Twenty One Reasons We Know That We Know The Lord

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We know we know the Lord because:

6. We have overcome the world and Satan

“I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one.I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.”  1 John 2:12-14 NKJV

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world  – our faith.” 1 John 5:4 NKJV

“We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.” 1 John 5:18 NKJV

Because we know the Father; because we are born of God; because His word abides in us; because our faith is in Him; because we keep ourselves and choose to not sin – therefore we have overcome the wicked one and he cannot touch us.

7. We hate the world and the things of the world

“Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things] — these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]. And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 AMP

The child of God, who knows God, does not love the world or things of the world. The more we come to know the Father; the more time we spend with Him; the less we desire worldly carnal things.

8. We are one with the Body of Christ

“They went out from our number, but they did not [really] belong to us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us. But [they withdrew] that it might be plain that they all are not of us.” 1 John 2:19 AMP

Those who know the Father have fellowship with Him and with each other. They are not exclusive, neither do they separate themselves. They do not fight against each other, but they do everything to walk in peace with each other.

9. We are anointed by the Spirit

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us — eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” 1 John 2:20-27 NKJV

You cannot fake the anointing – you are either anointed or you are not. Those who know the Father also know and recognize the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

10. We know the truth that sets us free

“I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” 1 John 2:21 NKJV

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ ” John 8:32-36 NKJV

We know the Truth because we know the Father. The Truth sets us free from sin and from the bondage of sin. We are free indeed.

11. Because we acknowledge God and His Son Jesus Christ

“Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us — eternal life.” 1 John 2:22-25 NKJV

We know the Father, and we know Jesus, because we acknowledge that He is Lord, God and Savior. Because we believe, we have eternal life now.

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Jesus controls the Elements

Your first thought might be to say, “Rodney, you can’t be

serious. Surely Jesus won’t meet every need —not every single

need. Some He’ll meet, yes, but surely not every need.”

Yes! He’ll meet every need, every one! Some people think

His power is only for life-and-death situations. But that’s not

true.

 

In fact, Jesus used His power not only to touch people in

every area of their lives, but to meet the needs of His own ministry

as well. When the disciples needed tax money, for instance,

Jesus said to Peter, “Go down and catch the first fish. The money

you need is in his mouth.” (See Matthew 17:24-27.)

 

When you have a need, no matter how simple or how complicated

it is, when Jesus shows up, He’s going to meet that need.

That is the Gospel! It’s Good News!

 

Jesus is also our Miracle Worker. Think about this for a

moment: Jesus walked on water. Nobody benefited from that

miracle except Him. So why, then, did He walk on water? He

walked on water because He needed to get to the other side! He

sent the disciples on across the lake, because when you’re in minister

you need to get away from people and pray sometimes. Then

he walked on the water to catch up with them. When Jesus walked

on water, it did not seem like a necessity, but a luxury. He could

have waited for another boat!

 

If the Pharisees had gotten hold of Jesus, they would have

said, “You’re abusing God’s power! How dare you walk on water

for your own benefit? Who do You think You are? From now on,

please refrain from walking on water and always take a boat like

everyone else. Look at You, taking God’s power and using it for

Yourself”

 

I believe that Jesus walked on water to show us that He

had control over the elements as a sign and a wonder. But I also

believe that He did it to show us that if we are obeying and serving

God, we can trust Him to make a way for us where there is no

way. Most of the time we have no faith for the supernatural, but

God wants us to know that His supernatural power is there for us

when we need it.

 

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible,

but not with God: for with God all things are

possible.

MARK 10:27

 

We could go on and on telling what happens when Jesus

shows up. He showed up at the Pool of Bethesda, around which

lay a great multitude of blind, crippled, maimed, and withered

people. What happened when Jesus showed up? He found a man

who had been there for a long time because he didn’t have anybody

to help him get into the pool.

 

Jesus tells you the same thing He told that man, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk (John 5:8). Do you realize that all we need in our churches, all we need in America, is for Jesus to show up? When He walks in the

door, He is going to make a difference.

Anointing Scriptures

anointing

And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and

his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and

consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may

minister unto me in the priest’s office.

Exodus 28:41

 

Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon

his head, and anoint him.

Exodus 29:7

 

And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin

offering for atonement: and thou shalt cleanse the

altar, when thou hast made an atonement for it, and

thou shalt anoint it, to sanctify it.

Exodus 29:36

 

And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the

congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony,

Exodus 30:26

 

And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and

consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the

priest’s office.

Exodus 30:30

 

And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the

tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it,

and all the vessels thereof: and it shall be holy.

Exodus 40:9

 

And thou shalt anoint the altar of the burnt offering,

and all his vessels, and sanctify the altar: and it shall

be an altar most holy.

Exodus 40:10

 

And thou shalt anoint the laver and his foot, and

sanctify it.

Exodus 40:11

 

And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and

anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister

unto me in the priest’s office.

Exodus 40:13

 

And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their

father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s

office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting

priesthood throughout their generations.

Exodus 40:15

 

And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he

shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his

father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put

on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:

Leviticus 16:32

 

Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts,

but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine

olive shall cast this fruit.

Deuteronomy 28:40

 

The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over

them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou

over us.

Judges 9:8

 

And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye

anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust

in my shadow; and if not, let fire come out of the

bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

Judges 9:15

 

Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy

raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but

make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall

have done eating and drinking.

Ruth 3:3

 

Tomorrow about this time I will send thee a man out

of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to

be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my

people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have

looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto

me.

1 Samuel 9:16

 

Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to

anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now

therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of

the Lord.

1 Samuel 15:1

 

And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee

what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him

whom I name unto thee.

1 Samuel 16:3

 

And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy,

and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to

look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this

is he.

1 Samuel 16:12

 

And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise

woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to

be a mourner, and put on now mourning apparel, and

anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had

a long time mourned for the dead:

2 Samuel 14:2

 

And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint

him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the

trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon.

1 Kings 1:34

 

And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to

the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest,

anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

1 Kings 19:15

 

And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be

king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of

Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy

room.

1 Kings 19:16

 

Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink:

arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.

Isaiah 21:5

 

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and

upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to

make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for

iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and

to seal up the vision and prophecy and to anoint the

most Holy.

Daniel 9:24

 

I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in

my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three

whole weeks were fulfilled.

Daniel 10:3

 

That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with

the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the

affliction of Joseph.

Amos 6:6

 

Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt

tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil;

and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

Micah 6:15

 

But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and

wash thy face;

Matthew 6:17

 

She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand

to anoint my body to the burying.

Mark 14:8

 

And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and

Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought

sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

Mark 16:1

 

My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman

hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Luke 7:46

 

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that

thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou

mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy

nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with

eye salve, that thou mayest see.

Revelations 3:18

How To Increase the Anointing

A Relationship and Not a Formula

 

There are several things that we can use to

enhance the anointing in our lives. Let me say, at the

outset of this chapter, the anointing is not a formula; it is

a relationship.

 

Many are trying to imitate other great men of

God. They want to walk their walk and talk their talk, but

not out of a relationship with Jesus. They try to use it as a

means to have God’s anointing manifest in their lives. For

example, some ministers hold a healing meeting so they

can have a crowd, not so that they can get people healed.

That’s the wrong motive for wanting to see miracles take

place.

 

I remember talking to individuals who wanted

what Smith Wigglesworth had. They studied his life and

found out that Smith Wigglesworth used to wake up at

four o’clock in the morning and have communion. Then

he would pray for three hours. So they began to do the

same. But after a little while, they would wake up late in

the morning, realizing that they had fallen asleep, instead

of praying.

 

This action was based on a formula and not a

relationship. It is important to realize that Smith

Wigglesworth did not do all of those things in order to

have miracles in his life. He had a relationship with the

Lord, and then out of his relationship, he ministered and

the miracles were the result.

 

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). Can people tell that you have been with Jesus

lately? What Peter and John had was not based on a

formula, but rather a relationship with the Lord Jesus

Christ.

 

A Person, Not a Language

 

I think one of the biggest problems in many

Pentecostal and charismatic circles is that people seek a

language and not the Holy Spirit. First of all, the Holy

Spirit is not a language; He’s a person. Jesus said to the

disciples, “Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be

endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:59).

Some people think He said, “You will receive

tongues.” What good is tongues without the power? We

have many babbling believers today with very little

power.

 

When He told them to tarry for the Holy Spirit,

they didn’t know what they were waiting for. If there had

come a knock on the door and someone walked in and

said, “I am the Holy Spirit,” I am sure they would have

welcomed that person and said, “Yes, Jesus said You

were coming.”

 

But on the day of Pentecost, there came a sound

from heaven as of a rushing, mighty wind. There

appeared unto them cloven tongues as of fire and it sat

upon each of them. They were all filled with the Spirit

and began to speak with other tongues. (See Acts 2:1-4.)

I want you to notice they were filled, then they

spoke. They were filled first. Power was evident in their

lives. You see, the early church had the substance and

unfortunately, the latter church has the formula. Let’s get

back to the substance, the tangibility, the heavenly

materiality of what the early church had.

 

Having an Encounter with God

 

I believe if we would be used of God, we need to

have an encounter with Him. Paul talked about how he

had seen the Lord in the way. Moses had a burning bush

experience. To be honest with you, so did everyone who

has ever been used of God.

 

Job had an encounter with God at the end of his

ordeal. God revealed Himself to Job, asking Job where he

was when God laid the foundation of the earth. “Do you

have a voice that can thunder like me?” God asked Job

(Job 40:9).

 

Job finally spoke to God. His words speak for

many people, I think. He said, “I have heard of thee by

the hearing of the ear: but now my eye seeth thee” (Job

42:5). It’s one thing to read the book; it’s another thing to

meet the author of the book.

 

The Life of Prayer

 

First of all, what is prayer? Prayer is communication

and it’s two ways. In many believers’ lives, prayer is

a one-sided conversation. They pray, “Give me, give me.”

They are always asking.

 

Prayer for the believer should not be a religious

ritual performed on a daily basis by a Christian who

wants to attain a certain level of spirituality. It should be

a daily fellowship with our heavenly Father out of love.

 

We have to realize that we are not under the Old

Covenant, but under the New. Whatever is done under the

New Covenant must be done out of faith and love. Otherwise,

it is nothing more than dead works, something that

needs to be repented of.

 

The Body of Christ

Having come from work straight to church in the middle of the service at half past nine during the evening meeting obviously my body feels tired from the day work and having stood since the whole afternoon to the time I get in the car, I get in the service then there are mixed feelings of what to expect. But I see my family and the people we are hosting they were anxiously waiting on me as if the action has been going on not much left so they need a ride home, suggestions are made that I would stay while they take the car home and that I should find a ride home. I realized am at ease and peace because there would be no destruction .I look around see people expecting but I was not sure what to expect, but just sit and be still. By this time Pastor Rodney is speaking of the gifts of tongues from the holy spirit I started going back and forth realizing I could be able to identify from what he was talking about when I was little at the age 11 going for over night prayer meetings. I mean praying all night no chatting breaks or coffee breaks people speaking in heavenly language you could easily sense the heaviness of his presence. As the pastor called for people to come forward to receive the gift of the Holy spirit with the evidence of speaking with other tongues I started to get excited because this area is one of the areas neglected and mocked in the body of Christ .Pastor prays finishes invited Adonica to pray, she take the mic immediately I sensed new tongues coming out of my belly not like the prayer language but something sweet giving praise to the lord. Glory What an experience.-Geoffrey M.

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HIS COVENANT

Thoughts on Stewardship
Lesson No. 19 from Deuteronomy

His Covenant and His Mercy
Foundation Scriptures: Deuteronomy 7 verses 11 – 15

You shall therefore keep and do the instruction, laws, and precepts which I command you this day. 12 And if you hearken to these precepts and keep and do them, the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love which He swore to your fathers. 13 And He will love you, bless you, and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your body and the fruit of your land, your grain, your new wine, and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock in the land which He swore to your fathers to give you. 14 You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. 15 And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt which you knew will He put upon you, but will lay them upon all who hate you.  Deuteronomy 7:11-15 AMP

1.  God promised the Israelites that if they kept His commandments and did them, He would keep His Covenant with them and He would continue to show them mercy and steadfast love, just as He had promised to their forefathers. He said:

a.  I will love you
b.  I will bless you
c.  I will multiply you
d.  I will bless the fruit of your womb
e.  I will the fruit of your land
f.   I will bless your corn
g.  I will bless your wine
h.  I will bless your oil
i.   I will bless the increase of your cattle
j.   I will bless the flocks of your sheep
k.  I will bless you in your own land that I promised to give you.
l.   You will be blessed above all people
m. No male and female among you will be barren
n.  Your cattle will not be barren
o.  I will take away all sickness and disease from you

2.  God promised all this to the children of Israel under the Old Covenant, which is a type and shadow of the covenant we have today–the New Covenant–a more powerful covenant, based upon better promises. It makes you wonder why people today have a hard time grasping the fact that God loves them so much and that He wants to bless them. How much more, under the New Covenant, based on much better promises, would the Lord not want to bless you exceedingly? He loves people and knows what they need. He cares about, and wants to be involved, in the affairs of mankind, but He needs an invitation. One of the pre-requisites for walking in the blessings of this Covenant, and His mercy, is to obey Him, serve Him, and do what He wants you to do–then you will be blessed! Always remember that faith begins where the will of God is known. If you know what His will is, then you will be able to receive His will and walk in His will and you will not settle for anything that the devil has to offer.

Pastor Adonica’s Thoughts:
God has given us a free will. We have the right to serve Him or not. However, there is a blessing that comes with obedience and a curse that comes with disobedience. The way it works is: obedience takes you into God’s jurisdiction and disobedience takes you into the devil’s jurisdiction. If we have any sense at all, we would believe God and take Him at His word. We would make sure to keep His commandments and be a doer of the word. One thing that always stands out in the Word of God is just how amazingly generous the Lord is with us. He is always looking for an opportunity to bless us and He always multiplies what He has already given to us.

Pastor Rodney’s Thoughts:
One of the things I realized, early in my life, was the fact that God had a plan for my life and that if I was to fulfill God’s plan for my life, then it was up to me to change and do whatever it takes to line myself up with God’s will and His plan. This was hard at first, because people don’t usually want to change–you would rather change your circumstances, your surroundings, or the other people in your life. Change is not easy. Often we would rather blame others and make them the reason why we are not blessed and why we don’t succeed. However, when I lined myself up with the will of God and obeyed Him–then the blessing began to come. I encourage you–make the change today and see the hand of God revealed in your life. Enter into His covenant and experience His mercy!

Prayer and Confession:
Father, help me to obey You and do Your will, and Your will alone. Then I know that I will see Your mercy and Your steadfast love; and Your grace and favor will rest upon me all the days of my life.

GOD – NOT MAN

God – not man – instituted the offering
Lesson No. 17 from Leviticus

Foundation Scriptures: Leviticus 1 verse 1 – 17
The Lord called to Moses out of the Tent of Meeting, and said to him, 2 Say to the Israelites, When any man of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of [domestic] animals from the herd or from the flock. 3 If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it at the door of the Tent of Meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord. 4 And he shall lay [both] his hands upon the head of the burnt offering [transferring symbolically his guilt to the victim], and it shall be an acceptable atonement for him. 5 The man shall kill the young bull before the Lord, and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall present the blood and dash [it] round about upon the altar that is at the door of the Tent of Meeting. 6 And he shall skin the burnt offering and cut it into pieces. 7 And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and lay wood in order on the fire; 8 And Aaron’s sons the priests shall lay the pieces, the head and the fat, in order on the wood on the fire on the altar. 9 But its entrails and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall burn all of it on the altar for a burnt offering, an offering by fire, a sweet and satisfying odor to the Lord. 10 And if the man’s offering is of the flock, from the sheep or the goats, for a burnt offering, he shall offer a male without blemish. 11 And he shall kill it on the north side of the altar before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall dash its blood round about against the altar. 12 And [the man] shall cut it into pieces, with its head and its fat, and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire on the altar. 13 But he shall wash the entrails and legs with water. The priest shall offer all of it and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, a sweet and satisfying fragrance to the Lord. 14 And if the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, then [the man] shall bring turtledoves or young pigeons. 15 And the priest shall bring it to the altar, and wring off its head, and burn it on the altar; and its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar. 16 And he shall take away its crop with its feathers and cast it beside the altar on the east side, in the place for ashes. 17 And he shall split it open [holding it] by its wings, but shall not cut it in two. And the priest shall burn it on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire; it is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, a sweet and satisfying odor to the Lord.  Leviticus 1:1-17 AMP

1. The offering is God’s idea:

a. In verse 2, Moses gave instructions to the people of how they were to bring their offering to the Lord.

b. It’s not just about bringing an offering – it’s about bringing an offering that is acceptable to the Lord.

c. Verses 9, 13, and 17 speak of the burning of the offering, by fire, as a sweet, and satisfying odor to the Lord.

d. Barnes’ Notes says: “The substance of the victim was regarded not as something to be consumed, but as an offering of a sweet-smelling savor sent up in the flame to Yahweh.”

e. When you present an offering to the Lord, it is not lost or “consumed”, but it rises as a sweet savor to Him.

N.B. We need to realize that offerings are not man’s idea, but God’s idea. The Lord asks for our offering and He receives it as a sweet and satisfying fragrance or an odor when we bring it in faith as an act of worship and obedience.

Pastor Adonica’s Thoughts:
The burnt offering was offered as atonement for sin and it was pleasing to God. A burnt offering can never be retracted by man – you can’t ask for it back. Once it is given and burned it is well and truly God’s. Before you give this offering, you must totally commit it to God and leave it with Him. Ephesians 5:2 says that Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us. He was a slain offering for you and I and a sacrifice to God. He personally became that sweet fragrance. God looks upon the heart. When you give out of love and obedience, your offering smells fragrantly sweet to the Lord.

Pastor Rodney’s Thoughts:
When we come to worship the Lord, we build an altar to the Lord and offer our gifts upon this altar. Throughout this passage, as Moses speaks of how God desires the offering to be presented and burned, he mentions the sweet and satisfying odor of the burnt offering to the Lord. God receives our gifts and they come up before Him as a sweet smell and a fragrance. The scripture speaks of our praise and worship as a sacrifice of praise, God is waiting to receive from us, even as we are waiting to receive from Him.

Prayer and Confession:
Father, I thank you that I have the privilege to honor you and worship you with my giving. Please accept these gifts. May they be a sweet and satisfying odor to you!

WATERING CAMELS

Thoughts on Stewardship
Lesson No. 8 from Genesis

Watering Camels – Being a Blessing – will open the Way to Your Destiny
Foundation Scriptures: Genesis 24 verses 10-53

And he said, I am Abraham’s servant. 35 And the Lord has blessed my master mightily, and he has become great; and He has given him flocks, herds, silver, gold, menservants, maidservants, camels, and asses. 36 And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old, and to him he has given all that he has. 37 And my master made me swear, saying, You must not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell, 38 But you shall go to my father’s house and to my family and take a wife for my son. 39 And I said to my master, But suppose the woman will not follow me. 40 And he said to me, The Lord, in Whose presence I walk [habitually], will send His Angel with you and prosper your way, and you will take a wife for my son from my kindred and from my father’s house. 41 Then you shall be clear from my oath, when you come to my kindred; and if they do not give her to you, you shall be free and innocent of my oath. 42 I came today to the well and said, O Lord, God of my master Abraham, if You are now causing me to go on my way prosperously 43 See, I am standing by the well of water; now let it be that when the maiden comes out to draw water and I say to her, I pray you, give me a little water from your [water] jar to drink, 44 And if she says to me, You drink, and I will draw water for your camels also, let that same woman be the one whom the Lord has selected and indicated for my master’s son. 45 And before I had finished praying in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her [water] jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the well and drew water. And I said to her, I pray you, let me have a drink. 46 And she quickly let down her [water] jar from her shoulder and said, Drink, and I will water your camels also. So I drank, and she gave the camels drink also. 47 I asked her, Whose daughter are you? She said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him. And I put the earring or nose ring on her face and the bracelets on her arms. 48 And I bowed down my head and worshiped the Lord and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, Who had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter to his son.   Genesis 24:34-48 AMP

1. Abraham wanted a wife for Isaac, so he sent his servant, Eliezer, with a solemn pledge that he would not come back without a wife for Isaac. Eliezer prayed and asked God to bring the right girl to him. When he asked Rebekah for a little water from her jar, she offered to water his camels as well—all of them—which was a huge undertaking! Eliezer brought ten camels and camels will drink about 25 gallons each! At that time, wells were set down low in the ground, where the water was, and also to minimize evaporation. You would need to go down about 50 steps to draw water in jars that usually held about 3 gallons apiece. That means that Rebekah had to make 8.33 trips per camel—83.3 trips or 4,165 steps for 10 camels.

2. This was no easy task—it was no walk in the park—but her humility, hospitality, and generosity opened wide the door of God’s blessing in her life. This seemingly small moment in her life changed her destiny and established her place in history as a mother of a nation. What seemingly insignificant moment in your life will turn out to be a hugely significant and pivotal moment depending on your response to the opportunity? One act of humility, generosity, and hospitality may determine your destiny.

Pastor Adonica’s Thoughts:
People don’t always recognize opportunities when they come, because they are selfish and self-centered and looking for the blessing of God for themselves, but not for opportunities to BE a blessing. God wants us to focus on being a blessing to others and trust Him enough to allow Him to bless us as He sees fit. God expects us to be submitted to His Word and to do the things He tells us in His Word. When we do, we will not miss His master plan for our life, because we will do the right thing when our opportunity comes and we will find ourselves in the center of His will!

Pastor Rodney’s Thoughts:
Many people miss their God-ordained destiny, because they are waiting to be served rather than being willing to serve. There are opportunities that pass people by on a regular basis—the word declares that whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. When I was a child, I purposed in my heart that I would get involved in everything that I could in order to serve God. I cleaned toilets and helped in every area of ministry, from tape duplication, to sound, to ushering, etc. If you take the opportunities the Lord gives you to serve, then He will open other doors for you. When I started out in the ministry, I would take time to drive men of God around and wait on them and serve them. Even now, if I get the opportunity to serve a man or a woman of God, I do it—whatever it takes—if it means getting up early or going without sleep; if it means going out of my way or going without. No matter how much God promotes, we are called still to be a servant. I know that the Lord will bless me as I serve His people and as I sow into the lives of other people. Always remember to be willing to give and to serve.

Prayer and Confession:
Father, please help me to be more of a servant in my daily life and to be willing to do even the smallest of tasks to benefit others. Help me to never become proud or arrogant, so that I will not miss my date with destiny.

IF GOD HEARS YOUR PRAYER

And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. 15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.
1 John 5:14-15 AMP

The Bible tells us that if God hears our prayers that He also answers them. How can you have confidence that He will hear your prayers and therefore answer them?

For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but one Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. 16 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].  Hebrews 4:15-16 AMP

Only the righteous can come into God’s presence to ask for help and be heard. If you are washed in the blood of Jesus and if He is your High Priest, you can have confidence to come into God’s presence to ask boldly for what you need. The guilty are not bold to come into God’s presence, but God expects the righteous to be bold! Boldness is a manifestation of faith —faith in God’s grace and His promises—and God always honors faith.

You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3[Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.  James 4:2-3 AMP

If you want an answer, you need to first ask. If you don’t ask God for what you need, how can He give it to you? Also, if you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives, with the intention of satisfying your carnal desires, then God will not answer you then either.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.  Psalms 66:18 AMP

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened at all, that it cannot save, nor His ear dull with deafness, that it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.  Isaiah 59:1-2 AMP

God is not powerless or unwilling to help you, neither is He deaf so that He cannot hear, but if you are disobedient and if you sin willfully, then He will not hear your prayers, because your sin has separated you from Him and His presence.

What man is he who desires life and longs for 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, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it! 15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry. 16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles. 18 The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent.  Psalms 34:12-18 AMP

The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, but the eyes of the Lord see the uncompromisingly righteous and His ears are open to their cry. The righteous are those who have humbly received the grace of God and who know that they are made righteous only by the grace and mercy of God. They work daily to keep their heart right with God. When the righteous cry for help, the Lord pays attention to them, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles.

The Lord is [rigidly] righteous in all His ways and gracious and merciful in all His works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth. 19 He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them.  Psalm.s 145:17-19 AMP

When you reverently and worshipfully fear the Lord and when you call upon Him sincerely and in truth, He will hear your cry and will save you and fulfill not only your needs, but also your desires.

GOD’S DIRECTION

Thoughts on Stewardship – Lesson 26 from Deuteronomy
Foundation Scriptures: Deuteronomy 15 verse 1-11

The poor you will have with you always
God’s direction concerning our attitude and actions toward those in need

At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. 2 And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release that which he has lent to his neighbor; he shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, for the Lord’s release is proclaimed. 3 Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother [Israelite] your hand shall release. 4 But there will be no poor among you, for the Lord will surely bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance to possess, 5 If only you carefully listen to the voice of the Lord your God, to do watchfully all these commandments which I command you this day. 6 When the Lord your God blesses you as He promised you, then you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you. 7 If there is among you a poor man, one of your kinsmen in any of the towns of your land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your [minds and] hearts or close your hands to your poor brother; 8 But you shall open your hands wide to him and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks. 9 Beware lest there be a base thought in your [minds and] hearts, and you say, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand, and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and it be sin in you. 10 You shall give to him freely without begrudging it; because of this the Lord will bless you in all your work and in all you undertake. 11 For the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hands to your brother, to your needy, and to your poor in your land.  Deuteronomy 15:1-11 AMP

1.  God’s way of ensuring that there was no poor amongst His people was to apply what was called a Sabbath Year of Release every seven years.

a. This meant that anyone, who had lent money or goods to his neighbor, and not been repaid after six years, was to forgive his neighbor of that debt
b. If it was a foreigner – an outsider – who owed the debt, they could still collect it

2.  There shall be no poor among you, for the Lord will bless you to be a blessing

a. The Lord will bless you if you will carefully listen to the Lord your God and watchfully do all His commandments and bless your neighbor
b. When you bless your neighbor and then when the Lord God blesses you as He has promised: i) you shall lend to many nations and shall not borrow; ii) you shall rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you

3.  Directions given by God on what to do when your neighbor is in need:

a. You must have a soft heart and an open hand to the needy
b. You should open your hand wide to him – you shall lend him sufficient for his needs
c. If you try to ignore your obligation and squirm out of it, you will get into trouble with God!
d. You will give it to the needy freely, without grudging. Because of this, the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake

4.  The poor will never cease out of the land

a. You will always have the needy people to help
b. You should always open wide your hands to your brother and the poor and needy in your land

Pastor Adonica’s Thoughts:
God loves people and He expects us to love and care for one another. Most people read the Law and see the rules and the regulations; they see the penalties and punishments. They look on the external. However, if you understand that God is love and you realize that mercy is His primary motivation, you read the Law with different eyes. You see that the whole law can truly be summed up in just two commandments: love God and love your neighbor. Also – obey God cheerfully, with your whole heart, not grudgingly. It is not merely actions that God rewards, it is attitude. When you get a revelation that you are God’s hands in the earth and that you are doing His work and that He will make sure that you are personally blessed and abundantly taken care of, and you freely give your help, then you will open your life to the full blessing of God. If you consider the poor, God will deliver you in your time of trouble, preserve you and keep you alive, bless you on the earth, protect you from your enemies, and strengthen and sustain you when sickness attacks! (Psalms 41:1-3)

Pastor Rodney’s Thoughts:
It is amazing to me how many people expect the blessing of the Lord on their life, and yet they are stingy and selfish when it comes to forgiving others of their debts or blessing the poor. God, under the Old Covenant, ensured that people could get a new start. Today, the only way for a person to get a new start is through bankruptcy – which is not a blessing. Some people have a negative attitude toward the poor and the needy. They feel that it’s not their problem, or that the poor are taking advantage by asking. However, God has compassion on the poor. He said that he who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him. (Proverbs 19:17 AMP)

Prayer and Confession:
Father God, I thank you for a heart that is soft toward the things of God and toward the needy. Thank you, Lord, that I am generous and willing to help people and also to release people from debt if necessary. Therefore I thank you for your blessing upon my work and on all that I undertake.

The life and ministry of Dr. Rodney Howard Browne

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