Women who’s faith broke the rules!

29 When she saw the angel, she was troubled at his words. She thought about what had been said. 30 The angel said to her, “Mary, do not be afraid. You have found favor with God.

But Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you! Don’t force me to go back to my own people. Let me go with you. Wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you sleep, I will sleep. Your people will be my people. Your God will be my God. (Ruth 1:16 ERV)

“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14, NIV)Esther urged all of the Jews to fast and pray for deliverance. Then risking her own life, brave young Esther approached the king with a plan of her own.

I keep finding example after example of women who had faith strong enough to overcome any obstacle. Mary heard from the angel and believed what he said. Anyone can imagine that being engaged to be married and coming up pregnant had to be shameful for this young girl, imagine having to marry and leave everything you know and love. Having a child without your mama to show you what to do, how to handle colic and thrash. I could never have made it without the matriarchs in our family.

Imagine your Ruth and everything you know has been changed. Your husband died and your support system is falling apart.

Imagine your Esther, your husband has been led to believe it was best to kill everyone in your lineage. Not just kill one person but everyone who believed in your God.

These women had one thing in common, one thing that separated them from the crowd, their faith. Each of these women trusted God beyond their own comprehension. Sarah packed her stuff and followed her husband and trusted that God would do what he said he would. Ruth followed her mother in law and vowed she would accept her God as her own. Esther trusted the process, Esther urged all of the Jews to fast and pray for deliverance.

Let me deviate for one moment..what kind of faith did Naomi exhibit that Ruth was willing to change Gods to be with her? We talk about the faith Ruth showed but in my sanctified mind Naomi trusted God so completely that it activated Ruth’s faith. That is the faith I claim for myself. Soul saving, life changing, steadfast unmovable faith.

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Tempted but God has me!

The only temptations that you have are the same temptations that all people have. But you can trust God. He will not let you be tempted more than you can bear. But when you are tempted, God will also give you a way to escape that temptation. Then you will be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 ERV)

I think this scripture is soul saving, what say you! I know all my thoughts are not pure and Holy but the word tells me that God has once again made a way for me to be ok.

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a place you promised yourself you were not going back too? We all have something that keeps luring us into sin. Is it lying, inappropriate relationships, over eating, abusive behavior, abusive language, unfaithfulness, lack of self respect? I may not have pushed your particular button but I think you get the point. I’m excited about God’s willingness to make sure we are not stuck there.

Grab ahold of your faith and jump and shout because the good news is, you are not alone and God has your escape route mapped out. Trust him, he will lead you beyond the temptation. So much of this whole process is trusting God and I’m not saying it’s easy but I am saying it’s worth the effort.

The Lord is my shepherd. I will always have everything I need. Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave, I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me. Your rod and staff comfort me. (Psalms 23:1, 4 ERV)

Trust God

This is what the Lord says: “Bad things will happen to those who put their trust in people. Bad things will happen to those who depend on human strength. That is because they have stopped trusting the Lord. They are like a bush in a desert where no one lives. It is in a hot and dry land. It is in bad soil. That bush does not know about the good things that God can give.

Have you ever trusted someone so much that when they let you down you did not know if you would survive? I have and it was not pretty. What if that person is your spouse, your parents, your kids or that person who you always gave your all too! Yup them too. People are fragile just like you and hurt people, hurt people. Sometimes we look at people and only see what we want. We see them as we want them to be and we ignore those traits that we don’t want to admit they have. How many of you have that friend you love, but they sleep with many of their friends/acquaintance men/women? You know they lie all the time but Not To You? You slept with that man while he was married then he left his wife but cheats on you? We all know and love people who are damaged so don’t be surprised when their damaged spirit damages something in you.
If you love them, love them! No excuses because that’s how God loves you. We all fall short and we hurt the ones we love because that’s who is closest to us.

“But those who trust in the Lord will be blessed. They know that the Lord will do what he says. They will be strong like trees planted near a stream that send out roots to the water. They have nothing to fear when the days get hot. Their leaves are always green. They never worry, even in a year that has no rain. They always produce fruit. “Nothing can hide its evil as well as the human mind. It can be very sick, and no one really understands it. But I am the Lord, and I can look into a person’s heart. I can test a person’s mind and decide what each one should have. I can give each person the right payment for what they do. (Jeremiah 17:5-10 ERV)

Trust the process

I always thank my God for you because of the grace that he has given you through Christ Jesus. In him you have been blessed in every way. You have been blessed in all your speaking and all your knowledge. This proves that what we told you about Christ is true. Now you have every gift from God while you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to come again. He will keep you strong until the end so that on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes, you will be free from all blame. God is faithful. He is the one who has chosen you to share life with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:4-9 ERV)

Many times people start to believe in you when they see you stand firm in times of adversity. I’ve been asked many times how did I become strong? The answer is I DIDN’T, I’m weak in my spirit and my flesh but MY GOD IS STRONG AND MIGHTY. I have learned through trial after trial that my job is to stand firm. My job is to trust God in all things. I fail sometimes, I fall short all the time but hallelujah his word is good even when I’m not. As I’ve read the bible and heard the word preached a few things have been made clear.

1. God loves me, as is, no warranty and without restriction.
2. Jesus is the son of a God, born of a woman, died for me (and you) and was resurrected.
3. Because Jesus died on the cross, I have been forgiven.
4. I have a responsibility to love myself, my neighbor and my enemy because I was born of love, saved by love and I have a responsibility to love.
5. I am unable to earn the love that I take for granted, Jesus gave his life for me.
6. And the one I love the most is this: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? I think not

I say all this to encourage you..as you go through whatever you go through know this: Jesus is with you and the ending was written on Calvary, you already won. Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Trust the process