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Let us do a study of the book of Ruth together. Please leave comments and insights.
Ruth 1:1-3…Elimelech died and she was left with 2 sons.
When you suffer a loss do not be consumed by grief pray and ask God for mercy so that the hand of the enemy will be restrained.
If only Naomi knew she was still at risk of losing 2 sons after she lost her husband she would have run back to Israel.
Ruth 1: 4 – 5 – They took wives and dwelt ten years…and Mahlon and Chilion died. We need to pray Father what is in my life that is at risk
Ruth 1: 6 – Then she arose. Father may I not suffer a loss before I can hear what you are saying to me in Jesus name.
Naomi lost all before she arose. Do not wait till you lose that thing before you pray. Arise now over your marriage and children in prayer.
Ruth 1: 8 -14..but Ruth clave unto her. Orpah went back after much persuasion, but Ruth stayed. May God give us strategic helpers.
Some people can only walk with you when things are rosy but a strategic helper will accept you with your faults and serve you as unto the Lord.
Ruth 1: 16 – Ruth said Intreat me not to leave thee. Identify your GRACE CARRIERS and stick with them even if they say you leave me alone.
Naomi carried the grace that connected Ruth to Boaz her new husband. When Naomi told Ruth leave me alone it was a test.
The enemy will bring relationship problems so as to disconnect you from your GRACE CARRIERS win the battle with patience and humility
Ruth could have said, “look at this nagging old woman I am even trying to help her” but the real loser would have been Ruth not Naomi
Ruth 1: 17..where you die I will die. Anything you are ready to die for will keep you alive. Ruth’s was not serving because of reward.
Every time you give out of a genuine heart God will reward you with what is glorious. Ruth gave her life to serve Naomi out of love.
Ruth 1: 19..all the city was moved about them. May people not gather to cry with Us rather they will rejoice with us in Jesus name.
Ruth1: 20- 22… Call me not Naomi buy Mara. The tragedy of Naomi was already bad enough, she needn’t compound it.
Be careful not to make negative EMOTIONAL STATEMENTS. Jephta made a tragic vow in Judges 10:31 and paid with the life of his daughter.
Ruth 1: 22..it was the beginning of the barley harvest. Do not despair if U have gone through a bad time, there is hope for you in Jesus name.
Ruth 1: 21 – I went out full, and God brought me home empty. REALLY?? Do not always see your glass as half empty but half full. POSITIVITY!!
YES end of chapter 1, see technology I don’t need to get to the pulpit to share. LET’S HAVE YOUR FEEDBACK PLEASE.
Ruth 2:1 – And Naomi HAD a kinsman…a mighty man of wealth..his name was Boaz. God has already positioned that person, resource, thing you need. We need to pray that God will open our eyes to the solutions He has prepared for us in any difficult situation we may be in.
Ruth2: 2 – Ruth said to Naomi let me go to the field. Ruth went out to serve with a humble heart. Her background in Moab might have been better. Singles Believe the Lord has already provided that person you will marry, so do not be worried, just ask Him to open your eyes.
Ruth2: 3 – By divine arrangement Ruth worked in Boaz’s farm. Do not force yourself on people, GOD will divinely connect you with your DESTINY HELPER
Ruth2: 5 – Then said Boaz…whose damsel is that? I decree to the singles, your life partner will NOTICE you and make a move in Jesus name. I decree your HARDWORK, TALENT,GIFTING will be noticed in Jesus name. Just keep on doing what is right. Zechariah got divine visitation while serving
Ruth2: 6 – And the servant answered….It is important to have a good testimony. Imagine where the referral or validation came from, a servant
Ruth2: 8 T- hen said Boaz unto Ruth. Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here…. Single ladies beware let d man make the 1st move, U cheapen yourself when you are the one chasing a man because you want to get married. Men are hunters and they like the chase, the bible says he that “finds a wife” Pray that your husband will find you. Do not lose hope. Do not pack your belongings and be a live-in lover LET HIM MARRY YOU. No man will pay for what he has gotten for FREE. Be DIGNIFIED GIRLS
Ruth2:11 – And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law. News travel!! A man who is serious about marrying a lady has the duty to investigate who she is and vice versa. Do not build a marriage on assumptions.
Ruth2:12 – The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be thee. There is REWARD FOR EVERYTHING WE DO whether positive or negative.
Ruth2: 13 – And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread…..she did eat, and was sufficed. What is his or her attitude to money, sharing and so on. Though some people pretend but most times singles ignore the WARNING SIGNS. Boaz displayed a strong VIRTUE of CARE and LOVE for Ruth. Singles watch out for the attitude of your suitor or the woman you want to marry. Do not get carried away by the mesmerising looks or impressive physique or achievements. Ask God to reveal the hidden issues of his/her. Know that you CANNOT CHANGE YOUR SPOUSE so it is better for you to look well before you leap. Boaz was consistently caring and loving.
Ruth2: 15 -16 – Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not …rebuke her not. Boaz had a clean honourable relationship with Ruth, be careful not to jeopardize your relationship with an intended spouse. Watch and pray. Do not be quick to start loaning money, giving out property or offering your body to someone that you are not married to. Avoid SENTIMENTS
Ruth 2: 18 – And she took it up, went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: Ruth was a STRATEGIC HELPER to NAOMI. Ruth went out to work because she was still young and energetic, but her mother in law Naomi was old and physically unproductive. May we not miss OUR STRATEGIC HELPERS. I CALL FORTH OUR STRATEGIC FINANCIAL, MINISTERIAL AND DESTINY HELPERS IN JESUS NAME.
Ruth 3: 1 – 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? This is a mother in law genuinely concerned for her daughter in law. She wanted Ruth to have a new beginning, infact to remarry. AMAZING! How many mother in laws can arise from the pain of losing a son and ask the daughter in law to remarry? A lot of wicked traditions abound. In Africa some widows are accused of killing their husbands, their heads are shaven and if they dare to remarry they are labelled whores.
1Corinthians 7: 8 – 9 – I say therefore to the…widows… if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. This is wisdom for every young widow, it is scriptural for you to remarry. Do not feel guilty, pray for your own Boaz. Many widows are taken advantage of, many are lonely and depressed and cling on to their children. If you DESIRE to remarry, it is GOOD.
Ruth 3: 2 – And now is not Boaz of our kindred..Naomi was guiding the choice of Ruth’s life partner. Boaz had good reference. WHERE DID THAT GUY/GIRL COME FROM? Are U planning to spend the rest of yr life with someone that came from nowhere, unaccountable to no one! He/ She must not necessarily be from your village, state or even country. The point is NEVER MARRY SOMEONE WHO IS UNACCOUNTABLE TO NOONE
Ruth 3: 3 – Wash thyself..anoint thee..put thy raiment upon thee…Men are moved by what they see ladies. Dress well be feminine and decent. The kinsman redeemer is a tradition that Naomi knew about and used for Ruth’s advantage. She could have kept quiet or even used it for herself. Ruth was not being forward but was taking advantage of a tradition that favoured her and it was at the behest of her mother in law. A Yoruba adage says, if you throw water on your path you will step on wet grounds. Ruth was reaping because she had sown into Naomi’s life. Maybe Boaz may not have followed up on Ruth if not for the Kinsman Redeemer, after all many get noticed but not many get proposed to.
Ruth 3: 10… Thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. Your reputation can open or close your door of opportunity so beware.
Ruth3: 18 – Sit still, my daughter till you know how the matter will fall the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day. This is a crucial time, while you are courting, what do you do, be prayerful, many have courted for years and it did not end up in marriage. Courtship should not be a time for sampling. Many guys have courted several girls EVEN IN THE SAME CHURCH! You court someone you want to marry. When courtship is unnecessarily long it can lead to problems of fornication, pregnancy before marriage and other unwanted circumstances. Notice that Naomi said, man will not have rest till he concluded the matter. If you have prayed and done your due diligence step out.
Marriage is a journey of faith. It is not until you have all the money in the world. The bible says the woman is THE WIFE OF YOUR YOUTH! Many men are scared of getting married, I see men in their late thirties and even forty year old men so scared of getting married!!!
TODAY I REBUKE THE SPIRIT OF FEAR AND I SPEAK DIVINE SPEED AND PROVISION INTO THOSE COURTSHIPS ORDAINED BY GOD IN JESUS NAME.
I pray for the FINISHER’s anointing on your projects in Jesus name. Here we end our bible study for today, SHALOM.
Ruth 4:1 – Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by. Boaz said there was someone more qualified than him going by the Kinsman Redeemer . He needed to clarify that the man did not want Ruth. Boaz had strength of character, he was a man of FAIRNESS and INTEGRITY. He did not take it for granted though Ruth had come to him first. In this verse we see him actually talking to the man who was better positioned and seeking his opinion on the matter. He discussed openly
Ruth 4: 2 – And he took ten men of the elders of the city. Boaz displayed WISDOM, HE CALLED ELDERS as witnesses, He followed due process. Boaz did not jump the gun or behave deceitfully. What will be yours will be yours. Do not manipulate just to ensure that you get something. Be straightforward in your dealings with people. Singles, do not snatch your friend’s suitor/girlfriend or trap a man with pregnancy. Guys do not position yourself in a girl’s life because she is loaded or from a rich home. Be sincere and show genuine affection.
Ruth4: 8 …the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. Boaz fulfilled all righteousness in front of witnesses. What is the foundation of your relationship, marriage, business, job. Is it questionable? We must always act with a pure heart in all we do.
Ruth4: 9 – And Boaz said unto the elders, and all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s……. Fulfill all righteousness, in all you do leave nothing to chance or assumptions. Clarify your stand always and u will not be misunderstood
Ruth 4: 11- The Lord make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel & Leah. Be famous in Beth–lehem. Their marriage was blessed.
As many getting married, already married or yet to be, I PRAY THAT YOUR MARRIAGE WILL BE BLESSED WITH FRUITFULNESS in Jesus name.
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