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What one person has prescribed for evil, another prescribes for good. When one analyses the best and decides to use this for good, it becomes easy to prosper. Just like people can decide to use things for good, others choose to use the same objects/opportunities for bad. Things haven’t really changed since thousands of years ago. What I have actually found is that names just change. Even in the times of Christ walking the earth and before, the same things happened.
Knowing I have an opportunity to use my abilities for both good and evil, a decision is in the offing. A decision needs to be made. Serve God or serve man, I cannot serve both. This isn’t something I am going to prove to the people or try to. God knows what is in my heart and this is what ultimately will decide where I go to after I leave this life.
Family isn’t enough part 2
This morning I found myself reading the book of Samuel. Learning about Hannah and what she did. It reminded me of yesterday with Ruth. God was showing me another virtuous woman who put God before their family. She was a woman who was ridiculed and embarrassed by someone who saw here as the competition. Elkanah her husband lover her so much and still loved her even though she was barren.
She prayed to God for a child while barren and promised to give the child to God for ever. God visited her when the couple came together, for he remembered her. She was true to her word and brought the child back when he was of age. She could have run away with the child for not having anything but God – the provider of this joy was the source. She gave the child up and STILL remained faithful to God. Hannah was blessed with several more boys and girls also. This was because she stayed faithful. Family isn’t enough to stop someone going strong for Christ so don’t let it.
Family Isn’t Enough
Ruth, the book entails many great lessons for a believer in Christ. The mere story of how we even come to know a virtuous woman named Ruth is enough to praise the Lord for. That being said, we should thank the Lord because Ruth player her role in the genealogy of Christ. Thank you Ruth, for putting god first.
The book of Ruth depicts a family being migrated from Judah-Moab. This migration was due to the current famine in the land at the times of the judges. Why a famine? The book of Ruth succeeds judges and what is evident, is the way in which Israel would turn away from god and then punishment would could upon them. Oppression was a constant and It wouldn’t be surprising if famine was on the list too. Three men and women left for Moab and two women returned. As the great story unfolds it is clear that the whole time Ruth is the person to focus on. Ruth portrayed something that many today have lost sight of. Ruth was living in her hometown and she left ALL to follow what she believed in. family, friends, religion, nativity. All that was before her, she placed behind her. The significance of this is even highlighted in the fact that her sister in law ran back to enjoy her life because she didn’t want to leave it. Ruth is credited for believing in God by people and we see what she left all for.
For some people, leaving a job is enough to satisfy God, for some a house, for some a town, for some a life. This article is not based on what other people do but is created to ask the reader the question, what about you? focusing on others will only limit you, even though they might be higher than you. what would you give up for what you believe. It’s not necessarily about who can go the furthest, longest or hardest, it’s about you. who’s face do you see in the mirror when you look their? Is it your face or another’s?
Family is never enough to stop you reaching your potential. Their comes a time in life you need to break out and live, this may mean leaving some people behind or carrying some people with you. One thing it does mean action.
Ruth was an example of what someone should do but remember she wasn’t the bar. One has a bar for themselves to reach.
Whatever you leave for give it your best. Planning has to stop at some point. Action takes over.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Let us all make a joyful noise for the Lord and all his goodness. Let us celebrate the years to date he has given us. When we forget to give thanks to the Lord for the goodness we receive, it is easy to become complacent. Throughout the Bible, as well as much celebration, we have many people who desired greatly to worship God. Countless close calls and many who crossed the finish line in flying colours.
The book of Psalms in my view is a book of celebration. A celebration by many people who had the mind to testify of goodness from above. God does so much to help us in life, he does so much, we find ourselves talking about him often. To have something so good and to not share it is abnormal. When we just find something new, we can’t wait to tell people (calling friends and family soon). Let us remember that the noise we make for Christ, shouldn’t be ordinary, for he wasn’t neither was what he did for/to you.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Why would we ever come to God less than happy with him? We may find ourselves venting to God about past issues but its ok, he knows!
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
We didn’t arrive here by ourselves, neither did we create ourselves. Everything we have, has been given to us one way or another. Let us acknowledge the fact God is all-powerful and has the ability to change us at ease. Whether we say we want to praise God for what he does in our lives, let us at least praise him for what he done before we even knew anything. We are the sheep of his pasture, he is the great shepherd.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
I remind myself of the question wrote in of my books, if you willingly fight against God, doesn’t that mean he’s real? If you know he’s real why not worship?
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Everyday should be celebrate day with God, for he is the King and the redeemer.