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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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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TONYVAND1 3/5/2013 8:06PM

  Thank you Lord for abiding in me

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NEWGGMOTHER 3/5/2013 4:36PM

    Thank you

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LOSTLIME 3/5/2013 10:46AM

    Thank you for this post!

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RSSSLHB 3/5/2013 9:03AM

    Amen emoticon for posting

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/5/2013 8:05AM

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

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ANHELIC 3/5/2013 8:04AM

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

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JOANIE69 3/5/2013 7:38AM

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

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WANT2BHEALTHY11 3/5/2013 7:23AM

    Great blog!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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EDITOR 3/5/2013 6:37AM

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

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