As it Turned Out...

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Ruth 2:3 says, “So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.”

In the book of Ruth the phrase ‘as it turned out’ is used several times. ‘As it turned out’, she was walking in Boaz’s field when she and Naomi returned to Israel from Moab. Boaz just happened to be her kinsman redeemer.

Sometimes things get hectic, crazy, chaotic even; but as it turns out, God is our Great Redeemer. He buys up our heartaches and uses them for our good and His glory.

Just wait my fellow followers of Christ! if you think pain is your constant companion, as it turns out, our Redeemer lives to make something good out of everything that happens in your life. It’s a promise!

And there you go!

Exercising Wisdom

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Proverbs 14:15 says, “The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.”

Trusting everyone you meet is not the best idea. You just can’t trust everyone!

As Christians, it’s good to give others the benefit of the doubt, but don’t believe everything you hear, especially in this day and age.

Ask God to show you who you should believe and what you should do. He will provide this wisdom. He promises this to us in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Wisdom from the Lord is a wonderful gift but there is more to this verse. We should also be prudent as we go throughout our day. In order to give thought to our steps, we should ask for God’s direction. Pray, believing he will show you the way. Plan, but plan to be interrupted. The interruptions of your day will often be him speaking to you and giving you an opportunity to witness or show compassion to someone in need.

God may be planning an interruption so you will act in His will today. How will his story play out in your life today?

And there you go!

It's a Process

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Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Letting God transform your mind is no small thing. It requires ridding yourself of your own thoughts and taking every thought captive. Literally, it is surrendering every thought to Christ, and then taking on Christ’s thoughts as revealed in God’s Word.

It’s a process to know, understand, then do God’s will. Renewing your mind is not easy, but so worth it. With a renewed mind comes joy unspeakable and a life full of glory. Oh, the half has never yet been told!

We can’t do this on our own. We can ask the Father to renew our minds, so we may be transformed to do only His will, in His time, and in His way.

And there you go!

(Today’s blog is an excerpt from my new devotional series, Perseverance Seriously! You can order it today by clicking HERE)

Hide Yourself in Him

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Psalm 32:7 says, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

When I’ve sinned, I thank God that I can confess my sin to Him. I know He will forgive me and will not let my sin overtake me. When I pray to Him I can be certain He will be there for me.

I can tell Him my secrets, and He will protect me in my time of trouble. I can be certain He will surround me with songs of deliverance.

I can go to my hiding place - the place of my deliverance at all times. Maybe you too, need a place or a person to be your hiding place. Allow the God of the universe and His loving arms to be the person and place you turn in times of despair.

He is waiting to deliver you! Please come to Him today and hide yourself in Him.

And there you go.

Pick a Fruit!

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Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

During a recent Bible study, I was asked what fruit of the Spirit I needed to work most on in my life. That’s a tough one for me because I need to practice them all!

I’m thinking right now would be a good time to make some changes. How about you? What would our world be like if all believers focused on one or two of the fruits and practiced them as the Spirit leads and gives opportunity?

For example, I choose to work on love and kindness. Not just a loving feeling, but to concentrate on anonymous acts of love and kindness as I listen for the Spirit’s voice to whisper his guidance. Pretty soon, love and kindness will be a regular thought process, a supernatural transformation of my mind.

So how about it? Why not choose one or two fruits as your focus and see what God can do? I can’t wait to see what He will do.

And there you go!


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