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Heroes (Ruth) – Week 1 – 2/3/2019

Read Ruth Chapter 1

When Naomi wants her daughters-in-laws to turn back and return to Moab, Orpah does but Ruth declares she will remain with her.  There are 4 things to note about Ruth in this chapter:

  1. This is Ruth’s conversion!  Ruth runs to God, not away from Him.

  2. Ruth shows an incredible amount of faith!

  3. One of God’s promises in pain is that you don’t have to do it alone! When you find yourself in pain, or in a situation that you don’t know what to do, part of God’s grace in your life is community.  The enemy always picks out the isolated.

  4. Only a sovereign God could use the bad leadership of Elimelech,  the pain of these three widows, and even the forbidden friendship of these women to literally save the world!

Sometimes we suffer pain because of us.  Sometimes we suffer because of the enemy.  But if you are in Christ, then God never wastes a hurt!

 

Heroes (Ruth) – Week 2 – 2/10/2019

Read Ruth 1:19-2:14

Naomi says that her life was bitter.  But when God removes the things in our lives that make us full of ourselves and empty of Him, He’s not punishing us…He’s clearing the way! God is calling us to repent of the fullness of ourselves and return back to the fullness of Him!  Ruth learns (vs 2:3) that nothing just happens to happen to us!

Your job is not just a job, it’s a mission field! 1 Cor. 10:31 says “31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” I simply believe that everything is important enough to do our best.

Jesus Christ drinks dry the cup of wrath of God so that you and I might be satisfied at the deepest level, of our soul’s thirst.  How do you and I find grace? Grace always flows down, so get low and get under the covering of Jesus!