Faith || Ruth – Her Story and The Lessons

Written By Adeola & Damilola

Scriptures: Ruth 1- 4

The book of Ruth is one of great significance and such a charming tale of emptiness to abundance, of lost, love and redemption that we can learn so many lessons from.

It’s a book that gives us the full picture about the seasons of life and how God can rewrite our stories if we give Him the pieces of our lives and let Him make something beautiful out of it.

The Story

Ruth, a woman who after being widowed remains with her husband’s mother who entreated her to go back to her own people but she refused and followed her back to Bethlehem, the city where her late husband and parents in – law left for Moab because of famine.

These two women arrived just in time for the early spring harvest and Ruth immediately got a job in the fields of a wealthy man to support her and her mother-in-law. While working in the fields, she got noticed by her boss, Boaz, who happened to be a kinsman to the family of her late father-in-law. One thing led to another and Nomi became Boaz’s wife by law. Her name coincidentally means FRIEND in Hebrew.

The Lessons

No Matter Who You Are, God Is interested In You

Ruth was a Moabite (an unbeliever) and not a Jew (a believer) but she believed in the living God because her mother-in-law shone her light for her to see. (Matthew 5:16) We have been called to be beacons of light and hope to others, men should see our good light and come to the knowledge of Christ as a result. And this points to the truth that God is concerned about all people regardless of race, nationality, or status. He is the God of all. Irrespective of who you are, where you’re from or what you’ve done? God is interested in you. He does not discriminate, and He loves all people just the same. Although she was seen as unequal among the Bethlehem women, God saw her as equal with them. God is interested in you no matter how men see you. When people see your past and judge your present, God sees your future and shows interest in you.

You Are Important to God and He Has a Plan for You

Some saw Ruth as an unimportant person because she was from Moab, which was a nation that originated from an abominable encounter between Lot and one of his daughters. There is no such thing as an unimportant or void person in God’s eyes, His plan typically involves using people who are considered to be underdogs or unimportant or unimpressive from man’s perspective (1 Corinthians 1:27) because He wants to prove a point, as God’s foolishness is wiser than man’s wisdom. (1Corinthians 1:25) Even though she was from a foreign land, God had a plan for her life, the plan to be a part of the lineage of Jesus (as the grandmother to King David). God has a unique purpose for all His children. (Jeremiah 29:11) Irrespective of where you’re from, Gods plan for your life surpasses your origin.

Every Occurrence in Your Life Is a Tool for God

What an amazing plan God has for a series of “little” things that all added up to important pieces in God’s big plan. He uses “little” things to accomplish great plans. God by Himself arranged and orchestrated the plan He had for this termed ‘foreign’ woman. He intended for Ruth to be a part of the story of the lineage of Jesus. So, He pulled together events such as the famine, Naomi’s relocation to Moab, death of husband, their return to Bethlehem, Boaz’ field, and many other events just to ensure that Ruth could be a part of His plan. And God does that same thing in our lives today! Every occurrence in your life is a tool God is using to take you through where He has prepared for you.

No Matter How Far You’ve Gone, You Can Be Redeemed

She was redeemed by Boaz from shame and reproach, from lack and want, from poverty and loneliness, in the same vein God has a Redeemer in place who can rescue us from the devastation of our own sin and past.
No matter how far you’ve gone, God has a plan for your salvation. He has a Redeemer for your life, too, and His name is Jesus. Boaz was a type (prophetic symbol) of Christ and His redemptive work in our lives today.

The truth is, we are all desolate as a result of our sinful natures. We are empty, just as Naomi was empty and devastated after she had lost everything and returned to Judah. Our sin has rendered us empty and desolate spiritually. But Jesus, our Savior has redeemed us from the law of sin. We’ve been set free even before we recognized it. But our acceptance is key. You don’t accept what you do not know until you accept and confess and believe Jesus as your Lord and savior, your redemption from the snare of sin is not certain. (Romans 10:10)

God is calling you to beautify your life, to give you a fresh start and bring to past His eternal plan and purpose for your life as He did with Ruth.

Wouldn’t you rather accept His invite?

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Inspiration || S T A N D! – Word for The Month of May

Happy New Month Beloved!

We bless God for the grace to witness another new month, it’s the fifth month of the year and I just want to encourage some of us that feel the year is quite running ahead of us and it looks like we’ve not even started the year yet, nothing seems to be working yet even when we’ve done all we know how to do.

The Bible encourages us in the book of 1Corinthinas 15:58 to be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. A steadfast person knows what he believes and cannot be swayed by life’s pressure or even yield to it.

But sometimes in life when you have done all you know how to and all you can, then the only thing you still have to do is STAND! Just Stand! Be immovable! Be steadfast! Stand!

Look, it’s ok if you haven’t reached your goal yet, don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed with how far you still have to go and how the year is fast moving. Enjoy the race instead of thinking about the finish line, don’t just seek the end, live out the process to the end and with every step you are surely getting closer.

Keep your focus on one step at a time. Be thankful for how far you have come, though your beginning may be small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly (Job 8:7) and remember that, better is the end of a thing than its beginning. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)

However, this is not also the time to relent or give up, there are still more lands to conquer and your tenacity, persistence, and endurance are major factors needed, don’t let down your guards yet. Keep at it! Keep going and you will get there!

Have a Marvellous May
Keep Flourishing!

P.S: Special shout out to everyone who has downloaded and read my book “33&Thirsty”. 🤗

I have no doubt, you were blessed and I encourage you to send us your testimony ( because I believe you have one. 😘

If you haven’t read the book, please get it for FREE here. Thank you and God bless you. 💓

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Faith || The Beauty of Easter

My favourite part of the story of Easter is the part of the hope that Jesus brought us, which I believe is the ultimate part.

You know, when the first man fell, all hope was lost, that man couldn’t anymore enjoy that cordial relationship and intimacy he once shared with God at the cool of the day.
I can imagine how bad God must have felt, I said so because I believe one of the reasons God created man is for fellowship and the fellowship was cut short due to man’s ignorance.

You see, God is such an amazing God! He wanted, by all means, to redeem man back to the position the devil took from him.
As a loving father who knew how much man has messed up and how by ignorance man sold his position to the devil, He, in His loving kindness made an alternative for man to be redeemed back into his lost place by sending His ONLY begotten son to die for mankind.

But the gory part of the story is that someone bled for the sin He never committed, an innocent person was crucified and sentenced to death on what He never did but He did it for love, He did it just for you and me. (Romans 5:8) He went through all that humiliation, agony and pain so we can regain our access to the Father, to give us dominion over the devil who cheated us in the beginning, to give us a good life, life beyond here, life everlasting.

He willingly went to the cross to pay the ultimate price and then to the grave, to finish the battle, He took the keys of death from the devil and won victoriously! In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. (Colossians 2:15) Death is now swallowed up in victory! Glory to God!

Heheheheheheh! O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:55, 57)

Our Saviour couldn’t be held by death! He conquered and gave us full access at last. We can now boldly enter into the fullness of who we were made to be from the beginning of time.

The beauty of Easter is the victory that Jesus, the son of God brought us. It is the resurrection power that symbolizes the eternal life granted to everyone who believes.

What a great joy! What a beautiful story!
Christ is risen and so are we!
Risen to new life!
Risen to receive Power and Wealth and Wisdom and Strength and Honor and Glory and Praise! Hallelujah!

It’s worth celebrating!
Happy Easter Celebration!
Keep Flourishing!

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Faith || Why It Is Good Friday

Crucified for our glorification
Forsaken for our redemption
Atoned for our justification
Propitiated for our reconciliation
Became our sanctification

His life for our eternity
His blood for our errors
His flesh for our freedom
His stripes for our healing
His death defines love

He exchanged our inability for power
Our poverty for riches
Our ignorance for wisdom
Our weakness for strength
Our humiliation for honor
Our shame for glory and curse for blessing

It’s Good Friday because one man did all of this for us, He made it good! That man is JESUS!
He did it just for you and me!
What an amazing Grace! What an undeserving love! No greater love than this! (John 15:13)
Thank you Jesus for the cross!
Your blood made the difference!

But wait a minute! Wouldn’t it be better to live for Him? He first lived for you anyway!
I mean, doesn’t it make sense to fall in love with someone who gave us His life?
I think the best decision will be to come to Him now if you haven’t given your life to Him. He died for you and He’s been waiting to embrace you.
Come to Him now, He’s waiting! Talk to Him now, He’s listening.

Keep Flourishing! 💋

P.S: Special shout out to everyone who has downloaded and read my book “33&Thirsty”. 🤗

I have no doubt, you were blessed and I encourage you to send us your testimony ( because I believe you have one. 😘

If you haven’t read the book, please get it here. Thank you and God bless you. 💓

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Faith || The God of the Master and the Slave

How many times have we allowed other people’s dictation to define our lives?
How many time have we simply written ourselves off due to our background?
How many times have we felt we are not worthy of God’s attention?
How many times have we run away from the same thing that’s meant to make us better?

This was the case with Hagar, Sarah’s slave who became Abraham’s concubine in the 16th chapter of Genesis.

Sarah was the one who ran ahead of God and the poor Hagar became the helpless victim of Sarah’s scheming!

Wait! What was Sarah even thinking or expecting? That Hagar’s child will automatically become hers? Is it that easy for a mother to give away her son? Or was she expecting loyalty from a slave who had shared her matrimonial bed with her husband? #Weird!

But the all-seeing God saw all of it and decided to come through for Hagar who had been unjustly dealt with by her mistress. I’m sure Hagar wasn’t expecting God to visit her, besides she was an Egyptian who never thought God would be interested in her case.

And one would’ve thought God had prepared a better place for Hagar to escape from her mistress’ maltreatment but God said, the way out is to go through the pain.

I have often said that you are where you are for a purpose and until the purpose is achieved, you must remain where you are. Nothing good comes easy! So, go through your pain, it’s moulding something great in you. The process is preparing you for the palace.

We saw that Sarah’s folly had its root in unbelief and her lack of faith in God’s potency to fulfill His promises brought about a mess that turned a friend of God into an adulterer, a godly woman into a wicked mistress and a poor girl into a pregnant fugitive.

You see, the consequence of our hasty actions in times of trials or the decisions we make out of impatience sometimes affect others.

But the good news is, irrespective of who you are or what you have done, God has a divine purpose for you and He is interested in EVERYBODY, both the Jew and the Greek, the high class and the low class, the rich and poor, there’s no favouritism with God. Romans 2:11

He is the God of the master and the slave.

Keep Flourishing!

P.S: Special shout out to everyone who has downloaded and read my book “33&Thirsty”.

I have no doubt, you were blessed. If you haven’t, please get it here. Thank you and God bless you. 💓

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Faith || Open Doors – Word for The Month of April

“I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut… Revelation 3:8 (The Message)

Door symbolizes access, passage, the transition from one place to another.

This month, may the Lord open doors before you
May no gates be shut against you
Like Peter, may gate of the city begin to fling open unto you on its own accord
May you experience open doors
May you recognize an open door
May you walk right into your open door
May no adversary stand against your opened great and effectual door

I decree every closed door against you to be opened in the name of Jesus. Amen.

You need to know that Jesus is the door, the ONLY access you need to your next level, He has the key to every door. When He opens no man can shut; and when He shuts no man can open. (Revelation 3:7)

As you make Him the centre of your life this month and always, watch Him beautify your life with every good thing of life and see amazing doors in high places open for you.

In Him was life and that life was the light of men. (John 1:4)

Jesus is the life! He brings and gives life, life in abundance, life everlasting, life to the fullest, bubbling life. 💃

As you acknowledge Him and surrender to His bidding in all your ways this month, may He perform unimaginable wonders in your life. Amen!

Welcome to April!
Your month of OPEN DOORS.
Keep Flourishing!

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Inspiration || Understanding Contentment In Your Calling.

I have often wondered how some people want to do everything. They are not just content in their place of assignment.

I recently worked with someone and I was always upset and at the same time wondering, why does this person want this and that? I mean, you have enough on your table that you’ve not even done justice to.

Look, I am not against people admiring what is good in others and wanting to be that. No! Because the scripture tells us to covet good gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31) and I, also admire and some times covet anything I see that is good and goes in line with my calling.

That’s not the problem, the problem is some of us don’t even know our lanes, so we can’t stay in our places of assignment because we don’t know why we have been called into that office. Now you get my point. Right?

Imagine if King Saul had stayed on his lane ‘jeje’, but he felt because he was the king, he could as well function in the office of the priest when God has not called him there. To make his case worse, he acted in disobedience and not in ignorance. (1 Samuel 13:9-14)

The truth is, you can be anything but you cannot be everything. No doubt, some of us are engraced with more than one gifts and the ability to be anything at a time but don’t stay where God has not called you to, that will be disobedience. Don’t be Jonah!
Don’t do what God has not told you to do. Learn from King Saul!

Yes! It is true that God has called everyone of us to be something for His glory. But be specific in your calling, get clarification from God if you’re not sure.

Recognize that you have not been called to be everything or be like everybody or walk in everybody’s shoes, your calling is specific to you, walking the path of other people is discontentment of purpose.

You are peculiar, so also is your assignment here on earth, understand why you’ve been called into your office, know what you have been called to do and stay on your lane. You will do well if you’re in your place of assignment because that’s where the blessing is. Selah!

Keep Flourishing! 💋

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Faith || The Place of Abundance

Hello beloved,

So, I woke up one morning from a dream about change of levels (details kinda private 😉) and then this scripture jumped in my heart even before I thought about the dream.

I read it up and didn’t stop to pray in tongues for several hours all through that day. Don’t mind me, I can be that ‘extra’. Lol!

The scripture is Psalms 66:12 and it says
Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.” (KJV)

The Message Translation says something about God training us first, pushing us to our very limit, passing us like silver through refining fires, and finally brought us to this well-watered place. Glory to God! 🙌

One of the words the Lord gave me for this year was that there’s going to be a SHIFT from where we are to where we ought to be.

But believe me, that won’t come easily because there can’t be a SHIFT without a movement and as we all know, you don’t move an object from one place to another without experiencing some discomfort but God says out of that pain will come gain, from that place of training, you’re arising a STAR! Amen.

I said all of that to say this, where you are is just a temporary place, during the course of the year you might have to experience some discomfort but don’t forget to tell yourself that I AM SHIFTING! God is bringing me into my wealthy place!
Hehehehehehehhehehehe!!!! #Kabaya!

Please note that wealth is not all about money, but an abundance of all things that pertain to life and godliness. Amen!

Did I just preach a message? I think so too. Lol!

Keep Flourishing!

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Inspiration || Wisdom Series 4

W I S D O M…

With her comes understanding
Humility and honesty as well
They are assets worth possessing
Cherish them and be prosperous

When attended to, discretion is observed
When understood, knowledge is gained
When searched for, she’s found
When found, favor is obtained

She can be found with The Righteous One
Ask for her and librally you will be given
Though costly but with no price
Only unwavering faith is the exchange rate.

Keep Flourishing!

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Inspiration || Wisdom Series 3

W I S D O M…

By her kings reign
And princes decree justice
She has been before creation
Set up from the very beginning

She built her house and decorated it
She has prepared a great banquet
Calling everyone for her feast
Those who are interested are welcomed

Dine with her and know her thought
Live with her and live long
Be her friend and be full of insight
Despise her and become a fool.

Keep Flourishing!

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