Do good things and embrace a worthy purpose and be known for something good. Ruth’s reputation went ahead of her. Boaz said “..we have known here that you are a virtuous woman.’’ Of course the fact that she left her homeland and stayed faithful to Naomi who didn’t have anything to offer her was something to her credit. It was a noble deed that her daughter-in-law came with her and live with her for the rest of her life.
In the Bible, (Ruth 3:11) Boaz says to Ruth, ‘’And now my daughter, do not fear, I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.’’
Even though there seems to be a shortage of good in the world right now, you cannot afford to live carelessly because God is still at work in you and around you. God said “..don’t remember the former things of old, behold I will do a new thing.’’
Boaz went further to say “I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my land know that you are a virtuous woman.’’ Now more...
A quick study of Jesus’ ministry while he was physically on earth tells us that he was a very busy man. Jesus always had crowds of people around him trying to get one thing or the other from him, His ministry was known far and wide and he had people coming to see and listen to him from very far places.
He was in very high demand and his schedule must have been very full on a regular basis. The Bible says that Jesus went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed of the devil. Yet, in the midst of his tight schedule he prioritized his time alone with God.
Mark 1:35 says .”…before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray..”
This tells us that before we get into the business of the day, going about our work, business or classes before the hustle and bustle of getting the children ready for school and our heads starts filling up with to-do lists, we need to take time out to be with God.
Spend time with God, meditating on His Word & listening to...
What will others say about your influence in their lives? Can people recommend you?
Develop your skills, practice what you have learnt and prepare to make the best of your opportunity when it comes. Joseph passed the interview because he prepared for it and Pharaoh promoted him and gave him a new status.
When the king sent for Joseph, he quickly shaved and dressed up because he knew that he would stand before a great man for an interview, he didn’t go to the palace in prison clothes. He changed his appearance and made himself presentable and likeable.
Also, work on your character and reputation because you never know where your name will be mentioned hopefully for good.
The negative circumstances Joseph found himself did not change what God had designed for him and he succeeded at all he did. When Pharaoh had a dream, Joseph was recommended because he had been using his gift of dream-interpretation to better the lives of others in the prison.
It is good to know and to quote the scriptures but we are better off when the Word is in our hearts Does the knowledge of the Bible soften our hearts and eliminate strife? When strife becomes an identity and we are almost constantly in conflict with others, it is time to take a closer look at our love walk
Mary and Martha had a relationship with Jesus. When He visited them Mary chose to sit at His feet to hear and learn from Him. She likely said in her heart, “I need to listen to the word of God because it is my life and sustenance”.
Martha chose to serve but had issues in her heart towards Mary. If truly she was serving willingly out of love, why was she so upset when Mary her sister didn’t come to join her?
Service is good. Service is also a sign of your love for God and people, yet don’t replace service with fellowship.
How often do you read your Bible? When we take in the Word, our love walk is easier.
We are in the world but we are not of this world. Others should note that w...
It’s already the second half of this unprecedented and strange year. But yet we cannot but admit that its loaded with good tidings alongside.
As it is right now, there have been interruptions around the world in recent times and we are all just settling into the new normal life that’s still evolving.
So, as individuals we need to actively find our place and strike a balance between work, business, family and personal life. This should be a priority for everyone as an unbalanced home/business/work life can result in poor health, family conflict, poor performance & even financial loss.
It will be very good to live one day at a time and not put ourselves under any form of pressure to become or achieve all that we have set out to do this year, knowing fully well that God is still on the throne and will give us the best HE already orchestrated for each and every one this year.
Look around you closely, there are still some good things happenings around yo...
God’s thoughts towards us are deep, giving us a future, hope, and an expected end. His love is not ordinary; it is unconditional with no strings attached.
God is love and that He loves you is not just a cliché. Yes, He does. Believe with a deep conviction in the love that God has for you. Be rooted and have confidence in it.
You should trust in His love even when you feel unloved or unworthy. Don't entertain doubts in your heart about God's love for you. Hold on to His love.
Whenever you are tired, burdened, feeling unloved or unable to love, ask the Holy Spirit to refresh your heart. Sing love songs to God! Remember all the good things HE's done for you and just minister to him all the same because He enjoys your worship.
Ask the Lord to help you love, just the way He loves. Ask God for the grace to love your spouse even when he or she is being difficult, also to train and nurture your children in love.
Idolatry is a sin against God. He doesn't want us to have any other god besides Him,...
The world today is filled with so much harshness and judgement. Many live in fear of saying the wrong things or making the wrong moves. Most people would rather keep silent with their issues or weaknesses than risk being judged or criticized harshly.
In the Bible (John 8:8), Jesus came to the rescue of a woman facing harsh judgment. This could have been anybody male or female. Some men brought this woman before Jesus, ready to stone her to death after she was caught in adultery.
They wanted to know what Jesus thought should be done to her. The law gave the punishment for adultery as stoning to death. They were hoping he would say something they would be able to use against him. If He agreed to stoning her, He would have gone against His own message of love and forgiveness..
If he said to release her, He would be guilty of condoning adultery and going against the law, a treasonable offence. Jesus, knowing the bad intent of their hearts paused for a little while possibly thinking of how t...
When we look around us today, we see so much harshness, insensitivity and lack of care but that should not be. We do not have to wait for government or various organizations to lead the way in doing what is right.
At whatever level we are, it is our responsibility to give a helping hand and open up our bowels of compassion to the people around us. Our definitions of the word 'love', often vary and most people think of feelings and physical attractions, but love is more than that.
God is love and His love for us is deep and strong enough to strengthen us when we go through threatening situations. When we are faced with the storms of life, the love of God will keep us going because we abide in His love.
Most negative reactions come from unpleasant past experiences and offenses from the people around us. When we hand over our feelings and pains to God, he turns our pains into gains.
God gives us capacity and grace to have a different attitude and to handle situations different from the ordi...