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1.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                          March 1, 2013

Good Morning!
Moments With The Master: The nature of human of the human race demands that we must be Born Again in order to go the heaven.

HEAVEN WILL NOT ACCEPT HUMAN NATURE:
John 3:5. “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Jesus says that without the new birth, you cannot “enter the kingdom of God.”  Notice what kind of place Heaven is. It is the “kingdom of God.” Do you understand what He is saying?  It has been said that Heaven “Is a prepared place for a prepared people.”  Did you know that this is true?  One of the most precious benefits of the new birth is the fact that we receive a new nature when we are saved, 2 Peter 1:4.  When you get saved, you receive God’s nature; a nature from Heaven.  The new birth prepares you for life in a new kingdom. The only way for you to get into Heaven is for you to first get Heaven into you.

Besides, if you went to heaven with a lost, fallen nature, you would be miserable.  Heaven would become Hell for you. You would never enjoy that land unless you had a new nature. All the worship, the praise, the glories of Heaven would be offensive to you if you went there lost. It would be against your nature to enjoy anything in that land. That is why we need a new birth; it prepares us to enter in and to enjoy that new land. It gives us a new nature and it gives us a new life. We were all born with Adam’s nature we must put on the nature of Jesus Christ. We can only do that through the New Birth Experience, being born from above.

Your first birth provided you with a physical, fleshly nature. You need a new birth, a birth from Heaven to provide you with a new, spiritual nature, John3:6. That is why Jesus says, “You must be born again.” It is not an option. Don’t settle for a maybe so, hope so or think so kind of salvation. Get born again and you will know so. The new birth is a must. Nicodemus could not grasp how that could be. He wanted to know how this could happen, so he asked Jesus about the “How?” of the new birth. Nicodemus knows that he is in the presence of a mystery and he wants the answers.

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Numbers  2  3      Luke  16

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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2. 3.                     God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                March 2 & 3, 2013

Good Morning!
Moments With The Master: Notice how Jesus addresses the mystery of the New Birth for Nicodemus.

THE MYSTERY OF THE NEW BIRTH:
John 3:4. “Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

There is no doubt that the new birth is a mysterious thing. None of us truly understands everything there is to know about it. It is still a mystery, even to those of us who have experienced it. But don’t let the fact that it is a mystery cause you to avoid it altogether. You don’t let the mystery of electricity to cause you to sit in the dark do you? You don’t let the mystery of how a brown cow can eat green grass and give yellow butter and white milk stop you from enjoying butter, milk and ice cream do you? There are many things that we do not understand in life, but we still believe in them. So, do not allow the mystery of the new birth to keep you from being saved.

Jesus is telling us that for a man to get to heaven he must have two birthdays. There must be a day when he was born into the kingdom of men and a day when he is born into the kingdom of God. Physical birth provides life; babies have life because they are born. Likewise, spiritual birth provides a person with spiritual life, 1 John 5:12. Physical birth takes place because of the suffering on another. A mother enters the very jaws of death to bring life into this world.  Jesus entered the cruel jaws of death so that you might be born again.  The new birth rests squarely upon the pain and suffering of another, Jesus Christ.

Physical birth gives the infant a brand new start; No baby is born with a past. They have no past, only a future. So it is with the new birth.  When you get saved, you get a brand new start. Your past is wiped away and a new, clean future lies in front of you. Jesus Compares It To A Breeze: You cannot see God do His work in a heart in the altar.  But, you can see the effects of the wind of the Spirit in a life!  When you see a drunkard leave his bottle, you know God has been working. When you see a vile woman become a clean woman, you know God has passed by. You know the wind of the Spirit has been blowing in their soul. There is no denying the effects of the power of God when He works in the human heart. Moments With The Master:

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Numbers  4  5        Luke   17          Psalm   31
Numbers  6  7        Luke   18

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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4.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                        March 4, 2013

Good Morning!
Moments With The Master: Only one of the ‘malefactors’ had the most thrilling moment of his entire life while suffering on the cross with our Lord.

A TRADGIC MOMENT:
Luke 23:32. “And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. 33. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 39. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him (Jesus), saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.”

We focus on the awful suffering that Jesus endured while hanging on the cross and rightly so, but we also need to think on the purpose of His suffering. But, the Bible also makes it clear that the death of Jesus wasn’t about the pain. The death of Jesus at Calvary was for a purpose. Even as Jesus hung on the cross that day, He gave us a living illustration of what His death was all about. For that day, in the midst of His Own pain and agony, He reached out in love and compassion to save a lost sinner.  That is the reason He was born, lived, died and rose again.  He did it all so that lost sinners like us might have the opportunity to be saved by His grace.

We are told that this man is a “malefactor.”  This word means “evil doer.”  He is a criminal and he has been caught, convicted and condemned for his crime. After his trial, he would have been beaten and then taken outside the city to the place of execution to be nailed to the cross.  He is in agony and he is dying.  It was a tragic moment. What makes it more tragic is that man is about to die like he has lived: without God. He has lived a wicked life, but he is headed to a lost eternity. Any life lived without God is a tragic life. But to the let that life end and to die without God is a tragedy beyond words. Nothing but hell awaits those who die without God, Psalms 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell, all the nations that forget God.”

We are told that even through his own pain, this dying man cried out in mockery of the Lord Jesus Christ. The word “railed” means “to speak evil of, or to blaspheme.” He questions the identity of Jesus when he uses the word “if.” He doesn’t believe the testimony of Jesus.  He doesn’t believe the sign hanging over the head of Jesus that proclaims Him to be the King of the Jews. He is dying and in that moment of anger, pain and torment, he lashes out at the very One Who could have made a difference in his eternity. By his words and actions, this man tells us where his heart is. It is still lost and blinded in the darkness of sin. He went into eternity lost.

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Numbers   8  9          Luke   19        Psalm   32

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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5.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                  March 5, 2013

Good Morning!
Moments With The Master: When the sun arose that morning, this condemned man knew that he would suffer unbearably that day, when the sun set he was in a far-away place, free from all pain and misery and torment forevermore.

A MOST THRILLING MOMENT:
Luke 23:42. “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

It Was A Moment Of Repentance: We do not know a lot about this man. We know that he was also a thief. He was a wrongdoer and had been condemned to die for his crimes. But, there is a marked difference between this man and the other thief. At first, they had both mocked Jesus, Mark 15:32. But now, this man has had a change of mind and he rebukes the other thief who is mocking Jesus. This man had seen or heard something that day that touched his heart that was used by the Spirit of God to open his eyes to Who Jesus really was. What did he see that made the difference?

It could have been any number of things that spoke to his heart. Whatever it was it told him that Jesus was no ordinary man. Whatever it was told this dying man that Jesus was his Messiah and that Jesus was his only hope. As he hangs there in the presence of Jesus, this man confesses himself to be a sinner. He declares his own guilt for all to hear. He says, “I am guilty and I deserve everything I am receiving.” I can hear in his words the sorrow of a wasted life. I can hear the sorrow over wrong deeds, wasted opportunities and shattered dreams. I can hear a man who is sorry for what he has done and for what He has become. He is a repentant sinner.

“And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” With only nine words he bought himself a heavenly home. What A Moment: I like Jesus’ answer, “TODAY.” The day ended in a place far beyond his imagination, all the pain and suffering of that day was over never to be remembered any more, there would be no more tears to dim his eyes, but all was peace and joy and happiness, and jubilation, because of A MOMENT WITH THE MASTER:

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Numbers  10  11       Luke  20

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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6.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       March 6, 2013

Good Morning!
Moments With The Master: We do not know when the last time Jesus will pass our way, so if you have a need, however great or small, call out to Him today.

RECEIVE THY SIGHT:
Luke 18:35. “And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: 36. And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. 37. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.

In today’s devotion, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem. Only ten days and seventeen miles to the cross which lay at the end of this journey. He had entered and passed through almost every town and village in the entire country, some several times, and some only once. Luke simply states, “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho” Luke 19:1. He would not pass this way again, so this would be the last time someone there would have A Moment With The Master:

I firmly believe that, some time, or another, at some circumstance or another, Jesus passes through our lives, and it is up to us to seize the opportunity to invite him into our lives to stay. For many people Jesus enters and passes through their lives with not much reaction, they simply shrug it off and nothing seems to come of it. Others receive him, with joyful results. Something happens, when Jesus really comes into our lives. On this day in Jericho, when Jesus was passing, two men seized the moment to receive from him a life changing experience.

First There Was A Blind Man: “38. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 39. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 40. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, 41. Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. 42. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. 43. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, gave praise unto God.”

This shows us what a happy ending to our problem comes when we do not let the opportunity pass to call out when Jesus is near. This blind man could not be deterred by the crowd; he would not be denied the chance that had come his way to get the attention of Jesus. And Jesus is never too hurried to listen to the cry. He is waiting to day to give you A Moment With The Master:

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Numbers  12  13       Luke  21       Psalm  33

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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7.                          God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                    March 7, 2013

Good Morning!
Moments With The Master: Today we will meet another man in Jericho who had the most thrilling moment of his life as Jesus was passing through.

MAKE HASTE, AND COME DOWN:
Luke 19:1. “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 6. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.”

Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem to observe the Passover, and unbeknown to a large following of people who had attached themselves to Him, to give His life as a ransom for the world. Many had followed Him for months and some for years and everywhere He went news spread before Him of His coming. This day would be his last visit to Jericho and there was a very large crowd that had turned out to see Him pass through. The streets were full of all sorts of people. Men had left their shops to view the passing, mothers stood and held their child up to get a glance at the great prophet that was passing through. Soldiers intermingled to keep order. It seems that everyone wanted to see Jesus as He passed through Jericho.

One man in particular had left his tax-collecting booth and was pressed and pushed and shoved by the multitude. He could not get close enough to the see the Great Man because he was not tall enough. So he finds a tree close by and climbs up into it to get a better view. As Jesus drew near the tree in which Zacchaeus had climbed, He looked up and Zacchaeus looked down, their eyes met, and Jesus called his name, just as if he had met him many times before. “Zacchaeus come down, for I must abide at your house.”

Can we imagine the thrill of the Moment With The Master for Zacchaeus? It was a time of soul searching for Zacchaeus, a time of repentance. For you today Jesus wants to give you the same thrill He gave Zacchaeus, He wants to go home with us, and abide with us, not just for the night, but forever. Give Him the opportunity.

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Numbers  14  15       Luke  22

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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8.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      March 8, 2013

Good Morning!
The Christian church is a fellowship, and friendships are made in the church that exists upon the foundation of God’s love.

CHRISTIANS NEVER SAY GOODBYE:
3 John 14. “But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.”

Charles Colson’s book ‘Life Sentence’ is a powerful contemporary affirmation of the real meaning of that friendship. “In the year and a half since I had made the most important decision of my life, I had learned that Christian fellowship did not mean light-hearted fraternal gatherings but caring men and women ‘bearing one another’s burdens.’” Our verse today, 3 John 14, was written most likely after the Apostle John had been exiled on Patmos and released. So what can we expect from the most loving person that ever lived outside of our Lord Himself. It is with this note of friendship that John concludes his third letter.

I hope to see you soon.” C. S. Lewis was right in his final shout across High Street in Oxford to his young friend Sheldon Vanauken. “At all events,” he said with a cheerful grin, “we’ll certainly meet again, here or there.”… We shook hands, and he said, “I  sha’n’t say goodbye. We’ll meet again.” Then he plunged into the traffic. I stood there watching him. When he reached the pavement on the other side, he turned round as though he knew somehow that I would still be standing there in front of the Eastgate. Then he raised his voice in a great roar that easily overcame the noise of cars and buses. Heads turned and at least one car swerved. “Besides,” he bellowed with a great grin, “Christians never say goodbye!”

Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.” Every phrase here is a sermon. “Name,” ‘onoma,’ is the last word in our Greek text. “Greet everyone by name.” Because God has a name, we have names too, and our names are important because of the decision of God by which He made us, He redeemed us, and He meets us. This note of human worth and belovedness is the final stroke of the book.

With these words The Apostle John lays down his pen and we hear no more from him. Tradition tells us he spent his last days in Ephesus and died a natural death at about 96 years of age.

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Numbers   16  17     Luke   23      Psalm   34

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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9. 10.                   God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                        March 9 & 10, 2013

Good Morning!
In the next few days we will be looking into the Book of Ruth. It is the story of how a pagan girl named Ruth came to be part of the covenant people of Israel and became the great grand-mother of King David, and an ancestor of Jesus.

BEWARE OF THE ROAD TO MOAB:
Ruth 1:1. “Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.”

The context of the book of Ruth: In the 85 verses that make up the book of Ruth, we see this young woman as she is pursued by grace, saved by grace, and delivered from her wretched past. It is a story of redemption, of love, of grace and of hope. It is a story we need to become familiar with on a very intimate level. In the first seven verses of Ruth we are introduced to the family of a man named Elimelech who lived during the days of the judges, v. 1. These verses paint a sad portrait of a man who chooses to walk out on the Lord and on God’s plan for his life. As a result of his decision, he and his family pay a terribly high price.

The Moabites were pagan idolaters who were opposed to God and His ways. In Psalm 60:8, God says this, “Moab is my washpot...” This phrase means that they were “a despised thing; a vessel used by slaves to collect water for washing feet.” They were a wretchedly sinful people destined for judgment and lowest forms of slavery. It is to this despised and wicked nation that Elimelech moves his family. In Elimelech we see a picture of that person who willingly turns his back on the things of God and pays an awful price. This passage sends out a clear warning to those who have chosen to walk away from the Lord and His will for their lives; and to those who may chose to do so in the future.

The Book of Ruth takes place during a time of desperate circumstances. “There was a famine in the land.” A famine is an extended dearth. It is a time when food is in serious shortage. While there was a shortage of foods in the land at that time, it wasn’t the only famine the people of Israel faced. It also took place “in the days when the judges ruled.” During the centuries of the Book of Judges, Israel’s moral decay was at its worst. “Every man did which was right in his own eyes” Judges 21:25. So it took place during a time of Moral Famine as well as a natural famine.

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Numbers  18  19        Luke  24 
Numbers  20  21        John  1          Psalm  35      

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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 11.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       March 11, 2013

Good Morning!
Elimelech chose to leave his inheritance in the Promised Land and head off to a land where God would not bless him.

A FAMINE IN THE LAND:
Ruth 1:1. “Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.”

Often, in the Old Testament period, God used famine as a tool of discipline. When His people, who were to be a light to the Gentiles, strayed away from Him, He would reach out to them to call them back to Himself by orchestrating a famine, Deuteronomy 11:16-17; 2 Chrononicles 7:13-14. Often, as we pass through this life, God will orchestrate these famine experiences for us as well. It may take the form of a financial famine, when there is more month than money.

It may take the place of a physical famine where health and well being become elusive. There may be a spiritual famine when the heavens become brass and the Lord seems very far away. Whatever form it takes, it is a famine in your life. God’s intention during those times of life is not to drive you away from Him, but it is to draw you home. He may be trying to correct you, Revelation 3:19; or He may be trying to perfect you, 2 Corinthians 12:9. How you react to your famine experience determines whether it becomes a time of blessing in your life or a time of disaster.

The Book of Ruth takes place during a time of dangerous choices. Abraham’s family experienced a famine and he chose to go to Egypt and got into great trouble Genesis 12:10-20. In the Book Of Ruth Elimelech did not respond correctly to what the Lord was doing in his life, he also chose to leave the ‘Promise Land.’ The name “Bethlehem” means “House of Bread” and the name “Judah” means “Praise”.  At the time neither of those places was living up to their names. There was no bread in “The House Of Bread” and there was no reason for rejoicing in “Praise.”

Elimelech means, “My God Is King.” If Elimelech had been living up to his name, he would have known that God’s valleys do not last forever and that God would have taken care of His people. He placed the physical ahead of the spiritual. He walked by sight and not by faith. After all, Elimelech had a close relative named Boaz who stayed in Bethlehem and did quite well in spite of the famine, Ruth 2:1.

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Numbers   22  23      John   2

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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12.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      March 12, 2013

Good Morning!
By moving his family to Moab, Elimelech exposed his family to evils they would have avoided had they stayed in Israel. Everything we do in life affects others.

THEY CHOSE TO LIVE IN A POLLUTED LAND:
Ruth 1:1. Now it came to pass in the days when the Judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a
certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. 2. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.”

Notice they went to “sojourn” but “continued there.” The word ‘sojourn’ means ‘a brief visit.’ Elimelech says, “we’ll only be there a little while,” but the ‘brief visit’ stretched out into ten years (v. 4) of great distress and trouble. In leaving Israel to go to Moab Elimelech violated the clear commandment of the Lord, Joshua 23:7, 12. Yet, Elimelech chose the forbidden path to Moab over contentment in the will of the Lord. To turn your back on your inheritance as Elimelech did was equivalent to denying the faith of Jehovah. It was a total turning from God to the world.

For Elimelech and his family, this move to Moab involved total separation from the things of God. They could not worship at the tabernacle, they could not bring their offerings, and they could not keep the feasts that were commanded by the Law. They were totally isolated from everything having to do with God. This is a scene repeated countless times in the family of God. Here is a person who says they are a “Christian.” That is a name that means “Christ-like One.” Yet, when a famine comes in their life, they run out on God.

Maybe things didn’t go their way at church. Maybe a trial arose in their life and they were blind-sided by it. Maybe they were placed in a financial crisis and placed God after income. Maybe they just came to love the world more than they loved the Lord. Whatever the reason, they chose to walk out of the promised land of God’s blessing and to head off into the “Land of Moab” to live life on their own terms. There is a word for that kind of behavior: ‘Backsliding.’ I am afraid that more believers are in that shape than are willing to admit it today. There are people who attend church regularly; pay their tithes; live clean, moral lives, but they are in Moab today.

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Numbers   24  25      John   3       Psalm   36

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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13.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                     March 13, 2013

Good Morning!
It is a dangerous thing to choose the world over the Lord. If you walk out on God, you will find yourself doing things you never thought possible. You will see yourself involved in wrong relationship and worldly activities.

THEY CONTINUED IN MOAB:
Ruth 1:2b. “And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.”

This family went to Moab and there they stayed. The word “continued” means “to exist or to become.” This may indicate that not only did Elimelech and his family go into Moab, but that Moab got into them as well. Who knows how far into the sin and society of Moab this family fell. I am sure when they left they told themselves that it would only last a short time, “Sojourn” = “to turn aside for a short time.”

When a believer walks away from the things of the Lord, he or she cannot possibly serve the Lord as they should. There is no way to be right with the Lord as long as you are separated from the things of God. When His Word, His work, His worship and His will are not priorities in your life, it doesn’t matter what your mouth says, your life says that you are away from the Lord. The believer who walks away from the things of the Lord is saying, “God wasn’t as good to me as I thought He should be. He mistreated me, therefore He isn’t worthy of my love and devotion.” It is a choice that always leads downward.

But the days turned into weeks, the weeks into months and the months into years. Before they knew it, 10 years had passed, v. 4, and they were farther away from the Lord than could have ever imagined themselves being. What an example of the deceptive nature of sin. There are people who are in Moab today in your heart and you can’t even see it. For whatever reason, you have decided that God and His plan for your life do not suit you.  Maybe you are struggling against something He had brought to pass in your life. Whatever the reason, you are away from Him today. You probably never thought you would get as far as you have, or that you would stay as long as you have.

Here’s how it works. Someone gets offended in a church. It is a time of spiritual famine. Maybe that person has always been very active and faithful to the things of God. Now, they are offended and they leave that church. Or, maybe they aren’t offended, maybe they “felt led” to go somewhere else. It usually means they are headed to Moab.

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Numbers   26  27      John   4

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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14.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                     March 14, 2013

Good Morning!
Sin always carries with it harsh consequences. “And sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death” James 1:15.

A TIME OF DEADLY CONSEQUENCES:
Ruth 1:3. “And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
4. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.
5. And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.”

Before Elimelech loaded up his family to move to Moab, it is likely that he had already moved away from God in his heart. You see, no one just wakes up one morning and decides to leave God behind. It is a slow subtle process that builds until the believer has moved farther away from the Lord than he could have ever anticipated. Look at the names of Elimelech’s sons. There names were Mahlon which means “Sick” and Chilion which means “Pining, or Wasting Away.” It may be that these two boys were just the victims of circumstance. But, if you believe that, then you don’t believe in a God of providence. I think God was trying to get Elimelech’s attention long before he ever left for Moab.

He will do the same in your life as well. When an old, cold, backslidden spirit begins to manifest itself in your life, God will begin the process of speaking to your heart. He may do it in a still small voice like He did with Elijah, 1 Kings 19:12. Or, He may do with the thundering voice of a man of God as He did with David, 2 Samuel 12:7. He may use subtle means, or He may use direct means, but if you are His, He will reach out to you to bring you home again, Revelation 3:19; Hebrews 12:6-11.

There Was Death In That Home: In spite of his relationship to the Lord; in spite of the blessings of God in his life; in spite of the intervention of the Lord in his family; Elimelech moved to Moab. What was a reality in his heart became a reality in his life. After he was there for some time, he died. After a while, his sons were also taken in death. It is my opinion that God used the ultimate form of discipline in the lives of Elimelech and his family in order to bring the remainder of the family back to God. You see, the famine in Bethlehem was a call to repent. Those sick sons were a call to repent. God gave this family ten years “space to repent” (Revelation 2:21), but time finally ran out and they paid the ultimate price for their disobedience.

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15.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                 March 15, 2013

Good Morning!
Naomi turns back towards home with tears in her eyes, and sorrow in her heart. Really that is the only way back to God, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”

NAOMI, RETURNING HOMEWARD:
Ruth 1:6. “Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
7. Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.”

It is sad, but it is also true, God will use whatever means that He deems necessary to bring you home again. If you are His, you will not run from Him forever. He will discipline your life and if you repent, He will bring you home. Naomi and her two daughters-in-law were left desolate. In that society, the poorest of the poor were widows with no children to care for them. These women were left with nothing but desolation, discouragement and defeat. It didn’t have to be, but because of sin, they were forced to pay a horrible price.

All Naomi had to show for 10 years of being away from God were three tombstones in the land of Moab. All she had left were her daughters-in-law and she couldn’t even provide for them. These women were in a desperate condition. Such is the nature of sin. It never brings anything good into our lives. (Remember the Prodigal Son). While it may give those who wander off into it some pleasure in the flesh in the short term (Hebrews 11:25), all it can produce in the long term are death, defeat and discouragement. If you want to destroy your family, devastate your life and doom those you love, just wander off to your Moab and stay there. There is a price to pay. Sin brings its own club, (Proverbs 13:15; Romans 6:21-23).

Put the things of God last in your life and see how your children treat you when they grow up. Go ahead and indulge your flesh and its sinful appetites and see what good comes of it. When sickness, when chastisement, when defeat, disillusionment and discouragement come, just remember, you are reaping the harvest you foolishly sowed, (Galatians 6:9). Behold, the time to repent is now. The last two verses of our text will help us to leave this message with a little hope. Out of death and defeat we can catch a glimpse of life and victory in the actions of Naomi.

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16. 17.                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                    March 16 & 17, 2013

 Good Morning!
If you are lost, this message is for you too. God is calling you to leave your wretched life of sin behind and to come to Him and be saved. If you linger there away from Him, you will pay the ultimate price.

THERE IS BREAD IN THE HOUSE OF BREAD (Bethlehem):
Ruth 1:6. “Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread. 7a. Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was,..”

A Time Of Realization: Somehow or another Naomi heard that the Lord was again blessing His people. In truth, He had never stopped blessing. Did you know His chastisement is also His blessing? If he didn’t love you He wouldn’t chastise you when you failed. Anyway, someone came into Moab with the good news that God was blessing back in Israel. This sparked a desire in her heart to go home. Maybe she remembered what it was like to be close to the things of God. Maybe she remembered the sacrifices and the worship. Maybe she missed the sweet fellowship she had enjoyed with the people of God.

I hope someone that is reading this will remember today the good times you had in God’s House of Bread and make your way back to him. Whatever the thoughts were that went through her head; Naomi finally woke up in Moab and wanted to go home. This is what happened to the Prodigal Son, Luke 15:17, “And when he came to himself.” Someone said, “Being in a Backslidden condition is a form of insanity.” When that boy saw where he was and what he was missing out on, he wanted to go home. So it was with Naomi.

The Bible says she “Arose...that she might return from the country of Moab,” v. 6; and “Wherefore she went out of the place where she was...” Naomi rose up and left Moab behind. She experienced a change of heart that resulted in a change of action. She is a picture of someone repenting of their time in Moab and returning home. Sooner or later, all those who wander away from the Father’s house come to that time of realization. There will come a time when the fog and haze of sin will clear away for a moment and in that moment of clarity, the backslider will just know where he is and how far he has fallen. He will hear the tender voice of the Lord saying, “There’s bread in my house. Come home.” That is a defining moment in the life of the person who is away from the Lord.

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18.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                     March 18, 2013

Good Morning!
Here we have three women who are in a terrible situation and are widows because they are paying the price for leaving Bethel, the ‘House of Bread.’

THREE WIDOWS IN A WASHPOT: (Psalm 60:8)
Ruth 1:8. “And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.
9. The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
10. And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.”

The book of Ruth opens with a tragedy and ends with a victory. It is the story of how God took a Moabite girl by the name of Ruth, brought her out of death and darkness and made her part of the covenant people of Israel. It is the story of how this woman was transformed from a lost sinner to an ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the story of a sinner being pursued by grace.

This passage opens with three widows, Naomi and her two daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth. These three widows have just lost their husbands. Now, they are left destitute in the country of Moab with little or no hope for the future. Ruth and Orpah were natives of Moab, but Naomi was a native of Judah. She was a Jew and she knew the Lord. And she had no business being in the land of Moab, a place called “God's washpot” Psalm 60:8. By the way, the term “washpot” is a term of  contempt. By calling Moab this, God says they are lower than the lowest slave, but are like the pot the slaves use to wash the feet of superiors. After the death of her husband, she is determined to return to where the Lord was blessing His people.

All Naomi has to show for ten years in Moab is three tombstones in a washpot called Moab (Psalm 60:8). How they respond to their situation can teach us much about how we should. As they begin their journey, Naomi encourages both of these girls to return to the home of their mothers. She prays that the Lord will bless them, but she intends to send them away. Such is the condition of Naomi's heart that she would try to keep these women from going with her into the promised land of blessing. Basically, this boils down to a challenge to the commitment made by these women. They are challenged to give up their resolve to follow Naomi and they are tempted to turn back to a life of heathenism and wickedness. How we react when we find ourselves away from the Lord and in trouble because of sin will determine our future.

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19                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                          March 19, 2013

Good Morning!
Over and over these women wept because over and over Naomi urged them to turn back because she had nothing to offer them. When we grow cold in the Lord we don’t have much hope to offer the lost world.

A TURNING BACK; A COMMITMENT:
Ruth 1:14. “And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.”

A Turning Back: When Orpah heard this speech, she kissed her mother-in-law and turned around and went home. I am afraid that there are a lot of people around who are just like Orpah. They face the challenges of life by defecting and going back to do their own thing. Please don’t let this be the way you react to life’s challenges. The problem with Orpah was that her heart was still filled with love for the old gods and the old people. She was still a Moabite. Her heart had never been changed. Orpah is a picture of a lost person who looks into the things of God and turns back to a life of sin without believing or embracing them.

Orpah Returned To Her Relatives:  Often family ties and affections are a hindrance to some people's receiving the Lord.
She Returned To Her Religion: Evidently, even after all she had heard and seen of the God of Israel, her gods were still the object of her love and devotion.
She Returned To Her Reality: Orpah would have never been happy in Israel. She was still tied completely to Moab in her heart. That is the tragedy of a lost church member. Orpah is a picture of that person who is a “mere professor” of faith in the Lord. She walked away from the light and is never heard from again. Her eternal destiny is not hard to figure, Psalm 9:17. Don't turn your back on Jesus, He is the only hope you have, John 14:6. Paul watched one of his companions, Demas, walk back into his world (2 Timothy 4:10).

Which of these poor widows best represents the life you are living right now? Are you like Naomi, a person who knows the Lord but needs to return to the place of blessing? Could you be an Orpah, you have looked into the things of the Lord and have decided not to follow Him, but have chosen your life and your sin over the will of God? Or, would you be like Ruth, you have made your decision to follow the Lord come what may, until He takes you home? Which of these women best represents the life you are living right now?

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20.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      March 20, 2013

Good Morning!
Even though Naomi has nothing to offer her, come what may, Ruth decides that she will follow Naomi. There is no greater commitment than Ruth’s in the entire Bible.

I WILL FOLLOW:
Ruth 1:16. “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
18. When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

After Orpah leaves, Ruth clings to Naomi. She is determined to stay with her mother-in-law. This allows us a glimpse into her heart. She shows us, by her actions that which is the best response in a time of challenge. The heart Ruth reveals to us is one of absolute devotion and commitment. Instead of driving us away from our commitments, the challenges of life should cause us to cleave to Him more strongly. In her commitment, Ruth demonstrates the fact that her heart had been changed and she was willing to follow a new Lord into a new land to live a new life.

RUTH'S COMMITMENT:
She Commits To A New Land:  She is willing to follow Naomi where ever she goes. She is willing to leave Moab behind forever and to follow Naomi to Israel.
She Commits To A New Leadership:  She is willing to submit to Naomi and to allow Naomi to guide her life. This is seen in the various times that Naomi gives Ruth advice concerning the manners and customs of Israel.
She Commits To A New Lifestyle:  She is willing to give up all the old ways of Moab and to conform her life to the way people live in Israel. She is ready to make a dramatic change in her life.
She Commits To A New Lineage: Ruth is willing to cut all ties with Moab. She wants to be a part of the nation which she has married into. She is ready to claim a new lineage.
She Commits To A New Lord: This is perhaps the greatest statement Ruth makes. She is willing to give up the gods of Moab and follow the true and living God of Israel. This statement is her declaration of faith in Jehovah God.
She Commits With No Limits: She tells Naomi that she is willing to commit to this plan for life for as long as she lives. She even invokes the curse of God upon her life if she lets anything but death come between her and the commitment she has made.

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21.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                March 21, 2013

Good Morning!
It would have been easy to stop short of the city, but they continued until they were where they were supposed to be.

COMING HOME THE HARD WAY:
Ruth 1:19. “So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi? 20. And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
21. I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
22. So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: they came to Bethlehem beginning of barley harvest.”

A foolish old farmer, so the story goes, concluded one day that the oats he had fed his mule for years were simply costing him too much. So he hatched a plan: he mixed a little sawdust in with the feed, and then a little more the next day, and even more the next, each time reducing the amount of oats in the mix. The mule didn't seem to notice the gradual change, so the farmer thought things were fine and kept decreasing the proportion of oats. But weeks later, on the day he finally fed the poor beast nothing but sawdust, the mule finished the meal and fell over dead.

A silly tale, perhaps, but it serves as a parable of the backslider--the Christian who slips further and further away from God through un-repented sin or neglect. Though we know our souls cannot survive on spiritual sawdust, we may well convince ourselves that a little won't hurt too much, and a little less real spiritual food won't be missed. Then, over time, the proportion of sawdust increases while the oats gradually disappear. Before long, the change is complete, and our starved, sawdust-stuffed spiritual life has collapsed.

Surely this is how Naomi found herself in Moab with a dead husband and two dead sons. She never meant for it to happen, but one day she woke up to find that she was miles away from where the Lord wanted her to be. This passage is all about how Naomi found her way home to Bethlehem and to the place of blessing. The trip from Moab to Bethlehem would have taken between 7-10 days. It would have required them to cross the river Jordan and to climb the 2000 plus feet in elevation required to reach Bethlehem. Repentance is the same way. Don't stop until you have come all the way back.

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 22.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                   March 22, 2013

Good Morning!
Bethlehem was the place where the Lord was honored and exalted. There was no praise in Naomi's heart when she was in Moab. The child of God who is away from the Father's house cannot have a heart of praise, nor can their life be honoring to the Lord.

THE ARRIVAL IN BETHLEHEM:
Ruth 1:19. “So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?
20. And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

Coming To The City Of God's Presence: God had visited His people in Bethlehem. While Naomi was in Moab, she was away from the Lord's presence. When a saint is away from the Lord's will, away from Church, he cannot enjoy the presence of God. When a believer returns, he can once again enjoy the blessed presence of the Lord, Psalm 16:11, “in thy presence is fulness of joy;” It was in the city of Bethlehem that Naomi would find the best of God's provisions. It was there where she could be fed. So it is with the saint. God's best blessings are reserved for those who will stay close to where He is working. Stay close to Him.

Coming To The City Of God's People: She returned to a place of kindred spirits and like-minded people. In Moab she was different. In Bethlehem, she belonged. So it is with the wayward child of God. Can you think of those who have wandered away from the place where God meets with His people? Thank God, they (or you) can come home again. There is no better fellowship anywhere than you can find in the House of God. That’s where we can find real brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers. The House of God is the place you need to look to find a wife or husband.

She Spoke Of God's Patience: “The Lord brought me home...” She and Eiimelech brought about their own troubles, but the Lord worked hard in her life to bring her home. Why her and not Elimelech, Mahlon and Chilion? Perhaps his heart was fixed, but Naomi's was still teachable, she had not allowed her heart to be hardened. Thank God for His patience in our lives.

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23. 24.                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                            March 23 & 24, 2013

Good Morning!
The time of the barley harvest was a time of great joy and excitement in the Land of Judah and it was at this particular time that Naomi and Ruth came to Bethlehem. This was also to play the major role in the rest of the life of this Moabites woman, Ruth.

THE ANTICIPATION IN BETHLEHEM:
Ruth 1:22. “So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.” “All the city was moved about them:”

All the city was moved about them:” (V. 19). Means the city was excited and loud. Naomi's return to Bethlehem alone, broke and in the company of a Gentile made news all over town. It Was A Time Of Joy: This was also the time of the Feast of the Firstfruits, Leviticus 23:1-14. A time when the first of the barley harvest was offered in a wave offering before the Lord as an act of gratitude for the harvest that was about to be reaped. “We shall come rejoicing bringing the sheaves.”

When the priest made the wave offering, he was saying, “This is just the first, there is more on the way.” Jesus is presented as the “Firstfruits from the dead” in the New Testament, (1 Corinthians 15:20; 23). It is always a time of harvest and wave offering when a wandering child returns home. At the return of the Prodigal son the father had the fatted calf killed, and a time of rejoicing announced.

It Was A Time For A New Beginning: Naomi wanted her name to be changed to “Mara.” But, when the Holy Spirit mentions her in verse 22, He calls her “Naomi.” She may have been “bitter” in heart, but the Lord had some “pleasant” blessings ahead for this woman. “Is this Naomi?” The people of Bethlehem were amazed at her appearance and problems, but the Lord was about to give her blessings and glories that she could not have imagined. While people may mourn over the troubles of the sinner, but there is joy in heaven over a repentant sinner, Luke 15:7.

Where has this message found you today? Has sin and worldly living stripped you of all the Lord has done in your life? Do you need a fresh start today? Others may need to come to the Lord for salvation. You have nothing but the sorrow of sin today and the prospect of Hell tomorrow. Jesus Christ died for you. If you will come to Him today, He will save you by His grace.

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25.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                                March 25, 2013

Good Morning!
We want to point out in these devotions that nothing happens to us by chance but there is a higher power directing us, how else could some things happen in our life?

GLEANING IN THE FIELD OF GRACE:
Ruth 2:1. “And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. 2. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. 3. And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

There are three primary personalities that are presented in the book of Ruth. First, there is Naomi. She is a picture of a downcast believer. In chapter one, we are shown how she wandered away from her home and the terrible price she paid for leaving the promise land. We are also shown how, in the end, she returned to the place of blessing. She is a lesson in hope for everyone who has turned their backs on the things of the Lord. Another of the persons we meet in this book is a man named Boaz. He is a clear picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. More will be said about him later in the next few lessons.

The third main character of this story is a Gentile girl named Ruth. She is a young lady from a pagan country who comes to know the true God. She is a picture in this passage of a brand new convert, a young Christian who is just beginning to learn about and grow in the things of the Lord. She is just beginning to experience the great blessings of the Lord and His grace (favor).

As we look in on the activities of Ruth in these verses, we see a woman who is searching for grace (a favor) (v. 2). I want to point out some elements of her search; as I do, I want you to know that these elements reveal what ought to be the goal and focus of every genuine believer. Let's look in on Ruth as we see her Searching For Grace. Do not all of us need the grace (favor) of the Lord?
She Was Searching For Food:  Ruth wants to go to the fields and glean ears of corn. She and Naomi need food to eat. The main thrust of her search is to find food for the body. She illustrates that desire that is birthed in the heart of the child of God at conversion: a desire to know more about the Lord and to grow in Him. 1 Peter 2:2. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby:”

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26.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today's First Thoughts                                   March 26, 2013 

Good Morning!
God had worked in Ruth’s past to take care of her present need.

SEARCHING FOR GRACE:
Ruth 2:2. “And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.”

She Was Searching For Favor: "I shall find grace." Ruth was looking for some land owner who would be 
 
pleased to accept her and to allow her to glean in his fields. In spite of her nationality, in spite of her past, in spite of who she was, she was looking for grace. She is a picture of that new born child of God who wants more than anything to please the Lord. Every dilemma is faced with regard to “What would Jesus do?” There is an overwhelming desire to just “please the Lord.” This is part of having the “first love” (Revelation 2:1-7.) Many, like Ruth, worry about being accepted by the Lord, but your past is no longer an issue if you are saved by the grace of God. He has given you a brand new start, 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

She Was Searching For Fulfillment: Her statement “Let me now go,” shows that she is itching to be a blessing to Naomi. Ruth simply wants to serve. In this she is again a picture of a new believer. When a person is saved by the grace of God, they want to do something for the glory of the Lord. They want to serve Jesus, like the man whom Jesus cast a thousand devils out of (Mark 5:18-20). 

 
It Involved God's Command In The Past: Ruth was allowed to glean because of a command that God had given in the ancient past, “And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. 10. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:9).

Our present standing in Jesus was made possible because of what God did in the ancient past, We were chosen and elected in the past, Ephesians 1:4. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”

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27.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                    March 27, 2013

Good Morning! 
The words accident, happenstance and coincidence do not exist in God's dictionary. He moves powerfully and providentially to bring about His will in your life and mine. That is why we can have confidence as a believer.

HOW GOD DIRECTED HER SEARCH:
Ruth 2:3. “And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.”

This verse says that it was her “hap” to go into a field owned by this man named Boaz. From a human perspective it looked as though it was purely coincidental. However, from God's perspective, it was sovereignty in action. He had already determined that there was going to be a wedding, and a baby for Ruth. Ruth doesn't know it, but the Lord is pulling all the strings of her life to get her in the right place at the right time. Just as the Lord worked in Ruth's life He works in each of our lives. Nothing happens by accident.

She thought she was looking for a meal, but God was about to introduce her to a man. She went to find some food, God was about to give her a new family. Although Ruth doesn't know it right now, this Boaz is the real object of her search.
Boaz Was A Related Man: He was a “kinsman.” He was just what Ruth needed, although she didn't know it. Boaz was qualified to perform the function of the “Kinsman Redeemer” to these widows, according to the Law of God, Numbers 27:8-11. Boaz is a type of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. He became a “kinsman” to us so that He might redeem us from our sins. Job said, “I know that my redeemer lives.”

He Was A Rich Man: Boaz was “a mighty man of wealth.” This means that Boaz possessed all the necessary resources to carry out the task of redemption. No doubt if Elimelech had stayed home he would also have been wealthy now. Jesus Christ also is a man of sufficient resources to carry out the plan of redemption.
Jesus possesses perfect righteousness, 2 Corinthians 5:21. “For he (God) hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 1 Peter 2:22. “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:” God possesses everlasting love for the fallen, John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” He possesses infinite grace, sufficient to save any soul that will bow to God in faith and repentance.

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28.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                              March 28, 2013

Good Morning!
Here in our chosen passage (Ruth 2:4-17) we meet a man by the name of Boaz who stands head and shoulders above most of the Old Testament characters, and I love every one of them. He was destined to become the great-grand-father of King David. It is great to know that such blood ran deep in David’s genealogy.

IN THE FIELD OF GRACE:
Ruth 2:4. “And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.”

Taken From Ruth 2:4-17, this is one of the grandest passages of scripture in the Old Testament. This whole incident belongs during the period of the Judges when the spiritual and religious and political system of the nation of Israel was at the lowest level of its entire history. “Every man did that which was right in his own eyes” Judges 21:25b. “And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, ..” 1 Samuel 3:3. It looked like everyone had backslid.

But I want us to look on at least one individual in one community that upheld every principal of religion in both the Old and New Testament. God has always had someone or in many cases many someone’s who are doing right. Elijah at one time told the Lord that he was only one doing right, but the Lord corrected him and told him He had seven thousand that had not bowed the knee to Baal (1 Kings 19:18).

In the mind of the average Israelite, Ruth is less than nothing, a person to be despised and rejected. She is just a pagan sinner looking for a little grace (favor). Verses 2-3 tell us that she has gone to hunt for food. This involved her entering fields that belonged to total strangers, falling in line behind that man's servants who were reaping the fields and trying to find a little grain here and there. She was looking for just enough to make a meal for herself and her mother-in-law. Verse 2 tells us that she went out looking “for grace.” Verse 3 tells us that she found it. Even though Ruth didn't know it at the time, God was directing her steps to bring her face to face with a man by the name of Boaz. When she went to glean in his field, she entered the field of grace.

Boaz is a clear picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. His actions in his field that day show us how the Lord Jesus acts toward those who are in His field, the Church.

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Deuteronomy   20   21       John 19      Psalm   44
 

James & Mary Lee Thornton
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29.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                  March 29, 2013

Good Morning!
I want us to consider Ruth and Boaz today as we find them In The Field Of Grace, and the picture Boaz paints of Jesus and the lessons he teaches us about our Lord.

BOAZ IN THE FIELD OF GRACE:
Ruth 2:4. “And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.”

He Is Present In His Field: Ruth 2:4a “And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, ...” Even though he was a very rich landowner and had many workers to do the work for him, Boaz made it his business to visit his fields. The same is true of the Lord Jesus Christ; He is ever present in his fields, the Church. Listen to what he told His workers whom He sent to the field, Matthew 28:20b. “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Jesus is walking in the midst of his Church, “who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;” Revelation 2:1b. The candlesticks represented the Churches to which John was to write, Revelation 1:20.

His Presence Is Pleasant: Ruth 2:4b. “And said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.” Here we have the gracious greeting between Boaz and his servants. Jesus never brings strife, or trouble, but always the breath of Heaven and the fragrant breezes of glory. Psalm 16:11b. “In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Wouldn’t it be a pleasure to work for someone who always came with such a greeting? It would make work much more enjoyable if the boss came out and greeted people pleasantly, especially reverently.

Boaz Inquires Concerning His Field: Ruth 2:5b. “Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? 6. And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: 7. And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.” Did you know that the heavenly Boaz misses nothing that transpires in His field, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” Proverbs 15:3. The Lord's eyes are on His church and He misses nothing that happens. But, He is also interested in each individual.

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James & Mary Lee Thornton
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30. 31.                God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                     March 30 & 31, 2013

Good Morning!
Jesus knows everything there is to know about us, and yet He still loves us and desires to be with us. I find that amazing. He calls us saints and we are so pitiful. He calls us friends and we are such failures. That is grace, pure and simple.

BOAZ ENQUIRES ABOUT RUTH:
Ruth 2:5. “Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? 6. And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:”

Boaz’s Perception Is Personal: v. 5. “Whose damsel is this?” “Who is this girl?” “Where did she come from?” Ruth caught his eye, of all those in the field he took notice of her. I’m sure she was not the only poor person or stranger who took advantage of this field to glean in. Jesus loves the individual. You have caught His eye. He cares about you. Boaz knew about Ruth’s background, her activities and her motives, he knew that she was a Gentile, a Moabite.

Boaz Has A Few Words Of Counsel For Ruth: “Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens: 9. Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn” Ruth 2:8. These commands are designed to encourage her in her work of gleaning. They also speak to us today as well.

Words Concerning Ruth's Steadfastness: She is commanded to glean in his fields only. Boaz has plans to take care of her. If she will abide in his field, she will enjoy the best he has to offer. The same is true for the child of God. If we will abide faithful in His field, He will bless us beyond our wildest dreams. The reason so many miss out on the Lord's best for their lives is that they glean here and there and never settle down and make the Lord's will their number one priority. We cannot glean here and there and expect God to bless us. God is looking for faithful stewards, “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2,

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Deuteronomy   24  25      John   21      Psalm   45 
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