At the Feet of Jesus!

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Key Scripture:

John 12:3 (KJV)  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment

SUMMARY

This sermon helps us understand that God has a plan for your life that you may not even be able to comprehend. We learn from the life of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Through the three visits of Jesus to their hometown Bethany, we see that when we are at the feet of Jesus, we find His wonderful grace following us through the good and the bad times.

SERMON POINTS

Mary sat at the feet of Jesus.

Luke 10:39 (KJV) And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

 The first time Jesus went to Lazarus’ house. Martha was preparing a huge banquet for Jesus; however Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to the wonderful things that Jesus was telling her. She chose the best place in the whole house.

Sitting there at the feet of Jesus, Mary built a relationship with the Lord, communicating and interacting with Him. This was the first experience Jesus had with this family.

 

Mary fell at the feet of Jesus.

 John 11:32 (KJV) Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

Jesus comes to Bethany a second time, 4 days after the death of Lazarus. The world thought that Jesus was late to help this beloved family. Martha couldn’t believe that Jesus could raise him up from the dead right then. But when Mary heard that Jesus was nearing their town she ran and fell at the feet of Jesus and wept. Her tears and weeping moved Jesus.

It was not that Jesus couldn’t raise Lazarus from the dead. He knew that Lazarus will come back from the dead. But this Mary who was at His feet when all was well, but when tragedy hit her, it bothered Jesus so much He groaned in His spirit and called out Lazarus back to life.

Today, all the answers to your life’s problems are at the feet of Jesus. Let’s make sure we go there at every season of life.

 

Mary anointed the feet of Jesus.

 John 12:3 (KJV) Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

 Jesus Christ was going to Bethany for the third time, six days before Passover. Now the once dead brother Lazarus is sitting hale and healthy with Jesus at the table. Martha was serving. People from all over came to see Jesus and Lazarus whom He raised from the dead. But Mary couldn’t keep herself from honoring Jesus. She broke the alabaster jar of costly perfume at anointed the feet of Jesus. She gave her all and the perfume filled the whole house. Many Jews believed in Jesus at that house.

When you give what is precious to you at the feet of Jesus in worship, we can shine as a light in this dark world for the glory of God.

 

CONCLUSION.

Mary was familiar with the feet of Jesus; it was her go to place when things were going well or when they were at their worst. For such a woman, who wouldn’t leave His feet alone, who was connected to Jesus, the Lord called out her miracle by name and delivered her from what broke her heart.  Today, the Lord will bring out alive everything that is dead in your life. Let’s hold on to the feet of Jesus because all you need is right there.

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The Kingdom Agenda!

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

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

In this world there are 2 kingdoms, the kingdom of light and kingdom of darkness. We as believers in Christ belong to the Kingdom of God. This sermon helps us understand what is the kingdom of God and how the Kingdom of God has been advancing. Only on understanding the Kingdom of God, will we understand the kingdom culture we ought to live by.

SERMON POINTS

 Understanding the Kingdom of God.

Mark 1:14,15 (KJV)  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

The Kingdom of God is not just some place as many say. It is where Jesus Christ reigns as the King. Jesus said so much about the Kingdom of God. He preached the gospel or good news about the Kingdom of God. To understand the Kingdom, we need to go back in time, where God called Abraham to become a nation. The Kingdom of God is not only an aspect of a place of rule but also a time of God’s rule.

  1. Abraham called By God.

 We need a faith lifestyle to embrace the Kingdom culture. The Lord was not visibly seen by Abraham. He heard the voice of God and that started the kingdom move in His life. He left his ancestral culture and home and obeyed the voice of God to go to the place God would show him. The Lord blessed him so much so that even when the situations were negative, God worked in Abraham’s favor. He begat a Son when He was hundred years old.

  1. Jacob’s household in the land of Egypt.

 Isaac also lived like his father, trusting in God. The family split and God called Jacob. Jacob had two wives-Leah and Rachel. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son. Joseph was elevated to be the prime minister of Egypt, hence to take care of God’s chosen people. God ordained a provision for them in Egypt when the world was suffering famine. The family of Jacob became 70 by then, living in the land of Goshen; the children of light were living amidst a different culture as Egyptians  were into worshipping several gods .

  1. The people of Israel under Pharaoh

 The Pharaoh treated Abraham’s descendants as slaves but God Almighty was their real King. He raised Moses right in Pharaoh’s courtyard. With a choice between the comforts of the palace and suffering with his brethren, Moses went to be among slaves, knowing that his kingdom was not that of Egypt. The Lord used Moses to bring the people of Israel, almost 7 million of them out of bondage towards their promised land. 

  1. Israel led by Judges and Prophets.

After Moses and Joshua, the Lord used the judges and prophets to lead the people of Israel, throughout all this He was the reigning King over His people. The Israelites however kept backsliding and went away from the Lord time and again.

Some of the issues that the Israelites had when it came to following God:

  • Idolatary
  • Oppression of the poor.
  • Sexual Immorality.

 

  1. Israel rejects God as their king.

 1 Samuel 8:6,7 (KJV)  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

 During the time of Prophet Samuel, God’s people demanded to have a king over them just like the other nations of the world; in saying so they rejected God as their king who was guiding and leading their affairs all along. Then began the golden years for Israel as a nation as David reigned. Israel was politically established and hence became a strong nation. But again they refused to obey the Lord and they were delivered to oppressors.

  1. The Prophesied Day of the Lord.

 Luke 1:33 (KJV)  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

 As Israel suffered in captivity and exile, prophets continued to prophesy about the Day of the Lord, where He will come and reign over His people Israel, trampling upon their enemies. The Jews were looking forward to that redemption, they wanted the Davidic reign of the Lord and gain the political upper hand.

  1. John the Baptist speaks of the Messiah.

 Luke 3:15,16 (KJV)   And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

 After nearly 400 years of silence, the Jews were being oppressed and sidelined by the Romans. John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness about repentance and the coming of the Messiah, who will bring condemnation of the wicked and judge the world. The Jews came from all over to hear John because they thought the Messiah would come and overthrow the Romans.

  1. Jesus Christ the true Kingdom of God.

 Luke 17:20,21 (KJV)   And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you

 Jesus Christ of Nazareth brought the Kingdom of God in action on earth once again. He was the Kingdom of God. Jesus came preaching the acceptable year of the Lord and the good news to the poor. The prophesy foretold by Isaiah was fulfilled through Jesus in Luke 4:20, 21. The sign of His Kingdom included healing of the sick, deliverance of the oppressed and sat with sinners to eat. The Kingdom of God was Jesus and He is within us and among us.

 

  1. Jews missed the Kingdom of God.

 Luke 23:51 (KJV) (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. 

 The Jews did not appreciate the Kingdom culture that Jesus portrayed. They were looking forward to a king who will rule over them and overthrow their enemies. So only a few entered the Kingdom of God that was brought to this earth through Jesus Christ; many missed entering the Kingdom of God because of their preconceived notions of the Messiah being a political leader. The Jews made another blunder as they crucified Jesus, forsaking the kingship of Jesus. Hitler massacred 70 million of them.

  1. The Violent take on the Kingdom by force.  

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

 Up until the time of John the Baptist, the Law and Prophets were preached, since then the Kingdom of God is preached and many are forcing their way into it. In the Bible we see that many received their healing and deliverance not by sitting silent but by rising in faith and taking it by force like Bartimaus and the woman with the issue of blood. Let us stop being ruled by the human culture and man’s governance, let the King of kings rule through you in your house, workplace, community and city, dictating everything in your life. Force your way into His kingdom.

CONCLUSION.

Jesus Christ is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is not just an aspect of the place of His rule but the time of God’s rule over our lives. Let’s introspect how the Kingdom of God has changed us today. Jesus has taught us to pray ‘Let thy Kingdom come.’ (Matthew 6:10) as you follow the Kingdom culture health, prosperity and a spiritual awakening will automatically be present in every area of your life.

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.

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.