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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 2/27/2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 2/27/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 3:1-2
LOOKING FOR A LITTLE REST, Lesson 9b

THE PROMISE OF REST
Naomi tells Ruth that she wants to find Ruth a husband because he can provide her with the things which she cannot provide for herself. She says "that it might be well with thee." This phrase literally means, that “you may have the best." This is a promise that is full of meaning for this young widow.

The Promise Of Hope - If Ruth were to find such a marriage relationship, she would find relief from her past, her poverty and her pain. She would find the cure for her work, her worries and her wanderings. Instead of being a dead-end, life would suddenly have meaning for her. There would be hope for the future. Life might not be and endless series of days trying to scratch out a living in that unforgiving society. She might just find love! She might just have children! She might just find joy! Those who come into a love relationship with the Lord Jesus find far more than they counted on! They find that their lives are forever changed by His power. They find that they are loved, forgiven, part of something big and eternal. They find peace, joy and hope. They find not just the promise of rest, but they experience reality of rest first hand!

The Promise Of Help - The rest, promised Ruth a man who would meet her needs! A man, who would love her and provide for her needs. A man who would take care of her and offer her the kind of security she could only dream about. It was the promise of help as she went down the path of life. What a picture of what all the saints find in Jesus! He gives us hope day by day, but He also offers help along the way. No longer are we forced to go the way alone, now we have a companion, (Heb. 13:5). The saints need never fear being cast out, (John 6:37). The saints need never fear where the road of life will take them, for Jesus scouts the way and plans the path. Thank God for His help as we travel toward glory.

The Promise Of A Home - A marriage rest would provide Ruth with a new home. She would have a place to settle down and enjoy the blessings of her new relationship. The saints have a resting place as they travel through this world. That is true. However, I am glad that I can remind you that there is a home awaiting us at the end of the way, (John 14:1-3); a home, where the burdens, pains and trials of life will not be allowed to follow, (Rev. 21:4).

THE PLACE OF REST
Naomi reveals the name of the person she has in mind to be Ruth's husband. She has already picked out Boaz. After all, he is kin folks. He has the finances to take care of the need and he seems interested in Ruth. Ruth's rest will not be found in a place, but in a person, just as Christians find their hope in Jesus Christ.

He Had The Right Reputation - His reputation is stated in Ruth 2:1 and demonstrated through his actions. He displayed compassion, wisdom and grace in his dealings with Ruth. He cared about Ruth in spite of her past, in spite of what the community though about her or in spite of what she could offer him. He loved her like she was and he acted in grace toward her. Our heavenly Father, has the same reputation. Jesus loves the sinner, (Jer. 31:3; Rom. 5:8). He deals with us in grace, (Eph. 2:8-9). And, in spite of our past, or even what we could offer Him, He still reaches out in love to save all those who call on Him by faith and in obedience!

He Had The Right Relationship - Boaz was a "kinsman." That is, he had the right of redemption. Because he was so closely related, he could make a difference in Ruth's life. I would just remind you that our heavenly Lord is also related to us, (Phil. 2:5-11). Jesus became a man so that He might give His life a ransom for the elect. Thank God, He has the right relationship! No one else could have done what He did for sinners!

He Had The Right Resources - Boaz was "mighty man of wealth." He could afford to pay the price to redeem Ruth. Our God, the Lord Jesus, is also a mighty man of wealth! Even though He owns all things, His financial resources could not buy our redemption. Thankfully, the very thing we needed is what He has the most of! The lost sinner needs righteousness to face God, (Matt. 5:20). However, the best we can produce in the righteousness category is vastly insufficient, (Isa. 64:6). However, Jesus is abundantly and perfectly righteous! When He died for us, the righteous died for the unrighteous, (2 Cor. 5:21). Now, all those who trust Jesus by faith have their unrighteousness replaced with His righteousness, (Rom. 4:20-25). In Whose righteousness are you trusting today?

He Had The Right Resolve - Boaz gave every indication that he was interested in a relationship with Ruth. He gave to her freely. He was kind and compassionate toward her. He gave her a standing invitation to enter and glean in his field. He wants her to know she can come to him for what she needs. Everything Jesus Christ has done for humanity has been designed to show us that He cares. He has done everything in His power to show us that He desires a relationship with us. All that remains is for lost men and women to turn to Him by faith and receive what He offers them, (Matt. 11:28). He offers hope; He offers salvation and He offers rest. His offer still stands today, (John 7:37; Rev. 22:17). Praise God!

Conc: Are you at rest today? Now, I am not referring to physical rest. I am referring to spiritual rest! Is your spirit at rest? Is all well between you and the Lord? Have you entered into that relationship with Him that brings His best into your life? What I am asking is this: Are you truly saved by the grace of God? If the answer is "No", then you can be today if you will come to Jesus by faith and obey His commands. If the answer is "I don't know" than you probably need to be saved. If He is in you, you will know it. I certainly don't know your hearts, but you know your heart and God knows your heart. If there is a need, you come to Him and find rest.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Ecclesiastes 12:11 (New King James Version (NKJV)

11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd

TODAY’S HYMN!
“It Is Well With My Soul” By: Horatio G. Spafford (1873)

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Most High God! Someone has said that Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, but rather, tried and found difficult and abandoned. Help us O God! We need strength; we need faith; we need Your grace to help us in our determination to live and serve You, the only True and Living God. We need Jesus living in us to keep us from being dismayed in our failures. What a challenge is presented to us to say, “Not as we will, but as Thou will”. This call to self-denial is incredible. It is here that we either include You or exclude You daily in the life we live. Guide us through Your Spirit and increase our faith. This we pray with a sincere heart in the name of Jesus. Amen!

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NEWGGMOTHER 3/4/2013 11:32AM

    Thank you and thank you for the invitation to join the team

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LINDAMARIEZ1 3/3/2013 3:31PM

    Thank you for todays lesson Vic!

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MNABOY 2/27/2013 10:38PM

    It is well!

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ANHELIC 2/27/2013 7:29PM

    Thank you for your lesson, hymn and prayer. Knowing the background of this hymn really touches my heart, reading the words again. How he could have written this hymn after his wife and family sank on a ship that was coming to meet him. I can see how he was at rest and peace while writing this beautiful hymn. I am at rest in the Lord and knowing how He comforts and walks with me gives me peace and no fear is in my life. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. God Bless you for your teaching.

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SORTIZA99 2/27/2013 10:31AM

    Good day.
God bless you always.

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RSSSLHB 2/27/2013 9:32AM

    emoticon Vic, God bless

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TONYVAND1 2/27/2013 8:23AM

  It is well with my soul

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/27/2013 8:20AM

    Such a beautiful picture of the love of Christ! Yes, He is the "Right One" to give my heart and allegiance to. He makes it "Well With My Soul" whatever my trials or triumphs. Thank you again for a wonderful lesson and thank God for giving it to you to share!

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JOANIE69 2/27/2013 7:54AM

    Bless the Lord oh my soul
Let all that is within me,
Praise His Holy Name!


Thank you for your spark mail and all you do for me and others to encourage us and teach us. You, my Spark teacher and friend, are simply emoticon
To God be the glory. Blessings, Joanie

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EDITOR 2/27/2013 7:19AM

    Thanks for the goodie and note yesterday, Vic.

I have to say, we may kick against the goads, but God always, "Gives us what's best."

Hope, help, rest, all the blessings God desired to give her, she received, or should I say, "We do receive."

I am at rest, because He saved a wretched soul such as me. The Kingdom is coming, His will is being done. I hope others will give Him a shout of praise today!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 2/26/2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 2/26/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 3:1-2
LOOKING FOR A LITTLE REST, Lesson 9a

When you hear the word "rest" what images come to mind? For me, the word conjures up images of me in my recliner, or of me stealing a few precious minutes on my "meditation sofa" in my study. For others, rest is a walk in the woods, or a few hours with a fishing rod in their hands. Still others rest by working in the garden and yard. For many, however, rest is an elusive thing. They do not know where to find it. Such is the case for the heroine in our text.

Ruth is a hard working widow from the country of Moab. She has been engaged in bone weary activity all through the long harvest season. She needs rest! She has been carrying the load of providing for herself and her mother in law, Naomi. She needs a rest! She has been living with the memories of a time when life was kinder, when there was a husband to love, when there was the hope of children to raise, when she taken care of and when she had the security all women long for. She needs a rest! In this text, she begins the process of obtaining that rest.

Surely, by this time, Ruth has resigned herself to the idea that she will live out her life with Naomi. She must think that she will be required to shoulder the burden of caring for herself and her mother in law for many years to come. Little does she know that she is about to enter into a place of rest. She is about to have her burdens lifted and she is about to enter a relationship that will change everything in her life.

In this passage, we are confronted with the idea of "rest". For Ruth, this rest was that of security and family. For us, it pictures something far more wonderful and precious. The rest is a portrait of that which the lost sinner finds when he enters a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. From this text, I want us to see the benefits that result from our entering into a "rest relationship" with Him.

Today, I would like to teach for a while on the subject, "Looking For A Little Rest." If you are tired and weary, in and of the life you are living, then there will be help offered to you today. Let's observe the truth contained in this text.

THE PROPOSAL FOR REST

The Nature Of This Rest - When Naomi speaks of "rest", she is speaking of a marriage. As a Gentile widow in that Jewish society, Ruth had few prospects. She is in desperate need of someone who will take her as his wife and provide her with the rest she needs. She is talking about a state in which Ruth can enjoy the security and peace that would accompany such a relationship. The word used here is very expressive. It has the following uses in the Bible:

The absence of movement
Being Settled
Finality
Victory
Salvation
Wholeness, or a state of well being
Security
A place to settle down; a home (Ruth 3:1)

In other words, Naomi was hoping to provide Ruth with a relationship that would provide all of this for her. This is what the world is after as well! For Ruth this would be found in a marriage relationship. For people in general, this will only be found in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! He promises all of this and more!

The Necessity For This Rest - Ruth is in desperate need of such a relationship. You see, the harvest has ended, and with it, she has also seen the end of her supply from, and relationship with, Boaz. As a widow, Ruth has no means of supporting herself and her mother in law Naomi. She is in poverty and she needs help. She needs someone to come alongside of her and to take an interest in her and her need. She literally needs a Savior! Humanity desperately needs a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! Why? Because of our Condition – (read Rom. 3:23, Eph. 2:1-3). Because of our Condemnation – (read Rom. 6:23, John 3:18, 36). Unless we come to Christ, we are destined to live our lives in the poverty of spiritual darkness. Unless we meet Him by faith we are destined to go to Hell for all of eternity. We need the rest He offers us in Himself, (Matt. 11:28, an invitation, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Luke 17:3 (New King James Version (NKJV)

3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.

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!
Father of all humanity, God of the universe, Lord of our life! We bow down and we worship You; we give You glory, honor and praise, for You are a Holy, wonderful, amazing, and awesome God. Thank You for all You have done for us, for what You are doing, and for what You are going to do. We call upon You to meet all our needs; we call upon You to give us rest; we call upon You to restore us when we fall and fail You. Help us not to waste our lives foolishly, but rather live our lives to Your glory. Redeem the time we have wasted, and restore that which has been lost, wasted and ruined. Forgive us for our weaknesses and sins. This we pray in the name of our Beloved Savior, Jesus Christ! Amen!

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JOANIE69 2/27/2013 6:58AM

    Good morning Vic and all,
Thank you for this beautiful lesson that calls us to REST in Him. How sweet to trust Him implicitly. This description of rest speaks volumes to me personally:
"A place to settle down."

It reminds me that I have settled down with Christ- in my walk with Him. In Him I can do all things, In Him I trust, in Him I reside, live and have my being. "What a wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord, a wonderful Saviour to me, He hideth my soul in the cleft of the Rock, where rivers of water I see." Thank You Jesus for hiding my soul, You are so wonderful to me.

Blessings, Joanie

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ANHELIC 2/26/2013 11:54PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson on rest. For me rest means having the time to spend in the Word and have quiet peace with God. Only He can provide us with peace and being out of reach in this world and evil. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings to you for your great teachings.

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MNABOY 2/26/2013 8:00PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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MRSP90X 2/26/2013 11:05AM

    I have rest knowing that the Lord is in control of my life, and that where God guides He provides. I will admit though sometimes I get weary knowing that we are in an uphill battle if we are to be used for God in service for Him.

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CASTIRONLADY 2/26/2013 10:06AM

    Rest is not a bad 4 letter word. It is a gift from God and a necessity to get through this world alive for God. Bless you ane keep you, Vic.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/26/2013 10:05AM

    As I learn to let go of the world and trust the One who has promised to give me everything I'll ever need I find rest.

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TONYVAND1 2/26/2013 9:18AM

  Resting in the arms of Jesus.

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    emoticon Vic emoticonblog

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    emoticon Beautiful blog!

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EDITOR 2/26/2013 7:39AM

    Thanks Vic for a goodie and a note. Noted and appreciated!

The word "rest" to me means from evil occurrence. Only Christ can give that and it is always noted by me, for I know what follows thereafter.

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WENDYSPARKS 2/26/2013 7:36AM

    Rest to me...means Peace.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/26/2013 7:25AM

    Trying to use my time wisely and not waste precious moments that have been given to me! :)

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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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  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

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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.
Refrain:

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

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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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