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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.

 

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Seven Blessings of a Righteous Life.

Key Scripture: Psalm 32:8 (KJV) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

SUMMARY

Christian life is a blessed and a victorious life until we walk in the counsel of God. However, today we often see people treading in dangerous paths of an ungodly and walking just in the opposite direction of what God has instructed us to. It all starts with a glimpse of an advertisement to the other disastrous episodes shown in the television. The technology today should never determine our Christian values rather the ultimate ‘say and approval’ must come from God’s word; ‘His counsel.’ Live a righteous life before God and He will bless us as He instructs, teaches and guide us with His own eyes!

SERMON POINTS

Psalm 1:1 (KJV) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

The book of Psalms starts with a beautiful psalm of a blessed man. A blessed man never walks in the counsel of the ungodly. He neither stands or sits in the way of the sinners but his only joy is in the Lord and His statutes. He takes delight in meditating the word of God day and night.

Let us glance at the life of a blessed man Abraham in the bible. God commanded Abraham to leave his country, relatives and father’s house behind and go to a land which God would show him. Abraham obeys God’s divine counsel and later we read in Genesis chapter 13 that Abraham went on prospering and increasing unlike Lot who chose to take greener pasture before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Understand that eyes are deceiving; not everything we see flourishing and green will prosper. Later we read that because of the petitions of Abraham made unto the Lord, Lot is miraculously delivered. Our father Abraham is a great example who walked in the counsel of God and because he did God instructed, taught and guided Abraham and made him a father of many nation.

Psalm 84:4,5 (KJV) Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

In Hebrew, the word ‘Pesha’ means transgression. It is a disturbing fact that from the very rich to the most downtrodden sections of the society everyone wants to get rid of their transgressions and the count is great in number. We all want to be forgiven and loved. However, the bible says that blessed are those who praise and worship the Lord. As we praise the Lord and love Him, we are connected to the highways of heaven.

Another word for sin in Hebrew is ‘Hamartia.’ It is like an arrow when it misses the target and the mark is missed. Therefore, sin is missing the set guidelines of God. God has given us certain boundaries never cross it! Church is the body of Christ and we ought to come without any excuses. In Matthew 16:24 Jesus said unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” God expects us to deny our flesh, take up the cross and follow Him, therefore be joyful don’t worry of getting rid of the transgressions because all our iniquities are already taken away by Jesus when He died on the cross. Now our strength will come from the Lord and as we dwell in His ways! Therefore, consider ourselves blessed and privileged men to be in His kingdom.

Who Are These Blessed Men?

Romans 4:5,6 (KJV) But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

The Adamic sin was imputed in us and whatever we do in getting rid of the Adamic sin is ‘works.’ However, our works should not be compensated with attending the church, tithing or offering. These are supposed to be the basic etiquette of a believer. A blessed man believes in Jesus and understands that Jesus has cleansed us with His blood which is works. A blessed man continues to grow spiritually understanding that the imputed righteousness of God has washed away the imputed Adamic sin from its roots to live a blessed life of a righteous man.

How Should a Blessed Man Be?

Psalm 51:15-17 (KJV) O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

A blessed man should never cease to praise God. He is always broken in spirit and is contrite in heart.

Seven Blessings of a Righteous Life:

The enemy tried to thwart the plans of God in the Garden of Eden but it was an utter dismay to the enemy when God sent His Son Jesus to redeem what was lost. It twisted ‘Avon’ the enemy’s course, because of the word came to us and we got saved! As we are saved there are seven blessings of a righteous life.

1) Healing

Psalm 32:3-5 (KJV) When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

There is a mechanism and functionality of how our Creator created us. If God has forgiven us of our sins, how much more should we forgive? The bible says that the cessation for our anger is sunset but if we pretend to cover it up our bones will be waxed. The more hurts inside will result in bad health. Therefore, reconcile quickly and pray about it and as we pray the healing comes in.

James 5:13-16 (KJV) Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

God expects us to pray when we are afflicted and for those whose are hurting. As we repent and confess in praying for one another, the word says that God will heal our land because the prayer of a righteous man availeth much!

2) Praying Powerfully

Psalm 32:6 (KJV) For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

When we are righteous before God, our prayers are powerful and He hears it. Prayer is finding God in the midst of grave situation. It is like digging the well, the water comes up and floods the place but would not come near us because of His blessing. However, when we are rebellious He will not hear our prayer and we will dwell in the dry land. So be righteous before God!

3) Protection

Psalm 32:6-7 (KJV)  For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.

Our God is the Rock of ages. Our God is in control of our mechanism. In Matthew 7:24,25 (KJV) Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” When we built our houses on the foundation of truth of His word He will shield and protect us from every harm.

4) Song of Deliverance

Psalm 32:7 (KJV) Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

 Singing determines a special code of conduct in our Christian faith. If in the bible, we read songs of deliverance then it is but obvious that the enemy also has songs of destruction. However, if we are a changed righteous man then it is known from the songs we sing.

Psalm 40:3 (KJV) He put a new song in my mouth,a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
 and put their trust in the Lord.

The Psalmist says, that God will put a new song of praise into our mouth and many will see and will turn their hearts to God. Understand that when we sing a song of deliverance it could also win a soul for His kingdom! Therefore, be vigilant of what you sing and say.

Zephaniah 3:17 (KJV) The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Hebrews 2:12 (KJV) Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. Jesus is singing praises over us

Our Christian life is a singing life and not a sinning life. The bible records that even God rejoices and sings over us. In Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. The bible says that as St. Paul and Silas started singing and praying to God the earth shook and later the prisoner and his household gets saved. This is the power of praising and praying to God! When we sing our bondages are broken and we are delivered.

5) Counsel of the Lord

Psalm 32:8 (KJV) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Isaiah 30:21 (KJV) And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Isaiah 50:4 (KJV) The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

Isaiah 2:3 (KJV) And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Human beings like to get personal attention; they like being given the utmost importance. However, the good news is our God cares for us. The word of God says that He will instruct us, teach us and guide us with His own eyes.

As He teaches us His ways, no curses shall prevail. Our blessings come directly from His throne when we open our ears to hear His word. The church is a place from where His word is established and as we come to His house, the Lord shall teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths.

6) Understanding

Psalm 32:9 (KJV) Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

The horses are usually tied with a headgear to control them, because they lack understanding. Therefore, the word says, not to be like mules and horses who lack understanding.

1 Kings 3:9-11 (KJV) Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

Ephesians 5:17 (KJV) Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

In the bible, we read a wonderful story of King Solomon who asked the Lord God for an understanding heart so that he would judge his people wisely. We further read that it greatly pleased God and because he asked for wisdom God granted it to him. King Solomon was the wisest king on earth. Therefore, ask for understanding from God, live a righteous life before Him and He will be pleased to grant it to us.

How Can We Have More Understanding?

Psalm 119:99 (KJV) I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

Understanding comes from God and His word. As we meditate the word of the Lord more we will become more understanding.

7) Rejoicing

Psalm 32:11 (KJV) Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

As we continue to live a righteous life, God will bless us with Joy. His presence in our life will never allow us to cease being joyful, it will be very hard to take a break from praising Him. Therefore, if we want to experience His joy in our life remove the cloth of unrighteousness, repent, ask the Lord to fill our hearts with Joy and He will do it!

CONCLUSION.

Live a righteous life before God, never tread into dangerous paths. Our God is a loving, kind and a merciful God who has set boundaries for us. It will be an act of foolishness who cross it and ignore Him but a wisdom and knowledge to those who know the calling of God and respect it! Once we know the calling of God, He will bless us with the healing, we will learn to pray powerfully, He will protect us, our mouths will be filled with songs of deliverance, He will counsel us, give us His understanding and we will never be the same again; it will be very hard to take a break from praising Him and rejoicing in His presence.

Therefore, let us come with an upright heart ask for salvation and it shall be freely given to us as a precious gift from the Master. So, are  you willing to ask the Son of God today?