Learning From Ruth

I like how Pastor Joseph Prince puts the lessons on the Book of Ruth:

The moment Ruth depended on God’s grace or favor, she had full access to His blessings.   She’s been granted favor by Boaz, the owner of the field where she is working.

When we depend on God, He’ll give us Boazes in our lives.  Why?  Because God loves us.

In love, women should choose their Boaz and not just some guys.

Boaz favored Ruth from the moment he laid eyes on her. Ruth was not even a Jew, yet he cared for her safety by telling her not to glean in another field and to stay close to his young women. He even commanded the young men working for him not to touch her and to allow her to drink the water which they had drawn

Isn’t that romantic?  To meet our Boaz who would care for our safety and all that?  Women and men should not wait further for their Boaz to arrive, He’s already here and we just have to acknowledge it–our Boaz is God.  God favors us from the moment He conceived the thought about us.  Most of us are not even Jews (His chosen people), yet God cares for our safety by telling us not to glean in another field and to stay close to Him (through the Bible, missionaries, evangelists).

God loves us first that is why we love Him.  God favors whom He loves.

Ruth simply believed that she would find favor in the field that God placed her at the right place at the right time, so that He could open a big door of blessings to her.

Wow!  Just like Ruth, I have to believe.  I’ve got to have faith that I will always find favor in the field that God places me in.  Be here or back home.  That God will open big doors of blessings for me.

Ruth was blessed enough to be married to a Jew whom God is their God.  Lucky her, but all of us can be “lucky”, too.  We are lucky because through Jesus, God extended salvation to all mankind and not just to the Jews.  We are lucky because the Holy Spirit is moving the hearts of Christians to go into the world and share the Good News.

Ruth has suffered pain and loss.  The loss of her husband and becoming a widow.  Yet it has to happen so she would be forced to go back to Israel to meet Boaz so she could have children that will bear David and in the line of David, Jesus will be born.  God can use our pain to create something great.

Ruth is humble.  She humbly accepts her responsibility to Naomi, her mother-in-law.  She humbly accepts that she would have to work and get the leftovers of the other field workers.

Ruth is responsible.  She takes care of Naomi.  She attends to her responsibility.

Ruth listens to wise people.  She listens to the counsel of Naomi.  She is obedient to her.

Such great lessons to think about.

To end this post is this picture:

New

I am writing this post using my new notebook.  The stress I had gone through yesterday because of this.  This was not the model I had in mind, I wanted the model with chiclet keypad–yknow just like Mac.  But I had this instead.  But then again, now that I am using this, it kinda grows on me.  I think I am falling in love with this.  🙂  Happy ending still! 🙂

I have to pack my bags again and go to another part of this new land.  I am but living in a tent–camping, waiting when God will tell me to move.  Now I am moving again.  I know that God will give me a spiritual family there.  He sends me there to become a registered pharmacist.  He most importantly sends me there for ministry so I can participate in advancing God’s kingdom.  He will always equip me and teach me things so I will be able to do what I should do that is according to God’s will.

God has done great things to Abraham, and I know that He will do great things in my life, too.

God is taking care of my family.  Thank You God.  I claim household salvation, Lord.  🙂

I want to always go all out for God and the only way I can think of how to do this is to be OBEDIENT to God.  OBEDIENCE is the key here.  Not my will but God’s will.

God will give me the confidence to embrace His truth that I am His daughter in Jesus’ mighty name. 🙂

Revelation Song

What a revelation I had last night during the worship service!

Last weekend, I received a command from God to worship Him fully, to find a place where I can fully worship Him.  I thought about our house.  When I went there, I got enticed by television.  The command was shoved at the back of my mind.  I was ignoring God.  When I went to work yesterday, I told God that I missed Him and I’ve been a disobedient daughter.

When I attended the service I told God I wanted to feel His presence just like before, but being disobedient, I was not really expecting anything.  Then the Revelation Song was played and I was so amazed!

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty

Who was, and is, and is to come

With all creation I sing

Praise to the King of kings

You are my everything

And I will adore You.

God revealed Himself to me.  That God is alive.  That He will come again.  That it’s not just fiction.  It’s true!  He will come again.

With that revelation, I felt God’s power and glory.  I realized that I shouldn’t really be thinking of worldly matters and prioritize more His Kingdom.  To work for God–now more than ever–double time!  That was what I felt!

Praise God!  You are good and kind and thank You for revealing Yourself to me.  I want more of You God! 🙂

Magnify

The other day, I asked God to fix my finances.  I said it’s about time I gave it to Him. Then something happened causing me to give the little that I have to Him (not really to Him but it’s for a good cause).  I should trust Him.  This is an invitation from Him to trust Him and to see His economy and how different His economy with the earth’s economy.

Source

Anyway, there’s a hype here in the Philippines with the Magnum ice cream.  I’ve eaten this before when I went to SG.  But not the choco-covered ice cream.  When I went this evening to Mini-stop, one of the convenience store here, I saw Magnum ice cream and I bought two, just in case one is not enough.

The ice cream is creamy and the belgian chocolate lives up to its name. Yum!  I am more likely to have more of this 🙂

The Reason

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15 NIV

When faced with situations where my beliefs are put to test, we should be sensitive enough not to offend others but still hold on to our convictions.  Will you teach about a subject that you don’t believe in?  If you refuse to do sp, are you ready to give your answer?  Are you ready to share Christ with others?

As Christians, we should not be quick to go into debate to defend our beliefs.  Chances are, we should just drive people away.  We should just let our lives be testimonies of God’s glory in us.  When asked about our faith and why we’re so into God, then tell them the reason–that it’s because of God’s love for us. 🙂

What’s your reason for the hope that you have?

Father God, thank You for the hope You have given us through Your Son Jesus.  May we always hold on to our faith in You and be able to draw people nearer to You.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Other Side

When I was single, I used to wish to have a boyfriend so I would not feel so alone.  Then I had a boyfriend.  I could not help but feel to be single again because I had the freedom to choose the right one.  It happened thrice.  Mr. Osteen’s new blog entry made me think that yeah, we always think that the grass is greener on the other side.  But the thing is it’s really not if God is not present on that side.  The only way for anything good to flourish is if God is with it–if it has the favor of God.

If I want to have better relationships, then I have to invest in people I’m with.  If I want promotion, then I have to work harder.

Which makes me think about the term “waiting”.  Waiting means preparation for God’s favor to come true.  I need to do my part–to prepare my field to receive God’s blessings.

I’m really blessed. 🙂

I also realized that apart from Christ, I am nothing.  No food  could cheer me up, this past few days–just His Word.  God, I hope to be aware of Your presence always.

**Scheduled Post

Wednesday Revelations

This is a scheduled post.  I am writing this Wednesday night after I have lesson time with God.  I love moments when God really speaks to me.  I have been rebuked, slighlty convicted and revelations have been given to me–Christian stuff 🙂

God has given me summer and you know I am so fired up for God.  I want to devote summer to Him.  I want to do everything for Him for the advancement of His Kingdom.  I want to serve Him and get to know Him and love Him and enjoy His presence.  I finally have a grasp of what E told me before in one of our conversations about God–that I have found what I’ve been looking for–and He’s God.

I have finally found God.  He is my reward.  At the end of it all, I want God to be my reward.  To be in His presence for eternity–it’s what  heaven is.  Other blessings are just bonuses.

Now is also my season of maturity.  I’m not sure how it will happen but I trust in God.  Right now, I’m working on my vertical relationship.  Actually, God is working on my vertical relationship, which is my relationship with God.  And somehow in one of my reflections, I saw that God would also be working on my horizontal relationship, like He was telling me, “It’s not only gonna be you and Me…I’m gonna share you with the community, with someone…”  Somehow the community part is clear, I just added as my own interpretation the someone part.  Hehe 🙂

This summer, I won’t let fear hinder with serving God.  I will do everything that I want, like I’ve always planned, for God.  Hopefully, God allows me to and gives me opportunities to serve Him.  It will be an honor. 🙂

Who is God (2)

5 The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with him there, and pronounced his holy name, the Lord.[a]6 The Lord then passed in front of him and called out,
I, the Lord, am a God who is full of compassion and pity, who is not easily angered and who shows great love and faithfulness.7 I keep my promise for thousands of generations[b] and forgive evil and sin; but I will not fail to punish children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation for the sins of their parents.

Exodus 34

Who is God

Based on Psalm 136, God is:

  1.  good
  2.  the greatest of all god
  3. the mightiest of all lords
  4. He alone performs great miracles
  5. By his wisdom he made the heavens
  6. He built the earth on the deep waters
  7. He made the sun and the moon–the sun to rule over the day and the moon and the stars to rule over the night
  8. He killed the first-born sons of the Egyptians
  9. He led the people of Israel out of Egypt–with his strong hand, his powerful arm 
  10. He divided the Red Sea, and He led his people through it but he drowned the king of Egypt and his army
  11. He led his people through the desert
  12. He killed powerful kings; He killed famous kings–Sihon, king of the Amorites; and Og, king of Bashan
  13. He gave their lands to his people; He gave them to Israel, his servant
  14. He did not forget us when we were defeated; He freed us from our enemies
  15. He gives food to every living creature
  16. The God of heaven
  17. His love endures forever

If we really love someone, we get to know them, right?