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Patient in Tribulation 

The story of Ruth is one of intense beauty, how she saw the character of her mother-in-law, her culture and her expression, and then desires to model her life after Naomi.

What strikes me in this is the fact Naomi was deeply tested. She had left her homeland, to dwell in a culture that was vastly different than hers. She lost her husband, and then later her two sons.

Naomi knew it was of the Lord, during all that was transpiring still exhibited a trait that Ruth was drawn to, there was something in Naomi, character that was exhibited in patience, wisdom, and trust.

Eventually Naomi and Ruth sojourn back to Naomi’s homeland, her she now longer looks upon herself as Naomi, and calls herself Mara, indicating she has suffered deeply.

As this story unfolds we see how Ruth is eventually led to meet her new husband, and the result of this a son is born. In Naomi’s old age she is graced with her grandson, she no longer sees herself as Mara, she is blessed by the Lord. Additionally Naomi is blessed to nurse her grandson Obed in her old age.

There are two points that strike me about Naomi.

  • She endured the trials and tests of her life, and had the grace and humility to lead, teach and counsel the generation following her.
  • Naomi’s story is one of great intrigue, as it displays the plans of God being worked out, His Sovereign will is accomplished in the midst of what would appear on the surface as random or unrelated events.

“The mind of man plans his way,

But the Lord directs his steps.”

Proverbs 16:9

Scripture relates the outcome of this beautiful story, Obed fathers Jesse, and Jesse, David, and eventually The Son of Man. The patience endurance of Naomi, and her expression of life yielded fruit beyond anything she could have imagined. All of this is a testimony to the beauty of our Lord, and the workmanship of His hands.

More on the story of Naomi click here

So we see the Fruit of patience during fiery trial.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2017 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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The Work of the Cross and Living Letters

Submitting to our Fathers Will

As Jesus walked the earth and proclaimed our Fathers heart/will He had many hard teaching. Words that cut to the bone, that leave no doubt what His intent is.

“and any one who does not take up his cross and follow where I lead is not worthy of me.”

Today the work of the cross is often misunderstood, yet just as the Living Word was active then, it’s just as true today as yesterday, and will be true tomorrow.

The cross is the means of bring to bear that which is true, just, honorable, and pure…Christ. With this in mind we must come to see not only the need, the beauty of this experience, and the precious fruit that this process yields.

Today we can clearly see a great need for the Living Word to be expressed, expressed in authenticity, passion, and Truth. This is the will of our Lord, and He watches over His Word to perform or accomplish this, and it is indeed being accomplished.

“And I— if I am lifted up from the earth—will draw all men to me.” ~ Jesus

Once again The Living Word is being made flesh and dwells among us, and once again it will yield the precious fruit of righteousness.

Our Father is seeking His sons, those vessels that are willing to submit to His discipline.

“Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?” Hebrews 12:9

This living that the author of Hebrews mentioned is life in the Spirit, and this is exactly what our Father is seeking, sons who walk and speak in Spirit and Truth.

“You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;

being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.

Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians” 3:2~6

“You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.”
~ Psalm 60:4

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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