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In Season and Out of Season

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Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  2 Timothy 4:2 KJV

The Great Commission was a call to EVERY believer to preach the Gospel — anywhere, to anyone. Then there are those whom God has called, anointed and raised up into full-time ministry, to preach and to teach. This is more of a “pulpit” ministry; however, we are to be prepared and willing to preach the Gospel wherever we are — whether one-on-one or to a gathering of people. There is NO time, place or “season” when the Gospel should NOT be preached. The Gospel should be preached in season and out of season: whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable; whether it is convenient or inconvenient; whether it is welcome or unwelcome; whether it is popular or unpopular; whether it is invited or uninvited! It is always the season to preach the Gospel — to every creature in every nation!

I charge [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom: 2 Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, 4 And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. 5 As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.  2 Timothy 4:1-5 AMP

We cannot afford to preach based on what people want to hear — we must preach the truth of the Gospel even, and especially, when it’s not what they want to hear. Many preachers today are preaching to the “itching ears” — preaching what they think people want to hear, but that is not the truth of the Gospel. The Gospel is offensive to the carnal minds of sinners, but it brings Holy Ghost conviction to the heart, resulting in conversion and deliverance!

Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives. 24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus, 25 Whom God put forward [before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat and propitiation by His blood [the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received] through faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over and ignored former sins without punishment. 26 It was to demonstrate and prove at the present time (in the now season) that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies and accepts as righteous him who has [true] faith in Jesus.  Romans 3:23-26 AMP

Since the day Jesus died and rose again, it has been the NOW season for ALL men to be saved and the NOW season to preach the Gospel!

[The Servant of God says] The Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens Me morning by morning, He wakens My ear to hear as a disciple [as one who is taught].  Isaiah 50:4 AMP

The Holy Spirit promised to give us a word to speak in season. That means the right word at the right time to the right person, producing a right result. The Spirit of God knows exactly how to reach each person. Even if they reject His word, they are then without any excuses on the Day of Judgment.

Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).  Ephesians 6:18 AMP

We are to pray and to expect God to answer at all times – on every occasion, in every season. God is not limited by circumstances — He will hear and answer every faith-filled prayer.

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.  Galatians 6:9 AMP

Keep faithfully sowing the seed of the Gospel in every season — in due season you will reap and see a bountiful harvest.

A special message for us

My Dear Friends and Partners

 

I am excited about this upcoming meeting in May which will culminate in the graduation of the River Bible Institute and the River School of Worship Class of 2009. I have spoken to Reinhard Bonnke and he said that he would come over 1 night – we have not locked in the night as of yet.

 

The importance of the GAT Camp meeting and Calling all Evangelists Conference I believe is Huge in moving forward in the next 36 months in the Harvest of souls both here in the USA and in the Foreign Fields.

I would encourage every Pastor – Evangelist – missionary to do whatever you can to be here even if only for 1 day – we have Dave Smethurst with us who God has used as an Evangelist for decades and is a mighty soul-winner. Pastor’s if you could bring some of your key leaders and come. I do believe that you will be excited about this strategy that the Lord has given me.

 

It’s not about me – I am doing everything I can it’s about you – I want to help you do everything and more to help Jesus bring in the Great Harvest of Soul’s America is ripe right now – Easter Sunday we had 1465 people pack our building – 252 Adults in the Altar Call – 195 Kid’s saved – total for Sunday 447 decisions for Christ – come and hear how to reach out for your Church – and then receive the strategy for whole regions.

 

This is going to be a high water mark in the Spirit and a meeting of strategy – I would like to meet personally with every minister in attendance.

 

Please – pre-register now and make sure to attend and don’t let the enemy stop you

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this

 

Yours for the Harvest

 

Pastor Rodney Howard Browne

Know that the Lord He is God

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  Psalms 100:1-5 KJV

Make a JOYFUL noise unto the Lord, ALL ye lands!

All the nations of the earth are created by Almighty God. He loves them and He is ever reaching out to them. It is the believer’s responsibility to preach the Gospel to every creature and to all nations. Mark 13:10 AMP says, “And the good news (the Gospel) must first be preached to all nations.” He is not just the God of certain tribes and nations, He is God over all nations, whether they know it or not. He is the only one with the power and right to rule the nations. All of them are not only under His dominion, but also recipients of His benevolence, and at the end will give an account to Him alone.

For I know their works and their thoughts. And the time is coming when I will gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see My glory. Isaiah 66:18 AMP

All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them [the people] from one another as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; And He will cause the sheep to stand at His right hand, but the goats at His left. Matthew 25:32-33 AMP

All nations will be judged by Him. If they only knew the truth, they would come flocking to Him, to worship Him and to acknowledge that the Lord is God!

We acknowledge Him as Almighty God when we come into His presence to worship Him, to serve Him, to sing and to shout our praises.

Almighty God is not just one of the many gods worshipped out there – He IS God! We must come to know Him as God and Lord and Savior in our own personal life. We must know that He is the only true God – King of kings and Lord of lords. He asks us to come into His presence to worship Him willingly and of our own accord – with sincere gladness and joy in our hearts and on our lips. He won’t force us. He doesn’t want us to come out of religious duty, but rather with unfeigned faith and a sincere joy-filled heart; making ourselves available to Him in every way – to be touched and changed – and to let His will be done in every area of our lives.

A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers. 24 God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).  John 4:23-24 AMP

He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.  Mark 7:6 NKJV

We acknowledge Him when we appreciate His status as our Creator.

Before the mountains were brought forth or ever You had formed and given birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God.  Psalms 90:2 AMP

He created us – we did not create ourselves. We do not belong to ourselves, but to Him. Many people live life as though they created themselves; they are the center of their own little world. This mind-set leads inevitably to pride, greed, and idolatry. Then when they lose everything, they lose all hope as well. When you know that God created you and everything else, then you will want to give to and be a blessing to others even as He has provided for you and blessed you. You have confidence that even if you lost everything you have, you still have Him and He will take care of you.

The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created]. 10 All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your loving ones shall bless You [affectionately and gratefully shall Your saints confess and praise You]! 11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power.  Psalms 145:9-11 AMP

Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.  Psalms 148:5 AMP

We acknowledge Him when we accept His authority in every detail of life.

Jesus is the Head of the Church – the Body of Christ. He is the Word, made flesh, and dwelling amongst us. We acknowledge His authority and headship when we submit ourselves to the Word of God – as we renew our minds to it and as we conform ourselves to it. He is our Lord and Master – we serve Him – not He us. We must also submit to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, as He leads us through our own spirit, according to the Word of God. We do not do our own thing, but we do what He tells us to do.

We acknowledge Him when we enthusiastically agree with the guidance He gives us and when we obediently do what He commands.

Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?  Romans 6:16AMP

Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you?  Luke 6:46 AMP

Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21 AMP

We acknowledge Him when we express our thanks for His unfailing love.

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!  1 Chronicles 16:34 AMP

The Lord is my Shepherd

Jesus can provide a home and transportation. We know He can provide you with a job. We know He can provide you with food. What else do you need? What are your needs today? Jesus meets them all

 

The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible]. Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.

 

[Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment]. [They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

PSALM 92:12-15 AMP

 

Some people are so worried about dying early, but God’s Word says the uncompromisingly righteous will be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful. The King James Version says that they shall be fat and flourishing. The Amplified Bible says, they Shall be full of sap. Are you full of sap? Are you full of spiritual vitality? Are you rich in trust, love, and contentment? We are living memorials! Our lives show the world that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises. He is our rock, there’s no unrighteousness in Him, and our lives exhibit this truth to a lost and dying world.

 

Psalm 23:1 AMP says, The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. To feed, guide, and shield me is everything I need. I shall not lack! I wake up in the morning with an air of expectancy; looking for the favor of God, looking for the blessing of God.

 

Pastor asks the question, have you come to that place where you just trust the Lord? Trust Him! You’ve got nothing to lose, so trust Him. He’s there to help you. He’s there to make the way for you. He’s your Provider. He loves you. He’ll walk into your house and multiply food. He knows how to pay the bills, and He knows how to pay tax money. He knows about transportation needs, and He knows about accommodation needs. And most of all, He can make a way where there is no way!

 

And you shall return and obey the voice of the Lord and do all His commandments which I command you today. And the Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in every work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, of your cattle, of your land, for good,” for the Lord will again delight in prospering you, as He took delight in your fathers.

DEUTERONOMY 30:8-9 AMP

 

Your heavenly Father will make you abundantly prosperous, for He delights in prospering you because you obey His commandments. God loves to bless His obedient children. Are you His child? Do you submit to His will and His Word? Then God will bless you and enjoy every moment of it. You don’t have to run after blessing. Run after Jesus and blessing and provision will run after you!

Christ is the same

Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That means He hasn’t changed! That means if He did it in Bible days, He’s going to do it today! If He was a Healer in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, then He’s a Healer today!

 

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, oh Lord, thou Son of David,” my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

 

But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and cast it to dogs.

 

And she said, Truth, Lord: yet even the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, 0 woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

MATTHEW 15:21-28

 

Don’t get distracted by Jesus comparing the Canaanites, who were long-time enemies of the Jews, to dogs. What you have to realize is that He said healing is the children’s bread! It’s our birthright! It’s not something that we have to beg for. Just as your children have the right to eat the food on your table, healing is your birthright from your heavenly Father! Healing belongs to us simply because we’re in the family of God. We can come, sit down at the table of our Father, and we can eat the bread of healing.

 

Why did Jesus heal the sick? I’m going to give you five reasons why He healed the sick. The first reason Jesus healed the sick was that it was promised in the Word of God. Jesus was fulfilling the Word of His

Father. 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: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saving, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

MATTHEW 8:16-17

 

Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

ISAIAH 54:4-5

 

Second, Jesus healed the sick in order to reveal His will. We saw this in Mark 1:40-42. He was willing! And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

 

And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as be had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

 

Jesus never turned down anyone who asked Him for healing — even the Syrophenician woman. Jesus delivered her daughter because of her persistent faith. Third, He healed the sick to manifest the works of God. Jesus answered, Neither bath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest.

JOHN 9:3

I Said, Don’t Touch

Then he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There

hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been

a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be

shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall

become weak, and be like any other man.

 

And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his

heart, she sent and called for the lords of the

Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath

shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the

Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in

their hand.

 

And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she

called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the

seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him,

and his strength went from him.

And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson.

And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out

as at other times before and shake myself.

Judges 16:17-20

 

You see, Samson had reached the place where he

thought even if they shaved his hair off, he was

invincible. “I’m going to get up and shake myself and go

out like I did the other times.” That’s what he thought.

And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.

Judges 16:20

 

The Anointing Has Left and Some Don’t Know It

 

Now, I want you to see something here. Samson

lost the anointing and didn’t know it. There are people

today in churches who have lost the anointing and don’t

know it. They’re deacons, elders, ministers, and

congregation members who have lost the anointing and

don’t know it’s gone.

 

That’s a sad thing, that people who have had the

anointing of God upon their lives can go into an area

where they still think the anointing of God is on them, yet

it’s gone. That is one of the most dangerous places to be.

But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and

brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters

of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after

it was shaven.

Judges 16:21, 22

 

The Results of Losing the Anointing

 

The first thing that happened was Samson lost his

covering; he lost his hair. And in losing his hair, he lost

his strength. I believe he not only lost his hair, I believe

he lost his joy. Because the Bible says the joy of the Lord

is our strength. The hair of Samson was his strength. He

lost his hair and he lost his strength. Here he is a bald,

weak man.

 

The second thing that happened to him was that

he lost his eyesight. They poked his eyes out and he lost

his ability to see. When the anointing goes from you, you

lose your ability to see into the Spirit. You’re like a blind

man stumbling around in a room.

 

You can’t see clearly. You stumble around in

darkness, crying, “O God, show me, show me.” And there

never comes an answer because you can’t see.

Samson lost his eyesight. He lost the ability to

see. He lost his freedom. They put him in captivity. They

bound him with chains. Then they took him and made

him do the work of a donkey. When you lose the

anointing, you become like a donkey. His job was to

grind the corn. How hard it becomes.

FULFILLING MY MISSION

Foundation Scriptures: Mark 16:15-20 and Acts 1:4-5 & 8

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.  Mark 16:15-20 KJV

And while being in their company and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised, Of which [He said] you have heard Me speak. 5 For John baptized with water, but not many days from now you shall be baptized with (placed in, introduced into) the Holy Spirit.  Acts 1:4-5 AMP

But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.  Acts 1:8 AMP

1.  This mission is a divine mission—involving the Great Commission (Co-mission).

  • Every one of you is called of God.
  • Called to be a follower of Jesus.
  • Called to proclaim the Good News.
  • Called to be a disciple of His.
  • Called to make disciples that are His.
  • Called to be like Jesus. You are on a mission— brought into the Kingdom for such a time as this. You have a divine destiny to fulfill—this is the reason you exist.
  • You are stewards of His grace and glory—called to manifest His anointing.

2.  Occupy till He comes again; use all He has entrusted to you; multiply talents as you go—in order that the whole world may know.

  • ALL are called to a ministry of reconciliation.
  • ALL are called to be a witness.
  • ALL are called to use their talents for the King.
  • ALL are called to support Kingdom work.
  • ALL are called to multiply and produce fruit.
  • This is YOUR mission.

3.  In order to accomplish your mission, it takes everything God has given you.

  • You have the grace it takes and the grace you need.
  • It’s not a sleep—it’s a race.
  • You have to work diligently at your mission, redeeming the time because the days are evil.
  • Know that you will give an account of what you have done with what has been entrusted to you:
  • Your Time
  • Your Talents
  • Your Treasure
  • Your Tongue
  • We only have this life to live and accomplish this mission. This life—however long it is—sets, affects, and determines your eternity, which is forever!
  • You—it is your responsibility to find your mission.

4.  Write the vision—make it plain (Habakkuk 2:2-3).

Hebrews 2:1-4 NKJV—Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
Philippians 2:12-13 KJV—Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Your Godly desires turn into Godly goals, inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Focus in on the vision—move in that direction; educate yourself; associate with people who are successful in that field; glean from them; learn from their mistakes and your own.
3 years of total focus will move you into your destiny. This means:

  • Holy Life
  • Godly Thoughts
  • Godly Words
  • Godly Actions
  • Godly Deeds

The result will be a life fully controlled by the Spirit of God—resulting in you becoming a glove on the hand of God.
You will fulfill your eternal purpose—you will fulfill your eternal destiny.

  • Be a faithful follower of Jesus:
  • Be a witness—win souls
  • Be a tither and a giver
  • Raise the standard of your giving
  • Be plugged in to a local church that has a vision
  • Be teachable—stay humble

Healing Through the Word

 

The healing anointing is manifested in several

ways and we can see it in the scripture as healing through

the Word. Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent his word, and

healed them.” Whenever the Word of God is spoken in

faith from the lips of a believer, then God’s healing power

is activated. Jesus often spoke the word and many were

healed.

 

Remember the story of the centurion who came to

Jesus seeking healing for his servant? The centurion said

to Him, “Speak the word only, and my servant shall be

healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers

under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to

another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do

this, and he doeth it” (Matthew 8:8, 9). Jesus said that had

not found so great faith in all of Israel. The centurion’s

servant was healed when Jesus spoke the word.

 

Healing Through the Gifts

 

We find that as God begins to use individuals in

the operation of the gifts of the Spirit, they begin to

function through that individual according to the

proportion of his faith and according to his character.

First Corinthians 12:9, 10 speaks of the three

power gifts of the Spirit. These gifts are given to the

Church to do something. They are the supernatural gifts.

 

The gift of faith is a supernatural manifestation of

God’s faith imparted to man at a specific time, at a

specific place, for a specific purpose. When that gift

begins to operate, a great boldness comes in an

individual’s life. As supernatural faith is poured into your

life, there is no room for doubt and unbelief. Those two

terrible twins from hell leave when the gift of faith is in

operation.

 

The gifts of healing is a supernatural gift of God’s

healing power for divers diseases without the use of

doctors or medicine. When the gift is in operation, many

are healed all over the place of divers diseases. Many

times you will see the gifts of healing operating with the

word of knowledge.

 

The gift of working of miracles is a supernatural

intervention of God in the course of nature and it can be

in the area of creative miracles. Acts 19:11, 12 says,

“And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

So that from his body were brought unto the sick

handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from

them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”

 

Healing Through the Laying on of Hands

 

Mark 16:17,18 says, “These signs shall follow

them that believe: In my name…they shall lay hands on

the sick, and they shall recover.” We will discuss this

later in a chapter about the laying on of hands.

There is healing by the laying on of hands, but

also healing through the Word because God’s Word is

anointed. The Word will heal when mixed with faith in

the heart of the individual.

 

There is also healing through the gifts of the

Spirit. We need to realize the healing anointing flows in

different ways through different people.

 

God might use one minister in one way and then

another in a different way. We must never put God into a

box. God will not be dictated to by anyone. God is a God

of variety, of diversity. I will discuss this in more detail in

the chapter on the healing anointing.

 

You can minister by the laying on of hands, by a

tangible anointing, or by faith in the Word of God and see

healings take place. God does grace people with a special

anointing to minister to the sick. One can also believe

Mark 16 and lay hands on people in faith in the name of

Jesus and see great things take place.

 

Different Callings Mean Different Anointings

 

I personally believe that the anointing is

dependent upon the callings placed in the lives of

ministers. We know that the scripture also says, “Stir up

the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my

hands” (Second Timothy 1:6). One can either stir it up or

let it lie dormant.

 

For example, the parable of the talents comes to

mind as we think of the one man who was given one

talent and another was given two talents and another five.

The man with one talent buried his and ended up losing

it.

 

As the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose

it. We must be faithful with that which God has given us.

If we are faithful with the little, God will make us a ruler

over much.

 

Different Strokes for Different Folks

 

One ministry will emphasize healing, another

preaching or teaching, another salvation, another the

baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is because of this diversity

that we need to recognize the whole Body of Christ and

to understand that we need each other. The foot cannot

say to the hand, “I have no need of you.” And the eye

cannot say to the ear, “I do not need you.” If the whole

body were an eye, where would the hearing be? (First

Corinthians 12:15-17). We need one another.

 

Don’t try to work out with your mind another

man’s anointing. If he is getting results and people are

getting saved, healed, and set free, then glorify God for

his wondrous works among men.

 

Look beyond the vessel and see the glory of God,

for the scripture says we have this treasure in earthen

vessels. In these last days, God is raising up a group of

people who will flow together and stop criticizing one

another and will accomplish great things for the Body of

Christ.

 

It’s All in the Anointing

 

There is a difference between the fivefold

ministry and the laity, and the difference is the anointing.

In our understanding of the anointing, we have to realize

that it’s God’s grace upon man. In the book of Acts, the

Bible says, “When they saw the boldness of Peter and

John, and perceived that they were unlearned and

ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of

them, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

 

God anoints us in our daily walk with Him. Every

child of God has a ministry of reconciliation, but

everyone is not called to the fivefold ministry. In

Ephesians 4:7, the scripture says, “But unto every one of

us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of

Christ.” You could say, “But unto every one of us is

given ability, enablement, or anointing according to the

measure of the gift.”

 

Calling equals anointing and ability. God will not

call you to do something without giving you the ability to

get the job done. Those whom God calls, He anoints and

appoints.

 

JACOB’S VOW

Thoughts on Stewardship – Lessons from Genesis

Jacob’s Vow
Foundation Scriptures: Genesis 28:18-22

Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”  Genesis 28:18-22 NKJV

1. Right after Jacob saw the vision of the ladder with the angels ascending and descending, he took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. Then he made a vow to the Lord – with some conditions. He asked this of God:

a. If God will be with me

b. If God will keep me in the way that I go

c. If He will give me bread to eat

d. If He will give me raiment – clothing – to put on

e. So that I come to my father’s house in peace – so that I die content and satisfied; in right-standing with God

2. Then Jacob made his vow. He spelled out his commitment to the Lord and what he promised to do in order to maintain his covenant with Almighty God:

a. He made a sincere, heartfelt, committed vow – a covenant promise that he would keep all of his life

b. Jacob promised God at least one tenth of all He gave him from then on. Jacob felt that if God would do these things for him then the least he could do would be to give God one tenth of his increase!

c. A covenant is a two-way street. God takes you at your word and expects you to take Him at His. When you make a promise or a vow, God acts to empower you to keep your promise. If you do not keep your word after God has kept His, it is like a slap in His face. Jacob kept his vow to God and so, even in the middle of an extreme seven-year famine, he and his family were protected and provided for.

Pastor Adonica’s Thoughts:
How many of us really, truly appreciate what God, through Jesus, has done for us? I am sure that if we really believed and understood God’s undying, unconditional, sacrificial love for us, we would do most things very differently. We would be much more committed to God; we would be much more willing and generous in all our dealings with Him; we would be more prompt to obey Him; we would be more grateful for all He has done for us. What do you think that God’s “love language” is? Do you speak His love language? Do you know that God is so thrilled when his kids really love Him and show it? How does God know that you genuinely love Him beyond your lip service? How do you demonstrate your love for God? Do you praise Him with your heart and lips? Do you spend time with Him? Do you obey Him? Do you love your neighbor? Do you tithe? Do you sow financially into His Kingdom? Your tithe is not just supporting the Gospel – your tithe is your covenant promise to God that enables you to remain blessed all the days of your life.

Pastor Rodney’s Thoughts:
There is something about a vow that causes God to respond – He responds to genuineness, sincerity and faith. Throughout the scriptures, we see men making various vows to God. We see that God always honored His part and kept His vows, but unfortunately the men who made vows to God did not always keep their vows or honor their part. In our lives, Adonica and I have made several vows to the Lord. We made vows of consecration – I first made this vow when I was young and single. When we were married, we made a covenant vow to God and each other that we would be committed to each other. I made a vow to God at my brother’s death-bed and another one at my daughter’s and I have endeavored with all my heart and might to keep every one of them.

Remember, that anything you ask God for must be something He already promised in His word. Once you make a vow, God watches to see what we will do. If we will keep our word, He will keep His; He will do what we have asked of Him. God will meet us on the basis of our vow. If you have never done this then take a step of faith and make a vow and see what God will do.

Prayer and Confession:
Father, I thank you that You honor Your word and that You watch over Your word to perform it. As I make my vows to You and as I purpose, with all my heart, to keep my part I know that you will watch over your word and bring it to pass.

THE INTEGRITY OF THE WORD

The Logos of God is a living thing, active and more cutting than any sword with double edge, penetrating to the very division of soul and spirit, joint and marrow—scrutinizing the very thoughts and conceptions of the heart. 13 And no created thing is hidden from Him; all things lie open, exposed before the eyes of Him with whom we have to reckon.  Hebrews 4:12-13 Moffat’s Translation

The Word Is Our Contact With God.

  • The Word is God speaking to you.
  •  “Thus says Jehovah” is repeated over 2,000 times from Exodus to Deuteronomy.
  • God and His Word are one.
  • The Word of God is a living thing.
  • Jesus is the Living word—the Logos made flesh (John 1:14).
  • John 14:23 AMP – Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.
  • Nothing and no one is hidden from Him—the Living Word—the word searches and finds us out.
  • Without God’s Word we would never know all that is available to us through Jesus Christ.


We Are Convicted By The Word.

  • John 16:7-11
  • Jesus said in John 16:13 that the Holy Spirit doesn’t speak on His own authority. The Holy Spirit speaks only the Word of God. The Word of God convicts and convinces.

We Are Recreated By The Word.

  • James 1:18 NKJV – Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
  • 1 Peter 1:23 NKJV – Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.
  • The Word of God imparts to us Eternal Life.
  • Salvation is only available through God’s Word.


Our Minds Are Renewed Through The Word.

  • Romans 12:2 NKJV – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
  • Colossians 3:10 AMP – And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it.
  • The only way to renew your mind is to study the Word of God and act on it.
  • If you do not act on it, do it or live it, your mind is not renewed.
  • James 1:22 NKJV – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
  • Hearers who are not doers are self-deceived.


The Word Comes To Live In Us.

  • Colossians 3:16a NKJV – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another.
  • Receive the Word into your heart and life—let it live in you, guide, direct and sustain you.
  • John 15:7-8 NKJV – If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
  • When you abide in God’s Word and His Words abide in you, your prayers are answered and you become a good fruit bearer, bringing glory to the Father.
  • It is not just memorizing the Word of God, but letting the Word become an integral part of your life.
  • Being submitted to the Word of God is being submitted to Jesus. He truly becomes Lord of your life.


We Are Built Up With The Word.

  • Acts 20:32 NKJV -“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
  • The Word of God working in us builds us more and more into the image of Jesus—His nature and character.
  • Not head knowledge—not philosophies, theories or the history of the Word.
  • It is the Word living in us.


We Are Healed By The Word.

  • Psalms 107:20a NKJV – He sent His word and healed them.
  • Isaiah 53:5 KJV – 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.
  • 1 Peter 2:24 KJV – Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.


Faith Comes Through The Word.

  • Romans 10:8 NKJV – But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach).
  • It is the Word of faith that we preach.
  • Romans 10:17 NKJV – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
  • Hebrews 12:2a NKJV – Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
  • Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of our faith.


The Word Is On Our Lips.

  • Romans 10:9-10 NKJV – That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
  • The Word becomes a living thing on the lips of the believer.

The Word Sustains You.

  • Matthew 4:4b NKJV – Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
  • Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV – Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.
  • Job 23:12 AMP – I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed and treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.