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

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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

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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 ).

Guilt Causes Immense Insecurity by Rodney Howard Browne

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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.

Dr. Rodney Howard Browne preached to thousands in New York

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During a Great Awaking Tour in New York, God is reviving Dr. Rodney Howard Brown’s people as they are going outside the four walls of the church and leading multitudes to the Lord.

 

Dr. Rodney Howard Browne preaches that God has continually sought a personal relationship with each and every man and woman.

 

Both to Greeks and to barbarians (to the cultured and to the uncultured), both to the wise and the foolish, I have an obligation to discharge and a duty to perform and a debt to pay. 15 So, for my part, I am willing and eagerly ready to preach the Gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  Romans 1:14-16 AMP

Rodney Howard Browne teaches us that the old man, Saul, did much damage to the church in his quest to do what he thought would please God. When God arrested him on the road to Damascus, changed his heart and his name and called him into the service of the Lord Jesus Christ, the new man, Paul, threw himself into this call with the same zeal that he had displayed when he had previously persecuted the Church!
And last of all He appeared to me also, as to one prematurely and born dead [no better than an unperfected fetus among living men]. 9 For I am the least [worthy] of the apostles, who am not fit or deserving to be called an apostle, because I once wronged and pursued and molested the church of God [oppressing it with cruelty and violence]. 10 But by the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not [found to be] for nothing (fruitless and without effect). In fact, I worked harder than all of them [the apostles], though it was not really I, but the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God which was with me.
1 Corinthians 15:8-10 AMP
Rodney Howard Browne shows us that when God opened Paul’s eyes, he saw his sin and was intensely grateful for God’s forgiveness and the righteousness he received in believing in the Lord Jesus. You can imagine how terrible he must have felt when he realized how arrogant he had been and how much damage he had done and yet God showed him only mercy. How appreciative he must have been that God could forgive someone like him and use him for His glory! He was deeply humbled by God’s grace and forgiveness and strongly motivated to do everything God told him to do with all that was within him – no matter the cost.
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.  Philippians 3:2-9 KJV

Rodney Howard Browne also points out that all the things that Saul had thought were so very important, all the things he was so very proud of, Paul counted as dung. Paul counted no longer on the flesh and his works and put all his confidence in Christ Jesus and the righteousness which is of God by faith. Now he lived to please God and not himself.  Paul made a commitment to Christ, to fulfill God’s call and to give his all for the Gospel and for the Kingdom of God! Even though he went through horrendous persecutions and hardships (2 Corinthians 11:22-28), he never lost sight of God’s purpose for his life and the debt of gratitude he owed the Lord for saving him.

Paul says that he had:
-an obligation to discharge 
-a duty to perform
-and a debt to pay

Rodney Howard Browne tells us that a debt is something that is owed or that one is bound to pay to or perform for another. A duty is something that one is expected or required to do by moral or legal obligation. An obligation arises from a sense of duty. It is the act of binding or obliging oneself by a promise or a contract. An obligation is an agreement that is enforceable by law. It is an indebtedness – a favor, service or benefit for which gratitude is due. It is the state of being under a debt, as of gratitude, for a favor, service, or benefit. Paul voluntarily chose to obligate himself to God’s service because of his gratitude to the Lord. He committed himself completely, expecting nothing but a “well done” at the end of the road.

Rodney Howard Browne warns that many Christians do not feel the obligation to the Cross that Paul felt. Maybe they are lukewarm, or they have the fear of man in them. Either they don’t have a revelation of what Jesus has done for them personally or they are just flat ungrateful. They attach little or no value to the price He paid for their salvation. Of the woman who wept and anointed Jesus with precious perfume, Jesus said, “She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.” (Luke 7:47 Message Bible).

Christians, if they have not already done so, should realize how much they owe the Lord and stop living for themselves alone. We should all start to really appreciate the price Jesus paid for us and commit ourselves fully to God’s plans and purposes. You and I are no different than Paul. God has been so good to us! We have eternal life! We are not facing an eternity in hell! We too have an obligation to discharge and a duty to perform and a debt to pay! Let us purpose today to always be grateful to the Lord for the great things He has done for us and to get up and fulfill the Great Commission with the same heart and passion as Paul!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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