Tuesday, March 05, 2013
RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 3/5/2013
Pursued By Grace Series
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!
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.
“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.
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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