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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 3/16,2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 3/16/2013

Ruth 4:13-17
RUTH: FROM BROKENNESS TO BLESSEDNESS, Lesson 14d

V. 3:1-18 RUTH: THE DESIGNING WOMAN

vs. 1-5 The Plan – Naomi concocts a plan whereby Ruth is brought closer to Boaz. This ought to be our heart’s desire! To get just as close to Jesus as is humanly possible! Are you as close as you should be? Are you at least as close as you used to be? I’ll guarantee you that you can get as close as you want to be!

vs. 6-9 The Performance – Ruth proceeds to carry out Naomi’s plan. In doing so, she placed herself perfectly for a deeper fuller relationship with Boaz. In observing Ruth’s actions, the Christian can learn how to get closer to the Lord.

v. 3- She Was Washed – To be in a right relationship with Jesus, we must be washed from our sins, (Rev. 1:5; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). We must also strive to maintain that cleanliness that will guarantee continued fellowship.

v. 3- She Was Anointed – This is a picture of being filled with the Spirit. If we sincerely desire to be as close to Jesus as is possible, then we must walk in His Spirit, (Eph. 5:18).

v. 3- She Was Clothed – This speaks of the robe of righteousness that declares our righteous standing before the Lord. We must put on Christ (Rom 13:14).

v. 8 She Was At His Feet – A picture of humility and submission. For Jesus to stand tall in our lives, we must be willing to place ourselves at His feet – ( John 3:30; Matt. 23:12; 1 Pet. 5:6). We must get low so that He can be raised!

v. 9 She Was Covered – Her social standing, her past sins and idolatry, her birth as a Gentile, were all covered by Boaz! This is a picture of God’s perfect, eternal salvation. All our past with its scars and failures is forever gone, taken away by the Blood of the Lamb and the all-covering Grace of God (Rom 4:7)!

vs. 10-18 The Pay Off – The plan worked and Boaz agreed to be the redeemer for Ruth and Naomi. Her love for Him was evident! Thank God, Jesus was willing to come and pay our redemption price before we ever even gave Him the first thought, much less ever loved Him – (Rev. 13:8, 1 John 4:19). By the way, He still loves sinners today! He even loves you!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Galatians 5:25 (New King James Version (NKJV)

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“The Sands of Time” By: Annie R. Cousin (1857)

1. The sands of time are sinking,
The dawn of heaven breaks;
The summer morn I’ve sighed for -
The fair, sweet morn awakes:
Dark, dark had been the midnight
But dayspring is at hand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Emmanuel’s land.

2. The king there in His beauty,
Without a veil is seen:
It were a well-spent journey,
Though seven deaths lay between:
The Lamb with His fair army,
Doth on Mount Zion stand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Emmanuel’s land.

3. O Christ, He is the fountain,
The deep, sweet well of love!
The streams on earth I’ve tasted
More deep I’ll drink above:
There to an ocean fullness
His mercy doth expand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Emmanuel’s land.

4. The bride eyes not her garment,
But her dear Bridegroom’s face;
I will not gaze at glory
But on my King of grace.
Not at the crown He giveth
But on His pierced hand;
The Lamb is all the glory
Of Emmanuel’s land.

5. O I am my Beloved’s
And my Beloved is mine!
He brings a poor vile sinner
Into His house of wine
I stand upon His merit -
I know no other stand,
Not e’en where glory dwelleth
In Emmanuel’s land.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Most High God! Help us not to be weak, or ineffective, or halfhearted worshippers of You. You are everything to us. Keep us from being like the people in the scripture, who had it all: Your presence and the Holy Spirit with them, and they lost it because their hearts were far from You. Teach us to worship You with our whole heart, with everything that is in us. Let our souls follow close to Jesus. Let our worship reflect total reverence for You. Forgive us for those times when we failed to worship You as You deserve. Make our worship to You first place in all that we do. These things we pray to Your glory in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/16/2013 10:44PM

    Thank you Vic for your great teaching, hymn and prayer. Let us learn from Ruth and how she drew closer to Boaz, so we too can grow closer to God and walk in His Spirit. When we remain close to God, He will see us through it all and lead us in His direction and away from the things of the world. Thank you for the goodie and note, Vic and may you have a Blessed Sunday.

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TONYVAND1 3/16/2013 5:34PM

  Worshipping Him with my whole heart

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/16/2013 4:51PM

    Thank you for this devotion, beautiful song lyrics and prayer! Amen.

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NELLIEH1 3/16/2013 3:24PM

    Each step Ruth took in obedience prepared her for her close encounter with Boaz. Each precious step we take in obedience to the Word as the Spirit guides us is initiated and enabled by the Lord Himself. How amazing is that...our Bridegroom prepares us little by little! Our part is to respond as the biblical Marys did, "May it be to me as you have said," sitting at Jesus' feet, and running from the empty tomb to tell the disciples "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb..."

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LUANN7 3/16/2013 2:32PM

    THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL TEACHINGS i REALLY ENJOY THEM!!

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JADOMB 3/16/2013 1:59PM

    Amen

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JOANIE69 3/16/2013 12:55PM

    Thank you Vic. Our pastor always says we can wander away from God, but He will send "leanness of soul" by withdrawing His presence. That is not a spot I want to be in, since after all, it resembles Hell...an eternity without God! Some people say they 'went through Hell on earth', but when the Lord is with us, we have peace through it all, as you teach. Have a wonderful weekend, emoticon and 'may you have the wind always at your back'... emoticon .

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/16/2013 8:30AM

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful song and for the prayer. May we learn ways of reverence and shine as lights in our land.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 3/15/2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 3/15/2013

Ruth 4:13-17
RUTH: FROM BROKENNESS TO BLESSEDNESS, Lesson 14c

2:1-23 RUTH: THE DESPARATE WORKER

v. 1-3 Her Providence – In order to feed herself and Naomi, Ruth goes off to glean in the fields, ( Lev. 19:9-10; Deut. 24:19-21). Verse 3 – Ruth’s coming into the field of Boaz was no coincidence! It is an example of the amazing providence of Almighty God. May I remind you that God is in control of every area of life, ( Psa. 37:23). There is no such thing as a coincidence in the economy of God! All of our lives are tributes to the wonderful providence of God. Pause to remember what He did to bring you to Jesus!

v. 4-9b Her Protection – v. 5 – Ruth caught the eye of Boaz and he was very interested in her. Jesus Christ is interested in every one of us! He desires to bring us into a wonderful, personal relationship with Himself. V. 9 – Boaz made sure that nobody bothered or hindered Ruth as she gleaned. How Jesus keeps us along life’s way so that we might be brought into that special relationship with Him. That is why you have lived until this day!

v. 9c-20 Her Provision – Notice how Boaz met the needs in Ruth’s life.

v. 9 He Quenched Her Thirst – He made sure she had access to the water supply! Jesus has all the resources needed to satisfy the soul of man!

v. 14 He Fed Her Hunger – Boaz made sure that Ruth was eating at his table. Jesus takes a man from feeding upon the refuse of the world and He sits us at His table, (Luke 15:11-24.) Compare where you were to where He has placed you today! (For example: Mephibosheth – 2 Sam. 9:1-13)!

v. 15-20 He Filled Her Basket – "Handfuls of Purpose" – Boaz instructed the reapers to pull some ears off the sheaves and drop them for Ruth. She left that day with far more than she bargained for: an Ephah – About 1 weeks rations. Every person who meets Jesus gets their basket filled to overflowing! We always get more than we expect or deserve – (Luke 6:38; 1 Cor. 2:9; Rom. 8:17)!

v. 21-23 Her Persistence – Ruth stayed close by the man who was blessing her life. There is a lesson right here for every Christian who will heed the message of God! We have no business gleaning in another’s field! (Jer. 2:5, 13, 19). Has God been less than adequate in your life? If the truth were told, God has blessed you above measure and you have no excuse for straying so far away from Him! Some of God’s people need to come home today!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 40:5 (New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works
Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us
Cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered.


TODAY’S HYMN!
“All Day Long” By: African Folk Hymn (1993)

1. All day long I've been with Jesus,
It has been a glorious day.
I've just moved up one step higher,
And I'm walking on the King's highway.
2. All day long I've talked with Jesus,
It has been a glorious day.
It has moved me one step higher
On my walk along the King's highway.
3. Won't you come and walk with Jesus?
It will be a glorious day.
You can leave your sin and sorrow,
You can walk upon the King's highway.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, Awesome God! Many times we drift away from what we know to be right, because we lose our focus on Jesus. Instead of serving Him faithfully, we get pulled toward the things of the world. Help us to keep focused on serving You through showing Jesus to others. Enable us to be an earthly illustration of Your love for us and for others. Jesus made it clear that once we know Him, there is no excuse for not following Him. That’s a burden, Father, but that is also a joy because He trusted us to serve You. Forgive us, Father, even as we forgive others. These things we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!

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JADOMB 3/15/2013 10:44PM

    So true and so many folks forget to count their blessings. That is the one way I am able to refocus when any negatives come my way.

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ANHELIC 3/15/2013 10:06PM

    Thank you Vic for the great lesson, hymn and prayer. I never looked at the Book of Ruth the way you described it. I am seeing it in a whole different light. I feel we are like Ruth with God's Blessings on our lives. We have nothing to complain about because we are looked after by God. Thank you for the goodie and note. God is Blessing you as you share His word with us in your teachings.


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LOOKINGUP2012 3/15/2013 7:04PM

    The life that is full of joy and the unhindered presence of the Lord is the one that experiences continuous brokenness and abandonment of self-reliance.
Dr. K.P. Yohannan

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NELLIEH1 3/15/2013 4:37PM

    Thanks, Vic! You nudged me to go on You-Tube to hear the song: All Day Long I've been with JESUS!! Yes!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/15/2013 12:14PM

    This is a new song to me also. I imagine the beautiful harmony of an African folk song!

Thank you again for sharing gems of truth and love from the study of the book of Ruth.

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LOSTLIME 3/15/2013 8:54AM

    Thank you for showing us how to get back on the road toward the Lord! Have a blessed weekend.

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JOANIE69 3/15/2013 7:57AM

    emoticon I never heard (noticed) this hymn before. Thank you Vic for these blog lessons, inspiring hymns and prayers. May God always bless you; you are a blessing to others, for His glory, Joanie

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TONYVAND1 3/15/2013 7:52AM

  Thank you Vic for focussing us on Jesus

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/14/2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/14/2013

Ruth 4:13-17
RUTH: FROM BROKENNESS TO BLESSEDNESS, Lesson 14b

Ruth. 1:1-22 RUTH: THE DESTITUTE WIDOW

v. 1-5 Her Pain – The trials of this little family. Ruth’s life at this point pictures the life that is lived apart from the will of God. (Pro. 13:13). Ruth had many strikes against her:
1. She was a Gentile.
2. She was a stranger from the covenants of Israel.
3. She was lost in sin.

What a picture of the person outside Christ! They too are lost in sin, separated from God and doomed to an eternity in Hell – (Eph. 2:12; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23).

Following the terrible Mexico City earthquake of 1985, live satellite coverage carried the news of Mexico's anguish to a watching world. A pastor was sitting in front of his television set stunned by the extent of the damage: Mountains of broken concrete filled the screen; Rescue workers dug frantically; Fires raged; Smoke and dust filled the air. Then suddenly in the lower left-hand corner of the screen appeared the words "Courtesy: SIN." The letters S-I-N actually stood for Spanish International Network, but for a moment it meant something different to that pastor. It reminded him that in some way all trouble, pain, and suffering can be traced back to the problem of sin. That's not to say that God judged Mexico City with an earthquake. We don't know that. But if sin directly or indirectly caused such a tragedy, or even the more disastrous quake described by John in Revelation 6:12, it deserves to be treated with contempt, not courtesy.

v. 6-18 Her Pledge – Naomi is a picture of the backslidden Christian. She gives her daughters-in-law some very poor advice. She actually pleads with them to remain in their homeland and with their false gods – (v. 15). Never take advice from a backslider! His or her advice is always flawed! This is the pivotal point in the life of Ruth. She makes a conscious decision to follow the God of Naomi! God calls all men to come unto Himself, ( John 1:9; Rev. 22:17). Yet, only a conscious decision to receive Christ into one’s heart and life will result in eternal salvation, ( Acts 16:31). Have YOU made that decision?

v. 19-22 Her Poverty – Left with no husband and no means of support themselves, Naomi and Ruth are left financially bankrupt. This is a further portrait of the sinner apart from God. The lost person is totally bankrupt spiritually. He has no access to God, no ground from which to ask anything from the Lord. He can produce no good , ( Isa. 64:6). He needs someone to stand between himself and God, “The Daysman”,( Job 9:33.) Jesus is the only mediator, ( 2 Tim. 2:5); our Mediator.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Galatians 6:7 (New King James Version (NKJV)

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

TODAY’S HYMN!
Rise Up, O Men of God” By: William P. Merrill (1911)

1. Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
to serve the King of kings.

2. Rise up, O men of God!
The kingdom tarries long.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
and end the night of wrong.

3. Rise up, O men of God!
The church for you doth wait,
her strength unequal to her task;
rise up, and make her great!

4. Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where his feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
rise up, O men of God!

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Mercy, God of Grace! Help us to hear Your Words speaks to our hearts and give us direction for our life. Enable us to follow Jesus so closely that we will never walk in rebellion against You. Keep us from being stubbornly addicted to our own desires, wants and determinations. Teach us to not be concerned with the esteem of men, but to be diligent about pleasing You. Teach us to do Your will, for You are our God; Your Spirit is good in leading us. Lead us in the land of uprightness. Lead us to do what is right and good. Enable us to accomplish Your will for our lives to Your glory, for we delight to do Your will. These things we pray today in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/14/2013 10:54PM

    Thank you Vic for a great message reminding me of what it is like to be away from God. As we have been addicted to our own desires as in your prayer, I can remember this. Now I have taken a new path and am focusing on our Lord to lead me in a new direction. Praise His Holy Name. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. Your lessons have been a blessing to me.

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    emoticon sharing your message!

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JADOMB 3/14/2013 8:25PM

    AMEN, much to take in.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/14/2013 1:27PM

    Amen!

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TONYVAND1 3/14/2013 10:58AM

  He leads and directs me. Keep me. In the palm of your hand

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NELLIEH1 3/14/2013 8:58AM

    "Keep us from being stubbornly addicted to our own desires, wants, and determinations..." This part of your prayer really touched me this morning. Herein lies so much of who we are, even as believers...Yes, LORD, "teach us Your holy ways that we may indeed continually walk in Your truth!"

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/14/2013 7:46AM

    This prayer echoes my heart's desire to live for God. Each day as I come here I am filled with love and gratitude!

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JOANIE69 3/14/2013 7:18AM

    Yes, Vic, I can say yes to all you have taught here today! emoticon

I too can relate to this:
1. She (I am) was a Gentile.
2. She (I) was a stranger from the covenants of Israel.
3. (I) She was lost in sin.

But Hallelujah and Praise the Lord indeed, I have been redeemed and can stand in His Presence now, having the victory in Jesus that over comes the world. Glory to God. And amen to your prayer, as well.

emoticon Bless you.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 3/13/2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 3/13/2013

Ruth 4:13-17
RUTH: FROM BROKENNESS TO BLESSEDNESS, Lesson 14a

W. Herschel Ford tells this story: "Many years ago a young preacher in England pitched his tent in an area where there was no church. Each night he preached the gospel there. Among the converts was a boy whose mother was dead and whose father was a saloon-keeper. After the boy's conversion he pleaded with his father to attend the services with him, but his father cursed him and told him to forget it.

"On Saturday night the boy said, 'Please pray for my daddy. I want so much for him to be saved.' On Monday someone told this man that his son had requested prayer for him, and when the boy came home from school, his father said, 'If you want to be a Christian, go ahead, but leave my name out of it.'

"The next Saturday night the boy's heart was breaking for his father, so he again asked for prayer for his father. Again on Monday someone told the father, hoping that this would touch and convict him. When the boy came in from school, the man beat him until the boy's blood stained his shirt. Then man threw a bucket of water on him and kicked him, and then went to the saloon. The boy stumbled to his knees, climbed into bed and sobbed.

"That night the father, feeling sorry for the way he had treated the boy, slipped into the boy's room and found him with tears still coursing down his cheeks. The father fell onto his knees and said, 'Son, I'm sorry for what I did. I will never do it again. Son, are you really a Christian?'

"The boy replied, 'Yes, Daddy.'
"'Can you pray, son?' the father asked.
"'Yes, sir,' replied the boy, 'I have learned to pray a little.'
"'After all I've done, can you pray for me?'
"'Yes,' said the boy. They got down onto their knees, and the boy prayed, 'Dear Lord, save my daddy. I want him to be a Christian.'

"The man began to sob, then said, 'Son, tell me how to become a Christian.' The boy explained repentance, faith and obedience. The father said, 'I'll do that right now. I am sorry for all my sins. I'm trusting Christ with all my heart.'

"The next morning the father put on his best suit. He said, 'I want you to take me to that preacher.' They told the preacher their story, and soon the man was again confessing his faith in Christ. Then they went down to the saloon. There the man took an ax and demolished the bar and broke every bottle of whiskey in the house.
"Handing the keys of the building to the preacher, the man said, 'It's all yours now. Use it in any way you please.' Today that building houses a church, and the former saloonkeeper became an officer in that church.

"Why did it all happen? Because the man had been born again and Christ had changed his life."

Nothing in life has the power to make so profound a change as that which Jesus Christ can make. This truth is vividly portrayed in this little book. In these 4 short chapters, Ruth is shown moving from Brokenness to Blessedness. In her story, however, something far more wonderful and blessed is in view. In this book, we see Christ’s power to change lives and His power to transport us from the brokenness of sin to the blessedness of His salvation.

Today, my prayer is that the Lord will speak to your heart about your relationship with Him. If you are unsaved, please allow God to show you what He can do for you. If you are saved, be sure you are where the Lord wants you to be and rejoice in what He has done for you. Now, let’s look at Ruth: “From Brokenness To Blessedness”.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Isaiah 2:4 (New King James Version (NKJV)

4 He shall judge between the nations,
And rebuke many people;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Blessed Assurance” By: Fanny J. Crosby (1873)

1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
Refrain:

3. Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, God of Love! You are all we desire. Just being with You daily changes everything in us. We worship You and Praise You as Immanuel, our God who is with us. We long more for You as we seek after You and thirst for Your righteousness, like water in a dry land. Help us to stand under the waterfall of Your Spirit and feel the soothing mist of Your love showering over us. Immerse us in the center of the flow of Your Spirit. Enable us to feel Your heartbeat for You are the only answer to the emptiness we feel when we are not with You. The fullness of Your being is what we crave; the intimacy of Your embrace and the warmth of Your love. These things we pray in the blessed name of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen!

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MZLADY77 3/14/2013 9:32PM

    Amen!

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LUANN7 3/13/2013 11:20PM

    thank you for the daily study I enjoyed it tremendously!God bless you-Lu:)

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ANHELIC 3/13/2013 10:45PM

    Thank you Vic for the awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. In the Bible it says even a child shall lead them, just as the man's son led his father to Jesus and how great a change He made in the father's life. Thank you for the goodie and note. Praying that you will continue in your teachings and helping us grow closer to our Lord.
Blessings,
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CASTIRONLADY 3/13/2013 9:14PM

    Thank you for not hiding your light under the bushel. You are a shining example.

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BABY_GIRL69 3/13/2013 7:47PM

    God bless you Brother Vic! This was a wonderful meal you shared with us....

Dee

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/13/2013 4:25PM

    I learned so much from this daily study and it has made me love God even more! THANK YOU.

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NITTINNANA 3/13/2013 3:10PM

    And if we are saved, yet NOT where The Lord wants us to be, let us be humble nough to ask His guidance on what step we can take today, or tomorrow, or next week to move us closer to where that is!

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TONYVAND1 3/13/2013 11:37AM

  Another great study on the book of Ruth Vic. Thank you for your insights.


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NADINEL 3/13/2013 10:17AM

    The book of Ruth is one of my favorite books of the Bible. This has been a truly interesting study and thank you for being an instrument of the Lord to proclaim His majesty.

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LOSTLIME 3/13/2013 9:34AM

    Thank you for the story of Ruth. Bless you and your family.

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RSSSLHB 3/13/2013 9:02AM

    emoticon testimony Vic, emoticon for posting

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JOANIE69 3/13/2013 8:14AM

    emoticon This testimony brought tears to my eyes, and I know it is true and there are other - millions of?- life-changing testimonies to the grace and mercy of our Lord, 'Who died for us while we were yet sinners.' (Romans 5:8) Bless your ministry here Vic, where hungry, lost and seeking souls can find the way to salvation through Christ; and where Christians can be encouraged, uplifted, and restored.
emoticon Bless you and yours. Joanie

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/13/2013 8:03AM

    Thank you for that testimony!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 3/12/2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 3/12/2013

Ruth 4:1-17
REDEEMED! HOW I LOVE TO PROCLAIM IT! Lesson 13c

V. 9-10 BOAZ HAD THE RESOURCES TO REDEEM

Chapter 2:1 makes it clear that Boaz was a wealthy man. He had the financial resources to carry out the redemption.

V. 9 The Resources To Purchase Ruth's Property – Ruth 4:9 tells us that Boaz purchased all that had belonged to Elimelech, Chilion and Mahlon. In other words, Boaz bought out the whole inheritance of this family, lock, stock and barrel! Think for a minute about Orpah. She went back to her family in chapter 1. If she had followed Naomi back to Bethlehem, it seems clear that Boaz would have redeemed her too!
Like the family Ruth married into, you and I were born into a family that was down and out! You see, our father, Adam, sinned against the Lord and brought death, destruction and damnation upon all his children. He left us spiritually destitute and without hope! Thank God, that is where Jesus stepped in! Everything Adam lost in the Garden of Eden, Jesus purchased back on the cross. Adam gambled away fellowship with God, Jesus bought it back. Adam gambled away life, Jesus bought it back. Adam gambled away peace with God, joy, blessing, righteousness, etc; but Jesus bought it every bit back for us when He went to the cross and died for us! Jesus has the resources to carry of a transaction of this magnitude!

V. 10 The Resources To Purchase Ruth Personally - Boaz had the resources to be able to make Ruth his wife. He wanted to buy back the property, but he also wanted to buy the person!

Jesus also has the resources to buy the person. When a sinner trusts the shed blood of the Lord Jesus and obeys His Gospel, that sinner becomes a redeemed member of the family of God. He is purchased and forever changed by the blood of Christ. Jesus specializes in taking old, hell bound sinners, saving them by His grace and transforming them into the children of God. When He pays the price, He purchases the whole person, (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Titus 2:14). Glory to God, I am glad that Jesus is able to "save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him", (Heb. 7:25).

Jesus Had The Right To Redeem
Jesus Had The Resolve To Redeem
Jesus Had The Resources To Redeem

V. 10, 13 BOAZ HAD THE REASONS TO REDEEM

There are probably many reasons why Boaz did what he did. However, looking at the text tells me of two very important reasons that must not be overlooked. For Boaz, there was more to his actions that keeping the Law, or just the fact that he was a relative. He had two compelling reasons for redeeming Ruth. These reasons also speak to our hearts today.

The Reason Of Giving Love – Ruth (2:5; 8-13; 14-17; 3:10-15) - All of these verses seem to indicate that Boaz has fallen in love with Ruth. He loved here in spite of her lineage. He loved her in spite of her poverty. He loved her in spite of the fact that she had nothing to offer him but herself. What more can a man ask for? He loved her with a selfless love that sought nothing but her best interests! He cares about her and wants to provide for her needs. Therefore, he willingly pays the price for her redemption and buys her unto himself.

This is just what motivated Jesus to do what he did for you and me! He was born in this world, He lived in poverty; He endured rejection and shame; He went to the cross for one primary reason. And, that reason is love (Rom. 5:6-8). He, like Boaz, loves us in spite of all those things that we have against us. He loves us in spite of all we do wrong. He loves us even though we are poverty stricken and we have nothing to offer Him but broken lives and shattered hopes. He loves us, therefore, He willingly paid the redemption price on the cross!

The Reason Of Giving Life – Ruth 4:5; 13 tell us that another reason Boaz wanted to marry Ruth was to bring life out of death. Without a Kinsman-Redeemer, the family of Elimelech would die out. That family would perish from Israel. Boaz cared about that family and wanted to preserve life!

This is why Jesus went to the cross. This is why He suffered and died for us! His desire is to take those that are dead in sins, (Eph. 2:1), and who are headed to Hell, (Psa. 9:17), save them by His grace and bring life out of death, (John 5:24). He wants to give life to those trapped in death! This is just what He does for everyone who received Him as their Savior and Lord. He provides salvation full and free. He produces life in the place of death. He makes dead men alive! Like Lazarus, sinners are trapped in death! Jesus comes to their tombs and calls their names. When they hear Him and respond, He gives them life eternal through faith.

Conc: Notice verse 13. From chapter 2:1 until chapter 4:13, Boaz is the center of attention. Just like Jesus ought to be! However, this poor, heathen girl is now the bride of a wealthy redeemer. She comes back into focus. My how things have changed for Ruth! This book opens with a funeral and closes with a wedding! I want you to notice one thing with me right now. Notice in verse 13 what the Bible tells us about these two and their relationship. It tells us that there is an intimacy that is now possible. It tells us that Boaz is able to do what he could not do in Ruth 3:10-14. Now, Boaz is able to take Ruth into his arms and love her. You see, all the barriers that were between them have been removed! They were separated by race, social status, morals, etc. Now, they are one flesh! She is as rich as he is! She is able to have fellowship of the most intimate kind with Boaz. They have been brought together in an intimate relationship!

That's what you have in Jesus today if you are saved! You, who were once separated from Jesus by a gulf of sin and poverty, have now been brought near to Him. You are as rich as He is. You are no longer separated, and you are in an intimate relationship with Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer! Now, we are no longer doomed! Now, we are no longer poverty stricken! Now, we are no longer as good as dead! Now we are alive in Jesus. Now, we can rest in His bosom and we can experience the intimacies of His redeeming love! Thank God for redemption! Redeemed! How I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Redeemed through His excellent mercies, His child and forever I am! ARE YOU?


TODAY’S VERSE!
2 Corinthians 3:18 (New King James Version (NKJV)

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.


TODAY’S HYMN!
“When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” By: Isaac Watts (1707)

1. When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown.

4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Father Most High, God of Truth and Grace! Help us to learn to walk with Jesus, to abide in Him, to receive His blessings, and to trust Him to produce good fruit in us and through us. Help us to understand that there is no force about fruitfulness….Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Only in Him and through Him can we be fruitful to the Father’s glory. Teach us to abide in Jesus in a close relationship with Him; one where we experience and share the goodness and eternal lasting fruit of life. For Your Love and blessings, we thank YOU. In Jesus’ glorious name we pray. Amen!

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MZLADY77 3/14/2013 9:33PM

    Jesus is the redeemer! emoticon

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ANHELIC 3/13/2013 12:20AM

    Thank you Vic for your awesme lesson, hymn and prayer. I am grateful that Jesus died on the cross for us and we are now redeemed byHim. If we can just love Him and care for one another like He did for us, He will do for us what Boaz did for Ruth. We no longer have to be living a life of poverty and lonliness when we come to Jesus and accept Him. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note.
Blessing,
Joanie

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JOANIE69 3/12/2013 7:52PM

    emoticon Vic, I love to read your blogs in the morning, but they are just as precious and worthwhile in the evening. (We were away all day today.) Your posted lessons, hymns and prayers are all a source of comfort to me. Today's blog reminded me of another hymn, as well:

" Jesus, keep me near the Cross;
There a precious fountain,
Free to all -- a healing stream --
Flows from Calvary's mountain."

Blessings, Joanie



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NELLIEH1 3/12/2013 4:55PM

    How precious it is that GOD in His infinite wisdom chose to unite us in marriage with the Lamb Who was slain before the foundation of the world. We do need to survey the Cross and its message daily and then rejoice in our redemption (like Ruth) and our resurrection from the dead in Christ Jesus alone! What amazing truths the LORD reveals continually to us in Scripture! Thank you , Vic, for your faithfulness in sharing.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/12/2013 1:01PM

    Amen!!! Thank you!

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LOSTLIME 3/12/2013 12:06PM

    Thank you,Vic!

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EDITOR 3/12/2013 6:52AM

    Thank you for yesterday's goodie Vic.

I trust and respect the valued blood of Christ, and to know of His redeeming Love.
All of this lesson, from beginning to end, is lovely! We look to no other. For by grace we are saved.



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