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Lemons

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Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Phil.4:8, NKJV)

Most of us have heard the popular quote “When life throws you lemons….make lemonade.” The enemy likes to throw lemons at us. He gets his kicks out of making us feel down in the dumps. He likes to throw things our way in order to get us to take our thoughts off of God, to get us off track, to lose focus.  

Everyday Believers are hit with lemons, but it’s up to us on how we respond to those lemons. Today, Satan will throw lemons at you. He’s going to use people, things, and life’s circumstances to try to trip you and make you fall. He will throw his fiery darts, but how will you respond?

In order to respond the correct way, we must be girded up with the Word of God (Eph. 6:17). The Word of God helps us to stand against life’s hard blows.

Our Heavenly Father is our very present help! He has given us His powerful Word, which is our weapon to stand against the enemy. We must familiarize ourselves with our weapon, the Word of God, so that we are able to respond correctly to whatever life throws our way.

Here are a few scriptures we can use to help us respond appropriately to the lemons that are thrown our way:

Isaiah 54:17 – “No weapons formed against you shall prosper…….”

Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all……”

Psalm 37:1 – “Do not fret because of evil doers……”

Psalm 46:1 – “God is our refuge and strength………”

Phil. 4:6-9 – “Be anxious for nothing….the peace of God…..will guard your hearts….”

Prov. 3:5,6 – “Trust in the Lord…..He shall direct your paths.”

 

Sisters, when life and Satan throws sour lemons at us, let’s use our Sword (The Word of God) to slice up them up and make sweet lemonade! For the Word of God is sweeter than honey!!

His teachings are worth more than pure gold.
They are sweeter than the best honey dripping from the honeycomb. (Ps. 19:10)

It’s Monday…..Already! Keep your thoughts on God and stay in the Word!!

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

 

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. 

 

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!
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Tuesday Morning Prayer

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Greetings and welcome new Freedom Walkers! Shout outs to all of you!

We are making preparations for our Prayer Breakfast this Saturday. Yes! The excitement is in the air! To help us get mentally, spiritually and emotionally ready for what God will do on that great day, I’ll be sharing some of my past devotional prayers. These prayers will also be included in my upcoming book, Tuesday Morning Prayer. Look at God!!

I pray today’s Walking in Freedom! Devotional prayer will motivate and inspire you to press your way into the presence of the Lord.

Happy Tuesday!
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Tuesday Morning Prayer

“But the LORD watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.”
(Ps. 33:18-19, NLT)

Most precious and loving Father, in the name of Jesus, we come before Your presence with thanksgiving and praise. We want to thank You and praise You for allowing us to see a brand new day and a brand New Year. We praise You and thank You for Your many, many blessings! We praise and thank You for what You’re already doing in 20136

God, on day 23 of February 2016, You’re already showing up and showing out!! Lord, we thank You!! Not only that, but we praise You for Jesus Christ! Thank You for allowing Him to live in our hearts! He’s the reason why we live, move, and have our being! He’s the reason why we’re clothed and in our right mind! Father, we’re so grateful for Your Son! We know that without Jesus, we’d be lost like a ship lost out at sea, with no destination, no sense of purpose, being carried away, tossed to and fro upon the waves of destruction. Thank You, Jesus, for finding us! We praise You, Jesus, for keeping us!

Father, we appreciate all that You do. You do wonderful and great things for us. You protect us, look after us, care for us, and love us! As a Loving Father, You never give up on us. You continue to show us Your Great Love, and Your Great Mercy. Thank You for Mercy and thank You for Grace! Lord, we thank You for being so patient with us and always giving us another chance. Over and over again, You forgive us! We thank You for never getting tired of our mess. God, we thank You for knowing us, but still loving us. We thank You for the thoughts You have toward us! You think good thoughts about us, not evil. Father, we love You! We appreciate Your amazing love! Your unfailing love never runs out!

Lord, we make our petition unto You. Lord, we need You today and every day! Lord, we need You to lead us. Be our guide, Father. Lead the way. Lord, crucify our flesh today and Holy Spirit reign over us. Be Lord over our lives. Father, we ask that You would help us allow the Spirit Man to govern our walk today and every day. Lord, help us to surrender our will to Your Will. Help us to walk not according to our flesh, but according to Your Spirit. Lord, we yield to the fruit of the Spirit. We yield and surrender to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

Loving Father, we asked that You would crucify our flesh and let Your love abide. Crucify our flesh and help us to celebrate the joy of just knowing You. Crucify our flesh and let the Prince of Peace fill our hearts and mind. Master, give us patience to wait on You; give us patience with ourselves and with others. Father, show us how to be kind toward everyone we come in contact with. Lord, fill us up with Your goodness so that others may see You in us. Lord God, we ask that You would increase our faith, help us to be more committed to You, committed to Your work and to Your ministry. Help us to have faith in You, never doubting Your Word.

Merciful God, show us how to show mercy to others. Give us the spirit of humility, and teach us how to be selfless. We don’t want to live a selfish life anymore. Perfect God, give us that quiet spirit that will cause us to think before we speak and think before we act. Show us how to have self-restraint and be disciplined in our Christian walk. Father, we live for You and not for ourselves. Father, we crucify our flesh so that we can please You.

Heavenly Father, show us how to live a life that’s filled with praise, worship, and thanksgiving unto You. Strengthen our prayer life so that we may commune with You daily. Father God, we ask that You would bless us indeed! Expand our territory. Please be with us in all that we do, and keep us from evil, from all trouble and pain.

Now, Father, we continue to be thankful and be hopeful for what You’re doing and what You’re about to do. We thank You for what’s to come in 2016! In every situation that we face today, may we see the good in it and not the bad. May we not complain, whine, or find fault, but may we remain thankful and hopeful in You. For You are a loving Father who causes all things to work for our good (Rom 8:28). Lord, this is our petition, and we pray that You’ll grant us our request just like You did for Jabez (1 Chron. 4:9-10).

We ask it all in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

“We put our hope in the LORD.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD,
for our hope is in you alone.”
(Ps. 33:20-22, NLT)
During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be motivated by today’s VIDEO. Allow all these things to encourage you to walk in freedom!
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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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The Best Counsel

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
    will not reach them.
You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
(Psalm 32:6-8, NIV)
God reassures us in His wonderful Word that He will be our guide. In fact, God personalizes it, stamps His name on it. He says, “I” and no one else. I, who is God. I, the Great I am. I, the Creator. The Lord. The God of all. The Maker of heaven and earth. I, the King decrees. I, the One who made you, designed you, fashioned you into who you are will instruct you in the way you should go. Not the preacher, not the prophet, not the apostle, not the evangelist, not our prayer partner, not our spouse, but God, will show us in the way we should go.
Now, my sister, please don’t misunderstand me. Yes, God can and He does use our pastors, preachers, teachers, prophets, prayer partners, our husbands and so forth to give us Godly counsel, but before we run to them for advice, we must run to God first. God wants us to seek His way, His kingdom, His righteousness, His counsel first, and then He will take care of what concerns us (Matt. 6:33).
God says, “I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go” (Ps. 32:8a, NIV)
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As I read that passage, I wondered, why did God us those two words, “instruct” and“teach”. Why use those words, aren’t they the same? I often say, God does not waste His Words. God’s Word is such a beautiful thing! Every Word has a meaning, a purpose. Every period, comma, exclamation mark in the Bible has meaning and depth. So, I did a little studying to see how different and alike these two words are.
Today, I want to focus on the first part of verse 8 in our scripture passage. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go”(NIV).  I want to share with you what I discovered in God’s Word. These two words are so familiar to us. We use them in our everyday vocabulary, but it was so enlightening, such a blessing, and an encouragement to me what the Lord showed me. I pray that it will bless you, as well.
In the English dictionary, the word “instruct” means 1. to furnish with knowledge, especially by a systematic method; teach; train; educate. 2. To furnish with orders or directions; direct; order; command. 3. To furnish with information; inform; apprise. In Hebrew, “instruct” means to be (cause make or act) circumspect; prosper, deal prudently, give skill, have success, teach, (have, make to) understand, wisdom.
The dictionary describes the word “teach” as to impart knowledge of or skill in; give instructions in; to instill knowledge. In Hebrew “teach” is described as to point out (as if by aiming the finger); archer, cast direct, inform, instruct, lay, shoot.
And when I looked up the synonyms for both words, I was floored! Wow!
Synonym for “instruct”: advise, guide, keep posted, lead, notify, reveal, steer, train, educate, counsel. Synonym for “teach”: coach, communicate, demonstrate, direct, develop, discipline, enlighten, explain, give instruction, give facts, improve mind, indoctrinate, nurture, prepare, polish, open eyes, school, sharpen, show, tutor.
Oh, how God cares so much about you and I. You know how you know something, but love to hear it, see it, and be reminded of that very thing? Well, that’s how I felt and feel, right now, after studying this scripture passage. We know that God loves us, but when He reminds us and shows us, or should I say, when He opens our eyes to really see His amazing love and care for us, it is mind blowing! It was such a beautiful illumination to learn and be reminded of the way God is attentive to us.
So, through His Word, God tells us that He will explain to us, give us the intelligence, the wisdom, the understanding, as He directs us in the way we should go. Like a Captain, He’s going to coach us, train us, and give us the appropriate orders and command. He’ll give us the knowledge, inform us, prepare us and instruct us. Like a skillful archer, God will point us in the right direction. With His watchful eyes, His infinite wisdom, and His care for us and our future, He will guide us successfully. Amen!
Psalm 32:8 is a short verse, but it has such astounding revelations! God’s instructions and teachings are the best counsel we can ever receive. However, in order for us to receive what God wants to give us, in order to be instructed and taught in the way we should go, we have to go to Him first. Acknowledge Him and allow Him to direct our path (Prov. 3:5-6).
IT’S WEDNESDAY – HUMP DAY!! HERE’S A BIBLICAL PRINICPLE TO HELP US OVER THE HUMP.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you. (Ps. 32:8, NLT)

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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.

Five Dollars

[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings. (2 Cor. 9:6, AMP)

This morning, I was in the mood for some coffee and a pumpkin scone, and was willing to wait in this long (Ridiculous!) line at Starbucks. So, I waited. And waited and waited to spend my little bit on breakfast. Come to think of it, my truck probably wasted close to $10 in gas as I anticipated satisfying my sweet tooth.

It was finally my turn at the drive-thru window. I opted using my debit card instead of cash, and happily drove off excited about enjoying my pumpkin scone and fresh hot coffee. Normally, with a swift left turn, I’m back home within minutes. But not today. For some reason I decided to take the long route, even though I had been waiting in the longest line EVER. I have no idea why I went that way…..well, I do now.

This alternate route lead me directly into traffic. While waiting, once again, in traffic, at the light for metro rail, a man walks pass my truck holding a sign that reads, “25¢ goes a long way.” He wore a camouflage fishermen hat with the adjustable chin strap, baggie black gym shorts, dingy or dirty white t-shirt, and flip-flop shoes that seemed to be hiding underneath the heel of his large feet. Yeah. Out of habit, I did a quick inventory. From head to toe I believe I can determine if a person is truly homeless, a beggar, or just a con artist. Does this theory shed some truth? Not really.

Anyway, his stride decreased each time he passes a vehicle, as if to give drivers time to decide whether he and/or his cause was worthy of their coins. When he came close to my truck I looked at him in his face, then turned my head away. So he kept walking and I kept my eye on him, looking through my side and rear view mirror. These days you can never be too careful. However, I noticed the driver behind me do the same – cautiously observe this man.

After doing his initial walk through, with no donors, the homeless man (I guess that’s what he was) turned around and walked past the cars again. This time, the guarded driver behind me raised down his window and gave. At that moment, I heard, “Where’s that five dollars you had?” Huh? “You were going to give five dollars to Starbucks. Now, give it to him.” Reluctant to be obedient, I dug in my purse, fumbling through my last bit of cash to find five dollars. Quickly letting my window down, I blew my horn, but he didn’t turn around. He didn’t see me. I blew it again louder, waving the five dollar bill in my hand to get his attention. Finally, he turned around, hurriedly took the cash, smiled and said, “God bless you.”

You want to know how I felt afterwards. Conned. I immediately felt I had just been had. Like I was waiting for the man to say, “Gotcha!” Then, I said to myself, I don’t know anything about that man. Maybe he’ll use that five dollars to buy a hot meal. Maybe he’ll spend it on drugs. Maybe he was homeless. Maybe he was a beggar or just a straight up con artist doing whatever he can to get over on people. Maybe, maybe, maybe. I didn’t have a clue what this stranger would do with the money he collects on the streets.

The light turned green. I drove passed him, and he gave me a genuine smiled and waved goodbye.

You know what amazes me? I was willing to wait in a long line to give five dollars away to company whose annual revenue is over 13 billion dollars. I’m amazed that without giving it a second thought I’ll spend $20 on a meal at Chick-fil-a, and their lines are always long! On the other hand, most times, I will blatantly refuse to give my change to a beggar on the street. Why? Because I selfishly question how he or she will spend my money. But as a consumer, waiting in a fast food line, this thought never comes up.

Nope, not on a soap box today. Yet I’m grateful to God for showing me my reflection. He made it obvious that I miss out on countless opportunities to be a blessing to a stranger on the street. I fail to give my little or my last on the grounds that this person may not be legit. Shame on me, especially when I’m told to be a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7).

Earlier this morning, I was tweeted a YouTube video about these guys who randomly asked strangers for food. I was surprised, well not really, by the people’s response. This video prompt me to post “Let’s not pass up our opportunity to be a blessing to someone else (Lk. 17:11-19)”, except God didn’t allow me to post it. Unbeknownst to me, (God has such a sense of humor!) He wanted to present me with an opportunity to either eat my words or practice what I preached. Honestly, I was oh so close at eating my words. I almost missed out on my chance to give.

Prayer: Father, please forgive me. On many occasions, I shamelessly look the other way when given a chance to show benevolence to Your people. Not only have You called me to share words of encouragement, but You’ve called me to show acts of compassion and generosity too. I’m so sorry for missing opportunities to be a blessing to those in need. Teach me how to be a cheerful giver, giving bountifully expecting nothing in return. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 MEDITATION AND QUIET TIME 

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.

*That One Tree

When my son was between the ages of 2 and 4, it seemed like he got into everything. He was so busy! So curious! He wanted to touch everything. Even when we said, “No, don’t touch that.” He would touch it anyway. When we told him not to climb something because it was not safe and he might fall, he wanted to climb it anyway. He was an explorer and very inquisitive. It’s like he gravitated to touching things, climbing things, pulling things down, picking up things that were dangerous and harmful for him. He definitely kept us on our toes, making sure he was safe!

One day, while visiting a family member, my son wanted to touch something interesting…. hot curling irons. This family member had a salon inside her home, and was closing up her shop for the day. Now, she had toys, among other things, that would keep a little boy safe, satisfied and preoccupied; however, the one thing that looked more appealing than those toys were the hot curling irons.

Several times, my son was warned about those curling irons. He said, “Hot?” We’d all say, “Yes, very hot. DO NOT TOUCH.” But our son kept looking at the table where the curling irons were; he was so intrigued by them (Although, I don’t know why!).

Soon, it was time to go, and as we were saying our goodbyes, my son wanted to see if the curling irons were really as hot as we said they were. He ran and touched the curling irons, and found out that we were right! Yes, they were hot! Very hot! Bless his heart! His little right hand was burned pretty badly; he had to wear bandages over his hand for several days, but thank God! His hand healed perfectly!

But of course, that little hiccup didn’t stop my son at all. Before long, he was back to his inquisitive self again! He continued to pick up things, climb up things, and touch things that were more harmful than good for him.

The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’

-Gen. 2:8-9;15-17, NKJV

In today’s passage, our Creator has planted a beautiful garden in Eden for His creation to eat and enjoy. In a warning, God commands Adam to enjoy everything that He has made, but from one particular tree, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, he could not eat. If he did eat from that tree, Adam would die.

God placed the Tree of life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil right in the middle of the garden. Out of all the other trees, how could that one tree, the one that would bring death, seem so desirable? How could one tree, the tree that Adam was warned not to eat, be so appealing? Why couldn’t Adam and Eve enjoy the Tree of Life and live a satisfied life forever?

Why would God place that one particular tree in the middle of the garden if He didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat from it? Perhaps God put that one tree there to give Adam and Eve free will, a free will to choose. Maybe God wanted Adam and Eve’s one decision to teach us the importance of making the right decision, which is obeying God’s command.

Whatever God’s reason was, Adam and Eve were given a choice, and they chose to disobey God by fulfilling the desires of their flesh. Their one disobedient choice resulted in separation from God and ultimately, death.

For our own good, God tells us, “Don’t touch!” but we touch it anyway. He tells us, “Don’t go there!” but we go anyway. He warns us not to speak, but we speak anyway. He commands us not to do, but we do it anyway. Whatever God’s reason may be for giving us those directives, He wants us to obey them. That one wrong decision could do more harm than good.

What is it that you keep gravitating to? What is it that you keep picking up? What is it that you keep holding on to, going back to? What is that one thing that you just won’t let go?

God has told us to leave it alone, drop it, don’t touch that, stay away from it, be quiet, but we’re not listening!

Why won’t we listen?!

The serpent convinced Eve that the fruit from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil was more desirable than the fruit from all the other trees including the Tree of life (Gen. 3). Sisters, we can’t allow that one thing that seems so desirable to us cause us to disobey God. Let’s listen, obey, and serve God, so our days will be successful!

If they obey and serve Him,
They shall spend their days in prosperity,

And their years in pleasures.

(Job 36:11, NKJV)

During your Quiet Time, meditate on today’s scriptures and walk in your freedom.

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

*Originally posted 12/6/12.

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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.

The Week He Changed Everything: Monday-Let the Praises Begin!

Let the Praises Begin!

Many of us celebrated Palm Sunday on yesterday, which is identified as Jesus triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem. This triumphal entry was during the Festival of the Passover, and just a few days before His crucifixion. As Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the crowd spread their clothes and palm branches on the road. The multitude cried out to Jesus in praise, “Hosanna! Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest” (Matt. 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; John 12)!

The children praised Him. Adults applauded Him. The crowd celebrated Him, and the rocks would have praised Him if no one else did (Luke 19:40). There was a praise party going on in the streets of Jerusalem and Jesus was the guest of honor. He entered the city with His mind on what had to be done. His mission? To save the world from their sins.
Can’t you see our Lord riding in on a colt? Can’t you see His eyes fixed on His purpose? Can’t you see His thoughts focused on the cross? Everyone participated in the praise party, and Jesus was the center of their praise. Starting today, you and I can have a praise party in honor of the King. Our praise party doesn’t have to wait until we get to church or until everything is going well. No. We can have a praise party for Jesus right now, right where we are, right in the midst of whatever situation we may be in. No matter what’s going on in our lives, praise can go right there, right in the center.
The Holy Lamb (Jesus) entered into the city of Jerusalem with you and me on His mind. He knew who would betray Him. He knew who would not believe in Him. He knew who would reject Him. He knew who would make false accusations against Him. He knew that His close friends would abandon Him. Jesus knew all that awaited Him in that city. Yet, our Hero, came riding in.
After all Jesus has done for you, after all He has endured for me, for all the things He continues to put up with from us, most surely, we owe Him our praise. Beloved, let’s do like the multitude did when Jesus rode in on a colt. Let’s have a praise party for our King! Let’s lay all of our issues at His feet, bow down in reference, and worship Him. Honor and extol Him.
If you don’t know how to praise the Lord or need a little help, just begin with words of thanksgiving on your lips. Tell the Lord “Thank You!” Thank Him for His goodness. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Thank Him for being the Holy Lamb who took our place on the cross. Let the praises begin by thanking Him for everything.


REFLECTION
The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD! Hail to the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13, NLT)

Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom! ™

Excerpt from Walking in Freedom: The Week He Changed Everything. 7-Day Devotional Guide to Remembering Jesus’ Sacrifice for our Freedom by Rhovonda L. Brown. Copyright 2015 by Rhovonda L. Brown.

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