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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 2/25/2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 2/25/2013

Ruth 2:21-23
ABIDING IN THE FIELD OF GRACE, Lesson 8b

V. 22 RUTH IS INSTRUCTED TO ABIDE

The Character Of The Field - Ruth is told that "it is good". This is a good field! It was a proven field, (v. 17). It was a productive field, (Chp. 2); It was a promising field, (v. 21). This speaks to the quality of the field! The field of grace that Jesus expects us to abide in is a field of the best character. Staying with Him will produce the fruit of His image in your life, (Rom. 8:29). Gleaning in any other field leads to destruction and death, (Pro. 16:25). The character of the Lord's field is that it is a good field. It is the best field. For those who have gleaned there and tasted the fruit thereof would never think of gleaning anywhere else. When you can have all that Jesus offers, why would you settle for anything else?

The Completeness Of The Field - Ruth found more than just food when she was in the field of Boaz. She found peace, safety, security, hope, refreshment, relationships, hope, promise, goodness, kindness, and blessing, (2:9-17). This speaks to the quantity of the field. When you glean in the field of the Lord Jesus and determine that you will abide there through the times of bounty as well as the lean times, you will find that His field contains all you need to sustain you through all times. Is Jesus all you need? That's more than enough! Is Jesus all you want? That's far more than enough! He wants us to come to the place where He is all we have, (Heb. 13:5b)! Paul said it best, Phil.1:21, “ For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain “. Where are you in that process? When we come to the place where Jesus is all we have, we will find that we have all we want and all we need. He offers completeness for all those who glean in His field of grace, (Phil. 4:11-13).

The Company Of The Field - When Ruth was gleaning in the field of Boaz, she had precious relationships with the men in the field, (2:4-7; 9); with the maidens in the field, (2:8, 22); and with the master of the field himself, Boaz, (2:7-18). When we learn to abide in the Lord's field, we are also privileged to enter into some glorious relationships. First, there is the relationship with the people of God! Our fellowship together is precious! We are a body, (1 Cor. 12:12-27). We are part of a fellowship, (1 John 1:3). Thank God for His people! They are precious! Secondly, we have a relationship with the Master of the field, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a close relationship, (1 John 1:3, John 15:5). It is a permanent relationship, John (6:37; John 14:16). The relationships of His field are precious beyond words!

V. 23 RUTH IS INCLINED TO ABIDE

Her's Was A Continual Work - Ruth entered that field every day and gleaned faithfully until the harvest ended. That is what Jesus expects all of His people to do! He wants us to glean in His field faithfully every single day! He would have His people dedicated, consecrated, and consistently gleaning in His field, carrying out His will until He comes, (Eph. 2:8-10).

Her's Was A Completed Work - She was steadfast and dedicated until the work was finished. The Lord would have His people continue in His harvest work until He ends all the harvest. He is looking for those who will begin well, glean well and finish well. I want to be able to say what Paul said when he reached the end of the way, (2 Tim. 4:6-8) “6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. “

Her's Was A Consecrated Work - This verse tells us that she "dwelt with her mother in law." She was a young, beautiful, widow. She caught the eye of Boaz, and she probably caught the eye of other men in Bethlehem. Still she walked in integrity and maintained her purity through those difficult, lonely days. This speaks volumes about Ruth's character! She willingly submitted herself to the field, the future, her family and her new faith. In doing so, she sets the example for you and me. As we glean, we are to be faithful to do His will as we pass through this world. Are you doing that? We are also to walk in integrity. We are to keep our lives clean and pleasing in the sight of the Lord for the glory of God. He would have His people be holy, (1 Pet. 1:16). There are many who need to come before Him and make a fresh commitment to glean in His will, in the field of grace until the harvest is ended!

Conc: Ruth committed herself to staying in the field of Boaz. She did not wander from field to field, but she settled down and worked in the fields of grace. I wish God's people could catch a vision of that truth today! Far too many of God's people are wandering here and there, gleaning in this field and then another. Would to God that we would just determine in our hearts that we are done playing with this thing and settle down to serve Him and glean in His field until He comes for us.

If you are not saved, I invite you to enter the field of grace by faith. He will save you today if you will come. If you are saved and have strayed from His field, I invite you to return, there is plenty for you to glean here. If you are doing your best to be consistent and faithful, I would encourage you to carry on. I've read the book and it won't be long until the harvest has ended and we are called to the big house.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 3:21-22 (New King James Version (NKJV)

21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Want To Be A Worker” By: Isaiah Laltzell (1897)

I want to be a worker for the Lord
I want to love and trust His holy word
I want to sing and pray, and be busy ev'ry day
In the vineyard of the Lord
Refrain:
I will work, I will pray
In the vineyard, in the vineyard of the Lord
I will work, I will pray
I will labor ev'ry day
In the vineyard of the Lord

I want to be a worker ev'ry day
I want to lead the erring in the way
That leads to heav'n above, where all is peace and love
In the kingdom of the Lord
Refrain:

I want to be a worker strong and brave
I want to trust in Jesus' pow'r to save
All who will truly come shall find a happy home
In the kingdom of the Lord
Refrain:

I want to be a worker; help me, Lord,
To lead the lost and erring to thy word
That points to joy on high, where pleasures never die
In the kingdom of the Lord.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Mercy, God of Grace! Renew and transform our minds so we may be copies of our Lord, Jesus Christ and have not only our minds transformed, but also transform our lives. Help us to think clearly, to have the mind of Christ. Grant us the ability to reason solidly. Enable us to secure a steady mind-set as we face each day’s challenges, troubles and trials. You see all that we are or are not, please show us all that You see that is not of You. Bring every captive thought in obedience with Your will. Teach us to dwell on things that are true, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praise-worthy and make our love, faith, hope and work pleasing in Your sight. Show us to live in grace by faith! These things we ask in Jesus’ most High name. Amen!

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JOANIE69 2/25/2013 7:55PM

    Good Evening, Vic. I finally got to read your lesson in Ruth for today, and even though I am tired, it has blessed me as usual. I too want to be a worker in God's field, and stay the distance. I too pray to be daily transformed more and more into Christ's image, so I can better serve and glorify God. Bless you, Joanie

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MNABOY 2/25/2013 6:19PM

    It has been a long time since I have read from Ruth and a long time since I specifically thought of the lessons given there. Thanks

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PILGRIM125 2/25/2013 11:18AM

    Thank you for this rich reminder of all He is and all He has for us--if we abide in Him! emoticon

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SANDRALEET 2/25/2013 10:38AM

    Gods field is the Bible all of it Its were we get the food of life The water that cleans us The bath to follow With the Holy Spirit we can learn and grow in the light Find peace beyond all understanding Be put on the right Bath

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CASTIRONLADY 2/25/2013 8:14AM

    As always thank you for all your blessings with devotions, prayers and goodies.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/25/2013 8:01AM

    Oh, I can hardly wait til Jesus comes and takes us to the Big House! May we all be found diligent workers for Him wherever He has placed us until then. I thank the Holy Spirit for inspiring you to write out these devotions, Vic. Maybe a book of these messages in the future we can share with others not on Spark People?

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SUNSET09 2/25/2013 8:00AM

  You can never get too much prayer, Word and fellowshipping, thanx and enjoy your day! Yes, and amen! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TONYVAND1 2/25/2013 7:56AM

  Living a transformed life in Jesus Christ.

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ANHELIC 2/25/2013 7:42AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. We all need to continue to glean in God's field of grace and not wander from field to field. Staying in His field of grace until Christ's return and be taken up to spend eternity with Him. Thank you Vic for for goodie an note. God's richest blessing to your for teaching us God's word each day.

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EDITOR 2/25/2013 7:15AM

    I wanted to thank you for the goodie, Vic. But most of all for a simple statement today, "It is good." God looked and saw that it was very good! We are workers in the field and whatever task, chore, calling, high or low life, may He say to us all, "You trusted Christ to save. Well done thou good and faithful servant."

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/25/2013 7:04AM

    Starting my day with prayers to be guided!

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AZMOMXTWO 2/25/2013 6:49AM

  thank you

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 2/24/2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 2/24/2013

Ruth 2:21-23
ABIDING IN THE FIELD OF GRACE, Lesson 8a

Ruth has been gleaning in the field of Boaz, while there she got more grain than she bargained for. She also caught the eye of the wealthy field owner, a man by the name of Boaz. He works things out for her so that she leaves his field with more than enough grain to feed her and her mother in law for a week or more! She also leaves that field with instructions from Boaz. You see, this man is falling in love with Ruth and he is determined to get to know her better. Before she leaves, she is invited by Boaz to abide in his field until the harvest has ended. He wants to take care of Ruth and see that she has all she needs and more! He wants to be blessing to her life.

I would remind you that Boaz is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. In these verses, we see a portrait of how the Lord works with His people and how His people should respond to Him. You see, like Boaz, the Lord Jesus possesses a big field of grace and He wants us to abide in it. If we will abide in the field of grace, He will see to it that we get everything we need and much more. Allow me to point out the great blessings that are contained in these verses. I want to teach for a few minutes on the subject “Abiding In The Field of Grace”.

V. 21 RUTH IS INVITED TO ABIDE
It Was A Personal Invitation - "He said unto me" - Boaz is interested in Ruth as an individual. He wants to know her better. He is concerned about her. Jesus Christ is a personal Savior! He is interested in a personal relationship with each of us, (Rom. 10:13, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”). He is interested in us personally. He wants out walk with Him to be an intimate one.

John 15:5-6 says, 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” Jesus said in Rev. 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me”.

It Was A Precise Invitation - Boaz told her exactly what she was to do, "Abide in my field." He left no question as to what he expected from Ruth. So it is with Jesus. He wants us to be in an intimate, abiding relationship with Him, (John 15:4; 15:15-16). Jesus doesn't want His people gleaning in His field one day and another field another day. He wants us to live a life that is consistent; one that feeds by our relationship with Him; one that requires Him to exist. He wants there to be a hunger in the heart for Him. Psa. 42:1-2 tells us, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”

It Was A Promising Invitation - "until they have ended all my harvest." Boaz wanted Ruth to know that she was invited to glean in his fields until everything had been gathered. This promised her that she would enjoy plenty until the harvest was over. The relationship Jesus wants to have with His children is not a short term situation! He wants us to abide in His field until all His harvest has ended. That is why He has promised us that He will never leave us, (Heb. 13:5). That is why He has promised us that He will never cast us away,( John 6:37).) Those who enter into this kind of relationship with the Lord Jesus find themselves in a fertile field of grace, where His presence and His blessings are rich and real! His blessings do not have to be hit or miss, but they can be as constant as the North Star!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Luke 6:31 (New King James Version (NKJV)

31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Abide With Me” By: Henry F. Lyte (1847)

1. Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

2. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see—
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

3. I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

4. I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

5. Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Merciful Father, God of all Creation! Grant us wisdom so that we will have a long life of peace, blessings and happiness; a long life to serve the God that loves us and gave himself for us. We know wisdom comes with confidence, protection, security, promotion, and guidance; the elements that make living worthwhile. Help us to have the kind of wisdom that saves us from evil and enables us to make right decisions and choices in life; choices that bring You all the glory and praise. Help us to live with understanding, discipline and Your truth. These things we ask in the blessed name of Jesus! AMEN!

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ANHELIC 2/24/2013 7:05PM

    Thank you Vic for your great lesson, hymn and beautiful prayer. Yes, we need to keep gleaning in God's field of grace and share His goodness and mercy with others. As long as we kkep on God's path, He will bless us and keep us in His loving arms. Thank you for the goodie and note, Vic. Blessings to you and your wife.
Joanie

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COOP9002 2/24/2013 4:58PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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TONYVAND1 2/24/2013 3:46PM

  Abiding only in Him

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/24/2013 9:17AM

    This was balm for my soul. The words in the message and prayer were such a blessing. The song was the answer to my prayers. I can face anything as He abides with me. Praise God for his great love, mercy, protection and peace He gives even in darkest times!

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RSSSLHB 2/24/2013 9:13AM

    emoticon Vic emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/24/2013 7:56AM

    thank you Vic! I could use a happiness prayer today! Following Gods plan!
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JOANIE69 2/24/2013 7:21AM

    (I agree with EDITOR: "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!" Isa 52:7)

Amen Vic, and thank you for this beautiful lesson.

Have a blessed Sunday and thank you for this reminder which I need every day: "If we will abide in the field of grace, He will see to it that we get everything we need and much more. '

For "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Gal. 2:20

Blessings, Joanie

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EDITOR 2/24/2013 6:29AM

    This is so beautiful today, and I thank you Vic for His filling you with the beauty of the Lord throughout this entire post. Isa. 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Our God does reign. He fills us with good things. He unstops our ears. He provides more than we can ever conceive and perceive. He found us where we were at, and despite our protests He led us into green pastures and invites us to ask others to abide here and fear no evil. He gives gifts to men, through the Holy Spirit, that cannot be duplicated outside of His Kingdom.

I join in your prayer this day that our choices be His choices. Amen


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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 2/23/2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 2/23/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

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

V. 19-21 GOOD NEWS ABOUT A PERSON

V. 19 A Person Who Is Interested In The Situation - When Naomi sees all that Ruth has returned with, she is overwhelmed and begins to magnify the person who has given so much. She can easily see that you don't get this much by merely gleaning! She knows that someone has blessed them with an open hand! She blesses the person who "has taken knowledge of thee". The word "knowledge" conveys the idea of "paying attention to; to acknowledge; to notice". Naomi realizes that the person who gave them this grain has noticed Ruth and wanted to be a special blessing to her. Naomi doesn't know it yet, neither does Ruth, but Ruth has been noticed by one who is interested in knowing her better, (v. 2:5; 2:8-9; 2:14; 2:21). He is interested in her situation!

The Lord Jesus is interested in you today! Wherever you may be in your spiritual journey, Jesus is interested in knowing you better. If you are lost, He is interested in knowing you in salvation. If you are cold and backslidden, He is interested in knowing you intimately. If you are defeated, He is interested in leading you to the place of power and victory. The question is: Are you interested in what He has to offer you?

V. 19 A Person Who Is Involved In The Situation - Not only is Boaz interested in Ruth's situation, he is now involved. He has opened his hands and his heart to her and is taking steps to improve her condition, (v 2:11; 2:15-16). He is busy working behind the scenes to do what Ruth needs. He is involved in her life. Our heavenly Father is also involved in your life. Oh, there are times when He cannot be seen and there are times when His Hand is not visible, but you can rest assured that He is actively working on your behalf to fulfill His plan for your life! (Psa. 121:1-8).

V. 20-21 A Person Who Is An Instrument In The Situation - Boaz doesn't even realize the extent that he is being used in the lives of these two women. He had become an instrument in the hand of the Lord. There are three ways in which Boaz is being used by God as an instrument of blessing.

1. He Is An Instrument Of Revival - If you will look at Ruth 1:20-21, you will see that Naomi is a defeated and discouraged woman. She is this way because of her backslidden condition. However, when Ruth returns from the field of grace with the good news of Boaz, Naomi is once more restored to the place of worship and victory. God has used this man to encourage the heart of one of His children.

You might be in a position today in which you have allowed your heart to grow cold and hard toward the things of the Lord. I just want to remind you that if you are His, He knows where you are and He will show up and set things right in your heart and life. Just because you are down, doesn’t mean you are out! One of the first steps in getting back in the place of His best blessings is to come before Him and deal with whatever is lacking in your life. This is the challenge of the Word of God – (1 John 1:9; Psa. 51:7-12)!

2. He Is An Instrument Of Redemption - As Naomi listens to Ruth speak, the wheels of her mind are turning. She hears the name Boaz and says that he is "near of kin". This means that she thinks he might be a distant relative of theirs. Then she remembers who he is and says, "he is one of our next kinsmen". Now, she begins to realize all that the Lord is doing. In His providence, He has brought Ruth into contact with one who has the right of redemption according to the Law, (Lev. 25:25-34). You can almost see her regaining her spiritual confidence in The Levirate Law of Redemption. For a man to be a Kinsman Redeemer three things had to be true:

He Had To Be Related - Boaz is related, (2:1). So is Jesus – (Phil. 2:5-11; John 1:1, 14)!

He Had To Be Able To Redeem - Boaz is a mighty man of wealth, ( 2:1). Jesus is able to redeem all who come to Him for salvation – (Heb. 7:25; Heb. 10:10-14).

He Had To Be Willing To Redeem - Everything Boaz is doing suggests that he is willing to do anything to get to know Ruth. Jesus was more than willing to pay the price for our redemption – (John 18:37; Rom. 5:8; Isa. 53:4-7).

These women needed a redeemer. If they didn't find one, they would live their lives in poverty. If you are not saved, you need a redeemer! You could live also in spiritual poverty. You have one if you will accept Him. His name is Jesus and He died for you and rose again! If you will take a minute to think back over what the Lord has done for you if you are saved, you will have to admit that you have many reasons to praise His Name and to rejoice in Him today! Are you doing it?

3. He Is An Instrument Of Refreshment - Ruth tells Naomi in verse 21 that she will be going back to the field of grace to work until the harvest has ended. In other words, they are going to enjoy plenty because of this man named Boaz. I would imagine that every day he reminded the reapers to drop the "Handfuls on Purpose" for Ruth. Every day he would see that she had parched corn, a cool drink of water and all the grain she could carry when she left the field. He was going to be a blessing to Naomi and Ruth.

Just a reminded to you who are living on spiritual scraps today, Jesus wants to load your wagon! He has glory, and power, and victory and blessing for every one of His children, (Rom. 8:37; 1 Cor. 15:57). But, it isn't for the lazy. For Ruth to get what Boaz wanted her to have she would have to go to the field of grace day by day and work. So it is in the spiritual realm. If you want the best, then you have to pay the price in prayer, holiness, time spent in communion with the Lord, if you want your walk with the Lord to be stronger, deeper, and greater than what it is! If there is a lack in your life spiritually, it's not everyone around you that is causing it! If you want to see the problem, look no farther than the nearest mirror. Better yet, look no farther than your own heart, for there lies the problem and the solution. Your help lies in David's Psalm of repentance, (Psalm 32).

Conc: Did you need to hear some of these truths today? Does your relationship and fellowship with the Lord need help today? The first step to take is a step in His direction. If He has challenged you as a believer about your personal walk with Him, then come to this altar and do something about it! If He has showed you that you are lost and headed to Hell, then get down here and receive Jesus as your Savior and let God change the outcome and direction of your life. There's good news from the field of grace! But, it will never help you until you deal with it on a personal level!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Lamentations 3:26 (New King James Version (NKJV)

26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” By: Thomas O. Chisholm (1923)

1. “Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
Refrain:
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!“
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

2. Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
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3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Most Loving God! We know that our only hope for deliverance and restoration in our life is found in You and only You. You save us for eternity and for Your glory. Nothing is impossible with You. Please do not give up on us until we are completely set free in Jesus Christ our Lord. Restore us to total wholeness and enable our righteousness to shine forth the Son of God like a morning dawn and our salvation like a blazing fire. It is in the precious name of Jesus we pray these things. Amen!

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FLEMIDG 2/24/2013 12:25AM

    What a wonderful blog. Thanks so much for this . I too love that old hymn. God is so good. God bless you, Vic.

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ANHELIC 2/23/2013 1:22PM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. I want more of Jesus in my life and spending more time in prayer with Him and following His commandments is what I am trying to do daily. I feel I am getting help with my weight loss, even when at times I slip, I pick myself up and continue along the path of righteousness. SP has been where God wanted me to be for victory and grace. I have learned more from my Christian friends than sometimes in church. I look forward to the lessons each day and some I have printed so I can re-read them. God bless you for being an instrument of God and sharing God's word with us.

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TONYVAND1 2/23/2013 10:37AM

  Walking with Jesus

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SANDRALEET 2/23/2013 9:57AM

    We are loved and accepted By God we each have our good and our bad points In the old days women had to go were there husband went They had very little to say They even had to set in the outer sides of there synagog They were to be quiet and obey If we were Maioni would we be different and stayed behind,Did this happen so God can teach that no matter whot happens he will save his own That is whot I get from this book

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SORTIZA99 2/23/2013 9:17AM

    Great is GOD's faithfulness indeed.
To GOD be the glory.
A blessed day to you.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/23/2013 8:28AM

    I share the same sentiments as the 2 who have posted before me. I am eager to read each day's devotion, song and prayer. I sense the comfort and quickening of God to my soul through this ministry. Yes, I appreciate you, Vic, and your wife. Praise God for being the Hound of Heaven. He pursues us and if do not reject Him we'll be His.

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JOANIE69 2/23/2013 7:23AM

    Oh Vic! I just LOVE that hymn...I maybe will ask that it be sung at my funeral. How great is our God!? And I know you give all the glory to God, but I hope you are collecting all these lessons in a file so that even if you do not have them published, then one day somebody can do that, for you are one of the GREATEST Bible teachers I have ever encountered, and I have loved and read and studied the Bible for 48+ years now. This message is not meant to puff you up, (if that were possible), but is in recognition of the gift God has given you, to share with the world. Glory to God and thank you for your faithfulness to Him and to we who are here. Thank God as well for your lovely wife, who obviously helps you and allows you to share so much of your time with all of us here on SP.

I especially liked this part of the lesson, and it stirs my soul for it is such perfect truth:
"If you want the best, then you have to pay the price in prayer, holiness, time spent in communion with the Lord, if you want your walk with the Lord to be stronger, deeper, and greater than what it is! If there is a lack in your life spiritually, it's not everyone around you that is causing it! If you want to see the problem, look no farther than the nearest mirror. Better yet, look no farther than your own heart, for there lies the problem and the solution. Your help lies in David's Psalm of repentance, (Psalm 32)."

I DO want the best, and I thank God that with the help of SP and all the Christians who are here with me, that I KNOW I am where God wants me to be, so that He can give me the victory at last over this weight problem, while He teaches me even more about Himself, and my weaknesses, faults and sins. I confess to Him my need of His help, and thank Him for working in me to achieve this goal of a healthy temple, at long last. Glory to God!

Blessings, Joanie

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EDITOR 2/23/2013 7:18AM

    Just to get it out of the way, I loved your goodie and funny note yesterday. Thank you, Vic, and your wife too. that allows you this much ministry and lesson time.

This should pique curiosity today: "The Lord Jesus is interested in you today." As your lesson says, "Look in the mirror today." What do we see? I see a sombre and loving Christ that loves me just where I am at today. I pray your readers will also see an instrument Christ is using for His glory when they see a reflection of their self.




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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

    emoticon Vic emoticon

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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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RSSSLHB 2/21/2013 7:56AM

    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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