Sunday, April 05, 2020

"Betrayed and Rejected but Not Abandoned"


Reflections4Life April 5, 2020
Betrayed, Rejected, but Not Abandoned”
And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:47-48
Scripture Contemplation: Matthew 26-28; John 19; Romans 3; Hebrews 7...


Wishing each and everyone a glorious Palm Sunday. I pray this time of reflection on the Cross, and the resurrection of Christ, will bring you clarity, strength, and encouragement in these very difficult times that we are currently facing. Know that it is never over until God says it is over.
There are times in our lives when each person will feel the sting of betrayal and rejection. People will disappoint us, hurt us, and even leave us. Though we are betrayed and rejected, we are not abandoned. Not by the Father. God is always there, whether we acknowledge Him or not.
I decree that this week's Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. May the redemptive work of Calvary flood your heart, mind, and soul; bringing you peace and encouragement and the knowledge that with God, you are never alone.
We have all experienced what it feels like to be betrayed by someone you love or trust. We can also attest to knowing the feeling of being rejected. Rejected by the people you love; someone you admire, someone you like, a job, or position. We know the sting, and often the heartache.
Many of us even know the devastation of being left behind. Left by those who were supposed to care for us and love us. Too, look out for our best interest and protect us. Though they left, we are not abandoned. Not if we know God, and understand that, He is with us always; even when we do not acknowledge Him, feel Him, or see Him. He is there.
Abandon: to leave and never return to (someone who needs protection or help). : to leave and never return to (something). : to leave (a place) because of danger ...(Merriam-Webster)
The human heart can be a messy thing. It can be deceitful and cruel. Just as it can be loving and kind. While others cannot fathom the thought of abandoning someone they love or hurting them in any way, shape, or form; there are others that will cause devastation, leaving many broken and bruised.
Yet, even with all this devastation and heartache, there is a fact that so many people do not know or understand—God is there. He's always been there. Waiting for us to call upon Him. To come to Him. To know that He has never abandoned us. He has never left us. In fact, He has been reaching out towards us, calling for us to take His hands and trust Him.
Even in our darkest hours when the enemy is whispering his lies, and saying that not even God cares or understands; that God has abandoned us and forgotten us; God is there. He is there waiting for us to call unto Him. Waiting for us to accept the love and healing that He has long offered us. Waiting for us to show up to His table and dine with Him.
Now, more than ever we need to cling to God and our faith. Facing the onslaught of COVID-19, it has shaken many people’s faith. With the constant reporting and the negative reports, we are inundated with so much negativity, that it becomes all we see; causing many of our hearts and hope to fail. In times like these, we cannot let go of our faith. We must be proactive in speaking the word and remembering who we are and what the word of God says. We must speak positive affirmations to counter all the negative coming our way. If we don’t, we will crumble under the weight of such negativity. We can, and will get through this because GOD is with us. This pandemic is not God leaving us, but He is speaking to us and reminding us that He will never leave or abandon us; though it is hard for many to believe and see.
When you are one that has experienced much betrayal and rejection in your life, it is hard to imagine or believe that there is someone that actually cares enough for you to stay with you through your ups and downs. Someone that will never leave you, or hold your faults, and past against you. It is hard to reconcile within yourself that there is someone that loves you just for you, and will move heaven and earth just for you; just as He gave His only begotten Son for you.
It's hard to believe because we have put God on the level of man. We have placed God in the position of who a man is, and how they can disappoint. So we attribute the same characteristics to our Heavenly Father.
There are also those of us who have a difficult time reconciling within our hearts and mind how it is possible for God to love us as He says He does when our lives have been hit with such devastation and setbacks. It is hard for us to justify in our mind that God truly cares and yet can allow us to be disappointed and our faith shaken and sometimes shattered. How is that God never leaving us, when these things keep occurring in our life? Isn't the Father supposed to protect us?
I've been there. And it's a hard place to be when you are in your emotions, and just simply cannot understand or justify the hurt and pain your heart is feeling with the God you have come to know and serve. Yet, I will say this: we live in a world that is filled with darkness. There are people that make decisions that affect our lives. Yet, God is still merciful and in control. If we can hold on to His word and promises, we will see God show up in unexpected ways.
No matter the circumstance or the situation, God is there, He is in control, and His will is done concerning us. No matter how much it seems that the devil has won; no matter how heavy the hurt or devastation, God is still in control. If we continue to trust Him, seek Him, and not abandon our faith, we will see that ALL things are working for our good. Understanding will come. Maybe not today or tomorrow or next week, but it will come. We just have to have faith, which dictates that we walk by faith and not by sight.
Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, battling His flesh for our souls. Feeling the sting of betrayal; knowing what Judas had done. Knowing the time of rejection before Him; how His disciples would scatter, and the very people He ministered to, healed, set free, would betray and reject Him; He determined that may His Father's will be done and not His own. Though He was betrayed and rejected, He understood that He was not abandoned by His Father.
Because of this, we live. Because of this moment, this decision, we have access to eternal life. Because of this moment, we can know that we are never abandoned, never alone, as long as we know God. Even in our darkest hours, when all seems lost and makes no sense; God is there, stretching His hands towards us. Reaching out to us and admonishing us to come and have a seat at His table so He can fill us up.
Though people may betray you, reject you, and even leave you; know in your heart that the Father will never abandon you. He is there with you in all of your storms, tests, and trials. He is encouraging you and making ways for you that you have yet to see. Everything that you experience in this life, God will make it for your good; if you trust Him and keep believing. God will never leave you. He was there before you even showed up.
My Beloved, I decree that the spirit of peace and of prosperity has found permanent rest in your lives. Believe with all your heart and soul that God will never leave you, betray you, or reject you. He has a standing invitation just for you at His table of abundant life. Where man has failed you, allow God to lift and keep you. He sent His Son just for you. He will never give up on you. You are blessed. Now go...and be a blessing!

©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.
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Sunday, March 29, 2020

'God Cannot Lie"


Reflections4Life March 29, 2020

God Cannot Lie”

God is not a man, that he should lie, Neither the son of man, that he should repent: Hath he said, and will he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and will he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19

Scripture Contemplation: Joshua 1; Numbers 23; Job 5; Jeremiah 29; Ephesians 3; Philippians 1...

©Ruthe McDonald.



Do you trust God? Do you believe what God has spoken concerning your life? Do you believe He is able to do just what He said? Are you confident in God? Do you walk in confidence and faith? Or, are you bound by fear and unbelief? Have the current circumstances in this world shaken your faith? Know this truth, beloved. Hold it in your heart and remind yourself daily: God. Cannot. Lie.
I decree that this week's Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. I pray you will believe with all your heart, that no matter what you are faced with; what this world is hit with—this is your season—your season to believe and walk in the promises of God. That, you will know in your heart, and believe with all your soul, that whatever God has promised you; He is making good on them.
I understand clearly those times when you feel that none of what you have been waiting for is going to happen. I understand and clearly identify with the thought, that maybe God has forgotten you. Perhaps what He has promised is not going to happen. I know what it is like to wait and wait, and as you wait, to feel your faith get a little shaky; to the point that you almost stop believing. I have been there, beloved. I understand, that in light of everything going on—the coronavirus, the quarantine, the loss of employment and finances for many; how it affects your state of mind and faith. I understand. However, I am holding on. Just as I held on before, by speaking the word of God. By meditating on His word. By praying, fasting, and surrounding myself with like-minded people.
In this world, we are surrounded daily with people and things that are contrary to our walk, in God. We are faced with wickedness and fear, and doubt and unbelief. We often walk a fine line while navigating this narrow path every day. Yet, we must continue to believe in our God. We must continue to walk in confidence and in faith, knowing that God has us covered. That, what we are waiting upon is coming to pass. But, in the meantime, we have many obstacles to contend with. Many battles we will fight. Yet, through it all, we can overcome and see the promises of God fulfilled in our life, if we follow God's instructions.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Ephesians 3:12-13 ...in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him. Wherefore I ask that ye may not faint at my tribulations for you, which are your glory.
Yes. Times are difficult right now. Our paths are bumpy. Things will happen in our life that will look nothing like the blessings of God. In fact, it may even look like we don't serve God or that there is a God. Yet, God tells us that this is a faith walk. That, we cannot walk this walk, or run this race by what we see. We must believe and walk by faith. We must endure the hard times and have courage, believing that God will see us through each and every time.
These are those times beloved, when God is conditioning our heart. These are the times when our faith is being developed. When God is preparing us for what lies ahead. These are the times when you are so close to the manifestations of God's promises in your life coming to pass, that the enemy is hell-bent on causing you to lose focus and give up. To walk away from your miracle, from your blessings and promises.
Don't you let that happen! Don't you dare come this far and give up on God, when God has not given up on you! God has equipped us with everything we need to make it through this race. He has already assured us the victory. Jesus made us that assurance when He went to the Cross and defeated hell and death.
Everything the enemy is doing is designed to get you to forfeit your promises. He is strategic in his war against you. You must be strategic in your prayers and faith. Do not grow weary while doing the will of God. Though those times of weariness will come, shake it off by remembering the promises of God. Don't just read the word, pray the word. Stand firm in what God has told you. Now is not the time to get quiet. You must declare and decree what God has spoken concerning you. Declare His word to the atmosphere.
Surround yourself with those who can encourage you and not commiserate with you. Remember all that God has already done for you. We often forget past victories because of the severity of the current circumstances. People change, circumstances change, but God does not change. He will keep His promises to you. He will complete in your life that which He has started.
Do not allow the spirit of fear to block you. Fear is a tormenting spirit that will blind you and keep you from receiving all that God has ordained. It is subtle in nature, and can blossom into doubt, than unbelief. God has blessed us with power, love, and a sound mind. His power that works in us. His love lives in us. The mind of Christ rests in us.
I don't care what it appears to be; what it looks like at the moment; what the news reports are saying, you can believe with every fiber of your being, that God is not a liar. He cannot lie. He will do just what He said. We must believe. We must have courage. We must have faith. We must learn to pull down the strongholds and evil imaginations that the enemy uses against us. Greater is God in us than he that is in this world. If God was not so great, and your life was not so precious and valuable, and destined for greatness, as well, the enemy wouldn't take another look at you. But I have a feeling that just as Job, God has been bragging on His children again. And if God believes we can pass these tests, and be all He called us to be; then it's about time we start believing it, too and believing in Him with all our heart and soul.
My Beloved, I decree that the spirit of peace and of prosperity has found permanent rest in your lives. Whatever you take from today, remember this: God cannot lie. He has already worked things out for you. His promises will come to pass. Stay in with a heart of faith. Believe in Him with all your heart. Trust Him where you cannot trace Him. Continue in prayer and meditation. Leave the enemy to God. He knows just what to do. You are blessed. Now go...and be a blessing!
©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

"Breathe"


Reflections4Life March 22, 2020

“Breathe”

“Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”’ Ezekiel 37:9

Scripture Contemplation: Joshua 1; Psalm 1:2; 4:4; 27:4; Song of Solomon 4:6…

©Ruthe Mcdonald.


Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Did you know there was a proper way to breathe? That, you can release stress, gain energy, clear your mind with just the way you breathe.
I decree that today’s Reflections bring comfort and peace to your heart and mind. May it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration. Meditate on the goodness of God and allow Him to breathe into you a new life, along with His peace and joy. May His cleansing breath wash all fears, heartaches, and pains away, as He restores.
As the world continues to face the devastating effects of COVOID-19; the loss of life, the loss of a sense of freedom, the change in how we live from day to day; it feels like we are collectively holding our breath, too afraid to exhale, for fear of what is coming next.
Did you ever realize how often we hinder our breathing when we are under pressure? How many times have we told someone to breathe when hit with something traumatic? Because it is at that moment that most of us feel like the breath has been taken from us. That, perhaps holding our breath will stop whatever is happening from continuing.
I have been there countless times. Your heart is aching so badly. Your brain is tumbling from all that has occurred. You can't seem to get a hold of your thoughts and what to do next. Our world is besieged right now by an evil entity in the form of a pandemic that is claiming lives at an alarming rate, and changing everything about the way we currently live. Yet, it is not something that the world hasn’t faced before nor something that the Bible did not speak of; a warning to believers.
Breathe, Beloveds. Take a deep breath, hold it, exhale slowly, and then repeat. As trite, as that may sound to some right now; breathe in the strength and calmness of God. Allow Him to relax your mind and direct your path. Because, without a clear mind, chaos ensues, and will only make matters worse, not better. We need a clear heart and mind to hear God’s instructions.
Meditation is a wonderful way to work on our breathing and learning to clear our minds. In the word of God, it tells us to meditate on his word day and night. Meditate on the goodness and promises of God.
Do not meditate on the problems facing you. Meditate on the One who can solve them. Breathe in His goodness and mercy. Let His peace envelop you. We carry so many burdens in our hearts. We hold onto so much fear, trepidation, and anger. It's time to let it all go. It is time to inhale the peace of God and exhale the worries and the chaos and start following the instructions of God. This is more than a pandemic; this is a wakeup call for the children of God to get back in alignment with the heavenly Father. To, repent so God may heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
My Beloveds, I decree that the spirit of peace and prosperity has found permanent rest in your lives. I pray that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. When a crisis hits, and the enemy is attacking, take a moment and breathe. Take slow, cleansing breaths and let the calmness of God overwhelm you. Breathe, my friend. Breathe. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing.
©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.