Monthly Archives: October 2015

Job


The story of Job is a wonderful story filled with action! In this story, there’s a great meeting in Heaven. There’s the Holy God, angels, a good guy (whose name is Job), and his family. Of course, every great story has to have a bad guy who does evil, causing trouble and turmoil for the good guy.
As with any great story that has great characters, there has to be a great plot! This story opens up describing Job’s bountiful and obedient life. Job’s story is jam-packed with blessings and favor from God, with riches and honor! On the other hand, this great story is also filled with great sadness, terrible sickness, agonizing pain, loneliness, loss, and even death.
In your Quiet Time, read the entire story of Job. It’s a real page turner!
One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them. “Where have you come from?” the LORD asked Satan. Satan answered the LORD, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” Then the LORD asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless-a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Satan replied to the LORD, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” “All right, you may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence.” (Job 1:6-12, NLT)
Job’s story, a true story indeed, gives the wonderful principles to the Believer. Here are some Biblical truths we can pull out from today’s passage of scripture.
1. God pours out His favor and places a hedge of protection around those who reverence (fear) Him, stay away from evil, live a life of integrity, and a life of worship. God’s favor on Job made him the richest man in Uz (Job 1:3b; Ps. 1:1-3).
2. Satan can’t penetrate God’s hedge of protection (Job 1:9-11).
3. Satan goes to and fro seeking whom he may devour (Job 1:7; 1 Pet.5:8).
4. Satan recognizes Believers who have God’s favor resting upon their lives (Job 1:8-11).
5. Satan asks permission from God to test Believers, having a desire to separate them from God (Job 1:8-11; Luke 22:31).
6. Sometimes, God test Believers and, sometimes, God allows Satan to cause havoc in a Believer’s life (Job 1:8; Ps. 11:4-5).
7. God has confidence in the Believer, just as He had confidence in Job. After the testing, God will allow the Believer to come out as pure gold (Job 23:10; Ps. 11:5; Ps. 66:10-12)!
8. God allows trouble, adversities, and hardship to fall on the just and the unjust (Job 1:1-22; Matt. 5:45). 
With all the testing that Job went through, in the end, he passed the test! As a rewarded, God gave Job double for his trouble (Job 42:10).
It’s Monday…..Already! My sister, our challenge for today is this: Live under the umbrella of God’s favor by living a life of integrity.
Reverence God, worship Him, and stay away from evil. Like Job, when trouble comes our way, may we be able to pass the test! Having faith in God, we can say, “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold!” (Job 23:10, NLT)
During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE  on God’s Word, WATCH to today’s music video and keep walking in freedom!
LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!
*Originally posted 2/4/13

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.

It’s the Company We Keep

Ever hung around a person who did nothing but deteriorated you? What I mean is this person made your life worse by slowly draining the life from you. They decreased your joy and eroded your desire to succeed by constantly having something negative to say; they were dream killers, goal busters, and “Debbie-downers”. These kinds of people have no hope, no dreams, and no goals in life for themselves. The future, in their minds, was bleak and nonexistence because they aspired to do nothing, be nobody, and go nowhere. Since they had that mentality, their words, attitudes, actions, and presence brought down everyone around them. Why be in the company of such people? ….unless, our level of thinking is equivalent to theirs.

I do believe that we are the company that we keep. If I hang around individuals who don’t believe in doing better or becoming a new and improve YOU, eventually, I will acquire that same absurd mindset. Instead of pursuing growth in spirit (my relationship with Christ), wisdom, health, and prosperity, I’ll be satisfied with living a humdrum life with no progress as an individual and as a Believer in the Kingdom of God. Yep, with that attitude, we’ll be content being in that exact place for the rest of our lives. However, in our late golden years where wisdom should have kicked in, we’ll be lying in our bed of sorrow asking this question, “Why didn’t I do__________________?” (You fill in the blank). By then, it may be too late.

Yesterday, the Lord spoke with me about friendships. And most times, when I don’t allow my embarrassment and stubbornness to have control, I enjoy sharing God’s Words of wisdom to you, in hopes you’ll share them with someone else. So throughout the day on Wednesday, I posted scriptures about friendships on social media. And today the Lord hit me with this passage:

“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.”

(Prov. 13:20 MSG)

Now, that’s deep. (I love The Message version!) Throughout the Bible, the Lord gives us numerous principles for living out our days to the fullest. For this reason, He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to give us an abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus died so that we would live. Consequently, God doesn’t want us to be imprudent, making silly decisions, living foolishly, and hanging around fools. Our great Father wants us to keep company with the wise –- one who doesn’t mind sharing their knowledge, insights, and experiences with us. God has called us to yoke up with individuals who will build us up and not break us down. And as they encourage us, He wants us to pass that encouragement on to someone else (2 Cor. 1:4).

Therefore, my sister, let’s walk with and hang around godly people who will empower us to excel (for the right reason!), inspire us to achieve any goal, and motivate us to glorify God in the process. Amen.

Happy Thursday! Let’s walk in freedom together remembering iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17).

MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD

ENCOURAGING YOU TO WALK IN FREEDOM! ™

*Originally posted 11/20/14

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.

Change of Plans

One day, while watching a sports television station, I heard a story about an athlete who faced many health challenges. Blind in one eye, he relentlessly triumphed. He was a college basketball player who loved the sport and dreamt of going pro. It was apparent that playing professional ball was his dream because he wouldn’t give up. He wouldn’t quit. Though he had many adversities, he continued to work hard, play hard, and give his all in every game.

He prevailed in hardships, and was selected into the NBA Draft. After all the struggling, giving his all, and beating the odds, Isaiah Austin wasn’t afforded the opportunity to play in the NBA. His medical condition prevented him. I imagined it was heartbreaking and extremely hard for him to accept his dreams of playing in the NBA would not come true because God had other plans.

In his interview, Isaiah discussed his support system from his family and God. What tugged at my heart most was Isaiah’s unwavering spirit to accept God’s will. Though he wouldn’t achieve his dream of being an NBA player, Isaiah Austin could still smile, hold his head up and find peace in God’s decision.

I wept at Isaiah’s story. I cried for two reasons.

  • I understand how it feels to have your dreams snatched from your hands. It’s very painful, and leaves you asking many questions. Why? What did I do wrong? God, are you angry with me? Are you punishing me? What now?

  • Even though this young man’s dream of playing basketball in the NBA wouldn’t be a reality, Isaiah kept a smile on his face. And despite the disappointments, he still gave glory to God.

So, what happens when God changes our plans? What happens when things don’t work out the way we had been praying, hoping, and waiting for? What happens when the answer is not what we wanted to hear? After receiving bad news, how do we keep our heads up, and have a genuine smile on our face? We remember this known fact and promise from God:

“I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for” (Jer. 29:11, GNT).

My sister, though things may not go according to our plans, God’s plans for our lives are always better, bigger, and best. After we’ve experienced setbacks, heard the bad news, and our dreams won’t come true, we can place all our hope and dreams in the Lord.

We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose (Rom. 8:28, CEV).

Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom!

*Posted 7/25/14 on http://www.rhovondalbrown.com

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.

At Work!

I love reading about Jacob’s journey; it’s such an encouragement! God promised Abraham that He would be a great nation. He promised him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars and the sand, and He’d make Abraham’s name great (Gen. 12:2; 13:16; 22:17). So, when I read the story of Jacob, I see God’s promises coming to fruition.

In the story of Jacob, God is strategically moving things like a skilled chess player.

“When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.” (Gen. 29:31, NKJV)

“Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, ‘Give me children, or else I die!’ And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, ‘Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?’ So she said, ‘Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her.'” (Gen. 30:1-3, NKJV)

“When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her to Jacob as wife. And Leah’s maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.” (Gen. 30:9-10, NKJV)

In today’s passage, we see these women in Jacob’s life become part of God’s plan to multiply his seed. God uses these women to bring about His promise to Abraham, thus, giving birth to a great nation! When reading through chapters 28-31 of Genesis, we see bickering, conniving, strife, chaos, shame, loneliness, and conflict. But in the midst of all that, God is still at work! He’s still working behind the scenes to bring about the promises He’d given.

I wonder if Jacob noticed God’s work. I wonder if Jacob saw how God was putting things in motion to bring about the promises He made to him, his father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham. I wonder if Jacob detected a move of God. In the midst of all the commotion, fights, jealousy, plots, and deals by the women in his life, I wonder if Jacob noticed God moving. I wonder if Jacob could really see God working everything out in the midst of all of his uncle’s deceitfulness. I wonder if Jacob noticed God moving at all.

We can ask ourselves those same questions.

Do I see God moving? Am I noticing God shifting and arranging things into their appropriate position? Can I see God moving and positioning me to receive the things I’ve prayed for? Am I aware? In the midst of trying to wrap my head around things that don’t make sense, am I aware that God is moving behind the scenes or am I missing it? In the midst of all the commotion and all the noise that are going on around us, do we see God working everything out for our good? In the midst of not understanding what God is doing and trying to make sense of it all, are we aware that our God is at work? Do we see what God is doing!

My sisters, God is moving on our behalf! Don’t allow the chaos and difficulties in our lives to blind us from really seeing God’s hand at work. God is constantly at work in lives, but we’ll miss it if we keep focusing on the noise. Let’s not miss what GOD is doing, but watch Him work!!

“[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.” (Phil. 2:13, AMP)

During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE  on God’s Word, WATCH to today’s music video and keep walking in freedom!
LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

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.