GETTING READY TO MEET GOD!

I listen to the trumpet of Jesus
While the world hears a different sound
I march to the drumbeat of God Almighty
While the others just wander around
I’m a member of the Holy Ghost traveling band
We’re moving on up to a better land
I hear the voice of the Supernatural singing
Like only those who know Him can…

This song is playing in the background as we read God’s message to Moses.  God tells Moses to get ready to meet him.  Can you imagine God speaking out loud directly to you telling you to get ready to meet him on the mountain He has designated?  We have the privilege to do that with each new day because of Jesus, our Deliverer from our bondage of sin!  It is Jesus who died and rose again, taking away the curtain to the holy place where we can meet God at any time of day, all day long.  God loves to meet with us.  God loves to hear our words as He looks into our hearts with an everlasting, unchanging, unconditional love that flows from His grace and mercy for us!!

The trumpet gave the call to announce God’s Holy Presence.  The call signaled the time to listen to God.  God gave a message, with their best interests at the heart of God.  God spoke words about what it would mean to hear and obey Him so that they may live well.  We respond in humbled gratitude as we hear from God.  When we pray, asking God what HE wants for our day, with what we need to be and do, we please and honor God by remembering gratefully all He has already done for us.  For us, Jesus made the Way to God possible.  We have no restrictions as we come to God.  Listen for His trumpet call, it comes in all forms for us today.  The trumpet can be a warning, a call to be different in this world as we live like Jesus taught us to live, and it can be a call to simply be still, let go and let God lead completely.

One sweet sound makes
A whole world of difference
When the world seems indifferent to you
His melody of love calls you to be great
When marking time was all you thought you could do
So if you’ve been playing all your days by ear
Never knowing what your song was to be
Then pull up a chair, let down your hair
And take a few lessons from me…

Listen to the trumpet of Jesus…Get ready to meet God as “his special treasure to those who believe and follow Him.  Get ready to live for God as part of his royal priesthood, a “kingdom of priests, a holy nation.”  We are adopted into this position through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

All because of Jesus for us today!

Exodus 19, The Message

1-2 Three months after leaving Egypt the Israelites entered the Wilderness of Sinai. They followed the route from Rephidim, arrived at the Wilderness of Sinai, and set up camp. Israel camped there facing the mountain.

3-6 As Moses went up to meet God, God called down to him from the mountain: “Speak to the House of Jacob, tell the People of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to Egypt and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to me. If you will listen obediently to what I say and keep my covenant, out of all peoples you’ll be my special treasure. The whole Earth is mine to choose from, but you’re special: a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.’

“This is what I want you to tell the People of Israel.”

Moses came back and called the elders of Israel together and set before them all these words which God had commanded him.

The people were unanimous in their response: “Everything God says, we will do.” Moses took the people’s answer back to God.

* * *

God said to Moses, “Get ready. I’m about to come to you in a thick cloud so that the people can listen in and trust you completely when I speak with you.” Again Moses reported the people’s answer to God.

10-13 God said to Moses, “Go to the people. For the next two days get these people ready to meet the Holy God. Have them scrub their clothes so that on the third day they’ll be fully prepared, because on the third day God will come down on Mount Sinai and make his presence known to all the people. Post boundaries for the people all around, telling them, ‘Warning! Don’t climb the mountain. Don’t even touch its edge. Whoever touches the mountain dies—a certain death. And no one is to touch that person, he’s to be stoned. That’s right—stoned. Or shot with arrows, shot to death. Animal or man, whichever—put to death.’

“A long blast from the horn will signal that it’s safe to climb the mountain.”

14-15 Moses went down the mountain to the people and prepared them for the holy meeting. They gave their clothes a good scrubbing. Then he addressed the people: “Be ready in three days. Don’t sleep with a woman.”

16 On the third day at daybreak, there were loud claps of thunder, flashes of lightning, a thick cloud covering the mountain, and an ear-piercing trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp shuddered in fear.

17 Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God. They stood at attention at the base of the mountain.

18-20 Mount Sinai was all smoke because God had come down on it as fire. Smoke poured from it like smoke from a furnace. The whole mountain shuddered and heaved. The trumpet blasts grew louder and louder. Moses spoke and God answered in thunder. God descended to the peak of Mount Sinai. God called Moses up to the peak and Moses climbed up.

21-22 God said to Moses, “Go down. Warn the people not to break through the barricades to get a look at God lest many of them die. And the priests also, warn them to prepare themselves for the holy meeting, lest God break out against them.”

23 Moses said to God, “But the people can’t climb Mount Sinai. You’ve already warned us well telling us: ‘Post boundaries around the mountain. Respect the holy mountain.’”

24 God told him, “Go down and then bring Aaron back up with you. But make sure that the priests and the people don’t break through and come up to God, lest he break out against them.”

25 So Moses went down to the people. He said to them:

WHAT DO WE LEARN—HOW DO WE RESPOND?

We end today with a cliffhanger for Moses and God’s Chosen People, but for us right now, today…

I listen to the trumpet of Jesus
While the world hears a different sound
I march to the drumbeat of God Almighty
While the others just wander around
I’m a member of the Holy Ghost traveling band
We’re moving on up to a better land
I hear the voice of the Supernatural singing
Like only those who know Him can

Listen to the trumpet of Jesus
Listen to the trumpet of Jesus

A spiritual fanfare has a sound all its own
At the birth of a lasting song
It’s been two thousand years since Jesus was born
And still the celebration goes on
If you feel the need to get your life in tune
‘Cause you’re tired of the dirge every day
Then turn yourself around
Put your feet on the ground
And just hear what I have to say

I listen to the trumpet of Jesus
While the world hears a different sound
I march to the drumbeat of God Almighty
While the others just wander around
I’m a member of the Holy Ghost traveling band
We’re moving on up to a better land
I hear the voice of the Supernatural singing
Like only those who know Him can!

Written By Stormie Omartian & Michael Omartian

Listen to the trumpet of Jesus as He calls us today! 

Get ready, stay ready for the final trumpet call by living in His ways humbly and gratefully!  Jesus IS coming back, you know!

Our Father,

Hallowed is Your Name.  May Your Kingdom come, your will be done in every detail of our lives here on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day all you know we will need to live for you and be different from the world.  And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil and evil’s schemes to bring us down. For you have all power, to you be all glory, honor, and praise!

In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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