My expectation from internship is that I would have an encounter with the Holy Ghost that would allow me to experience intimacy with Him that I see in so many lives of my spiritual leaders. It didn’t matter what was required of me because no matter what, I would do whatever it took regardless of unexpected changes. The enlarging that I have experienced to handle the assignments has been in terms of soul winning, as in being sent out on a “power team”. Lately, a boldness has been arising within me which I have not experienced before and did not know was even present within me! I was amazed at how I flowed with boldness through the circumstances of what was happening. A greater passion for souls is being developed within me. He is also teaching me about obeying His leadings regardless of the wind and the waves, and since I have – I have watched the fruit of His favor in my life!
Internship has stretched me in the areas of pushing past what your flesh wants to do. I have intentionally put myself into positions where I’m uncomfortable yet doing it with a servant’s heart, and pressing into what God has for me at that moment. The Holy Spirit has also been teaching me to spend more time with him as if he were standing right in front of me. He has been helping me develop a heart towards helping people when they have a need and in the long run, putting others before myself and to always remember to put my faith in God, because ultimately it’s all about him.
The Word of God is the known will of God, but it is also our comfort, our teacher, our correction. I want to talk about it as our comfort. All of us have those days when we’re a bit down. Maybe something bad has happened. If you open your Bible and let the Holy Spirit guide you, you’ll find some piece of Scripture that you’ve never run across before or maybe that you just see in a different light. Sometimes, when I’m reading the Word I don’t even realize that there is something that I need and then I’ll read a passage that is so applicable to something that I’ve been going through or experiencing. I remember when I was first saved; I was struggling to understand the spiritual with my mind. I was so used to processing everything with my mind, to
understanding things logically and you can’t do that with the things of God. I was reading the Bible one day and ran across this passage, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14, KJV). It was like a light bulb went off. I then remembered Isa. 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher
than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” These two Scriptures comforted me and taught me. Now if I find myself trying to process the things of God with my mind, I use these Scriptures to remind myself to stop, to check in with my spirit, and to trust in God.
The Word of God is the very basis of everything that exists and if we allow it root in our hearts it must and it will produce good fruit in our lives. The Word is changing me on a daily basis. It`s said that His mercies are new every morning, and that is exactly what happens when I take my daily portion of the Living Word. The Word has amazing ability to change anything in my life. From wrong to right, from bad to good , from a curse to a blessing and it is worth it to put some effort in and read and meditate upon the word even if I am tired or in shortage of time. It must become one of the main priorities in my walk through the day.
The Word of God has power to materialize things…If we go with the word – good things are being materialized, if we go against the word of God bad things are being materialized. However, we cannot reproach anyone and especially God if something wrong happens to us because there are hundreds of warnings to live and act in accordance with the Word of God. What happens to us is the result of our response to the word of God. And even if something wrong happens and we do not realize what is going on – we always can turn to the word , find out what can be done in a certain situation, act on the word and receive help in the time of need.
Ever since I’ve truly grabbed onto being faithful in everything I do, especially with my finances, I’ve seen nothing but increase in my life. I’ve gained a greater understanding just being attentive to the word of God when being preached by Pastor Rodney. I understand that honoring God with your life is the key for the blessing flow to continue. As I have been applying these principles of seed time and harvest with every aspect of my life I began to realize a big difference in my life. I’ve been more blessed then I ever have in my life and not just financially but with a sound mind.
I even have faithful people in my life who love the Lord. I see seed time and harvest at such a greater level now, I used to think it was only money that activated this principle but I was wrong. It’s more than just money, but your time, your deeds, your words; it’s everything. You know Matthew 6:33 says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” So as I have been sowing into the Kingdom, it’s me activating this scripture.
This scripture for me has been tried and proven. It’s taking me to another level of not being attached to things which God owns; that we are only stewards of. It’s helped me realize that when you let go of what’s in your hand God will release what’s in His. I’ve learned the best way to be sustained is in your giving. It’s sowing into an account that no thief can touch.
Since the start of school and the river school revival at R.B.I. the Lord has made some major changes in me. I have made a decision to press into the things of God like never before. It actually started in my second year at R.B.I. I had made a decision then to do whatever the Lord told me to and the result was awesome blessings from the Lord. As I have made myself available to him, he has made himself more available to me also.
He is growing my faith and showing me who I am to be in Him, a strong prayer warrior in the call center for this year is just the start of his ministry for my wife and me. I am becoming more and more patient and more humble before the Lord. I am also finding myself becoming more hungry and thirsty for the things of God. This is my third year in R.B.I. and God is showing me how to take everything that comes my way, the good the bad and the ugly and to use these things to my advantage, to learn from these circumstances to flow in the Holy Ghost and take it all in stride not in strife.
I never thought I would have come back to R.B.I. after my first year back in 05-06 but the Lord has a way of making us see things his way. (Thank you Jesus!) the best decision of my life so far was coming back to R.B.I. for my second and now third year.
This is just the start of the school year and I am so excited to see what God is doing in not only my life but so many new students that have stepped into the call that God has placed on their lives it is going to be a Great year at the River Bible Institute. Thank you Pastor Rodney and Adonica and all the Pastoral staff at the River, you are a Great blessing to everyone you Minister to…..Marty L.
It all started about 7 months ago when my husband came home very excited with a soul winning script in his hand a smile and excitement I have never seen him with before. He told me he was flipping the channels and came across a Pastor and his wife who were speaking about what we have been questioning and praying to God about. He told me that he went down to the church and got trained up to go soul winning. He hit the streets and led people to the Lord for the first time. So the next night we came to a Great Awakening service and experienced God like we had never experienced him before. We were baptized with the Holy Ghost and Fire and received our heavenly prayer language. That was the first time that I truly felt the power of God, laid out on the ground speaking in another language other than my own pinned to the floor unable to move with a million thoughts going through my mind. I knew for sure for sure that God was real and that he loves me! Since that night my whole life has been changed I found a new love for others and look at life from an eternal prospective.
I want to see everyone saved and set free from bondage. I have learned that nothing I have is by my own strength but by the grace of God. I have been trained up to win souls for the lord and that is exactly what I do. I have lead many souls to the Lord including people at my work place which is very big for me. It is very big to me due to the fact that I get persecuted at work by not only co-workers but supervisors as well for being so into Jesus. They call me Jesus Girl at work and if they see me talking to someone they will interrupt a conversation to ask if I am converting someone else today. Well many of the seeds of the devil who were being a thorn in my side are now children of the Most High God.
We, like many other students, moved from a home and property that was paid for, left full-time jobs with state benefits and the securities of familiarity of environment with family and friends close by having those we love scratching their heads and questioning our sanity. For you see, the security we had come to know was in itself most recent, with both my husband and I gainfully employed for the first time in our 17 ½ years of marriage. Everyone had thought we had arrived at status quo, working at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country and living the American dream. We however, we very unsettled in our spirits; knowing that there was certainly a greater picture and purpose for our lives. Everywhere we looked, be it the shuttle riding into the hospital or the cars surrounding us in the middle of rush hour traffic, we saw souls and questioned how many of them were counted for the Kingdom of Heaven. This burden continued to rise up in us until we could no longer question our purpose; we HAD to get to the River!
Since coming a little more than three weeks ago now to the Tampa area, just two hours from “home” near Gainesville, Florida, I have felt a multitude of emotions. In all honesty, there were many times, especially during that first week of adjustment for my family that I wanted to tuck tail and RUN; however, we adjusted accordingly, prayed a lot and learned to rely on God much more.
Since my arrival God has really changed my life. Before I got here I was living in a town filled with poverty and lack. My mindset about giving was infiltrated with religion. Though I had been broken through in the area of giving before, I didn’t realize I had backslid in that area. Last week when the giving services broke out, I felt the Lord pulling on my heart to do something big. Sunday morning while Pastor Rodney was teaching about offering and telling the congregation what happened in the school the previous week, the Lord began to deal with me about giving my alabaster box.
He said, “Give your wedding ring”. I was shocked. I tried to push the thought out of my head. I battled back and forth, taking the ring off and putting it back on several times. I decided not to give it, and made myself forget about it. As crazy as it sounds, about a minute later, the ring itself began feeling extremely uncomfortable. It was as if the ring was on fire! I couldn’t stand it! I had to take it off and put it on the alter. I moved to the end of my row and gained permission from the usher to place it on the alter. After I gave the ring to God I felt something break inside of me. The power of God fell on me so strong; I had to get on my knees before him.
I was crying and laughing at the same time. I was on my face like this for several minutes when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I looked up to see another Bible student. She took her wedding ring off of her hand and slipped it on mine. Not only was it beautiful, it was the perfect fit. My husband and I both had such an indescribable experience with God after this happened. I really cannot write it in words. All I know is I will never be the same again!
It’s been a huge blessing since I’ve come back for my second here at the river bible institute. Last year was a huge blessing doing the river school of worship. It was great being able to experience and learn everything about worship and music. So last year was absolutely a great blessing and throughout last I led 170 souls to Christ so it was a great time. And it’s great to be back, Tampa is a great place. Once I got off the plane after I landed I was really excited, thinking about everything that God was going to do this year. And this year I’ve been experiencing Jesus in awesome ways. Been really plugging in and seeking all that God has for me. And I’ve got a really great feeling that this is going to be my year.
I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I got a great feeling that I’m going to be doing all kinds of stuff for God. I know he has called my name, and I’ve been seeking his will since I was 15 and I’m 22 now. And I know Gods going to send me around the world doing all kinds of ministry things. Lately God has been revealing himself to me in amazing ways. And I really feel deep in my spirit that God is calling me to do music ministry. Music is the gift that God has given me, and I knew by the time I was 15 what I felt God wanted me to start doing. And I started singing and than started playing not long after that. And I’m really passionate about the gifts he has given me.
And he has really given me the ability to play and sing rock music. And I really enjoy using it for his glory and lift up his name. And I also feel that he wants me to preach as well. So I’m so excited and thrilled for what God is still having me do, and everything else he is going to have me do. And I’m really looking forward to traveling the world preaching the good news of Jesus Christ. God bless…..Robert A.