Before Creation

We the created beings, loved by God, were never an after-thought. The omnipotent God knew that Adam and Eve would fall. If Lucifer developed the sinful characteristic of pride, and we were created lower than the angels, then is makes the plan of salvation intact prior to creation. I am sharing another author’s discernment of the plan.

Before Creation

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. 2 Tim. 1: 9.

The purpose and plan of grace existed from all eternity. Before the foundation of the world it was according to the determinate counsel of God that man should be created, endowed with power to do the divine will. But the defection of man, with all its consequences, was not hidden from the Omnipotent, and yet it did not deter Him from carrying out His eternal purpose; for the Lord would establish His throne in righteousness. God knows the end from the beginning. . . . Therefore redemption was not an afterthought . . . but an eternal purpose to be wrought out for the blessing not only of this atom of a world but for the good of all the worlds which God has created.

Ellen G. White Devotional-God’s Amazing Grace

Have a blessed and prayerful day.

Trust God

No weapon formed against you will succeed…Isaiah 54:17

I always pray for a great day, which I define as free of any problems. This morning, I received a text message which reminded me of God’s promise that when I trust in Him, the weapon (event) that I am facing will not overpower my life.

I have now revised my prayer to thank God for a great day because I am alive. Trusting God and reading His Word ensures me of a victorious life that only He can provide.

Dear God, thank you for revealing to me that I can have victory over the vicissitudes of life through you. Amen.

Free

This is love: not that we loved God, but, that he loved us and sent His son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10 NIV

Often, I browse on Buy, Trade, Sell sites and there are several items listed as “free”. While the offer may seem generous, the items usually are worn and have irreparable damage. The thought would often cross my mind, as to who would be so desperate to desire damaged goods. Then I learned about the concept of repurposing; the recipient of the free item has a vision for transformation.

The desire to take what appears to be damaged beyond repair is exactly what Jesus did for us. He knew that we would be tattered and broken from sin. However, He had a purpose that would transform us from our damaged state into the newness of life. By His death, we are entitled to salvation-the only free gift that all can receive.

Thank you God for giving your Son that we may be transformed by accepting your free gift of salvation.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

No One Can Prevent You

But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive, of the men who went to spy out the land. NUMBERS 14:38

The decisions and disobedience of others will not cancel God’s will for you. Other people’s actions will affect you, but no one can prevent what God wants to do in and through you. Joshua and Caleb trusted God and yet were forced to wander in a wilderness for forty years because of the fear and disbelief of others.

Have you ever felt that someone was thwarting God’s will for you? Perhaps someone kept you from getting a job or earning a promotion. Perhaps the government would not approve your application or a committee disagreed with your recommendation. Do you believe that mere man can stop God from accomplishing His purpose in your life?

God did everything He intended to do in the lives of Joshua and Caleb. His primary assignment for them had not been to enter the Promised Land but rather to serve as godly leaders of their people. Joshua and Caleb could not lead the people if they were in the Promised Land by themselves while the people were still wandering in the wilderness! God kept these leaders in a position where they could exert a godly influence upon their nation, and, as a result, they became models of spiritual leadership for generations to come. Even so, God ultimately brought Caleb and Joshua into the Promised Land just as He had said. They had been delayed but not thwarted. Be assured of this: No one can hinder God from carrying out His plans for your life. Once God sets something in motion, no one can stop it (Isa. 46:11).

From Today’s Devotional Experiencing God Day-by-Day

It is a common belief that other individuals prevent us from receiving blessings. No weapon formed against us can prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Your desire was not in God’s plan for your life. Have a blessed day. Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Encouragement for Adversity

His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die. Job 2:9

When we read the story of Job; it grips our heart as we contemplate the loss of everything he loved and valued. To make matters worse, his beloved wife crumbled under the adversity of loss. The support system of friends was also shattered. Their mindset changed to criticism and fault-finding. Surely this punishment was the result of Job’s great and secret sins.

When adversity overwhelms us, we must turn to God in prayer. First, we must realize that God knows our future. He also knows that suffering always has positive results when we place our lives in His hands. God is preparing us for eternal life. Obedience and total faith are two elements in the Christian walk that lead to victory.

There is a hymn, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” which declares that if we strive to place God first in our lives, then we are never alone.

Thank you God for loving and caring for me. I know that I have victory through you.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Wisdom©

 

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. Proverbs 3:13

The word “wisdom” is often associated with the mysterious ability to discern right versus wrong based on three factors: experience, knowledge, and sound judgment. Although the criteria are accurate, a major conflict occurs with this theory. Who would establish the standard that would qualify individuals as possessing wisdom? Our life experience, level of knowledge, and judgment are as individualized as our fingerprints. Discernment would vary according to the level of education, social standing, and life experience. It is unfortunate that society is in a state of turmoil because the Word of God is no longer utilized as the standard for right and wrong.

As a Christian believer, it is my duty to seek knowledge, and wisdom from God. Last week, I was involved in a lengthy discussion regarding the difference between wisdom and knowledge. Because of the desire to consider further, I graciously declined to answer. Later that day, I prayed for understanding. As I searched the Scriptures, God directed me to several verses which interpret wisdom. The verse which gives the origin of wisdom: “For the Lord who gives wisdom; and only from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6 KJV), clarified that it is only God who can impart wisdom.

First Kings 3 renders us with Solomon’s prayer for God to grant him wisdom and-an understanding heart-to govern the people well- and discern the difference between right and wrong. God honored his request by designating him as the wisest man of Biblical times. From the time of King Solomon to present day, God emphasizes that if we desire wisdom, all we must do is ask. Our social status, educational level, or life experience are not factors in hearing our prayer or granting our request.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

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Always Thankful

Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify his name. Hebrews 13:15 AMPC

Do you desire peace and contentment? Begin your day with a prayerful praise of thanksgiving. Repeat a simple prayer (Thank you God) as often as you can throughout your day. You will begin to feel a stronger connection to the Creator who is the only one capable of giving spiritual peace. Be content in every situation. God loves you and is waiting; your life is in His hands.

Dear God, Thank you for being my Heavenly Father, and thank you for having my life in your hands. Amen

Sonya Johnson Ruiz