A Chosen Generation

Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love. – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Corinthians16:13-14&version=NLT

We are chosen to be servants; born to serve and take the gospel to all people regardless of race, or ethnicity.

We are to serve humanity. We are to meet the needs of all humans.

Love everyone as Christ commands.

Dear God, please give us the desire to meet human need. Amen.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Running Away

Yesterday my cousin shared a logic problem with the correct answer. It proved to be a daunting task for those of us with overdeveloped right sided brains. However, the most amazing phenomenon occurred when the majority of individuals chose to ignore the correct answer, and adamantly defended their incorrect answer with carefully constructed rationale.

In the 12th book of Daniel, we read of the prophecy of the end time. God reveals exactly what is to occur to His servant; but, He instructs Daniel to “shut up the words and seal the book until the end of time…” Daniel 12:4. We are told that knowledge will increase, but, many will be rushing around without purpose. Further into the 12th chapter, God defines who will have understanding, “…But the wicked will continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand. Only those who are wise will know what it means.”

Studying the Word of God, and praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit prepares us to receive wisdom which only comes from God. If we possess the willingness to be obedient, and push our carnal understanding aside, the truth will be revealed. At that point, we are given the opportunity to embrace what is right from God’s perspective. It becomes a personal choice to run toward the truth or to turn and run away.

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

Dear God, thank you for providing us with truth through your Holy Bible. Please give us the desire to possess the knowledge and wisdom we need to serve you, so that we will always stand on the side of truth. Amen

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

Created to praise

I recently read many overwhelming expressions of depression and despondency from “Christians” on a popular weblog. The despair verbalized by believers equated to the same expressions of hopelessness that one would find commonplace in unbelievers. What has occurred in our mindset that we are just giving God meaningless lipservice? The answers are numerous; varied according to each individual. But, the one answer that resounds is that we have forgotten why God created us.

We were created to worship and praise God. Our communion with God extends beyond attending church service once or twice per week. We are to praise God by serving those in need. It is our duty to alleviate the suffering of the displaced, the underserved, and underprivileged. When we…”Go into the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation”…then we are fulfilling our purpose, and living accordingly to His will.

The next time you are faced with depression, despair, and despondency; pray for God to show you what He wants for you. Being obedient requires great sacrifice by placing yourself in sync with God’s purpose for your life. Your praise will reach the throne of God, and the joy of Christ will overshadow all negative feelings that Satan has thrown your way. Thou art worthy, O Lord to receive glory and honor and power: for thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Complete Confidence

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. Isaiah 55:8 NLT

Every day we are faced with dilemmas that leave us wondering if this is the problem that will finally break us. Our tests and trials in life can strike quickly, and leave us feeling desperate. Even those of us who possess the strongest faith may begin to falter if our prayers remain unanswered. However, our trials did not come as a surprise to God. He who is Omniscient; knows all things past, present, and future. We must continue to exercise our faith by believing in God at all times. Prayer, faithfulness, and studying His Word enables us to possess complete confidence that God is resolving all vicissitudes of life.

Pray without ceasing-prayer is the key to God’s heart. He loves us unconditionally, and is waiting to bring us through.

Sonya Johnson-Ruiz