CONTENTED IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES

Philippians 4:9-14 (NIV)
9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.

Paul experienced times of plenty and times of want as he traveled all over preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. On different occasions, he had found himself both well fed and hungry. Yet regardless of the circumstances, he was not dismayed, but he was in a state of peace. How could he be contented in the midst of hunger and want? How indeed, seeing he put his trust in his Father God?

Many people’s moods, on the other hand, are completely governed by their circumstances, including some Christians. If things are going well, they are happy, but if things are not going their way they either wail or whine or get angry. When things are going well, they get a prideful attitude, but when they go badly, they get bitter, crying, “Why me?” All these things are an indication to us that we are dealing with an immature person unstable and unreliable.

We need to get a revelation that God is on our side at all times. Even if we go through trying times, He is always close by to take us through to the other side. We must put our confidence in Him at all times, regardless of our circumstances, because He will not let us down. The bible does not promise us a flowery path or a bed of roses, but it does promise us that the Lord will be with us at all times, and in all circumstances, to bring us through!

Psalm 34:19 (NKJ)
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

This verse says that the Lord delivers us out of all our troubles, afflictions, adversity, calamity, and distress. Why does it seem as if some Christians get delivered and others don’t? What is the difference? The difference is attitude!

1Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
18 . . . give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

No matter where you find yourself – in whatever circumstances you find yourself, give thanks to God. We don’t have to thank God for all the hard things we go through, but we must be thankful to God in these things. When we have a positive attitude, it is amazing how things begin to work out. No matter what the devil tries to do to you, God can turn the situation around for good. You can be all the richer for the hard things you endured.

James 1:2-4 (NKJ)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

When you go through trials, the most important thing you can have is patience. Paul displayed patience when he was contented in all the circumstances he found himself in, knowing that God had it under control and would bring him through. He knew that he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him. He did not allow the ups and downs of life to govern his moods, but he kept his heart fixed on God, he kept his mind stayed on the Word, and walked in perfect peace!

THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL SHINES

Foundation Scriptures 2 Corinthians – 4:7 (ASV) Vs. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, (there) is liberty. Vs. 18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the spirit. 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we faint not: Vs. 2 but we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth mending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. Vs. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish. Vs. 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn (upon them). Vs. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. Vs. 6 Seeing it is God, that said, Light shall shine out of darkness, who shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Vs. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves. Wherever the Spirit of God is allowed and welcomed—there is liberty. If we allow the Holy Spirit free rein and free course, to do whatever He wants—then we will have liberty and freedom. If we inhibit and try to control Him, we will have bondage. Religion—man’s ideas, man’s tradition—always produces bondage. Because we are born again, because we handle God’s Word truthfully, and because we allow God to work in us, we see and know His glory. His glory is not hidden from us as if we look through a veil, but we see Him clearer and clearer all the time. God’s Word is the mirror we look into (James 1:23-25). The devil blinds the unbeliever’s eyes to the glorious light of the gospel, as if they had a veil covering their face. They cannot understand God’s Word. It makes no sense to them. You will notice that the scripture (verse 4) says that their minds are blinded. The heart is the part of man ready to receive. We must reach past a person’s mind, into the heart, with the gospel. Preach the gospel to their spirit man. You receive the truth of God’s Word into your heart by faith. As your spirit lights up with God’s presence, your eyes begin to open to Him and you start to see Him more clearly. We do not preach of ourselves, by ourselves, nor do we preach our own gospel (2 Corinthians 3:5). We speak what we hear our Father say—or so it should be. Jesus did not preach His own ideas—He preached exactly what He heard His Father say to Him. Verse 6 – The light of God shines on us, in us, and through us as we allow His Word to enter our hearts and minds. The knowledge and truth that God has given us concerning Jesus is the light that shines in and through us. Imagine a book, lying open, in a darkened room—you cannot read it. Then you flip on the light switch and you can see every word. It is the same book, no matter how much light is in the room, or not. The amount of light, reflected on the book and bouncing into one’s eyes, determines how easy it is to read the words on the pages. God is the light. The more you have of Him, the more you know and understand Him. You begin to see things differently than before. Psalms 119:105 (KJV) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Verse 7 – God chooses to use “earthen” vessels so that when His glory is displayed through these vessels, He will be glorified. Everyone can see that the vessel does not have much to give and they realize that God is the One doing the work in and through that vessel, and God gets all the glory. God is glorified in and through yielded vessels

Spiritual Hunger

Matt 5:6- Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. John 6:35- And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. If we hunger after the things of God, He will provide every need, we shall not lack, we will recieve direction, and He will fill us up with himself that we will carry his prescence and in His prescence there is fulness of joy. In The River at Tampa Bay Church, Pastors Rodney and Adonica Howard Browne allows the Spirit of God to come and people are loved, blessed, spiritual hunger is stirred in the hearts of them that come and press in.

A Heart After God

A heart after God is a heart after souls.  Jesus came to this earth to save the souls of men women and children.  Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Luke 19:10 For the son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.  These Great Awakening tours are purposely for populating heaven and plundering hell, to see all the cities.

GAT Tri-Cities, Tennessee/Virginia

Just wanted to let you know that during the wed night service you laid hands on Eric and Karrie Patton and their daughter Makayla. When Karrie got up she told you she felt rested and ready to have her baby now, it was born at 7am the next morning 9 hours after that statement. I know the Pattons and believe God will use them mightily especially their new addition! Thank you for coming to the Tri! John Q. Also a special thanks to pastor Rodney Howard Browne!

Revival – Challenge and Change

Since 1988, Dr Rodney Howard-Browne have traveled extensively throughout the USA and elsewhere in the world. From small churches to large stadiums, the message of revival has resounded. His ministry has made friends and enemies. You have to really experience the touch of heaven personally to be able to understand what God is doing in the meetings.

An example of this is the Good News Mdantsane (pronounced – mmm dant sa knee) in South Africa. Crowds upwards of 50,000 gathered each night for five nights. There were many miracles of healing but more importantly, over 100,000 souls gave their lives to the Lord that week.

Good News Mdantsane, South Africa, June 2006

Rodney Howard-Browne preaching at GOOD NEWS MDANTSANE - June 2006

You cannot be in a meeting and try to figure it out from an intellectual standpoint. There have been many critics who have written articles, books and online critiques about Rodney Howard-Browne. Equally, there have been literally tens of thousands of people all over the world who have been profoundly touched and their lives radically altered for ever.

Rodney Howard-Browne preaching at GOOD NEWS MDANTSANE - June 2006

It’s easy to be a critic, but it’s another thing to lay down your life and make personal sacrifices to reach a lost and dying world for Jesus. To carry the gospel to the four corners of the earth. This is the vision of Revival Ministries International founder, Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne.

Cocoa Fl

Our church had believed God for a more effective method of evangelism. In past years we have all gone door to door inviting people to a meeting so they could get saved. Yesterday I led 56 people to the Lord going mostly door to door. With the same amount of time and effort I saw that many salvations instead of just invitations! That’s more people in 1 day than I have led personally to the Lord in my lifetime! 

Janet S.

ATHENS, GEORGIA

Testimony:
Ann was first time on soul winning in nursing homes, she is 70 yrs old. Man squeezed Ann’s hand indicating he’s receiving Christ. Ann: “Awesome, people don’t know what they are missing! That was my best day in my life.” 105 got saved Ann H.

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