Really, Lord? Give up Facebook?

As we began our corporate fast in January 2015, I was impressed to fast Facebook
along with secular television in the evenings. I found as I always have that as we draw
closer to God, He draws closer to us. It is so easy with the busy lives that we all live, to let our time with God dwindle.  As I began to spend more time in His word and listening to others speak about Him, I felt my excitement grow. I want to encourage everyone to set aside more time with the Lord, you will be so glad you did!
As I write on this site, it will be a combination of many sources. Of course first and foremost the Bible ( I love the New King James Version) ,My favorite devotional
book STREAMS IN THE DESERT and multiple preachers and teachers of the Word.
I keep a teaching CD in my CD player in my car, so anytime I am driving I am hearing
the word.
I want to end with a challenge to each of you. Find a way to spend more time with the
Lord. Give up one television show each night and replace it with Bible study or watch
your favorite television preacher.  I record our services along with Joyce Myer, Creflo
Dollar and Jentzen Franklin (Kingdom Connection), then when I need something good
to watch, I have it. Get some good teaching CDS for your car and keep them going
everytime you drive. Our services are available on CD or you can order CDs from your
favorite television preacher.  Start each day with the Lord, read your Bible , get a good devotional book. 
                                     Gail Ruth


Trust in The Lord

It's simple. It's short. Yet it's incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Let's break down this life-changing truth to make sure we understand it.  

Trust in the Lord.

It starts with trust. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It's the only way a friendship will endure. It's the only way a marriage will work out. It's the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It's all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That's the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust. If you are a Christian, you trusted God for salvation. You can trust Him with the rest of your life, too–every detail.   Read part 2, Don't Lean On Your Understanding


Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  

Don't Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don't lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God. Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.  

Instead, Acknowledge God. In Everything.

The antidote to this self-reliance is found in the first command of the verse. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Which is developed in the next verse: “In all your ways acknowledge him.” The word “acknowledge” isn't merely a polite tip of the hat to the Man Upstairs, or a few words of grace over your meal, or even perfunctory attendance at church to let Him know we're still cool with what He's doing. It's way more. It's allowing Him access, control, command, and involvement in all your ways. What's the result of this? Will God ruin your life? Will he be a Sovereign Killjoy? Will He rob you of fun? The verse ends on a promise. What is it?  

He will make your paths straight.

The promise is put in the form of a metaphor. What does it mean to have straight paths? Several things. First, paths lead toward an end–a destination, a goal. Thus, trusting God wholeheartedly in every area of life gives your life a sense of purpose and priority. Second, it indicates that there will be a clear understanding of where you are going and what you are doing. It makes daily decision-making an easier and less painful task. You realize you are trusting Him. He, in turn, is making your paths straight. Thus, the way ahead is more apparent. Third, “straight paths” suggests moral purity. It suggests a life that has less of sinful compromise and more of wholesome attitudes, actions, and behavior. That's the kind of life that God promises. It's the kind of life that you can have. It begins with trust. It involves acknowledging God in every way.



5 Responses to “Blog”

  1. Clara says:

    Great and inspiring devotionals!

  2. Bobbe Lee says:

    I love this Thank You Jesus & Thank You COPT!!

  3. Bobbie Lee says:

    I have read all that u have sent Gail u r doing an AWESOME JOB FOR THE LORD! I love reading the blogs & devotional!!! Thank you so MUCH!!

  4. Bobbie Lee says:

    Thank You COTP!!

  5. Cindy Puebla says:

    Love reading ALL the great things you are posting. GOD is Amazing… so Loving and caring. Thanks Gail

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