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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


1 Sam. 1:1-18

In the 16th Century a man named John Knox was used by the Lord to bring many people to faith in Jesus in Scotland. Those days were hard days for the true church. Bloody Mary was persecuting true believers in the name of the Roman Catholic Church. Many hundreds were burned at the stake for their faith. In the midst of this horror John Knox stood out as a beacon of faith, courage and zeal for the Lord, Jesus Christ. At one point, as he prayed in the garden outside his church in Edinburgh, he was heard to pray “Great God, give me Scotland, or I die!” His burden was so great for His people that he would rather have died that see them go to Hell.

The passage before us presents a woman with a similar burden. Hannah was not interested in souls; she was interested in babies. Her story has something to say to the church today. We are interested in souls! Like Hannah, the Lord seems to have closed the womb of the church. I want to talk about Hannah, her barrenness, her burden, her brokenness and her blessings. This passage shows us how God can move us from barrenness to blessedness.


Hannah had no children. Why? It was not Elkanah – He has children, (v. 2). It was not their relationship, (v. 5). It was not her health; she was in her childbearing years. Hannah was barren because God, for His Own reasons, had closed her womb, (v. 5-6).
It seems that the Lord has closed the womb of the church. We have everything we need to see souls saved, but no spiritual babies are being born. We have preaching, teaching, singing, worship, praying, etc. There seems to be no drawing and convicting power in the church. His convicting power is absolutely necessary if we expect to see souls saved, (John 6:44; 65).

Why? We can only speculate, but I would like to offer a few possibilities. God will not:
Send babies into a cold, dead environment.

Send babies into an environment, where they can be led astray, (Matt. 23:15).
Send babies into an environment tainted by sin. (Grieve the Spirit, Eph. 4:30).
Send babies into an environment where they are not wanted.

We must never forget that God is sovereign in this matter of salvation, (Jonah 2:9). You and I cannot send anyone to Hell either by what we do or by what we do not do. God saves whom He pleases, when He pleases, and where He pleases. However, we can create an environment in which God is more likely to move. (Clean, holy, excited, worshiping, loving, close to Him, and to one another, etc.)


This was a home enmeshed in trouble. Peninnah mocked Hannah and caused much anguish and pain in Hannah’s heart. (V. 6 – “provoked her sore” and “make her to fret”, both carry the idea of pushing someone to the point of anger. “fret” = “To thunder; to rage”).

These problems broke Hannah’s heart. She wept and refused to eat. Her “heart” was “grieved”. This phrase has the idea of being angry. Hannah was angry at Peninnah, and perhaps even at the Lord! Hannah was burdened because she was childless. Peninnah didn’t care; Elkanah wasn’t really burdened, he had other children. Hannah, however, was heartbroken and it showed!

This is the kind of burden we need at the house of God for the lost. We meet and pray; we talk about the lost; but there seems to be no deep, heart-rending burden for those perishing in sin. Read about Paul’s burden for the Jews in Rom. 9:1-3; 10:1.
How long has it been since you really carried a burden for some lost soul; since you fasted, prayed and sought the Lord for their salvation? How long has it been since the thought of souls perishing in Hell brought you to your knees and sent you out to tell others about Jesus. We need a burden!

Colossians 3:16 (New King James Version (NKJV)

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

“Love One Another” By: Sunday School Teacher (1867)

Angry words! O let them never,
From the tongue unbridled slip,
May the heart’s best impulse ever,
Check them ere they soil the lip.


Love one another thus saith the Savior,
Children obey the Father’s blest command,
Love each other, love each other,
’Tis the Father’s blest command.

Love is much too pure and holy,
Friendship is too sacred far,
For a moment’s reckless folly,
Thus to desolate and mar.


Angry words are lightly spoken,
Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred,
Brightest links of life are broken,
By a single angry word.


Heavenly Father, God of Host! Thank You for knowing us even before we were made. We love Your tender and personal care, and ask You to continue to teach us how You want us to live our lives, and forgive us when we disappoint You. Our prayer is not for ourselves alone, for we pray also for those who will believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, through Your Word and message. Jesus prayed for us over 2000 years ago, can we do anything less for others today. It is in His Precious name that we pray. Amen!


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ANHELIC 3/20/2013 11:19PM

    Thank you vic for a great message and wake up call. I have been praying for my ex-husband after we were divorced. He passed away last month and I lost contact with him and kept praying for him. I don't know if he accepted the Lord or not. People here don't know where he was living . He kind of disappeared for the past 3 years. You are a great teacher and thoroughly expaining each book you are teaching. God Bless you for your continuance spreading God's word.

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JADOMB 3/20/2013 11:01PM

    In a society that doesn't recognize a life in a womb and that cherish a "woman's right" over a child's right, is it any wonder that children are becoming so heartless and faithless. Pray for our children and those that are suppose to protect and raise them. And pray for a society that is bent on turning away from God.

God did NOT close these women's womb, they put themselves above God and did it themselves.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/20/2013 9:23PM

    I was just thinking about this very subject! I remembered how Moses wanted to give his life for the stubborn people he was leading, how he pled with God not to blot them out but take him instead. I NEED this kind of selflessness and passion for the lost!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/20/2013 2:51PM

    By teaching Bro Vic you are changing our lives & our minds & how we praise & worship Him!

God bless & keep you always!


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IAM_HIS 3/20/2013 1:26PM

    I so agree. Also, if there are babies, our society has allowed females, who have conceive them, to decide to abort them if they do not want them. This is the most violent form of child abuse there is. Our babies are not welcome into to our society and they are not looked at as a human being with a soul, created by God and made in His image and likeness.

Before we have babies to spiritually nourish, we need to be converted ourselves. Now is the time for each of us to grow close to our Lord. To know His ways and live His Word and make Him our Lord.

May the culture of death be defeated by we Christians. So we can spread the Gospel of Life that our Lord has asked of us.

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PMPB72 3/20/2013 10:12AM

    This exact same subject has been on my heart for a long time. I have tried to put it in better words, and now you have. Most, if not all churches, I have have frequented just feel dead. Except for one bapist church we attended while going through a very difficult time in the past two years. They were concentrated on saving the lost. It was awesome. I had not heard an alter call in years.

But I had also noticed that I was not in the business of saving others either. I was not living out the great commission given to all believers by Jesus. I intend to take these words to heart and begin to pray for a burden for lost soles and not just have sympathy, but action.

Thank you for your blog today Vic. Have a blessed day.


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JOANIE69 3/20/2013 9:08AM

    You reminded me that it has indeed been a long time since I had such a burden for a lost soul. I routinely pray for those I know, especially family, and for those who seem to dislike my existence, (tongue in cheek). BUT it has been a while since I asked the Lord this: "(I) We need a burden!" The thought has been there, but not the request to be burdened. Today and this week I shall earnestly pray for such a burden, and the opportunity to witness.

Thank you Vic, and may God continue to bless you and yours and this ministry to us all; your notes and goodies and your faithfulness. Joanie

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/20/2013 8:51AM

    He is beautiful beyond description. Oh that he could shine through my life more. Who does not come to the light if it is shining brightly.

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LOSTLIME 3/20/2013 8:45AM

    Thank you for sharing,Vic. Last night I started reading Samuel but didn't have the incite of all that was being said. Thanks for explaining it like you do.

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TONYVAND1 3/20/2013 8:33AM

  Fearfully and wonderfully made and yet we often don't act as if we are.

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NELLIEH1 3/20/2013 8:05AM

    Dear Vic, you have pinpointed a major difficulty amongst believers today in the USA. We are self-centered and satisfied with what we have. We'd rather talk and study about winning souls, than actually pray and go out to be used of the LORD in His plan for the lost people around us. "Ashamed" is the word, because we/I are/am ones to please people rather than the Living GOD of the universe. (Mark 8:38: Luke 9:26) May we become like Paul (Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 1:8-10)!

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NDTEACHER1 3/20/2013 7:40AM

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Pursued By Grace

Ruth 4:13-22


It Was A Time Of Glory For The Groom - Boaz saw his plan completed when Ruth was redeemed and when she became his bride. He paid the price for her because of his love for her and he was magnified as a result, (4:11-12). The word "took" means "to carry away, to fetch". What a picture of that which our heavenly Lord will do for us when He returns for His bride, (1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 The. 4:16-17; Rev. 19:1-9). He will catch us away and He will see His plan completed when His bride is safe with Him in glory! Friends, if you are saved, you are going home! On that day, He will receive all the praise He is worthy of today!

It Was A Time Of Grace For The Bride - In spite of her past, Ruth was accepted in Boaz! When she was redeemed, a legal transaction took place, (4:1-11). When the near kinsman plucked off his shoe as a sign that he could not redeem Ruth, Boaz took that shoe and kept it as evidence that he was the Redeemer and that Ruth had been forever redeemed from her past!

In Jesus, and through His blood, we are accepted, (Eph. 1:6). The Bible reminds us that in spite of what we were, in Jesus we have been redeemed, (1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Pet. 1:18-19). His grace has changed everything for those who trust Him for salvation, (Eph. 2:8-9; 12-18).

We do not have a shoe to prove that we belong to Jesus, but we have something far better than that! We have the Lord Himself, seated at the right hand of the Father, ever living to make intercession for us, (Heb. 7:25). We have an "Advocate" in heaven who bears in His body the marks of the cross, (1 John 2:1; Rev. 5:6). In spite of what we were, and still are at times, we are going to stand in Heavenly places by His grace! In fact, I enjoy being in His presence today, (Eph. 2:6).


After the redemption was concluded and the marriage was finished, there was a time of worship that began. Notice what prompted their praise.

V. 14 It Focused Itself In A Sovereign - This verse indicates that God received the praise for the transaction! This is justified because He established the plan that brought Ruth and Boaz together, and He is exalted because of it. May we never forget that all we have in Jesus is because of God's eternal decree, (Rev. 13:8). And, that He is worthy to be praised because of it, (Rev. 4:1-11; Rev. 5:8-14)!

V. 15-22 It Fixed Itself In A Son - The child that Ruth and Boaz had together was named "Obed". This is a name that means "Worshiping". This son firmly fixed Ruth's place in Israel! You see, her redemption gave her legal standing in the courthouse records, but this child gave her a connection with the royal family! Obed was King David's grandfather! This made Ruth David's great-grandmother! But, better than that, she is named in Matt. 1:5 as one of the ancestresses of Jesus Christ! This little boy changed everything for Ruth! So, for Naomi, Ruth and everyone involved, Obed became a "restorer of life, and a nourisher of thine old age". Knowing the son was a blessing to them all!

Genuine worship will always erupt out of a personal relationship with the Son of God! When you know Him, you know One Who is The Restorer of Life and the “Nourisher” of all Ages! If you know Him, you should rejoice in that fact! If you do not know Him, then you need to know that you can, and to know Him changes everything, (1 John 5:12)!

Conc: As her life progressed, there were probably many days when she said to herself, "Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming!" Such is the power of grace in the life all, who are pursued and captured of it!

Grace can take you from nowhere as a no-body and it can change your life, redeem you from death and place you in the family of the King! Are you living your life in the grace of God? Would you like to know Him? Do you need to get at His feet today? Whatever your need, it will be met by coming to Him and trusting Him to do the amazing in your life!

Isaiah 29:18 (New King James Version (NKJV)

18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book,
And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.

“Worthy Art Thou” By: Tillit S. Teddie (1932)

Worthy of praise is Christ our Redeemer;
Worthy of glory, honor and power!
Worthy of all our soul's adoration, Worthy art Thou!

Worthy art Thou! Worthy of riches, blessings and honor,
Worthy of wisdom, glory and power!
Worthy of earth and heavens thanksgiving,
Worthy art Thou! Worthy art Thou!

Lift up the voice in praise and devotion,
Saints of all earth before Him should bow;
Angels in heaven worship Him, saying, Worthy art Thou!

Lord, may we come before Thee with singing,
Filled with Thy Spirit, wisdom and power;
May we ascribe Thee glory and honor, Worthy art Thou!

Father God, God of love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. We have great joy in knowing You are always with us and have the power to save us from the plans of our enemies. Help us to remember at all times, that even when we go through difficult situations that shake the very foundation of our soul, that our foundation is in You and our security is sustained by our Savior, Jesus Christ, and His great love for us. We praise You, we praise Your mighty name, and we thank You for Jesus, our Lord. It is His glorious name that we pray. Amen!


PS: This concludes our study in the Book of Ruth. Next, we will look at some lessons from the Book of 1 Samuel.

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ANHELIC 3/19/2013 10:52PM

    Thank you Vic for your great teaching on the book of Ruth. I'm surprised how much I remember and can discuss it with my friend who helps me. My days delivering Avon are becoming spiritual with my Gospel music playing on the radio and discussing your lessons with Maureen, I feel blessed that I can refer to scriptures that you have taught us. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic and I'm looking forward to your new lessons.

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INFLATED 3/19/2013 6:01PM

    I heard for the first time today, Worthy Art Thou. Thank you for the lessons on the book of Ruth.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/19/2013 4:59PM

    This is such a beautiful picture of Christ and the church.
I never knew Obed meant worshiping.
Thank you so much

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JADOMB 3/19/2013 11:58AM

    It is nice to be comforted in KNOWING that we are loved and saved by our Lord Jesus Christ. For those that are lost and know not this feeling, it is sad.

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LOSTLIME 3/19/2013 10:01AM

    Thank you for the book of Ruth. I am looking forward to learning about Samuel.


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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/19/2013 8:56AM

    I look forward to coming here and am always blessed. Praise God for this ministry! Praise Him for His Word where this beautiful story in Ruth shows the Redeemer in all His loving, compassionate, generous, never-failing, always faithful character!

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NELLIEH1 3/19/2013 8:25AM

    We are all grateful for the time you have given to share these precious truths of Ruth from February 5th until today. May we each remember the lessons along the way and truly worship in Spirit and in truth for the Father seeks such!(John 4:24) Jesus Christ is indeed the "Restorer of Life and Nourisher" of our whole beings through all ages! Bless you, Vic!

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JOANIE69 3/19/2013 7:33AM

    Thank you for this praiseworthy start to the day, Vic, that causes the Christian heart to rise up and say "Hallelujah! Glory to God! Praise our Redeemer and coming King. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. "

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TONYVAND1 3/19/2013 7:28AM

  Redeemed how I love to proclaim it

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EDITOR 3/19/2013 7:20AM

    Somebody pinch me, please! God is sooooooo good and I must share Him with others!
Thank you, Vic, for two goodies now and notes. Thank you also for your ministry of reconciliation in Christ.
I am following the faithful saints in Christ through the Bible. They teach and reach as you do.

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Monday, March 18, 2013


Pursued By Grace

Ruth 4:13-22

We have all has experiences in life that were almost too good to be true. In the midst of that experience have we ever said, or heard someone say, "Somebody pinch me please! I must be dreaming."? Well, I suppose that is what Ruth is feeling when you reach the concluding chapters of this book. She finds herself in a situation that is almost unbelievably good!

You see, in the verses of this little book, Ruth has worn the garments of a Widow, Chapter 1; of a Worker, Chapter 2 and of a Woman, Chapter 3. But, in this concluding section of the book, we see Ruth wearing the garments of a Wife, (Eph 5:22-24)! For her it must have been like a fairy tale! She must have felt like Cinderella as the handsome prince swept her off her feet to live happily ever after, which is just what they did!

Well, today as we look at these verses which form the culmination of Ruth's journey from Widow to Wife, I want you to see that there are some parallels between her experience and ours. If you stop and think of all that the redeemed enjoy in Jesus, you could almost feel like you were in a fairy tale. Sometimes, as I ponder all that Jesus has done for me and in me, I just want to say "Somebody pinch me please!" If you will join me for a few minutes, we will look at three experiences that Ruth had in these closing verses that may have left her wondering if she was dreaming. As she pondered all that Boaz had done for her, she may have said, "Somebody Pinch Me Please!"


She Waited By Faith -v.13- Boaz told her to "tarry this night." His promise to her was that when morning came, he would see to her redemption one way or another. May I remind you that we are in the night right now? We are to wait patiently upon our Heavenly Boaz to "see to" the needs of life! I would just remind you that He is still "Jehovah-Jireh" - "The LORD Will See To It". Therefore, no matter how dark the way becomes, remember that when the morning comes, He will meet all the needs of life, (Psa. 30:5). You can trust Jesus to finish that which He has started in our lives, (Phil. 1:6). Nothing that arises in life will ever stop the fulfillment of God's plan for you and me!

She Waited At His Feet -v. 14- Ruth spent the night at the feet of Boaz just as she had been instructed! She knew that he would do just what he promised! I would just remind the saints that Jesus Christ is a refuge from the stormy winds and raging seas of life, (Psalm 61:1-4; Psalm 46:1; Psalm 62:7-8)! There is no better place for the suffering saint to be than near His feet. Stay in that place where you can feel His closeness. Until He comes, mark yourself off a place at His feet, and determine in your heart that you will be moved by nothing this life throws at you!

2 Thessalonians 1:7 (New King James Version (NKJV)

7 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,

“There Stands A Rock” By: Sunday School Journal (1871)

There stands a Rock on shores of time
That rears to Heaven its head sublime.
That Rock is cleft, and they are blest
Who find within this cleft a rest.
Some build their hopes on the ever drifting sand,
Some on their fame, or their treasure, or their land;
Mine’s on a Rock that forever will stand,
Jesus, the “Rock of Ages.”

That Rock’s a cross, its arms outspread,
Celestial glory bathes its head;
To its firm base my all I bring,
And to the Rock of Ages cling.

That Rock’s a tower, whose lofty height,
Illumed with Heaven’s unclouded light,
Opes wide its gate beneath the dome
Where saints find rest with Christ at home.

Father Most High, God of Love, Grace and Mercy! Bless our work in Jesus and establish it to Your glory. Grant us the strength to accomplish what You challenges us to do each day. Thank You for knowing everything about us and showing us how to live within Your will and righteousness. Continue to teach, guide, comfort and restore us, as we reach out to others with the Good News of Your salvation. You know all our ways: the straight and narrow way as well as our wide and crooked ways. Forgive us Father, even as we forgive others. These things we pray in Jesus’ blessed name. Amen!


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ANHELIC 3/18/2013 11:46PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. Being as close as we can to God makes us feel secure like Ruth was with Boaz. It was all God's plan and I know He has a plan for each of us while we stay close to Him and at His feet. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings to you for your continuing teachings.

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TONYVAND1 3/18/2013 1:22PM

  He knows me so well. I pray that I will know Him better.

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JADOMB 3/18/2013 11:58AM

    As a believing Christian, I understand. As one that does my best to walk the talk, I also understand that as humans we will constantly fail, but with our forgiving Lord, he will constantly forgive. (The New Pope even said something similar to that)

For anyone that has never felt the Grace of God, I can only imagine the blankness they hold in their hearts. It's not to say they can't love, be "good", etc., but there is that emptiness of being on their own and that it ends upon death. Such a sad way to go through life.

Yes, it is like a fairy tale, and what an enlightening feeling it is to know that Jesus loves us and that we will have eternal life. As one that has been a bit of an adrenilin junky, I had adopted an only Indian saying, "It is a good day to die". This used to even freak my very strong Christian brother out when I would say this. (By the way, he's afraid of flying. LOL I'm guessing he'll get over it as he assends into Heaven though) But it wasn't until I became a true Christian that I truly understood that I am NOT afraid of dying, because my spirit will live on.

So I still say, "It's a good day to die", not out of wanting to die, but out of knowing that I will just be leaving this empty shell behind and I will continue to live on with my Lord, Jesus Christ. You can pinch me all you want, but this "fairy tale" will live on. ;-)

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NELLIEH1 3/18/2013 10:28AM

    Once again, many, many thanks for your faithful sharing and nudging of us on the way in Christ Jesus our Lord, who was and is and will always, always be!!

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LOSTLIME 3/18/2013 9:50AM

    thanks for sharing.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/18/2013 9:21AM

    Amen! The advice Joanie quoted is what stood out for me, too. He is truly The Rock, a Shelter in the time of storm. Thank you, Jesus.

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JOANIE69 3/18/2013 7:14AM

    emoticon especially for this advice: "Stay in that place where you can feel His closeness. Until He comes, mark yourself off a place at His feet, and determine in your heart that you will be moved by nothing this life throws at you!" Amen.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013


Ruth 4:13-17


v. 1-8 The Proposition – The Law of the Kinsman Redeemer: Boaz did it all by the book. The little stinger in verse 5 was to persuade the other man to step out. Everything Jesus did, He did by the book! He fulfilled all the Law and paid the price for sin and He did it legally!

v. 9-13 The Purchase – Boaz was willing to pay any price because of his love for Ruth. Jesus, through obedience and love, paid the great price to redeem the souls of fallen men, (Phil. 2:5-8). Now, all those who trust Him are redeemed from sin and become part of the Bride of Jesus; headed to an eternal home in Heaven: and all the many, many benefits of the saved!

v. 14-22 The Profit – Ruth, the Gentile, became the great-grandmother of King David, (v. 17-22), and an ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ, (Matt. 1:5). What a difference Jesus makes! He puts His treasure into our trash, (2 Cor. 4:7), and changes every aspect of our lives, (2 Cor. 5:17)! Jesus is in the delivery business, (Mark 5:1-20, especially v. 15)!

Conc: I can’t think of anything better than being saved by grace! Having been on the outside looking in, it sure does feel good to be on the inside looking up! Regardless of where you are today, Jesus can do in your life, and much more, what Boaz did for Ruth. He can redeem you, bring you close to Himself and bless you beyond your wildest dreams. All He is waiting on is you! Will you come to Him today? He wants you!

Psalm 5:7 (New King James Version (NKJV)

7 But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

“Will You Not Tell It Today?” By: Jessie B. Pounds (1887)

If the name of the Savior is precious to you
If His care has been constant and tender and true
If the light of His presence has brightened your way
O will you not tell of your gladness today?

O will you not tell it today?
Will you not tell it today?
If the light of His presence has brightened your way
O will you not tell it today?

If your faith in the Savior has brought its reward
If a strength you have found in the strength of the Lord
If the hope of a rest in His palace is sweet
O will you not, brother, the story repeat?

If the souls all around you are living in sin
If the Master has told you to bid them come in
If the sweet invitation they never have heard
O will you not tell them the cheerbringin word?

Father of Glory, God of Grace! Reveal to us what we are to do and enable us to do it well to Your glory. Keep our own dreams and plans for the future from getting in the way of what You have already planned and purposed for our lives. We desire mercy instead of justice, and knowing You more than sacrifice. Conform us into the image and likeness of Your Son, our Lord. Instill in us the goodness, holiness and beauty of His love and devotion. Move us into the future as You have planned and purposed. Help us to walk with the King, to walk in the Spirit, and to walk in His light. These things we ask and pray in His glorious name. Amen!


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ANHELIC 3/17/2013 11:05PM

    Thank you Vic for the comparison between God and Boaz. It is wonderful knowing that God saved us by Grace by sending His only Son to pay a supreme price for us. No one on earth would ever do what Jesus did for us. Thank you so much for the great lesson, hymn and prayer and the goodie and note you sent. God bless you Vic and have a Blessed week.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/17/2013 10:56PM

    I like "being on the inside looking up". I've been very blessed by this study. Thank you so much.

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JADOMB 3/17/2013 5:56PM

    Thank God we are saved by grace..............because there is NO one on this earth before or after Christ that could have been saved by Good Works.

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NELLIEH1 3/17/2013 5:06PM

    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of GOD and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit!

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TONYVAND1 3/17/2013 2:47PM

  Saved by Grace

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LOSTLIME 3/17/2013 12:25PM

    Thank you for sharing! I know that I am on the road to recovery with the Lord!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/17/2013 10:22AM

    Amen! He does give rest, and peace, and strength for daily duties.

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PMPB72 3/17/2013 9:49AM

    What a wonderful blog post today! I praise and thank you God for speaking to me today through this awesome Word and knowledge. It truly let me know that I am in sync with God and on the path back to remaining close to God and remembering who He is. My own hopes and dreams are exactly what stole my life away from God. I have apologized for my sin and know that God will redeem me from where that had led me. He will bring me out of this desert and lead me to places I cannot imagine with wonderful blessings. (Funny enough, God has a sense of humor, I now live in a literal desert for those past two years, AZ, LOL) Thank you God for what you are doing, have done, and will do in the future.

Thank you Vic for speaking His Word.



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JOANIE69 3/17/2013 7:21AM

    emoticon And "did you know" (no pun intended), that today Editor posted her blog with the message that 'we ought to adapt ourselves to God's plan'? And you prayed: 'Keep our own dreams and plans for the future from getting in the way of what You have already planned and purposed for our lives.'

How great is our God to have 2 teachers in sync today? (I know you are always in sync as Christians, but today is special this way.)

May you be blessed today, emoticon as you are a blessing to others, Vic. Have a great week ahead. Joanie emoticon (I joyfully agree with this comment: "I can’t think of anything better than being saved by grace! Having been on the outside looking in, it sure does feel good to be on the inside looking up!")

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Saturday, March 16, 2013


Ruth 4:13-17


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!

Galatians 5:25 (New King James Version (NKJV)

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

“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.

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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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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