KISS OR CLING?

“Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her” – Ruth 1:14 (NKJV)

The book of Ruth tells us the story of a courageous woman after whom the book is named. This woman was blessed with a good husband and a loving mother-in-law but after years of being married she had no children. I can only imagine what the other women in the village said about her. Maybe they called her barren and mocked her for marrying a foreigner. Maybe she felt ashamed to walk in the streets and went to seek children from her gods. We are not told what happened all this time. We are, however, told that after 10 years she lost her husband.

Imagine the devastation she must have felt from such loss: no child of her own and no living brother-in-law to take the place of her husband (no wonder her mother-in-law felt cursed, fate really seemed to have been cruel to her.) and if being a childless widow wasn’t enough, now she was about to lose her home: her mother-in-law had had enough pain and decided to go back to her own people.

What fate! What shame! To be once married, now widowed and abandoned. “Go back home to your people,” Naomi said, “no need for you to suffer with me. You have no need to be here anymore; neither do I. Perhaps, you might have some good fortune if you returned to your past”.

Naomi’s intentions were noble but that sounded unacceptable to Ruth. “What would be the point of that?” Ruth must have thought, “I cannot go back now, I cannot give up, I have been through pain but I know there’s got to be a reason.”

At the most devastating point in her life she refused to return to her past. She chose instead to cling to Naomi at all cost. Why? Maybe she needed to leave the country that brought her so much shame and pain. Maybe she felt that Naomi was her family and she couldn’t leave her alone. Maybe she felt she could no longer worship the gods that disappointed her when she sought a child or maybe she just needed a fresh start; we never know. But she refused to let go. Her sister-in-law, Orpah, eventually left. She kissed Naomi and was never heard of again. But God honored Ruth’s decision. She remarried an honorable man and ended up the grandmother of David and an ancestor of our savior, Jesus. What would have happened has she decided to kiss instead? Maybe you wouldn’t be reading this today.

So what’s it gonna be for you? Will you kiss your future goodbye to cling to your past or would you hold firmly to the prospects of a better future no matter how unpleasant?

P.S. God always has a better future prepared for those who love Him and cling to His purpose (Rom 8:28)

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REJOICE

“This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.”– Psalm 118:24

The comforting thing about that verse of scripture is its opening announcement ‘this is the day…’ As if to call our attention to it, God makes it clear that He made this day Himself. That is reassuring! I wonder why He had to remind us that He made today, I wonder why the psalmist had to remind himself of this. Didn’t he know God made today? I believe He did. I believe this reminder gave Him comfort. Read more ›

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A DIARY OF MY PRAYERS 2

MAY I :Second entry

May I always see my life through Your eyes

Believe You’ll never make a mistake or run out of time

May I never be found outside of where You are

Ever yearning, ever desperate, my true desire Read more ›

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PET PEEVES

Scripture: Proverbs 4: 11-12

As a teenager, one of my pet peeves was one of the Pastors in my church. She was a pet peeve, not because she was a bad person. Quite the contrary. She was a phenomenal woman, and very well loved. But for me, a close friend of mine and I’m certain many other teenagers today, she was and still is their nightmare. Why? Read more ›

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OUR REDEMPTION STORY

Scriptural Reference: 1Timothy 1:12-15, 2Cor 10:12

 Over the years, I’ve heard different individuals recount their ‘salvation experience’. I have heard people explain the ‘terrible things’ they did in their lives, before they got saved. And when they share their stories, I try to understand their sentiments, I mean who wouldn’t? Read more ›

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A DIARY OF PRAYERS 1

MAY I

May I never know a love stronger than Your love

A desire for something outside of Yours

May I never find for pleasure beyond Your courts

Keep me sheltered within the cleft of the rock

May I never have a need You cannot satisfy

A want for something You will not give Read more ›

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PURPOSE

SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 33 : 1

When a woman is pregnant, the unborn baby takes over parts of the mother that she didn’t realise would be up for debate. A baby takes over every part of her, not just the space in her tummy but her emotions, reactions/ responses, food/ feeding habits, bodily reactions, sleep patterns, allergies, hormonal responses.

The same applies with carrying and birthing destiny. You know you are carrying and going to birth destiny when it not only occupies the areas you know and release willingly but also the areas you don’t think it would and want it to but also the areas you struggle with letting go of.

I think that’s why you find that in fulfilling destiny, every area of your life is up for negotiation/ perusal. Every part is supposed to be open to God to shape, prune, break, try, piece together, build and break again.

By embracing destiny, you are giving God permission to access every aspect of your life. That’s why you cannot separate yourself from what God has called you to be or the process through which He does the work. Who you are is intricately tangled with what destiny you fulfill. You have that particular destiny in God to fulfill because of who He made you to be in the first place. You are a major part of the process.

Destiny is all encompassing. It cannot be limited to one facet or area. You want purpose? You must be willing to embrace it in everything and all around. The primary purpose of every men is to serve God, that’s why we say worship is a lifestyle.

It must reflect in everything you do. It is in the decisions you make, the choices others feel comfortable to make around you, the privileges and opportunities you deny yourself of and the perseverance you cling to in the midst of it all. Purpose is the reason why you can’t give up even when others do.

It is that innermost conviction that propels you, or like a dear Pastor will say ‘others may but you cannot, because of destiny’

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LET’S BE HONEST

Let’s be honest

It’s time to come clean

Enough of the lies, let us see within

You’ve blended with the shadows

The myriad of your perfection bellows Read more ›

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GOD DOES NOT SUFFER YOU

Scriptural Reference: Rom 5:3, Mal 3: 2 -3

Some times in our walk with God, we go through seasons where He allows us to go through trials and painful experiences, allowing us to ‘suffer’. C.S Lewis said that God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world’. Read more ›

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With Whom Do You Share Your Dreams?

– Gen 37:1-5

Joseph was a great man by God’s design. Though one of the youngest in his father’s house, he was loved by his father, but envied-even hated-by his brothers and yet, favored of God – Joseph had one problem: He could not identify or discern who to bring into his confidence. He was unaware of the true state of mind of those around him (his brothers) and as such he revealed his God given dream to the wrong people.
Maybe he didn’t know they were envious of him or he thought to himself “these are my brothers, I should trust them” whatever the reason, we see later on that they willingly and knowingly sold him to slavery.
Question: What would have happened if Joseph pondered in his heart, that which God showed to him until he was sure when to share it and with whom to share it?
He might have avoided some heart aches and maybe prison, but we do know that although he chose wrongly, God turned it for His glory and used his situation to save His people.
This is a good example of what sharing our dreams with the wrong people can do to us, who are you talking to?
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COMFORT FOOD

“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”
Says your God.-Isaiah 40:1
There are different phases in the life of a woman and different processes at work within her that affects her emotional reactions to life’s situations at certain periods. Sometimes we feel a need to cry without cause and sudden depression can come upon us. We might feel disappointed by the response of our family. At other times we feel overly excited without cause and so on.
 
It could feel difficult sometimes to articulate how we feel because we do not understand it ourselves but God does. He has put his word within our reach so we can find comfort. When your emotions seem to betray you and the devil comes to steal your Joy, hold on to these Psalms and many more:
 Psalms 34:1-3, 17
 Psalms 33:20-21
 Psalms 31:14-15a
 Psalms 30:5
 Psalms 30:11
 Psalms 27:13-14
 Psalms 18:16
 Psalms 3:3
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Look up!

 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live” -Numbers 21:8, NKJV

(Also see: John 3: 14-15)

In the Old Testament, the children of Israel were known to complain in the sight of any unpleasant situation. Once things got tough, their tongues got loosed against Moses and against God. In Number 21 the Lord, as a result of a repercussion for their countless sins allowed them to encounter serpents and they began to die in large numbers. After, the leaders sought the Lord and He sent a solution. They were to make a bronze serpent, and all those who looked at it will be saved.

The New Testament tells us that this was a representation of the suffering Jesus will go through for us on the cross for our solution.

The serpent- the devil is slithering about in this world. He was let in the Garden and he has come to steal, kill and destroy. All over the world there is destruction terminal diseases, depression, hunger, lack and suffering. But thanks for Jesus. He was nailed upon the cross a long time ago for us, so that we can be saved. Now like the serpent on the pole, the Israelites needed to look up to be healed. If perhaps someone was bit and refuses to look up, he dies- so is our survival in this world.

Jesus has been crucified but until we look up to Jesus (the author and the finisher of our faith) and accept His sacrifice. Until we believe, cleave to and trust Him; until He becomes our focus, our northern star – lighting the way – the venom of the serpent will destroy us.

Jesus came for us to survive, thrive and stay alive forever more. Look up to Jesus, stay focused on the cross, believe and accept His salvation and you will be saved.

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Psalm 23

“yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” -Psalm 23:4

Valley of the shadow of death? That sounds like an extremely terrifying possibility. Who in their right mind would want to walk in the valley of the shadow of death?

In the valley, you can’t see your enemies approach, you are vulnerable but on the mountain you are alert.  The enemies lie in wait in the shadows, and death?….well let’s not talk about that. But in the face of this, David says “I will fear no evil”.

In the midst of life’s worst situation, (the valley of the shadow of death) we will not be consumed. We would walk through it to the other side. We will not be afraid because out light and our salvation is with us so whom shall we fear? For He will shine His light and expel darkness. He will hold up His rod, yes with His staff He will strike down our enemies and no evil will harm us. He will lead us away from evil. His presence will give us rest.

The good shepherd is with you, do not be afraid. He commands you this day to be of good courage.

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Psalm 23

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake” -Psalm 23:3
 
There is a path set for the righteous by God. It keeps them in right-standing with the father. This path is not the way that seems right before men. It is not determined by the laws of the land. The path of righteousness is the path orchestrated by the word of the Lord.
God is the only one that can reveal His way. He is the one that can lead you in that way, and only His word can shine the light you need to discover it. Only the path of the righteous is lit.
The good shepherd leads you in the path of the Lord and as you walk in it, it becomes brighter. Blessed are those who walk undefiled in the way of the Lord.
Note two things:
1. The Lord leads you in the PATHS not path of righteousness. He is the God of many ways. In Him there are options. There is not just one way from Him, although there is one way to Him; He is the way that makes ways where there is none.
If a door is closed, he reveals another, if a way seems to have resulted in a dead end, he charts a new course. Hallelujah
 
2. He leads you in the path for a reason- For his name sake. God’s name is to be held in high honor and glorified. His name is a revelation of who He is and what He can do. He leads you so you can know Him. He wants to show you His glory.
God is not leading you to victory so you can oppress those who are lost. He is leading you so you can come into fellowship with Him. When He provides in lack, you will come into fellowship with God as your provider.
The shepherd will lead you if you let Him.
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Psalm 23

“He restores my soul” -Psalm 23:3, NKJV

Restoration implies that something is not how it should be, hence the need to bring it back to the way it is meant to be. Restoration is necessary when something has been stolen or lost. When it is received, it needs to be restored.

The soul consists of our mind- Reasoning, our will-choices and decisions, and our emotions-feeling and human responses.

When God made us, he programmed in us his way of reasoning, the ability to make choices that are in alignment with his will. He made our will susceptible to his and he gave us the ability to control our emotions. When we got here, everything got messed up. Our thoughts became of our flesh, our will became independent to him and our emotions gained control over us.

Now when we accept Jesus as our good shepherd, he begins to reprogram us. As we study his word, he renews our mind, the spirit of God which is a gift from our good shepherd begins to mold us again; he starts with our will- teaching us to choose to do God’s will by helping us see that even the wisest of our decisions and choices and plans it fail in comparison to God’s.

He leads us until we regain control over our flesh- emotions.

The good shepherd will restore you to how God intended for you to function. As you follow his directions, he will restore your peace of mind, he will teach you to let go and trust God and he will take away the anxiety, the pain, the hurt, and you will be whole again.

The good shepherd will restore your soul.

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