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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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Resurrection from the Dead.

Key Scripture: Philippians 2:9 (KJV) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

SUMMARY

Death is inevitable. From the greatest aspiration to one moment of weakness can bring an end to every opportunity physical or spiritual if only Jesus is not revealed in our lives. In the gospel of Luke, we read the angels asking, “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” Therefore, today instead of searching the Lord Jesus among the dead let us understand that the Lord has rolled away the stone from the dead and He is alive!

SERMON POINTS

John 1:1 (KJV)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Our Lord Jesus lived as a normal man from being born in a tiny filthy manger in Bethlehem to being crucified in Calvary. However, there was something divine about Him; the people were astonished to see Him raise people to life, heal the sick, drive away the demons and transforming water into wine which were all true miracles and nothing fallacious. The Creator walked and dwelt among men to serve and never to parade about His position. People saw the divinity of Jesus, it was evident through His miracles that there was something divine about Him and one such greatest divinity was when Jesus rose from the dead!

Jesus had the heavenly moments in His life. These divine experiences of Jesus were the key to His resurrection from the dead. The same divine experiences should happen in our lives for us to experience the resurrection and overcome death by the power of our resurrected Lord. St. Paul says in Philippians 3:11 (KJV) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Therefore, let us remember today the marred and bruised body of Christ. Let us all be responsible and accountable for the bleeding body of Christ. A responsibility and accountability to reflect Jesus in and through our lives that can over turn any dark forces working against us and overcome death by the power of our resurrected Lord!

There were four divine experiences of Jesus that should happen in our lives  to experience the same resurrection as He did:

1) The Purpose Factor:

Philippians 2:7,8 (KJV)  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

In Greek ‘Kenosis’ means self-emptying, Jesus gave His divine Godly reputation and took upon Him the form of a servant. How many of us want us to be a slave for His kingdom purpose? Has this transformation happened in our lives? Unfortunately, we can’t experience the resurrection from the dead if the transformation has not yet happened. Remember we don’t have any reputation before the Lord, we simply are privileged custodians of His House! Our profession or any materialistic gain is not our purpose but to be a slave of the Almighty God is the ultimate purpose for Jesus.

The bible says Jesus became humble and obedient to the purposes of God unto death. These were His trademark and God exalted and gave Him the name above every other name. As a follower of Jesus, we should be like Him, humble and obedient for the purpose of God.

Remember humility is the condition of the mind which is reflected outside as well. Unless we are humble God cannot reach out to us to fulfill His purpose.

A Route to Achieve the Purpose of God:

Humility with obedience is the route in achieving the purpose of God. When we live by the standard of the cross to die, to be servant and slave for His purpose, we will resurrect from the dead as Christ did!

2) The Prayer Factor

 Hebrews 5:7-8 (KJV)  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

Jesus Christ being the Son of God, prayed with loud cries and tears offering His prayers and supplication. Prayer is one of the factor that set Jesus different from the rest, the bible says He prayed with loud cries. How is our prayer life or when is the last time that we prayed with loud cries for our community and people around us? If we haven’t then sadly we need to examine our prayer life.

Jesus always emphasized on the importance of prayer. Matthew 26:41(KJV) Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Jesus not only prayed with tears but with reverence. He exhibited the fear of God. We also need to introspect our prayer lives today. We must ask the Lord for a heart of prayer instead of the vain things of this world. Let us always be in an attitude of prayer. If Jesus prayed a prayer with tears and crying that was able to save by a God who resurrected Him from the dead then the same God will resurrect us too!

3) The Presence of God Factor.

 Acts 10:38 (KJV)  How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

In the book of Acts we read the two personalities of God: God and Jesus of Nazareth. The humanity and the divinity of Jesus. He was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healed all who were under the power of the enemy because God was with Him and His promise. The question is who is with us today? Do we have the presence of God? It is important for us to have the presence of the Holy Spirit, to dwell within us in doing good and healing the oppressed.

Romans 8:11 (KJV) But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit raised Jesus Christ from the dead. When the presence of God is in us and we are anointed with the Holy Spirit and power; the Holy spirit will never let go of us even after death. When Lord Jesus comes us we will be transformed into a glorious body by His Holy Spirit that dwells within us.

4) The Promise Factor.

Acts 2:30-32 (KJV)  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

If God promised us the resurrection He will give it to us. Apostle Peter speaks of the prophesy that King David is given regarding the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. As per the promise of God, He is faithful to fulfill His promise. He neither allowed the body of Jesus to decay nor let death swallow Him.

John 14:1-3 (KJV)  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

How many of us today have this promise? Can we hear the voice of Jesus making this promise or do we believe that God will resurrect our body? Jesus gives us this glorious promise that He will come again and has prepared a place for us so that we will be with Him into an eternal life.

CONCLUSION.

If St. Paul a great servant of God who laid his life for the gospel of Christ says that he “might” attain unto the resurrection of the dead how much more should we strive to experience the power of His resurrection. This Easter as we celebrate and send a message of the greatest victory of the Living God unto death, lets us believe that Jesus who resurrected from the dead because He had a purpose, He prayed, He had the presence and  promise of God; the divine experience that should happen in our lives  to experience the same resurrection as He did!

Therefore, let us live our lives to fulfill the purposes of God, being filled with the Holy Spirit, praying without ceasing and holding unto the good promises of God today.