Like Unto Leaven

Amazing Facts Devotional for June 10,2018

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The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:8

The apostle Paul, writing by the Holy Spirit, says, ‘God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.’ Ephesians 2:4-8.

The leaven hidden in the flour works invisibly to bring the whole mass under its leavening process; so the leaven of truth works secretly, silently, steadily, to transform the soul. The natural inclinations are softened and subdued. New thoughts, new feelings, new motives, are implanted. A new standard of character is set up–the life of Christ. The mind is changed; the faculties are roused to action in new lines. Man is not endowed with new faculties, but the faculties he has are sanctified. The conscience is awakened. We are endowed with traits of character that enable us to do service for God.

Often the question arises, Why, then, are there so many, claiming to believe God’s word, in whom there is not seen a reformation in words, in spirit, and in character? Why are there so many who cannot bear opposition to their purposes and plans, who manifest an unholy temper, and whose words are harsh, overbearing, and passionate? There is seen in their lives the same love of self, the same selfish indulgence, the same temper and hasty speech, that is seen in the life of the worldling.

There is the same sensitive pride, the same yielding to natural inclination, the same perversity of character, as if the truth were wholly unknown to them. The reason is that they are not converted. They have not hidden the leaven of truth in the heart. It has not had opportunity to do its work. Their natural and cultivated tendencies to evil have not been submitted to its transforming power. Their lives reveal the absence of the grace of Christ, an unbelief in His power to transform the character.


Still waiting for transformation?

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

The Power of Rejoicing

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! Acts 16: 25-26

Throughout the bible, God instructs his people to be filled with joy and to rejoice. We are to stop worrying, ask God in faith for what we need, and rejoice (by claiming and believing) that he will do exactly what he said he will do.

Philippians 4:4-7 (NLT) says:

4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Yesterday at church, I looked at many sorrowful faces sitting in the pews. Are our minds so bogged down with problems, that even in church, we are unable to let go, and embrace the never-ending love of our Creator?

So, how do we begin to receive the joy that God intended for us to have?

1. Develop a spirit of thanksgiving. Thanking God throughout the day for all blessings helps to keep our mind spiritually connected.
2. We are a beacon of light. Believing Christians are to express their happiness, and demonstrate to the world the inner peace that only comes from God, by smiling. In fact, your smile is a living testimony to others.
3. Watch your words! Stating positive words of encouragement, and praising God for his continuous grace and mercy, empowers us to overcome the toughest situations.
4. Read your bible. God has given us many practical examples in the Word. Do as Paul and Silas did; pray, and sing. Listen to spiritually uplifting music. God will deliver us.
5. Minimize the number of interactions with people who always focus on their problems. Unless it is your gift of ministry, most individuals are unable to maintain their own joy, when they allow others to bombard them with ongoing problems.

It is a personal choice to “always be full of joy in the Lord.” I encourage you to develop a daily plan on how to retrieve the joy, and happiness that God desires for you to possess. Praise the Lord! I am alive! I have one more day. I just can’t stop praising his name! Jesus!

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

An Abundant Life

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

As a nurse for many years, one of the most exciting things to hear is the sound of a beating heart; especially the sound of a baby’s heart inside the protective environment of its mother.

Everyday we awaken and our heart is beating, we are reminded that we are inside the protective environment of our loving Creator.

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 ESV

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Meditate on these things

Meditate on These Things

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
13 I can do all things through Christ[b] who strengthens me.
19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4: 4-9, 13, and 19 NKJV

Today’s Devotional-The Word that Feeds Our Soul

Posted by Sonya Johnson Ruiz

The Condition of the Heart

But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. LUKE 8:15

At any time, the receptiveness of your heart will determine your response to God’s word (Luke 8:5-18). If your heart is like the trampled ground, hardened by the sin of bitterness and unforgiveness, you will be unable to accept a message from God. Though you hear the words of the message, you will remain unchanged. If your heart is like the shallow soil, on top of a rock, you will accept God’s word in your mind, but the truth will not penetrate your heart to make a difference in your actions.

A heart like thorny soil is a life that is distracted by the cares of the world; the pursuit of earthly pleasures prevents God’s word from taking hold and producing righteousness. The heart that is like good soil receives a word from God, applies it, and brings forth fruit in due time. This is the heart that Jesus desires in us, for the fruit will be a Christian life.

Any time you hear a word from God, whether through Bible reading, prayer, or worship, the way you respond will depend on how you have cultivated your heart (Hos. 10:12). How do you develop a heart that is like good soil? Repent of any bitterness, anger, or unforgiveness that is hardening your heart. Meditate on God’s word until it enters deep into your heart and not just your mind.

When you read or hear a word from God, apply it to your life and let God bring His word into reality in your life (Gal. 6:9). Protect your lifestyle. See that you don’t devote all of your energy to worldly concerns, rather than to pursuing your relationship with God. The condition of your heart will vary, depending on how you cultivate it. If it was receptive to a word from God yesterday, this does not guarantee it is receptive today. Daily prepare your heart for the word God has for you!

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

Producing the Fruit of the Spirit requires obedience to the Word of God.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz