The past Sunday was the Operation Raven toy and food distribution attracting over 1300 in attendance at The River at Tampa Bay. The people were invited to come by people at the church and Bible school. Throughout a period of weeks flyers were handed out especially focusing on the church’s local bus routes. So by this outreach and word of mouth many came to The River bringing their kids and loved ones for this event. When the buses came there were many kids running to the buses in excitement about the toy outreach. The parents brought their kids to kids church and the check in process was quick and simple. The kids then were fed the Word and were loved on by the workers. Some kids had a hard time adjusting from being away from their parents but by the end they were involved in the fun and accepting Jesus into their hearts. In the sanctuary with the adults they were filled with the Word and saturated by the presence of God. Pastor Rodney preached the Gospel and many were drawn in by the Holy Ghost to answer the altar call for salvation. There they made Jesus Lord over their lives and allowed Him to come in and fill them with the life changing love of God. Jesus became real to them and they were filled with the joy of knowing they were going to spend eternity in heaven with Him. Next, they were taken to the altar call room and they were prayed for by workers to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. After receiving the fire of God in their lives and a total of over 300 salvations for the entire morning, they took their children to receive their toys and a box of food to bless the family. Everyone went home, happy and changed by the love of God. The bus workers said that they looked totally different and were definitely touched by the events of that day.
Greetings to Pastors Rodney & Adonica, I have a testimoney to share with you! I am Dotti J, Jesus has raised me up!! Please let me explain…. what I am going to share with you, Carlos & I have spoken to Eric Gonyan about it several times.I was diagnosed HIV positive 12 years ago. I was in the world then… & it has been a battle that I have been fighting since. The “I” had to go, the battle was not mine to fight! This past few months, God has been dealing with me in ALL areas of my life, even the “hidden’ things. The week of the 10th. of March I got back my blood work, believing for my healing… it was very bad. The blood work said that I was now AIDS… it was devastating. The Doctor then put me on an antibiotic that contained Sulfa, I am highly allergic to Sulfa. The drug had a derivitive of sulfa in it & I did not know this, so I took it for 12 days, by the 12th. day, I was so sick in my body, high fevers, vomiting & other things began to happen. I took a shower, & when I was done I had a terrible rsah break out all over my body.
That night I ended up in the hospital,close to death, in shock. My husband began praying & asked God to spare my life.He called everyone we knew to ask for prayer.. 5 Days later I am home! Also when they did more blood work on me in the Hospital, (the T-Cells were 166, & that means AIDS,) well when the new results came back, my T-Cells were back to HIV at 281, without any HIV drugs taken, JUST GOD TOUCHING ME!! In this past week, God took my affliction & used it to bring me face to face with Him. ALL the fear, all the hidden things that remained, all the anger, all that displeased my Father, I fully surrendered it all to Him! I am falling more & more in love with Jesus & my God. See, He rescued me from physical death, & from spiritual death this past week, & all I can do is Worship, Him & STAY in His presence. Now & only now, can my healing come!!! Now & only now, can I fulfill the calling that He has been burning in me like fire for so long, to be used of Him in these times!! It was spoken over me several times by truely Godly women in my life from the year I was 15 til this present time of being 50!
I know it is time to get more full, & more love, & on fire to do what He has placed in my soul to do! Pastor Rodney, just to let you know… the first time I ever saw you, was at a church on the east coast of Florida, Carlos & I were there with Charles Chambers, Carlos was playing with the worship team,I was in the congregation listining to you. I had never heard the Gospel spoken the way you were speaking, about the FIRE OF GOD! I wanted it so bad! You were passing out CD’S, no, throwing them out to us, & the one about the FIRE came flying straight to me!!! It was just what I needed, & now this is where I am today, because of that day, it was just the beginning!!! I was so full of this testimoney, & I watched the message you preached today at the 8:00 am service, what an annointing that fell!! This is my testimoney to what My Savoir, & My God have done for me! Thank you, for this opportunity to share this with you. Mrs. Dorothy Jorge
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV
God has a wonderful plan for you – His most valued and precious creation. He has good plans; plans full of hope; plans for a great future. Man was created with the ability and the right to choose his destiny. Since man was created, the Father has been declaring the truth. To every generation, the Lord makes this clear: there are two choices and two destinies for every man and woman; there is a choice to be made for life and blessing, or a choice to be made for death and cursing. His plan is the good one! God is always truthful with us; we can believe everything He says; He is not capricious; He is not deceptive; He does not play games with us. He means what He says and He says what He means.
Adam had the opportunity to choose life or death, blessing or cursing, just as every one of us has. Through disobedience, Adam made a choice for cursing and death. God only has good plans for us, but because of the fact that Adam sold out to the devil and gave him access into the earth, the devil also has plans for us – bad plans. The devil hates the truth – he doesn’t want us to know his terrible plans for us, because if we really understood what his plans were, we would run away from him and stay away from him. The devil’s main weapon is deception – as long as he can deceive us and keep us in the dark, he can succeed in his evil endeavors. God is always truthful – He is not afraid of the truth. When the truth is revealed, God is always proved right. The truth brings Him glory and honor.
Most people think that life just happens to them; that they have no choice or control over how they end up. While it is true that there are many things that come our way initially that we can’t predict; we can directly positively affect the outcome by making a good choice. By making good choices, we can head off or prevent many of the devil’s evil plans. By choosing the good, we can actually positively influence our future and the future of our children. Choosing life and blessing means actually earning the reward of life and blessing!
Verse 20 says that we can have life and blessing IF we love the Lord, obey His voice and CLING to Him!
The Hebrew word, dabaq (daw-bak’), translated “cling” or “cleave” means: to cling or adhere; to catch by pursuit. It is variously translated as abide fast; cleave (fast together); follow close (hard after); be joined (together); keep (fast); overtake; pursue hard; stick; take. The dictionary says that “cling” or “cleave” means: to adhere closely; to stick to; to hold tight, as by grasping or embracing; to be or remain close; to remain attached; to cohere; to remain emotionally attached; to hold on; to resist separation; to remain faithful. That means – get close, hold on and NEVER let go!
It’s not about receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior and then just coasting along, expecting Him to take full responsibility for your relationship. Even in human relationships, you will fail if you do not work on the relationship and if you leave everything up to the other person. Many Christians go along expecting God to hold onto them; to cling to them; to do everything for them. That is not how it works. WE are the ones who must cling to the Lord! By God’s design, just as it is instinctual for babies – human and animal – to cling to their mother and to stick close by her for provision and safety – so God has designed that we be the ones to chase after Him; to pull in close to Him; to cling to Him and never let go.
Joshua 23:8 AMP – But cling to the Lord your God as you have done to this day.
Joshua 22:5 AMP – But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you: to love the Lord your God and to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and to cling to and unite with Him and to serve Him with all your heart and soul [your very life].
Psalms 119:30-31a NKJV – I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me. I cling to Your testimonies.
Deuteronomy 10:20-21 AMP – You shall [reverently] fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and by His name and presence you shall swear. 21 He is your praise; He is your God, Who has done for you these great and terrible things which your eyes have seen.
Take responsibility for your life and your blessing; do not be lazy, lackadaisical, or sloppy in your walk with the Father; don’t ever take Him for granted. If you want God’s best in your life, if you want His blessings, you must press in to Him and cling to Him and His word as if your life depends on it – because it does!
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