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Trust God

 

Jesus wants to meet us right where we are, right in the middle of our  mess. Jesus will go the distance. He will go out of his way to get to us, to rescue us from our despair.

 

As believers, it is inevitable that we will experience hardship. God allows us to experience difficulties and to feel crushed beyond our strength because it forces us to depend on Him (2 Cor. 1:9, MSG). Gospel singer Tye Tribbett has a song that says “I have no other choice but to trust You.” 

 

When our backs are against the wall, when we’re holding on for dear life, when we believe we’re knocking on death’s door and death is the only option, God, the Creator who raises the dead, will resurrect us from our dead and hopeless situation. Amen!

 

“But why God?” you may ask. Why does He allow us to get to that point of desperation? Why does He push us to the end of our ropes? Why must we feel as if we’re hanging on the edge with no help to be found? Why does He allow us to struggle and experience such overwhelming afflictions?

 

God allows us to go through these things so we may know and experience the great I AM. So we may know I AM is the One who was, who is, and who is to come. I AM is our strength. I AM is our hope. I AM is our way through and way out. I AM is our Comforter who comes alongside us when we’re walking through death’s valley. I AM is always near.

 

When life gets crazy, God wants His children to trust Him and rely on Him ONLY. Proverbs 3:5-6. encourages us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not to our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct our paths. TRUST. RELY. ACKNOWLEDGE God, for He alone is dependable. Our Heavenly Father is the ONLY true living GOD who is KING of every king. Besides Him there is no other!

 

My sister, it’s Monday, already. Yes, we will face adversities. Yes, we will face pain. But trust I AM. No matter what we face, let us remember this beautiful biblical principle found in God’s Word:

 

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT)

 

During your quiet time, read Jeremiah 17:5-18 and be encouraged to walk in freedom with Jesus Christ.

Video to encourage you to trust God.

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

 
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. 

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.

 

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

 


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. 

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. 

 

What kind of friend are you?

 

What kind of friend are you? Are you the kind of friend who encourages or tears down? When your friends make a mistake, do you make your friend feel worse? Do you get on your soap box and pass judgment on them? Do you say, “I told you so” or “You should have known better”?

“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” (Prov. 18:24, NLT)

What kind of friend are you? When they are down, do you build them up? Do you speak encouraging words over them? Do you let them know that you believe in them? Do you let them know that you have their back and that they can count on you? When they mess up, do you tell them that no one is perfect? Do you tell them that everyone makes mistakes?

Do you encourage them to get back up and try again? When your friends are hurting, do you embrace them in your arms and say, “I’m here for you. You can cry on my shoulders?
“The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” (Prov. 27:9, NLT)
Admittedly, at times, I can be hard on my friends, especially, if they have offended me. Because I don’t want to be hurt again, I build up a wall. To protect myself from that pain, I guard my heart. I remove myself from the relationship. You know, I become distant. I figure, if they hurt me once, they’ll probably do it again.

“An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.” (Prov. 18:19, NLT)

“Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.” (Prov. 27:6, NLT)

When I find myself behaving in this manner, I have to remind myself of Jesus, who is the ultimate friend. Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. But Savior forgave him (Matt. 26:69-75). Although, Jesus was hurt, He didn’t make Peter feel worse. He didn’t say to Peter, “I knew you would do this. I told you so.” Instead, with compassion, Jesus went to Peter, mended what was broken, encouraged His friend and welcomed Peter back into the relationship.
Like Peter, we’ve offended Jesus so many times, too numerous to count. Yet, He still remains our faithful friend. Jesus mends our brokenness, encourages us in the process, and welcomes us back into a right relationship with Him. Now, that’s what I call a true friend!
My sister, forgive the friend who has hurt you. Ask forgiveness from the friend you have offended. Let us do our part to mend our broken relationships. Not only that, but let’s be a friend to the friendless.

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (Prov. 27:17, NLT)

Pray this prayer with me: Jesus, thank You for calling me Your friend. Lord, help me be a true friend. Help me forgive and encourage my friends. Give me patience and understanding toward them. Help me make an effort to restore any broken relationships and be a friend like You.

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

Are you listening?

“If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;  But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.” (Is. 1:19-20, AMP)

 

There are times when I have to speak to my children over and over again about listening. It makes me so upset when I tell them to do something and they disobey me. When I give my children instructions, as a parent, I expect them to listen and then obey……but sometimes, that’s not always the case. Therefore, there are consequences for their actions. It seems, at times, obedience is the area that I’m often scolding them about. I find myself asking the question, Are you listening to me? Did you hear what I said?

I figure, at times, God says the same things to us, Are you listening to Me? Did you hear what I said? Like a parent, God expects us to listen to His voice and obey, but at times we don’t. He wants us to be obedient to every direction He gives. When He tells us to be quiet, then our mouths should be sealed. When He tells us to speak and only say what He tells us to say, then we should speak only His words. When He tells us to go, then we should move quickly without questioning. And when He tells us to stop, we should stand still.

I want to be obedient to the voice of the Lord. I want to obey God. When He calls, I want to come. But at times I plug up my ears and do what I want to do, just like a rebellious child. I know it makes God angry, just like it makes me angry when my children deliberately disobey me. And when I don’t listen, He asks me those same questions.

Are you listening to me? Did you hear what I said?

I realize that we can’t have victory in all areas of our lives, if we’re being disobedient to God. We can’t profess to be triumphant in our battles, if we’re covering up our ears when God is speaking to us. We can’t move pass the level we’re in or pass the test God has given us, if we’re disregarding His instructions.

 

Sister, you and I can’t be victorious without being obedient to God. Victory comes from obedience.

What are you battling today? Does it feel like you’re losing? Does it seem like the same situation and crisis are happening to you over and over again? Does it feel like you keep failing the same test?

Let’s ask ourselves this question: Am I experiencing difficulties because of my disobedience? Could my situation exist because of I’m rebelling against the Lord?

Let’s do a real survey of our life and honestly answer those questions.

Pray this prayer: Dear great and powerful Lord! We love You and we thank You for Your patience. We want to please You. We know that in pleasing You, we must be obedient to You. Father, help us be submissive children. Give us strength and the wisdom to honor You with our lives. We ask that You would remove fear, timidity, stubbornness, and replace it with love, humility, boldness (through Jesus Christ), and trust in You. We thank You for Your forgiveness, we thank You for changing us, and we thank You for giving us victory! In Jesus name, we pray, amen.

Quiet Time.

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

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Just because

“Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.”     (Psalm 33:8 NASB)

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.” (Psalm 148:13 NASB)

God is so holy! He’s such an awesome God! Oh, that we would reverence Him as such! I want to be in awe of God every time I think about Him. I want to be in wonder of His greatness each time I think about Him! He’s so incredible!! Just the thought of Him should blow our minds. Just thinking about God, our King, our Savior, our Deliverer, should take our breath away!! I want to be in awe of our great God every day! I want to be in awe of Him! Think about our God who created everything, who took care of everything! Our great God left nothing out when He created everything! Our God took care of all the details before He made us and all He requires from us is to reverence Him. He wants us to honor Him. He wants us to be obedient to Him. He wants us to praise Him and worship Him!

After all He has done, after all that He does, after all He is going to do, we, His creation, should at least reverence His matchless name! What does it mean to reverence our God? It means to respect, show admiration, be in awe, astonishment, and be amazed by Jehovah. That’s the least we can do!

It’s strange to me that all other creation worships God no matter what. They continuously worship Him. The birds worship Him. The animals and sea creatures worship Him. The moon, the sun, the stars, and the trees all praise Jehovah God (Psalm 148). The flowers show forth His glory, but we, God’s prize possessions, those who were made in His own image, don’t praise and worship Him enough. Awful! We, His children, have to have a reason to worship our great and glorious God! It has to be the right time of day, the right season in our lives before we can worship Him. We have to hear our favorite song before we can praise Him. All has to be well in order to give our magnificent God the praise He deserves, let alone worship Him.

Why is that? He’s the Creator! Why do we need to have reasons to praise Him? After all that God has done for us, why does our praises have to be predicated by what is happening around us? Why does your worship have to be based upon how you are feeling? Why is my reverence to God determined by what’s going on around me? Why not praise God just because! Why not honor and worship Jehovah just because He’s Jehovah?

Today, my sister, praise, worship, honor, reverence, magnify, and glorify the Creator just because! I dare you! I double dog dare you!!

Doing your Quiet Time, meditate on Psalm 33 and Psalm 148 and with the fruit of your lips praise God just because!

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

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Job

 

Job is a delightful 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 villain who antagonizes, causes trouble and turmoil for the good guy.
As with any great story, there are great characters and 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 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 – offers awesome principles to the Believer. Below are a few Biblical truths we can pull out from today’s passage.
  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 cannot 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). And he wants to devour you.
  4. Satan recognizes the favor of the Lord that rests upon you (Job 1:8-11).
  5. Satan cannot come near you unless he asks permission from God. He cannot test you without God authorization (Job 1:8-11).
  6. Satan wants to separate you from the Lord (Job 1:8-11; Luke 22:31).
  7. Sometimes, God test Believers and, sometimes, God allows Satan to cause havoc in a Believer’s life (Job 1:8; Ps. 11:4-5).
  8. God has confidence in you, just as He had confidence in Job. After the testing, God will allow you to come out as pure gold (Job 23:10; Ps. 11:5; Ps. 66:10-12)!
  9. 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, the good news is, in the end, he passed the test! As a reward, God gave Job double for his trouble (Job 42:10). Hallelujah!
Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad-for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. (1 Pet.4:12-13, NLT)
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 run 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)

 

 

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

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QUIET TIME
During your quiet time, meditate on today’s scriptures. Be motivated to pursue your dreams and make no excuses about it!