Being Faithful to the Call of God

rodney howard browne

The anointing is not taught; it is caught. The only

way to get the anointing is to be where the anointing is

being poured out. Doing what God has called you to do

will cause His power to flow through you.

 

One of the problems many ministers face is that

they get discouraged when things don’t go the way they

would like. They end up quitting the ministry just prior to

their breakthrough.

 

I believe the Lord is looking for those who will be

faithful to obey the call. He will test you in the ministry

before you see an increase. The scripture says if you are

faithful over little, God will make you a ruler over much.

 

A Case of the Forgotten Son

 

The story of David is a wonderful story of a

young man whom God had chosen to be king. God had

spoken to the prophet Samuel and told him to anoint a

king in Saul’s place. Samuel went and stood in front of

Jesse’s sons and none of them was found eligible for the

position of king. God had chosen David because of his

faithfulness with a few sheep and the attitude of his heart.

 

Even though he was out with the sheep, God knew where

he was and anointed him in Saul’s place.

David had been in preparation for the ministry. He

was faithful to take the lion and the bear. Little did he

know that God would have him take on a giant. Many

even in the ministry today want the giant, but are not

prepared or faithful to take the lion and the bear.

We live in a day and age of instant results. Many

judge success by monetary gain or achievement of how

many you have in your church, or how big your radio and

television ministry is, or how big a mailing list you might

have.

 

Success Is Doing What God Has Called You to Do

 

Success is doing what God has called you to do. I

have had the privilege of being around some of the great

men of God who pastor large churches. One of them

publicly made the statement to other ministers that it

didn’t matter if you only had 100 people in your church.

If that was what God had called you to, then you should

be content and happy in that ministry.

 

Privately I heard him make the statement about a

pastor of a small church, “When he gets a thousand

people in his church, then let him come and talk to me.”

In other words, he was saying the man was not worthy to

talk to him because he was not in the same league.

I am reminded of a statement I used to tell the

Bible students at a school in South Africa where I

lectured several years ago. “Always remember the little

man on your way up, because you might need him on

your way down.”

 

If the grace of God did not lead you to a certain

place, then the grace of God cannot keep you there.

Legends in Their Own Mind

 

Another minister informed me – comparing his

ministry to the ministry of another – that his ministry

was a Cadillac and the other was a Yugo. I thought to

myself, then I must be the hubcap on the Yugo. One

preacher informed a friend of mine that he was one of the

top five speakers in the world today. I thought to myself,

I must be one of the bottom five.

 

It is not what you have done or achieved in man’s

eyes that counts; it is faithfulness to the call of God.

When I stand before my heavenly Father I desire to hear

Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

Enter into the joy of the Lord.” I don’t want to hear, “Well

done, thou good and successful servant You have already

received your reward, it’s the praise of men.”

 

The Danger of Forgetting Where You’ve Come From

 

Is it not amazing that God visits an ordinary

individual and anoints him? The man rises out of the dust

to achieve greatness in God. Later when asked what was

the key to his success, he gives a ten-point guideline to

would-be followers about the secret to success.

 

But it had nothing to do with the ten points. It was

the touch of God in the individual’s life which resulted in

the call. He remained faithful to fulfill the call and

succeeded. It is as simple as that.

 

 

WHY WE WERE CREATED

rodney howard browne

Foundation Scriptures: Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:7

So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Genesis 1:27 AMP

Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.
Genesis 2:7 AMP

1.  Man was created by God – formed him out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.

  • We did not evolve—the theory of Evolution is exactly that: a theory—not a law.
  • But now [in spite of past judgments for Israel’s sins], thus says the Lord, He Who created you, O Jacob, and He Who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you [ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.  Isaiah 43:1 AMP
  • Even everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, whom I have made.  Isaiah 43:7 AMP
  • I made the earth and created man upon it. I, with My hands, stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.  Isaiah 45:12 AMP

2.  We were created as a result of God’s divine purpose.

  • Isaiah 43:7 says, “I have created man for my glory.”
  • Man is a created being, purposed by God to bring Him glory.
  • God said, “Let us—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” make man in OUR image.
  • Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. 5 For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]–6[So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:4-6 AMP
  • [For it is He] Who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy and leading to holiness [to a life of consecration, a vocation of holiness]; [He did it] not because of anything of merit that we have done, but because of and to further His own purpose and grace (unmerited favor) which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago].  2 Timothy 1:9 AMP

3.  Six things that set you and I apart from all of God’s creation.

  • Man is created by God.
  • Man alone—of all created beings—received the very breath of God.
  • Man is formed in God’s image.
  • Man is created for God’s glory.
  • Man was planned and designed in a council of the triune God.
  • Man has been redeemed by the God-Man, Jesus Christ. (Jesus was all God and all man.)


4.  Man was created in God’s image.

  • Not a physical image—God is a Spirit.
  • A personal image—one who designs, plans and communicates, wills and feels (is pleased and displeased).
  • God saw everything He had made and behold it was very good (Genesis 1:31)
  • Man is a moral being—man was created with a sense of accountability to his Maker.  
  • Man has a conscience.
  • When man does right, his heart assures him—when he does wrong his heart condemns (convicts) him.
  • Man has a social image—to love a wife, who is from his side, to be equal to him; near his heart, to be loved by him; under his arm, to be protected by him.
  • Man was commanded to multiply and replenish the earth.
  • Out of the Ten Commandments—six concern our relationships with our fellow man.
  • Man was made to have communion with God, his family, and his friends.
  • Man is a living soul—a whole being—a spirit and a soul in a body. The body was fashioned to live forever, but when sin entered the world that changed and death began to work in the body.


5.  Ten facts about the body.

  • It is a mortal body that will return to the dust out of which it was fashioned (Genesis 3:19; Psalms 104:29).
  • Even though the body is made from the dust of the ground—it is wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14-16).
  • Man’s body is only a temporary tabernacle for man to live in (2 Peter 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:1).
  • Man’s body will be glorified in the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:44a & 53).
  • The body of the born-again man is the temple of the Holy Spirit. This is why it should not be used as an instrument of sin (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
  • When you dedicate yourself to God, your body is a living and holy sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
  • The redeemed man’s body is a weapon against the devil (Romans 6:13).
  • Redeemed man enjoys certain benefits of Christ’s redeeming work in the Body even in this world (Matthew 8:16-17).    
  • You will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ on what you have done in the body (2 Corinthians 5:10).
  • Man’s body of dust, which he inherited from Adam, bears the image of Adam as well as the image of God (1 Corinthians 15:45-49).