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Disappointments - Be Gone!

by Peggy Joyce Ruth on 05/11/18

Grasshoppers! Grasshoppers! Grasshoppers!  
   Grasshoppers and every imaginable bug covered the insides of our new home. It was crawling with these invaders. What had gone wrong? At moments like these our first inclination isn't "let's trust God with this situation".    
   I believe this concept that I'm going to be sharing has had by far the most life-changing effect on my Christian life next to Psalm 91. I'm convinced that this information out of the Word can make the difference between success and failure in the life of any Christian. This truth became the foundation of my personal faith and that of my family.
   Quite a few years ago I awoke one morning and I was quoting "Those who trust the Lord will not be disappointed". I had never remembered reading that scripture in the Bible before. All day long I just kept finding myself quoting the phrase "Those who trust the Lord will not be disappointed"
   And by afternoon I realized that something very unusual was happening. I finally realized that God was giving me something important that He wanted me to hear, so I began to search through the Bible and I found Those who trust the Lord shall not be disappointed in the New American Standard BibleOver the next few days, the Lord began to show me that most Christians never go on to get the total victory simply because at some point in their life they get disappointed. They begin to meditate on that disappointment, then even though they may never realize it consciously or subconsciously they somehow take that disappointment and put it on God. Subconsciously they think that God didn't come through in some area of their life. As I searched through the Word of God I found this same truth paraphrased over and over in the Old and New Testament and several times it was a direct quote, Those who trust in the Lord shall not be disappointed. I remember thinking, "But Lord, I think I do trust you but there are times I get disappointed. Does that mean that I'm not trusting you?" And I began to almost argue with the Lord. "Lord, sometimes it does look like the Word's not working."
   The Lord began to show me that trust and disappointment are exact opposites just like fear and faith are opposites and we can't operate in both of them at the same time. One of them cancels the other. If I'm disappointed I'm not trusting God. And as the scripture says, when I'm trusting God I won't be disappointed. By the same token I promise you, you're going to have plenty of opportunities to be disappointed, but when that happens the ball's in our court. The decision is ours and it's a choice. We have to decide, "Am I going to fall for that opportunity to be disappointed? Or am I going to determine in my heart—Lord, I'm trusting you and I don't care what the situation looks like now. I'm not going to be disappointed? I'm going to choose not to allow myself to wallow in disappointment because it is one of the biggest enemies of faith."
   If I refuse to accept disappointment and continue to trust, God promises that he will intervene in the matter. And when God intervenes, then the time will come I'll see that He really did work it together to bring good. I thought, "Lord, I don't see how you can do that on some of the situations that I've faced, but I'm making the choice to trust You. Those who trust in the Lord shall not be disappointed—that's literal, but the trusting is the prerequisite before we see the outcome. It's a quality decision where we say, "I've made up my mind that from this day forth, this Word is going to be my final decision. I choose to be obedient, Lord, to anything that You tell me to do, therefore, as far as I'm concerned, the case is closed. It's in Your hands." When we do that then it is up to God. As simple as it sounds, you don't have to feel a thing. It's an act of Your will. It's not an act of your emotions. It's a decision, a choice to trust. The Lord gave me a simple little statement to say out loud every single time that I was faced with the opportunity to get disappointed. I want to share that with you. I was simply to say: Lord, in this particular situation, (name the situation out loud), I choose to trust you. I've probably quoted that statement thousands of times over the years. And it works. There's something about saying it out loud that releases our faith. 
   Let's go back to one of the many times we had to learn how to trust. We felt like the Lord was telling us to build a house in the country. We were to pay for it as we went and we were to look to Him to supply everything that we needed.That house became such a training ground for us in our spiritual walk that when it was over with, the house became a fringe benefit. What we learned was worth the problems that we went through.
   This was a large house and it took about three and a half years to complete. We had dried in the house and we had all the windows installed, but we decided since we weren't ready to move in that we wouldn't put the screens on the windows. We would save the screens so they'd look new not realizing that it was going to be two and a half years before the house was finished. When we finally did put those screens on it was in the springtime and we were in the middle of a Texas drought. Within a month there were hordes of bugs flying around the lights in every room at night. I'm not talking about a few bugs. I'm talking about the rooms were full. We started looking and found that the screens had holes in them, some of the holes were as big as softballs where grasshoppers had chewed through the screens. It was shocking that grasshoppers had eaten their way into our new home. Everything in us was tempted to be disappointed because we had 32 windows. We had stored the screens for two and a half years and so we thought there's no way we can take them back. However, we felt impressed in our spirit that we were supposed to go back to the lumber yard. We had been quoting our scripture, Lord, we're trusting You and we're not going to be disappointed. When the manager at the lumber yard heard our story about storing the screens and then within a few weeks of installation that grasshoppers had eaten holes, he replied, "Well, you've had them for two and a half years”. I could tell that he wasn't the least bit interested but he went ahead and made a call to the company. He just very briefly told them the story about the grasshoppers, how many screens we had and the size. And then he added. “But they've had them for two and a half years.” And it was almost like he was saying, You know you really don't have to worry about this. They've had him plenty long. But he didn't bother to tell him that those screens had been stored. When he got off the phone he said, "I'm sorry that's all I can do".
   I got the impression that the only reason he had made that phone call was just to appease us. For the next two weeks, we contended with bugs. Everything in us was tempted to be disappointed and we just kept quoting our scripture. "Father, we’re trusting You with our window screens; we’re not going to be disappointed." There was nothing whatsoever in the natural to give us any hope. But two weeks later the phone rang and the guy at the lumber yard just simply said: "I have your screens". They had made all new screens. This time they didn't make them out of plastic. They made them out of screen wire and shipped them free of charge. God had supernaturally intervened in that matter and given us something much better that could withstand Texas grasshopper appetites!
   This trust versus disappointment reality so touched our family that we kept a record of many of the ways God intervened in situation after situation as this foundational principle was established in our lives. Many of these stories are included in the book I wrote on this subject. If trust is an area you want to grow in, I encourage you to search out these truths and use the phrase the Lord gave me. If you do, your faith and trust will surely grow and help you to develop a deeper love walk with God. Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. 

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Are You Going Through The Motions Of Believing God?

by Peggy Joyce Ruth on 03/22/18

Active Faith — Passive Faith
Wes could deliver a sermon that captured the attention of everyone in the room. However, after being around him I detected something was amiss. He confided in me that at one time he felt the call to preach but he had lost his faith during seminary. Doubt gripped him...he no longer believed there was a God. Even though he could recite Scripture and sound as though he meant it, he was in a dangerous spot. Sadly, I know another pastor with a similar story. The most frightening thing of all is to have something which comes out of our mouth, which our heart is no longer engaged with. There are different degrees of passive faith. Thankfully, most Christians are not to the extreme as my friend Wes, but passivity tries to creep in and must be guarded against. It is dangerous in our walk. If pastors can become passive, then it's worth our time to examine this further. Do we detect any traces of this in our own lives? 

Step Out Of Passive Faith — Keep Your Faith Alive!

"Faith" is so familiar in our Christian vocabulary that it has almost lost its significance. I have found that most Christians believe that they operate in faith but if we’re honest the results are often hit or miss. Sometimes things don’t turn out according to the promise. Why is this? Deep down, we know it is not the fault of the Word or something lacking on the part of God. Too often we struggle and finally come to the place where we don’t expect our prayers to be answered—every time. The Lord began to deal with me that there is an active faith and there is a passive faith. They are vastly different and it is important that we learn to recognize the difference between the two. Many times what we want from God is just a checklist, but God wants this to be a relationship. God wants to be interactive with us. A passive faith does not deny the truth of scripture. It is very quick to say, “Yes, I do believe the Word!" A passive faith too often believes that God can, but does not necessarily believe that He will do it—in this particular situation. Can you see the danger in that belief? I believe God showed me that a passive faith is a bigger enemy of victory in our lives than doubt itself. At least with doubt, the problem is obvious. We know what to work on. But passive faith can sound so right that we deceive ourselves into thinking we are doing everything right. Passive faith believes that the Word is true, but has lost the expectation of seeing it come to pass. It is possible to say all the right things without realizing that it has become just words. When you get serious with God and determine you want more than just a passive faith, you’ll start becoming aware of those times when your faith is passive. Passive faith always becomes complacent. By the same token, you can know on the inside when your faith is active. An assurance will rise up on the inside where you know, that you know. There is something on the inside that says, “This Word works! The enemy cannot steal this from me.” This knowing on the inside will actually feel “active” rather than "passive". An expectancy will begin to grow. Expectancy is the keyword. You may feel led to take action but it won’t be anything you come up with in your reasoning mind. Active faith will stir you to action. It would be terrible if after years of quoting Psalm 91 every morning, that I slip into a passive recital of the words. To avoid this I make a conscious effort never to quote Psalm 91 passively where it becomes just a ritual. God rescued me from terrible fear by giving me these precious words. If I find my mind drifting or rushing through it, I start over and activate my faith to receive it as my covenant with God, and claim it as preventative medicine. As important as Psalm 91 is to me, I dogmatically determine to stay active with it. The Lord dealt with me on activating my faith each time I quote the Psalm and pray it. It is my strongest gift and daily prayer, but as much as I know it is important to speak it daily, at the same time, I, on purpose, stir it up inside of me (2 Timothy 1:6 KJV). It is appalling, and understandable at the same time of how this slipping into passive faith could happen. How pointless would it be if I spent that time every day praying this psalm over my friends and family and yet, it all be wasted? When you read the 91st psalm let it rise up in you fresh and new every morning like an explosion of faith. That is how you keep your faith active instead of letting it become passive. Use God’s Word in your spiritual warfare. Say it as though you were speaking it directly to the enemy and when you do you will begin to feel your faith rising from passive to active. Active faith always faces the situation head-on. Active faith is not hard. It is simply choosing to believe the Word and saying it out loud. Our part is choosing to believe the Word and actively engaging our heart every time we speak the Scripture. It is an exchange system—exchanging what we see in the natural for what we choose to believe from the Word. Second Corinthians 4:18 says that the things we see are temporal [subject to change]; the things we don’t see are eternal. Anything we see in the natural realm is subject to change. If your circumstances aren't changing, check areas where you have grown passive. Real faith has action to it. When our country calls a young man into the armed service for a tour of duty, it is called active duty. You will never hear of a soldier being sent into passive duty. 1) An active faith will put something into motion. 2) Active faith is a military encounter between hostile forces that do warfare. The whole world lies in the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19b)...but the victory that overcomes the world is our faith (1 John 5:4b)—our faith has to be active for this level of overcoming. One of the most important things you can do to enhance your walk with God is to determine every day to step out of passive faith and keep your faith active. Is your faith vibrant, alive and on fire? Are you doing God’s will, full of fruit in your life, experiencing “God-incidences”, and answered prayers? If not, take steps now to turn your faith into active faith.

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Don't Let the Enemy Scam You

by Peggy Joyce Ruth on 10/25/17

Don't Let the Enemy Scam You!
Healing is not ours until we receive it—Sickness is not ours until we receive it.

     Danger awaits the unsuspecting buyer or seller who is unaware of the schemes on popular classified websites. Unwary users can end up victims, losing property or money if they go for the “too good to be true” deals. Scammer’s convincing tactics and unrealistic sense of urgency become recognizable once you are alerted to their predictable tactics. Many safe transactions occur on these sites when proven methods are put in place as a safeguard, however, the scammers seem to never tire of trying to find a victim. With this analogy, I want you to think of the enemy’s tactics toward your health and well-being.
     I was out taking my walk when suddenly I heard the Lord clearly say, “Jesus took sickness and disease on His own body so that by His Stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5) Jesus took the sickness so that we can take the healing and live in health.
     As Spirit-filled Christians we have our healing Scriptures, such as 1 Peter 2:24, that tells us Jesus bore our sicknesses and diseases in His own body on the cross and Galatians 3:13 that tells us that we are redeemed from the curse which covers all types of sickness. But, let’s ask ourselves, do I really believe that?
     Think with me here, when Jesus administered healing to a person while He walked on the earth, He didn’t ask if they were free of sin before they could receive the healing. After Jesus administered the healing in John 5:14, He said, “Go and sin no more lest a worse thing come on you”. But being without sin was not a criterion for receiving the healing available through Jesus. He dealt with both sin and sickness, and at the same time.

Jesus has already borne every sickness and disease on His own body for us.       It is already accomplished. If we believe that, then we need to realize that SYMPTOMS that comes on our body are not ours until we receive them. Why, because Jesus has already borne it for us.
     The important thing to remember is that we are not forced to accept what He has taken for us. It is a gift if we will receive it. The enemy would love to steal that gift from us. As long as we are living in this world the enemy will tempt us to ignore the gift of health from God. I want you to pay attention closely, he does that by putting symptoms on our body. The symptoms are real. They are not our imagination. We can feel the pain, the fever, the sore throat, or whatever the symptom might be, but, in spite of the symptoms, the sickness is not ours until we receive it. The symptoms are the bait.
     Countless numbers of Christians receive sickness every moment of the day because they haven’t grasped the fullness of the Scripture promises and just don’t know better. Sadly, we don’t have to receive the sickness. It is not ours until we own it. I’m not saying that the enemy won’t put up a good fight and cause the symptoms to rage in our body in an all-out attempt to get us to accept it. I am also not saying that it is easy to ignore those symptoms and dogmatically stand our ground, saying, “Jesus bore that for me. I don’t have to bear it again.”
     I’m also not saying that the enemy won’t eventually back off a little and then later come back ferociously tearing at our body in a secondary attack. Regardless, THE SICKNESS THE ENEMY IS PEDDLING IS NOT OURS UNTIL WE RECEIVE IT. It is also important to realize that there are many ways of receiving it. A person might frantically google the symptoms to see what it could be. Another might first run to the doctor or the medicine cabinet (2 Chronicles 16:12), but very few Christians will dig their heels in and say, “Jesus has already borne this for me. This is only the enemy trying to tempt me to receive it and I refuse to go there.” I admit that the symptoms might feel overwhelming, perhaps, for a good while. I admit that the enemy will most likely put thoughts in our head, “This is too serious to ignore. Time is of an essence. Don’t be a fool and let this thing get out of control.” I can almost promise you that the enemy will say all of those things, and more. Then, the ball is in our court and the decision is ours. If we are going to win that battle we have to dig in like a warrior.
     We claim ownership to so many things: I have a new car; I have a new pair of shoes; I have a bad cold, on and on. Seldom do people say, “The enemy has put symptoms of such and such on my body to tempt me to take it, but it is not mine until I receive it and I refuse to receive it."
     Now, this next reminder is very important: I am not saying that you are to do this for another person. Every person has to come to his or her own conviction of faith that God’s Word is true when God tells us that Jesus bore every sickness and disease for us. This is an individual revelation and can only be put to work by each person himself. The fact still remains that God has accomplished it and is offering the gift to all of His children who will believe it and dogmatically determine to stand to receive it.
     I’m not saying don’t go see your doctor or not to take medication. Neither am I saying that we don't all personally struggle at times in some areas. But I am saying this revelation is very strong to me and I feel we must grab hold of these truths, learn to seek the Lord first, resist the devil and any symptoms he tries to bring and stand for our healing.
     Don’t let the enemy scam you. Healing is a gift. Symptoms are a gift. We have a choice of whose gift are we going to receive. 

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Want to trust the Lord but aren't sure how?

by Peggy Joyce Ruth on 10/25/17

TRUST is not an emotional choice. It’s a decision, not a feeling! 
Trust, just like faith, starts by simply making an irrevocable decision to believe God’s Word and then leaving the rest to Him. 1 Peter 2:6 (NASB) tells us that those who trust in the Lord shall not be disappointed. What an incredible statement! Most Christians never get total victory in any area because at some point they get disappointed. And even though they may never consciously realize it, deep down most disappointments are in reality disappointments in God.

Any time disappointment is allowed in we get offended with someone or something and we begin to stumble. Matthew 11:6 (NASB, 1973) “Blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Me.” It is choosing not to be disappointed that keeps us anchored in trust, and trust is the state of being that keeps us from stumbling. Trust and disappointment are direct opposites. And just as fear and faith are opposites and cannot operate at the same time, trust and disappointment cannot both operate at the same time.

Those who trust the Lord shall not be disappointed—literally. 
But, trusting is the prerequisite before we see the outcome.

Disappointments Be Gone!
The Lord gave me a simple little statement to say out loud every time I am faced with an opportunity to be disappointed.

“Lord, in this particular situation (name the situation) I choose to trust You.”

I have repeated that one phrase literally thousands of times. There is something about saying it out loud that kicks the whole process into gear and releases the trust. When trusting becomes a way of life, your life will become the most thrilling and exhilarating existence in the world. There is nothing more exciting than to anticipate, in faith, how God is going to work out our impossible circumstances.

We invite you to watch the video of our friend, Charles Rose Jr. He shared his story with us of how the book “Those Who Trust the Lord Shall Not Be Disappointed” helped him attend the University in the U.S. by trusting God to come through with the finances. A native of the Bahamas, he was invited to the altar for prayer at his church along with the other six students who would be attending college in the Fall of 2010. The priest surprised them by asking the students to share their name and what college or university they would be attending. His heart was jumping out of his chest. He wanted to attend UNC Charlotte in the U.S. but his mind reminded him he didn’t have his school fees. Should he play it safe and say he was going to the College of the Bahamas where it would be easier to afford? He was last to speak and had some time to think. What would he say?
When it was his turn at the microphone, he made his declaration.

"My name is Charles Rose Jr. 
I will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte." 
It no longer was a secret wish I hoped and prayed for. 
It was now more real because I said it. 

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There are things in life that WE KNOW!

by Peggy Joyce Ruth on 07/03/17


It feels good when we know something! It is different than just having information. There is a certainty about it, an assurance. God puts this knowing inside of His children. I John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.
 
Discerning the "knowing" in our spirit: It is different than hearing the normal way we expect to hear. One way to explain it is rather than hearing a “Yes” or a “No”, we know it more like an “Uh-huh” or “Un-uh” on the inside of us. By paying attention to your knower, you can be led to know when something is wrong—like a red light to stop or a caution light to proceed carefully, or when something is right—a green light to go forward. How important it is for the Christian to develop this avenue of “knowing”!

John 10:4-5, 27 shows the different distinctions. God doesn't just say, “My sheep hear My voice.” It first talks about the knowing. John 10:4-5 says that the sheep follow Him because they know His voice.

The first step to knowing something about God is first knowing God—coming into the intimacy that you might have with your very closest friend or perhaps with your spouse. Many Christians have never even thought about the fact that there is a realm where you just know. I have heard the question asked, “How do you know you are saved?” And many times a person will answer, “I just know that I know that I am.” That's not a wrong answer. This type of knowing is what is commonly called assurance of salvation. A lot of Christians have developed this sense of knowing in regard to salvation where they know that they know that if they died they would instantly be in heaven with Jesus, but God wants us to develop this knowing in every area of our walk with Him.

Some have developed this knowing in the area of healing. A lady I knew years ago had gotten a bad health report but when I asked her about it, she simply said, “I know that I know that I am healed.” The Scripture “By the stripes of Jesus I am healed (1 Peter 2:24)” had come alive in her heart and she knew she was healed. And, the time did come when she received a clean bill of health from the doctor. She simply said, “I knew the symptoms had to leave because I have a healing covenant with God and I know God as my healer.”

Many Christians have developed this sense of knowing in the area of their salvation and other areas, but never thought about applying this principle in the area of “hearing and recognizing the voice of God.” Psalm 56:9 …. This I know, that God is for me.

There are three characteristics of this state of knowing God's voice.

  1. You will recognize the knowing, because there is always a peace deep down inside with this particular knowing. It is a peace that surpasses human understanding—something that you really can't put into words when trying to describe it to someone. The inner peace and the inner knowing are inseparable. 
  2. That knowing will always agree with the Word of God and it will bear witness in your spirit when it is of God.
  3. When you truly know something you don't have to argue or defend it. I personally think that some people never recognize God's voice because most people only think of one aspect of “hearing God's voice.” We automatically think of audibly hearing a voice. I'm not saying that a person never audibly hears a voice from God, but don't let the word hear throw you off. As we looked earlier, John 10:4-5 begins by talking about a sheep knowing the voice of a shepherd. It says, “The sheep follow Him because they know His voice.” Jesus said, “The voice of a stranger they will not follow.” God's voice is discerned by the knowing that comes with it. It is familiar. For example: when you call your dog’s name, he doesn't come running to you because he hears your voice. He comes to you because he knows your voice and recognizes it.
Later in John 10:27, a few verses down, it talks about "hearing" God. I've heard many sermons on hearing, but not many people talk about the first part of "knowing". Don't rush past the "knowing". It is no accident that Jesus addresses both. It is important to recognize that "Un-huh" or "Un-uh" spoken to our spirit man. It is amazing the new dimension of the Spirit that is opened up to us when we seek to truly know and recognize the voice of our Lord.

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