The Word of God

The Word of God is Straight Forward
Practical Messages for Impractical Times

Romans 12:9-18 New Living Translation (NLT)

9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.
10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.
15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.
18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Live for God as if it is your last day.
Preparing for Kingdom life one day at a time.

Sonya Johnson-Ruiz

How far will you go?

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13 NLT

This has been a very interesting year for me as far as being tested and keeping the commandments of God. The 5th Commandment, “Thou shall not steal” is one that Satan is using to wage a war against the Saints of God. What happens when we do not have enough money? Do we eliminate or reduce giving tithe and offerings? I have listened to two friends who shared diabolical schemes to commit fraud and deceit. It was both disappointing and disheartening that Believers of God (self-proclaimed status) would feel they had no other options in life. It is also interesting that the acquisition of money was the motive for both parties to develop their plans of deception.

I keep asking myself why would they share their plans with me. Surely, this must be a test that would either shake or strengthen my faith. However, my duty is to God. In the end, I have lost both of my friends when I did not agree with their plans. This was not an attempt to present myself as self-righteous or “better than”; this is a proclamation of my loyalty and love for God. I also contemplated on how destitute I have been throughout my lifetime. In spite of my weak faith, God has always delivered me in His time.

It takes the right circumstance to bring out a person’s true character. How far will you or I go? Prayerfully, we will go all the way by taking our burdens to the Lord in prayer. Wait on the Lord; He will take us much further than we can ever imagine.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Coming Again

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

In the past week, I have become familiar with three new terms:

1. Prayer Shawl
2. Healing Water
3. Rainbow Tolerance

For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones). Matthew 24:24

As a Bible believing Christian, I am spiritually aware that I am living in the last days of earth’s history. I proclaim that I am following Jesus, and will not fear the Satanic influence which is prevalent in this world.

1. I do not need a shawl to pray or to receive comfort. The Holy Spirit will provide.

2. Yes, I need a gallon of water per day, because 66% of my body is water, and requires that intake to maintain homeostasis; and I am healthy enough to tolerate that amount. For healing, all power is from Jesus-The Great Physician.

3. The only Rainbow that I am acknowledging is the one in the sky that was created by God Almighty.

When I was Pentecostal, we had a prayer: I plead the blood of Jesus against Satan and his demonic forces.

It is time to “Pray without ceasing.” My help comes from the Lord. “Though, I walk through the Valley of the shadow of death; I will fear no evil.”

I declare that “Even if” it costs my life, I have committed my life to Jesus, and will not compromise. I love Jesus. I am preparing for Kingdom life one day at a time.

Sonya Johnson-Ruiz

Are you a Peacemaker?

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17-18

Dear God, please help me to be a peacemaker among others. Amen

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Reflection on the Goodness of God

Practical Messages for Impractical times.

Yesterday, during our Mother-daughter day, I reflected on my life from May of 2017 to present. As I shared the changes that occurred during the past year, we started praising God. My employment on a temporary assignment as a HEDIS Reviewer ended on May 11, 2017. After submitting countless resumes, I was still unemployed after a two month period. I met with an employment counselor at Workforce who relayed that I qualified for two programs since I was over 55, and has a progressive medical condition. I took the initial step by setting up an appointment with a State Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. The advice that I was given was part of God’s divine plan for my life.

It is May 17, 2018, and I will never be required to secure gainful employment again. God has placed me in a position to use my talents minister to those in need. The rewards that I receive far outweigh a biweekly paycheck. My testimony is when we pray for guidance, God’s perfect plan will come to fruition. All we need to do is pray and wait. The miracles in the past year have strengthened my faith and trust in God. Yes, the storms of trials have been great in this past year; however, God has brought me through.

God’s divine intervention has given me victory in the areas where I needed to change. Studying the Word has made me realize that I was not in alignment with the plan for my life. Now I am preparing for Kingdom life one day at a time; by praying, waiting, and listening for spiritual guidance.

Thank you, God, for taking care of me even when I did not acknowledge you as my Heavenly Father.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

God is waiting for you: He has the answers

In May of 2017, my nursing career came to an abrupt end due to a progressive disability. I was aware that statistics pointed to unplanned career loss as a high risk for becoming depressed. In addition, I was on the younger end of the “Senior Citizen” age range. Many questions came to mind; but, the most pressing involved managing time. What would I do with the seconds, minutes, and hours on a day-to-day basis? I begin to pray for answers.

Within one week of my prayer, I was on my Facebook feed and there was a request from a church, that anyone with crocheting or knitting skills, to volunteer and make hats for the homeless in my local community. I learned as a young girl how to crochet and knit, but had not practiced those skills for about three decades. I prayed as I sent a personal message volunteering for the cause. Since that initial yes, I have been involved in two more projects which involved crocheting for others in need. I thank God that I was obedient. My creativity has expanded and now I am taking another giant step forward and will teach free crocheting classes in my home.

God is truly concerned about every aspect of our lives. I encourage you to take that giant leap of faith and involve our Heavenly Father in every aspect of your life. The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16). God’s Word says we can have confidence that when we pray, He hears our every petition. Thank you, God, for your unconditional love. Help me to be fully dependent upon you in every aspect of my life. Amen!

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

 

I am because of God

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

And God said, Let us make man in our image…Genesis 1:26

Have you ever questioned your purpose in life? Your purpose was included when God designed you in His image. We are a total and complete package. Nothing needs to be added or taken away.

In fact, God was excited when He created us. The proof is that we were lovingly created in His image. We possess the ability to think and make good decisions that will produce positive outcomes. Our bodies have the ability to withstand many disease processes; and yet, we are still alive.

So, what is our purpose?

1. To worship God through prayer and praise.

2. To possess a spirit of gratitude on a daily basis.

2. To thank our wonderful Father for His unconditional love, our life, our health, our strength, our spiritual gifts, and our talents. The list is endless.

3. To engage in discipleship by helping those in need. Smile, and say a kind and encouraging word. Share your financial abundance by alleviating hunger, homelessness, and poverty.

Our spiritually-based activities may differ; yet, we are one in Christ. Our human design included a purpose driven life. Ask God what His personalized plan is, for your life.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz