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Sound the Trumpets

FAITH BOOSTER:

Sound the Trumpets [Jan. 07,2021]

WORD OF FAITH:

At your times of rejoicing—your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts—you are to sound the trumpets. Numbers 10:10

Also Read Numbers 10:8–10(NIV)

“Taps” is a trumpet call played by the US military at the end of the day as well as at funerals. I was amazed when I read the unofficial lyrics and discovered that many of the verses end with the phrase “God is nigh” (God is near). Whether before the dark of each night settles in or while mourning the loss of a loved one, the lyrics offer soldiers the beautiful assurance that God is near.

In the Old Testament, trumpets were also a reminder to the Israelites that God was near. In the middle of celebrating the feasts and festivals that were part of the covenant agreement between God and the nation of Israel, the Jews were to “sound the trumpets” (Numbers 10:10). Blowing a trumpet was a reminder not only of God’s presence but also that He was available when they needed Him most—and He longed to help them.

Today, we still need reminders that God is near. And in our own style of worship, we too can call out to God in prayer and song. Perhaps our prayers can be thought of as trumpets asking God to help us. And the beautiful encouragement is that God always hears those calls (1 Peter 3:12). To each of our pleas, He responds with the assurance of His presence that strengthens and comforts us in the difficulties and sorrows of life.

 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • When have your prayers felt like calls for help?
  • How does the reminder that God listens to our prayers encourage you?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Heavenly Father, thank You that You respond to my call for help and assure me of Your powerful presence and love. 

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Relentless Love

FAITH BOOSTER:

Relentless Love[Dec. 04,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.1 John 3:18

Also Read  1 John 3:16–18(NIV)

Heidi and Jeff came home from an overseas work assignment in a hot climate and settled for several months near family in the state of Michigan—just in time for winter. This would be the first time many of their ten children had seen the natural beauty of snow.

But winter weather in Michigan requires a lot of warm outerwear, including coats, mittens, and boots. For a large family, it would be quite an expensive undertaking just to outfit them for the bitterly cold months ahead. But God provided. First, a neighbor brought over footwear, then snow pants, then hats and gloves. Then, a friend urged others at her church to collect a variety of warm clothes in all twelve sizes for each member of the family. By the time the snow arrived, the family had exactly what they needed.

One of the ways we serve God is by serving those in need. First John 3:16–18 encourages us to help others from the abundance of our own possessions. Serving helps us to be more like Jesus as we begin to love and see people as He does.

God often uses His children to fulfill needs and to answer prayers. And as we serve others, our own hearts are encouraged as we encourage those we serve. As a result, our own faith will grow as God equips us for service in new ways (v. 18).

 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • As you notice the numerous needs of people around you, how can you show God’s love in a practical way?
  • How does serving God help your faith to grow?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Father, fill my heart with the willingness to help when I see a need. Help me to give joyfully and serve You with gratitude.

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