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  • Writer's pictureIsrael Ekundayo




*Scripture Treasure.*

Ruth 1:20 ---►🔹 *And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.*🔹

*Insight and Highlight.*

Breakaway from your negative past

Avoid negative confession about yourself.

Choose to be progressively positive.

Phlp 3:13 *Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,*

*Scripture Commentaries.*

Calling or identifying people by what they are going through did not start in our age.

It has long been in existence, since Bible days, ref Mark 8:22-26, Acts 3:2.

Worse more than when someone is called by what he is going through, is when a person chooses to be called by the challenges he/she is going through.

Paul had a past but he allowed the Holy Spirit to help him forget his past.

He says in Phlp 3;13 *".... forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth....."*

Naomi could not separate herself from her past and this affected her present.

Naomi, whose name means "pleasantness" urged people to call her Marah meaning "bitter" saying because *"....the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with..."*,🔹[her], Ruth 1:8.

We must never allow our challenges to define who we are.

When we are cast down, it may be what we said in our distress or did out of pride that caused our fall.

Refusing to positively confess good things and fortunes for ourselves may keep us to remain down.

Bible says as a man thinketh in his heart so he is, Prov 23:7. Believe you will rise again, Job 22:29.

When Naomi urged that she be called by her newly imposed name, Mara, the name did nothing to improve her situation. It was simply a day to day reminder of her bitter past.

Like Naomi, our unjustifiable confident justification and contemptuous expression in our dark moments often suggest to us that our situation is irreparable before God. It often makes us to blame God for our self made troubles, as Naomi did.

Do not blame God, do not make negative confession about yourself but trust God for positiveness and better days ahead.

Break and shake off those negativity both past and present.

*Remorse corner.*

You are still pleasant. Do not allow your challenges to change this or define you.

*Call to Word action.*

Calling yourself negative names or urging people to call you as such never solves your problem. It destroys you the more.

*The Christian clarion duty.*

Always remember that no man is made better by his sorrows, so no man need be made worse by them. 

However, challenges, when well handled do make one come out as gold, Job 23:10.

Shake off what is keeping you bound. You must awake and put on your strength, Isaiah 52:1-2.


Proverbs 22:1 ► *A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.*

Lord help me to live to protect my good name. Let no challenges make me bitter. Let me be better, not bitter in Jesus name.

Good morning all and have a blessed day today.

God bless you.

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