Live like you Believe!

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he laid. Matthew 28:6

As we prepare for the Sabbath which is from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, deeply reflect on the great sacrifice that Jesus made for everyone: His death which was for us, was a crucial part of the Plan of Salvation.

The Omniscient God

When Jesus agreed to die for humanity, it was not a quick fix strategic plan that had to be developed after Adam and Eve disobeyed and sinned against God.

The all-knowing God made the decision to create humanity–out of love and in His image–with the ability to choose to rebel and live sinfully.

Whatever your perception of God is, you should know that God also had a choice-He did not have to create us; but He did.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and I know this very well. Psalm 139:14 BSB

Live life with never-ending praise, gratitude, and obedience to our Great God.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! Psalm 95:6

Bible Readings: Matthew 28, Psalm 95

Prayer for today: Dear God, Your love for humanity is awesome. As we prepare for the Sabbath, please help us to remember the Plan of Salvation and that the death of your only Son, Jesus was required to redeem us from sin. We ask you to forgive us for taking you for granted, for our disobedience, and for our ingratitude. Lord as we move forward with a renewed commitment to praise, and worship you, we pray for your blessing upon our lives. We ask these things in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

God is Working it Out!

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Psalm 23:4 NLT

When we are faced with harsh difficulties that leave us feeling that there is no way out, we are exactly in the place where God wants us to be. God wants us to realize that we cannot use human intuition to resolve our problems that always require Divine Intervention.

God is not asking for our help: He is Omnipotent; He is Omnipresent; He is the Problem Solver; He knows the future and has all of the answers, all of the time.

We must diligently study the Word of God in order to know who God is and what God is capable of. Studying the Bible provides spiritual food for our souls and guides our prayers in the right direction. We learn to ask God for the right thing in the right manner when we stay in His Word.

Divine Intervention which is God’s will for our lives requires for us to wait and to:

“Be still and know that I am God!…” Psalm 46:10

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NLT

Believer Alert: God is BIGGER than our problem!

Bible Readings: Psalm 23, 27

Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for being our Jehovah Jireh. Thank you for always being available for us to talk to you in prayer. We pray for your Divine Intervention in our lives at all times. Please give us the desire to obey and to wait patiently while you do your will for us. We ask forgiveness of our sins and shortcomings, to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and to fill us with your Holy Spirit. We ask these blessings upon our lives in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

Throw Away those Traits

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV

How many of your character traits do you need to discard? How were your character traits formed? Although genetics has its place in who we are, the environment we are exposed to is largely responsible for our character.

There are certain professions that impact your personal life such as healthcare, law enforcement, military, national security, etc. The successful training and remolding of the individual’s mindset and lifestyle qualify them to commit to the standards of said professions. Or, perhaps you were part of a rigid, authoritarian upbringing where extreme structure and discipline abounded, and logic was not balanced with love. Another scenario is that the lack of structure, and discipline or refusal to abide by rules, produced disorderly and disruptive character traits.

There is a drawback to possessing character traits that are in conflict with the Word of God; you are willfully committing sin against God and subjecting others–families and friends to wayward and ungodly traits. We are not helpless in changing the traits that are displeasing to God; in fact, we should not allow environmental influence or career training to override the character that God requires us to possess.

By studying the Word of God, I am learning that Galatians 5:22,23 and Ephesians 4:32 are the expectations that God has for me as a Christian (Christ-like).

Does your character align with God’s requirements? If not, pray and discard the misaligned habits and traits like you would throw away filthy rags.

Bible Reading: Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT

Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask forgiveness for character traits that are displeasing in your sight: yet, we continue to hold on to them like precious gold. It is our desire to possess the Fruit of the Spirit, to have unconditional love, and forgiveness, no matter the circumstances that we experience. Thank you for your Holy Word that we are able to study, and gain knowledge of who you are and the expectations for our lives. Please give us the humility to recognize the traits that we need to throw away, the strength to change, and the desire to do your will. These blessings we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

Call on God

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. Jeremiah 29:12 ESV

Do you believe that God is bigger than your problems?

Take the giant Leap of Faith and give Him every concern, every worry, every situation, and every problem you are facing. It is that simple; we make our lives more complicated when we take on burdens that God never intended for us to have. God desires that we believe in His promises. Remember, He can never fail!

Pray, Believe, and Trust in God!

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

Bible Readings: Study the Word

Hebrews 13:8
John 16:33
Malachi 3:6
Isaiah 55
Deuteronomy 28:1 36:1
Hebrews 12:1
Isaiah 41:10
Psalm 46:3
Philippians 4:6
Joshua 1:9

Prayer for today: Dear Lord and Father of all mankind, We ask you to forgive us for carrying the weight of our burdens instead of calling on your name. O God, we need you more than ever in our lives. We can do nothing and we are nothing without you. Please hear our prayer and we will patiently wait until you answer. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of Jesus. Amen.