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Purposefully

 

Many, many times, I ask myself, why on earth should I encourage God’s people (especially when I’m having one of those not-so-very-good days)? However, when I’m struggling with walking boldly in my purpose, the Lord reminds me of His word and what He has called me to do.

 3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

6-7 When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.( 2 Cor. 1:3-7, MSG).

Because God comforts and encourages me, He has called me to encourage you. Today I find myself doing what I urge others NOT to do on Mondays, mope. Yep, I’ve got the Monday Moping Blues and I’m in a funk. My emotions are a mess. I hate feeling and being this way. But it’s where I am right now. Consequently, I am deliberately fighting to tame that Emotional Beast! But thank God for Jesus! Using one of the principles from, It’s Monday… Already, the Lord is encouraging me.

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

Do you have the Monday Blues? Are you moping today? Finding it difficult to get your Monday moving in the right direction? (Join the club!) Seriously, may I encourage you as the Lord is encouraging me? Rejoice in our great Father, my friend!

Philippians 4:4 commands us to “celebrate God all day, every day” and “revel in Him” (MSG). That means to take great pleasure in the Lord. Relax and find peace in the presence of God. Show great joy and delight by exalting His magnificent name. Think about His goodness and the victory He gives to all who call on and believe in His great and holy name. Make music and melody. Shout forth praises and jubilation unto our marvelous King for all of His mighty works. If we do these things, I am confident that our behavior and attitude will change from sadness to gladness, from complaining to thanking, and from moping to rejoicing. I already feel better!!

My sisters, it’s Monday….already! And there’s nothing we can do about it, but what we can do is rejoice in our all-sufficient Savior. We have been blessed with another day to celebrate our Jesus and the abundant life He gives to us. Now, let us purposefully make it a great day!

 

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

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Red Sea

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.” (Exodus 14:21-22, NKJV)

 

I know. You’re facing an impossible situation. You feel there’s nowhere to turn. Your back is against the wall. If you go forward, you will drown. If you go back, you’ll die in the desert. You’re facing a hard decision. You really don’t have a clue about what you will do or what to do. All you know is that there won’t be a happy ending. Your situation is impossible. You’re facing a Red Sea!

I know, believe me, I know. You’re at your wits end. Your head feels like you’re in a daze. You even asked yourself a few times, “Am I dreaming? This has to be a nightmare!”

As reality would have it, it is not a dream. No, you’re not dreaming. This pain, this news, this crisis is real and you’re the main character. You have the leading role and this drama is set on the impossible channel. You’re thinking there is no way things can get better. You believe there’s no way you’ll make it through. No way can you cross this Red Sea!

But, you’re wrong. There is a way! Though your situation seems impossible, God says “It’s Possible!” (Luke 1:37, 18:27; Mark 10:27; Matt. 19:26)

Though your back is against the wall and it seems too hard for you to make your way through, God says, “Nothings too hard for Me!

Yes, you may feel like it’s a losing battle. Yes, what you’re experiencing may be a hard pill to swallow. Yes, your problem seems hopeless.

But believe in a God who specializes in the impossible! Believe in a God who can do exceedingly, abundantly, and above all that we ask or think! (Eph. 3:20) When we think it can’t be done, God turns it around and gets it done! When we think we can’t do it because it’s too hard, God makes it look very easy!

Sisters, like the Israelites, we may be facing a Red Sea. It may feel like the roaring waves are going to overtake us, but we have a God who won’t let us drown! He won’t let us down!

God is dividing the waters.

God, who has matchless power and ALL the authority, will open up the Red Sea and allow us to walk on dry land!

“So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Thus Israel saw the great work which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD and His servant Moses.” (Exodus 14:30-31, NKJV)

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Got Trouble?

“Oh, why give light to those in misery,
and life to those who are bitter?
They long for death, and it won’t come.
They search for death more eagerly than for hidden treasure.
They’re filled with joy when they finally die,
and rejoice when they find the grave.
 Why is life given to those with no future,
those God has surrounded with difficulties?
I cannot eat for sighing;
my groans pour out like water.
What I always feared has happened to me.
What I dreaded has come true.
I have no peace, no quietness.
I have no rest; only trouble comes.”
(Job 3:20-25, NLT)
Job received bad news upon bad news. All Hell really did break loose! Job was having a nightmare, but he wasn’t asleep. To make matters worse, Job’s body was covered with boils; he had sores all over him. Every part of Job’s life was being attacked. His livestock was attacked, his business, his employees, his finances, his relationships, his family, and his body. The only thing left was Job’s life.
In chapter 3, Job begins to curse the day he was born. In anguish, grief-stricken, depressed, in deep pain, (physically, mentally, and emotionally), Job wanted death to relieve him. He believed that his existence should be erased. Job believed not existing was far better than what he was experiencing. Death, Job thought, would release him and give him the peace he needed.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever been that low, felt that depressed, had that much sorrow that death sounded like the best prescription for your pain?  Have you been in that kind of emotional state? In chapter 3, I believe Job felt hopeless.
When life has dropped us into the pool of despair, what do we do? When all Hell is breaking loose, where do we run? When life has broken us down, and shattered us into ruins, who do we turn to? Who do we ask for help?
Maybe life has you right there – at the corner of Hopelessness and Death Preferred. Maybe on this day, life has crushed you down and pinned you the floor. Right now, the hope that you once had is no more. Maybe, at this moment, you’ve raised your white flag to surrender to life’s beatings.
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In Job’s crisis, when his world had crumbled, and he was in deep distress, Job declares boldly in chapter 19,
“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,

and he will stand upon the earth at last.” (Job 19:25, NLT)

Know that our Redeemer lives! Jesus lives! He will redeem us. He will be our Hope. He is our Hope and Refuge. He’ll save us, and He will lift us up from our despair.
My sister, we know that life gets hard at times. We know that life throws its hard blows, but we must remember our Redeemer. We must trust our Savior! He has redeemed us and is standing up for us right now! He’s ready to rescue us. He’ll pick us up, and won’t let us fall. Our Redeemer lives and because He lives, we can definitely face tomorrow!
GOT TROUBLES? LOOK UP! 
OUR REDEEMER IS STANDING RIGHT THERE!
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. 

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God Admonishes

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes! Cease to do evil, Learn to do right! Seek justice, relieve the oppressed, and correct the oppressor. Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:16, 17 AMP)
 

Our Heavenly Father, disciplines those whom He loves (Prov. 3:12; Heb. 12:6; Rev. 3:19). Through the prophet Isaiah, God scolds the children of Israel. He describes how He’s been a nurturing and loving parent, who has raised them well, instilled in them His Godly principles. He delivered them from slavery, fed and clothed them in the dessert, gave them shelter from the rain. He led them to the promise land, a prosperous land. God has gone above and beyond meeting their needs, but now they had turned their backs on Him. Those He’d been so faithful to had completely deserted Him.

As you read through the beginning chapter of Isaiah, you feel God’s anger, His hurt and pain. You can feel how disappointed He was for the way His children had been behaving. Mothers, can you relate? You’ve been there when your children have done something they knew was wrong? They’ve behaved in a manner that was contrary to the way you raised them. Remember how disappointed and hurt you were? Remember how angry you felt? You were angry, disappointed and hurt because they knew better. They knew right from wrong, and since they knew, you disciplined them. That’s how God felt.
As a Father, God had come to Israel’s aid time after time. He’s been their faithful God. Despite, Israel had turned their backs on God. Once again they had walked away from His love. Again they had abandoned His principles, began doing evil things – godless things that God detests. And from their rebellion and corruption, they were wounded and afflicted by their own doing. Their evil was causing harm to themselves. Their lives were a mess as a result of their outrageous sinful life (Isa.1:5-8).

Even worse, God’s children had turned their worship for Him into a game, a spectacle. Israel’s sacrifices, their offerings, and their worship were a big half-time show! All worthless and all detestable to God. Their worship was not real, their giving wasn’t from the heart, but was just performance (Isa.1:11-14). God was tired of them playing church. All of it had become wearisome to God. He was not pleased, but angry! He said, “When you pray and ask for help, I will close My eyes and will not listen” (Isa. 1:15). Just the thought of that verse is devastating to me. Can you imagine our Heavenly Father not listening to us? Basically, turning His back on us?
God admonished Israel as He admonishes us today: Change your ways. Stop sinning. Stop doing wrong and learn to do right. Remember what I’ve taught you. Return to Me. Comfort the hurting. Help the homeless. Stand up for the weak and helpless. Do your Christian duty.
SELF CHECK √: Has my life been a reflection of the Savior? Have I been focusing so much on rituals, church programs and performances that I’m neglecting what’s most important, to glorify God with my life? Have I deserted God? Have I removed God and His principles from my everyday life in order to satisfy me?
During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE  on God’s Word. WATCH to today’s music video, Allow these things to encourage you to have a grateful heart 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.

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Synopsis: Imagine how many times throughout our day we forget to tell our Heavenly Father, “Thank You.” Yes, we may say thank you for something obviously noticeable, such as a brand new car, a new job, the healing of a loved one. But how often do we acknowledge or notice those so-called “small blessings”? Rhovonda encourages you to live out each day with a spirit of rejoicing and gratitude. As you read through each devotional, your heart, mind, and spirit will begin to settle on this one fact: there is always something to be grateful for.   
 
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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!
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.