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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 2/22/2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 2/22/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 2:17-21
GOOD NEWS FROM THE FIELD OF GRACE, Lesson 7a

Ruth, the Moabitess, has gone to the field of Boaz to glean barley. While she was there, she met the owner of the field. She caught his eye. She ate lunch at his table and he personally served her the food. When she left the field that day, she left with more than she bargained for. She returns home that evening weary and tired from her labors, but she has a tale to tell. All day, her mother-in-law Naomi would have been waiting for her to return with enough grain for a little meal. When Ruth does return, she is loaded down with enough grain to last them a week. Not only does she have grain, but she has some good news to tell as well.

I want to share that good news with you today. It is news that we all need to hear, because this Good News From The Field Of Grace will help each of us to grow in our own walk with the Lord. There are some mighty big truths here for those willing to grab hold of them today. Allow me to share with you this “Good News From The Field Of Grace”.

V. 17-18 GOOD NEWS ABOUT THEIR PROVISIONS

V. 17 Provisions That Were Designed To Satisfy - When Ruth returns home, she has 25lbs of barley. This is more than enough to feed these 2 women for a week. She went looking for enough for one meal and returned with enough to feed them for a week. Boaz wanted her to get so much in his field that she would never even dream of gleaning anywhere else. Our Heavenly Father is determined to bless His people, (Eph. 1:3). He wants to give you so much that you will never think of going anywhere else to glean. Ruth's words to Naomi in (verse 21) serve to show them that the blessings would continue until the end of the harvest. The Lord doesn't intend to stop blessing you until you leave this world. Then, the real blessings begin, (Eph. 2:7)!

V. 18 Provisions That Were Designed To Show - Can you see Ruth as she throws that 25lb across her should and heads into the city? Everyone who sees her pass by knows that she is that Moab girl. They know she has nothing and by now most of them know she has gone to the field of Boaz to glean. They can see that she has a received a blessing, as they watched her go past them. It might be that Boaz was making a statement to the community. That sack of grain trumpeted, "I've got my eye on Ruth, and I'm going to be a blessing to her life." God's blessings in your life are designed to show a lost world just how good God is. He blesses His people to create a desire for Him in the hearts those who do not know Him. That is why He gives us grace for living. He wants to use us as living testimonies to His grace, His power and His glory, (Matt. 5:16). As we live out the real blessings of God, the world is going to be affected by God's work in us! What are the real blessings of God? "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." (Gal. 5:22-23)! A child of God who displays these graces in his or her life is a child of God who walks in victory!

V. 18 Provisions That Were Designed To Share - Not only does she share the bounty of her provision with Naomi, but she also shares the remaining part of her portion that she was given by Boaz in verse 14. Ruth isn't selfish, she wants to share what she has with Naomi. We are not to simply horde up the blessings of the Lord, but we are to share them with others. Whatever we have been blessed with by God has been given to us to use for His glory. Whether it be a talent, God's truth, a gift, financial resources, etc. His blessings are given to us so that we might share them with others.

Ruth got what she did because she was willing to work for it! She gleaned and she got! The same is true in spiritual matters! You get out of something about as much as you put into it! Whether it be prayer, worship or just victory in your daily life, it isn't for the lazy! God's best is reserved for those who are willing to deny themselves, take up His cross daily and follow Him, (Matt. 16:24).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 24:3-4 (New King James Version (NKJV)

3 Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
4 By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Where He Leads I’ll Follow” By: William A. Ogden (1885)

Sweet are the promises, kind is the word
Dearer far than any message man ever heard
Pure was the mind of Christ, sinless, I see
He the great example is, and pattern for me

Refrain:
Where He leads I'll follow
Follow all the way
Follow Jesus ev'ry day

Sweet is the tender love Jesus hath shown
Sweeter far than any love that mortals have known
Kind to the erring one, faithful is He
He the great example is, and pattern for me
Refrain:

List to His loving words, "Come unto me!"
Weary, heavyladen, there is sweet rest for thee
Trust in His promises, faithful and sure
Lean upon the Savior and thy soul is secure
Refrain:


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Merciful and Loving Father, God of all grace and hope. Hear our prayers for deliverance. Remind us of Your prayerful tears You shed on our behalf. Reveal Your Majestic presence that we may truly hear Your Words of reassurance and grace. Speak to our hearts and purify us in Your righteousness through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Help us to understand that we do not struggle alone in this world against the evil one and the wickedness of this world. Let Jesus be our strength and hope; let Him be our guide and our way to Your glory and praise. These things we ask and pray in His mighty name. Amen!

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LOOKINGUP2012 2/22/2013 10:33AM

    You have a wonderful way of expanding the beauty of the story! Thank you so much for sharing and for you prayers.

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ANHELIC 2/22/2013 10:27AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. How inspirational it is that Boaz as a Godly man helped Ruth. This was a great example for us to share our blessings with others. We try to shine for Jesus and show others the great love that we have for Him and how we demonstrate the fruits of the Spirit with others. I am so glad I'm a child of God and can share His love with others. Thank you for the goodie and note,Vic. God Bless you for your great lessons you have for us.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/22/2013 10:22AM

    Vic, the goodie and message you sent yesterday was from God. I have been going through hard trials and the words were exactly what I needed to hear. I come to these devotions seeking a blessing and am never disappointed. Thank you

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NADINEL 2/22/2013 9:24AM

    Thanks, Vic, for giving us God's word and for this wonderful message!

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JOANIE69 2/22/2013 8:50AM

    What a wonderful inspirational message again today, Vic.

How exciting to realize our blessings are meant to satisfy, to show, and to share. How wonderful indeed to know God blesses us through our journey here, and there is even MORE in store in the life to come. Oh what a Saviour!

The hymn and prayer are wonderful to lift us up as well, and I reaffirm all of it but these lines in your prayer spoke to my heart: "Help us to understand that we do not struggle alone in this world against the evil one and the wickedness of this world. Let Jesus be our strength and hope; let Him be our guide and our way to Your glory and praise."

Amen Vic, Praise the LORD!

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RSSSLHB 2/22/2013 8:42AM

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TONYVAND1 2/22/2013 8:15AM

  Excellent lesson on how God provides but that He wants us to work at the things He wants from us PrayerWorship,and Living the Christian life

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EDITOR 2/22/2013 8:04AM

    Oh, Vic, I loved your goodie and note and your teachings and lessons. Thank you! But was this a typo that dieters not hoarders will scream and be disarmed at? "25lbs of barley more than enough to feed these 2 women for a week. Or is good storing up food for them? I can't even conceive this amount. Boaz will provide for her. Come on, are more like Eli in America and Canada than Ruth and Naomi? emoticon


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SANDRALEET 2/22/2013 7:34AM

    Now or later Gods blessings are many

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/22/2013 7:11AM

    IS THERE ANOTHER SPOT YOU POST

'DID YOU KNOW'

IF SO, WHERE IS IT? emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 2/22/2013 6:55AM

  thank you

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CASTIRONLADY 2/22/2013 6:53AM

    God help me to work for Your kingdom and glory. Thanks, Vic.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 2/21/2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 2/21/2013

Pursued By Grace

Ruth 2:4-17
IN THE FIELD OF GRACE, Lesson 6b

V. 10-14 HIS COMFORTING WORK

V. 10 Her Amazement - Ruth finds herself humbled by his grace. There are times when the thought of what He has done for you and me is overwhelming! (Phil. 2:5-11; Isa. 53:1-12). Does grace still amaze you?

V. 11-12 His Announcement - Boaz tells Ruth that he knows about her deeds and he knows about her faith in the Lord. He prays that she will receive a full reward for the service she rendered to Naomi! Just a word here for the struggling saint! Friend, people may call into question your actions and your motives, but the Lord knows your heart, (1 Sam. 16:7). One day, there will be a full reward given to the faithful child of God, (2 Tim. 4:6-8)!

V. 13 Her Appeal - She is still looking for grace and doesn't even realize that she has walked right into the middle of a field full of grace! She just wants to "please him." He has been good to her and she wants to do that which pleases him. This needs to be the goal of every child of God! Stop trying to live pleasing to everybody in the world and just live to please the Lord! Friend, that will make your life real simple, real fast! He is already pleased when we give ourselves to Him. We are as righteous as we are ever going to be in Him, (1 Cor. 6:9-11). However, day by day, we need to live our lives in such a way that we please the Lord. How? By loving Him, worshiping Him, and by putting Him ahead of everything else in this world.

V. 14 His Acceptance - There are a few things that Boaz did in this verse that prove beyond all doubts that Ruth found favor in his eyes.

He Sat With Her - He invited her to join him at the meal table and sat close enough to her to pass the corn. He didn't care about her past. She had captured his heart. You past is no barrier between you and the Lord, when it has been dealt within salvation. You are brought into a position of nearness to Him. John at the last supper, sat close enough to feel the breath of the Lord on his head, (John 13:25). Jesus sits with us today!

He Supped With Her - He allowed her to dip her bread in his vinegar. This was an intimate meal! This speaks of close fellowship. There are times in life when the Lord will "sup" with His children, (Rev. 3:20). He desires that we be close to Him so that He might fill our lives with His best!

He Sufficed Her - When Ruth left that table she was satisfied! There is no need for any child of God to be unfulfilled as a believer. The Lord has provided all the resources we need to fill us above measure with His goodness and glory. Our duty is to receive what He gives us and to enjoy it to the full! We have already been blessed to the full, (Eph. 1:3). There is no excuse for defeat and dissatisfaction in the Christian life.

V. 15-17 HIS CONCEALING WORK
After Ruth left the table, Boaz continued to work in her absence. He was even working behind her back to take care of her.

A Work Of Providence - He made some decisions behind the scenes that affected her life. He was working for her good, even when she did not know it! The Lord is always working behind the scenes in your life and mine to bring about His best for us. This is called Sovereignty and Providence. (Joseph is an example in (Gen. 50:20).

A Work Of Provision - Boaz commanded his men to drop "handfuls on purpose." Why? He wanted Ruth to get so much in his field that she would not want to go anywhere else! That is how the Lord operates on our behalf! He is so good to His children, that no one in their right spiritual mind would ever consider gleaning anywhere else. Praise God for His "Handfuls on Purpose", those times when He blesses you just because He can!

A Work Of Plenty - When Ruth left that day, she left carrying a half-bushel of grain. That’s more than enough to feed them for a week. There are times in life when the Lord will simply load your wagon! He will give you more than you need.

Conc: Ruth had no worries when she was in the field of grace. No one harassed her, no one hindered her. She rested when she was weary. She ate when she was hungry. She drank when she was thirsty. Every need was met by Boaz. Friend, when you are saved and are gleaning in the field of the Lord's grace, you will find all you need. Are you in that field? Are you gleaning in that field? Would you like to get into that field? If so, there's still plenty to go around in the field of grace owned by our heavenly Father. If you need grace, you come to Him. In His presence, you will find all you will ever need!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Ezekiel 1:28 (New King James Version (NKJV)

28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“His Grace Reaches Me” By: Whitey Gleason (1964)

Deeper than the ocean
and wider than the sea
is the grace of the Savior
for sinners like me
Sent from the Father
and it thrills my soul
Just to feel and to know
That His blood makes me whole

CHORUS
His grace reaches me
Yes, His grace reaches me
And ‘twill last thru eternity
Now I'm under His control
and I'm happy in my soul
Just to know
that His grace reaches me

VERSE 2
Higher than the mountain
and brighter than the sun
it was offered at Calv'ry
for ev'ry one
Greatest of treasures
and it's mine today
Tho' my sins were as scarlet
He has washed them away

CHORUS

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, our Heavenly Father, God of all Creation, Lord of lords, and King of kings, worthy art Thou of all our praises. We bow down before You as we worship You, thanking You that You are Perfect, and Lovely, and pure, and wonderful. The beauty of Your holiness is awesome beyond words. Thank You for wanting to impart Your holiness to us. Let Your holiness penetrate our lives and make us pure of all our un-holiness and unrighteousness. You called us not to uncleanness but to holiness. Show us the way of holiness through Jesus, our Savior, through His Word and through Your indwelling Spirit. These things we pray in His glorious name. Amen!

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63KEEPONGOING 2/21/2013 8:01PM

  Such a beautiful lesson "In the Field of Grace".

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MNABOY 2/21/2013 2:58PM

    Amen

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LOOKINGUP2012 2/21/2013 12:24PM

    Boaz is a beautiful picture of Christ's love. I'm so glad his story is here. Thank you for your prayer.

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TONYVAND1 2/21/2013 10:10AM

  Living in that field of Grace.

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ANHELIC 2/21/2013 9:24AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. My desire is to live in God's wonderful grace and rejoice in His love. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5 is a favorite verse of mine. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note.

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    emoticon Vic for praying emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/21/2013 7:52AM

    My heart rejoices over today's message. I want to stay in His field under His caring and watchful eye. He is so good! Thank you, Vic. I will carry these thoughts with me.

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JOANIE69 2/21/2013 7:28AM

    Vic, this lesson today made my spirit soar
and I recalled the refrain of another hymn:
"Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin."

Oh the matchless grace of Jesus...greater than all my sin. I want to be holy as He is Holy, and only Christ can accomplish that...in a willing heart...His grace does it all...He works His works in me, praise His Holy Name!

Thank you and God bless you for this uplifting message. Joanie

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EDITOR 2/21/2013 6:48AM

    His grace reached you and His grace reached me. If we have not been humbled by Him, we are still striving by works, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." The lesson is beautiful and the goodie and notes make me wonder how many years ago Grace found you, Vic. Thank you for preaching the Message. May we drop "handfuls on purpose" today.

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LEANJEAN6 2/21/2013 6:36AM

    again a wonderful le emoticon sson---great way to start the day-Lynda

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 2/20/2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 2/20/2013

Pursued By Grace

Ruth 2:4-17
IN THE FIELD OF GRACE, Lesson 6a

Ruth is a widow from Moab. In the mind of the average Israelite, she is less than nothing, a person to be despised and rejected. She is just a pagan sinner looking for a little grace. Verses 2-3 tell us that she has gone to hunt for food. This involved her entering fields that belonged to total strangers, falling in line behind that man's servants who were reaping the fields and trying to find a little grain here and there.

She was looking for just enough to make a meal for herself and her mother-in-law. Verse 2 tells us that she went out looking "for grace". Verse 3 tells us that she found it! Even though Ruth didn't know it at the time, God was directing her steps to bring her face to face with a man by the name of Boaz. When she went to glean in his field, she entered the field of grace.

Boaz is a clear picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. His actions in his field that day show us how the Lord Jesus acts toward those who are in His field, the church. I want us to consider Ruth and Boaz today as we find them “In The Field Of Grace”. Notice the picture Boaz paints of Jesus and the lessons he teaches us about our Lord!

V. 4-7 HIS CONSIDERING WORK

V. 4-5a He Is Present In His Field –

Heb. 13:5, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Matt. 28:20, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”

His Present Is Personal – Rev. 2:1, “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:”

His Presence Is By Proxy - Even though Jesus is in heaven today, His Spirit is ever present with the church , (John 14:16-18).

His Presence Is Pleasant - The gracious greeting between Boaz and his servants. Jesus never brings strife or trouble, but always the breath of Heaven and the fragrant breezes of glory! (Psa. 16:11).

V. 5b-7 He Is Perceptive Concerning His Field - The heavenly Boaz misses nothing that transpires in His field.

Pro. 15:3, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

Matt. 10:29-31, “29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

The Lord's eyes are on His church and He misses nothing that happens. But, He is also interested in the individual!

V. 5b His Perception Is Personal - Ruth caught his eye! Jesus loves the individual! You have caught His eye! He cares about you!

Jer. 31:3; The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.“

Rom. 8:38-39, “.38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

V. 6-7 His Perception Is Powerful - Boaz knew about her background , her activities and her motives. Jesus knows everything there is to know about us, and yet He still loves us and desires to be with us. I find that amazing! He calls us saints even though we are so sorry. He calls us friends even though we are such failures. That is grace, pure and simple!

V. 8-9 HIS COMMANDING WORK
Boaz has a few works of counsel for Ruth. These commands are designed to encourage her in her work of gleaning. They also speak to us today as well.

V. 8-9a Concerning Ruth's Steadfastness - She is commanded to glean in his fields only. Ruth doesn't know it, but Boaz has plans to take care of her. If she will abide in his field, she will enjoy the best he has to offer. The same is true for the child of God. If we will abide faithful in His field, He will bless us beyond our wildest dreams. The reason so many miss out on the Lord's best for their lives is that they glean here and there and never settle down and make the Lord's will their number one priority! We cannot glean here and there and expect God to bless us! God is looking for faithful stewards – (1 Cor. 4:2).

V. 9b Concerning Ruth's Safety - Boaz has commanded the men to leave her alone. Boaz is making sure that no one takes unfair advantage of Ruth. He is telling her “not to worry”, he has taken care of the details for her. She can trust him to look after her. What a lesson for the church! We can trust our Lord to take care of us! He is more concerned over our welfare than we are, (Rom. 8:28; 2 Cor. 4:17).

V. 9c Concerning Ruth's Supply - Boaz makes sure she knows that he has everything she needs to be satisfied. She didn't even have to work to get any of it! So it is with the children of the Lord. He has all we need to be satisfied as we walk through this world. If only we would learn to appropriate that which He has already provided! Jesus has and is all we need! He is rest for the weary,(Matt. 11:28, Psa. 23:2-3). He is refreshment for the thirsty, (John 7:37, Psa. 23:2). He is food for the hungry, (John 6:35; Psa. 23:5). He is healing to the injured, (Psa. 23:5). He is hope for the discouraged, (Psa. 23:5-6). He is shelter for the frightened, (Psa. 23:4). He is all you need! Have you discovered that truth yet? It is summed up in (Psalm 23:1 - "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.)"

TODAY’S VERSE!
Jeremiah 1:9 (New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:
“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“The Lord’s My Shepherd” By: Scottish Psalter (1650)

The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; he leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again,
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E'en for his own name's sake.

Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill:
For thou art with me, and thy rod
And staff me comfort still.

My table thou hast furnished
In prsence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God's house for evermore
My dwelling-place shall be.

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Father God, God of heaven and earth! We pray You to bless our work and establish it to Your glory. We commit all of the work we do to You so that it may be used to expand the Kingdom of heaven. Give us the strength to accomplish what we do each day; grant us the wisdom and ability to do it well, right, and pleasing in Your eyes. Take control of every detail of our work so that it will find favor with others and manifest the Lord, Jesus Christ, living in us. It is in His name that we ask and pray these things. Amen!

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ANHELIC 2/20/2013 10:26PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. I love the 23rd Psalm. I still recite it from the time I memorized it in Public School. It would be great if they would only bring back Religious Education into the schools. I really am enjoying Ruth's story and am realizing that God is looking after us in the same way. It makes us feel secure knowing this. Thank you for the goodie and note.

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BABY_GIRL69 2/20/2013 8:49PM

    God bless & thank you for this blog!

Dee

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/20/2013 3:42PM

    What a beautiful picture of God in the person of Boaz! Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I always liked this story. Now it is even more special.

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EDITOR 2/20/2013 3:32PM

    What comfort that God is always watching out for us in what may seem to be the little incidences of the day. What great promises He has in store and what hope this book of Ruth and blog brings. Thank you!

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MNABOY 2/20/2013 3:09PM

    If only we all lived the verse," Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Thanks for sharing

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TONYVAND1 2/20/2013 12:11PM

  Another good blog , great teaching on the love of God.

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LOOKINGUP2012 2/20/2013 10:07AM

    This is such a beautiful story. Thank you for delving in and showing us Christ!

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NADINEL 2/20/2013 9:28AM

    Thank you for this wonderful lesson, Vic. His love for us is unending. Amen!

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JOANIE69 2/20/2013 8:30AM

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God bless you for your teaching and your faithfulness to us, Vic.

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IAM_HIS 2/20/2013 8:22AM

    What strong teachings in this blog. Another one that hit me hard...I am being reminded of so much in this blog. I need to read it again.

Thank you Vic.

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SANDRALEET 2/20/2013 7:43AM

    We the fallen ones he saved His compassion Have some to Then we accept others.not like our self in Gods family Were they came from not important were they are now there belief in God is.

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CASTIRONLADY 2/20/2013 6:40AM

    Good morning, thank you for your daily blog and thank God for Our Redeemer kinsman, Jesus. Have a blessed day!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 2/19/2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 2/19/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

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

V. 3 THE PROVIDENCE IN HER SEARCH

Involved God's Command In The Past - Ruth went to a field and began to glean. She was allowed to do this because of a command that God had given in the ancient past, (Lev. 19:9-10; Deut. 24:19-22). God had worked in her past to take care of her present need. The same is true in the life of the believer. Our present standing in Jesus was made possible because of what God did in the ancient past. We were chosen in Christ in the past, (Eph. 1:4-6); Jesus was provided for our salvation before man ever sinned, (Rev. 13:8, 1 Pet. 1:18-20). Everything we have and are today is a product of the past work of the Lord, and of His grace, (1 Cor. 15:10).

Involved God's Control In The Present - This verse says that it was her "hap" to go into a field owned by this man named Boaz. From a human perspective it looked as though it was purely coincidental. However, for God's perspective, it was sovereignty in action. He had already determined that there was going to be a wedding, and a baby for Ruth! Ruth doesn't know it, but the Lord is pulling all the strings of her life to get her in the right place at the right time. Just as the Lord worked in Ruth's life He works in each of our lives. Nothing happens by accident! The words accident, happenstance and coincidence do not exist in God's dictionary! He moves powerfully and providentially to bring about His will in your life and mine! That is why we can have confidence as believer! God is always working and moving in our lives to accomplish one goal: He is reproducing His Son in every saint of God, (Rom. 8:28-31).

V. 1 THE PERSON IN HER SEARCH

She thought she was looking for a meal, but God was about to introduce her to a man. She went to find some food, God was about to give her a new family. Although Ruth doesn't know it right now, this Boaz is the real object of her search. Notice what the Bible teaches us about this man.

He Was A Related Man - This verse tells us that he was a "kinsman." He was just what Ruth needed, although she didn't know it. Boaz was qualified to perform the function of the "Kinsman Redeemer" to these widows, according to the Law of God, (Num. 27:8-11). Boaz is a type of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. He became a "kinsman" to us so that He might redeem us from our sins, (Phil. 2:5-8).

He Was A Rich Man - He was "a mighty man of wealth". This means that Boaz possessed all the necessary resources to carry out the task of redemption. Jesus Christ also is a man of sufficient resources to carry out the plan of redemption.

He possesses perfect righteousness, (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22-24; Isa. 53:4-6).

He possesses everlasting love for the fallen, (Jer. 31:3; Rom. 5:8, John 3:16).

He possesses infinite grace, sufficient to save any soul that will bow to God in faith and repentance, (Eph. 2:8-9), (Paul - 1 Tim. 1:12-17)!

He completed God's plan for your redemption in its entirety, (Heb. 10:11-14, Heb. 9:24-28); and now God is satisfied, (1 John 2:1; Isa. 53:11). Salvation may be free, but it wasn't cheap! Still, you can be saved today if you will come to Jesus by faith!

He Was A Respected Man - We are told that Boaz was "a mighty man". His name means, "In it is strength." It sounds as though he was a respected man. Some scholars believer that Boaz and Ibzan, an Israelite judge, (Judges 12:8-10), are the same fellow. It is this man that Ruth will meet, fall in love with and come to know intimately. Again, he is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ in that God has given Jesus an exalted Name, (Phil. 2:9-11). Men may mock Him and use His name as a byword, but in Heaven, that Name evokes worship and celebration! Of course, on day, He will receive the respect He is due from all men, (Rom. 14:11, Rev. 5:1-13)! It is far better to do it now than to wait until that day!

Conc: I want to conclude this section from Ruth with three questions. They are simple. You know the answers and all you have to do is be honest in dealing with them.

Are you saved, not a church member, not a good person, but truly born again?

If you are saved, can you honestly say that you are growing in the Lord as you should be? It is God's command and desire that we grow, (2 Pet. 3:18).

Are you hungry for something in your spiritual life that you do not have right now? If so, it is available from the Lord, (Psa. 84:11; Matt. 11:28). God has what each of you is looking for today, if you will come to Him and get it.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Mark 4:26-27 (New King James Version (NKJV)

26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Hark, The Gentle Voice” By: Mary B. C. Slade (1873)

Hark! the gentle voice of Jesus falleth
Tenderly upon your ear
Sweet His cry of love and pity calleth
Turn and listen, stay and hear.

Refrain:
Ye that labor and are heavy laden
Lean upon your dear Lord's breast
Ye that labor and are heavy laden
Come, and I will give you rest

Take His yoke, for He is meek and lowly
Bear His burden, to Him turn
He who calleth is the Master holy
He will teach if you will learn.
Refrain:

Then, His loving, tender voice obeying
Bear His yoke, His burden take
Find the yoke His hand is on you laying
Light and easy for His sake.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Thank You, Father; Thank You, Jesus; Thank You, Holy Spirit! Thank You for all that you continuously do for us. We praise You for each and every blessing. We know that all good things come from You. We are forever grateful for them. Forgive us when we take credit for work You have done on our behalf. Let us bow before You with a humble spirit and give You all the glory and praise. Keep us from entertaining pride in our hearts. Show us when prideful thoughts take hold of our hearts and minds. Keep us far from the destruction that is sure to come by our failure to acknowledge You as our sovereign Savior and God. Help us to be separated from all pride of heart. These things we pray and ask in the Merciful name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen!

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ANHELIC 2/19/2013 11:42PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson again, hymn and prayer. This lesson was a great reminder that what we have was all given by God and He knows what we need and how we will receive it. I am grateful for having Holy Spirit guiding my daily walk and directing me in the right direction. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/19/2013 10:31PM

    I praise God that He has worked in the past to supply every need and promises to continue. We have this story to remind us how God hears the heart cry no matter where we are. Thank you, Vic, for all the devotions and goodies.

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JOANIE69 2/19/2013 3:21PM

    Thank you again today Vic. As you know, I look forward to these lessons and cannot imagine a day without them now!
Truly there are not enough words to describe the loveliness of our Lord and Saviour. He draws us to Himself in grace, He saves us by grace, He keeps us and teaches us and provides more grace as needed. He is a gracious God, a loving and merciful God, and I owe everything...my very breath... to Him. Praise Him! Bless His Holy Name.

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IAM_HIS 2/19/2013 2:05PM

    This blog hit me hard. I had a difficult situation recently. It was painful and affected not only me, but my family. Although I am still experiencing anger from my family, it was given me the blessing of insight I so needed.

God truly got my attention!

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MNABOY 2/19/2013 11:25AM

    Amen

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TONYVAND1 2/19/2013 9:18AM

  every thing we do and recieve is a gift from the Father up above.

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EDITOR 2/19/2013 7:31AM

    Do we search for grace or does grace search for us? Eph 2:8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Thank you always, Vic, for goodies and humble attempts to teach those who are pliable and hungry for His voice.
I love the prayer today addressing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as it should be.

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    Thank you for taking care of us on our journey!

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    We only think we are in control of our life God puts us were he wants for his purpose.

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

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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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