Thursday, September 23th 2021
"And with all the deceits of unrighteousness for those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth to be saved." (2 Thessalonians 2:10) We beg God that in our hearts we may love to hear the truth. "For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine, but itching to hear pleasant things, will give themselves many teachers according to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn to fables." (2 Timothy 4:3-4) Before the Lord comes to get His own, the scriptures must be fulfilled.
The pressure we see today is an indicator of what is to come. As long as the Bride is on earth, Satan can do nothing. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Revelation 3:6) Salvation is individual and God's choice is personal. God gave everything to Israel but Israel made a mistake: they looked outside. "That he may present the church glorious before him, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:27) We must be of this. God has laid his hand on you. God has made a way for you.
"Do not let your heart be troubled. Believe in God, and believe in me. (John 14:1) Since God lives then what shall I fear and what shall I be afraid of? "You shall be established in righteousness; Banish anxiety, for you have nothing to fear, And fear, for it shall not come near you." (Isaiah 54:14) Your heart should always be at peace. God conducts things in the right way. "The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and snatches them from danger." (Psalm 34:7) God wants you to be at peace. "Thus says the LORD, "Cursed is the man who trusts in man, who takes the flesh for his support, and turns away his heart from the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:5) "All that he does succeeds him." (Psalm 1:3) God will take care of us until we leave.
"Therefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord; touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you." (2 Corinthians 6:17) If you do this, you will not see the face of God. We must seek the face of God. This is the time to be serious, first of all about yourself. Do not deceive yourself. When the Word comes out, examine yourself. "Make every effort to join your faith with righteousness, to righteousness with knowledge, ..." (2 Peter1:5) You must realize that you need this. This is a time when we must practice being holy. "I do everything for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in it." (1 Corinthians 9:23)
1 Corinthians 9:22-27
When you are convicted of the things of God, you are involved in the things of God. Let us seek to please God rather than men. "For this reason, I Paul, the prisoner of Christ for you Gentiles..." (Ephesians 3:1) I can't do what I want. He was not forced, but it was he who made himself a prisoner. Our goal is to be in line with what God wants. When we brought the ark back to the camp, everyone was happy. It was a celebration, but when the ark tipped over, a man died. We must be in our place. Do what God has called you to do. There is something in those whom God has laid hands on.
What a deep sorrow for Naomi. When she lost her husband, her consolation was her two sons. Some time later, her two sons also died. She had nothing left. Put yourself in this woman's shoes, there was nothing left to comfort her When we are in a difficult time, when everything seems dark, God is never far away; Even when we are at our lowest point, when there is no hope, He is our hope; Even when you can't see, He is always there. "For I am the LORD your God, who strengthens your right hand, who says to you, "Do not be afraid; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13) "God is a refuge and a help to us, a help that never fails in trouble." (Psalm 46: 1) Even if you are backslidden, don't stay there in that state but cry out to Him. Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, in his condition, he cried out. The people silenced him but he cried out even louder. You have to take a step towards Jesus. If Jesus had passed by, it was for Bartimaeus but Bartimaeus had to call Him. Do not stay in your condition, God does not judge you. He judges you if you want to stay in your condition. The Lord has not rejected you. "But forgiveness is found with you, that you may be feared. (Psalm 130:4) God is always reaching out to you. You must recognize your bad condition in order to forgive yourself.
Naomi was in total despair. All she had left were her two Moabite daughters in law. With their husbands dead, they could leave freely. She thought she was alone. When you think you are alone, God has something for you. No matter what your situation is, the blood is still on the throne, it is still Day of Grace.
When you get married, you are united. When you have children, you work for your children. "I have been young, I have grown old; and I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread." (Psalm 37:25) God knows what is dear to us that is our children. We have a duty to pray for our children. No matter how bad your child is, never let go of praying for them. They are ours. We must educate them with a firmness. You are responsible for your children until you leave this earth. When you get married, you marry the woman, but there is also the woman's family behind it. And vice versa. Moses was married to Sephora, but Moses took advice from Jethro, his father-in-law.
Then comes the time of separation. Naomi asks the beautiful girls to leave. God did not tell us to be selfish. When we bond in marriage, the two families bond as well. They lived together for 10 years. When you want a divorce, you have to think a lot. "Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives; in the beginning it was not so." (Matthew 19:8) Marriage is not a commitment to be taken lightly! It is not only about the two spouses, but also the families behind them. There is a bond created between the three. It was a heartbreak for Naomi. The Moabite girls are different from the daughters of Israel, Naomi knew that it would be complicated for them. Naomi is sincere, she was a good person who had love for her daughters in law, she did not want them to be unhappy.
In your inner self, you have to probe yourself to find out if you have something divine in you! Naomi pushed deeper that reason took its place. Orpa thought about it but Ruth heard the same thing and yet she stayed. Ruth stuck with it despite things to the contrary. Examine yourself against the scriptures. Naomi pushes farther. The Lord must test you to know what is inside you. When the Word comes out, you murmur. That's when you see the nature of who God has chosen. God had chosen Ruth. Ruth heard, but inside her there was a plan from God. By your actions, we see that there is no plan of God in you. Ruth was a different Moabite because God had chosen her. God had given Ruth a life. When Naomi was in despair, God had already prepared Ruth. Ruth became a daughter to Naomi.
Naturally, Ruth should have left Naomi. When you get married, you must know what you are getting into. Through marriage, your son-in-law becomes your son and your daughter-in-law becomes your daughter. Ruth acted like Naomi's own daughter. Ruth was Naomi's consolation. In Naomi's despair, her consolation was right next to her. Ruth broke away from her nation to follow Naomi.
Ruth remained attached to Naomi in every situation. Whenever the Word is preached to you, your reaction shows who you are. You cannot deceive yourself. God demonstrates that He has chosen you. You can never stand against the Word but always obey and submit. Like Ruth, God does not force you. David came through Ruth, a Moabite. She had to accomplish this, God had a plan for her. Something has to happen in you. Stop murmuring, you are discouraging others. God doesn't oblige anyone, but I feel obligated. When God has a plan with you, the Word comes and you stay attached. God does not oblige anyone, but a son of God feels obligated. You have been chosen to do what God says. Not to murmur or complain but to fulfill God's plan.