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Transcendental Meditation by Rodney Howard Browne

Transcendental Meditation by Rodney Howard Browne

Transcendental Meditation is “in.” Ask any amount of celebrities or central authority leaders or public faculty officials or thousands of school youngsters who commend it. All are going crazy over a Hindu monk. Advocates around this gullible world have developed a huge network of World Meditation Society centers, declaring them to be the answer to emotional and physical ills and an excellent way to raise the individual.

Affidavits go with the propaganda : A pro basketball player claims it helps him make his foul shots. Mums announce it gives them patience with small children.Merchants experience wealth by practicing it. Underneath TM’s surface rests a philosophy that is worse than deadly. Vedic literature includes sacrificial incantations, formulas utilized by sorcerers who practice the black humanities.

TM is sorcery wrapped in a clean, white bed sheet. How does TM work? A customer at a TM center pays the charge and receives instructions. This comprises the giving of a “mantra” with straightforward directions. A mantra is a secret, individualized word that’s to be used frequently during “meditation sessions.” Vedism and Hinduism both refer to the chant. The repeating of the mantra is a signal, asking assistance from the spirit world.

Will you achieve results if you practice TM? Yes, indeed. Will things occur if you solidly apply the paranormal formula? Like you will not believe. Chances are, you’ll get more than you bargained for. But he will not be smiling and before long, neither will you.

Contentment in Life by Rodney Howard Browne

Some lessons in Scripture are completed instantly. As an example, after we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior, our deliverance is accomplished.

Though we might need guarantee sometimes, the problem is settled forever. At other times, a lesson must be learned continually. Just when we think we have it down, something comes along to check our understanding. One of those lessons involves being content in all circumstances. To experience happiness is to be free from worry and disappointment about unsatisfied wishes in our life.

When we look closely at Paul’s words in Philippians, we recognize 2 critical guidelines. First, happiness is not ruled by circumstances. If it were, we’d have huge issues. We can’t flip a switch and make everything right at our workplace, in our home, among our kids, or in eventualities which we will not control. But the majority are discontent because they don’t understand this principle.

Paul’s secret may also be ours : “And the peace of God, which exceeds all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” ( Philippians 4:7 ). The second principle is that our inner self, or angle, is what manages happiness. Paul failed to have a “roller coaster faith” that went up and down ; instead, he had a calm confidence that no-one could thieve something he possessed on the inside – his relationship with God was his source of satisfaction. We all experience stress, but when we reply with religion and prayerfully cast cares on Him ( one Peter 5:7 ) our sense of happiness can’t be thieved.

The Emotion of Displeasure by Rodney Howard Browne

Have you been envious of somebody else’s success? Perhaps your neighbor brought home a mint vehicle this week, or maybe somebody at work just got the promotion you desired. When eventualities like these stir up inexplicable reactions inside us, we just might have an issue.

Envy is the emotion of displeasure on seeing some other person’s good fortune. Are your sentiments always the clearest indicator of truth? Most frequently, the answer’s no. In fact, Scripture announces that our hearts are “deceitful” ( Jeremiah 17:9 ). We must instead concentrate on what we are true: God’s Word.

Let me ask you a query : what pleases you? Does your joy rely on possessions and accolades, or do you draw your pleasure from the Lord? If your pleasure is in “things,” then you should expect a tussle with envy at any moment. In our proud spirit, we believe that we have entitlement to somebody else’s blessings. In a way, we are pronouncing, “God, You gave this thing to that person, but you must have given it to me. You were wrong.” We may not say it so really, but our actions could be talking louder than our words. When you’re feeling the beginnings of an envious angle, ask God to refocus your attention from “things” back onto Him.

Have you been envious of somebody else’s success? Maybe your neighbor brought home a mint auto this week, or perhaps someone at work just got the promotion you desired. When situations like these stir up inexplicable reactions inside us, we just might have an argument. Envy is the emotion of displeasure on seeing someone else’s good fortune.

Are your affections always the clearest indicator of truth? Most often, the answer’s no.
Truthfully , Scripture asserts that our hearts are “deceitful” ( Jeremiah 17:9 ). We must instead focus on what we are true: God’s Word. Let me ask you a question : what pleases you? Does your joy depend on possessions and accolades, or do you draw your pleasure from the Lord? If your pleasure is present in “things,” then you can expect a tussle with envy at any moment.

In our proud spirit, we believe that we have entitlement to someone else’s blessings. In a way, we are announcing, “God, You gave this thing to that person, but you must have given it to me. You were wrong.” We may not say it so truly, but our actions may be chatting louder than our words. When you’re feeling the beginnings of an envious angle, ask God to refocus your attention from “things” back onto Him.

What To Do When In Doubt by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne explains how to handle doubt. Since religion is the center of our Christian experience, the effects of wavering religion are far-reaching. Unsure trust can lead us to make inaccurate calls. Though we get an answer to prayer, we’d think, I will not do that. So, rather than asking God to reinforce our religion, we create excuses for why we won’t obey. We may decide to delay our obedience – even indefinitely – or do something we consider just as worthwhile.

Rodney Howard Browne teaches us to obey with all our heart. Partial obedience is still insubordination, and it leads to mistakes. Not only can failing religion result in poor decisions, but it is also dear. The Israelites rambled 40 years in the desert as the country authorized unbelief to overtake their religion. Wavering ideology can make us miss out on the blessings of God ; they often prove dear to those we adore too. Our confidence also will be troubled by shifting religion. When we are spiritually unstable, we are going to be shaken by small things – even trivial matters. Rather than standing firm, we will find our confidence eroding. Then we become less ready to take the hazards God is asking of us.

Rodney Howard Browne teaches us to draw near to God. Instead of acting with certainty, we shall question and doubt what we are hearing from the Lord. We intend to also find joy lessening because our wavering faith has led us away from God’s will. The inner peace of God that we once enjoyed evaporates as our religion weakens. Irrespective of how unstable our religion is, God invites us to draw near so he will be able to buttress our trust in Him. When He does, give Him the glory. ( Romans 4:20-21 ).

Discipling The City One Home At A Time

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

1. The Great Commission

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age (Matthew 28: 19- 20 AMP).

• We have been commissioned to win souls.
• We have been commissioned to disciple and teach all that Jesus commanded.

Each One Reach One
Each One Teach One
Make Disciples
Multiply
Win the Lost at any Cost

• John 4 – Jesus is seen as the greatest soul winner.
• Friendship Evangelism
• Jesus disciples the Samaritan Woman by teaching her the principles of the kingdom of God.
• John 4 :10 – Salvation
• John 4:14 – Holy Spirit
• John 4 :18 – The Gifts of the Spirit
• John 4:21- 24 – Worship

30 The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men—he gathers and receives them for eternity]
(Proverbs 11:30 AMP).

4 Who wishes all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge and recognition of the [divine] truth
(I Timothy 2:4 AMP).

2. Definition of a Disciple

The intentional training of believers with accountability based on loving relationships. See Matthew 10:24.

There is no substitute for learning from example.

14 And (JESUS) He appointed [a]twelve [disciples], so that they would be with Him [for instruction] and so that He could send them out to preach [the gospel as apostles—that is, as His special messengers, personally chosen representatives], 15 and to have authority and power to cast out demons (Mark 3:14-15 AMP).

From Jesus’ character, they learned:

• How to have a heart for God.
• How to make decisions.
• Good conversation.
• Doing the will of God.
• Depending on the Holy Spirit.

Christian Values
• Love, faith, prayer, humility, obedience
• Discipline, self sacrifice, teachable attitude
• Openness to learn
• Heart of a servant
• Constant devotion

3. Jesus modeled the importance of ministry in the home.

• Dead brought back to life – Matthew 9:23-25
• Preach and Teach – Luke 5:17-18
• Instruction – Matthew 17:25-27
• Healing – Matthew 8:14-15
• Fellowship and Eating – Matthew 8:10-13
• Singing and Worship – Matthew 26:30
• Forgiveness of Sin – Mark 2:1-5
• Demons Cast Out – Mark 7:24-30
• Children Blessed – Mark 9:33-37
• Homes Blessed with Peace – Matthew 10:13

4. New Testament Church – Houses of Joy

42 They were continually and faithfully devoting themselves to the instruction of the apostles, and to fellowship, to eating meals together and to prayers (Acts 2:42 AMP).

46 Day after day they met in the temple [area] continuing with one mind, and breaking bread in various private homes. They were eating their meals together with joy and generous hearts, 47 praising God continually, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:46-47).

5. Houses of Joy – Ministry Centers

• Houses of Healing – Matthew 8:6-7
• Houses of Deliverance – Mark 7:30
• Houses of Salvation – Luke 19:5
• Houses of the presence of the Holy Spirit – Acts 2:2
• Houses of Evangelism – Acts 17:7-8 / Acts 21:8

6. Houses of Joy

33 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just and righteous (Proverbs 3:33 AMP).

6 Great and priceless treasure is in the house of the [consistently] righteous one [who seeks godly instruction and grows in wisdom], But trouble is in the income of the wicked one [who rejects the laws of God] (Proverbs 15:6 AMP).

7. Confession

• Our house is a household of faith. Galatians 6:10
• Our house is a household of peace. Isaiah 32:18
• Our house is full of light. Exodus 10:23
• Our house is off limits to sickness. Psalm 91:10
• Our house is filled with salvation. Luke 19:9
• Our house is a blessed house. Proverbs 3:33
• Our house is off limits to vandalism. Proverbs 24:15
• Our house is a protected house. Isaiah 4:5
• Our house is a happy home. Esther 8:16-17
• Our house is an evangelistic center. Job 11:18-19

Guilt Causes Immense Insecurity by Rodney Howard Browne

Rodney Howard Browne explains that guilt leads to all kinds of mind games. Have you been truthfully shocked at some of the thoughts running thru your mind in occasions of intense regret? We’ll take a fast look at some results of this perilous “game.” First, guilt has the potential to shake our beliefs’. We may wonder at our unfortunate behavior and think, there is no way I’m able to truly be forgiven – God can’t still love me after I acted this way.

Guilt breeds fear – fear of discovery and implications, to name a pair. The Demon wants you to keep looking over your shoulder; that way, you cannot keep your eyes on where you’re going!

Guilt leads to the wish for punishment. We may start to isolate ourselves or drive folk away as we feel undeserving of their love. This is another devilish trap. Just as in war, an infantryman standing alone is a big fat target for the Enemy.

Rodney Howard Browne explains that guilt causes enormous insecurity. A guilty conscience naturally ends up in thinking, I am not quite good enough. If I were a better Christian, I would not have done that. Not surprising no-one likes me. If you are wrestling with the issue of guilt, I pray that you’ll leave your remorse where you are standing and attest these three things: I am special. I am loved. I am forgiven. Say them aloud as a prayer of praise to God: Say them regularly, letting the words sink into your consciousness.

Jesus wants you to be an active infantryman for Him. Don’t let the Enemy take you out of the battle.

GOD CONFIRMS HIS WORD

Today’s Scriptures: Mark 16:15-20

Mark 16:15-20 NKJV
For all these things My hand has made, and so all these things have come into being [by and for Me], says the Lord. But this is the man to whom I will look and have regard: he who is humble and of a broken or wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word and reveres My commands. 
Isaiah 66:2 AMP

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. 

After Jesus rose from the dead, and before He ascended to His seat at the right hand of the Father, He sent the disciples out to do His work. He commissioned them to preach the gospel to every person, to get them filled with the Spirit and to heal and deliver them. The key to the signs and wonders and miracles was the preaching of the Word. The signs followed the Word of God! God will not confirm your opinion – He will only confirm the Word.

Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what do you see? And I said, I see a branch or shoot of an almond tree [the emblem of alertness and activity, blossoming in late winter]. 12 Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.  Jeremiah 1:11-12 AMP

The Lord is not fast asleep – He is active and alert. He is ever watching over His Word to perform it. God’s Word is not like the words of man, which fall to the ground. God’s Word is active, alive and full of power.

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 AMP

Rodney Howard Browne shows us that the power of God is in the Word of God!

For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.   Isaiah 55:10-11 AMP

God’s Word is like the rain, which comes down to water the earth and produce food and seed, bringing life and blessing everywhere it falls. You never see land that is well watered, that does not have grass and trees and food growing, supporting and sustaining life. The desert areas of the world are that way because they have no rain to bring life to the ground. In the same way, wherever God’s Word goes, life is produced. God’s Word does not just fall to the ground – it is never useless or ineffective. Whatever God pleases, will be accomplished through and by His powerful Word and whatever He sent it to do it will do. Not only will His Word produce exactly what He sent it out to do, but it will prosper and be multiplied!

The Lord said to Moses, Has the Lord’s hand (His ability and power) become short (thwarted and inadequate)? You shall see now whether My word shall come to pass for you or not.  Numbers 11:23 AMP

Moses got into trouble with God because he asked too many questions after God had already answered him and told him everything he needed to know. He doubted God’s ability to use him for His purposes. If God tells you to do something, it is because something is going to happen as you obey His Word. It doesn’t matter if it makes no sense to the natural mind; it doesn’t matter if you feel worthy or not; God’s Word will produce and prosper when you act on it. Remember, God will not confirm your opinion or your own idea – He will confirm His Word!

Rodney Howard Browne teaches us that we need to have a much greater respect and regard for God’s Word. We should tremble at God’s Word – not in fear, but in utmost respect. We should surrender ourselves – our will and our destiny – to His Word. God’s Word is worthy of our full attention and complete obedience at all times. Only then will we be blessed and prosperous in all that we do.

Eight Things God is to Man

1. Deliverer

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. Psalms 30:1 NKJV

And he said: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; 3 The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. 4 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. 2 Samuel 22:2-4 NKJV

The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower. 3 I will call upon the Lord, Who is to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalms 18:2-3 AMP

And so all Israel will be saved. As it is written, The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will banish ungodliness from Jacob. Romans 11:26 AMP

2. Healer

O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. Psalms 30:2 NKJV

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. Isaiah 53:5 AMP

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

3. Preserver

O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalms 30:3 NKJV

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalms 32:7 NKJV

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. Psalms 121:7-8 NKJV

And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen! 2 Timothy 4:18 NKJV

4. Holiness

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. Psalms 30:4 NKJV

Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders? Exodus 15:11 AMP

And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:24 AMP

5. Comforter

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Psalms 30:5 NKJV

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4 NKJV

This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life. Psalms 119:50 NKJV

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV

6. Provider

Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.” Psalms 30:6 NKJV

And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity]. 2 Corinthians 9:10 AMP

7. Protector

Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled. 8 I cried out to You, O Lord; And to the Lord I made supplication: 9 “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? Psalms 30:7-8 NKJV

The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower. 3 I will call upon the Lord, Who is to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalms 18:2-3 AMP

8. Helper

Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!” 11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever. Psalms 30:10-12 NKJV

Behold, God is my helper and ally; the Lord is my upholder and is with them who uphold my life. Psalms 54:4 AMP

So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me? Hebrews 13:6 AMP

Sound Instruction for a Blessed Life – Part Three

But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine. Titus 2:1 NKJV

But [as for] you, teach what is fitting and becoming to sound (wholesome) doctrine [the character and right living that identify true Christians]. Titus 2:1 AMP

The Lord, through Paul, commanded Titus to preach sound doctrine to all people. This is His command to each of us as well.

6. Preach to men-concerning grace:

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.

Titus 2:11-12 NKJV

God’s grace has appeared to bring salvation to ALL mankind. This grace, that forgives and saves, also teaches us to:

Deny ungodliness

Deny worldly lusts

Live soberly

Live righteously

Live godly

The Greek word for “teaching” is paideuo, which means instruction as to children.

Truly I say to you, whoever does not accept and receive and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] shall not in any way enter it [at all]. Luke 18:17 AMP

How can a person “receive the Kingdom of God like a child”? It means to have a humble, teachable spirit. It means that you trust Father God and you believe His word – just as a child believes the word of an adult who loves him and whom he trusts. We should be willing to be guided and taught by the Word of God. We should be willing to learn, grow and change.

7. Preach to men concerning the rapture and the second coming:

Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13 NKJV

One of the truths of the Gospel that we should believe, trust, and preach is that Jesus is coming back in His glory. In these last days, there are people who deny the second coming, but God’s Word tells us that we should comfort each other with these words. If we believe God’s Word about the resurrection and salvation then we should believe Him about the second coming.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NKJV

8. Preach to men-concerning redemption:

Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:14 NKJV

Jesus gave Himself for us:

To redeem us from iniquity

To purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works

9. Preach with authority:

Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. Titus 2:15 NKJV

Four admonitions to Titus:

1. These things speak.

Speak these things – preach, say, speak, talk, tell, utter. The Gospel must be preached. It can only be preached when we open our mouths and tell it.

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:13-14 NKJV

2. These things exhort.

Exhort – means to call near; invite; invoke; beseech; call for; be of good comfort; desire; entreat; pray. We are to exhort others concerning the Gospel – we are to invite them, beseech them and entreat them.

And we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s servant in [spreading] the good news (the Gospel) of Christ, to strengthen and establish and to exhort and comfort and encourage you in your faith.

1 Thessalonians 3:2 AMP

Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 AMP

3. Rebuke with all authority.

When you preach the Gospel, preach it with boldness and authority, because when you speak, you speak with the whole of Heaven backs you up.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV

4. Let no man despise you.

What man thinks of you is of no consequence in eternity. Only what God thinks counts. Do not worry about what people think. Go ahead and boldly preach the Gospel.

The Work of Your Hands

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

II Thessalonians 3:10-12  (NAS)

10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone will not work, neither let him eat.

11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.

12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.

Paul gives very clear instruction and direction to the church in this passage concerning how they were to apply their time and resources. He told them to mind their own business, work and lead a disciplined life. You see their lives were turned upside-down when they received Jesus and were baptized in the Holy Ghost. They spent their time meeting in houses, learning more about Jesus. It was all so new and different for them. They gained new friends and lost some old ones. Everything changed for them. Some of them were called into full-time ministry. They left their jobs and went out preaching. But in the course of time, these new Christians needed to find some direction for their lives and Paul supplies it here.

The same thing happens today when we get born again.  Everything changes for us. We are different on the inside. We learn new things, some of which are totally contrary to the things we have learned in the past. In the world, we are told to hold on to what we have, but God tells us to give. In the world we wear ourselves out to supply our families with the basics, but God tells us that if we will obey and serve Him, He will meet our needs. This can be confusing for new Christians. Indeed, some people think that because God helps us we can sit back and do nothing and He will just do everything.

It does not work that way. God will help us and bless us, but we must do our part. We must be disciplined and we must love to work. Working with God on your side is different from doing it all by yourself, by the sweat of your brow. It is much easier because you have the mind of Christ. He leads you and gives you wisdom so that your labor is productive. He blesses the work of your hands; but, if your hands are not working, He has nothing to bless. If God has called you into ministry, He will not call you out of your job into NOTHING. He will call you into a time of study or preparation or He will call you into ministry which is WORK. Usually there is a transition time. One thing phases out as the other takes over. You start to minister and you get so busy ministering that you don’t have time to do secular work.

Some people claim that God has called them into a life of faith, so they quit working. Many times it’s not a life of faith, but a life of hope. “Gee, I sure HOPE that God comes through for me while I sit here doing nothing!” God will bless the work of your hands not the seat of your pants. Whether you work in business or in the ministry, it is all WORK. Being called of God is no excuse to be lazy. There is a joy and a satisfaction in working hard and doing something worthwhile with your life. When you make up your mind to discipline yourself, to work hard, and not be lazy or sloppy, God will begin to bless the work of your hands.

Psalm 128:1-4  (NIV)

1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways.

2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive

shoots around your table.

4Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD.