Lessons in Loyalty: Ruth

[Ruth Chapter 1:6-17]

14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.15 And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you,Or to turn back from following after you;For wherever you go, I will go;And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;Your people shall be my people,And your God, my God.17 Where you die, I will die,And there will I be buried…”

Ruth’s determination to cling to Naomi despite her circumstances shows how we should behave in face of adversity. It’s so easy to count our blessings when our waters are calm without disturbance, but should our waves slightly undulate, we get so eager to run ashore. When negative situations arise, we should never allow them a chance to drive us from God’s presence or our blessings. As Ruth relented in-spite of Naomi’s attempts to persuade her to give up and move on, so must we must persist and resist the temptation to run away, no matter how much our circumstances causes us to endure. Let us be loyal to God in times of despair, and not permit our situations to drive us to fleshly decisions . It is through our weakness and difficult circumstances that God shows himself strong, and through our lacking  that He delivers the greatest blessings. Be patient; Wait on the the Lord.

God Loves YOU Matchlessly,
Raessie

The Cost Of Looking Back

“But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”(Luke 9:62)

Lot and his wife were directly instructed not to look behind on what God was removing them from when the time came to depart, but rather press on towards the safe place secured and prepared for them.  Lots wife however, chose to disobey God and dwell on what she was leaving behind. Her heart was not willing to receive the salvation God had for her, and she was therefore Left behind.

We too, tend to look behind when God wants us to march on and as a result, miss many beautiful blessings the Father had in store for us. God desires to deliver us from the many things that afflict us and hold us captive, but 90 percent of the time, we stand in the way of our own deliverance. We’d rather count what we are losing as a result of the deliverance, than see the gain of  freedom from a bondage that keeps us tangled in the works of the flesh, and slave to the enemy.
As believers, we are called to leave the world behind the moment we accept Christ as our savior. We are to be in the world, but not of it..yet we can sometimes become so wrapped up in the things of the world that we hinder ourselves from moving on to the higher spiritual places God calls us to.  Lot’s wife teaches us that disobedience not only costs our destinies to be stagnant, but that it also prevents us from seeing the promises of God come to fruition.
So, Will you continue to look behind as God is calling you to march forward, Or will you march on straight into your destiny.

No matter what you’re leaving behind, Let your heart choose to cling to God, rather than to the world. The cost of looking back, is too high to disobey the instructions of the Lord.

God Loves YOU Matchlessly,
Raessie

Temptation-Resistion 101

‘God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to GOD. Resist the devil and he will flee’ (James 4:6& 7)

Resist the devil and he will flee! Each one of us has at some point in our walk looked at this scripture, compared it to our frequent temptations, and either consciously or subconsciously thought: ‘Yeah Paul…that’s easier read than done’. And it really is, because as mere flesh and blood, our strength is limited to fight such a strong battle. This is why the power of the Holy Spirit intervenes and provides us with our own personal ‘recipe’ to thwarting the enemy’s schemes:

  • 2 cups of reverence and Love for God.
  • 1 cup submission…and voilà! We have…
  • 3 cups of a strong temptation-resisting spirit!

In order to resist the devil, we must first be submitted to God. Without submission, resistion cannot be generated. When we submit to God, we are under His care and protection and therefore the devil will have no choice but to go through Him prior to coming our way. But because Christ has already defeated him in that area (as in every other), before the temptation has arrived on the ‘doorstep’ of our flesh, it has been ‘liquefied’ and weakened enough that (if we so choose) we WILL unequivocally be able to resist him. ‘ No temptation has overtaken you that is unusual for human beings. But God is faithful, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Instead, along with the temptation he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to endure it’ (1st Cor. 10:13).
It is however when we have not said ‘yes’ to God (ie. Submitted to Him) that temptation is difficult for us to resist. This is because we are then relying on our human efforts, and not opening our hearts for God to show Himself strong in our weakness. It is impossible for us to resist that which we are already submitted to, because with submission comes power. Whatever we choose to bow to, ensnares us into bondage. We can’t say ‘Yes’ to God, if we first haven’t said ‘NO’ to the devil. The first step to overcoming is ‘Yes Lord.’

God Loves YOU Matchlessly,
Raessie