Monthly Archives: June 2015

*Sound of the Trumpets

“Now the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make two trumpets of hammered silver for calling the community to assemble and for signaling the breaking of camp…..When you arrive in your own land and go to war against your enemies who attack you, sound the alarm with the trumpets. Then the Lord your God will remember you and rescue you from your enemies. The trumpets will remind the Lord your God of his covenant with you. I am the Lord your God.”
(Num 10:1-2, 9-10b, NLT)

The trumpet, in the Bible, symbolized the “gathering, blessings, judgment, prophetic voice or word, voice of prophetic utterance, and the coming of Christ” (Kevin J. Conner, Interpreting the Symbols and Types, 1992).

In Numbers chapter ten, the Lord told Moses to make two silver trumpets, and instruct the Israelites on how and when to blow the trumpets. These silver trumpets of the Tabernacle were to be sounded on four specific occasions: to summon, to warn in case of an attack, when Israel went to war, and at the Israelites’ appointed feasts. Only the priests, Aaron’s descendants, were allowed to blow the trumpets (Num. 10:8).

The trumpets were used for calling the community together and for signaling the breaking of camp. If the priests blew one trumpet, the leaders of the clans of Israel were to present themselves before Moses at the entrance of the Tabernacle. However, if both trumpets were blown, the entire congregation was to appear. The trumpets were blown over the offerings that were given to the Lord. When the Israelites went to battle against their enemies, if they sounded the alarm on the trumpets, God promised He would remember them and come to their rescue. During their times of rejoicing and celebrations, they were to sound the trumpet over their offerings as a memorial (Num 10:9-10).

Whether the trumpets were blown to hear God speak, to rejoice in celebration, or make preparation for war, the sound of the trumpet meant something was about to happen. Things were about to change, and there would be a turn in direction. Be it good or bad, blowing the trumpet meant transition.

Making changes, shifting, moving, there’s just something about the idea of transitioning. Do you hear it? Do you hear the sound? Is God blasting the trumpet for you to transition your position? What transition are you in? Maybe God is transitioning you for battle. Do you have your war clothes on? Maybe God is summoning you to come closer into His presence so He can give you direction. Are you listening? Maybe it’s time to pack your things up and move. Are you ready? Maybe God is transitioning you to a time of rejoicing and celebration. Go ahead and get your praise on!

Sisters, the sound of the trumpets are blowing! Do you hear them? God is getting ready to do something and it’s time to transition ourselves!

QUIET TIME

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

*Originally posted 5/24/12.

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

My Daddy

 

Hey. Have you met my Daddy? Well, let me introduce you to Him.
He’s the greatest and He’s so special to me! He’s my King and He’s my everything! Have you met my Daddy?

My Daddy calls me His babygirl. He tells me I’m the apple of His eye, His special creation, and He reminds me that I’m marvelously and wonderfully made (Deut. 32:10; Ps. 139:14). He tells me how important I am to Him and how I mean the world to Him. When I’m feeling down and beaten up by this old mean world, my Daddy comes and fights for me. He speaks His Words over me and inspires me to get up and keep going. And when I feel like a failure and like I can’t do anything right, my Daddy tells me that He’s proud of me. He reassures me that I can do anything because He’s on my side (Phil. 4:13). He tells me that He’s for me, more than the world against me (1 John 4:4).

Have you met my Daddy? Well, excuse me while I do a little bragging on Him.

My Daddy is big and strong and wise! He can do the impossible! He can do anything! Everything you see, my Daddy made. He’s eternal, He lives forever and ever. He was, is and is to come. He was here before the world began. He created the world! My Daddy spoke the world into existence and all things came to be (Gen. 1-2)! The sun, the moon, the stars, the oceans, the heavens, the earth, all the planets, all the animals, the grass, the trees, all the plants, all of humanity, were made by my Daddy. My Daddy owns everything!
My Daddy is RICH, boy is He RICH! He’s rich in mercy, rich in grace, rich in blessings, rich in forgiveness, rich in love, and rich financially! My Daddy is loaded!! My Daddy owns every beast of the forest and the cattle of a thousand hills (Ps. 50:10). He owns it all! Everything belongs to my Daddy. For the earth belongs to my Daddy; everything is His (1 Cor. 10:26). My Daddy has an abundance of everything. Whatever I need, my Daddy has it. That’s why I can go to Him for anything. Yep, I sure can!

My Daddy is so beautiful to me. His face lights up the world! His eyes are filled with compassion and His smile brightens up my day. His arms are big and strong and they shield me from all harm. With His mighty hand, He protects me and guides me (Ps. 136:12). He keeps me on the right path and when I go astray, His loves draws me back to Him. Speaking of love, my Daddy loves me so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, for me. In fact, over 2,000 years ago, Jesus (my big brother), died on the cross for all my sins (John 3:16). Even though I was dirty and rotten and no one wanted me, my Daddy came and purchased me with the blood of Christ. Now that I’m a part of the royal family, I have accessed to everything. That’s right, my Daddy loves me that much that He did not withhold His own perfect Son from me. Jesus paid for all the wrong that I would ever do in my lifetime; He paid my debt in full! Now that’s some kind of love!

Most surely, there is nothing my Daddy wouldn’t do for me. Daily He shows me how much He loves to me. And you know what else? My Daddy loves you, too! My Daddy’s love is not just for me only, but it’s big enough for everyone and anyone who is willing to receive His love. He calls us His children and we are chosen to be loved by Him. Oh, what a privilege! All that He has is made available to you and me. He’s our Daddy who truly loves us!!

Sisters, want to enjoy all the many benefits that comes with knowing our Heavenly Father’s love? Show Him your love today! Embrace Him and give yourself entirely over to Him! He’s our Abba, Father and He has given us an inheritance!

Happy Father’s Day! Let’s show our love to our Heavenly Father!

“You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.” (Gal. 4:5-7, MSG)

 

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER!

Originally posted 6/14/12


Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

With or Without

God Is – Rev. James Cleveland
God Is – Rev. James Cleveland

WITHOUT GOD……..
We are lost. Life makes no sense. Life has no meaning. We’re wandering pilgrims trying to find our place of rest. We’re confused, in despair. We have no peace. No joy. No hope. No purpose. We’re empty, worthless, fighting against the wind. We’re dead men walking, blinded from the truth. We’re held captive.

BUT WITH GOD…….
Ahh! Yes! Life makes sense……it all makes sense! Life has meaning because we know where we belong. Our restless souls finally find rest (Matt. 11:28). We have peace that exceeds the world’s understanding (Phil. 4:7). We have indescribable joy! We have unlimited protection and unlimited support. We have hope and a purpose. We’re complete! We’re whole, and we live an abundant life.

Having a Heavenly Father who loves us totally and completely makes the difference in whatever we face in life. God is the only One who adds through subtraction! He makes little into much (Luke 9:13-17)! Oh, what a God!!

Maybe you have tried to do this “life” thing on your own. Possibly, you keep trying to live this life without the Creator, without God. Perhaps, you keep trying to do it on your own, but your attempts keep failing. My sisters, you’re not made to live this life alone. We weren’t made to do this on our own-by ourselves-without God. When we try to do things on our own, we end up making things worst.

Isn’t it about time to give the Creator a try? Isn’t it time to try God? Isn’t it time to trust Him? Let’s stop trying, but start trusting! Give God a try! Let’s run to Him because our life depends on it!

“Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see- how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.”
(Psalm 34:8, MSG)

QUIET TIME 

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

*Originally posted 7/17/12.

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.