Take Your Time by Rodney Howard Browne

Part of the solution is to chase the advantages of solitude and silence found in periods of obscurity. For the 1st time in 7 years, I took 6 weeks off one summer. I targeted on slowing down and refilling my soul with the deep things of the Lord. I prayed, I sang, I studied, I walked, I fished, I stayed quiet, and I sat pondering and reevaluating my life. You may not have that much time available. You’ll have only a few days, or maybe 2 weeks.

If you are not careful, you can quickly fill those days with things to do, places to go, and folk to see. Resist that enticement to crowd out the Lord. What an ideal chance to carve out time to be alone, just you, the family, and the Lord. I do not want you to miss any of these words. Rather than speeding up, let’s discover ways to slow down and rethink. Taking time to discover what truly matters is crucial if we are going to lift the curse of superficiality that shadows our lives. Don’t wait for the doctor to tell you that you have 6 months to live. Long before anything that sad becomes a fact, you should be growing roots deep into the soil of those things that really matter. No “Six Fast Steps to Success” or other self-help scrolls clumped under his arms.

He came back to what he had experienced on the path to Damascus. He considered each new dawn a present from the Lord, the ideal chance to redo his concerns and rethink his motives.

But time expended in solitude prepares us for the unavoidable challenges that come at us from the chipped age in which we live. 

Rare Veracity by Rodney Howard Browne

If Job’s story were made into a film and your folks had hired it for tonight, when you came to this part of the tale you’d fast-forward ; you would not desire your kids to observe. We do not wish to think a person as great as Job in chapters one and two is the same man you meet in chapter three.

Why? In part because we have this skewed idea that anyone who walks this closely with the Lord God lives contentedly forever. Of course, “God loves you and has a superb plan for your life.” Right? If you did not know better, you might think you could sprout wings before your conversion is a week old and begin to soar thru life. We want to understand that God’s “wonderful plan” is excellent from his point of view, not yours and mine.

But God’s glorious plan isn’t like that. Job brings us back to raw reality—God’s sort of fact. Remember his query, the one he asked his wife? “Shall we accept good from God and not accept adversity?” And remember that closing line? “In all this Job didn’t sin with his lips” ( Job 2:10 ).

The same man shortly steps into a completely new frame of reference. We do not need our hero to think or talk as he does here. He does not appear as if he is a person of God any more. He even has the audacity to point out at the end, “I am not at ease. I am in turmoil.” What has happened? We are given entrance into a troubled side of Job’s life that’s as real as any of our lives today, but the difference is, Job lets it all out. Fortunately, he reminds us that even the godly can be depressed. Ever been seriously depressed? God is still there.

I’m Always Here For You by Rodney Howard Browne

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God met his servant Elijah in his desperate moment of discouragement and despair. This is mercy at its best, superbly portrayed by the Master Himself.

First, God permitted Elijah a time of rest and refreshment.

No lightning bolt from heaven, asserting, “Look at you. You have not had a good meal in a long time.” Then He catered a meal of freshly baked bread and cool, refreshing water. That must have brought back sweet memories of those straightforward days by the brook at Cherith.

Fatigue can cause all kinds of unusual imaginations. Elijah was believing a lie, mainly because he was pooped. So God gave him rest and refreshment, and afterward Elijah went on for forty days and nights in the power of it. God’s presence wasn’t in wind or tremor or fire. Those sweet zephyrs were like windswept, invisible magnets, drawing Elijah out of the cavern.

Do you see what God did? He drew Elijah out of the cavern of self-pity and depression. And once Elijah was out of that cavern, God asked him again, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”. God showed Elijah that he had a job to do—that there had been still a place for him. Disillusioned and exhausted though he was, he was still God’s man and God’s choice for “such a time as this” ( Esther 4:14 ). And as far as this I’m-all-alone stuff went, “Elijah, let Me set the record straight,” declared God.

“There are 7 thousand unswerving out there who have not bowed to Baal. At any given moment, with the snap of My divine fingers, I can bring to the forefront an entire fresh corps of My troops.” What comfort that brought.


When the Shadows Strikes by Rodney Howard Browne

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Why did Elijah fear Jezebel’s threatening threats? Why did he run away from his longstanding emphasis of serving God and hide in fear under the shade of that solitary tree, deep in the wilderness? He was so shortsighted that he did not consider the source of this threat. The threat had not come from God ; it had come from an unbelieving, carnal homo sapien who lived her godless life light-years from God.

If Elijah had been thinking clearly and realistically, he’d have realized this. 3rd , Elijah was caught in the backwash of a great victory. That is when we want to set up a shield against the enemy.

He used to be a wanted, hunted man, considered by the king to be Public Enemy Number One. There’s little doubt that Elijah had come to the end of his rope physically and, for sure, emotionally—all of which could not help but weaken him spiritually. I’m not sure if Elijah was offended, but I’ll tell you he was tired. You can hear it in his tired words : “It is sufficient ; now, O LORD, take my life, for I’m not better than my fathers.”. It’ll cultivate a victim mind-set in your head. And in the worst-case eventuality, it can bring you to the point of wanting to die, which is precisely where Elijah was. We open the door for that pathetic liar, self-pity, when we build an impractical standard and then can’t measure up to it. Self-pity mauls its way within our minds like a beast and claws us to shreds.

The Sadness by Rodney Howard Browne

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Elijah was a courageous soothsayer, without question . He was also a person of great meekness, as we have seen. But let’s remember that he was simply a man—a human, subject to the condition of being human, as we all are. It isn’t surprising that at that point in Elijah’s life the great soothsayer hit bottom. For many years he had stood powerful amid and against almost impossible percentages and circumstances. But now, after a great victory, he dropped into the throes of discouragement and total despair. Since this is true, we should not be surprised to read that. He was terrified and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

I am satisfied this chapter has been included in Scripture. I am happy that when God paints the portraits of His women and men, He paints them warts and all. He doesn’t ignore their defects or hide their disasters.

Elijah had to get his eyes back on the Lord. He’d been used mightily, but it was actually the Lord who made him mighty.

He stood robust against the enemy, but it was actually the Lord who had given him the strength. Regularly we are way more enamored with the gifts God gives us than with the Giver Himself. When the Lord brings rest and refreshment, we become more thankful for the rest and refreshment than for the God who permits it.

When God gives us a good mate, we become soaked up in that fellowship and so engrossed with the mate that we forget all about it was our gracious God who gave us the buddy.

A Lifelong Struggle by Rodney Howard Browne

In the lifelong tussle with enticement and natural want, followers are told to “put on” the Lord Jesus Christ. This becomes a daily activity by which you decide who’s going to live your life for you today. Are you going to live in the flesh, or is Jesus going to have the right of living His life through you? Folk have different terms for the “flesh,” but in simple terms it’s the normal part of each person that wants to operate in opposition to God. It sometimes reveals itself by challenging the limitations the Lord set for humankind’s good. We’ll always have this fleshly nature, but we do not have to live by it, and we do not have to surrender to it. Why? As we have the Holy Spirit living inside. When he indwells us, we possess 2 mindsets – the mind of the Spirit leading toward God and the mind of the flesh leading away from Him. Because these 2 ways of thinking are against one another, conflict and warfare result. Rodney Howard Browne explains that we are in a genuine battle, which needs real weapons.

We’ve got the helmet of deliverance so we will not surrender our minds to the flesh. The breastplate of goodness protects our feelings from giving way to natural wants. We put on the belt of truth, which enables us to stroll honestly instead of in the flesh. Pastor Rodney Howard Browne teaches that there’s a real shield of religion because there are real darts of doubt.

Rodney Howard Brown explains that we are at war, but we are well provided for it. God always leads us in victory.

Our Perspective of God by Rodney Howard Browne

Yesterday’s attention concluded with the assumption the basis of prayer is our perspective of God. It is not enough to mouth the words of the Lord’s Prayer ; we must also believe God can meet the wishes we bring to Him. That is why our knowledge of Him has such an effect on our lives. First, our perspective influences what we ask – in particular, the dimensions of our petition is influenced.

Folk frequently say, “I could not ask God for that” because they considered the request too much – but what might be too large for an omniscient and omnipotent God? We limit our blessings when we ask just for what we will achieve with our own resources, instead of depending on Him to give the will and the way. 2nd , our experience of God is affecting our way of life.

Spotting God wants to stroll with us should produce the need for a pure heart. We all know that living in deliberate sin short-circuits our fellowship with Him. Therefore , our perspective of Him is affecting how we think, behave, and relate to folks. Eventually , our point of view on God impacts our religion. If we see Him as some distant being who plays faves, then we won’t expect much from our requests. But if we realize he is an all-powerful Father who loves us personally, then we are able to pray with the confidence that we’ll be heard. Knowing God intimately will transform our natural bent toward doubt and sin into an underlying sense of gigantic peace and religion.

Our requests are heard by an individual God. Have you taken the time to get to know Him?

The Joy of God Over His People

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.  Zephaniah 3:17 KJV

This is one of the most beautiful verses in the Bible. A God who is great and MIGHTY – Jehovah Elohim – and yet who is so loving and so kind and so generous with His people! His heart is to save us – not punish or destroy us. The word “save” means that He wants to free us; avenge us; defend us; deliver us; rescue us; help us; preserve us; cause us to be victorious. He will rejoice – be bright; be cheerful; be glad; joy; make mirth – over us with joy and gladness – joyfulness; blithesomeness; glee; mirth; pleasure. He will rest in His love – His love is more than enough; His love is big enough; His love is the reason for it all; His love makes all things right. Then He will joy over us – spin around; be joyful – with singing – with a shout of joy; cry of joy; proclamation; triumph.

Our God is rejoicing over us, singing over us, dancing over us, shouting over us, triumphing over us, and we are wrapped in His love and His delight. It doesn’t get any better than that! Meditate on this verse and let it sink into your spirit – how much the Father loves you and how good He is and how good He is to you!

God is pleased with us when we have faith in Him:

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:5-6 NKJV

He takes pleasure in those who reverently respect and fear Him:

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

He delights in the humble:

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.  Psalms 149:4 NKJV

He delights in those who are upright:

I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You.  1 Chronicles 29:17 NKJV

They who are willfully contrary in heart are extremely disgusting and shamefully vile in the eyes of the Lord, but such as are blameless and wholehearted in their ways are His delight! Proverbs 11:20 AMP

He delights in the prayer of the upright:

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.  Proverbs 15:8 NKJV

He delights in prospering the upright:

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, 10 If you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with all your being.  Deuteronomy 30:9-10 AMP

He rejoices over us to do us good:

And they will be My people, and I will be their God. 39 And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may [reverently] fear Me forever for the good of themselves and of their children after them. 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will not turn away from following them to do them good, and I will put My [reverential] fear in their hearts, so that they will not depart from Me. 41 Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly and in truth with My whole heart and with My whole being. Jeremiah 32:38-41 AMP

He delivers those in whom He delights:

He brought me forth into a large place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. 21 The Lord rewarded me according to my uprightness with Him; He compensated and benefited me according to the cleanness of my hands.  2 Samuel 22:20-21 AMP

Because He delights in us, we are comforted:

And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; and the sound of weeping will no more be heard in it, nor the cry of distress.  Isaiah 65:19 AMP

The Lord gives an inheritance to those in whom He delights:

If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.  Numbers 14:8 AMP

He is especially joyful whenever anyone repents and is saved or restored:

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.  Luke 15:7 NKJV

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.  Luke 15:10 NKJV

And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;  24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.  Luke 15:23-24 NKJV

He rejoices over us like a bridegroom rejoices over his bride:

For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.  Isaiah 62:5 NKJV

Our Loving Heavenly Father by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne shares that one of the excellent things about our heavenly Father is that thru the Scripture, He unearths what matters to Him. In the parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the “lost” prodigal child, Jesus shares the heart of God. People who have missed the saving truth of God, as well as followers who have walked away from His truths, learn that they matter significantly to Him.

Just as the widow scoured the room to find the coin, God pursues us so we might accept His gift of salvation. Rodney Howard Brown points out that like the shepherd who left those ninety-nine sheep in safety to find the person that had walked away, our Shepherd has the priority of bringing us into relationship with Himself. And His concern is similar whether we are wandering for the 1st or hundredth time.

Just as the prodigal’s father welcomed his boy back and forgave him, our heavenly Father guarantees the same to us. Due to the saving work of Jesus Christ, God’s love “keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5).

The prodigal’s father threw a celebratory party, and Scripture tells us that heaven rejoices when one who was lost has been found (Luke 15:6, 9-10, 24). Our loving heavenly Father yearns that each person in His creation be “found.”

Knowing that all folks start life in a “lost” religious condition, (Romans 3:10-11) God offers every one a place in his folks thru Jesus’ redeeming work, and He has trusted followers with spreading the message of deliverance. Does your heart beat as God’s does for the lost? Rodney Howard Browne advises that if not, pray for a heart change.

Confess Your Jealousy by Rodney Howard Browne

Is it possible to grab control of an envious attitude? Yes, it definitely is! Knowing that God wants His children to be responsible for these feelings, let’s inspect some particular things you can do to gain victory. Rodney Howard Browne teaches to confess your envy. This emotion will always – always – take your eyes off God and fix them on somebody else or object. That, at its heart, is idolatry.

When you place a higher price on some “thing” than you place on the Lord, you put yourself under judgment. Repent of that sin immediately! Recognize that you are in feud with God. If He selects to bring some particular blessing into someone else’s life, that is His privilege. Your envy is just an announcement that you believe you deserve that blessing more than the other person. Rodney Howard Browne teaches us to bring this truthfully before the Lord, and ask Him to revive a godly point of view to your mind.

Thank God for what he does in that person’s life. You may not like this point. However, when you praise God – even if you don’t feel like it – you put yourself in a position to get His blessings by showing that you totally trust His judgment. Ask God to set love in your heart for the other person. So frequently in Scripture, the word “jealous” is followed by the word “anger.” don’t permit envy to stir up ill will and hate toward somebody else. Envy can destroy your relationships, your witness, and your own experience of God’s blessings.

Ask the Lord to wipe away these unhealthy feelings today.

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