I will lift Your Name higher, O Jehovah Alpha Omega, I will lift up Your Name higher. Glory Glory Lord, we give glory Lord, Glory Glory Lord, you are a Mighty God. I have a reason to praise the Lord x2 in my life I have a reason to praise the Lord x2.

Father, we thank You for Who You Are, how glorious, how wonderful You are Lord! Your Majesty reign all through the land, forever You are Lord! for You are enthrone forever! Nothing existed before You and nothing will last forever. Eternity is Your Name; Be Thou glorify.

Beloved, who is like unto our God? The Ancient of Days, the One is and Who is yet to come. Magnificence are His works, we are the works of His hands, blessed be the Name of the Lord forever and ever! God ways are everlasting and nothing can change it as we learnt yesterday.

Is worthy also to note that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no one cometh to the Father except through Him. So if you are reader of the devotional and you are yet to accept Christ please do so now by clicking here.

And now you have accepted Christ as your Lord and personal Saviour be ready for great and mighty changes that will come your way. Beloved, do know that “God makes a way even where is no way? And peradventure the devil and his cohort have block the way to your destiny, it may interest you to know that God will orchestrate a new way for you unknowing to your adversaries to lead you to your land of promise (Isa 43:19).

I had an experience last week and while going through that crisis period, I have plans to revisit that situation and make some remarks to the person directly involved. I got busy all through the week and had no time really to carry out my plan. In the midst of it I attended a program where the man of God during his ministration admonished us “to move forward,” but this time it sounded differently to me. While meditating upon the Word after the program I had an encounter that set me free on what have been a challenge to me and I believe God want to set me free from it and as many as that are reading this message I believe that is time your time also to gain command over this challenge also.

The Spirit of God told me not revisit that issue as I have earlier plan and upon my enquire, He made to understand that each time I go through a hurting situation and refuse to let it go and keep revisiting it either in my thought or through discussion, what am simply doing “is going round the mountain.”

 However, He instructed me to move forward by leaving behind me that situation whatever be it and ask God which way forward. He said, that way I will see the hand of God at work in my life and I will get to where am going faster and achieve what I intend to achieve. Finally, He said “you will not give satan occasion to either “torment you” or make you develop an “unforgiving spirit” toward the person or people involved. Do you get my analysis?

In summary, moving forward means, you leaving your failures, hurts, disappointments, name it, behind you and ask God how to get to where you are going even in that situation and before long God will show up because there is no bitterness in you neither is there any unforgiveness found in you. Praise God! Remember that our God specializes in the act of “orchestration” (Isa 43:19; 21). Someone is shouting now what is evangelist up to again and I will tell nothing but scripture.

The story before us is a simply but a powerful illustration of the God’s “orchestration skill.” Am very sure this is not your first time but this time I want you to go through this message with something in your heart “the Spirit of love”. Without receiving this gift in your life, you cannot practice what I just share with you and neither will you move forward in life easily.

When all hope was lost but for love Ruth followed Naomi and God who search the heart (Jer 17:10) reward her and give her hope in spite of the hopeless situation, however we will take beyond this, let’s read on:

“Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her.” Ruth 1:14

Both of them had an affection for Naomi, and therefore set out with her upon her return to the land of Judah. But the hour of test came; Naomi most unselfishly set before each of them the trials which awaited them, and bade them if they cared for ease and comfort to return to their Moabitish friends.

At first both of them declared that they would cast in their lot with the Lord’s people; but upon still further consideration Orpah with much grief and a respectful kiss left her mother in law, and her people, and her God, and went back to her idolatrous friends, while Ruth with all her heart gave herself up to the God of her mother in law.

It is one thing to love the ways of the Lord when all is fair, and quite another to cleave to them under all discouragements and difficulties. The kiss of outward profession is very cheap and easy, but the practical cleaving to the Lord, which must show itself in holy decision for truth and holiness, is not so small a matter.

How stands the case with us, is our heart fixed upon Jesus, is the sacrifice bound with cords to the horns of the altar? Have we counted the cost, and are we solemnly ready to suffer all worldly loss for the Master’s sake? The after gain will be an abundant recompense, for Egypt’s treasures are not to be compared with the glory to be revealed.

 Orpah is heard of no more; in glorious ease and idolatrous pleasure her life melts into the gloom of death; but Ruth lives in history and in heaven, for grace has placed her in the noble line whence sprung the King of kings. Blessed among women shall those be who for Christ’s sake can renounce all; but forgotten and worse than forgotten shall those be who in the hour of temptation do violence to conscience and turn back unto the world.

O that this morning we may not be content with the form of devotion, which may be no better than Orpah’s kiss, but may the Holy Spirit work in us a cleaving of our whole heart to our Lord Jesus.

How treacherously are you treating the Lord’s love to you? With Orpah’s kiss or with Ruth’s cleaving? Beloved, if the foundation is destroy what more can you do? Make Christ your foundation so that when temptation comes your way, you will stand the test and not give up. like gold you will go through fire and not burn up unlike hay and wood would:

“And lay thy foundations with sapphires.” Isaiah 54:11

Not only that which is seen of the church of God, but that which is unseen, is fair and precious. Foundations are out of sight, and so long as they are firm it is not expected that they should be valuable; but in Jehovah’s work everything is of a piece, nothing slurred, nothing mean. The deep foundations of the work of grace are as sapphires for preciousness, no human mind is able to measure their glory.

We build upon the covenant of grace, which is firmer than adamant, and as enduring as jewels upon which age spends itself in vain. Sapphire foundations are eternal, and the covenant abides throughout the lifetime of the Almighty.

Another foundation is the person of the Lord Jesus, which is clear and spotless, everlasting and beautiful as the sapphire; blending in one the deep blue of earth’s ever rolling ocean and the azure of its all embracing sky. Once might our Lord have been likened to the ruby as He stood covered with His own blood, but now we see Him radiant with the soft blue of love, love abounding, deep, eternal.

Our eternal hopes are built upon the justice and the faithfulness of God, which are clear and cloudless as the sapphire. We are not saved by a compromise, by mercy defeating justice, or law suspending its operations; no, we defy the eagle’s eye to detect a flaw in the groundwork of our confidence—our foundation is of sapphire, and will endure the fire.

The Lord Himself has laid the foundation of His people’s hopes. It is matter for grave enquiry whether our hopes are built upon such a basis. Good works and ceremonies are not a foundation of sapphires, but of wood, hay, and stubble; neither are they laid by God, but by our own conceit. Foundations will all be tried ere long: woe unto him whose lofty tower shall come down with a crash, because based on a quicksand. He who is built on sapphires may await storm or fire with equanimity, for he shall abide the test.

The song that goes thus “My hope is built on nothing else” is a song that should be on lips of every child of God.

Beloved, there is time for you to check what you are lay your foundation with before it will be late.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.

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