Living Life to the Fullest

Living Life to the Fullest by Rodney Howard Browne

Mrs Rhonda Alps, 89 years of age, died alone in her home on a Sat. . When the state authorities made their initial inquiry of Mrs Alps’ home, they found a undoubted “pigpen. The largest mess you can imagine.” The girl had pleaded food from neighbors’ back doors and gotten what clothing she had from the Sally Army.

Amid the jumble of her soiled, disheveled effects, the officers found 2 keys to safe-deposit boxes at 2 different local banks. In the 1st box were over seven hundred ATT stock certificates, and hundreds of other valuable certificates, bonds, and solid fiscal stocks, not to mention a pile of money adding up to nearly $200,000. Adding the net worth of both boxes, they found well over 1 million dollars.

The radio correspondent commented the estate would doubtless go to a distant niece and nephew, neither of whom dreamed their aunt had a thin dime to her name. Don’t you wonder about this woman? Why, oh, why would anyone salt away all that bread in 2 small boxes, month after month, year by year, and refuse to spend even enough for food to remain alive? Fact is, Rhonda Alps wasn’t saving her cash ; she was worshiping it.

Gaining a twisted satisfaction out of watching the stacks grow higher as she shuffled along the streets wearing the garb of a beggar. Rodney Howard Browne explains that it is okay to be a firm follower in saving, investing, intelligent spending, and smart money management. Never have I seen one who could dream broad dreams or see huge visions of what God can do despite man’s restrictions.

Magnanimous giants with God who get pumped up about deserting themselves to Him. The name of the game isn’t CAUTION, it’s still VISION, isn’t it? Appears like I read somewhere that those without it perish. Rodney Howard Browne points out that when they buried Rhonda Alps, she did not take a penny with her.

God can still Love me

Rodney Howard Browne shows us an oak tree

Have you been honestly stunned at some of the thoughts running thru your intelligence during periods of intense regret? Let us take a fast look at some results of this threatening “game.” Pastor Rodney Howard Browne shares that we may wonder at our regrettable behaviour and think, there is no way I may actually be forgiven – God can’t still love me after I acted this way. 2nd , guilt breeds fear – fear of discovery and results, to name a pair. The Demon would like for you to keep looking over your shoulder ; that way, you can not keep your eyes on where you are going. We may start to isolate ourselves or drive folks away as we feel undeserving of their love. Just as in war, an infantryman standing alone is a fat target for the Enemy.

If I were a better Christian, I would not have done that. If you are wrestling with the issue of guilt, I pray that you’re going to leave your remorse where you are standing and attest these 3 things : I am special. Rodney Howard Browne advises to say them out loud as a prayer of praise to God : Say them repeatedly, letting the words sink into your consciousness. Jesus would like you to be an active infantryman for Him. Don’t let the Enemy take you out of the battle.

Have you been honestly startled at some of the thoughts running through your intellect in occasions of intense regret? We’ll take a fast look at some results of this threatening “game.” First, guilt has the capability to shake our ideology’. We may wonder at our unlucky behaviour and think, there’s no way I am in a position to actually be forgiven – God can’t still love me after I acted this way. Rodney Howard Brown warns that guilt breeds fear – fear of discovery and implications, to name a pair.

The Devil would like for you to keep looking over your shoulder ; that way, you can’t keep your eyes on where you are going. We may begin to isolate ourselves or drive folks away as we feel undeserving of their love. Just as in war, an infantryman standing alone is an enormous fat target for the Enemy. A guilty conscience naturally finishes up in thinking, I’m really not quite adequate. If I were a better Christian, I wouldn’t have done that.

If you are wrestling with the issue of guilt, I pray that you will leave your remorse where you are standing and attest these 3 things : I’m special. Say them out loud as a prayer of praise to God : Say them regularly, letting the words sink into your consciousness. Do not let the Enemy take you out of the battle.

Share What You Have Learned

The Bible is chock-full of godly beliefs by which our Lord wants us to live. I would like to share some of the most vital lessons God has taught me. I could certainly mention many others, but these have been very impressed on my heart.The most liberating truth I have discovered is that we will not live the Christian life.

This may be done only by Christ living thru us. There had been a point in time when I was battling to try my best but continually failing. I went to my knees one night and did not get up till God uncloaked the meaning of John 15:4 Jesus claimed the branch abides in the vine. To explain, we’re not alone in this Christian life.

God does not intend for us to perform better to delight Him ; rather ; He wants us to depend on His strength so that he will be able to live thru us. One thing I frequently say is that we must obey God and leave the implications to Him. To do that always needs bravery, but it is simpler when we have cultivated dependence on Him. We build reliance first by concentrating to God. We won’t separate obedience from listening to Him – otherwise we could not recognize the following step He wants taken. In addition, to turn over the implications of our obedience, we must trust God.

We fear what may occur if we trust Him, but the power of the vine is acceptable to brace the branch’s miniscule religion and tackle the result of obedience. The final result is a deserving crop of fruit.

Make His Name Known

There are 3 questions that everybody should be able to answer properly : Who is the one true God? What is He like? And is it feasible to have a private relationship with Him? Across the history of humankind, numerous folk of all countries have been haunted by these questions. When the apostle Paul was in Athens, he supplied answers for the people there by evangelizing about Jesus. Today, Christians continue to share about Jesus as it is God’s will that each single person have the right answer to those 3 questions. ( one Timothy 2:3-4 ). Think about all of the faiths of the Earth and what quantity of people are concerned in those myriad faiths. Most live in fear, doubt, and darkness. Imagine we are walking into church Sun. morning and sitting before a giant statue of bronze or gold. We would sing some songs, then take up an offering and lay it on the foot of the statue.

After singing many further tunes, we return to our homes. What would we carry home with us? What guarantee could we claim? . There would be no joy, peace, or guarantee in this life or the life to come as we bowed down to something that is dead and unable to hear us.
We followers know the true God. There’s a sector of folks out there who long to know Jesus, but they haven’t heard about Him. Don’t be content to just live your Christian life. Find some way to share your peace and joy with some other person.

Bravery in the midst of the Powerful

According to Pharaoh’s instructions, the Hebrew midwife was to observe closely as the baby appeared. She was right away to discover the sex of the kid as it came forth from the womb and to snuff out its life if she noticed it definitely was a male—possibly suffocating the tiny boy before he ever let out his first cry. These women feared God more than they feared the laws of the king. The word “vigorous” means “lively.” They told a scowling, sad Pharaoh, “My, oh my, King, these girls are fast. When we hear they are about to give birth, we speed over to the house and zip, pop, it’s over.

The baby’s already there, and then what can we do?”. Pharaoh, who may not have appreciated the graphic details of birth any more than I do, acquired the entire thing. Who was he to debate with these strong-hearted midwives? Fortunately, these 2 bold girls, as Scripture would later say of Moses’ own fogeys, “were not terrified of the king’s edict” ( Hebrews 11:23 ). Praise God for such bold folk of religion.

To this day, from Africa to China to the Middle East, that very same bravery shines out like a beacon. All around the planet as you read these words, God’s folk are being hounded and persecuted for their loyalty to Jesus Christ. And they’re standing fast in the face of edicts from kings, presidents, generals, and party commissars. They’re announcing, “No, we can’t do the things you are asking us to do. We refuse to reject our Lord.” And they’re paying the final cost.

The Sinner Within Us

When we set our minds on things of the flesh – those sinful perspectives, ideas, and habits in our life – we are decreeing death to the things of God. That what makes such wants tough to resist is that they are natural and involve common worldly desires like cash, sex, prominence, and power. But Scripture claims the natural man does not receive the things of God.
( one Corinthians 2:14 ) simply because something is natural or “only human” does not mean it is right. Notice that there’s little wrong with eating, but the Bible considers greed sinful. ( Proverbs 23:20-21 ) neither is there anything unethical about sex when it is practiced in the boundaries God gave us. So long as appetites and wishes are subdued and brought under the subjection of the Holy Spirit, our fellowship with God can continue harmoniously.When yearnings are unrestrained our closeness and communication with the Lord is impeded. To give control of our life over to the Holy Spirit, we’ve got to be convinced that we won’t live justly in our own strength.

Many of us already know we are striving to live in a God-pleasing demeanour ; to fix the situation, we must surrender our complete being to Him – mind, will, emotion, and conscience. Ask Him to bare areas of weakness, and then give each frailty to the Lord as it comes to light. This is something that must be done not once, but each day.Each morning when you wake up, it’s sensible to hope, “Father, today I am completely Yours.
I cannot live the Christian life, but You can live thru me.”.

Learning to Handle the Difficulties in Life

We do not know the character of Paul’s affliction, but it was not a pleasing one. Maybe it was physical. Maybe it was emotional. But we do know it was agonizing.

3 times Paul went before the Lord, begging Him to take away this burden. And 3 times, Paul was denied. Are there burdens and anomalies in your life? Do you question why you may experience them? Be assured that if God authorized a trial in your life, you’ll be in a position to bear it. ( one Corinthians 10:13 ) When we ask God to take these burdens and trials away, we must research our requests. Are they as we simply don’t want them around? Are we able to not go on anymore? Are our burdens simply uncomfortable?. That irrespective of how heavy the load appears, God is there with you. He’ll use the responsibility or trial to transform you, to switch you, to use you. The answer Paul received why his burden would not vanish was this : “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly,, I will rather boast about my faults, so the power of Christ may dwell in me” ( two Cor.

12:9 ). In his weakness, Paul was made robust, stronger than he would’ve been had he not suffered. In your weakness, you will also be made powerful thru Him.

Let God Choose Your “King”

When you come to the land which the Lord your God gives you and you possess it and live there, and then say, We will set a king over us like all the nations that are about us, 15 You shall surely set as king over you him whom the Lord your God will choose. Deuteronomy 17:14-15 AMP

Being a great leader is not just about the ability to order other people around; it is about leading in such a way that it brings blessing and peace to all – which is God’s will. Moses is referring to a king, but there are many leadership positions: head of a household; head of a business; head of an organization; head of a ministry; head of a town or a state or a nation; etc. A great leader does not make decisions that benefit only him, but that benefit those under him. Only God can choose, and make, a truly great leader!

1. When you choose a king, he shall be from among your brethren (Deut. 17:15)

Someone who has no heart for the people he leads is not going to make good decisions for the people. If a father does not love his wife and kids, he will not be the best father he can be; if a minister does not love people with God’s love, he will not be the best minister he can be; if a leader in any area does not have the best interests of the people at heart, he will be a bad leader.

2. Do not choose a Gentile to reign over you

“…you may not set a foreigner, who is not your brother, over you.” (Deut. 17:15b) The two commandments we must follow are: love God and love people. A great leader loves and honors God first. He is personally submitted to, and accountable to, God and seeks to please Him above all. A man who loves God first, will love his family and serve them. A leader who loves God first and who loves and cares for those under him will serve them and put his interests over his own. If you are a woman who is not married yet, then DO NOT marry an unbeliever, or someone who does not respect God or His word, and think that he will treat you well for the rest of your life.

3. Your king shall not multiply horses to himself

“…he shall not multiply horses to himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to multiply horses, since the Lord said to you, You shall never return that way.” (Deut. 17:16) A leader should not be focused on building personal power for the sake of power. In Scripture the horse is a symbol of fleshly strength and might in war. God does not want leaders to be arrogant or to spend time and money on preparing for “war”. Winning, and being on top, is not more important than doing what’s right. Egypt represents the worldy system and all forms of idolatry. If you look to the world to set the standards for your life, you will only end up hurting yourself and others. You can’t tread on others to advance yourself. The devil promised Jesus the world – its power, glory and wealth – if He would bow to him and you and I have the same choice to make! We must trust God to be the one who calls us, directs us, promotes us, provides for us and protects us!

4. He shall not cause you to return to Egypt (Deut. 17:16)

Egypt represents the world and the bondage of sin. It is vital that a husband, a father, a minister, a boss, a leader, must be godly and committed to serve God no matter what! If a leader loves the world too much and if he looks to the world for direction and the way forward, then he will keep leading those under him back into bondage. A leader must make some difficult decisions. Leading a family, a group, a nation, on in what’s right and good for them is not always popular. You have to make decisions to do what’s right even if they don’t like it. If a leader feels pressure from those under them to do what’s wrong, he must stand up to it and make a godly decision.

5. He shall not multiply wives to himself

“…he shall not multiply wives to himself, that his [mind and] heart turn not away.” (Deut. 17:17) God’s perfect plan for a man is to have ONE wife and to be faithful to her all of their lives. If a leader is unfaithful to his wife, it follows that he will NOT be faithful to anyone under his leadership. Many a man has destroyed his own life, lost the respect of others, and lost his position by being unrestrained in this area of the flesh. Even Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, did not follow God’s advice for his life. Because he had so many wives and concubines, he never found, nor enjoyed the company of, the perfect wife. The many wives caused only strife and division in his life and led him off into idolatry, which was devastating for the entire nation.

6. He shall not greatly multiply to himself silver and gold (Deut. 17:17)

Jesus said that we all have the choice to make for God OR mammon. The love of money is the root of ALL evil. If a man loves money too much, he will NOT be a good leader. He will make selfish ungodly decisions that will rob from those he leads. Pursuing wealth and riches is greed and idolatry. Accumulating wealth results in pride, arrogance, selfishness, heartlessness and looking upon and disregarding the welfare of on others. A great leader honors God above money and things and he makes decisions that bless the family and bless the people and/or bless the nation!

7. He shall write a copy of the law in a book, and it shall be with him to read all the days of his life (Deut. 17:18-20)

Solomon had everything going for him, but he did all the things God said not to do. When he became rich, built up a large army of men and horses, and married many wives, then his own heart turned from God. Out of Solomon’s sin came Israel’s disobedience, followed by their division and captivity. A great husband, father, minister, boss, and/or leader, must be a man of God’s word. He must have his own Bible, keep it with him wherever he goes, read it every day, and obey it. God’s word must be hidden in his heart so that he may learn to reverently fear God all the days of his life and to keep His Law. When you respect God’s word, you respect Him; when you respect Him, you obey Him: you will not exalt yourself, in your heart or mind, above others, or forget God in the day of prosperity. The only way to prosper is to know God’s will, and the only way to know his will is through His word.

The Seven Excepts of Salvation

Because of mankind’s sin nature, people are always trying to find a way to “get away with” sin. They want to do their own thing and they want their sin to be acceptable with God. The problem is that, no matter how we would like things to be, we are still accountable to God and His judgment stands. The only way to be acceptable to God is to do what He tells you to do. The promises of God come with conditions that we need to meet. Here are some requirements God gives us. Unless we do these things, we cannot expect His blessing. Except and unless are synonyms. Here are seven “excepts” that we need to make sure that we do.

1. Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish:

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Luke 13:1-5 KJV

God can only forgive the sin of which you repent. He cannot forgive unrepentant sin.

2. Except you become converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven:

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 KJV

3. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God:

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 KJV

If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. 1 John 2:29 KJV

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 1 John 5:1 KJV

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:11-13 KJV

Good deeds cannot earn salvation – you must be Born Again by faith.
4. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God:

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:5-7 KJV

“Born of water” represent natural birth, and also the cleansing and regeneration of the Word and Spirit of God. “Born of the Spirit” is what happens when you receive Jesus, and are born again.

5. Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you have no life in you:

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:53-54 KJV

Eating Christ’s bread and drinking His blood represent: accepting Him as Lord and Savior; becoming united with Him by believing in Him, and what He did, and by living for Him, devoted and obedient to Him. It means that His life has become ours.

6. Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the kingdom of heaven:

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20 KJV

Righteousness is through Jesus and obedience to Him, not religious works alone.

7. Except one abide in Me … he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned:

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:4-6 KJV

Once you receive Jesus, and are born again, you need to continue to walk with Him and continue serving Him. You serve Jesus by continuing to walk in the righteousness He purchased for you – not by going back to the sin from which He already redeemed you. Continue to abide in Him.

Because of mankind’s sin nature, people are always trying to find a way to “get away with” sin. They want to do their own thing and they want their sin to be acceptable with God. The problem is that, no matter how we would like things to be, we are still accountable to God and His judgment stands. The only way to be acceptable to God is to do what He tells you to do. The promises of God come with conditions that we need to meet. Here are some requirements God gives us. Unless we do these things, we cannot expect His blessing. Except and unless are synonyms. Here are seven “excepts” that we need to make sure that we do.

1. Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish:

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Luke 13:1-5 KJV

God can only forgive the sin of which you repent. He cannot forgive unrepentant sin.

2. Except you become converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven:

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 KJV

3. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God:

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 KJV

If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. 1 John 2:29 KJV

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 1 John 5:1 KJV

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

1 John 5:11-13 KJV

Good deeds cannot earn salvation – you must be Born Again by faith.

4. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God:

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:5-7 KJV

“Born of water” represent natural birth, and also the cleansing and regeneration of the Word and Spirit of God. “Born of the Spirit” is what happens when you receive Jesus, and are born again.

5. Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you have no life in you:

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:53-54 KJV

Eating Christ’s bread and drinking His blood represent: accepting Him as Lord and Savior; becoming united with Him by believing in Him, and what He did, and by living for Him, devoted and obedient to Him. It means that His life has become ours.

6. Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the kingdom of heaven:

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20 KJV

Righteousness is through Jesus and obedience to Him, not religious works alone.

7. Except one abide in Me … he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned:

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

John 15:4-6 KJV

Once you receive Jesus, and are born again, you need to continue to walk with Him and continue serving Him. You serve Jesus by continuing to walk in the righteousness He purchased for you – not by going back to the sin from which He already redeemed you. Continue to abide in Him.

Having an Understanding of the Anointing

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

Foundation Scripture: Luke 4:14 -19

14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to
Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.

15And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up.  And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.

17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah.  And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed;

19To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

It is so important to have an understanding of the anointing in the day and time that we are living.  Many today do not recognize the power of God.  They wouldn’t recognize the anointing if it slapped them in the head!

When I was a child growing up, there was not much information on the subject of the anointing.  There had been more teaching from the standpoint of the Old Testament – about the anointing oil, the make up of the oil, etc.  As far as the Church goes, I think that there has been a limited understanding of the anointing and the administration of that anointing, from the New Testament standpoint.

We have to realize that the anointing has absolutely nothing to do with the natural world and the natural mind. The anointing is God’s presence.  That alone, puts the anointing in the classification of the realm of God.  This means that you cannot put God on paper or try to work Him out with your carnal mind.  The things of God have to be understood with the heart of man.  The word “anointing” many times has been used very glibly.  It has become a cliché, used without any understanding of what it really is or what its purpose is.

People often say, “Oh, the anointing is here,” but when you ask them how they know, they reply, “Well, it’s just here.”  They don’t know any more than that.  If it is happening in the realm of the Spirit, then it will be manifested in the natural realm.  You will feel it and see it.  People may say that a singer, who sings very well, is anointed, but a good voice alone, is not at all the same thing as the anointing.

Many people, including ministers, do not recognize the anointing when it is present – the anointing is the presence of God, manifested. They don’t recognize the tangible presence of God. They have difficulty comprehending how a personal Father God can touch His people with His presence, in a tangible way.  This is evident to me, especially when I begin to pray for people.  There are times that I will call those who sense His presence upon them to come forward for prayer.  Some people come to the front, but you can see that they have no anointing on them.  Others sit in their seats, trembling under the power of God, not realizing that God was touching their life, maybe because they have never felt His presence before.  When I finally pick them out of the crowd and call them forward, and I tell them the power of God is all over them, they say, “Oh, is that what this is?”

What Is the Anointing?

The anointing is not some mystical something out there.  The anointing is the presence and power of God manifested.  We could say that the anointing is the manifest presence of God.

We need to realize that there is a vast difference between the omnipresence of God and the manifest presence of God.  The Lord is always omnipresent, but He is not always manifesting or displaying His power everywhere.  When God’s power does manifest in a way that we can see or sense, then something is going to happen.  I can give you many Old Testament examples.  When God created the heavens and the earth there was a visible display of His power (Genesis 1).  When Moses stood in front of the burning bush there was a visible display of God’s power. Moses took off His shoes (Acts 7:30-34).  When a band of men from the chief priest and elders came to capture Jesus, He said to them, “Whom do you seek?”  They said, “We seek Jesus of Nazareth.” He said, “I am He!” As soon as He said to them, “I am He,” they went over backwards and fell to the ground  (John 18:16).

When Jesus rose from the dead, the keepers of the tomb fell as dead men (Matthew 28:4).  When Saul of Tarsus was on the Damascus road, a great light shone from heaven and he fell to the ground, hearing Jesus saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:1-5).  John on the Isle of Patmos – when Jesus appeared to him – fell at His feet as dead. (Revelations 1:9-17).  We read in Luke 5:17 that the power of the Lord was present to heal.  When God walks into a person’s life, something happens, something takes place.  The anointing is tangible.  It can be felt.  Just as electricity is tangible, so the anointing is tangible.  This is not about man meeting man, but about man coming into contact with a living God – the creator of heaven and earth.  This power – this anointing – was promised to us by Jesus (Acts 1:8).

Rodney Howard Browne is saving souls

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