Rodney Howard Browne shares a teaching on The Great Awakening
The Great Awakening is not a new idea; rather it is a continuation of The First Great Awakening that broke out in 1700’s with Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield, and then again in the 1800’s with Finney and Beecher and Cartwright. The United States of America were founded upon biblical principals. Out of the original 55 signers of the Declaration of Independance, 52 were hardcore believers that stood by the view that you couldn’t even call yourself an American if you didn’t accept and live by the morals and standards of the Word of God. We as a country have quickly moved away from these principals and instead of calling them principals we call them opinions and add amendments to them in order to water them down and to conform them to a more comfortable and acceptable status.
What is wrong with this picture? Everything! When God establishes something, we as the body of Christ must do anything and everything it takes to protect and carry out His statutes. Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne has picked up the torch of these great men that have gone before us and paved a the way for this Great Nation. As Believers we should applaud, support and join in on the efforts of Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne and the other great men and women of GOd around the nation that have picked up this task. It isn’t the easiest thing to do, but if we are going to do the works of Christ, and greater, then we must share in the persecution as well.
It isn’t about a certain man or woman. God is no respector of men, and neither should we. We are the BODY of Christ! And if only one or two or even three parts of that body are busy working while the rest is doing nothing, then the BoDY is not unified, but divided and a house divided can not stand. We must join in on the awesome task at Hand of the The Great Awakening Tour and join Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne and all the revivalists of the 21st Century to see REVIVAL sweep across America AGAIN!
Have you ever read the scripture where God says He will take out the heart of stone and put in a heart of flesh? As a young Christian I really did struggle with that concept. I didn’t understand why God would want us to have something that is “FLESH.” Some of you are like what are you talking about? What I am trying to get at is, we all know that we are not to live by the flesh but by the spirit. That was my struggle, if God doesn’t want us to operate by the flesh, then why give us a heart of flesh? At least stone is harder to break right?Recently I read a teaching by Rodney Howard-Browne about “Hungry Hearts.” This teaching starts off talking about spiritual hunger is the number one ingredient for revival and then what I must do to develope a hungry heart and so on. The points of the teaching were hitting me like a ton of bricks. The Lord brought to my attention Prov 4:23 “Keep your heart with all dilegence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” BOOM! At that moment when I read that scripture I understoud what a heart of flesh was all about.When we give our hearts to the Lord, we literally do just that. WE give him our HEART! Because out of it flows all of life. IF our heart is bad, then life is bad. IF that heart stops, then LIFE stops. Our hearts must be flesh, so that it can be pliable in His hands, so He can shape it and mold it into the Life that He created you to Have. I must protect what or who I allow into my heart. WHy? Because I want to protect with all diligence the relationship that I have with God. My heart is my life source to my natural Body and to my Spiritutal being. I only have true life in HIM and only when HE owns and operates my heart. I’ve only got one life to live on earth and I want it to count for all eternity!When I was younger I got into the club scene. And while I am not proud of that, I did learn a few things. When you go to a club there are always really big dudes at the door checking ID’s and making sure that you are allowed into that Club. See, not everyone is allowed in. You must meet certain criteria. Its the same thing with our heart! Before we allow anything in, we must check the ID’s at the DOOR! Not just ANYONE can come in…Rodney Howard Browne and His staff at the River at Tampa Bay Church have been some of the most influential people in my life. Rodney’s stance on holiness and living a life of purity is extremely encouraging to me as a young minister. I am so thankful for sound, biblical teaching. He does not teach from his own opinion or from the opinions of other people. He is not influenced or swayed by what the “WHO’s WHO in the Charismatic Zoo” is doing!! He is directed soley by the Holy Spirit. Thank you Pastor Rodney…..Make sure to check out the Teaching on the 12 Pillars of My Faith! They are life changing!
Rodney Howard Browne shares a teaching on Evangelism
Many times we cry out to God to use us. Many times our idea of God using us is much different than the immediate plan of action that God has. We see ourselves traveling the world do mass crusades or in some foreign field as a missionary or maybe even traveling from church to church seeing revival all across America.
While all those are great callings and dreams and God certainly has those plans for many who may read this. But what about now? I mean right now? What are you going to do between now and the time that the “plans” for your life begin to unfold?In all four Gospels and including the first chapter in the Book of Acts, Jesus himself instructs us on what we should be doing. GO! That’s right, GO! Go into all the world and spread the Gospel. You say, “now that is what I am talking about, ALL THE WORLD!” Exciting isn’t it? Yes it is, but ask yourself what and where exactly is “ALL THE WORLD?” If you can’t figure out what I am trying to say, go to your front door and look outside and you will see “ALL THE WORLD.” See while God does have plans and purposes for you that include other cities and states and nations, he also has plans for your own back yard.
Everyday we are surrounded by people who don’t know the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and savior. You and I have the awesome responsibility and privilege from the Lord Himself to go out into the Highways and Hedges and compel the Lost to come in. God tells us that if we are faithful with the Little things, then He will make rulers over much. How can God trust us with Nations when we haven’t gone into our own cities to spread the Gospel. Remember Soul-winning is a “PASSION” not a “Program”! Never despise what seems to be the days of “small begginings” because preparation days are never wasted daysI remember as a student at the River Bible Institute being challenged way beyond anything I have ever experienced in the area of witnessing.
I had the hardest time going on the streets and meeting people face to face and presenting the reality of eternity to them. But the passion that Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne has for the lost and reaching America for Jesus has changed my life. I was a part of seeing over 100 thousand decisions for Christ in only 9 months and all in Florida Alone! It has totally broadened my horizon concerning the “call of God” on my life. I am a soul winner no matter what field I am in, whether it be my home or another country!I am so thankful for the River at Tampa Bay Church and for Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne for staying true to Jesus’ ultimate plan– To seek and to save that which is Lost!
Rodney Howard Brown shares a teaching on Revival
TOUCHED BY REVIVAL!A Few years ago I was sitting in a meeting at the River at Tampa Bay Church during one of the ministers conferences. The message that night was on the unconditional love of God and revival in your personal life. That night Rodney Howard Browne began to share that God loved me so much that He sent Jesus to die for me. Such a simple message, but as I sat there this overwhelming feeling of peace and God’s love just came all over me. Now, I am a pretty unemotional person, but that night all that changed!That night I cried like I had never cried before. Not because I was sad, but because I finally became aware of God’s love for me. That I was once dead because of sin, but through His son, God Revived me. I saw Jesus, no longer as a portrait of forgiveness, but as the ultimate source of love and forgiveness. Revival doesn’t happen in the church, it happens in our Hearts and spreads through the church. We give honor to whom honor is due, and if it had not been for Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne being obedient to God and allowing Him to use him as a mouth piece my life would not be where it is now.
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