Friday, May 29, 2009

Reassurancce Of Redemption By His Promises



Ruth 3:9-4:12

The Story
After Ruth made her request, she received some precious assurances from Boaz.

Boaz wanted her to know that she could count on him and the redemption he would provide for her.

Boaz promised to her that he would do whatever was necessary to see that she was redeemed.

Lessons
The LORD Jesus Christ 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 10:10-14 speak of the redemptive price the LORD Jesus Christ paid for us. His precious, shed blood is the price, payment and promise of our redemption (1 Pet 1:18-19, Heb 9:22).

Remember Ruth, she asked for redemption and she received some precious assurances from Boaz.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ask and You Shall Receive



Ruth 3:9-4:12

The Story
Ruth was looking for a redeemer, someone who could give her back all the things that sin and death had taken from her.

She had found herself at the feet of her redeemer and asked for redemption.

She was about to receive her redemption.

Lessons
Salvation is as simple as our asking for it (John 6:37; Rom 10:13, James 4:2).

Jesus Christ has done everything necessary to save the soul of lost sinner.

All that sinner has to do is to humble himself before the LORD God and ask for salvation.

Remember Ruth, she was redeemed because she asked for it.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

God Rejoices Over His Children



Ruth 3:8-11

The Story
Boaz praised Ruth for her love for him and for her godly lifestyle.

Her behavior and godly life had worked together to bring all this to pass for her.

Lessons
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!

Nothing gives the LORD God more pleasure than being able to take our lives, hold them out before the world and say, "This is what I can do with a life laid at My feet!"

Remember Ruth, she found her place at the feet of Boaz, and he rejoices over her.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The LORD God Reassures His People


Ruth 3:8-11

The Story
Boaz responded to Ruth's request by telling her that he will do everything to see that they are together.

She got there and got to his feet, and she was told to trust him; he would see to all the details.

Lessons
So it is with Gods children. If we will get to His feet, the LORD God is willing to do everything to mend and perfect our relationship with Him.

What the Lord God wants is our love for Him, and He will take care of all the details of life (Matt. 6:25-33).

His name is still Jehovah-Jireh (Gen 22:14).

Remember Ruth, she found her place at the feet of Boaz, and he reassured her that he would do everything for her.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The LORD God Wouldn't Turns Us Away


Ruth 3:8-11

The Story
Imagine the fears that must have occupied Ruth's mind when she popped up with her request to Boaz. "What if he publicly humiliates me?" "What if he drivs me away and refuses to have anything further to do with me?"

She needed not worry, for when he spoke, he said "Do not fear" (3:11). Boaz wanted to be close to her.

Lessons
So it is with Gods children, whether it be for salvation, or for a closer walk. We need not fear the LORD Jesus Christ turning us away. He loves us too much to do that (John 6:37).

When we come to Him humbly, honestly, openly and willingly, we will get what we come after.

We need not fear rejection, but we should be prepared for a big change of life!

Remember Ruth, she found her place at the feet of Boaz, and Boaz didn't reject her!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ask the LORD God For What You Need


Ruth 3:8-11

The Story
When Boaz awoke, Ruth popped the question!

Ruth's request to be taken under his wings was a request for marriage. This was a common practice in those days.

Ruth just came to Boaz, humbled herself to him and asked for what she needed and wanted!

Lessons
So it is with Gods children, whether it be for salvation, or for a closer walk. We must get at the feet of the LORD Jesus Christ and ask.

The reason we do not have the things we want is often because we never take the time to ask for them (James 4:2).

Remember Ruth, she found her place at the feet of Boaz, and she asked for what she needed.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Determined To Find The LORD God


Ruth 3:1-11

The Story
Ruth was determined to follow the command to come to Boaz. This would require much courage and humility
  • to approach this wealthy and important man.
  • to go and find where he was lying down and
  • to lie down at his feet.
Lessons
So it is with Gods children, whether it be for salvation, or for a closer walk. We must be determined to come to the LORD Jesus Christ. This would require much courage and humility
  • to move toward Him,
  • to humble ourselves at His feet and
  • to admit that we need Him in our lives.
Remember Ruth, she found her place at the feet of Boaz, with determination.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Finding The LORD God


Ruth 3:1-11

The Story
Ruth was commanded to watch the place where Boaz laid himself down. Of all the men sleeping around the heap of grain, with their head near the grain and their feet away from the grain, Ruth was to isolate Boaz and see where he was resting. If she was going to get at his feet, she had to find him.

Lessons
So it is with Gods children. If we will obtain the blessings found at His feet, we must first find those feet.
  • In the matter of salvation, God does all the finding of the lost sinner (John 6:44; Eph 2:1).
  • But there are times when we walk away from where we should be. We must make an effort to move back to where God is again, before He chastises us for our sins.
Remember Ruth, she found her place at the feet of Boaz, and not any others.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Joy In Christ


Ruth 3:1-11

The Story
Ruth was a widow. She will never be fulfilled and happy in her current condition. She found the love and security that can only be offered by someone like Boaz.

Lessons
In Jesus, christian finds 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 Jesus.

Remember Ruth, she found her place at the feet of Boaz with Joy.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hope In Christ


Ruth 3:1-11

The Story
Ruth was a widow. With Boaz, she had the opportunity to experience the joy of a new marriage relationship with someone who can love her, provide for her and comfort her.

Lessons
In Jesus, christian finds a new future. Life has meaning and there is hope for tomorrow. In Jesus, christian has:
  • all spiritual blessings.
  • eternal salvation.
  • a close relationship with the Father in Heaven.
  • absolute security.
  • an ever present LORD.
  • an advocate in Heaven.
  • a High Priest in Heaven.
  • a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Remember Ruth, she found her place at the feet of Boaz with Hope.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Meet The Savior In Private



Ruth 3:4

The Story
  1. Naomi counseled Ruth to wait until Boaz was alone and finished with his public business before she approached him with her request.
  2. Ruth was not to make a scene in public and put him on the spot. She was to wait until she could meet with him in private.

Lessons
  • Though corporate worship takes place in public, every christian must develop a time of private, intimate fellowship and worship with the LORD Jesus Christ.
  • Until christian learns to spend time with Jesus alone, he or she has never learned to worship.
Remember Ruth, she waited until she could meet with her Savior in private.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Meet The Savior


Ruth 3:3

The Story
Before Ruth was to come at the feet of Boaz, she had to make the proper preparations for that meeting. She was to leave the place and go down to the threshing floor. Ruth was to go where Boaz was.

Lessons
  • Christians are to go where the LORD Jesus Christ is.
  • Until they take that commitment to go to Him regardless of the cost or the effort, they will never find themselves at His feet enjoying His best.

Remember Ruth, she went to meet with her Savior.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dress Appropriately Before Meeting The Savior


Ruth 3:3

The Story
Before Ruth was to come at the feet of Boaz, she had to make the proper preparations for that meeting. She was to dress appropriately. Ruth was to put on her best garments.

Lessons
  • Christians have a dress code as well.
  • Christians are counseled to dress modestly (1 Tim 2:9).
  • Christians are to put on their best external garments.
  • Christians are to put on their best internal garments of the soul.
Remember Ruth, how she put on her best garments before she went to meet with her Savior.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Anoint Yourself Before Meeting The Savior


Ruth 3:3

The Story
Before Ruth was to come at the feet of Boaz, she had to make the proper preparations for that meeting. She was to anoint herself. Ruth was to put on some good smelling.

Lessons
  • Believer is to live a life that comes up before God like a sweet smelling incense (2 Cor 2:15).
  • Anointing oil was also used to set things apart for particular services. Believer is to consecrate himself to God's service.
  • Believer is also to separate himself from every evil attachment (2 Cor 6:17).
Remember Ruth, how she anointed herself before she went to meet with her Savior.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cleanse Your Sins Before Meeting The Savior


Ruth 3:3

The Story
Before Ruth was to come at the feet of Boaz, she had to make the proper preparations for that meeting. And her first step was to cleanse herself.

Lessons
Before the believe can get to the feet of Jesus, there must be a period of personal cleansing:
  • The life needs to to search. Anything that is displeasing to the LORD must be confessed, repented of and put aside (1 John 1:9).
  • Remember God's method for dealing with sins – He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy (Pro 28:13).
  • Remember how David dealt with his sins – I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. (Psa. 32:5)
  • Remember that personal cleansing could be physical, spiritual, or mental in nature (Gal. 5:19-21).

Remember Ruth, how she cleansed herself before she went to meet with her Savior.

Friday, May 1, 2009

A Willing Savior


Ruth 3

The Story
  1. Boaz cared about Ruth in spite of her past, in spite of what the community thought about her or in spite of what she could offer him. He loved her like she was and acted in grace toward her.
  2. Boaz was a relative; he had the right to redeem Ruth and Naomi.
  3. Boaz was a man of great wealth; he could afford to pay the price to redeem Ruth.
  4. Boaz cares for Ruth; he had done everything to show her that he was interested in a relationship with her.

Lessons
  • Jesus loves sinners in spite of their past, their present conditions, or in spite of what they could offer Him. He reaches out in love to save those who call on Him by faith.
  • Jesus became a man so that He might give His life a ransom for the elect.
  • Jesus is abundantly and perfectly righteous. When He died for sinners, He gave them His righteousness to face God (Matt 5:20).
  • Jesus cares for sinner; He has done everything in His power to show them that He desires a relationship with them.

Remember Ruth, she needed a willing Savior.