Entering The Kingdom Of God.

Key Scripture:

Romans 14:17 (KJV)  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

SUMMARY

This sermon deals with understanding the Kingdom of God. “Kingdom of God” have been much debated among the christian circles .From the Kingdom Culture series, we learn the many facets of the kingdom of God. We need to see the kingdom of God manifested in the Lord Jesus. By faith we need to enter into this kingdom and live as the kingdom of God mandates one to be.

SERMON POINTS

Are you in the Kingdom of God?

Luke 17:21 (KJV)  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

 Jesus Christ was the one who inaugurated the Kingdom of God on earth from the moment He was conceived in His mother’s womb. He brought the kingdom culture amongst the people. The cruel Roman regime was oppressing the Jews. They were tossed to and fro by different rulers and kings. They longed for the Messiah to come and change the affairs. Yet they missed the Messiah altogether because of the mentality they had.

Our Lord Jesus in a hostile situation did the work of the Lord. They was a revival and refreshing among the people He ministered. The blind saw, the deaf heard and the dumb spoke. This was all the sign of His Kingdom among the people. We must hope and look forward to the Kingdom of God. Entering God’s kingdom is a spiritual experience, ushered in by the Holy Spirit with righteousness, peace and joy.

Luke 16:16 (V)   The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

The Kingdom of God is a present reality but also a future event. No one who has kept quiet has received anything. Let us also learn to take the kingdom of God by force and stand for the Kingdom in our generation.

 

Entering the Kingdom of God.

  1. Seeing the Kingdom of God.

 John 3:3 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

To see the Kingdom of God, we need a new pair of eyes in our inner being. How we perceive the Lord Jesus determines how we appropriate the kingdom mandate. In our sin we cannot see Him. The Holy Spirit has to do a deep work in us and reveal the Lord Jesus inside our life. This is called as being born again. We are spiritually regenerated to see the Kingdom and experience the blessedness.

 

  1. Entering the Kingdom of God.

 John 3:5,6 (KJV)  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 To actually enter the Kingdom of God, we need to born of water and the spirit. Seeing the Kingdom is different where as entering the Kingdom of God is completely different. Jesus while speaking to Nicodemus said that one had to be baptised of water and spirit, to enter into the kingdom of God. He has to completely be immersed in water and spirit to enter the Kingdom of God and that is when our life completely transforms . Being a disciple of the Lord Jesus and allowing His word to control our lives hold the key for it all.

  1. Living according to the Kingdom Culture.

 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 (KJV)   For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit

 Once we are born again and baptised in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, we are given the seal of the Holy Spirit as a guarantee for our entrance to the Kingdom of God. We long inside to be clothed by our eternal dwelling. Our mortality would be swallowed up of life As long as this earnest of the Holy Spirit is in us we would definitely be clothed with life. The Spirit of the Lord and His presence and work is the biggest factor that makes us united with the kingdom.

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 When the Holy Spirit takes over our lives, He produced the fruit in our lifestyle and we radiate the Kingdom purpose and mandate.

CONCLUSION.

The Kingdom of God is a present reality and a future event. To enter the Kingdom of God we must first see it and then enter it by our commitment and devotion to the Lord Jesus. Let us start giving importance to spiritual experiences and allow the Holy Spirit to usher us into the Kingdom culture, wherein our daily affairs are led by the Lord. Let us pray that His reign should come in our lives and that we become ambassadors for our King of kings, and the Lord of Lord-the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Ruth- A Story of Redemption.

Key Scripture: Ruth 1:16 (KJV)  And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

SUMMARY

A Christian ought to permeate the world with our story of commitment to the Lord and His house and  being redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus. This sermon will help us understand the very same theme. Our good Boaz is the Lord Jesus who has redeemed us and is still at work in each one of our lives. Let us stay in Bethlehem ‘a house of bread’, and stay focused to experience His visitation for God will redeem and bless us!

SERMON POINTS

Ruth 4:1(KJV) Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.

As we read that Boaz was up to something, making an important decision for Ruth likewise let us believe that Jesus is up to doing something important in our lives and He will not rest until it is accomplished!

In the story of Ruth, we read that Boaz went to the city gates where things were decided and he calls the nearest redeemer in the line of Elimelech. He was called ‘Ho such a one!’ because he was an irresponsible guy. It teaches us an important truth that being people of God we ought to be responsible and take responsibilities or else God might also address us as, ‘Ho such a one!’ which is not a good tag.

A Protocol:

Deuteronomy 25:5(KJV) If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her.

According to the word of God if brothers dwelled together and one of them died, the husband’s brother had to take her as wife and perform all the duties and responsibilities of a husband. Boaz knew the protocol and he didn’t over rule it!

Likewise, we should learn to manage our things in protocol. There is a protocol in the house of God and it should be our priority. However, we often put church, godly leaders and ministry as secondary which is demeaning. Protocol is protocol and God doesn’t work beyond protocol. We ought to respect our pastors, elders and take the best out of their experience to use it for the kingdom of God. Husbands are the head of the family to be respected and honoured and anything that goes beyond the protocol will not be blessed by Him.

Ruth 4:5,6(KJV)Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.

Boaz knew the protocol and he knew if the kinsman buys the land he will also have to purchase Ruth and take care of her.

However, God was behind everything, and He knows how to redeem us. He knows how to purchase us from worthless fellows because we are precious to Him and He would not let anything happen to us, like Ruth who was now taken by Boaz after the kinsman denied redeeming her.

Boaz takes Ruth’s responsibility. Today the question is what are we responsible for? whom are we responsible for? Do we watch over one another and are we responsible for the church? The fact is ministry of God involves loving people, being responsible for one another and owning responsibility without which it is impossible to please God and run His ministry. We ought to be ministers of God and always remember that responsibility starts a ministry. In the bible we read about Abraham, Moses, David, Joshua and many more whom God used were responsible. The truth is if we know how to trust God the way He wants us to trust Him, He will surely lead us and redeem us!

1) Redeemed from our past.

Ruth 4:8 (KJV) Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi.

As Boaz raises his shoe to say unto the elders and people who were witnesses that he has bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi similarly, Jesus is raising His precious blood to proclaim that He has bought and redeemed us. We might have had the Moabite culture or a horrific past but now we are purchased by Jesus. The transaction is done, it’s a done deal. The responsibility of taking care of each one of us is a done deal when He shed His blood to redeem us and now we belong to Him.

1 Peter 1:18, 19 (KJV) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

2) Redeemed for a relationship in the present.

Ruth 4:10(KJV) Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day. And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem: And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young woman. And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

Though Ruth lost her husband Mahlon, God didn’t leave her. God chose Boaz to be her husband and changed her messed up life into a beautiful message of redemption. God will never leave us stranded. He will turn our mess into a beautiful message. Remember the Lord is behind it all and a redeemer’s son will also be a redeemer. Let us proclaim that by His blood; the joy, the peace, the health that was lost will soon be redeemed.

As Boaz stood in the gate the witnesses testified and blessed them. This is the church, a blessing where we come together in the house of the Lord, to praise and worship Him. We participate in lifting the name of the Lord with joy, humility and thanksgiving. Let us come to the house of Lord together so that we would be usable unto the Lord for His kingdom and bound to be redeemed for a relationship.

3) Redeemed for a future that will end in Jesus.

Ruth 4:15,16(KJV)And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

The Lord is our Boaz. When He is for us, He will redeem us at any cost. God was with Naomi and Ruth throughout their journey and He redeemed them. We learn from the book of Ruth that the Lord has His predestined purposes behind every high and low. All our life’s events are part of the grand history of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:7 10 (KJV)That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

Sometimes we might wonder of the various tragedies that hit us, the questions that remain unanswered but the truth is that we will all be merged to into the beautiful story of Jesus, into the great history of the Lord in heaven, on earth and in Him.

Four truths from the story of Ruth’s redemption:

  • There is a Sovereign God behind everything. He is the El-Shaddai God. We don’t have any control over our lives and everything happens beautifully in His time. Today there might be a dead Mahalon in our lives but God is preparing a good Boaz into our life to redeem us for the future.
  • When people leave you; let them go. Always remember the blood that has been shed on Calvary. The Lord is near you, with you and they are not part of our destiny.

       Isaiah 43:1,2(KJV) But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and          he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called         thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will           be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou            walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle     upon thee. He will help us in every situation.

  Isaiah 54:5(KJV)For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name;  and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

  • Stay close to God’s word. Naomi knew the word of God that helped her to guide Ruth. Therefore, when we stay close to God’s word He shall direct and open doors of deliverance.
  • Age is no bar for nursing the blessings of God. If Naomi could nurse her grandson at that old age, we can also nurse our blessing to the ministry of God. He shall nourish and restore our lives to pass on our blessing to the next generation.
CONCLUSION

The Lord has redeemed us. There is provision, protection and peace in Jesus. We ought to follow the protocol that God has laid upon us. when we take responsibilities, God will start a new ministry through us. Today, let us get into the next level of taking responsibility and being responsible for our church and ministry and make it our priority. Let us understand that God is behind everything and know that when expected sources leave us, God will open unexpected sources to meet our need!

Ruth-The Story of Relationship.

Key Scripture: Ruth 1:16 (KJV)And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

SUMMARY

The story of Ruth continues to enlighten us with greater truths of  Christian life. Sadly, many of our lives today are stuck in Ruth chapter two where we want to remain under His grace forever or maybe as believers we are contended only with provision, protection and position which is great but is that all? The question today is how is our relationship with God? Are we satisfied with God only for the money, the protection or position that He has provided or do we strive to go deeper and closer in relationship with Him? Today let us learn from Ruth and pledge not to be contractual Christians but to be owners of His field as we deepen our relationship with Christ.

SERMON POINTS

Our relationship with God is the key factor to our spiritual progress. God called Abraham His friend and David a man after God’s own heart, which shows that they had a deeper relationship with Him. Today, God’s desire for us is to progress in relationship with Him and go to a level wherein we own things and stay rooted in Bethlehem ‘The house of bread.’

Ruth progresses in her relationship with Boaz as she hears the advise of Naomi. This relationship had the following qualities

1) Relationship based on Rest.

Ruth 3:1(KJV)Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, my daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?

Many believers today are contractual labourers in the kingdom of God and not the owners of any ministry responsibility. Ruth was one, until Naomi wanted Ruth to enter rest by entering into relationship with Boaz. Do we also own the church as our house or are we contractual laborers? Do we own the ministry as a leader or do we take it as a burden? The truth is God has placed us in different areas so that we bring a shift in the environment and that can only happen when we have a relationship with God.

Today God wants us to be owners and stewards for His kingdom so that as we own the relationship with Him and enter rest.  Even Jesus said in Matthew 11:28(KJV) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Only when we work for the Lord, we will find rest and satisfaction. Jesus is our good Boaz. As Ruth makes Boaz hers and finds rest similarly rest can only come from Jesus. Therefore, seek Him and know Him more and He will give us rest.

Remember we might have the biggest possession in the world but if we are not in relationship with Jesus we are at unrest. So, strive to be in a deeper and closer relationship with God and He will give us rest!

2) Relationship based on God’s Word.

Ruth 3:2-5(KJV) And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshing floor. Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking. And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do. And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.

We read the pattern in the Old Testament that if people followed God’s word, God would bless them and this continues to remain an entreaty in our lives today too. When we follow and long for more of God’s word, it will enable the quality of goodness to come out of our lives and Naomi was one such character. She knew the word and the law. According to Deuteronomy 25:5-10, if brothers dwelt together and one of them died, the husband’s brother had to take her as wife and perform all the duties of a husband. Naomi knew the word of God, so now it was Boaz’s responsibility to take care of Ruth. Naomi orchestrated a master plan for Ruth and Ruth obeyed.

Remember people who tell God’s word in our life are the most important people. The pastors and teachers are ordained by God to speak His word and shape our lives. We shouldn’t adore anything more than God or else it might prove fatal but instead let us be obedient like Ruth to know that blessing lies in obedience to God’s word. Our relationship with God should be based on reading His word and obeying it completely without any compromise and He will bless us!

3) Relationship based on Responsibility.

Ruth 3:8-10 (KJV) And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. And he said, Blessed be thou of the Lord, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.

God wants to take responsibility over our life. If we are concerned about our health, life, job and families and ask the Lord to protect us by His covering, He is ready to take responsibility over us. When His shawl comes over our life remember it signifies a mantle of responsibility over our life.

In 1kings 19:19  “So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him.” When Elijah threw the cloak around Elisha , it meant that Elijah would take over the responsibility of Elisha.

As Ruth laid at Boaz’s feet in the midnight and had a conversation with Him, let us build a deeper relationship with Jesus and have a midnight conversation with Him. Let us put forth our prayer and supplication unto Him and when we do that we can change the heart and mind of God through our prayers.

Genesis 18:25,26(KJV) That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

Abraham could change the heart of God through his prayer. Hence, there is nothing greater than prayer. When we are wired and persist in prayer God will surely hear it! Therefore, let us take it all to the Lord in prayer and He will take responsibility over us.

4) Relationship based on Testimony.

Ruth 3:11 (KJV)And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.

If we are pure ,God will take in charge of us. Remember without sanctification no one will see God. Though Ruth was a Moabites yet she was called virtuous. In Hebrew the word ‘Hesed’ means full of love, humility, compassion and kindness such was the character of Ruth. Our relationship with God should be based on our testimony of carrying a spotless character, filled with His eternal love and humility.

Proverb 31:10(KJV) Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. We must all be a pure bride for Jesus. Ruth went to the field of Boaz that night, not to take advantage of him but to ask him to take responsibility over her and became a testimony unto Boaz. She obeyed all that her mother-in-law had asked her to do, so that she could be owned by someone. Therefore, let us be virtuous and submit to God and build our relationship based on our testimonies and God will surely testify and will take responsibility of our lives.

5) Relationship based on Reward:

Ruth 3:15-17(KJV) Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city. And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her. And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law.

As Ruth laid at Boaz’s feet until morning, he rewarded her with six measures of barley and didn’t return empty handed. Similarly, as we come seeking for God, He will reward us. God is telling us not to go empty handed and lift our shawl unto Jesus and He will fill us with His holy spirit to lead, protect and guide us.

As Boaz left to the city only after settling the matter and rewarding Ruth with six measures of barley likewise Jesus is not going to leave us stranded, He will settle and take care of all the issues we have. God will be responsible for us, give us rest and do something glorious in our life! Therefore, let us bring the vail and hold it unto Him.

6) Relationship based on Trust:

Ruth 3:18 (KJV) Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.

Our true relationship with God is based on our simple trust. It simply means that when we move into the next level in our walk with God, we are sure that He has taken our responsibility and we trust in Him to finish what He has started in our life.

As Naomi knew that Boaz will not rest until he finished what he had started likewise our relationship with Jesus should be a simple trust in Him to believe that whatever He gives is what we need in our life.

CONCLUSION

Let us stay rooted in Bethlehem because it is the house of bread where God provides, protects and gives us peace. Don’t be contended with the things that He provides but get into the next level of building a relationship with Jesus. A relationship of rest, following His word, becoming great witnesses and He will take responsibility over us and reward us. Don’t be contractual Christians, be owners owning and trusting in the relationship with God and He shall provide the best for us!!

Ruth-In the Field Of Grace

Key Scripture: Ruth 1:16 (KJV)  And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

SUMMARY

Ruth a beautiful character in the Bible tells us a glorious story of commitment and love. This book illustrates  how her life was changed, as she was committed to the God of Israel. God started writing the chapters of His blessing upon her life. God’s blessing rests on our commitment. She had a tragic start to her marriage ,yet God who noticed her commitment to His word brought a significant change in her life. In chapter two of Ruth we see her entering into the field of grace.

SERMON POINTS

Principles to Dwell in the Field of Grace:

1) Right Passion:

Ruth 2:2(KJV) And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

Ruth was passionate about her family and she wasn’t ready to give up. Though she was a stranger in the land of Judah, she didn’t let it hinder her passion to go out. She was determined to do something new for her and her family.

Ruth teaches us a principle of passion in staying committed to the Lord. As Christians we should never be comfortable with the mundane things of the world but always initiate a passion to do something new for the Lord. Initiate to rise today and go to the field to glean and surely the Lord will spark favor and kindness into our lives.

2) Right Place:

Ruth 2:3(KJV) And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech. 

As Ruth had the right passion the Lord directed her steps to the right field of Naomi’s kinsman, Boaz. In our Christian faith there are no coincidences or probabilities as we are under the sovereign plan of God. Therefore, understand that when we have the right passion for the Lord, the right place of grace will come to us and when He puts it all together in the field of Boaz, we know that we are right place.

1 Corinthians 3:9 (KJV) For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

We are all laborers in God’s farmland; the right place of the Mighty One of Israel. As we toil and sow seed it shall also bear much fruit because we are at the right place to find His provision and grace.

3) Right Person:

Ruth 2:4- 7 (KJV) And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee. Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.

Ruth was a stranger in the field of Boaz and it was not a coincidence that Boaz came to the field that day, but was a beautiful plan laid out by God. Through the story of Ruth, we know that when we are committed with the right passion for the Lord, He will initiate right Boaz’s in our life who would have favor upon us.

4) Right protection:

Ruth 2:9 (KJV)Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.

In the field of Boaz, Ruth found protection. Similarly, when we are in the field of God’s grace, the Lord sets His protection over His people. The word of God says in Luke10:18,19(KJV)And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

God has angelic protection over us and He has charged His angels to take charge over us in all our ways. Boaz is an image of our Lord Jesus who protects us from all dangers and harm.

5) Right Position:

Ruth 2:14 (KJV)And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. 

As Boaz invites Ruth ‘a stranger’ to dine with him ,she is positioned rightly to eat with him. Similarly, we were all foreigners in the things of God but Jesus in all His mercy and kindness called us to give us rest and feed us bread. As we accepted the invitation we are now rightly positioned with Him being given His spirit to call ‘Abba Father.’

Ephesians 2:13 (KJV)But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Jesus, in His unfailing love called us when we were far were off and washed us in His precious blood and made us sit in heavenly places with Him. Today Jesus wants to minister to us and give us the right position so that our hunger is satisfied and He can give us rest. So are we willing to hear the invitation and rightly position ourselves today?

6) Right Provision:

Ruth 2:15-17 (KJV) And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.

Ruth didn’t go home empty-handed that day.  She could gather an ephah of barley, a good provision from God. We might be going through some famine in our lives but remember God is changing the time and season in our lives and there will be a provision in the field of God.

Remember Jesus is our good Boaz who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Therefore, trust in Jesus and He will provide for us!

7) Right Praise:

Ruth 2:20 (KJV) And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the Lord, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.

When we receive a good tiding, we need to give Him the right praise. When Naomi saw Ruth, she praised the Lord God of Heaven. Naomi not only praised and worshiped God but also acknowledged His kindness upon her family. As Christians we need to live out a lifestyle of thanksgiving and praise, being vibrant Christians to thank God for the things He has done and for the things yet to come. Let our lives be filled with a rightful praise unto God.

CONCLUSION.

Ruth was committed and God led her to the field of Grace. She was passionate and devoted to her commitments and God wrote a beautiful story of blessing into her life. God laid out a plan and purpose for her life to find the right place, the right person who would protect, position, provide for her and she reflected a great testimony of God’s goodness in her life for people to praise and worship her God. Therefore, let us all take commitments to learn and embrace what Ruth embraced and let God be our good Boaz to lead, protect and help us through it all. May our lives reflect the goodness and faithfulness of God. We will become a testimony and people will praise God seeing the transformation He brings.

 

Ruth- A Story of Commitment.

Key Scripture: Ruth 1:16 (KJV)  And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

SUMMARY

Commitment is rarity these days. It is difficult to find someone truly committed and because of the lack of commitment marriages are broken; families are split, employees are disloyal and authorities have all gone irresponsible. In this world of perfidy, sham and faithlessness we thank God for the story of Ruth; a story of love and commitment! Even though Ruth was a Moabites,  yet her character in the bible  is profound. She chose to love, follow and stay committed in what she believed! The question today is how many of us can learn the important principles of commitment, loyalty and love and  practice it in our daily lives. God calls us to be committed to Him in various ways and where there is commitment there is a blessing!

SERMON POINTS

Ruth- a story of commitment

Four Things That we need to be committed to:

1) Stay Committed to the House of God.

Ruth 1:1 (KJV)Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. 

We need to stay committed to the house of God. Commitment brings blessings. However, in the story of Ruth we see that Elimelech,  decides to move his family out of Bethlehem- ‘The house of bread’ because of the famine that came upon the land. Many of us are like Elimelech today, who can be defined as ‘situational believers’, shifting our focus, culture and lifestyle into a sensual culture away from the house of God.  Elimelech forgot the what God desired of his Abraham and Isaac when they faced the same. He forgot that the Lord is faithful and he took the knee jerk decision to go to Moab. Remember God will visit Bethlehem and would not abandon it. He defends the church and would stand by it. We should never have less commitment to the place where God has planted us.

2) Stay Committed to our Calling.

Ruth 1:2 (KJV)   And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there

Elimelech-means “God is my King”. Elimelech had to live up to his name. Instead of allowing God’s rule in every realm of his life, he led his family away from the house of bread to Moab-the land of sin. God has called us by His name. We are in Christ and the challenge is to hold on to Christ in time of crisis. We are called to be the servants of the King of kings and not the victims of circumstances. How do you live in your calling today? How are we reflecting the kingship of God in our personal and corporate lives.

The One who calls you is faithful, He will do it.

3) Stay Committed in Character.

Ruth1:8-9 (KJV) And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

The meaning of Naomi is “pleasant one”. When unpleasant situations came her way, she was mindful of her daughters in law. She heard that God had visited Bethlehem and irrespective of the tragedies that came in her life, she decided to get back. There was a difference in the God of Naomi and the Gods of Moab. Naomi stayed true to her character. She chose not to be bitter with her daughters in law. She reflected a sound character irrespective of tragic situations.

Orpah means stiff necked and she chose to leave Naomi. Ruth however clung to Naomi. Ruth in hebrew means “beauty” and she was committed to her character. Its our character that determines our beauty.

4) Stay Committed to the Covenant.

Ruth 1:16 (KJV) And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

Ruth was determined to stay with Naomi and thereby made a covenant . This covenant is the cause for the existence of this book. This book and the subsequent sequence of events revolve around this covenant. Ruth made Naomi’s God as her God and heavens heard her. She said nothing would separate her from the God  in Naomi’s household except her death and therefore pleads with Naomi not to send her back. Ruth’s statement gives us a strong sense of commitment to reflect upon. Naomi had reflected a strong covenant with God which Ruth knew and hence. Naomi saw and heard the determination of Ruth and stopped convincing her to go back to Moab. This chapter starts with a tragedy but ends with a harvest as Naomi gets back to Bethlehem. Naomi becomes the talk of the town and Naomi attributed it all to Shaddai God-(ALMIGHTY). In every situation of our life we should never forget His sovereignty. He is behind every season of our life and we should be close to Him through it all.

CONCLUSION.

In these perilous times when everything is masked by falsehood, let us be beacons of the Lord committed to His house, to our calling staying rooted to our character in faith to the everlasting covenant. Ruth is an image of the gentile church being strong in faith and entering into the covenant with God. As New Testament believers let’s stay strongly committed to the Lord. He will usher in a harvest.

Discipling Nations by Influencing the Marketplace.

Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:9 (KJV)  For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

SUMMARY

The scripture repeatedly apprises us that the Lord has a special plan and purpose for our lives. Wherever we are placed, be it our workplaces, families or church, the Lord has kept great effectual open doors and opportunities to influence the nations! As St. Paul talked about great and effectual door that was opened for him, he talked about the enemies as well. St. Paul was a man of God, waiting for the breakthrough in his ministry. Hence, as children of God we should also ask God for a great effectual door and a breakthrough irrespective of any challenges. Oppositions will be there but when we trust in God and work hard,, the door which we are looking for will be opened for us.

SERMON POINTS

In the Bible we read in Genesis chapter ten about the beginning of the nations and in chapter eleven we read that the nations come against God. Therefore, what did God do? He confused the language in the tower of Babel and so now the nations were scattered all over. But a merciful God had a heart for the nations and He called Abraham at the age of seventy-five, and asked him to come out of his father’s house and call God his Father. Remember, our blessing is in our calling. If we want a blessing from God, it’s in our calling!

The Great Commission– Going to the Nations.

Matthew 28:19,20 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We are not called to increase the number in the church but we are called to make disciples. We are the disciples of Jesus. Jesus called Peter to be fishers of men, The Lord promised Abraham that He would make Him a great nation and if we are true disciples of Jesus we will embrace His commandment in going to the nations and teaching them.  The nation that God told Abraham is us. We are all one in Jesus to bless the nations which is the main purpose of our salvation.

Revelation 7:9 (KJV) After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

The result of the great commission is that a great multitude from every nation will be added to the Kingdom of God.

Three spiritual principles to disciple nations.

A true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ has no caste or creed. We need to change our outlook towards people and take them as our flock whom the Lord has entrusted into our hands to lead them towards the Savior with our walk, works and words.

1) Through our walk.

  • Walk in love: Ephesians 5:2 (KJV) And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweets melling savour.

We read in the Bible that we need to walk in love just as Christ did. A true disciple of Jesus will have no enemies, just as our Lord forgave the greatest enemy with His greatest love we  also need to love and forgive one other to disciple the nations.

  • Walk with self-respect:Ephesians 5:15 (KJV) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

As disciples of Jesus we need to walk carefully with self-respect. Apostle Paul emphasis us to walk circumspectly like wise men because the whole world is watchful of our actions and deeds and not in any way falter into anything foolish.

  • Walk in the calling: Ephesians 4:1 (KJV) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

We need to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. The Bible teaches us to bear one another in lowliness. His love must radiate through us and within us breaking us out of our selfishness. Our walk should be pleasing and worthy to the Lord.

Colossians 1:10(KJV) That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

2) Through our works.

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We are created to do good works. Our Good works where we are placed shines as a light in the darkness. Our priority should be to excel in good works so that our heavenly Father would be glorified.

(Mark 7:37) And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

Jesus Christ  went around doing good and as His followers we need to heed to His calling by doing good works.

Matthew 5:16(KJV) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Let’s be sensitive to the need around us and it is through our good works we can shine as the light of this world and glorify the Father in heaven.

3) Through our words.

Luke 4:22 (KJV)And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

Jesus Christ, spoke gracious words to everyone while He was on earth. We also need to learn to be gracious in our words to our spouses, family, friends and people around.

Proverbs 15:4(KJV) A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Colossians 4:5,6(KJV) Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

The Bible teaches us to be kind and gentle with our words that can uplift and encourage the spirit. Words that can disciple people and open the doors of their spiritual eyes.

Being an Ambassador of Christ in today’s marketplace.

  • Be Skilled:

Proverbs 22:29 (KJV)Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

The Bible teaches us to be men and women of skill. We need to learn and increase our skill level not to please men but to bring in the flock to His kingdom. Let’s be quick to learn and eager to grasp the new things that can help us perform better for the extension of His kingdom.

  • Working with all our heart:

Colossians 3:23,24 (KJV)And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ

The Bible instructs us to work with all our heart for the kingdom of God. Give the best to the Lord and His word says we will receive the reward of His inheritance.

  • Be Diligent:

Proverbs 21:5 (KJV)The thoughts of the diligent tend only plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

To be an ambassador of Christ in the market place we should also be diligent in our workplace. We need to make sure that all our energy, time and focus is on the work at hand.

  • Be Faithful:

Proverbs 28:20 (KJV)A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent

Faithfulness which is one of the fruit of the Spirit is very important in our lives. We need to be faithful to those above us in authority and with the work being assigned to us. Our faithfulness should be seen in our relationship with one another , to the church and leadership. We should cultivate loyalty . When we remain faithful to our work, we become a testimony in the world so that they see us as His ambassadors.

  • Be Responsive:

Proverbs 16:13 (KJV) Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

Today the world is chaotic and lawless. Everyone is seeking for a solution. We need to take the effort to speak forth and let them know our opinions. Instead of being the trouble makers we need to be problem-solvers for Christ.

  • Be a hard worker:

Proverbs 14:23 (KJV)  In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

The scripture says we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. God expects us to be laborers and just talkers. He also expects us to take ownership of the given task and finish  it and by doing so we influence the market place for His kingdom. The kingdom culture should rub in where we are placed.

CONCLUSION.

The Lord has opened a great and effectual door before us. This opportunity is available to us every day, every moment. We need to take up the opportunity and stand up for the work of the Lord. Don’t stay confined to the walls of families, obligations and workplace. The doors to nations are placed wide open between us; We are all ministers of God. We are the pastors in our company. There might not be any sheep now but the Lord will open doors to people’s heart’s to accept  the Lord and we can be ambassadors of Christ in their way to salvation any moment!

The Importance of the Day of Pentecost.

Key Scripture:Acts 2:1-4 (KJV) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

SUMMARY

The day of Pentecost and the events that followed on the glorious day are lessons to our Christian faith. The day of Pentecost marked the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit that was poured out on that day is present with us this moment, if only we surrender in obedience for God to work in us.

On one hand without the power of the Holy Spirit we cannot have a victorious Christian life enjoying the beautiful relationship with God and on the other hand when we have His Spirit we have the power to expels the evil spirits and commune with God. Therefore, let us not be ignorant of what the Holy Spirit has to offer but continue to grow in our spiritual life with His Holy Spirit.

SERMON POINTS

We are a ‘Triune being.’ We have the soul that gives us an understanding of ourselves, the body that responds and has a connection with the world and the spirit that can either commune with God or evil.

The Holy Spirit connects us to the body of Christ.

The Factors that led to the Birth of the Christian Church:

1)Prayer at Pentecost:

Acts 2:1 (KJV) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

They were all praying together in one accord when God poured out His Spirit. The presence of the Holy spirit cannot be felt without prayer. Prayer is the platform and prerequisite to experience the Holy Spirit. The question today is how is our prayer life? How many times a day do we commune with God? Are we wasting and increasing our time in gadgets or are we offering prayers and supplications to God, because the scripture says that when they were together in one accord God poured out His spirit and He will do the same when we prayer together, He will pour His Spirit to dwell in us.

Let us be purposeful in prayer and be devoted in bringing a change in the community through our prayers. The scriptures say that as they prayed all one hundred twenty men were filled by the power of the Holy Spirit and there was a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house; this is the power of prayer when men and women of prayer come together it changes the situations and the spiritual environment.

2) The Presence at Pentecost.

 Acts 2:2-4 (KJV)And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

On the day of Pentecost God was coming down to be present with man. It is relevant today that when we sit in the church meetings and gathering we feel His presence. Healings happen, strong holds are broken, miracles happen and it is all because God is present in our midst. Therefore, we should yearn and thirst for His presence. We need to seek His presence as the Psalmist says in Psalm 63: 1(KJV) O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

The beauty of His presence lies in the fact that the day we taste His presence it is incomparable to the riches of the world. We should let our flesh starve and let our spiritual man arise so that we will be raised and modeled to feel the presence of God. Let us all long for His presence to determine, develop and convey the work of His Holy Spirit through our lives.

3)Preaching at Pentecost.

 Acts 2:14 (KJV) But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

Apostle Peter stood up lifted his voice and preached. He referred to the prophesy in the Old Testament in the book of Joel; He preached about the crucified Christ and the scripture portion being fulfilled among them. When God pours out His Holy Spirit, it will enable us with His power to teach and preach the gospel. When a believer preaches, uplifts and glorifies Jesus we know that the Holy Spirit is at work but not otherwise. Therefore, let us be vigilant to discern the power of the evil against the power of Holy Spirit. The preaching at pentecost was characterised by a good spiritual scriptural exposition by Peter referring to Psalm 16,Psalm 110 and Joel 2. A good sermon never contradicts the scriptures but enables the listener to have a deep understanding of the Lord.

4) Purpose of Pentecost.

 Acts 2:5-11 (KJV) And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

We are the purpose of Pentecost. The bible tells us that the nations that were scattered by God in the tower of Babel were united on the day of Pentecost as the disciples were enabled by His Spirit to speak in different tongues. God has given us spiritual gifts so that it will helps us to evangelize and minister to the body of Christ. Let us be hungry, more willing and more open to the work of the Holy Spirit and align our desires to the things that God wants to give us in our life and surely, we will be purposeful to the work for the kingdom of God.

5) Power of Pentecost.

Acts 2:37 (KJV)  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

There was great power on the day of Pentecost and those who heard the message were pricked in their hearts, they repented and three thousand people were baptized that very day. This is the power of the Holy Spirit. When God pours out His Holy Spirit there will not only be witnesses, guidance and boldness in His power but also it will prick our heart to repentance. Therefore, as God pours out His spirit let us accept and continue in fellowship to convey the strong message of the power of the Holy Spirit to the world around!

6) Promise of Pentecost.

 Acts 2:39 (KJV)  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

The promise of this divine infilling of the Holy Spirit is not just for us but also for our children and as many as the Lord shall call. Today, as St. Peter directed the people to repent and baptize in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins we as fellow brothers in Christ have the same promise to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and lead people to salvation.

Therefore, as we direct a way to salvation to the people, God is faithful to keep His promise!

CONCLUSION

The day of Pentecost is a remarkable event, when the power of God was poured out, displayed and manifested upon one hundred twenty people and the Holy Spirit was further conveyed to a large people in many places. Today God is looking to pour out His Spirit in the same way when we pursue Him in prayer, seek His presence and preach the gospel with determination so that God can fulfill the purpose and promise that He has for us. However, it can only be achieved when we manifest everything with power of the Holy Spirit.