Sunday, February 16, 2020

God Already Knows


Reflections4Life February 16, 2020

God Already Knows”

So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].” Isaiah 26:4 AMP

Scripture Contemplation: Proverbs 3; Isaiah 26; Isaiah 65; Luke 16; James 5...




I am familiar with feeling as if I am all alone. That, God, is nowhere around and does not hear my prayers...my supplications being ignored. In the meantime, my heart is breaking; my soul is aching, my mind, and emotions becoming numb while a feeling of being lost consumes you with no foreseeable way out of a long winding hurtful maze. What I know: God is not sleeping. Neither is He winking. He sits high upon His throne, as He also walks among man. He knows the heart through and through. He sees what many cannot see or are unwilling to see. He knows our thoughts and our intentions. He already knows the hurt and heartaches. He knows the reasons and He is taking care of all things; even if we cannot see Him, He is moving on our behalf.
I decree that this week's Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. There is no need to hide from God when He already knows. However, we must confess and repent and be made free. Acknowledge who the Father is, and be free from those things that would bind us. Whether it is a person, place, or thing—God is on it.
God is pulling back the covers, exposing the truth and revealing the wolves in sheep's clothing. Many may deny the truth concerning their wicked and hateful hearts, and depraved minds; but they will never escape the hand of God. As many, an elder would say: "Your arms are too short to box with God." We cannot outrun God or hide from Him. No matter what we do or think, you can believe God already knows. This...I know for certain.
There is a war going on in this world. It's been going on for a long time; ever since the fall of man. The war between good and evil. Though it seems that evil has been winning many a battle, the truth is that good has already won the war. God is not ignoring our heartache, our pain, or even our confusion at some things. He is our Champion, and if we trust Him, we will see His hand move on our behalf.
We really cannot explain why people do what they do. Were they taught to be that way? Did they assume that character, believing that it would serve them and their lifestyle? Why some more caring than others are. Why do some seek to destroy while others seek to build? We know as long as we are upon this earth waiting for Christ's return, there will always be the two: good and evil. We must determine what side we are on, and not straddle the fence.
There are many of us that become disillusioned with God; not understanding His ways. We do not understand His thoughts. Therefore, we do not understand why God, who says He loves us, would allow such travesties to continue to happen in our lives. God has given dominion of the earth to man. He has given each and every one us the freedom to choose which path we walk in this life. God already knows which way a person will go. He already knows who will yield and submit. He knows who will not. Yet He extends His love and His mercy towards us all.
Job 34:21 “For His eyes are upon the ways of man, and He seeth all his goings.”

Proverbs 5:21 “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He pondereth all his doings.”

Jeremiah 17:10 “I, the Lord, search the heart; I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” saith the Lord.

We have all been extended the mercy and grace of God. However, there is a time of judgment coming. When we spend too much time considering the paths of others, we may find ourselves becoming agitated, and falling short of the mark that God has called for our lives. We must continually walk in the presence and mind of Christ. We must yield to God every day, understanding that God will take care of our enemy.
Our lives cannot be lived by what others are doing. Our walk, in God, cannot be established by the actions of another. It must be based upon our own, personal intimate relationship with the Father. Though it seems that many are getting away with evil, do not be fooled. God is not sleeping. He is moving in ways we cannot see or even understand. Our walk, however, must be our focus. We cannot save anyone else. We can share the truth of the word of God. We can lead them, and live by example. However, we cannot choose a life of righteousness for no one other than ourselves. The choice will always be theirs. For those who seem to be getting away with atrocities; know that God already knows.
Galatians 6:6-8 Let him that is taught in the word share with him that teacheth, in all good things. Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

God hears you, beloved. God already knows, and He has made a way for you. Do not be distracted by the evil of others. Do not be deterred from your walk in Christ. Do not give up or lose faith because of the actions of others; even when it hurts and all you have done is love. Hold on, and to know that God has worked it all out for you. Stand firm and stay focused. Continue to walk by faith and not by what it looks like. God has the final word.
My Beloved, I decree that the spirit of peace and prosperity have found permanent rest in your life. Take comfort in the knowledge that God already knows, and that He has worked it all out for you. Trust God with all your heart. Continue to walk in faith, knowing in your heart that God knows just what He is doing; we still win. You are blessed and favored! Now go...and be a blessing!

©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, February 09, 2020

"Whom Do You Love?"


Reflections4Life February 9, 2020    
 
Who Do You Love?”

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:16

Scripture Contemplation: Genesis 22; Genesis 29; Proverbs 3; Matthew 5; John 3; 1 Corinthians 13...




Whom do you love? You really don't have to answer that. Your actions will speak for you. Your actions will tell the story of what and who resides in your heart. Some people can hide the truth for a while, but eventually, all light stands out from darkness, and the truth about how you really feel is revealed.

I decree that this week's Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. Let the love of God fill you and penetrate every part of your soul, so that you may know how to love the way the Father loves, and know-how to receive love. 

Many use the word love frivolously. I love this. I love that. I love movies. I love dessert. I love. I love. I love. Yet, our actions are speaking volumes concerning who we really love. Love is more than just an emotion. It is a force. It is power. It is the embodiment of God here on this earth. When we really understand how precious and powerful love is, we would be less likely to be frivolous in its use. We would honor love by showing and giving love as God has commanded.

People are making choices every single day based upon how they feel at any given moment. They are saying with their mouths how much they love. How much they love their families, their spouse, their children, their career. Yet, the actions they are putting forth do not speak of love. Their actions are not reflecting the love they say they have in their hearts. Instead, what is reflected is a spirit of selfishness, low self-esteem, resentfulness, animosity, sorrow, shame, and sometimes hate.

Matthew 6:20-22 “20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

We are making life choices based upon what is residing in our hearts. What we treasure the most will be found in the core of our hearts. That is what will occupy our time, energy, and efforts. What do you treasure today? What is it that has a hold of your heart that you will be willing to lay down your life if it came to that? 

Many walk around speaking words that sound lovely and correct. They are able to fool some people for some time. However, they can never fool God. The Father knows our hearts. He knows where our treasure lies. He knows what is on our priority list. He knows how weak or how strong our love is. He reaches towards us every day. Every day when we arise, it is a gift from God, and Him reaching toward us, so that He may fill us with Himself.

Yet, many have rejected the Father. Our actions have dismissed the hand of God. Many have assumed that they can walk on this earth and do what they like, and no one would be the wiser of who they really are and what they really believe. Not true. Because the actions we take today, have consequences for others tomorrow. Whether we see it or not, or acknowledge it.

Do you love God? Do you love your family? Do you love your friends? Do you love yourself? The truth is, many of us cannot give love or receive love or reciprocate love, because we do not love ourselves. How can you love anyone else when you have no love for yourself? Receiving, accepting love, and believing in love, is difficult when you are having trouble loving yourself. That, my Beloveds, is at the core of many who profess to love, but whose actions speak otherwise. 

This is the reason why so many people hurt their loved ones and make poor decisions because they lack self-love. Without self-love, you lack the ability to recognize or correctly assess what is best or good for yourself in the end. You may make poor decisions that can have devastating consequences for those you say you do love.

Whom do you love? Love is powerful. Love is healing. Love is delivering. Love is consuming. Love can change things in a moment’s time. Love is long-suffering. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is selfless. Love is forgiving. 

1 Corinthians 13:1-2 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”

Let the love of God fill you today. Let God fill you. Let Him pour Himself into every part of you; restoring your heart and soul, healing the wounds of your past. Bringing deliverance to those areas, you have never spoken about or shared with anyone. Let the Father into your secret place of pain and shame, so that He may bless you with beauty for your ashes, and double anointing for your shame. Let love in today so that you may be free to love the way God has ordained you to love. That, you may love yourself and God that is in you.

My Beloveds, I decree that the spirit of peace and prosperity has found permanent rest in every area of your life. Let God in. Let Him pour Himself into your heart and soul, filling you with love that consumes restores and redeems, so that you may love yourself, and others unhindered and completely, just as God loves. You are blessed. Now go...and be a blessing!

©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

"Be of Good Character"

Reflections4Lif February 2, 2020
Be of Good Character”
A thick bankroll is no help when life falls apart, but a principled life can stand up to the worst. Moral character makes for smooth traveling; an evil life is a hard life. Good character is the best insurance; crooks get trapped in their sinful lust.” Proverbs 11:4-6
Scripture Contemplation: Proverbs 8;11; 20; Matthew 7:15-20; Matthew 13; 1 Timothy 4; 2 Peter 1

©Ruthe McDonald.
How would you define your character? How would others define your character? Often times we see ourselves in an obscured light. But, when we have Christ on the inside, and we yield to His character, our character becomes of a reflection of that which resides within our hearts. God desires that we be of good character. That, we walk in righteousness and allow Christ in us to live.
I decree that this week's Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. Allow God to lead you, and allow Christ within to shine without. Let your character be above reproach. Be diligent in your word. Allow people to see Christ in you, so that they may want to know Him, too.
We fall short often. We proclaim that we are children of God; believers of the word; that we walk in the love of Christ. Yet, many of us have characters that leave a lot to be desired. Can we be honest with each other? Can we tell the truth and shame the devil—as the old folks would say? There are many of us saying that we love the Lord with all our hearts. That, we are believers in the body of Christ. Yet, our character sucks! There...I said it! Some of us have characters that leave a lot to be desired. And we do not look anything or sound anything like Christ—who we profess to love and represent.
There was a time when we would be in church, and we were shining lights of the goodness and character of Jesus, then waited until we were outside of the church to act a fool. Now, even in the church, we are acting less than Christ-like. We are displaying characters that are far from what God would call righteous or holy or Christ-like. We are mean and bitter towards one another. We harbor ill-will and hold un-forgiveness like a badge of honor. Where did we get off track?
Our character must be one above reproach. When we say we are believers; when we say we love the Lord; when we say we want to attract all that is good, and righteous, and holy; then we must be first in representing that which we desire to receive from others. We must be who we say we are. 
 
There are far too many imposters running around claiming that they know the Lord and represent Him. There are wolves in sheep clothing coming to fleece the flock. There are imposters posing as true believers and lovers of God and the word, just to steal, kill, and rob the children of God, and destroy those who are seeking to know God. It is easy for many of them to slip in unnoticed, because too many of us that believe in the Lord, have accepted Christ as our Savior, have been living a lie. We, ourselves, have not totally surrendered to God. We have not yielded our all to the Father. We have been living as the Laodiceans—lukewarm. Our character has been less than godly. We have not honored our word to others, to God, to ourselves. We have been poor representations of Christ. And because of this, we have created open doors for the enemy to slip in.
If we, who say we love the Lord, behave in such a manner that is unbecoming and far from the character of Christ; how can we possibly be a shining light for those who need the Lord? For those that are seeking the Father? For those who are on the brink of losing their very life? 
 
How many times have we heard people say: If that's what it means to be a Christian, I don't want any parts of it! I know I have many times. Why? Because many of us who call ourselves believers are not living the word. Our character leaves much to be desired. We are not representing the Father.
1 Corinthians 15:33-34 (ASV) “Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals. Awake to soberness righteously, and sin not; for some have no knowledge of God: I speak this to move you to shame.”
Matthew 5:13-14 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.”
We must be of good character. Character in the Bible is synonymous with righteousness. When we walk in righteousness, not with a righteous attitude—there is a difference—we are exemplifying the light of Christ. We are allowing Christ to live in us. We are seeking to please the Lord and to live a life that is holy and acceptable unto God. Walking in righteousness is submitting all to the Father, and walking this path that will draw others in, and allow us to witness of the goodness of God. We are not judgmental, contentious, back-biting, unforgiving; but we are loving, understanding, forgiving, and uncompromising, and keepers of our word. We seek and strive to walk in integrity at all times.
It It is imperative that we understand that our character says a lot about who we are and who we represent. Often times we profess one thing with our mouths, but our actions are speaking something totally different. For those of us who truly say we love the Lord, and that we represent Him, we must truly live it. There are far too many coming in the name of God, who is not of God, while those of us who say we truly love the Lord, have not been living a life that is acceptable to God. We have been lukewarm in our faith and in our relationship. Because of this, the enemy has been able to come in and wreak havoc on many souls.
It is time to stand up. To stand in righteousness. To repent, confess, and do what God has called us to do. It is time to not only speak the word but live it and become the word. To, allow the Christ in us to live, so that we may draw others to Him, and see them receive all that God has ordained for them. We often forget: we may be the only Jesus that some may ever see. So...what is your life saying?
My Beloved, I decree that the spirit of peace and of prosperity has found permanent rest in your lives. Be of good character. Represent the Father well. Be the light that leads many to the throne of grace. Be the salt that adds flavor to the life of many. Be the ambassadors of Christ that represent Him well, in love, light, and truth. The ball is in your court. You are blessed. Now go...and be a blessing.

©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

"Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drum"


Reflections4Life January 26, 2020
“Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drum”
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. 1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG
Scripture Contemplation: Leviticus 20:7-8; Deuteronomy 26; Luke 1”46-55; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2
 
©Ruthe McDonald.
You are more awesome than you probably know. More special than you ever thought or could conceive. However, it is hard to believe that about one’s self because of the climate of social media we live in. Today’s social media is like another form of genocide—killing the heart soul and brightest light that this world and generation may have ever known.
We are fighting to find a place in this world where we fit in and perhaps even, meld or disappear into. There are some that seek to be noticed, and others who don’t necessarily want to be noticed but instead, liked by everyone. They want badly to fit it, and would do almost anything—even go against what they believe and who they are—to be accepted and liked by a minority that only seems like everybody. This is not who God created us to be. This is not His plan or vision. God has set us apart; a peculiar people and us chosen. Instead of dancing to the beat of everyone else’s drum, we need to find the beat of our own and dance to it with all we got.
I decree that this week’s Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for our heart mind and soul. Father God has set us apart. He has blessed us with gifts and talents and placed a call on our lives that no one else can accomplish except for the one chosen for it. Spend time with the Father this week, learning who you are and just how phenomenal you are, regardless of whom or what surrounds you.
It’s a Heart Matter
What we are believing in our heart and soul concerning ourselves, dictates our actions and whether or not we fight for who we are and what we want, or just follow the crowd because it seems easier to do what everyone else is doing. Besides, who wants to be left out and not part of the “in crowd”? This is the time for a heart check. Wanting to be accepted is one thing. However, denying who you are; whom God created you to be, is just a slow death to you and your true desires and dreams.
The Secret
Here is the secret that many of us do not see before tragedy strikes. Almost everyone is trying to be somebody that they believe and hope someone else will like. Many of the same people that you want to impress or be like are living a fa├žade. They don’t even know who they are. They are putting on a show for the whole world, just trying to fit in. Dying—literally dying—for someone to love them. To accept the picture that they have painted of themselves, without question.
Just Be Yourself
Beloved, just be yourself. Love yourself. Believe in yourself. Celebrate who you are. God has created us to be individuals who complement one another. We all have something that somebody else needs. Once we learn to accept ourselves and love ourselves, then we will begin to appreciate the uniqueness of ourselves and the power of what we bring to the table as individuals.
You do not have to try to fit in. Especially with the world! We were created to stick out; to be different and set apart and not conform to this world and its ideals, because we belong to God. We are unique and made to differently. We were given the power to stand out and be strong; to be a representation of our Heavenly Father.
Even before we knew the Father, He called and set us apart. That is why so many of us that try to fit in, we seem to stick out even more and just cannot get with the stride of other people’s walk or way of doing things. Even when we try, we are uncomfortable and stick out like a sore thumb.
Dance to Your Own Drum
God has blessed all of us with unique talents and gifts. It may take some of us longer to figure out our purpose and path in life, but we will. We will find the rhythm of our hearts, our own drums, and begin to move accordingly. We don’t have to be just like everyone else. We don’t have to be liked or accepted by everyone else, wither. We can dance to the beat of our own drum and live life as God intended for us.
Yet, in order for us to know our own beat, our rhythm, we have to spend intimate time with God. Our Creator. We have to learn of Him to learn of ourselves. God is has placed greatness in all of us. He has the very best for His creation and all we have to do is believe and follow.
My Beloveds, I decree that the spirit of peace and prosperity has found permanent rest in every area of your life. Your happiness and fulfillment will not be found in the life of someone else. Or, trying to fit yourself into a space that God never ordained for you to occupy. It will be found when you realize you are more than enough. That, everything you need has already been created inside of you, waiting for you to accept and walk in it. In this case…dance to it! You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!
©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.