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It’s Monday….Already!

It’s Monday, already?! Tell me, why does the weekend go by so fast? I love my weekends and I look forward to them. The weekends are made for resting, recuperating, enjoying family, and taking a break from all the hustle and bustle that the work week brings. I believe God blesses us with weekends to relax, slow down, sit back, and enjoy what He has given us.

Most of us go through our weekend the same way we do our work week. We hustle and bustle, and rush through our weekend. We add more things to our “To Do List” and before we know it, it’s Monday again. I know there are some of us who have to work during the weekend and we aren’t able to really do much relaxing and unwinding, but when the work hours are done, we can make some time to relax, slow down, and enjoy life.

Well, now that Monday is here, here are some principles we can meditate on throughout the day.

M- No moping on today! Don’t grumble, pout, complain, or sulk. Rejoice instead (Phil. 4:4).

O- Be open on today! Be open to forgive, open to listen, and open to learn (Eph. 4:31-32).

N- Every need will be met! Today, God will supply all our needs (Phil. 4:19).

D- Be determined! Be determined to have a grateful heart, being thankful for everything (Psalm 136).

A- Ask for help today! Don’t try to do everything on our own (Psalms 121:2).

Y- Yes, we can! Yes, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strengthen (Phil. 4:13). Yes, we can handle whatever comes our way because of God. Yes, there’s greatness inside of us because greater is He that’s within us, than he that’s in the world (1 John 1:4). Yes, we are more than a conqueror (Rom. 8:37).

Not only can we meditate on these six principles on Mondays, but we can apply them to our everyday lives. It will give us a different perspective.

Sisters, it’s Monday….already! Let’s rejoice and be glad in it, making it a great Monday!

“This is the day the Lord has made;We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

(Ps. 118:24, NKJV)

Originally posted 4/22/13

Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom! 

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.

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Misinterpreting the Miracle and Testimony

God sent a testimony across my path that should have encouraged me, but instead of encouraging me, it put me in a somber mood. God had performed a miracle in another person’s life and wanted to encourage me, lift me up. He wanted to remind me that if He did it for that person, most assuredly, He will do it for me!

But instead of allowing that testimony to boost my confidence in the Lord and to pull me out of the dumps, the testimony pushed me deeper into despair. In fact, hearing the good news turned my focus further away from the Master.

How could that happen? Why did this happen? How could great news, encouraging news, uplifting news, and empowering news do just the opposite?

Well, I allowed the spirit of jealousy, the spirit of discontentment, the spirit of doubt to cloud my view of celebrating what God had done in another person’s life. I misinterpreted the miracle and the testimony that God was using to encourage me and build me up. What a shame!!

“Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth…. Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.’ When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.  And He said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.’(John 9:1,3,6-7, NKJV)

In today’s passage, we read about Jesus healing the blind man, an opportunity for God’s glory to be seen! Any doubt should have been erased. This was a time for celebration! A time for worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the miraculous healing Jesus performed. Instead of celebrating, praising and thanking God, the religious leaders complained and found fault in the miracle. Instead of acknowledging Jesus as The Healer, the people doubted the blind man’s testimony and begin interrogating him. Even the parents of the blind man were afraid of the miracle and the testimony of their child (John 9:8-34).

They misinterpreted the miracle and the testimony.

Sisters, are you misinterpreting the miracle and testimony sent by God to encourage you? Are you allowing what’s supposed to be a time of celebration and uplifting to cause your heart to become jealous, discontented, and doubtful?

The miracle and the testimony are given so that God’s glory can be seen and to remind us just how powerful our God is! The next time God sends a miracle and a testimony our way, instead of misinterpreting them, let’s celebrate! Let’s give God the praise for the great things He has done and the great things He will do in our lives as well!!

During your study time, read John chapter 9 and allow the testimony of the blind man encourage you!

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*Originally posted 1/04/12.

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God Can Do Anything!

Our God is incredible! Our God is magnificent! He has all power!! He’s a mighty God! He can do anything that He wants to do!!! He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He owns everything (Psalm 50:10-12). The earth is the Lord and the fullness there of (1 Cor. 10:26). He created everything. He made everything. Everything belongs to Him. The earth is His. The sky is His. The seas belong to Him. The moon and stars, they are all His. Surely, He can do anything!

He took a coin out of the mouth of a fish to pay taxes (Matt. 17:27). Surely, He can pay all our bills! He clothes the lilies in the field, feed the birds. Surely, He will take care of all our necessities (Luke 12:22-31)! He healed a man who was demon possessed (Matt. 8:28-32). Surely, He can heal tormented minds and give them peace! He heals all manner of diseases. He forgives all sins. He delivers and set free those who are held captive. Most, surely, God can do anything!

Since God can do anything, why do we doubt? Why so little faith? Why do we worry? We doubt and worry because we turn our attention away from God. We do what Peter did in Matthew chapter 14. We look at our storms, we see the waves, and we listen to the negativity from others. Then, we begin to hesitate, become anxious, and turn our focus away from the Master.

Let us keep our mind on the One who can do anything. Let us keep our eyes and focus on the One who can do exceedingly great and glorious things!

“God can do anything, you know-far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” (Eph. 3:20)

Wondering if your situation is too hard for God? Wondering if your mountain is too big for Him to move? Troubled if you will get out of the mess you’re in? Worrying if you’re going to make it? Here’s what I want you to do. Declare it in your mind and in your spirit that God can do anything! Open up your mouth! Shout it out into air! Proclaim it to the devil! 

Our God can do anything and there’s nothing too hard for God!!

“Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? 
      Why are you crying the blues? 
   Fix my eyes on God- 
      soon I’ll be praising again. 
   He puts a smile on my face. 

      He’s my God. 

When my soul is in the dumps,

I rehearse everything I know of you…..”

(Psalm 42:5-6b, MSG)

During your Quiet Time, meditate on today’s scriptures and allow God’s Word to brighten your day.

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*Originally posted 5/6/12.   

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He Loves Us

John the apostle is known as the beloved disciple, the disciple whom Jesus loved. He’s the disciple who leaned on the bosom of Jesus after supper. (John 13:23). This disciple loved Jesus and he followed afar off as they marched Jesus from judgment hall to judgment hall (John 18:16, 19, 28). Because of his boldness and love for Christ, John was banished on the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9).

Everyone wants loved. All we really want and need is to be loved. We want someone to love us and show us true love. I believe Jesus told His disciples over and over again that He loved them. He tells us He loves us over and over and over again, though sometimes we’re not listening. And the enemy doesn’t want us to hear nor does he want us to know God’s love. He doesn’t want us to believe that the Creator of all loves us. Satan doesn’t want us to hear our Savior say to us, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” So, he fills our ears with non-sense. He doesn’t want us to know just how much we are loved; however, throughout scripture God makes His love for us very clear!

“The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you….”  (Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV)

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16 AMP)

There are many passages from the Bible about God’s amazing love for His creation, but we have to read it for ourselves. We have to learn of God’s wonderful love. Search the scriptures and find out for yourself just how His love is indescribable! Get to know the Savior and His amazing love today. For we love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19 NKJV).

Once we truly understand just how much God loves us, the shackles will begin to fall off. Once we see ourselves the way God sees us, we can truly walk in freedom.
Jesus loves us so much and He wants us to know it! Every day God goes out of His way to show His amazing love towards us. Our Father’s greatest example and display of love was seen when He suffered and died for all mankind. He took our place on that old rugged cross. He became our substitute, giving His life for ours. Yes, He loves us just that much and so much mor e! More than we can imagine.

Sisters, it’s Wednesday, Hump Day!
Here’s a biblical principle to help us over the hump.

“But God–so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).” (Ephesians 2:4-5, AMP)
May we embrace God’s love today!

During your Quiet Time, meditate on today’s scriptures and allow God’s Word to brighten your day.

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!
*Originally posted 5/23/11.  

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. 

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Bad News

He told her, “You’re talking like an empty-headed fool. We take the good days from God-why not also the bad days?” Not once through all this did Job sin. He said nothing against God.
(Job 2:10, MSG)
Receiving bad news is never easy to do and upon receiving the news, we tend to want immediate answers, immediate results. We want to know why, how, when, and who? We look for answers to our many questions.
Most times, I believe our initial response after hearing bad news is to handle the situation through our carnal nature. We allow our flesh to lead the way, guiding us to respond to the bad news in the wrong way. Our carnality makes us look at things with a different perspective. Most times, through the eyes of our flesh, we view the entire news in a perverse way, the wrong way. We think about how it makes us look, how it makes us feel, how we’re affected by it, what others might say about us, and so forth. We say things like “If I……I should have…..why didn’t I”; we find ourselves playing the blame game until eventually; we are so overwhelmed by that news.
In contrast, if we choose to, we can respond to the bad news the right way, the Godly way. I will admit, Lord Jesus, it’s hard!! It’s hard responding to bad news in a positive way, God’s way. On impulse, I’m quick to deal with disappointing news in a negative way, but the downside to responding that way is that it makes me feed my sinful nature. The more I feed my flesh, the worse I make things.
In the past few days, I have been hit twice by some disappointing news. And the more I ponder on these events the more horrible it makes me feel. The more I think about what has occurred the more I ask the question why. On the other hand, in my effort to want to know why, God has graciously revealed some important things to me:
  1. This is a frontal attack by Satan against God and against His child.
  2. I am chosen by God. Therefore, I am a threat to Satan and his army. My faithfulness to God and the commitment to carry out His purpose is dangerous to the kingdom of darkness. The enemy sees my willing heart and my desire to faithfully serve God, so, he attacks.
  3. Like Job, Satan gets permission from God to attack me (Job 1 and 2). But in the end, (Praise God!) God will raise His people back up to stand on top (Job 42:12)!
  4. God uses my disappointments, tragedies, and trials to teach me important truths about Him as well as myself.
Now, I want to encourage you today. When you have been hit with some bad news, here are some things you can do:
  1. Get back in the game! Don’t lie down and take what the enemy is throwing. Get back up! Stand your ground and keep doing God!
  2. Know that this is an attack by Satan. Know that God has given him permission to attack you! Know that the enemy sees your faithfulness to God and your willing heart to serve the Heavenly Father!
  3. Know that God has confidence in you just like he had confidence in Job.
  4. Learn what God is trying to show you through this ordeal, and grow from it.
My sister and brother, God has selected us for such a time as this. Let’s not allow the bad news to throw us off our game. We must keep pleading the blood of Jesus over our lives, our family’s lives, and whatever ministry God has placed us in charge over. And in the process, let us let God get glory through our lives!!
It’s Monday, already. Stay encouraged!
“As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good” 
(Gen. 50:20a, AMP)

During your Quiet Time, meditate on today’s scriptures and

and allow God’s Word to brighten your day.
LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!
*Originally posted 8/10/11.

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.