health.

Luke 5:17 NKJV – Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

Luke 7:21 AMP – In that very hour Jesus was healing many [people] of sicknesses and distressing bodily plagues and evil spirits, and to many who were blind He gave [a free, gracious, joy-giving gift of] sight.

Luke 9:11 AMP – But when the crowds learned of it, [they] followed Him; and He welcomed them and talked to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed restoration to health.

Acts 8:5-8 NKJV – Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.

Revelation 22:2 NKJV – In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

The Blessings of Trusting in God

Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalms 2:12b 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 is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. Jeremiah 17:7 KJV

When you confidently trust the Lord, He will compass you about with mercy and with loving-kindness:

Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on the Lord shall be compassed about with mercy and with loving-kindness. Psalms 32:10 AMP

When you trust God, He will keep you in perfect peace:

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.

Psalms 4:8 AMP

Trusting God results in enjoyment of all temporal and spiritual blessings:

When you cry out, Let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away, A breath will take them. But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, And shall inherit My holy mountain.

Isaiah 57:13 NKJV

Those who trust in the Lord are happy that they did:

He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

Proverbs 16:20 NKJV

Those who trust God can shout for joy and rejoice:

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

Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name.

Psalms 33:20-21 NKJV

Trust in God and He will show Himself faithful – He will fulfill all His promises:

Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. Psalms 37:3-5 NKJV

Those who trust God are delivered from their enemies:

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

And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him.

Psalms 37:40 NKJV

The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower. 3 I will call upon the Lord, Who is to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.

Psalms 18:2-3 AMP

Whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe:

The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25 NKJV

Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! 20 You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence From the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion From the strife of tongues.

Psalms 31:19-20 NKJV

Those who trust in the Lord are solid and stable:

Those who trust in the Lord Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

Psalms 125:1 NKJV

Trust in God and you will prosper:

He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered. Proverbs 28:25 NKJV

Trust in God and He will keep you from fear:

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. 4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? Psalms 56:3-4 NKJV

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

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ Isaiah 12:2 NKJV

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV

Trust in God and He will keep you from slipping and sliding:

Vindicate me, O Lord, For I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the Lord; I shall not slip.

Psalms 26:1 NKJV

Trust in God and you will not be condemned or ashamed:

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

Psalms 34:22 AMP

In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.

Psalms 31:1 NKJV

Do not trust in man:

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

THE EXCEEDING RICHES OF HIS GRACE

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

Foundation scripture: Ephesians 2:1-11  (KJV)

1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wath, even as others. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Once we were dead in our sins, but God, who is rich in mercy and who loves us with His great love has quickened us together with Jesus Christ. Quicken – means to make alive. We were dead to God and alive to sin – now, with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are dead to sin and alive unto God! Verse 4, in the Amplified Bible, says that His love for us is great, wonderful and intense. We are saved by grace so that in the ages to come He might clearly demonstrate the immeasurable, limitless, surpassing riches of His free grace (unmerited favor) in His kindness and goodness of heart toward us (Amplified – verse 7).

We are not just saved by grace, so that we can barely make it into heaven. Being saved by grace is only the doorway into all the wonderful things that God has for us. Through the ages to come, throughout all eternity, forever and ever, our Heavenly Father will be expressing to us the riches – the exceeding, immeasurable, limitless, surpassing riches – of His wonderful, unmerited, undeserved, free grace and favor as He reveals and extends to us, His goodness and His kindness.

We cannot even begin to comprehend, with our limited mental abilities as people, the love that our Father has for us. We cannot comprehend the riches of His grace and favor and goodness and kindness. Many people do not believe that God loves them and wants to bless them, but even those who do believe it, have a hard time grasping the unlimitedness of God’s love and grace toward them. We feel that we are not worthy, and so we accept only little tidbits at a time of His love and grace and favor, but it has absolutely nothing to do with being worthy, and everything to do with how He feels about us.

He wants to show us His favor and He wants to bless us – not because of any worthiness on our part, but simply because that is the nature of the love of God. He loves the undeserving – He showers blessings on the undeserving. God blesses us because of His nature and in spite of ours. It makes no difference how we feel about it – it is so anyway. If you can even begin to understand free grace and unmerited favor, you will realize what a slap it is in God’s face for men to think that they should, or even could, earn His favor.

It is impossible to pay this debt we owe to God. The debt was paid in the blood of Jesus – far too high a price for us to earn, even over a lifetime. The best we can do is realize the price has been paid and humbly and sincerely and wholeheartedly receive our free gift, knowing that we will never be able to repay it. Realizing the extent of God’s love and blessing – even though completely undeserved – causes us to want to serve Him, to love Him and obey Him. He paid so high a price – the very least we can do is give Him everything we are and everything we have as He continues to pour out on us and show us His love and His kindness throughout all eternity and the ages to come.

Romans 2:4  (KJV)
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

The Anointing on the Ministry of Helps

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

Foundation Scriptures: Luke 4:14-19

If you are faithful, and follow God’s plan for your life, He will put a desire in your heart to help in the ministry. God is not looking for pew warmers, but for people who will be used of Him to touch the lives of others.

Acts 6:1-4  (NAS)

1 Now at this time while the disciples were increasing {in number,}a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic {Jews} against  the {native} Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving {of food.} 2 And the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. 3 “But select from among you, brethren, seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.
4 “But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”

The ministry of helps is anything that helps the five-fold ministry get the job done.  Of those seven men who were chosen, we hear  later only of Philip who became an evangelist.  Stephen was a man full of faith and the Holy Ghost and did great wonders and  signs among the people. He became the first martyr of the Church.

Who falls into this category of the ministry of helps?

The ministry of helps includes psalmists, intercessors, deacons, and elder among others. The ministry of helps—helps to get the job done. We see this in the ministry of Jesus when He fed the five thousand.  He instructed the twelve to seat everyone in groups. Then He broke the bread and the fish and gave it to the disciples. They, in turn, gave it to the multitudes. They helped Jesus do the job.

The moment the ministry of helps ceases to be a help anymore, is the moment it becomes a hindrance instead. It is a fact that deacon boards hinder many churches instead of helping, or there are elders who don’t support the vision of the pastor. They are not a help at all. Deacons should hold up the pastor’s hands as Moses’ helpers supported his hands, but instead of lifting the hands of the pastor—they tie them! Financial boards or administrators, who control the finances as though they were their own, create the same problem. Instead of working to support and facilitate the vision of the church, they work to control and limit it.

Negative incidents have arisen because of psalmists who get lifted up in pride and who think that their music ministry is more important than the ministry of the Word. Instead of working together to compliment the pastor’s ministry, they compete with it. They cause problems for the pastor and some even end up splitting the church.

Notice in Acts 6, that the prerequisite for being a deacon is to be a person full of faith and the Holy Spirit.  I believe that this applies to everyone in the ministry of helps.  There is nothing worse than having people alongside you in the ministry, whom you have to carry.  They are a dead weight because they are full of doubt and unbelief.  You have probably heard the saying, “It is hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys!”

Some people are anointed psalmists, intercessors, administrators, deacons and elders, and they are such a blessing when they effectively lift up the hands of the minister and help him to function in his place of ministry.  But, oh, what a dead weight they are, when they are blinded by a negative attitude and cannot see God’s plan.  Many that might even have been called to be a godly check and balance to the minister, have ended up being a dead weight around the neck of the servant of God.

Many an anointed man has fallen, because he surrounded himself with people who were not led by the Spirit. Some were just working in the ministry as a job and had no anointing to stand in that place of ministry.  They were a hindrance and not a help.  Some were “yes men” that agreed to everything that he said.  Instead of giving him a godly warning, they watched as he was led astray, out of the plan and the purpose of God for his life and ministry.

Different Kinds of Anointing

We see that in the Word of God there are different kinds or types of anointings given to man.  Ephesians 4:7 says, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”  The word “grace” means enablement, ability, or anointing. The anointing is the supernatural equipment to get the job done, whether it is for the ministry of helps or the five-fold ministry.

God graces you to do the job He has called you to do. It is up to you to supply the faithfulness and the good attitude.

GOD JUDGES US ACCORDING

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

1 Peter 1:15-19  (NKJ) says, “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

God judges us impartially according to our works. It is up to us to see that we live in a manner that pleases our Father God. God is a holy God, and as His children, we need to walk holy and talk holy and act holy. We can walk in holiness because the precious blood of Jesus has redeemed us. The blood of Jesus has washed away our sins, stripped sin of its power over us, and caused us to be able to continue to walk free from sin.

John 3:16-18  (NIV) says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

God does not judge us according to some standard that we know nothing about and that is out of our control. He judges us according to our own choices and actions. In other words—we choose our judgement—not God. He offers us the choice of life or death and then acts according to what we have chosen. It is not up to God—it is up to you and me. God did His part—He sent Jesus as a sacrifice to cut a covenant between God and us, so that life and blessing would actually be one of our choices. Without Jesus—there is no choice—death and cursing would be our destiny.

Isaiah 11:1-4  (NIV) says, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD—and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.”

God judges in righteousness and justice. To “judge” simply means “to make a decision”. God makes a decision concerning us according to the decision we make for and about ourselves.

Romans 2:4-11  (NKJ) says, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who ‘will render to each one according to his deeds’: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.”

God is not partial. He does not like one better than the other. He does not have “favorites”. He treats everyone the same. Whatever we sow—we will reap.

Acts 10:34-35  (NIV) says, “Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.’”

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