Don’t Touch Your Hair

And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast

mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou

mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou

weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.

Judges 16:13


I want you to see that Samson had begun to touch

the very key to his anointing. He had played the other

three times but now he was starting to touch the covering

of the anointing of God on his life. He even mentioned

part of the secret which was his hair.


He didn’t tell them to shave him, but he told them

to make seven locks of his hair and then to bind it up and

fasten it. This is what Delilah did.


There were a lot of weavers in those days. They

would weave carpets and clothing and all kinds of things.

That’s what Samson was saying. “Weave all my seven

locks into the weaver’s beam. Then I’ll be weak.” He

didn’t give the secret, but he was touching the very source

of the anointing on his life.


And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him,

The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked

out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the

beam, and with the web.


And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love

thee, when thine heart is not with me? Thou hast

mocked me these three times, and hast not told me

wherein thy great strength lieth.


And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with

her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed

unto death.

Judges 16:14-16


She did what only a woman could do. It must

have been hell on earth. Nag, nag, nag, nag, nag.

Morning, noon, and night. “You don’t love me.”

It was so bad that his soul was vexed unto death.

Samson wanted to die. That’s how bad it was. This

woman went on and on and on so that he wanted to die.


He said, “My soul is vexed to death.” Some women have

that ability. She bugged him and bugged him, until he

told her all his heart.


That’s what the enemy wants to do. He wants to

get you to a place where you open your heart and

compromise the very deep things of God and lose your

effectiveness for the Lord Jesus Christ.

A Lifestyle of Prayer

Every believer needs to develop a lifestyle of

prayer. The Word says, “Pray without ceasing” (First

Thessalonians 5:17). We need to realize that we can live

in the spirit of prayer, whereby we pray all the time. Our

heart can always be crying out to Him. Our thought life is

never far away from God.


I asked the Lord why some people never feel or

sense His touch in their lives. It’s because most of their

waking moments are caught up in the affairs of this life.

Their hearts are far from God.


Jude 20 says, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves

on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy

Ghost.” It is important to pray in the Spirit and keep

yourself built up spiritually. Some would say; “I need to

get prayed up.” Don’t just get prayed up; stay prayed up.

Stay in the Spirit.


Different Rules for Different Prayers


We know that just as different sports have

different rules, so there are different kinds of prayer and

not all prayer has the same rules. For the believer who

would be used of God, there are two prayers especially

among all the others that need to be prayed.


The first is the prayer of consecration. Jesus

prayed this prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was a

prayer of consecrating His will to do the will of His



The second prayer is the prayer of repentance,

always keeping our hearts right with God. This is not on

the basis of sin consciousness, but out of our love for

Jesus. We would not want to do anything to hurt Him in

any way, shape, or fashion.


These two prayers are lacking in many lives. For

those who desire to have the anointing, a consecrated,

yielded, repentant heart will be used of God.


Is God a Captive in His Own Heavens?


There are those in the Church who think that to

see revival our prayer life must be directed towards the

devil in a warfare attitude. They believe we must wage

war on the devil in the heavens to release God so that He

can move freely. They act as if God is bound in the

heavenly realm, waiting desperately for a believer to

loose Him so that the plan and purpose of God can be

done on earth.


Honey, I Blew up the Devil and other Nintendo Games


This game of spiritual warfare is nothing more

than a spiritual Nintendo game played by baby Christians

who have no understanding that Jesus defeated the devil

two thousand years ago. He has sent the Holy Ghost to

empower the believer and to flow through that

individual’s life to enforce the devil’s defeat.


In this game, the devil is seen through the eyes of

the believer as very big and in control. God is having a

problem containing him. Believers, instead of preaching

the gospel, are in their closets waging war on the devil.


Many live in a fantasy world of spiritual warfare. It’s

probably the result of a bad dream and an overdose of

pizza with too much cheese.


This has permeated the Church, infiltrated the

worship, prayer, and study of the Word to such an extent

that when you go to some churches, you wonder who are

you going to worship. All they ever seem to do is talk

about the devil and pray about what he is doing. Even the

sermon and their heavenly language is directed toward

the devil.


By the end of the service, all the believers are

stamping their feet, binding and loosing in a frightened

frenzy. It reminds me of a bunch of kids who have been

told they are going to have to walk home in the dark past

a graveyard after they’ve just seen a horror movie.


Pulling Down Strongholds in the Mind or Heavenlies?


(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,

but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strong

holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing

that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and

bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of

Christ (Second Corinthians 10:4,5). This speaks of a warfare

in the mind of man rather than in the heavenlies.


We have no account of Paul or anyone else –

including Jesus – indulging in these so-called warfare

practices. This practice is based on Daniel’s 21-day fast

while the angel was trying to get through. This, of course,

is Old Covenant. The Holy Ghost is here on earth now.


He came on the day of Pentecost and never left.

So rather than indulging in religious practices that

do not produce any fruit, let us turn to the proclamation

of the gospel linked to the demonstration of the power of

the Holy Ghost resulting in the establishment of the

kingdom of God. “The kingdom is not meat and drink;

but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”

(Romans 14:17).


It is interesting to note that the greatest soul

winners in the world have never indulged in such

practices. They have spent their time in prayer,

fellowshipping with the Lord on a daily basis, and

ministering out of an overflow of that communion with


The New Birth Brings Change


There was a man of the Pharisees,

named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

The same came to Jesus by night,

and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that

thou art a teacher come from God: for no

man can do these miracles that thou

doest, except God be with him.


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.


Nicodemus saith unto him, How

can a man be born when his is old? Can

he enter a second time into his mother’s

womb and be born?

John 3:1-4


People who try to understand the new birth

intellectually, are reasoning with their minds. Like

Nicodemus, they are trying to understand how we can be

born a second time. Some would say this born-again

experience is something new. No, it’s not. Jesus spoke

about it long ago.


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.


That which is born of the flesh is

flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit

is spirit.


Marvel not that I said unto thee,

Ye must be born again.


The wind bloweth where it listeth,

and thou hearest the sound thereof, but

canst tell whence it cometh, and whither it

goeth: so is every one that is born of the



Nicodemus answered and said

unto him, How can these things be?

Jesus answered and said unto him,

Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest

not these things?


Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We

speak that we do know, and testify that

we have seen; and ye receive not our



If I have told you earthly things,

and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if

I tell you of heavenly things?


And no man hath ascended up to

heaven, but he that came down from

heaven, even the Son of man which is in



And as Moses lifted up the serpent

in the wilderness, even so must the Son of

man be lifted up:


That whosoever believeth in him

should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that

he gave his only begotten Son, that

whosoever believeth in him should not

perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the

world to condemn the world; but that the

world through him might be saved.


He that believeth on him in not

condemned: but he that believeth not is

condemned already, because he hath not

believed in the name of the only begotten

Son of God.


And this is the condemnation, that

light is come into the world, and men

loved darkness rather than light, because

their deeds were evil.


For every one that doeth evil

hateth the light, neither cometh to the

light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to

the light, that his deeds may be made

manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 3:5-21


When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and

Savior, something takes place. There’s a literal change

made in you. That’s why I have difficulty believing that

some people are truly born again. I don’t see a change.


The scripture 1 Peter 1:23 says, “Being born again, not of

corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God,

which liveth and abideth for ever.”


When you come into contact with God, something

is going to happen in your life. There’s going to be a

radical change. Everyone will be able to look at you and

see the change, not because you wear a T-shirt saying,

“Honk if you love Jesus.” Not because you have a fish on

your forehead or you carry a big Bible. But they should

see, just by your presence, that something about you is

different. In other words, when you meet up with God, you

change. The new birth means change.


When you have an encounter with God your life is

going to change. Don’t tell me you’ve had an encounter

with God if you’re suing your Christian brother. I won’t

believe you. The Bible says that we know that we have

passed from death unto life because we love the brethren

(First Jon 3:14).


If someone is born again, you’re going to see it.

You’re going to hear it. Everything about that person will

be different. When they’re involved in sin, they’ll dress

like the world, they’ll talk like the world, they’ll hang out

with the world, they’ll mix with sinners and feel

comfortable there and the sinners will feel comfortable with

them too.


But when Jesus comes inside, He cleans the house

out. Your lifestyle will be affected. You start loving

people. Your marriage gets turned around. Your finances

get healed. Your sick bodies get healed. That’s what the

new birth does.


Was it just a mental prayer that you prayed and

said, “Jesus come into my life and forgive me of my sins”?

You did it because you didn’t want to go to hell. Or do you

know the time and the place when you had an encounter

with God and your life changed radically? Can you say, “I

was going in the wrong direction? I was heading for a lost

eternity and the Lord Jesus Christ came to me and I

accepted Him. I turned my back on sin in the world. I

repented and I chose to go the other way.”


If I stood on the interstate in the middle of the road

and a Mack truck came down the road at 65 miles an hour

and hit me head on, my friends and family would peel me

off the front grill of that truck. The first thing they’re going

to say to me is “Rodney, you’ve changed. You look

different, Rodney. You talk different. You walk different.

You’re not the same person we’ve known. What happened

to you?”


I had an encounter. I’m changed. I’m different.

Have you had a “Mack truck” experience that

revolutionized your life? Do you know the day the hour

that you crossed over from death unto life?

The Bible says we’ve been delivered out of the

kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of


His dear Son (Colossians 1:13). There’s an actual

transition. Something takes place. And everyone can see

it. There’s something different about you.

But we have people in the church who say, “I’m a

born again bank robber, Brother Rodney. I rob banks part

time. Brother, I’m a born again Mafia hit man. I’m born

again and I deal cocaine on the side. I really feel I need to

support the church. I’m born again, Brother Rodney, and I

race horses on the side.”


I used to think every Christian had angels’ wings

and halos. One day I looked and saw the halo wasn’t there.

It was two little horns coming out of their head. Some

Christians have the symbol of the fish, but they should put

a shark on their car, not a fish. Just when you thought it

was safe to go back to church!


Christians are ripping each other off. Sometimes

I’d rather go to a sinner in business because at least I know

I can shout at him if he does a bad job. If you go to the

Christian and he does a bad job, you are expected to pay the

money and walk in love. At lease with the sinner you can

say, “You Philistine, thou hast not done the job correctly.”


When sinners can come to church and feel like it’s a

great place and sit there week after week and never give

their lives to Jesus, you know that church is a compromise.

When sinners walk in the door, they should be affected

immediately. They should sense the presence of God and

they should be convicted – not condemned – and should

want to repent.


Good News of Great Joy

But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. 11 For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!
Luke 2:10-11 AMP

There was great joy at Jesus’ birth—not just because a cute, little baby was born, but because of all He was destined to do for mankind, in His death, burial, and resurrection!

You have loved righteousness [You have delighted in integrity, virtue, and uprightness in purpose, thought, and action] and You have hated lawlessness (injustice and iniquity). Therefore God, [even] Your God (Godhead), has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy and gladness above and beyond Your companions.  Hebrews 1:9 AMP

In Psalms 45:6-7, a prophetic word is given concerning the Messiah, which Paul quotes here in Hebrews. Jesus was anointed with the oil of joy and gladness above and beyond His companions because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity. Joy was His reward. True joy—the joy every human heart is so hungry for—is only available to the heart that is submitted to Almighty God! Jesus is God, Himself, but still, He submitted Himself to the will of the Father. His obedience was absolutely necessary for the fulfillment of the Father’s plan of salvation for mankind, however, Jesus did not obey because He had no choice or because He was forced to; He obeyed because He chose to, and therefore, He was anointed with the reward of great joy.

Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, 2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2 AMP

The good news is that Jesus never yielded to the temptations of sin, or His own flesh, or His own will or desire—He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, because of His expectation of the joy that would follow as a result of His great sacrifice. Jesus knew the terrible things He would have to endure and still He committed Himself to do everything that was required of Him, without complaint or argument. This was the course of His appointed race. You and I also have an appointed race. It is not an easy race—it is very tough, at times—but there is a joy-reward that lies before us when we obey God and run our assigned course. There is no reward for disobedience—there is no blessing in choosing our own way— we are blessed when we choose to go God’s way for our lives!

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. 1 Peter 1:8 KJV

Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight].  Jude 24 AMP

Let us rejoice and shout for joy [exulting and triumphant]! Let us celebrate and ascribe to Him glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb [at last] has come, and His bride has prepared herself.  Revelation 19:7 AMP

The Good News for the believer is that there is joy unspeakable and full of glory—wonderful, triumphant joy and exultation (unspeakable, ecstatic delight)—waiting for us in the presence of the Lord. If we, the Bride of Christ, prepare ourselves for heaven, by obeying the heavenly call, we will live to join the lavish, joy-filled, heavenly celebration that has been prepared for us—the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalms 16:11 AMP

From life’s first cry to final breath—and on into eternity—if we remain in God’s presence, we will continue on in His joy.


Thoughts on Stewardship – Lesson 25 from Deuteronomy

The Law of the Tithe
Foundation Scriptures: Deuteronomy 14 verses 22 – 29

You shall surely tithe all the yield of your seed produced by your field each year. 23 And you shall eat before the Lord your God in the place in which He will cause His Name [and Presence] to dwell the tithe (tenth) of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstlings of your herd and your flock, that you may learn [reverently] to fear the Lord your God always. 24 And if the distance is too long for you to carry your tithe, or the place where the Lord your God chooses to set His Name [and Presence] is too far away for you, when the Lord your God has blessed you, 25 Then you shall turn it into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go to the place [of worship] which the Lord your God has chosen. 26 And you may spend that money for whatever your appetite craves, for oxen, or sheep, or new wine or strong[er] drink, or whatever you desire; and you shall eat there before the Lord your God and you shall rejoice, you and your household. 27 And you shall not forsake or neglect the Levite [God’s minister] in your towns, for he has been given no share or inheritance with you. 28 At the end of every three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase the same year and lay it up within your towns. 29 And the Levite [because he has no part or inheritance with you] and the stranger or temporary resident, and the fatherless and the widow who are in your towns shall come and eat and be satisfied, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.  Deuteronomy 14:22-29 AMP

1.  The tithe was to be brought as an act of worship, to honor God, by all those who feared His Name

a. It was to be brought with joy – not with sadness or with reservations. It was a time to feast and rejoice and give thanks.
b. The whole family was involved – you and your house. God continually emphasizes the importance of His people personally obeying His word and also teaching these principles to their children and establishing them as a way of life so that every generation would love and serve the Lord. Joshua says, “As for me and my house, we WILL serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15b)

2.  Give according to the increase.

a. You are to tithe and give, according to the blessing of the Lord. As He has blessed you – give.
b. You are supposed to bring a tithe to God off of your increase. You are expected to increase – not decrease. God expects you to increase. You are to expect increase in your own life. God tells us to bring a tithe of that increase.

3.  Every one doing their part – taking responsibility – this is how the kingdom of God functions.

a. Don’t forget the Levites – the priests – the ministers of the Gospel. Don’t forget to bless and support them. The Body of Christ is responsible to take care of their own. Bring your tithe to your local church. Pray and give offerings as the Holy Spirit leads you. This is God’s way of taking care of ministers and the ministry. God does not want us to forget those who labor in the ministry.
b. God says that those who labor in the ministry are worthy of double-honor. When Jesus sent the disciples out to preach and minister, He told them not to make provision for themselves, because “the workman deserves his support (his living, his food). (Matthew 10:10 AMP) Also, 1 Timothy 5:17 AMP says, “Let the elders who perform the duties of their office well be considered doubly worthy of honor [and of adequate financial support], especially those who labor faithfully in preaching and teaching.”
c. Today, so many people are totally focused on themselves and their own needs and they forget the stranger, the fatherless (orphans), and the widows. Hebrews 13:2 NIV says, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”  James 1:27 NIV says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Bless them as God blesses you.

4.  If you obey God in this, He promises to bless you and to bless all the work of your hands.

Pastor Adonica’s Thoughts:
Every one of us, in the Body of Christ, has a responsibility toward God and His Kingdom. God’s plan for His people is blessing and more blessing. Some of us are called to ministry; some of us are called to business; ALL of us are called to support the Gospel and each other. God does not want us to fearfully sit on what we have – He wants us to spread the blessing around. As the blessing is spread around, the Lord increases it. The more we give, the more increase comes to our life.

Pastor Rodney’s Thoughts:
There are many people, in the church world today, who want to be blessed even though they are disobedient to the word of God. With every one of the promises, there is a condition. If we meet the condition, we receive the promise. The tithe is Holy – it tells God you love Him, and fear Him, and put Him first, above all. Take care of God’s servants, the stranger, the orphans, and the widows. These are the basics of our financial responsibility in and to the Kingdom of God. If you don’t get this, then, as far as spirituality goes – you are still in pre-school!

Prayer and Confession:
Father, thank you today that I have the privilege of blessing You, even as You have blessed me. I honor you and covenant with You to obey Your word. I expect the increase and I thank and praise You for it.


Thoughts on Stewardship – Lesson 21 from Deuteronomy

God’s Supernatural Provision
Foundation Scriptures: Deuteronomy 8 verses 1 – 10

All the commandments which I command you this day you shall be watchful to do, that you may live and multiply and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers. 2 And you shall [earnestly] remember all the way which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to prove you, to know what was in your [mind and] heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you recognize and personally know that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothing did not become old upon you nor did your feet swell these forty years. 5 Know also in your [minds and] hearts that, as a man disciplines and instructs his son, so the Lord your God disciplines and instructs you. 6 So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and [reverently] fear Him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; 8 A land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey; 9 A land in which you shall eat food without shortage and lack nothing in it; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for all the good land which He has given you.  Deuteronomy 8:1-10 AMP

1.    In verse 1 the Lord says that if His people are watchful to do all His commandments then they will live and multiply.

a. God’s plan is to bless His people and to provide for them.
b. One of the greatest problems we deal with today in believer’s lives is that they don’t see their heavenly Father as their Provider.
c. He loves us so much and wants to provide for us. He wants us to recognize Him as our source of supply.
d. He wants us to go in and possess the land He has provided for us.

2. In verse 2, the Lord reminds His people of their journey through the wilderness – how they were dependant upon Him for absolutely everything – and He does not want them to forget it. He wants them to continue to keep their eyes on Him.

a. A wilderness journey is where you find out what you are made of – everything that’s in you will come out. You will find out if your heart really belongs to God; whether you will continue to obey and serve Him; whether you will trust Him or blame Him.
b. Man shall not live by bread alone – but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Life is about more than food for your mouth right now – it’s about eternal choices.
c. The Lord tells His people that they should respect Him and receive His correction.

3. God promised His people certain things if they obeyed Him. For 40 years:

a.Their clothing would not become old upon them.
b.Their feet would not swell.

4. The land that God was bringing them into was:

a. A good land.
b. A land of brooks of water.
c. A land of fountains and depths that spring out of valley’s and hills.
d. A land of wheat and barley, vines and fig trees and pomegranates.
e. A land of olive oil and honey.
f. A land in which they would eat their bread without scarceness and in which they would not lack anything.
g. A land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills they could dig brass.

5. God says when you have eaten, and are full, then you should bless the Lord your God for the good land that He has given you.

Pastor Adonica’s Thoughts:
The Lord constantly tried to remind the Israelites of what He had done for them and emphasized that they should tell their children about it too. Not because He is an ego-maniac, but because if they forgot that God was their source and supply and giver of life, they would go off and serve the devil and take a curse on themselves. God never wants you cursed – He only ever wants you blessed. You are a stupid person if you forget Him after He has blessed you and you go and serve your enemy!

Gratefulness for the past ensures blessings for the future. Be grateful for what the Lord has already done for you; be grateful for what you have right now. Thank Him for His provision for tomorrow. Having faith for God to provide for you is not just about asking – it’s about thanking and praising Him for those things for which you have already asked.

Pastor Rodney’s Thoughts:
In this passage it is evident what the Lord has in mind is to bless His people abundantly! All He asks is that, when you are blessed, you thank Him for His abundant, supernatural provision. Many times I just stop and thank God for all His abundant blessings upon my life, remembering where He brought us from and where I could have been, and thanking Him once again for His goodness.

Prayer and Confession:
Father, I pray that I will always bless you for blessing me and that I would always remember where all my blessings come from. Please help me to remember to always be grateful, and to pass the blessing on to others. As I remember to thank and serve You, I thank You for Your continued blessings on my life.


Giving So Much They Had To Be Restrained
Foundation Scriptures: Exodus 36 verses 1 – 7

Bezalel and Aholiab and every wisehearted man in whom the Lord has put wisdom and understanding to know how to do all the work for the service of the sanctuary shall work according to all that the Lord has commanded. 2 And Moses called Bezalel and Aholiab and every able and wisehearted man in whose mind the Lord had put wisdom and ability, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work; 3 And they received from Moses all the freewill offerings which the Israelites had brought for doing the work of the sanctuary, to prepare it for service. And they continued to bring him freewill offerings every morning. 4 And all the wise and able men who were doing the work on the sanctuary came, every man from the work he was doing, 5 And they said to Moses, The people bring much more than enough for doing the work which the Lord commanded to do. 6 So Moses commanded and it was proclaimed in all the camp, Let no man or woman do anything more for the sanctuary offering. So the people were restrained from bringing, 7 For the stuff they had was sufficient to do all the work and more.  Exodus 36:1-7 AMP

1. People were stirred to come and give their best and those who were wise and skilled in their work were stirred to sow to the Lord by working with their hands to build the tabernacle.

a. They were stirred so much so that they brought the Lord free will offerings every morning and every night.

b. The people brought, and brought, and brought—so much that they needed to be restrained.

c. There was sufficient all around. There was enough for the tabernacle and the people still had much left over.

2. God asked only for those who were willing and generous to bring stuff for the sanctuary. Can you imagine their excitement; can you imagine their joy? There was no hesitation; no regrets; no doubts; no second thoughts. They came to the Lord with willing and generous hearts and with a continual flow of offerings.

a. They gave every day—in the morning and in the night.

b. When enough had been given for the sanctuary, they had to be restrained from bringing anything else. Most people have to be begged to give—these people were begged to stop!

c. Sufficient means: enough for a particular purpose. Verse 7 says that the STUFF they had was sufficient for ALL the work—not just sufficient, but more than enough—to make whatever was needed.

N. B.  What a day that will be when we see God’s people willingly and generously bringing to the Lord, so much, that they need to be restrained.

Pastor Adonica’s Thoughts:
If anyone would want to stop the building of the Kingdom of God or His sanctuary, it would be the devil. The devil always tries to ply us with fear about parting with what we have and to supply us plenty of reasons why not to give to God’s work. He knows that money gives power on earth and he does not want the church to have the power to expand or extend God’s Kingdom on earth. Don’t be fooled by him; don’t play into his hands. What we must do is move in the opposite spirit. We must confront our fears and see God’s call to give for what it is: an opportunity, to bless God, bless the work of God and to receive a great blessing in return. It is not merely your action of giving that matters, but your attitude in giving. Stepping out in faith to give generously and willingly breaks a spirit of poverty and poverty-mindedness off your life.

Pastor Rodney’s Thoughts:
Putting God first place in our life means that we give His House and His Kingdom top priority. Can you imagine a day, in the 21st century, when God’s people would take His Kingdom and His purpose and make it theirs? Malachi says that each man runs to his own house—eager to build it—and to his own plans. But God says, “seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). We started building our first house back in 1993, and moved in 1994. When the foundation was laid, I stood on it and lifted up my hands, thanking the Lord for our house, when I heard the Lord say, “Son you have built my house for the past 14 years and now I am going to build yours!” God so blessed us with that house and provided everything we needed for the house including all the furniture. It was exceedingly above all that we could have done on our own. When God builds something, He does it well!

Prayer and Confession:
Father, I put your house first; I make your priorities my priorities. I am a willing and generous giver. I pray that I come to the place where I am so blessed that I am able to give so much that I have to be restrained in my giving because it is more than enough for what needs to be done to build God’s Kingdom. Thank you, Lord, for all your abundant blessings bestowed on me!


I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or to take them upon you or to grasp them now. 13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. 14 He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you. 15 Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.  John 16:12-15 AMP

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth – He will always speak the Truth and lead you into the Truth. He does not bring you His own message or His own opinion. He will never speak anything contrary to the Word of God. Everything He says is of God and from God. He never speaks on His own authority – He only speaks on the authority that He has been given by Jesus and by the Father. He tells us whatever He hears the Father say – He gives the message that has been given to Him. He is the One Who announces and declares the things that are to come.

The Holy Spirit takes, receives, and draws upon that which belongs to Jesus and which comes from Him and He reveals it to us. Therefore and thereby, He honors and glorifies Jesus! He brings glory to Jesus, because He speaks only the words that come from Jesus. He brings glory to the Father, because He speaks only the words that come from the Father. Obviously, then if we or anybody else speaks words that do not come from the Father, Son or the Holy Spirit – words spoken on our own authority, by our own opinion, and coming from our own heart and mind – then they are not the truth and they will not bring glory to the Lord.

Anyone who rejects Me and persistently sets Me at naught, refusing to accept My teachings, has his judge [however]; for the [very] message that I have spoken will itself judge and convict him at the last day. 49 This is because I have never spoken on My own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell. 50 And I know that His commandment is (means) eternal life. So whatever I speak, I am saying [exactly] what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions.  John 12:48-50 AMP

Jesus, Himself did not speak on His own authority or of His own accord – He only said what His Father told Him to say. Therefore, everyone who hears Him is accountable before God to receive it as the Truth and be saved or to reject it and be judged. If Jesus did not speak on His own authority and the Holy Spirit does not speak on His own authority, then we certainly have no right to say or preach anything that has not been given to us by the Father. We have no right to preach our opinions apart from the Word of God. We have an obligation to preach the Word as it is, with no changes, no compromise and no dilution.


And how from your childhood you have had a knowledge of and been acquainted with the sacred Writings, which are able to instruct you and give you the understanding for salvation which comes through faith in Christ Jesus [through the leaning of the entire human personality on God in Christ Jesus in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]. 16 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), 17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:15-17 AMP

And we have the prophetic word [made] firmer still. You will do well to pay close attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dismal (squalid and dark) place, until the day breaks through [the gloom] and the Morning Star rises ( comes into being) in your hearts. 20[Yet] first [you must] understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is [a matter] of any personal or private or special interpretation (loosening, solving). 21 For no prophecy ever originated because some man willed it [to do so–it never came by human impulse], but men spoke from God who were borne along (moved and impelled) by the Holy Spirit.  2 Peter 1:19-21 AMP

Whether you preach, pray or prophesy, let it be led, guided and guarded by the Holy Spirit. Bring glory to God as you speak only the words that He puts in your mouth.


Thoughts on Stewardship
Lesson No. 6 from Genesis

Don’t Eat of the Tree
Foundation Scriptures: Genesis 3 verses 1-7

In Genesis 2:15-17, God took Adam and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it. He gave him a commandment that he could freely eat of every tree of the garden, but not of the tree of good and evil because, “in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden, 3 Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. 4 But the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die, 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apronlike girdles. Genesis 3:1-7 AMP

1. Have you ever wondered why God would  put a tree in the Garden if He did not want Adam and Eve and their kids to eat the fruit of it?

a. God made us to be stewards of all that He has given us and all that He has placed on the earth.

b. However, He always sets something aside, keeping it for Himself, and tells us not to eat of it. It’s Holy; it belongs to God alone.

c. It’s all about obedience and the free will of man. God gave us a free will so we could choose to obey. Obedience pleases God.

2. This is what Satan used to tempt Eve and cause her to sin. His plan was to get her to eat of that which was under their stewardship, but was not to be touched.

a. They could eat of every tree—including the tree of life, but they were not allowed to eat of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and of Evil. God told them, “the day that you eat of the tree in dying thou shalt die.” They would die spiritually (be cut off from God) and then die physically.

b. The scripture declares that if you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19). The devil knows that the only way that he can trap us is to get us moving in the direction of disobedience and against God’s Word.

3. In this day and this age, there is still a tree that is Holy, and it belongs to God. It is called the Tithe.

a. It is tempting to someone, who has not been taught how Holy the tree (tithe) is, to want to eat it.

b. To eat the tithe tree is to use the tithe for your personal use.

c. The tithe is Holy. Don’t eat that which belongs to God. Set it aside and bring it to the altar of worship where you are fed the Word of God.

d. Giving it as an act of worship as a first fruit to the Lord.

4. Many of those who have eaten from the tithe tree are now barren and naked and suffer lack. They have removed themselves from God’s protection.

Pastor Adonica’s thoughts:
From the time I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior, at the age of 17, I was taught about tithing. I fell in love with Jesus and fully committed to Him. I worked for my father at the time and when I received my monthly pay of 175 South African Rands, I immediately set aside my tithe, rounding it up to R20, and then sowed it into the offering the very next church service I attended. This became a committed habit for me, as it did for Rodney, and as God blessed and increased us, we continued to tithe on everything we earned. It is not a difficult thing to do because we committed to do it a long time ago and we would not dream of using the tithe for anything else. As a result, we expect—and receive—God’s blessing and favor on our lives and He has never let us down!

Pastor Rodney’s thoughts:
I can remember, as a child, being taught the principle of the tithe. I would tithe on my allowance. I would also tithe on the income I earned as a child working at whatever job I could find during school vacations. I knew that I wanted to do my part and sow seed into the Gospel. When we first arrived in America we heard that 20% of the body of Christ tithed. Apparently, the current statistic is that 6% actually tithe! This means that 94% spend their time eating of the tithe tree that is Holy and yet they wonder why they struggle financially and are unprotected—naked and barren.

I so desire God’s people to be blessed! God so desires to bless and increase all of our lives!  Even though He has a strong desire to bless you, His hands are tied when you eat that which does not belong to you. Don’t forget—the tithe is the Lord’s!  You are stewards over the tithe—don’t eat it—set it aside as Holy unto the Lord and allow the blessing of God to transform your life and overtake you from every side!

Prayer and Confession:
Father, I worship you with that which has been set apart for You—the tithe—it is Yours and I honor you with it and thank you that I will never be naked or barren or ashamed, and Your provision and protection will be upon me, all the days of my life.

The Gift of Faith

1 Corinthians 12 verse 7

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.


The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are as He will’s not as we will – however He will’s more than we will.


The Gift of Faith is a supernatural Gift from God of His Faith given to you at a specific time at a specific place for a specific purpose. 


It is the ability from God the divine grace to receive a miracle

Miracles of Salvation, deliverance, healing, protection, provision etc involving all of our needs down here on the earth.


We see passages of scripture that these are showcased in.


1. The Red Sea parted making a way for them to pass and burying their enemies.

2. Water provided from the Rock, Manna and Quail from Heaven.

3. The Pillar of Cloud by Day and the Pillar of Fire by night.

4. God brought the Children of Israel forth with Silver and Gold and there was not one sick or feeble one among their tribes.

5. The Son and the Moon stood still.

6. The Axe Head Swam 

7. The ravens fed the prophet.

8. The Oil and the meal did not Fail.

9. The Rain that came to break the drought.

10. Water into wine.

11. Feeding the Five thousand with 5 loaves and 2 fishes.

12. Tax money from the Fish’s mouth 


The List goes on and on I have only sighted a few examples from the Scripture.


The Gift of Faith will propel you supernaturally – the Lord will sustain you in  the most adverse circumstances – He will make away where there is no way and He will furnish a table in the wilderness and make the crooked path’s straight.


If the Gift of Faith is as He will’s and not as we will then how do we access the gift – we can use our Faith to receive the gift of Faith

Just lift your hands right now and pray this prayer and Say

Father in Jesus name I thank you for the gifts of the Spirit and especially the gift of Faith – we receive by Faith this gift right now to help me in my situation and I receive by Faith


Divine Grace so as to move mountains. I receive this in the wonderful name of Jesus and by the power of the Blood of Jesus.


Thank you in Jesus Name



PS Love and blessings to you as you read this I am in Tulsa Oklahoma and it is Friday 17th April pm 6.30 and I am preaching on the gift of Faith tonight and felt to post my notes on this blog – looking forward to the Sunday am and pm at the River


Love and Blessings 

Pastor Rodney Howard Browne

The Truth about the ministry of Rodney Howard Browne

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