Since I have been here at Bible College the Lord has been providing for me financially and a place to live. I have not stretched my faith in such a way like I have since I came down to Bible College. God has healed my broken heart and taken away grief from losing my Mother last year. God has rekindled the flame that once had burned bright but through hardships in life went very dim. Growing up in church I knew God but I ran from my calling and God had his hand on my life in a powerful way. When Pastor Rodney came to my Grandfather’s church I was a young girl and when he laid his hands on me I never experienced the Holy Ghost like I did that night. When I was 16 I lived in Tampa with my Father and I remember sitting in the service seeing people with joy and thinking that it was crazy….little did I know I was going to get it a short time after, it was like the scripture talking about a strong and mighty wind and before I knew it I was on the floor laughing uncontrollably……that lasted from 10:30 pm until 2:00 am!!!! I had never experienced the joy until that night. I had got a touch from God but I didn’t have a change that needed to happen. Now being back and also going to Bible College has changed my life completely; I have been getting smacked with the fire from crying uncontrollably to laughing uncontrollably!! I have been out soul winning leading people to the Lord. I have a Holy boldness like never before and I love it. I thank God for using Pastor Rodney and Pastor Adonica to be lead by the Spirit…..Amber S.
This month has been really good, the Lord has been working. I’m learning how to walk in love with people even when you feel that you are right. The department that I am in will stretch you in many ways. I am not a person that used to being on the phone. I have no brothers or sisters, I’m the only child. I was used to getting my way. In pastoral, you are on the phone a lot; the Lord has done a quick work in my heart. Now it does not bother me anymore so if you allow the lord to do the work he can use you in any avenue that is needed. I just got back from a GAT that was awesome! The lord is definitely moving in churches across America. Just like these GAT we’re having and the churches are allowing us to show them how to take cities. This is the secret to ministry: humbling yourself. The Bible says that “the meek shall inherent the earth”. You look through the Bible and you see mighty men and women that turned the world upside down. How did they do it? By humbling themselves. The exalted shall be humbled, and the humble shall be exalted. The lord has a heart for the people that humble themselves. This month was a very humbling experience for me, but the lord has exalted me because I didn’t complain or murmur. I just did what I had to do, thank you Jesus.
As the end of my internship is coming closer, it feels like everything is just coming together. Obviously I’m not done learning, because as Pastor David likes to say, when you’re in the school of the spirit you never stop learning however old or long in the ministry you’ve been. But I do feel as though with everything that I’ve done during my internship, I’ve finally have begun to understand its use for me. For example, little things I had to do that I didn’t understand why I had to do them or what they had to do with ministry, I now understand that even those things will further help me be successful in not just ministry but in living a godly lifestyle. To me internship isn’t about a step towards launching out into ministry, but a step that I needed to take to be able to develop a godly character to live a godly life, so whether I go into full time ministry or just live a “normal” life that I can be an ambassador of Jesus Christ with that character and live a life glorifying him. Internship was very stretching, but in the end it is so rewarding. I realized that there’s nothing I cannot do with God. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.” That scripture was a core scripture for me during this last year of RBI. The word of God never fails. It’s been tried and proved many times.
In this stage of my internship, the Lord is teaching me many things. Most of all, he is teaching me to be willing to do whatever He says and that He will provide for what He requires. I am currently preparing to go to Camp Morgan in April. It is a miracle in itself that I am going; because I said I would never go. I began trusting God for the finances to go as well as for supplies. The supplies have already been fully supplied! I also have multiple checks coming in the mail from various people to help pay for the tuition cost of Camp Morgan. I am learning more and more that God always provides! I have always said His will, His bill as I heard from classes at The River Bible Institute in previous years. Now, I am continuing to see this statement take place. As we decide to obey what God wants, he will always make a way; no matter how impossible it may seem, because with God all things are possible! In the past month, I have been getting a revelation of this verse. Even with it being a verse I have heard so many thousands of times, I am just getting the revelation of this Bible verse. Because God is my strength, and not I, in His strength I can do ALL things, not some things, or most things, but ALL things, and I am confident that this will become even more real to me during Camp Morgan
Reflecting back on Wednesday’s message caused me to reevaluate myself. The parable about the stony heart really hit home for me. I never thought that I was a person that could have a stony heart because I am most of all a loving, forgiving, and very positive person but I realized even though I walk in love physically some things had overcome me mentally. Not even knowing that this was one of the very things that kept me from receiving all that God had for me; I wasn’t in a position to hear clearly from the Holy Spirit or even receive the Word. I was letting situations and trials cause me to miss what God was trying to do.
As I sat in service I just sat in amazement how God has just used his people in different ways to pour into us. Service was just the icing on the cake. Since I have been at the church, I have been walking in victory through Jesus Christ in faith. I have been trusting in God and letting him lead. I am walking into everything that God has for me so I am going through a process which causes me to die to self daily. God is breaking me; humbling and working on my character. The Spirit is speaking to me through his Word and I feel a compete shift. One thing I have learned is if I yield to God and I am obedient to Him and His Word; my heart is right and open to receive, then he will do great and mighty things and use me to shake the nation. He is just equipping us for this movement; a mighty move of the spirit of God.
After every service or class, it’s like God is continuously releasing things that were once a mystery for six years to me. He is speaking through the Word; He is alive. Thank God he has willing vessels to teach us important principles that we need as we fight the good fight of faith.
Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne has been teaching about the parable of the sower which Jesus taught to a large crowd of people, and then explained it in more detail to his disciples. What I have learned recently from this parable is that I have a responsibility when I hear the Word of God, whether from a teacher, pastor, or reading the Word on my own. When I receive God’s Word I have to protect it from the devil and make sure that he doesn’t steal my seed. I also have to establish root in God so I can have longevity in all things of God, which takes patience. One of the main things that stuck out to me was the seed sown among thorns. This is when you can hear the word, but the worries of this life choke the word.
I’m humbled, to find a place of integrity, where true, pure love exists; has not only a vision, but a mandate to “equip” the saints for the “work” of the ministry, is not only rare, but by the grace of God. To be going into the enemy’s camp and taking back what he’s stolen from you; doing The Great Commission; winning souls; seeing people’s lives changed (including my own), recognizing, having a hearing ear and a receptive heart to God’s awesome Word; getting this country back to God, is the only way to live in this day and age. You want to make a change? You tired of being sick and tired? Do you love this country? Do you have FAITH as a grain of a mustard seed? COME – JOIN – The Greatest army this world will ever see. Be a part of history. COME.. and HELP… reap this End-Time Harvest. You still have time!! You’ll be eternally grateful.
I am so glad to be here in the school. It is getting even better. Until I came to Tampa, I felt almost like a Muslim-Christian. Just lately I have been feeling the freedom and flow of the Spirit. Even after finishing the first year of school. I guess it takes a while to be detoxed spiritually! Pretty much up to that time I was religious and doctrineted properly. Even after the first year I was still not very open to the flow and the move of God. Over the summer break and God’s continuous work in my heart I came hungry and thirsty for this school year.
Especially the first week of school was awesome. Even the introduction of pastors was enough to smack me! We moved Tampa to basically to come to school. There is not any reason for us to live here other than the River really. But after being here it is more than enough reason to stay here! I often feel like about the school and church that i have found a treasure chest and want to share with everyone. We are telling our loved ones to come and even just sit under this ministry for a week and see what we are talking about.
It is so precious to me. I thank God for such man and women of God and their impact in our lives. Not only by teaching in the class but every way they live and conduct their lives. I have lot to learn from them.Thank God that he kept them for such a time like this and for us. I am so excited to see and receive what God has for me this year. i go to school with expectation every day. He has still a lot of work to do in me. You never know what will take place that day. Even just last thursday the Spirit of giving broke out and everyone was obedient to God. Some people even broke their alabaster box. I am looking forward to see might things happen this year in students life…..
I came to Tampa nearly four weeks ago from North Carolina. God has been doing awesome things through me and tome. Before I go into that I must give you a background concerning before coming to The River. In 2007 I was saved, set free, and delivered from drugs, alcohol and tobacco. I was radically changed, and knew I would never be the same ever again. I had a passion for God, and loved the things of God. I got plugged in at the church that I got saved in. Pornography plagued me the whole time in my walk with God.
I was always condemned and defeated. I would serve the Lord for two or three weeks, then I would run back into the world. I knew of God, but didn’t really know Him. Fast-forwarding four years to January of this year. I started watching the Great Awakening, I was greatly blessed, started winning a few souls, but still struggling with pornography. RMI started offering scholarships to anyone feeling called to the ministry and I knew it was for me. So I moved down here with nothing planned in the natural, just a little money and a plane ticket. I took the city-bus to the river, and started walking down the drive.
Overwhelmed with gladness I couldn’t believe I was actually here. Jesus started doing awesome things from the very start. I felt different every single service, I felt free. I knew Jesus was breaking things off of me, probably more than I know. I feel like I have grown ten years in the spirit. Words really can’t explain what has been going on in me. I’m giving more than ever before, soul-winning like never before. I’m learning to truly trust God and over 100 people have been saved on the streets since I’ve been here. I have finally figured out why I’m alive. God is so good……
I must first say “What an amazing two weeks!” I listened and watched online the first week then attended live in person at The River the following Wed. morning. His power and presence was there to touch every open heart. We ordered a complete set of cd’s as a reference for building a strong foundation for the walk of faith to run the race.
For me, I was in a marinade letting the oil breakdown and soften a hardened heart of hurt, and pain I thought was gone, but was really hiding.
On my way to church I dropped off my car at the collision center to replace the front plastic bumper and grill damaged from some road hazard, I thought maybe $500.00 would cover it until they popped the hood and took a look inside. WOW the hidden damage inside the engine compartment was very extensive, brackets, condenser, radiator, arm support yada yada yada. The repair jumped from $500.00 to over $2300.00 and that’s three to four times more to fix what we couldn’t see just looking from the outside. The adjuster asked how long I’ve been driving the car like this, I said “Just over 1 year now.” He was amazed that everything appeared to be working in the condition it was in.
As the van drove me to church I thought “That was me!” showing a little damage on the outside and a wreck on the inside. “Jesus fix me” I’m hurting, I’m still functioning, but could be sidelined if this isn’t addressed properly. Get in the service Wed. morning, Wed. night, Thurs. morning, Thurs. night, Fri morning, and Fri. night. MARINATING. I’m feeling the tug for bible school.
So with a Pastoral recommendation I’m back in Bible school…..again . Going to let Jesus work on me …..again. The driver of the van got saved,…. and as for my car….it’s still in the shop……Regis A.