By Pastor Joseph.
1 Corinthians 14:8 NIV
Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
A trumpet sound provides signal to the people- whether to get ready for battle, attack, or retreat.
Nehemiah 4:17-18 NIV
who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other,  and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.
Joel 2:1 NIV
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand—
Joshua 6:6 NIV
So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.”
There’s a spiritual battle going on wherein people are going to hell. We need to shout a warning to people with our life’s testimony . Common concerns are churches stopped soul winning or there’s no result. Why?Some Christian research showed that churches are filled with unconverted people. People have trumpets but these are not blown. Or sometimes the trumpets are unheard because the one blowing them are not blowing hard enough.
There are also the uncertain trumpets – those who are not sure about the direction. In John 3:3 Jesus said that Nicodemus must be born again to be able to enter the Kingdom of God. This is a very certain trumpet sound. There is an ongoing war between the forces of darkness and the light, we must push on what is right and we must blow the trumpet hard to save people. Being nice is not Godly if its obstruct the truth to be known. We must not be timid but blow the trumpet loud and clear for people to hear the warning and take action.
John 3:3 NIV
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ”
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Paul encouraged Timothy to preach the word at all times – in season and out of season. Paul wanted Timothy to guard the truth carefully – encouraging and rebuking the believers to stand on the gospel of the Lord. We as believers should be ready to preach the truth to others! We must be ready to blow our trumpets!
2 Timothy 4:2 NIV
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
We must study the Bible – the word of God. We must study it more than any other books. Sometimes, even Christian books can hinder us from knowing the will of the Lord – e.g. a 400-page book will talk only on 1 biblical truth. So ask God for wisdom whether you are reading enough of the Bible or not.
If you encounter problems, prioritize what the bible says versus what some people say. And in case we fail to blow our trumpets, the Lord will surely sound it but we will lose our chance to participate and have our rewards.
Zechariah 9:14 NIV
Then the Lord will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign Lord will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south,