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April, 2013

Devotions, April, 2013

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1.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      April 1, 2013

Good Morning!
Boaz is making sure that no one takes unfair advantage of Ruth. He is telling her not to worry he has taken care of the details for her. She can trust him to look after her. What a lesson for the church. We can trust our Lord to take care of us. He is more concerned over our welfare than we are.

BOAZ TAKES CARE OF RUTH’S NEEDS:
Ruth 2:9. “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.”

Boaz makes sure she knows that he has everything she needs to be satisfied including food and water. She didn't even have to work to get any of it. So it is with the children of the Lord. Jesus has all we need to be satisfied as we walk through this world if only we would learn to appropriate that which He has already provided. Jesus has and is all we need.

Jesus is rest for the weary: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” Psalm 23:2-3.
He is refreshment for the thirsty: “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” John 7:37b.
He is food for the hungry: John 6:35. “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger;” Psalm 23:5. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:”
He is healing to the body: “And by His stripes we are healed.”
Jesus is hope for the discouraged, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” Psalm 23:5-6.
He is shelter for the frightened: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” Psalm 23:4.
Jesus is all you need: Have you discovered that truth yet? It is summed up in Psalm 23:1. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

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Deuteronomy   28  29    Acts  2     Psalm  46

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                           April 2, 2013

Good Morning!
Boaz tells Ruth that he knows about her deeds and he knows about her faith in the Lord. He prays that she will receive a full reward for the service she rendered to Naomi.

RUTH’S RESPONSE TO BOAZ:
Ruth 2:10. “Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

Ruth Finds Herself Humbled By Her Fortunate Circumstance: Most people would have counted it as “Good Luck” to have come to this particular field to glean that day. But Ruth realized she had found more that luck, it was “Grace” that she found. Ruth is emotionally charged by what Boaz has said.  There are times when the thought of what Jesus has done for you and me is overwhelming. Does grace still amaze you? We have received so much grace from the Lord that we should never forget it.

Boaz’s Comforting Words: “It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.” Just A Word Here For The Struggling Saint: There are times people may call into question your actions and your motives, but the Lord knows your heart,
1 Samuel 16:7. One day, there will be a full reward given to the faithful child of God, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” 2 Timothy 4:8.

Ruth’s Thankful Appeal: “Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens” Ruth 2:13. She is still looking for grace and doesn't even realize that she has walked right into the middle of a field full of grace. She just wants to “please him.” He has been good to her and she wants to do that which pleases him. This needs to be the goal of every child of God.

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Deuteronomy   30  31         Acts  3 

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                   April 3, 2013

Good Morning!
Day by day, we need to live our lives in such a way that we please the Lord so that we may become more and more like Him. How do we do this? We do it by loving Him, worshiping Him, by putting Him ahead of everything else in this world.

BOAZ SERVED RUTH HIMSELF:
Ruth 2:14. “And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left.”

There are a few things that Boaz did in this verse that prove beyond all doubts that Ruth found favor in his eyes.
1. He Sat With Her: Boaz invited her to join him at the meal table and sat close enough to her to pass the corn.
2. He Served Her: “He reached her parched corn, and she did eat, …” He didn't care about her past. She had captured his heart.
Your past is no barrier between you and the Lord when it has been dealt with in salvation. You are brought into a position of nearness to Him. John at the last supper was close enough to feel the breath of the Lord on his head, John 13:25. He sits with us today. He serves us every time we read His word.
3. He Supped With Her: He allowed her to dip her bread in his vinegar. This was an intimate meal. This speaks of close fellowship. There are times in life when the Lord will “sup” with His children, “I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20. He desires that we be close to Him so that He might fill our lives with His best.
4. He Sufficed Her: When Ruth left that table she was satisfied. In fact she took of her leftovers home with her to Naomi, Ruth 2:18.

There is no need for any child of God to be unfulfilled as a believer. The Lord has provided all the resources we need to be filled above measure with His goodness and glory. Our duty is to receive what He gives us and to enjoy it to the full. We have already been blessed to the full, Ephesians 1:3. There is no excuse for defeat and dissatisfaction in the Christian life.

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Deuteronomy   32  33       Acts  4       Psalm  47

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                    April 4, 2013

Good Morning!
When you are saved and are gleaning in the field of the Lord's grace, you will receive all you need.

HANDFULS OF PURPOSE:
Ruth 2:15. “ And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not:
16. And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
17. So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.

After Ruth left the table, Boaz continued to work in her absence. He was even working behind her back to take care of her. It was a,
A Work Of Providence: Boaz made some decisions behind the scenes that affected her life. He was working for her good, even when she did not know it. The Lord is always working behind the scenes in your life and mine to bring about His best for us. This is called Sovereignty and Providence.

A Work Of Provision: Boaz commanded his men to drop “handfuls on purpose.” Why? He wanted Ruth to get so much in his field that she would not want to go anywhere else. That is how the Lord operates on our behalf. He is so good to His children, that no one in their right spiritual mind would ever consider gleaning anywhere else. Praise God for His “Handfuls on Purpose,” those times when He blesses you just because He can.

A Work Of Plenty: When Ruth left that day, she left carrying a half-bushel of grain. “An ephah of barley.” This was enough to make 10 loaves of bread. More than enough to feed them for a week. There are times in life when the Lord will simply load your wagon. He will give you more than you need. Ruth had no worries when she was in the field of grace. No one harassed her, no one hindered her. She rested when she was weary. She ate when she was hungry. She drank when she was thirsty. Every need was met by Boaz. When you are saved and are gleaning in the field of the Lord's grace, you will find all you need.

Are you in that field? Are you gleaning in that field? Would you like to get into that field? If so, there's still plenty to go around in the field of grace owned by our heavenly Boaz. If you need grace (favor), you come to Him. In His presence, you will find all you will ever need.

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Deuteronomy   34         Joshua   1        Acts  5

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                      April 5, 2013

Good Morning!
When Naomi saw the great abundance that Ruth brought home she breaks into a worshipful mood.

GOODNEWS FROM THE FIELD OF GRACE:
Ruth 2:19. “And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz. 20. And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.

It had been months since Naomi had felt like worshiping, and now her heart breaks forth with praise. The Lord (Jehovah) “hath not left off his kindness to the living (Ruth and Naomi) and the dead (Elimelech and Mahlon and Chilion) (Ruth 1:2).

When Ruth left the field that day, she left with more than she bargained for. She returns home that evening weary and tired from her labors, but she has a tale to tell. All day, her mother-in-law Naomi would have been waiting for her to return with enough grain for a little meal. When Ruth does return, she is loaded down with enough grain to last them a week. Not only does she have grain, but she has some good news to tell as well. I want to share that good news with you in this lesson. It is news that we all need to hear, because this Good News From The Field Of Grace will help each of us to grow in our own walk with the Lord. There are some mighty big truths here for those willing to grab hold of them.

Can you see Ruth as she throws that 25 lb bag across her shoulder and heads into town? Everyone who sees her pass by knows that she is that Moabite girl. They know she has nothing and by now most of them know she has gone to the field of Boaz to glean. They can see that she has received a blessing just by watching her as she goes past them. It might be that Boaz was making a statement to the community. God's blessings in your life are designed to show a lost world just how good God is. He blesses His people to create a desire for Him in the hearts of those who do not know Him. That is why He gives us grace for living. He wants to use us as living testimonies to His grace, His power and His glory, Matthew 5:16.

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Joshua   2  3           Acts  6         Psalm  48 

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                    April 6 &7, 2013

Good Morning!
When you can have all that Jesus offers, why would you settle for anything else?

GOD WAS DIRECTING BOAZ’S STEPS:
Ruth 2:20b. “And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.
21. And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest.

Boaz doesn't even realize the extent that God is using him in the lives of these two women. He has become an instrument in the hand of the Lord. If you will look at 1:20-21, you will see that Naomi is a defeated and discouraged woman. She was this way because of her condition of being away from God’s blessings. However, when Ruth returns from the field of grace with the good news of Boaz, Naomi is once more restored to the place of worship and victory. God has used this man to encourage the heart of one of His children.

Not only is Boaz interested in Ruth's situation, he is now involved. He has opened his hands and his heart to her and is taking steps to improve her condition. He is busy working behind the scenes to do what Ruth needs. He is involved in her life. Our heavenly Boaz is also involved in your life. There are times when He cannot be seen and there are times when His Hand is not visible, but you can rest assured that He is actively working on your behalf to fulfill His plan for your life.

You might be in a position in which you have allowed your heart to grow cold and hard toward the things of the Lord. I want to remind you that if you are His, He knows where you are and one day, He will show up and set things right in your heart and life. Just because you are down, you are not out. One of the first steps in getting back in the place of His best blessings is to come before Him and deal with whatever is lacking in your life.

“Until they have ended all my harvest.” Boaz wanted Ruth to know that she was invited to glean in his fields until everything had been gathered. This promised her that she would enjoy plenty until the harvest was over. The relationship Jesus wants to have with His children is not a short term situation. He wants us to abide in His field until all His harvest has ended.

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Joshua   4  5     Acts   7
Joshua   6  7     Acts   8          Psalm   49  

James & Mary Lee Thornton
www.Godsgrazingfield.net

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8.                         God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       April 8, 2013

Good Morning!
Everyday Boaz would see that Ruth had parched corn, a cool drink of water and all the grain she could carry when she left the field. He was going to be a blessing to Naomi and Ruth.

A NEAR KINSMAN:
Ruth 2:20b. “And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.”

As Naomi listens to Ruth speak, the wheels of her mind are turning. She hears the name Boaz and says that he is “a near of kin.” This means that she thinks he might be a relative of theirs. Then she remembers who he is and says, “he is one of our next kinsmen.” Now, she begins to realize all that the Lord is doing. In His providence, He has brought Ruth into contact with one who has the right of redemption according to the Law, (Leviticus 25:25-34). You can see Naomi regaining her spiritual confidence. Under The Levirate Law of Redemption for a man to be a Kinsman Redeemer three things had to be true:

(1.) He Had To Be Related: Boaz is related, 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.) He Had To Be Able To Redeem: Boaz is a mighty man of wealth, Ruth 2:1. Jesus is also able to redeem all who come to Him for salvation - Hebrews 7:22a. “Jesus was made a surety of a better testament. 25. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession  for them.” Jesus possesses all the wealth of heaven.

(3.) He Had To Be Willing To Redeem: Everything Boaz is doing suggests that he is willing to do anything to get to know Ruth. Jesus was more than willing to pay the price for our redemption. These women needed a redeemer. If they didn't find one, they would live their lives in poverty.

If you are not saved, you need a redeemer. You have one if you will accept Him. His name is Jesus and He died for you. If you will take a minute to think back over what the Lord has done for you if you are saved, you will have to admit that you have many reasons to praise His Name and to rejoice in Him today. Are you doing it?

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Joshua   8  9    Acts  9

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                          April 9, 2013

Good Morning!
We can be sure that Boaz took note of Ruth’s consistently loyal, and trustworthy, work in his field, displaying a sense of responsibility both to herself and to Naomi.

RUTH STAYS IN THE FIELD OF GRACE TILL HARVEST WAS COMPLETE:
Ruth 2:21. And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest. 22. And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field. 23. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.

Ruth entered that field every day and gleaned faithfully until the harvest ended. That is what Jesus expects all of His people to do. He wants us to glean in His field faithfully every single day. He would have His people dedicated, consecrated, and consistently gleaning in His field, carrying out His will until He comes. She was steadfast and dedicated until the work was finished. The Lord would have His people continue in His harvest work until He ends all the harvest. He is looking for those who will begin well, glean well and finish well. I want to be able to say what Paul said when he reached the end of the way. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, ..” 2 Timothy 4:7.

Ruth “dwelt with her mother in law.” She was no doubt a young, beautiful, widow. She caught the eye of Boaz, and she probably caught the eye of other men in Bethlehem. Still she walked in integrity and maintained her purity through those difficult, lonely days. This speaks volumes about Ruth's character. She willingly submitted herself to the field, the future, her family and her new faith. In doing so, she sets the example for you and me. As we glean, we are to be faithful to do God’s will as we pass through this world. Are you doing that?                          

We are also to walk in integrity. We are to keep our lives clean and pleasing in the sight of the Lord for the glory of God. He would have His people to be holy, 1 Peter 1:16. There are many who need to come before Him and make a fresh commitment to glean in His will, in the field of grace until the harvest is ended.

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Joshua   10  11       Acts  10    Psalm   50

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                       April 10, 2013

Good Morning!
Naomi is beginning to look for a good future for Ruth. We also need to look toward a good future for ourselves.

LOOKING FOR A LITTLE REST:
Ruth 3:1. “Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? 2. And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.”

When you hear the word “rest” what images come to mind? For me, the word conjures up images of me in my recliner, or of me stealing a few precious minutes on my “meditation sofa” in my study. For others, rest is a walk in the woods, or a few hours with a fishing rod in their hands. Still others rest by working in the garden and yard. For many, however, rest is an elusive thing. They do not know where to find it. There is an old saying, “there is no rest for the weary.”

Ruth is a hard working widow from the country of Moab. She has been engaged in bone weary activity all through the long harvest season. She needs rest. She has been carrying the load of providing for herself and her mother-in-law, Naomi. Now she needs a rest. She has been living with the memories of a time when life was kinder, when there was a husband to love, when there was the hope of children to raise, when she was taken care of, and when she had the security all women long for. She needs a rest. In this verse, she begins the process of obtaining that rest.

Surely, by this time, Ruth has resigned herself to the idea that she will live out her life with Naomi. She must think that she will be required to shoulder the burden of caring for herself and her mother- in- law for many years to come. Little does she know that she is about to enter into a place of rest. She is about to have her burdens lifted and she is about to enter a relationship that will change everything in her life.

In this passage, we are confronted with the idea of “rest.” For Ruth, this rest was that of security and family. For us, it pictures something far more wonderful and precious. The rest is a portrait of that which the lost sinner finds when he enters a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. From this text, I want us to see the benefits that result from our entering into a “rest relationship” with Him.

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Joshua   12  13      Acts  11

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                           April 11, 2013

Good Morning!
There are many things that take place in the Bible that could not have worked unless God had put His approval on it and helped carry it out, here we have one.

GOD PUTS A PLAN IN NAOMI’S MIND:
Ruth 3:2. “And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. 3. Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking. 4. And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do. 5. And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.

When Naomi speaks of “rest,” she is speaking of a marriage. As a Gentile widow in that Jewish society, Ruth had few prospects. She is in desperate need of someone who will take her as his wife and provide her with the rest she needs. She is talking about a state in which Ruth can enjoy the security and peace that would accompany such a relationship.

If Ruth were to find such a marriage relationship, she would find relief from her past, her poverty and her pain. She would find the cure for her work, her worries and her wanderings. Instead of being a dead-end, life would suddenly have meaning for her. There would be hope for the future. Life might not be an endless series of days trying to scratch out a living in that unforgiving society. She might just find love. She might just have children. She might just find joy.

Those who come into a love relationship with the Lord Jesus find far more than they counted on. They find that their lives are forever changed by His power. They find that they are loved, forgiven, part of something big and eternal. They find peace, joy and hope. They find not just the promise of rest, but they experience reality of rest first hand. Jesus says to us, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” Matthew 11:29.

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Joshua   14  15        Acts  12     Psalm  51

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                         April 12, 2013

Good Morning!
When we go to Church we should not think about going just to be in Sunday School, to hear a teacher, to hear a choir sing, or even to hear a sermon, which is part of the service, but the main emphasis on being in Church should be to present ourselves to the Lord. And the way we go about this should be of the highest priority.

PRESENTING OURSELVES TO THE LORD:
Ruth 3:3. “Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking. 4. And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do. 5. And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.

Notice first of all Naomi wanted Ruth to be clean and to put on her best raiment, comb her hair, anoint herself with good smelling ointment. Ruth had been working in the field all season and her clothes and body looked like it. So Naomi said clean yourself up so you can present yourself to Boaz looking your best, wearing your best, smelling your best.

In the first instance we find in the Bible concerning this is in Genesis 35:2. “Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: 3. And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. 4. And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

Bethel represented the House Of God and Jacob set a precedent, or example, in which all the Old Testament followed. Many, many, times God would command them to sanctify themselves before coming before Him. Don’t come as you are, but clean up before you come before Me. I feel the same thing about coming before God in our Churches today. Don’t come like you are going to the mall, or to the park. C. M. Becton preached a great sermon entitled, “Take Time To Be Holy.” Sanctify (set apart, clean up) yourself. Old Jacob wanted all those who were traveling with him, herdsmen, servants, wives, children and all the rest, to present a respectable appearance to God before the altar at Bethel. Let us do the same.

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Joshua   16 17       Acts  13

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                 April 13 & 14, 2013

Good Morning!
The best way to spend every second of your life is to spend it at the feet of Jesus. I would also remind you that there is a place for you at His feet.

FINDING YOUR PLACE AT HIS FEET:
Ruth 3:7. “And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down. 8. And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

This passage finds Ruth getting to the feet of Boaz. When she got there, everything in her life changed forever. Her experience in getting to His feet teaches us lessons about getting to the feet of Jesus that we need to learn. Let me share the truths in this passage with you today. I want to help you to find your place at His feet. That is the thought I want to bring today Finding Yourself At His Feet.

There are many places where we can spend the seconds, minutes, hours and days that make up our lives. We can spend them in the world pursuing sin and its pleasures. We can spend our lives chasing prosperity. We can spend our time enjoying recreation. It can be spent working, with family, helping others. And, some of those are good and valid things. However, the best way to spend every second of your life is to spend it at the feet of Jesus. When we are there, He gives meaning to all the other things we do in life. In fact, being at His feet enables every area of our life to have more meaning.

In verse 4 Naomi counsels Ruth to wait until Boaz is alone and finished with his public business before she approaches him with her request. This is not to be a public spectacle; it is to be a private communion. In other words, she is not to make a scene in public and put him on the spot. She is to wait until she can meet with him in private. Although our corporate worship experience takes place in the public arena, every saint of God must develop a time of private, intimate fellowship and worship with the Lord Jesus. Until you learn to spend time with Jesus, alone, you have never learned to worship. You will never find yourself at His feet until you learn to get there in private.

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15.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                   April 15, 2013

Good Morning!
See where Jesus has been and you will know where He still is today. Like Ruth, we should mark where He has been and let that be a special place in our hearts.

THE POSSIBILITIES FOUND AT HIS FEET:
3:8b. "And behold, a woman lay at his feet.
9. And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. 10. And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. 11. And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest:

Today we want to explore some of the possible benefits we can expect when we come to Jesus’ feet. Jesus was visiting in the home of Mary and Martha and Martha was very busy preparing meals and she became frustrated when she saw Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet and not concerned about household chores. When Martha complained about it, Jesus scolded her by saying, “Mary has chosen the good part that shall not be taken away from her.” Work, play, household chores, or nothing else should take the place of our time at His feet. There are so many possibilities available at His feet.

The Possibility Of A New Home: Ruth is a widow and with Boaz, she has the opportunity to experience the joy of a new marriage relationship with someone who can love her, provide for her and comfort her. (Note: All those who come to Jesus by faith receive a new home here (in Jesus, Colossians 3:3, and in Heaven, John 14:1-3.)

The Possibility Of A New Hope: As a widow, Ruth’s life will be nothing more than endless days of suffering, poverty, loneliness and defeat. If she can enter into this relationship with Boaz, her entire future will be forever altered. That is where the sinner is and will be without Jesus, Ephesians 2:12; Psalms 9:17. In Jesus, the saints find a new future. Life has meaning and there is hope for tomorrow. All this we have in Him.

The Possibility Of  Happiness: Ruth will never be fulfilled and happy in her current condition. She needs the love and security that can only be offered by someone like Boaz. In Jesus, the saints find true joy, 1 Peter 1:8. This is something that sin, with all its pleasures, Hebrews 11:25, cannot offer. There is great joy in knowing Jesus.

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16.                      God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                            April 16, 2013

Good Morning!
When you come to Jesus humbly, honestly, openly and willingly, you will get what you come after. If you need salvation, you can get it at His feet. If it is a closer walk that is your goal, you will find it at His feet

THE PROMISES RECEIVED AT HIS FEET:
Ruth 3:9. “And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. 10. And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. 11. And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.”

When Ruth heard what was required, she said, “I will do it.” This would require much courage and humility on the part of Ruth. It required her wanting to be with Him so much that she made the effort to go there. It required her to humble herself to lie at his feet. It also required great courage for her to approach this wealthy and important man. Note the fears of both Ruth and Boaz. Then he awakes and she pops the question. Her request to be covered by him is a request for marriage. There is nothing immoral in Ruth's actions. This was common practice in those days. She just came to Boaz, humbled herself to him and asked for that which she needed. What a lesson! If you want to be closer to Him, then all you need do is get at His feet and ask.

Imagine the fears that must have occupied Ruth’s mind as she lay there. “What if he rejects me?” “What if he misinterprets my actions?” “What if he publically humiliates me?” “What if he drives me away and refuses to have anything further to do with me?” She needed not worry, for when he speaks he says “Fear not!” He Reassured Her:  Boaz responds to Ruth's request by telling her that he will do everything necessary to see that they are together. He will take care of all the matters involved.

When Ruth made the effort to get at the feet of Boaz, everything in her life changed. Our heavenly Boaz, the Lord Jesus Christ can and will do the same for you, if you will get at His feet. If you have never been to His feet, then I invite you to come right now for salvation.

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17.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                    April 17, 2013

Good Morning!
Boaz praises Ruth for her godly lifestyle. Her behavior and godly life have worked together to bring all this to pass for her.

HOW PRICELESS; A VIRTUOUS WOMAN:
Ruth 3:11. “And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.”

No higher compliment can be given to a woman than to be called virtuous. Solomon penned the words many years after Ruth lived, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies” Proverbs 31:10.
A virtuous woman.” Here is the crown of all beauty. What renown is this of Ruth’s. No jeweled necklace, no Eastern retinue, can give such attraction as this. We may have women of genius, and we admire genius; we may have women of scientific attainment, and God has given no lack of intellectual endowments to women, but we must have virtue.

NO LIFE IS HIDDEN: “All the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” Everyone’s history stands revealed. And so this simple-hearted Ruth, who had not tried to make herself attractive to the young men, poor or rich, who had been modest in manner and heroic in conduct, left the impress of her character on the city.

Nothing is more certain than that the conduct of Naomi, of Ruth, and of Boaz was perfectly correct, and probably Ruth’s proceeding was wise and justifiable. Upon her character no breath of suspicion rested; she was, in the language of the text, “a virtuous woman.” Even though Ruth was a young and evidently attractive widow, she was not out chasing after the young men in the field not seeking favor of some wealthy benefactor.

NO POWER IS SO PERMANENT AS THAT OF HOLY LIFE: We do not die when we pass from earth. Ruth lives today. It would be interesting to know how many have been led even in this age to devoutness and decision by the remembrance of her conduct and the exquisite pathos of her words. The little “city” and the people of which our text speaks, has passed away, but wherever the word of God is known and read, there Ruth reproduces herself in the history of others. The very name has become a family name, and is honored by constant use in every generation.

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18.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                    April 18, 2013

Good Morning!
We sometimes come to the end of our ability; we have done our part, and for us nothing now remains to do.

SITTING STILL:
Ruth 3:18. Then Naomi said, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.

Naomi showed in her whole conduct, not only tender feeling and sympathy and sincere piety, but much shrewdness, foresight, tact, and knowledge of human nature. When there was anything for Ruth to do she was forward in urging her to action. But she knew that there is always a time to wait, as well as a time to work; and she reminded Ruth that now events must be left to others, it indeed, must be left to God. “And ‘he’ went to the city, and ‘she’ went to her mother-in-law” — each, let us bear in mind, with the heart elate.

According to some, the belief that God works is inconsistent with the obligation to work ourselves. The whole idea of the religious life, as understood by some mistaken minds, is to do nothing, and to let God to do everything. And some, who do not go so far as this still are blind to the privilege of being “workers together with God.” When we have done our part then is the time to sit still. The workman has first to labor, then to rest. The day of toil comes first, and the night of repose follows. When we can do no more then is the time to sit still. Ask yourself whether you have or have not this reason for refraining from effort.

There are occasions when to be quiet is to trust in the providential rule and care of God. So it was with Ruth at this conjuncture. The example of Christ should not be overlooked. There came a time when he was silent before his foes. In saying, Sit still, my daughter, it is as if Naomi had said, “There is no occasion for restless anxiety. Let your heart be at ease till that thou know how the affair will fall out.”

The plan worked and Boaz agreed to be the redeemer for Ruth and Naomi. Her love for Him was evident. Thank God, Jesus was willing to come and pay our redemption price before we ever even gave Him the first thought, much less ever loved Him. By the way, He still loves sinners today. He loves us all.

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19.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                     April 19, 2013

Good Morning!
The only viable reason that we have the Book of Ruth preserved for us today is because of what we read in our verses today. It is quite possible, I am told, that David himself was the primary author of this book, getting it from his father Jesse.

SOMEBODY PINCH ME PLEASE:
Ruth 4:13. “So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. 17. And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. 21. And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, 22. And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.”

We have all had experiences in life that were almost too good to be true. In the midst of that experience have we ever said, or heard someone say, “Somebody pinch me please, I must be dreaming.” Well, I suppose that is what Ruth is feeling when you reach the concluding chapters of this book. She finds herself in a situation that is almost unbelievably good.

Boaz saw his plan completed when Ruth was redeemed and when she became his bride. He paid the price for her because of his love for her and he was magnified as a result, 4:11-12. The word “took” means “to carry away, to fetch.” What a picture of that which our heavenly Boaz will do for us when He returns for His bride (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

It Was A Time Of Grace For The Bride: In spite of her past, Ruth was accepted by Boaz. When she was redeemed, a legal transaction took place, 4:1-11. When the near kinsman plucked off his shoe as a sign that he could redeem Ruth, Boaz took that shoe and kept it as evidence that he was the Redeemer and that Ruth had been forever redeemed from her past. In Jesus, and through His blood, we are accepted, Ephesians 1:6. The Bible reminds us that in spite of what we were, in Jesus we have been forever redeemed, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Peter 1:18-19.

The child that Ruth and Boaz had together was named “Obed.” This son firmly fixed Ruth's place in Israel. You see, her redemption gave her legal standing in the courthouse records, but this child gave her a connection with the royal family. Obed was King David's grandfather. This made Ruth David's great-grandmother. Better than that, she is named in Matthew 1:5 as one of the ancestress of Jesus Christ.

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20. 21.                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                    April 20 & 21, 2013

Good Morning!
We want to look into the ministry of John The Baptist. Jesus calls him “the greatest prophet ever born of woman.”

THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST:
Luke 2b. “The word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 
3. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

At the age of about thirty, the age at which a priest could begin to minister, the Word of the Lord came to John, launching him on a meteoric career of brevity and brightness. It is very likely that John’s ministry, from wilderness to grave, lasted less than eighteen months.

The purpose of the ministry of John the Baptist was to plow up the fallow ground of the hearts of the people (Hosea 10:12) and to prepare them for the coming of Christ. It was a big job for him to do in the six months of his work before the baptism of Jesus.

There were many things in the spiritual terrain which needed to be changed. Crooked hearts needed to be turned to honesty and honor. Many high hills of pride needed to be brought down to a more appropriate level. The downtrodden and despairing people needed to be lifted up and reminded of the fact that God loved and cared for them.

He could not make the change in their hearts. But he could and did, by his preaching point out the areas of their lives where changes needed to be made. From there the Spirit of the Lord could convict them and grant them repentance.

John was not satisfied with a repentance which was all talk and no action. When people came to him, he boldly pointed out the areas of their lives which needed change. He was just as quick to condemn a smug attitude as to censure overt wrong. To the Pharisees and Sadducees (Matthew 3:7-10) he was very harsh. It was these religious leaders who were compared to a generation of vipers. He looked beyond their hypocritical facade and rebuked the rottenness within.

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22.                        God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                           April 22, 2013

Good Morning:
Twenty miles to the West of the Jordan in little town of Nazareth Jesus laid aside the carpenter tools, bid His mother goodbye telling her that He was going to begin His life’s work. She is probably the only one who really understood what He meant.

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS:
Matthew 3:13. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15. And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

One day after many people had been baptized in the River of Jordan by John the Baptist, Jesus came from Nazareth to the place where John was baptizing. By the revelation of the Spirit, John recognized Jesus and knew his pure and holy life and thought that Jesus did not need to be baptized. Jesus answered John and said, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.”

Then they went down into the water, both John and Jesus, “and when Jesus was baptized He came straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him. A voice from heaven said, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

We should note that Jesus was praying while still wet from the baptism, Luke 3:21. It was the first of many times the scripture records Him praying. In fact one prayer that He taught His disciple, is the most repeated words ever recorded, they are being repeated somewhere at every moment of every day, even now as you read this.

This voice of God verified what John had proclaimed concerning Jesus being the Lamb of God. Here at these waters the Kingdom which John spoke of, and which John opened the door for, was entered as Jesus emerged as its Heaven-designated, Heaven-qualified, and Heaven-proclaimed King. It was at these waters God’s solemn declaration of Jesus as the Messiah and the beginning of Jesus’ Messianic work. He was prepared for this work by the complete infusion of the Holy Spirit.

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23.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                      April 23, 2013

Good Morning!
Now that the voice from heaven had proclaimed Jesus as His beloved Son Satan came against Him with an all-out assault upon Him.

FROM THE JORDAN TO THE WILDERNESS WITH ITS WILD BEASTS:
Matthew 4:1. “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Mark 1:12. “And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts;”
Luke 4:1. “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2. Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.”

From the Jordan to the wilderness with its wild beasts, from the acknowledgment of the John the Baptist, the decent of the Holy Spirit, and the testimony from Heaven--to the utter forsakenness, the hunger, the weakness of body and spirit, and the all out assault of the Devil—no greater contrast can be conceived. It was almost like from heaven to hell, from life’s heights to its lowest depths.

Why Was He There? This was something that had to take place. Matthew and Luke says, “He was led by the Spirit,” while Mark says, “the Spirit driveth Him.” This lets us know that Jesus was compelled, by inward and outward forces, to undergo this time of testing. It was ordained to be that the Founder of the Kingdom of Heaven should have encountered and defeated the representative, founder, and champion of the opposite power, “the prince of this world.” Satan, like Goliath, was a champion (1 Samuel 17:4), and into the arena came another Son of Jesse to face him again. Also Jesus’ own human spirit felt the unction to fulfill this ordeal.

The Patriarchs had all been tried and proved; so had Moses, and all the heroes of faith in Israel (Hebrews 11). Scripture tells us of the final vain attempt by Satan to take away the soul of Moses (Jude 9). The Apostle Paul spent three years in the desert of Arabia before being sent forth (Galatians 1:17-18). This lets us know that spiritual trials must precede spiritual elevation. By the Jews’ own testimony, “The Holy One, blessed be His Name, does not elevate a man to dignity till He has first tried and searched him; if he stands in temptations, then He raises him to dignity.”

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24.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                          April 24, 2013

Good Morning!
Jesus did not spend the time in the wilderness alone, He had the most miserable company that can be imagined, Satan, was there with Him.

TESTED BY SATAN:
Luke 4:1. “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2. Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.”

Let us look first at where the trials took place. The wilderness of which it took place was very near where John the Baptist had spent several months, not far to the southwest of Jerusalem near the Dead Sea. It was, and still is, one of the most forlorn, God forsaken, places on earth. Nothing grows there, no grass, no trees, very seldom does it rain, inhabited only by wild creatures, and crawling things. It is a very real place, with very harsh living conditions. In this lonely and miserable wilderness Jesus spent 40 days and nights. Jesus did not spend the time alone, but He had the most miserable company that can be imagined, Satan was there with Him.

He was compelled (urged) to go into the wilderness for the express purpose to be tempted by Satan. Compelled (urged) both by His own human spirit, and by the Holy Spirit. His own human spirit says, “I must be about My Father’s business.” The Holy Spirit sent (urged) Him to prove Him. Jesus felt a strong need or impulse to go spend this time in the wilderness, so yielding to the impulse He was obedient to it. This does not mean that He could not have avoided this trial, but to become like unto His brethren and to suffer like they do, He yielded to the urging of the Spirit.

We must realize that this was a real event in the life of Jesus. The temptations were real, the wilderness and all the loneliness and hunger and weakness mentioned by His fasting were real. The devil in all his wiles was real. We must not think of Jesus only as the God Man and facing all of this in supernatural strength, but He had a human nature as real as any of us and in none of these trials, or tests, does He use any power that is not available to any person who is filled with the Holy Spirit. In the trials that are mentioned Jesus uses only the power associated with God’s Word. Jesus’ brother in the flesh, James, tells us to, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7b.).

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25.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                           April 25, 2013

Good Morning!
Luke informs us that Jesus was tempted during all of the forty days, and during this time “He did eat nothing.”

JESUS BEGINS HIS MINISTRY WITH A FORTY DAY FAST:
Luke 4:2. “Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.”

Only three people we are informed of who fasted forty days, Moses, Elijah and Jesus. Moses fasted in the presence of God; Elijah fasted alone; Jesus fasted while being assaulted by the devil. Moses had been called up on the mountain by God (Exodus 19:20); Elijah had gone forth in the wilderness in bitterness of his own spirit (1 Kings 19:4); Jesus was driven by the Spirit, His own, and The Holy Spirit.

Moses failed after his forty day fast, when in indignation he threw down breaking the Stones on which God had written the Ten Commandments; Elijah failed before his forty day fast complaining to God that he was the only one left in Israel who held on to God; Jesus was assailed by the devil for forty days and endured the trial. Moses was angry against Israel; Elijah despaired of Israel; Jesus overcame for Israel.

We want to look at some most difficult questions. (1). “In what respect could Jesus, The Christ, the Perfect Sinless Man, The Son Of God, have been tempted of the Devil?” That He was so tempted is of the very essence of the Scriptures concerning it, and confirmed throughout His life, and became a fundamental doctrine in the teaching and faith of the Church (Hebrews 4:15). (2). Was it possible for Jesus to sin as He had no inward relations of existent sin? “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:” (1 Peter 2:22). Jesus was perfectly sinless in all of His Being.

Paul used the word ‘concupiscence’ three times (Romans 7:8, Colossians 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:5) to describe the inner being of man which Jesus did not possess. The word as Paul used it means ‘evil desire.’ This trait in the human race came from the fall of Adam, and as Jesus did not have the blood of Adam (His Father was the Holy Ghost) He did not inherit any of those evil desires or traits. This is the factor whereby Jesus could be the Perfect Sinless Man. No other man no matter how perfect he lived could be perfectly sinless because he has inherited the nature of Adam and all the ‘concupiscence’ that goes with it.

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26.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                    April 26, 2013

Good Morning!
Today we want to look again at the word ‘concupiscence’ that Paul used to describe the evil desires in the human race and trace its origin.

SATAN CAME TO JESUS LIKE HE DID TO ADAM AND EVE:
Matthew 4:3. “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God,..”

When God created Adam he “created him in the likeness and image of God, and breathed into him the breath of life and man became a living soul.” This expression refers not merely to the intelligence with which God endowed, and the immortality with which He gifted man, but also to the perfect moral and spiritual nature which man at first possessed, placing him in a perfect environment. Adam was perfect in all of his ways when God created him. Adam was given a human nature and this human nature of Adam’s was a perfectly sinless nature. There were no traits of ‘concupiscence’ or lust in Adam, This nature of Adam was like unto Jesus’ sinless nature. Adam had a human nature capability of not sinning, not that of being incapable of sinning. The first Adam would have been perfected–or passed from the capability of not sinning, to the incapability of sinning, simply by being obedient.

Jesus on the other hand was born with the same human nature that Adam possessed before he disobeyed God. He was not only the Un-sinning, Un-fallen Man, but also the Son of God. The second Adam (Jesus Christ), morally un-fallen, though voluntarily subject to all conditions of our human nature, and tempted in all things in like manner as we, without sinning. The sin of Adam was not a sin of ‘concupiscence’ (evil desire), this was not yet in him, but Adam’s sin was disobedience to God in eating of the forbidden fruit at Satan’s instigation bringing doubt in Adam’s mind. So when Satan came to Adam and Eve he came with the same cunning voice he used in the temptations of Jesus.

Satan had heard the Voice from heaven which declared Jesus to be God’s Son. Satan’s words were, “If you are the Son Of God,..” trying to make Him doubt the voice of God. As if to say, “I don’t really believe that you are God’s Son.” But settled in Jesus’ mind at His baptism, and conformation of the Voice from heaven, it is impossible to believe that He hesitated for a moment to declare that He was “to be about His Father’s Business.” And like His greatest missionary who declared, “I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19).

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27. 28.                 God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                       April 27 & 28, 2013

 Good Morning!
During the entire forty days of Jesus’ stay in the wilderness His temptations continued reaching the high point in the last three which came, when, after the long fast, He felt the weariness and weakness of hunger.

MAKE SOME BREAD FROM THESE STONES:
Luke 4:1. “And was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2. Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. 3. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

I’m sure that during these wearing days that Satan tried to bring to Jesus’ mind the utter impossibilities of Him being able to establish a New Kingdom with all that was against Him. Jesus had no outward weapons or even a following. “The whole world is against you.” Jesus had nothing going for Him but the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit.” But remember, “If God be for us who can be against us.”

Jesus is weary with the contest, faint with hunger, alone in that wilderness. His mind is made up, He must, He will absolutely submit to the will of God. But Satan’s question for Him “Can this really be the will of God?” One word of power, and the scene would be changed. By His Will the Son of God can change the stones to bread. He can do miracles and put an end to the present want and as possessor of absolute miraculous power, the trial is over. One flick of His finger and Satan would be on the next continent. But Jesus would submit only to the will of God.

God’s Spirit had driven Him into that wilderness. His circumstances were God appointed, and where He so appoints them, He will support us in them, even as when from lack of bread He supported Israel by Manna from heaven. This fast Jesus endured, like many other men, was to bring His human body under subjection, like the Great Apostle Paul explains, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:” (1 Corinthians 9:27). Another place he says, “I die daily.”  (1 Corinthians 15:31).

Jesus conquered Satan’s suggestion with a word of scripture, “It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” The scripture is also our weapon against Satan.

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

Today’s First Thoughts                                        April 29, 2013

Good Morning!
Today we want to look at the awesome power of Satan in being able to transport Jesus, whether physically or mentally, to a place of his choosing. The Spirit of God had driven Jesus into the wilderness; the spirit of Satan carried Him to Jerusalem.

ON THE PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE:
Luke 4:9. “And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:

We told of several occasions where people were transported by the Spirit of God to a different location. In the Book of Acts Phillip the Evangelist was caught up physically and transported several miles. “The Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea (Acts 8:39-40). Paul said, “And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter (2 Corinthians 12:3-4). The experience was so real Paul could not tell.

The Apostle John was transported bodily or mentally, or possibly both, up into Heaven by God’s Spirit, “Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne” (Revelation 4:1-2).
The question arises, how did Satan obtain and use this awesome power, and does he still have this power? To answer this question quickly Satan only had power that was allowed to him by the Lord. The same is true with us; Satan will use his awesome power only on those who will allow him to.

Satan likes to play tricks with our mind, bringing thing to your mind, uses your imagination to conjure up thoughts. The word ‘imagination’ is used 26 times in the KJV of the Bible and always in an evil since, so we know that Satan is behind it. Paul tells us these evil ‘imaginations’ can be controlled by the power of God within us. (2 Corinthians 10:5). Our mind is a free floating organism that catches on everything in sight or sound, or many times in silence. The mind is ‘the devils workshop’ is an old saying. Everyone knows how the devil can catch our mind and make us think evil thoughts, or even take evil trips, if we only let him. Satan has great power and will use it whenever he can find a person wavering.

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30.                       God’s Grazingfield Daily Devotion

Today’s First Thoughts                                     April 30. 2013

Good Morning!
By his great power the devil has taken Jesus from the wilderness and carried Him to the city of Jerusalem.

THOU SHALT NOT TEMPT THE LORD THY GOD:
Matthew 4:5. “Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Jesus stands on the lofty pinnacle of the Tower of the Temple porch, the one on which every day a priest was stationed to watch for the rising of the sun over the hills of Judaea, to announce, by a signal of a silver trumpet. Jesus stands on this watch-post which the Priest has just left. In the Priests’ Court below Him the morning sacrifice has been offered and the smoke and smell rises around Him. The massive Temple Gates are slowly opened, and the blast from the silver trumpet summons the people to begin the day by appearing before God. By the Lord’s side stands the arch tempter.

The tempter suggests that Jesus throw Himself down off the top of the pinnacle into the midst of the Priests and worshipers, so that all Israel could see His Manifest Power. What shouts of acclamations would greet His appearance! What homage of worship would be His! You can win over Israel to yourself, becoming the Head of Israel, this would be the easy route.

Jesus is surveying the scene. By His side is the Tempter. The goal might indeed be reached; but not the Divine goal, not in God’s way. And as so often, if we look, Scripture itself explains the Divine Way. Jesus once again overcame the tempter by absolute submission to the Will of God. To submit to the Divine Will of God is the answer every time the Tempter comes and presents to us an easy way out. Know what the Scripture says about the situation, you cannot go wrong by abiding by its advice.

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