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Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before one person could recognize another; for he said, “It must not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” Then he said, “Bring the cloak you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley, and put it on her back; then he went into the city. (Ruth 3:14-15, NRSV)

She left before anyone would see since Boaz was not the next of kin so there would be no questions. Seems a little underhanded for a story from the Bible. But I believe it shows us that God can and does work in and through all circumstances. Becuase Boaz was an honorable man. He gave Ruth six measures of barley to take back to Naomi.

Even in what some would see as shame and darkness, the light and love of God shines through.

How do we shine the light and love of God in our world?

 

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God is Love

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. (1 John 4:13-14, NRSV)

We are able to love a world that hates us and to spread God’s love in the darkness of our lives because God has given us His Spirit. Not because we earned it or deserve it, but because He first loved us and showed that love by sending His son to redeem us and give us love when we didn’t deserve it.

So let God’s Spirit dwell in you and fill your life so that it overflows into everything you do and takes over your world.

God’s love will flow freely and spread. Let it.

Let God work through you!

 

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Feeding the Five Thousand

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. (John 6:1-15, NRSV)

Here in John, we see it is a young boy who is sharing his lunch, 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. Enough for him to have a meal. He shares it with Jesus who gives thanks for the gift and then distributes the food to 5,000 people in all. Now does that 5,000 include just the men, or the men and the women and the children? Any way you look at it though, 5 little barley loaves and 2 fish are nothing when feeding that many!

But Jesus took the gift, without complaint that it wasn’t enough and lifted and thanked God for what was provided. Then He used the gift for what it was intended, to feed.

How many times do we complain about the gifts we have been given and don’t use them for what they were given for?

God works through us using the gifts He has given us to use for the world.

Recognize your gift as this boy did and use it for the betterment of the world around you!

 

 

 

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prays

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21, NRSV)

I fall to my knees and pray…

I pray that you would have strength.

I pray that your spirit will be filled with His Spirit.

I pray that Christ would be with you always and be deep down in your life so you are completely grounded in Him.

I pray you can understand how deep His love is for you.

I pray that all you know in and through Him would be the basis for your life and it would be lived out in the world around you.

I pray that He would work through you.

I pray your life is abundantly more than you ever imagined.

I pray…

 

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gift or wage

170315What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness. For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. (Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, NRSV)

Why did Abraham get what God gave him?

Did he earn it?

Did he work for it?

Or was it a gift?

The scripture tells us what Paul quotes to the Romans above, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” God told Abram what He was going to do and Abram believed Him, and because of that Abraham was gifted and blessed by God.

It was not Abraham’s doing it was all God.

We can not earn God’s love, it is a gift freely given. Embrace it and live into it. Working out His love into the world.

 

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for free…

170302Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:1-7, NRSV)

Why do we spend most of our lives amassing treasures that we can not take with us?

We spend our money and our time on acquiring things that we think will make us happy but really take up space and usually take us away from the things that really make us happy. Think for a moment if you have a family, and you spend overtime working for what? To make money to buy something bigger and better? When you could be spending that overtime time with your family and making memories which do not cost extra and show them your love.

Focus your life on the things that God gives you that are important. His love and the blessings of family and friends.

Treasures of this world will pass away, but if we follow after Christ we will see our treasure multiply in heaven.

So labor for your treasure from God and worry not about the treasures of this world.

 

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at work

170127Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you—and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me. (Philippians 2:12-18, NRSV)

Work out your own salvation. I admit I have had issues with this verse, but we can read no verse in a vacuum and must look around it to find the meaning. For it is God who is working in you.

God is working in you, to enable you to work out your salvation and to find joy in doing His will.

And we should do all of these things without murmuring or arguing, so that His love may be shown to the world.

So slow down and let God work.

 
 

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