12 Days of Glory- Day 5 {Go for Yourself}

 

“There are certain things you need to do in order to provoke the will of God in your life.

Follow the anointing of God, irrespective of what people around you may say or think”.

Pst. Sheryl Brady

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The Book of Ruth is one of only two books of the Bible to be named after women (the other is Esther). Even though it’s small, this remarkable book contains many principles with profound impact to our lives today.

Ruth 1:14-18

It takes something on your part to receive what has been given to you. It doesn’t matter where you are, God can provide for His own in the middle of a famine. God is a Keeper! He can keep you. Never underestimate the importance of your life decisions because your destiny will be affected by your decisions.

Ruth 1:3
Moab is a place that does not require change. It is okay to live in Moab if you do not desire any change .If you ever lived with God’s favor, you will find it impossible to live without it.

Ruth 1:6
While Naomi was in the country of Moab, she began to hear what God was doing in Judah. She was broken and was hurting but she could still hear God. She refused to allow her situation keep her in a spot. She didn’t wait for anybody to pull her out, she decided to come out of her situation all by herself.

Every day you wake up is a sign God wants to bless you. You may have lost so many things, but your life isn’t over. Success is taking what you have left and making it work in your favor. You can’t quit now!

Ruth 1:16
Ruth means beautiful and something worth seeing. She was indeed a beautiful woman. If people want to leave you, let them go! Orpah was not a bad person, her time was just over in the story. You’ve got to know when to recognize that it is over for some people in your life.

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Applications from the book of Ruth to our daily lives

As we read and meditate on the great story of Ruth, there are five applications that jumped out at me:

1)  God is concerned about all people regardless of race, nationality, or status.

Ruth was not a Jew. She was a Moabite. Even though many discriminated against her, God loved her just the same. God does not discriminate, and He loves all people just the same.

2)  Men and women are both equally important to God.

God cares about men and women all the same. We are all one in His eyes. While most false religions that have been constructed over the centuries often elevate men and dishonor women, Christianity is the one religion that consistently honors men and women at the same level. There is no difference in His eyes.

3)  There is no such thing as an unimportant person in God’s eyes.

At a surface level, few saw Ruth as an important person. She was from Moab, which was a nation that originated from an incestuous encounter between Lot and one of his daughters {Genesis 19 : 30-36}. She was a poor widow. She was living in a foreign land away from her birth family.

But God saw her as important and His plan for her life culminated in her becoming a part of the lineage of Jesus (as the grandmother to King David). God’s plan typically involves using people who are considered to be underdogs or unimportant or unimpressive from man’s perspective. His strength is made perfect in our weakness II Corinthians 12:9

4)  God uses “little” things to accomplish great plans.

What an amazing plan God had for a series of “little” things that all added up to important pieces in God’s big plan. God intended for Ruth to be a part of the story of the lineage of Jesus. So, He pulled together events such as the famine, Naomi’s relocation to Moab, their return to Bethlehem, Boaz’ bloodline, and many other events just to ensure that Ruth could be a part of His plan. And God does that same thing in our lives today!

5)  God has a Redeemer in place who can rescue us from the devastation of our own sin.

God has a Redeemer for our lives, too, and His name is Jesus. Boaz was a type (prophetic symbol) of Christ and His redemptive work in our lives today.

 

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