New Mercies on a New Day

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

Good Morning!

We have been granted a brand new day to praise and thank God for all He has done in our lives. We can never retrieve yesterday nor can we take for granted that we will be a part of tomorrow. Our opportunity to grow spiritually exists for this day. Pray, praise, and study His Word. God loves us unconditionally. Thank you God.

This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

The Gift of Life

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 NLT

The question: “What is the gift of life?”, would most likely prompt a response of organ donation. In addition, there are parents who would die for their children or husbands who would die for their wives. The downside to human sacrifice is the unknown outcome. With results being dependent on so many variables, we may win or lose; yet, we still maintain the value of love and life, by risking and giving our all.

When Jesus made the decision to give up his divinity and enter humanity, He did not think about his own life or if the outcome would be negative. He willingly agreed to die, and His Father accepted His sacrifice, so the human race would not be eradicated. The gift of life was based on unconditional love and forgiveness. We did nothing to earn pardon, and sadly some of us are still unable to accept His gift.

In the Bible, there is historical documentation which reflects the suffering, the shame, and the spilling of His precious blood. We were not an afterthought. Prior to the creation of mankind, the plan of salvation was in place. Jesus the only Son of God has given His life-the most valuable gift-for all humanity.

Thank you Lord. I just want to thank you Lord.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Seek Righteousness

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

The day and the hour of Christ’s Second Coming is unknown. However, God’s Word provides us with the answer to the question and the solution to the problem.

“Therefore keep watch because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But, understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Matthew 24:42-44

God’s Word is the simple truth and is absolute. It takes belief, confession, repentance, obedience, commitment, faith, and trust in God. Our love for God makes all of these attributes easy. Studying the Bible provides a deeper meaning to life. It provides a purpose for all who seek righteousness.

The hymnist expressed the outcome of giving our heart to God: “Oh, what a day of rejoicing it will be, when we see Jesus, we will sing and shout the victory.”

Dear God, please forgive me of my sins. I believe in and accept your righteousness in my life. Amen

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Amazing Facts Daily Devotional

Excerpt from Things New and Old Part #10
This is life eternal,’ Christ said, ‘that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.’ John 17:3.

Further thought: Why is it that we do not realize the value of this knowledge? Why are not these glorious truths glowing in our hearts, trembling upon our lips, and pervading our whole being?

I was unable to answer the above thought-provoking questions. At least, I have become more aware of Christ’s purpose for my life.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Follow God’s Plan for your Life

Meet Me in the Meadow by Roy Lessin

Even Though

Take His hand, even though it means letting go of what you are holding on to.

Please His heart, even though it may not please others.

Wait for His time, even though your desire is to get it done now.

Obey His Word, even though you hear something different that is popular.

Follow His path, even though you see a valley ahead.

Trust His wisdom, even though you want to do it differently.

Give Him praise, even though you are going through something unpleasant.

Be at rest, even though you have every reason to worry or fear.

Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand. Proverbs 19:21 NASB

If you have ever been in the valley of decision and felt uncertain, God has allowed for you to arrive at this crossroads in your life, so you can turn to Him.

Dear God when I am feeling desperate and uncertain, help me to redirect my focus to you. I know that you will quiet the storm in my life. Amen.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

“Living the Dream”

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

I was recently at an estate sale and overheard a conversation which began with “How are you?” In response, the person stated in an upbeat manner, “Living the dream.” It was as if time had stopped. We waited for further clarification of the dream. Was it an abundance of money, a great job, good health…? However, he never said another word as all eyes watched this stranger walking away.

Living the dream is a subjective state of mind. No two individuals will replicate the meaning of this statement. My interpretation of living the dream may be tied to great interaction with my family, enough money to pay the bills, current retired status or experiencing a pain-free day.

From a spiritual perspective, Eternal Life may be seen as a dream. Even though, we are told in John 14 and Revelation 21 that Christ is preparing a new home for us, many have lost hope in this promise. We begin to focus on secular dreams or cease to do our part in changing ungodly character traits. I reflected on my understanding of “a new heaven and a new earth.” Am I really striving for this attainable dream-only available through the process of sanctification-committing myself daily to God?

The thought provoking statement of “living the dream” has me seriously thinking about the changes I need to make in my spiritual journey. Unlike working to obtain “the dream” from a worldly perspective, I am unable to do good works to obtain Eternal Life. It was not a coincidence that I heard the strangers response. There are changes that I am required to make in my life in order to hear “Well done.”

Thank you God for getting my attention-my commitment to you needs improvement.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz