One of the most important things I’ve learned here at RBI is to be open and willing to learn as well as change whatever is needed in order to grow in life. For indeed my desire is to live a life pleasing to the Lord. How do I accomplish this? I accomplish this by not only hearing the word of God but also studying it and applying it to my life. In Matthew 13 the parable of the four soils is discussed. This parable explains the variances of seeds taking root. The first seed lands on hard ground but satan comes in because it didn’t take root, the rocky ground is received with joy but the root is shallow and it wilts, the thorny ground is when the word is accepted but no crops is produced, and last is the good soil where the word is received and produces. My heart is the good soil and the seed is the word and when I hear the word and do what it says it produces good results. I must root out the hidden things in my heart to keep the soil good. I must not let offences come and distract me. I must not take the devil’s counsel in any situation, but stand on the word of God, take all my needs to him, tell him he is my source of supply and rejoice for having the victory.
Being a part of this ministry means I will be stretched. I may work in some areas of ministry that may make me somewhat uncomfortable, but it’s all for the glory of God for when I leave this place I will be well equipped for the nations.
This past Minister’s Conference was awesome. The Lord has really been showing me to lose control. I have always been such an in control person and I always try to control my circumstances the best I can, but the Lord showed me that I have to fully allow Him to be in control of my life and my circumstances. Minister’s Conference was really an eye opener. God also showed me that patience is key and that being in His perfect will is the most important thing and that I want His will over mine at all times. To be fully surrendered is to fully trust in Him and not try to do things myself or make things happen. To trust that His will and plan is the best for me, that each day I just have to wake up, praise Him, ask to be used by Him, deny myself and pick up my cross and follow Him wherever He leads is the best control I could ever have. It’s humbling to know that God is in total control over my life and that I don’t have to worry about anything. He has the best for me so why wouldn’t I just sit back, relax, and let Him pour out His blessing upon me! After all, it’s promised to me! I also felt God’s love through other individuals at Minister’s Conference like I’ve never felt before. The love of God was just so apparent through people that I couldn’t help but be joyful all the time. All I can say is that God is faithful and I love being put through the fire and getting refined so that my walk with the Lord shines to others and that they can see Jesus through me!
During the Ministers and Leaders Conference this year I don’t think I got to sit through a whole service except the first Sunday morning because of working in my department. I also had been sick the first part of the week, but I did get to be in a lot of the worship. God touched me during one of the services during worship when I just felt like He was showing me that I don’t have to be perfect to come to Him, but I can come to Him as my Father and He will do the work. I have really been dealing with over-perfectionism (like if I don’t do the job perfectly, it’s wrong) during internship and it feels like it’s been coming to the surface more than ever, so I know God is working on me in that area. Also, after MLC we had a Bible study and they were talking about how it sometimes feels like you don’t get to receive because you’re serving during meetings, and I was just really encouraged that I can know that God is pouring into me and doing a work in me as I’m serving/working in my department. I’ve also been learning over the past several weeks that hard work and difficult/uncomfortable situations is really just the fire of God burning stuff out of you. One recent example was with a roommate situation, I was really getting bothered about some things that I felt weren’t right that my roommate had done, but I felt like the Lord was telling me to go apologize to her for my attitude – and I’m thinking, she should apologize to me. But I finally obeyed and apologized to her and it released that thing in my heart that was bothering me and it helped me forgive her and I’m not upset about it anymore.
I also have a testimony that has panned out over the last few weeks – I was in a living situation that was getting really difficult location-wise and someone walked up to me and said they wanted to pay my first month’s rent wherever I was moving to, and I finally got to move to the location I’ve wanted to be in for a long time. Praise God!
“God’s Way”, wait on the Lord… “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Ps 5.3)
We live in an age when instant gratification is promoted by retailers and pursued by consumers. The communications revolution has made it possible to achieve in seconds what would have previously taken days. The demand and expectation of faster delivery and immediate satisfaction applies to everything from ready food to doctors’ appointments. People just don’t want to wait.
Reading the Biblical account of “God’s plans and purpose’s for creation it is clear that the timing of events is not left to chance, neither is God’s timing measured according to our understanding of time “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Pet 3.8). God’s timing is neither fast nor slow, it is simply the right time “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecc 3.1).
In seeking to do his Father’s will, Jesus was acutely aware of God’s timing. When his mother approached him at the wedding feast at Cana he responded, “My time has not yet come” (John 2.4) and when others were going to the feast in Jerusalem he said, “You go to the Feast… for me the right time has not yet come” (John 7.8). Perhaps most poignantly, when he got the message that Lazarus was sick, Jesus did not go but waited two days, obedient to the Father’s prompting rather than human instinct. Waiting is not an idle state but is actually a time in which there is hidden activity, just as a tree waits for the right time to flower and bear fruit or a soldier waits to be called up for active service. The period of waiting is usually a time of preparation, of nourishment, growth and development. Paul describes the whole of creation waiting for God’s plans to be fulfilled as being like a pregnant mother. He declares, “That is why waiting does not diminish us… We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” (Rom 8.22-25. The Message).
What the Lord has been doing in my life in my department is awesome. To begin with the children’s department where am present at was never in any of my four choices of internship so the day I was assigned to go there was like a big slap to me I cried for two hours, all I wanted to do was go back home, but somewhere inside I knew God called me to be at RBI for three years. So after prayers I said to myself, Lord I trust you and I trust the authority that you have placed over me. I also know they prayed and they heard from you and I trust the leading of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Then the Lord immediately asked me, “Can you remember how many times you have prayed this prayer I will go where you want me I will do what you want me and I will say what you want me to say?” I said yes lord, then he said why do you find it difficult to accept I am the one sending you to kids church? I said because my passion is winning souls so I want to be in outreach. Then the Lord said to me if you can win the souls of little children then you can win the souls of all men. I can tell everyone that working with kids is one of the most humble things one can do, it is life changing. Because of all the things I have been through in life I have always been so hard on myself, on my son and people around me but working with these kids, looking into their beautiful faces and listening to their sweet voices gives me life every day. I see so many mistakes I did in bringing up my son and now I have a better relationship with my son than before and even a greater desire to be transformed just like these little children. I love working in kids’ church.
The message from Pastor Rodney has really touched me because he has inspired me to receive the Word, put it into my life, and realize I have always had a call on my life. My husband and I were not living our lives for the Lord at that time, but we still prayed and sought Him for His anointing and answers to hard questions. We were also really encouraged by his many sermons to start reaching the lost for the Lord with the Soul Winning Script. I discovered just how easy it was and how receptive people were to accept the Lord as their personal savior.
We had started attending The River, hearing the Word, and watching the Great Awakening every night. We had heard about their Bible school so my husband and I started seeking the Lord for His will with regard to attending RBI Bible School. Then when my husband attended the last night of Camp Meeting, the first week of the New Year, Pastor asked how many people felt they had a call on their lives. My husband went up and then we were given full RBI scholarships for both of us to attend for all 3 years. What an answer to prayer! Wow, we are so blessed to hear the word preached. It is being planted into our hearts on a daily basis by attending this anointed Bible School. We are learning on a deeper level just who we really are in Christ Jesus our Lord!!! We are seeing our lives changed and growing closer to our Father God and Jesus!!!
I really liked this message. I thought it was very powerful and it helped me to understand the things that keep the seed of the word from being planted into the good ground of our heart. The first thing I learned was the pastor can be up front preaching and you can hear the word but if you do not understand it, the wicked one will come and steal the seed that was sown leaving you to bare no fruit because there is no seed. The second thing I learned is that we can hear the word and understand it receiving it with joy. But if we are not rooted in the word and continuing to read and grow in the word then when trials, tribulations, and persecution arise we will get offended. That means we will act contrary to the word of God instead of holding strong to it and rejoicing. Third I learned that we can hear the word and receive it with understanding but man has been given free will and if we decide we want money and things of the world more than God and his word then the word will get choked and become unfruitful. Finally the most important thing I learned was that we must hear the word and receive it with understanding not allowing anything of this world to hinder the word but we must hold fast and when life seems like it is getting tough or the world seems more pleasing than God that is when we need to hunker down endure all things and fight the good fight of faith continuing to read the word aloud pressing on to the other side and the seed planted in our heart will bear fruit in us some 30 fold, 60 fold, and 100 fold.
Before coming to the Bible school in August of last year I thought I knew God and thought my relationship with him was good enough. However, after being a part of this ministry for several months now I realized that I really didn’t have a relationship with God at all, but merely a knowledge of who he was and what I needed to do to get to heaven. From spending so much time in God’s word this year I have seen dramatic changes in almost every area of my life, however the most amazing change that I have seen is my life has been my boldness to speak the gospel freely and stand up for it among people who mock it. When I began to study the word on who I was in Christ, I received the revelation and relationship with God that I had always been longing. Since then I have been able to stand up against my family and people in my life that have mocked the gospel with the boldness and authority that I have in Christ Jesus. I knew for a long time that God had a calling on my life but I never had the boldness and authority to I needed in order to fulfill God’s call on my life. However, now that I have the knowledge I need through the study of God’s word I know with assurance that I have the ability and boldness to do anything God has called me to do through Jesus.
Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am a first year student and I must say that this school is nothing like I anticipated; it is much, much more. The bible comes alive because the Spirit of God is always there in the midst of us.
First of all I would like to thank God for my father in the Lord, Pastor Brown because he is a disciple indeed and faithful servant, and father in the Lord
I often prayed, God I want to come closer to you. At River Bible Institute you hear the word every day. It’s not just hearing it, when the word falls on good ground, it will produce fruit. We are put to work to bring in the harvest of souls, and help the poor. I was pressed and sometimes I actually wondered if I would really make it because I felt so inadequate, but the more I pressed and asked God to help me, He kept showing up. All of the teachers teach the word with power, and give assignments that will make you fall on your knees for help and cause you to dig deeper in the word for answers from the only one that can help you, God. The seed was sow and planted deep in my heart. Even when I felt like giving up, I couldn’t. I asked God to anoint my ears because I want to hear, understand and take heed to His word. I love reading books, but I had stopped reading like I had in the past, now every semester we have books to read. We have five books to read in this semester. It is challenging, but very rewarding.
If you have ear to hear you will grow, because faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God which is full of power. The opportunities at RBI are endless, and you are not held back.
his past month has been a huge blessing to my life. I have grown and been shaped in so many ways, while coming to the end of the school year. May Minister’s and Leader’s Conference has been amazing. It has taught me how important it is to prepare for eternity and set my spirit in place to be strong in the future. It has also showed me how much we must pray for America and for the souls of the lost. There are many unholy people in our government and in politics and in leadership in this country. And I see so much more now, how important it is for the righteous to stand together in unity, prayer, finances, and boldness in this hour that we are in. I feel very close to eternity. Being a part of this ministry and sitting under the anointing and the powerful teachings of Pastor Rodney has prepared me and equipped me for a lifetime of living in the Spirit. The principles of sowing and reaping taught by Pastor Corey this week was also life changing. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are rich! The wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just and we receive it now! Being an intern has taught us so many things about finances in the ministry – beginning with living on faith and trusting God. He has supernaturally come through for us in everything and now, there is nothing that we cannot come into agreement on and believe Him for!