25
Mar
2015

RUTH 1:6-13 DON’T BE AN UNBELIEVING BELIEVER

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Ru 1:6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited His people by giving them bread. 7 Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. 8 And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each to her mother's house. The LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 "The LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband." Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, "Surely we will return with you to your people." 11 But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? 12 "Turn back, my daughters, go-for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, 13 "would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD has gone out against me!"

 The Testimony of Naomi 6-7  The Backsliding Believer, she is a Moabite at heart

    1. She is out of fellowship with God
  • She is missing God’s best
  • She is experiencing the consequences of her disobedience
  • Lev 26:3-26 If you do this, blessing, if not then consequences

Sometimes we say “Lord, we’ve asked you to bless all these things; but, have we asked please, Lord, make us blessable. Naomi would have had to confess, “Lord, I’m not blessable.

Whenever we have disobeyed the Lord and departed from His will, we must confess our sin and return to the place of blessing.

  1. V8 -13 She is giving bad advice

Naomi tried to influence the two women to go back to their families and their false gods.

If it was right for her to go back, it was right for them to go back too

·       Naomi should have said to them what Moses said to his father-in-law, “Come thou with us, and we will do thee good; for the Lord has spoken good concerning Israel (Num. 10:29, KJV). Instead, Naomi tried to influence the two women to go back to their families and their false gods.

  1. v 11-13 She is thinking in human terms, not that God can do all things

Naomi was trying to cover up her disobedience. If she returned to Bethlehem alone, nobody would know that the family had broken the Law of Moses.

1.     God providentially closed their wombs so that there would not be any ½ Israelite children, but the promised heir would come later

2.     Over emphasis on husband and children - she is wanting to find security in husbands and children and bread- the physical vs the spiritual

3.     She is Saying go back and marry a Moabite

4.     To find rest for an OT Oriental culture was to find a husband and security

5.     With no husband they have no way to live

Three times Naomi insisted that they return to Moab

 

12
Mar
2015

RUTH 1:1-5 THE COST OF IGNORING GOD’S WILL

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1 Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion-Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. 3 Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. 4 Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. 5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.

·       We have to decide which world we are going to live in for eternity

·       We have to decide which world we are going to live in now

·       Three fatal mistakes

o   Walked by sight not faith - Deut 28

·       Bethlehem means house of bread

·       Should have repented instead of going to Moab, and God would have lifted the famine

o   Focused on physical not the Spiritual

§  Better to be in Bethlehem and be hungry than to be in Moab out of the Will of God with a full stomach

§  By doing this He honored the enemy instead of the Lord

o   He broke covenant with God by leaving the land – Deut 28

Moab is my wash pot, in other words instead of eating at the house of bread, he is eating out of the garbage can

§  Like the Story of prodigal

·       They became comfortable in their disobedience

o   They remained there – lived there 10 years, made it their home

o   Got swept up into the culture

o   They were disciplined by the Lord

After Elimelech died the sons Married Moabite women

Am 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

2Co 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

Lessons

1.       It’s been said that crises reveal what we are.  They also make us what we are in God’s plan 1 Peter 1 and

James 1 says count it all joy and let patience have it’s perfect work. Don’t get out of the trial, learn what God wants you to in the trial

2.       You don’t want to be anywhere out of the will of God.  It’s better to starve to death in God’s will rather than be somewhere He doesn’t want you to be

3.       When we disobey we put others and ourselves in danger of God’s discipline and all kinds of bad things can happen.  We can lose everything.

4.       God loves it when we come home to Him.

Lu 15:6 "And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'

4
Mar
2015

EPHESIANS 6:18-24 TO WIN THE BATTLE YOU HAVE TO PRAY

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Eph 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 21 But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; 22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts. 23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

 PRAYER, the means by which we remain "watchful"

Now the fact that it is climactic in the Book of Ephesians is planned by God's Holy Spirit, it is not by accident. Our Lord urged men always to pray and not to faint in Luke 18:1. And He knows that in the battle when it gets hot you can faint, you can get weary, you can give up, you can abandon the fight if you don't pray. You really only have two alternatives, you either pray or faint, there's no middle ground. And so in the warfare that he's just talked about prayer becomes vital. But it's more than just that context. The reason prayer comes here is because it fits the ending of the total book, the whole letter of Ephesians comes to a climax and a peak and a pinnacle at this point in the great anthem of praise that is the book of Ephesians.

We should understand spiritual warfare as influencing life within the church, not just as a personal matter. "Satan trembles when he sees The weakest saint upon his knees."

I want you to see the general instruction in verse 18, and you'll notice there are four all’s.

First of all let's look first of all at the frequency of prayer; When are we to pray? Always

Secondly, we see not only the frequency of prayer but the second “all” shows us the variety of prayer. "Praying always with all prayer and supplication." Now what does he mean by all prayer and all supplication? He means there are general areas of prayer, we pray more generally, and then we also pray specifically

                Thirdly, we see the manner of prayer. He says, "Watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication." In other words we are to watch with all perseverance, and again you see the idea of perseverance meaning to stick to it, to stay at it, to hang in there, to continue, to persevere, praying continuously while watching. Prayer is to be alert to the issues, alert to what's happening. Jesus said, "Watch and pray" many times. First Peter 4:7, "Watch unto prayer."

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus taught that we must "watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation" - Mt 26:36-45, 26:51-54, 58, 69-75; Mark 8:29-33, Peter; 1Peter 5:4;

                You see God answers prayer to put His power on display; if you don't pray specifically then He can't display Himself.

                What Paul is saying is this, “here is the war and it is about the war that you must pray.” It's not easy for you to fight the battle and so I pray for you. Oh, I pray now and then for people's physical things but more than that I pray that God will give you victory, I pray that you'll win the battle against the enemy. I don't really care what happens to my physical body or yours as long as we gain the victory for the glory of God, amen? That's the battle, that's the real issue.

Lose yourselves in the real things that matter, the spiritual battles of other people. Lose yourselves in consuming prayer for the Kingdom of God and you won't have trouble with your little petty anxieties.

There's one final thought in this verse 18, and it's this that when you've said it all, the frequency of prayer, always. The pervasive thought is in the middle of the verse, we are to pray in the Spirit. This does not have anything to do with speaking in tongues, you cannot introduce tongues into this verse.

                In Jude 20 it says, "Praying in the Holy Spirit." It is not talking about some ecstasy; it is not talking about some ecstatic language. Praying in the Spirit is the same as praying in the name of Christ, it is praying in consistency with who He is and what His will is. Learn to pray in harmony with the Spirit’s desires.

Then Paul closes with a specific illustration, if you want something specific to pray for, here it is. Verse 19, "Pray for me," what should I pray for Paul? "That utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds; that in this I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." He says, I'm the illustration, pray for me, not my physical needs but my battle, my warfare, pray that God will allow me to be bold and courageous and straight forward and give me utterance.

CONCLUSION

1. When we arm ourselves with;

   a. Truth

   b. Righteousness

   c. The gospel of peace

   d. Faith

   e. The hope of salvation

   f. The word of God

   g. Prayer

   ...then we are "strong in the Lord and in the power of His might"!

   - Ep 6:10

2. With such strength, we are able to resist and stand firm against anything Satan might throw against us

   a. But the choice to "put on the whole armor of God" is up to us...

   b. Are we taking care to put on this wonderful armor???