Take Your Trumpet

by APC on July 22, 2015

When we made a decision to embark on this beautiful journey with the Lord, we soon realized that we had entered into the most important relationship of our life. In this relationship, we put off the former corrupt things and put on the new righteous and holy man (Ephesians 4:22–24). But, unbeknown to us, we also donned a bullseye on our back. This wasn’t an element God gave us, and wasn’t an “article of clothing” we put on by choice, but was bestowed upon us by our greatest adversary—the devil.

Satan hates it when he loses hold on a child of God! This is why he will wage an all-out war against us to convince us to give up on our relationship with God. He wants us to return to a life of bondage in sin and where he has dominion over our life.

Enduring the constant barrage of the devil’s attacks will cause us to grow weary. Many of us have reached a point (past or present) where we felt the battle was too much, we couldn’t go on living for God, or we wouldn’t make it to see the next light of day.

Satan has been oppressing God’s children for a long time, but we need to remember that it has never been the Lord’s will for His children to be downtrodden by the devil. God has given us ways to overcome our enemy!

We learn in Numbers 31 when Israel—God’s chosen Nation—was attacked by the Midianites. This wasn’t their first battle; Scripture records what seems like an endless number of them. It’s quite possible that Israel was tired of fighting (just as we can get today), but they continued in their plight:

And Moses sent [Israel] to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand (Numbers 31:6, KJV).

In a nutshell, Israel emerged victoriously from this battle. What’s key about this passage of Scripture is that Israel knew their victory would be found in one necessary instrument of war—praise.

Not only does the devil desire to conquer us, but he wants to take our praise. He is well aware of the power and blessings that are activated in our life when we give praise to the Lord of Glory. While the devil is smart, he’s also missing a few brain cells. Satan mistakenly believes if we’re in the midst of a trial, we won’t give God praise.

When Israel went forth into battle against the Midianites, they took trumpets. Phinehas, the priest’s son, was about to make some noise. Israel knew power and anointing from the Almighty God would follow the tail end of their praise, and it was that which would defeat their enemy!

Saint of God, whether we are heading face-first into a trial, in the midst of one, or even heading out the other side into victory, we need to give praise to the Lord. Before we grab any other weapon of warfare to combat our enemy, we need to give God praise! Praise Him for the trial; praise Him for the victory! We need to recognize the power that is in our praise and recognize the blessings that are in store when we praise God in faith for the victory that isn’t yet in sight.

As we are encouraged to put on the armor of God each day before we leave our homes (Ephesians 6:10–18)—grabbing our helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, belt of truth, “peace” shoes, shield of faith, and sword of the spirit—we need to find an extra hand to grab one more item. Our trumpet!