6 May Open Heaven
MEMORISE: “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” – (Ruth 1:16)
READ: Ruth 1:8-16 (KJV)
Tests from God are designed to prove our faith in Him (Genesis 22:1-18 ) while temptations come from the devil and our flesh to draw us into sin (Matthew 4:1, James 1:13 ). Our response to tests and temptations will determine what will become of us and our generation.
Adam and Eve succumbed to the enemy’s temptation (Genesis 3:1-13 ) and almost ruined the original purpose of God for mankind. However, Jesus victory during His series of temptation in Luke 4:1-13 marked the beginning of redemption for the human race. In today’s Bible reading, Ruth excelled in her test; this earned her a position in the family line of Jesus Christ (Luke 3:32 ). Tests are not punishments but stepping stones to promotion. They prove our faith and show our true character.
- The following are often tested in life:
- – Commitment: Ones faithfulness to God could be questioned (Daniel 6).
- – Foundation: Our strength could also be tested once in a while. (Proverbs 24:10 )
- – Appetite: Your longings for food, the opposite sex and material possessions could also be examined (Genesis 25:29-34; Philippians 3:18-19).
God will however, not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can surmount and He will provide an escape route for you.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Jesus overcame all the temptations by the word of God. God is calling us today to do the same and we shall have good success (Joshua 1:8 ) in the mighty name of Jesus.
6 May Open Heaven – BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Samuel 7, 1 Chronicles 17