Did you fight tears last night like me? 🙂 Do you find your soul sometimes torn between believing the scriptures and just dealing with your circumstances; what God has promised and ‘stark reality?’ Are you constantly fighting discouragement, frustration and desperation? Jesus said something really significant as he faced the most difficult period of his life. He said: “Hereafter, I will not talk much with you…: (John 14:30). Sometimes I don’t even want to talk and I am misunderstood as secretive but I know now much talking does not solve my problems. Neither does crying which happens easily if I try to talk about a situation that is really bugging me. Not that I never pour out when I need to but I am more concerned to stay strong in my spirit and bring forth a kind of spiritual communication that does not leave me even more vulnerable but that sets me on a sure victory path. I don’t have any tears, any pain to waste on the enemy. Everything must be in the end to the Glory of God.

You see, when we are faced with the issues of life, naturally, we want to respond. God has a plan for this. In Numbers 10:10 says, “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God and you will be saved from your enemies.” What ‘trumpet’ is it talking about? Numbers 10: 2, God had said, “Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work, you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movements of the camps.” God gave instructions to Moses to make 2 trumpets. For what purpose?

1. For the assembling or gathering of the people to God.
2. For the directing the journeying of the people towards the promise of God.

The trumpets were NOT made primarily for the purpose of battles. But if Israel found themselves in a battle situation, God said blow the trumpet.

Let me explain all these. Like the church in the wilderness, we are also on a journey through time to eternity. We are looking for that city whose builder and maker is God. The blowing of trumpet precedes every step of the way towards God. All your experiences in God are sounds in the spirit by which you move forward in God. Those are the sounds by which you broke camp {left your previous level in God}, and moved forward in the things of the spirit because those were the experiences that taught you God. Now without these sounds in your spirit, you cannot blow in the day of battle. When you open your mouth, you will produce a strange sound in the spirit. The type of sound you make in the realm of the spirit has everything to do with if you have a trumpet. Have you being ‘coming’ to God before now? Are you a person of his presence? Do you fellowship? Have you been making progress in your walk with God? Because otherwise you have a wrong sound coming out of you in battle. The trumpet was not made primarily to be blown in battle, it was made to summon to God and to walk with God but if you face battle and you have no trumpet, then you have no victory sound, and you will be in trouble.

I will give you an example. What do you think would have happened to David, and indeed the whole of Israel that fateful day Goliath of Philistine came out against the armies of God had not David the right sound? When you look at I Samuel 17, it looks at the surface like all they just did was trade words. But this was not the case at all since it was a war situation. Adversity draws a certain sound out of you. They were all making different types of “sounds.” I Samuel 17: 24&25 says: “And all the men of Israel , when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. And…said, have ye seen this man that is come up: surely to defy the host of Israel he is come up…” Why did Israel run? Why were they full of fear like that? Watch their sound! “And the men of Israel said, Have you seen this man that is come up…” They did not see God at all. If they did, they would not have seen “the man” at the same time, because when you see God, he’s so big, he’s the only one you see. Now you can understand the cause of the fear, and the dread and all the depression, you saw ‘the man’, come up!’David did not see the man come up, he saw the man ‘come down.’ {I Samuel 17:37} Saul said to David, “You can’t take the man down, you cannot take this problem down. Let us face the ‘reality’. It is too big for you. It is too wild a dream. The odds are against you. Your chances are nil. Don’t waste your life” {I Sam 16: 33 Paraphrased.} But David had a different sound from all of them. How do I know? Because he said in verse 47 of I Samuel 16, “ And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s…” David knew the Lord. He had been with Him before this battle. In his spirit, not in his head, he was informed that the battle belongs to the Lord. He said to Saul, “I have been here before. I know the Lord of hosts. I saw God fight before today. It will happen again, because God is faithful and he does not change…” {I Samuel 17: 34 – 37}. The purpose of all these experiences is to get you to know the Lord not to frustrate you. They are designed to make you grow, not make you sore, afraid and miserable.

Can I take it a step further? When you were still in secondary school or high school and you had no money and no provisions and you prayed to God in your hunger, God sent somebody. God came through for you somehow. When you were in the university, and you needed this so-and-so amount of money to complete your assignment and deadlines were drawing close and just at the nick of time God came through for you, somehow. Now you have another financial need. It’s a much bigger sum. It’s a more pressing need. You have been to everyone and every place and it’s not just happening. Now you are fretting and anxious and depressed. God says you’re erring in your heart and your heart is evil, because you do not believe. He said of that generation, “…they have not known my ways…” (Hebrews 3:10-12) If you had known the ways of God, you will not have murmured. You would not have complained. You would not have been afraid. You would have known that whether it is about N200.00, or N2 000.00, or N200 000.00, or N20 000 000.00, Jehovah Jireh does not change. When it was common cold, God healed you. When it was malaria, God healed you. Now the doctors have come up with this big name. Don’t fret. Pull out your trumpet and blow it, you’ve been here before. The name of the problem changed but Jehovah Rapha does not change. The other time, the enemy’s costume was that of a circus lion. The other day, it was a bear’s. But once you learn the name of the lord, it does not matter the costume the enemy chooses, you are no longer tricked. Goliath was six cubits in height, had a helmet of brass, wore a coat of mail, had a staff like a weaver’s beam…and all the other details. {I Samuel 17:4-7) Sometimes the problems come at us six cubit tall, wearing a brass helmet and a coat of mail. All Israel was fooled until David came. I can hear David laughing in the face of the enemy saying, “I’ve been here before. I know who you are. We met in the lion and in the bear. Your costume is great today, but I’m not fooled. You are the same old defeated guy. I am not afraid of you.” Once you learn God’s ways, you can always make the victory sound in the face of any issue in life. It does not matter if that thing grows sixteen heads and six legs, once it shows up; like the masquerades that show up at the festival, you know immediately it is all just dressed up. You can tell the enemy, “I know you. We met before today. You are that same defeated foe from 2000 years ago. I have a victory sound. I don’t care what you choose to call your name this time, its just a costume, and I am going to undress you and take you down because greater is he that is in me, than he who is in the world.” {I John 4:4}

This is not just important to overcoming adversity, this is the way you learn stability and maturity and the ways of God. When you read that God taught Moses his ways and the children of Israel his acts, this was the process. The children of Israel never learnt God’s ways because they had an evil heart. Moses did their repenting, their praying, and their believing. No matter the victory God wrought for them, once they faced another adversity, they are all the way back into fretting and murmuring and complaining – again. That’s the way it is with us many times. When we will do nothing but agitate, fret and be worried, we do not even have enough soundness to discern sin how much more repent. We cannot do any effective praying; we cannot have the kind of faith in God that not only moves mountains, but accounts for righteousness. All our previous experiences in God are our ammunition. They make up our sound in the spirit. I encourage you to repent if you have been fretting instead of blowing your trumpet. In case your sound is rusty, {that is; your fellowship is suffering,} you can also correct that right away. Psalm 86:5 says: “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive: and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” Next to this, you need to talk back to your enemy. You need to make a sound. Determine that this is a situation with which like David, you are going to teach the armies that stand by, the way of the Lord, which you have known. {I Samuel 17:47} Then charge at Goliath, bring him down and cut off his head, he’s just a costume.

Remember to blow your trumpet …“also in the days of your gladness…and in the beginning of months…over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings…I am the Lord.” {Numbers 10:10} This means you do not remember the Lord in battle alone. When you needed those travel papers, or that job, or that university admission; you blew your trumpet, you called upon him. Now that you are done, blow your trumpet. Worship him. He is the Lord. Before you go out to dinner with your friends, bow your face to the ground before God. Call him the name you have come to know him by from that experience. Call him Faithful. Call him Worthy. Call him Holy. He is the Lord. As you walk in the spirit in your everyday life; offering yourself as living sacrifice to God, keep blowing your trumpet over that sacrifice. Don’t wait for battle. Say to him, “Lord God Almighty, your works are great and marvellous. Your ways are just and true. You are the king of the ages. You are holy. Your manifest your judgements, all nations worship you…You are the Lord.” {Revelation 15:3-4} Don’t ever be without a sound and don’t ever make the wrong sound either. Keep blowing the victory sound. Keep confessing his Lordship at all times and in all situations. This is ‘Power-living!’