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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 2/18/2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 2/18/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 2:1-3
SEARCHING FOR GRACE, Lesson 5a

There are three primary personalities that are presented in the book of Ruth. First, there is Naomi. She is a picture of a backslidden believer. In chapter one, we are shown how she wandered away from the Lord and the terrible price she paid for her sins. We are also shown how, in the end, she returned to the place of blessing. She is a lesson in hope for everyone who has turned their backs on the things of the Lord.

Another of the persons we meet in this book is a man named Boaz. He is a clear picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. More will be said about him later in this message and in future teachings.

The third main character of this story is a Gentile girl named Ruth. She is a young lady from a pagan country who comes to know the true God. She is a picture in this passage of a brand new convert, a young Christian who is just beginning to learn about and grow in the things of the Lord. She is just beginning to experience the great blessings of the Lord and His grace.

As we look in on the activities of Ruth in these verses, we see a woman who is searching for grace. I want to point out some elements of her search. As I do, I want you to know that these elements reveal what ought to be the goal and focus of every genuine believer. Let's look in on Ruth as we see her “Searching For Grace”.

V. 2 THE PURPOSE IN HER SEARCH

She Was Searching For Food - Ruth wants to go to the fields and glean ears of corn. She and Naomi need food to eat. The main thrust of her search is to find food for the body. She illustrates that desire that is birthed in the heart of the child of God at conversion: a desire to know more about the Lord and to grow in Him. (Job 23:12; Jer. 15:16; 1 Pet. 2:2). Phil. 3:10 says, “10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death”. It is learning to partake of the Word of God that causes growth in the life of a believer!

She Was Searching For Favor - "I shall find grace". Ruth was looking for some land owner who would be pleased to accept her and to allow her to glean in his fields, in spite of her nationality and in spite of her past. In spite of who she was, she was looking for grace. She pictures that new born child of God who wants more than anything to please the Lord. Every dilemma is faced with regard to "What would Jesus do?" There is an overwhelming desire to just "please the Lord". This is part of having the "first love". Rev. 2:2-5 says , “.2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”

Many, like Ruth, worry about being accepted by the Lord. Friend, your past is no longer an issue if you are saved by the grace of God. He has given you a brand new start. 2 Cor. 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

She Was Searching For Fulfillment - Her statement "Let me now go", shows that she is itching to be a blessing to Naomi. Ruth simply wants to serve. In this she is again a picture of a new believer. When a person is saved by the grace of God, they want to do something for the glory of the Lord. They want to serve Jesus, (for example the Demoniac in Mark 5:18-20.)

TODAY’S VERSE!
Isaiah 65:25 (New King James Version (NKJV)

25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, The lion shall eat straw like the ox, And dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” Says the Lord.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Will You Not Tell It Today?” By: Jessie Brown Pounds (1887)

If the name of the Savior is precious to you
If His care has been constant and tender and true
If the light of His presence has brightened your way
O will you not tell of your gladness today?
Refrain:
O will you not tell it today?
Will you not tell it today?
If the light of His presence has brightened your way
O will you not tell it today?

If your faith in the Savior has brought its reward
If a strength you have found in the strength of the Lord
If the hope of a rest in His palace is sweet
O will you not, brother, the story repeat?
Refrain:

If the souls all around you are living in sin
If the Master has told you to bid them come in
If the sweet invitation they never have heard
O will you not tell them the cheerbringin’ word?
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
O Compassionate Father, O Loving God! Grant us the faith to serve others, not as we are able, but rather as we are enabled to serve by Your Grace. We are grateful that Your grace is greater than all our sins, shame and foolishness. You are our Almighty God, an Awesome God: whose resources are unlimited. You take away our burdens; You set our spirits free. Your wonderful grace reaches each of us and it breath, width, length and depth cannot be measure. Teach us to have compassion like Jesus. It is easy to give when we have plenty, but enable us to give when we are empty-handed, when our resources seem insignificant. Help us to remember that we have been given the greatest gift of all….Jesus. It is in His powerful name that we pray. Amen!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/19/2013 5:02AM

    I want to please God in every decision. Thank you for bringing out the 3 main characters and who they represent.

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63KEEPONGOING 2/18/2013 9:00PM

  Amen! Jesus is the greatest gift! I just want everyone to receive him, NOW!

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MNABOY 2/18/2013 6:29PM

    Thanks

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    Thanks for sharing.

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TONYVAND1 2/18/2013 9:20AM

  Grace. God's Riches At Christ's Expense

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ANHELIC 2/18/2013 8:04AM

    Thank you vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. We are constantly trying to please God and learn more of Him. Pleasing Him is so important in these days when the world is gone in the other direction. We pray that god will help us to walk in His way and follow His commandments. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic.

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JOANIE69 2/18/2013 8:03AM

    emoticon lesson again, Vic. Thank you for this and the 'goodie'. (You are a faithful shepherd to your flock here on SP! )

As a Christian I too depend on God's grace every day. His mercy and loving-kindness sustain me in His presence, where I could not abide unless Jesus had paid the price. Thank you for your beautiful prayer. Blessings, Joanie


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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 2/17/2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 2/17/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 1:19-22
COMING HOME THE HARD WAY, Lesson 4c

V. 22 THE ANTICIPATION IN BETHLEHEM

It Was A Time Of Blood - The time of barley harvest was also the time of Passover. A time to shed the blood of the lamb and commemorate the deliverance of God's people from sin, (Ex. 12). It is a picture of coming home through the blood. 1 John 1:7-10: 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Thank God ,the blood of the Lamb is sufficient to take care of the sins of the wayward saint!

It Was A Time Of Bounty - This was also the time of the Feast of the Firstfruits, (Lev. 23:1-14). A time when the first of the barley harvest was offered in a wave offering before the Lord in gratitude for the harvest that was about to be reaped. When the priest made the wave offering, he was saying, "This is just the first, there is more in the way!"

Jesus is presented as the "Firstfruits from the dead" in the New Testament. 1 Cor. 15:20; 23, 20” But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming”. It is always a time of harvest when a wandering child returns home, for example, (The Prodigal In Luke 15).

It Was A Time Of Beginning - Naomi wanted her name to be changed to "Mara." But, when the Holy Spirit mentions her in verse 22, He calls her "Naomi". She may have been "bitter" in heart, but the Lord had some "pleasant" blessings ahead for this woman. "Is this Naomi?" The people of Bethlehem were amazed at her appearance and problems. Sin brings along trouble! But the Lord was about to give her blessings and glories that she could not even imagined! While people may mourn over the troubles of the sinner, there is joy in heaven over a repentant sinner. Luke 15:7, “7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”

Conc: My friends, where has this message found you today? Has sin and worldly living stripped you of all the Lord has done in your life? Do you need a fresh start today?

Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ told the story of a boy who left his father's house to find fun and adventure in the world. When he had lost everything he owned and wound up in a place he never thought he would be, he decided to go home. What he found was a father ready to forgive him, love him and restore him to a place of perfect fellowship and blessing. Is that what you need today? If so, then what you need is just steps away. Will you come?

Others need to come to the Lord for salvation. You have nothing but the sorrow of sin today and the prospect of Hell tomorrow. Jesus Christ died for you. If you will come to Him today, He will save you by His grace.

TODAY’S VERSE!
2 Corinthians 13:8 (New King James Version (NKJV)

8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Lead Me Gently Home, Father” By: Will T. Thompson (1879)

1. Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
When life’s toils are ended,
And parting days have come,
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If Thou’ll only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.
Refrain:
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

2. Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
In life’s darkest hours, Father,
When life’s troubles come,
Keep my feet from wand’ring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.
Refrain:


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Most High God, our God! Help us to recognize any person or circumstance from the past we need to let go of by forgiveness on our part. Reveal to us any specific person or incident we still have resentment towards so we can confess it as sin and be set free of it. Enable us to release it completely so that nothing stands in the way of our moving forward unto all You have for us. Help us to forgive others the way You have forgiven us…completely and unconditionally. Teach us how to be pleasing in Your eyes. Lead us, Holy Spirit, into the light of forgiveness so we may live in the light of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and not stumble in the darkness of this world. These things we bring before Your throne of grace, knowing that You hear our prayers and answer our prayers. It is in Jesus’ precious name that we ask it. Amen!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/19/2013 4:54AM

    This is so timely for me to read at this time. Lots of trials the past weekend. Thank you for this message that cheers my heart.

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TONYVAND1 2/17/2013 6:57PM

  Forgiven by Christ, washed in His blood.

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TONYVAND1 2/17/2013 6:57PM

  Forgiven by Christ, washed in His blood.

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ANHELIC 2/17/2013 4:21PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. This lesson was a reminder to forgive everyone who hurt us in the past. I have been forgiving them and praying for them as well. Sometimes when I didn't forgive immediately and I felt things happen to remind me that I have not forgiven someone or held bitterness against them. I am glad I worship a great God who is my Father.
thank you for the goodie and note.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/17/2013 9:52AM

    emoticon thank you vic!

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SANDRALEET 2/17/2013 8:13AM

    The word truth light Water and Holy Spirit sets on the road to salvation We only have to ask to be saved and accept it.

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JOANIE69 2/17/2013 8:08AM

    emoticon What a beautiful lesson and prayer for today.
It has touched my heart, and helped me to prepare for communion today.

God bless you Vic, just as you bless others with wisdom from His word.
Joanie

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 2/16/2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 2/16/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 1:19-22
COMING HOME THE HARD WAY, Lesson 4b

V. 19b-21 THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO BETHLEHEM

"Moved about them". Means the city was disturbed and in an uproar. Naomi's return to Bethlehem alone, broke and in the company of a Gentile made news all over town!
V. 21 She Spoke Of God's Providence - "The LORD hath brought me home again." She told of how the Lord worked to bring her home. I wonder how many times she had to tell of the death of her husband and her sons?

Bethlehem was still home!

"I will return to my father's house." , said the lost son in (Luke 15:18).

You can run from the Lord, but you cannot hide. Read Jonah!

V. 20-21 She Spoke Of God's Punishment - "Hath testified; hath afflicted" She seems to blame all this on the Lord, but it was all the result of her own choices!
Her words revel her heart, "I went out full...and returned empty". Don’t call me "Naomi" which means "Pleasant"; call me "Mara" which means "Bitter". Evidently, Elimelech was a wealthy man when he left Bethlehem for Moab, (v.21). She left full and returned home empty. The Lord will fill you up, but the plan of the devil is to empty you out! God knows how to get our attention!

V. 21 She Spoke Of God's Patience - She brought about her own troubles, but the Lord worked hard in her life to bring her home! Why did the Lord bring her home and not Elimelech, Mahlon and Chilion? Perhaps their heart was fixed, 1 Tim. 4:2 – “ speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, “ but Naomi's was still teachable, she had not allowed her heart to be hardened. God had a plan!

Thank God for His patience in our lives! He’s still working on me!

TODAY’S VERSE!

Deuteronomy 5:12 (New King James Version (NKJV)
12 ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“He’s Still Working On Me”

Chorus:
He's still working on me to make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be, He's still working on me.

1. There really ought to be a sign upon the heart,
Don't judge her yet, there's an unfinished part.
But I'll be perfect just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master's loving hands.
CHORUS:

2. In the mirror of His Word reflections that I see
Make me wonder why He never gave up on me.
He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He's the Potter, I'm the clay.
CHORUS:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of all mankind, God of all Creation! You bless us in countless ways and You challenge us to believe without seeing. Help us to have the kind of strong faith we need in order to overcome all doubts. Enlarge our faith in Your Word, in Your promises, in Your power, in Your love, in Your goodness, and in Your grace. Enable us to trust that You will answer our prayers even when we can’t see it. Teach us to live and walk by faith and not by sight. Bless all who have not seen but have believe. These things we pray in Jesus’ glorious name. Amen!

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JOANIE69 2/16/2013 6:10PM

    emoticon for another emoticon teaching.
I am so thankful that God is so patient with me. And I try to be patient with others, but cannot measure up to God's patience with me. He loved me before I knew Him, and He gives more grace as I need it. How I long to be more like Him!

Thank you for all the goodies and the lessons I look forward to each day.

emoticon Blessings, Joanie emoticon

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ANHELIC 2/16/2013 6:01PM

    Thank you Vic for an great lesson, hymn and prayer. God is really working on my patience and teaching me to rely on Him to deal with my problens in His time. I heard a cute saying "God give me patience right now". I am learning, not so, it's in His time. Thank you Lord for working on my. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. I look forward to your teaching each day.

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TONYVAND1 2/16/2013 4:46PM

  The Lord answers our prayers in His time.

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    emoticon for praying Vic

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CHUNKIMAMA 2/16/2013 2:27PM

    Thank you for sharing this.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/16/2013 10:03AM

    Thank you for sharing this message of God's great patience and love in dealing with each of His children.

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SANDRALEET 2/16/2013 8:22AM

    Yes I believe we are to keep all lows holy We are not to change one low And we are to look at our soles to see whot we did and ask for forgiveness and change it.

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SORTIZA99 2/16/2013 7:59AM

    Nice sharing.
Good day.

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JSTETSER 2/16/2013 7:52AM

    Ruth is such an example of God's favor.
If I had my life to live over again, I would ask that not a thing be changed, but that my eyes be opened wider.

Jules Renard

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CASTIRONLADY 2/16/2013 7:31AM

    May I ever be as willing as Ruth to follow my Lord and as teachable as Naomi - she is proof that God can still use old folks.
Thanks for your continuing onward pressing toward the mark!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 2/15/2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 2/15/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 1:19-22
COMING HOME THE HARD WAY, Lesson 4a

A foolish old farmer, so the story goes, concluded one day that the oats he had fed his mule for years were simply costing him too much. So he hatched a plan: he mixed a little sawdust in with the feed, and then a little more the next day, and even more the next, each time reducing the amount of oats in the mix.

The mule didn't seem to notice the gradual change, so the farmer thought things were fine and kept decreasing the proportion of oats. But weeks later, on the day he finally fed the poor beast nothing but sawdust, the mule finished the meal and fell over dead.

A silly tale, perhaps, but it serves as a parable of the backslider--the Christian who slips further and further away from God through un-repented sin or neglect. Though we know our souls cannot survive on spiritual sawdust, we may well convince ourselves that a little won't hurt too much, and a little less real spiritual food won't be missed. Then, over time, the proportion of sawdust increases while the oats gradually disappear. Before long, the change is complete, and our starved, sawdust-stuffed spiritual life has collapsed.

Surely this is how Naomi found herself in Moab with a dead husband and two dead sons. She never meant for it to happen, but one day she woke up to find that she was miles away from where the Lord wanted her to be. This passage is all about how Naomi found her way home to Bethlehem and to the place for blessing.

I know that I am teaching to some people who have allowed a little sin here or a little slackness there and today, you find yourself in a place, spiritually, that you never thought possible. You look around at all that you have lost as a result of your backslidden condition and you wonder if there is hope for your spiritual restoration. The answer to that question is "Yes!" And this passage has something to say about how that can happen in your life. Let's watch as Naomi returns to Bethlehem and think on the thought "Coming Home The Hard Way."

V. 19a THE ARRIVAL IN BETHLEHEM

The trip from Moab to Bethlehem would have taken between 7-10 days. It would have required them to cross the river Jordan and to climb the 2000 plus feet in elevation required to reach Bethlehem. It would have been easy to stop short of the city, but they continued until they were where they were supposed to be! Repentance is the same way! Don't stop until you have come all the way back! There is no record of their conversation as they traveled. This reminds us that a person's repentance is a private matter. It is between them and the Lord and we cannot judge their condition by what they do or by what they don't do!

To The City Of God's Praise - (Judah = Praise) Bethlehem was the place where the Lord was honored and exalted. There was no praise in Naomi's heart when she was in Moab. That child of God who is away from the Father's house cannot have a heart of praise, nor can their life be honoring to the Lord!

To The City Of God's Presence - (Ruth 1:6) God had visited His people in Bethlehem. While Naomi was in Moab, she was away from the Lord's presence! When a saint is away from the Lord's will, he cannot enjoy the presence of God! ( Jonah - Jonah 1:3).

When a believer returns, he can once again enjoy the blessed presence of the Lord, (Psa. 16:11).

To The City Of God's Provision - (Bethlehem means "House Of Bread") It was in the city of Bethlehem that Naomi would find the best of God's provisions. It was thee where she could be fed! So it is with the saint. God's best blessings are reserved for those who will stay close to where He is working!

To The City Of God's People - She returned to a place of kindred spirits and like-minded people. In Moab she was different! In Bethlehem, she belonged! So it is with the wayward child of God! Can you think of those who have wandered away from the place where God meets with His people? Thank God, they (or you) can come home again!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Revelation 3:10 (New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“In His Presence” By: Dick and Melodie Tunney (1988)

In His presence there is comfort,
In His presence there is peace.
When we seek the Father's heart
We will find such blessed assurance,
In the presence of the Lord.
(Repeat)

Cover me, Lord, with Your presence.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
O Father of Love, God of heaven and earth! You surprise us even today with Your great power and surround us with Your great love. When Your kingdom takes hold in human hearts, the results are breathtaking. Hatred gives way to love. Rejection is replaced by acceptance. Enemies are reconciled. Your peace prevails. Your will is done. And we are blessed beyond all we can imagine or think. Human eyes may not see it. The human mind may not imagine it. But Your kingdom has come and nothing can hold it back for You are at work. Help us to wait, watch and be prepared to be amazed as we wait and watch for Jesus to return to take us home to heaven. It is in His great name that we pray. Amen!

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RSSSLHB 2/15/2013 8:42PM

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CASTIRONLADY 2/15/2013 8:01PM

    So sorry I've been missing your blog early in the day and helps so much to read it early. Keep up the good work and I will be checking in earlier soon.

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MNABOY 2/15/2013 10:15AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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TOMWAMP 2/15/2013 10:04AM

    By Grace I am Saved. Thanks for the inspiration to start out my day.

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TONYVAND1 2/15/2013 9:51AM

  Striving to keep His commands and to listen to His voice.

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SANDRALEET 2/15/2013 9:40AM

    We night gain earthly wealth have more fun Become more powerful But we begin building on sand and when the first Storm's comes we get sweeped into a mess and them blame others for the mess we the powerful made Even in the old testament the poor suffered the most.from the actions off the few We have to pray separate from the world Trust in God to keep us safe God be with us.

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ANHELIC 2/15/2013 8:56AM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. Your example of the farmer feeding the mule sunk home with me and i realize there is no "little sin". Sin is sin and we cannot get away with it. With sin in our leves, satan rejoices, but when we return to God he can't stand seeing this. I am sharing this lesson with some of my friends. Sometimes, the road back can be hard, but worth it all. God bless you Vic as you continue sharing God's word with us. Thank you for the goodie and note.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/15/2013 8:20AM

    What a wonderful promise in Rev. 3:10! Thank you for the vivid analogy of the farmer feeding his mule sawdust and the way sin creeps into our life. I will probably be sharing it :)

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JOANIE69 2/15/2013 8:02AM

    emoticon Lesson! emoticon

I am struck with that story and the lesson gleaned (about the poor mule - and slipping away gradually from the Lord.) The truth is that there is no "little sin", is there...but we like to fool ourselves into thinking there are such sins, and Satan loves to feed our rationalizations.

I love that in your prayer you proclaim that God's kingdom IS come. Yes!
"He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today.
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives
Salvation to impart.
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives! within my heart.;"

This is another day of "eternal life" for the born again Christian , for death has no victory over us. Praise the Lord.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/15/2013 8:00AM

    I am surrounded by love in his grace!

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  thank you

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 2/14/2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 2/14/2013

Pursued By Grace

Ruth 1:6-18
THREE WIDOWS IN A WASHPOT, Lesson 3c

V. 15-18 ONE WIDOW IN THE PLACE OF DECISION
Ruth is a picture of that lost sinner who looks into the things of God and believes them by faith. She is a real possessor. She enters the family of God and makes a total commitment to follow the Lord forever!

V. 16a Ruth Decides To Follow - Even though Naomi has nothing to offer her, come what may, Ruth decides that she will follow Naomi. Evidently, something or “Someone” had worked in her heart! She is proof positive that God will speak to the hearts of sinners regardless of what His people do! Thank God for those who love Him even when He doesn't give them things! How important was this decision? It determined that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.

What have you decided concerning Jesus?

V. 16b Ruth Decides By Faith - She adopts a new family and a new Lord by faith. She received a new life and a new Lord because she exercised faith! Everything changes at Calvary!

2 Cor. 5:17 - 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Luke 4:18 - “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Rom. 6:6 – 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
In Jesus, we are new and free!

V. 17 Ruth Decides Finally - She makes a total commitment that extends all the way to death. She devotes every second of every remaining day to walking with the Lord. For her, there would be no looking back! What's back there anyway? Death, Defeat, Darkness and doom! Genuine Christianity is about a total commitment that looks forward and upward.

Matt. 16:24 - Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. “

Luke 14:26-27, 33 - “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

Is yours all His? Are you all His?

Conc: Which of these poor widows best represents the life you are living right now? Are you like Naomi, a person who knows the Lord but needs to return to the place of blessing? Could you be an Orpah, you have looked into the things of the Lord and have decided not to follow Him, but have chosen your life and your sin over the will of God? Or, would you be like Ruth, you have made your decision to follow the Lord, no matter come what may, until He takes you home? Which of these women best represents the life you are living right now?

If you are saved and away from the Lord, I invite you to come home. If you are lost and are thinking about a life of faith, I invite you to receive Jesus today. If you are saved, secure and settled I invite you to come before Him to worship, praise and thank Him for grace.

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 John 4:16 (New King James Version (NKJV)

16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Christ’s Love Is All I Need” By: George W. Sides (1924)

Stanza 1:
Though dark and dreary be life's way
And burdens hard to bear;
There's One whose love will never fail,
My heart shall ne'er despair.
My hope is staid in Him today,
And He will safely lead
To that sweet home beyond the sea;
Christ's love is all I need.

(Chorus)
Christ's love is all I need each day,
I know, I know, Christ's precious love is all I need;
He'll lead me safely on life's way,
I know, I know Christ's precious, precious love is all I need.

Stanza 2:
Though trials press on every side
And many snares there be;
I look in simple faith to Him
Who calmed the stormy sea.
He is the Shepherd kind and true,
His sheep He'll ever feed;
This cheers me on and makes me strong,
Christ's love is all I need.

(Chorus)

Stanza 3:
And when I hear the boatman's call,
"Come cross the chilly tide;"
I shall not fear to launch my bark,
For Christ is at my side.
He bore the sting of death for me,
Has met my every need;
And so I sing the sweet refrain,
Christ's love is all I need.

(Chorus)

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, God of all creation, our God! Help us to be holy as You are Holy, to live right starting today. Establish our hearts holy and blameless before You. Holy is Your name for You have done great things for us, in us, and through us. We exalt Your Holy name above all names and give praise and thanks to You for Your great love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, peace, joy, goodness and kindness. We give You all the glory due Your marvelous name and worship You in the beauty of Your holiness. Help us to pick up our cross and follow Jesus, our Lord. Teach us to be more like Him every day. These things we pray and ask in his gracious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 2/14/2013 11:38PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. I don't know how I could survive without God in my life. Following Him gives me peace and a comfort feeling each day.

With my whole heart, I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments. My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.
Psalm 119: 10. 20
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MNABOY 2/14/2013 11:15PM

    A blessing as usual

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  thank you

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JOANIE69 2/14/2013 5:01PM

    Thank you Vic. You are the best Bible teacher I have encountered in decades as a Christian. I have learned so much from you since I found your blog, and I thank God He has placed you here on SP, to refresh us and to bear witness.

I will join you in praising our wonderful, precious, gracious, merciful and loving Lord, our Heavenly Father, and the holy Holy Spirit. Where would I be without the Lord? I do not even want to think about it...I would be nowhere. I would be nothing. Worse yet...what manner of person would I be? I thank God that I am His and He is mine. I love Him so, because He first loved me.

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'God is love.' 1 John 4:8(b)

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  Be Holy as He is holy.

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    amen!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/14/2013 8:19AM

    Vic, I had not thought in terms of what each of the 3 women represented spiritually. Thanks for making this story clearer for me. Always enjoy this devotional.

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    Teach me Jesus!

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