Lessons from the book of Ruth Part 2

Lessons from the book of Ruth Part 2

It is an absolute delight to bring God’s word again to you my reader. Last time we talked about:

  1. The Present Circumstance of a Believer doesn’t describe him/her, he possesses something eternal.
  2. The Need for Mentors

 

This week we continue to pick out lessons from the book of Ruth. 

3. Boaz was a good Man

The testimony recorded in the scriptures of Boaz was excellent. He was a successful man, in fact, scriptures described him as a man of great wealth (Ruth 2:1). Interestingly, despite his success, he was not a man who was proud or boastful. In Ruth 2:4, scriptures give us an impression that he had a good relationship with his workers.

 

“Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you! And they answered him, “The Lord bless you”. (Ruth 2:4 KJV)

 

It was this good relationship with his workers that made him notice the “stranger” (Ruth) who had just joined them and she eventually became his wife. Boaz was a good leader, he was interested in the performance of his staff. Paul also had a similar instruction to Timothy:

 

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” 

(1 Tim. 6:17 KJV)

Boaz was also a truthful person. Despite Ruth giving Boaz the signal of her availability of marriage, he didn’t swing in to take advantage cunningly of the situation. He stayed truthful, informing her that there was another man who was a closer relative than him, and who had a higher chance of being the kinsman-redeemer and eventually be Ruth’s new husband. 

 

Read more about the kinsman-redeemer here.

“Now it is true that I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I” 

(Ruth 3:12 KJV)

Paul, speaking through the Holy Ghost said:

“But speaking the truth in love may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ—”

(Eph. 4:15 KJV)

4. The End is always Sweeter

The story in the book of Ruth opened on a sorrowful note with Naomi losing her husband and children in chapter 1, chapter 4  ends with joy and happiness. I believe just like the book of Ruth, life is in chapters. The chapter you might be on now in your life might be sorrowful and sad, but scripture says the next chapter would be better. 

 

Abraham and Sarah later had a child, Hannah later had a Son, Jabez’s story changed, the Israelites didn’t remain slaves forever, Jacob later became wealthy and had a huge family, It always got better.

 

“But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day” (Prov. 4:18)

 

Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, you qualify to be called the just the who scriptures talks of in Prov. 4:18. Yes, it always gets better. The challenges you face today will be gone tomorrow your tears will turn to laughter and sorrow to joy. Stay believing and see God working things out on your behalf. 

 

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
(Job 14: 7-9)

 

Say this with me:

I am a child of the Almighty,

I am led/inspired by the Holy Ghost in me,

I yield/obey as I am led,

I am redeemed, I am well,

I am strong,

I do not live in fear,

 

I am blessed and I am a blessing

In Jesus name, Amen

I call you blessed

Samson Afolabi

Lessons from the Book of Ruth

Lessons from the Book of Ruth

Of all the books of the scriptures, the book of Ruth stands out. It narrates the story of a young lady from Moab called Ruth, and her journey to the land of Bethlehem.

 

In chapter one of the book of Ruth, the curtain opens on Naomi, Ruth’s mother in law after the death of her son (Ruth’s husband). Ruth loved Naomi. This love would finally lead her to become the great grandmother of the great king David. Ruth’s story is a beautiful story of grass to grace, a story of hope and one that was written for the present-day believer’s admonition.

 

I would like to share some lessons that I learnt as I read through the book. 

  1. The Present Circumstance of a Believer doesn’t describe him/her, he possesses something eternal.

 

To the physical eyes, Naomi was finished. She had just lost her husband and 2 sons. She must have thought “we made a big mistake coming down from Bethlehem to Moab”. Everything her world revolved around was all gone. But you know what? Even at that state, Ruth still clung-on to her, not wanting to let her go. Why? She had God

 

Look, said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” 

(Ruth 1:15-16)

 

Rather than Ruth leaving Naomi like Orpah, her sister in law, she knew Naomi had God, and she was interested in having that same God, hence your God will be my God. Ruth knew that despite Naomi appearing to have lost all, she should not be judged by her present situation, she had something of far more eternal value in her possession and she was ready to cleave to Naomi for that. Because that thing that Naomi had, Ruth knew it was able to make her story better and sweeter.

 

Throughout Scriptures, you see this same scenario play again and again:

 

Paul said we are poor yet (what we carry) is making others rich… (2 Cor. 6:10).

Jesus was on the cross, stripped naked, losing his life yet he was granting forgiveness and passage to heaven for another. 

 

Jacob: cheated left, right and center having nothing yet, he was making Laban rich. (He had God, he carried the covenant). Same with Joseph in Potiphar’s house. And the list goes on and on.

 

Scriptures says:

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us 

(2 Cor. 4:7 KJV)

  1. The Need for Mentors

 

Reading the book of Ruth, you will notice how following Naomi’s instruction and mentorship, Ruth was able to change her story from being a widow to being the great grandmother of King David. Getting a mentor helps you stay on the shoulder of someone taller than you, so you can see far. 

 

For young believers, my admonition is always that Life is too complex, for you to start to figure it out with your brain. Get a mentor, someone who can guide you and you can do life better under his instructions. 

 

The book of 1 Timothy, is full of instructions from Paul on how Timothy was to do life and run the church. Timothy needed that guidance, Paul was there to grant it. So do you need guidance, my reader.

 

To be contd. 

 

Say with Me:

I know who I am, 

I am not defined by my present situation, 

Greater is he that is in me, 

I’m a covenant carrier, 

I’m a grace giver,

I’m blessed in all that I do, 

I’m blessed to be a blessing, 

 

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

I Call You Blessed

 

Samson Afolabi

The God of Generations

The God of Generations

“One Generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts” 

Ps. 145:4 (NIV)

In Exodus 3:6, God introduced Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I believe this is noteworthy to remind us that even though we humans had but a little time to exist in this sphere, He abides forever. We don’t last forever, He does.

Secondly, I believe it was an example for us to see the transference of the Faith from Father to son and to son’s son. Abraham’s covenant and Faith walk was transferred down to Isaac and Isaac down to Jacob. Same example is found in Lois, Eunice and then Timothy.

“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that is in thee also. (2 Tim. 1:5 KJV)

Every generation owes the next, to tell it of the mighty works of God. We owe our kids to tell them of our faith and walk with God.

Scriptures clearly inform us that God is highly interested in the next generation and not only interested in that, but He wants to document his dealings with us to show them.

“In the future, when your son asks you “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?” tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand” (Deut. 6: 20-21 NIV)

In Joshua 4: 1 – 6, Scriptures also give the account of God instructing the children to pick up twelve stones out of the Jordan, and to set the stones as a sign among them, so that in the future when their children ask what does the stones mean, they will be able to account on to the next generation what mighty acts God worked in their midst. 

“That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, what mean ye by these stones?” Then ye shall answer them,…” (Joshua 4:6-7a KJV)

Imagine how spurred and encouraged we are when we read of the acts of the early church in the recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, same also should our generation be ready to encourage the next generation with testimonies of Faith

One Generation will tell of His mighty works to another. 

I call you Blessed,

Samson Afolabi

Take Up Your Cross

Take Up Your Cross

And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23)

 

Jesus, speaking in the verse above used the word ‘cross’ to denote the ‘death’. Of course, through the death of the cross he paid for the sins of humanity. So, did he mean we are also to expect to be crucified like he was? No. Rather “taking up our cross daily” signifies “dying to the flesh daily”. 

 

As believers we must be aware of the potency in our flesh to hinder or possibly stop the move of the spirit, the work of God in and through us. The flesh sometimes manifests as a veil denying men to see the glory of God upon us. As we allow the working of the spirit, putting the flesh to death, we create room and space for the holy spirit to work in and through us.

 

Oftentimes, the manifestation of the flesh is in our holding on to material things. We want to boast about our certificates, cars, houses, achievements and even sometimes our spiritual knowledge of scriptures. If there was any man in scriptures who had enough things to boast about, Paul was one. 

 

In Philippians 3:  4 – 7, he itemized a lot of these things that he could boast about. Asides those, looking at his life, there were a lot of things to boast about. He was a Hebrew of the Hebrews (this was a strong spiritual boast in those days), a scholar who learned from the best (more like attending Harvard in our time), in prayers, fervent, in spiritual understanding he wrote a large part of the new testament we all read today and the list goes on and on. But instead of holding on to all of these, he said:

 

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake, I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ. (Philippians 3: 8)

 

Paul, instead of holding on to all he had achieved, he counted them as “dung”, “garbage” instead, why? To gain Christ. To give more room for Christ to be revealed to him. As such, our holding on to these things actually rob us of the possible revelations of Christ that have been given to us to walk in.

 

It is interesting how we allow the flesh to have its way in our affairs every day without even noticing it. Recently, the Lord began to show me this in my own life. I noticed many of them were things that even though good to have, they were taking too much space in my heart. 

 

Sometime ago I said to myself, I want to achieve this and buy that before the end of the year. I want to get better at work so I need to take that course, or learn that new software, etc. Even though all of these things are good, the moment they begin to become my top premonition, that’s likely the flesh. 

 

The Lord wants to be first in all our affairs. The moment this happens in our lives, we are likely to have died completely to the flesh. This is also explained in Luke 9: 57 – 62.

 

Lastly, when temptations come, they are meant to check the amount to which our flesh is in control of our lives. To think that Judas and Peter were both followers of Jesus, but the devil knew that if Judas was tempted by money, that his flesh was still alive in that area, and he could be led by the flesh into betraying his master, is a strong indication showing us the potency of the flesh. 

 

“But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions)”  James 1:14 AMP

 

Jesus overcame temptations by dying to the flesh. He didn’t just overcome by knowing scriptures, which is good but, he overcame because he didn’t allow lust for the material things of this world to be found in him.

 

“…And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me]” John 14:30

 

I will close with the words of Jesus, deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Christ.

 

I call you blessed

 

Your brother

Samson Afolabi

 

This Same Jesus

This Same Jesus

This Same Jesus…
Everyone says “Evolve or Die”, “make sure to stay at the top of the game”, “Create your own niche”, “Be Unique”, “Stand-Out”, while I believe all these are true, we must be careful to know in which context this advice holds true.
In our pursuit of success in our careers I believe this is true. I always counsel the same. Read books, be unique, Create a special value, do something new and I always give the example of some of the former prominent chat applications like 2go, BBM. Those were the most famous messaging famous some years ago, but now no one knows where they are anymore. And that’s why you always notice your phone applications updating themselves, the programmers keep adding new features to them so they still relevant and keep being useful to their customers.
But, in spiritual things, there’s no new teaching. The teaching is same. The message doesn’t change. The message was Jesus, it is at present Jesus and in years to come, it will be Jesus. Don’t try to sound New, trying to sound New would lead you to error.
Definitely in time, we would grow, increase in knowledge of scriptures, have deeper insight into the scriptures. We would be able to explain things simpler and more clearly because of access into deeper revelation but the message stays same JESUS.
Paul speaking to Timothy said:
And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit you to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2
See the trend. Paul taught Timothy some things, EXACTLY this same things Timothy was to teach some Faithful Men, this faithful men are then to teach this SAME things to OTHERS (me and you).
It is Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever. And did you just say it’s going to be boring? No. He is new Every morning but still the same.
It’s the same Gospel, the Same Spirit, the same Jesus.
I Call you Blessed.