Sunday, March 27, 2016

"It Doesn't Matter"

Reflections4Life March 27th, 2016
“It Doesn’t Matter”
“When Jesus therefore, had received the vinegar, he said: It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30
Scripture Contemplation: John 20; 21; Acts 1…

Happy Resurrection Sunday to all! I give God praise for His many blessings; especially the gift of Christ and eternal life! To all my fellow believers, may this day just be added extension of your daily praise, worship, and thanksgiving to the Father for His grace and mercy. To those who may follow a different path; I pray for you and give God honor for you. May this day be all that you pray and hope for.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration. Allow the power of the resurrection to resonate in your soul. Spend quality time in the Father’s presence, learning of Him and His wonderful gift to you. Only then will you truly comprehend that outside of what God has spoken, it just doesn’t matter.
One of the greatest things I have learned in my walk with God is that once He has spoken and declared a thing, it doesn't matter what anyone else says. It doesn't matter what the circumstances or situations dictate. It doesn't matter how hard the devil tries—he loses every time. Whatever God says…that’s what it is!
Once Jesus decided to come into the earth and follow the Father's will, that was it. His and our fates were sealed for the rest of eternity. When they nail Him to the Cross; when He took His last breath and spoke his last words and said: "It is finished". Everything else that would try and separate us from God no longer mattered. The plots and plans of the enemy lost its power. The venom lost its poison and death lost its sting.
What many of us fail to remember when we are going through life's trials and tests, is that nothing and no one trumps what God has spoken concerning our lives. And the only person with the power to stop and hinder us is ourselves. We hold the power. We have the authority. But too often we yield it to the enemy because of fear, and giving too much power to him, when what he says doesn't matter when God has already declared and decreed us the victorious.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. It doesn't matter, Beloved. It doesn't matter what the enemy says, tries, or who he uses when you truly believe in your heart what God says concerning you. Trust God. He cannot lie. Your bill has already been paid in full. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

"Betrayal"

Reflections4Life March 20th, 2016
“Betrayal”
“But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.” John 6:64
Scripture Contemplation: Proverbs 6; Matthew 20; John 6; 1 Corinthians 11…

Wishing each and everyone a Happy Palm Sunday. As I think back on my childhood, all the fond memories flood my mind filling me with a warmth that wraps itself around me like a cozy blanket. Wrapped in this embrace is every family tradition. Every lesson taught to me by my mother, my Grams, and my Nana. I think of the church services and Sunday school and the lessons we were taught about Jesus the Christ, and His sacrifice for all mankind.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration. May you understand the multitude of love that our Heavenly Father has for you. Let your walls fall, and your guards down; allowing God that sacred place on the throne of your heart.
Back then, as a child, things seemed so simple. Conversations and Sunday sermons and Sunday school lessons now make much more sense to me. As I matured, I came to understand the meaning of Palm Sunday and Easter. It became much more than a time for families to gather and celebrate. For people to come to church after not coming for so long. Or, the delicious food being prepared by my Grams and Nana, as all the grandchildren tried to eat their weight in candy from their Easter baskets. And last, that this day had nothing to do with a bunny. But of love, betrayal, sacrifice, redemption, and reconciliation.
God indeed sent His Son for us. It was an act of love. Jesus, denying His deity to be born of a woman, so that we might have eternal life—made a decision based upon love, even though He'd have to face bitter betrayal from the ones he loved, and healed, and restored, and raised from the dead. For all His love and loyalty, He was met with betrayal. A betrayal that needed to take place so that we might live eternally.
I always think about the thoughts that ran through Jesus' mind. How hurt was the heart of our Beloved? How many times do we, to this day, hurt his heart with the sting of betrayal? We betray him almost every day. We doubt Him. We forget about Him and His praise. We stand in the way of His blessings. And if that wasn't enough; we deny him. We act as though we are the only ones in pain. We act entitled, when what we do is betray God. We reject Him; act sometimes as though we don't know Him. And STILL He loves us. Still He knocks on the door of our hearts. Still He pursues His lost lambs though He already has many found sheep.
Betrayal. The word itself brings a sharp pain to the chest. To the heart. The sting of betrayal is biting. Often it leaves a venom that spreads its poison through our heart and soul until we no longer can trust anyone. We think its trust, but betrayal's poison has seeped in so deep that we are left with lingering doubts and suspicions about every relationship forward. Wondering when; fearing when will be the next betrayal.
But, hallelujah for the grace, mercy, and love of God. Because of Jesus, we can overcome the sting of betrayal. We can get past it and have trust and love for others. How? Because of how Jesus answered His betrayers. He loved them; even after suffering for them. Though they rejected Him, after all, He did for them, He understood the bigger picture.
We have a bigger picture, Beloveds. Bigger than the betrayal we've endured and suffered. A picture worth more than the sting, and a picture so powerful, it will heal us from the poison of betrayal. We just have to be willing to let go, and yield to God with everything we have. To once again, become vulnerable. Vulnerable unto God as He leads us to our promises, and heals our wounded souls.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you.  Do not allow betrayal to rob you of a future; of the promises of the living God. Allow the Father to soothe and heal your wounds, as you first learn to trust God, and allow Him to love on you. Know this: God will never betray you. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

"First Things First"

Reflections4Life March 13th, 2016
“First Things First!”
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8
Scripture Contemplation: Joshua 1; Psalm 1; Proverbs 3; Jude…

It's a brand new day. A day filled with hope and opportunities just waiting for us to seize them. As we are in Lent, and the Easter season, and for those of us who are believers, the reason for this season; let us not forget first things first: To spend some time in the presence of our Creator before we do anything thing else.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration. It is much more to our lives than any of us believe or have possibly seen. And the only way to understand and see this truth is to spend quality time in the presence of God.
How often do we forget to stop and give God thanks for His blessings of just waking us up to a new day? When you arise in the morning, what is the first thing on your mind? What is the first thing that you do? For many of us, it is everything else but God. We can admit it: God is not the first thought, nor do we make the effort to make Him first. To spend time in His presence before we think or do anything else.
God is often last on our list if we even remember. For many, the first thing on the mind is what we have to do that day. We think of our responsibilities, what has to be done, what has to be paid.  Many times we start off saying we are going to prioritize and make certain that we spend time with God. But soon enough, we slack off and we find the time we spend with God less and less and wonder why our lives are in such chaos.
God should not be an afterthought. He should always be first. I challenge you to make God a priority in your life. Make Him first in your day, and watch how the things in your life begin to change. God wants us to know Him and to know who we are in Him, to understand the precious gift of His Son. To know Him for ourselves—intimately—and not just what we hear or have been taught to believe from what others believe or experienced. Testimonies of others are great. However, first-hand knowledge is greater. To know God for ourselves is essential to our own peace of mind and walk with Him. Spend your first moments with the Creator. Allow Him to fill your soul and reveal His plan for your day, for your life. I promise you will not regret it.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Make God a priority in your day; in your life. Begin the day in His presence, and end it there as well. Allow God to fill your cup with Him. With the blessings that you not only desire but need in your life each and every day. Put Him first, and see how your life begins to turn around. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

"Ask and Believe"

Reflections4Life March 6th, 2016
“Ask and Believe”
“Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”  Mark 11:24
Scripture Contemplation: Matthew 7; Luke 11; Mark 11; James 1; 4; 1 John 3; 5…

I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration. There is much that our Heavenly Father wants to give us; to bring forth in our lives. We must learn to seek God with all of our heart, and ask of Him according to His will for our lives. And whatever you ask of God, believe that He will answer, and will receive what you have asked for.
I am thoroughly convinced that we do not have what we ask for in life because 1. We don't believe we will get it, and 2. We don't believe we deserve what we have asked for. What a sad state of affairs.
We need to start asking for exactly what we want. Believe that we will receive it. Then do what is necessary to get and keep what we have asked for.
When we go to God, He expects us to come before Him humble, yes, but also with confidence. We have not because we do not ask. And when we ask, we are not asking according to His will for us or asking with the belief that God will answer.
The same goes for what we want on this earth. People will treat you any kind of way if you allow them to. I do not only ask for consideration and respect; I command it! If I ask someone for something, it is with the belief that whatever I asked for, I will receive. And if I don't, then I move on. But at least, I asked. At least, I had the courage to knock on the door.
Listen Beloved; whatever you desire in this life, you must be determined to go after with confidence. You can't be afraid to ask for what is that you want. Your very breakthrough or door to the next level of success could very much depend on you coming out of your comfort zone and asking for what you want. Don't short change yourself, either. Don't be intimidated or shy and ask for less than what you need. Be precise and exact and believe that you will receive.
As for me, I have too much riding on what I am doing and where I am going to not ask for exactly what I need and want. Let someone who can finance any of my projects come and ask me what I want! I will not only give them an exact number, but I will lay out for them a complete business plan with a trajectory for the next five years!!!! I don't play when it comes to my dreams and visions. There are people in this world waiting for me. 
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Life is too short for regrets. We have to be bold in our lives; in the pursuit of our dreams and visions. Ask for what you want, and believe that you will receive it. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing.

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.