Weekly Devotions

Why the Enemy Doesn’t Want You to Read the WORD

For the last couple days or weeks I was lacking the spiritual drive I usually have…huh? Ok… Let me explain. I think in my walk with Christ, I came to a place where I could say I was a bit too familiar with scripture. That horrible, annoying moment where, you just don’t feel the zeal to read the WORD because you think you already know it, where even if you try to read a scripture or two, its just feels blunt (Like you just reading but really truth be told – nothing really his happening) So I was at that place  – If I can be honest I really didn’t feel like reading the WORD OF GOD at all. Although at the back of my mind I kept on saying to myself I need to READ the word. But I never really did. I just didn’t. And even when I tried, something always came up for me to do and I end up not reading the word. Slowly but surely I began to feel the gap, something was missing. I couldn’t place my finger on it but my spirit just didn’t feel right. I kept hearing Holy Spirit say to me READ THE WORD, READ THE WORD, READ THE WORD.

I finally gave in to the thirst of my spirit and took the time to just sit, uninterrupted and read the Word. The moment I opened my bible to read, I felt my spirit come up ALIVE. I felt this unexplainable refreshment whirl up within me. That feeling you have when you have been so thirsty and you finally get some water to drink to quench the thirst. I didn’t want to stop reading. Each scripture I read was just coming at me with so power and revelation. As I read , I got a revelation, and I would pray on it – And I would read some more , I would get another revelation, and then pray some more. This went on for over 2 hours and yet it only felt like 5 mins. I lost track of time. His refreshing, reviving presence was so real I didn’t want to stop reading. And I still want to keep reading. The WORD of God has become so alive, its indescribable.

Then, it hit – THIS IS WHY THE ENEMY DIDN’T WANT ME TO REALLY READ THE WORD.

Friend there is so much POWER in the Word of God. No wonder the enemy resists us from reading the word. The WORD of God is TRUTH. It is LIFE. It is KNOWLEDGE. It is WISDOM and It is LIGHT. God’s WORD brings REVIVAL, RENEWS you, STRENGTHENS you, BUILDS you UP, Gives you WISE COUNSEL,DIRECTION,INSIGHT & CLARITY.

My prayer today , is that As you read the WORD of GOD everyday, that you will Hear God speak to you through HIS WORD. I pray that, the WORD of God will come alive in your Spirit – that it becomes more than a book to read. I pray for revelation, understanding, comprehension and the right discernment as you read and study God’s word. I also pray for the grace to DISCIPLINE your flesh and make time to just spend time reading God’s word. For it is written, The Spirit and the Flesh are at war (Read Galatians 5:16-17).

Psalmist says “Your WORD oh God is a Lamp to guide my feet, and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105

May the WORD of God come alive in you, Give you direction, and the right Discernment in Life. May you find time to just ABSORB and PONDER in the WORD – for it is wise counsel to your life. May the Lord open your spiritual eyes so that you can have REVELATION of the wonderful things in HIS WORD.

If you have been where I was, where reading/studying the WORD of God had lost its value, OR you were reading but not getting anything out of it just say  “LORD WITH YOUR VERY OWN HANDS YOU FORMED ME, NOW LORD BREATHE YOUR WISDOM IN ME SO I CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR WORD”.

God wants us to know Him … And we get to know Him through His word. I believe He is more than able and ready to help you read and understand HIS word as you seek HIM. All we have to do is ask and act on our asking – sit down and read – turn off all distractions and avail your self to HIM. He is faithful to teach you HIS WORD.

Blessings

Let Your Light Shine

Yours LRJ

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You Are Not a Mistake!

“Is Life Worth Living?”

Jeremiah 1:5

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE!

YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE!

YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE!

YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE!

YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE!

YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE!

YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE!

Yes, today I need someone to know this – YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE! You are perfect the way you are. God is not in the business of producing rejects or making mistakes. Just because your family, friends or acquaintances rejected you – It DOESN’T make you a mistake. Just because you were born outside of wedlock or you were a product of a one nightstand – it DOESN’T make you a mistake. Just because you were almost aborted, or maybe were given up for adoption – It DOESN’T make you a MISTAKE. Just because you were overlooked in school, at home,  in social networks, in the workplace, or even in the religious circles – It DOESN’T make you a reject or a mistake. Just because you are SINGLE, STILL SEARCHING or maybe DIVORCED – It DOESN’T make you a mistake.  Whatever it is you’ve been through, going through or about to go through – It DOESN’T makes you a MISTAKE. Even if people or situations make you think otherwise –Always know this – YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE!

To God you are PERFECT; A master plan well thought of before creation, You are the best thing God has ever created. He saw your life from A to Z before you ever got here – So YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE! God created you in HIS IMAGE. And guess what? – His IMAGE is perfect –flawless.

Sometimes when life seems to be going in an unfriendly direction we are quick to think that our lives are a mistake, we think that our lives don’t matter to God – But NO! You are wrong my friend. Your life matters more than anything else in this world to God. God KNEW you before even creating you. He perfected His plan for your life before you were even formed in your mother’s womb.

There was a time in my life when I wondered, “Is life worth living?” Circumstances had robbed me of my zeal or will to live. In my mind, death was the only option and way out. For some reason, God in me wasn’t about to let that happen, His spirit would encourage me daily– Your life matters – Death is not an option – Choose Life. In my darkest moment Holy Spirit encouraged me with the WORD that says  “I will live to declare the works of the Lord, in the land of the living”. Whenever, thoughts of giving up overwhelmed me; my confession was “ I will live to declare the works of the Lord in the Land of the living” . The more I spoke His WORD, the more LIFE started to manifest in me. Bit by bit, the desire to live again began to grow. Death was no longer an option – LIFE and only LIFE in its fullness was my one and only option. At my weakest, God’s Word was alive in me and become my strong tower to fight off the negativity.

Sometimes when life is hard; we as humans have a tendency of confessing negativity. I know I have, but Holy Spirit changed my spoken word during the hard season of my life. Today I want  to encourage you to change not only  your spoken word over your life BUT also your thought pattern in the midst of of it all. Instead of speaking negativity to an already negative situation, I want to encourage you to think and speak “Life”; I want you to think and speak Positively, I want you to think and speak God and His WORD into your situation.

My husband always says “If you have nothing positive to say, better you remain quiet until you can SPEAK POSITIVELY, than to speak more negativity to a situation”. I agree with his statement. Because, the more we confess negativity, the more negative the situation will appear to be (even if it was never negative to begin with).

We should be very careful what we MAGINIFY in our heart and mind when dealing or facing certain things – .Because what we magnify in our hearts eventually becomes our reality.

Speaking Life, Speaking God’s word in a negative situation calls forth Life into it. We shake off the power negative things have by being positive and speaking LIFE even over dark and discouraging times. I dare you to prophesy LIFE. Speak LIFE boldly into your situation. Whatever challenges that comes your way; I want you to focus on God. Keep your EYES fixed on Him. God is BIGGER than anything that the world may throw at you.

There’s nothing that can happen to us that God cannot change/turnaround for our good and glorification of His name. You are no surprise or accident. You are the Creator’s masterpiece and He loves you dearly. No matter what you go through, know this “YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE!”

GOD SAYS”

Isaiah 43:2- 3a (NIV)

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

PRAYER: Father, I pray for anyone reading this whose asking “Is life worth living?” I am praying every person that on the verge of giving up or have even already given up. I am praying that person that has lost hope. God I pray in the name of Jesus that you become their Hope. I pray that you become their will to live again. I pray that you revive and restore every broken area of their lives that need your LIFE. Snatch them from the pit of pain, sorrow, depression, anger, frustration, anguish,hopelessness. Deliver them into Your LOVE and saturate them with your PEACE, JOY AND GLADNESS. Overwhelm them with your unfailing love. Remind them of your promises to them. Bring back LIFE in their hearts – in Jesus name , Amen.

Stay encouraged. Continue mediating on God’s WORD. Speak LIFE and PRAY always!

Keep the Faith and Let Your Light Shine!

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Ignore Them (Whose your HATER – Whose your Helper?)

“You don’t stand a chance Rue!” these where words of a particular student to me when I decided to run for the University Board of Governors during my university days. He went on and on about how; the other person I was running against had more in his favor than I did. For a second I almost felt defeated before even completing what I had started. This guy just about butchered me with words and examples as to how I was less qualified than my opponent. But every time he said something negative I blurted out, I WILL WIN- YOU’LL SEE – I WILL WIN – YOU’LL SEE. Till this day I am not even sure why he had made it his mission to come and tell me all that. But I am glad he did, because it gave me the resilience to push even harder. Law and behold, I won the elections and I was the second black African and first Zimbabwean student to sit on the Board of Governors. Where am I getting with this story? During my campaign I faced a lot of discouragement – people who made me question if I had made the dumbest decision of my life to run  for election? But one thing that kept me going and campaigning as hard as I could was the vision that I had a year prior to me running for a seat on the board.

…A year prior to my campaign I remember I had found myself in the Board room where the Big people, the governors sat to discuss important matter concerning the University. I remember saying to myself, with no slightest clue that it would come to pass. I gasped “ONE DAY I WILL SIT IN THESE CHAIRS AT THIS GRAND TABLE AND BE PART OF IMPORTANT DECISION MAKING PROCESSES”. I didn’t know how it was going to happen or when, but I could see it, I could taste it in my future. And a year later, I was elected and those words were fulfilled.

1 Samuel 10:26-27 ” When Saul returned to his home at Gibeah, a group of men whose hearts God had touched went with him. 27 But there were some scoundrels who complained, “How can this man save us?” And they scorned him and refused to bring him gifts. But Saul ignored them”.

This event in my life came back to me when I was reading the passage of scripture referenced above. Verse 27b of the scripture says “…BUT he IGNORED them” Wow, wow, wow. What a profound statement … “BUT he IGNORED them” If you read chapter 9 and 10 up to this point it will make sense. In brief, God had found mercy over His people Israel – they had asked for a king and God finally decided to give them a King. He chose Saul, son of Kish from the small, least, unpopular, probably the least recognized tribe of Benjamin to lead His people Israel. God had told Prophet Samuel to anoint Saul as King and make it know to all Israel of God’s Choice. However, the bible mentions that there were some scoundrels that did not accept Saul as king, who mocked his kingship out loudly and blatantly, -but Saul IGNORED them.

I thought to myself why would Saul ignore them, and it was revealed to me by the Spirit, that Saul had come to understand who had chosen and appointed him as King. When God spoke to prophet Samuel (the seer) to anoint Saul these scoundrels weren’t there. When prophet Samuel anointed Saul as King, they were not there. When God affirmed Saul as the FIRST king for Israel, they were not there – so what they said was irrelevant to Saul’s appointment as King. The scoundrels had nothing constructive or positive to bring to the table – so they were ignored.  Some versions say “He kept silent” That’s powerful! It had been revealed to Saul what he was now “the first king in the history of Israel ever – God had chosen him not men – so he wasn’t about to waste his breathe engaging in a debate with these men.

The unfortunate thing today is that many a times we allow scoundrels to talk us down; speak us out of what GOD has chosen us for. Some of us even go to the lengths of engaging in unnecessary debates, discussions to defend ourselves, only to leave feeling disappointed, discouraged and torn down. (IGNORE THEM!) God gives you a dream, a vision, an idea, a gift – but instead of fully operating in it as purposed by GOD, we allow irrelevant words, comments, opinion of people who were not even there when GOD imputed His purpose in you to discourage you from being what we were created to be. 

Today I want to encourage someone to be like Saul, who “IGNORED them”. Ignore the ignorance of the world. Ignore the discouragements, IGNORE the side remarks, IGNORE the negative criticism, IGNORE the haters, IGNORE IGNORE IGNORE!!! If God has spoken, If God has favored you, If God has chosen you, If God has qualified you – DON’T you DARE allow anyone to speak you down to their level. When negativity hits you – that’s your chance to shine even brighter. Don’t deem your light to satisfy the thirst of mediocre people. You were created for more and greater things. Live your Life – Pursue your dreams – Walk into your Destiny – Be everything that you were created to be. Like an eagle soars against the violent currents, you will soon be where you were created to be.(Do not allow people who do not have a revelation or understanding of what God has placed or spoken over your life to determine the course of your life).

To be quite honest – What kept me keeping on during my campaign wasn’t because I had it all figured out. NO I didn’t. What kept me going was the vision I had and the One who had given it to me. During my campaign I learned to IGNORE what was not relevant or significant to what I was pursuing. I learned to soar on against all odds. I learned to run the race with JESUS by my side – because He is the only one whose opinion mattered. He had given me the vision and I wasn’t’ about to stop chasing that vision at the onset of discouragement.  

Friend, today I want you to know that you are bigger than what you think. Greater is He who is on the inside of you than the one in the world. In the eyes of the world, the economy, media, friends or family (surprisingly enough yes – family sometimes can be the worst critics) you may NOT STAND A CHANCE,BUT WITH JESUS YOU ARE MORE THAN ABLE TO DO WHAT HE HAS DESTINED YOU TO BE. Don’t soar down to scoundrels levels, Ignore them and soar higher.

My prayer for you is that God aligns you with the right people who will encourage you and push you into your calling, purpose, gifting – whatever that may look like. May God grant you the spirit of discernment to discern between haters and helpers (for not every critic is a hater – positive constructive criticisms is needed to channel you in the right direction as well).

So Father God, may your wisdom and discernment be upon every reader and grant them the grace to soar through even the toughest of situations. Empower them with your Spirit to remain standing against all odds. In Jesus name – AMEN.

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Loneliness Saved Me!

There was period in time in my life when being alone was unbearable. The idea of not having anyone scared me. I remember it was a year or two after I had come to Canada for my schooling (about 7 years ago). If I can be brutally honest I suffered from a serious identity crisis. I so wanted to belong that I compromised my faith in pursuit of this so called sense of belonging. Went to places where I probably shouldn’t have gone, dressed inappropriately, occasionally spoke words that don’t exist in the English Dictionary, all this in pursuit of belonging. One thing I have realized about God is that if He has invested a lot in you, He won’t let you off the hook that easily. I went through a period of major spiritual discontentment and loneliness.

Even with so many people around me; I still felt so alone.

The Spirit of God in me wouldn’t allow me be. That was when He took me through a season of great loneliness. I believe God started removing everything in my life that I had created for myself to give me that sense of belonging or fitting in. I became very uncomfortable in the places that I had grown to be comfortable in . I couldn’t stand certain vocabulary that I had become accustomed to.  Every area that I had slowly compromised in was now becoming unbearable for me. And yet around the spiritual people I also didn’t feel like I belonged either. It was just me. So what do I do now?  I didn’t fit in the new world I  has created for myself and neither, did I also fit in the church circle either. I didn’t know who I was any more, but Jesus knew and He wasn’t about to give up on me.

Not to drag this too long, but I would like to believe that God striped me of what I thought I needed, – “Friends”.  One by one, I lost them all – until I had no one I could call a friend. It was a difficult  experience to say the least. Though my friends where good people, they were not good for me in that season. God said it loud and clear to me that all I needed was HIM. That wasn’t I wanted to hear. “Lord, but you are not human, I can’t see you, and how can you be my friend!” I demanded. And again I heard Him say “All you need is me” This statement even frustrated me the more. But little did I know that God was preparing me for greater. God had to separate me to deal with me. The Rue, that chose popularity over virtue, the Rue that compromised the gospel for acceptance, The Rue that chose friends over a relationship with God. That’s the Rue that God needed to deal with. God had to take charge before I was too far gone.

Eventually I learned to accept the new reality “God is my new best friend, no one else”.

My prayer changed from “Give me friends  to I NEED YOU LORD, I AM NOTHING WITHOUT. BE MY FRIEND JESUS”.

I sought Jesus more than I sought companionship. His Word was life to me, prayer, fasting, meditation became a huge part of me. I spoke to Him more than I spoke to anyone else. My routine became God, school, work, God. And that was it. He was all I had and all I grew to need more and more.

Now when I look back at this time in my life, I believe that was the best time of my life, I just didn’t realize it then.

WHY? It is in that period of loneliness, I began to pursue Christ with everything in me. It is in that period of loneliness, I finally knew who I was in Christ. I realized my worth, my value, my identity, my destiny and purpose. I truly grew to love JESUS more than anything else. My love and understanding of God grew more than words could phantom. Given a choice between choosing God and pleasures of this world, I wouldn’t think twice – God was and is my ONLY choice. My desire for God became so real and evident to those around me. I praise GOD for loneliness – BECAUSE it brought me back to my senses and deep love for JESUS.  Had I not gone through that phase of loneliness or separation I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. So now I thank God for interrupting my life and doing what He had to do to get my attention and eventually fully transforming my life.

Have I reached perfection yet? NO! Not at all! But everyday with Jesus is an opportunity to become more like Him and live the life that glorifies Him. I fall, but I rise up again – because I now know who I am in Christ. I once was lost but now I have been redeemed.

Maybe you are out there and you are going through a period of loneliness/separation;  I want to encourage you to keep your FOCUS on Jesus. Find yourself in Him and He will make things clear for you in time. The right people will come when God has done what He needs to do in you to take you to the next level.

Sometimes God allows periods of loneliness and separation to bring us to a place of wholeness in Him before taking us in to a new chapter of our lives.

In scripture, we told of a man called Joseph who was rejected by those who were supposed to protect him, those who were supposed to love him, those he considered family. He too like most of us  went through a period of loneliness/separation (no parents, no siblings, no friends, no one) –  But one thing I applaud Joseph is that he didn’t allow that season to destroy him or discourage him, rather it brought out the best in him. It produced a man of character and integrity in Joseph who never compromised or entertained sin. Separation /Loneliness prepared him for his purpose and destiny.

I pray that if you are feeling lonely today, that you will find comfort in JESUS. May His grace be more than enough for you to embrace the season you are in and produce the right character in you for your next season. May God do what He needs to do in you in preparation for where He is taking you – weather its ministry, a career, marriage, children, health, relationships, purpose in life, etc what ever it is – in the mean time and always Let Jesus be what you Need more than anything else.

God bless you and have a great week.

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“Let Your Light shine”

LOVE – When its Hard to Give

 

Today God brought me back to 1 Corinthians 13. It kept on going on and on in my mind and spirit until I just had to wake up and read it again.

LOVE is patient

Love is kind

Love NEVER is envious nor boils over with jealousy

Love is not Boastful or Vainglorious

Love does not display itself haughtily

Love is not conceited, arrogant and inflated with Pride

Love is not rude and does not act unbecomingly

Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self seeking, it is not touchy, or resentful

Love takes NO account of the evil or wrongs done to it (it pays no attention to a suffered wrong)

Love does not rejoice at injustice but rejoices when right and truth prevail

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes; it is ready to believe the best of every person

Love endures everything without weakening

LOVE NEVER FAILS

 I believe God brought this scripture back to me not only as a reminder of the kind of love that He has for me, but also a reminder of the kind of love that you and I should ALWAYS have no matter the circumstances.

It is easy to have this kind of love when the people who we are giving it to are reciprocating the same kind of love. However, it can be a total different ball game when Love is just being given from one end and not being received back from the other end.

When I read through this scripture, God reminded me that, He wrote it because He knew that at some point in our lives, we would face situations or people that would make it difficult for us to show His kind of Love and be LOVE to them. He knew, that someone was going to test your very last nerve of patience and kindness (So reminds you LOVE IS PATIENT –LOVE IS KIND),

God saw that one person that was going to upset you, hurt you, disappoint you over and over and over again – to the point you just would believe that you can’t take it anymore. He knew that your mind would at some point continue to replay the wrongs and evils done against you over and over again until it became impossible to Love them.

“Lord how can I love them? They keep hurting me – they don’t even seem to care– Lord they don’t deserve my mercy – I can’t forgive Lord – Lord I can love any other person but this one, this one Lord, no its late – I just cannot”

God knew you would have all these kind of emotions, thoughts and feelings – THAT’S WHY HE MADE IT SURE THAT IT WAS WRITTEN, AS A REMINDER TO YOU – ABOVE ALL – ABOVE EVERYTHING –TO LOVE AND LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY AND ALWAYS!

He knew something was going to trigger your sinful nature to want to envy or be jealous of another (So reminds you – LOVE NEVER IS ENVIOUS NOR BOILS OVER WITH JEALOUSY)

God so knew that there would be times that Pride was going to be a foothold or at least attempt to have a stronghold in your life (So reminds you – LOVE IS NOT CONCEITED, ARROGANT AND INFLATED WITH PRIDE)

Friend, God knew that there were situations that were going to provoke you to be Rude and act unbecomingly, be self-seeking, resentful (So reminds you – LOVE IS NOT RUDE AND DOES NOT ACT UNBECOMINGLY. LOVE DOES NOT INSIST ON ITS OWN RIGHTS OR ITS OWN WAY, FOR IT IS NOT SELF SEEKING, IT IS NOT TOUCHY, OR RESENTFUL)

Love is a self less act. Jesus died for us and yet we were still sinners and in sin. When we look in the context and time when Jesus Christ was crucified – we see the most powerful demonstration of God’s love. Jesus was ready, willing and even died for the same people that were shouting “CRUCIFY HIM, CRUCIFY HIM,CRUCIFY HIM”. He died for people who pretended to be his friends and followers – yet in the last hour they turned their backs on Him. Jesus endured the pain, humiliation, and the mockery for people who didn’t even care and love him back. JESUS DID THAT. He loved us so much to bare it all on HIM so that we would be redeemed and saved. THAT IS LOVE IN ACTION.

So my friend, God knew. He knew of the betrayal, He knew of the backstabbers, He knew about the fake followers, He knew of the disloyal people you would meet, He knew of the heartbreaks you would face, He knew it all. But HE HAS GIVEN US THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL – THAT IS LOVE. FOR LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SIN. LOVE KEEPS YOU GOING EVEN IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY. LOVE IS GOD. YOU NEED GOD TO LOVE THROUGH IT ALL.

LOVE takes your human nature out of the equation and brings in God in to the equation. On our own we are in capable of loving. BUT, with God who is LOVE in us, we are more than able to love, and to love all – even those who we think do not deserve to be loved – God’s LOVE makes it possible to love them the more.

God has made it literally impossible for me not to love. Anytime I find myself withholding love… His PEACE leaves me. I am not at peace when I fail to give love as God commands. It will torment and torture me until I give in and love. At times, when my human nature gets in the way of me showing God’s Love to all, I have to ask Holy Spirit to enable and grace me to give it freely. Giving love can be hard but the feeling is indescribable when we do give it. There’s a great sense of peace that comes upon us when we give God’s love.

John 15:12-14

This is my commandment, that ye LOVE one another, as I loved you. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

I pray that today, God saturates and fills you up with HIS KIND OF LOVE. The Love that bears all things, the kind of LOVE that never fails or gives up on loving. You may have written some relations off, some friendships off, some people off because of what they did or didn’t do for you. You may even feel justified for not caring and loving them – Yes probably what they did was very very wrong – BUT today, I pray that you make a decision to choose to start loving others like Christ loved you. I pray that GOD begins to heal every hurting area of your life – where you have been let down, disappointed, rejected, abandoned, betrayed, backstabbed, broken, violated, abused…etc. so that it makes it easier for you to LOVE genuinely. I pray that you can still love even when it still hurts and stings like it just happened yesterday. I pray for the grace and enablement of the power of the Holy Spirit to move past what has happened and extend GOD’s love freely. May God’s love bring healing, restoration, restitution, justice, peace and hope. For love conquers all.

Meditation Scripture:

Luke 6:32-36

If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that?

Even sinners love those who love them!

 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why would you get credit?

Even sinners do that much!

 And if you lend money to those who can repay you, why should you get credit?

Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES!

DO GOOD TO THEM.

Lend to them with out expecting to be repaid.

Then, your reward from heaven will be very great,

And you will be acting as children of the most High God, for He is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked – you must be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.

 

AMEN

 

Be encouraged, stay blessed and LOVE ALL

 

-LRJ

My Dad is Coming

My Dad is Coming

“My Dad is coming”

“My dad is coming for me! You’ll see – his coming”, that was my response to the school janitor, who had come to ask me if someone was coming for me. Most of the school kids had already been picked up and I was still waiting.

I was about grade 5 or so, when my dad had come late to pick me up from school. I remember different parents who were picking their kids late kept asking me, would you like us to take you home. But to every offer, I bluntly shut down saying “My dad is coming!”

It so happened after what seemed infinity of waiting according to my little mind – I saw my dad’s truck drive in through the school gates. I leaped with so much joy and grabbed my backpack and ran towards the car. To the school janitor, I yelled “I told you he was coming, see! I told you – my dad always comes to pick me up”. If I can be honest, although being one of the last kids to be picked was a little annoying, I surely loved the gifts that my dad brought that day to make it up for being late. The waiting didn’t seem to matter anymore. Kids are quite easy to please – a couple packs of chips, candy and a small gift and Rue was a happy girl.

When I was reminiscing on this particular event in my life, I just realized that we too sometimes in our relationship with God need to be just like little children. Little children are very trusting – you tell them that you going to do something they will believe you and hold you to your word no matter how long it might take to come to pass. Children have the mentality that if you said it, that settles it!

While waiting for my dad, I might have got impatient here and there but I still  waited. It didn’t matter what the other parents offered or the concern of the school janitor as to whether, my dad was still coming, I had so much faith in my dad’s word. My reasoning was when he dropped me off in the morning at school he said he would pick me up  – so nothing that anybody else would say would change my mind otherwise. I believe as I was waiting – I would say to myself even if his late he is still coming for me. There’s no way he could forget about me. There’s a logical explanation for this. He could have got delayed at work or in traffic, but he surely is coming for me. (Back then, cellphones were a luxury – so there was no way of texting or calling – so it was waiting in total faith). My assurance of my dad’s love for me and his word was all I had to keep me waiting.

Today, I want to encourage someone to have the same kind of faith like that of a little child. Take God at His word, and WAIT. Wait expectantly like a little child – With no seed of doubt or worry, knowing that if God said His going to show up – He will. And not only will He show up, but He will show up and show off BIG TIME. May your assurance of God’s love for you and His WORD be a reminder that EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK.Don’t get discouraged when other kids (people)seem to get picked up (get their prayer answered) earlier (Ask Daniel- he can attest to waiting for a while on God’s answer to prayer – Read Daniel 10) .

Don’t begin to doubt even when the school janitor (the enemy attacks you in the mind) questions you if your dad (God) is going to show up. Silence the janitor (enemy) when he begins to plant seeds of doubt –“Are you sure that your Dad (God) hasn’t forgotten about you? See all the others have been picked up, maybe you need to find someone else to pick you up (See everyone else’s prayers are being answered but yours haven’t, are you sure God even loves you – maybe you better of making other plans – this Christian thing is probably not your thing –try something else).

Silence him out right with what your Dad (God) said. Bluntly shut him down with “It is written….” or “My God said in His WORD….”. Your greatest weapon against the enemy is “THE WORD OF GOD”. Know what your heavenly Dad is saying and promised you in His WORD and be bold and brave enough to say “My Dad is Coming for me – He said it and that settles it”

Child of God, it’s time that we as God’s children, know who our daddy is and start behaving like little children by Holding God to His word.

If you have been waiting on God for what seems to be like forever, may your attitude today be “I DON’T MIND WAITING ON YOU LORD”. Find comfort in God’s Word, be patient and have faith.

my dad is coming

Psalm 37:25

I was young and now I am old,
    yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
    or their children begging bread

Psalm 130:5-6

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Psalm 37:7

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes

Stay blessed, be encouraged and keep waiting on Him

-Lady Rue J aka Ruvimbo Judith

“Let Your Light Shine”

Quick Devotional

Today I want to encourage someone to do what God reminded me in His word that I should always do – That is to RUN TO GOD FIRST. Yes to RUN TO HIM FIRST IN PRAYER – before running to anyone or anything else for a solution – RUN TO GOD FIRST. Yes I want someone to be reminded that “Let God be your first response” When things take a turn you don’t quite understand – Let your first response be God. When your Health plays games on you – Let your FIRST RESPONSE BE GOD. When you schooling kinda goes South – Let God be your first response. Your Car breaks down – Let God be your FIRST RESPONSE. You are faced with a difficult decision to make – let God be your FIRST RESPONSE. God wants us to run to Him with our everyday life to Him. He wants us to run to Him when we Don’t know what to do. Its so easy to run to the phone to call a friend, your mom/dad, your pastor, your boss, your prayer partner, your doctor…etc. I know – I do that sometimes – But I am reminded and challenged by Nehemiah (Read Nehemiah 1:2-7) who when faced with bad news, ran to God in prayer and fasting before seeking help or consulting in others for a solution. RUN to God today. Your answer, solution and directive is in PRAYER. Ask yourself this “Who would you rather have attend to your situation? God or Man? RUN TO GOD FIRST and let Him direct you from there. MAY GOD BE YOUR FIRST RESPONSE NOT YOUR LAST RESORT. Be blessed, stay encouraged and Have a wonderful Saturday 🙂
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