Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
LISTENING FOR THE TRUMPET
I just cant wait! I’m sure you can’t either! What a day that is going to be when we hear the trumpet of God sound to call us home to Heaven. That sound will cut through all the noise of sin and unbelief like a knife through butter. It will reach into every ear of the redeemed and we will in an instant be changed into our glorious bodies and transported to stand with confidence before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords……who just happens to be our Savior! Yes, what a day that will be!
But this is not the trumpet sound that I want to write about. No, this trumpet blast is the one which provides relief for the worker/warrior in God’s kingdom while waiting for THAT FINAL TRUMPET CALL.
In Nehemiah 4:20 we read this interesting verse: Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” (Nehemiah 4:20 NKJV)
This trumpet was for all those who, under the leadership of Nehemiah, were rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. It was important that no matter how busy they were working they were to be constantly listening for the trumpet to sound. The completion of the walls and even their very lives depended on the trumpet sound.
The success of their mission depended on the completeness of their obedience.
- When the enemy left them alone they were to immediately go back to work building the walls. Until the job was done they either built or fought.
- While working they could scatter apart to do the kind of job they were called to do: make bricks, transport them, supply the mortar, etc.
- If they heard they trumpet they were to close ranks and stay close together in the battle.
- Half of the people were to focus solely on building up the walls.
- Half of the people were to stand guard with weapons of war, watching for the enemy.
- The leaders were to stand right behind them giving them full support and encouragement.
- Those doing the construction were to work with only one hand and keep a weapon of war in the other hand.
- Every builder carried a sword.
- The trumpet player stayed right next to Nehemiah ready to sound it at his command.
THIS IS EXACTLY LIKE HOW GOD WANTS US TO BUILD OUR LIVES.
We must always be either building God’s kingdom or fighting for God’s kingdom. We will rest when our work on earth is done. We should scatter around our communities using our specific God-given talent to build His Church-but when satan engages us in battle-we close ranks fight TOGETHER…with and for each other!
WE MUST ALWAYS LISTEN FOR THE TRUMPET TO SOUND! God said, listen for my trumpet of war – I will fight for you. Listen for my trumpet of rapture – I will bring you home.
Gabriel is standing by. Let it be known, we will build-we will fight-we will exit! Sound the trumpet!
– Pastor Steve
Key Verses: James 5:13-16
Prayer Point: heal those who are sick or injured
TODAY’S PERSONAL PURSUIT
JOSH & DACIA (DEE) MALONE
Josh and Dee have been in Northwest Arkansas for nearly twelve years. They have a five year old daughter, Olivia, and are expecting their second child in July. After they had Olivia in our Preschool for several months, they began attending LFC in early 2011 and have been here since.
Josh is a project manager at Walmart on the Change, Training and Communications team in Global Integrated Processes where he works on training development and deployment for enterprise resource planning; and Dee works at the Fayetteville Animal Shelter where she has cared for and helped find homes for a multitude of animals in the 11 years she has been there.
Josh has a BBA degree from Northeastern State University and will graduate with an MBA in May from Webster University; and Dee is currently working on her bachelor’s degree. Josh is LFC’s website production master and is on our Financial Peace University teaching staff.
Our pursuit of God has blossomed over the years, and since joining the LFC family, we have grown as a married couple, parents and most of all Christians. Dee and I have been together for over 18 years and have been married for 11 of those years. For several years, we did not belong to a church family and God led us to Living Faith in March of 2011 after our daughter, Olivia, had been attending preschool there for several months. We immediately felt the love and warmth of this wonderful group of people.
John 14:6 states, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Job 29:3 states, “when his lamp shown on my head and by his light I walked through darkness!”
Just as John 14:6 states, I knew I would have to get right with God, not only to go to heaven but to be a good Christian, husband, father, friend, son, and co-worker. However, I resisted until one day when it all became very clear to me. Pastor Curtis was preaching a message about the light in the darkness – and I felt that one of the scriptures he used, Job 29:3, was a very good depiction of what my life had been like. Often times when we go to church, we feel the message is being delivered straight to us. This was one of many messages over the years I feel was being delivered for me. After that time, I rededicated my life to Christ and have continued the pursuit of Him.
Proverbs 31:10-11 states, “10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.”
I am truly blessed to have a wonderful Christian wife that is a true Proverbs 31 woman; a daughter that is being raised to understand that Jesus is the way and knows that all things are possible through Him; and expecting another child that will be raised just as Olivia has been, knowing that Jesus is the way. My prayer is that all people that do not understand the wonderment that is Jesus will one day accept Him and have everlasting life.
– Josh and Dee