Ruth's Blog - What Is God Saying Today?
Psalms 103 rehearses the blessing...Bless the Lord Oh my soul and forget not all his benefits...!
Oh How Jesus Has Blessed the Earth!!!
God will do these Benefits for YOU too! --- What is God asking you to leave?
Is it a job or business that is pulling you down spiritually?
God was asking Balaam to leave fortune telling and get back to God's Voice.
God has a huge golden parachute package just waiting for YOU if you will follow His leading and His Voice.
It takes FAITH! God will give You FAITH!
My Story - A Case in Point!
I remember when I was on the sales team of the French Luxury House - Cartier Inc. It was a very lucrative job that was offered to me after I had achieved a big sales goal for the Boucheron luxury house. It seemed like a great opportunity to prosper. But deep in my heart I knew I was chasing money and things. I had a small consulting job that provided our needs and also allowed me to do the work of the ministry that God had commissioned me to cover. I pondered on the job offer and shared my opportunity with some close friends - all of whom said it would put me in a box and inhibit my ability to fulfill the ministry call. But one young lawyer said to me...
"It's God's blessing for you. Do you want to be a poor pastor forever?"
I was vulnerable as all my adult life we constantly had to believe for finances to come in. God was always faithful and provided all our needs and many wants also! But I was looking to be rich. I forgot the scripture that says,
"Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom." Proverbs 23:4
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." I Timothy 6:10
So I accepted the job. Sure, it had many perks. I traveled the western states, staying in the most luxurious hotels, ate gourmet food, carried luxury purses and wore expensive watches. But over the 5 years of that job I felt my life getting emptier day by day. I had no time to teach the Bible or accept speaking engagements. I could not be part of a church staff anymore. I had no time to even study the Bible. I was up early to get on the plane and late to bed after attempting to complete the details of 33 accounts that were part of my territory. I was always alone and busy. I made all the sales goals and won many honors and gifts, yet deep inside there was no joy or satisfaction. When you follow God's call, you will have an abiding sense of peace and satisfaction. I remembered the days when I did and longed to get back there.
One morning on the Southwest flight to Vegas, I was conversing with The Lord. I said, " God I sure would like to get back into the ministry. I'm tired of this travel life and emptiness." Jesus immediately spoke to me, "Well I've been waiting on you. I never told you to take this job." I knew right then that would be my last trip to Vegas. I called my boss in New York and resigned. He was pressuring me to stay on as I was up for a big bonus in a few months. The world trade center towers had just fallen from the terror attack. "Don't leave now, " my boss offered. "Your accounts are the only ones that have grown in spite of the terror attack". People were holding their dollars for luxury goods after 9-11, yet my accounts were up with a double digit increase.
It was hard to walk away from a BIG BONUS!
Yet in my heart I knew the voice of Jesus and God had given me a heart to obey!
What is God Asking of You ?
? Is it a job that pulls you down spiritually?
? Is it friendships that compromise your faith and faithfulness to God?
? Is it a boyfriend or girlfriend or a relationship that you know is not right for you?
Follow God's leading and your conscience. Do what your heart tells you to do!
God Will Give You a Heart that Obeys.
God will Reward Your Obedience with Blessings!
Pray with me today.
Dear Lord, thank You for hearing me and helping me to follow You.
I hear You calling me out of the place I am in that is pulling me down. I want to come up to Your call and desire for me. I know You love me. I have walked away from knowing and being with You and the Church. I have followed pursuits that have pulled me away. Forgive me Lord. I turn to You, Jesus, and give my life to You. I will live for you and follow You with the Faith You have given me. Give me a heart that obeys and receives the grace You offer to follow You. I leave the old life and the old relationships to come and follow You. Show me what to do and where to go, just like You did for Abraham. Thank you Dear Father for Your rewards of faith through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
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