Who’s Going to Blow the Trumpet?

trumpetThe abrupt and sometimes screeching sounds of the trumpet would definitely wake all that were sleeping. Even though some would put their heads under pillows and others would moan at the startling noise, the job of arousing the sleeping was done. It was my friend who had what we referred to as the privilege to blow the trumpet at “Kids Camp”. He was admired by some and despised by others. One morning I was given permission to go with my friend to blow the morning trumpet where I quickly realized it wasn’t just a fun time, but was a serious job with huge responsibility. If we overslept or were late there could be serious consequences for many people.

Whether it’s a city’s tornado siren or all the way down to a household security system, the sounding of alarms have been strategic in guiding people throughout our society for many years. The scriptures themselves reveal the importance of sounding the trumpet or alarm.


It’s time to take our head out of the sand and blow the trumpet of truth in our land.  (tweet)


In the book of Joel we read where the prophet says, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain!” In the midst of judgment and devastation in the southern kingdom the prophet Joel exhorts Judah not to get side tracked at their current tough situation but to sound the alarm. Gathering the people together to fast and cry out to God. They were moving away from the ways of God and now being called to return back to the Lord.

In the same manner the church is called to be a trumpeter to our generation. It says in Isa 58:1 “Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression”. We have been commissioned to be God’s alarm in the earth.

It’s time to take a stand and blow the trumpet of truth in our land. It doesn’t take a brain scientist to diagnose the deteriorating symptoms in America as the result of self-indulgence and rejecting God’s statues.


We are not responsible in how they respond to our message but we will be held responsible if we do not sound the alarm!    (tweet)


We live in a time of history where confusion and immorality run rampant and is becoming the norm. Therefore, it’s time for every believer to get their head out of the sand and be about God’s business. God is calling His people to shout the warning cry and wake up those that have fallen asleep spiritually. We must line Continue reading

Called to be a Voice in the Wilderness

mlk_speech200-e6f9328d7f9b491c0a5dbcfccba1993f18ec856f-s600-c85In the midst of a busy diner the manager who evidently is having a rough and stressful day, begins to down grade and insult a breastfeeding young mother. The belligerent manager assumes that she is disturbing other customers around her and proceeds to kick her out of the establishment. As the tension in the room rises and different customers begin to react, some try to ignore what’s going on and others just shake their heads while out of the blue a young man stands up for justice and defends the young mother.

Then out of nowhere, enters the news correspondent John Quinones and his camera crew to interview onlookers. To everyone’s surprise they had been apart of the filming of a popular TV show. The actors are revealed to the stunned customers and shown the hidden camera. “What Would You Do?” is an intriguing television show that holds the watchers attention and makes one wonder what they themselves would do in a situation such as is being portrayed in each episode. The different weekly subject of the show always gives place to how different onlookers will each respond. More often then not people turn there back on justice and standing up to defend the defenseless.


We will either be a voice crying in the wilderness or in the wilderness crying for a voice! (tweet)


We read in the Gospel of Matthew about a man who was called by God. He came preaching in the wilderness. It defines him by saying in Matt 3:3, “the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight”.           John was a messenger of hope to a people in a spiritually dry and desolate land. Though he might not have looked the part, being clothed in camel’s hair synched up with a leather belt and munching on wild honey covered locust. God had anointed John the Baptist to be a voice to that generation. He was sent to sound an alarm and to wake up the apathetical church.


We are ambassadors for Christ, so Stand Up, Speak Up and be His voice! (tweet)


Down through history God has raised up voices to bring hope and justice to our land. One such voice was a young preacher named Martin Luther King, Jr. Along with being a minister he was an activist, humanitarian, and lead in the Civil Rights movement. He became a voice for justice to his generation. His Christian beliefs motivated and fueled the advancement in using nonviolent actions. Though he was wrongly assassinated his message of hoped lived on and produced fruits of righteousness.

Another voice in the midst of a spiritual wilderness and horrific injustice was Dietrich Bonhoeffer. As a German pastor he opposed the evil conquest of the Nazi regime. He was known for being openly vocal and courageous concerning his opposition to Hitler’s persecution and programs of euthanasia and genocide against the Jewish people. He soon was arrested and imprisoned which ultimately lead to being accused for being associated with the plot to assassinate Hitler. On April 9, 1945 Bonhoeffer and others were executed by hanging shortly before the Nazi regime collapsed and came to an end.

The scriptures declare in Rev 12:11, that the believers shall overcome the onslaught of the evil one through Christ’s blood, which also gives them a confidence for the greater glory, not loving their lives even unto death. God is still calling you and I to be a voice in the wilderness of our day for justice and righteousness. Paul declares that we are ambassadors for Christ, so Stand Up, Speak Up and be His voice! (Cor 5:20)

 

Just an Echo or Oracle?

EchoFor most young people yelling in a cave for the first time is fascinating. Hearing their own voice as it becomes distorted after each echo bounces off the wall will keep them engaged for long periods of time.

What is an echo? An echo originates from an original voice, and, as it goes forth, it begins to repeat itself over and over until it is distorted. It loses its clarity and has no effect, because you cannot really hear or understand what the original message was anymore.

Unfortunately, in the same manner many Christians have lost their effectiveness as being a voice to this generation, because they have become just another echo. We lose our impact when we stop being a pure oracle with a clear message. We go around speaking things that have no life in them anymore. We are repeating things over and over that had been words of life sometime in the past but now they’re just empty words. If we are going to be relevant in this generation we cannot live in the past anymore but must live in the now! Even in 2 Timothy 2:16–17, Paul exhorts us to not be entangled in vain and useless words. “But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer.”


We lose our impact when we stop being a pure oracle with a clear message.  (tweet)


With the role of the church becoming too professional in our day, we have focused on being good orators instead of being a voice for the Lord. An orator is somebody who is eloquent with words and has all the right things to say. Every time they speak, it soothes the ears. Most politicians and radio personalities are good orators.

By no means, is it wrong to be a good orator? I wish I were a better orator myself. But, when we choose to be good with our words over being one who speaks God’s Words, then we are off base and will quickly get in serious trouble. Our objective cannot be in tickling people’s ears but in speaking words of life. Paul even said in 1 Corinthians 2:4 that he did not come as a smooth talking orator but in God’s power. For he said, “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”

When we choose to become an oracle for the Lord, then we open up our life for the power of God to flow through us. Man leaning on his flesh is an orator, but when man yields himself to the Lord and acts in obedience to God’s will, he becomes an oracle for God.


When man leans on his flesh to speak he is an orator, but when man yields himself to the Lord, he becomes an oracle for God. (tweet)


Paul reminds the Corinthians that when he came to them, he came as a voice for God, which brings the manifestation of God’s power! In a sense, we need to be a piece of conduit pipe, so that God can pour his word through us. It says in Isaiah 55:11, that when God speaks, it’s not just empty words. It says, “It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Just the same, if God speaks through us as his vessels, then things are going to happen, for our words will not be empty words either. God wants us to be his voice to the hurting and down cast in our generation.