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God’s Assignment – My Obedience

Every one of us have a job that God has given us to do. All of us have something – a God given assignment – that we must complete. And in the process of trying to be committed and complete that assignment, at times, we can get weary. We get tired. We get discouraged. If we’re not careful, that discouragement can turn into “I don’t care or whatever.”

Therefore, in our efforts of remain obedient to God and to please Him, we have to:

  1. Remember why we said “Yes”. Why did we tell God “Yes”? Remind ourselves the purpose of our commitment to God. What did God reveal to you that made you want to change your direction and follow after Him?
  2. Remember God’s faithfulness. Think about all the wonderful things He has done in our lives. Recall how God has been a constant friend and an ever-present help.
  3. Find strength on this journey by doing a survey of our lives. Reminisce over the journey God has led you and how far He has brought you.

My sister, in our time of weakness and weariness, let us ask God for guidance daily. Even when we don’t feel like it, we must submit to God. We must be obedient. When the world tries to pull us away from our Father and when it seems like what we’re doing is not making a difference, we must continue to serve Him. We must endure (2 Tim. 2:3)!

As a believer it is our responsibility, our duty, to follow after God. You and I must continue to do what’s right and serve God whole heartedly. We must be determined and confident in the Lord. Remember, dear one, there are blessings for obedience to our Heavenly Father (Deut. 28). Just ask Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

 

It’s Wednesday – Hump Day! Here’s a biblical principle to help us over the hump.

But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. (Num. 14:24, NIV)

During your quiet time, read these passages. Ask God to give you strength and wisdom to be obedient and faithful to Him.

 

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More About Rhovonda
Rhovonda L. Brown is the author of 2 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. Known for her message of encouragement, Rhovonda is passionate about inspiring women and children to embrace their freedom in Jesus Christ and reach their full potential. 
Rhovonda is a wife, mother, teacher, preacher, 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. 
Currently, Rhovonda is working on her 3rd book titled Tuesday Morning Prayers, which is expected to release late 2016.
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. 

No More Excuses

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We make excuses for just about everything. We give excuses to why we can’t go back to school. Make excuses for why we can’t forgive. We excuse ourselves for not being able to give, show compassion or serve God and in His kingdom. Excuses, excuses, excuses. I wonder if Jesus gets tired of hearing my excuses.

“One of the men lying there had been sick for 38 years. Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been sick for a very long time. So he asked him, “Do you want to be well?”  The sick man answered, “Sir, there is no one to help me get into the water when it starts moving. I try to be the first one into the water. But when I try, someone else always goes in before I can.”

John 5:5-7, ERV

In today’s passage, a man had been sick for 38 years and had been waiting – in that spot – for 38 years to be healed (v. 5-6, MSG). Now it appeared this man had many opportunities to be healed since he’d been there for such a long time. Surely he could have asked someone for help. Had he asked for help? Did he consider asking for help or did he have his own reservations to why he shouldn’t be healed?

The omniscient Savior, knowing this man’s situation, asked him a reasonable question, “Do you want to be healed?” Basically, do you really, really want to be delivered from your condition? And of course, instead of answering with a “YES”, this man gave more excuses.

My sister, how bad do you want to be delivered from your conditions? How bad do we really want that healing? How bad do we want to change? Are we using fear as an excuse? What about our inexperience? Could doubt be our excuse? Are we holding on to the mentality that we can’t see a way out for ourselves? So we fail to ask for help. We fail to dream. We miss the opportunity to believe in the possibilities.

How long has it been since you’ve taken a chance to pursue your dream? Does it seem like it’s impossible? Are your excuses blocking your view to believe? How long will it take you to realize that your dreams can become a reality, once you stop making excuses? Will it take 10 years? 20 years? 38 years?

It’s time to stop making excuses and start taking chances. Passionately pursue. Boldly believe. Take that first step! No more hesitation. No more apologies. No more explanations. Stop second guessing yourself. Go for it! Trust God and pursue hard after it!

My sister, Jesus is beckoning you to step out of the boat. He’s calling you to walk on the water. Be brave. No more excuses. Don’t allow excuses and fear to be the reason you don’t pursue your dreams. Just do it.
“Come on!” Jesus said. Peter then got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward him.

Matt. 14:29, CEV

Ask Jesus to give you that drive, fervor, creativity, and direction to accomplish your goals and pursue your dreams. And guess what? He will.
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

John 5:8-9, NIV

“All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

~Walt Disney

 

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Destiny

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May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah
May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.
(Psalm 20:1-4, NKJV)

My family vacation was so worth it! I laughed till my stomach ached, felt the ocean breeze and the warm sun as I relaxed at the beach. I conquered my fears by rubbing a 22ft python and touched the paws and skin of an alligator. Of course, got some shopping in, did a little site seeing, and visited theme parks. I relaxed at a very nice resort, was wowed at Cirque du Soleil, and I ate at my heart’s content (I probably gained a few pounds) oh well, but I still had a great time!

Well, now, I’m back home! My time away was enjoyable, fulfilling, pleasant and much needed. It’s good to take a vacation, take a break from everything, take time away from the norm. And it’s funny how time away can give you a different and new perspective on things in life. It did for me. My time away allowed me time to reflect on my purpose, my ministry, and my life.

I realized that the very thing that God had called me to do, in fear, I was trying so desperately to run away from. God had placed such a huge desire inside of me, and though it continues to rise within me, gnawing and nagging at me, I came up with all kinds of excuses of why I couldn’t, shouldn’t, and can’t. And even now, if I’m not careful, I find myself making excuses why I can’t do what God has called me to do. My excuses, along with my fears, tries to push me away from my destiny. What about you?

Fear has a way of pushing us away from our destiny and our purpose, but thank God for the Holy Spirit. Thank God for His Word! The Holy Spirit gave me an illumination and confirmation. Don’t you love it when that happens? I had an “Aha” moment! As I reflected on my purpose, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Simon Peter.

On several occasions, Simon, the hot head, the quick tempered, quick to speak and quick to react disciple often allowed his emotions to be in charge. Simon’s emotions often dictated his actions. Simon, insubordinatly, reprimanded and scolded God. His aggression forced him to cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant, and fear made him deny the very person he confessed to be the Christ (Matt. 16:16). Simon’s emotions fueled him further away from his destiny. Simon Peter — the rock — avoided that which God had called him to be, the fisher of men, returned to normalcy and comfort. Peter ran away from his purpose and returned to fishing. (See John 18:10-27; John 21; Matt. 16:13-23; Mark 8:27-33).

I, too, have been allowing my emotions to dictate my actions. I, too, have tried to returned to what was comfortable, that which pulls me away from my destiny. I found myself doing other things to avoid doing what God had called me to do, but now it’s time. Yes, I’m still afraid, but I’m ready! It’s time for me to follow God’s path for my destiny. It’s time for you to run towards your destiny and follow after your dreams. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but what I am saying is that God is for us more than this world is against us. He believes in us and He is with us. Now, tell me who or what can stand against us!

Let me end today’s devotional with some questions for you to ponder on. Have you allowed things to deter you from your destiny? Have your emotions pushed you off your destiny’s path? Have you settled for doing what seems comfortable, the norm, and easy in order to avoid what God has called you to do? What’s preventing you from following the purpose God has for your life?

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Insignificant

The Bible is filled with a plethora of stories to encourage the fainthearted. We’re given stories, true stories of God’s faithfulness. We read stories about God displaying His unfailing love to His children. There’s a story, in particular, that can be an encouragement to everyone no matter what season we may find ourselves in.
But Jesus said, “You feed them.”
“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” For there were about 5,000 men there. (Luke 9:13-14a, NLT)
Here’s a beautiful story of Jesus taking something small, insignificant, and making it more than enough. In John chapter six, we’re told that the 2 fish and five loaves of bread were obtained from a young boy who happened to be at the right place at the right time. The Bible doesn’t give us any background on this little boy. We don’t know who the lad came with, but we’re told this:
Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” (John 6:8-9, NLT)
Although insignificant to the disciples, this child had something God could use. This story reminds the Believers that no matter where we are, no matter what we have, no matter who we are and what we have done, God can use us. When we think we have nothing to give, God says we do! When we think we can’t make a difference, we’re too young or too old, God says we can! When we think we’re insignificant, God tells us that we are important to Him. God takes this child’s small lunch and feeds over 5000 people. Spectacular!!
Are you feeling insignificant? 
Do you feel like you can’t make a difference? 
Are you wondering if God can use someone like you? 
Do you think your little bit can’t make a difference?
Well, be encouraged, my friend! God takes what may seem insignificant, and makes it momentous and monumental! God says to you, “I can take your little bit and make much. Let me take what you have, what you see as inconsequential, and make it great. Let me use you to do something spectacular!”
Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers! (Luke 9:16-17, NLT)
During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE  on God’s Word, WATCH to today’s music video andKEEP walking in freedom!
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Sitting on Top of the World

 “For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb. 16-And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:15-17, NASB)

Some would say John the Baptist had a lot of weight on his shoulders, he being the forerunner for Christ. John the Baptist came preparing the way for Jesus Christ, “…preaching a baptism of life-change leading to forgiveness of sins” (Luke 3, MSG). Some may even say, because of his office given by God, John the Baptist had reason to become prideful, arrogant, and get the BIG head. On the contrary, scripture does not make any note of John seeing the task given to him as burdensome nor did he allow his position to give room to boasting.

In fact, John the Baptist showed humility when asked if he was the Messiah “John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire…” (Luke 3:16, NKJV). When the disciples made a big deal about the people not coming to John the Baptist, but going to Jesus to be baptized, in meekness John replied, “He must increase, but I must decrease….” (John 3:30, NKJV)

Maybe God has placed you in a position that, according to the world’s standard, you should boast, you should toot your own horn, or you should sing your own praises. Maybe your role demands high esteem, honor, and accolades from the people. Maybe your skills, talents, achievements, educational background has allowed you to become conceited, arrogant, and your head has become swollen with pride. Maybe, just maybe, you have the “I did” mentality (…I did this, I did that, and look what I did….). If we’re in that place, let’s be careful!

“First pride, then the crash — the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.” (Proverbs 16:18, MSG)

Sisters, let’s be careful not to allow the position we are in to produce seeds of vanity and haughtiness, but let’s remain humble following the examples of John the Baptist by keeping the mind of Christ. Christ, the King, came to serve and to give His life (Matt. 20:28). And so must we.

“Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.” (1 John 2:15-17, MSG)

Pray this prayer with me: Father, forgive me for being so arrogant with the abilities You have blessed me with. Burn away and remove everything that is not like You. In humility, I empty myself to you. Lord, I ask that You increase in my life, as I decrease. I love You. Thank You for Your mercy and Your forgives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE  on God’s Word 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.

Bees!

My daughter does not like bugs. In fact, she hates bees! I’m wondering if she has a phobia about them because every time she sees a bee, she gets terrified. (I know, not good.) She blames me for her fear of bees. When she was a little girl, she saw me get stung by a bee while trying to shield her from it. She claims that I made a big deal over it; however, from my recollection, I did no such thing. Well, maybe I did react in a manner that could have been quite scary to a 4 year old. According to my daughter, I ranted, screamed and made a big deal, but I don’t remember doing any of that. Anyway, whenever there’s a bee or bug, she reminds me that I’m the reason for her fear of them. And worse, her fear of bugs may have trickled down to my son, but he tries not to show his fear. (Being a man.)

The other day, my son saw a bee in his window and came downstairs to announce it to everyone in the house. “There’s a big bee in my window!” Of course this scared my daughter. Then, she was too afraid to go back up stairs. I told them to be brave, get the spray and kill it. I gave them a few pointers on how to kill it, and encouraged them to go back upstairs and conquer their fears. My husband was in the kitchen making breakfast and I was on the computer. We encouraged them to get pass their fear, be each other’s support, and to kill the bee! A minute later, both of them came running down the stairs asking. “Mommy can you come? Daddy, will you please come kill the bee? Daddy, just come see it.” Kaleb said. “I can do it if you would come with me,” They did this on several occasions.

After about 15 minutes of my children asking for help, creeping up stairs with the spray can in hand and running back down, their daddy finally stopped what he was doing. “Where is it?” and he led them back upstairs. I, on the other hand, waited at the bottom of the stairs just in case the bee tried to fly away. At last, my husband took care of the bee, which was actually a wasp!

That little episode, made me think about several things. First, sometimes, because of fear, we won’t do certain things. We won’t even try. Because we are so afraid, we won’t say or go where God is telling us to go. Instead, we ask others to do, to say and go in our place. We look for other people to do what God has called us to do. Moses, for example, feeling inadequate and afraid of the huge task God had assigned him to do, asked if someone else could do it for him. Moses wanted someone else to do what God had chosen him to do (Exodus 3 & 4:1-17).

Secondly, that ordeal with the bee also showed me that even when we are so afraid, God is always there. After consistently asking for help, my husband stopped what he was doing and took care of the bee. Like my children who asked their dad for help, so can we. All we have to say is, “Daddy!” and God will come to our rescue. He did it for Peter when he began to be swallowed up by the strong waves (Matt. 14:28-31), and He’ll do it for us. Every time we ask for help, our Heavenly Father comes strong on our behalf. We can always depend on Him.

My sister, has God given you a job that seems insurmountable? Have you been trying to pass that assignment over to someone else because you feel inadequate and afraid? Are you being overtaken by the flood – is your back against the wall? Has God told you to move, but you’re still stuck in that same place, that same position because you’re too afraid to move?

Well, it’s Wednesday! Hump Day! Here’s our Biblical principle to get us moving over the hump.

“Be strong and very courageous… Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Josh. 1:7a, 9, NIV)

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Originally posted: 9/11/13