We are to live with great expectation because our hope originates from a living Savior. That's why in the midst of difficult times, we can say, "it is well with my soul."
Scripture References: Jeremiah 29:11; Hebrews 11:1; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Jude 1:21; Proverbs 18:10; Psalm 91:2; Psalm 46:1; Nahum 1:7; Mark 5:21-43; Mark 3:21; Isaiah 40:25-31.
We keep sending people away from our real story because we want a healthy story. Yet, there is hope in the whole story. It can end well, it can be changed. But if you get yourself closed off, you’re not only injured, you’re also isolated and your story isn't supposed to be lived alone.
So Ruth, against all odds, stays with Naomi and they get back to Israel. Then they end up in Boaz’s field. And in the midst of this, who is giving Ruth all the ins and outs of what she should do? Naomi. Naomi helped change Ruth’s life, helped change Ruth’s story because she understood the culture, she understood what was going on. Finally married, they have a son named Obed, who became the father of Jesse, who became the father of David. But what would have happened had Ruth stayed back in the foreign land? (I figure God would have another way of doing it but David wouldn’t be in the line.) I believe your desire to be alone is the enemy’s attempt to destroy your destiny. Don’t face it alone. You can’t, and you should not, face real life alone. We need each other. As you allow others to take part in your life, you may be bringing healing to their lives, as they bring healing to yours. Ruth’s life was changed and healed because Naomi took interest in her. But in the end Naomi’s life was healed, as well, because Ruth helped heal her.
How you handle your story will help determine the outcome of someone else’s story.
Scripture References: Mark 5:1-20; Revelations 12:11; John 4:1-42; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; The Book of Ruth
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He [Peter] closes this section in 1 Peter (Chapter 4)....in verse 11, he says, "If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God; if anyone serves he should do it with the strength God provides." Why? "So that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever." Our practice must lead to praise, our work must culminate in worship so that in all things God receives the glory.
Scripture References: 1 Peter 4:7-11; Deuteronomy 28:37; Proverbs 14:12; Jeremiah 4:22; Isaiah 5:20-21; 23-24; Matthew 24:10; Psalm 47:8; 1 John 2:28; 1 Corinthians 13:7; Proverbs 10:12; 1 Corinthians 4:2
Get used to different.
Get used to different and the reason that we're different is to point to Him...not just to be different, not just to be weird, not just to stand out in a crowd, but we're to be different from the inside out so that we make a difference.
Scripture References: Matthew 7:21-23; Isaiah 29:13; 1 Corinthians 1:21; James 2:18-19.
Final Prayer: For each one who thought of someone that they know that's still a slave to fear ... [they] will have an understanding that to have a vertical fellowship with You they need to have a relationship with You. Maybe it needs to start first with us having a horizontal relationship with one another.....then we can get past the differences, get past the comments, get past the appearances and see to the heart of the matter ... to build a bridge to make that time together and build a relationship so that there can be a relationship with You ... not that we get sucked in and be of the world, Lord God, or just be here or in the world. Help us to stand firm as we make these contacts, because Lord we’re not here for ourselves, we're not here just to serve ourselves, we’re here to honor You and to seek others to come to know You.
Scripture References: Acts 2:41-42; Hebrews 10:25; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10; Proverbs 27:17; Phillipians 2:1-4; Colossians 3:12-14; Genesis 3:8-9; 1 John 1:3, 1 Corinthians 1:19; Romans 12:2.