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Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!
Written by Rhovonda L. Brown
(Originally posted on marthamaryministries.com: 1/21/13)
“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:9-11, NLT)
Jesus! There’s just something about that name!”
How wonderful is the name Jesus?! How sweet is that wonderful name?! That name makes demons tremble! At the name of Jesus, the lame walks. At that marvelous name of Jesus, the sick are healed! At that name, the dead are raised! Things happen at the name of Jesus!
At that wonderful name, the Bible says, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (admit) that He is Lord! Regardless of what we may have thought. Regardless of what idea or false notion we may have or have had about Jesus, regardless of what you or I believe, all will bow down to King Jesus! All will confess that Jesus is Lord! Everyone will acknowledge Jesus as Lord! He is GOD! He is the Holy One!
What a sight to see!! What a day to behold!! What an awesome worship experience that will be when every creature in Heaven, on earth, and under earth bow in reverence to the Mighty King! All will say, “Jesus is Lord!!”
If you haven’t already given your life to Christ, now is the time! Surrender your life to Him today! Allow King Jesus to be your Lord and Savior! Make the choice and surrender now! He wants to make you brand new! In fact, He will make you brand new (2 Cor. 5:17). He wants to do a new thing in your life (Isa. 43:19). He wants to give you a new birth (John 3:1-21), a new life, a life of purpose and meaning! Right now, give your life to Christ! Follow Him.
If you have given your life to Christ, Praise God!! You can be a witness to the fact that God makes us brand new! We are new creatures! As Christians, we can stand up and be a witness for God, telling others that a new life in Christ means a new start! When we give our lives to Christ He gives us new purpose and our life has new meaning. When we surrender our lives to Christ, He’ll show us the reason for our existence. It’s because of Him we live, move, and have our being!
“so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;  for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ (Acts 17:27-28, NKJV)
Jesus invites all of us to have a new life in Him. No one needs to wait to invited Jesus into his/her heart because on that Day of Judgment it will be too late. Let’s surrender everything over to Him! Surrender to His will! Surrender to Christ today! Surrender our lives to Jesus! Open up our hearts today! Let us fall down on our knees and acknowledge Jesus as King of everything.
“because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31, NKJV)
If you haven’t already, surrender today. Do it right now before it’s too late! If we don’t acknowledge Him today, we will do it on that great day! ………But by then, it’ll be too late.
During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be encouraged in knowing God answers prayers, His ways are perfect and His thoughts for you are beautiful!
LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!
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Pep Talk

Okay sisters, let’s regroup. We need a pep talk. Did we forget? Have we forgotten that we are in a spiritual war? Remember, it’s a fight! This fight is not for scary cats, whiners, and cry babies. So, let’s stop crying! Let’s wipe off our face, get back up, and get back in the fight!

This war is not like the war in Iraq. We can’t use knives, machine guns, bullets, grenades, and missiles. This is not a normal fight! We are in a spiritual fight, a spiritual war, a spiritual battle, and the fight is constant. We have no off days and no time for resting. Everyday we must fight and fight hard!

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12, NLT)

We’re fighting that ol’ serpent, the deceiver, the father of lies, our faithful foe! You know him! Satan. He is our enemy. Satan uses his fiery darts to wage war against the Believer, but we can’t fall for his tricks or his mind games. We have to fight hard and wise. We have to fight a good fight by using our weapons for warfare. Those weapons are at our disposal, but we must use them!

We are in the fight of our lives! Though it’s a fix fight, we still have to fight! Rest assured, my sister, we’re on the winning team! Team Judah!! Yes!

Jesus’ work at the cross makes it possible for you and me to win this fight. We win! And since we’re on Judah’s team, we must fill our bellies with praise! We must praise God continuously! Praise is our weapon that we use to defeat the enemy!

With loud shouts of praise we throw punches at the enemy!

Shouts of HALLELUJAH…. THANK YOU JESUS…… GLORY TO YOUR NAME…. GOD, YOU’RE WORTHY….. GREAT AND MIGHTY IS YOUR NAME….OH, BLESS THE LORD…….GIVE HIM GLORY AND HONOR……THE NAME OF THE LORD IS TO BE PRAISED…. LORD, YOUR NAME IS HOLY!!

Our praise and worship confuse the enemy (Jud. 7:19-22; 1 Sam. 7:9-11). We cannot afford to stop praising Him! We can never praise and worship Him enough!!

Not only does our praise help us fight the enemy, but God’s Word is a weapon we must use to fight – for it is powerful and sharper than any 2 edge sword (Heb.4:12)! We must have an effective prayer life, being in constant communication with God. The more we spend time in the Word, the more we communicate with God, and the more send up Judah (praise), we feed our spirit man! All of those things strengthens us and helps us to fight another day.

We’re in a spiritual war that doesn’t stop until we cross over to the other side. It’s continuous, and so must our praise, our feasting off the Word, and our communicating with our Father.

Sisters, our pep talk is over. Let’s get ready to rumble!! Let’s get back in the fight! Let’s fight hard! Fight strong and fight wise! Hit the enemy hard! Knock him off his feet with our praise, our worship, our prayers, and our Sword!!

 

During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be encouraged in knowing God answers prayers, His ways are perfect and His thoughts for you are beautiful!
LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!
Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.
No portion of Martha & Mary Ministries, Walking in Freedom!™ Devotionals may be reproduced, stored in any electronic system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission from the author. Brief quotations may be used in literary reviews.

 

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What’s In Your Hand?

Come walk with me on a freedom journey that will ignite and intensify your passion for Christ and deepen your relationship with the Heavenly Father.  – Rhovonda

 

Last night I learned a popular Christian artist had admitted his short comings via a Facebook post. He was saddened that he disappointed God and his family. Now, he was trying to move forward in his life. Many bloggers, Youtubers, and Believers (including myself) took it upon ourselves to pass judgment on this person, as if to say, we have never sinned. I was convicted by my actions. 
You know, oftentimes as Christians, we are so quick to throw stones and pass judgment. My question to all of us is this: “What’s in your hand?” 

Your sis,
Rhovonda

 

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Rhovonda L. Brown, author of bestselling books 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, is known for her message of encouragement. Rhovonda is passionate about inspiring women to embrace their freedom in Jesus Christ.

Rhovonda is a wife, mother, teacher, co-founder and assistant pastor of The Sanctuary Christian Fellowship Church located in Houston, Texas. Her husband, Jeffrey, is the founder and senior pastor. Released in November 2014, Rhovonda’s first book, Walking in Freedom! A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women, became an Amazon Kindle Top 100 bestseller in the Women’s Inspirational and Spirituality category in June 2015 and again three months later. Her debut book is filled with devotionals that will take you on an inspiring journey of freedom.

Rhovonda’s newly release, At Least Say, “Thank You!” An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart, is an Amazon Kindle No. 1 Bestseller in Family & Inspirational Spirituality and No. 4 in Spiritual Devotionals (Top 100 Free). Rhovonda’s second book motivates and encourages you to live out each day with a spirit of rejoicing and gratitude.

Rhovonda is the founder and executive director of Martha & Mary Ministries, Walking in Freedom! (TM), a women’s devotional ministry dedicated to encouraging, empowering, and promoting self-worth and enrichment. As the executive director, Rhovonda creates, plans, and implements educational and spiritual programs and activities to inspire women and children to reach their full potential in God. She is the creator and host of the Walking in Freedom! Workshop which brings women together from all walks of life to be inspired, equipped, and empowered in their Christian journey. Rhovonda has had her share of difficulties and tragedies, but embraces freedom in Jesus Christ. She finds joy encouraging others to do the same.

“…I’m a vessel that God has chosen to use for His glory. He takes my downtimes, my mess-ups, my bad days and turn them into a source of encouragement for others. As God comforts me and encourages me to keep walking forward, I can do the same for someone else.”

– Rhovonda L. Brown

 

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Sunday

It’s Monday, already! Great morning to you and welcome new Freedom Walker! I thank all of you for walking with us on this thrilling journey! It’s my desire that each Walking in Freedom! Devotional encourages your walk with Christ and motivates you to turn your attention to God.
During the weekend, did you make it to your place of worship? Were you able to attend church? I don’t know why, but for me, Sunday mornings seems like the morning where the enemy is the busiest. It’s on Sundays when I’m most tired and it’s too hard to get out of bed. Sunday morning is the day my outfit has a hard time coming together, my hair has a mind of its own, and my shoes are hiding from me.

Well, today’s Walking in Freedom! Devotional will motivate you to make it your #1 priority to spend time with God and in His Word. And you’ll be inspired to make your way to church!
It’s Monday……already! Let’s make it a great day and keep walking in freedom with Jesus Christ!

your sis,
Rhovonda

P.S. Be on the lookout for the devotional series to celebrate Easter, “The Week He Changed Everything.” This series will be available in an eBook format really soon!



Sunday is the day when the kids are on a rampage and my frustrations are high. On those days, it seems like all sorts of obstacles are getting in the way of me getting to church and getting to church on time, no matter how early I wake up. Why is that?!

Satan doesn’t want us to hear God’s Word. Our faithful foe doesn’t want us to be in a place where we can be transformed, re-energized, and equipped for the following week. The enemy doesn’t want us to make it to that place of worship; he doesn’t want us focusing all of our attention on God because if we make Jesus the center, things will begin to change.

When the Word of God goes forth, people are changed. When God’s Word is spoken, we are strengthened and made new! When praise and worship are in the atmosphere and the people of God are on one accord, healing and deliverance take place! Shackles are broken! Captives are set free!

My sister, on Sundays, we must be even more mindful of the enemy’s tricks. Sunday is one of those days that the enemy tries his hardest to keep God’s people from going to church. He brings all kinds of excuses our way; using anything and anyone to hinder us from getting to the house of prayer.

Whatever you do, make your way to church so that you may worship God, exhort one another, and fellowship with other Believers. If you didn’t have a chance to make it to church on Sunday, you can still get in the Word. Read God’s Word. Make every effort to spend that special time with the Him. You don’t want to miss what God has specifically for you! Not only that, but do whatever you have to do to make your way to Bible Study or mid-week service.

As we go throughout our day, let’s encourage one another and keep our minds on Jesus. Let’s encourage someone today, being the reason someone smiles. Let Christ be seen our lives.

It’s Monday…..already!


You Think You Know

Happy Friday! Shoutouts and a great welcome to our new Freedom Walkers and all of you who have been our companion on this exciting journey!
It’s been a tough week, but thank God it’s Friday! I pray that you take the opportunity to join other like Believers in worship this weekend. Whatever you do, make your way to church! Not only that but don’t forget make time for you.

May today’s Walking in Freedom! Devotional encourage you to remember this: God is perfect and so are His ways.

Happy Friday and have a fantastic weekend!

Let’s walk in freedom keeping our trust in Jesus Christ!

your sis,
Rhovonda

P.S. For your reading pleasure the devotional series, “The Week He Changed Everything” will be available in an eBook format. More details to come!

You Think You Know
Written by Rhovonda L. Brown
Originally posted 11/26/12

Martha and Mary knew Jesus. They knew who Jesus was because they spent so much time with Him. They knew He healed many. They knew He opened blinded eyes. They knew He caused the lame to walk, the dumb to speak and the deaf to hear.

They knew Jesus healed all manner of diseases. They knew Jesus forgave sins and made the stormy seas be quiet and obey. They knew He walked on water; clothed a deranged man and put him in his right mind.

Martha and Mary heard His teaching and preaching; both knew the Word and that the Word had come to save. Jesus was the Messiah and they knew it! These sisters knew Jesus. Well, they thought they did.

So when they sent out their stress call (John 11:3), they knew that the Healer would come. They knew the Compassionate Christ would show up. They had no doubt that the One who healed others, the One who answered others’ prayers would arrive and arrive on time. They were confident and sure that Jesus would make it to their brother’s sick bed before it got worse.

Of course Jesus would come; He loved them. He was their friend. But Jesus didn’t come, not like they thought He would (John 11:1-6).

“When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.'” (John 11:20-22, NLT)

“When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, ‘Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.'” (John 11:32, NLT)

Deep sorrow and agony can be felt as we read these passages. When Jesus finally arrived, you can feel the pain and sadness from Martha and Mary. They were experiencing the death of a loved one, a tragedy that can’t be described. Their brother was dead.

Isn’t that just like God?!

When we think we know Him. When we think we have Him all figured out. When we think we know what He’s going to do, He flips the script! When we think we know God’s plan, He comes and does a 360 on us! He does the unthinkable, the unimaginable, and the indescribable! As their brother’s body lay lifeless in a grave, Jesus arrives on the scene — 4 days later — and does the impossible!

“Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, ‘Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.’
 
Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. 
 
And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.’
 
Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go.'” (John 11:39-44, NKJV)
Martha and Mary thought they knew Jesus, but they really didn’t know Him, nor did they really believe. But soon, these sisters, the mourners, the people from the town of Bethany, and everyone else would see that Jesus is Lord over the grave and over death. He’s the Resurrection and the Life! Soon, Martha, Mary, and Lazarus would believe.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
(Is. 55:9, NKJV)

So, you think you know what God is doing?
So, you think you have Him all figured out?
You think you know what He’s planning?

Well, sisters, we don’t. We don’t even have a clue what God is up to, but believe me when I tell you that it’s something great! We can’t figure out His plan, but we can be sure that God’s plan for us is ultimately the best plan!!

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!” (Ps. 139:17, NLT)
During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be encouraged in knowing God answers prayers, His ways are perfect and His thoughts for you are beautiful!

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

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.
No portion of Martha & Mary Ministries, Walking in Freedom!™ Devotionals may be reproduced, stored in any electronic system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission from the author. Brief quotations may be used in literary reviews.