Friday, November 12, 2021, 01:35 pm

The Bible records faithful women who played significant and powerful roles. Scriptures honor their lives through the faith, boldness, and courage they demonstrated. Undoubtedly, there’s a lot we can learn from.

In this blog post, we invite you to learn and be inspired by the story of Ruth.

The Story of Ruth

Dedicated to an entire book of the Bible, the story of Ruth is captivating to read.

Elimelech, his wife, and two sons from Bethlehem, Judah, went to live in Moab for a while after their land suffered a famine.

While there, Elimelech died, and Naomi’s two sons married Moabite women.

This is where we meet Ruth and Orpah.

However, in about ten years, Ruth and Orpah became widows as Naomi’s two sons also died.

Soon, Naomi heard that God had provided for his people and decided to go back home.

According to scripture, Naomi told her daughters-in-law to go back to their homes and prayed for them to find homes with other husbands.

Now, this is where the difference between Ruth and Orpah sets in. While Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, Ruth decided to cling and stick with her.

But Ruth said: Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. [Ruth 1:16]

Ruth was determined that only death would separate them (v17), so Naomi stopped urging her to go back.

Both Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, where a hardworking Ruth finds herself working in a field belonging to Boaz. Afterward, Naomi went on to play a huge role in Boaz (her relative) marrying Ruth.

4 Powerful Lessons from the Story of Ruth

#1. Hope can arise even in devastating life situations

Both Naomi and Ruth lost their husbands in Moab. It’s a painful thing to lose a loved one. And, after they returned to Bethlehem, starting over was not easy for them.

So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” [Ruth 2:2]

It’s important to note that Ruth, even in a new place, was confident to act out in faith and go find food for both of them.

Her taking a step of faith worked out well for her because Boaz treated her with favor and asked other people in the field to

She did let hopelessness and despair win.

The lesson: Even in situations that look and bring hopelessness, we should rise in faith towards a hopeful future.

#2. Our pasts cannot define us

The fact that Ruth was a Moabite already made her an outcast.

Moabites, a nation that resulted from an incestuous relationship between Lot and his oldest daughter, were a pagan nation and did not worship God. (Read Genesis 19)

Irrespective of her origin, Ruth pledged her loyalty to Naomi and her God (Your God will be my God). Now Naomi goes down in record in the genealogy of Jesus.  

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him”. [Acts 10:34-35]

The Lesson: God will accept and use a person who chooses to believe in Him for His purposes.

#3. Sharing our faith can help create long-lasting and impactful relationships

It’s amazing to see the impactful result that Naomi’s faith in God had in Ruth.

After finding herself in the family of Naomi, Ruth learned about the God of Israel and decided to believe and worship Him. For her, there was no turning back about this decision. Her mind was made up.

The lesson: By sharing our faith with others, we get an opportunity to create deep and intimate relationships that help us fulfill our purpose and glorify God.

#4. The right decision is not always easy

It’s never easy to do the right thing. It must’ve been a difficult decision to make for Ruth to leave behind the life she knew in Moab.

Remember, Naomi had released Ruth to go back to her family and people.

She could have made an easy decision to go back as Orpah did.

But she stood her ground by deciding to go with Naomi and serve the God of Israel.

It was a sacrifice and a selfless act to leave her family and go with her mother-in-law to a new land and start anew.

The lesson: Sometimes, in our faith walk, we may have to make sacrifices, courageous and difficult decisions. With the Holy Spirit guiding and leading us, we can trust that the end results will be awesome, as we see in the case of Ruth.

No matter what situation of life we may be in, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can arise in courage, strength, empowerment, and boldness to fulfill our designed purpose in God.

 

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


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Friday, November 12, 2021, 01:35 pm

The Bible records faithful women who played significant and powerful roles. Scriptures honor their lives through the faith, boldness, and courage they demonstrated. Undoubtedly, there’s a lot we can learn from.

In this blog post, we invite you to learn and be inspired by the story of Ruth.

The Story of Ruth

Dedicated to an entire book of the Bible, the story of Ruth is captivating to read.

Elimelech, his wife, and two sons from Bethlehem, Judah, went to live in Moab for a while after their land suffered a famine.

While there, Elimelech died, and Naomi’s two sons married Moabite women.

This is where we meet Ruth and Orpah.

However, in about ten years, Ruth and Orpah became widows as Naomi’s two sons also died.

Soon, Naomi heard that God had provided for his people and decided to go back home.

According to scripture, Naomi told her daughters-in-law to go back to their homes and prayed for them to find homes with other husbands.

Now, this is where the difference between Ruth and Orpah sets in. While Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, Ruth decided to cling and stick with her.

But Ruth said: Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. [Ruth 1:16]

Ruth was determined that only death would separate them (v17), so Naomi stopped urging her to go back.

Both Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, where a hardworking Ruth finds herself working in a field belonging to Boaz. Afterward, Naomi went on to play a huge role in Boaz (her relative) marrying Ruth.

4 Powerful Lessons from the Story of Ruth

#1. Hope can arise even in devastating life situations

Both Naomi and Ruth lost their husbands in Moab. It’s a painful thing to lose a loved one. And, after they returned to Bethlehem, starting over was not easy for them.

So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” [Ruth 2:2]

It’s important to note that Ruth, even in a new place, was confident to act out in faith and go find food for both of them.

Her taking a step of faith worked out well for her because Boaz treated her with favor and asked other people in the field to

She did let hopelessness and despair win.

The lesson: Even in situations that look and bring hopelessness, we should rise in faith towards a hopeful future.

#2. Our pasts cannot define us

The fact that Ruth was a Moabite already made her an outcast.

Moabites, a nation that resulted from an incestuous relationship between Lot and his oldest daughter, were a pagan nation and did not worship God. (Read Genesis 19)

Irrespective of her origin, Ruth pledged her loyalty to Naomi and her God (Your God will be my God). Now Naomi goes down in record in the genealogy of Jesus.  

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him”. [Acts 10:34-35]

The Lesson: God will accept and use a person who chooses to believe in Him for His purposes.

#3. Sharing our faith can help create long-lasting and impactful relationships

It’s amazing to see the impactful result that Naomi’s faith in God had in Ruth.

After finding herself in the family of Naomi, Ruth learned about the God of Israel and decided to believe and worship Him. For her, there was no turning back about this decision. Her mind was made up.

The lesson: By sharing our faith with others, we get an opportunity to create deep and intimate relationships that help us fulfill our purpose and glorify God.

#4. The right decision is not always easy

It’s never easy to do the right thing. It must’ve been a difficult decision to make for Ruth to leave behind the life she knew in Moab.

Remember, Naomi had released Ruth to go back to her family and people.

She could have made an easy decision to go back as Orpah did.

But she stood her ground by deciding to go with Naomi and serve the God of Israel.

It was a sacrifice and a selfless act to leave her family and go with her mother-in-law to a new land and start anew.

The lesson: Sometimes, in our faith walk, we may have to make sacrifices, courageous and difficult decisions. With the Holy Spirit guiding and leading us, we can trust that the end results will be awesome, as we see in the case of Ruth.

No matter what situation of life we may be in, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can arise in courage, strength, empowerment, and boldness to fulfill our designed purpose in God.

 

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


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Friday, November 12, 2021, 01:35 pm

The Bible records faithful women who played significant and powerful roles. Scriptures honor their lives through the faith, boldness, and courage they demonstrated. Undoubtedly, there’s a lot we can learn from.

In this blog post, we invite you to learn and be inspired by the story of Ruth.

The Story of Ruth

Dedicated to an entire book of the Bible, the story of Ruth is captivating to read.

Elimelech, his wife, and two sons from Bethlehem, Judah, went to live in Moab for a while after their land suffered a famine.

While there, Elimelech died, and Naomi’s two sons married Moabite women.

This is where we meet Ruth and Orpah.

However, in about ten years, Ruth and Orpah became widows as Naomi’s two sons also died.

Soon, Naomi heard that God had provided for his people and decided to go back home.

According to scripture, Naomi told her daughters-in-law to go back to their homes and prayed for them to find homes with other husbands.

Now, this is where the difference between Ruth and Orpah sets in. While Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, Ruth decided to cling and stick with her.

But Ruth said: Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. [Ruth 1:16]

Ruth was determined that only death would separate them (v17), so Naomi stopped urging her to go back.

Both Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, where a hardworking Ruth finds herself working in a field belonging to Boaz. Afterward, Naomi went on to play a huge role in Boaz (her relative) marrying Ruth.

4 Powerful Lessons from the Story of Ruth

#1. Hope can arise even in devastating life situations

Both Naomi and Ruth lost their husbands in Moab. It’s a painful thing to lose a loved one. And, after they returned to Bethlehem, starting over was not easy for them.

So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” [Ruth 2:2]

It’s important to note that Ruth, even in a new place, was confident to act out in faith and go find food for both of them.

Her taking a step of faith worked out well for her because Boaz treated her with favor and asked other people in the field to

She did let hopelessness and despair win.

The lesson: Even in situations that look and bring hopelessness, we should rise in faith towards a hopeful future.

#2. Our pasts cannot define us

The fact that Ruth was a Moabite already made her an outcast.

Moabites, a nation that resulted from an incestuous relationship between Lot and his oldest daughter, were a pagan nation and did not worship God. (Read Genesis 19)

Irrespective of her origin, Ruth pledged her loyalty to Naomi and her God (Your God will be my God). Now Naomi goes down in record in the genealogy of Jesus.  

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him”. [Acts 10:34-35]

The Lesson: God will accept and use a person who chooses to believe in Him for His purposes.

#3. Sharing our faith can help create long-lasting and impactful relationships

It’s amazing to see the impactful result that Naomi’s faith in God had in Ruth.

After finding herself in the family of Naomi, Ruth learned about the God of Israel and decided to believe and worship Him. For her, there was no turning back about this decision. Her mind was made up.

The lesson: By sharing our faith with others, we get an opportunity to create deep and intimate relationships that help us fulfill our purpose and glorify God.

#4. The right decision is not always easy

It’s never easy to do the right thing. It must’ve been a difficult decision to make for Ruth to leave behind the life she knew in Moab.

Remember, Naomi had released Ruth to go back to her family and people.

She could have made an easy decision to go back as Orpah did.

But she stood her ground by deciding to go with Naomi and serve the God of Israel.

It was a sacrifice and a selfless act to leave her family and go with her mother-in-law to a new land and start anew.

The lesson: Sometimes, in our faith walk, we may have to make sacrifices, courageous and difficult decisions. With the Holy Spirit guiding and leading us, we can trust that the end results will be awesome, as we see in the case of Ruth.

No matter what situation of life we may be in, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can arise in courage, strength, empowerment, and boldness to fulfill our designed purpose in God.

 

Want to learn more about Faith in God? Contact us today at Westside Bible Chapel through our website contact form or Facebook page.


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