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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 3/5/2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 3/5/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 3:1-11
FINDING YOUR PLACE AT HIS FEET, Lesson 11a

There are many places where we can spend the seconds, minutes, hours and days that make up our lives. We can spend them in the world pursuing sin and its pleasures. We can spend our lives chasing prosperity. We can spend our time enjoying recreation. It can be spent working, with family, helping others. And, some of those are good and valid things. However, the best way to spend every second of your life is to spend it at the feet of Jesus. When we are there, He gives meaning to all the other things we do in life. In fact, being at His feet enables every area of our life to have more meaning.

This passage finds Ruth getting to the feet of Boaz. When she got there, everything in her life changed forever. Her experience in getting to His feet teaches us lessons about getting to the feet of Jesus that we need to learn. Let me share the truths in this passage with you today. I want to help you to find your place at His feet. That is the message I want to bring today “Finding Yourself At His Feet”.

V. 1-4 THE POSSIBILITIES FOUND AT HIS FEET

The Possibility Of A New Home - Ruth is a widow. With Boaz, she has the opportunity to experience the joy of a new marriage relationship with someone who can love her, provide for her and comfort her. All those who come to Jesus by faith receive a new home here (in Jesus - Col. 3:3) and in Heaven, (John 14:1-3.)

The Possibility Of A New Hope - Ruth is a widow. As a widow, her life will be nothing more than endless days of suffering, poverty, loneliness and defeat. If she can enter into this relationship with Boaz, her entire future will be forever altered. There is for the sinner, no hope without Jesus, (Eph. 2:12; Psa. 9:17). However, in Jesus, the saints find a new future! Life has meaning and there is hope for tomorrow! All we have and need is in Him.

All Spiritual Blessings – (Eph. 1:3)
Eternal Salvation – (John 3:16; Heb. 7:25)
A close relationship with the Father in Heaven – (Eph. 2:13-17)
Absolute security – (John 10:28-29)
An ever present Lord – (Heb. 13:5)
An Advocate in Heaven – (1 John 2:2)
A High Priest In Heaven – (Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34)
A Friend that sticks closer than a brother – (Pro. 18:24)

The Possibility Of A New Happiness - Ruth will never be fulfilled and happy in her current condition. She needs the love and security that can only be offered by someone like Boaz. In Jesus, the saints find true joy, (1 Pet. 1:8). This is something that sin, with all its pleasures, (Heb. 11:25), cannot offer! There is great joy in knowing and following Jesus!

TODAY’S VERSE!
John 15:4 (New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

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!

Most Holy Father, Almighty and Awesome God. Yours is the greatest, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is YOURS. By the power of Your Spirit all things are possible. By the power of Your word all things came into being. By the power of Your works You are manifested to all mankind. We thank You, O God, for You are the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your power and reigned. Be exalted, O Lord, in Your strength. We exalt You as the all-powerful Lord of our lives and as the only True Living God, our God. Yours is the kingdom and power and glory forever. This we pray in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen!

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TONYVAND1 3/5/2013 8:06PM

  Thank you Lord for abiding in me

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    Thank you

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    Thank you for this post!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/5/2013 8:05AM

    Life is so empty and hopeless without God. How wonderful to know that know matter where we are we are never alone. Even Helen Keller who had been so shut off from the world, when finally told about God, recognized He had been the One with her all along. She just didn't know His name.

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ANHELIC 3/5/2013 8:04AM

    Thank you Vic for your precious lesson being at the feet of Jesus just as Ruth did with Boaz. I needed this lesson today since going through a few days of sadness of the passing of my ex-husband. I could only pray that he accepted Jesus at the end of his life. I am looking for happiness at the feet of Jesus and having no fear which God did not give us. Your hymn was awesome, I have always loved singing it and now really know it's true meaning. God bless you for your prayer which I needed to read today before going off to work again.
God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Blessings,
Joan

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JOANIE69 3/5/2013 7:38AM

    Thank you for this happy reminder of the many things that our Lord is to us, and the verses to read along with the list. Thank you as well for this beautiful old hymn, and for your prayer. But thank you because most of all I needed this calming influence you posted here today for us, due to receiving unsettling news first thing today about a dear friend who has been awaiting a heart procedure or surgery ( and admittance to the cardiac hospital ) in a secondary hospital- for several days now. We shall visit him (his wife) today, and with Jesus' influence upon me, I will be better able to reassure them in Him. How precious is our Lord Who supplies all our needs, just when we need them! Glory to God, Blessings, Joanie

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WANT2BHEALTHY11 3/5/2013 7:23AM

    Great blog!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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EDITOR 3/5/2013 6:37AM

    Lord, lift me up and let me stand, and always rest at Your feet as Ruth did with Boaz, while looking for the Redeemer Kinsman Christ. Amen.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 3/4/2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 3/4/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 3:3
GETTING READY TO MEET THE MASTER, Lesson 10b

INVOLVED RUTH'S CONSECRATION

Ruth is to anoint herself. This was command for Ruth to put on some good smelling. After all, she was going out to catch a husband and she needed to smell good! The believer is to be a sweet smell in the nostrils of the Lord as well. If we expect to find ourselves at His feet, enjoying the best He has for us, then we are to live a life that comes up before God like a sweet smelling incense, (2 Cor. 2:15). Anointing oil also was used to set things apart for particular service. I.e. The implements used in the Temple; priests, kings, (1 Sam. 16), etc. God's people are to separate themselves from every evil attachment, (2 Cor. 6:17).

INVOLVED RUTH'S CLOTHING

Ruth was not to wear her common ordinary clothing. Not her working duds, but her best is in view here. You see, Ruth had entered Israel wearing the garments of a widow. She had gleaned for months in the garments of a worker. Now, she is counseled to put on the garments of a woman. She is after a husband and she needs to dress appropriately! Christians have a dress code as well! Folk get nervous when you go to talking about their apparel, but it is important nonetheless! Christians are counseled to dress modestly, (1 Tim. 2:9). While the emphasis here for Ruth was on the external garments, I think the emphasis for you and me is on the internal garments of the soul. God truly does have a dress code for His children – (Col. 3:1-11; Rom. 13:11-14). In light of this, how appropriately are you dressed?

INVOLVED RUTH'S COMMITMENT

Next Ruth is commanded to leave the place where she is residing and "get thee down to the floor." If she was ever going to rest at the feet of Boaz, she would have to be committed enough to the idea to leave where she was to go where he was. The same is true in our own walk with Jesus. Many times, He is over there and we are over here. He calls to us, but like Solomon's bride, we refuse to go to where He is, (SOS 5:2-8). Listen how He calls us to come to Him, (Rev. 3:20)! Until we make that commitment to go to Him regardless of the cost or the effort, we will never find ourselves at His feet enjoying His best!

INVOLVED RUTH'S CONDUCT

In verse 4 Naomi counsels Ruth to wait until Boaz is alone and finished with his public business before she approaches him with her request. This is not to be a public spectacle, it is to be a private communion. In other words, she is not to make a scene in public and put him on the spot. She is to wait until she can meet with him in private. Although our corporate worship experience takes place in the public arena, every saint of God must develop a time of private, intimate fellowship and worship with the Lord Jesus. Until you learn to spend time with Jesus, alone, you have never learned to worship! You will never find yourself at His feet until you learn to get there in private! Notice what David said about the matter, (Psa. 63:6When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches., “; Psa. 138:2I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. “).

Jesus said the Father was looking for those people who will worship Him, (John 4:23-24, But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”, “). If you had to rate your worship, devotional and personal walk with Jesus Christ on a scale of 1 to 10, where would it fall?

Conc: Are you ready for a more intimate, closer walk with Jesus Christ? If so, then I challenge you to make the right preparations. As you prepare to meet Him, He stands ready to meet you, (James 4:8)!

I would just remind you again, you are as close to Jesus as you want to be! If you are saved and struggling in your walk with Him, evaluate your life and make all the necessary adjustments so that you might come to Him. If you do not know Him as your personal Savior, I invite you to come to Him and trust Him with the care of your eternal soul.

Regardless of whom you are or where you are in your walk with the Lord, today is your opportunity to begin the process of making it all it should be for the glory of the Lord!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 3:9-10 (New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Higher Ground” By: Johnson Oatman (1982)

I’ m pressing on the upward way
New heights I'm gaining every day
Still praying as I onward bound
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

Chorus:
Lord, lift me up and let me stand
By faith on heaven's table land
A higher plane than I have found
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay
Tho' some may dwell where these
abound
My prayer, my aim is higher ground.

Chorus:

I want to live above the world
Tho' satan's darts at me are hurled
For faith has caught the joyful sound
The song of saints on higher ground.

Chorus:

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright
But still I'll pray till heaven I've found
"Lord, lead me on to higher ground."

Chorus:

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Awesome Father, Almighty God, who looks down from heaven and sees all mankind, and who from Your dwelling place watches all who live on earth. O Father, we know Your eye is on the sparrow, and we know You are watching us. The very thought of that, delights our hearts, and brings peace to our souls. Help us to remember that it is Your perfect plan that will keep us saved till the very end of the ages and beyond. Help us to commit this day to Your trust and with all our circumstances to ask that Your will be done in us to your glory and praise. It is in Jesus’ precious name that we pray and ask these things. Amen!

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PS: Thanks To Each Of You For Your Response. We had a wonderful time at the wedding in Corpus Christi, but are happy to be back home and with YOU again! We Love YOU! Vic and Mary Lou.

  
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NELLIEH1 3/6/2013 8:06AM

    It is a daily blessing to ponder the questions that come out of the scriptures you are sharing about Ruth

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ANHELIC 3/5/2013 12:05AM

    Welcome back Vic and Mary Lou. I'm glad you had a great time and returned home safely. Your lesson was so intense, I learned more today and am listening to God. I need to get closer and more intimate with Him. Thank you for the great lesson, hymn and prayer. I need to read this again so will copy it. Thank you Vic.

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TONYVAND1 3/4/2013 10:25AM

  intimacy with Christ is what it is all about.

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NARNIAROSE2003 3/4/2013 8:25AM

    You are a light... thank you.

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JOANIE69 3/4/2013 8:22AM

    emoticon You're BACK! And you and Mary Lou had a wonderful time...Praise the Lord!

This is a powerful lesson today, Vic. Every word and scripture, and the hymn and prayer all meant so much to me. I never thought of this before today:
"If you had to rate your worship, devotional and personal walk with Jesus Christ on a scale of 1 to 10, where would it fall?" While I did know that I am as close to Christ as I want (choose) to be, (for He said "Follow Me", and leaves the choice up to me each step of my way), I almost fear actually sitting down and asking myself just HOW close I am or I choose to be to the Lord today/each day. Some days are so busy, but He is always there, waiting for us to calm ourselves and to listen and communicate with Jesus and His Spirit, within us and without. How awesome and privileged we are, to be the temples of the living God! Revelation 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 eat with him, and he with Me.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/4/2013 8:22AM

    Good thoughts today! DH and I enjoy harmonizing on this song! Thank you for the prayer. Amen!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/4/2013 7:51AM

    Amen! Much food for thought here.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 2/28/2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 2/28/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 3:3
GETTING READY TO MEET THE MASTER, Lesson 10a

To this point, Ruth's relationship with Boaz has been that of her servant and master. She has been gleaning in his fields, and he has been very kind to her, but the relationship is not what either of them wants it to be. All through the long harvest season, Ruth has contented herself with going to the field of Boaz and gleaning. Boaz has done everything in his power to let Ruth know that he wants a deeper relationship with her. He has gone above and beyond everything the Law required of him. He has gone out of His way to reach out to Ruth and be a blessing in her life. If the relationship is going to progress beyond where it is at the present, the next move is hers. These verses are all about the details of seeking to take their relationship to the next level. These verses tell us about how Ruth came to find herself at the feet of Boaz.

There are many people in our world who claim a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. They say they are saved and they enter His field on occasion to glean a little of His barley here and there, now and then. There are many in who feel that their relationship with the Lord Jesus has grown stagnant and isn't progressing as it should. All the while, Jesus has done everything in His power to let you know that He wants a deep, close, abiding relationship with you. After all, He died for you. If you are saved, He personally called you to Himself. If you are saved, He lives in your heart right now in the Person of the Holy Spirit. He wants you to be close to Him and He has done everything He can to make that a reality in your life. However, before that can ever become a reality for you, you are going to have to make the next move. I will remind that you are only as close to the Lord as you want to be! I would also remind you that there is a place for you at His feet.

Before Ruth could get the help she needed from Boaz, she had to make the proper preparations for that meeting. This verse details the preparations she was to make so that she could find herself at the feet of Boaz. As we consider what Ruth did to meet Boaz, we see some parallels with what we need to do if we would find ourselves at the feet of Jesus! Notice what Naomi told Ruth to do.

These verses tell us all of how to find ourselves there, at His feet, in that place of blessing, closeness and power. If you want to get to His feet; if you want to know Him, His presence and His power; then the truths contained in these verses will help you to begin to make that a reality in your life. These truths, if believed and implemented, will cause you to find yourself in your place at His feet. Let's think together for a moment about this thought: “Getting Ready To Meet The Master”.

INVOLVED RUTH'S CLEANSING

The first step was for Ruth to get as clean as she could. A little personal hygiene, both physically and spiritually, goes a long way! Before the believer can get to the feet of Jesus, there must be a period of personal cleansing. The life needs to be searched and anything that is displeasing to the Lord must be confessed, repented of and put aside, (1 John 1:9). God's method for dealing with sin is seen in Pro. 28:13. In Psa. 32:5, David dealt with his sins, where he fell short; his transgression, when he willingly stepped over God's boundaries; and his iniquities, the particular bent in his nature toward evil. He took all the necessary steps to come clean with the Lord. It could be physical, spiritual, or mental in nature. Paul says in Gal. 5:19-21, “19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: ………. uncleanness, …… and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

TODAY’S VERSE!
Hebrews 13:5 (New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”[a]

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Want To Be Ready To Meet Him” By: Adgar M. Pace (1938)

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You may have your worldly pleasures, your silver and your gold,
You may pile up all the riches that this old world can hold;
But I'd rather have my Saviour nd with Him firmly stand,
For I want to be more like Him and do His best command,
For I want to be ready to meet Him in the gloryland.
CHORUS:I want to be ready to meet Him by and by, REPEAT
I want to be more like Him and do His best command,
For I want to be ready to meet Him in the gloryland.

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You may talk about your riches, your diamonds and your pearls,
You may gain the wealth for ages of this and all the worlds,
But the Saviour is more precious with Him I'll take my stand,
For I want to be more like Him, and do His best command.
For I want to be ready to meet Him in the gloryland.
Chorus:
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There is one thing I can boast of salvation from the fall,
I'm an heir to wealth in glory, my Father owns it all;
That is why I'm shouting happy and go at His command,
For I want to be more like Him and do His best commnd.
For I want to be ready to meet Him in the gloryland.
Chorus:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Loving God, You are so awesome! We know from Your Word that prayer isx the key to being set free from those things which would snare us, and prayer with fasting is even more powerful. Help to understand the authority and power that You give us in prayer to release Your power from heaven to see freedom manifest itself in our life, and in the lives of those for whom we pray. Thank You for the power of forgiveness when we pray and ask for it. Blessed be our God. These things we pray and ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen!

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PS: My wife and I will be gone three days to attend a wedding in Corpus Christi, Tx, ( Fri, 3/1 thru Sun, 3/3). I’ll be back with continued lesson on Mon, 3/4. God Bless Everyone! Vic.

  
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NADINEL 3/2/2013 11:47AM

    Thank you for these wonderful lessons. I hope you and your wife are having a wonderful time. Have safe travels home.

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TPETRIE 3/2/2013 7:40AM

  Thankyou so much for this blog. Getting ready to meet the Master, will be with me always. Enjoy the wedding. God Bless.

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ANHELIC 2/28/2013 11:24PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. We should all be getting ready to meet the Master. Praying is so powerful and our connection with God. He hears every prayer and answers in His time. May we all find ourselves at the feet of God and see His beautiful face looking down on us. We need to be connected closely dependant on Him. He loves each of us as His children.
Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. Have a safe trip and may God be with you and your wife as you travel to the wedding and back home again. God Bless you.

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RSSSLHB 2/28/2013 8:54PM

    emoticon Vic

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KMICHA 2/28/2013 6:10PM

    excellent teaching Vic! Thank you!

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JLLOVETT 2/28/2013 11:29AM

    Prayer is SO powerful! I pray all the time, when I wake up, when I'm driving, before and usually after eating, when I see an accident......and always I end my day in quite solitude with Him!

Thank you for the lesson.

Have a great trip and I will be praying our Lord keeps you safe!

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CHRISTIELYNNE 2/28/2013 10:01AM

    Enjoy your time away with family ! Blessings to all.

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LOOKINGUP2012 2/28/2013 9:13AM

    Thank you for the lesson. Enjoy the wedding. God keep you as you go out and come in.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/28/2013 8:29AM

    I am learning so much from this series on Ruth. What a blessing! Thank you so much, Vic. You and your wife enjoy your trip and time at the wedding. Praying for safe travel.

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MZLADY77 2/28/2013 8:13AM

    Amen! emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/28/2013 8:07AM

    thank you for the lesson Vic! We need to be ready!
hugs

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EDITOR 2/28/2013 8:02AM

    Thank you for the goodie and note yesterday, Vic.

It is those that "claim a relationship" that my heart today desires to reach. I suppose I can believe they are getting ready to meet the Master and I might mind my own business. But we need to know how we can reach our audience here on SP and where He places our feet to trod in other venues. You do that, Vic. We will miss you while you are away but will know with a certainty that His power accompanies all footsteps of faith.

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TONYVAND1 2/28/2013 7:22AM

  Excellent study Vic. We do need to be ready to face the Master and we have such power through prayer to Him.

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JOANIE69 2/28/2013 7:20AM

    Oh WOW! What an encouraging word for the day!

"GETTING READY TO MEET THE MASTER" shall be on my mind all day now, and I pray every day of my life, as well!

emoticon Bless you, Joanie emoticon

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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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    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 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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