02| The Road out of Moab | The Book of Ruth

Notes for

Ruth-2

The Road Out of Moab

 

Our life whether good or bad is made up of a series of choices we have made along the way.

 

Choice #1: Repent: this means to change your mind and when we change our mind about something, we also change our direction, opinion and attitude.

 

Mark 6:12 They went out and preached that men should repent.

 

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

Repentance is always a result of the Holy Spirit working in someone’s life. 

 

Ruth 1:16-17 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. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

 

Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you

 

2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ

 

2 Timothy 2:3 that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,

 

Acts 26:18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins

 

Choice #2: make the choice of changing who influences you.

 

We must choose God’s influence over Satan’s influence.

 

Luke 4:3-4, 9-11 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone.'" 

     The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here. For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" 

 

We must choose our friends and be careful of bad family influence. 

 

Job 2:9 His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!"

 

Proverbs 22:24-25 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.

 

I Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

 

Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

 

Four Characteristics of an Enemy.

   1. Those who are more critical than they are complimentary and encouraging.

   2. Those who belittle and laugh at your God-given dreams and goals.

   3. Those who embarrass and humiliate you.

   4. Those who drain your energy and waste your time through useless conversation.

 

Four Qualities of Wise Associations

   1. Those who speak words that build your faith and confidence.

   2. Those who see the worthiness of your God-given dreams and goals.

   3. Those who become enthusiastic when you enter their presence.

   4. Those who remind you of your special gifts and abilities.


 

We must choose to surround ourselves with godly people- your church family.

 

Life is a team sport and to make it in life, we have to be on a team of people that encourage us, pray for us and love us through our worst times.

 

Choice #3: Choose to find God’s path for your life. The choices you make today will determine the story you will tell tomorrow.

 

Ruth 4:13, 17 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son… And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

John 6:27 “Don’t work for food that spoils.  Instead work for the food that lasts for eternal life.”  

 

Don’t waste your time and energy and effort on stuff that’s going to rot, to spoil, to decay, rust. Use and invest your life in things that are going to last over the long haul for eternity.