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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 3/8/2013

Friday, March 08, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 3/8/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 3:9-4:12
REDEEMED, REDEEMED, BY LOVE DIVINE, Lesson 12a

Ruth has come alone way since she left the country of Moab. She has come all the way from being a lost, sinner girl in a doomed country to finding herself at the feet of a wealthy land owner by the name of Boaz. Because she is at his feet, she is about to get the help she needs. You see, she is looking for a redeemer. Someone who can give her back all the things that sin and death have taken from her. She has found herself at the feet of the redeemer. She is about to find herself in the middle of his redemption. If Ruth had a favorite song, it might have contained a line that went something like this; "I'm redeemed by love divine!"

Now, this passage has a lot to say to us about the redemption we enjoy if we are saved, and can come to enjoy if we are lost. In this passage, we are given a clear picture of how redemption operates and of what is required to receive it. Let's look in on the wonderful world of redemption. I want to teach for a while on this thought, "Redeemed! Redeemed! By Love Divine!" If you are saved, I hope it will help you to be more appreciative of that which you have in Jesus. If you are not saved, I hope this message will cause you to want to be redeemed.

V. 3:9-18 THE PROPOSAL OF REDEMPTION

V. 3:6-9 Ruth's Request For Redemption - Here we see Ruth asking for just what she needs: redemption. Salvation is as simple as our asking for it, (John 6:37; Rom. 10:13; James 4:2). Jesus Christ has done everything that is necessary to save the soul of the lost sinner; all the sinner has to do is humble himself before the Lord, ask for salvation, and be willing to do what He says.

V. 3:10-18 Ruth's Reassurance Of Redemption - After Ruth makes her request, she receives some precious assurances from Boaz. He wants her to know that she can count on him and the redemption he will provide for her.

V. 10-13 Reassured By His Promises - His promise to her is that he will do whatever is necessary to see that she is redeemed. Notice that he promises to do "all" that she needs done. So it is with Jesus! He has done all that is required to make redemption a reality for everyone who calls upon Him in faith, (John 6:47; Rom. 10:9). Heb. 9:12 and Heb. 10:10-14 speak of the redemptive price Jesus paid for us. His precious, shed blood is the price, payment and promise of our redemption, (1 Pet. 1:18-19; Heb. 9:22).

V. 14-17 Reassured By His Provisions - When Ruth leaves the threshing floor the next morning, she leaves with the promises of Boaz, but she also leaves loaded down with his provisions. He places 88 pounds of barley on her back. Imagine her walking back through the city. Everyone who sees her knows where she has been and that there is about to be a wedding. When she arrives home Naomi asks the question, "Who art thou my daughter?" She is asking, "Are you going to be Mrs. Boaz?" Ruth just says, "Look at the provisions he has given me and tell me what you think! Yes Mama Naomi, there's going to be a wedding!" The Lord gives His children many proofs that they are His, (Psa. 68:19). His provisions are both internal, (Rom. 8:16; Heb. 13:5; Eph. 1:13-14), and external, (Matt. 6:25-33). If you are His child, you will know it for sure!

V. 18 Reassured By His Persistence - Naomi tells Ruth to sit tight, because Boaz would not rest until he had finished her redemption. The child of God can rest in the sure knowledge that Jesus will not rest until every single one of His children are home in glory, ( Heb. 7:25; 1 Pet. 1:5). He is a "man with a mission", (John 6:37-40; John 10:28-29).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Matthew 6:28-29 (New King James Version (NKJV)

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Will Sing of My Redeemer” by: Philip P. Bless (1877)

I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.

Refrain:
Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer,
With His blood He purchased me,
On the cross He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debt, and made me free.

I will tell the wondrous story,
How my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy,
He the ransom freely gave.
Refrain:

I will praise my dear Redeemer,
His triumphant pow'r I'll tell,
How the victory He giveth
Over sin, and death, and hell.
Refrain:

I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His heav'nly love to me;
He from death to life hath brought me,
Son of God with Him to be.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Merciful and Loving Father, Redeeming God! You are all that we desire in this life and in the life to come. Just being with You daily changes everything in us. Longing for You makes us long to be free of all things that would draw us away from You. Help us to draw closer to You this day and forever more. Thank You for Your promise to draw ever closer to us. With Your presence, we are never alone. With joy we draw water from Your well of salvation. We gladness we feed upon Your Words of Life. Enable us to make You the first place to whom we run when we have longings and needs. Guide us so we will not waste time turning to the wrong sources, but rather come to You first and truly enjoy the intimacy of Your Love and beauty. Our soul waits and hungers and thirst for Your righteousness and decrees. Forgive us as we forgive others. These things we pray in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen!

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REGILIEH 3/10/2013 4:11PM

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JUDITH316 3/9/2013 2:49AM

    Amen, another great lesson, thanks for sharing, indeed, the Book of Ruth has always been one that has ministered to me, and the hymn you shared here is one of my favorites, we used to always sing this hymn in our Church, seeing it posted here reminds me how much I miss singing it, thanks for posting the lyrics, I will save them, thanks again Vic for sharing these inspirational devotions... God's Blessings!

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ANHELIC 3/8/2013 10:54PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. Just as Ruth asked for redemption, we too can ask for our redemption. Knowing Our Redeemer lives, makes our lives worth living. Looking forward to meeting and living with him Him in Eternity is the greatest gift we could receive. Our God Lives is a wonderful hynm that I have been singing today. Thank you for the goodie and note. Sending you God's Blessings as you continue your teachings.

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JOANIE69 3/8/2013 2:55PM

    emoticon Once again I am uplifted and inspired by your lesson, hymn, and prayer. (I am thankful to be able to visit your blog today because I have a few minutes on my daughter's laptop before we go out to supper and a play tonight.) This hymn is one I plan to use on my Lenten Hymns' blog, and it is so appropriate for this lesson, too. What joy there is in the Christian heart lifted in thanks and praise -in song. Jesus is our Redeemer, Saviour, Master, Lord, best Friend, and so much more. We shall sing His praises here and in eternity; yet that were still not long enough to praise Him! As the old hymn goes, "Oh for a thousand tongues to sing, My great Redeemer's praise".
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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/8/2013 12:07PM

    Marveling at such great love! Thank you for posting this devotion. I am inspired to live more fully for Him because of it.

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NELLIEH1 3/8/2013 10:44AM

    Am enjoying the goodies that you sent my way. Continually appreciate your teachings, Vic. Thank you for your faithful sharing day by day. Ruth does indeed point us again and agin to our Kinsman Redeemer, the One Who has reconciled us to GOD by His precious shed blood. He does it all, and we wait/sit at His feet amazed!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/8/2013 10:33AM

    Resting today in His love!

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TONYVAND1 3/8/2013 9:57AM

  Changed by Him

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LOSTLIME 3/8/2013 9:09AM

    Thank you. I liked reading about Ruth. I hope you have a great weekend.

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EDITOR 3/8/2013 6:52AM

    We ask, we are assured, we are provided for and we have Him to behold for all the days of our life and in the hereafter!
Thank you for your devotional today dedicated to our Redeemer Kinsman, Christ Jesus.
Thank you also for the goodie yesterday, Vic.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/7/2013

Thursday, March 07, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/7/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

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

V. 10-11 THE PROMISES RECEIVED AT HIS FEET

V. 10a He Received Her - Imagine the fears that must have occupied her mind as she lay there. "What if he rejects me?" "What if he misinterprets my actions?" "What if he publically humiliates me?" "What if he drives me away and refuses to have anything further to do with me?" She needed not worry, for when Boaz speaks he says "Fear not!" Boaz wanted to be close to her too, as much as she did! You need never fear Jesus turning you away! He loves you too much to do that, (John 6:37). When you come to Him humbly, honestly, openly and willingly, you will get what you come after. If you need salvation, you can get it at His feet. If it is a closer walk that is your goal, you will find it at His feet. You need not fear rejection, but you should prepare for a big change of life!

V. 11b He Reassured Her - Boaz responds to Ruth's request by telling her that he will do everything necessary to see that they are together. He will take care of all the matters involved. She had been told that if she could just get to his feet, he would tell her what to do, (v. 4). She got there and she was told to trust Boaz, he would see to all the details! What a truth! If we can ever just get to His feet, we will find that He is willing to do everything to see to it that our relationship is everything that it should be. You see, all the Lord wants from us is our obedient love. He wants us to be at His feet. When we are there, He will take care of all the details of life, (Matt. 6:25-33). By the way, His name is still Jehovah-Jireh, (Gen 22:14). Those who are at His feet know that they can simply trust Him to see to all the details of life!

V. 10, 11c He Rejoiced Over Her - Boaz praises Ruth for her love for him and for her godly lifestyle. Her behavior and godly life have worked together to bring all this to pass for her. The smile of the Savior is the great reward for those who pay the price to get themselves at his feet. Regardless of the price, regardless of the effort, His smile, His blessings, and His closeness are worth it all! You see, nothing gives Him more pleasure than being able to take your life and mine, hold it out before the world and say, "This is what I can do with a life laid at my feet!"; (Eph. 2:10; 2 Cor. 4:7).

Conc: When Ruth made the effort to get at the feet of Boaz, everything in her life changed. Our heavenly God, the Lord Jesus Christ, can and will do the same for you, if you will get at His feet. Who possesses the courage and the resolve to move from where you are right now to get to His feet? If you have never been to His feet, then I invite you to come right now for salvation. If you have been there and have wandered away, then I invite you to return to His feet and rediscover the blessings that can only be found there. If you are at His feet right now, then I invite you to come before Him, thank Him for allowing you to be there and ask Him to help you remain as close to Him as you need to be.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Romans 9:26 (New King James Version (NKJV)

26 “And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,
‘You are not My people,’
There they shall be called sons of the living God.”


TODAY’S HYMN!
“God Holds The Future In His Hands” By: James Rowe (1922)

Dread not the things that are ahead,
The burdens great, the sinking sands,
The thorns that o’er the path are spread,
God holds the future in His hands.
Refrain
God holds the future in His hands
And every heart He understands.
On Him depend,
He is your Friend,
He holds the future in His hands.

We know not what tomorrow hides,
Of sun or storm or good or ill;
We only know His dear hand guides,
And He will be our Father still.
Refrain

His hand created earth and sky,
The zephyrs and the storms that rage,
And years to come and years gone by
To Him are but an open page.
Refrain

Live close to Him and trust His love,
Assured that while on earth we roam,
Whate’er may come, He bends above
To guide His children safely home.
Refrain

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of all Humanity, God of Love, Grace and Mercy! Prompt our spirit to hear, believe and obey Your Word. Help us to always walk closely with You so we may never fail to recognize You prompting our spirit. Enable us to not only to identify it, but also never to ignore it. Help us to trust and act on Your prompting. Grant us peace so we can hear even the faintest whisper to our hearts above all the noises of this world. Keep us from becoming dull of hearing. Attune our hearts to Your voice. Leads us in the paths of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is in His wonderful name that we pray and ask these things. Am,en!

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ANHELIC 3/7/2013 7:01PM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. Being at the feet of Jesus is my desire. Walking closely with Him and never having to fear of rejection is all we need and being at His feet, is what Jesus desires from us. May we be there with Him and obey Him as we speaks to us. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. Sending you God's richest Blessings for your teaching and sharing God's word with us.
Blessings,
Joan

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LOSTLIME 3/7/2013 2:27PM

    Thank you,Vic for giving this lesson and teaching about the Lord!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/7/2013 8:37AM

    I loved this statement, You see, nothing gives Him more pleasure than being able to take your life and mine, hold it out before the world and say, "This is what I can do with a life laid at my feet!"; (Eph. 2:10; 2 Cor. 4:7).

2 Cor 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

God grant us the humility to be useful vessels.

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TONYVAND1 3/7/2013 8:25AM

  Trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/7/2013 8:17AM

    It is comforting to know He LONGS to have the closest relationship ever with us! May I not crowd out my time with Him with other things. He deserves to be first and best!!!

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RSSSLHB 3/7/2013 8:10AM

    Amen on that preyer Vic emoticon God bless

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EDITOR 3/7/2013 7:36AM

    Thank you for the goodie yesterday, Vic.

DID YOU KNOW my first fear was that of, "Did He receive me?" Then came fears from without and within.

God does reassure and rejoices over us. It becomes an unrecognizable long process for some, lest we forget out humble beginnings. We now recognize we were sitting at His feet, and yet, walking in His footsteps. God bless!



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JOANIE69 3/7/2013 7:29AM

    Thank you for this lesson and hymn, and the prayer that I have made my own. Surely I have heard and yes, sometimes have put-off obeying God's Spirit when He prompted me to call somebody, or accept an opportunity to serve, or some other act I was not willing to quickly obey. God forgives such willful acts of disobedience, but I know I am the one who suffers loss, for although I am important to him, it is for my own good always, that I promptly obey His voice. Thank you for always encouraging us to quickly obey and do as our Lord asks, and to stay very close to Him, even as He desires our company. How blessed to be called the friends of God, and to be invited to have unbroken fellowship with Him. Praise Him... for He is so good to us!

May He abundantly bless you and yours this day, my friend and teacher, Joanie

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 3/6/2013

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 3/6/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

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

V. 4-9 THE PRESENTATION MADE AT HIS FEET

V. 4 It Involved Research - Ruth was commanded to watch the place where Boaz laid himself down. Of all the men there, she was to isolate him and see where he was resting. If she was going to get at his feet, she had to find him. So it is with God's children. If we will obtain the blessings found at His feet, we must first find those feet. We have to come to the cross. In the matter of salvation, He does the finding of the lost sinner, (John 6:44, Eph. 2:1), and we do the seeking (Mat 6:33). But, for the redeemed, there is a sense in which we must find Him. You see, there are times when we all walk away from where we should be, when that happens, we are going to have to make the effort to move from where we are to where He is. He could force you to get there, but that would not be pleasant at all.

A word is in order concerning the place she found him. Boaz was in the threshing floor taking care of business. He was in the threshing floor. This was a place, usually located on top of a hill, where the gathered grain was processed.

Ordinarily, the threshing floor was circular, with either a hard clay or bedrock surface. The grain would be cut, gathered in sheaves and transported to the threshing floor. Once there, the sheaves would be placed on the floor and trampled under the feet of oxen pulling a sled. This would crack open the heads of grain and help separate the kernel from the husk. The workers would then take a flail, or a fan and toss the grain into the air. This work was usually started late in the afternoon when breezes were likely to be blowing across the hilltops. As the grain was tossed into the air, the wind would carry the lighter husks away and the heavier kernels would fall back to the floor. This process continued until all the husks and chaff had been blown away. The grain was then gathered into heaps.

Families would participate and after the threshing was finished, a time of celebration and praise would begin. At the conclusion of their feasting, the women and children would leave the floor to sleep nearby in tents, while the men slept around the heaps of grain. They slept with their heads near the grain and their feet away from the grain. They slept in this close proximity to the grain in order to protect it from theft.

The picture in this for us is of the price Christ paid so that we might have a relationship with Him. You see, for the grain, the threshing, or winnowing process was quite severe. The grain was trampled and tossed and torn to pieces so that the kernel, the life giving center, might be exposed. By the same token, our redeemer, the Lord Jesus entered His Father's threshing floor when He went to the cross for us.

There, He was trampled, tossed and torn to pieces so that life might be given to those who come to Him. When this was accomplished and He cried "It is finished!", there began a time of rejoicing and blessing that will never cease. Just like Boaz, our Jesus "ate, drank, rejoiced and slept" for us in God's threshing floor! Notice His meat and His drink (John 4:34); His rejoicing (Heb. 12:2); His sleep ( John 19:30). His trip to the Father's threshing floor makes it possible for us to get at His feet. See where He has been and you will know where He still is today, (Luke 2:49)!

Like Ruth, we should mark where He has been and let that be a special place in our hearts. May His death on Calvary never become "old hat" to the children of the King!

V. 5-6 It Involved Resolve - When Ruth heard what was required, she said, "I will do it!" This would require much courage and humility on the part of Ruth. It required her wanting to be with Him so much that she made the effort to go there. It required her to humble herself to lie at his feet. It also required great courage for her to approach this wealthy and important man. The same sort of resolve is required for a person to come to Jesus, whether it be, for salvation or for a closer walk. It requires us to make a move toward Him. It requires us to humble ourselves at His feet. It requires us to have the courage to admit that we have a need in our lives. But, for those who will make up their minds to get to Him regardless of the cost, the rewards are priceless!

V. 7-9 It Involved A Request - The context and the fears of both Ruth and Boaz. Then he awakes and she pops the question! Her request to be covered by him is a request for marriage. There is nothing immoral in Ruth's actions. This was common practice in those days. Ruth's actions teach us a valuable lesson about getting at the feet of Jesus. She just came to Boaz, humbled herself to him and asked for that which she needed! What a lesson! If you want to be closer to Him, then all you need do is get at His feet and ask. If you want to be saved, than all you need do is come to His feet and ask! The reason we do not have the things we want spiritually is often a result of our not taking the time to ask for them, (James 4:2).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Jeremiah 32:17 (New King James Version (NKJV)

17 ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“As The Deer” By: Martin Nystrom (1984)

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship Thee
(Chorus)
You alone are my strength, my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship Thee

You're my friend and You are my brother
Even though You are a king
I love You more than any other
So much more than anything

Chorus

I want You more than gold or silver
Only You can satisfy
You alone are the real joy giver
And the apple of my eye

Chorus

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Heavenly and Holy Father, Just and Holy God! Help us to do the works You require; to believe in Jesus, and to obey and follow Him. We commit this day to trust You with all our circumstances and we ask that Your will take precedence over our will. We trust You to provide our every need, to keep every promise recorded in scripture, and to empower us to walk obediently to Your commands, as You transform us into holy servants. Thank You for Your faithfulness in fulfilling all Your promises. These things we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen!

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LOSTLIME 3/7/2013 2:07PM

    Thank you for this lesson. I hope to come to lay at His feet.

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ANHELIC 3/6/2013 9:39PM

    Thank you Vic for such a precious lesson, hymn and prayer. I heard this hymn today on my radio and I have been singing it in my head since then. Like Ruth and Boaz, I want to be at the feet of Jesus and reamain there with Him. This is another lesson, I will copy and keep for future reading. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. God Bless you for your faithful teachings.

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TONYVAND1 3/6/2013 3:40PM

  Nothing is too difficult for Him.

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EDITOR 3/6/2013 2:50PM

    Christ throughout the Bible! Thank you, Vic, for lessons that flow from the Holy Spirit to us.
Thank you also for the goodie and note.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/6/2013 10:32AM

    Thank you for this beautiful lesson! I love this song!

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    emoticon Vic, for this uplifting lesson, beautiful hymn, and precious prayer. It all has touched my soul today, and my desire is unto Him. There is nothing on earth I can count as too costly to give up, in order to have a closer walk with the Lord. My prayer is your prayer today, and I am posting it on my desktop for a daily reminder to commit each day to the Lord and to His will, which is always good and best for me. Blessings, Joanie

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  awesome as always thank you

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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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    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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    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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