Preparing To ReceivePastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne
Publish date: 01/14/2024
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV
1. Prepare Your Heart.
a. We have a conference, “Transfiguration,” beginning next Sunday, for eight days.
b. We encourage you to prepare your heart for this wonderful opportunity to receive all that the Lord has for you.
c. In Job 11:13, we are encouraged to prepare our heart, and stretch out, or reach out, our hands toward the Lord.
d. We stretch out, or reach out, our hand to Him, in submission and expectation.
e. The Hebrew word translated “prepare” means ‘to prepare and get ready’ and it also means to ‘fix and establish.’
f. This means we fix our hearts to serve and honor Him only, and to submit fully to Him in all things.
g. He is our Creator, Master, Lord, and Savior—our only Authority, our Source of Life, and Supplier of all we need.
h. Psalm 10:17 NKJV –– Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear.
2. Expect to Receive.
a. Psalm 62:5 AMPC –– My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.
b. Psalm 73:25 AMPC –– Whom have I in heaven but You? And I have no delight or desire on earth besides You.
3. Be Hungry and Thirsty.
a. Matthew 5:6 KJV–– Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
b. Psalm 63:1 AMPC –– O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.
4. Place a Demand Upon the Anointing.
a. Matthew 7:9-11 NKJV –– Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
b. If you place a demand upon the anointing, and ask according to His Word, the Lord will touch and bless you,
5. Impartation Comes by the Word and the Spirit.
a. This conference, “Transfiguration,” is specifically designed to take you on a journey, from A to Z, over the course of eight days.
b. A journey toward a deeper walk with the Lord, a greater experience with the Holy Spirit, and a transformation in your life—being changed from Glory to Glory.
c. Do not be selective in your attendance—every meeting is important.
d. From the praise and worship to the teachings on stewardship, the testimonies, the preaching of the Word, and then the moving of the Spirit.
e. It will be to your benefit to commit to attend as many services as you possibly can.
f. Do not miss out on anything that the Lord is doing throughout the course of this week.
g. You never know which service is going to be your service.
6. The Lord Has Something for You.
a. There are special things the Lord has for each and every person.
b. Each of us is unique, and at a different place in our walk with the Lord.
c. He will deal with each person in a different way.
d. The way He touches you may be different from the way that He touches someone else.
e. Just keep your heart open, press in, and receive whatever the Lord has for you.
f. Together, as we keep our hearts turned toward the Lord, we create an atmosphere where He can freely move and touch each one of us.
7. The Lord’s Timetable.
a. The Holy Spirit does not work according to our timetable.
b. Some of the most powerful moves of God have taken place later in the services.
c. So do not leave the service too soon and miss out on what the Lord wants to do for you.
8. A Blessing for Every Age and Stage.
a. Feel free—in fact we encourage you—to bring your children and teenagers to the meetings and get them in as many services as you can.
b. We do have separate services for the children; however, many children receive a special touch from the Lord when they are in the main service as well, so feel free to bring them.
c. However, neither you nor they will be able to receive anything if you spend your time walking around, hanging in the lobby, and chatting to people.
d. If you bring your children to the main service, for the benefit of all, have them seated and paying attention—not running around.
e. Feel free to bring something for the younger ones to help them to sit still—paper, pens, coloring books, etc.
f. Even teenagers can benefit if they have a notebook to write in.
g. Young people need to be in Holy Ghost services.
h. Just because you have been touched by the Lord does not mean that your children will get it via osmosis.
i. Each person, no matter what age, must have a personal encounter with God, experience His presence, and make a choice to serve and honor Him.
9. The Lobby.
a. In the lobby, you’ll find many amenities available for your convenience.
b. There will be several businesses available to serve you, including Kings Arms Coffee.
c. These businesses are part of our Kingdom Business Fellowship.
d. We encourage you to take a moment to see what they have available and support these local businesses.
10. A Blessing for You.
a. We are praying for you, that during these eight days nothing will stand in your way, you will not be distracted or miss out on anything the Lord has for you, and at the conclusion of the meeting you will never be the same.